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The Newsdesk 01.15.09 – Bafta Nods for Winslet; Emily Blunt in Iron Man 2?

• Kate Winslet continues to rack up honors, now scoring two British Academy Film Award nominations for her performances in The Reader and Revolutionary Road. I’m going to go out on a limb and say this one’s a lock for Ms. Winslet.

Iron Man 2 rumors continue to fly, with Emily Blunt looking like the front-runner to play sexy spy Black Widow. Rourke, Rockwell, Cheadle, and now Blunt — will Downey Jr. get any screen time?

• Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser are teaming up for a medical drama.

• Will Smith is McG’s first choice to play Captain Nemo in the director’s upcoming adaptation of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. DJ Jazzy Jeff is our first choice for Ned Land.

• Ricardo Montalbán ( Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan , Fantasy Island ) passed away in Los Angeles yesterday, at the age of 88. Starring in everything from The Naked Gun to memorable car commercials, Montalbán had a lasting impact on popular culture.

• Despite only marginally improving in ratings after last year’s stripped-down debacle, the Golden Globes are still coming under fire from the FCC for possible obscenity violations. Director Darren Aronofsky “flipping the bird” at his Wrestler star Mickey Rourke is the “incident” currently under review.

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