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October 28, 2008

'Runway,' Rock and Obamamania


Was it the lack of any discernible personality from most of the contestants this season, complete with fake villains and stretched-too-thin catchphrases, or the recycled challenges that made "Project Runway" seem threadbare?

None of the above, according to a Weinstein lawsuit. It's all Bravo's fault for not promoting the Peabody-winning, Emmy-nominated show. It was sabotage. Sabotage! Go here for all the legal nitty gritty.

It's Obamamania! Not only will the Democratic presidential candidate pre-empt your quality time with "Knight Rider" tomorrow night, but he'll also appear on Emmy hoarder "The Daily Show."

Why is it that Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown never had a visit from Child Protective Services, and yet poor Brit Brit lost her young 'uns? These and other questions of the day, from Chris Rock's gut-busting sit-down with Jay Leno last night on "The Tonight Show."

If you missed it -- complete with the comedian/actor's lament that he's so broke from the current Economic Armageddon that he's doing cartoons (that would be the upcoming "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa") -- watch the full episode here. Michelle Obama -- Obamamania! -- was lead-off guest.

Sad coda to the ongoing murder story surrounding Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson's family: The body found yesterday has been identified as her 7-year-old nephew. More on the investigation here.



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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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