MEL GIBSON -- COURTING THE GAY COMMUNITY? 


From Page Six, Mel Gibson is definitely not a friend of Dorothy's -- he's not even a distant acquaintance -- but it appears that he's now trying to gain admittance to the Yellow Brick Road.

The actor, who has repeatedly been accused of homophobia by GLAAD, was seen at the G'Day USA Hollywood Ashes & Aussie Picnic on Sunday toting around the novel Say It Out Loud -- a gay cowboy coming-of-age tale akin to Brokeback Mountain.

Maybe he's thinking of starring in the film version of the movie. Hhhhmmmm....

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U2 IN 3-D!!! 


After a career playing to sold-out stadiums, U2 did what their fans have done for years - stood in line to see U2 perform. That concert was "U2 3D," a film of the band's 2005-06 Vertigo tour, shot at several shows in South America with new 3-D technology.

"I was really hoping we weren't crap after all these years. Luckily we weren't," guitarist The Edge told The Associated Press before the band donned plastic glasses to watch the movie's premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday night.

The Edge, joined by singer Bono, drummer Larry Mullen and bassist Adam Clayton, joked about the absurdity of seeing themselves perform after playing together for more than 30 years. "It's kind of horrific," to see himself on stage in 3-D, said Bono.

"It's bad enough on a small screen. Now you get to see the lard arse 40-foot tall." The Edge said the 3-D technology allowed "the songs to shine through," though he was surprised to see the chemistry of the band in the details on screen, and how far apart his bandmates were on stage.

"Are you saying you felt lonely up there?" said Bono, smiling. "No, I felt lonely for Larry," The Edge replied. "He likes being on his own," said Bono. "Didn't you bring him back a bottle of water?" Bono said he loved playing to the enthusiastic audiences of Mexico City, Buenos Aires, and Rio de Janeiro.

"Irish people are essentially Latin people who don't know how to dance," he said. "When people are screaming and roaring and shouting, the humbling thing is to realize it's not really for the band or artist on the stage. It's for their connection with the songs. A song just can own you ...I think that's why concerts are so powerful. If that song is such a part of your life, and you hear it, it's too much almost."

Bono also expressed hope that the film would allow more people to experience their music, especially teenagers and college students who might not be able to afford the pricey tickets to their sold-out shows.
The band is working with longtime producers Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno on a new album that will merge Lanois' respect for traditional music and Eno's futuristic sound. "Music like the band had formed on Venus, and somewhere between that is our next album," Bono said. "Where they join, where something feels always existing but you never heard it before, that seems to be what the two of them bring out in us."

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50 CENT -- FROM GANGSTA TO MOVIE STAR!!!! 


According to Teen Hollywood, rapper/actor 50 Cent hopes to enjoy movie-making success - after setting up his own production company.

The star - real name Curtis Jackson - has teamed up with producer Randell Emmett and longtime manager Chris Lighty to form the as-yet-unnamed company, after announcing the collaboration at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah on Saturday.

Emmett has produced films such as 2005's The Amityville Horror as well as Jackson movies Home Of The Brave and Righteous Kill, while Lighty manages an esteemed list of clients including Jackson himself, Missy Elliott, LL Cool J and Sean 'Diddy' Combs.

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R.I.P. -- ACTOR HEATH LEDGER DEAD AT 28 


According to CNN, Actor Heath Ledger was found dead Tuesday of a possible drug overdose in a Lower Manhattan apartment, the New York Police Department said.

Heath Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment.

The Academy Award nominated actor was 28.

"Pills were found in the vicinity of the bed," police spokesman Paul Browne told CNN.

"This is being looked at as a possible overdose, but that is not confirmed yet."

Ledger was found by a housekeeper who had gone to wake him for an appointment with a masseuse in the Soho apartment, Browne said.

He was declared dead at about 3:30 p.m., Browne said.

In 2005, the actor played Ennis Del Mar in "Brokeback Mountain," about two cowboys who had a secret relationship.

The role earned him the Oscar nomination.

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COMPLETE LIST OF OSCAR NOMINATIONS!!! THE 80TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS!!! 


As I predicted since October (pardon my self-congratulations, I'm just proud of this film), "No Country for Old Men" blazed through this morning's Oscar nominations, as well as "Atonement," "Juno," and "There Will Be Blood." In fact, "No Country for Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood" are the leaders with eight Academy Awards nominations each, including best picture and acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis and Javier Bardem.

The Academy is the mother of all film awards, and Hollywood's self-congratulation has always been surprising and exciting!

Some surprising anecdotes:

"INTO THE WILD" was shut out of Best Picture, Best Screenplay (Sean Penn), Best Actor (Emile Hirsch), and Best Director (Sean Penn). Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder was shut out as well.

But I'm happy that Hal Holbrook got a Best Supporting Actor nod and Saoirse Ronan, the spitfire young actress from "Atonement," got nominated for Best Supporting Actress! Congratulations Mister Hal and Miss Saoirse!

Here's the complete list of the 80th Annual Academy Awards, and who I think will win:

BEST PICTURE

"Atonement"
"Juno"
"Michael Clayton"
"No Country for Old Men"
"There Will Be Blood"

BEST ACTOR

George Clooney, "Michael Clayton"
Daniel Day Lewis, "There Will Be Blood"
Johnny Depp, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"
Tommy Lee Jones, "In the Valley of Elah"
Viggo Mortensen, "Eastern Promises"

BEST ACTRESS

Cate Blanchett, "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"
Julie Christie, "Away From Her"
Marion Cotillard, "La Vie En Rose"
Laura Linney, "The Savages"
Ellen Page, "Juno"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Casey Affleck, "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"
Javier Bardem, "No Country for Old Men"
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Charlie Wilson's War"
Hal Holbrook, "Into the Wild"
Tom Wilkinson, "Michael Clayton"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Cate Blanchett, "I'm Not There"
Ruby Dee, "American Gangster"
Saoirse Ronan, "Atonement"
Amy Ryan, "Gone Baby Gone"
Tilda Swinton, "Michael Clayton"

BEST DIRECTOR

Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood"
Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, "No Country for Old Men"
Tony Gilroy, "Michael Clayton"
Jason Reitman, "Juno"
Julian Schnabel, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"

BEST FOREIGN FILM

"Beaufort," Israel
"The Counterfeiters," Austria
"Katyn," Poland
"Mongol," Kazakhstan
"12," Russia

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Christopher Hampton, "Atonement"
Sarah Polley, "Away from Her"
Ronald Harwood, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men"
Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood"

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Diablo Cody, "Juno"
Nancy Oliver, "Lars and the Real Girl"
Tony Gilroy, "Michael Clayton"
Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava and Jim Capobianco, "Ratatouille"
Tamara Jenkins, "The Savages"

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

"Persepolis"
"Ratatouille"
"Surf's Up"

BEST ART DIRECTION

"American Gangster"
"Atonement"
"The Golden Compass"
"Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street"
"There Will Be Blood."

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

"The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"
"Atonement"
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
"No Country for Old Men"
"There Will Be Blood"

BEST SOUND MIXING


"The Bourne Ultimatum"
"No Country for Old Men"
"Ratatouille"
"3:10 to Yuma"
"Transformers"

BEST SOUND EDITING

"The Bourne Ultimatum"
"No Country for Old Men"
"Ratatouille"
"There Will Be Blood"
"Transformers"

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

"Atonement" Dario Marianelli
"The Kite Runner," Alberto Iglesias
"Michael Clayton," James Newton Howard
"Ratatouille," Michael Giacchino
"3:10 to Yuma," Marco Beltrami.

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

"Falling Slowly" from "Once" Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova;
"Happy Working Song" from "Enchanted," Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz
"Raise It Up" from "August Rush," Nominees to be determined
"So Close" from "Enchanted," Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz
"That's How You Know" from "Enchanted," Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz

BEST COSTUME

"Across the Universe"
"Atonement"
"Elizabeth: The Golden Age"
"La Vie en Rose"
"Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

"No End in Sight"
"Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience"
"Sicko"
"Taxi to the Dark Side"
"War/Dance"

BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)


"Freeheld"
"La Corona (The Crown)"
"Salim Baba"
"Sari's Mother"

BEST FILM EDITING

"The Bourne Ultimatum"
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
"Into the Wild"
"No Country for Old Men"
"There Will Be Blood"

BEST MAKE-UP

"La Vie en Rose"
"Norbit"
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM


"I Met the Walrus"
"Madame Tutli-Putli"
"Meme Les Pigeons Vont au Paradis (Even Pigeons Go to Heaven)"
"My Love (Moya Lyubov)"
"Peter & the Wolf"

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

"At Night"
"Il Supplente (The Substitute)"
"Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets)"
"Tanghi Argentini"
"The Tonto Woman"

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

"The Golden Compass"
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"
"Transformers"

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