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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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The Oscars Are Now Jimmy Kimmel’s to Lose

Remember that brief March 1 New York Post “Page Six” item? Here’s a quick refresher:

Jimmy Kimmel is already being lined up to host next year’s Oscars, we’re told. One source said, “Jimmy is favored to host the Oscars next year; ABC has been pushing him for the role.” The late-night host already seems a shoo-in for the job after he earned his best post-awards show ratings on Sunday night.

We’ve been saying for several years that the logical host for the annual ABC-TV telecast is the one within walking-commute distance. Now that Seth MacFarlane has confirmed what pretty much everyone in Hollywood already knew, it’s hopefully only a matter of very little time before Kimmel finally gets his outside-the-special-box shot.

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Mike Tyson’s Latest Career Move Involves a ‘Fowl-Mouthed’ Pigeon

Seth MacFarlane, Trey Parker and Matt Stone can all claim a legacy piece of Mike Tyson Mysteries, a new weekly quarter-hour show green lit for Adult Swim. The show will mix in live-action footage of Tyson with a cartoon sidekick that owes a lot to Stewie Griffin and Cartman.

Per a report by TheWrap TV editor Tim Molloy:

Armed with a magical tattoo on his face and a trusty associate by his side — a talking pigeon — if you have a problem that needs solving, Iron Mike is in your corner. The series incorporates live-action appearances featuring Mighty Mike himself, and the gloves come off as the former heavyweight champ and his fowl-mouthed partner gear up for weekly adventures as they put unsolved mysteries.

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Reporter Stephen Battaglio Had No Idea He Was Going to Star in Seth MacFarlane’s Opening Monologue

The lucky film students presenting trophies during last night’s Oscars were not the only “regular” folks to make it into the telecast. There was also of course Stephen Battaglio (pictured), the journalist whose byline adorned a series of fake next-day reviews referenced during an opening bit by host Seth MacFarlane and surprise remote guest William Shatner.

Although the logical assumption would be that Battaglio was in on the gag, the New York-based business editor for TV Guide was in fact blindsided. “I was home watching the Oscars with my wife,” he tells FishbowlLA via telephone, “saw the first version of the review come up and said, ‘Oh, that’s my name!’ It took me a few seconds to absorb, and then I just went with the joke.”

“I went on to Twitter and posted a tweet that said, ‘Yes, I wrote that,’” he continues. “Then it came up a second and a third time, at which point every single electronic device in the home was either vibrating, buzzing or ringing. It was kind of a wild moment to be a part of the media event that the whole world was focused on.”

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Oscar Night Social Media: George Takei Wins Tweet O’ the Evening

Oh my! George Takei clearly wins Twitter for the night. There will no doubt be 8,000 “Draft George Takei” Facebook pages by this time tomorrow.

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Join Us for a Special Post-Oscars Google+ Hangout

Will Emmanuelle Riva, the oldest nominee in Academy Awards history, pull off the unlikely upset in the Best Actress category and take the trophy away from Silver Linings Playbook’s Jennifer Lawrence? Can Daniel Day-Lewis cap his streak of memorable 2012 awards season acceptance speeches with one more rousing Lincoln moment? And will Seth MacFarlane zing and dance ABC to solid overnight ratings?

On Monday, February 25 at 8:30 a.m. PT / 11:30 a.m. ET, we’ll know the answers to these questions and much more. Join Gold Derby maestro Tom O’Neil, KCRW producer Darby Maloney (The Business), TVNewser senior editor Alex Weprin, GalleyCat editor Jason Boog and FishbowlLA co-editor Richard Horgan for a special post-Oscars Google+ hangout on the Mediabistro home page, FishbowlLA and at Google+. (You can also click into that link to request a reminder notification of the event.)

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Seth MacFarlane’s Biggest Oscar Challenge Involves His Pool Guy

More good stuff from Seth MacFarlane ahead of the 85th Annual Academy Awards. In an AMPAS interview, the host says he might go “off the rails” by wearing two slightly different black socks. He also had a surprising answer when asked what his biggest challenge as host will be:

“Biggest challenge is going to be getting there on time. I think it starts at 5:30 and I have, like, a 4:15 with my pool guy to talk about resurfacing part of the hot tub. And so, I think, if that goes long, it’s going to be tight…”

“I’m hoping it’s not like a hard 5:30. But if it is, I’m in trouble.”

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What Will Ted Have to Say at the Oscars About Argo?

Given Argo‘s big weekend wins at the Producers Guild and Screen Actors Guild celebrations, the lack of a Best Director Oscar nomination for Ben Affleck looms even larger.

Still, it could be tricky for show host Seth MacFarlane to slam the director’s branch of the Academy. Those voters will be scattered throughout the Dolby Theatre audience and it would also be unfair to have a camera trained on Affleck and-or Argo producer George Clooney as MacFarlane ridicules their peers for picking a German and a New Orleans indie filmmaker instead. But the foul-mouthed teddy bear also voiced by MacFarlane? That’s a different story.

As recently tipped on an episode of Anderson, Mark Wahlberg and his fellow (furry) king of the R-rated domestic comedy box office rolls will be making an appearance on the telecast. Under that guise, MacFarlane can and probably will let loose on the business of the Best Director category snubs and more.

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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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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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