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May 13, 2008

Such great Heights


Fear not, those of you who believe that Hollywood is the center of the entertainment universe, even if said entertainment takes place 3,000 miles away on a stage somewhere near 42nd Street and 8th Avenue.

"Xanadu," a spoof of the parody-ready disco-era movie musical of the same name, was nominated for a Tony this morning, as was "Cry-Baby," the John Waters creation that lives on and on (but without Johnny Depp). "South Pacific" and "Gypsy," both committed to celluloid over the years with Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning results, racked up some nominations for their live theater incarnations, as did some familiar faces from the big screen (Laurence Fishburne, Patrick Stewart).

How's that office lotto coming?

"In the Heights," a musical about Latinos in upper Manhattan (hey, that hood wasn't nearly so lyrical when we camped out there in grad school), took the most nods with 13. Look here for more behind-the-scenes, including who got skunked, at today's announcement in New York, and here for a full list of nominees.

The Tonys, backed by the American Theatre Wing, will air Sunday, June 15 on CBS. Whoopi's hosting!



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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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