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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Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin Give Oscars a One-Two Punch

Forget Martin and Lewis – now it’s Martin and Baldwin. Picking up where their sizzling onscreen chemistry in the recent comedy ‘It’s Complicated‘ left off, the two Hollywood vets traded barbs and drolly roasted each other, as well as the nominees, with humility and precision as co-hosts of the 82nd annual Oscar Awards. The dual […]

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Live Report from the Academy Awards

Tonight’s the night. In about half an hour, the 82nd Annual Academy Awards will start broadcasting live from Hollywood, California. There are many, many attractive people here, and out on the red carpet, Avatar star Sam Worthington made a point to tell the entire crowd that “this is f-ing unbelievable.” I’m sitting here live in […]

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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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Opening Wide: Sherlock Holmes, It’s Complicated, Alvin 2

Here’s what’s opening in theaters nationwide. We have expansions from Up In The Air and Nine, along with the much anticipated Sherlock Holmes, the less anticipated Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel, and the ‘bit of a slut’ Mery Streep comedy It’s Complicated. In the arthouses, you can see Heath Ledger’s final performance in Terry […]

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Steve Martin And Alec Baldwin Picked For Oscar Hosts

Oscar has a new host this year – two of them. Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin have been selected to co-host the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, Oscar telecast producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman announced. “We think the team of Steve and Alec are the perfect pair of hosts for the Oscars,” said Shankman and […]

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