People: Jesse James Seeks Professional Help

LOS ANGELES — Jesse James reportedly is seeking professional help to deal with “personal issues” after a cheating scandal that has put his nearly five-year marriage to Sandra Bullock on the line. His representative told People magazine in a statement Tuesday that James “realized that this time was crucial to help himself, help his family […]

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Playing Banjo Eased Oscar Stress For Steve Martin

By SANDY COHEN AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES — Steve Martin says playing the banjo helped prepare him for his Oscar-hosting gig. The 64-year-old actor-writer-musician says performing live with the Steep Canyon Rangers made him feel comfortable on the Kodak Theatre stage at the Oscars. Martin says he wasn’t sure why he wasn’t nervous before […]

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Oscars Ratings: Best In Five Years

NEW YORK — Early indications are that an Academy Awards telecast where ‘The Hurt Locker‘ topped the popular ‘Avatar‘ for best picture was popular with viewers. The Nielsen Co.’s overnight measurement of the nation’s 56 biggest markets gave ABC’s Sunday telecast a 26.5 rating and 40 audience share. That’s a 14 percent increase over the […]

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New York-Area Cablevision Viewers Lose Their ABC

Cablevision subscribers in the nation’s top TV market saw WABC-7 go black at 12:01 Sunday morning – right in the middle of the station’s weekly ‘Lost’ rebroadcast – as talks between the cable provider and ABC’s parent company remained at a standstill. Technically, WABC-7 isn’t black; instead, Cablevision subcribers in the New York area are […]

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Barbara Walters: Last Oscars Special Will Be The Best

By ALICIA RANCILIO Associated Press Writer NEW YORK — Barbara Walters says her last Oscars special will be her best. Walters will sit down with actresses Sandra Bullock and Mo’Nique, both nominated for Academy Awards. Bullock is up for Best Actress for ‘The Blind Side.’ Mo’Nique is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for ‘Precious.’ Walters […]

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Notes & Quotes from The Academy Awards Luncheon

The annual Academy Award Nominees Luncheon was held this afternoon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, and some of the nominees took some time out to answer some questions from the assembled press. One of the amusing highlights was Christoph Waltz using his time at the podium to loudly scold the people in […]

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Oscar Breakdown: Surprises and Snubs

The 82nd Annual Academy Award nominations were announced this morning, and one would think the expansion of the Best Picture category to include ten films instead of five for the first time since 1944 would cut down on the talk of films getting snubbed, but that doesn’t seem to be the case so far. Morgan […]

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Oscar Reactions From The Nominees

Here’s a gathering of some of the reactions to the Academy Awards nominations, which were announced this morning. More to be added as they come in. “It’s a huge, huge compliment to the entire cast and crew. It was a very difficult shoot of heat and sun and windstorms and sandstorms and they had to […]

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