1:52 am - 02/07/2013

DanRad will attend and perform at the Oscars!

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Daniel Radcliffe is the latest celebrity announced not only to attend but star in a special segment of The 85th Academy Awards hosted by Seth MacFarlane. The producers of this years Oscars also produced Broadway's How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which starred Radcliffe. With Seth and Daniel having history as well, it will be interesting to what they have up their sleeves.

This will be Radcliffe's first ever Academy Awards.

Harry Potter has finally broken into the Oscars ceremony.

Daniel Radcliffe, who played the boy wizard in the eight-film fantasy franchise, will star in a special segment at the 85th Academy Awards, marking his first appearance at the show.

Radcliffe will join Charlize Theron, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Channing Tatum and other stars on the Feb. 24 broadcast (ABC, 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT), say show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

While Tatum and Gordon-Levitt also will be making their first Oscars appearances, it's especially momentous for Radcliffe: His Potter films dominated the box office from 2001 to 2011 and were nominated 12 times but never won an Oscar.

"We were bewildered," says Zadan. "How can you have the biggest franchise in motion-picture history, Harry Potter, and yet no one has ever been on the Oscars? (It) was strange to us.''

Zadan and Meron have a long history with productions that feature music and a recent association with Radcliffe: They are executive producers of the NBC series Smash and produced a revival of the Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which starred Radcliffe in 2011-12. Zadan says "music in movies'' will be a theme of the Oscars, but he won't reveal what roles the stars will play.

"We want people to guess what are they going to be doing. We're just not saying," he says. "But it will be a substantial bite. It's a big deal."

Oscar producers in past years have kept a tight lid on advance announcements, preferring to preserve the surprises for what is annually one of TV's most-watched shows (39.3 million U.S. viewers in 2012). Zadan and Meron have made a few strategic announcements for this year's show, including a James Bond tribute, Adele singing Skyfall, and the first performance by Barbra Streisand on an Oscars broadcast in 36 years. But they haven't revealed any details.

"We love the speculation. It only adds to the interest," says Meron.

Adds Zadan: "We had a conversation with Barbra Streisand, and she said, 'I love that you announced me but didn't say what I was going to be doing.' "

The producers do say there will be more announcements and showtime shockers ("We have some 10s, big surprises no will see coming," says Zadan). It's all part of keeping as many sections of the viewing audience interested as possible. This wide-reach approach was a big reason why Seth MacFarlane, creator of the Fox series Family Guy, was chosen to host.

"The Oscars has been criticized for seemingly not being relevant," says Meron. "Seth is a reflection of current pop culture and completely relevant. And we have something from every demographic, from Bond to Adele and everything in between."

The producers have cut up the show into 13 segments, and Meron says each features "one wow moment." That raises the question, what will be cut from the three-hour program to keep it from the perennial problem of running overtime?

One aspect they've targeted: cutting down on trips to the podium.

"There are a lot of shows where you are watching people walking. And by the time they get to the microphone, it's unbelievable how much time has passed," says Zadan. "We started to analyze the shoe-leather aspect of it and if it was humanly possible to cut that down."

Finding ways, from nominee seat positioning to stage design, to make the trips quicker will not only save time, but also improve the tempo for the show.

"When we do a Broadway show, it's all about pacing," says Zadan. "The moment anything slows down, you're in trouble."

The number of segments has also led to a problem - finding enough dressing rooms in the Dolby Theater, which will host the Oscars. The producers say they are transforming rooms beneath the theater into makeshift accommodations to handle the overflow.

"This dressing room situation is important," says Meron. "This is going to be a big show. It's probably the biggest Oscar show that's ever happened. "

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Fuck yeah, I'm ready for this.

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powerbottom 7th-Feb-2013 10:22 am (UTC)
Is anyone else thrown off a little bit by the "Horns" casting?

Dan doesn't really seem like the right fit for the main character but we'll see.
fairchilds 7th-Feb-2013 10:44 am (UTC)
yeah i was thrown off bec i read the novel but we'll see.
emmacmf 7th-Feb-2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
I couldn't imagine anybody else when I read the book, he fits the physical description, and looks vaguely like the illustration on the cover:

I can't be objective about it, unfortunately, as I read the book after Dan was cast, but he's certainly a better choice than Shia LeBeouf.
powerbottom 7th-Feb-2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
Oh ew @ Shia. Yeah, I'd prefer him.
glas_smaragaide 7th-Feb-2013 09:47 pm (UTC)
No no no Shia. I used to like him but I basically want to strangle him with his nasty hair now.

I may be biased with Dan but I can see him in the part especially now with all the set photos leaked online. He's Ig.

Damnit, I want a trailer NOW. I hate being impatient.
I can't wait to see what he looks like after being burned alive. He did say he needed full body prothetics.

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fabouluz 7th-Feb-2013 10:26 am (UTC)
xellabelle 7th-Feb-2013 10:28 am (UTC)
idk why but this made me lol
brownxeyedxdork 7th-Feb-2013 10:37 am (UTC)
That gif is too cute!
beatlesluv 7th-Feb-2013 12:39 pm (UTC)
ride_the_jitney 7th-Feb-2013 01:30 pm (UTC)
fairchilds 7th-Feb-2013 10:44 am (UTC)
oh my godddddddddddddddddddd he is a gift to humankind. bless
beatlesluv 7th-Feb-2013 12:40 pm (UTC)
Wow the accuracy of this comment rn <3
bronxdawn 7th-Feb-2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
I concur.
mothflavour 7th-Feb-2013 10:45 am (UTC)
Maybe I'll watch?
bulastar 7th-Feb-2013 10:51 am (UTC)
I hope they cut out the best acting award wankfest speeches by colleagues for good this year. I can't imagine anyone watching those without cringing
backincharge 7th-Feb-2013 11:21 am (UTC)
I'm so glad they're doing something to make the show less dull this year. I honest to god couldn't sit through it last year.

Adele still has me the most excited though.
lucifersam 7th-Feb-2013 12:05 pm (UTC)
yay! I'm glad
violet_crumble9 7th-Feb-2013 12:12 pm (UTC)
add him. cut out the stupid speeches.
i demand at least the people nominated to all go up on stsage and show me their outfits. they must slowly turn around a la lana del rey. then there has to be some commentary of it during the spinning, like some 80's fashion show.
k im done.
beatlesluv 7th-Feb-2013 12:38 pm (UTC)
Do they mind with the 'Harry Potter has finally broken..."

In any case...I love my boo and can't wait to see him on my T.V. I better watch the Oscars alone (between Rpattz and DanRad) I'm going to be a giggly sopping mess in my P.J.S and my popcorn. LOL
winegums 7th-Feb-2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
ikr? After all these years when nobodies go to the Oscars and red-carpet it up, I can't believe NONE of the Potter kids made it there until now!
glas_smaragaide 7th-Feb-2013 09:37 pm (UTC)
well, I think they're now starting to take Dan seriously with the rave reviews for Kill Your Darlings and that he's probably going to have some solid films this year. He's proving himself to be able to break away and head films on his own name now.

Rupert is so talented but his projects are forgettable and I don't know if he really has the ambition.

Emma? She has films coming out but not exactly getting rave reviews or recognition that much other that being pretty. We'll have to see what she has lined up.
glas_smaragaide 7th-Feb-2013 09:39 pm (UTC)
OMG I feel so bad for my bf. He's already primed for having to deal with my hot mess of a self at 2am.
xdecadentx 7th-Feb-2013 01:18 pm (UTC)
snapiphany 7th-Feb-2013 01:27 pm (UTC)
Actors and actresses of the A-list and beyond, get ready for a massive teabagging.
soapboxrhetoric 7th-Feb-2013 02:49 pm (UTC)
pastelstar 7th-Feb-2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
glas_smaragaide 7th-Feb-2013 06:24 pm (UTC)
They should hand out armor on the red carpet
snapiphany 8th-Feb-2013 04:51 am (UTC)
That wouldn't help. That wouldn't help in the least.
ride_the_jitney 7th-Feb-2013 01:29 pm (UTC)
I don't even understand my overwhelming love for him. He's just so great
blahblahcakes64 7th-Feb-2013 02:20 pm (UTC)
YES. He was so amazing in How To Succeed. Precious Harry P. <3
preciate_ya 7th-Feb-2013 04:49 pm (UTC)
Yes so much!!!! I loved the performance.
glas_smaragaide TRUTH7th-Feb-2013 05:58 pm (UTC)

He was so ridiculously cute in this production. I grinned like a fool through the whole thing. The crowd just loved him.
emmacmf Re: TRUTH7th-Feb-2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
So glad I was at the final show for this - Grand Old Ivy and Brotherhood of Man both had rounds of applause that lasted for several minutes. God, I loved that show, after expecting to hate it. He was adorable, funny, talented, and brilliant, and I'm desperate for him to work with John Laroquette again.
coatkneedee Re: TRUTH11th-Feb-2013 01:39 am (UTC)
I love this show so much. I remember laughing so hard at the closing performance. Especially when Dan and John while holding for applause were breathing super hard after Grand Ol' Ivy. Classic.
mjspice 7th-Feb-2013 02:24 pm (UTC)
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