Ellen DeGeneres Will Host the 2014 Oscars

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Briefly: Seth MacFarlane won’t be back to host the Oscars when the awards are given out on March 2 next year. Just a day after the election of new AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, we’ve got the announcement of the next Oscar host.

Ellen Degeneres, who has hosted the telecast once before, in 2007, will take her second turn on the Oscar stage. She drew criticism after that first turn for being too understated and low-key as the guide of a show that meandered to a dull four-hour length. Hopefully the Academy has taken some notes about what worked in the past few years. Don’t expect to see Ellen singing a sequel to MacFarlane’s song ‘We Saw Your Boobs,’ but more song and dance numbers are a pretty safe bet.

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Finding Dory

Andrew Stanton‘s rumored return to Pixar is now official. He’ll return with the sequel to Finding Nemo, called Finding Dory. The film will be released by Disney and Pixar on November 25, 2015. It takes place about a full year after the events of Finding Nemo and sees the return of Ellen DeGeneres as the title character. Albert Brooks is also expected to return, and we’ll see a slew of new characters including Dory’s family, who will be at the center of the story.

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When it was announced last month that Pixar was developing a sequel to Finding Nemo, we pretty much assumed that all the creatives would be back for the follow-up. Writer/director Andrew Stanton had never been excited about doing a sequel but it was revealed he was on board and that the braintrust “has a concept the studio loves.”

So it comes as no surprise that the Hollywood trades are reporting that Ellen DeGeneres is in talks to return for the sequel. DeGeneres has been publicly pushing for a sequel on her long-running daytime talk show for almost a decade, so it’s doubtful that she’d say no.

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Selling a 3D movie through 2D technology (like our computer screens) always presents a bit of a challenge, but even more so when it’s a 3D converted movie of a 2D film that first came out nine years ago. After all, there’s no new dialogue or footage to pick over, and little insight to be gained by watching a new cut of the trailer.

Fortunately, in the case of Pixar’s re-release of Finding Nemo, the tale is already so charming in any number of dimensions that it’s still a treat to watch Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) navigating the wild waters, even if we’ve seen it all before. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Ellen DeGeneres is Mother Nature

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It’s been ten years since Ellen DeGeneres took a live action film role – well, outside of TV movies anyhow. Back then she was in the one-two double whammy of EdTV and The Love Letter, both of which I saw and neither of which I enjoyed (though The Love Letter was just a normal kind of bad). Since then, Ellen has had her TV shows – sitcom and chat – and a star turn as Dory in Pixar’s Finding Nemo, so the last decade has actually been pretty kind to her.

Why then, do you suppose, that she’s sticking her neck out there for a high-concept FX comedy from a Sex and the City screenwriter and produced by Walden Media (and all that implies)?

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VOTD: Steven Spielberg’s Five Friends

Steven Spielberg’s Five Friends

The Pitch: What if I told you that Steven Spielberg just directed a project featuring Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Justin Timberlake, Tobey Maguire, Scarlett Johannson, Julia Roberts, Ben Stiller, Ryan Reynolds, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf (of course), Cameron Diaz, Snoop Dog, Zach Braff, Ellen DeGeneres, Leonardo DiCaprio, Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel, and even Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat. This is of course, the follow-up to the popular “Five Friends” viral video that we previously featured. The end result might actually be the least entertaining thing Spielberg has ever directed. But hey, it’s a 5-minute short film directed by Spielberg, so we gotta post it. And, hey, its a good message.

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Editors Blog: Oscar Notes

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Random Notes from the Editor:

Errol Morris’ short film which opened the Academy Awards show was fantastic. If you didn’t see it, you can check out the video at Oscar.com.

Ellen DeGeneres is not funny (with exception of the Jennifer Hudson/Al Gore joke, but I have a feeling someone probably wrote that for her).

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