This one-hour weekly docu-soap from the creator/executive producer of "American Chopper" follows a group of real-life paranormal researchers as they investigate haunted houses throughout the country, encountering every type of imaginable haunting. Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, plumbers by trade, head up TAPS -- The Atlantic Paranormal Society -- a group of ordinary, everyday people with an interest in getting to the bottom of your otherworldly disturbances.
1Altoona, PA (1)
06 Oct 2004Description ▼
Right after Jason and Grant unclog a drain, they get a call from case manager Brian Harnois: He's fielded a report of an apparent poltergeist playing with and throwing a little girl's toys. The job is many miles away, in Altoona, Pa., and Jason and Grant have to clear the trip with their wives and get time off from Roto-Rooter. Grant's wife Reanna is upset but understands. Jason's wife Kris is getting fed up with this whole ghost-hunting thing. In Altoona, the team sets up in the girl's room and in the attic. Donna interviews Brenda, the girl's mother, who asks the team to bless the house whether it's haunted or not; Carl obliges. The team analyzes its data. While the camera found nothing, the digital recorders picked up electronic voice phenomena - which, after being electronically processed, appears to be the voices of deceased children. One says, "They don't want us." Another says, "Can I come in?" Brenda's home seems to have strong paranormal activity. She's thankful for the validation. For the team, the hard work and the long drive have paid off.
2Mishler Theatre and Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum
13 Oct 2004Description ▼
In Altoona, Pa., the TAPS team investigates the historic Mishler Theatre. There, according to the owner and employees, the ghost of the late owner, Mr. Mishler, has been heard walking on the catwalk above the stage, seen walking into a wall where his office used to be, and apparently puffing up a cloud of cigar smoke around one of the theater seats, which then folded up as though someone just got up from it. For Jason, the big mystery is not about these strange occurrences but rather about what happened to an expensive boom mike - part of the equipment Brian Harnois is in charge of. Jason tells Grant he's tired of losing equipment and that Brian is skating on thin ice. Brian is also overreacting to every little noise and trick-of-the-light at case sites. The team also investigates the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, where the spirit of a railroad worker has reportedly been seen walking the halls. Neither the theater nor the museum prove to be haunted. The theater did have some plumbing problems, though.
3The Lighthouse Inn and Stones Public House
20 Oct 2004Description ▼
The Lighthouse Inn in New London, Conn., may be haunted by the ghost of a bride who, in 1930, fell down the main staircase and broke her neck. Tension escalates between target="_new">Brian Harnois and Brian Bell over responsibility for the equipment. In the tunnels below the Inn, Steve is "touched" by an unseen force putting about 15 pounds of pressure on his back, while Kristin - Brian Bell's girlfriend and fellow TAPS member - monitors a sudden 20- to 30-degree drop in temperature. The findings prove inconclusive. But Steve's experience and credibility - he's a police officer - carry a lot of weight with Jason. Next stop is Ashland, Mass., and Stone's Public House, a tavern built in the 1800s. There a little girl died after having been hit by a train, and she supposedly now haunts the establishment. In one room, the team records a weird light with no apparent source. In the same room, an EVP reveals the spoken words "We're not...." A trip back to the tavern reveals the light was from one of the team's infrared illuminators. The EVP remains unexplained. Jason feels an ongoing investigation is warranted here.
4Race Rock Lighthouse
27 Oct 2004Description ▼
The T.A.P.S. crew investigate the Race Rock Lighthouse located in the Long Island Sound, off the coast of New London, Connecticut. The investigation proves unusually difficult not only because of a lack of electricity in the facility, but also the harsh conditions and strong undertow which surround the lighthouse. At least eight vessels are recorded as being lost in the nearby waters before the early 1800's.
5Eastern State Penitentiary
03 Nov 2004Description ▼
T.A.P.S. investigates the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which opened in 1829 and officially closed in 1970. During the investigation, the crew uncovers a piece of video footage so baffling, they are inspired to return again (in the same episode) for a two-night stay in order to gather more evidence. It is during this episode that investigator Brian Harnois unintentionally coins his now infamous catch phrase of "Dude, run!"
6Church House in Upstate New York
10 Nov 2004
17 Nov 2004
8Fortuna Apt. Philadelphia, PA and the Topton House
24 Nov 2004
9New Boston Inn and Pittsburg, PA
01 Dec 2004
10Albany, NY and Adam Zubrowskis House
07 Dec 2004
1St. Francisville, LA: Myrtles Plantation
27 Jul 2005
2Cranston, RI Private Home
03 Aug 2005
3New Orleans, LA: Brennans Restaurant and a Private Home
10 Aug 2005
6The Ledge Lighthouse
31 Aug 2005
7Springfield, MA: Tanguay Home and Sutcliffe House
07 Sep 2005
8Beechwood Mansion & Garden State
14 Sep 2005
9Worthington Home/Rolling Hills Asylum
21 Sep 2005
10Eastern State/Vacation Home
28 Sep 2005
11Winchester House/Queen Mary
05 Oct 2005
12Shawshank Prison/Lizzie Borden
12 Oct 2005
13Ghostly Soldier/Medium House
19 Oct 2005
28 Mar 2006
15Ghostly Grace & The Palladium
05 Apr 2006
10 May 2006
21The Stone Lion
17 May 2006
01 May 2006
11 Oct 2006
18 Oct 2006
25 Oct 2006
4Whispers and Voices
01 Nov 2006
5Best of the Stanley Hotel
05 Nov 2006
6Attack of the Irish Elemental
15 Nov 2006
06 Jun 2007
13 Jun 2007
20 Jun 2007
10Toys of Terror
27 Jun 2007
11 Jul 2007
18 Jul 2007
26 Sep 2007
14Spirits of San Francisco
03 Oct 2007
10 Oct 2007Description ▼
Krista Gibbons's sister passed away in 2004,and Kirsta's niece came to live with Krista and her family. Since then, the entire family has witnessed unusual sights and sounds inside the house, so Krista asks TAPS to investigate and see if it might be her sister's spirit. The team sets up its equipment throughout the house and begins its investigation. Dave Tango and Kris Williams hear a footstep that can't be explained, while Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson rule out a heating vent as the source of male and female voices that have been heard. Jason does drive one of the family's vans around the block to see if the vehicle's headlights might explain some of the apparitions they've reported. Though light reflections do occur, it does not explain all the sightings in different rooms.
16Houses of the Holy
17 Oct 2007
24 Oct 2007
05 Mar 2008
2Two to Tango
12 Mar 2008
3Words from Beyond
19 Mar 2008
4The Fear Cage
26 Mar 2008
5Ghostly Bounty Hunter
02 Apr 2008
6Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
09 Apr 2008
8Spirits of the Old West
23 Apr 2008
21 May 2008
10House of Spirits
28 May 2008
04 Jun 2008
12Garden State Ghosts
11 Jun 2008
18 Jun 2008
03 Sep 2008
15So She Married an Axe Murderer
10 Sep 2008
16The Boy in the Brothel
17 Sep 2008
17Speaking with the Dead
18Ghosts of the Sunshine State
01 Oct 2008
19Oak Alley Plantation
08 Oct 2008
15 Oct 2008
22 Oct 2008
29 Oct 2008
23Live Show Results
05 Nov 2008
12 Nov 2008
19 Nov 2008
26Spirits on the Water
03 Dec 2008
27Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse
10 Dec 2008
1Betsy Ross House
11 Mar 2009
18 Mar 2009
3Edith Wharton Estate
25 Mar 2009
01 Apr 2009
08 Apr 2009
15 Apr 2009
22 Apr 2009
8Garden State Asylum
29 Apr 2009
19 Aug 2009
10I Am Not Guilty
26 Aug 2009
11Civil War Spirits
02 Sep 2009
12Essex County Penitentiary
09 Sep 2009
18 Sep 2009
14Little Drummer Boy
23 Sep 2009
15Bat Out of Hell
30 Sep 2009
07 Oct 2009
14 Oct 2009
21 Oct 2009
19Rocky Mountain Hauntings
28 Oct 2009
20Ghost of Buffalo Bill
04 Nov 2009
21New Hampshire Gothic
11 Nov 2009
18 Nov 2009
23Mark Twain House
25 Nov 2009
09 Dec 2009
25Hindenburg Crash Site
16 Dec 2009
03 Mar 2010
10 Mar 2010
17 Mar 2010
4Spirits of Jersey
24 Mar 2010
5Touched by Evil
31 Mar 2010Description ▼
The TAPS gang returns to New Jersey to investigate the site of what is perhaps the weirdest string of claims they have heard yet: the Southern Mansion. It's also a family affair as Tango's dad, Bruce, recommends the site after his own first-hand encounter on an earlier tour.
6Haunted Reform School
07 Apr 2010Description ▼
Grant, Jason and the rest of the TAPS team travel cross-country to Ione, California to investigate the enigmatic Preston Castle, built in 1894 as a halfway house of sorts for young boys that had spent time at San Quentin and Folsom prisons.
7Ghosts in the Attic
14 Apr 2010Description ▼
The TAPS team heads north to Plymouth County, MA to investigate a private home, where for over 30 years, the family has had multiple paranormal encounters. Next, Jason, Grant, and company head back to New Jersey to take a closer look at a bar and grill that has its own fair share of encounters.
8Inn of the Dead
21 Apr 2010Description ▼
Grant, Jason, and the rest of the TAPS team travel to beautiful Cape Cod to investigate the haunting history of the Orleans Inn. The inn's sordid past reaches back to the infamous goings-on inside its walls during its heyday in the Roaring 20's, and the current owners hope to rid the inn of the reported ghosts of years past.
9Spirits of the Night
28 Apr 2010
05 May 2010
25 Aug 2010Description ▼
The TAPS team heads to Cooperstown, New York for a chilling investigation of a world-class hotel. Since 1909, the Otesaga Hotel has been a premiere resort for vacationing families but now it seems that guests aren't the only beings occupying the rooms.
12America's First Zoo
01 Sep 2010Description ▼
It's another TAPS first as the team heads to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to investigate the nation's oldest Zoo. Since 1874, The Philadelphia Zoo has provided a rare glimpse into the lives of wild animals for tourists and workers, but now the animals aren't the only ones being watched.
08 Sep 2010
14A Shot in the Dark
15 Sep 2010
15Signals from the Past
22 Sep 2010
29 Sep 2010Description ▼
The TAPS crew heads to the notoriously haunted Lemp Mansion in St. Louis. Though owned and operated by several families since its construction in 1868, the estate retains the Lemp name after its most infamous proprietor, William Lemp. Under his control, the then brewery saw two deaths and four suicides - including his own.
17Grammar School Ghosts
06 Oct 2010Description ▼
The TAPS team makes their way to Alton, Illinois to check out an allegedly haunted school. The Milton School, a long-abandoned elementary school, is rumored to have been the site of a brutal murder. |
25Ghost of Christmas Past
08 Dec 2010Description ▼
On this episode of Ghost Hunters, the team heads to Jackson, New Hampshire to investigate The Christmas Farm Inn. Built in 1778, ownership of the Inn has changed hands several times. With one proprietor having died on site, the TAPS team is keen on getting to the bottom of reports of the paranormal. Next, the crew ventures to Scoharie, New York to the Old Stone Fort. A church turned war fort, the shelter is said to be haunted with spirits of those attacked during the Revolutionary War.
08 Feb 2012Description ▼
15 Feb 2012Description ▼
The lights go up in the Kodak theater and out comes Morgan Freeman. He opens with history: apparently movies have changed since they began, but we still really like them (paraphrase).
The curtain opens and the video begins. Billy Crystal strapped to a chair in black and white silent "The Artist", being totured to host (so say the cards between scenes). He makes a plug for his movie "Parental Guidance" coming out in November.
Then it's the always-game George Clooney, doing the scene from "The Descendants" where he begs his comatose wife to wake up. Except it's Billy. George fully commits, even going in for the kiss on the lips. George asks Billy to host and promises the youngest, hippest writers in town.
Cut to guys around the table in "Moneyball" -- all oldsters. Jonah Hill agrees he doesn't have enough jokes.
Cut to the car from "Midnight in Paris" pulling up to Billy -- with Justin Bieber inside, "I'm here to get you the 18 to 24 demographic".Pan back to Sammy Davis Jr. (Billy) in the car with Biebs, off to hang out with Hemingway and then go kill Hitler. Billy puts on his Miracle Max and wishes them good luck storming the fuhrer.Biebs signs off with "Good luck, Bob".
(Wrong name intentional.)
Then cut to Billy from the scene in "The Help" -- scarfing down Minny's s*** pie. It tastes delicious.
And then we see the first woman in the Oscars pooping in a sink -- the scene from "Bridesmaids".
He runs and sits down to watch movies from "Hugo" as Tom Cruise busts in the room through the window a la "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol".
Billy chases his reels of movies out the window and ends up in "Tin Tin" racing down the hill on a bike, through motion capture.He flies through the air, into his tux and passed reels of scenes from the nominated movies.He comes out on stage and waves to all the pretty people in the crowd.
He acknowledges the applause. "Wow, that was extremely loud and incredible close," he says.This is the ninth time he's hosted. "Just call me 'War Horse'."They're in the "Chapter 11 theater".
Billy tries a James Earl Jones imitation, quoting "baseball" from "Field of Dreams". It's funny because James Earl Jones says it quickly?
"So tonight, enjoy yourself because nothing can take the sting out the world's economic problems like millionaires presenting each other with golden statues," he closes.
And then it's time for "It's a Wonderful Night for Oscar". He breaks into song. "You didn't think I wasn't going to do this did you?"There are nine movies, a lot to cram in."War House" gets the "Mr. Ed" treatment. "Hugo" to "That's Amore"
"There's no Pesci, no Bob, there's no killing -- no mob, that's Hugo. Tell the truth, for the sequel I prefer you don't be so arty -- ax the kid, shoot Ben Kingsley in the head, 'cuz you're Marty!"He heard "The Tree of Life" even freaked out God."The Descendents" bit ends with a joke about George ending up in bed with Oscar tonight.
Tom Hanks is out to present the first award. He invites everyone in the audience to take note of their seat relative to seal filler Carl Swabo (cut to an old guy in a powder blue tux), who has been filling seats at the Oscars for 59 years. He is currently filling Jennifer Lopez's seat, who is backstage.
He introduces Achievement in Cinematography. The winner is Robert Richardson for "Hugo".He says what everyone is thinking: "I can't believe somebody put cinematography first, it can only go up from this point." Then he thanks some people.
Achievement in Art Direction is next. "Hugo" wins again.
We're back and Billy is back at the "Your Name Here" theater, which he says was designed to look like the movie palaces of our youth.
Time for a trip down movie memory lane, clips from "Forrest Gump" followed by "Titantic" followed by one of those vampire movies the kids today like so much. Hey, it's "Princess Bride"! And Patrick Swayze in "Ghost" and "Jaws" and "Raiders" and top scenes from movie history -- "You can't handle the truth!"
Luke uses the Force, ET wants go home, Jake Lamotta wins, Dustin Hoffman is walking here! Meg Ryan fakes it in a diner.
Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez are out next for Achievement in Costume Design. The nominees are accompanied by introduction from the designers or stars of the movie, talking about why the costumes matter.
The Oscar goes to Mark Bridges for "The Artist". "I want to thank the Academy for making a lifelong dream come true," he says.
Back to J-Lo and Cameron for Make-up. Glenn Close says she wouldn't have done the movie without the wig man. Warrick Davis, from "Harry Potter", says it's odd to look in the mirror and see nothing of yourself.
J Lo and Cameron return to announce the winner, with their backsides pointed at the audience. The bit doesn't take and they tell the audience to loosen up. Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland for "The Iron Lady" win. "Thanks Meryl, for keeping me employed for the last 37 years," Helland says.
Cut to a pre-recorded bit with stars talking about why they love the movies. Morgan Freeman remembers seeing the original "King Kong". Adam Sandler's first movie was "Diamonds Are Forever". Reese Witherspoon's family went to the movies every Sunday night.
Brad Pitt saw "The Gargantuas". Steve Carell members getting to stay up past his bedtime.
Hillary Swank remembers connecting to the outsiders on screen.Tom Cruise remembers recreating scenes in his backyard.
Barbra Streisand (fixing her hair) remembers dreaming in the movies.
Adam Sandler remembers talking about Sean Connery, "his performance and his chest hair and saying, can I please do that?"
Sandra Bullock comes out to present best foreign language movie and deadpans that because of the giant international audience, she's been asked to present in Mandarin Chinese. She warns us that because her mother spoke German to her growing up, her Chinese has a slight German accent.She starts speaking German.
The subtitles remind us movies are universal.
Clips from the nominees roll. The Oscar goes to "A Separation", from Iran. It's the first Iranian movie to ever win an Oscar.
The director thanks his studio and says he knows Iranians are watching and he knows they're happy at this moment, "not just because of an important award or a film, or a film maker, but because at the time when talk of war, intimidation and aggression is exchanged between politicians, the name of their country, Iran, is spoken here through her glorious culture. A rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics. I proudly offer this award to the people of my country, people who respect all cultures and civilizations and despise hostility and resentment. Thank you so much," he says.
Billy is back out. "A dark knight, an american psycho, a charismatic crack addict - you'll get to choose one on Super Tuesday," he zings. But right now, "be careful, you're in his eye line", welcome Christian Bale.
He's introducing Actress in a Supporting Role, who have nothing in common except that four are first time nominees. We see clips from the movies. They skip the bathroom scene from "Bridesmaids" and show Melissa McCarthy hitting on her real life husband on the airplane.
The Oscar goes to Octavia Spencer from "The Help". She's helped up on stage by her director, and tires to avoid tripping on her dress. She gets a standing ovation.
She thanks her family in Alabama, the state of Alabama, her "Help" family. She fights back tears. She sees the "please wrap up" and says she's wrapping up and "freaking out". Christian Bale helps her off stage.
Billy says that moment for Octavia is what the Oscars are all about and when he saw it, he wanted to hug the first black woman he saw, "which from Beverly Hills is about a 45 minute drive."
He explains to us about focus groups and how they began in 1939 at MGM and Louis B Mayer taped their reactions. He introduces footage from a screening of "The Wizard of Oz".
Bob Balaban comes out in black and write, the audience is Christopher Guest's regulars. Fred Willard loves the flying monkeys. Christopher Guest "didn't get the thing with the kids". The munchkins.Eugene Levy found them irritating and suggests they cut the rainbow song. Catherine O'Hara butchers "Over the Rainbow", "If dirty little monkey fly...."
Tina Fey and Bradley Cooper are out next to present editing. Cooper quotes Ridley Scott saying collaboration between a film editor and director is a like a marriage.
Tina's turn: "And just like in marriage, they spend all their time in a dark windowless room, ordering in food and looking at pictures of other people."
Achievement in Film Editing, with clips of cast and crew talking briefly about the process.The Oscar goes Kurt Baxter and Angus Wall for "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", who won last year for "The Social Network".
They say they weren't expecting it and their rambling proves it, although they do name check "the Roones" (Rooney Mara) from on stage."Let's get out of here," one says after a few seconds."Yea, we're editors."
Achievement in Sound Editing. The Oscar goes to Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty for "Hugo".They get on stage, one leaves the mike for the other."You go," he says."No, Hugo," says the other.The audience groans. Sound editor humor!
"I just want to thank everybody who's here tonight, and everybody who isn't, and everybody who's ever been born, or may be born, or born again or reborn. If I've forgotten anybody, then you probably know who you are," says one.
Then Achievement in Sound Mixing.The Oscar goes to Tom Fleischman and John Midgley for "Hugo".
Back after a break to Miss Piggy and Kermit in a loge. Piggy wants to get on the stage. "It's about time Spielberg left some for the rest of us!" Piggy says. They're there to talk about their memorable first movie experience. Kermit was at a drive-in, trying to avoid getting run over by a Studebaker.They introduce a bit by Cirque du Soliel, with music by Danny Elfman.
The Cary Grant scene on a open road from "North by Northwest" leads to two men in suits flying through the theater over the heads of the audience. Then "Metropoolis" is the backdrop for a tumbling routine in which four people are flipped, seated, from the feet of other performers. a man and woman from the audience are taken up on stage in their seats.
The cast watches the audience, reacting to the screen. There's lots of spinning and flying and contorting and Cirque du Soleil-ing. the couple in their seats is suspended high over the stage. A woman stands on her hands on an audience chair. It's worth a YouTube.
They get a standing ovation.
Then Billy Crystal is back. "Wow, I pulled a ham string just watching that," he says.He segues into talking about age. Christopher Plummer is 82. "He may be walking up on stage tonight, because apparently he wanders off," he says.
Welcome Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr.Downey Jr. comes on late after Tebowing in the wings. He's followed by a camera crew on stage. He's filming a documentary called "The Presenter".He warns her not to talk when he's talking because "it'll be a nightmare in post". They want to have it on NetFlix by midnight.The camera crew crowds Gwynnie. She pulls Downey Jr. close, zoom in by the camera, and tells him he's being disrespectful and disruptive. He tells her he turned down "The Descendants" to prep for this.
He introduces the nominees.The Oscar goes to "Undefeated", by TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Rich Middlemas. "A year ago today we were sitting in our editing room, depressed, thinking no one was ever going to see this movie and a friend said, 'Don't worry, a year from now you're going to be at the Oscars'. And we said, 'You're an idiot'. We'd like to take this opportunity to apologize to him and say, 'You're a lot smarter than we thought'."We have the first bleep of the evening as one tries to acknowledge how crazy it is. "Documentary!", another covers.
They get played off.
Following that bleep, Chris Rock is up. He says he loves animation because you can play anything you want to be. Fat women can play thing, a white man can play an Arabian price. A black man can play a zebra or a donkey.He hates when people say it's hard work, it's the easiest job in the world. "I go in a booth and I go, 'What's the line?' and the guy goes, 'it's time to go to the store' and I go 'it's time to go to the store.'""And then they give me a million dollars!"
Best Animated Feature Film nominees roll. The Oscar goes "Rango", directed by Gore Verbinski.
He says the movie was like playing and thanks the studio for letting him try something different.
Cut to Billy Crystal in his dressing room. He opens the door and is greeted by Melissa McCarthy in character, suggesting they make the dressing room "an undressing room". She puts her foot up on the door, then puts the other foot up. It's time for best visual effects, presented by Ben Stiller and Emma Stone.
She goes full "Price is Right" presenter, then says it's her first time presenting. She suggests they banter and he shut her down, but really he's OK with it. Or she'll make up a song about "Real Steel" and "Hugo," she tries a few notes. She invites Jonah Hill up on stage to dance, but he gives her the no-go.Ben Stiller says you don't want to be the presenter who tries too hard."Like the guy who would dresses up in full 'Avatar' or something?"
Time for the nominees, with more commentary from cast and crew. For "Real Steel" they built the robots and then remade them as CGI. The Oscar goes to the team from "Hugo".
"I know it's an honor to be nominated, but it's a huge thrill to win," says the winner.
Billy Crystal is back and tells us the Harry Potter movies made $7.7 billion dollars. "And yet they only paid 14 percent income tax, which is interesting" he jokes.
Welcome Melissa Leo, 2011 Best Supporting Actress winner.She says some standard highfalutin actor praise to introduce the scenes. (Jason Segel is sitting behind nominee Nick Nolte and looks a little frightened.)The Oscar goes to Christopher Plummer for "Beginners". It's his first win, making him the oldest actor ever to win.He gets a standing O. (And he's wearing a velvet tux, thankyouverymuch.)
He soaks in the applause. He examines his statue. "You're only two years older than me, darling. Where have you been all my life?" he says.He confesses that when he emerged from his mother's womb, he was already rehearsing his acceptance speech. But, he jokes, lucky for you, he's forgotten it. He acknowledges his fellow nominees and his director and costar Ewan McGregor - "who I would happily share this award with if I had any decency, but I don't."He thanks his agents provacateur, who have tried so hard to keep him out of jail.
He thanks his "long suffering wife, Elaine, who deserves the Nobel Peace Prize."
Billy Crystal introduces a bit, about how he has the ability to know what nominees are thinking.Cut to Brad Pitt. "This better not go to late, I have six parent-teacher conferences in the morning," Billy offers.Morgan Freeman: "For 20 days and 20 nights, the emperor penguin...."George Clooney: "Billy didn't tell me that kiss was being filmed."Viola Davis: "I want to thank my agent, I want to thank my writer and my director for creating the role of a strong black woman that wasn't played by Tyler Perry."The dog from "The Artist": "If I had 'em, I'd lick 'em."
Then the president of the Academy to drone about promoting excellence in the motion picture industry. He gives a special thank you to Billy and the producers. (A subtle kick at Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy.)
After that dry bit, Billy thanks him for "whipping the crowd into a frenzy".
Introduces the musical interlude, Oscar theme by Hans Zimmer. An elaborate set of sheet music rises majestically from below the stage for a few bars. and after that grand display, Billy concludes with "Meh" and jokes that this is why there's a buffet.
Penelope Cruz and Owen Wilson are out next to introduce Best Original Score.The Oscar goes to "The Artist," Ludovic Bource.He stops to shake the hands of his fellow nominees on the way up. He tells his wife in French that he loves her.
Will Ferrell and Zach Galfianakas are introduced and come up out of the orchestra pit, solemnly banging cymbals in white tails. They stop to crash in Brad Pitt's face, then take the stage. Zach mispronounces his own name."As serious musicians, it is our pleasure to step out a minute from our day jobs to present the Oscar for best original song," says Will.
Zach points out that one of our nominees will join the ranks of 'When You Wish Upon a Star", "Moon River" and "It's Hard out Here for a Pimp".Clips of the nominees play - all two of them.
There's lots of fumbling of cymbals as they try to open the envelope. Bret McKenzie wins for "The Muppets", he says he was a huge fan of the Muppets growing up and he was genuinely star struck when he met Kermit the Frog. "But once you get to know him, he's just a normal frog. And like a lot of stars here tonight, he's shorter in person," he says.Then he thanks the people on the film (although not Jason Segel, who wrote it, starred in it and who the camera cuts to the audience).
Cigarette girls pass out popcorn into the commercial.
Billy proposes to the front row that they chip in and buy the Dodgers.
Billy botches his intro of Angelina Jolie and does mock rewind, to get out her intro as "the original girl with the dragon tattoo."No one hears what she says because the slit in her dress goes all the way up her leg, which she shows off.She introduces best adapted screenplay.
The Oscar goes to Alexander Payne, Jim Rash and Nat Faxon for "The Descendants".Nat and Jim are former members of the Groundlings, which explains why Jim sticks out his leg saucily, a la Angelina. Alexander points out his mom in the audience and says that his mom made him promise he'd dedicate the award to her, "just like Javier Bardem did".
Angelina is back to introduce the nominees for Best Original Screenplay. The Oscar goes to Woody Allen, for "Midnight in Paris". Naturally, he's not there.
More stars talk about what makes a great movie. Reese Witherspoon confesses "Overboard" is her favorite movie.Robert Downey Jr. suggests that's a great question to have Werner Herzog complicate. He obliges, but saying "it sticks to you forever". Huh?
Robert De Niro likes "A Place in the Sun".Warren Beatty says "every once in a while you get the truth from a movie".Brad Pitt sees moments of nobility.Sasha Baron Cohen says he always tries to make movies he would want to watch. "And I just happen to want to watch some really sick stuff."
Adam Sandler says one day he wants to eventually tell the truth, which adds a whole new backstory to "Jack and Jill".
Mila Jovovich strolls out to wrap up the scientific and technical awards. High speed digital cameras were recognized, as was a new gyro-camera system.
Billy is back and introduces the entire Bridesmaids cast. (Alas, Melissa McCarthy and Kristin Wiig have already lost their categories.)Kristin says they're there to show that size does matter.But not length, says Maya."As my grandma used to say, it can be short and still make your toes curl. And I believe in my heart that my grandma was referring not to wieners, but to short films," Maya goes on.
"I'd rather have a short film, with some heft that's nice to me than a long film that just lies there and makes you do all the work," Kristen says.They introduce the nominees.
The Oscar goes to "The Shore", by Terry George and his daughter Oorlagh George.Terry introduces his daughter, the producer. "Now I don't have to wait for her wedding to tell the world how great she is," he says. He dedicates the award to the Irish. She salutes her mom.
Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy give a solemn intro about short documentaries until someone shouts out "Scorsese!" at which point they remove the travel-sized vodkas from their dresses and do a shot.The Oscar goes to "Saving Face" by Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.
Daniel thanks HBO and hands it over to Sharmeen, who thanks the heroes on the ground in Pakistan, including the plastic surgeon who is working on the women in the film. She urges the women of Pakistan who are working for change not to give up on their dreams.
On to best animated short film.The Oscar goes to "the Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore".They sing the praises of movies and thank the people who inspired and moved them.
Michael Douglas is out next to present Directing. He tells a story about Oscar-winning director Leo McCarey trying to borrow money from a bank, being asked what a director does. "Leo paused, then he went to another bank," he says.
The Oscar goes to Michel Hazanavicius for "The Artist"."I have an Oscar...I forgot my speech. I am the happiest director in the world right now, thank you for that," he says. He thanks the producers, the cast and crew and the dog," he says.
Meryl Streep is up next. Billy notes she's won twice of the 17 times she's been nominated so the other times she had to put on a happy face and be glad when someone else won. He suggests she get an Oscar just for that.
She wraps up the Governors Awards, honoring Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones and Dick Smith (make-up artist). James Earl accepts his honorary Oscar onstage in London where he's performing in "Driving Miss Daisy".Oprah starts crying and calls her recognition "unimaginable". Dick Smith calls it one of the best nights of his life.
The three honorees get a standing O from the crowd.
Then it's time for the In Memoriam segment, including two former Oscars producers, Laura Ziskin and Gil Gates. Billy speaks personally about Gil, a dear friend, who brought him to the awards.
The segment is set Esperanza Spaulding singing "What a Wonderful World". They show clips of some of the actor's most famous lines, including Peter Falk saying "As you wish".
More actors talk about movies, including Julia Roberts talking about relating and Phillip Seymour Hoffman saying you can feel them in your gut.Robert Downey Jr. talks about the finish product ideal being threatened by anyone being selfish or fearful.
"You're fighting with every ounce you have to make sure you will love it forever and when it doesn't turn out that way, it's painful. That's why people are weird who make movies, it's because they care more about their film than themselves," Jonah Hill says.
Edward Norton talks about marveling at great films.
"I've never had any of those feelings," Billy Crystal says when he comes back.
Natalie Portman is out next to present Best Actor. She talks to each man in the audience, complementing Damian Bichir for helping the audience relate to someone they usually don't think about in "A Better Life".
George Clooney "managed to make us believe you were just a regular guy...you subtlely and movingly conveyed the tricky mix of betrayal and grief" in "The Descendants".
Jean Dujardin "spoke volumes" in the silent film "The Artist".
Gary Oldman in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" with incredible nuance and restraint earned his first nomination.
Brad Pitt, "we were not watching a baseball story, because of your work we were watching an under dog story" in "Moneyball".
The Oscar goes to Jean Dujardin for "The Artist".
"I love your country," he says. He reads from his speech, noting that Douglas Fairbanks hosted the Oscars in 1929. Tickets cost $5 and the ceremony lasted 15 minutes. "Times have changed," he says.He pays homage to Douglas Fairbanks, acknowledges his wife and shouts out "awesome!" in French. ("Formidable!")
"They must be going nuts in France right now, or whatever they have in France in place of joy," Billy says.
Last year's Best Actor winner Colin Firth is out to address the Best Actress nominees.Glenn Close for "Alfred Nobbs": "the range of roles you've played over the years displays a brilliance of somewhat bewildering proportions".
Viola Davis for "The Help": "An actress who we've admired for many years has ventured even deeper into our imagination and will remain there for many years to come."
Rooney Mara: "In a very short space of time you presence has come to seem indispensable." (They show the scene of her torturing her rapist, yikes.)
Meryl Streep: "Mamma Mia...We were in Greece, we danced, I was gay and we were happy. I probably fathered your only daughter, they were perplexing times." He calls her "unreasonably good", making it a "little bit more difficult for the rest of us".
Michelle Williams: he calls her his mentor when they first met, and they can leave aside the fact that she was 12 and he was 35.
The Oscar goes to Meryl Streep, who has come dressed as Oscar.
They stand up.
"Oh, come on! When they called my name I had this feeling that I could hear half of America going, 'Oh c'mon, why her again?' But whatever," she says.She starts by thanking her husband for everything she values in her life.Then she thanks her make-up artist Roy Helland.
"I really understand I'll never want to be up here again, I really want to thank all my colleagues, all my friends. I look out here and I see my life before my eyes, my old friends, my new friends," she says.
"This is such a great honor, but the thing that counts the most with me is the friendships and the love and the sheer joy we have shared making movies together."
And then there was one, notes Billy.
Tom Cruise is out to present the award for Best Picture. They show clips from each.The Oscar goes to "The Artist".
They bring the dog up on the stage. Thomas Langmann, the producer, pays tribute to Oscar winner Claude Berri. Michel tells his kids it's 6:30 a.m. in France and they should go to bed in 30 seconds. He thanks his wife, the film's star Bérénice Bejo and says she's the soul of the film. Then he thanks three people: Billy Wilder, Billy Wilder and Billy Wilder.
Billy comes out and says good night.
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14Camp Fear #8.14
15French Quarter Massacre #8.15
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18Paranormal Politics #8.18
19Curtain Call #8.19
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21Tunnels Of Terror #8.21
22Heir Apparition #8.22
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25Due Date with Death
28 Nov 2012
26Haunted Home For The Holidays #8.26
1Hollywood Horror Stories #9.01
2Ghost Mission #9.02
3Prescription for Fear #9.03
06 Feb 2013
5All Ghosts On Deck #9.05
6Ghosts from Hale
20 Feb 2013
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8The Ghost Hasnt Left the Building #9.08
9Ghost Friends Forever #9.09
10Vintage Spirits #9.10
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12Something In The Water #9.12
13Undying Love #9.13
14The Coroners Case #9.14
15Shock Island #9.15
16Hyde And Seek #9.16
17Orphans of Gettysburg
22 Jan 2014
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19Dont Forget About Us #9.19
12 Feb 2014
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22Nine Men's Misery
26 Feb 2014
23An Officer And An Apparition #9.23
24A Textbook Case #9.24
25200th Episode Grant Is Back #9.25
26Phantoms Of The Opera #09.26
1Barrels of Boos #10.01
2Too Many Apparitions in the Kitchen
02 Sep 2015
3Last Will and Evidence
09 Sep 2015
4Over My Dead Body
16 Sep 2015
5A Fright at the Opera
23 Sep 2015
6There Ghosts the Neighborhood
30 Sep 2015
7The Plot Thickens
07 Oct 2015
8Fortress of Phantoms
14 Oct 2015
9Houghton Hears a Who?
21 Oct 2015
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11Innocent Until Proven Dead
04 Nov 2015
12Rockets Red Scare
11 Nov 2015Description ▼
TAPS investigates the USS Constitution, the famous ship better known as "Old Ironsides," during a trip to Boston. Later, they meet historical reenactors in Kentucky who claim they've encountered spirits of early settlers in Old Fort Harrod State Park.
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1All Aboard the Ghost Train
03 Aug 2016Description ▼
The TAPS team investigates the Midwest Railway Preservation Society in Cleveland, OH. Employees who work with the rail cars report voices, shadows, and other disturbing activity. One man who purchased a restored car claims his came with a ghost. The team focuses on the infamous "Death Car" in which 26 people were killed by scalding steam and water in the 1940s.
10 Aug 2016Description ▼
The team is called to investigate Grays Armory in Cleveland, Ohio. Kristin, its current manager, wonders if her presence in the 120-year-old all-male facility is raising the ire of deceased members. Another guess is that the ghost of the former maintenance man, Lou, is still watching over the property. Jason and Steve play cat and house with footsteps that seem to move from floor to floor. Shari is touched on the shoulder.
3Phantom for the First Course
17 Aug 2016Description ▼
The team travels to Detroit to investigate The Whitney, the once-home of a lumber baron that's now a restaurant. Employees report seeing numerous male and female specters, including a non-existent bathroom attendant. Dave witnesses a light that floats down the stairs and Steve and Jason find a secret, hidden passageway.
4Children in the Attic
24 Aug 2016Description ▼
TAPS is contacted by an employee at the 150-year-old Toledo Yacht Club. Susan is concerned because her young son is friends with a ghost child, Jacob, who says he fell to his death on the stairs. Others report seeing the spirit, as well as a grouchy commodore who comes to the bar demanding a Manhattan. Both Susan and her son participate in the investigation. The team captures an EVP they believe says, "I'm not Jacob," and conclude the club has an intelligent haunting.
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A new "living history event" is blamed for a spike in frightening paranormal activity at Fort Taber-Fort Rodman in New Bedford, MA. |
07 Sep 2016
7Public Poltergeist Number One
14 Sep 2016Description ▼
First stop is the Old Lake County Jail in Crown Point, IN which has housed notorious gangsters, including John Dillinger, since the 1880s. Some women have reported being roughed up while others have seen orbs and heard voices. Then, My Old Kentucky Home Park in Bardstown, KY, has a history of tragedy. An outbreak of cholera killed eight family members and eight slaves of Senator John Rowan. The senator himself died falling from a window.
8Angel of Death
21 Sep 2016Description ▼
A beautiful old inn that was once part of the Underground Railroad is investigated by TAPS to determine whether the 150th anniversary to the end of the Civil War could be stirring spirits and more.
9Overdue for Death
28 Sep 2016Description ▼
A library recently designated as a literary landmark is investigated over reports of ghostly visitors with a thirst for knowledge. |
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