Bruce Vilanch

I mean, if they’re doing a television show every night like Jon Stewart, or Ellen, or David Letterman, then they have their bunch of people who are sitting on a payroll someplace, who are coming up with material every day of the week. Those are the people who wind up doing the bulk of the work for them when they host the thing, because that’s their team.

“I mean, if they’re doing a television show every night like Jon Stewart, or Ellen, or David Letterman, then they have their bunch of people … Read More

Now what’s important is that they have an attitude. Everybody has a look, but not everybody has cultivated what their stage persona is. And so when you’re dealing with actors, it just makes it more difficult, because you have to help them come up with one. You know, Johnny Depp has no Johnny Depp character when he’s onstage. You haven’t seen An Evening With Johnny Depp at Carnegie Hall.

“Now what’s important is that they have an attitude. Everybody has a look, but not everybody has cultivated what their stage persona is. And so … Read More

You know, you have to do homework. You listen to who they are, what they do. I also compare it to designing clothes for people. If somebody brings in Tilda Swinton, you’re not going to give her the same dress you’d give Gabourey Sidibe. Everybody looks different in a different line, a different color. The same thing with the way people speak.

“You know, you have to do homework. You listen to who they are, what they do. I also compare it to designing clothes for people. … Read More

I think probably the best example was the year Jack Palance dropped down and gave us push-ups when he accepted his award for supporting actor. Then we got to throw away a lot of the script because we just did Jack Palance jokes, because it was just too delicious, watching this old man carry on like that.

“I think probably the best example was the year Jack Palance dropped down and gave us push-ups when he accepted his award for supporting actor. … Read More

I mean, people who watch Jon Stewart’s show every night don’t think he went far enough, because he couldn’t do what he does on his show every night, because it’s a different job. The same thing with Chris Rock. He can’t come out and do a tossed-salad routine, the way he does on his HBO shows, because this is the Academy Awards.

“I mean, people who watch Jon Stewart’s show every night don’t think he went far enough, because he couldn’t do what he does on his … Read More

We’re shaking up a format, which I think is always a good thing. The thing about [2011 Oscar hosts] James [Franco] and Anne [Hathaway] is, they’ve both hosted Saturday Night Live, and they both did a good job at it. So they are accustomed to working with short rehearsal time, and live, lots of pressure, rewrites, things like that. They can make quick changes, which is very advantageous, and they’re skilled comedians.

“We’re shaking up a format, which I think is always a good thing. The thing about [2011 Oscar hosts] James [Franco] and Anne [Hathaway] is, … Read More