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Elton John's Oscars Party Saw As Many Stars As The Academy Awards Itself [Photos]


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Since 1992, EJAF (Elton John AIDS Foundation) has raised over 321 million USD to help combat AIDS/HIV. One of the biggest events on EJAF's calendar is that of the Academy Awards Ceremony - for the last 23 years, Sir Elton John has hosted a special Academy Awards viewing party, in which celebrities from all areas of the entertainment industry come together to watch the Oscars, whilst raising money for the foundation. This year was no exception.

Sir Elton John poses with Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne (Credit Jamie McCarthy - Getty Images)
Sir Elton John poses with Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne (Credit Jamie McCarthy - Getty Images)

Of course, as with any Oscar party, members of the Hollywood elite were in attendance, like Alec and Hilaria Baldwin. But also, tremendous musical talent flocked to West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. In addition to Sir Elton John, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne were there to pose for pictures, as were Miley Cyrus, LIL' KIM and Kylie Minogue. Moby and Beck also stopped by to help raise awareness for the fight against HIV/AIDS.

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From Adrien Brody To Patricia Arquette, The 8th Hollywood Domino Gala Brings Stars Together [Photos]


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In 2008, Daya Fernandez thought of a fun little variation on the traditional game of dominos. Said game involves players using the pieces to make 'movie reels' - an idea that has certainly found a home with Hollywood's elite. Over the past eight years, a Hollywood Domino Gala has taken place in London, New York, the Cannes Film Festival, Puerto Rico, but the most important an prestigious event on the calendar takes place in in Los Angeles, on the Thursday before each year's Oscar ceremony.

Patricia Arquette at the 8th Annual Hollywood Domino Gala, in Los Angeles (Credit Michael Kovac - Getty Images)
Patricia Arquette at the 8th Annual Hollywood Domino Gala, in Los Angeles (Credit Michael Kovac - Getty Images)

With the help of Swiss watchmaker Bovet 1822, the 8th Hollywood Domino Gala & Tournament at the Sunset Tower Hotel on 19th February 2015. Every year, the Gala raises money for various charities, with this year the charity of choice was Artists for Peace and Justice - an organisation intent on supporting communities in poverty-stricken areas in Haiti. 

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Bomb Scare Near Oscars Venue Proves To Be False Alarm


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A bomb scare near the venue for The Oscars ceremony on Sunday (February 22) proved to be a false alarm though a man was detained by police. Bomb squad investigators cordoned off several storefronts and the front entrance of a hotel after a man who was driving recklessly emerged from his car with a propane canister.

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According to Reuters, the man also had two canisters of nitrous oxide - more commonly known as laughing gas. He was taken into custody while police performed further investigations. Disposal technicians detonated the items as a precaution though no explosives were found.

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Neil Patrick Harris Drops More Hints About Oscars


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Just three days to go before The Oscars, and Neil Patrick Harris has been spending Thursday talking about what kind of host he’ll be and what kind of jokes he’ll be cracking. In separate telephone interviews with USA Today and BuzzFeed, he indicated that he’ll be much gentler than some previous hosts. *Cough* Seth McFarlane *ahem*.

“I skew kinder. I want to keep it a classy show,” said Harris to USA Today. “It's a night of celebration. All of these people worked so hard all year long, all career long to attend this night. To make jokes at them, that's just not my style.”

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Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the Oscars on Sunday

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Frozen's 'Let It Go' Songwriters To Pen Oscar's Number For Neil Patrick Harris


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Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the Oscar winning team behind Frozen’s megahit ‘Let it Go’, will be bringing their talents to this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, by penning an original musical number for host Neil Patrick Harris.

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The announcement was made by the ceremony’s producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who said that the two are currently constructing "an original multimedia musical sequence" called "Moving Pictures.”

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Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs Addresses The Lack Of Diversity In This Year's Oscar Nominations


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When this year’s Academy Award nominations were announced on Thursday morning one thing which stuck out for many observers was the lack of diversity amongt the nominees. All 20 of this year's acting contenders are white, while there are no women nominated in the directing or writing categories.

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But speaking to the Associated Press, Cheryl Boone Isaacs’, the Academy’s first black president, said The Oscars were "committed to seeking out diversity of voice and opinion" and that outreaching to more diverse artists is a major focus.

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'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Second Favorite For Oscar After Globes Win


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Wes Anderson's comedy farce The Grand Budapest Hotel - which was considered out of the running for the major awards this season given its release in February 2014 - is now the second favourite to win Best Picture at The Oscars after landing the Golden Globe for Best Picture (Comedy or Musical).

The Grand Budapest HotelThe Grand Budapest Hotel is now the second favourite to win Best Picture at the Oscars

Budapest upset the big favourite, Birdman, to win the top honour at the 72nd annual Golden Globes and now it's being talked about as a possible conqueror of Boyhood at the Oscars.

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James Cagney's 'Yankee Doodle Dandy' Oscar Fails To Sell At Auction


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The Oscar won by James Cagney in 1942 for his performance in Yankee Doodle Dandy, has failed to sell at an auction in Los Angeles. The statuette had been expected to fetch at least $800,000 by auction house Nate D. Sanders on Friday (November 21st).

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Bidding was expected to be high since Oscar statuettes rarely make it to auction, primarily because the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences started making winners post 1951 agree to offer the prize back to the Academy for $1 before selling it. In the past, the Academy has gone to court to stop some sales of Oscar statuettes.

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Harry Belafonte Honorary Tugs At Our Heart Strings During Honorary Oscars Speech


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Harry Belafonte, an icon of classic Hollywood, received an honorary Oscar at a special ceremony this Saturday night. Belafonte received his award at the Governor’s Awards in Los Angeles, alongside the likes of Irish actress Maureen O'Hara, Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki and French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere.

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Neil Patrick Harris Will Host The Oscars


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Neil Patrick Harris is due to host the next Oscars ceremony. First reported by Variety and BuzzFeed, the news was confirmed via a press release on Twitter on Wednesday evening.

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Neil Patrick Harris will make his debut turn at hosting the Oscars early next year

The 87th annual Academy Awards take place on February 22nd 2015 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Harris, who plays a role in the current box office smash Gone Girl and was one of the stars of the long-running CBS sitcom ‘How I Met Your Mother’, has had some hosting experience before. He fronted the Tony awards last year, and also the Emmys in both 2013 and 2009, and has won awards in both in addition.

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Ellen DeGeneres' Oscars Selfie Sells TONS Of Samsung Galaxy Note 3's (Probably)


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Ok, so we don't know if Samsung has seen a sales spike in their Galaxy Note 3 model since the Academy Awards, but Ellen Degeneres Oscars selfie wouldn't have hurt interest in the technology giant's popular cell-phone.

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In case you've been holed away for the past 24 hours, you'll have heard about Ellen's famous Oscars selfie, which broke the record for the most re-tweeted post ever and apparently 'broke' the micro-blogging website. Yep, the Academy Awards host - who did a pretty damn good job of things - gathered together a few A-list friends including Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey and Meryl Streep for the most famous selfie in history.

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Benedict Cumberbatch. Best Oscars Photobomb. EVER.


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Benedict Cumberbatch won the Oscar for best photo-bomb at the 86th Academy Awards for totally spoiling a nice team shot of U2 posing outside the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Bono, The Edge and co were getting ready for the snap, when Cumberbatch leapt in the air behind them.

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So intent on getting the photo-bomb, Cumberbatch repeated the bomb, as the band continued to pose unaware. 

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McConaissance Is Complete As Matthew McConaughey Wins Oscar For Best Actor


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As we predicted, Matthew Mcconaughey's remarkable career turnaround is complete after the actor won the Oscar for Best Actor at the 86th Academy Awards for his stunning turn in Dallas Buyers Club. McConaughey played Ron Woodruff, a HIV patient who smuggled unapproved drugs into Texas when he found them effective at improving his symptoms, and distributed them to fellow sufferers.

Matthew McConaugheyJared Leto [L] and Matthew McConaughey [R] in 'Dallas Buyers Club'

McConaughey has long been the favorite to win the award and is now considered one of the greatest American actors after he ditched lucrative romantic-comedy roles for serious dramatic parts. He has been lauded for his roles in Mud, Magic Mike and Dallas Buyers Club and pretty much stole The Wolf of Wall Street away from Leonardo DiCaprio in one scene.

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'Gravity' Pulls In Best Director Oscar For Alfonso Cuaron


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As expected, and as we predicted, Alfonso Cuaron has won the Oscar for Best Director at the 86th Academy Awards for his work on the stunning 3-D epic Gravity.

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Cuaron has long been the favorite for the award and in many ways he was considered the biggest certainty. In recent years, the Academy has bucked its own trend of awarding best director to the man or woman behind the camera of the year's best film and instead considers technical achievements and progressive techniques. Last year, Ang Lee won Best Director for the visually spectacular Life of Pi, while Ben Affleck didn't even receive a nomination for his Best Picture winner Ben Affleck. Steven Spielberg was also nominated for Lincoln.

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Jared Leto? That’s Oscar Winner Jared Leto To You


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Jared Leto is now Oscar winner Jared Leto after claiming the Academy Award for best supporting actor. Leto has always been considered the favorite for the Oscar, given his stunning turn as Rayon alongside Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club.

Jared Leto Dallas Buyers ClubJared Leto [L] and Matthew McConaughey [R] in 'Dallas Buyers Club'

However, Leto had faced stiff competition in the form of Michael Fassbender and Barkhad Abdi, though it was the 42-year-old actor-turned-musician-turned-actor who deservedly took home the prize.

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Oscars 2014: What Kind Of Host Will Ellen DeGeneres Be?


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There are two of Oscar host: the one who’ll set out to insult as many people whilsy trying not to cross an invisible headline with a view to entertaining the audience at home, and then there’s the type who knows his-or-her-limits, and can be relied upon to give a solid performance. Ellen Degeneres almost certainly falls under the latter category.

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“My intentions are to make people happy," the 56-year-old host told Robin Roberts on ‘Good Morning America’. "My intentions are to never hurt anybody, and my intentions are to have compassion and to hope I can spread that a little bit every single day." (Via New York Daily News)

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Chris Burdon - GREAT British Film Reception to honor the British nominees of the 86th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars) - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 28th February 2014

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"I'd Like To Thank The Academy", But Who On Earth Are They?


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"I’d like to thank the Academy" is a phrase we’ve all heard a million times, but who the heck is this mystical ‘Academy’? We’ve always assumed that they were an immortal committee of terrifying movie expert wraiths who are summoned each year to choose who wins each award. We’re sorely disappointed to discover it’s a lot more simple, and less fantastical, than that.

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Each Spring we all go Oscars mad, but no one’s every really sat back to take a look at what the prestigious award show really is, and who’s behind it.  We'll try to make sense of it for you.

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Ignore The Bookies, It Could Be Leonardo DiCaprio's Year At The Oscars


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Let's ignore the bookmakers' predictions for this Sunday's Oscars (March 2, 2014). The people who devise these odds have not seen the movies and base their prices on critics' reviews and public opinion of movies, actors and actresses. The McConnaissance - see Mud, Dallas Buyers Club, Wolf of Wall Street and True Detective - has left bookmakers quaking in their boots and reducing Matthew Mcconaughey's odds of winning best actor to 1/9. It's true that his portrayal of Ron Woodruff is probably the best of his career, though the Texan is way off being considered a nailed certainty on to win the award.

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Consider the alternatives: we've got Chiwetel Ejiofor, the star of the finest movie of the year, Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave. History suggests that when a movie gains a momentum at the Oscars, it can rattle through the categories taking awards that it probably had no right to win. Nobody would complain should Ejiofor take best actor on Sunday anyway, though McConaughey and Leonardo DiCaprio could find themselves with little chance if the Academy has voted for 12 Years in the same way it took to The King's Speech and The Artist.

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From 'Gravity' To Barkhad Abdi - Where The Baftas 2014 Got It Wrong


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The Baftas delivered on certain promises, collating some of the world’s biggest stars and funneling them down a red carpet, giving a select few the chance to present an award, and, creating talking points as the perennial battle between who should have won and who did win continued to flare.

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Gravity was the night’s big success story as it was when it debuted at Venice all those months ago. The case for the film’s British credentials were never in doubt – BAFTA awards home soil movies and, given that the space thriller’s special effects were delivered by a British team in England, Gravity’s passport is a U.K one.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean the coveted Best Director nod should have gone Alfonso Cuaron’s way. Despite the pure, exhilarating brand of entertainment delivered – almost old-school Hollywood – it’s hard to look past Steve McQueen for his work on 12 Years a Slave when looking for someone more deserved of individual recognition.

Yes, 12 Years reeled in two magnificent awards: that of Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor and Best Film. Despite these high-profile gongs, though, there were other categories in which the slave drama missed out on, and almost certainly didn’t deserve to.

The supporting actor categories leap out as key pieces of evidence in the case of 12 Years a Slave. Barkhad Abdhi’s ascension this past 12 months has been a joy to watch, and his performance in Captain Phillips was touching and terrifying in equal measure. But he wasn’t better than Michael Fassbender as Edwin Epps – the evil plantation owner with a scary infatuation with Patsy, played majestically by Lupita Nyong’o.

And, like a seasoned radio professional, that neat segway leads me on to the Best Supporting Actress win for Jennifer Lawrence, which was – despite her current popularity and GIF-worthyness – a ridiculous decision. To put her role in American Hustle above Nyong’o’s in 12 Years was a travesty; to put it above newcomer Nyong’o and Sally Hawkins’ turn in Blue Jasmine is nothing short of wrong.

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Dallas Buyers Club Interviews: Matthew McConaughey And Jared Leto [Video]


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A few years ago, it would’ve been nigh-on impossible to imagine Matthew McCaonaughy as an Oscar favourite. But that’s exactly what he is. In fact, he and Jared Leto, who star and stun in Dallas Buyers Club, are in line to each take home a statuette on March 2nd.

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McConaughey plays Ron Woodruff, the true-to-life cowboy-turned-activist, who himself was given 30 days to live after contracting the HIV/Aids virus.

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Outlandish Theory: Did Clooney Delay 'Monuments Men' To Avoid Oscars Embarrassment?


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It wouldn’t be insane to suggest that George Clooney knows good from bad at this point in his career. The silver fox has certainly enjoyed some terrific turns over the decades, and when he’s involved in a stinker, it’s surely not news to him when the critics turn around and say: “this stinks”.

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There must have been a point when, during the production of The Monuments Men – the World War II comedy/drama focused on an unlikely crew assembled to preserve art and culture otherwise threatened by the Nazis – that Clooney said to himself, ‘hang on, this isn’t very good.’

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First Oscar Nomination In Years Rescinded Thanks To Composer's "Grassroots Campaign"


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In a move with very few precedents in the Academy Awards’ 86-year-long history, the Academy’s board of Governors has disqualified a nominee. The song Alone Yet Not Alone, featured in a little-known indie film of the same name has had its Best Original Soundtrack nomination rescinded, thanks to what the creator, Bruce Broughton, calls “the simplest grassroots campaign.”

Broughton, a former Academy governor and current music branch executive committee member, "had emailed [some of the other 239] members of the branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period," the Academy said in a statement Wednesday (quote via The Hollywood Reporter). Broughton’s connections to the board are quite extensive – he served as a governor between 2003 and 2012. 28 years ago, Broughton scored another nod for Best Original Soundtrack for his work on Silverado. Alone Yet Not Alone will therefore not appear on Oscar ballots once voting starts on February 14th and there will not be another nominee selected in its place.'

Broughton shared the nomination with lyricist Dennis Spiegel. The two worked together on the soundtrack for Alone Yet Not Alone, a faith-based feature about 18th century colonists struggling to survive in the Ohio Valley. In the film, the song was performed by Joni Eareckson Tada, a prominent, quadriplegic Evangelical minister.

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The Academy Revokes Oscar Nominated Song 'Alone Yet Not Alone'


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The board of governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have made the shock decision to revoke an Oscar nominated song for the upcoming award ceremony.

'Alone Yet No Alone', the soundtrack to the largely unknown film of the same name, was nominated for Best Original Song.

However, the track will not be eligible to enter the ballot when final voting takes place on February 14th, the Academy announced in a press release

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Matthew McConaughy's Journey From Topless Rom-Commer To Oscar Contender


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Matthew McConaughy is on a real hot streak right now, proving that reputations can be shaken almost as quickly as they’re gained in the fickle entity that is Hollywood. Following up his moving performance as the drifting outsider in Mud with an award winning turn in Dallas Buyers Club, the one-time, almost exclusively topless romantic comedy star is heading into The Oscars with a nomination for Best Actor, and he’s a solid chance of taking it home, too.

Matthew McConaughey and Jared LetoMatthew Mcconaughey and Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club

This week has been particularly fun for the Texan: he edged out some tough competition for the Best Actor in a Drama award at the Golden Globes, and yesterday he was the proud recipient of the equivalent award at The Critics’ Choice awards.

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Predicting The Oscars 2014: Is George Clooney Guaranteed An Academy Award?


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Six months of anticipation for four hours of award giving: that’s what you signed up for. The Oscars 2014 has its host, and now it has its favorites. Which director will be hurtling through an acceptance speech at breakneck speed, and which actor will be practising their sad-yet-humble loser face?

George Clooney and Sandra BullockSandra Bullock [L] and George Clooney [R] In Gravity

It’s Oscars season.

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Kim Kardashian's Vampire Facelift: Your New Favorite Treatment


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Kim Kardashian underwent a "vampire facelift" on Sunday's episode of 'Kourtney and Kim Take Miami,' and with it, potentially started a new trend for women looking for a little boost. The scary looking procedure is the same one that Oscar attendees received via a gift certificate in their swag bags last month - maybe someone gave their voucher away to Kardashian?

Basically, you slap a load of stuff onto your face and end up looking like a vampire... zombie... thing, but does it work? Dr Jeffrey Spiegel, a plastic surgeon in Boston, has performed the procedure numerous times over the past five years. "What you do is you take out from a person's arm about two teaspoons full of blood - a standard blood draw, like you would get when you go to the doctor - and add some chemicals, spin it down, and separate it a certain way, and you end up with some fluid that can be injected into the face," Spiegel explained." It's similar to - if you ever scraped your knee, that kind of yellowy stuff that you see oozing out of you - it's like that. So then you inject this back in into the area where there are wrinkles." Sounds terrible. 

So how much is this procedure going to set back those not fortunate enough to attend The Oscars? According to Yahoo, the "Vampire facelift" comes in it around $1,000, which is comparable to proven fillers like Juvaderm or Restylane. "For a little while, you will see an improvement because you just put an injection in," Spiegel added.

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Who Will Be The Next Oscars Host? NOT Tina Fey


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Attention has already turned to the 2014 Oscars host; the problem is, though, no one knows who it’s going to be. One thing’s for sure: it won’t be Tina Fey. The comedy actress has ruled her self out in a conversation with The Huffington Post.

“But I just feel like that gig is so hard. Especially for, like, a woman - the amount of months that would be spent trying on dresses alone ... no way,” she explained when asked if she might take the helm. The choice of 2014 host is a huge decision for the academy. Opinion on Seth Macfarlane was divided, and considering the controversial Family Guy creator was hired to lure a younger audience, it will be interesting to see if a safer choice is made next year, or they decided to push the envelope and get someone even more divisive. Chris Brown anyone? Probably not. Louis C.K. has been talked about recently; he certainly has the talent, but perhaps a comedian with his penchant for the colourful side of English isn’t the best option. Jimmy Kimmel is the safe bet.

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Jennifer Lawrence Is Best Actress – But She Forgot To Thank Her Director And Producer!


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It’s kind of an unwritten rule: when you win an Oscar, you thank all the people who helped you ‘make it’, even though they’re secretly thanking you for getting the film so much extra publicity.

So when Jennifer Lawrence trips up, wishes her fellow nominee Emanualle Riva a happy birthday and generally looks shocked to be anywhere near the golden statuette, but forgets to thank David O Russell and Harvey Weinstein, some post-Oscars love was certainly required. She’ll be hoping her statement to Entertainment Weekly can get her back into Hollywood’s good-books. "In the whirlwind of last night, I was remiss to thank two incredibly important people to this film and in my life," she said in the statement. She then thanked Russell for "the most incredible experience of my life" and "for your genius, for your guidance, for teaching me things about myself and nurturing me to be a better actor." She also thanked Weinstein for supporting the film "from early days" and for his "passion and unyielding support [which] gave this film the opportunity to thrive and touch so many people."

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Iran's Response To Argo? Bootleg DVD's Sold For Just $1


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If Ben Affleck and the makers of Argo were hoping that their film based around the 1979 Iran hostage crisis would be met with an open arms response by the people of Iran then it appears that they’re going to be sorely let down. In fact, bolstered by the news that Argo has put the political incident back into the spotlight, CNN reported last month that film makers in the country are preparing to write and make their own response to the crisis, in order to tell the side of the story from the Iranian perspective.

Now the reaction to it winning the Oscar has come in, and Iran isn’t happy. "I am secular, atheist and not pro-regime but I think the film 'Argo' has distorted history and insulted Iranians," said cafe owner Hossain to The Los Angeles Times. "For me, it wasn't even a good thriller." His thoughts were backed up by many others on the streets of Iran, "I did not enjoy seeing my fellow countrymen and women insulted," said Farzaneh Haji. "The men then were not all bearded and fanatical. To be anti-American was a fashionable idea among young people across the board. Even non-bearded and U.S.-educated men and women were against American imperialism." It was reported by the LA Times that bootleg copies of the DVD are currently going for less than $1 on the piracy market in Iran.

In January CNN had reported that Iranian capital Tehran’s Art Bureau was looking into making a response to the film, called The General Staff, and will  be based on eye-witness accounts of the event.

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RIP Ben Affleck's Beard: Oscar Winner Affleck Shaves Beard The Day After Winning Award


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Ben Affleck shaves beard "to mark the end of a chapter," but it was such a great beard, this was a chapter we never wanted to end.

It certainly seems to have been his lucky charm so it seems a little strange for Ben Affleck to shave off that lustrous beard. However, as TMZ reports, it is done, and as a source told E! Affleck chose to do so to "to mark the end of a chapter." 

Argo, his movie which won Best Picture at The Oscars on Sunday, was a labour of love for Affleck who both directed and starred in it. He originally grew the beard for the part; an agent who poses as a film maker to be able to get into Iran and save some Americans without the danger of being considered a threat to the state. Affleck's beard even has its own Twitter. On February 23rd it tweeted "Each day I pray he doesn't take a razor to me." Those prayers must have not been listened to. 

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Jennifer Lawrence and Jean Dujardin - Oscars Press Room at Oscars - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 24th February 2013

Jennifer Lawrence and Jean Dujardin

Charlize Theron - Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals at Oscars - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 24th February 2013

Charlize Theron

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