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Seth MacFarlane to Host Oscars

There was never any doubt in our minds that Nikki Finke would have the scoop about the next Oscar host, even though the gap between her EXCLUSIVE post and this morning’s official Academy announcement is the shortest yet. The selection of Seth MacFarlane also means that there will be a Saturday Night Live imprint of sorts on the February 2013 telecast.

While outgoing Academy president Tom Sherak’s attempt to have Lorne Michaels produce and Jimmy Fallon host was unsuccessful, Finke thinks today’s choice connects logically to NBC’s storied weekend franchise:

It now looks like MacFarlane’s hosting stint on Saturday Night Live’s premiere for this fall season was a tryout for telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. He did well, especially during his stand-up where he sang and did voices and looked great and was thoroughly entertaining.

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With Fallon and Michaels Officially TOLDJA-ed, Who Should Host Next Oscars?

Chalk up another TOLDJA! for Nikki Finke, from a beat she still pretty much owns (who, what, when, where and how each year’s Oscar broadcast is taking shape).

In this case, on the red carpet heels of an August 2 LA Times report that Jimmy Fallon and Lorne Michaels were in talks to handle 2013 broadcast chores, Finke quickly harpooned that notion, explaining that these efforts had begun and ended with exiting AMPAS president Tom Sherak. This past Wednesday, Fallon confirmed his non-participation during a Today Show interview from London and last night, Kim Masters added a Hollywood Reporter item that seemingly reconfirms Michaels will not be involved with any iteration of Sunday Night Live.

In the wake of all this, the question remains not so much who the Oscars should approach for the producing and hosting gigs, but rather who might actually say yes. Word is the list of those who regularly turn down AMPAS is long and illustrious. In her updated Sherak item, Finke for example noted that perfect A-list candidate Tom Hanks continues to pass.

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Report: Jimmy Fallon, Lorne Michaels Gunning for Next Oscar Telecast

This is without a doubt the best (potential) news we’ve heard all week.

According to a triple-sourced report in the LA Times by Nicole Sperling, the Academy is in talks to hand over the limp TV telecast reins to the dynamic tandem of Jimmy Fallon and producer Lorne Michaels. Although ABC reportedly has issues with the idea of a rival talk show star riding their Oscar coattails, the network contractually does not have that kind of veto power. From Sperling’s report:

A spokeswoman for the Academy denied that talks with Fallon and Michaels were taking place. Representatives for Fallon could not immediately be reached for comment…

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Exiting AMPAS President Recalls the One and Only Time He Ignored the Press

It’s still tantalizing to think how much more electric and entertaining the 84th Annual Academy Awards telecast could have been with Eddie Murphy as host instead of Billy Crystal. As part of an extensive THR interview marking today’s official changing of the AMPAS presidential guard, Tom Sherak (pictured) says dealing with the fallout from Brett Ratner’s ArcLight Q&A remarks was not nearly as hard as people made it seem.

However, he tells Alex Ben Block those events did lead him to divert from his usual M.O.:

“I remember it was the first time in my career that I didn’t return a press call. The first time in all the years I’ve been out here, since ’83, the first time. … If a press person calls me, I give them the respect of calling them back. I do. They’ve got a job to do.”

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Coming Soon: The Academy’s Outdoor Theater

Inspired by Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences formally unveiled their new outdoor screening venue and “Oscars Outdoors” summer series.

Located at the Academy Hollywood campus on 1341 Vine Street, screenings will be held every Friday and Saturday starting June 15. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for students and Academy members.

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Oscars Staying in Hollywood

In what ranks as an epic Tinseltown version of killing two birds with one stone, it was announced today that for the next 20 years, the Kodak Theatre will be known as the Dolby Theatre, with the venue’s gold-standard tenant faithfully returning each winter for the duration to throw the annual Academy Awards bash.

From the press release:

“Our ability to swiftly conclude two significant contracts with global entertainment leaders affirms Hollywood as a thriving district,” said Shaul Kuba, co-founder of CIM Group, owners of the Hollywood & Highland Center…

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Should Billy Crystal Joke About Kodak Theatre Woes?

From To Kill a Mockingbird to The Accused, the Oscars have always loved a good courtroom drama. But the one framing the Academy Awards this year is casting a pall over the upcoming 84th ceremony.

In Manhattan bankruptcy court yesterday, CIM/H&H Media LP fired back at Eastman Kodak, arguing that the once mighty Rochester company must honor the final nine years of a $72 million naming rights deal:

Signs on the Kodak Theatre, as well as in and around the shopping center where it is located, on street signs, freeway off-ramps, maps, and brochures, make undoing the agreement impossible, according to the filing. With the 2012 Oscars less than three weeks away, “disassociating the Kodak name from the theater before the Academy Awards show, the major event, is not practically feasible,” according to the filing.

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Academy Reveals 2012 Oscars Poster

Above is your first look at the poster for the 84th Academy Awards on Feb. 26.

Next to the Oscar statue are images from Gone with the Wind (1939), Casablanca (1943), Giant (1956), The Sound of Music (1965), The Godfather (1972), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Forrest Gump (1994) and Gladiator (2000).

The poster was designed by Mark and Karen Crawford of Blood & Chocolate and Anthony Goldschmidt.

“Whether it’s a first date or a holiday gathering with friends or family, movies are a big part of our memory,” Tom Sherak, Academy president, said in a statement. “The Academy Awards not only honor the excellence of these movies, but also celebrate what they mean to us as a culture and to each of us individually.”

Brian Grazer Will Produce 2012 Academy Awards

The Academy Awards has tapped Brian Grazer to co-produce their 2012 telecast with Don Mischer after Brett Ratner resigned Tuesday.

Grazer is best known for producing A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13 and funny enough, a trio of Eddie Murphy films in Tower Heist, The Nutty Professor and Boomerang.

That means Grazer and Murphy will be reunited once again … oh wait … Murphy decided to pull out as host when his BFF decided to quit due to his poor judgement and homophobic comments.

“Brian Grazer is a renowned filmmaker who over the past 25 years has produced a diverse and extraordinary body of work,” said Academy president Tom Sherak in a statement. “He will certainly bring his tremendous talent, creativity and relationships to the Oscars.”

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Eddie Murphy Drops Out of 2012 Academy Awards

Less than 24 hours after Brett Ratner resigned as producer of the 2012 Academy Awards for using a homophobic slur, host Eddie Murphy dropped out as well.

The Academy released the following statement Wednesday:

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced that Eddie Murphy has withdrawn as host of the 84th Academy Awards. “I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well,” said Sherak.

Commented Murphy, “First and foremost I want to say that I completely understand and support each party’s decision with regard to a change of producers for this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I’m sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job.”

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