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The actor opened up about the experience during a chat with Huffington Post saying, "I don't know that my family nor my soul could take it. It's a beast. It was fun to check off the list, but for the amount of time spent and the understandable opinionated response, I don't know that it's a delightful balance to do every year or even again." Neil continued, "I didn't keep up with it obsessively, but it was interesting to see just what people thought landed and didn't. It's so difficult for one who's simply watching the show to realize just how much time and concession and compromise and explanation has gone into almost every single thing. Every joke. Wording of joke. Placement of joke. Canceling of joke. Embellishment for just one line. And I'm not saying that to defend everything I said as if it was the absolute best choice, but it's also an award show, and you're powering through 14 acts filled with 20 plus awards. So my job was to try and keep things as light and specific to this year's set of films as possible. And if people are critical of that, it's a big giant platform, so I would assume that they would be."
SHARON OSBOURNE PUTS KIM KARDASHIAN AND HER FAMILY ON BLAST
Is there a family feud brewing between the Osbournes and the Kardashians? Sharon Osbourne put Kim Kardashian's parenting skills on blast during a recent conversation with Closer magazine.
The Talk co-host said, "I know PETA has asked the Kardashians to stop. North isn't an accessory -- she shouldn't be wearing ugly couture clothes. Fur makes me physically sick, and wearing it is a very dated way of showing everyone how rich you are. Our grandparents did it, but now we've been educated, it's cruel to keep the trade going." Sharon goes on to speak more about the Kardashians saying, "We're in the limelight as Ozzy is an international star, but their fame is built purely on beauty. Who do you know who has five stunning daughters? Every family has at least one dud! I've had Kendall on my show and she's charming. And Kim has influenced a whole generation of young girls -- it's quite a responsibility...I respect and like them, but their morals are different to ours."
The show began with a special performance from Aretha Franklin who sang "I Will Survive". The contestants moving forward in the competition each performed music from Motown. The singers who advanced included Daniel Seavey who performed Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet it Is", Adam Ezegelian who performed Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" and Quentin Alexander who performed Stevie Wonder's "Master Blaster".
Mark Andrew, Rayvon Owen, Clark Beckham, Nick Fradiani and Qaasim Middleton also joined the Top 8 Guys.Click here to listen to: AMERICAN IDOL ADAM EZEGELIAN PERFORMS I WANT YOU BACK
JOSS WHEDON SAYS 'AVENGERS' SEQUEL IS THE HARDEST HE'S EVER WORKED
Joss Whedon has been the mastermind behind many successful projects but he says that Avengers: Age of Ultron has pushed him harder than ever. The director opened up about the experience during a chat with UK's SFX magazine.
He explained, "Shoot me in the face! It is a nightmare. I long for the simple movies like Serenity! This is the hardest juggling act I have ever, ever tried to pull off. They're very disparate characters. The joy of the Avengers is they really don't belong in the same room. It's not like the X-Men who are all tortured by the same thing and have similar costumes. These guys are just all over the place. And so it's tough. Honestly, this is as tough as anything I've ever done, and I haven't worked this hard since I had three shows on the air."
ASHLEY BENSON ADMITS THAT PEOPLE THINK SHE'S A B***H
Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson says people tend to think she's a b***h when they first meet her. The 25-year-old discusses the problem in the new issue of Wonderland magazine and explains why it's all a mistake.
Ashley says, "Weirdly, I'm shy. When people first meet me, they always think that I'm a b***h. I always get called that. Always. Because I don't talk. I get really nervous in public situations, but once you get to know me, I'm so outgoing. I'm so loud and bombastic. I have the biggest mouth. But at first I'm very closed off. I hold in emotions. I don't like to be vulnerable, ever."
SETH ROGEN AND EVAN GOLDBERG LEFT WEED STENCH IN OLD OFFICE: Seth Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg have allegedly prevented former Sony exec Amy Pascal from moving into her new office because they left a weed stench behind. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the duo used the office to write The Interview and the smoke from their pot supposedly seeped into the walls and carpeting. The whole place thorough cleaning and paint job before Amy can get up and running. Seth denied the story and wrote on Instagram on Wednesday (March 4th,) "I don't know what's more irresponsible: that they would print a story that is completely untrue, or that they would refer to how pot smells as a 'stench' #myshitssmellsgood"
KRISTEN STEWART REVEALS WHAT SHE LOOKS FOR IN A PARTNER: Kristen Stewart appears in the new issue of CR Fashion Book where she reveals her ideal type. The 24-year-old said, "For me, the most attractive thing in a person is drive -- genuine, impulse expressed for the sake of it, not for perception. I think that's hot." Kristen adds, "It's not hard for me to figure out who I like or who my friends are. I trust my energy meter, but I'm also not afraid to let me people in who might hurt me." She is currently rumored to be dating Alicia Cargile.
ADAM DRIVER HATES THE INTERNET: Girls actor Adam Driver is not a fan of social media or the internet as a whole. He recently told VMan magazine, "I definitely feel disconnected from my generation. The need to share everything doesn't make sense to me." Adam added, "I'm petrified of the Internet anyway. It doesn't quite make sense to me, that mass shaming without any empathy."
SCOTT DISICK DISAPPOINTS UK FANS: Scott Disick may face a lawsuit in the UK for failing to hold up his end of a deal for a club promotion event. A source who attended the event told UK's The Sun, "He was supposed to attend from 10pm until 3am, but he did not arrive until 2.35am and went to the VIP room. I waited all night for him and he never showed. I was then told by your security officer that he had left the building -- with no announcement or apologies made for all the people that waited patiently. Frankly, I feel like I've been swindled; to pay that amount of money for a promised VIP package and not receive any of it is misleading and morally repugnant." Scott was supposedly "completely out of it" and "swearing." An attorney who plans to represent the unhappy partiers released a statement saying, "We are happy for people to know we have begun legal proceedings against Scott and would hope he responds out of respect for his fans."
PEOPLE BEHIND SCIENTOLOGY DOCUMENTARY WANT JOHN TRAVOLTA AND TOM CRUISE TO SPEAK OUT: Alex Gibney and Lawrence Wright, the people behind the documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief and the book it is based on, held a panel on Monday night (March 2nd) where they revealed why the project focuses so much on John Travolta and Tom Cruise's affiliation. Alex said, "The fact is they are the front of the church. They are the reason a lot of people join, particularly Tom Cruise now. They have a recruiting power that's enormous. To put in the film the fact that they are abusing the power they have by not talking out about the church or not even exploring the abuses I thought was absolutely necessary. Otherwise, you have a lot of innocent people that are tumbling into the church on that account." A church spokesperson reacted to the accusation to People saying, "Certainly Mr. Cruise and Mr. Travolta are prominent Scientologists but that is due to their prominence as celebrities and their professional accomplishments. They hold no position within the Church. They are parishioners who like other parishioners are busy with their careers and families. This is no different than other religions that have prominent members."
TARAJI P. HENSON TAPPED TO BE CELEBRITY AMBASSADOR FOR 2015 AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL: Organizers of the 2015 American Black Film Festival have tapped Taraji P. Henson to be their celebrity ambassador. The Empire star said in a statement, "I want to thank Jeff Friday and everyone at ABFF for the honor of serving as your 2015 Ambassador. It is a privilege to join my fellow filmmakers to celebrate and support black artists and the artistry that resides in all of us." The festival will be held in New York City from June 11th to the 14th.
NETFLIX ANNOUNCES DEAL WITH LEONARDO DICAPRIO: Leonardo DiCaprio will be partnering with Netflix for upcoming documentary and docu-series projects. They have already collaborated on Virunga which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature this year. Leo reacted to the news in a statement saying, "Working with Netflix on Virunga has sparked a shared vision about projects that we want to develop and bring to viewers. There's never been a more critical time for our planet or more of a need for gifted storytellers to help us all make sense of the issues we face. Through this partnership with Netflix, I hope to give documentary filmmakers doing urgent and important work the chance to have their films seen immediately by audiences all around the world."
STARS ANNOUNCED FOR 'INDEPENDENCE DAY' SEQUEL: The actors have been cast for Fox's Independence Day sequel. Jeff Goldblum will be back reprising his role from the first film and will be joined by Liam Hemsworth and Jessie Usher. Jessie will be playing the son of Will Smith's character. The movie will hit theaters on June 24th, 2016.
EDDIE REDMAYNE'S 'THE DANISH GIRL' GETS A RELEASE DATE: Fresh off of his Oscar win, Eddie Redmayne's next project -- The Danish Girl -- has a release date. The transgender drama will hit theaters on November 27th, 2015. Eddie plays artist Einar Wegener who transitions into Lili Elbe and becomes one of the world's first transgender women. Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ben Whishaw and Amber Heard co-star.
'UNCLE BUCK' TV SERIES CASTS LEADS: Mike Epps and Nia Long have been cast to star in ABC's series adaptation of the 1989 film Uncle Buck. Mike will be playing the title role that was played by John Candy in the original. Nia will be playing Buck's sister-in-law named Alexis who runs a nonprofit that mentors at-risk girls. It is expected to debut in the fall if it gets a series order.
She revealed to Us Weekly, "We have a family calendar and it's how everybody runs. In truth, there's no trick to balancing it. If you look at the calendar and you've seen you've gone ten days without a date night, you know you need to prioritize more. That's how we work -- we're very mathematical about our relationship!" The House of Lies star added, "I feel like it's necessary to stay connected, because you can easily get blinded by all of the multitasking you have to do and then forget that it's been a month since you've spent an evening with your partner, and I don't ever want to let it get to that."