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OSBORNE MINDS CARPET

The Hollywood Reporter columnist Robert Osborne will greet nominees and presenters on the red carpet Sunday as they arrive at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood for the 81st Annual Academy Awards. It's his fourth stint on the carpet.

HEARING BEGINS

A judge Tuesday refused to dismiss a 31-year-old sex case against Roman Polanski because he's a fugitive but signaled that he would reconsider if the film director returns to the U.S. and appears in court. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza said that after watching a documentary on the case, he agrees there was misconduct by the now-deceased judge who arranged a plea bargain but reneged on it. Polanski pleaded guilty in 1977 to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl but fled to France in February 1978 after the judge threatened him with more prison time than agreed upon.

SAG MOVES UP

The 16th annual SAG Awards, whose 2010 broadcast was set for Sunday, Jan. 31, are moving up to Saturday, Jan. 23, because of an undisclosed scheduling conflict. TNT and TBS will broadcast the ceremony from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles.

AL JAZEERA EYES CANADA

Al Jazeera's English-language 24-hour news channel said Tuesday that it will apply for regulatory permission to launch in Canada.



The application to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission comes four years after the TV watchdog ordered domestic cable and satellite TV carriers to edit the Arabic-language Al-Jazeera channel if they wanted to offer it to subscribers.
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