Anne Hathaway and James Franco to host Oscars

The Oscars have lined up two in-demand actors to take on hosting duties for the next telecast. Anne Hathaway and James Franco have been confirmed as co-hosts for the upcoming 2011 broadcast of the Oscars, set to take place February 27th at Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.

The official word came from producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer in a statement providing the reasons why the hosts were chosen;

“James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons— fresh, exciting and multi-talented. We hope to create an Oscar broadcast that will both showcase their incredible talents and entertain the world on February 27. We are completely thrilled that James and Anne will be joining forces with our brilliant creative team to do just that”.

Strangely enough, Franco could possibly be up for an Academy Award that very evening. Insider word is buzzing about Franco’s performance in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours and has tipped him for a possible ‘Best Actor’ nomination.

“And the Oscar goes to … ME!”

The choice of co-hosts is certainly one that leaves a lot of questions (they couldn’t go classic? Billy Crystal? Steve Martin?), but not surprisingly, the choice of Hathaway and Franco are not the weirdest the Oscars have ever picked. have an interesting story about some of the most ridiculous hosts of Academy Awards history, including Paul “Crocodile Dundee” Hogan, Donald Duck, years where there were no hosts, and one year where they decided to have six! (1959).

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Trailer watch: Love and Other Drugs (red band)

The red band trailer for Love and Other Drugs has debuted online. The film, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and the effervescent Anna Hathaway (yes, we just used “effervescent” to describe her), is an upcoming dramedy about a womanizing salesman whose pitch gets tangled when he finally meets the woman missing from his previously loveless life.

Set to the backdrop of the male enhancement pharmaceutical industry (because it’s the easy way to include a bunch of dick jokes), the film co-stars Hank Azaria and Oliver Platt. It looks a little traditional rom-com, but appears to have an edge over the recent pap we’ve been previewing (we’re looking at YOU films starring Ashton Kutcher, Adam Sandler and Natalie Portman!)

Directed and produced by Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai, Blood Diamonds), Love and Other Drugs is slated to hit cinemas November 24th.


CMJ Film Festival 2010 announces lineup

New York’s annual CMJ Music & Film Festival has announced this year’s lineup for the film showcase.

The major films on show include motion pictures starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Heather Graham, Danny Glover and more, and includes the music documentary The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town, detailing the making of the Bruce Springsteen album Darkness on the Edge of Town.

Here is the full lineup of films on show for the showcase. The CMJ Festival kicks off October 19 and runs on through until October 23rd. A full list of artists performing can be found here.

* LOVE & OTHER DRUGS: Anne Hathaway portrays Maggie, an alluring free spirit who won’t let anyone – or anything – tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal), whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie and Jamie’s evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love.

* SON OF MORNING: starring Heather Graham, Danny Glover, Lorraine Bracco, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Jesse Bradford: A stylized satire about the media in the age of the 24-hour news cycle, the film tells the story of a copywriter whose religious experience causes him to become the most famous – and perhaps the most exploited – man in the world. Featuring musical contributions from: Cold War Kids, Airborne Toxic Event, the Bravery, Andrew Bird, Cahn & Yang and more.

* THE PROMISE: DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN: Grammy Award® and Emmy Award®-winning filmmaker, Thom Zimny takes us into the studio with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band for the recording of their pivotal album, Darkness on the Edge of Town.

* MUSIC: Following his highly acclaimed “Wisdom,” Andrew Zuckerman turns his unique photographic perspective to music. In a film that features 50 influential musicians, composers and producers from across the musical map, Zuckerman looks at the impact these eminent music makers have had on their respective genres, and invites the audience to understand more about their unique perspectives on life. Zuckerman interviews including Iggy Pop, Laurie Anderson, Graham Nash, Ziggy Marley, Henry Rollins and others.

* IMOGEN HEAP: Go behind the scenes and explore the three-year journey of Imogen Heap’s making of the Grammy Award winning album, Ellipse.

* CIRCUS MAXIMUS: tells the disturbingly amusing story of an established screenwriter who has severely neglected a firm deadline with a major Hollywood studio. Threatened with disastrous consequences for his negligence, the protagonist attempts to complete a feature length screenplay over the course of a solitary weekend. CIRCUS MAXIMUS progressively unfolds as all characters within the script come to life in their respective stories.

The Official International Film Festival at CMJ. 6 films shot on 4 continents and in languages as diverse as Mandarin, Mongolian, French, German and Congolese.

* Kinshasa Symphony [Germany] New York Premiere
* E Ji (Mother) [China/Mongolia] US Premiere
* Gainsbourg and His Girls [France] US Premiere
* The Prodigy/ L’ Enfant Prodige [Canada]
* Taipei Exchange [Taiwan]: New York Premiere
* One Day [Taiwan] US premiere 2010

Up-and-coming feature and documentary programming:
* The Rescue
* War Child
* Kinshasa Symphony
* Someday Hero
* Just Jane
* Context
* Perry St
* Passenger Side
* The Other Side
* Los 4 McNifikos
* No Fun City
* Firewall of Sound
* Hard Rock Havana
* Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone
* Inside Out