Peter Gabriel refuses to sing at Oscars
- February 13, 2009 11:47 AM |
- By Arts Online
Illustration by Jillian Tamaki
Peter Gabriel won’t be performing his Oscar-nominated song Down to Earth, featured in the animated film Wall-E, at next Sunday’s Academy Awards, reports Deadline Hollywood Daily’s Nikki Finke. The singer is taking issue with the less-than-respectful treatment of his category, Original Song. It seems, in an attempt to keep the televised ceremony to a painful three hours rather than the standard excruciating four, show producers have reduced the song segment to a quick and dirty “medley.” The result: Gabriel and other nominated performers get a little over a minute of stage time to bust a larynx.
Nobody’s monkey, Gabriel wisely declined the opportunity to proclaim his relative inconsequence to an audience of one billion. No word yet on the lucky soul who’ll take his place. For their sake and that of the remaining performers, let’s hope they haven’t outfitted the stage with a trap door.
Speaking of potential trap doors… to promote their latest release, No Line on the Horizon, U2 is setting up shop as David Letterman’s house band. Watch your back, Paul Schaefer. The group kicks off their five-night stint on March 2.
-- Flannery Dean
All Arts & Entertainment blogs
Things That Go Pop!
- FILM REVIEW: Titanic 3D - minute by minute
- James Cameron's Titanic was always a marathon at three hours and counting. As it returns in 3D, Eli Glasner examines the experience --- minute by minute -- and discovers Céline Dion's ubiquitous soundtrack, and James Cameron's risible dialogue, have not improved with age. Continue reading this post
- Sparkle trailer gives last glimpse of Whitney Houston
- A trailer for the movie musical Sparkle was released Monday, giving us a glimpse of Whitney Houston's last project. The late singer plays the mother of Jordin Sparks, an aspiring singer in the 1960s who rises with a girl group similar to the Supremes. Sparkle will be released in August. Continue reading this post
- FABLE FIGHT: Mirror Mirror vs. Wrath of the Titans
- It's a box office battle of mythic proportions this weekend as remixed fables and fairy tales go head to head. In one corner, Mirror Mirror, a snarky retelling of the Snow White fairy tale. In the other, Wrath of the Titans, the sequel to the widely panned remake from 2010. Continue reading this post