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October 16, 2008

'Rock' the vote

You'll get a sticker!

Declare Yourself, the nonprofit group founded by Emmy-winning TV icon Norman Lear, comes out with its latest PSA nudging the teen-agers to vote. It's yet another faithful homage to "Schoolhouse Rock," the multiple Daytime Emmy winning series that taught us the preamble of the Constitution (but we can only sing it) and why three is a magic number.

The clever minds behind the animated PSA include Scott Jacobson, a four-time Emmy Award-winning comedy writer, "The Daily Show" writer Rich Blomquist, Emmy-nominated composer Jared Faber, and producer Samantha Scharff, of Robert Smigel’s "TV Funhouse" fame.

Check out a previous (completely, hilariously phallic) video here, and don't say we didn't warn you that some people have body parts on the brain today.


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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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  • 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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