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May 28, 2008

Hump day happs


Tidbits for today:

As if "The View" weren't already a promotionpalooza (catch Whoopi's Favorite Stuff the other day?), the Daytime Emmys are likely to get a barrage of exposure over the next several weeks because Sherri Shepherd will be hosting for the first time. She's joining soap hunk Cameron Mathison (pictured) as MC on the show that'll be broadcast June 20 on ABC. The hosts of "The View" are perennial also-rans in the talk show category, having lost 10 times.

Since Whoopi's hosting the Tonys this year, that show also has taken up a big bunch of air time on the morning chatfest. "Project Runway's" Christian even stopped by yesterday to trot out some possible frocks for Whoopi to wear for the Broadway honors. We got distracted and don't know if she eventually picked out the sleek black number or the one with the fierce feathery shoulder pouf. Anyone?

CineVegas is luring some heavyweight award winners to its film fest this year with the strangely-named Half-Life Awards. Maybe that means that Anjelica Huston, Don Cheadle, Viggo Mortensen and a handful of others have half their lives left to make great movies? More about this year's lineup here.

The Shaggy defense is starting to wear thin at the R. Kelly trial in Chicago.



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Oscar Contenders

  • 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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