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January 28, 2008

No Country: not DGA's only drama


Skip one awards show and see what happens -- we completely missed out on Sean Young's meltdown at Saturday night's DGA event.

Sounds like it would've been considerably more entertaining than watching "Rambo," but we felt like taking in a bodies-stacked-up-like-cord-wood action flick. Others agreed with us -- movie took in $18.2 million, well on its blood-soaked way to profitability.

Incidentally, our prediction that this would be Stallone's last turn as an uzi-toting mercenary (with a righteous heart of gold!) was proven wrong with a statement today from Harvey Weinstein to the L.A. Times: "This augurs well for another chapter in the 'Rambo' story." We'll take that as a threat.

But back to the real threat -- invited guest Sean Young, her fur coat, her loud heckling, singing and Franglaise made a real impression at the DGA Awards. Check Kris Tapley's Red Carpet District for some insight into the scene where Young reportedly was tossed out of the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza after insulting Julian Schnabel (pictured) as he tried to talk on stage about his nomination for directing "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly." She managed to upstage him in the obnoxious category. Is there some kind of award for that? Butt-hitting-the-door doesn't really qualify.

Defamer follows with more. All worthy reads on a gloomy Monday morning here in L.A. on our Eighth Consecutive Rain Day And the Surliness That Brings Out in All of Us. Not sure if that's Young's excuse, but she can try.


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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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