Daily Links: Huffman Disses Piven, Pitt Pitches New Orleans, Screen Gets New Editor

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Inspired by the movie adaptation of Alan Moore's Watchmen, Rotten Tomatoes lays out which graphic novels actually made good movies. Tags: Brad Pitt Celebs in Trouble Current Affairs Hollywood Politics Brad Pitt graphic novels Nancy Pelosi New Orleans Watchmen

Oscar Surprises: Dark Knight Out, Reader In

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The Reader landed the slot instead, also scoring noms for Stephen Daldry for best director (over The Dark Knight's Chris Nolan), David Hare for adapted screenplay and Kate Winslet (instead of Revolutionary Road). Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are happy today, as both won noms.

BAFTA Cues: Slumdog, Rourke, Winslet, Cruz, Ledger

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie sat patiently, as did producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy and director David Fincher, as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button picked up technical awards only (three)--as it likely will on Oscar night.

Cannes: Winners and Losers

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Less interesting in some ways are the titular Basterds, led by a one-note Brad Pitt as a Nazi hunter, supported by Eli Roth and Til Schweiger. Who came out ahead and behind on their Cannes jaunt this year? Disney. The studio won big by using Cannes as the European launch for Pixar’s Up.

Swedish Trilogy on Tarantino/Pitt Wish-List?

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Based on the first of three best sellers by Stieg Larsson, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Niels Arden Oplev’s gorgeously visual adaptation is without doubt the most nail-biting thriller of the year. So far, Quentin Tarantino has preferred to direct and write originals.

Jolie Ranks Third on Forbes Celebrity 100 List

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The most remarkable thing about the top-ranked players in the Forbes Celebrity 100 (which measures power, money and fame) is that Angelina Jolie is at number three, ahead of Johnny Depp, her partner Brad Pitt, and Will Smith.

Oscar Watch: BAFTA Noms Slight Dark Knight

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Brad Pitt, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" Mickey Rourke, "The Wrestler" LEADING ACTRESS Angelina Jolie, "Changeling" Kristin Scott Thomas, "I've Loved You So Long" Meryl Streep, "Doubt" Kate Winslet, "The Reader" Kate Winslet, "Revolutionary Road" SUPPORTING ACTOR Robert Downey Jr.,