OK, not a fan of his work. Family Guy? It’s the kind of idea Charles Manson would have come up with if he had had one more year of high school. Just don’t think he’s funny. (And yes, I mean Manson. MacFarlane too.)
The creator of American Dad and Ted is anticipating criticism and so is already promising not to reduce the Oscar broadcast to some sad high schooler’s daydream where he gets on a world stage and decides to piss off his superiors by showing how little he thinks of everyone, and yes, just because he can.
I’ll turn it on at 11:50 to see if Daniel Day-Lewis beats out Philip Seymour Hoffman or vicey versey.
I would be so happy if the Academy would just send out an e-mail announcing the winners. We could then all get online and discuss. The winners could Skype their acceptance speeches. No host. No stupid musical numbers.
But here’s actual good entertainment news: Adele will sing the title song to Skyfall, the next Bond outing. (I like Adele. If you don’t like Adele, you can go to H-E-double hockey sticks right N-O-W.)
The song — and by that I mean the title song written for a specific movie, not the signature “James Bond Theme” with that instantly recognizable opening guitar riff composed by John Barry — has always been a good gig, better than hosting the Oscars, because at least you could hum the result. Tom Jones (Thunderball—”His needs are more, so h-e-e-e gives le-e-e-ss…” Bond, not Tom Jones, who may also be a selfish creep for all I know), Sheena Easton (For Your Eyes Only — remember her?), Shirley Bassey (Goldfinger, probably the most memorable), Paul McCartney and Wings (Live and Let Die), Duran Duran (View to a Kill), Tina Turner (Goldeneye), even Madonna (Die Another Day — utterly forgettable), have all sung title songs.
Here’s a sampling for your listening enjoyment: