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Conan O’Brien to Host MTV Movie Awards

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Awards, Celeb News, New Releases

Conan O'BrienConan O'Brien will host the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.

The presenter announced on his TBS talk show Conan last night that he will be hosting the high-profile awards ceremony on April 13 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. "After eight years of intense negotiations, I am honored to announce I am hosting MTV's second most prestigious awards show," he joked.

The star has plenty of experience hosting televised ceremonies, having previously fronted the Primetime Emmy Awards in both 2002 and 2006.

Jimmy Fallon, Aziz Ansari, Russell Brand and Sarah Silverman have all hosted the MTV Movie Awards in the past, with Rebel Wilson taking charge of last year's ceremony. Conan, who is known for his self-deprecating humor, will be at hand to deliver the coveted golden popcorn statuettes to this year's winners.

The MTV Movie Awards will also feature sneak previews of the summer's most anticipated films with never-before seen footage. Nominations go live tomorrow on MovieAwards.MTV.com.

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Cinecast: Seth Green on Affleck’s Batman, ‘Pushing Daisies’ Musical, ‘SATC 3’?

Bette Midler+ Seth Green - whom you may recall from Robot Chicken, Family Guy, and Austin Powers - gives Larry King a compelling explanation as to why Ben Affleck is a poor choice as Batman in the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman film.

+ Bette Midler is set to appear at this Oscars this year - additionally, she'll be singing for the first time!

+ Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller is in talks with Warner Bros. and Barry Sonnenfeld to adapt the short-lived (and much-loved!) ABC series into a musical for Broadway, which would star Pushing Daisies alum Kristin Chenoweth. Fuller says that he is also contemplating a film adaptation.

+ Michael Patrick King, who wrote for the Sex and the City series and directed both film adaptations, says that there's one more story to tell for Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha - greatly hinting at the possibility of a third film.

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‘Gravity’ Scoops Up Six BAFTAs

Sandra Bullock and George ClooneyGravity won big at the BAFTAs last night, taking home six awards.

The 3-D space drama directed by Alfonso Cuaron and starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock was the biggest winner of the night at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs) in London, gaining trophies for Best Director, Special Visual Effects, Cinematography, Original Music, Sound and Outstanding British Film. Accepting his award, Alfonso - who is Mexican, but has lived in England for more than ten years - said, "I don't know if I can open my mouth. I consider myself a part of the British film industry. I guess I make a good case for curbing immigration." He also praised his son, Jonas, and Sandra Bullock before dedicating the award to the "downstairs" workers who had made the film's sound and effects possible.

Although Gravity won the most trophies, historical drama 12 Years A Slave was named Best Film and its star, Chiwetel Ejiofor, took the Leading Actor award. Accepting the trophy, Chiwetel thanked director Steve McQueen, saying, "Thank you for you work, your artistry and your passion in this project ... to make it of such value, of such worth. This is yours by the way - I'm going to keep it, that's the kind of guy I am, but it's yours."

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Hugh Jackman to Host the Tony Awards

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Musicals, Awards, New Releases

Hugh JackmanHugh Jackman will host the Tony Awards 2014.

The Wolverine actor is set to present the show's 68th annual awards ceremony which will take place in New York City on June 8 and CBS Entertainment, who will broadcast the event, are delighted to have him on board.

"We are thrilled to have Hugh Jackman return to host the Tony Awards. Hugh is the ultimate performer - actor, singer and dancer - he does it all, second to none. He is a consummate entertainer and the one you want out there hosting your live television event," Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment, said in a statement.

Hugh previously fronted the Tony Awards between 2003-2005 and this will be the fourth time the Les Miserables star hosts the annual ceremony, which celebrates achievement in live Broadway theater.

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U2 Will to Perform at the Oscars

U2U2 are set to perform at the Oscars next month.

The Irish rockers will take to the stage to perform their track "Ordinary Love," which is nominated for best Original Song, at the ceremony at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on March 2. Confirming the news on Wednesday, the event's producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said it will be the first time the band perform the song, which was written especially for the Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom soundtrack, live.

Members Bono, Larry Mullen, Adam Clayton and The Edge, who are currently in the studio working on their new album, face stiff competition in the Original Song category from Pharrell Williams for his hit "Happy" from Despicable Me 2, "Let It Go" from Frozen, and "The Moon Song" by Karen O, who is the vocalist for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, from the movie Her.

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Uma Thurman Needs a Job

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Celebrity Gossip

Uma Thurman at this year's Golden Globe AwardsCalling all casting directors (and Quentin Tarantino): Uma Thurman is looking to be cast in your next project. Or at least, that's what the Oscar-nominated actress reiterated several times while she was likely a little inebriated at the Golden Globes after party on Sunday night.

According to The New York TImes, the 43-year-old was happy to respond to reporters' questions, but she did so with the same answer:

"Ms. Thurman grudgingly vamped for the cameras, then barked over her shoulder before dashing away, 'You’re a reporter — I need a job.' What was she wearing? 'I need a job.' Where was she headed? 'I need a job.'"

Clearly her stint on Smash in 2012 and her upcoming Lars Von Trier project, Nymphomaniac, aren't paying her bills these days.

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Idris Elba Shrugs Off Golden Globes Loss

Idris ElbaIdris Elba insists he doesn't mind missing out on a Golden Globe.

The 41-year-old actor was nominated for the Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture prize for his portrayal of the late South African President Nelson Mandela in biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, ultimately losing out to Matthew McConaughey, who won the gong for his portrayal of AIDS patient Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club.

Speaking at the launch of the new adidas Stan Smith trainer at The Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, east London, last night, he exclusively told BANG Showbiz, "It's a difficult one because we all deserve an award for our performances."

However, Idris - who was also up against Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tom Hanks and Robert Redford - did have some comfort in the fact he was accompanied by his pregnant girlfriend Naiyana Garth at the ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, and the brunette beauty was positively glowing as they walked down the red carpet. "She looked amazing on the red carpet, as she does all the time!" he added.

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‘American Hustle’ and ‘Gravity’ top Oscar Nominations

American HustleAmerican Hustle and Gravity lead this year's Academy Award nominations.

David O. Russell's crime caper starring Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence and Alfonso Cuaron's breathtaking space thriller both have 10 nominations at the 86th annual film awards, while 12 Years a Slave follows closely behind with nine nods.

American Hustle is up for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, as well as acting nominations for all four main cast members including Christian, Jennifer, Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper.

Gravity and 12 Years a Slave are also in contention for Best Picture alongside Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Nebraska, Her, Philomena and The Wolf of Wall Street. 12 Years a Slave has yielded a Best Actor nomination for leading man Chiwetel Ejiofor, Best Supporting Actor for Michael Fassbender and Best Supporting Actress for newcomer Lupita Nyong'o.

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Sandra Bullock Didn’t Think That She Deserved the Oscar

Sandra Bullock at the 2010 OscarsSandra Bullock didn't "feel worthy" of her Oscar.

The 49-year-old actress took home the Best Actress Academy Award in 2010 for her performance in The Blind Side, but when she admits, at the time, she didn't think her acting abilities deserved to be recognised over anyone else's.

Speaking at the premiere of her new movie Gravity at the Toronto International Film Festival, she said, "I didn't feel worthy of it when I got it, so I feel like, 'OK, I'm going to spend the rest of my life hopefully earning it, but having a really good time in the process as well.' ... I still haven't gotten around to having my moment with it yet. Maybe one day it will come. What it does do is make you realize how hard you have to work to earn it."

Remembering the night she won her Oscar, Sandra admits her mind was preoccupied with her son Louis, who she had just adopted as a baby and who was at home while she attended the glitzy ceremony in Los Angeles. The screen star - whose marriage ended in March 2010 when it was revealed her then-husband Jesse James had been cheating on her with several women - says having Louis stopped her from getting too carried away with her award win.

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Ellen DeGeneres to Host 2014 Oscars

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Awards, Celeb News

Ellen DeGeneresEllen DeGeneres will host the 2014 Academy Awards. The talk show host - who first presented the awards in 2007, earning herself an Emmy nomination - will take over from 2013 host Seth MacFarlane.

"I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say - the third time's the charm," she said.

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron praised Ellen's "gift for comedy" as they announced her appointment as the host of the live broadcast which will take place on March 2, 2014. "We are thrilled to have Ellen DeGeneres host the Oscars. As a longtime friend, we had always hoped to find a project for us to do together and nothing could be more exciting than teaming up to do the Oscars. There are few stars today who have Ellen's gift for comedy, with her great warmth and humanity. She is beloved everywhere and we expect that the audience at the Dolby Theatre, and in homes around the globe, will be as excited by this news as we are," they said.

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