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August 28, 2008

Sexy Jesus rocks Oscar?


"Blame Canada" blazed the trail. Will "Rock Me Sexy Jesus" be next?

Here's an Oscar campaign that we can really get behind, mainly because a live performance that lovingly sings about Jesus's abs and his Satan-ass-kicking ability could do wonders for the ceremony. Sure couldn't hurt.

Focus Features is doing double duty, no doubt, with a full-page "for your consideration" ad in today's L.A. Times hawking the "Hamlet 2" ditty as a best original song contender.

The specialty label also desperately needs to put butts in seats, hence justifying its near-record-breaking $10 million Sundance payout for the Steve Coogan-starring high school-set farce. Kick off a splashy Oscar drive? Why not? The movie's made a miniscule half-million bucks since opening a week ago, though it's been in very limited release. It broadens out tomorrow and sure could use a little talk value.

The Focus-created Web address listed in the ad wasn't working for us, but you can go to the YouTubes for a sing-along version of the cheeky song, complete with Coogan crotch grabs.

Trivia du jour: Not only did Matt Stone and Trey Parker gets tongues wagging with their Oscar nomination at the 2000 awards for "Blame Canada," from "South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut," but they also caused near-fatal TV network aneurisms when they showed up on the red carpet in drag.

More on their fashion choices, and the fate of their nominated song, after the jump.


Stone looked sweet in a version of the lovely pink number that Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow had worn to the ceremony the year before (to accept her best actress trophy for "Shakespeare in Love"), and Parker went for a replica of J-Lo's  Grammy shocker. The blue and green barely there number? Brilliant -- and really hairy -- all the way around.

Can't wait to see what Coogan could come up with.

Trivia follow-up: "Blame Canada" lost to what song?

Answer: "You'll Be In My Heart," by Phil Collins from the Disney animated flick, "Tarzan." But "Blame Canada" did gets its stage time, with Robin Williams doing his best to skip the dirty words and open with a decent impression of Kenny.

More moments like those!


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Don't know what is wrong what is rite but i know that every one has there own point of view and same goes to this one

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This is quite awkward. Having a sexy Jesus. I don't mind it! As long as they're acting morally. Great job for rocking the oscar!

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