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October 24, 2008

'Saw' through 'HSM 3'


Could be a bloody battle at the boxoffice this weekend, but the smart allowance money could be on "High School Musical 3." Go ahead and give fresh-faced Zac Efron the crown.

Estimates range from $25 million more than $45 million (depending on which boxoffice trackers have tweens at home) for the song-and-dance extravaganza, which sprung from the Emmy-winning TV franchise. Predictions are slightly less for "Saw V," the annual Halloween fright of passage. Either or both could surprise.

Their timing couldn't be better -- escapism, anyone? Theater owners have to be salivating right about now, as are Disney and Lionsgate. Tip of the hat to both for providing some much-needed distractions from the news o' the day.


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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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