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Published: 03/3/11

Test Your News IQ in Weekly Street Quiz [VIDEO]

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Test Your News IQ in Weekly Street Quiz [VIDEO]

More on This Week's Quiz Questions: Who hosted the Oscars? Which designer lost his job for making anti-Semitic remarks? How long does the stopgap budget keep the government going? What is Rush Holt's job? Which network did Charlie Sheen threaten to sue? What major tennis star had surgery for a blood clot?...

Published: 02/28/11

Oscar Reviews: James Franco's Academy Awards Hangover

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Oscar Reviews: James Franco's Academy Awards Hangover

Judge not, lest ye be judged. While the Oscars evening certainly had its memorable moments -- Kirk Douglas charming Anne Hathaway and Randy Newman's acceptance speech made for "good television" -- the press has offered a few choice words on the show itself, particularly for co-host and "127 Hours" star James Franco. Surge Desk has a sampling: MovieFone's Alonso Duralde was not impressed with the infallible James Franco: "One of the zillion tweets posted during this year's Academy Awards said it best: 'Tonight's show finally answers the whole 'What can't James Franco do?' thing.' The...

Published: 02/28/11

Setting the 2011 Oscars Record Straight: It's 'Kirk Douglas,' Not 'Kurt Douglas'

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Setting the 2011 Oscars Record Straight: It's 'Kirk Douglas,' Not 'Kurt Douglas'

Pay attention: It's "Kirk" Douglas, not "Kurt" Douglas. Why the need to issue a clarification? Because even after a memorable appearance during Sunday night's Oscar ceremony (and with more than 60 years in the acting biz), the man's name still managed to show up incorrectly on Google Trends' Hot Searches. People got it wrong on Twitter too: .bbpBox42040599024635900 {background:url(http://a3.twimg.com/a/1298664727/images/themes/theme1/bg.png) #C0DEED;padding:20px;} p.bbpTweet{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px...

Published: 02/28/11

Randy Newman: 5 Facts on the 'Toy Story' Composer (2011 Oscars Edition)

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Randy Newman: 5 Facts on the 'Toy Story' Composer (2011 Oscars Edition)

"I want to be good television so badly," composer Randy Newman told the audience last night after claiming the Oscar for Best Original Song with "We Belong Together" from "Toy Story 3." And with so many years of Oscar nominations and losses, even without preparing a speech Newman managed to leave his mark on the evening with a little trademark sarcasm and dry humor as he accepted the award. "I've been on this show a number of times, and I've slowed it down almost every time," he said from the podium. Here is Newman's Oscar-winning "We Belong Together" tune from "Toy Story 3": Want to...

Published: 02/28/11

Colin Firth Oscar Acceptance Speech [WATCH HERE]

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Colin Firth Oscar Acceptance Speech [WATCH HERE]

"I have a feeling my career's just peaked." So said Colin Firth, as only an Englishman could, upon winning the Academy Award for Best Actor at the 2011 Oscars. The 50-year-old nabbed the top honor Sunday night for his portrayal of the stammering King George VI in "The King's Speech." The famous royal may have had problems speaking, but Firth had no such difficulties as he gave a touching and humorous speech up at the podium. "I'm afraid I have to warn you that I'm experiencing stirrings somewhere in the upper abdominals which are threatening to form themselves into dance moves," the...

Published: 02/28/11

The Oscars: 'The King's Speech' and Natalie Portman Reign

By  Luisita Lopez Torregrosa - Politics Daily
The Oscars: 'The King's Speech' and Natalie Portman Reign

On an evening celebrating youth, when the parade of glamour on the red carpet at the Kodak Theatre gave off plenty of Hollywood sparkle, "The King's Speech," a traditional historical drama about George VI, who overcame a crippling stammer to lead England in World War II, dominated the top honors at the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony Sunday. So much for "The Social Network," which as the film about the creation of Facebook, represented the young and rising 21st century and had been the front-runner to win the best movie Oscar early on in the awards race. In its near sweep, "The King's Speech"...

Published: 02/27/11

'The King's Speech' Takes Best Picture

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'The King's Speech' Takes Best Picture

Can't tune into the 2011 Oscars? Don't worry, we've got you covered. We'll be updating this post throughout the night with all the winners as they're announced, as well as any highlights worth hearing about. The newest winners will be at the top, the older at the bottom....

Published: 02/27/11

Kirk Douglas: Twitter Jokes as the Elderly Legend Steals Oscars 2011 Show

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Kirk Douglas: Twitter Jokes as the Elderly Legend Steals Oscars 2011 Show

Kirk Douglas didn't become an icon without knowing how to work a room. The 94-year-old actor made the most of his time presenting the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, talking about how beautiful co-host Anne Hathaway is and teasing the nominees by repeatedly delaying the announcement. If Douglas is a little before your time, you may know him as Michael Douglas' father (and Catherine Zeta-Jones' father-in-law). He starred in "Spartacus" in 1960 and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" in 1954; he has worked steadily since the 1940s and even provided a voice on "The Simpsons" once. On Twitter, the...

Published: 02/27/11

Oscar Winners 2011 [LIVE UPDATE]

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Oscar Winners 2011 [LIVE UPDATE]

If you weren't able to catch the Oscars tonight -- or if you just couldn't bring yourself to sit through those Oscar winner speeches -- but you still want to know who comes out on top, have no fear. Surge Desk is here. Here are the winners of the biggest prizes of the night. Best Picture Winner: "The King's Speech." The nominees were: "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "Inception," "The Kids Are All Right," "The King's Speech," "127 Hours," "The Social Network," "Toy Story 3," "True Grit," and "Winter's Bone." Best Leading Actor Winner: Colin Firth for "The King's Speech." This is Firth's first...

Published: 02/27/11

James Franco and Anne Hathaway Host Oscars 2011: Thumbs Up or Down? [POLL]

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James Franco and Anne Hathaway Host Oscars 2011: Thumbs Up or Down? [POLL]

The princess and the soap opera star as Oscar hosts? Many raised an eyebrow when Anne Hathaway and James Franco were announced as the co-hosts of the 2011 Academy Awards. Hollywood watchers supposed that the pair were selected to make the awards show seem a little younger -- maybe even a little more "Saturday Night Live"-esque. Indeed, there's been an "SNL" tinge to some of the promos for the big night, like when Franco tackles Hathaway to save her from a wardrobe malfunction. Now that the Oscars are over, Surge Desk wants to know: Was this experiment away from the gray-haired likes of Alec...

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