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Variety’s Brian Lowry Wants to Know if Patrick Goldstein Watched the Oscars in Its Entirety This Year

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The producers of the Oscars took a LAT scribe out to lunch? We wonder who paid?

Bill Condon and Laurence Mark will be closely scrutinized for this Sunday’s Oscar telecast, but the producers have already exhibited one bit of questionable judgment: Wasting time before the awards having lunch with the Los Angeles Times’ resident pompous blowhard, Patrick Goldstein.

Goldstein sounded his latest “Oh no, the Oscar telecast might stink” alarms in his most recent column, while casually mentioning that Condon and Mark had lunch with him the other day.

Really? Like, they didn’t have better things to do?

Remember, this is the same guy that couldn’t even be bothered to actually sit through the 2008 awards.

Heh. Nice work if you can get it.

Read Lowry’s whole column here.

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It’s Official: Aussie Jackman To Take The Oscars

jackmanonbway.jpgHugh Jackman is, in fact, taking over the Oscar hosting duties from Jon Stewart, Variety confirmed.

Executive producer Bill Condon and producer Laurence Mark made the announcement today.

“Hugh Jackman is a consummate entertainer and an internationally renowned movie star,” said Mark and Condon in a joint statement. “He also has style, elegance and a sense of occasion. Hugh is the ideal choice to host a celebration of the year¹s movies and to have fun doing it.”

The “Australia” actor previously hosted the Tony Awards in 2005, a year after winning the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in “The Boy from Oz.”

MySpace Starters Get Awards — They’re Just Kids

myspacephoto1.jpgmyspacephoto2.jpgMySpace CEO and co-founder Chris DeWolfe and president and co-founder Tom Anderson are not only phenomenally rich after their lucrative sale of the kid-friendly site to News Corp. three years ago, now they’re scooping up awards starting with the Producers Guild of America Vanguard prize.

They join YouTube Founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen as 20-something recipients of the accolade. On the slightly more elderly side of the coin, director/producer George Lucas and director James Cameron also took the Vanguard.

The Vanguard, which recognizes achievements in new media and technology, will be presented at the Producers Guild Awards ceremonies Jan. 24 at the Hollywood Palladium.

“Tom and Chris created a lifestyle portal that redefines the Internet for people around the world,” said awards co-chairs David T. Friendly and Laurence Mark. “Their vision resulted in an environment where society interacts at a whole new level.”

DeWolfe and Anderson created MySpace in 2003 and sold it two years later to News Corp. for $770 million.

Kid-friendly (?) News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch is having the last laugh. The company is now worth well over $1 billion and climbing.

Wainwright Huge Draw For H’wood Heavyweights, Homos

rufus.jpegThe combination of Rufus Wainwright and some classic Judy Garland songs proved to be an attraction that some of Hollywood’s elite couldn’t resist.

Thus, Wainwright’s Sunday night show at the Hollywood Bowl was a veritable who’s who of Tinseltown‘s gay bold-faced names along with some female celebs thrown in for good measure.

FBLA was in the mix in a big way with VIP seats just a stone’s throw from the stage (thanks, Michael), surrounded by all the town’s A-listers.

Seated directly in front of us – surrounded by a trio of pretty boys – was David Geffen, who often was the first to rise to two feet with an energetic applause.

And he wasn’t the only one. Also spotted in FBLA’s immediate vicinity were heavyweight industryites Barry Diller, Bill Condon, Donald DeLine, Laurence Mark, Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Swank (with John Campisi), WMA agent Rena Ronson, Bruce Vilanch, Ryan Murphy, Bruce Cohen, Dan Bucatinsky and others like Dita Von Teese, Ann Magnuson and Robert Gant

And though they may be power players, that didn’t stop some of the notable concert-goers – treated to Wainwright’s renditions of Garland’s beloved tunes, at times accompanied by his mother, sister and Garland’s daughter Lorna Luft – from letting loose and sneaking in some party favors.

Yeah, it’s true: FBLA saw what David Geffen was passing around – and it wasn’t a bottle of Pinot. We won’t out everyone we saw indulging in illegal yet typical concert behavior but you know who you are!

- CHRIS GARDNER