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Posts Tagged ‘LL Cool J’

David Wild Revisits the James Franco-Anne Hathaway Oscar Disaster

This week’s episode of Allison Hope Weiner’s Lip.tv interview program Media Mayhem is fantastically entertaining. The guest is David Wild, who got a job straight out of college with Esquire magazine, moved on from there to a staff position with Rolling Stone before winding up (with a little help from Steven Spielberg) as a go-to guy for the Emmys, Grammys and various other awards show/celebrity tributes.

One of Wild’s Oscar writing brushes was the year that James Franco and Anne Hathaway co-hosted. Weiner asks Wild for his thoughts on why it went so wrong:

“I cannot explain it other than I felt like it was the worst blind date in show business history. It was the homecoming queen or head of drama club trying hard in the sweetest possible to put on a show, and a guy who for whatever reason I don’t think wanted to host the show. In fact he went on Jimmy Kimmel and announced his intention to be the worst host in Oscar history. So on a certain level, the show was a tremendous success, because he achieved that goal.”

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Grammy Awards Hires First Host in Seven Years

The ladies aren’t the only ones that love LL Cool J.

For the first time in seven years, the Grammy Awards have decided to go with a host in the rapper-turned-actor and co-star of NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS.

LL Cool J has previously served as host of the Grammy nominations concert. Queen Latifah was the last host of the Grammys back in 2005.

The Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson are scheduled to perform on Feb. 12 from Staples Center.

“I will always have fond memories of my first Grammy Awards and to now be hosting the Grammy show, in the company of so many other incredible artists, is a dream come true,” LL Cool J said in a statement.

’1 for All’ Launches Next Week

The initial funding for the “1 for All” campaign came from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Newseum, McCormick Foundation, American Society of News Editors, First Amendment Center and Gannett Foundation. Now over “1000 new organizations, religious groups and educational institutions” are supporting the campaign to educate the public about the First Amendment.

The campaign starts July 1st. And yes, LL Cool J actually signed on this time. The entire release is after the jump.

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In The Trades: Everyone Wants to Direct

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ABC ordered three new comedy pilots
Traveling in Packs a group of three women who live together and hang out together.
The Thick of It based on a BBC series, a workplace comedy set in a low-level US Senator’s office.
The News is set in the newsroom of a Phoenix television station.

CBS has ordered The Man, from CSI creator Anthony Zucker, starring LL Cool J. He’s an undercover cop.

Remember the 10-year-old director who was suing his producer? The producer, Conroy Kanter, says he’s being manipulated by adults. Ya think?

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Indiana Jones 4 is set for release in 2008. Or maybe 3008. Or maybe never.

Dr. Dre has a producing deal with New Line.

This is a natural switch for me, since I’ve directed a lot of music videos, and I eventually want to get into directing.

Nothing But A G Thang and Bitch Please: classics.