He has the tendency to reach gay levels of bitchiness. It''s quite impressive.
His discourse has gotten even more mediocre than it already was, thanks to blogging. Not only is he writing in outdated ''net speak ("Dead. In. The. Water.") and posting blog entries about how his promoter friend can literally beat up competing movie critics, he''s quoting his own tweets in his newspaper articles. Vanity or padding out an article? Either way, enough already.
[quote]Not only is he writing in outdated ''net speak ("Dead. In. The. Water.")\
I think Ebert is a frequent poster at TWoP. He might even be recapping "Smallville" for them.
The "worst Oscarcast he''s ever seen?" He must not have seen the one where Rob Lowe sang a duet with Snow White.
The critics who say this was the worst one they''ve seen forget about the horrendous 1989 Allan Carr-produced Oscarcast (which ruined Carr''s career) and almost ruined then hot heartthrob Rob Lowe''s career.\
That telecast was SOOOOO cringe-inducing that I will take last night''s inept hosts (who STILL weren''t as bad as that infamous 1989 telecast), Melissa Leo''s saying fuck in her unprepared, apopletic acceptance speech, et. al, any time. \
Seriously, go to youtube.com and watch portions of that 1989 Oscarcast. Even THE AUDIENCE was cringing.
Did her big plastic horse jaw fall out of her head?
Ebert makes some good comments in his full review.
Because there were no blacks. Ebert likes chocolate.
The 1989 broadcast was the worst, but last night''s was a very close second.%0D\
1989''s broadcast was a horribly written, directed, produced, and hosted traditional Oscar show.%0D\
Last night''s broadcast was a horribly written, directed, produced, and hosted untraditional Oscar show. Trying to make the Oscars appeal to a younger demographic was a mistake.%0D\
If that''s the direction the broadcast is going to take....."Next year, let''s do it in 3-D!"....then the Oscars officially died last night.%0D\
Must everything in this country be dumbed down and teched up for those under the age of 35?
From the closed Oscar thread:%0D\
"But did Lena Horne give a rat''s ass about Halle?"%0D\
Are you kidding? Lena wanted to DO Halle. In 2007.
I am personally insulted he did not mention me once in his review. When will we overcome, I ask you?
[quote]Randy Newman won for the best song Oscar for "We Belong Together," a title that might describe the many of the works that received his 19 previous nominations.\
Smooth, Roger, smooth!
I blame the writers. And James Franco''s lack of enthusiasm. And the fact that there were no surprises.
Whoever "owns" the Oscars, that is to say, whoever runs the Academy know the have a cash-cow franchise. As long as suckers continue to tune in annually they will milk it for squillions in advertising revenues while keeping costs to a minimum by giving the audience next to nothing in entertainment value, i.e. one live act (Celine Dion) and a bunch of clips and blather.
The 1989 one was at least entertaining in a jaw dropping way. This one was snoresville.
Was it jawdroppingly bad, Roger?
"And James Franco''s lack of enthusiasm"\
And why WAS he so lackluster last night? He KNEW he was hosting. It wasn''t a surprise!
honey badger dont give a shit about what that old queen thinks - he likes James Franco!
I had to laugh, R19! I''m sorry - now I feel guilty.
W&W for R19!
[quote] the Oscars officially died last night.\
AS far as I''m concerned they died upon the words "and the Oscar goes to . . .Crash."
And they gave Heath Ledger an Oscar just to make sure it stayed dead, R24.
roger''s been tweeting specials from fucking amazon.com, for god''s sake. last week it was a special on knives.\
the oscars weren''t exciting, but they weren''t that bad. i think the lack of upsets/surprises hurt more than anything.\
a couple upsets and people aren''t talking so much about the hosts and writing.
If you''re talking about when they died for that R24, I think ''and the winner is...Ordinary People and ''...Robert Redford'' are worse than Crash. \
That was before my time, but I was shocked to read it later after I saw Raging Bull.\
The telecast, I don''t know. I only pop in and out to watch the main categories. I assume it''s always been hideous.
you may be right, R24
From the Village Voice:\
"*Hammy Kirk Douglas was beyond irritating as he hijacked the Supporting Actress moment (though I did get a perverse kick out of his earlobes)."\
Totally agree. It is inexplicable to me that a lot of people have singled him out as the highlight of the ceremony.
The best bit about the 1989 Oscars wasn''t Snow White singing a suggestive song with Rob Lowe, but the "Stars of Tomorrow" number featuring Oscar-winners-in waiting Rikki Lake, Corey Feldman and Joely Fisher!
"Must everything in this country be dumbed down and teched up for those under the age of 35?"%0D\
Yeah, those 34-year-olds are such silly teenyboppers!%0D\
You must be ancient.%0D\
If one black actor had one he would have called it a triumph of the art of television. I stopped listening to him when he named "Eve''s Bayou" (yes, that was a movie) the best film of the year for no apparent reason.
"Hammy Kirk Douglas"\
Wow, talk about a nice way to put it.
Oh god, i said "one" instead of "won". My post is thereby invalidated.
Not everyone is a spelling/grammar troll, R37. Relax.
True, R37, but at least you head off the inevitable "Oh, dear".
Bring back Sacheen Littlefeather!
[quote]"And James Franco''s lack of enthusiasm"... And why WAS he so lackluster last night? He KNEW he was hosting. It wasn''t a surprise!\
That was supposed to be the shtick. She was excited and bubbly and he was to be cool and aloof. It didn''t work, but it was planned.
It was a jaw-dropping broadcast.
the Oscars telecast is boring because they spend lots of time referencing movies almost nobody has seen. While it is laudable that they try to pump artsy movies, more people have watched beverly hills chihuahua than winter''s bone. they need to delete some awards (best screenplay, best adapted screenplay, best short film, best foreign film) because nobody cares. there''s only so much the presenters can do to make it exciting after a Danish producer spends 4 minutes thanking everyone in her child''s 3rd grade class. bring back the streakers, the controversy and the political outbursts when accepting awards. these are much more interesting than thanking your makeup person and agent.
R43 reminds us what it''s all about by putting the "ass" back in "class." Thanks, hon. I''d say your comments are capital but you don''t seem to know what the concept means.
Roger is still miffed The Academy failed to recognize his "Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls" screenplay.
What are the rumors about Roger Ebert? He always seemed like a weird guy who seemed to hate himself for being a nerd and then projected it onto others. And don''t kill me for asking this, but were there ever any gay or bi rumors about him? I get the feeling that he has a different past than most would suspect.
[quote]roger''s been tweeting specials from fucking amazon.com, for god''s sake. last week it was a special on knives.\
Oh god, I thought that was just a one-time thing on his blog. I think it was last year he was pimping a rice cooker: "I can''t eat food anymore, but I still cook, and this rice cooker is amazing! $49.95 on Amazon. Tell them Roger sent ya."
Next year they should get Tina Fey to write for it and let Alec and Steve host again.
I wonder if he''s still able to eat out his wife. Or if he ever did.
Steve Correll would be a good host.
R47, no gay rumors. The only sex rumor I heard about Ebert was from Russ Meyer back during "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" filming. Meyer surrounded himself with women of a certain type, as you probably know, and he claimed a young Ebert hit it off well enough with one of them to get a blow job by the side of an outdoor pool. Meyer said Ebert "flopped around like a fish", I guess implying that Ebert was such a dorky noob that he could even handle being blown.
Thanks, R53. Wow, that is horrible to imagine Roger Ebert getting a blowjob. Do you have any idea of who gave him one? Yikes!
Also, do you know if it was one of the women in the movie?
"couldn''t even handle," not "could."
just oh dearing myself, thanks
I don''t honestly remember if it was one of Meyer''s girlfriends -- he lived with several at a time -- or an extra on the film. It wasn''t one of the main actresses, but that''s all I really remember.
I could have done without the visual of Roger Ebert sex.
Maybe it was this actress, Marcia McBroom-Small who met up with Roger Ebert recently for a showing of ''Beyond the Valley of the Dolls''.
Petronella Danforth! The drummer in the Carrie Nations.
The "Beyond" 2-cd set is hoopy, it has interviews with Dolly Read (who looks awesome), Marcia, John La Zar, Cynthia Myers (who looks okay but is kinda sad).
One thing you can say about Robert Ebert. He''s consistent in his criticism and he doesn''t pull any punches. He doesn''t try to edit his comments based on who is in the room at the time.\
This is a man who does not talk out of both sides of his mouth.
R53, where did you hear about that story? Also, if Petronella Danforth was one of the main characters in the movie(I''ve never seen it), it''s unlikely that the actress Marcia McBroom-Small was the woman in question.\
Was that just gossip you heard or were you connected Russ Meyer or anyone else on the set?
Well... Was this oscarcast worse?
Go ahead everyone, get all the excoriation, vituperation, condemnation, and good ol' hate out your system, but Seth McFarland will be asked to host another Oscars – bet on it.
Seth MacFarlane will never live down this disaster. 99.9% of the public hated it, and not just hated, they were shocked by how bad he was. Fox is going to take no issue cancelling a few of his shows now.
Total bullshit, R67. Fox will cancel Seth's shows only, and only if the ratings decline and his shows stop MAKING MONEY for Fox. Nothing more, nothing less.
You fools simply don't know how Hollywood works, or any business for that matter.
Roger Ebert is so 1985.
No one's realized this thread is 2 years old?
Isn't it hilarious, R70? Proves several points, doesn't it?
I'll admit it, I didn't notice it was a two-year-old thread.
I agree with him.
R73, you know he was writing about the one AnnE and James Franco hosted, two years ago?
Thread from February 2011!!!!!
This thread is almost the resurrected zombie that the oscarcast is.
And yet nobody has raised the issue of whether MacFarlane was better than Franco or not.
[quote]You fools simply don't know how Hollywood works, or any business for that matter.
Despite the ancient thread, this statement is 100 percent true.
No one hosted the 89 oscars.
None of the nominated songs were performed either.
[quote]You fools simply don't know how Hollywood works, or any business for that matter.
But I'm sure [italic]you[/italic] do, because you're a special snowflake, a wise princess, and a wise Latina, all at once.