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June 19, 2008

Lesser evil


Is it really two more weeks until "Hancock" opens here? Los Angeles is in the midst of an Epic Heat Wave that has us looking ahead to what overly air-conditioned hole we can crawl into this weekend and coming up disappointed. Not the mall, again.

The Europeans are getting their peek at the anti-superhero superhero flick now, like at this premiere in Berlin presided over by co-stars Will Smith (two-time Oscar nominee for "Pursuit of Happyness" and "Ali") and Charlize Theron (Oscar winner for "Monster," nominated, too, for "North Country").

With the mercury still rising, we may have to do a "Kung Fu Panda" repeat. Anything but "The Love Guru," which we're convinced would boil our brains more than the 100-degree temps.



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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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