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Gold Derby nuggets: Lindsay Lohan loses another job | See 22 guys in the Oscars slugfest | Dennis Hopper talks Oscars | Anthony Edwards back from dead on 'ER'

November 5, 2008 | 11:45 am

Elizabeth Snead serves up tasty tidbits all day long at The Dish Rag here at The Envelope. Among her must-read items is this news that Lindsay Lohan, fresh from being bounced by "Ugly Betty," is out as host of the Nov. 9 World Music Awards in Monaco. These kudos, around since 1989, are handed out based on worldwide record sales. As Elizabeth Lindsay_lohan writes, "Why they hired her again is anyone's guess. The last time she hosted in 2006, she messed up and introduced Beyonce while the singer was still getting her hair done. Nervous about her ability to handle the job, the organizers reportedly asked that other career fast-tracker, 'Desperate Housewives' former lawn boy Jesse Metcalfe, to help Lindsay out. But she didn’t like that idea." And she says, "So who will replace Lindsay? Denise Richards. Yikes. To be replaced by Richards speaks volumes about where one is on the celebrity totem pole." The Dish Rag

• Check out The Envelope's newest photo gallery, which spotlights the slugfest over the best-actor Oscar. Paul Sheehan makes a curious observation about how old that category skews this year: "Although the supporting actor Oscar is usually considered the lifetime achievement award, this year's roster of best actor possibilities has several contenders eligible for AARP membership. The average age of the 22 men profiled here is 48, with Clint Eastwood ('Gran Torino') the oldest at 78. Indeed, only Leonardo DiCaprio ('Revolutionary Road') and Michael Fassbender ('Hunger') will still be under the age of 40 come Oscar night." The Envelope Galleries

T.L. Stanley of Gold Rush dishes awards with two-time Oscar nominee Dennis Hopper in a revealing interview. As she notes, "Back when 'Easy Rider' snared him a writing nod in 1970, and 'Hoosiers' a supporting actor nomination in '87, the awards game was a good deal simpler, he said. 'Times have changed,' he said. 'There was no blogging then.'" And, as per Stanley, "Hopper, who's co-starring in the pay-cable version of Oscar winner 'Crash,' is talking up his supporting role in 'Elegy,' an art house drama from Lakeshore Entertainment/Samuel Goldwyn Films with Sir Ben Kingsley and global movie goddess Penelope Cruz. Hopper plays a womanizing poet and ironic moral touchstone for his best friend (Kingsley) who gets into an intense May-December romance." Hollywood Reporter

Anthony Edwards tells the AP that returning to the set of "ER" six years after leaving the long-running medical drama, "was really like going back to high school, in the best way. It was like going back to your favorite class and having your favorite teacher. After about a half an hour, I really felt like I'd never left." Although his character, Mark Greene, was killed off after eight seasons, he features in a flashback on the Nov. 13 episode with new series regular Oscar nominee Angela Bassett. Also appearing in that flashback will be two-time supporting actress nominee Laura Innes as the feisty Kerry Weaver. While Edwards went 0 for 4 in the lead actor race (1995-98), he could well pick up a guest actor nod for this appearance. Over the first 14 seasons, 13 actors, including 2008 nominee Stanley Tucci, have gotten a nod for guesting on "ER." Ray Liotta was the only winner among the group for his stunning 2005 portrayal of the last hours of the life of an alcoholic. Among the seven actresses to compete for their guest shots, only Sally Field won in 2001 for the first of her two nods as the bipolar mother of Maura Tierney. AP


Patricia Cohen of the New York Times reports on the impact of the current economic woes on Broadway. Three of the most recent Tony Award winners for best musical -- "Spring Awakening" (2007), "Spamalot" (2005), and "Hairspray" (2003) -- are due to close in January. In addition, the most recent winner of best play -- "August: Osage County" -- as well as 2004 best musical "Avenue Q" are running at only 50% of capacity. Among the current crop of revivals, rave reviews for Kristin Scott Thomas have boosted attendance for "The Seagull" and curiosity seekers continue to be drawn to Katie Holmes in "All My Sons" but the appeal of seeing all of Daniel Radcliffe in "Equus" is waning. New York Times

• Playbill is reporting that the Tony Awards administration committee is scheduled to meet for the second time this season on Dec. 4 to discuss the shows which have opened since they first convened on Sept. 19. These two dozen theater professionals determine eligibility and category placement for the rialto's highest honors. Playbill

• The first of London's theatre kudos, the Evening Standard Awards, has broken with precedent and released the long list of those in contention for the prizes to be handed out Nov. 24. While the finalists will be revealed Friday, among the names now in the running are two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey for a production of "Speed-the-Plow" and four-time nominee Kenneth Branagh for a revival of "Ivanov." Whats On Stage

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