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Monday Morning Man: Trent Reznor! Reznor is best known as a singer with Nine Inch Nails but now he is also known as an Oscar winner!

At last night’s Academy Awards, Reznor won the Oscar (Atticus Ross) for best score for The Social Network.

“Wow, is this really happening?” Reznor asked in his acceptance speech.

It is!

The 45-year-old musician is best for songs such as Closer, Head Like a Hole and their 1993 Grammy Award winner Wish. In 1997, Reznor appeared in Time magazine’s list of the year’s most influential people, and Spin magazine described him as “the most vital artist in music.”

Next up for Reznor? He will once again work with Social Network director David Fincher, this time to provide the score for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

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Oscars: “The King’s Speech” wins best picture; Colin Firth takes best actor while Natalie Portman is best actress!

The Kings Speech

The King’s Speech won best picture at the Academy Awards over a field of nine other contenders at the end of a very predictable Oscar ceremony.

The three-hour plus show unfolded quite predictably with the only suspense being which outfit co-host Anne Hathaway would walk out in next.

Natalie Portman, the heavy favorite to win the best actress Oscar for Black Swan, and bested a field that included four-time nominee Annette Bening who was nominated for The Kids Are All Right. Also in the category were Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole, Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine and Jennifer Lawrence for Winter’s Bone.

Natalie Portman accepts the Oscar for best performance by an actress in a leading role for Black Swan at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. - Provided courtesy of AP / AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

She thanked her parents for allowing her to work at such a young age and she also thanked “everyone who has ever hired me.”

“I’m so grateful I get to do the job that I do. I love it so much.”

In another expected result, Colin Firth – nominated last year for A Single Man – took home his first Academy Award as the winner of best actor for his performance in The King’s Speech.

I have a feeling my career’s just peaked,” said Firth who confessed that he was having to fight off the impulse to dance before he got off the stage.

Firth was the winner in a field that also included James Franco for 127 Movies, Jeff Bridges for True Grit, Javier Barden for Biutiful, and Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network.


Melissa Leo and Christian Bale win Academy Awards for their supporting roles in “The Fighter”

Since The Fighter was one of my favorite movies of 2010, it was wonderful to see one of my favorite actresses, Melissa Leo win the supporting actress Oscar for The Fighter.

A few days ago, I posted my interview with Melissa and remarked that I hoped the bad publicity for her Oscar ad campaign would not derail her status as the front-runner.

It did not!

Presenter Kirk Douglas, after a very long presentation, finally announced Melissa’s name.

She asked Douglas to pinch her once she got onstage then said: “When I watched Cate [Blanchett] two years ago, it looked so (F-word) easy.”

Yup! She dropped an F-bomb on the Oscars.

Bsckstage she apologized and explained: “There is a great deal of the English language that is in my vernacular.”


A short time after Miss Leo won her Oscar, the man who played her son in The Fighter, Christian Bale, took home the Oscar for supporting actor.

“What a room full of talented and inspirational people,” Bale said when he first took the stage. “What am I doing here?”

As he concluded his speech, Bale grew emotional and confessed: “I didn’t think I was like this. [Thanks to] my wonderful wife and our little girl, who’s taught me so much more than I’ll ever be able to teach her.”

For Bale, it was an uncommonly sentimental ending to a speech that began with good humor and a few laughs.


Video: See Neil Patrick Harris and Ellen DeGeneres re-enact scenes from this year’s Oscar nominees!

neil patrick harris oscarsHey, if James Franco and Anne Hathaway don’t cut it as Oscar co-hosts, maybe the Academy should consider pairing up Ellen DeGeneres and Neil Patrick Harris to host next year’s show!

NPH guested on Ellen’s daytime show Friday and after chatting about life with his twin babies (with partner David Burtka), the pair had some fun acting out scenes from this year’s Oscar-nominated films.

They had more costume changes than Cher!


“Sex and the City 2″ dominates Razzies grief, let’s hope last night’s Razzie Awards marked the official end of all the dumping on Sex and the City 2.

I’m a huge fan of the franchise and liked the movie just fine and there was nothing “worst” about it in any way.

But, The Razzies must be handed out each year, I suppose, and SATC 2 took home three “awards” for worst actress, worst ensemble and worst sequel.

At least Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte were spared the worst picture prize. That went to The Last Airbender.

Other “winners” included: Ashton Kutcher for worst actor (for Killers AND Valentine’s Day), Jessica Alba for worst supporting actress for The Killer Inside Me & Little Fockers & Valentine’s Day;  Jackson Rathbone for worst supporting actor for The Last Airbender & Twilight Saga: Eclipse and M. Night Shyamalan for worst director for The Last Airbender.

Sex and the City photo, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon.


Showtune Sunday: Oscar night performances of nominated songs from Barbra, Diana and Celine!

It’s well-known that Barbra Streisand won the Academy Award in 1969 for best actress for Funny Girl.
What some people might not know is that Miss Streisand won a second Oscar in 1977 – this time in the best original song category.
Barbra co-wrote Evergreen, the theme from her movie A Star Is Born, with Paul Williams and they took home Oscar gold (as well as a Grammy).
Here is video of Barbra performing the song at the 1977 Oscars (she’s introduced by Jane Fonda!).
Also, here is Diana Ross and Lionel Richie performing their massive hit Endless Love (from the film of the same film) which lost the Oscar to Arthur’s Theme.
And finally, here is Celine Dion at the 1997 show performing I Found Someone from Streisand’s film The Mirror Has Two Faces. Natalie Cole had been scheduled to perform the song but fell ill. Streisand says she offered to step in but producers opted to go with Celine Dion instead who was already there to perform one of the other nominated songs. As you can see, Celine performs the song with the music right in front of her – she had to learn it on the fly!

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Independent Spirit Awards: James Franco and Natalie Portman win for acting; “Kids Are All right” wins for screenplay!

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The Independent Spirit Awards were presented yesterday in Santa Monica with many of this year’s Oscar nominees in contention.

Black Swan was the event’s big winner with wins best picture, best actress for Natalie Portman and director for Darren Aronofsky.

James Franco, an Oscar nominee for 127 Hours who is certain to lose to Colin Firth today, took the best actor prize. He no doubt had to dash over from Oscar rehearsals (he co-hosts today with Anne Hathaway!).

I am thrilled that Lisa Cholodenko and writer Stuart Blumberg (pictured, below), won of the best screenplay award for The Kids Are All Right – especially since they are not favored to win the Oscar. Cholodenko directed this superb film which is also nominated for best picture.

Other Spirit Award winners:

Dale Dickey ~ Winter’s Bone

John Hawkes ~ Winter’s Bone

Get Low

Lena Dunham ~ Tiny Furniture

Matthew Libatique ~ Black Swan

Exit Through The Gift Shop

The King’s Speech

Please Give

Daddy Longlegs

Mike Ott ~ Littlerock

Anish Savjani ~ Meek’s Cutoff

Jeff Malmberg ~ Marwencol


Morning Men Classics: A gallery of Oscar winners from Matt and Ben to Clooney to Dustin Lance Black!’s Oscar Sunday and besides the awards themselves, the talk on the red carpet and after the show will be all about what the women wore.


So let’s kick off the day with a gallery of dapper Oscar-winning MEN!

All are past Oscar winners for acting, one for directing and three for screenwriting.

Here are Matt Damon and Ben Affleck with the screenwriting Oscars they won in 1998 for Good Will Hunting; Javier Bardem with his best supporting actor for No Country for Old Men; Sidney Poitier with his Oscar for Lilies of the Field; Marlon Brando (with best actress winner Grace Kelly) with his Oscar for On the Waterfront; Robert Redford in 1981 when he won for directing Ordinary People; Jamie Foxx with his best actor Oscar for Ray; Denzel Washington with one of his two Oscars; George Clooney wins supporting actor Oscar for Syriana; Sean Penn with his second best actor Oscar; Daniel-Day Lewis wins the first of his two best actor Oscars; Kevin Costner holding best director and best picture Oscars for Dances With Wolves; Dustin Lance Black accepting his Oscar for writing the screenplay for Milk.

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Happy Birthday to Oscar winner Elizabeth Taylor!

It seems somehow fitting that Elizabeth Taylor’s 79th birthday falls on Oscar Sunday this year.

The acting legend, hospitalized in recent weeks with heart problems, won Academy Awards for best actress in 1961 for Butterfield 8 and in 1966 for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? In 1993, she was the recipient of an Honorary Oscar for her humanitarian work. Miss Taylor was also a best actress nominee for Raintree County, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Suddenly Last Summer.

Miss Taylor, whose other classic films include National Velvet, Father of the Bride, A Place in the Sun, Giant and Cleopatra, has not appeared in a feature film since 1994′s The Flintstones and last acted in the 2001 TV movie These Old Broads.

But her place in film history is firmly established.

Throughout the years, Miss Taylor was always a glamorous highlight of any Academy Awards show that she participated in as a presenter or nominee. Here are some photos of this great star at various Oscar ceremonies. Hopefully she can be on hand next year, when she would be 80, and be a presenter!

Paul Newman The following are classic (stock) images of Elizabeth Taylor.Image Circa: 1992 (at the Academy Awards with Paul Newman).
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“Glee” star Darren Criss talks about kissing Rachel: “It was clearly, for Blaine, an experiment, which I think is a cool thing to address.” Criss, who plays openly gay student Blaine on Glee, talked about locking lips with Lea Michele’s Rachel on last week’s episode during an appearance Friday on Access Hollywood Live.

“It was clearly, for Blaine, an experiment, which I think is a cool thing to address,” Darren told hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover. “More often than not, it’s like the straight guy or the straight person thinking out of the box, but the other side of that is just sort of… conflict.”

The 24-year-old actor/musician talked about originally auditioning for the role of Finn (landed by Cory Monteith) and says his  formerly crazy coiffed hairdo may be partly to blame for his not getting cast.

“For the longest time I would come in [to auditions] with my big, sort of hobbit hair and my guitar and sing like Motown and Disney songs… basically just being a goofball,” Darren recalled.

Darren trimmed his hair when he returned to audition for the role of “preppy” private-schooler Blaine and performed his own take on Britney SpearsBaby One More Time.

“For [the role of Blaine] role it was very clean-cut, preppy… so I did the Dead Poets [Society]’ hair,” Darren said, referencing the 1989 Robin Williams drama. “I actually sang a Rodgers and Hart tune, which is very sort of classical musical theater, then I did a version of… Britney.”

Though Darren plays an openly gay high school student on Glee, in is straight in real life.

“I’ve been pretty overt about the fact that I am straight,” Darren said. “I think it’s an important thing to be explicit about — not for my own sexuality, but just as a general statement that I am comfortable with my sexuality and very comfortable with the fact that I’m playing a strong gay character.”

“It’s been a blessing because it’s something I’m very proud of,” he added. “It’s a wonderful show, great character and it’s been something that’s been very organic and it’s attached to a social-political package that I happen to be very invested in as well.”


At Oscars, James Franco won’t emulate Ricky Gervais Globes tone: “I didn’t think he was that funny.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to seeing what James Franco and Anne Hathaway bring to their Oscar hosting duties.

Judging from the promos alone, I think we are in store for quite a treat from these two young talents who in recent years have become two of the most in-demand stars in Hollywood. was interviewed by USA Today inside The Kodak Theatre during his wardrobe fittings this week and the actor, a best actor nominee for 127 Hours, made clear that he’s steering away from the Ricky Gervais-style roasting of the Golden Globes.

“I haven’t really read about the fallout of Ricky Gervais,” he tells the paper. “I was there and I didn’t think he was that funny. The jokes were kind of — gay Scientology jokes? South Park did that like five years ago. So I don’t really want to do Ricky Gervais style.”

Instead, he calls his style “conversational.” “I’m still surprised I’m doing this,” he admits. Asked why, exactly, he agreed to do it, Franco pauses as two sets of hands carefully pin the jacket to his body.

“I love movies. I like the idea that I can do this at a time when no one expected me to do it,” he says. “Movies are changing, the way you watch entertainment is changing, and honestly I don’t know how much longer we’ll love movies the way we do now. So it’s nice to be a part of this while movies are still a really important part of our world.”


Last weekend to see Rita McKenzie dazzle in “Ethel Merman’s Broadway” at El Portal Theatre in NoHo!

Last week, an emergency prevented me from attending the opening night of Ethel Merman’s Broadway at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.

But I still want to give this critically acclaimed Broadway-bound show, starring Rita McKenzie as Merman, a big shout out as it concludes its Southern California run this weekend.

McKenzie is said to bring an extremely realistic and well-researched persona of the world famous brassy broad to life. The show features a 12-piece orchestra under the Musical Director/Arranger David Snyder.

The producers report that since the show’s last Los Angeles engagement in 2005, it has been retooled, updated and quite literally refashioned with five additional costume changes by Eric Winterling, who created the costumes for Wicked, and additional songs.

Post image for ETHEL MERMAN’S BROADWAY by Christopher Powich and Rita McKenzie – El Portal Theatre – Los Angeles (North Hollywood) Theater Review

Writes  Song highlights of the evening spanning the Gerhswins, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Jerry Herman, who wrote her a special song to sing when she starred in Hello Dolly! are Merman favorites: You’re the Top, I Got Rhythm, Anything Goes, I Get a Kick Out of You, You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun, There’s No Business like Show Business, They Say It’s Wonderful, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, The Hostess with the Mostess, Some People, Everything’s Coming Up Roses, and the rarely heard Herman song World Take Me Back, all belted with gusto, in great Mermanesque style and flare, proving without question ‘Broadway was King and Ethel happened to be Queen’.

Last week’s opening night was a star-studded affair with the great Mitzi Gaynor (South Pacific) acting as hostess for the evening and an audience that included five-time Emmy winner Doris Roberts, Hal Linden, Oscar winner George Chakiris, Richard Sherman, Dee Wallace, Mary Jo Catlett, Lisa Laporta, Clive Peasre, Allan Rich, Michael Orland, Renee Taylor, Joe Bologna, Barbara Van Orden, Loretta Devine, Tippi Hedren, Earl Holliman, Stefanie Powers, Jane Withers, and AC Lyles.
For TICKET INFORMATION, here is a LINK to the El Portal website!

Boy George talks about the “daisy chain” from Quentin Crisp to David Bowie to him to Adam Lambert is a terrific new interview that Boy George has done with The Hollywood Reporter.
The one-time Culture Club frontman has seen plenty of troubles in recent years but is on an upswing with the new hit song Somebody to Love Me.
He talks about that and plenty more. I’ve excerpted the section about Adam Lambert and Lady Gaga for you.
THR: W hat’s your impression of Adam Lambert?
George: He came to a party I had in London and was lovely. I think he has a great voice and an incredible range. It’s phenomenal. It’s special. And I think the glam thing adds to that. It gives him an edge.
THR: Since Idol, Adam has been pretty open about his sexuality, do you wish you could have been more up front about yours at the height of your career?
George: I think you do things in your own time. My family knew I was gay when I was 15, long before I got famous. But it’s a very different thing coming out to your family and coming out to the universe. That’s a big step. Maybe without me, there wouldn’t be Adam Lambert. Without Bowie, there wouldn’t be me. Without Quentin Crisp, there wouldn’t have been Bowie. So everything is part of a big daisy chain. A lot of people come up to me all the time and say thank you for helping me be who I am. So my thing wasn’t just about sexuality. It was about anyone who felt different; anyone who felt out of place. Being gay was one part of it.
THR: Your thoughts on Lady Gaga?
George: I applaud what she does. I love the fact that she supports gay people. We appreciate that love. I think she brightens up the horizon. I’ve seen her perform and when it’s just her on the piano, it really showcases what she can do. There is a real voice there. I think she has real talent. I wouldn’t say all her music relates to me, but I loved her arriving [to the Grammys] in an egg.

Friday Briefs: Oprah says no feud with Rosie; Jackie Bisset says too many best picture Oscar noms; Maddow blasts her critics!

So yesterday I reported on Rosie O’Donnell and Ashley Fink clearing the air over Rosie’s remark about Ashley’s storyline on Glee.

Today, it’s time to clear up reports that Rosie and her new boss, Oprah Winfrey, are already on the outs.

Rosie is set to headline a daily talk show on Oprah’s OWN  network this fall and Oprah took to Twitter to torpedo the rumors: “I get so sick of people trying to create fights and feuds when women are in business. Don’t buy into it. There’s no feud between Rosie and me. We haven’t even had a discussion about the new show.”

Jacqueline Bisset arrives for the BAFTA Los Angeles 17th annual awards season tea party held at the Four Seasons Hotel on January 15, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.BISSET ON BEST PICTURE: The lovely Jacqueline Bisset and I chatted at the BAFTA/LA Awards Season Tea Party about Sunday’s Academy Awards.
Since she is an Academy member, I wondered what she thought of the Academy rules, changed last year, that widened the best picture category from five to 1o slots.
The star of such films as Rich and Famous, Death In Love, The Greek Tycoon, Latter Days and Bullitt is not a fan.
“I’m uncomfortable with that at this point,” Miss Bissett said. “When I filling it out I was thinking, ‘This feels excessive.’ I have a tendency to like small movies so it doesn’t take me into that area of the big Hollywood movie any more than it ever did.”
At 66, Miss Bissett is still a stunning woman and keeping busy with meaty roles on television (Did you see her during season 4 of Nip/Tuck?) and in film.
“I am keeping busy,” she said. “I’m pretty willing to take risks and I don’t mind if I look bad at this point. I like to find substantial things.”

She’s found a lot of the better roles in smaller independent films but there’s also a down side to that.

“You’re paid virtually nothing for those movies, you virtually do it for free – it costs you money to do them! The whole economic thing for actors, it’s tough these days. I had a lucky year this year. I’m a spokeswoman for Avon and it’s been a fun thing to do. We’ve done a very nice commercial and a photo shoot and stuff. I’ve never done anything like that before, I’ve always resisted it.”
Well, a girl’s gotta make a living! GETS MAD: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow sure knows how to stick up for herself.

On her nightly show last night, she defended her reporting on the Wisconsin union battle — which had been criticized by the fact-checking unit Politifact (run by the St. Petersburg Times) — and she blasted “right wing” critics who she says are taking this as an opportunity be critical of her being gay.

“Because this particular burst of anger is a pure right-wing Internet phenomenon,” she said, “if you’ve seen anything on this you’ve probably seen [Politifact] retweeted at some point as ‘Rachel Maddow is wrong, and she looks like a man!’ Also a favorite, ‘Rachel Maddow is wrong, and also gay.’ Just because you don’t like the way it sounds when I say it, or you don’t like my haircut, or you don’t like that I’m gay, it does not mean what we say is not true.”


Twins Gary Lane and Larry Lane get very wet winning $50,000 first prize on ABC’s “Winter Wipeout” to Larry Lane and his twin brother Gary Lane who won the $50,000 first prize on last night’s episode of ABC’s Winter Wipeout.

I had so much fun watching them! They emerged the winners from a field of 24 contestants and had to get very cold and very wet and take a lot of knockdowns to take first place in a total time of 16:29.

This handsome pair, both gay, are in mighty good shape to have been able to master such things in the “Wipeout Zone” as the Icy Stairway From Hell, Frostbite, and the Sinister Snowflakes.

The show’s hosts at first tried to tell Gary and Larry apart then just gave up with one of them saying: “Can we just call them Glarry?”

The show aired on the Lane twins’ birthday!

To read more about these dynamic guys and their upcoming documentary Hollywood to Dollywood, click HERE.

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Greg In Hollywood talks with “Toy Story 3″ director Lee Unkrich about his film: “I’m really happy that a lot of people felt something.”

Toy Story 3 managed a feat that only two other animated movies have in the history of the Academy Awards: It has been nominated for best picture.

When the Oscars are handed out on Sunday night, it is doubtful that the critically-acclaimed and the stupendously popular Toy Story 3 ($648 million in worldwide box office) will win the ultimate prize, but it’s a shoo-in to win the Oscar for best animated feature.

I had the pleasure of speaking with the film’s director, Lee Unkrich, recently and got his thoughts on awards season and on the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the film.

“Very few animated films have ever been nominated for best picture, really only two which is our movie Up last year and Beauty and the Beast way back when,” he pointed out. “It’s just been wonderful. We made a movie that had a 3 at the end of it and movies with 3 in the title don’t typically get recognition at awards time so we feel very grateful that people enjoyed the movie as much as they did.”

Toy Story 3 touched the hearts of moviegoers young and old. In it,  the toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it’s up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren’t abandoned and to return home.

“We knew from the very beginning that we couldn’t just make computer graphic movies that were just visually dynamic without having good stories to tell, without having a lot of heart and saying something about life,” said Unkrich, who has been with Pixar for 16 years. “We’ve always tried to do that. And in this film with Andy growing up, we definitely had an opportunity to really tap into a lot of primal feelings that a lot of people have about growing up and leaving their parents or about raising their children. It affected a lot of people and I think that’s a good thing. We go to movies because we want to feel something and I’m really happy that a lot of people felt something.”

So are awards just gravy considering the phenomenal box office for Toy Story 3?

“We’ve been so fortunate on this movie that we have done really well around the world. It is the icing on the cake,” he said. “People ask me if [awards season] is hard and am I stressed? I’m really not. Making the movie was the hard thing. I’m just trying to enjoy all of this.”

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My chat with Oscar winner Simon Beaufoy, a nominee again this year for “127 Hours” screenplay Beaufoy has been through all of this Oscar hoopla before.

Two years ago, he was nominated for and won the adapted screenplay Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire. He had also been nominated in 1998 in the original screenplay category for The Full Monty.

This year, Beaufoy is nominated along with Danny Boyle, for best adapted screenplay for 127 Hours.

“I think last time, that is as well as [awards season] will ever go in our lives,” he said of the Slumdog’s award success which included a best picture win.

Does that mean things are more relaxing this time around?

“You know it is more relaxing,” he told Greg In Hollywood. “The Slumdog trail was really extraordinary and it built up momentum so fast. There was a point not many months before that nobody wanted to release the film at all. Suddenly it’s winning all these awards and the pressure was actually huge for the momentum to go all the way to the Oscars. That’s three months of what is apparently parties but is actually a lot of business for the movie really. This time, it’s a lot more relaxed.” and I chatted at last month’s BAFTA/LA Awards Season Tea Party in Beverly Hills. It was nice to meet face-to-face two years after our first interview. That took place in December of 2008 on the morning the Golden Globe nominations were announced. He had been nominated for Slumdog and we chatted on the phone as he was riding in a taxi in London. He was heading home to celebrate with some champagne.

Okay, back to the present day.

What did he think of leading man James Franco’s Oscar-nominated performance in 127 Hours which has been nominated for six Academy Awards this year including best picture?

“He inhabited that role totally,” Beaufoy said. “That’s what makes a really great actor, he just totally immersed himself in that part to the point where you never see a person acting, you never question what he’s doing. It feels utterly believable throughout.”

He’s not real bullish on his chances of adding another Oscar to his shelf this year remarking that Aaron Sorkin’s The Social Network was “a very good screenplay.”


Lunch Break Video: From Cuba Gooding Jr. speaking over orchestra to a streaker, a compilation of Oscar moments when Angelina Jolie won the Oscar for Girl Interrupted and strangely told the world “I’m so in love with my brother right now?”

Or when Roberto Benigini won the best actor prize for Life is Beautiful and actually walked on top of the seats to get to the stage?

How ’bout when Jack Palance started doing one-armed push-ups?

Those moments plus winner Cuba Gooding Jr. refusing to leave the stage – or to wrap up his speech – even as the orchestra tried to play him off. Then there was the streaker who ran across the stage in the early 70s as David Niven was about to introduce presenter Elizabeth Taylor.
These moments and more are highlighted in today’s Oscar clip. I hope you enjoy!

Friday Morning Man: Nicholas Gonzalez!’s been nice to see sexy Nicholas Gonzalez back on series TV as a cast member of the new ABC medical-adventure series Off the Map.

I’ve been a big fan of this guy for more than a decade now, ever since he was on Showtime’s late, great series Resurrection Blvd as Alex Santiago, a pre-med student who dropped out of school in order to become a professional boxer..

It was heartbreaking that the show lasted just two seasons. But since then, Nicholas has not looked back.

Now 35, he has starred in such films as Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, Behind Enemy Lines II, Rockaway and Down for Life.

On television, he had a recurring role on The OC during the 2004-05 season and was a cast member in the PBS series American Family. More recently, he had regular roles as a detective on the unsuccessful revival of Melrose Place and as a doctor on the series Mental.

There’s far more to this handsome actor than his looks and acting talent: He graduated from Central Catholic High School in San Antonio, Texas, before attending Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in literature. He also spent two terms at Oxford University in England, UK, researching British literature and poetry.

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Matthew McConaughey on cover of Men’s Fitness!

Matthew McConaughey Says Camila Alves Hikes in Sandals | Matthew McConaugheyRemember when Matthew McConaughey at first tried to play down his hunkiness in such early films as A Time to Kill, Lone Star, Amistad and Contact?
Then he started taking his shirt off more in such hits as How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Sahara and Failure to Launch.
Finally, he ended up going through an entire film - Surfer Dude – wearing nothing but swim trunks!
In addition, paparazzi shots of Matthew running and hiking around LA were all over the magazines and the web and while nice to look at, he did lose a bit of his mystique in my opinion.
But now a father of two, he appears back on the right track. His upcoming film, The Lincoln Lawyer, looks promising. He plays a lawyer who conducts business from the back of his Lincoln town car while representing a high-profile client in Beverly Hills. The first-rate cast also include Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, Josh Lucas and William H. Macy.
But let us not forget that at 41. Matthew remains a hunk and that is why he is on the cover of the April issue of Men’s Fitness.
He talks about his workout preferences and says he enjoys using heavy rocks to help maintain his rock solid bod.

“It’s not as simple as it seems,” he says. “You shift the weight from high above your head, in your right arm, then your left, then rest it on your shoulders, adding more weight to your back, then your legs.”

As he notes, “You get a full-body workout just by finding out how many positions you can manage without having to set the weight on the ground. You also discover the stronger and weaker spots in your physique.”

McConaughey doesn’t claim to be perfect, but he does know what’s best for himself.

“I’m not a professional athlete,” he says. “But I have a job where I like to look good and be as healthy as possible.”