United 93 is the best-pic pick of the Austin Film Critics org, which honored Children of Men's Alfonso Cuarón as best director, and handed the top acting kudos to Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed) and Ellen Page (Hard Candy). Austin's supporting slots went to Jack Nicholson (The Departed) and Rinko Kikuchi (Babel).The Kansas City Film Critics Circle, meanwhile, also honored United 93 for best picture and best director (Paul Greengrass), then went with the Forest/Helen ticket in lead, and Michael Sheen (The Queen)/Catherine O'Hara (For Your Consideration) in supporting.
Harry Shearer and Eugene Levy, For Your Consideration; Christopher Guest (inset)
If you ever happen to meet Christopher Guest, the multitalented auteur behind a string of wince-inducing, documentary-style satires, there is one thing you must not do: Call his films mockumentaries. Although the actor/author/director/composer helped pioneer the genre — first as a writer and performer (the 1984 cult classic This Is Spinal Tap), and later as a director, too, (beginning with 1996's Waiting for Guffman) — Guest detests the word. "Don't get caught saying mockumentary to Chris," warns Catherine O'Hara, who has starred in four of his films, including his newest
Jane Lynch, Lovespring International
Who put the overly amorous boss from The 40 Year Old Virgin in charge of a dating service?! Part of the credit goes to Will & Grace's Eric McCormack, one of the executive producers of the Lifetime series Lovespring International (premiering tonight at 11 pm/ET). In this improv comedy, Jane Lynch plays Victoria, the head of an "elite Beverly Hills" dating service... based out of Tarzana, California... whose staffers are as pathetic as its pretend pedigree. At the