SHOW BITS: ‘Argo’ is favorite in bleachers

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - AND THE FANS SAY … `ARGO’

However it fared with Academy voters, the clear fan favorite among fans in the Oscar bleachers was “Argo.”

The bleacher crowd forced actor-director Ben Affleck to stop an interview with their loud chants of “Ben! Ben! Ben!”

They gave the film’s producer, George Clooney, similar treatment and lavished applause on supporting actor nominee Alan Arkin.

Perhaps the strongest sign of fans’ love for the CIA thriller was when the group was polled for its choice for best picture before any actors hit the red carpet.

While the chanting was spirited for “Les Miserables” and some other films, it was clearly loudest for “Argo.”

_ Anthony McCartney _ Twitter http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP

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JENNIFER: BLEEPED ALREADY

It’s always fun to hear what Jennifer Lawrence has to say _ even if you have to lip read because she’s being bleeped.

The bleeping started early for the charmingly blunt Lawrence, a best actress nominee for “Silver Linings Playbook,” as ABC silenced her cheeky red carpet response to actress Kristin Chenoweth.

The two were bonding over “Dance Moms,” the Lifetime reality series, when Lawrence asked Chenoweth if she liked it too.

Chenoweth: “Is the pope Catholic?”

Lawrence: “… ?” (We can’t print her reply here, but the reference was to something a bear does in the woods.)

And the night, as they say, was still very young. Stay tuned!

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