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Kevin Hart Claims On The Oscars Red Carpet: ‘I’m Coming Back to Host the Oscars’!

Kevin Hart

Here is a post that we wanted to post last night after the Academy Awards, and this morning after the ratings were released to be in double digits, especially when it was known that the minority viewer wasn’t tuned, in, we can really see this happening NEXT YEAR. Read the story below posted by Entertainment Tonight;

Forget the nominees. Forget the performers. The most excited person at tonight’s Oscars has to be Kevin Hart.

“I can’t even hide it, I think it’s in my face,” Hart told ET’s Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier on the red carpet. “This is my first time being at the Oscars. I’m in awe! I’m a kid in the candy story.”

But he does have some ulterior motives: “This is a testament that you’re going in the right direction,” he explained. “This is that one step. The next step is to come back and host.”

As if Neil Patrick Harris wasn’t already feeling the pressure to knock this hosting gig out of the park, now he has to worry about Kevin Hart replacing him.

It wouldn’t be a bad choice either. ET asked Hart how he got so funny and his answer might surprise you: “Basically, it was either make people laugh or fight,” he told us. “I couldn’t fight, so this is the only option I had. I chose the comedy route!

As for how he got so cute? Well, he didn’t have an answer for that one. “I wish I could answer that,” he blushed. “I got to give that responsibility to my beautiful mommy and daddy. I don’t know how. All I can do is smile.”

And while the #AskHerMore campaign started online to demand women get asked about more than just who they’re wearing, Hart was happy to take on some of the fashion questions: “Do you see what’s going on right now?” he joked, while rocking an all-white tux. “Can the camera give me a fashion moment? Slow turn!”

Source: Entertainment Tonight!

Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart To Be A Presenter At The Academy Awards!

Kevin HartBen Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Kevin Hart, Shirley MacLaine, Chris Pine, Miles Teller and Naomi Watts will be presenters at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

            Affleck, a two-time Academy Award® winner, received an Original Screenplay Oscar® for “Good Will Hunting” (1997) and a Best Picture Oscar for “Argo” (2012), on which he served as a producer, director and star. His most recent role was opposite Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl” (2014). He will play Batman in the upcoming feature “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and also star in “The Accountant.”

Chastain has received two Oscar nominations, one for Actress in a Leading Role for “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012) and one for Actress in a Supporting Role for “The Help” (2011). Her most recent films include 2014’s “Interstellar,” “A Most Violent Year” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.” She will next be seen in “Crimson Peak” and “The Martian.”

Davis has been nominated for two Oscars, one for her supporting role in the 2008 film “Doubt” and one for her leading role in 2011’s “The Help.” She currently stars in the ABC primetime hit “How to Get Away with Murder.” Davis’s film credits include “Get on Up,” “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them,”  “Ender’s Game” and “Prisoners.” She will next be seen in “Lila and Eve,” due out this year.

Hart, who currently stars in the feature comedy “The Wedding Ringer,” appeared in last year’s “Ride Along,” “About Last Night,” “Think Like a Man Too” and “Top Five.” His previous credits include “Think Like a Man” (2012) and “The Five-Year Engagement” (2012). He will star opposite Will Ferrell in “Get Hard” later this year.

MacLaine won an Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role for 1983’s “Terms of Endearment.” She also received nominations for her leading roles in “The Turning Point” (1983), “Irma La Douce” (1963) “The Apartment” (1960) and “Some Came Running” (1958), as well for the documentary feature “The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir” (1975), which she produced. Her next role is in “Wild Oats.”

Pine most recently appeared as Cinderella’s Prince in “Into the Woods” (2014). He also has starred in such features as “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” (2014), “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013), “People Like Us” (2012), “Unstoppable” (2010), “Star Trek” (2009) and “Bottle Shock” (2008). His upcoming films include “Z for Zachariah” and “The Finest Hours.”

Teller stars in the current Best Picture nominee “Whiplash.” Later this year, he will appear in the feature “Bleed for This,” as well as “The Fantastic Four.” Teller also appeared in the 2013 film “The Spectacular Now.”

Watts has twice been nominated for Actress in a Leading Role, for “The Impossible” (2012) and “21 Grams” (2003). Her feature credits also include “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” (2014), “St. Vincent” (2014), “Eastern Promises” (2007), “King Kong” (2005) and “Mulholland Drive” (2001). She will next be seen in the “Divergent” sequel “Insurgent,” While We’re Young,” The Sea of Trees,” and “Demolition.”

The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m., ET/4 p.m., PT. The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Designed to be the ultimate complement to the broadcast, Oscars Backstage will also be live at 7 p.m., ET/4 p.m., PT in the US on the WATCH ABC app for desktop, mobile and connected TV devices.  Presented again this year by Samsung Galaxy®, The Oscars Backstage lets fans select from three channels that will pull from more than 15 live cameras strategically placed on the Red Carpet and throughout the backstage areas of the Dolby Theatre, providing fans with insider views into the most memorable moments of the night. Popular cameras positions include the Director’s Cut, Audience and Backstage.

Additionally, fans who have verified with a participating pay TV provider in one of the eight ABC Owned markets – Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco – can access a live feed of the Oscars preshow, full awards telecast and “Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars” as part of the regular WATCH ABC service.  Live streaming is currently available through Comcast, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, DISH, DirecTV (coming soon), Midcontinent Communications, Verizon FiOS, Google Fiber and AT&T U-verse, among others.  Once aired, the full Oscars telecast will be available on demand via WATCH ABC for verified viewers for three days.  WATCH ABC can be accessed from Oscar.com, ABC.com, or via the WATCH ABC app, which is free on select Android devices and iOS and can be downloaded at Google Play, the Amazon Appstore, and the App Store.  Verified viewers then log in using their cable or satellite subscription username and password.

On February 23, “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” will continue its awards season tradition with the fourth edition of “LIVE’s After Oscar® Show,” airing live in national syndication at 9:00 a.m., ET. The top morning talker’s annual post-Oscar show has become one of “LIVE’s” most popular episodes, and is broadcast live from the magnificent Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center®. Mere hours after the festivities have wrapped on the same stage, thousands of fans will fill the venue for an action-packed hour celebrating all things Oscar, from the A-list personalities to the incredible fashions, star-studded red carpet and backstage excitement. In the past, award winners such as Jean Dujardin, Octavia Spencer, Christoph Waltz and Lupita Nyong’o have stopped by to share with the “LIVE” audience their excitement after walking away with their Oscar statuettes.

The 10th annual “Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars” airs Sunday, February 22 at 12:05 a.m., ET after the late local news and at 10:00 p.m., PT on ABC. Broadcasting from Disney’s El Capitan Theater located on Hollywood Boulevard in the heart of L.A.’s star-studded Walk of Fame, the studio is just steps away from Dolby Theater, home to the “Academy Awards.” Kimmel’s previous post-Oscar specials have featured viral comedy bits and guest appearances by Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, Kevin Spacey, Ellen DeGeneres, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Ben Affleck, Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Jon Stewart, Morgan Freeman, Billy Crystal, Martin Scorsese, Chris Hemsworth, Christoph Waltz, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Gary Oldman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Kingsley, and many more. Over the past six years, the show’s post-Oscar comedy bits have racked up over 55 million views on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” YouTube channel.

 

Foxx

Jamie Foxx To Present At The 2014 Oscars!

According to our sources, we hear that actor and comedian Jamie Foxx will be presenting at the Academy Awards this Sunday in Los Angeles.

The ceremony, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air live March 2 on ABC.

We also hear that Foxx is about to release several other news items that we hear are related to him working behind the scenes, along the lines of new directorial projects, but we can’t confirm that-yet.

Either way, stay tuned as this story is developing!

SNL

Sasheer Zamata Gets Coveted Spot & Lands On ‘Saturday Night Live’!

Earlier today, we discovered the news that Sasheer Zamata had landed the coveted spot of the new cast member of Saturday Night Live, and while we were tracking down the story to confirm it, Deadline posted the news as an EXCLUSIVE. So, that confirms it; the actress will be the new African American cast member to join the cast and she has some pretty big shoes to fill, and all eyes will be on her when she debuts on Jan 18th. A midst a lot of controversy since the comments by Lorne Michaels and several cast members of SNL, the show moved quickly with auditions last month in Los Angeles and in New York, and it seems Zamata landed the gig.

Check out the article from Deadline below;

EXCLUSIVE: Three years after she graduated from the University of Virginia, Sasheer Zamata is landing a very big break — the young comedy performer has been selected to join Saturday Night Live as a new cast member. Zamata will make her debut on the venerable NBC late-night sketch comedy series on its next live show slated for January 18 with Drake as host and musical guest. Zamata, who trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, becomes the first black female Saturday Night Live cast member in five years since the departure of Maya Rudolph. The lack of female black performers on the show stirred a debate last fall while SNL boss Lorne Michaels had been quietly conducting a talent search. Several dozen actresses were seen in multiple cities. Zamata, whose name had been floated as a suitable SNL candidate before, was among 12 who received callbacks and were invited to test on the SNL stage on December 16. She will now be a featured player on the show that has launched the careers of a slew of young comedians.

Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy’s New Film ‘A Thousand Words’ Releases New Poster

Now that the news has passed and we have finally gotten over the fact that comedic actor Eddie Murphy will not be hosting the Oscars, we can now move on to his other projects. With that news, word has been released that Murphy’s newest film titiled  A Thousand Words (which was filmed two years ago) released the new trailer for the film along with the new poster. Now we are not sure if this poster or trailer will get you to forget about the Oscars gig, but we do know that you will be talking about this new film one way or another.

Here is the new poster;

And in case you missed the trailer for the film, or if you have no idea what the film is about, here it is;

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It’s Official Now; Eddie Murphy Out, & Billy Crystal In As New Oscar Host!

It’s really official; Eddie Murphy is out and Billy Crystal is in as the new host of the Oscars. How short the Eddie Murphy Oscar host reign was…There were some thoughts that Murphy was going to possibly come back (even though we knew that wasn’t going to happen) when producer Brian Grazer was hired to replace Brett Ratner as the show’s new producer. For those of you who don’t know, Grazer was an Executive Producer of Tower Heist and has an excellent relationship with Murphy. Anyway, In the whirlwind news yesterday of the who would be host of the Oscars once Grazer was hired, speculation was rampant of who the new host would be and some actually thought Murphy was coming back. As we learned last night, that was not to be the case.

Here is the official press release from the Academy;

Producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer have announced that Billy Crystal will serve as host for the 84th Academy Awards.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Billy back to the Oscar® stage,” said Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak. “He’s a comic legend and Oscar icon, and it feels good to have him back where he belongs.”

Commented Grazer: “Like so many others, I’ve been eager to see Billy host again. It’s very gratifying that he agreed to do it with Don and me at the helm.”

Said Mischer: “With Billy, we’re moving forward with one of the greatest hosts in Oscar history. His return to the Oscars is, in a sense, a celebration.”

This will mark Crystal’s ninth time as host. Only Bob Hope has hosted more Academy Awards presentations, with 19 ceremonies between 1940 and 1978. Crystal last hosted the Academy Awards in 2004.

“Some of the best moments of my career have happened on the Oscar stage. I am thrilled to be back there. Actually, I am doing this so that the young woman in my pharmacy will stop asking me my name when I pick up my prescriptions,” said Crystal.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200
countries worldwide.