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Looks like seeing Javier Bardem in a tux wasn't reason enough for many
Americans to tune into the Oscars this year. The Academy Awards telecast on ABC
was the least watched in over twenty years. The decline in viewship might have
had something to do with the fact that many A-list celebrities were notably
absent from the show—no Salma & Francois or Brangelina
on the red carpet this year—and were replaced by the likes of Miley Cyrus
and The Rock. Wow. When even Hollywood's biggest night can't draw out the
They don't call him the king of self-promotion for nothing: Sean "Diddy" Combs announced on the Oscars red carpet that he's planning on sending ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez a bundle of Sean John baby clothes for her twins. Call us cynical, but we're pretty sure the thought of Jennifer's babies being snapped by paparazzi in their Sean John gear crossed his mind. Still, we can't hate on him too much, considering all the nice things he has to say about his ex.
"There's sort of an accepted myth [in the film business]," Will Smith told the Birmingham Post in 2005, during a press junket for his film Hitch, "if you have two black actors—a male and a female—in a romantic comedy, people around the world don't want to see it. So, the idea of a black actor and a white actress comes up—and that's a problem in the US." The solution, Will concluded, while revealing a bit of insider Hollywood racism?
One die-hard Soda Stereo fan wants you to relive the magic of hearing
the Argentine rock gods reunited for an unforgettable night—one of their three
(you read right: only three!) Stateside appearances. The band played two
concerts in Miami this week and one in Los Angeles earlier this month.
Cerati and the boys are now headed to Peru, before going back home to
wrap up the historic 2007 tour in Cordoba and Buenos Aires.
By Winston Romero
Still haven't seen this year's Oscar nominees for Best
Picture? Shame on you! Luckily, we've come up with the perfect cheat-sheet so
you won't embarass yourself in front of your movie-buff friends. Here are our reviews of the films nominated for Best Picture:
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood
The first half of Ian McEwan's novel, on which this movie is based, is such a
tour de force about the power of language, imagination and jealousy, that
reading it, you hope whoever does the inevitable film version will get it right.
And director Joe Wright does. Set during a single day at an English country
mansion in 1930s, that crucial scene centers around a young girl (newcomer
Saoirse Ronan) who witnesses something her preteen hormones just don't
understand: she sees her older sister Cecilia (Keira Knightley) and the
We love us some Coen Brothers, but after their last three movies—"Intolerable
Cruelty, "The Ladykillers" and "The Man Who Wasn't There,"—even we were starting
to wonder when the idiosyncratic directors would return to form. Brutal,
truthful and unrelenting for its full running time, "No Country for Old
Men," is that return to form, in a big way.
The first 10 or so minutes of the ambitious, ultimately unsatisfying "There
Will be Blood," are wordless, and brilliant. A man (Daniel Day Lewis),
standing alone at the bottom of a dark, vertical mine shaft carved out of the
ground, painstakingly chisels away at the walls in search of precious metals. He
climbs out, falls and injures himself, and with astonishing singlemindedness,
clambers out and crawls away, then repeats that kind of backbreaking work as one
of many workers at an oil shaft. That opening sequence is pretty much all you
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