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February 07, 2008

Double downer


We hate to be such a downer -- we really are pie-eyed optimists, generally, or at the very least, glass-half-full kinda folk -- but there are a few bits of unpleasant news to share today.

Amy "Stash in my Beehive" Winehouse won't make it to the Grammys after all, depriving us of some sorely needed tension and suspense for Sunday night's show. After not being able to secure a travel visa to the U.S., the rehabbing soul songstress will reportedly keep abstaining from her potentially lethal habits, unless you count that jail visit to Husband of the Year Blake Fielder-Civil. (She's pictured here leaving one of his court hearings recently). Her gain, our loss.

The Oscars are running out of time. Out of time, ya hear? That's the somewhat desperate sounding message today from Academy president Sid Ganis, who was sounding so much more certain and so much less harried just a few days ago. Per Variety, he asked the WGA again Monday afternoon for a waiver for The Big Show. He's still waiting, and sweating.

We promise to dig up sunnier subjects for at least the next few hours.


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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.

    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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