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October 20, 2008

Shout out to Scream Awards


Tim Burton arrived by hot air balloon -- how Willy Wonka of him! -- George Lucas was flanked by Storm Troopers, and comic geeks got the prom they always wanted (but were never actually invited to).

Spike TV's "Scream 2008 Awards" taped Saturday night at the Greek Theater -- watch it tomorrow night at 9 -- and drew a gaggle of Hollywood A-listers, signifying that the previously throw-away, some would say disrespected, genres of horror, sci-fi, fantasy and comics are officially playing in the big leagues. Look no further than this year's "Dark Knight" and "Iron Man" fueled boxoffice, or the past several years of TV development and hits, to see the truth there.


But it's amped even further now. Amped!

Anthony Hopkins -- excuse us, Sir Anthony Hopkins -- occupied the same Griffith Park space as Wes Craven, Stan Lee, Gary Oldman, Frank Miller and Marilyn Manson. Plenty of boldface names on the starlet side, too, like Liv Tyler, Rosario Dawson, Neve Campbell, Winona Ryder and Paz Vega.

And something we'd kill to see at the Oscars -- Christopher Nolan accepting an award in front of a blazing Bat Signal. Fire it up!

Check out Spike for highlights and winners.


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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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