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Clint For Best Actor: Do You Feel Lucky? Well, Do Ya, Punk?

clint3.jpgAs the Oscar ballots were just sent out to hungry voters for those pesky gold statuettes, the pressing question hovers around Dirty Harry and whether he’ll get the acting nod, the L.A. Times predicts.

The critics, well faux critics or columnists or whatever you want to call them, are in disarray as to whether Clint can cull an acting statue. Michael Musto of the Village Voice (who is not a critic), Anne Thompson of Variety (who also is not a critic) and blogger Jeff Wells of Hollywood-Elsewhere.com (who, surprise, is also not a critic) all like Clint for best actor. They seem to think he does feel lucky, punk.

But competition is pretty stiff this year. Frank Langella is likely to get nominated for “Frost/Nixon,” Sean Penn looks like lock for “Milk,” Brad Pitt for “Benjamin Button” and dark horse Mickey ‘They took my fuckin’ thumb’ Rourke for “The Wrestler.

Now remember, the noms haven’t even been announced yet, so these could all be false conjecture.

But Clint is definitely a special case. He’s won for directing and producing but acting has always been a non-starter. Not that Clint couldn’t pull off a decent “Hamlet,” if needed (or maybe “Lear”), but he’s worth voting for because he’s Clint.

And because we here at FBLA aren’t quite sure whether he shot five times or was it six and we don’t want to be the sixth.

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More Power To The Bloggers: Is ‘Valkyrie’ A Bust?

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Tom Cruise‘s new film, “Valkyrie,” has been the target (subject) of an onslaught of media reports. “It’s too late in opening.” “It can’t qualify for Oscars.” “It will never make any money.” And on and on and on.

But best is saved for the blogger universe with Newark Star-Ledger film blogger Stephen Whitty and Hollywood Elsewhere creator Jeff Wells leading the hunt.

An MGM exec responded to Whitty’s piece, saying: “Stephen, sorry to read your post below, as I do not feel it reflects our feelings on Valkyrie at all. If you personally want to see the film, we will set something for you pronto. We have a great, strong, commercial movie and are quite proud of it. It is also the type of movie that will be deserved of intelligent critical analysis.”

Wells picked it up and put in his own two cents.

It’s a feeding frenzy and Cruise and the Bryan Singer-directed “Valkyrie” is most assuredly the target.

Oscar Experts Are Abuzz

oscarimage.jpgOscar buzz is ripe with seven top Oscar seers presenting updated Oscars predix:

Pete Hammond (Notes on a Season, The Envelope), Peter Howell (Toronto Star), Dave Karger (Entertainment Weekly), Lou Lumenick (New York Post), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby, TheEnvelope.com), Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily.com), Jeff Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere.com).

Four pundits put “Benjamin Button” out front for best picture (Hammond, Howell, Karger, Stone), two say “Slumdog” (O’Neil, Wells), one bets on “Milk” (Lumenick).

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Jeff Wells To David Poland: Play Nice

fig.jpgWe somehow have been cc’d into an ugly chain of e-mailed invectives between Nikki Finke, David Poland, Jeff Wells and the organizers of the L.A. Press Club Awards.

This is the equivalent of watching other people’s parents fight. It’s uncomfortable, sure, but terrifically interesting stuff. So, from our inbox to you, here is the latest bit of traffic — a missive to Poland from his “ex-friend” Wells.

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