AOL's Entertainment Asylum's 'Oscar Madness' Offers Unparalleled Behind-the-Scenes Oscar Coverage on AOL and the Web

March 19, 1998

Entertainment Asylum to Chat from Backstage at the Oscars Culver City, CA/Dulles, VA -- AOL's Entertainment Asylum, the fastest growing entertainment community and resource on AOL and the Web, invites the online audience to join in "Oscar Madness:" behind-the-scenes coverage leading up to an interactive Oscar night at www.asylum.com or AOL Keyword: Asylum. Entertainment Asylum, after just four months online, has backstage access to the Oscars and will be reporting LIVE on AOL and the Web. On Oscar night, online correspondent Marise Nazzaro will report live from backstage, Downtown Julie Brown will check in from the hottest Hollywood Oscar party, "Night of 100 Stars," and Robert Ell will check out other Hollywood hot spots---giving the online audience the inside scoop on what they can't see on television! Entertainment Asylum's behind-the-scenes coverage leading up to Oscar night began on Monday with a new daily feature with RealVideo clips on the Web and Slideshow clips on AOL debuting each day through Friday: ** MONDAY: Online correspondent Downtown Julie Brown stopped by Spago to chat with Wolfgang Puck about the Oscar Night Dinner. ** TUESDAY: Online correspondent Robert Ell checked out the nominees luncheon--a chance for the nominees to get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere--and reported back to the online audience. Interviews included: Minnie Driver, Robert Duvall, James Cameron, and more. **WEDNESDAY: Producing the Oscars is a monumental task. Entertainment Asylum went behind-the-scenes before the big night to check out the preparations being made to the venue, including the Oscar statues being moved onstage and the orchestra preparing. **THURSDAY: What will the stars wear on Oscar night? Entertainment Asylum offers an Oscar preview from the fashion show at the Academy--top designers show off their creations that may be worn on Oscar night. **FRIDAY: Online correspondent Downtown Julie Brown will visit Harry Winston Jewelers to check out some of the glittering gems the stars may wear on Oscar night. AOL has produced a network special "Hollywood's Big Night" which offers news, gossip, polls, the second annual Oscar's Best/Worst Dressed Sweepstakes where the winner receives an evening dress and tux and offbeat features such as "Oscar Eyebrows" and "Oscar Hair." The area packages content from Entertainment Asylum as well as Digital City Los Angeles, E! Online, The Knot, NTN, Rolling Stone, Gene Siskel, and Teen People. AOL members are already excited about Oscar night: over 170,000 votes have been cast on who will take home the coveted statue on Oscar Night. The results may (or may not) surprise you, as of today the members choice for Best Picture was Titanic with over 60% of the votes. Check AOL Keyword: Oscar for more information. Oscar Night on AOL and the Web On AOL: Come behind-the-scenes online with AOL Live. Hosts bring you live online polling throughout the ceremony, surprises, backstage reporting from Entertainment Asylum and party highlights from Asylum's girl out on the town... Downtown Julie Brown. Plus, stay tuned for updates from E! Online Ted Casablanca and other roving reporters. Also, you can join Teen People's "1st Annual Teen Favorites Award" at their Movie Awards Watch Party with the official Teen People correspondent live from the red carpet. On the Web: Entertainment Asylum's Online correspondent Jeff Gouda will host the online chat in Studio-i (www.asylum.com/si) and offer behind-the-scenes reports from the Online Correspondents out in the field! The RealVideo clips of the behind-the-scenes features on the Oscars will be easily accessible for viewing in Studio-i's RealVideo window without interrupting the chat. Following the Oscars, Entertainment Asylum will provide an Oscar recap (with RealVideo for the Web or Slideshow for AOL) of: **Oscar Night (Available on Tuesday, March 24): A montage of the Oscar winners and their acceptance speeches. **Oscar Parties (Available on Wednesday, March 25th): Online Correspondents Julie Brown and Robert Ell will check out some of the hottest post-Oscar parties and report back to the online audience. AOL's Entertainment Asylum is more than just the most comprehensive entertainment site about movies, music, television and celebrities on AOL and the Web; Entertainment Asylum is entertainment - real time, interactive and star-powered and is the most immersive and personal experience you can have with entertainment. Entertainment Asylum can be found at www.asylum.com or on AOL at Keyword: Asylum.

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