It was reported today that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (perhaps freaked out by the train wreck that was the Emmys) have gone for new blood in the form of Laurence Mark and writer/director Bill Condon for next February’s 81st annual telecast. The two men previously worked together on 2006’s glittery musical Dreamgirls, which Mr. Condon wrote and directed and Mr. Mark produced.
Late in the day we caught up with the always-delightful Mr. Mark, who said he was both thrilled and daunted in equal measure at the undertaking. The first order of business, he said, was to try and pick a host. "That’s a hard nut to crack. It’s like the movies…casting is everything." And what of all those Ricky Gervais rumors that were making their way around the web today? "We haven’t approached anyone yet," he said. "But all doors are open."