SHOW BITS: Food takes spotlight on red carpet

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Even the food gets the red-carpet treatment at the Academy Awards.

Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck rolled a tray out onto the carpet to show off just a few of the goodies that will be served at the annual Governor’s Ball following the show.

Making the scene were baked potatoes with caviar, smoked salmon, chicken pot pie with truffle, Kobe steak, sushi, sashimi and of course Puck’s famous gold-dusted chocolate Oscar statuettes.

“It’s going to be the greatest party ever,” he said.

_ Beth Harris Twitter http://twitter.com/bethharrisap

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Channing Tatum was one of the fan favorites as he strode down Oscar’s red carpet.

Separated from the crowd by a rope line, the “Magic Mike” star didn’t hesitate to return some of the love. He quickly flashed the crowd a peace sign.

Then it was into the Dolby Theatre, hardly breaking stride.

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

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A few months ago, Army Sgt. 1st Class Walter Talens was shooting footage in Afghanistan. On Sunday, he had a prime seat to watch the stars at the Academy Awards.

Talens was one of dozens of service members sprinkled around the fan bleachers, where he hoped to get a glimpse of actress Jennifer Lawrence from his second-row seat.

It was a new vantage point for him after working two Oscar shows filming shout-outs to troops overseas.

His boss, Maj. John Reynolds, relocated from a posting in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., a few months before last year’s show and was hoping for a glimpse of Denzel Washington, Ben Affleck and Lawrence.

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