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The Newsdesk 02.19.09 – Ledger’s Daughter Will Get Oscar; Little Fockers to Cause Big Trouble

• This year’s Oscar parties will be toned down owing to the economy. It’s nice to see that stars like Brad Pitt and Kate Winslet are pretending to be broke like the rest of us. Who says Hollywood doesn’t care?

• Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd are in talks to star opposite Reese Witherspoon in James L. Brooks’s latest romantic comedy.

• Should he win on Sunday, Heath Ledger’s Oscar will go to his daughter, Matilda.

Billy Elliot may be returning to the big screen in musical form, though possibly without director Stephen Daldry. Didn’t the original only come out a few years ago?

• In Mickey Rourke news, it looks like the actor won’t be starring as a villain in Iron Man 2. Also, his beloved pet Chihuahua, Loki, has passed away.

• Danny Trejo is the latest tough-guy actor to sign on for Sylvester Stallone’s Expendables.

• The next Meet the Parents outing, Little Fockers, is moving forward. Let’s hope RoboFockers isn’t next.

• Here’s a look at which short films could win on Oscar night.

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