Final countdown: One more day until the Oscars

Associated Press Modified: March 6, 2010 at 7:55 pm •  Published: March 5, 2010
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STARS ON STAGE: Stars of the year's biggest films stepped out on Oscar's stage late Friday.

Never mind it was just a rehearsal.

First it was Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner of "Twilight." She wore skinny jeans, sneakers and a tan V-neck top. He sported a black shirt, gray pants and a slim tie. A stage manager told them where to go and suggested they walk arm in arm.

They approached the microphone and producer Adam Shankman gently scolded, "No folded arms!" Stewart quickly dropped her arms by her side.

The two teen stars ran through their lines, joking with each other between takes. Stewart chewed gum throughout.

"Love the gum," Shankman joked.

Next was Sigourney Weaver, who wore a striped blouse with jeans — and the towering stilettos she plans to wear Sunday night. The 60-year-old actress practiced making her entrance again and again, concerned about how her long dress might hinder her approach.

"Let me try it pretending I have a dress on," she said, facing an audience of stand-ins and show workers inside the Kodak Theatre.

The three-time Oscar nominee marveled at the view from the stage.

"This is such a nice, small theater," she said. "I don't think I've ever taken this long at rehearsal before."

She was followed by Bradley Cooper and Gerard Butler, who both wore jackets, slacks and credentials. They stepped out confidently, and Cooper seemed genuinely excited when a trophy model handed him the prop Oscar.

"This is great," he said.

Finally, "Avatar" star Sam Worthington took the stage. Wearing a hooded sweatshirt and horn-rimmed glasses, the Australian actor was unflappable. He rehearsed his lines, and the theater went dark. One more day of rehearsals and then the real deal.

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GETTING CREATIVE: Dana Delany, Kathy Najimy, Ty Burrell and Rachael Leigh Cook were among the celebrities who recorded public service announcements for the Creative Coalition Friday at Haven 360, an Oscar-week suite comprising gifting, parties and support for the arts.

Creative Coalition co-president Tim Daly is directing the public service announcements, which show stars singing the ABC's, as part of the organization's lobbying efforts to increase funding for arts education in public schools.

The videos will be presented at the Creative Coalition's Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. next month, along with a companion book, "Art Soul," that features portraits of actors and their handwritten messages about what art means to them, Daly said.

"This is about keeping the arts in education," he said. "Kids learn their letters by singing. The arts make learning interesting and fun."

Haven 360 guests were also treated to hand massages from Olay, gifted with Elle jewelry and invited to peruse Backstage Creation's "celebrity retreat," where they could pick up a free $5,000 trip to Moorea, Botox and Juvederm treatments worth $900 from celebrity surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan, and luxury luggage from Dooney Bourke.

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AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang contributed to this report.

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