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A “Host-less” Oscar? Academy Awards To Forego Host

The 2019 Academy Awards will forgo a proper host for the first time in 30 years, according to reports.

In one of the most radical changes in the awards show’s history, the Oscars will be without a host. For the first time in three decades, the Academy Awards will instead select a A-Listers to introduce various segments instead of relying on a marquee name to kick things off with a monologue.

Variety reports: “The producers and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group behind the Oscars, are scrambling to line up top talent needed to carry the telecast, which is just six weeks from airing live — on Feb. 24 — from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. Hand-wringing at the Academy has been palpable.”

“The people who produce that show are hogtied by the Academy, who as a group are not willing to change very much. It’s hard to know how anyone in my community can really contribute,” one prolific awards show and live events producer told Variety, speaking on condition of anonymity.

This comes after original host Kevin Hart, dropped out within hours of being selected when he refused to apologize for decade-old remarks about homosexuals which resurfaced on Twitter.

Initially, the comedian was defiant. “I’m not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I moved on, and I’m in a completely different space in my life,” Hart said in a video on Instagram in the aftermath. “I’m going to be me; I’m going to stand my ground.”

He later quit that same day, apologizing for his past remarks, “I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s….this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists,” he wrote on Twitter. “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”

However, since a polarizing appearance on the talk show Ellen, Hart has continued to double down on his unwillingness to engage in dialogue with a critical LGBTQ community. “I’m not hosting the Oscars this year,” said Hart during a Wednesday sit-down on Good Morning America. When asked if he will host in the future he said, “It’s hard to predict what can happen.”

The show’s producers are said to be moving forward with a broadcast which will instead feature “starry skits and play up a high-profile year for music in film, thanks to likely nominees Lady Gaga, Dolly Parton, and Kendrick Lamar”, one individual involved with the show said.

“Why not give it a shot? Things are so polarized anyway, any host that says anything will be analyzed to death,” suggested media consultant Brad Adgate. “No host might be an experiment, and, let’s face it, the days of Bob Hope and Billy Crystal hosting are over.”

The last time the ceremony had no host was during the 61st Academy Awards in March 1989, which began with a universally parodied musical segment starring Rob Lowe and Snow White which was watched by 42.6 million people when it aired.

Last year’s show’s ratings delivered an all-time low, with a drop of nearly 19% year over year to 26.5 million viewers. The academy is currently locked into a broadcasting deal with ABC until 2028 and faces ratings and financial pressures which also includes its long-anticipated $388 million museum, set to open in late 2019.

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The 2019 Academy Awards will forgo a proper host for the first time in 30 years, according to reports.
In one of the most radical changes in the awards show’s history, the Oscars will be without a host. For the first time in three decades, the Academy...

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Interesting Facts About The Walking Dead

We bring you interesting facts about one of the most popular TV shows nowadays – The Walking Dead, AMC’s zombie show lasting for 7 seasons.

  1. Too violent for HBO?

Originally, the creators of the show first offered their idea to HBO, as they believed it would be the best fit. After all, this is the production house behind Game of Throne and many shocking scenes, including murders, nudity and incest. Yet, they demanded a significant reduction of violence.

Fortunately, AMC accepted The Walking Dead, under other condition- no swearing.

  1. The opening logo is decaying over time

Although opening credits of the show are often fast-forwarded, even a non-regular viewer will notice the change in the main title sequence. The logo has gotten darker, filthier and worn-out since season one.

The logo is show runners idea of depicting deterioration of both zombie corpses and human behavior. The only question remaining- what will be left at the end of the series?

  1. Networks wanted to leave out the zombie

Another production house, NBC wanted to accept the apocalyptic show of people surviving the epidemic of human eating zombies, but under condition- to exclude the zombies.

After this idea fell off, another suggestion was to turn the show into a zombie version of Law& Order or CSI, where would Rick and others solve a “zombie crime” each week in order to understand the human nature better. Frank Darabont, the original show runner – ran away.

  1. The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad might exist in the same universe

Although this is just another speculation, there is a possible connection of AMC’s most famous shows.

First, the car Glenn stole in Season 1, red Dodge Challenger, is the same vehicle Walter White returned to a car store managed by a man called Glenn. Merle Dixon had a stash of drugs with some Blue Sky meth, Walter White’s trademark product. Also, Daryl told to Beth about Merle’s dealer “junky little white guy” often using the word “bitch.” Resembling Jesse Pinkman, perhaps?

  1. Dale wanted to be killed off

Even though this is a show where you can never guess who will be next, even the writers have to improvise sometimes. Jeffrey DeMunn wanted to be killed off, because the actor was unsatisfied with his friend Frank Darabon being fired in Season 2.

So, instead of Hershel being killed by Carl’s pet walker, Dale was killed. Luckily, one old bearded guy easily changed the place of another, especially as the moral center of the group.

  1. Character of Daryl Dixon was created for the show

Interestingly, this character does not exist in the comic books. Yet, he is possibly the most popular survivor of the show.

Actor Norman Reedus originally auditioned for the role of Merle, who also does not exist in comics. Writer Robert Kirkman was so fascinated by Reedus’ performance that he created another character so he could be on the show.

  1. 16mm films are used for series’ shooting

In the age of modern technology, most of the series or movies are shot with digitally, as it is easier, more colorful and cheaper. Yet, zombies look cooler on film.

The show is shot on Kodak’s Super 16mm, since the first day. The show runners insisted that grainy look achieved this way matches perfectly with the show. Also, zombie makeup appears a lot more disgusting this way.

We bring you interesting facts about one of the most popular TV shows nowadays – The Walking Dead, AMC’s zombie show lasting for 7 seasons.

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Mary Tyler Moore’s Life Ended at the Age of 80

Mary Tyler Moore died on January 25th at the age of 80. Her representative Mara Buxbaum confirmed her death after short hospitalization in Connecticut to The Huffington Post. Buxbaum stated that she passed away in company of Dr. S. Robert Levine, her loving husband of over 33 years, and her friends. This TV icon was well known as actress, producer and also representative of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Her rep also added: “Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile”.

Moore was born in 1936, in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Los Angeles. She became internationally famous with 1960s sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” In 1970s, she was a central star of sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”. This show was unique as it was the first show to present Mary Richards, a 30-year-old non-married woman and TV news producer as a central character.

Moore’s character asked equal pay for her and her male co-workers, and also decided to use a pill. Show’s character inspired women to be seen as more that wives and homemakers and was a pioneer in the women’s liberation movement. Oprah Winfrey stated in a recent documentary about the actress that she influenced her career more than other people. Mary Tyler Moore said in 2002 CNN interview that her character was not aggressive, but definitely was a feminist. She also stated that situations were demanding such behavior.

Mary herself was also a fascinating person. Self-titled show was started in 1970 and she and Grant Tinker, her former husband, co-founded MTM Enterprises, a production company. The show will be later pitched to CBS. “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” won 29 Emmy awards during seven seasons, and held this record until 2002, when it was surpassed by show “Frasier”. Alan Rafkin, her friend and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” director stated in his autobiography that Mary was a true businesswoman primarily. He also added that although she was always in charge, people were not obliged to act in her manner; yet, no one ever forgot that she was the boss.

When the show ended, Moore continued to act in movies. Her appearance in 1980’s movie “Ordinary People” as a grieving mother brought her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Mary also appeared in “hot in Cleveland” with her former co-stars from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, actresses Betty White and Valerie Harper.

She was also an animal rights advocate. Moore founded Broadway Barks 15, an annual event in New York for the adoption of cats and dogs and fought for laws forbidding suffering of farm animals. In 1997 interview she stated that she would like to be somebody who made difference in lives of animals.

At the age of 33, actress was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. As a result of her disease, she was near blindness in recent years. She was also Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s international chairman and an advocate for research of the cure for diabetes. In 2009, she published a memoir entitled Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes.

Mary Tyler Moore died on January 25th at the age of 80. Her representative Mara Buxbaum confirmed her death after short hospitalization in Connecticut to The Huffington Post. Buxbaum stated that she passed away in company of Dr. S. Robert Levine, her loving...