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Daniel Radcliffe 'Horns' + Seth MacFarlane Oscar Host: Good Idea?

Daniel Radcliffe Horns after EquusDaniel Radcliffe: Horns.

Daniel Radcliffe 'Horns': 'Equus' to Capricorn

Daniel Radcliffe has gone from Equus to Capricorn – or from horn-rimmed glasses to horns, period (apologies for the horrible pun) – in Horns, Alexandre Aja's film adaptation of Joe Hill's novel about a young man, Ig Perrish, who wakes up one day to discover that a) he has a pair of satyr-like horns on his forehead b) his girlfriend has been raped and murdered, and he is the prime suspect. Shortly thereafter, Ig also discovers that a) he can make people tell the truth (and to think not even Harry Potter could do that) b) he can make people act in accordance with their innermost urges. (Image: Daniel Radcliffe Horns, via EW.)

This first look at Daniel Radcliffe's curved horns comes courtesy of EW.com. As you can see, the make-up job isn't exactly Academy Award “material” – it's perfectly believable, mind you; it's just not showy enough. Anyhow, Radcliffe looks alluringly faun-like. And here's hoping that the fantastical tale will be as intriguing as it sounds.

Horns movie cast

Besides Radcliffe, the Horns cast includes Juno Temple, Kelli Garner, James Remar, Joe Anderson, and Max Minghella. Keith Bunin adapted Joe Hill's novel.

By the way, Daniel Radcliffe's first post-Harry Potter movie, The Woman in Black, was a sleeper hit, grossing $127.73 million worldwide. Horns doesn't have a release date, yet, but it'll likely come out some time in 2013.

Seth MacFarlane Oscars 2013 host confirmed

Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlane, best known internationally for the comedy box office hit Ted, will host the 2013 Oscar ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 24, Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have announced. This will mark not only MacFarlane's first Oscar-hosting gig, but also his first appearance on the Academy Awards show.

Seth MacFarlane movie and television credits

Seth MacFarlane made his feature-film directorial debut with Ted, starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, and a talking (via MacFarlane's vocal cords) Teddy bear. To date, Ted has grossed $434.11 million globally – the raunchy comedy is no. 9 on 2012's worldwide box office chart.

Additionally, Seth MacFarlane is the two-time Emmy-winning creator of the television series Family Guy, besides being the co-creator of American Dad! and The Cleveland Show. Last year, MacFarlane released his debut album, “Music Is Better Than Words,” which received two Grammy nominations.

Previous solo Oscar ceremony hosts include Whoopi Goldberg, Hugh Jackman, Ellen DeGeneres, Jack Lemmon, Billy Crystal, Jon Stewart, David Letterman, Johnny Carson, Bob Hope, Chris Rock, Steve Martin (also as Alec Baldwin's co-host), Chevy Chase, Frank Sinatra, Danny Kaye, and Fred Astaire. James Franco and Anne Hathaway shared hosting duties a couple of years ago. Much like Seth MacFarlane, DeGeneres, Crystal, Letterman, Carson, and Stewart were known – at least in the United States – chiefly (at times solely) for their TV work.

Among the Oscars' pre-television hosts were the aforementioned Bob Hope, plus Jack Benny, Will Rogers, Frank Capra, Douglas Fairbanks, William C. de Mille, George Jessel, Conrad Nagel, and Dick Powell.

Eddie Murphy was scheduled to host the Oscar ceremony earlier this year, but bowed out after show co-producer Brett Ratner resigned (or was forced out) following a series of controversial statements.

Seth MacFarlane photo: Courtesy of AMPAS.

Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting 2012: First South African Finalists

Jennifer Garner ButterJennifer Garner in Butter, written by Nicholl fellow Jason Micallef.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the ten finalists for the 2012 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Those ten scripts – from a record 7,197 submissions – will be judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, which may award up to five $35,000 fellowships.

Curiously, four of the ten selected scripts were written by California residents. Only one is from outside the United States: “Killers,” from South Africa – a first for that country. The ten Academy Nicholl Fellowships finalists are (listed alphabetically by author):

  • Nikole Beckwith, New York City, NY, “Stockholm, Pennsylvania"
  • Ryan Belenzon & Jeffrey Gelber, Los Angeles and Sherman Oaks, CA, “X"
  • Robert Carter, Red Bank, NJ, “A.W.O.L.”
  • Sean Robert Daniels, Laezonia, Gauteng, South Africa, “Killers"
  • James DiLapo, New York City, NY, “Devils at Play"
  • Allan Durand, Lafayette, LA, “Willie Francis Must Die Again"
  • Laurel Minter, Seattle, WA, “When Thunder Sleeps"
  • Bob Roden, Berkeley, CA, “Return of the Dipsticks"
  • April Rouveyrol, Glendale, CA, “Life Copy"
  • Michael Werwie, Los Angeles, CA, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile"

The recipients of the 2012 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting will be announced before the end of October. The fellowship ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 8, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. Additionally, the winners are expected to complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year.

Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee

The Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee is composed of producer Gale Anne Hurd (Chair), writers Naomi Foner, Tom Rickman, Daniel Petrie Jr., and Dana Stevens; 1954 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award winner Eva Marie Saint; cinematographers Steven B. Poster and John Bailey; producers Peter Samuelson and Robert W. Shapiro; costume designer Vicki Sanchez; film executive Bill Mechanic; marketing executive Buffy Shutt; and agent Ronald R. Mardigian.

Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting fellows

Nicholl fellows include Destin Daniel Cretton, whose I Am Not a Hipster premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival; Jason Micallef, who wrote the screenplay for the upcoming Butter; and Raymond De Felitta, whose documentary Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.

Jennifer Garner Butter photo: The Weinstein Company.

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2 Comments to Daniel Radcliffe 'Horns' + Seth MacFarlane Oscar Host: Good Idea?

  1. Liz

    No….No

  2. randall g gerber

    god help us.