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  • Michelle Obama responds to critics of her Oscars appearance

    Breanne L. Heldman at Yahoo! Movies Oscars Blog1 yr ago

    So many haters, so little time.

    That seems to be First Lady Michelle Obama’s attitude about conservatives’ outrage over her appearance via satellite at Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony, where she announced the winner for Best Picture.

    Fox News host Bill O’Reilly slammed the cameo, calling it “Hollywood left boosterism,” and Donny Deutsch of MSNBC declared her “an uninvited guest” and said “there was an elitist flavor to it.”

    True to form, FLOTUS is taking the negativity in stride.

    [ Photos: Oscars red carpet report card ]

    “That’s just the nature of life. I mean, we live in a time when there are bloggers and tweeters and 24-hour news and everyone has a voice in this town square, and it’s a big one. And it’s good – overall, it’s good,” she said on the “Today” show on Friday while promoting the third anniversary of her Let’s Move anti-childhood obesity initiative. “That means at any point at a given time, somebody’s not going to like what you do. That’s just the nature of things … It’s part of our culture.”

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  • ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ conspiracy theory: Why it will never be proven

    Meriah Doty at Yahoo! Movies Oscars Blog1 yr ago

    The U.S. Senate has dropped its inquiry into the making of "Zero Dark Thirty."

    When news broke that the probe -- led by Senators Dianne Feinstein, Carl Levin and John McCain -- was put to bed just a day after the Oscars, some of us were scratching our heads. Then later in the day Feinstein's camp issued a statement indicating the probe ended weeks ago after the Senator received the CIA's response to her initial inquiry about its interaction with the filmmakers of "Zero Dark."

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  • Anne Hathaway gets Oscar-grateful

    Meriah Doty at Yahoo! Movies Oscars Blog1 yr ago

    Perhaps Anne Hathaway knew her backstage audience was filled with dozens of jaded press members waiting to pounce. After all, she has had a bit of an acceptance-speech deficit lately. The 30-year-old was all "thank yous" and genuine humility in the Oscars press room. She even got teary.

    Asked if she thinks she is no longer an underdog now that she has a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, Hathaway said, "Officially never. I'm an actor, man."

    She went on to discuss the practicalities of her job and that she has her feet firmly planted on the ground. "Thank you very much for bringing me right back down to earth," she jokingly complained to a reporter. "You're always looking for the next job... I do also have a practical approach to acting, which is: Gotta work, gotta work, gotta work."

    Then her voice started to tremble. Hathaway choked up as she said, winking to her "Les Miserables" role, "I had a dream, and it came true."

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  • Parents of 9/11 victim upset over use of son’s voice in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

    Meriah Doty at Yahoo! Movies Oscars Blog1 yr ago

    The intro to "Zero Dark Thirty" dramatically -- and grimly -- sets the tone for the rest of the film. It is an interpretation of the horror and chaos that occurred on September 11, 2001, in New York. And the sequence utilizes, in part, audio of some of the actual victims who died on that tragic day.

    One of those victims' voices was Bradley Fetchet's. And his parents are not happy his last words were used in a commercial film.

    They say Kathryn Bigelow used their son's last recording in "Zero Dark Thirty" without their permission. "It should never have happened," Mary Fetchet, Bradley's mother, told CBS News.

    Brad worked on the 89th floor of the World Trade Center's south tower. "When I arrived home, I found Brad's message on my phone; and, of course, these were his last words in my view because we never heard from him again," Mrs. Fetchet said. "The ongoing anguish we've gone through, It's a treasured remembrance... it's ours," said Frank Fetchet, Bradley's father.

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  • Tina Fey Won’t Be Hosting the Oscars Anytime Soon

    Breanne L. Heldman at Yahoo! Movies Oscars Blog1 yr ago

    Don’t expect to see “30 Rock” invading the Dolby Theater anytime soon. Tina Fey insists hosting the Oscars isn’t exactly on her to-do list.

    When Seth MacFarlane opened the show on Sunday night, William Shatner was beamed in and prepared the “Family Guy” creator for how his hosting gig would be received by the media and otherwise. He even asked, “Why couldn’t they get Tina and Amy to host?” referring to the dynamic duo of Fey and her BFF Amy Poehler, who hosted the 2013 Golden Globe Awards.

    However, MacFarlane’s response that they would be emceeing next year won’t be coming true.

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    “I just feel like that gig is so hard,” Fey, 42, told the Huffington Post. “Especially for, like, a woman – the amount of months that would be spent trying on dresses alone … no way.”


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  • Family of late Lupe Ontiveros disappointed at Oscars omission

    Meriah Doty at Yahoo! Movies Oscars Blog1 yr ago

    We noted earlier the big names that didn't make this year's Oscar show In Memoriam segment; and the late, prolific Latina actress Lupe Ontiveros was one of them.

    The late performer, who died in July at the age of 69, appeared in titles, including, "The Goonies" (1985), "Selena" (1997), television's "Desperate Housewives," and the Oscar-winning film "As Good As It Gets" (1997).

    On Tuesday, the National Hispanic Media Coalition spoke out against the Academy's omission of Ontiveros, pointing out that she was denied Academy membership. "It is astonishing that an actress of Ontiveros' caliber and experience was denied membership to the Academy," the NHMC wrote in a statement, adding, "We ask that the Academy take a moment to pause and reflect on its commitment to the growing U.S. Latino talent."

    [Related: ‘Selena,’ ‘Goonies’ actress Lupe Ontiveros dies at 69]

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  • Michelle Obama’s Oscar appearance getting thumbs down from conservative critics

    Mark Deming at Yahoo! Movies Oscars Blog1 yr ago

    Michelle Obama's appearance during the Academy Awards presentation Sunday night, where she announced the Best Picture winner via satellite from the White House, came as a big surprise to those watching the show. But it comes as no surprise that a number of commentators were displeased with the First Lady's cameo on the show, and have not been shy about voicing their opinions.

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  • Anne Hathaway Apologizes to Good Friend Valentino for ‘Difficult’ Oscar Dress Snub

    kperri at Yahoo! Movies Oscars Blog1 yr ago

    Anne Hathaway is apologizing for what she wore to the Oscars ... but not because it was widely panned.

    The Best Supporting Actress winner explained on Tuesday that the pale pink Prada gown with the unfortunately placed darts was not her first choice. Instead, a Valentino with embroidered tulle illusion and a high neck was going to be her pick -- until the night before the big ceremony.

    [ Related: Oscars Red Carpet Report Card 2013 ]

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  • Jennifer Lawrence thanks Russell and Weinstein in Oscar acceptance speech addendum

    bryanenk at Yahoo! Movies Oscars Blog1 yr ago

    Careful with those steps -- a sudden stumble might make you forget the two central people responsible for making the movie that features your Oscar-winning performance.

    Every GIF-master on the planet exclaimed "Yes!" when Jennifer Lawrence had a little trouble getting to the stage to accept her Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in "Silver Linings Playbook," a humbling flourish made even all the more (unintentionally) humorous by the standing ovation that followed.

    A rattled and breathless Lawrence took it pretty much in stride, as she had better things to do than be embarrassed by a brief run-in with gravity: namely, delivering her Oscar acceptance speech.

    "Thank you to the Academy, and thank you to the women this year, you were so magnificent and sp inspiring," said the ever-charming Lawrence after the audience took their seats. "And thank you to the producing team -- Bruce [Cohen], Donna [Gigliotti], Jon [Gordon] ... and Bradley [Cooper] and our entire cast -- Chris [Tucker], Jacki [Weaver], Bob [De Niro] and our crew."

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