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January 28, 2008

Picture good, talk bad


You'll be seeing a lot more of these guys in the weeks ahead.

But we sure hope we don't have to endure a SAG Awards-style replay from preselected "No Country for Old Men" spokesgrunt Josh Brolin. It's not that we're so opposed to a little "fricking" "freaky" "freaky" every now and again, it's just that Brolin really should stick to monosyllables (two at the most!)

"Cornucopia of change?" What does that even mean?

The New York Times' Carpetbagger takes issue with Brolin's lapse in taste and judgement -- i.e., you dance with the one who brung you, you don't glory hog, and you don't use pseudo-naughty words at a high-class event on national TV.

We had more of a problem, honestly, with his backhanded compliment of castmate Javier Bardem. Jealous much? We suggest the always charming Bardem -- he of the "497" awards-- gets the mic from now on whenever "No Country" holds the spotlight.

As for Brolin, we're sure Anton Chigurh's cattle stun gun is still around somewhere. Can someone possibly dig it out and set it to shut-your-pie-hole?


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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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