Ellen DeGeneres (Photo: AP)

Is DeGeneres Part of Academy’s Push for Diversity?

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences isn’t as much of an old-boys’ club as it used to be. The group named two women to prominent positions this week, including Friday’s announcement that Ellen DeGeneres will host the 2014 Oscar show. [xfinity-record-button id=”7967342778484123112″ program_type=”series”] Earlier in the week, the academy’s […]

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First Lady: Not Surprised by Reaction to Oscars

By Darelene Superville, AP CHICAGO — Michelle Obama says it was “absolutely not surprising” to her that her satellite appearance at the Academy Awards ceremony provoked a national conversation about whether it was appropriate, after some conservative critics accused her of selfishly crashing the event in an attempt to upstage it. She attributed the chatter to […]

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Oscar Hosting: Is It a Thankless Task?

NEW YORK (AP) — The love-him-or-hate-him reaction to Seth MacFarlane’s turn as Academy Awards host is evidence that one of the most high-profile jobs in show business is becoming one of its most thankless. The “Family Guy” creator and first-time Oscars host seemed unusually preoccupied with his reviews both before and during Sunday’s show. He […]

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