Kudos bon bons: Oscars in Toronto . . . More Oscars buzz for 'Wall-E' and 'Dark Knight' . . . Emmy viewing update
Lots of Oscar-friendly flicks are being added to the roster at the Toronto Film Festival, including "Happy-Go-Lucky," "Waltz With Bashir, " "The Duchess" — READ MORE
"Pixar's latest gift to movie lovers should be a candidate for the most prestigious award, best picture, when Oscar time rolls around," insists Wall Street Journal critic Joe Morgenstern of "Wall-E" (CLICK HERE). But Jeff Wells of Hollywood-Elsewhere.com fights to "keep the Berlin Wall up" between animated and live-action fare. Why? "Biological actuality is too precious and beautiful to sully its textures with hard-drive simulations and vice versa. Sometimes segregation is a good thing." (Ah, if only Jesse Helms had lived long enough to hear Jeff!)
Get ready for Emmy noms by ordering DVDs of these shows so you may view the same sample episodes being judged by voters. Discs of these series are available — click on links: "Mad Men," "Damages," "In Treatment," "Dexter," "Weeds," "Pushing Daisies," "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
I didn't see this week's installment of "At the Movies," but Sasha Stone did and reports at AwardsDaily.com that Richard Roeper claims it'll be an "upset" if Heath Ledger isn't nominated for an Oscar for "The Dark Knight." READ MORE.
There were lots of glitches this year in the video player embedded at the TV academy's website so Emmy voters could view sample episodes of award contenders, reports Broadcasting & Cable. It launched too late in Emmy season and its "playback was a bit jittery," concedes academy awards chief John Leverence. READ MORE