Channing Tatum on his 'greatest production yet'
February 24th, 2013
07:13 PM ET

Channing Tatum on his 'greatest production yet'

"Magic Mike" star Channing Tatum is one of the many celebrity presenters at the Oscars, and the actor said that we should expect the unexpected.

"With Seth MacFarlane [as host], you don’t know what can happen," Tatum told E!'s Ryan Seacrest, hinting that someone might be getting naked, although he couldn't say for sure.

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Jessica Chastain on Oscar: It's not my year
February 24th, 2013
06:49 PM ET

Jessica Chastain on Oscar: It's not my year

Jessica Chastain's sparkling Armani gown was a clear winner on the Oscars red carpet Sunday, but that's about all the actress is expecting to win tonight.

Nominated in the best actress category for her work in "Zero Dark Thirty," Chastain told CNN before the ceremony that she doesn't think she'll walk away with the Oscar statue.

"I’m not going to win the Oscar tonight. I don’t think it’s my year, which is OK," she said. "I love the character, it's based on a real woman who’s currently working undercover. I’m so proud [of the film]."

As for her curve-hugging strapless dress, Chastain said she chose it because it reminded her of something Marilyn Monroe might have worn.

"The dress reminded me of a 'Happy Birthday, Mr. President,' kind of dress," the 35-year-old star said. "It’s an honor to wear a dress that evokes old Hollywood."


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Oscars producers: We're bringing entertainment back
February 21st, 2013
05:28 PM ET

Oscars producers: We're bringing entertainment back

The upside to being the prestigious ceremony of the awards season is having the cache, but the downside is that the show can also be seen as stodgy.

Despite efforts to liven it up in recent years, the choice to bring in Anne Hathaway and James Franco for 2011's show backfired, and pulling Billy Crystal off the hosting bench in 2012 was considered safe.

This year, however, with Seth MacFarlane as the master of ceremonies, Oscars producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan are trying to keep the night as entertaining as possible.

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Rachel Weisz, Daniel Craig aren't attending Oscars
February 18th, 2013
05:21 PM ET

Rachel Weisz, Daniel Craig aren't attending Oscars

We know there's a planned tribute to honor the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise at the Oscars this weekend, but at least one 007 won't be in attendance.

According to Rachel Weisz, wife of "Skyfall" star Daniel Craig, she and her husband won't even be in the building at Sunday's show.

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Getting ready for Oscar
February 4th, 2013
02:34 PM ET

Getting ready for Oscar

Now that a little thing called the Super Bowl is over, we can focus on the truly important matters: We're smack dab in the middle of awards season.

We've seen the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild awards, the People's Choice ceremony and the NAACP honors come and go, and now the attention has shifted to two of the biggies: the Grammys and the Oscars.

Music's biggest night is set for Sunday, and the Academy Awards will be on February 24. In honor of Hollywood's grand event, Turner Classic Movies (which is owned by the parent company of CNN) is airing some timeless, Oscar-nominated films of yore with its "31 Days of Oscar."

So if your taste runs more to "Streetcar Named Desire" or "A Star Is Born" than "Amour" and  "Silver Linings Playbook," the network has you covered. (Feel free to mix a drink inspired by Eatocracy's roundup of some of Hollywood's classic cocktails.)

Brush up on your cinema history, and we'll see you February 24.


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January 11th, 2013
04:15 PM ET

Jessica Chastain disappointed about Bigelow Oscar snub

The absence of Kathryn Bigelow - and a few other names - from the Academy's list of best director nominees has been a contested oversight, not just for observers but for the star of Bigelow's Oscar-nominated film.

When CNN spoke with Jessica Chastain, who did earn an Oscar nod for best actress for her work in "Zero Dark Thirty," she admitted that she was let down that her director wasn't recognized as well.

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