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Attention Hollywood Producers

Feb 24, 2013 3:49 PM PT

Why not combine the excitement of the Oscars with the excitement of NASCAR?  I give you the ultimate reality TV cross-demographic ratings bonanza, the NOSCARS - where flaming car wrecks fly into grandstands full of movie actors!

I'm only asking 10% of gross and 25% of merchandise licensing. Let's do lunch!

Spotting an Oscar Winner

Feb 24, 2013 2:40 PM PT

The Red Carpet arrivals start at 5:30 p.m.  We know who the nominees are, but here are a few ways to spot those who think they may win:

- For the most part, all the nominees for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor will be in classic tuxedos.  For instance, if Bradley Cooper decides not to wear a tie, he thinks he'll lose.

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Why Argo, Lincoln beat Zero Dark Thirty's odds

Feb 24, 2013 9:27 AM PT

Presidential leadership is a prominent theme at this year's Oscars--and a lacking theme in American politics today. Three contenders for the Oscar provide an alternative: LincolnArgo, Zero Dark Thirty (Obama). 

Each was written with a view to current (Democratic) politics. Tony Kushner wrote Lincoln to support Obama's ideological push against the Reagan revolution; Argo is an attempt to rewrite history's view of the inept Jimmy Carter's conduct during the Iran hostage crisis; and Zero Dark Thirty was long suspected of being an election-year promotion for Obama (whose White House may have shared information with the filmmakers for precisely that reason). Yet only the first two are considered in the running, because Zero Dark Thirty appears to take the position that torture was necessary to obtain clues leading to Osama bin Laden.

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