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Posts Tagged ‘Ricky Gervais’

Sacha Baron Cohen BAFTA Bit Causes Controversy

Shutterstock_SBCohenMTVMovieAwardsThis time last year, it was Daniel Day-Lewis and an empty chair. Last night at the BAFTA-LA Britannia Awards, Sacha Baron Cohen kicked it up a notch with the help of an elderly actress in a wheelchair. What’s next – Eddie Izzard and an electric chair?

Just as British Abe’s riff on Clint Eastwood proved impossible to beat at the podium during 2012 film awards season, Cohen’s hilarious prank of the audience with the help of an elderly co-conspirator is going to be very hard to top this year. Accepting the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy, the Borat/Bruno/Dictator star took receipt of a jerry-rigged cane from the woman, started doing his best “Little Tramp” imitation and then faux-tripped to send her rolling off the front of the stage. From a report by Deadline’s Pete Hammond:

The routine had half the packed Beverly Hilton audience roaring and the other half shaking in their Jimmy Choos wondering if he had really just killed an elderly woman in a wheelchair – or was it one of his patented tasteless gags?… The reaction was so visceral in the room host Rob Brydon had to literally calm down the normally more sedate British crowd. Some clearly thought it was real.

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Cover Battle: Rolling Stone or The Hollywood Reporter

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. Today we have Rolling Stone versus The Hollywood Reporter. Rolling Stone went with an upclose shot of Macklemore, a Man of Considerable Schnoz. Also, a rapper.

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Ricky Gervais Says He’s Open to Hosting the Oscars

A few days ago, Mark Burnett told Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil that he thought Ricky Gervais would be a perfect Golden Globes crossover candidate for 2014 Oscar show hosting duties. He even went so far as to make his Webcam case directly to Gervais.

That kind of thing is too good an opportunity for most journalists to pass up and, sure enough, this morning O’Neil has an exclusive update. Gervais says he would be completely open to dishing from the Dolby Theatre stage. With one proviso:

“On the one hand I would be incredibly flattered and whatever you think of those sort of things, it would be a thrill and an honor to be asked,” Gervais said. “On the other hand I doubt the job offer would come without some strings attached. The worst string being, handing in my credentials as a comedian in favor of a family entertainer. We have to be able to poke fun at society without favoring any part of it because we are beholden to someone…”

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Diablo Cody is Really Looking Forward to Getting Out of the House

There’s something hilarious about the idea of the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Juno being housebound due to the care of a newborn. But such has been the case in recent months for Diablo Cody (pictured), albeit from the relative comfort of her well-appointed Hollywood Hills abode.

As any parent who has gone through that drill knows, the first real trip out of the house is one to both look forward to and savor. In Cody’s case, it will be when she heads to the east coast at the beginning of February to attend the third annual edition at Barnard College of the female-centric Athena Film Festival (February 7-10), for which she is one of the co-chairs.

“I have a toddler and an infant right now,” Cody tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “I don’t get out to the movies, I don’t get out to have dinner, I don’t get out to my friend’s Live Reads [Jason Reitman, LACMA]. I am so home-bound right now. That’s why I’m so excited about the Athena Film Festival and getting to go to New York for a couple of days. I’m going alone, so I don’t know what I’m going to do with all that “thinking” time.”

Cody will also have the opportunity to finally meet a fellow female Hollywood trailblazer, Gale Anne Hurd, who is receiving the event’s Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award. “I’m really excited about that,” Cody confirms. “I think it’s so cool that she’s getting this award. I’m really interested to hear the Q&A with her and hear about the experiences that she’s had. Especially making these films that I think a lot of people would consider not to be in a woman’s wheelhouse. She’s probably got a lot to say.”

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Which is the Bigger Oscar Snub: Ben Affleck or Kathryn Bigelow?

Seth MacFarlane‘s Hitler joke during this morning’s announcement of the 2012 Oscar nominations rippled awkwardly through the AMPAS room. (And brought back memories for FishbowlLA of Ricky Gervais‘ aborted plans to come out for one Golden Globes telecast dressed as the Führer, waving at the crowd “Heil!” style.)

But that was nothing compared to what happened when the nominees for Best Director were announced. The tweets quickly started flying as west coast entertainment journalists rustled up at the break of dawn reeled in the face of the omission of Ben Affleck (Argo) and Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty). Tom Hooper was also passed over in the category for Les Miserables, but that was something a number of pundits had actually been expecting.

The first wave of shocked analysis is floating all kinds of theories as to why Bigelow and Affleck were snubbed. Did accusations of Zero Dark Thirty being “pro-torture” hurt Bigelow? Was all that fawning over Affleck this awards season too much for jealous Academy members to bear?

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FIRST LOOK: Ricky Gervais Accepting His Lifetime Achievement Award

At the 2012 Shorty Awards in New York City this past Monday, comedian Ricky Gervais received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Never mind that it was for but a relatively short period of his colorful lifetime, relayed via Twitter.

Tonight, FishbowlLA – in conjunction with event organizers – has your exclusive first look at the video acceptance speech the comedian delivered that night. We won’t spoil any of if, other than to say that the bit at the end about exchanging tweets with creationists is our favorite portion of the minute-and-change interlude. That, and the casualness of the backdrop.

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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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Ricky Gervais Says Goodbye to the Golden Globes

Comedian Ricky Gervais is calling it quits from the Golden Globes.

No, seriously. For real this time.

Gervais wrote on his blog that he wouldn’t be persuaded to host the award show for a fourth time:

“It was by far my favourite of the three hosting stints. I’ve told my agent to never let me be persuaded to do it again though. It’s like a parachute jump. You can only really enjoy it in retrospect when you realize you didn’t die and it was quite an amazing thing to do.

The crowd were great this year too. I think they finally worked out that my gags only seemed rude and nasty but were actually not too scary at all. Or they were just drunker. Either way, it was fun but I’m glad to say I’m off to New York to chill out a bit.”

Thanks for all the laughs and awkward moments, Ricky.

New York Post Journo Takes Down Critics’ Choice Awards

Ricky Gervais may want to watch his back. In what New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick considers a dry run for this Sunday’s Golden Globes, he took to Twitter last night to deliver a series of hilarious death blows to the dreadful broadcast that was the 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Part of the torture for Lumenick were the New York-local ads airing at his east coast VH1 end, which added used-car salt to the Hollywood Palladium wounds. But nothing could match his horror over the show itself. Here is a small sample of Lumenick’s live snark:

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Meet LAFCA’s Fully Accredited HFPA Member

People straddle a lot of different fences in Hollywood. That’s true for many members of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, which will announce its 2011 awards Sunday.

Only two LAFCA members also belong to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). One, Mike Goodridge, is an affiliate member, while the other, South Korean native H.J. Park (pictured), is part of the active roster.

Park has been writing since 1980 in LA for the Korea Times. He also reviews movies every Saturday for the paper’s sister company, Radio Seoul 1650. Internationally, his outlets include the Seoul Economic Daily, The Sportshankook and monthly People and the Books.

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