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5 reasons why Steve Carell ('Foxcatcher') will win Best Actor at Oscars

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"Foxcatcher" star Steve Carell started this year's Oscars derby in first place for Best Actor but has now taken a back seat to Michael Keaton for his performance in "Birdman." According to the latest predictions by our experts, Keaton has leading odds of 14/5 with Carell sharing second place with Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") at 4/1.  (See who each of our Experts is backing here.) And while both Redmayne and fourth place contender Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game") are on the rise, I am still predicting Carell to win. Let me share with you my five reasons why: -Break- 'The Imitation Game' puts pressure on Oscar rivals for Best Picture in latest predictions Reason One: He plays a real person. Carell plays John Eleuthère du Pont who murdered Dave Schultz (played by Mark Ruffalo) in 1996 after training both Dave and his brother Mark (played by Channing Tatum)...' »

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News Nuggets: 5 tips for Tina Fey on (finally) becoming a movie star

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Kyle Buchanan offers Tina Fey five tips on becoming a movie star. Now that her Emmy-winning comedy series "30 Rock" is gone, he says the movies need her "more than she needs the movies," but she has not been provided with good projects yet. The recent release of "This Is Where I Leave You" along with "Muppets Most Wanted" and "Admission" have not been worthy. His suggestions include that she write her own projects, rewrite other projects, appeal to her base (young women and gay men), work with better directors, and finally make that movie with Meryl Streep she has been promising. Vulture -Break- Emmy-nominated actress Sarah Paulson calls her new double role as conjoined twins her "craziest" yet. She stars on the upcoming "American Horror Story: Freak Show" after previous roles as a medium, a reporter, and a witch on previous installments. Of the two twins, she says, "It's not as simple as nice and. »

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Will Benedict Cumberbatch win at Emmys And Oscars in same year?

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Recently crowned Emmy champ Benedict Cumberbatch (Movie/Mini Actor, “Sherlock”) could well be adding an Oscar to his mantle. His new film “The Imitation Game,” a biopic of WWII codebreaker Alan Turing, is on a rapid rise as an Oscar contender. Bolstered by buzz from both its world premiere at Telluride and being named the most popular film at the Toronto fest, it has shot up to fourth place in the Best Picture race. Likewise for Cumberbatch, riveting as the repressed Turing who eventually kills himself after being persecuted and prosecuted for being gay. (See the rankings of our Experts here) -Break- 'The Imitation Game' puts pressure on Oscar rivals for Best Picture in latest predictions Back in 2012, Cumberbatch had been favored to win an Emmy for an installment of the second season of “Sherlock" but lost to Kevin Costner (“Hatfields & McCoys”). His show then took an ..." »

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Will 'The Leftovers' be main course at the Emmys?

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Although HBO's “The Leftovers” ended its first season earlier this month, we must wait almost a year before it can contend at the Emmys. Although it was not as acclaimed as showrunner Damon Lindelof’s last show “Lost,” this series is sure to register at the Emmys. While the first four episodes yielded a score of just 65 on Metacritic, it dramatically improved over the remaining six installments. -Break- Indeed, it may well register on many top 10 lists published at year’s end. Remember, “Orange is the New Black” only scored 79 on MetaCritic for its first six episodes, but was the second most popular show on these critics lists last year (after "Breaking Bad").  If it reaps a Best Drama Series bid, “The Leftovers” will have no trouble finding six top-notch episodes to submit. Despite its serialization, three of the season’s best-received installments were self-contained: &l...' »

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Oscars News: Which of three new Jessica Chastain films will bring her a third Oscar nod?

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Andrea Mandell reminds that actress Jessica Chastain is enjoying another incredibly busy year on the big screen. Which of her three major releases this year could bring her a third Oscar nomination? Her movie "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" with James McAvoy just opened to great reviews. Coming soon will be the potential Christopher Nolan blockbuster "Interstellar" with Matthew McConaughey. And just officially announced is that "A Most Violent Year" will open in the United States just before the final Oscar qualifying date of December 31. Watch the new trailer for that J.C. Chandor film in which she stars with Oscar Isaac. USA Today -Break- Join the lively film and TV discussions going on right now in the Gold Derby message boards Steve Pond scoops that directors with foreign language film Oscar nominations will have more at stake than ever. Mark Johnson, chairman for the Academy's foreign language film committee, has »

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'Project Runway' recap: Some of the 'American Girl' kids were not alright

18 September 2014 8:33 PM, PDT

This season, the "Project Runway" designers have gone avant garde, used unconventional materials, and got caught in the rain, but the curve balls didn't stop there. This week, the final eight traded their usual models for a much younger set – they designed contemporary children's looks inspired by "American Girl" dolls. -Break- 'Project Runway' recap: Two designers win 'Rainway' challenge, but Fade is all wet Unfortunately for Sandhya Garg, she went too young for her own good with her pink jumpsuit design, which the judges thought looked like a baby's onesie. Even her pint-sized model thought the tutu-style frills were too young for her. She was eliminated from the competition, which makes her this season's first ousted designer to have previously won a challenge (she prevailed in weeks one and three), which means nobody's safe. All of the other challenge-winners – Amanda Valentin...' »

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The British are coming! Eddie Redmayne & Benedict Cumberbatch up, Steve Carell down in Oscar race

18 September 2014 5:45 PM, PDT

It's no secret that Hollywood loves the British. Heck, we give them awards for playing our presidents. So it may be a cause for concern for this year's American leading men that a pair of Englishman – Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") and Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game") – are dramatically climbing the leaderboard in our experts' Best Actor Oscar predictions. Steve Carell ("Foxcatcher") should be especially concerned; as they have risen, he has fallen. -Break- 'The Imitation Game' puts pressure on Oscar rivals for Best Picture in latest predictions The academy loves biopics, and Redmayne and Cumberbatch both have the benefit of playing real-life historical figures – scientists Stephen Hawking and Alan Turing, respectively – and both of their films have been scoring rave reviews and kudos at recent filmfests; "The Imitation Game" recently won th...' »

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News Nuggets: Who are the most liked TV actresses working today?

18 September 2014 11:43 AM, PDT

In a companion piece to rankings of TV actor popularity, a new survey also reveals the most liked actresses currently working on the small screen. Like her "NCIS" co-star Michael Weatherly, ("NCIS"), Pauley Perrette is beloved by her fans with an impressive Q score of 31 (Q scores have long been used by marketers for advertising effect). The actress in second place with a score of 30 is A.J. Cook ("Criminal Minds"). Then comes Emmy winner Mariska Hargitay ("Law and Order: Svu") with a 29. Others in the top 10 include: Emily VanCamp ("Revenge"), Bellamy Young and Kerry Washington ("Scandal"), Kaley Cuoco ("The Big Bang Theory"), and Jennifer Morrison ("Once Upon a Time"). The Wrap -Break- Former cast member Darrell Hammond is returning to "Saturday Night Live." He will be the new voiceover announcer for the show's opening after the death of the legendary Don Pardo last month. Hammond...' »

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Oscars News: Jennifer Lawrence will not three-peat at Oscars with delay of 'Serena'

18 September 2014 10:33 AM, PDT

Lou Lumenick breaks news that the next Jennifer Lawrence-Bradley Cooper film "Serena" will not be eligible for the 2014 Oscars after all. It was going to be a long shot anyway based on the lack of buzz for the film, but it means Lawrence is completely out of contention for the first time in three years ("Silver Linings Playbook," 2012; "American Hustle," 2013). The Depression-era movie was filmed back in 2012 and has Cooper as a North Carolina lumber tycoon and Lawrence as his unhappy wife. The film will now screen at the London Film Festival in October and have a release plan only in Europe for the short term. While Lawrence can't three-peat at the Oscars this time, Cooper still has the Clint Eastwood film "American Sniper" film opening on Christmas Day. New York Post -Break- Join the lively film and TV discussions going on right now in the Gold Derby »

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Will smash hit 'Partners' bring Barbra Streisand back to top Grammys race?

18 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT

Barbra Streisand looks set to debut at the top of the Billboard album chart with her new disc "Partners." This album of duets -- which features pairings with a dozen fellows including Michael Buble, John Mayer and Elvis Presley -- is set to sell at least 160,000 copies this week, easily outpacing Chris Brown's long delayed "X," which is forecast to move about 120,000 units.  -Break- Streisand has staged an all-out media blitz to promote this platter, including making her first late night talk show appearance in more than half a century with Monday's well-reviewed appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." She proved to be a good sport, duetting with the host on three of the ditties from the disc (Watch the pair perform below).  If she can hold off that challenge from Brown, Streisand will better her Billboard record of scoring at least one No. 1 album in each decade »

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Editors almost unanimous that Julianne Moore will win Best Actress Oscar

18 September 2014 9:54 AM, PDT

Ever since Sony Pictures Classics acquired "Still Alice" at the Toronto Film Festival and pulled Julianne Moore back into the Best Actress Oscar race, she has been rapidly climbing in our racetrack odds, and nowhere faster than in our editors' predictions. Not only do we favor her to win, we're nearly unanimous. -Break- Oscars Poll: Who's Really more overdue, Amy Adams or Julianne Moore? As of this writing, six out of seven of us – myself included – rank her first in the race for her role as an early Alzheimer's sufferer. The performance won her great reviews in Toronto, and she's got a big Oscar Iou, having lost four previous races. She hasn't been nominated at all since 2002, when she became one of only 11 actors in history to receive two bids in one year: she was nodded in the lead race in "Far From Heaven" and in supporting for "The Hours. »

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'America's Got Talent' finale: Jennifer Hudson reprises Oscar-winning 'Dreamgirls' song'

18 September 2014 2:20 AM, PDT

In 2006, seventh-place "American Idol" castoff Jennifer Hudson got the last laugh by winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her turn in "Dreamgirls." Eight years later, viewers of the "America's Got Talent" Season 9 Finale saw Hudson return to the medium that made her famous -- reality television -- to give an emotional reprise of the same song that earned her the Oscar. Hudson performed "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" with 12-year-old contestant Quintavious Johnson on the two-hour finale of NBC's long-running talent contest. But would young Johnson meet the same unfortunate reality TV fate as Hudson? (Watch the video of their duet below.) -Break- 'Dancing with the Stars' says goodbye to its first contestant in season 19 Despite his impressive singing chops, Johnson only managed to come in fifth place for "Agt" Season 9. But hey, that's still two slots hi »

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Patricia Arquette goes supporting at Oscars for 'Boyhood' (Exclusive)

17 September 2014 11:08 AM, PDT

A rep for IFC films has confirmed exclusively to Gold Derby that Patricia Arquette ("Boyhood") will compete in the Oscar race for Best Supporting Actress instead of lead. It was a tough decision. Arquette has so much screen time and such strong emotional impact upon viewers that the film could have been called "Motherhood," but it's really the core story of a boy growing up in a fractured family over 12 years. Over the past month, Gold Derby has featured Arquette as a prediction option in both races, resulting in a clear preference by our Experts, Editors and Users. In the lead race, she's currently ranked eighth, but in supporting, she's way out front to win with the backing of 12 our 16 Experts. See our official racetrack odds. -Break- Oscars Poll: Who's Really more overdue, Amy Adams or Julianne Moore? Of course, Oscar voters have the option of ignoring the IFC Films »

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'71' at Nyff: 'Unbroken' star Jack O'Connell lays groundwork for Oscars'

17 September 2014 9:36 AM, PDT

We have to wait till Christmas to see newcomer Jack O'Connell as an Olympian-turned-war hero in Angelina Jolie's hot Oscars contender "Unbroken." He has had featured roles in two other films this year and stars in "71," an intense war drama that debuts on Sept. 27 at the New York Film Festival. This early exposure can't hurt when hits the Oscar campaign trail later this year. -Break- Angelina Jolie & Ava DuVernay could make this a historic year for female directors at Oscars In "'71," he plays Gary Hook, a young British soldier stationed in Belfast, Northern Ireland just weeks before the Bloody Sunday massacre on Jan. 30, 1972 ignited the Troubles. The film takes him from boot camp to moments of near-certain death, though the film is more of a showcase for rookie director Yann Demange. O'Connell delivers an emotional performance despite the script giving us only limited detail about hi...' »

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'Unbroken' is early frontrunner for Adapted Screenplay Oscar

17 September 2014 9:16 AM, PDT

We recently opened our predictions for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar, and the early favorite is "Unbroken," Angelina Jolie's upcoming drama about Olympian-turned-World War II-hero Louis Zamperini. Our experts, editors, and users all favor it to win, giving it 9/4 odds overall. -Break- Oscars Best Picture race led by 'Boyhood,' 'Unbroken,' 'Birdman,' 'Foxcatcher' (Photo Gallery) It's no wonder "Unbroken" is out front for the screenplay award; it has one of the strongest writing pedigrees of any film this season. Adapted from the nonfiction book by Laura Hillenbrand, who also wrote the source material for Oscar-nominated "Seabiscuit," it's credited to four writers, all of whom are familiar to academy voters. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen are already four-time Oscar champs, including a pair of writing wins for "Fargo" (1996) and "No Country for Old Men" ...' »

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Will Starz's 'The Missing' be found by Emmys as Best Miniseries in 2015?'

17 September 2014 9:06 AM, PDT

Last year, Starz broke into the Emmys' miniseries game with their BBC co-production "The White Queen." While they lost out to FX's "Fargo," next year they hope to replicate that Emmy magic with  "The Missing." Starring James Nesbitt ("The Hobbit"), Frances O'Connor ("Mr. Selfridge") and French actor Tcheky Karyo, "The Missing" follows the story of a young English boy who's abducted in Belgium in 2006 and the repercussions his kidnapping have on his parents and the investigators over the next eight years. -Break- Who got Best Actor Oscars boost from Tiff: Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, ...? Last night at the Director's Guild of America theater in Hollywood, director Tom Shankland revealed that they filmed all of the 2014 scenes before they filmed the 2006 abduction/aftermath moments. That gave the cast and crew enough time to get to know each other before taking on the f...' »

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News Nuggets: Who are the most liked TV actors working today?

17 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

Television fans have spoken, and the most popular actor on the small screen is something of a surprise: Michael Weatherly ("NCIS"). He has an impressive Q score of 34 (Q scores have long been used by marketers for advertising effect). The second highest score of 33 is held by four-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"). Next in line are: Mads Mikkelsen ("Hannibal"), Kunal Nayyar ("The Big Bang Theory"), Jon Seda ("Chicago Pd"), Shemar Moore ("Criminal Minds"), Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family"), Paul Wesley ("The Vampire Diaries"), and Jason Beghe ("Chicago Pd"). The Wrap -Break- Billy Crystal reflects on last month's Emmy Awards, saying that his tribute to the late Robin Williams "was the hardest thing I've ever had to do." He discussed it with "Today" host Matt Lauer and "became understandably overwhelmed with emotion" as he recalled »

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Oscars News: Can Chris Rock make an awards comeback with raunchy comedy 'Top Five'?

17 September 2014 8:44 AM, PDT

Pamela McClintock says that almost every studio wanted the new Chris Rock film "Top Five" after its Toronto debut. With Rock directing and Scott Rudin producing, they ultimately chose Paramount for distribution after being offered the full asking price of $12.5 million plus a marketing budget of at least $20 million. That made it the biggest deal from this year's Toronto festival. Paramount worldwide president Megan Colligan called the comedy "an awesome blend of heart, raunch and classic New York filmmaking." The R-rated movie will now open in December starring Rock as a comic who wants to become a serious actor. After such an enthusiastic response, it could at least be a strong contender in the Golden Globe comedy categories. Hollywood Reporter -Break- Join the lively film and TV discussions going on right now in the Gold Derby message boards Thelma Adams proclaims that "The Imitation Game" has "risen to the top of the Oscar pac. »

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Can 'Whiplash' win at Oscars for J.K. Simmons without any other nominations?

17 September 2014 4:47 AM, PDT

According to our racetrack odds, the Best Supporting Actor Oscar is a close contest between J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash") and Mark Ruffalo ("Foxcatcher"). However, while "Foxcatcher" is a major contender for Best Picture, "Whiplash" isn't expected to reap bids in any other major category. Can Simmons prevail if he's the sole nominee for his film? Or can "Whiplash" gain traction in other categories as well? -Break- You Decide: Who will will Original Screenplay Oscar? 'Boyhood,' 'Foxcatcher' ...? These days, it's hard to win an acting Oscar without broad academy support. Best Picture has included nine or 10 nominees since the academy expanded the category in 2009. Of the 20 acting winners over these past five years, all but four have come from Best Picture nominees. The exceptions: Jeff Bridges (Best Actor, "Crazy Heart," 2009),  Meryl Streep...' »

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Oscars Poll: Who's Really more overdue, Amy Adams or Julianne Moore?'

17 September 2014 4:35 AM, PDT

Our forum posters are debating what could be one of this year's most crucial Oscar questions: Who's really more overdue for a win, Amy Adams or Julianne Moore? Neither has won before, and both have films in contention this year: Adams in "Big Eyes," in which she plays a real-life painter whose husband took credit for her work, and Moore as an early Alzheimer's sufferer in "Still Alice." -Break- Julianne Moore leaps into the Oscars race with 'Still Alice' The answer to the question could determine who really is the frontrunner for the Best Actress Oscar.   Currently, Reese Witherspoon ("Wild") is in first place, but barely. This 2005 Oscar champ ("Walk the Line") has the support of six of our 16 Experts, while Moore -- who just jumped into this race -- has the backing of five and Adams of the yet-to-be seen Tim Burton movie has the votes of four of them. »

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