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October 22, 2008

Amore for Pacino


Are we correct in assuming that "Righteous Kill" isn't part of the retrospective?

Al Pacino, who finally won an Oscar for "Scent of a Woman" after seven nominations, is picking up a lifetime achievement award at the Rome International Film Festival this week, giving the event some Hollywood star power but not his first feature as a director.

Pacino's still working on that project -- "Salomaybe?," based on an Oscar Wilde play. Maybe for next year's fest? Discussions are now open.

About that retrospective (there really is one). Festivalgoers get to choose which films will be shown, and we're betting on "Dog Day Afternoon" and "The Godfather." This year's fallen-flat reteaming with Oscar winner Robert De Niro? Not so much.



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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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