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The Oscar Show That Could Have Been

With cynics predicting an Academy Awards snooze fest this year thanks to The Artist‘s inexorable march towards Best Picture, Best Actor and more, hints of a different kind of entertainment have been dropped in the New York Times.

According to reporter Michael Cieply‘s sources, more change was afoot last year following the disastrous James Franco-Anne Hathaway program. And that perhaps, if the production process had not been thrown into a tizzy by the departure of Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy, there might have been a more radical flavor embraced than the one currently being rehearsed behind closed doors:

One line of thinking, according to people who were briefed on the discussions but insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak for the Academy, proposed throwing the Oscar process wide open to a public that has been trained by American Idol, TMZ and an endless feed of Internet moments to expect some grit with their glamor. Among the suggestions: nominees using smartphones to photograph themselves in the run-up to the show.

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Madison Avenue vs. Oscar’s Median Age

As might be expected, the Ratner-Murphy-Grazer-Crystal game of Oscar musical chairs is echoing across Madison Avenue. According to Claire Atkinson of the New York Post, brand new AMPAS marketing chief Christina Kounelias (pictured) and her colleagues are scrambling to adjust an ad sales pitch that until recent events at the Arclight and on Howard Stern airwaves, was predicated entirely on Axel Foley.

One of the problems the Oscar marketing gang faces is that the selection of a 63-year-old, traditional format replacement host leaves them challenged to explain how they will fix what happened last year. Despite the presence of a tweeting James Franco and giggling Anne Hathaway, the 2010 Oscars broadcast was a disaster:

Horizon Media researcher Brad Adgate noted that the Oscars broadcast actually aged upwards last year with the median age hitting 50.6 years — the oldest it’s ever been.

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James Franco Kisses Off Twitter, Oscar Show Drug Rumors

Leave it to actor James Franco to pick April Fool’s Day as the perfect date for some Academy Awards related spring cleaning.

Per the Hollywood Reporter‘s Mark Cina, he is off Twitter, just a couple of months after creating an account to lead up to the 83rd Oscars telecast. And tonight on Letterman, he deflects all those viewer comments that he must have been high on the 27th of February, suggesting that even the Tasmanian Devil would look “stoned” next to the energizer bunny aura of co-host Anne Hathaway:

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Live Action Short Winner Gets Star Treatment Back Home

The 83rd annual Academy Awards may have blown harder than the Santa Ana’s, but that golden statuette still holds a powerful glow when removed from the stench of a James Franco let down by Bruce Vilanch.

In a great little piece in Delaware’s Dover Post, we learn that Live Action Short winner Luke Matheny (God of Love, pictured) was treated like royalty when he returned on March 14th to his Alma Mater Concord High School. There to welcome him were teachers, neighbors, students, journalists, a 10-foot replica of the Oscar, and… state Governor Jack Markell.

In honor of his hometown pride and willingness to give Delaware a “shout-out,” during his acceptance speech at the Oscars and in God of Love, Markell named Matheny “Delaware’s Ambassador to Hollywood.”

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Chronicle Reporter Apologizes to Readers for Saturday Snow Job

San Francisco Chronicle pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub has posted a tongue-in-cheek apology for the part he played in helping feed local hysteria over the possibility of a weekend Bay Area snowstorm that failed to materialize.

Hartlaub points to his February 17th and February 23rd historical photo galleries shared on the site as culprits #1 and #2, and his Twitter feed as culprit #3. Admirably, he says thought it would be easy to do so, he is not interested in shirking responsibility:

It’s easy to pretend like the snow hype never happened with things like Charlie Sheen‘s meltdown and the James Franco‘s Academy Awards hosting disaster (my theory: instead of being too stoned, his poor performance was a product of not being stoned enough) causing new distractions. But I know sins of overhype were committed in the past two weeks, and this time I’m not going to let it pass.

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James Franco’s Home Porn Advice: ‘What Feels Best Isn’t Always What Looks Best’

Haha. Newsweek convened one of those Oscar-time actors roundtables and got a funny moment out of Oscar host-to-be James Franco. To the question: “Is there a secret to landing a really good onscreen kiss?” Franco responded, “Anyone who’s ever made a home sex tape knows, what feels best isn’t always what looks best.”

Duly noted, sir.

2010′s Best And Worst Men’s Magazine Cover Subjects

On Monday FishbowlNY reported that Lady Gaga was 2010’s leading cover girl for monthly and biweekly magazines.  Although Gaga was everywhere last year, there were some other celebs that held their own while gracing the covers of men’s magazines.  Top male titles GQ, Details, Esquire, Men’s Journal, and Men’s Health featured a smorgasbord of A-listers that went either boom or bust at newsstands in 2010.  Here’s the scorecard (all results are courtesy of the Audit Bureau of Circulations Rapid Report):

GQ’s top-selling cover went to Rihanna who posed topless for the January issue.  Funnymen Tracy Morgan, Paul Rudd, and Zach Galifianakis each had a separate GQ cover in August and sold the second most copies for the year.  Apparently GQ readers are firmly on board with Team Edward because Taylor Lautner’s July issue was the lowest seller of 2010.

Twilight leading man Robert Pattinson was plastered on the cover of Details 10th anniversary issue in March – the year’s bestseller.  Mad Men’s Jon Hamm was not as fortunate as his October cover was Details least successful issue through November.

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The New Yorker Talks

As you might have read, FishbowlNY loves end-of-the-year lists, and this morning we’ve got a good one to share with you: The New Yorker has gathered the best of its Talk of The Town section, complete with excerpts and links (some require a subscription to view) to each piece.

It’s truly a list that has something for everyone, with articles on the rebirth of Pee-Wee, a high-end clothing store for short people, and Christopher Hitchens hanging out with Salman Rushdie. Oh and of course, what would a New York-centric collection of writing be without a piece on James Franco? Less annoying? Well, yeah.

Outside Magazine Debuts December Issue for iPad

Available today, Outside + (Outside Plus) provides new content that builds off of the magazine’s cover story featuring James Franco and his role in the film 127 Hours. The movie is based on Aron Ralston’s autobiography, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, which tells the story of how Ralston was trapped by a boulder while hiking and had to saw his own arm off to survive. Raise your hand if you want to know more.

We kid! Outside + also features an article by Ralston about what it was like for him to help create the movie, behind-the-scenes video from the making of 127 Hours and an audio interview with the movie’s director, Danny Boyle.

We promise to keep the puns at arm’s length for the rest of the day.

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