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February 14, 2008

Moon over Santa Monica


As if we needed more evidence that the "Oscars of the indie world" make for spicy alt viewing, Spirit Awards host Rainn Wilson is now promising (threatening?) to drop his pants.

Didn't Sarah Silverman already do that?

Wilson, who might feel the need to compensate because he's not the usual stand-up comedian emcee, told the AP that he's ready and willing to drop trou at the awards show Feb. 23, which airs live (no nudity redacted) on IFC.

"My (butt) is actually revealed a couple of different times, so if anyone's curious about what my (butt) might look like ..." he trailed off. "I don't know why they would be. It's all for a laugh."

Also on tap (and we mean that literally) at the Spirits, a party known for its beach casual and salty dialogue: Javier Bardem as honorary chair, a role that might not officially involve mooning those attending and watching at home.

Presenters, who may or may not show some skin, are a collection of indie royalty including Ellen Page, Patrician Clarkson, Jason Bateman, Cate Blanchett, John Waters and Steve Zahn.


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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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