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Our predictions for Monday's winners at the Primetime Emmy Awards are based upon a combination of four sets of forecasts at Gold Derby: Experts, Editors, Top 24 Users (highest scorers predicting last year's awards) and All Users. Our forecasted champs are in gold while potential spoilers are in italics. Click on each category title to be taken to an overview of that race. And to see our complete predictions by series, click here. -Break- Emmy predictions slugfest: Marcus Dixon and Daniel Montgomery battle mano-a-mano over all 26 categories Best Comedy Series "Modern Family" Spoiler: "Orange is the New Black" Best Comedy Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep" Spoiler: Melissa McCarthy, "Mike and Molly" Best Comedy Actor Ricky Gervais, "Derek" Spoiler: Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory" Best Comedy Supporting Actress Allison Janney, "Mom"..." »
If you ask me, Best Comedy Actress is one of the easiest races to call at this year's Emmys. Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep") has been the overwhelming favorite since before Emmy nominations even came out. However, my fellow Editor Ralph Galvan is clearly off his meds, instead favoring an emotional performance by Melissa McCarthy ("Mike and Molly"). Below, I give the top 5 reasons why Louis-Dreyfus is a lock to win this category and why Galvan is going to lose this easy prediction point. -Break- Emmy Episode Analysis: Julia Louis-Dreyfus ('Veep') campaigns on 'Crate' for the win 1. She submitted the Only laugh-out-loud episode When analyzing all of the episode submissions in this year's Best Comedy Actress line-up, there aren't a ton of laughs. McCarthy mourns over her dead father, Taylor Schilling ("Orange is the New Black") cries chicken, Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie") deal...' »
Best Comedy Actress is essentially a two-woman race at this year's Emmys, and while I am sticking my neck out for underdog Melissa McCarthy ("Mike and Molly") because of her fantastic episode submission, my fellow Editor Marcus James Dixon is going for the easy call of Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep"). Below, I enumerate the top 5 reasons why McCarthy is going to win her second Emmy, and why Dixon is so very wrong. -Break- Emmy Episode Analysis: Melissa McCarthy ('Mike and Molly') makes us laugh and cry 1. The perfect submission Last year, McCarthy was dropped from the Best Actress line-up but has come roaring back and has submitted an excellent episode. Molly is heading into therapy for the first time, something to which of Hollywood can relate. The topic of her deceased father comes up and her therapist shows her how to properly mourn his loss, something she'd never done after losing »
With the 66th Primetime Emmys only days away, Gold Derby senior editors Marcus James Dixon and Daniel Montgomery battled it out mano-a-mano style in all 26 Emmy categories for your enjoyment. (Watch the slugfest below.) -Break- Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube Sure, there were times when Daniel and I agreed, like in the program races where we declared "Breaking Bad" and "Modern Family" the frontrunners. But we really duked it during the Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep") vs. Melissa McCarthy ("Mike and Molly") debate, the Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones") vs. Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad") discussion and "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" vs. "Colbert Report" argument. Our slugfest is split up by categories. We start with all six of the program nominees that'll be handed out Monday night, followed by the four w...' »
Theodore Melfi’s feature directorial debut, St. Vincent, is just about two weeks away from making its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. We’ve already got a trailer and a small handful of images, but now there’s three more stills from the film to go along with them. St. Vincent features Bill Murray as Vincent, Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) and Oliver’s (Jaeden Lieberher) retired neighbor with a drinking problem, bad attitude and no money in his bank account. When Maggie gets stuck working long hours, she lets Vincent watch Oliver while she’s gone, giving him a chance to make a quick buck. Hit the jump to check out those new stills to get a sense of what babysitting means to Vincent. The film also stars Chris O’Dowd and Naomi Watts. It’s set to screen at Tiff on September 5th and will begin its theatrical run on October 14th. »
- Perri Nemiroff
Even though scripts play an incredibly important part of the movie making process, sometimes a little improvisation is just what a movie scene needs to take it from good to great. CineFix has put together a fantastic video that highlights the 10 greatest improvised scenes in film history. I think they did a great job putting this together, and I can't think of anything that I would add to it. Check it out! I've included the list of films mentioned in the video below.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Marlon Brando’s performance as Col Kurtz was largely made up on the spot. And while we don’t endorse actors not learning their lines, we can’t fault what came of it in this instance… »
- Joey Paur
Films with great women’s roles aren’t always great films. Films with poor female representation aren’t necessarily bad films. But poorly written female roles will always be a problem for cinema so long as they continue to persist. The damsel in distress. Angel-whore. The token girl. Trophy wives. Mother, daughter, sister. The unconditional love interest. These are among the popular clichés most frequently applied to female characters as they’re written on the page. Some films are so desperate for conflict that they just keep going to the well without altering the mold. Have women not earned the right by now to play more villains, complicated lovers, a-holes, The Best Friends, soldiers, comic reliefs or leads? Can a woman be sexy in a film and still have a great role? Yes. Give her agency. Can a woman support other characters but still have a great role? Yes. Keep her vital. »
- Katie Hasty and Donna Dickens
Melfi, a longtime commercial director making his feature writing and directing debut, was certain Murray would be perfect for the title role in St. Vincent, his indie comedy about a rotten, miserable old man who reluctantly discovers he’s not so rotten and miserable after all.
“He finds everything he’s supposed to be »
- Anthony Breznican
Bill Murray has been found! Deadline told you July 30 that the Toronto Film Festival angled to premiere Bill Murray’s new film St. Vincent and wanted to turn it into a big shebang for the great comic actor. The only trouble was, they were having trouble locating him to be sure he was going to be there to preside over the festivities. Well, today Toronto has announced that Murray will indeed get his day. Here’s the announcement:
Related: Paging Mr. Bill Murray: Toronto Wants To Honor You With ‘St Vincent’ Gala, But Cannot Find You
The Toronto International Film Festival has dedicated one day of its 2014 edition to a celebration of the charismatic, wise-cracking, comedic genius of living legend Bill Murray. September 5 is Bill Murray Day and includes free public screenings of three comedy classics — Stripes, Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters — leading up to the world premiere of the latest Murray-starrer, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
It's not technically Groundhog Day, but it might feel like it on Sept. 5 at the Toronto Film Festival. The festival will pay tribute to Bill Murray by screening several of his films, including the world premiere of his new comedy, St. Vincent, on Bill Murray Day. Stripes, Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters will also screen starting at 10 a.m. The Canadian festival will give 50 fans who attend those screenings a ticket to his latest film with Melissa McCarthy. Theodore Melfi's St. Vincent sees Murray play a Brooklyn curmudgeon who befriends the son of a single mom (McCarthy) and
- Etan Vlessing
Just in the nick of time Dimension gets a rating for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, which I'm actually heading out to see as you are reading this, and to no surprise it gets a strong R-rating while Thomas Vinterberg's Far from the Madding Crowd starring Cary Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts gets a PG-13. However, it seems Madding Crowd might not be getting a 2014 release as IMDb has it down for a May 1, 2015 release through Fox Searchlight. That's the first I'm hearing of that date, but for now we'll go with it. The complete bulletin follows including an R-rating for V/H/S: Viral, something called Christian Mingle, The Movie, an extended cut of Melissa McCarthy's Tammy (presumably for DVD and Blu-ray) and a Madea movie Lionsgate doesn't even have listed on their slate of upcoming features. Christian Mingle, The Movie Rated PG For mild thematic elements. »
- Brad Brevet
There was buzz late last month that both the Toronto International Film Festival and The Weinstein Company wanted to bring "St. Vincent," which stars Bill Murray, to the 2014 edition of the annual awards season kickoff. The problem was, reportedly, that no one could find him. Murray supposedly doesn't have a cell phone (or perhaps even E-mail?), but even though he continues to crash one party after another it looks like somebody tracked him down as Tiff announced today that "St. Vincent" is now a late addition to the festival. The feature directorial debut of Theodore (Ted) Melfi, "St. Vincent" is an original dramedy which finds Murray playing "St. Vincent de Van Nuys," a retired war veteran who becomes the mentor to a young boy played by Jaeden Lieberher. The cast also includes Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O'Dowd, Terrence Howard and Selenis Leyva (Gloria from "Orange is the New Black"). With an Oct. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Even though Bridesmaids came out just about three years ago, it's already become somewhat of a classic. The ensemble cast of women, including Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy, is strong, unique, and hilarious. Kristen Wiig is absolutely brilliant, despite the fact that she plays a (relatively) normal person and not one of her countless insane SNL characters. But that's kind of what makes it amazing, right? Kristen Wiig is channeling all of us! Keep scrolling for all the most relatable moments from the film. »
The lineups for the Mavericks, Discovery, and Tiff Kids parts of the Toronto Film Festival were announced, wrapping up a series of lineup announcements for the Toronto International Film Festival.
With the added films, the festival’s entire slate is now a whopping 393 movies. Two hundred eighty-five of those movies are feature films, of which 143 are world premieres.
The Mavericks portion of the festival includes onstage discussions following the screening of each film. Do I Sound Gay? will be followed by a talk between director David Thorpe and sex-advice guru Dan Savage. Also premiering in that space is The 50 Year Argument, »
- Jacob Shamsian
Bill Murray is coming to Toronto folks. Actually, the film he stars in (Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent) is having its official World Premiere launch at the jaw-dropping 285 feature film 2014 Tiff line-up. In the final batch of items we finally get the confirmation that 2014′s Palme d’Or Winner Winter Sleep (which gets added along with a trio of others to the Masters Programme) will show, and Tomm Moore’s highly anticipated Song of the Sea (among the four item line-up for Tiff Kids) also lands. Worth mentioning are the sprinkling of add-ons to the various other sections (Marjane Satrapi’s Sundance preemed The Voices, Matt Shakman’s Cut Bank and the world preem of Danis Tanovic’s Tigers) with a Studio Ghibli docu item being fitted into the Tiff Docs, but it is the Discovery Programme that finally takes shape.
The “up-and-comers” include Berlin Film Fest (and future Nyff »
- Eric Lavallee
Jennifer Aniston, Juliette Binoche, Steve Carell, Michael Douglas, Tina Fey, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Diane Keaton, Melissa Leo, Bill Murray, Bill Nighy, Al Pacino, Vanessa Redgrave, Adam Sandler, John Travolta and Kristen Wiig are among the array of stars expected to alight on the red carpet of the 2014 Toronto Film Festival.
The fest today revealed an impressive roster of helmers and thesps planning to boost their latest work in Toronto next month. And with the critical four-day opening weekend packed exclusively — as per the new fest policy — with world premieres and North American premieres of studio awards contenders, buzzy acquisition titles, and hot U.S. and international arthouse fare, you can expect media frenzies, flash mobs of buyers, and intense afterparty rivalries like never before.
Slates for Mavericks, Discovery, and Tiff Kids were also unveiled today, as were a handful of late-breaking adds to other programs, bringing this year’s grand total to 393 films, »
- Jennie Punter
Melissa McCarthy's comedy St. Vincent and the Roger Waters concert documentary The Wall are to get world premieres at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival. Bill Murray plays the eponymous Vincent opposite McCarthy in Theodore Melfi's comedy, with Naomi Watts, Terrence Howard and Chris O'Dowd co-starring in The Weinstein Co.'s release. Fest organizers, completing their full film lineup with Tuesday's announcements, will debut The Wall, filmed during Waters' 2010-2013 The Wall Live tour. The Special Presentations sidebar also booked a North American premiere after Venice for James Franco's adaptation of the William Faulkner novel The Sound and the Fury,
- Etan Vlessing
For those who need a little more incentive to get invested in the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, nationally syndicated oddsmaker Benjamin Eckstein has a solution – gamble on it.
While betting money on the Emmys in the state of Nevada might technically be illegal, it doesn’t mean the odds aren’t worth a glance (see full list below).
According to Eckstein, HBO’s decision to enter “True Detective” into the competition as a drama series instead of miniseries is unlikely to pay off for the crime drama, as it faces stiff competition from “Breaking Bad,” which sits at 1/5 odds ($5 would win $1) to “True Detective’s” 5/1.
Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” meanwhile, is Eckstein’s surprise favorite to win in the best comedy series category at 3/2 odds, which would hypothetically end “Modern Family’s” four-year winning streak. ABC’s defending champ, undefeated in the comedy category, is close behind at 5/2 odds. »
- Kevin Noonan
So the big Emmys don't air until next Sunday night and at Moviefone we will have, of course, full coverage. But last night the Creative Arts Emmys were handed out, for the people that are largely responsible for making these shows that you absolutely love -- you know, the behind-the-scenes talent tasked with conceptualizing and realizing your favorite programs. Oh -- and some guest actor and actresses awards were handed out, so there's that too!
In the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category Uzo Aduba took home the prize for "Orange is the New Black." Since we are, very shamefully, one of a handful of Americans who hasn't seen a single second of "Orange in the New Black," this doesn't mean a whole lot to us, but we are very happy for her! (We promise, we'll watch soon.) For the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, the »
- Drew Taylor
Last night marked the 65th annual Creative Arts Emmys, an often overlooked ceremony that gives out awards for technical achievements — cinematography, costume, makeup, etc. — as well as guest-acting laurels. This year, that meant categories like Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series saw Orange Is the New Black actresses Uzo Aduba, Natasha Lyonne, and Laverne Cox all competing against each other (Uzo Aduba, who plays Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren, won). Other winners include Allison Janney for Masters of Sex, Joe Morton for Scandal, Bob's Burgers, and Between Two Ferns for their President Obama episode. Check out the complete list of winners below. Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series Uzo Aduba, Orange Is The New Black Natasha Lyonne, Orange Is The New Black Laverne Cox, Orange Is The New Black Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live Joan Cusack, Shameless Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series »
- E. Alex Jung
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