Posts Tagged ‘Academy Awards’

UP NEXT: HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD OSCAR PREVIEW

Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

OscarsadvertisemovierollHooray for Hollywood and hooray for the Oscars! This year’s 87th Academy Awards is the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, February 18, 3 pm ET. Joining Halli at her table are Betsy Sharkey, esteemed film-critic for The Los Angeles Times, director/writer/producer Charles Matthau, and stage, film and television actor currently starring in the Peabody Award winning TV drama SWITCHED AT BIRTH on ABCFamily, D.W. Moffett.

Los Angeles Times film critic Betsy Sharkey is an award-winning entertainment journalist and bestselling author. She began her career as a feature writer for the Dallas Morning News and has since written for The New York Times, TV Guide and Esquire among others. She is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., the Society for Professional Journalists and Cinema for Peace’s international jury. She holds a degree in journalism and a master’s in communications theory from Texas Christian University.

American film, TV, and theater actor D.W. Moffett’s film credits include Bernardo Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty, Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic, for which he won a Screen Actors Guild Award and Thirteen. Onstage, he has appeared opposite John Malkovich in Balm In Gilead in New York City, opposite Brad Davis in Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, opposite Matt Dillon in Boys of Winter, and was most recently seen on stage at the OldVicTheater in London, playing opposite Kevin Spacey in The Philadelphia Story.

Director, writer, producer, actor and raconteur Charles Matthau was weaned on film. His father was actor Walter Matthau. He appeared as a child actor in such films as Charley Varrick, The Bad News Bears and House Calls before he turned to directing with The Grass Harp, from a novella by Truman Capote, and the made-for-TV movie The Marriage Fool. A graduate of the film school at the University of Southern California, Matthau also directed Doin’ Time on Planet Earth, Her Minor Thing, Baby-O and Freaky Deaky starring Christian Slater.

No one gives a party like Oscar, except The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. Join us for our Oscar celebration, February 18th 3 pm ET. The party takes place at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

OSCAR 2014: THE YAWN HEARD ROUND THE WORLD

Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

Oscar white tuxedoWhat is it with Oscar? It’s the little engine that cannot get it right. Chug a chug chug, it’s the show that no matter what wheezes down the track. Sometimes it takes the bend too quickly, sometimes, as it did last night, too safely, but it just never ever quite cruises successfully to its destination. Clang, clang, clang went the trolley, hitting the perfect speed only one time during the entire long ride to the inevitable Twelve Years a Slave win (more about that in a moment) when Pink, pretty not in pink, hit the right note in her send-up to Judy Garland’s Over the Rainbow in celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of film-classic The Wizard of Oz.

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This year’s Oscar conductor, the sometimes acerbic, always deadpan daytime diva Ellen DeGeneres, who, by the way, wore her evening tuxes better than any man in the room, should stay in daytime, which suits her better. While the glam kings and queens vied for uber-Hollywood sophistication with DeGeneres at the helm, it too-often felt like they were overdressed for Ding Dong School at The Dolby Theater (if you’re too young to remember Ding, Dong School, look it up online).

With men, and DeGeneres, dressed like porters in a train’s club car (Matthew McConaughey, you can wear anything and clang, clang, clang goes my trolley) and the women bedecked and bedazzled to bland perfection, I wasn’t hungry for a pizza, which Ellen served up in true porter’s fashion, but rather for a blemish, a blotch, a bump on the track of the show, but alas, we were on the Oscar train. As I said, the little engine that never seems able to make it along its track just right.

But I’m happy that at least The Oscar’s had the good sense not to have the frozen faced one-time Hollywood legend Kim Novak present the award for Best Animated Feature to Frozen. Nice to see Miss Novak, but question: Your first appearance at the Oscars in a gazillion years, and, what, you could not afford a dress? OK, I’ll let it go…let it go…let it go…tra la la.

As to the awards themselves, no surprises here, and that’s a BIG problem for The Oscars. First, by the time we get through the long award season, we’re numb. Who cares? Oscar? So! And two, by the time it gets to The Oscars we pretty much know the winners. Is it time for the Academy to change the show’s date? Change, something, please.

There was delicious innovation in films this year: Gravity brilliantly used new technology in an appropriate way. Spike Jonz’ screenplay for Her was a fresh idea and deserved its win. 12 Years a Slave told a previously untold story, but sadly focused yet again on the theme of the sadistic slave owner and the brutality that he inflicts on his poor slaves. The cruelty displayed in this version, in fact, so-over-the-top, even if truth, that it sickened, losing the strength of its character-driven story to apology. Perhaps, it is time for filmmakers to build a new track. When does Hollywood stop clinging to stories that massage their social venue and get back to what it used to do best: simply tell a story?

And speaking of simple: While Pharrell Williams’ Oscar nominated song Happy from Despicable Me 2 didn’t win the best, it clearly was the tune everyone was singing, dancing out of The Dolby Theater happy the long night at The Oscars was over. And therein lies a lesson for Oscar: Keep it simple, but please, not stupid, and short.

Clang! Clang!

 

FUEL FOR MORNING THOUGHTS…

Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

Hi my friends,

It’s post show day, whew! I’m infused after yesterday’s after Oscars party. No one is more stimulating than my good friend Alex Hitz, Mr. Bon Vivant who always brings his terrific personality and insight when he’s my guest on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. And Nikki Haskell, ya gotta listen to Nikki closely, because she is the Queen of Repartee, and no one delivers zings like Nikki Haskell. Our topic yesterday: The Oscars 2013. You just have to listen to the show to appreciate what good conversation is all about. No holes were barred yesterday on The Halli Casser-Jayne Oscar Show. And my two Hollywood insiders had a lot to reveal. Do let me know what you think.

Now an infusion with some fuel for you and your morning thoughts….

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THE CHICAGO STORY

STEVEN SPIELBERG GETS HIS DUE

ACTOR DALE ROBERTSON PASSES

CARRIE FISHER HOSPITALIZED

ACADEMY ASKED TO DISAVOW MACFARLANE

FUEL FOR MORNING THOUGHTS…

Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

Good morning, everyone!

Have a great weekend? I hope so.

I finally saw Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln”. It’s a movie everyone should see. I think it is one of the most successful films about American history ever produced. It manages to do something that historical films often fail to do: Let the historical figures prove their own heroism vs. building their grandeur into a script, which often leads to caricature. Daniel Day Lewis, Sally Fields and Tommy Lee Jones’ performances will knock your socks off. There wasn’t one bit player in the film, each performance Oscar worthy. John William’s score is riveting and sometimes even fun. The lighting and set designs are superior, as are the costumes and makeup. Yes, as you can tell, I loved the movie, and hope that you will all see it. Even in the awful days of our fight over slavery, our Congress managed to reach consensus and do what was right for the country. It makes one wonder why the clowns in office today who are fighting over something as ridiculous as a budget, even deserve to be there. Think about how trivial our nation’s arguments are in comparison to what they were in the days of the Civil War. If that doesn’t put things in perspective, I don’t know what will.

Some of you may not know of my interest in the Civil War. Have a look at my book “STILL LIFE images of Antietam.”  There are copies still available. Contact our offices and we’ll arrange to get you a copy. It’s a great gift for Valentine’s Day.

It’s a busy day for me as I prepare for Wednesday’s show, which we’ll announce later today. I think you’ll like this one.

Here are some stories for morning thoughts.

THE POPE

WHY GAS PRICES ARE RISING AGAIN

THE NUCLEAR OPTION: HAGEL

BEST GRAMMY AWARD MOMENTS

DOWNTON ABBEY: IN DEFENSE OF LADY EDITH

Have a great day.

Halli

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