Enter the Fray: Inauguration, Oscars, and 'American Idol' | EW.com

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Enter the Fray: Inauguration, Oscars, and 'American Idol'


Springsteenfanning_lWith the -elect officially gone from President Obama’s title, I think it’s safe to say that the election is really, truly over. Thank goodness, because there’s another round of votes to tally: the Oscars. With the nominations announced Thursday, the Inauguration on Tuesday, and a steady stream of Idol all week long, there’s been plenty of pop-culture related activity for a four-day week.

10. Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller started some beef with Jay-Z and Young Jeezy. Seriously.

9. Jensen Ackles must’ve left his charisma somewhere on the Supernatural set, because Ben Spier is pretty sure he didn’t bring it to My Bloody Valentine 3-D.

8. Hey Dubya, thanks for the eight years of memories!

7. Battlestar Galactica season 4.5 premiered Friday night, and Marc Bernardin wondered ”What the FRAK just happened?” – an exclamation I’ve shortened to ”BSG: WTF?!”

6. Lindsay Soll only laughed seven times during Saturday’s Rosario Dawson-hosted SNL. I laughed zero times, but that’s because I didn’t watch it.

5. The election’s done, but we haven’t heard the last of Sarah Palin – the Alaska governor is reportedly looking for a book and TV deal once she’s done governing next year.

4. Chris Harrison gave us more behind-the-scenes info about the latest Bachelor episode.

3. It got off to a slow start, but Rob Brunner ended up digging the new U2 single. Not as much as previous lead singles, but enough to get him excited for the upcoming album.

2. Rumor has it that Dakota Fanning was offered the role of small-but-deadly vampire Jane in New Moon, and Mandi Bierly wondered who could play Jane’s bro Alec.

1. The Academy might’ve recognized Slumdog Millionaire and Ben Button, but there were a significant number of snubs – Springsteen for Best Original Song, anyone?

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