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From Crystal… to Billy Crystal

On his 63rd birthday, Robin Williams shared the following photo via Instagram. It depicted him with Crystal, his co-star from the Night at the Museum film series.

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Last night, the most striking aspect of Billy Crystal‘s wonderful Primetime Emmys tribute to the late actor and comedian was the photo of Williams displayed throughout. The selection of that picture made Los Angeles Times photo editor Cindy Hively very proud:

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Kimmel, Damon Log Another Tense Late Night Chapter

As one early YouTube commenter so rightly notes, “OMG, this does not get old!” It also risks upstaging, not by accident, Jay Leno‘s NBC Tonight Show farewell with Billy Crystal and Garth Brooks. Kimmel, called out by Leno in several recent interviews, has not just Matt Damon tonight but also George Clooney, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman and Bob Balaban!

Per the teaser clip above, Kimmel relegates his least favorite The Monuments Men star to a stage-left improvised seating arrangement. One that is brought out after the exasperated host tells Guillermo, “Will you get this baby his chair?”

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When a McSweeney’s Writer Meets Tired Rom-Com Cliches

This is the funniest send-up of Hollywood rom-com love scenes we’ve read in a long time. “I Want to Make Love to You Like In the Movies” is the latest offering on McSweeney’s from regular contributor Josh Gondelman and we have to thank THR.com editor Chris Krewson for bringing it to our attention via Twitter.

Gondelman’s piece adopts the format of a love letter to a girlfriend. Filtered through the love scene cliches and other rote formula of modern era studio rom-coms. Here’s just a taste:

I want to take you home to my apartment. Though my living space is unfeasibly large and furnished well beyond my means with Crate & Barrel accouterments, you’ll find it unacceptably messy because men, right? Once we get inside, I’m going to tear your clothes off. But, I’ll leave the bra on…

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Who Should Ellen Dance With at Next Year’s Oscars?

There are so many show-open possibilities that come to mind for Ellen DeGeneres March 2 under the tutelage of telecast producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. And since Billy Crystal recently reminded just how tense the room is when the host first walks out, FishbowlNY would like to float out the following three options.

1) OPTION ONE – Dance With Everybody: Ellen could get the whole crowd into it, in the same way that Tilda Swinton did this spring at EbertFest in honor of the late Roger Ebert. Ellen dancing up and down the aisles would loosen the Dolby Theatre up, fast.

2) OPTION TWO – Dance With Jack: Nicholson would probably never go for it. But is there a more iconic audience member from the era when Academy Awards broadcasts were watchable? We don’t think so. A brief on-stage jig with the sunglassed one would get things off to a gold-standard start.

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Billy Crystal Explains Why It’s So Hard to Open the Oscars

In terms of what Seth MacFarlane is truly in for February 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theatre, there is no better primer than the second half of this clip from Billy Crystal‘s recent appearance on Larry King Now.

The ten-time Academy Awards MC says everything is working against the host in those opening minutes, including the fact that the lights are on. “As a performer, I hate seeing the audience,” Crystal says. “I especially don’t like seeing the biggest stars in the world looking at me, going, ‘Please be good.’ And if you’re going to make a joke about so and so, I definitely don’t want to see them.”

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Jimmy Fallon Reportedly in Talks to Host Oscars

Jimmy Fallon is about to make the career leap from 30 Rock to the Kodak Theater. No, Fallon is not leaving his Late Night program on NBC, or even taking it on the road to Los Angeles.

Fallon, though, is in talks to host the coveted Academy Awards. The Los Angeles Times reports Fallon would bring his longtime boss, Lorne Michaels, as producer. Fallon first worked for Michaels on Saturday Night Live from 1998 to 2004.

But there is a wrinkle to this arrangement.

ABC, which broadcasts the Oscars, is critical of an NBC host emceeing one of television’s biggest nights of the year. Disney (owner of ABC) chief executive Bob Iger is apparently not liking the idea of giving such an important venue to Fallon, who competes nightly with ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel.

There is a precedent, however. Johnny Carson, while at the height of his Tonight Show dominion, helmed five Oscar presentations on ABC.

Billy Crystal, recognized by many as the best all-time Oscar host, had a return engagement in 2012, his first time since 2004, but ninth overall.

The Oscars are set for February 24, 2013.

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Exiting AMPAS President Recalls the One and Only Time He Ignored the Press

It’s still tantalizing to think how much more electric and entertaining the 84th Annual Academy Awards telecast could have been with Eddie Murphy as host instead of Billy Crystal. As part of an extensive THR interview marking today’s official changing of the AMPAS presidential guard, Tom Sherak (pictured) says dealing with the fallout from Brett Ratner’s ArcLight Q&A remarks was not nearly as hard as people made it seem.

However, he tells Alex Ben Block those events did lead him to divert from his usual M.O.:

“I remember it was the first time in my career that I didn’t return a press call. The first time in all the years I’ve been out here, since ’83, the first time. … If a press person calls me, I give them the respect of calling them back. I do. They’ve got a job to do.”

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NYT: Hollywood Partying Like It’s 1987

New York Times show business correspondent Michael Cieply has some fun with the first few paragraphs of his look at the current retro remake craze in Tinseltown. With Footloose and Dirty Dancing to the left, and Schwarzenegger action flicks and a Robocop reboot to the right, here’s how he cleverly frames it all:

Hollywood is sloshing in its Hot Tub Time Machine with a cluster of projects that recall an era when hair was big, heroes had biceps and the stars who are returning to the limelight were a lot younger.

Billy Crystal’s return as the Oscars host, it turns out, was just a warm-up act. For the first time in a decade, Mr. Crystal, 64, is a leading man. He plays opposite Bette Midler, 66, as Artie Decker, a grandpa who takes charge of his daughter’s three children in Parental Guidance, set for release by 20th Century Fox in November.

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Sacha Baron Cohen Helps THR.com Set Single-Day Web Traffic Record

On Martin Luther King Day, the Hollywood Reporter website was visited by a record 650,000 people. Even though the reviews for the third Ricky Gervais-hosted Golden Globes were lukewarm, folks evidently still wanted to drink in the night’s fashions, celeb sound bytes and more.

In the wake of Billy Crystal‘s similarly panned Oscar performance, the same Web traffic equation has been borne out with an even greater force. THR tells FishbowlLA that for the first time, their website on Monday surpassed the single-day mark of one million unique visitors.

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Oscar Ratings Up Despite Beige Show

Last night’s Oscar telecast reminded this Fishie of a bowl of oatmeal–warm, bland, inoffensive and rather dull– but people watched it.

The LA Times has the numbers:

The telecast, which awarded best picture to “The Artist,” delivered a 25.5 household rating/38 share in 56 top U.S. markets, according to Nielsen. That was up 4% compared with last year (24.5 rating/37 share).

The top five markets were New York (36.9 rating), Chicago (33.8), West Palm Beach, Fla., (32.5), Los Angeles (31.9) and Boston (31.9).

Wonder what drew everybody in? Billy Crystal is a big name, but not with the under-30 set. This Fishie’s girlfriend didn’t even know he was Jewish. She figured it out, though, somewhere between the second and third Bar Mitzvah joke.

Anyway, you know things are bad when reviewers mention a macaroni and cheese ad as among the highlights of the night.

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