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January 27, 2008


Leave it to the cast of "The Office" to get some laughs from such queries as, "How does it feel?" and, "Did you have any fashion emergencies today?" No, we are not kidding.

Steve Carell and crew, not surprisingly, made everything a good-natured volley. Rainn Wilson deadpanned that he's having an extra wing built on his house for "all my SAG awards." That would've been the "Where do you plan to keep your statue?" question, which apparently will be asked every single blessed time.

After keeping us all in stitches for 10 minutes, including Carell relaying an open-to-interpretation urinal-based chat he had with "Office" originator Ricky Gervais, Wilson said, "Sorry we're so lame."

Ah, humility.


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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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