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Apps to prepare for the Oscars: A backstage pass and a spot on the red carpet

By Keith Spencer

keith@nobomagazine.com

With just hours until Host Bill Crystal takes the stage to host the 84th Annual Academy Awards, we thought we’d prepare you for Hollywood’s biggest night. From a backstage pass to a spot live on the red carpet, these are NoBo’s Essential Oscars Apps.

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The Official Oscars App

Available in iTunes for free

If you’re planning on watching Hollywood’s biggest night, there’s no better way to prepare than by downloading the official Oscars® app for 2012. Celebrate the 84th Annual Academy Awards and all that leads up to the glitz and glamor with this fantastic app that provides an ultimate insider’s view.

With more than a dozen live backstage and Red Carpet video streams, the app brings all the action to your iPhone or iPad. Either sit back and watch the program as it unfolds or switch to the Direct mode to satisfy the filmmaker inside of you. Choose from any of the six camera views available!

The app also allows you to access a complete nominee list, view movie trailers and buzz worthy videos, and watch hosted specials on fashion and nominated films, actors, and more.

For complete coverage on The Oscars®, visit www.oscar.com. Oscar Sunday on ABC begins 7PM on Sunday, February 26, 2012.

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Live from the Red Carpet

Available in iTunes and the Android Market for free

Do you watch the Oscars for all of the fashion, the stars, the glitz, and the glam? This free app from E!, the leader in red carpet entertainment.

This Live From the Red Carpet app lets you experience total VIP access to Hollywood’s hottest events, including the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Use the app year-round to access Hollywood’s latest red carpets, with weekly coverage of the newest movie premieres and film fests.

Surely E! wouldn’t forget to include the latest celebrity news, A-list fashion photos, and interview videos from awards season’s marquee events. On the iPad version, even zoom in and out to check out every detail of the stunning, high-resolution photo galleries.

Get instant access to hundreds of E! articles, breaking down everything from the winners and upsets to the shows’ best and worst moments, and share it all with your friends using the app’s Twitter integration.

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IMDb – The Internet Movie Database

Available in iTunes and the Android Market for free

I can’t imagine a world without IMDb, especially from the palm of my hand. As someone who truly enjoys film and television, the IMDb app has it all. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your must-see list, and rate all of your favorite movies and TV shows.

They are the world’s largest collection of movie, TV and celebrity info, and they have nearly every detail about every movie or TV show ever made. With over 2 million movie and TV titles and more than 4 million celebrities, actors, actresses, directors and crew members, you are sure to be “in-the-know” when using the application.

For the aspiring action, subscribing to IMDb pro even allows users to find representation listings for over 80,000 industry names as well as find company and employee contact details for over 30,000 industry companies.

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