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The History of The Oscars

March 1, 2014

Blair StoverThe 86th annual Academy Awards, popularly known as the “Oscars,” was held recently, with 12 Years a Slave winning “Best Picture,” Matthew McConaughey named “Best Actor” and Cate Blanchett named “Best Actress.” While most of us at least nod in the direction of the Oscars each year and a few of us are glued to our sets, few people really know the history of the Academy Awards or how they came to be. Since they have been going strong now for 86 years, perhaps it is time to educate ourselves about this fascinating American film staple.

The Beginnings

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded in 1927 as a way to promote harmony between film studios and unions. Today, the Academy has grown to promote excellence in the film industry. The academy is composed of 6,000 filmmakers from the United States and around the world, and routinely gives money in the form of scholarships and other financial incentives to upcoming filmmakers.

The first Oscar awards were given on May 16, 1929, to 15 people who achieved special things in the motion picture industry. The ceremony lasted approximately 15 minutes, and the winners had been announced in advance to the media. Clearly, the very first awards from the Academy were quite different from those of today!

How The Oscars Are Decided

Most people have voiced, at some point or another, disappointment with the Oscar choices in one category or another. There are currently 24 awards given, covering many of the aspects of the film industry. There are also five special categories for awards in chosen areas. A film must be a feature film of at least 40 minutes and must have opened no earlier than January 1 of the previous year in order to qualify for consideration.

Some people claim that the Oscars are simply a money-maker for the film industry. Others complain that the voting representatives either pay too little attention to critically-acclaimed films or focus on “artsy” films that the public does not like. Further, some actors have refused to accept their Oscar awards because of various personal or political beliefs.However, the Oscars continues to fascinate most of us and will probably do so for the future, as well. Ultimately, the Oscars represent a snapshot of the film culture at any given time in American history.

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Lady Gaga Spends Thanksgiving With the Muppets

November 26, 2013
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The eccentric and controversial Lady Gaga has worked her way into the lovable house of the cute and cuddly Muppets.  The star will sing in a special program that will air on Thanksgiving Day in the United States. The U.S. network ABC is especially looking forward to the peculiar superstar which combines a heterogeneous mixture with a super special day. Blair Stover has more of this story below.

The program, which will run for 90 minutes, airs the night of November 28 (Thanksgiving Day in the United States). Lagy Gaga will sing all the new songs from her new album “Artpop,” which will be released on November 11th. The singer, upon hearing the news, did not hesitate to show her happiness.

“When ABC called me, I was really excited,” she confessed. “I knew it would be a night full of laughter and memories. I cannot wait to see them… and I hope that Miss Piggy does not go crazy.”

The Muppets themselves are surprised, as well.

“What an incredible opportunity! We do not even care if Miss Gaga confuses some of the Muppets with pieces of her wardrobe again,” said Kermit the Frog.

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English: Lady Gaga and Monster announce Project RED Heartbeats and RED Beats Solo at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In addition, the program will feature more special guests, including singer Elton John, Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), Joseph Gordon-Levitt and artist RuPaul, who will appear in a very special sketch along with Lady Gaga and the Muppets.

Also provided, will be a preview of the upcoming Disney flick, “Muppets Most Wanted,” featuring a cameo with Gaga. The film will hit theaters on March 21, 2014.

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‘Orange is the New Black’ Most Watched Netflix Original

November 14, 2013
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Aside from letting the world know its subscriber numbers and earnings figures in its quarterly shareholders letter, Netflix decided to throw a little fluff in the mix by saying their original series’ House of Cards and Orange is the New Black are doing extremely well. One will end up as the most-watched series ever for Netflix and is even compared with other successful shows on broadcast TV and cable. Blair Stover has more on Netflix success below.

Orange is the New Black is a comedy-drama series that debuted in July only on Netflix, following the lives of a select few in a women’s federal prison. It beats out House of Cards, another original Netflix series that has had plenty of success so far, as the most watched original Netflix series.

Taylor Schilling (the lead character) and her prison guard heartthrob (played by Matt McGorry) said that they are very hopeful that the series will win an Emmy in 2014. The show wasn’t eligible this year but the first season will be next year and new fans will be on board by then.

In September, Netflix was nominated in 14 Emmy categories for Hemlock Grove, Arrested Development and House of Cards. House of Cards beat out shows like Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. The fan base is expected to grow exponentially for both Netflix series in the coming months and that makes Netflix just as excited as the fans.

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Ryan Lochte Receives Own TV Show on E!

January 9, 2013

E!’s Network President Susan Kolb announced that they will be airing a Ryan Lochte reality TV show, called ‘What Would Ryan Lochte Do?’ Blair Stover has the Lochte details.

Beginning this April, there will be at least six episodes following the life of Ryan Lochte. The E! series will show Lochte preparing for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, talking with the media, building his fashion line, partying, searching for the right girl, always with his friends and family by his side.

Kolb said in a statement, “He is an incredibly endearing personality who is sexy, entertaining and fun. Watching this show, I believe people will fall into three categories: they want to be him, sleep with him or mother him.”

Ryan Lochte stole America’s heart during the London Olympics and will continue to do so during this series.

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Anderson Cooper’s Talk Show Cut in 2013

November 8, 2012

Anderson Cooper’s show will be canceled at the end of this current season. Blair Stover has the details.

The rumor that “Anderson” would not continue past the current season was confirmed by Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. released a statement this week saying, “We are extremely proud of Anderson and the show that he and the entire production team have produced. While we made significant changes to the format, set and produced it live in its second season, the series will not be coming back for a third season in a marketplace that has become increasingly difficult to break through. We will continue to deliver top-quality shows throughout next summer.”

Anderson also released a statement regarding the show, “I am very proud of the work that our terrific staff has put into launching and sustaining our show for two seasons. I am also grateful to Telepictures for giving me the opportunity, and indebted to viewers, who have responded so positively. I look forward to doing more great shows this season, and though I’m sorry we won’t be continuing, I have truly enjoyed it.”

The last episode will be aired at the end of summer 2013.