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Last year, we learned on Nov. 3 that Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin were going to host the Oscars together. Right now we don’t know who’ll spearhead the next telecast, even though it takes place a week earlier than this year’s did. Mike Fleming at Deadline.com reported over the weekend that Hugh Jackman, who hosted in 2009, was asked to do so again but turned it down. I’d imagine telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer are considering some other old standbys — Billy Crystal, maybe, or Whoopi Goldberg — for the gig. But wouldn’t it be cool if they went with someone who’s never hosted the Oscars before? We all admire Neil Patrick Harris’ MC skills; why not let him tackle the biggest show there is? I’ll never forget Oprah Winfrey’s moving speech at the telecast a few years back; wouldn’t she be fantastic as host? And of course Ricky Gervais brings down the house whenever he does an awards-show bit.
Which Oscar newbie would you most like to see host next year’s show? Or do you think someone tried and true should take it on? Cast your vote below.
Paul Feig knew from the minute Melissa McCarthy auditioned for his 2011 hit Bridesmaids he had found someone special. “That audition was one of those moments when you’re like, ‘okay, that person just changed their life,’” he says. And indeed it did, as McCarthy has quickly zoomed to the top of the list of in-demand comedic actresses.
In recent years, there have been few franchises you can depend on to appear as regularly as the Assassin’s Creed games. Creed has released titles every year for the last seven years—and sometimes multiple titles per year.
And as such, Ubisoft has pulled back the curtain on 2015’s flagship entry, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. With it comes a new time period, new protagonists, and the hope that the new gameplay changes will help propel the series forward not just in time, but in quality too.
TowerFall, the multiplayer game that can give Super Smash Bros. a run for its money in terms of pure fun, is seeing its first major expansion since Towerfall Ascension released last year.
TowerFall: Dark World will introduce 10 new archers to play as, four level sets, a new cooperative mode, and an endless mode that includes levels created on the fly as players progress. Dark World will also introduce new bosses to fight, powerups, and more.
Disney Infinity is heading to a galaxy far, far away in the next virtual adventure.
Disney today announced that Disney Infinity 3.0, which is set to debut later this year, will add characters from Star Wars, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Disney Pixar’s Inside Out. The game, which allows players to control characters based on real-life figures that they own, added Marvel heroes last year.
Scarlett Johansson had one of those weekends that actors dream about. She starred in the most anticipated movie of the summer, which enjoyed the second biggest opening weekend in box-office history—bonus: she also starred in the record-holder—and she hosted Saturday Night Live to bask in the glow. It was her fourth time as guest host, and even if Johansson didn’t completely take over the show, she confidently delivered some highlights, from her extremely sultry monologue lullaby to the faux trailer for her long-awaited Black Widow movie.
With only two episodes left—hosted by Reese Witherspoon and Louis CK—the competition for our next Mr. (or Ms.) Saturday Night contest is extremely tight. Taraji P. Henson is sitting pretty, posting an impressive debut showing with 55.5 percent of the vote. That’s three more points than Michael Keaton debuted with, and the Birdman star sank to a distant second. Dwayne Johnson was a solid third place, but nobody is safe this week. We learned that in our most recent poll when Martin Freeman, who hosted a memorable SNL, was finally eliminated. (A moment of silence, if you please.)
If Freeman can go, anybody can go. And since SNL all-star Bill Hader is currently on the plank, it will be interesting to see who fans think doesn’t belong from this top-notch group.