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I thought Seth MacFarlane was pretty funny as the Oscar host--he made Tommy Lee Jones laugh, for God's sake--even if some of the jokes didn't land, or at least not safely. But a liberal thinkprogress.com review found him utterly childish and unredeembale.
Writing a critique of Seth MacFarlane's duties as Oscar host on the website of The New Yorker this morning, Amy Davidson found herself defending Chris Brown. At least sort of. "Relationships are complicated," she wrote in the midst of a stern rebuke of MacFarlane's Chris Brown/Rhianna joke, "and it ... More >>
The recent Golden Globes telecast was so rivetingly entertaining that the Oscars need to do exactly what they did in order to approach watchability on February 24. IMHO, they should: *Tell Seth MacFarlane that he will now have two cohosts--Tina and Amy. They were brilliantly wry and need to be ad ... More >>
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were a scream as hosts of the Golden Globes last night. They were wicked, witty, and spontaneous, and added some lovely tones of mirthful mockery to the proceedings, which could otherwise bog down in self congratulation. If Seth MacFarlane can do even half as well at the Os ... More >>
Like his creations Stewie (from Family Guy) and Ted, Seth MacFarlane is kind of impishly cute yet snickeringly barbed and racy. And I imagine that's exactly the combo he'll bring to his job hosting the next Academy Awards. I can't say I'm surprised Billy Crystal isn't coming back for a 10th hostin ... More >>
The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madnessin which you, the Sound of the City voting public, help determine the quintessential New York musicianfinishes up this week, with the Round of 32 scheduled to kick off Monday. (The schedule and results so far are he ... More >>
A big man on campus, with a mainstream profile, but the music is another matter
Happy Birthday, Rupert Murdoch! At the great old age of 79, the media baron's going to have to be gifted well. Who knows how many he has left? It's late in the day and you still haven't gotten him anything, and you don't know what to get him? Funny you should ask. We've got a few decent ideas ... More >>
Keeping to her program, Fix commentator Sarah Palin used Facebook again today to complain of a joke on the Fox cartoon Family Guy, in which son Chris dates a well-spoken but fussy young woman with Down Syndrome who reveals her mother to be "the former governor of Alaska." For variety, Palin enli ... More >>
Person-to-person with Sully Sullenberger, Michael Fassbender.
Emmy-nominated The Family Guy featuring Emmy-nominated Seth MacFarlane. For us the joy of the Emmy Nominations, announced this morning, is in the less-well-known categories. We see that there are only two shows, for instance, up for Outstanding Children's Nonfiction Program: Grandpa, Do You Know ... More >>