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Madonna Probably Sleeping With Lil Wayne Too

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Madonna and Lil Wayne Definitely Sleeping Together, Publicist Claims: In her denial of Us Weekly’s cover story, which claims that Madonna’s been receiving late-night visits from Yankee Alex Rodriguez, publicist Liz Rosenberg drops this bombshell: “By the way, rumors of Madonna and Lil Wayne are quite exaggerated as well.” [MTV]

Wall-E Can Too Be Nominated for Best Picture: In a post yesterday, Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil argued that Wall-E is unlikely to snag a Best Picture nomination because animated films almost never do. But this blog notes a few of the jarring similarities between Pixar’s latest and Beauty and the Beast, the only non-live-action movie to receive that honor. For example, both feature stuff. [A Blog Next Door]

Another Emmy Short List: Gold Derby has a list of the semi-finalists for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama. Surprisingly, Katherine Heigl is not on it. [Gold Derby/LAT]

More Films Doing Well at Box Office: Variety today celebrates the unexpected blockbuster success of movies like Sex and the City (and the shocking non-failure of The Happening) and notes that 2008’s box-office revenues are up 4 percent over last summer’s, the best year on record. [Variety]

Photoshop Contest Gone Wrong: Contrary to the speculation of the jokesters at Gizmodo, we think a Knocked Up sequel starring Dustin Diamond would be a terrific idea. [Gizmodo]

Madonna Probably Sleeping With Lil Wayne Too