Oscars presenter Ansel Elgort was secretly betting against the technicians behind Guardians Of The Galaxy winning the Best Visual Effects Academy Award last month (Feb15) because he feared he would "pull a Travolta" and mispronounce their names. The Fault In Our Stars actor helped to announce the winner of the technical prize at Hollywood's big night, but he admits he was working up a sweat fretting about who would claim the title because there was only one group of film editors' names he could actually figure out how to pronounce.
Elgort feared messing up the names would get him banned from future ceremonies and turn him into a laughing stock, like John Travolta, who infamously introduced Broadway singer/actress Idina Menzel as 'Adele Dazeem', at the awards show in 2014.
The 20 year old says, "I was actually most nervous because I had to present Best Visual Effects and the people who make visual effects are really good at their jobs, but they have really hard names to pronounce for some reason...
"I didn't know who was gonna win, obviously, and whoever wins, it's four names per winner... I looked at all the people who could've won and I said, 'OK, I really hope Guardians of the Galaxy doesn't win' - no offence - because it's all the four names I couldn't pronounce! I didn't wanna pull a Travolta; it's my first time at the Oscars, I'll never be invited back...!"
Elgort's nerves were put at ease once he opened the golden envelope and discovered Guardians of the Galaxy's Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould had lost out to the guys behind Interstellar - Paul J. Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott R. Fisher.
He adds, "I've never been so happy that someone won an Oscar. I was like, 'Guys, your work is great and your names are even better!'"
The Frozen soundtrack continues to wow chart experts in America after scoring an 11th week at number one on the album chart. The 2013 release, which features songs by the film's stars Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, has just notched up its biggest sales week yet, selling 259,000 units to rule the Billboard 200 again.
The album, which has now sold a total of 2.3 million copies in the U.S., has become one of 15 soundtracks to spend at least 11 weeks at number one since Billboard began publishing a weekly chart in 1956.
It also breaks a tie with The Lion King to become the outright longest-running number one animated film soundtrack.
August Alsina's debut Testimony enters the chart at a distant number two, while rockers NEEDTOBREATHE debut Rivers in the Wasteland at three, and Jason Derulo makes his first top 10 bow with Talk Dirty at four.
Ingrid Michaelson rounds out the new top five with Lights Out.
Meanwhile, Pharrell Williams has followed up two weekends at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in California with a ninth week atop the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
Happy makes Williams just the sixth solo male artist to spend a cumulative six months at number one on the countdown - only Usher, Michael Jackson, Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney and his Blurred Lines collaborator T.I. have spent more time atop the Hot 100.
John Legend's All of Me holds onto the number two spot on the new chart, while Jason Derulo's Talk Dirty rebounds to three.
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Can you believe Glee has only been around for one season? For all I've heard about the show, it's easy to forget that the soon-to-be Emmy Award-winning program only debuted last September. Creator Ryan Murphy must be thrilled with the show's massive fan base, which has exploded in less than a year and extends well beyond its teenage target demographic. Even stars like Paul McCartney and Lady Gaga have professed their love for the musical comedy-drama.
And the celebrity love for 'Glee' continues: we hear today that six-time Emmy Award-winning actress Carol Burnett has signed on to guest star as Sue Sylvester's (Jane Lynch) mom in the upcoming season. We already know that Sue's parents were Nazi-hunters who would leave their daughters at home when they went off on adventures, but when Burnett's episode(s) air in October or November, we'll learn even more about the elder Mrs. Lynch, who undoubtably has more secrets (and mother-daughter duets?) to reveal. While the circumstances of her character's arrival are being kept under wraps, Entertainment Weekly reports that Sue's father will not be present.
Burnett joins an ever-growing roster of celebrity guests who are set to appear in the second season. John Stamos, Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Javier Bardem, and (possibly) Paul McCartney are just some of the stars who are aligning to make Glee's upcoming season even bigger than its first.
The second season of Glee premieres this fall on Fox.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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