Gold Derby nuggets: Emmys auction off Hugh Laurie's cane | Germany enters 'The White Ribbon' at Oscars | Grammy front-runners for best album
• Todd Martens gives his take on leading contenders in the Grammy race for best album of the year, including Lada Gaga's "The Fame," Kanye West's "808s & Heartbreak" and U2 's "No Line on the Horizon." Pop and Hiss
• The TV academy foundation is conducting an auction at EBay that continues to Sept. 3. After seven bids, the current price is $1,225 for two tickets to the Emmys that include entrée to the HBO after-party, plus limo lifts. Also for sale: two front-row bleacher seats along the red carpet at the Emmys ($255 after two bids), Hugh Laurie's autographed flame cane on "House M.D." ($1,150 after 14 bids), poster of Emmy nominee "Grey Gardens" signed by Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore ($100 after one bid so far), plus lots of other signed posters ("Damages," "Breaking Bad"), set visits ("Monk," "Young and the Restless"). EBay
• The Santa Barbara International Film Festival — often a key turn in the Oscar derby — will give Quentin Tarantino ("Inglourious Basterds") its Kirk Douglas award for excellence in film during the shindig that runs Feb. 4-14, 2010.
• There’s a plethora of strong docs in the Toronto lineup this year," notes Anne Thompson offering a sneak peek at film festival entries. Among the docs she's "most looking forward to" are Marc Levin's "Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags," Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" and Chris Rock's "Good Hair." Thompson on Hollywood
• Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon," which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May, will be Germany's official candidate for the next foreign-language film Oscar. Germany's won the category twice recently: "The Lives of Others" (2006) and "Nowhere in Africa" (2002). Germany also triumphed for "The Tin Drum" (1979). "The White Ribbon" is about the rise of oppression in a small German town on the eve of World War I. This could be Haneke's first nomination. When his home country of Austria submitted his Cannes jury prize winner "Cache" as its Oscar entry in 2005, the academy rejected it because its dialogue was in French. The outcry that followed caused the Oscar rules to be changed.
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