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May 23, 2008

Queen of Cannes


It's been a dour, downbeat Cannes film festival, with overly long, disjointed and bummer movies all around. The showplace for potential Oscar bait has been decidedly lacking in excitement (and sales) this year.

Who'll win the Palm d'Or at the close of the fest this weekend?

Who cares*, when there's an adorable pooch who's already taken home the Palm Dog, the award for the best performance by a canine? Her name is Lucy the Thespian Pooch and she's described as a cross between a hunting dog and a retriever (she looks like no such thing -- she's a Pug, people!).

Tough contest, this. Lucy beat out the pup that licked Julianne Moore's face in Fernando Meirelles' "Blindness." And a dog named Jesus Christ in "The Wackness."

But she does have a top-billed role in the Alaskan road trip drama "Wendy and Lucy," with Michelle Williams, in which she gets separated from her person and tossed into the pound. There's some serious emoting going on there, you just know it.

Prize: a brass-studded leather collar. And maybe some Snausages.

We have to think Lucy's an improvement over past winners, which include two flatulent bulldogs.

*OK, we do care, and we're waiting to see if Clint Eastwood's fifth attempt at Cannes glory -- this time with the Angelina Joie-starrer "The Changeling" -- can come out on top. There's already best picture Oscar talk around the period drama. Check back for results.


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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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