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April 25, 2008

Hot hot heat


Jack Johnson, the mellow mahlo surprise chart topper, is up tonight, and the weekend will see a parade of musical talent -- Grammy winners, million sellers, uber-hipsters like Prince, M.I.A., the Raconteurs, Kraftwerk, Hot Chip, Tegan and Sara, My Morning Jacket, VHS or Beta, and Portishead, just to give a topline.

But if you're regretting your decision to sit out this year's Coachella, just take a gander at this Day 1 photo and know that it's expected to be a brain-frying 101 degrees (feels like 112!) in Indio this weekend.

Seen one Coachella, definitely not seen them all. Still, there's just something about this year's desert gathering that made us say, nope, not for love nor money will we haul it to BFE, stand in these greenhouse-effect tents and sweat to the newbies (and some oldies).

For everyone going -- have a ball. Pack water.



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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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