Will James Franco and Anne Hathaway Host Oscar? Are They Ready? 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has asked James Franco and Anne Hathaway to host the Academy Awards and according to Deadline, "it looks like both young stars have accepted the offer!"

I think it's a fantastic and inspired choice!

Hathaway showed her musical talent at the Academy Awards two years ago with a dance number with then host Hugh Jackman. And Franco is almost 100% sure to get a Best Actor nod for "127 Hours." (Check out my interview with the actor and director Danny Boyle for "127 Hours" right here)

I don't think Hathaway will get a Best Actress nomination for her performance in "Love and Other Drugs," but she's a brilliant actress who was previously nominated in 2008's "Rachel Getting Married."

The official host announcement could be made as soon as this week, but so far, I think Franco and Hathaway will do wonders hosting the upcoming Academy Awards.

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So Long Leslie Nielsen! Beloved Comedian Dead at 84 

Leslie Nielsen, the guy who made us laugh in films like "Airplane!" and "The Naked Gun" has died. He was 84.

The actor died Sunday near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla due to complication of pneumonia.

His nephew, Doug Nielsen, told Canadian radio station CKNW, that "he just fell asleep and passed away."

Let's remember the great funny actor with the video mashup below using the best of the best from two of his best films -- "Airplane!" and "The Naked Gun."

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"Harry Potter" Vanquishes Everyone with $50.3M Box-Office 

Even Rapunzel couldn't break "Harry Potter's" magical box-office spell. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" remained the No. 1 movie in America with $50.3 million over Thanksgiving weekend.

Disney's "Tangled" came in very close with $49.1 million.

So far, "Harry Potter" has raised its total to $220.4 million in just 10 days with a worldwide total of $609.6 million.

Meanwhile, "Tangled" featuring the voices of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi raised its five-day total to $69 million since opening Thanksgiving eve.

While "Tangled" did not beat "Harry Potter," the film exceeded industry expectations delivering the second-biggest Thanksgiving debut ever just behind "Toy Story 2" which opened with $57.4 million.

Sitting mightily at No. 3 is DreamWorks Animation's "Megamind" with $12.9 million beating new films such as "Burlesque," "Faster," and "Love & Other Drugs."

Christina Aguilera and Cher made a so-so debut with "Burlesque" landing at No. 4 with $11.8 million, and a $17.2 million five-day total.

The dramedy "Love & Other Drugs" starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway debuted at No. 6 with $9.9 million with a five-day total of $14 million since opening Wednesday.

Dwayne Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton must settle for No. 7 with "Faster" selling $8.7 million in box-office tickets, and $12.2 million since its Wednesday opening.

Meanwhile, "The King's Speech" featuring the much-talked about Colin Firth performance as British monarch George VI, debuted with $349,791 in just four theaters in New York and Los Angeles! Per theater average? That's about $87,448 compared to "Tangled's" $13,628 per theater.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office Films for weekend of Nov. 26:

1. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1," $50.3 million.

2. "Tangled," $49.1 million.

3. "Megamind," $12.9 million.

4. "Burlesque," $11.8 million.

5. "Unstoppable," $11.75 million.

6. "Love & Other Drugs," $9.9 million.

7. "Faster," $8.7 million.

8. "Due Date," $7.3 million.

9. "The Next Three Days," $4.8 million.

10. "Morning Glory," $4 million.

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! And Thank You For Everything! Now, You Can Eat Me, Your Turkey! 

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Palm Springs -- Hollywood of the Desert, Playground of the Stars! Take a Look at my Insightful but Fun Piece About the City I Call Home! 

Everytime I interview a celebrity and I tell them where I'm from, their eyes grow bigger and they all almost unanimously say "Palm Springs? I love Palm Springs."

Sure, we've heard about Palm Springs and its Hollywood connection. If you've been to the desert, you've seen the names of celebrities (Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore, Kirk Douglas, Gene Autry to name a few) used as street signs.

And you've also heard of the Palm Springs International Film Festival attended annually by the best of Hollywood.

But our Hollywood connection did not simply begin and end with street signs and festivals. For that, we have to go back in time.

Check out my fun but insightful piece on why Palm Springs is known as Hollywood of the Desert. Let me take you on a journey in and around Coachella Valley and discover the Playground of the Stars:

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