How unimportant has this show become?!?

Bieber wins 4 AMAs, including artist of year
Usher was in tears after losing two awards at the American Music Awards to Justin Bieber, including favorite entertainer of the year, the top AMA honor.
But Usher wasn’t upset about his loss ó far from it. Instead, he was welling with pride over the success of his young protege, Justin Bieber, who was the night’s biggest winner with four awards and the youngest performer ever to capture the entertainer award.
“To see Justin take the award ó having received that award before ó it was like an out of body experience, you understand?” Usher said backstage. “It was emotional. I don’t cry that often, but I did. Hopefully it gives an indication of how hard we worked to build a career that hopefully will flourish and blossom over the years.”
Bieber, who is signed to Usher’s label, had a perfect debut at the American Music Awards, winning all four awards he was nominated for: entertainer of the year, breakthrough artist of the year, favorite pop/rock male and favorite pop/rock album for “My World 2.0.”
Bieber’s debut album is one of the year’s top-sellers, with almost two million sold, and he’s got a new CD, “My Worlds Acoustic,” out this week at Walmart. His ascension marks a phenomenal rise since first garnering attention via homemade videos on YouTube about three years ago.
“This means the world to me,” said Bieber after winning breakthrough artist. “I come from the smallest town in the world, of like 30,000 people; I never thought this was possible.”
Bieber bested mentor Usher and Eminem for two of his wins. Eminem, whose “Recovery” was a critical and commercial triumph, was nominated for five awards on the evening, tying him with Lady Antebellum, who also had a breakthrough year with their near triple-platinum album “Need You Now.”
Neither were the night’s big winners, but they came away from the night with something: Eminem got two awards, while the country trio won favorite country band, duo or group.
“Thanks for inviting us to the party,” said Lady A’s Charles Kelley after the win.
Other winners included Black Eyed Peas and Taylor Swift. But Sunday’s ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles was as much a showcase for acts with new albums as it was a celebration of the biggest achievers of 2010. While some of the night’s winners will likely be nominees when next week’s Grammys are announced, the American Music Awards aren’t so much a predictor of the Grammys is it is a party for the industry’s mainstream acts.
Rihanna, with her hair dyed a ruby red, gave the show a colorful and sexy start, performing a medley of songs from her just released album “Loud,” including the No. 1 hit “What’s My Name,” wearing a bustier and what seemed like a scarf wrapped around her backside.
“This is amazing!” said an exuberant Rihanna, who danced onstage later to receive her award ó favorite soul/R&B female.
The Black Eyed Peas, winners for favorite pop/rock band, gave a levitating performance, singing from boxes atop the stage during part of their performance of their new single, “The Time.” Kid Rock gave a stirring, acoustic performance of “Times Like These,” his song lifting up his hometown of Detroit during its recent economic struggles, from his new CD, “Born Free.”
A pregnant Pink was among the evening’s performance highlights. Unlike recent performances marked by a high-wire act, she stayed close to the ground to perform her latest song, “Raise Your Glass,” with a tightly choreographed, high-energy dance number.
Swift, last year’s artist of the year, took home favorite country female. Sporting sleek blonde hair instead of her usual cascading curls, Swift said simply: “I just want to thank the fans.”
Swift later performed her new single “Back to December,” a song she also performed on the CMA Awards earlier in the month, but mixed things up by incorporating some of OneRepublic’s “Apologize.”
Ke$ha, perhaps trying to make up for the absent Lady Gaga, had the night’s most bizarre performance: She performed her heavily Auto-Tuned hit “Take It Off” looking like something out of space, with beams of light for eyes and sporting a motorcycle helmet. She then stripped down to a mirrored outfit, segueing into the next song with a pack of male dancers dressed like her, complete with blond wigs and fishnet stockings.


13901 – This is the 13901st post on our website!! 14000 here we come!!!

Perry asked to have pic altered
Katy Perry has broken her silence about her Photoshopped breast reduction, revealing she demanded marketing bosses at VH1 tone down the poster for her upcoming Divas Salute The Troops U.S. TV special.
Reports suggested Perry’s aides asked for her boobs to be Photoshopped for the patriotic poster, but Perry took to to reveal the truth.
She wrote, “I was the one who asked VH1 to tone down my DIGITALIZED image on the poster, particularly the size of my chest… I don’t have handlers… but someone @VH1 offices is a gossipmonger & thought they could use a little extra press planting the story.”


13900 – Congrats to those this means something to!!

Stampeders fall to Roughriders ó again
The Saskatchewan Roughriders have a redemption opportunity.
The Calgary Stampeders have to wonder why they canít beat Gang Green when it matters.
For the fourth time in five seasons, the Riders have eliminated the Stamps from the post-season, this time with a 20-16 win at McMahon Stadium in the West final.
The Riders, who lost last yearís Grey Cup at McMahon on the infamous 13th man penalty, get to play the Montreal Alouettes against next Sunday in Edmonton.
The Stamps got close to getting the lead in the fourth quarter when Burke Dales sent a booming punt to Riders returner Ryan Grice-Mullen.
He bobbled it and the ball ping-ponged off a couple of players, including Wes Lysackís foot, before Jerrell Freeman fell on it in the endzone and saved the touchdown.
The key turning point came in the third quarter. Stamps defensive end Justin Phillips pulled the ball loose from Wes Cates and recovered it, but the Riders challenged the call.
After a long review, it was overturned. The Riders kept the ball and drove down the field for a Cates four-yard touchdown run.
That put the Riders up by six (after a third Burke Dales single) heading into the final minutes.
Discipline again cost the Stamps, as Romby Bryant was flagged with objectionable conduct after getting a 36-yard gain.
The Riders grabbed momentum just before halftime.
After a long scoring drive, capped by a six-yard touchdown reception by Chris Getzlaf, the Riders defence came up with a big play.
With pressure in his face, Burris threw a screen pass to Romby Bryant, but James Patrick stepped in front of it and returned it 50 yards into scoring territory.
Durant then hit Cary Koch, who made a beautiful grab behind the coverage of Brandon Smith, and the Riders led 14-11 at halftime.
Penalties plagued the Stamps in the first half. Burris took an intentional grounding penalty, Brandon Browner knocked down Weston Dressler on a crossing route and Dwight Anderson took objectionable conduct on the touchdown pass.
The Stamps jumped out to a 11-0 lead thanks to a punt single by Burke Dales, a long drive for a field goal and a major off a turnover.
Malik Jackson jumped in front of a pass intended for Getzlaf and took it down to the Ridersí 25-yard line.
Arjei Franklin caught a 25-yard touchdown pass to get the Stamps on the board.


13899 – I’ve had so many movies to watch at home that I haven’t gone out to a movie in weeks!!!

‘Harry Potter’ leaps to $125.1M debut weekend
LOS ANGELES ñ Harry Potter has cast his biggest box-office spell yet with a franchise record $125.1 million domestically over opening weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” also added $205 million in 54 overseas countries, bringing the film’s worldwide total to $330.1 million.
In terms of domestic revenue, “Deathly Hallows: Part 1” came in ahead of the series’ best previous debut of $102.7 million for 2005’s “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”
But factoring in today’s higher admission prices, the latest movie had roughly the same size audience as the franchise’s best previous draws ó “Goblet of Fire” and 2001’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” which launched the series. “Deathly Hallows” and those two earlier movies each sold around 16 million tickets in their first weekend.
Overseas markets for “Deathly Hallows” were led by a $28 million opening in Great Britain, $21.8 million in Germany, $14.8 million in Australia, $14 million in Japan and $12.3 million in Russia.
The movie audience has grown up along with young wizard Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint). Distributor Warner Bros. reported that 25 percent of the audience for the new movie was between 18 and 34, compared with only 10 percent for “Sorcerer’s Stone” nine years ago.
“When we started `Harry Potter,’ basically, the audience was driven to theaters by their parents. Today, those same kids are driving to the midnight shows themselves,” said Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner Bros.
DreamWorks Animation’s “Megamind,” the No. 1 movie the previous two weekends, fell to second-place with $16.2 million, raising its three-week total to $109.5 million.
Russell Crowe’s thriller “The Next Three Days,” the weekend’s only other new wide release, debuted weakly at No. 5 with $6.8 million. Crowe plays a college instructor who plots a jail break to free his wife (Elizabeth Banks) after she’s convicted of murder.
Playing in 4,125 theaters domestically, “Deathly Hallows: Part 1” averaged an enormous $30,332 a cinema. That compared with a $2,633 average in 2,564 theaters for “The Next Three Days.”
The huge opening bodes well for next July’s “Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” the eighth and final movie based on J.K. Rowling’s seven “Harry Potter” novels. The franchise so far has taken in more than $5.5 billion worldwide.
Warner Bros. plans to release “Deathly Hallows: Part 2” in 3-D, which should give it a big box-office boost, since theaters charge a few dollars more to see movies projected in 3-D compared with 2-D.
“This is kind of the warmup to the potentially 3-D supercharged finale, and that could really take these `Potter’ numbers to another level,” said Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for
The studio had hoped to release “Deathly Hallows: Part 1” in 3-D, but the filmmakers ran out of time to convert the film, which was shot in 2-D, for 3-D projection.
“Deathly Hallows: Part 1” landed at No. 6 on the domestic revenue chart for biggest opening weekends, a list headed by 2008’s “The Dark Knight” with $158.4 million. It also was this year’s second-biggest debut, behind “Iron Man 2,” which is No. 5 on the all-time chart with $128.1 million.
With $61.2 million Friday, “Deathly Hallows: Part 1” had the fifth-biggest opening day ever.
The film took in $12.4 million, just over 10 percent of its weekend domestic revenue, in huge-screen IMAX theaters. That broke the previous IMAX record debut of $12.1 million set in March by “Alice in Wonderland.”
“Harry Potter” was not able to lift Hollywood’s total weekend receipts above last year’s. Overall revenue came in at an estimated $197 million, down 24 percent from the same weekend a year ago, when the industry had a one-two punch with debuts of $142.8 million for “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” and $34.1 million for “The Blind Side,” according to
Hollywood is poised for big business over Thanksgiving, one of its busiest weekends.
Revenues should remain strong for “Harry Potter,” while studios are delivering a broad range of newcomers with Disney’s animated musical “Tangled,” featuring the voice of Mandy Moore; Sony’s song-and-dance tale “Burlesque,” starring Christina Aguilera and Cher; 20th Century Fox’s romance “Love & Other Drugs,” with Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway: and CBS Films’ action thriller “Faster,” featuring Dwayne Johnson.
Here are the estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Final figures will be released Monday.
1. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” $125.1 million.
2. “Megamind,” $16.2 million.
3. “Unstoppable,” $13.1 million.
4. “Due Date,” $9.2 million.
5. “The Next Three Days,” $6.8 million.
6. “Morning Glory,” $5.2 million.
7. “Skyline,” $3.4 million.
8. “Red,” $2.5 million.
9. “For Colored Girls,” $2.4 million.
10. “Fair Game,” $1.5 million.

The Couch Potato Report

13898 – Go Canada Go!!!

The Couch Potato Report – November 20th, 2010
This week The Couch Potato Report has some great goals, another Avatar, and weíll head to The Pacific.
For many Canadians, Paul Henderson’s goal against the Russians on September 28, 1972, to ice a victory in the eighth and final game of the Summit Series. is the greatest goal in our nationís hockey history.
It was and remains a great goal, and it continues to stirs up some great memories to this day of where they were and what they were doing when the puck went past Vladislav Tretiak.
As for me, I was four years old at the time, so the memories I have of that goal are from other people.
HoweverÖI do have memories of my ownÖanother Team Canada goal that I loveÖ, from another Canada Russia Series. This one took place on September 15th, 1987, at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton.
Where were you in í72? Well, I was in heaven in 1987!
I mean absolutely no disrespect to the 1972 goal, but since I was old enough to watch the series and remember it ñ that is THE GOALÖGretzky to Lemieux, giving our team the 1987 Canada Cup.
If you remember that goal as fondly as I do, a great new six-disc set called CANADA CUP 87 is available and it includes all nine of Team Canadaís games ñ many not seen since their original telecast ñ including the thrilling three game final featuring Canada vs. Russia.
Plus, the set also has some great Bonus Features, including the very insightful documentary produced about Canada Cup 1987, a film called MARIO, MIKE AND THE GREAT GRETZKY.
CANADA CUP 87 is a release that I am so happy to own, and it is one that I will keep in my collection foreverÖbecause it features one of the greatest goals in our nationís historyÖand so much more!
Now if hockey tournaments arenít your style, if you prefer NHL hockey, this next release is for you!
ROCK EM SOCK EM 22 features all the great goals, hits, saves and bloopers from the 2009-2010 NHL season, plus Don takes a look back at the surprising Stanley Cup win by Chicago, and there is also the best of last year’s Coach’s Corner from CBC Televisionís Hockey Night In Canada.
If you are a fan of hockey, Don Cherry Style, donít miss it!
Weíre done with hockey for this week, but we stay Canadian with a movie from an Ontario born writer and directorÖin fact, this man ñ this Canadian ñ is responsible for the two highest grossing films of all time ñ TITANIC and AVATAR.
And back in April ñ when James Cameronís AVATAR was first released on DVD and Blu-ray ñ I mentioned that there would be another edition of the film coming out in November.
Well, November is here and so is the three-disc extended collectorís edition, featuring three movie versions: the original theatrical release, the special edition re-release, and an extended cut only found here.
Plus, there are over 45 minutes of deleted scenes and more than eight hours of Bonus Materials, including a ninety-minute documentary on the making of the film.
If you are a fan of AVATAR, then this EXTENDED COLLECTORíS EDITION is a must ownÖHoweverÖthat said, AVATAR was filmed and released, and was primarily the huge success it was because it was shot in 3DÖand since neither of the two releases that have come out so far have featured that extra dimensionÖknow that there will be at least one more release of this film on DVD and Blu-ray, a 3D version of itÖsomewhere down the road.
But if you canít wait, this set is the one you should pick up because it is a fantastic way to look at the film, and see how it was created.
Well done, Canadian James Cameron!!
Yes, well done Canadian JamesÖand I mean Cameron, not James CarreyÖor Jim, as most people know him.
To you, Newmarket, Ontario Born Canadian Jim Carrey, I say Bah Humbug to your latest releaseÖalthough I donít blame you for itís failure. I blame director Robert Zemeckis, although I still admire and respect him for the films BACK TO THE FUTURE, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT and FOREST GUMP.
But for his version of Charles Dickens A CHRISTMAS CAROL I have no admiration or respect, as I said, Bah Humbug!
Both AVATAR and this version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL were filmed using motion-capture or mo-cap technology, where you have actors on a virtual set with their every motion recorded into a computer, and then the films are animated from those performances.
In AVATAR, Cameron got it right on the first try. The characters and settings all look very real.
Zemeckis has now done three mo-cap films: THE POLAR EXPRESS, BEOWOLF and A CHRISTMAS CAROL and he continues to make movies featuring jerky animation and non-realistic sets and locations.
In fact, as I was watching itÖI kept wondering, hasnít he seen AVATAR?!?
The characters are not believable, they donít look real, and this motion capture style of animation that Robert Zemeckis continues to try and have success with is producing duds.
The story of A CHRISTMAS CAROL remains a classic, and it is one that is worth reading and seeing, just donít bother with this latest cinematic versionÖit is a waste of your time, even though I continue to respect and admire the people who made it.
And that is why, to it, I continue to say BAH HUMUG!!!
The Muppets version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL and Bill Murryís SCROOGED continue to be my favourite versions of Dickensí immortal story. Those films are all-right!
Also all-right? THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT.
Academy Award nominees Annette Bening and Julianne Moore star in THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT as a couple raising two teenagers.
But when the kids secretly track down their ìdonor dad,î everything changes, at first for the betterÖbut not for long.
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT is a very, very good film that is garnering lots of Academy Award buzz in Hollywood, and so it will likely get several nominations, especially for Annette Bening and Julianne Moore.
If you are in the mood for a film about grown-ups, made for grown-ups, by grown-ups, this is one I can easily recommend.
Oh yes, there is plenty of Oscar Buzz for Bening and Moore, and at one time there was also plenty of buzz, Oscar and otherwise, over M. Night ShyamalanÖin fact, in 2000 he received Academy Award nominations as Best Director and Best Screenplay for THE SIXTH SENSE.
Shyamalan followed up THE SIXTH SENSE with UNBREAKABLE and SIGNS and it seemed he could do no wrong.
But since 2004, he has done almost nothing but wrong, giving us THE VILLAGE, LADY IN THE WATER, THE HAPPENING and now THE LAST AIRBENDER.
This is a filmmaker who has completely lost his wayÖcompletely!!
THE LAST AIRBENDER is a wannabe adventure fantasy film that is a live-action film adaptation based on the first season of the animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender.
The story focuses on Aang, a young successor to a long line of Avatars, a spiritual figure that holds the world in balance through every incarnation. Aang must put his childhood ways aside and stop the Fire Nation from enslaving the Water, Earth and Air nations.
THE LAST AIRBENDER is a very entertaining TV show, but this film is awful, yet the latest failure from M. Night Shyamalan.
The action scenes donít have anything unique about them and arenít interesting to watch, the exposition dialogue scenes are all boring and the fights all go on way too long.
If you see THE LAST AIRBENDER on the shelf and are curious about it, skip the live-action film and just grab the animated series instead.
This movie is awful!!
I hope that M. Night Shyamalan can turn his career around and give us another great film one dayÖI believe he can, but weíll see what happens.
I am rooting for himÖjust like millions of teenagers continue to root for Zac EfronÖfor some reason.
Zac Efron is primarily known for his work in the High School Musical movies, but he has also appeared in the films 17 AGAIN, ME AND ORSON WELLES and now CHARLIE ST. CLOUD, an awful movie filmed in and around Vancouver about a guy overcome by grief at the death of his younger brother.
Yet, even though the brother is dead, Charlie can still see himÖand every night they get together to play catch and talk.
Once a woman enters Charlie’s life he must decide between keeping a promise he made to his dead brother or loveÖand youÖwonítÖcare.
CHARLIE ST. CLOUD is boring, not very good, and I couldnít find a single reason to care. I bought in to the premise, but the film isnít worthy of our time or emotions, so if you see it on the shelfÖskip it!!
After a couple of films not worthy of your movie time, here now is one that is ñ ACT OF DISHONOUR is primarily about a young, beautiful bride-to-be, who lives in a small village in northern Afghanistan, a village that is full of local customs and rulesÖrules that must be followed.
When she ventures out of her family compound with a stranger from a Canadian film crew, she dishonours her family and she must face the consequences.
ACT OF DISHONOUR is an interesting and engaging movie that features unique characters and foreign customs. Yes, it is very slow at times, but always interesting and so I recommend it. This is a very good movie!
There are a trio of television programs to conclude The Report with this week, and the third season of the series CALIFORNICATION is up first.
CALIFORNICATION stars David Duchovny from THE X-FILES as a sex addicted novelist with ìloose moralsî whose move to California from New York City, coupled with his writer’s block, complicates his relationships with his long time girlfriend and daughter.
Season Three pick sup right where Season Two left off as his girlfriend moves back to New York City. In her absence, with no interest in his latest novel, he becomes a Professor, surrounded by young women on a college campus, and the Deanís wife.
Duchovnyís character in CALIFORNICATION is utterly unlikeable, but as an actor Duchovny is so likeable that you do not dislike himÖyou sort of root for him, no matter what dirty deeds he gets done dirt cheap.
THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON of CALIFORNICATION isnít as good as the second season, which wasnít as good as the first one, but when Season four comes out next year I will watch itÖI just like the characters, good and bad.
This next release is a tribute to one of the greatest, most entertaining and energetic stand up comedians of all timeÖthe one, the only, the late, the great Sam Kinison!
Sam Kinison was known for his intense, harsh, adult style ñ non politically-correct humour and as a former revival-style preacher, he knew how to communicate with an audience.
I loved his material on Saturday Night Live and in movies, and still do to this day. And I know Iím not alone since on BACK FROM HELL: A TRIBUTE TO SAM KINISON some of todayís best known comedians pay tribute to the manÖincluding Chris Rock.
BACK FROM HELL: A TRIBUTE TO SAM KINISON is a great television special and it is now a great DVD and a great tribute to the man. It can also serve as a great introduction to Kinison, if youíve never heard of him before.
Finally this week, THE BLU-RAY BEACON shines on the six-disc set for the Emmy Award winning show THE PACIFIC.
THE PACIFIC is a 10-part World War II miniseries that is a follow-up to the 2001 miniseries BAND OF BROTHERS.
It focuses on the United States Marine Corps’ actions in the Pacific War and follows three Marines in separate combat actions.
THE PACIFIC could have been twice as long and it would still have been incredible. It is a very compelling series that is well written, acted and produced.
I highly, highly recommend it.
Coming up on the next Couch Potato Report
I’m Dan Reynish. I’ll have more on those, and some other releases, in seven days.
For now, that’s this week’s COUCH POTATO REPORT.
Enjoy the movies and I’ll see you back here again next time on The Couch!


13897 – Happy Birthday To Me!!!

Patrick Stump to release debut solo album in ‘February 2011’
Ex-Fall Out Boy lead singer Patrick Stump has revealed his debut solo album will be released in February 2011.
Entitled ‘Soul Funk’, the studio effort will be his first since Fall Out Boy went on an indefinite break in 2009.
“The album should be out in February,” Stump told “And as can be inferred from the long delay, it’s changed dramatically from the album I alluded to a year ago.”
Stump added that the first song that fans will hear is called ‘Spotlight’ and that will happen “very soon”.
“I’ll let the label decide what’s a single,” he explained. “But ‘Spotlight’ will be the first ‘Soul Punk’ song people will hear, and that will happen very soon.”
“As for the delay of the album itself,” he continued. “I’d say it’s been less about the music or recording and more about all the other things that finish the thought. I just want to make sure I go to sleep at night knowing I’m not half-assing this.”


13896 – Spectacular news!!

Dr Dre to release ‘Detox’ album in February
Dr. Dre’s long-awaited ‘Detox’ album will finally be released in February 2011.
The follow-up to ‘2001’, which was released in 1999, will feature collaborations with Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Akon, Jay-Z, La Roux and The Game.
The news follows Dre’s announcement earlier this week (November 17) that the record’s first official single will be ‘Kush’, featuring Snoop Dogg and Akon.
‘Kush’ is available to hear online now and will be available as an official download from Sunday (21). The cover art is pictured.
‘Detox’ has been in the works since 2003. A specific release date in February has yet to be confirmed.


May he rest in peace!!!

Former NHL coach Pat Burns dies at 58
NEWARK, N.J. ñ Former NHL coach Pat Burns, who led the New Jersey Devils to the 2003 Stanley Cup title, has died. He was 58.
Devils President Lou Lamoriello says Burns died of cancer Friday in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Lamoriello said hockey has lost a “great friend and ambassador.”
Burns led New Jersey to its third Stanley Cup championship when the Devils beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in seven games.
Burns also coached Boston, Toronto and Montreal, twice leading the Bruins to the Stanley Cup finals. He also led the Canadiens to the NHL championship in his first season with Montreal.
He was the first coach to win three Jack Adams Awards as the NHL’s top coach.


Anne Hathaway should be amazing!!!

‘Saturday Night Live’: Paul Rudd, Robert De Niro among December hosts
“Saturday Night Live” turns into a boys’ club this December, when Robert De Niro, Paul Rudd and Jeff Bridges all take hosting duties over the course of the month.
The festively-adorned Studio 8-H will also play home to a slew of male musicians: the Piddy-fronted “Diddy-Dirty Money,” Paul McCartney and Eminem. No love for the ladies.
NBC reveals that De Niro goes first, Dec. 4, with Diddy joining the actor for his third — really, only the third? — time on the series.
Rudd makes his second appearance on “SNL” comes Dec. 11, with Paul McCartney. That leaves Bridges stuck with Eminem for the most awkward pairing of the month on Dec. 18. (Fun fact: Bridges hasn’t hosted the show since 1983 — and even then he had to share the duties with his brother Beau.)
There will be some women on “SNL” before the end of the year, though. Anne Hathaway and Florence and the Machine join the series Nov. 20.


The Oscars are coming fast!!

OscarWatch: ‘Superman’ in, ‘Joan Rivers’ out of documentary shortlist
Another year, another outrageous oversight from the documentary branch of the Academy. Today AMPAS announced the 15 films that will contend for next yearís five Best Documentary Feature slots, and although there are several worthy films included (Waiting for ìSupermanî, Inside Job, Exit Through the Gift Shop, and The Tillman Story among them), missing from the list was the acclaimed exposÈ Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, one of the sweetest and most fascinating films, unscripted or otherwise, of the year. Also MIA: The Facebook-fueled Catfish, the transgender family tale Prodigal Sons, and the political eye-opener 8: The Mormon Proposition. Given its strong reviews, I was surprised Lucy Walkerís Countdown to Zero wasnít included, though her Sundance prize-winner, Waste Land, did make the cut. (For the record, an Academy spokeswoman tells me that the Joaquin Phoenix doc Iím Still Here was not submitted for consideration in this category.)
As steamed as I am about the exclusion of Joan Rivers, I shouldnít be too surprised. The same branch failed to put Bill Maherís Religulous on its shortlist two years ago. I guess the moral of the story here is: If youíre gunning for a Best Documentary Oscar nod these days, you better not be funny.
Hereís the full list of semi-finalists:
Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
Enemies of the People
Exit through the Gift Shop
Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould
Inside Job
The Lottery
Precious Life
Quest for Honor
This Way of Life
The Tillman Story
Waiting for ìSupermanî
Waste Land
William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe