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September 29, 2008

All roads lead to 'Mad Men'

Betty has thrown down the gauntlet for cad-about-town Don Draper, and Roger Sterling is finally leaving the Mrs. for a shapely doe-eyed secretary.

But just in case there wasn't enough marital discord during last night's "Mad Men," there's more in "Revolutionary Road," as evidenced in the two-minute trailer that was unveiled, strategically, during the Emmy-winning AMC show.

The "Don moves into a hotel/Mona gets dumped" episode was a nice setup for the Kate Winslet/Leonardo DiCaprio period drama, based on the Richard Yates novel that "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner has cited as a major inspiration for the '60s Madison Avenue and leafy suburb-based series.

"Road" already has some Oscar buzz swirling around it, especially for Winslet (who might be competing against herself with this performance and the lead in another period drama, "The Reader"). It opens Dec. 26 in limited release.

In case you TiVo'd through it, take a look here.

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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.

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