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August 29, 2008

Obama, McCain and LiLo


Things you might need to know for this weekend's backyard BBQs:

A whopping 38.4 million people watched Barack Obama's speech last night at the Democratic National Convention, a better turnout than for the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics and way more than tuned in for the Academy Awards last February. Maybe it was because he skipped the flying musicians and the droning montages.

Salacious, thy name is MTV. The network, fresh off its non-Britney deal, wants to find A Girl for Katy Perry to Kiss. Top choice: newly gayed-up LiLo. No word if it'll really happen.

Rod Lurie to John McCain: You owe me some money! The film and TV writer, decorated for his work on "The Contender," which earned Oscar nominations for Joan Allen and Jeff Bridges, said the scenario of an aging Republican presidential candidate who picks a younger, more inexperienced woman as a running mate was his idea. And he liked it better when it was fiction.


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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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