Will Smith was originally offered the lead in Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-winning film Django Unchained and turned it down — not because of a scheduling conflict like he initially claimed, but because it wasn't all about him.
The trend of so-called "hate-watching" is hardly a new TV phenomenon. We've been doing it with the Oscar show for years: picking apart the fashions, groaning at the witless banter, griping as we drift through the seemingly endless midsection where no awards of major consequence are presented, and nearly always regarding the unlucky host as a piñata ripe for the bashing.
This year's tuneful but torturously overextended production (ending just past the three-and-a-half-hour mark) was much the same. With one major exception: The musical numbers were no joke, especially when mighty divas as legendary as Barbra Streisand and Shirley Bassey and as electrifyingly current as Adele and Jennifer Hudson took the stage. No Rob Lowe-Snow White fiascos this time.
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Argo topped Sunday's Oscars on a history-making night.
Ben Affleck's political thriller took three awards, including Best Picture, becoming the fourth film to win the top prize without a Best Director nomination, following Wings, Grand Hotel and Driving Miss Daisy. The film also won Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing. This is Affleck's second ...
This week, the cast of Happy Endings got in on the Harlem Shake phenomenon, Jimmy Kimmel dared his viewers to give their wives and girlfriends terrible Valentine's Day gifts, and Robin Roberts returned to Good Morning America after a lengthy medical leave. With Sunday's Oscar broadcast quickly approaching, Saturday Night Live and host Christoph Waltz took the opportunity to parody Best Picture nominee Django Unchained, and Hulu offered a sneak peek at one of the nominees for Best Animated Short. Check out those clips and more in this week's Top Videos:
Oscar winner Christoph Waltz showed
Germans Austrians do have a sense of a humor when he hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time. In his opening monologue, the Django Unchained star noted that he was the first German-speaking host of SNL ever and highlighted a few failed bits from his homeland, including casual Hitler. The actor capped off the monologue by showing off his impressive vocals with a lovely Austrian song that loosely translated to "Smile, Damn You...