With the emphasis on ‘Ho’

Posted by · 10:01 am · March 25th, 2009

Here’s an, um, interesting addition to “Slumdog Millionaire’s” long list of accomplishments: how many Best Original Song winners are treated to a Pussycat Dolls remix? Words fail me. (Memo to Ms. Scherzinger: it’s pronounced “jye,” not “jay.”)

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OFF THE CARPET: Taking a final stab

Posted by · 11:05 am · February 20th, 2009

Well, this is what it all boils down to.  I almost DON’T want to go on the record, but I kind of have to, right? Anyway, this is the first year I’ve actually seen every single nominated frame of film before the big night so these will either be the most educated guesses I’ve ever […]

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Hey voters — screw it, vote ‘Saya’ anyway

Posted by · 5:24 pm · February 7th, 2009

We linked to Tom O’Neil’s story in the Oscarweb Round-up this morning, you know, the one reporting that Fox Searchlight is actually trying to get voters to spring for “Jai Ho” over “O…Saya” for fear of vote splitting.  The sad thing is the latter is the better track, and indeed, the best of the nominees.  […]

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Ways the Academy blew it, episode #4,623

Posted by · 8:56 am · January 30th, 2009

I haven’t really dug into the stinging Bruce Springsteen snub from eight days ago properly yet, but really, how off-the-mark could the Academy possibly be?  Not that the membership considers itself in the business of appearing relevant, but The Boss just played in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.  He’s got a new […]

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Thumping ‘Slumdog’ soundtrack to be released

Posted by · 11:23 am · November 21st, 2008

Thank God.  I was hoping Fox Searchlight would find a way to market this amazing material.  It worked well for them last year, albeit in the grungy, alt-rock vein.  But the music in “Slumdog Millionaire” is like a two-hour celebration, and it’s dying to be collected. The track listing, from MTV, has a lot of […]

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New original song contenders from ‘Madagascar,’ ‘Truth’

Posted by · 12:29 pm · October 27th, 2008

It looks like that rather flimsy Best Original Song category is finding a few more contenders to hopefully erase the embarrassment of last year’s nominees (three for “Enchanted,” nothing for “Into the Wild” — at least “Once” took the gold). First up, will.i.am and Hans Zimmer have cranked out four new tracks for “Madagascar: Escape […]

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