Monday, February 23, 2009


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Last night we have to break down the Oscars! Roll the stats:

Watch in amazement as we recap, the visual stiml-you-lie-is your eye doth crave!

It was "Slum" enchanted evening at last night's 81st Annual Academy Awards as Slumdog Millionaire swept to victory with eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Song and Best Adapted Screenplay. The feel-good story of a kid from the slums of Mumbai who lands on the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire in a quest to find the love of his life proved irresistable to Oscar voters, beating out more serious fare like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Reader, Frost/Nixon and Milk. In his acceptance speech, director DANNY BOYLE thanked the people of Mumbai, holding up his Oscar statuette and saying that they, quote, "dwarf even this guy."

After five nominations, KATE WINSLET finally scored her first-ever Oscar on her sixth -- she won for her role as a Nazi prison guard in The Reader. She told the audience, "I'd be lying if I haven't made a version of this speech before. I think I was probably eight years old and staring into the bathroom mirror and this would have been a shampoo bottle." Clutching her newly-won statuette, she added, "It's not a shampoo bottle now!"

SEAN PENN won his second Oscar for playing the real-life murdered gay activist HARVEY MILK. At the podium, Penn jokingly called the Oscar voters "Commie, homo-loving son of a guns," and noted his reputation as a "difficult" actor by admitting, "I know how hard I make it to appreciate me, often." Penn also used his speech to call for "equal rights for everyone," and acknowledged the man many thought would beat him for the award by saying, "MICKEY ROURKE rises again...and he is my brother."

As expected, HEATH LEDGER won Best Supporting Oscar for The Dark Knight -- precisely 13 months after his death from an accidential overdose of prescription drugs. His family accepted on his behalf, saying, "This award tonight would have humbly validated Heath's quiet determination to be truly accepted by you all here -- his peers within an industry he so loved." PENELOPE CRUZ won for Best Supporting Actress for Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and delivered the second half of her speech in her native Spanish.

As for the actual Oscar telecast, the producers promised something radically different, and in many ways, it was. The stage had more of a nightclub feel, with the orchestra onstage. Host HUGH JACKMAN sang and danced his heart out, starting with an opening number that incorporated "homemade props" and nods to all the nominated films, and some that weren't. The man known to many as Wolverine pointedly asked, in one lyric, "How come comic book movies never get nominated?" Jackman also did a full-blown, top-hat-and-tails salute to movie musicals with the help of BEYONCÉ, High School Musical stars ZAC EFRON and VANESSA HUDGENS, and DOMINIC COOPER and AMANDA SEYFRIED of Mamma Mia!

Other differences: lengthy montages of all the big movies of the year -- nominated or not -- were shown, grouped into categories like romance, action, animation and documentary. And the awards were handed out in the order in which they would fall during the actual creation of a film -- first comes the screenplay, then the costume design, then the special effects, then the music, then the directing, and so on.

The most unusual change in the show was having five past winners in the four major acting categories come onstage, personally address each nominee, and simply describe their roles: no clips from their performances were shown. That amounted to 20 extra mini-speeches. For example, ROBERT DENIRO spoke about Sean Penn's performance, SHIRLEY MACLAINE talked about ANNE HATHAWAY, WHOOPI GOLDBERG discussed AMY ADAMS, and KEVIN KLINE described Heath Ledger.

Other tidbits:

--EDDIE MURPHY presented JERRY LEWIS with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award -- fittingly, since Murphy starred in the hit remake of Lewis' classic The Nutty Professor.

--Presenting an award for cinematography with NATALIE PORTMAN, BEN STILLER came out dressed as a spaced-out JOAQUIN PHOENIX, in dark glasses and a huge bushy beard. Portman told Stiller he looked like an escapee from a "Hasidic meth lab," while Stiller said he wanted to "retire from being a funny guy."

--When ALAN ARKIN was talking about PHILLIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN's performance in "Doubt," he accidentally called him "Seymour Phillip Hoffman."

--Man on Wire, a movie about PHILIPPE PETIT, who tightrope-walked between the World Trade Center towers in the early '70s, was named Best Documentary. At the podium, Petit balanced the Oscar statuette on his chin, upside down.

--When JACK BLACK and JENNIFER ANISTON presented the animation awards, the camera kept cutting to ANGELINA JOLIE. We hope that was because Jolie was Jack Black's co-star in Kung Fu Panda, and not because Jolie is now with Aniston's ex BRAD PITT.

--The star who got the biggest applause during the annual "In Memoriam" montage was, perhaps not surprisingly, PAUL NEWMAN.

--The three Best Original Song performances were presented in somewhat of a mash-up, with JOHN LEGEND, at one point, singing PETER GABRIEL's nominated song from Wall-E, "Down To Earth," simultaneously during the performances of the nominated Slumdog Millionaire songs "Jai Ho" and "O Saya."

AND IF THAT recap was not enough: lets break it down winner by winner:

Slumdog Millionaire was the big winner at last night's 81st Annual Academy Awards. The story about a boy who goes on an Indian game show to find the girl he loves took home eight Oscars, including best picture, and best director for DANNY BOYLE. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which had scored the most nominations going into the telecast, collected three trophies, all in technical categories.

When HEATH LEDGER was named best supporting actor last night for his role in The Dark Knight, he became only the second star ever to be honored posthumously. The first was PETER FINCH, who was named best actor in 1977 for the film Network. KATE WINSLET also went home happy last night, winning the Oscar for best actress for The Reader, her first trophy in six nominations. SEAN PENN won the best actor Oscar for his role in Milk -- his second win in five nominations -- and PENELOPE CRUZ won best supporting actress for her work in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She's the first Spanish-born actress ever to win an Oscar.

Here are the winners from last night's 81st Annual Academy Awards:

Best Picture
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Director
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Actor
Sean Penn, Milk

Best Supporting Actor
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Best Actress
Kate Winslet, The Reader

Best Supporting Actress
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Animated Feature Film

Original Screenplay
Dustin Lance Black, Milk

Adapted Screenplay
Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Departures (Japan)

Original Score
A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire

Original Song
"Jai Ho," A.R. Rahman and Gulzar; Slumdog Millionaire

Achievement in Art Direction
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Achievement in Cinematography
Slumdog Millionaire

Achievement in Costume Design
The Duchess

Best Documentary Feature
Man on Wire

Best Documentary Short Subject
Smile Pinki

Achievement in Film Editing
Slumdog Millionaire

Achievement in Makeup
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Achievement in Sound Editing
The Dark Knight

Achievement in Sound Mixing
Slumdog Millionaire

Achievement in Visual Effects
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Animated Short Film
La Maison en Petits Cubes

Best Live Action Short Film
Spielzeugland (Toyland)

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Jerry Lewis

More Oscar stuff below

Thanks to ABC for all the stats!

CMN news (country music news)

Did ya hear about it...good now we blog about it:

TAYLOR SWIFT continued her assault on Europe over the weekend with an appearance at Germany's Echo Awards. She updated her Twitter account on the way to the show, calling Berlin a, quote, "beautiful city." Taylor also made history in the U.S. on Friday becoming the first artist to debut at number one on CMT's Top 20 Countdown. Her "White Horse" clip was the one to pull off that feat; it's also the biggest debut ever on

While in London last week, Taylor filmed her reaction when she first saw the Rolling Stone magazine with her face on the cover. Even though she's sold tons of records and been on countless magazine covers, Taylor truly freaked out when she saw the Rolling Stone issue and laughed when she saw the caption on the cover -- "Taylor Swift: Secrets of a Good Girl

RASCAL FLATTS is entering that rare league of artists who can headline a stadium. They're set to play Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs, on Saturday, July 18th with special guest DARIUS RUCKER.

SUGARLAND will kick off for their first European tour next month, beginning March 6th in Aviano, Italy. They'll play several military bases along the way with stops in Paris, London and Belfast, Ireland scheduled as well. Label mate HOLLY WILLIAMS will join the duo for a March 16th date in London and a March 18th show in Glasgow, Scotland. Of note, Holly's new album, Here With Me, will be in stores this June, featuring her single "Keep the Change."

Here's Sugarland's itinerary:

3/6 -- Aviano, Italy, Army Base
3/7 -- Catania, Sicily, Naval Air Station
3/8 -- Naples, Italy, Navy Base
3/10 -- Paris, France, Le Showcase
3/13 -- Bressum, Netherlands, Joint For
3/14 -- Frankfurt, Germany, Air Force Base
3/16 -- London, England, Shepherds Bush Empire
3/18 -- Glasgow, Scotland, ABC Theatre
3/20 -- Belfast, Ireland, Waterfront Hall
3/21 -- Letterkenny, Ireland, Mount Errigal Letterkenny
3/22 -- Thurles, Ireland, Premier Hall

BRAD PAISLEY has posted a behind-the-scenes video on the making of his new album at The clip shows Brad recording guitar parts down and figuring out how a song should sound with his producer FRANK ROGERS. Brad says, quote, "You won't be able to tell much from it, but eventually when the record comes out this summer you'll say, 'Oh, okay, that's where that went." Look for more videos to be posted as Brad continues work on the new project.


MATT KENSETH made it two wins in a row Sunday when he took the checkered flag in the Auto Club 500 in Fontana, California. Kenseth, who won the Daytona 500 last week, becomes the first driver to win the first two races of the season since JEFF GORDON did it in 1997. Gordon finished second in Sunday's race, while KYLE BUSCH was third.

Here are the race results from the Auto Club 500:

1. Matt Kenseth
2. Jeff Gordon
3. Kyle Busch
4. Greg Biffle
5. Kurt Busch
6. Denny Hamlin
7. Carl Edwards
8. Tony Stewart
9. Jimmie Johnson
10. Brian Vickers

Here are the current top drivers and their points in the 2009 run for the Sprint Cup:

1. Matt Kenseth - 385 points
2. Jeff Gordon - 304
3. Kurt Busch - 294
4. Tony Stewart - 294
5. Greg Biffle - 268
6. Clint Bowyer - 266
7. Michael Waltrip - 264
8. David Ragan - 262
9. Carl Edwards - 260
10. Juan Montoya - 256
11. Elliott Sadler - 248
12. David Reutimann - 248

More entertainment sleaze: its crack for your eyes go ahead read on LOL

BRAD PITT and ANGELINA JOLIE may be sexy, but they're not the sexiest Hollywood couple. According to a new Fandango poll of more than two thousand people, RYAN GOSLING and RACHEL MCADAMS have been voted the sexiest screen couple in the last 25 years for their work in the drama The Notebook. Brad and Angelina took second for Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Here's a complete look at the list:

Speaking of the two here is some video stuff:

BRAD PITT and ANGELINA JOLIE may be sexy, but they're not the sexiest Hollywood couple. According to a new Fandango poll of more than two thousand people, RYAN GOSLING and RACHEL MCADAMS have been voted the sexiest screen couple in the last 25 years for their work in the drama The Notebook. Brad and Angelina took second for Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Here's a complete look at the list:

The Top 10 Sexiest Screen Couples:
1. Ryan Gosling & Rachel McAdams - The Notebook - 14%
2. Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie - Mr. & Mrs. Smith - 10%
3. Richard Gere & Julia Roberts - Pretty Woman - 9%
4. Patrick Swayze & Jennifer Grey - Dirty Dancing - 6%
5. Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet - Titanic - 5%
6. (tie) Patrick Swayze & Demi Moore - Ghost - 4%
6. (tie) Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart - Twilight - 4%
8. (tie) Heath Ledger & Jake Gyllenhaal - Brokeback Mountain - 3%
8. (tie) Brad Pitt & Geena Davis - Thelma & Louise - 3%
10. Johnny Depp & Juliette Binoche - Chocolat - 2%

While those couples may have sizzled on screen, these pairings fizzled. Here's a look at the worst film couples:

The Top 10 Most Mismatched Screen Couples:
1. Jessica Alba & Mike Myers - The Love Guru - 9%
2. Charlize Theron & Woody Allen - Curse Of The Jade Scorpion - 7%
3. (tie) Katherine Heigl & Seth Rogen - Knocked Up - 6%
3. (tie) Adam Sandler & Kevin James - I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry - 6%
3. (tie) Anne Heche & Harrison Ford - Six Days, Seven Nights - 6%
6. Kate Winslet & Jack Black - The Holiday - 5%
7. (tie) Julia Roberts & Woody Allen - Everyone Says I Love You - 4%
7. (tie) Nikki Blonsky & Zac Efron - Hairspray - 4%
9. (tie) Jennifer Lopez & Ralph Fiennes - Maid In Manhattan - 3%
9. (tie) Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck - Gigli - 3%


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