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October 13, 2008

Diva Dakota, not a sunshine day, space for Fey


And to think we were this close to putting little Dakota Fanning on our Too Early For Any Real Oscar Projections list. We mulled that over because "The Secret Life of Bees" could be this year's "Fried Green Tomatoes," (couldn't we all use one of those about now?) and the teenaged actress is consistently strong and watchable.

We'd like to see her take home an award of more import than MTV's "best frightened performance" (for that creepy "Hide and Seek").

But we left her off. And now this, via Aussie director Rowan Woods: Fanning's a jealous diva! Oh say it ain't so. Why the drama on the set of "Winged Creatures?" We vote for raging pubescent hormones. Let's hope she grows out of that, quickly.

Seems that's not the only bad behavior going on around this ensemble pic. Woods, in comments this weekend in Sydney, has another behind-the-scenes revelation: He had a run-in with a tactfully unnamed racist film financing company that wouldn't foot the bill if Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker was the leading man.


Al Pacino or Michael Douglas? Woods insisted on Whitaker and had to go looking elsewhere for his cash. Good on him! Read more here.

In other kibbles and bits today...

Everybody's smiling? Guess it wasn't such a "Sunshine Day" after all.

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia, you know how we all love those child-actor-run-amuck in Hollywood's drug-fueled '70s tales. And apparently Maureen McCormick doesn't skimp on the TV family incest stuff either in her upcoming memoir that includes her time on perennial TV Land award nominee "The Brady Bunch." Thanks for the gory details!

This orbit's not big enough for the both of them? Emmy collector/Sarah Palin doggelganger Tina Fey says she's headed to the moon, or some other place far, far away, if the McCain-Palin ticket wins the election. The news via HuffPo via TV Guide.

Room for us on that rocket?


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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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