Franco and Hathaway Picked as Co-Hosts for Oscars

James Franco and Anne Hathaway will be running the show at the next Academy Awards.

Oscar organizers said Monday that Franco and Hathaway will be co-hosts of the 83rd ceremony on Feb. 27.

The announcement creates the prospect that one or both hosts might also be nominees. Franco is considered a solid best-actor prospect for the survival drama “127 Hours,” while Hathaway has a chance for a best-actress slot for the romance “Love & Other Drugs.”

It’s the second-straight year the Oscars have tapped a pair of actors as hosts. Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin teamed up as hosts last time.

The move also continues the show’s departure from the traditional comedian as host, such as past masters of ceremonies Billy Crystal or David Letterman.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

No. 19 Nevada 34, No. 3 Boise State 31, OT

Boise State says goodbye to its top-five ranking for the first time this season, dropping six spots to No. 9 in The Associated Press college football poll after an overtime loss to Nevada ended its 24-game winning streak.

Oregon and Auburn are 1-2 for a third straight week while TCU moves up a spot to replace the Broncos at No.3.

Nevada moved up five spots to No. 14.

 

Anthony Martinez kicked a 34-yard field goal in overtime to cap a Nevada comeback that gave the Wolf Pack a 34-31 win over previously unbeaten No. 3 Boise State.

The kick came after Boise State’s kicker missed a 26-yard field goal with 2 seconds left in regulation and another from 29 yards in overtime. It snapped Boise State’s 24-game winning streak and ended any hopes that the Broncos would play in the BCS title game.

Nevada rallied from a 17-point halftime deficit to tie the game with 13 seconds left on a 7-yard pass to Rishard Mathews, who had two second-half touchdowns for the 19th ranked Wolf Pack.

Nevada fans stormed the field after the school’s biggest win ever. The Wolf Pack had lost 10 straight to Boise State and were a 14-point underdog. (AP)

Black Eyed Peas to Perform Super Bowl Halftime

The Black Eyed Peas will be the featured halftime performer at the Super Bowl.

The Grammy award-winning group will perform Feb. 6 at Cowboys Stadium. The announcement was made Thursday during the Dallas Cowboys’ game against the New Orleans Saints.

Since forming in 1995, The Black Eyed Peas have sold more than 28 million albums worldwide and nearly 31 million digital tracks. Their new album, “The Beginning,” is set for release Tuesday.

Last year’s featured performer was The Who. Other halftime acts have included U2, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Paul McCartney and Prince.

The Super Bowl halftime show is sponsored by Bridgestone.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Food Network Cancels ‘Ace of Cakes’

Ace of Cakes No More

Celebrity baker Duff Goldman hasn’t decorated his last elaborate cake, but he no longer has Food Network cameras following his every move.

The network confirmed Sunday that it has canceled “Ace of Cakes,” the reality show that followed Goldman and the colorful staff of his Baltimore bakery, Charm City Cakes.

The network says in a statement that the show’s upcoming 10th season, which begins airing in January, will be its last. “Ace of Cakes” debuted in 2006 and has run for 116 episodes.

Goldman confirmed in a statement on Charm City Cakes’ website that the show has been canceled and that production has already wrapped on the final season.

Food Network general manager and senior vice president Bob Tuschman says the network is developing new show concepts for Goldman.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

William and Kate Plan April 29th Wedding

Royal wedding plans stepped up with visit to ...

Prince William’s private secretary says the prince and Kate Middleton are playing a “very active role” in planning the events for next April 29.

That’s when they’re scheduled to be married at Westminster Abbey in London.

The prince’s aide says the couple knows that the world will be watching — and they want it to be a “classic example of what Britain does best.”

He says they chose Westminster because despite its size – it holds 2,000 people — it has a sense of intimacy.

It also has centuries of royal history. British kings and queens are crowned there, and 17 monarchs are buried there.

British Prime Minister David Cameron says the wedding day will be a public holiday.

There has been some grumbling in England about holding a lavish royal bash in the midst of economic austerity. The palace says the royal family and the Middletons are going to cover the costs of the wedding, reception and honeymoon. But that doesn’t include the security that will be needed.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Today in Music History

In 1997, singer Michael Hutchence of INXS hanged himself with a belt in a hotel in Sydney, Australia. He was 37.

Americans Watch 143+ Hours of TV Per Month

A study released this week by Nielsen concludes that U.S. residents are watching an average of more than 143 hours of TV each month, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The figure is “essentially flat compared to the same period a year ago,” the study says. It examined TV habits during the second quarter of 2010. The average breaks down to almost 4.8 hours per day, the story reports.

DVR viewing appears to be on the rise, with the average DVR owner in the 25-34 demo watching 29.5 hours a month of recorded shows.

TV viewing by teens is down, apparently an indication that they’re watching online. Television viewing is higher among older viewers, and women watch more than men, the story says.

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