The Oscar 11: Team Aims to Revive Awards' Telecast

Bicks, who wrote for "Sex and the City" and who created jokes for former president Bill Clinton, is the only female scribe on a show that tends to skew heavily toward females. "It's certainly not surprising, since I wrote romance and romantic comedy," she says of her addition to the club, joking: "I'd also like to think I might bring something different to the table besides my genitalia."

Her other challenge: changing into a gown before the telecast. "All the boys just walk into a bathroom and change into a tux, but I have to find a way to put a gown on and do hair and makeup in a hallway somewhere."

Flim-Flam Man: Baz Luhrmann

Assignment: Choreography

Mr. Moulin Rouge was recruited by Jackman to devise an elaborate song-and-dance routine that includes a number of stars who surprised even the host.

"Baz has got such an eye on not only pop culture but history," Jackman says. "Every person we have called has been up for it."

The operatic Luhrmann is their confidence man, the host adds, but first he had to find his own. "He had just finished the press tour for 'Australia' when I rang him," Jackman says. "I remember the poor guy had the flu. His body was just kind of collapsing on him. I asked him, and he said, 'Mate, give me 24 hours.' And he called back and said, 'Of course! Are you kidding?' "

The Wiseguy: Judd Apatow

Assignment: Moviemaker

The "Knocked Up" and "40-Year-Old Virgin" director's contribution is one of the more mysterious pieces.

He and his team have made a short film, but the king of bromance is keeping a lid on the specifics.

"I can't give any details about the film because even the smallest detail gives the entire joke away," Apatow says. "But let's just say it is exactly what you would expect from us. I hope that is a good thing."

The concept belonged to the producers, and he claims to be just a gun for hire. "It was their idea. If it bombs, blame them," he jokes.

He's setting the bar low, about the height of your average hand puppet. "I hope the piece is half as funny as The Muppets were when they sat in the balcony and made fun of the show a few decades back," Apatow says. "If we can be almost as funny as any Muppet, we have succeeded."

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