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May 16, 2008



She made history as the first primetime star to come out on a sitcom, ABC's "These Friends of Mine," a dozen years ago.

So why shouldn't Ellen break more ground by announcing her marriage on TV today, shortly after the California Supreme Court shot down the state's ban on same-sex unions? Well, she just did. With Portia de Rossi looking on, the multiple Emmy-winner got teary describing the upcoming nuptials on her afternoon feel-good-fest. (The couple's pictured here at last year's Emmy Awards).

It's tough to believe all the controversy Ellen caused in '97 because we suspect there will be nary a peep (except from the Evangelical right) about today's development. That's what nearly five years of endearing herself daily to middle America -- complete with Hula Chair, light-as-a-feather subject matter and superstar guests -- can do.

And Justin Timberlake just offered to write an original song for the wedding. Can't everybody get excited about that?


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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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