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Oscar Bits and Bites

Jeff Wells and Kris Tapley sit on opposite ends of the teeter-totter with their opinion on Ed Zwick’s Love and Other Drugs. Jeff lays into Kris and his ilk pretty hard, writing, “In my initial 10.20 review of Love and Other Drugs, I predicted that it would run into trouble from “the Eric Kohn-Guy Lodge nitpick crowd.” Neither of these two have run a review yet, but In Contention‘s Kris Tapley, whom Lodge writes for, gave Ed Zwick’s film a little slapdown today, so my prediction was…well, vaguely accurate.” Meanwhile, Tapley posted a video of the infamous LexG, commenter extraordinaire at HE and MCN.

In Scott Rudin news, Deadline’s Mike Flemming reports that Rudin has picked up Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares and has chosen Tiny Furniture’s Lena Dunham to write and direct.¬† Got to love that Scott Rudin, making the world a better place one great movie after the next.

Much chatter about Tilda Swinton and whether she can make it in the Oscar race or not, thanks in part to Jeff Wells asking the question in the first place. Anne Thompson calls her performance “simply superb.”

My new favorite Oscar bloggers on the scene this year include Cinemablend’s Katy Rich, who is doing The Oscar Eye, and John Lopez at Vanity Fair’s Little Gold Men. Don’t miss his column on the Best Actress race, putting it down to Bening v. Portman.