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New Year, New Name!!!

2013-New-Year-Wallpaper-2Happy 2013, everyone!  Hope it was safe and sound for everyone!!!   My goal for 2013 is to blog more.  Between work and life… finding time has been hard, but I am going to force myself to do it!!!  I am, I am tell you!!!

I am also excited to announce that I have reclaimed my Internet name.  The official name of this blog has been franklyHANKblog.com.  That was because someone stole my name and I could not use franklyHANK.com unless I paid some serious cash for it.  Well, waiting it out paid off b/c now, once again, I own franklyHANK.com (and it only cost me $10)!!!  So my blog is now officially franklyHANK.com.

There is a ton of pop culture and celebrity stuff coming up in 2013.  Check me out on WINDY CITY LIVE to see what you can look froward to in 2013, including Oscar nominations coming out this week.

Breaking News: The Next OSCARS Host Is…

Deadline.com is reporting EXCLUSIVELY that SETH MACFARLANE will host the Oscars next February on ABC.  MacFarline is known for being the creator of “Family Guy” and the box office smash, “Ted.” 

It’s a bold choice for the Academy and a good one, I say.  Seth will bring younger viewers to the screen and hopefully hip up what has been an otherwise boring awards show in years past. 

What do you think???

Viola vs. Meryl. Who Gets Best Actress? Tonight Holds A Big Clue.

UPDATE:  Viola Davis wins Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor In A Leading Role at the SAG Awards.  Meryl Streep led the standing ovation!

It’s probably the award being talked up the most.  Will Viola Davis win Best Actress (officially known as Actress in a Leading role) at the Oscars for her role in “The Help” or will Meryl Streep win for her role in “The Iron Lady?”  There are a few schools of thought.  Some say Viola’s role is the strongest and an incredible break though and the Academy will reward her for that.  Some say Meryl Streep is a legend (and she is) and she hasn’t scored an Oscar since 1983 for “Sophie’s Choice” and she is long over due for another.  This is her 17th nomination after all.

So what’s the franklyHANK school of thought?  And the answer is.  Hell if I know!  But here is what I do know.  In the Academy Awards, you vote for your category, meaning actors vote for actors, directors vote for directors, etc. Except everyone in the Academy votes for the top categories.  The biggest voting block at the Academy Awards are actors — actors who belong to the Screen Actors Guild, the actors union.  Tonight on TBS and TNT at 7pm CT is the Screen Actors Guild Awards or SAG for short.  Many of the film actors who will be voting for tonight’s awards will be voting for the Oscars and the outcome is likely the same… not always, but the SAG Awards are said to be a good indicator.  So… whomever wins tonight for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor In A Leading Role could very well be dusting off a spot for Oscar in her home.

If I had to guess, I would say, “Ms. Davis meet Oscar!”

I’ll be discussing the SAG Awards tomorrow on Windy City LIVE.  Be sure to tune in to the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26th at 6pm on ABC (ABC7 in Chicago).  And don’t forget to check out Oscars.com for everything you need to know for Oscars Sunday!!   And Windy City LIVE fans, Paige and Plummer will soon be revealing their Oscar picks!  Stay tuned.

Melissa McCarthy is now Oscar-nominated Melissa McCarthy!

My oh my, how far from Plainfield you have come, Ms. McCarthy!!!  One of the hottest names to come out of Chicago was nominated for an Academy Award today (Best Supporting Actress) for her work in “Bridesmaids.”  If you haven’t seen it, her performance is stellar and truly one of the funniest performances you will ever see (especially that now infamous sink scene).

Melissa tells E! Online, “When they said my name I was like, ‘What show is this? This must be some other show,'” McCarthy said. “I kept saying that, but when my picture came up I just kind of crumpled and my husband said, ‘You just got nominated for an Academy Award.'”

McCarthy also says she will be turning to childhood friend and shoe designer, Brian Atwood, to help her choose a dress for the red carpet!  Wow!  Now that’s a decision!  Good luck with that one, Brian.  The world (and more importanly, Chicago) will be watching.

The Oscars are February 26th starting at 6pm on ABC7.  I can’t wait!

It’s Official: Eddie Murphy Hosting The Oscars!

It was rumored this week, but now it’s fact.  Actor Eddie Murphy will host the 84th annual Academy Awards!  I, of course, think he will be brilliant. 

Murphy has two upcoming movies.  Oscars producer Bret Rattner recently directed Murphy in the upcoming comedy Tower Heist, which hits theaters Nov. 4.  Murphy will also star in A Thousand Words, coming out on Jan. 13.   When I saw the trailer recently for Tower Heist in a crowded theater, the audience erupted when Murphy  appeared on the screen.

So what do you think?  Good decision?  

The 84th annual Academy Awards can be seen on Feb. 26, 2012, on ABC.  READ MORE at The Hollywood Reporter…CLICK HERE.

Oscar, Can You Hear Me?

 Okay, I really don’t need to go on a long rant about how bad the Oscars were last night b/c everyone else has already done it.  The Hollywood Reporter gave the show a much deserved scathing review.  Anne Hathaway gets an A for fashion, a C for hosting and her cohort James Franco gets an F for f’ing up his job.  Could you have looked any more bored?  Actors almost never make great hosts b/c it’s not what they do.  There are exceptions (Martin/Baldwin, Billy Crystal), but both Martin and Crystal started out as stand-ups.  They know how to keep a live show moving.

Speaking of the live show, who the hell came up with the idea to start the show with Art Direction?  Really?  Really?  Stop 10 people on the street and I bet none of them can tell you what Art Direction is.  I work in the industry and I’m not even sure what Art Direction is.  And Kirk Douglas!  God bless his soul. If anyone can tell me what he said last night I would appreciate it.  Oscar legend, yes, but don’t trod out an aging man who suffered a stroke just b/c at one time he was a great star.  Horrible choice.

It was just a night of bad decisions.  The opening montage was fantastic and I had high hopes for the show after seeing it, but the rest of the show just fell flat.  Many are calling it the worst Oscars telecast in history and I might have to agree.  So next year, Oscar, please get Billy Crystal back as host (that standing ovation should not go unnoticed) and please get funny and fun again.  And quit trying to be hip.  It’s the Oscars.  You’re already hip.

James Franco: Maybe I’m Just Gay!

Admitting it is half the battle, James!!!   Mr. Franco talks about all of the gay roles he has played in Hollywood and the much talked about speculation of his own sexuality in this week’s Entertainment Weekly.  To all of it, he says, “Maybe I’m just gay.”   To quote Glenda The Good Witch from “The Wizard of Oz,” “Come out, come out, wherever you are…”

Franco is hosting the Oscar Awards next month.  If he sings a show tune and does jazz hands, he’s definitely gay.

Your Oscar Hosts

UPDATE: ***CONFIRMED*** Niki Finke at Deadline.com is reporting that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences has asked JAMES FRANCO and ANNE HATHAWAY to be hosts of the 2011 Oscar ceremony.   Deadline reports that both actor have accepted.   Franco, of course, is in “127 Hours” and is being touted as likely to get an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Aron Ralston, a hiker who was forced to cut off his arm after being trapped.  Hathaway is currently in “Love & Other Drugs” which is playing to mixed reviews, but she previously sang in an Academy Awards opening number when Hugh Jackman hosted and she is universally liked in Hollywood.

The Oscars air on ABC February 27, 2011.