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Emma Thompson Talks Screenwriting: 'If You Can't Fail, You Can't Do This Job'

1 hour ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Thompson's approach couldn't have been more opposite to James Schamus' opening lecture - a drier, university-style sermon - two days prior. The actress-screenwriter showed clips and performed a sketch-comedy monologue to supplement her inspired preamble, during which she sat writing at a desk, barefoot and in overalls, before getting up to wander the stage, stretch on a yoga mat, pull a face of tearful frustration and – to great amusement – whip out a vacuum cleaner and start suctioning the carpet. "I think it's good to know what the writing process is like," Thompson noted drily upon returning to engage in a boisterous conversation with screenwriter Jeremy Brock ("The Last King Of Scotland"), architect of this series. "There is lots of crying, in foetal positions." From there, the conversation devolved broadly into three chapters: Thompson's introduction to writing and early sketch-comedy efforts; her adaptation of Jane Austen's "Sense And »

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'Survivor: San Juan del Sur' Preshow Slugfest: Racists, twins and gays... oh my!

12 hours ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

With the premiere of "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" just days away on CBS, two of Gold Derby's reality TV gurus -- myself and Rob Licuria -- sat down to talk you through all of the 18 new castaways and twists coming to Season 29. Yes, you read that right: It's been 29 seasons already. (Watch our preshow slugfest below.) Among the new contestants who'll be playing against their family members in the second cycle of the popular "Blood vs. Water" format are a racist baseball player (John Rocker), two former "Amazing Race" twins (Nadiya Anderson and Natalie Anderson) and a pair of gay New York actors (Josh Canfield and Reed Kelly). -Break- 'America's Got Talent' finale: Jennifer Hudson reprises Oscar-winning 'Dreamgirls' song In the slugfest, Rob and I both announce our early picks for who we think will win Season 29. While I'm sticking my neck out for 20-year-old Baylor Wilson (daugh...' »

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