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January 07, 2008

No-show show, crix pix and Pants plays


Not a matter of if but when. What's keeping NBC from pulling the plug on the Golden Globes, that non-event event where no one's showing up to pick up awards that no one's handing out? Check THR for the latest. Check out the photo (Meryl Streep at last year's Globes) for a star-hoisting-a-statuette image you definitely won't see this time around.

They will be esoteric. The National Society of Film Critics chose "There Will Be Blood," director Paul Thomas Anderson (P.T. to his friends), star Daniel Day-Lewis and cinematographer Robert Elswit for top honors in a weekend ceremony at Sardi's in New York. Knocked off: "Atonement." Still on a pedestal: Julie Christie, Casey Affleck and Cate Blanchett, all likely Oscar nominees. Read more here.

A "Lions for Lambs" redo? Yet another "Rocky?" Let's hope not. But the legendary production banner United Artists, that's now under the newish direction of Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, is said to be close to a Worldwide Pants-style agreement with the WGA. Two other indie studios, Lionsgate and The Weinstein Co., are in similar talks.


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Oscar Contenders

  • 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.

    Watch this blog for updates, ephemera and all manner of postulating.

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  • Mmmmm, chocolate Oscar. Not every star will walk away from the 81st annual Academy Awards with a trophy, but if they hit the high-profile Governor's Ball they can have pastry chef Sherry Yard's gold-dusted candy version. Also on the menu from celeb chef Wolfgang Puck is tuna tartare in sesame miso cones, chopped Chino Farms vegetable salad with ginger soy vinaigrette, Maine lobster and caviar. Serve it up! (Getty Images)

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