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Sean Smith's Victim Required Metal Plate In Face After Beatdown

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The man who claims he was attacked by Oakland Raiders cornerback Sean Smith suffered so much damage to his face, he required major reconstructive surgery, including a metal plate.  Sources connected to the case tell TMZ Sports ... the victim was diagnosed with 5 facial fractures following the July 4 attack, in which officials say Smith punched and stomped on him in the streets of Pasadena.  Smith has plead not guilty to felony assault charges -- but we're
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The Man for the Job

According to our panel of critics, the awards-season competition among actors is not all that exciting—especially, several critics assert, in the leading-actor category. "It's a quiet year for actors," says Sean Smith, Los Angeles bureau chief of Entertainment Weekly. "The big studios are no longer making films for Oscars or even making dramas—and those were traditionally the purviews of male actors." While studios have been producing the high-action, special-effects flicks, those prize-winning dramas have become the meat and potatoes of low-budget movies. "There's been a shift to independent films, made for no money, which feature unconventional protagonists, such as minorities or women. In recent years, the female categories have been far more interesting," adds Smith.Still, there are several fine male performances, say Smith and the four other critics who weigh in on this year's outstanding male actors. Those critics are Pete Hammond, contributing film critic for Back Stage
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The Distaff Discussion

Critics love Meryl Streep in the Nora Ephron flick "Julie & Julia." It's not simply that she physically and vocally evokes the iconic TV cook, but she gives "one of the most delightful, vivacious, alive performances I've seen in years," says Sean Smith, Los Angeles bureau chief of Entertainment Weekly. "The performance is not a caricature. She makes Julia sexy, funny, relatable, and an underdog. It's as close to a perfect performance as you can get." Adds Kristopher Tapley, owner and editor-in-chief, InContention.com, "When you can make Julia have sex appeal, you're doing something right. The passion of the character just flows out of her." Anne Thompson of IndieWire's Thompson on Hollywood blog uses the words "joy" and "fun" to describe the performance. Streep's acting chops aside, she hasn't won an Oscar in 27 years, and that may help her score a win, say Kevin Lally, executive editor of Film Journal International,
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Same Difference back John & Edward

Former X Factor stars Same Difference have spoken out in support of controversial twins John & Edward. Band member Sean Smith told Live From Studio Five that the Dublin-born brothers are proving popular with voters because they have individuality. He explained: "I think they're a good laugh every time. I just think they're all much of a muchness, the other guys, and then all of a sudden they come on and it just seems to light up the screen and puts a smile on your face. What more do you want on a Saturday night?" Meanwhile, his sibling and fellow singer Sarah said that she understands how the duo must be feeling (more)
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Victoria Recaño and Emme Celebrate Peanuts

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Former Insider and Entertainment Tonight cohost Victoria Recaño poses with husband Tom Burwell and their daughter Maximilienne ‘Emme’ Elizabeth, 8 months, on Saturday at the Lopez Pumpkin Patch in Los Angeles, Calif.

Victoria, who is now co-anchor of Ktla’s evening news programs, was at the patch to promote Peanuts 60th Anniversary Photo Look-a-Like Contest.

If you’d like to enter, please upload a photo of yourself or your children looking like one of these Peanuts characters — Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Schroeder, Franklin, Peppermint Patty, Marcie or Pigpen, or one of Snoopy’s classic alter-egos, Joe Cool
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How the Obamas Made Washington Hot!

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There's a new couple in the White House and seemingly overnight our nation's capital - a town known for filibusters, not fun - is suddenly a magnet for Hollywood starlets, reality TV shows and high-profile idealists wanting to get in on a little high-minded action. Here's a look at some of those beguiled by the Beltway: Dating in the D.C. After splitting from The Office nice guy John Krasinski, Parks & Recreation star Rashida Jones, 33, has been hanging with President Obama's 28-year-old speechwriter Jon Favreau. "It's not serious," a source reveals, but they are an item. Meanwhile, taking a
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Walsh Dating Government Man?

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Walsh Dating Government Man?
TV actress Kate Walsh has found love just months after her split from husband Alex Young - in the arms of a U.S. government defence worker.

Walsh took a break from her divorce battle with Young, who she separated from last year after just 14 months of marriage, to take her romance with Sean Smith public at this month's White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C.

Friends say Private Practice star Walsh has been "phone friends" with Smith, the deputy assistant secretary of public affairs at the Department of Homeland Security, for months.

And now they're stepping up their relationship.

A pal tells the National Enquirer, "She's ready for love again," adding, "They were all over each other (at the dinner) and Sean sent flowers afterward. They've seen each other twice since and he calls her every day."

Meanwhile, Walsh and TV producer Young's divorce continues to drag on: Walsh is trying to block her ex from claiming alimony, while he bids to expose her true earnings to try and swing the divorce in his favour.

Same Difference: 'Label axe was hasty'

Same Difference have claimed that Simon Cowell lost faith in their potential to sell records too quickly. The sibling duo were snapped up by the music mogul's SyCo label in early 2008 after finishing in third place on The X Factor's fourth series. However, the pair discovered that they had been dropped by the label last month following disappointing sales of their debut album Pop and single 'We R One'. Speaking about the decision in an interview with The News, Sean Smith admitted: "We still think there were four or five more great songs on the album that (more)
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Outstanding Performance by a Male actor in a Supporting Role

Outstanding Performance by a  Male actor in a Supporting Role
Josh Brolin Milk -- Josh Brolin is in his prime as an actor. Besides playing President George W. Bush in Oliver Stone's W. this year, he took on a challenging supporting role in another political film: Gus Van Sant's remarkable Milk, a meticulously re-created slice of American political history charting the heroic life and tragic demise of openly gay San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk. Brolin plays fellow supervisor Dan White, an ostensibly sharp, all-American family man who at first seemed to blend into the political arena of 1970s San Francisco. But White struggled with inner demons that led him to commit two murders, of Milk and Mayor George Moscone, and later take his own life. How does one play a mentally tormented real-life assassin whose motives can be speculated on yet never truly known? Brolin wisely allows the ambiguities surrounding White's meltdown to remain, while illuminating certain factors that
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Choice Cuts

  • Backstage
This year's potential Screen Actors Guild Award nominees appeared in a wide array of projects — from biopics (Milk, Frost/Nixon) to family dramas (Revolutionary Road, Rachel Getting Married), from quirky films (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Slumdog Millionaire) to bona fide blockbusters (The Dark Knight). But the shuttering of independent film companies has resulted in fewer great parts than in the past, according to four movie critics. "There's the loss of juicy roles and interesting scripts," says Pete Hammond, a reviewer for Back Stage and a columnist for TheEnvelope.com. "It's a sad trend even for stars, unless they're able to get someone to finance their films." Adds Sean Smith, Los Angeles bureau chief for Entertainment Weekly, "There are fewer outlets for new voices to get into the pipeline. There are no younger voices this year, which is what's keeping the race from having the energy it usually does.
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United They Stand

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"It's all over the place and more erratic than it has been in years past," says Kristopher Tapley, editor of the film awards site InContention.com, of the front-runners for the Screen Actors Guild Award for best ensemble. Sean Smith, Los Angeles bureau chief of Entertainment Weekly, believes the ensembles are smaller than they've been previously, "with two or three actors, not seven or eight. Even a picture like Milk that has a significant cast, there are only three or four central roles. The ensembles are intimate this year and they're quiet, contained, and controlled." "In a true ensemble film, it's hard to pinpoint the stars," says Kevin Lally, executive editor of Film Journal International (a corporate sibling of Back Stage). "Last year there were some real ensembles, like No Country for Old Men. This year you have some films with strong casts, like Frost/Nixon, but essentially it's Frank Langella's show,
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