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You decide: Will SAG TV Awards preview Emmys again?

6 hours ago

Who will be the nominees and winners in the eight television races at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards? Our new predictions center is now open for you to log your picks. While the Screen Actors Guild Awards for film are typically an excellent predictor of the Oscars, the same hasn't always been true of SAG's relationship to the Emmys.  -Break- However, the SAG Awards last January did preview five of the six series winners at this summer's Emmys: "Modern Family," its supporting player Ty Burrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep") first prevailed here on the comedy side while  "Breaking Bad" and its leading man Bryan Cranston were winners over in drama.  But while scene stealer Maggie Smith ("Downton Abbey") won at SAG, "Breaking Bad" supporting player Anna Gunn repeated at the Emmys. With "Breaking Bad" no longer in the race, thr...' »


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What hated Oscar wins would you dare to defend?

9 hours ago

It's true that history isn't always kind to the decisions made by Oscar voters: "How Green Was My Valley" over "Citizen Kane," "Dances with Wolves" over "Goodfellas," "Crash" over "Brokeback Mountain," to name a few controversial calls. But are all unpopular Oscar-winners universally reviled? Not so, according to our forum posters, who are sticking their necks out for some of the most unpopular winners of recent years. -Break- 16 Best Picture Champs Trashed by Critics Poster Joe Burns got the ball rolling, making his case in defense of Helen Hunt for Best Actress in "As Good as it Gets" ("Seriously, why do people dislike her so much?  She gives a terrific performance"), and "The King's Speech" for Best Picture ("Many will disagree with me, but I find this film wonderful and entertaining, even if it loses some if its impact on repeated vi..."' »


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News Nuggets: Why 'The Knick' with Clive Owen is 'horrifying, beautiful and clever'

11 hours ago

Matt Zoller Seitz appreciates the "greatest sustained display of directorial virtuosity in the history of American TV." That praise is for Steven Soderbergh, who helms the first season of "The Knick" on Cinemax. Starring Clive Owen, it is set in a New York hospital circa 1900. He refers to the most recent episode as "the most exciting, horrifying, beautiful, and clever hours of filmmaking I've seen this year." The show and Owen will be competing for the first time at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards for possible nominations this December. Vulture -Break- The 28th American Cinematheque tribute to Matthew McConaughey gains even more presenters. With the event slated for October 21 at the Beverly Hilton, new names added are Jessica ChastainJennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon, Cole Hauser, and producer Lili Fini Zanuck. Jimmy Kimmel will host the charity event honoring this year's Oscar champ for "Dallas Buyers Club." L.A. Ti. »


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Oscars News: Will 'Interstellar' be a combo of Steven Spielberg emotion and Stanley Kubrick intellect?

13 hours ago

Kris Tapley looks at the "lay of the land" regarding Oscars after the current New York Film Festival concludes. He says the "Interstellar" onslaught is already beginning with a new trailer, TV spots, posters, and more. The Christopher Nolan film has a reported "massive" runing time, but that it possibly "finds a sweet spot between the emotion of Steven Spielberg and intellect of Stanley Kubrick." The race becomes even more interesting with the unseen "Unbroken" (Angelina Jolie), American Sniper" (Clint Eastwood), "Fury" (David Ayer), "A Most Violent Year" (J.C. Chandor), and "The Gambler" (Rupert Wyatt). HitFix -Break- Join the lively film and TV discussions going on right now in the Gold Derby message boards Kevin Lincoln proclaims that director/writer Paul Thomas Anderson "is one of the few mainstream filmmakers capable of inciting feverish curiosity by virtue of his name alone. »


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'Unbroken' gallops into second place in Oscars Best Picture race

14 hours ago

While "Boyhood" continues to sit atop the Best Picture chart with the support of nine Oscars Experts, four of our 20 Oscarologists are now backing "Unbroken." This second feature film helmed by Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie ("Girl, Interrupted") chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini (Jack O'Connell), an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. Five of our seven Editors are also backing this horse in the derby (See their individual predictions here.)  -Break- Oscars News: Why the Academy should double the number of acting nominees I am one of the four Experts touting this biopic as their top pick; the others are Ed Douglas (ComingSoon.net), Thom Geier (EW) and Gold Derby founder Tom O'Neil. (See the individual predictions of our Experts here and see how they translate into rankings here.) As you can see from the graph below, this shift in support to »


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Oscars expert Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes): 'Boyhood,' Michael Keaton, Julianne Moore, ...

15 hours ago

Matt Atchity of Rotten Tomatoes has just entered his predictions, bring our Oscars Experts panel up to an even twenty. Below, we detail his picks and compare them to the first wave of Oscarologists to make their forecasts. Click here to see charts revealing how all of our Experts rank the contenders in all top categories according to likellihood of winning. -Break- Join the red-hot discussion about the Oscars going on right now in our fiery forums  And click on each underlined category below to see the individual Experts predictions for that race. And make your own predictions here. Be the best and win $1000.  Best Picture Atchity agrees with eight other Experts in predicting that "Boyhood" will win this race. The others are split as follows: "Unbroken" (4); "Birdman" (2); "The Imitation Game" (2); "Foxcatcher" (1); "Gone Girl" (1); and "Interstellar&..." »


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'Dancing with the Stars' recap: 'Movie Night' brings 'perfecto' performances & surprise elimination

29 September 2014 7:36 PM, PDT

When season 19 of "Dancing With the Stars" began two weeks ago, Alfonso Ribeiro wowed the judges with his jive, and it seemed like he might easily waltz through the competition, but Lea Thompson out-performed him in week two, and week three brought even more upheaval to the leaderboard. Not only were there two new contestants at the top of the judges' standings – they got there with a pair of perfect scores. Have we found our new frontrunners? -Break- 'DWTS' recap: Lea Thompson leads 'My Jam Monday' The first perfect score went to actress Janel Parrish and pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy, who performed a jazz routine inspired by "West Side Story" to fit the week's "Movie Night" theme. They were thrown a major curve ball during training week, when they were told by producers that they would have to overhaul their choreography to less resemble the film they were honoring, but despite the setba. »


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'Project Runway' Poll: Should Korina Emmerich get over herself?

29 September 2014 2:58 PM, PDT

Last week on "Project Runway," Korina Emmerich won her second challenge of the season, impressing judges with the stylish leather jacket she designed for a nonprofessional model she recruited from Washington Square Park. But even before she won, she bragged about her designs, not just this week but throughout the season, arguing that she stands out from the pack. -Break- 'Project Runway' recap: Designers find their muse, Tim Gunn makes two controversial calls In our recent poll, readers voted Emmerich as their least favorite designer among the top eight with almost half the total vote. Her latest bout of arrogance and trash-talking probably won't win her any new fans. But on the other hand, she has now won two challenges; only three other designers among the remaining six competitors have won challenges (Sean Kelly has three wins, while Kini Zamora and Amanda Valentine also have two). Is she right to be confident? »


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Predict Best Visual Effects Oscar: Will Marvel movies rule?

29 September 2014 1:12 PM, PDT

Even though the Best Visual Effects Oscar used to belong to summer blockbusters, 10 of the last 14 winner have been Best Picture nominees, including the last six in a row: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Avatar," "Inception," "Hugo," "Life of Pi," and "Gravity." -Break- Poll: Do 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and other Marvel movies deserve Oscars? That could be good news for Best Picture contender "Interstellar," Christopher Nolan's latest sci-fi drama. He also directed the aforementioned "Inception." "Birdman" and "Unbroken" could also capitalize on this fact. No comic book movie has won Best Visual Effects since "Spider-Man 2" in 2004. It's the only such film to win the race competitively; before that "Superman" won a Special Achievement Award for its effects in 1978. But numerous comic-book »


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News Nuggets: Is 'The Good Wife' even better this season than last?

29 September 2014 8:40 AM, PDT

Matt Roush answers viewer questions about several shows and says that "The Good Wife" had a "sensational" season opener. He adds that "it's rare for a show to peak" in later seasons, comparing it to both "Breaking Bad" and "The Shield." With cable shows producing far less episodes, it is even more impressive how this CBS legal drama does it for 22 episodes per season. In August, the star Julianna Margulies won her second Emmy Award as Best Drama Actress. Roush also discusses "Parenthood," "Gotham," "How to Get Away with Murder," "Castle, "Scorpion," "NCIS," and "Chicago Fire." TV Guide -Break- Robert Bianco proclaims Jeffrey Tambor as "transcendent" in the new Amazon streaming comedy "Transparent." The full first season made its debut on Friday and might be one of the early strong contenders for the upcoming Golden Globes and SAG Awards. ..."' »


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Predict Best Score Oscar: Five more chances for Alexandre Desplat

29 September 2014 8:05 AM, PDT

Music is a non-visual art form, so Identifying trends for the Best Score Oscar can be difficult. Recent winners include contemporary films ("The Social Network"), period films ("Atonement"), animated films ("Up"), fantasy ("The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" and "The Return of the King"), and sci-fi ("Gravity"). -Break- Predict Best Editing Oscar: Will it continue to line up with Best Picture? "Gravity" was the first nomination and win for composer Steven Price, who could be nominated for the second year in a row for the war drama "Fury." But he'll have to get past a number of perennial favorites, including Alexandre Desplat, who is one of the most prolific composers currently working, with six previous Oscar nominations in the last seven years, including last year for "Philomena." This year, with five eligible films in 2014, he could...' »


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Oscars News: Why the Academy should double the number of acting nominees

29 September 2014 7:30 AM, PDT

Pete Hammond believes this year's Oscar race for Best Actor is the "most crowded ever" and asks why the Academy doesn't double its number of acting nominees. He calls it a "serious glut of qualified" contenders in 2014 with just under 30 legitimate men in the discussion. Hammond reminds that even "sure things" like Tom Hanks and Robert Redford could not get nominations last year. The current list starts with Steve Carell ("Foxcatcher"), Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game"), Michael Keaton ("Birdman"), and Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything"). Then throw in Ben Affleck ("Gone Girl"), Chadwick Boseman ("Get on Up"), Gael Garcia Bernal ("Rosewater"), Ellar Coltrane ("Boyhood"), Kevin Costner ("Black and White"), Robert Downey, Jr. ("The Judge"), Jake Gyllenhaal ("Nightcrawler"), Matthew McConaughey ("Interstellar"), »


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Oscars predictions update: Experts jump to Julianne Moore ('Still Alice') for Best Actress

29 September 2014 7:07 AM, PDT

Four-time Oscars bridesmaid Julianne Moore entered the Best Actress race in a big way when Sony Pictures Classics bought "Still Alice" after its first screening at the Toronto film festival earlier this month. In this tearjerker, she plays a college professor dealing with a diagnosis of early Alzheimer's disease. The film is schedule for a one-week qualifying run in late December before opening on Jan. 15 (the day after Oscar nominations are announced).  Take a look at the chart below to trace the dramatic rise of Moore with 10 of our 19 Experts now predicting her to finally win an Academy Award. (See the predictions of our individual Experts here.) -Break- Oscars Poll: Who's Really more overdue, Amy Adams or Julianne Moore? Moore, who holds a big fat Oscar Iou, hasn't been nominated since 2002 when she became the ninth thespian in Academy Awards history to reap two bids in one year: she was nomin. »


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Will Oscar-winning 'Frozen' be Emmy magic for 'Once Upon a Time'?

29 September 2014 1:34 AM, PDT

Earlier this year, Disney's "Frozen" sleighed its way through the film awards circuit, earning top kudos at the Oscars, Golden Globes and BAFTAs. Now that the film's animated characters and storylines have been reimagined for ABC's live-action "Once Upon a Time," will the same magical touch finally bring some Emmy love to the storybook fantasy series? -Break- You decide: Who will win Golden Globes in the 11 TV categories? Sunday night on ABC marked the much-anticipated Season 4 premiere of "Once" featuring the introductions of "Frozen" sisters Anna (Elizabeth Lail) and Elsa (Georgina Haig). The "Once" storyline begins at the end of the Disney film, as Anna is preparing for her wedding to Kristoff (Scott Michael Foster) and Elsa is acting as unlikely Queen of Arendelle. There is an unfortunate bias at the Emmys for fantasy, sci-fi and horror shows, with few being nominated over the ...' »


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