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February 13, 2008

Let's all chant -- Bruuuuuce!


So, everyone can stop worrying about the Oscars. You know, whether they're happening or not and whether there will be an expressionist dance number set to the eerie neo-Western "No Country" soundtrack.

Bruce Vilanch can't relax, though -- just the opposite. He and a couple of writer colleagues have written the Oscar show for decades, but never under the current circumstances. As he tells Scriptland today, putting the telecast together in 12 days has its up and downside. Orders from show producer Gil Cates?

"I believe the word was 'fast.'"

That would be one of the negatives, along with the fact that the husky writer figures his picket-induced walking-in-circles weight loss will cease now.

On the plus side? Less time before the show means less political wrangling and hierarchical hissy fits. That would be good.

Check out the full interview here.


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Joey Nader

I see that Sally Jesse Raphael is dipping into the old HGH fruit punch

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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."

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