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October 23, 2008

'View' to a kill


Try though she might, Whoopi couldn't completely diffuse all the tension on the set of "The View" this morning. That whole long story about her disintegrating teeth? Distracting, but ultimately not that effective.

Can't we just jump straight to the knock-down, drag-out, hair-pulling partisan-fueled catfight that's brewing between ultra conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck and liberal comedian Joy Behar? Read about the kerfuffle (with visual aids!), which came to a boiling point yesterday with Bill O'Reilly's visit.

In other controversy today...

We thought we'd heard that Razzie Award champ Lindsay Lohan was on the straight and narrow now, all coupled up and calmed down? Not so fast, says E! Read about LiLo's "Ugly Betty" shenanigans, which, if this report is to be believed, involves chain smoking (what else is new?), underwear missing (again, no news here), and scary collage making.

The bad behavior might have shortened the lifespan of LiLo's mean girl Kimmie on the show. Kiss those guest star trophy hopes goodbye.

Also in television, check out James Hibberd's progress report of the networks so far this season, complete with animal avatars! See how CBS is winning -- hint: "CSI" -- and ponder which Emmy-winning series could break the writer's strike curse -- it's "24."


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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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