Murphy "Storms Out" After Oscar Loss. "Dreamgirls star Eddie Murphy was so devastated after losing the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award to Alan Arkin he stormed out of the ceremony, according to press reports in the US, including Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com. Murphy was the favorite to win the Oscar, which instead was awarded to Little Miss Sunshine star Arkin. The 45-year-old tried to downplay his disappointment telling American publication Us Weekly, 'It's fine. It happens. It's OK.' But shortly thereafter, Murphy and girlfriend Tracey Edmonds left the show and didn't return." Aww, even the little picture beside the blurb looks sad.
DeGeneres in Tears Over Oscar Feat.
Scorsese glad Oscar recognition came late, because earlier, it might have "changed the way he made movies." You know, two years ago. Yes, I'm still bitter about the whole Aviator losing thing.
Morricone Touched by Dion Tribute: "Honorary Oscar recipient Ennio Morricone was incredibly moved when Celine Dion sang a new song for him at the Academy Awards on Sunday night. Morricone received a prize for his lifetime achievement in scoring films and Dion debuted the song 'I Knew I Loved You' during the tribute. He explains Dion's performance 'gave me immense pleasure. She said (at first), "You know, I don't know if I'm going to be capable because I'm feeling very moved myself." ' The veteran composer claims one of his most treasured possessions is a record of Dion singing the theme from Once Upon A Time In America." So just to confirm, here... the Celine song had nothing to do with Morricone? He didn't write it or anything? Because I kept sitting there trying to figure out what the hell was going on ("Ennio Morricone doesn't write this Diane Warren crap!"). Although it is very, very sweet that they had her sing just because it would make him happy.
Jerry Seinfeld, gentleman liar.
Two clips: the "pivotal" Jennifer Hudson scene in Dreamgirls; Beyonce tries to out-diva Jennifer Hudson on the show and fails.
Katie Holmes, stealth fabulous. I have no idea why we didn't see her on the carpet, because this is the first time she and Tom Cruise have looked like a functional couple, and the dress is fantastic.
Critics Grouch Over Oscar; Oscar Ratings Are Huge, But Can't Match 'Idol'
Slightly related: Texan Receives Billionth Netflix Flick. What was the movie? Babel.
Cheney OK after Afghan Blast; 14 killed.
Anti-Semitic Korean cartoon sparks outrage in L.A.
James Cameron: Tomb could be of Jesus, wife and son. " '</span>I still insist that it is a regular burial chamber from the 1st century BC,' [scholar] Kloner said, adding that the names were a coincidence. 'Who says that "Maria" is Magdalena and "Judah" is the son of Jesus? It cannot be proved. These are very popular and common names from the 1st century BC,' said the academic at Israel's Bar Ilan University."
U.S. troops to forgo training in rush to Iraq. Well, that's going to end well.
Common painkillers raise heart risk.
Friend: Racy pix not 'Idol' contestant. Quoth her best friend, the blonde who got booted, "The really bad ones aren't her. I've studied them. It's not her nose. She's never had (acrylic nail) tips in her life." I love that, for some reason. That's the thing her friend points out, and it's a fairly good point at that.
YouTube Unhurt By Viacom's Monkey Wrench: "Viacom's decision to yank 100,000 clips from its cable TV shows from YouTube has apparently had no effect on the video website whatsoever. In fact, according to research from Hitwise, YouTube traffic has soared 14 percent since the beginning of the month when Viacom demanded that the clips be removed. Moreover, according to the study, the number of people accessing YouTube exceeded the number accessing all of the television network websites combined, excluding the separate sites for individual programs like American Idol."
Indie cameraman films rats "frolicking" at KFC-Taco Bell outlet.
The Napkin Fiction Project: "Esquire magazine sent 250 clean white cocktail napkins to writers across the U.S. What they got back proves not only the rich possibilities of this 'spontaneous medium,' but how much fiction can be crammed into that small square of space. Some of the tissue-thin papers returned bearing microscopic lettering and impressively involved narratives. (Rick Moody, your handwriting is so very, very tiny.)"
From Neil Gaiman: "Finally, Joyce Hatto's husband has confessed, and offered the most humane version of the story possible. I'm not sure that I believe it, but, as I said yesterday when I listed it as a possibility, it makes the best story. This'll be a movie within the next few years, I have no doubt, and Jim Broadbent will probably be playing Mr Barrington-Coupe..." The story being that Hatto was in such pain that she couldn't record performances without grunts of pain, so her husband (Barrington-Coupe) started splicing in bits of "near-identical" performances to cover them. "In the letter, Barrington-Coupe explains that he did indeed pass off other people’s recordings as his wife’s, but that he did it to give her the illusion of a great end to an unfairly (as he terms it) overlooked career." But then: "The question remains as to how much of this confession we should actually believe. It is in some ways a humane, romantic story. However, newspaper investigations following the first Hatto revelations have uncovered shady dealing from Barrington-Coupe’s past. He received a prison sentence in 1966 for failure to pay purchase tax. Whether this throws doubt on his confession now, made only after our revelations and in the light of the fact that he continued to release 'Hatto' recordings after his wife’s death, is open to debate."
The theme this week on audiography: Remixes. I am there with bells and whoop-whoops on.
Eckhart Talks Knight's Two-Face.
Fantastic Four 2 TV Spot & Teaser Poster.
Werewolves Aplenty in the Skinwalkers Trailer.
IGN Exclusive Preview: Zodiac.
Watch a Clip From Danny Boyle's Sunshine. The article begins, "After the whole 300 debacle in Berlin, I'm trying hard not to get too hyped up about a film anymore." Wait, there was a debacle? Do tell!
(Interestingly, IGN loved it.)
Monahan, DiCaprio Reteam for Pain. "Oscar winner William Monahan is reteaming with The Departed players Leonardo DiCaprio and Vertigo Entertainment for another Hong Kong remake, a thriller titled Confessions of Pain for Warner Bros. Pictures, which acquired the rights to the film." Meanwhile, Scorsese & Monahan Developing Long Play. "Paramount Pictures is making The Long Play , a rock 'n' roll epic that will be developed as a directing vehicle for Martin Scorsese, reports Variety . William Monahan is set to rewrite the script, reteaming the dual Oscar winners from The Departed."
Indiana Jones 4 Starts Filming June 18.
Matt Damon, Adrien Brody and Gary Sinise to do Star Trek?
Woman Arrested For Handcuffing Herself To Hugh Grant on Red Carpet: "Dutch TV personality Cielke Sijben from 101 TV approached Grant as he walked the red carpet at the Amsterdam Pathé theatre and without saying a word, calmly shackled herself to him. It is assumed that Sijben was performing a prank for a show for the network but that didn't make the incident any less bizarre for those nearby. An onlooker at the event commented, 'It was incredible. She appeared from nowhere and Grant couldn't believe it was happening.' Police later arrested Sijben, but not before Grant had to stand attached to her for almost ten minutes before fire fighters could arrive to cut the handcuffs. Grant said nothing while waiting to be freed, but as soon as the cuffs were off he went back to working the press line alongside co-star Drew Barrymore." (Video!)