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Feb 26, 2013 4:45PM ET
Seth MacFarlane, after all the criticism, said on Twitter today that he won't host the Academy Awards again. Naturally, a number of publications have already started speculating as to who should emcee in 2014. Let's rank the choices.
Feb 26, 2013 4:01PM ET
For those of you who've been all doom and gloom about the music industry — claiming the Internet and mp3s and iTouches and all those gizmos have killed it — here's some news that might flip your wigs: the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry reports that its members took in more money in 2012 than it did in 2011. As in, growth. Actual growth.
Feb 26, 2013 3:38PM ET
Manti Te'o is reportedly raising eyebrows among general managers doing the hiring who "want to know" about his sexuality, even as teams refuse to speak out about gay players and critics charge that GMs still actively recruit players with criminal pasts.
Feb 26, 2013 3:18PM ET
Today in viral videos: the Oscars have come and gone but everyone's just getting started on bad lip reads and odd mashups, and perhaps the coolest pizza delivery on earth.
Feb 26, 2013 1:05PM ET
Think back to September: Mitt Romney was still a constant in the news cycle and for a brief moment we were enthralled with a video of a pig rescuing a baby goat. But that video—like too much of what works its way into the online news cycle—was a fake.
Feb 26, 2013 1:02PM ET
Now that the Academy Awards have come and gone and the winners have had their trophies engraved, it's time to look forward, to an uncertain future. If they heed our unsolicited advice, a decades-long bounty of roles and accolades awaits them. Should they ignore it, there is only doom and obscurity.
Feb 26, 2013 12:00PM ET
Beck has now "chickened out" of the WWE's challenge to fight in the ring, all of which would be pretty funny, if Beck understood that the WWE didn't "love to hate the Tea Party" so much as love to entertain its Latino audience.
Feb 26, 2013 11:12AM ET
The host's much criticized "We Saw Your Boobs" song during his opening number of the Oscars was all about celebrity nude scenes, and now the website that's all about just that has done MacFarlane's homework for him.
Feb 26, 2013 10:44AM ET
Today in celebrity gossip: Some juicy tidbits from Sunday night's Oscars parties, word on what other famous people were doing that night, and some unsurprising news about Anne Hathaway's speech.
Feb 26, 2013 10:00AM ET
Just a normal couple driven insane by a couple of bizarre, androgynous celebrities.
Feb 25, 2013 9:53PM ET
After failing to win all but one* of its Oscar nominations, Zero Dark Thirty's filmmakers got some good news on Monday, when the Senate Intelligence Committee dropped its investigation into the movie.
Feb 25, 2013 9:01PM ET
William Shatner's had quite the colorful post-Star Trek career, a career that now includes not only being a spoken word poet but also naming one of Pluto's moons after Spock's home planet, Vulcan.
Feb 25, 2013 6:46PM ET
Today in (non-Oscar) show business news: Every nerd's favorite FBI agent might soon be back on American TV, Michael Jackson's son continues his professional development, and Maya Rudolph wants to do a variety show.
Feb 25, 2013 5:26PM ET
The numbers are in and, well, you win, MacFarlane. Turns out, if the Academy Awards hope to survive on network television, cultivating a base-level appeal with a "risky" non-traditional host might just do the trick.
Feb 25, 2013 3:45PM ET
The Economist has a chart examining the frequency of gushing onstage clichés in Oscar history, and the words of Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence weren't as bad as usual.
Feb 25, 2013 3:04PM ET
Back in August, the Wire's Rebecca Greenfield predicted an oncoming Greek yogurt backlash. While this hasn't quite happened yet, the knowledge that our world is now inhabited by something being deemed "brogurt" implies perhaps the end of days for this thick, creamy snack.
Feb 25, 2013 2:57PM ET
After an Oscar night uproar over a tweet that used the c-word to describe Quvenzhané Wallis, The Onion's new CEO is attempting to put the incident behind the paper of satirical record. But beyond the offensiveness, can The Onion still be The Onion now?
Feb 25, 2013 1:20PM ET
The criticism is still raining down on the Oscar host — "sexist" and "racist" and "worst ever" are not uncommon from all over today. But was he funny? Some professional funny people seem to think so.
Feb 25, 2013 12:48PM ET
Mumford & Sons strummed and harmonized their way to a Grammy for Album of the Year, but now they're ready to ditch the folksy acoustics for rap. Everyone on the Internet is already stopping their ears.
Feb 25, 2013 11:51AM ET
DC Comics decided it's time to kill Batman-sidekick Robin again which is notable because this incarnation of Robin has actually been popular, unlike the last Robin to be unceremoniously killed off.
Feb 25, 2013 11:07AM ET
Today in a special Academy Awards edition of celebrity gossip: A look at all the post-Oscar bashes and their fabulous attendees, from Vanity Fair conversations to Britney Spears's new hair. Plus an award-show lobby full of toilet water.
Feb 25, 2013 10:57AM ET
If you think you're tired after staying up late to watch the endless Academy Awards, just imagine how these people are feeling.
Feb 25, 2013 10:49AM ET
The notorious recluse, occasional Simpsons joke, and perhaps America's greatest living writer is releasing a novel in 2013, and the word leaked in pretty reclusive fashion.
Feb 25, 2013 10:13AM ET
Before you get all worked up about what "degrading" porn looks like or make a free-speech argument, here's an outline of Iceland's would-be policy, and why it might not work anyway.
Feb 25, 2013 9:44AM ET
It looks like Ben Affleck will not be receiving any congratulatory phone calls from Iran today, after the media there dismissed his film's triumph at the Academy Awards as "Hollywood insiders sacrificing quality and artistic cinema to political slogans and distortions."
Feb 25, 2013 8:03AM ET
In a season of Girls which is growing increasingly more interesting and rewarding, last night's episode, "Video Games," shed light on perhaps the most mysterious character of the four ladies, Jessa (Jemima Kirke).
Feb 25, 2013 7:43AM ET
The routinely funny, usually quick-witted satirical newspaper called the 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis the c-word, and needless to say that did not go over well. The Onion offered an apology.
Feb 25, 2013 2:36AM ET
Where are we most likely to see dresses inspired by the ladies on the Oscars red carpet? At the mall.
Feb 25, 2013 1:46AM ET
There was the monologue, which didn't go over so well in some parts, and then there was the rest of the Oscars, which didn't either. The first-time host was, as expected, kind of a jerk. Here's a sampler.
Feb 25, 2013 1:32AM ET
There were hints of invention and humor throughout the Academy Awards on Sunday, but all told the show was remarkable only in its moments of jaw-droppingly bad jokes from the off-putting and unsteady host — and in its agonizing waste of time.