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Emmy episode analysis: Bill Hader reprises memorable 'Saturday Night Live' characters as first-time host

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Bill Hader reaped Comedy Supporting Actor bids in 2012 and 2013 for the final two of his eight seasons on “Saturday Night Live.” In October 2014, he returned to host "SNL" for the first time and was nominated for Best Comedy Guest Actor. Back in 2009, he won the first of his three Best Animated Program nominations for producing "South Park." Will he win a performance prize to go along with that this year?  -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions Synopsis Hader's episode was the third of the landmark fortieth season and features Hozier as musical guest. Hader sings in his opening monologue, does an impression of Al Pacino and appears in parodies of “The Hunger Games”, “The Cat in the Hat”, a help fund commercial and a public access program. He also reprises characters that he previously played on “Saturday Night Live&rdqu...' »


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Emmy episode analysis: Anthony Anderson ('Black-ish') is caught in a lie

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Veteran actor and comedian Anthony Anderson reaped his first Emmy bid for playing successful ad exec Dre Johnson in ABC's freshman sitcom "Black-ish." This laffer follows the Johnson clan as they try to reconcile their affluent lifestyle with their racial heritage. He hopes to prevail with his episode submission, "Sex, Lies and Vasectomies." Will first time be the charm for Anderson? -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions Synopsis Dre (Anderson) panics when his wife Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) has a pregnancy scare. After having their four kids, he had agreed to have a vasectomy, but he never went through with the procedure and has been lying about it ever since. She discovers she's not pregnant, but also uncovers the truth about Dre, so while he tries more and more desperately to lie his way out of trouble, she puts the pressure on, feigning a pregnancy until he confesses, »


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Venice film festival: 'Black Mass' brings Johnny Depp back to Oscar race

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Scott Cooper's true crime drama "Black Mass" had its world premiere at the Venice film festival on Friday. And the first wave of reviews are heaping praise Johnny Depp for his performance as Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger, who acted as an FBI informant for more than three decades. Cooper -- whose first film, "Crazy Heart," won Jeff Bridges the Best Actor Oscar in 2009 after four losses -- could be a good luck charm as well for Depp, a three-time also-ran at the Academy Awards.  -Break- Depp has contended three times already for Best Actor ("Pirates of the Caribbean," 2003; "Finding Neverland," 2004; "Sweeney Todd," 2007). Now, for this change-of-pace performance in "Black Mass," he sits in fourth place on our Oscar prediction chart for Best Actor, with the backing of three of our Oscar experts and one of our editors.  Critics singled out Depp in their rave reviews ...' »


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Emmy predictions: Experts give 'Mad Men' leading 8-to-15 odds to win record fifth Best Drama Series

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For its first four seasons "Mad Men" went undefeated for Best Drama Series at the Emmys. That haul tied it with three other classic series --- "Hill Street Blues," "L.A. Law" and "The West Wing" -- for most wins in this category. And while the AMC period drama hasn't won this top prize since 2011, the Emmy experts polled by Gold Derby have it out front with the best odds (8/15) to prevail on Sept. 20 and set a new record. Of our 17 pundits, a dozen are backing "Mad Men" while five bet on "Game of Thrones" (12/5 odds). See the experts' odds in all top Emmy races. See how each expert ranks the nominees according to likelihood of winning. -Break- Join the red-hot discussion about the Emmys going on right now in our fiery forums  The Emmyologists casting a vote for "Mad Men" are: Robert Bianco (USA Today), Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Eric Deggans (NPR), Lynn Elber (Associated Pre. »


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Emmy episode analysis: Allison Janney ('Mom') is aching to win again

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Allison Janney's Emmy nomination for Best Comedy Supporting Actress this year is her second in a row for playing recovering addict Bonnie Plunkett in CBS's "Mom." She's the defending champ in this category and is also looking for a repeat win in Best Drama Guest Actress for "Masters of Sex." She has won six of her eight Emmy bids to date and that haul makes her one of the eight most awarded actors in Primetime Emmy history. She hopes her episode submission, "Dropped Soap and a Big Guy on a Throne," will continue her winning streak.  -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions Synopsis: Christy (Anna Faris) returns home to find her mother Bonnie (Janney) collapsed in the bathroom. Bonnie threw her back out, so she struggles to move or even drink a cup of coffee in the morning. Her doctor prescribes her pain medication, »


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Emmy episode submission: Allison Janney ('Mom') is aching to win again

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Allison Janney's Emmy nomination for Best Comedy Supporting Actress this year is her second in a row for playing recovering addict Bonnie Plunkett in CBS's "Mom." She's the defending champ in this category and is also looking for a repeat win in Best Drama Guest Actress for "Masters of Sex." She has won six of her eight Emmy bids to date and that haul makes her one of the eight most awarded actors in Primetime Emmy history. She hopes her episode submission, "Dropped Soap and a Big Guy on a Throne," will continue her winning streak.  -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions Synopsis: Christy (Anna Faris) returns home to find her mother Bonnie (Janney) collapsed in the bathroom. Bonnie threw her back out, so she struggles to move or even drink a cup of coffee in the morning. Her doctor prescribes her pain medication, »


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'Dancing with the Stars' early predictions: Alexa PenaVega will win, Gary Busey out first

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ABC just announced the full cast for season 21 of "Dancing With the Stars," and we're already predicting who will win and who will lose the long-running dancing competition. According to our initial odds, actress Alexa PenaVega will win the mirror ball trophy, and Gary Busey will be the first to go. -Break- 'Dancing with the Stars': Paula Deen, Gary Busey among season 21 contestants It's hard to know who will shine and who will struggle before any of the stars hit the dance floor, but as of this writing our early predictors are betting heavily on four celebs. Alexa leads with 13/5 odds based on support from 28% of users. Her husband Carlos PenaVega is next, tied with wildlife conservationist Bindi Irwin with 4/1 odds and 20% of user votes. Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter is fourth with 5/1 odds and 17% of user votes. Meanwhile, 62% of users think eccentric actor Busey will get the lowest judges' score, »


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Emmy episode analysis: Bradley Whitford changes perceptions in 'Transparent'

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Fourteen years after winning the second of his three consecutive Best Drama Supporting Actor bids for “The West Wing,” Bradley Whitford could claim an Emmy bookend with his Best Comedy Guest Actor nominations for “Transparent”. On the Amazon dramedy, Whitford plays Mark “Marcy” May, a closet transvestite who confides in transgendered Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor). He has already won a Critics’ Choice Television Award for the role. -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions Synopsis Whitford has submitted the episode “Best New Girl”, in which Marcy sneaks off with Maura to a cross-dressing camp, where they clash over definitions of gender while sexual tension simmers. Will this be the performance that reaps him his second Emmy? Let's weigh the pros and cons.  Pros “Best New Girl” is set 20 years before the rest ...' »


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'Project Runway' recap: Did you correctly predict Amanda Perna would be out?

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Did you correctly predict that Amanda Perna would (finally) be out of "Project Runway" Thursday night? If so, you should be taking place in our weekly prediction contest. Hurry -- make your predictions for next week and you could win our prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It's fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down and predicting who'll be out next. -Break- Who will win 'Project Runway'? See exclusive predictions According to exclusive Gold Derby odds that are derived from the predictions made by users like you, Amanda's elimination was a long time coming as she had leading 21/20 odds of going home. That translates to a whopping 49% of our users' forecasts. Congratulations to our user Phillip Mcdonald for earning the top score in this week's contest. He's one of two users to reap 67% accuracy predicting all of the questions for Episode 5, titled "Gunn and Heid, »


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Which duo should host Oscars? Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake, Key & Peele ... [Poll]

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Rumors are circulating around Hollywood right now that Oscar producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin are on the hunt for a duo to host this year's kudos. In the past, hosting duos have been a mix of hits (like Alec Baldwin & Steve Martin) and misses (like James Franco & Anne Hathaway), so we've come up with some inventive ideas in our new poll to put Hill and Hudlin on the right track. Cast your own vote below. -Break- Ricky Gervais is your #1 choice to host the Oscars (and they need him) Our users, many of whom are Hollywood insiders, have been furiously debating this red-hot topic in our movie forum. Join that fiery forum thread here. Perhaps you'll be swayed by some of their suggestions, which include: ATadPolish: Hire Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele... Please! Atypical: If the Oscars have no issues with Golden Globes sloppy seconds, then the clear »


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What filmmakers should make move to TV next: Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson ...?

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As cable TV and streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and Yahoo continue to expand, more and more big-screen filmmakers are bringing their talents to the small screen, where there are more available formats for telling a story and more creative freedom in doing so. Consider: Martin Scorsese won an Emmy for directing the "Boardwalk Empire" pilot in 2011, and he also executive produced the series. Ditto David Fincher, who produces "House of Cards" and won for directing in 2013. This year Steven Soderbergh has a shot at Emmy for directing the period drama "The Knick," and he's already a winner for helming the 2013 HBO telefilm "Behind the Candelabra." -Break- 'Game of Thrones' director Jeremy Podeswa dishes Jon Snow death, teases season six What other auteurs should consider making the move to TV? We asked our forum posters, many of whom are Hollywood insiders, to weigh in on this hot topic. »


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'Big Brother' predictions: Julia Nolan or Meg Maley going home tonight?

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On Wednesday's episode of "Big Brother," James Huling saved himself from what would have been an inescapable eviction, leaving his closest ally Meg Maley vulnerable on the block. Hoh Vanessa Rousso, determined to have Meg evicted, named Julia Nolan as the replacement nominee believing that she is less of a threat in the game than Meg. Who do You think is going home tonight? Hurry - make your "Big Brother" predictions for a chance to win our $100 Amazon gift certificate. It’s fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down to predict who will be evicted Thursday night. -Break- Who will win 'Big Brother'? See exclusive predictions With Austin Matelson and Liz Nolan unlikely to evict Julia and James unlikely to evict Meg, John McGuire and Steve Moses now hold all the cards in determining who goes home this week. What should they do? Let's examine the pros of both scenarios. »


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Telluride film festival shows slew of Oscar contenders: 'Steve Jobs,' 'Black Mass,' 'Suffragette' ...

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Over the Labor Day weekend, those who make the trek to the Telluride filmfest will get to see nine of the leading Oscar contenders. In the past several years, this low-key gathering has turned into a important stop on the road to the Oscars. Four recent Best Picture winners -- "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), "The King's Speech" (2010), "Argo" (2012) and "12 Years a Slave" -- had their world premieres here while both 2011 winner "The Artist" and last year's champ "Birdman" made their North American debuts at this Rocky Mountain resort.  -Break- Of this year's Oscar contenders, Telluride will see three world premieres and a half dozen more that first screened first at a European film festival. Below are brief overviews of these nine films, including studios, stateside release dates, other festival appearances, plot descriptions, cast lists, directing and screenwriting credits. After reading th...' »


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Venice film festival: 'Spotlight' shines on Michael Keaton in Oscar race

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Thomas McCarthy's docudrama "Spotlight" debuted at the Venice film festival on Thursday. The film, which delves into the reporting that revealed widespread sex abuse by Catholic priests in Boston, will travel to two more festivals -- Telluride and Toronto -- before opening on Nov. 6. The initial reviews for this fact-based film include several raves. And even those that were less enthusiastic made mention of the quality of the performances.  -Break- The story begins in 2001 when new Boston Globe editor Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber) assigns a group of investigative journalists to pursue the extent of a cover-up by the Catholic church of pedophile priests. Michael Keaton plays veteran reporter Walter Robinson who leads a team of tyros including Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo) Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) and Marty Campbell (Brian d'Arcy James). Their work resulted in Cardin »


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Oscar predictions: Who will win Best Adapted Screenplay?

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Last year Graham Moore won Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars for turning the biography  "Alan Turing: The Enigma" into "The Imitation Game." That marked the third year running that a non-fiction book had been the source material for the winning screenplay following victories by "Argo" (2012) and "12 Years a Slave" (2013). This marks a new trend in the history of this award, which dates back to the first Oscars in 1928, as only 11 such books have been the basis for the winning scripts.  -Break- Rather, it is novels that have dominated as source material. Works of fiction have been the basis of 46 of the winners of this race over the years. The most recent of these was in 2011 when Alexander PayneNat Faxon and Jim Rash won for their adaptation of Kaui Hart Hemming's novel "The Descendants."  While adaptations of stage works have won 14...' »


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Oscar predictions: Who will win Best Original Screenplay?

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In the last decade Best Original Screenplay has gone to a wide-range of genres: dramas ("Birdman,"   "Crash"), comedies ("Midnight in Paris," "Juno," "Little Miss Sunshine"), biopics ("Milk"), period pictures ("The King's Speech"), dramatizations of real events ("The Hurt Locker"), and sci-fi ("Her"). Regardless of the type of film, to prevail a nominee needs broad academy support. All 10 of the most recent Best Original Screenplay winners were, at the least, Best Picture nominees.  -Break- Last year, four of the five nominees for Best Original Screenplay were crafted by writer/directors including the winner, "Birdman," which was also named Best Picture. In that instance, Alejandro G. Inarritu was one of a quartet of scribes, along with Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo. Expect auteurs to be wel...' »


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Emmy predictions: Are we underestimating Damian Lewis ('Wolf Hall')?

3 September 2015 3:15 AM, PDT

Are we underestimating Damian Lewis to win an Emmy Award for the PBS limited series "Wolf Hall"? Don't forget, Lewis waged a surprise attack on awards pundits two years ago by winning the Best Drama Actor Emmy for the first season of "Homeland" over the frontrunner Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"). So, it wouldn't be a wise move to count Lewis out this time around with his bid for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor. -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions According to the rankings derived from predictions made by Gold Derby's Experts, Editors, Users and Top 24 Users (those who did the best at predicting last year's Emmys), Lewis is in third place to win the Emmy with odds of 12/1. Ahead of him are Bill Murray ("Olive Kitteridge") with leading odds of 4/7 and Finn Wittrock ("American Horror Story: Freak Show") at 5/1. The other »


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Golden Globes showdown: Cecil B. DeMille to Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, Jessica Lange or ...?

3 September 2015 3:10 AM, PDT

Thousands of you have voted this week, choosing your favorites tfor the next Cecil B. DeMille award recipient at the Golden Globes. Your top six recommendations  are: actresses Julie Andrews, Jessica Lange, and Meryl Streep, actors Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, and director/producer/writer/actor (and Egot champ) Mel Brooks. Now that  the field has been narrowed, you have the ultimate tough decision to make. Choose your favorite in the poll below to let the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. know to whom they should give this lifetime achievement award. -Break- Related: Honorary Oscars to Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands, Debbie Reynolds Our forums posters, many of whom are Hollywood insiders, are furiously debating this hot topic too. As the announcements of George Clooney last year and Woody Allen in 2013 came in mid-September, we expect this year's selection to be unveiled very soon. ...' »


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Emmy predictions slugfest: Will Drama Guest Actress go to Allison Janney, Diana Rigg, Cicely Tyson or ... [Video]

3 September 2015 2:30 AM, PDT

Who will win the Emmy for Best Drama Guest Actress? Gold Derby editors Marcus James Dixon, Charles Bright and Riley Chow are convinced Cicely Tyson ("How to Get Away with Murder") will take home the prize due to her impactful performance, while Rob Licuria (who dubs her "Sassely" Tyson) is banking on a surprise victory by rising star Rachel Brosnahan ("House of Cards"). Watch our new video slugfest at the bottom of this post. -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions Last year's winner as Best Drama Guest Actress was Allison Janney ("Masters of Sex"), and she returns in 2015 to face two of the same rivals: Margo Martindale ("The Americans") and Diana Rigg ("Game of Thrones"). Three newcomers to this category are Khandi Alexander ("Scandal"), Brosnahan and Tyson. Tyson plays Ophelia Hartness, the mother of Viola Davis' lead character, in her episode »


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Venice film festival: 'Beasts of No Nation' launches Idris Elba and Netflix into Oscar race

3 September 2015 2:26 AM, PDT

Netflix's first venture into feature filmmaking, "Beasts of No Nation," debuted at the Venice film festival on Thursday and the first wave of reviews for this intense war drama are raves. Emmy champ Cary Fukunaga ("True Detective") pulled triple duty: he adapted Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala’s 2005 best-selling novel, directed and did the lensing. The film follows Agu (Abraham Attah), a young boy forced to fight in the civil war tearing apart his West African country. Idris Elba ("Luther") is the commander of a guerilla sqaud who turns the boy into a soldier. -Break- "Beasts of No Nation" is expected to unspool at Telluride this weekend before being showcased in Toronto as a Special Presentation on Sept. 14. On Oct. 16, it will be launched worldwide on Netflix And stateside in select Landmark theaters. That timing is the key to its Oscar campaign. As per Rule Two (section 2), for a film to. »


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