Monday, March 01, 2010

Oscar Buzz - 20th Annual Night of 100 Stars Gala Oscar Party

If you've wondered where the rest of Hollywood goes to watch the Oscars it's Norby Walters' annual formal viewing party called at The Night of 100 Stars Gala. It's held Sunday, March 7th at 4 PM at the legendary Beverly Hills Hotel Crystal Ballroom. And yes, this blogger will be in attendance providing coverage. You can follow along at and at as photo video, and blog updates will be posted.

Here's a video from the 2009 party:

The Night of 100 Stars Gala Oscar Party started 20 years ago as an out growth of Norby Walters's private poker parties and grew from there. Now, Sunday's big event attracts celebrities and media like ABC's Good Morning America and The Jimmy Kimmel Show, which has taped segments there. Kimmel called it "...a wild party with mostly celebrities and they are everywhere you look".

This is one of David Carradine's last interviews:

Oh, and who's Norby Walters?

Norby Waters with Lanie Kazan and Dennis Haysbert
Norby Walters is a former Hollywood music agent and now event host who describes himself as "old school" and " one of the most dapper, snappiest characters in a town grown unfortunately and increasingly gray and corporate". Walters says he had all the jazz greats and signed Miles Davis to his first solo gig.

The Night of 100 Stars Gala has a huge list of celebrities who are set to attend. The press release reports the following confirmed list:

Sean Astin, Krista Allen, Ed Asner, Jason Alexander, Powers Boothe, Daniel Baldwin, Timothy Busfield, Joe Bologna, Susan Blakely, John Corbet, Tia Carrere, Keith Carradine, James Cromwell, Stephen Collins, Michael Chiklis, David Carradine, Joanna Cassidy, Richard Dreyfuss, Kevin Dillon, Lolita Davidovich, Robert Davi, Bruce Davison, Lou & Carla Ferrigno, Frances Fisher, Dave Foley, Peter Fonda, Jon Favreau, Joley Fisher, Robert Forster, Jeff Garlin, James Darren, Carla Cugino, Dominick Dunne, Lou Gossett Jr., Dennis Haysbert, Dennis Hopper, Dule Hill, Cheryl Hines, Monty Hall, Harry Hamlin, Marilu Henner, Ken Howard, Jack Klugman, Richard Karn, Martin Landau, Ron Livingston, Hal Linden, Richard Lewis, Sharon Lawrence, Michael Lerner, Matthew Modine, Chris McDonald, Camryn Manheim, Dylan McDermott, Jesse Metcalf, Ming Na, Judd Nelson, Kevin Nealon, Danielle Panabaker, Kevin Pollak, Stephanie Powers, Michelle Phillips, Lou Diamond Phillips, Freddie Rodriguez, Jason Ritter, Brande Roderick, Adam Rodriguez, Pat Richardson, George Segal, Fred Savage, John Schneider, Tony Shaloub, Kevin Sorbo, Rob Schneider, Amber Tamblyn, Jennifer Tilly, the GEICO Caveman, Bo Derek and over 100 more reportedly expected...

And in the past, many Academy Award Winners and Nominees have attended:

Jamie Foxx, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Danny Aiello, Jennifer Tilly, Linda Blair, Michael Lerner, Sally Kirkland, Gary Busey, Bruce Davison, , Richard Dreyfuss, Cathy Moriarty, Kathleen Quinlan, Eric Roberts, Lynn Redgrave, Robert Forster, Diane Ladd, Caroll Baker, Rip Torn, Charles Durning, Dean Stockwell, Robert Stack, Theodore Bikel, Don Murray, Cliff Robertson, William H. Macy, Samantha Eggar, Kevin McCarthy, Glynis Johns, Terry Moore, Burt Young, Karen Black, Eddie Albert, George Chakiris, James Cromwell, Red Buttons, Ernest Borgnine, Anthony Franciosa, Shirley Jones, Elliott Gould, Tony Curtis, Martin Landau, David Paymer, Robert Loggia, Renee Taylor, Joe Bologna, Rod Steiger, Brenda Vaccaro, Shirley Knight, James Whitmore, Shelley Winters, Pat Morita, Patricia Neal, Stuart Whitman, Carrie Snodgrass, Seymour Cassel, Lesley Ann Warren, Russ Tamblyn, Maximillian Schell, Sally Kellerman and Mickey Rooney.

The bottom line is, it's going to be a fun time, wild Oscar party, and a great event.

Stay tuned.

The View's Sherri Shepherd with Jess Cagle on Oscar Red Carpet

More Oscar Buzz just six days from The Academy Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has annouced that The View's Sherri Shepherd (pictured) will join Jess Cagle and the legendary Kathy Ireland on Oscar's Red Carpet Sunday, March 7th.

According to AMPAS, it's Sherri Shepherd's first time as a Red Carpet hostess, while Jeff Cagle, the managing editor of Entertainment Weekly will turn in his second consecutive year as a Red Carpet host. Cagle's interviewed some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

Meanwhile Kathy Ireland is indeed, legendary. The model-turned-businesswoman has built kathy ireland Worldwide, based on a line of clothing Kmart gave her. Now, the home and fashion design firm has annual sales of $1.4 billion.

The Oscar Red Carpet program will start at 8 PM EST, 5 PM PST.

Tyler Perry a presenter at Oscars; needs to use Twitter!

Last week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) secured Tyler Perry, a man much admired by this blogger and who went from homelessness to creating his own film organization and brand, to be a presenter at the Oscars, the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.

So we were waiting for Tyler Perry to tweet the news to his over 98,000 followers. And waiting. And waiting. And still waiting. Tyler Perry hasn't used Twitter to tweet anything since February 11th.

And on that day, he tweeted this:

This Sunday night, I’m going to be on Extreme Makeover Home Edition on ABC! This is a two-hour special episode! Check it out!
11:11 AM Feb 11th via web

So Tyler Perry can tell the World he's on Extreme Makeover Home Edition on ABC, but not on the 82nd Annual Academy Awards...on ABC?

With all of the awards and praise Precious, a movie Tyler Perry executive produced, has received, you'd think he would work Twitter to tell the World? Nope. AMPAS gives him the biggest stage in the entertainment world, so we get a tweet. None. But we get Extreme Makeover Home Edition on ABC.

Horrible. Tyler Perry, we want to know how you feel about AMPAS selecting you as a presenter at Sunday's Academy Awards! Just tweet it!

A Nightmare on Elm Street remake movie trailer 2010 - the next Megan Fox?

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A Nightmare on Elm Street has been remade by Michael Bay. The remake of this horror classic and one of this blogger's college favorites is to be released not far after IRS Tax Day April 15th, specifically April 30th 2010.

This A Nightmare on Elm Street remake movie trailer gives a look at the new movie. The reported idea is this is a "reboot" much as J.J. Abrams 2009 Star Trek was a successful reboot of the classic television show and movie franchise.

But two questions. First, does this new Freddy Krueger out do the original, played by Robert Englund. And is Rooney Mara the next Megan Fox?

First, many agree that Robert Englund gave Freddy Krueger a timelessly hateful character that was also very funny. Englund played Freddy Krueger with such maniacal energy that no one could see another actor playing the steel-handed dream-state psychotic. Enter Jackie Earle Haley from Fox's TV series Human Target.

Jackie Earle Haley has Englund's blessing: "I'm real happy with Jackie", said Englund in a recent interview at FearNet. "I'm a fan". But are you happy with Jackie Earle Haley? Is he scary enough? Look at the trailer and then take the poll below this blog post.

Second, is Rooney Mara, who plays the role of Nancy Thompson in the new A Nightmare on Elm Street, the next Megan Fox? It was Michael Bay who gave Megan Fox the platform that made her a star when he cast her for the Transformers series. Does Rooney Mara have the same star quality?

It's hard to tell how much of Rooney Mara we will see in A Nightmare on Elm Street, so it's best to hold off a final verdict here. (Moreover, as Rooney Mara overseas the nonprofit Faces of Kibera, an organization that provides resources for orphans in Kibera, a slum in Nairobi, Kenya, any comparison with Megan Fox, who has no such organization as of this writing, would stop there.)

But we do see a lot of Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger. Let us know what you think; first impressions are everything. Does Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger live up to Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger? This poll will run through the year and beyond!


More celebrity quizzes on

Recent large earthquakes in first two months of 2010 indicate trend

Related searches: Chile earthquake, Haiti earthquake, Argentina earthquake, Venezuela earthquake, Japan earthquake, Bay Area earthquake.

Recent large earthquakes in the first two months of 2010 and in Haiti, Argentina, Venezuela, Eureka, California, north of Chicago, Japan, and Chile, would seem to indicate a trend, and not a good one.

First, the rate comes to about one major earthquake every two weeks. Second, the US Geological Survey reports that earthquakes of over 7 on the Richter Scale are still constant in number, not increasing or decreasing.

The USGS also claims that we should expect to learn of 17 major quakes in one year and one great earthquake in any one year.

Chile was the great earthquake at 8.8 on the Richter Scale,

But while the USGS claims the earthquake frequency is not off the norm compared with years 2000 through 2009, no one has made a comparison of time frames.

In other words, was there a moment in World history where we had so many large earthquakes within such a short period of time? As of this writing, there's no documentation of such a frequency of quakes as the one the World has seen this year, with so many large quakes in a two month period.

Stay tuned for more updates on this topic.