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January 04, 2008

Call the whole thing off?


Time to pack it in for '08 and start making bad predictions about Big Awards Shows '09?

Brit Brit's SWAT-standoff-spawning meltdown overshadowed much of the news du jour, in Hollywood and points far far beyond, but what did eek through late in the day was the SAG proclamation that none of the 70 nominated actors will show up for the Golden Globes.

That could be duller than if "the talent" actually showed up.

NBC has yet to cancel its coverage of what could shape up to be a non-event event, set for Jan. 13. Pickets are ready, likely with some awesome new Globe-themed placards and/or chants and maybe even a little synchronized marching, accompanied by a three-months-honed kind of sign language.

Meanwhile, critics and bloggers are already bandying about some Oscar '09 "projections," based on movies no one's seen. Early "front-runners" include Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the film version of the hit Broadway play "Doubt," Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Clint Eastwood's "Changeling," and Tom Cruise's cropped hair-don't in "Valkyrie."

Personally, we can't wait for superhero movies that don't suck and and the next Judd Apatow quadrilogy, none of which may have anything to do with Important Awards. But that's just us.


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Felipe Salomão

I just discovered this blog and I really liked it!
For the first the paparazzi will have something interesting to photograph. I'm waiting to see people from E! in the middle of the strike asking celebrities who they are wearing. That will be something fun to talk about!

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  • So "The Dark Knight" didn't make it into the final five after all, never mind that critical and popular support. Let's just call the comic-inspired mega-hit "The Biggest Snubee."

    Here are the best picture contenders in a race that, two weeks away from the Oscars, seems to be a foregone conclusion ("Slumdog") unless there's a come-from-behind possibility ("The Reader" anyone?)

    "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett; the politically timely "Milk;" rags-to-riches fairy tale, "Slumdog Millionaire," Holocaust best-seller-based drama "The Reader," and Watergate-era biopic "Frost/Nixon."

    Could "Button" and "Slumdog" split the vote, allowing another film to take the prize? Doesn't seem likely. After having clung to "Button" for months as what we thought would be the Academy voters' top vhoice, our money's now on "Slumdog." Momentum can't be ignored.

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