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To scale the heights of celluloid glory, wrap yourself in raves and pack lots of buzz. This week's altitude readings by Robert W. Welkos, Betsy Sharkey and Susan King.

December 13, 2006|Robert W. Welkos, Betsy Sharkey and Susan King

PEAKING

THE LONG GOODBYE: The ubiquitous "In Memoriam" reels of the coming awards shows are bound to be dominated by Robert Altman. And rightly so.

CLIMBING

OPEN HOUSES: Some of the season's best cavorting took place at house parties hosted by Fox co-chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman for Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett and Sacha Baron Cohen.

EAT-N-GREET: The silver dollar-sized cheeseburgers at Fox's party for "Notes on a Scandal" and "The Devil Wears Prada" were, despite their size, a huge hit.

AT BASE CAMP

KUDO CLUTTER: L.A. critics, N.Y. critics, B'cast film critics and the National Board of Review all made big announcements recently. Golden Globes noms are Thursday.

WILL SILENCE BE GOLDEN? Martin Scorsese will not do interviews until after Oscar nominations are announced.

A KNOCKOUT NIGHT: Despite a glut of awards season events, seats for the "Rocky Balboa" premiere have been in huge demand. Ten days before tonight's event, there were none left, with interested Hollywood-types clamoring to be on a waiting list.

LOOKING FOR A SHERPA

RATED 'EXIT': Without first viewing the film itself, the academy screened the very, very sexually explicit "Shortbus" for members. When the film started, there were 158 people in the audience. When the lights came up, nearly a third had left.

A NOT-SO-GOODWILL AMBASSADOR: According to a Gallup Poll, 18% of Americans say they will "avoid" any picture "Good Shepherd" star Angelina Jolie is in.

PURSUING 'HAPPYNESS': While many were delighted to be invited to the "Pursuit of Happyness" premiere in Westwood, they were less so to schlep to the Sony lot in Culver City for the film's after-party.

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