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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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Ricky Gervais Tries Out a Couple of Golden Globe Outfits

This morning (or this afternoon, UK time), Ricky Gervais asked his Twitter followers what their requests might be for “targets” during his third-return hosting gig at the 2011 Golden Globes. The British comedian also floated opening and closing wardrobe ideas:

“Do I really look like a guy with a plan?”

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Ricky Gervais Returning as Golden Globes Host

Despite saying he shouldn’t do a second encore, English comedian Ricky Gervais will host the 69th Golden Globes Awards on Jan. 15, 2012.

Gervais was voted as host for a third consecutive year by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association after meeting with NBC senior vice president Doug Vaughn.

“Just told Billy Crystal he’d better not use any of my holocaust or pedophile material at The Oscars,” Gervais tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

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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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Cursing Up an @EllenBarkin Storm

Is it really actress Ellen Barkin doing the tweeting since yesterday, or a complicit associate? That’s the question underlying an item in the International Business Times headlined “What the F— is Up With Ellen Barkin Twitter F-Bombs?

Although the account was quickly verified after the actress shared a proof-of-picture, this still smacks of an assistant doing the tweeting for her. Here is the first missive, shared on a self-stated drunken Thursday:

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VMA Ratings May Contain Message for Globes, Oscars

Last year, with Chelsea Handler on board, the MTV Video Music Awards notched their best ratings since 2002. This past weekend, with no one hosting, the show recorded its best ratings ever.

So let’s perhaps forget the notion of Ben Stiller for the Oscars or the idea of a second encore for Ricky Gervais with the Globes. At this fractured, social media-driven juncture, when everyone on Twitter is a wise-cracking comedian, the best option may well be to dispense with the idea of awards show hosts altogether.

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Say What?! Ricky Gervais Claims Golden Globes Want Him Back as Host

Today, during an interview session at a TV festival in Edinburgh sponsored by The Guardian, comedian Ricky Gervais revealed that he has been invited to return as host of the 2011 Golden Globes. However, he went on to explain that he doesn’t think he will take NBC and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) up on this surprising turnabout offer:

“I love NBC, I love the fact they stuck by me through it,” Gervais said. Asked by interviewer Richard Bacon if he was considering the offer, Gervais replied: “I am but I shouldn’t do it. It’s a second encore. Don’t do a second encore. I don’t think I should do it. What am I going back as?”

Perhaps as a guy trying to clean up his own mess. Although the acerbic funnyman aimed to subvert this past January, most of his jokes fell flat because they were rude rather than cleverly rude.

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Robin Leach Spotlights Tim Allen’s New Stand-Up Gig

The notions of quiet and Robin Leach don’t usually belong together. But thanks to his ongoing efforts at website VegasDeluxe.com, the former Lifestyles barker has indeed continued to quietly re-invent himself as a reliable scooper of Strip showbiz news.

His latest article of note is a February 3rd interview with Tim Allen, who debuts a new comedy act this weekend at The Venetian. The comedian and brunt of a Ricky Gervais zinger at the recent Golden Globes is contracted for a minimum of ten weekends this coming year alongside fellow regulars David Spade and Rita Rudner. Allen tells Leach:

“In Los Angeles, you’ve really got to work hard to get people out [to a comedy club]. They’re tainted, they’ve seen other great performers in small clubs, they’re used to that. In Las Vegas, it’s a bigger deal. People are out there to have a good time…

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Russell Crowe Gets Way Better Press Down Under

It seems rather strange that the latest Russell Crowe movie Three Days Later is only just now opening in Australia, two months after its U.S. bow and roll out in dozens of international territories.

To mark the occasion, Sydney Morning Herald reporter Greg Truman rounds up the North American media bashing the actor suffered in connection with the poor-performing Lionsgate thriller ($21 million domestic). There’s the insinuation in a Toronto newspaper that Crowe drove writer-director Paul Haggis back to chain smoking; a cantankerous New York City press conference during which Crowe dismissed one question with the reply, “Oh dude, c’mon.” And there’s the LA Times piece that unfavorably compared Crowe to the likes of Johnny Depp.

Don’t they get it? It’s Russell; our Russ. Actor, chameleon, action guy, footy lover, phone thrower, charitable fella, thoughtful father, Aussie bloke…

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