This time last year, everyone was singing the praises of a surefire Oscar-frontrunner called The Social Network and rightfully so. That masterful film featured strong performances led by Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield, a pitch-perfect sharp script from Aaron Sorkin, and solid direction from David Fincher. But something happened along the way to its Oscar climb… somewhere between its Golden Globe win for Best Drama and the Academy Awards nominations, it lost its mojo. Continue reading
Topol used to sing about tradition, and that’s exactly what the Oscars are all about Fiddler on the Roof name drops aside, each year beautiful people walk the red carpet showing off their dollars and fashion sense, and chatting it up with press on their respective film and nerves for the night. Once they get inside, the telecast traditionally runs overtime and anoints predictable winners and yawns. This year wasn’t any different. The King’s Speech and star Colin Firth were knighted as expected, while Natalie Portman danced her way to an Oscar. The red carpet seemed to play a similar script with fashion guru Tim Gunn and others talking to nominees and stars, and asking them who they wore, and what their expectations were for the night.
Something was different between Hollywood and Highland on Sunday evening ( Feb. 27), well for me anyway. Before Kirk Douglas stole the show, James Franco went drag for a Charlie Sheen punchline, and a King was crowned, I made the leap from my usual spot on the couch to the red carpet itself. Dressed in a tux (an upgrade from my usual attire of ratty t-shirt and pajama bottoms), I aimed to break from traditional Oscar fare by throwing some curveballs to the cinematic sluggers. Each year, the Oscars follow a similar script and I wanted to break that pre-show. Rarely do we see stars getting asked which film they don’t want to win that evening. Speaking of which, stars aren’t asked if the interviewer can borrow their statue for the weekend either. As I found out, there’s probably good reason for that.
Nonetheless, below is my red carpet experience captured on video (Blair Witch effect running wild). Will Aaron Sorkin finally join Facebook? How has induction in the Conan O’Brien Oscar-Winner F-bomb Hall of Fame stack up to the Oscars? Will anyone loan me an Oscar? …And where does Larry David fit into all of this? Find out below…
Red Carpet Coverage – Part One
Red Carpet Coverage – Part Two
“Bachelor’s” Chris Harrison as Oscar host?
Watching this year’s Academy Awards will be like starting a book after you’ve already skipped ahead to read the ending. Aside from a possible surprise or two (i.e. Bening over Portman; Steinfeld over Leo), the 83rd annual telecast should follow a predictable night with Colin Firth and The King’s Speech crowned over The Social Network. Expect Speech to take home about five gold guys with Network close behind with four. Perhaps the most unpredictable aspect about this year’s Oscars will be how well James Franco and Anne Hathaway host the event. I suspect the duo will rise to the occasion with a little song, a little dance, and a lot of humor. I also bet we’ll see our fair share of celeb cameos engaging with them in planned bits and vignettes. As a whole, the night should be entertaining, drawn-out predictable fun. Here’s my take on how the night will play out in all categories. One thing is clear this will be the first award show in some time that doesn’t feature Betty White.
Long before he started a social network, was sued by friends, had a Golden Globe-winning movie made about him, and became Time magazine’s Person of the Year, Mark Zuckerberg was just an ordinary kid with extraordinary baseball skills. At nine years of age, the eventual Harvard grad smashed 23 hits in just 25 at bats for a little league team in his native Dobbs Ferry, NY. While it’s unclear whatever became of his baseball skills (Aaron Sorkin skipped it in his Social Network screenplay), one man remembers that one magical season.
Allie Tarantino was Zuckerberg’s counselor at a Westchester County day camp the summer after he smashed little league pitching. In an interview last week, Tarantino, now an elementary school teacher, remembered the pre-entrepreneur Zuckerberg as a quirky, fun kid who made a strong connection with him before connecting millions over the world.
“He was one of those kids you remembered,” Tarantino said. He made such a lasting impression on Tarantino back in 1993 that he actually had his then-camper autograph his little league card. He still has it today. “I’m a collector. I hold onto everything,” he explained.
I asked Tarantino if he knew something the rest of the camp didn’t by holding onto the card for some 17-plus years, and asked him if he’s curious about what this rare card is worth. To get down to the latter, I visited a Westchester baseball card store called American Legends to see how much a signed card from the Palo Alto dynamo could be worth today. What would you do with this card? Watch below. Like. Comment. Share.