Tattle: Oscar waiting for Jeff & Christina Lurie?

"Human Torch" exits the team in issue 587; the others fold up in issue 588.
"Human Torch" exits the team in issue 587; the others fold up in issue 588.
Posted: January 26, 2011

EAGLES OWNER Jeff Lurie and wife, Christina, say that they haven't given much thought to taking the stage on Oscar night, but they'll have to start thinking about it now.

Their movie "Inside Job" has been nominated for best documentary, ending their self-imposed, in-house ban on any discussion of the topic.

"We really hadn't made any plans yet," Jeff told Daily News movie reviewer Gary Thompson yesterday.

"We didn't want to jinx it," said Christina, who's produced numerous other movies and who knows that having a worthy picture is no guarantee of a nomination.

She cited the education doc "Waiting for Superman," considered a favorite to win an Oscar, a shoo-in for a nomination, and now out of the running. "The four other movies that are nominated are incredible movies," said Christina, who's not counting her chickens. Also nominated in the documentary category are the natural-gas fracking exposé "Gasland," the street-art head-spinner "Exit Through the Gift Shop," the slice-of-life-in-a-junkyard "Waste Land" and "Restrepo," Sebastian Junger's Afghanistan-combat-immersion doc.

Christina said that she's spoken with director Charles Ferguson and reports that he's "ecstatic" and looking forward to Saturday's Director's Guild awards, where the movie is also up for recognition.

The movie - about the 2008 financial meltdown, and those responsible - has made $3.6 million, a nice tally for a documentary ("Exit Through the Gift Shop" made $3.2 million), and may earn more from its Oscar "bump." The Luries, who financed and executive-produced the movie, reiterate that they're not going to make a killing on it. All their proceeds go right back to financing more movie projects.

"Any funds we make on 'Inside Job' go right back into the making of new documentaries," Christina said. "It's a rotating fund to our foundation and to the films."

All very nice, but will they walk the red carpet, ascend the stage, clutch the Oscar, hang out with Brangelina?

"You're much further along than we are," Jeff said, although they do plan to attend the ceremony.

For more on the Oscar nominations, read Thompson's analysis on Page 36.

Italy, "Jersey"-style

Buh-bye, Seaside Heights. Ciao, Italia! The cast of MTV's "Jersey Shore" will head to the motherland for the fourth season, which will be set in Italy.

This isn't the first time that the show has branched out of the Dirty Jerz; the second season of the top-rated reality show was set in Miami. But this will be the first opportunity for Europeans to catch whatever strain of STDs are specific to the cast. Producers are scouting locations now, but hope to drop in on Vinny Guadagnino's family for a traditional family dinner. The fourth season will begin shooting in May.

"The cast is headed to the birthplace of the culture they love and live by," said Chris Linn, executive vice president of programming and head of production for MTV, in a statement. "We can't wait to see what erupts as a result."

Too soon for Pompeii jokes?


* Devyn Rush, the Philly-

born singing waitress featured on "American Idol" last week, was fired from her job at Ellen's Stardust Cafe, reports TMZ. When Rush returned from her Hollywood week, she expected her job back. But staffers at the restaurant said that Rush's time off lined up with the dining spot's busy season and that she needed to be replaced.

For shame, Ellen's Stardust Cafe: Rush spent most of her screentime talking about how good the food is. Considering that Rush wanted to return to the service industry, does that mean she didn't make it through the Hollywood massacre?

* Footballer Troy Aikman says

that he is splitting with Rhonda, his wife of 10 years.

* R.I.P. Johnny Storm. The

Fantastic Four member, also known as the Human Torch, will bite the big one in No. 587 of his team's titular run. Storm's compatriots - Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman and The Thing - will continue on for one more issue, but the run will officially end on "Fantastic Four" No. 588. The Four were introduced in

August 1961.

Tom Brevoort, senior VP for publishing at Marvel, said that the remaining three "will converge in a new thing that will be exciting and different and yet, very familiar and very much the same."

* Conrad Murray,

the live-in doctor to Michael Jackson during the pop star's final months, has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaugther. "Your Honor, I am an innocent man," Murray told the judge. "I therefore plead not guilty." Glad Murray cleared up the murky meaning of the word innocent.

* Alberto Cutie, a self-

defrocked Roman Catholic priest, is getting his own TV show. Cutie caused controversy when he was caught canoodling with a woman. Cutie became an Episcopal priest so that he could marry his lady love. They welcomed their first child in December. Cutie, nicknamed "Father Oprah," will host "Father Albert" on Fox.

* The Daily Mail reports that

royal-to-be Kate Middleton has quit her job as web designer, events planner and photographer at Party Pieces, the online party-supply store owned by her parents. With only 95 days to her nuptials, an aide told the tab that Middleton quit to "concentrate full time on preparing to become a member of the royal family."

_ Kelly Osbourne will

replace Taylor Momsen as the face of Madonna's Material Girl teen-clothing line. Even though Osbourne, 26, is a little long in the tooth for the line's demographic, Madge's daughter and fashion collaborator, Lourdes Leon, recently blogged that Osbourne was her fashion inspiration.

Momsen has drawn fire as of late for flashing her (underaged) boobs at a concert for her band, Pretty Reckless, openly talking about her masturbation habits and posing in lingerie. She was recently phased out of the regular spot on "Gossip Girl," on which she played similarly embattled Jenny Humphrey, and was dropped from IMG Models.

* Excellent Use of Twitter of the

Day: On the heels of Oprah's bombshell announcement that she has a half sister, "The Soup"/"Community" 's Joel McHale tweeted: "The rumors are true, I'm Oprah's half-sister," adding, "Believe me, I'm more shocked than you. To know that I'm related to Oprah and find out I'm a woman. It's almost too much."

Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

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