Blog Posts by Mark Deming

  • Michael Douglas (Jim Spellman/WireImage); Jamie Foxx (Jim Spellman/WireImage); John Travolta (JB Lacroix/WireImage); Liam Neeson (Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

    The Academy Awards are Hollywood's night to show off to the world, and as they've been doing for the past few weeks, the show's producers have rounded up several more A-list stars to hand out trophies when the Oscars are broadcast live Sunday night.

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  • Halle Berry (Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic); Sandra Bullock (Steve Granitz/WireImage); Nicole Kidman (Steve Granitz/WireImage); Reese Witherspoon (Steve Granitz/WireImage)

    Who better to hand out an Oscar than someone who already knows what it's like to have one? Four actresses who have won Academy Awards for Best Actress have been confirmed as presenters at the upcoming Oscars telecast on February 24.

    Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, who will be producing this year's Academy Awards show, have announced Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon will be presenting awards during the broadcast.

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  • Quentin Tarantino hints at third ‘rewritten history’ film

    Quentin Tarantino at the 2013 BAFTA Awards on Sunday in LondonQuentin Tarantino at the 2013 BAFTA Awards on Sunday in London (Photo: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)After offering an alternate version of how the Allies won World War II in "Inglorious Basterds" and rewriting the history of slavery in the pre-Civil War South in "Django Unchained," Quentin Tarantino may not be done re-imagining the past.

    Tarantino was in London Sunday night as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts were presenting the annual BAFTA Awards. Tarantino took home the prize for Best Original Screenplay for "Django Unchained," and Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor his performance in the movie. While speaking to the press after his win, Tarantino alluded to his future plans, saying, "This [rewritten history theme] begs a trilogy, it begs to have a third movie on this theme. I haven't decided about what yet, but I wouldn't be surprised."

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  • Barbra Streisand to perform at Oscars

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    People, people who watch the Oscars, are the luckiest people in the world... or at least they are if they're Barbra Streisand fans who plan to watch this year's telecast.

    While the 2012 Academy Awards broadcast was conspicuously short on music - in a break from tradition, the nominees for Best Original Song weren't even performed - this year's show should be a very different affair. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are producing the 2013 Oscar presentation, and given their background in movie musicals such as "Chicago" and "Hairspray," it should come as no surprise that they're lining up an impressive list of musical performers for the biggest show of the awards season, and on Wednesday they announced an especially stellar "get" for the program - Barbra Streisand. It's a rare live television appearance for the legendary singer, and her first time singing at the Oscars in thirty-six years.

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