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May 20, 2008



Seriously, the Shaggy defense?

The child pornography trial of Grammy-winning Trapped in a Courtroom Raunch & Blues singer R. Kelly opened today, with his attorney repeatedly saying that the man having sex with a 13-year-old girl in the videotape played shortly after opening statements was not his client.

The prosecutor calls the tape "child pornography that was created, staged, produced and starred in by the defendant that sits before you, Robert Kelly." And there's the matter of that disturbing "Daddy" utterance.

Kelly's lawyer: It wasn't him.

This could either be over quickly, or could take a very, very long time. At any rate, we'll try to keep you posted on any and all reggaeton, ska and dancehall references. You know, for your edification.



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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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