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The Newsdesk 01.26.09 – Ledger and Streep Are SAG Winners; Paul Blart Is Unstoppable

The SAG Award winners offered a peek at how the Oscar race might pan out. The late Heath Ledger scored a posthumous win for The Dark Knight, while the cast of Slumdog Millionaire, Sean Penn, and Meryl Streep all took home trophies.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop topped the box office for a second weekend in a row with an estimated $21.5 million. Blart‘s success all but guarantees that the “crazy name/mundane profession” genre will continue for years to come. What have you wrought, Will Ferrell?

Push took both the Audience and the Grand Jury award at the Sundance Film Festival over the weekend. The movie, which goes by the full title Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire (fit that on a marquee!), also won a Special Jury prize for acting for star Mo’Nique. 

Slumdog Millionaire is experiencing the inevitable Oscar-favorite backlash, with critics wondering if Danny Boyle’s film glamorizes poverty. More concerning is the blatant false advertising — 120 minutes and nary a single wealthy pooch.

• Drew Barrymore claims that a third Charlie’s Angels movie is in the works and the search is on for a new Angel. Rihanna is rumored to be in consideration.

• It looks like Seth Rogen’s dreams of playing a costumed hero will have to wait, as his Green Hornet project appears to have stalled indefinitely. Good thing Rogen’s got that whole comedy thing to fall back on.

• In case you’re one of the many angered over The Dark Knight‘s Oscar snub, keep in mind that co-screenwriter Jonathan Nolan is okay with being left out of the race. That said, there’s always the write-in category.

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