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Hey, J.K. Simmons: Watch out for Christoph Waltz in 'Big Eyes'

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Before it screened, Tim Burton's biopic “Big Eyes” was seen as a slam-dunk Oscar vehicle for Amy Adams. After all, Adams, who stars as painter Margaret Keane, has lost all five of her Oscar bids: four in supporting -- “Junebug” (2005), “Doubt” (2008), “The Fighter” (2010), and “The Master” (2012) -- and last year in lead (“American Hustle). However, now that this Weinstein Company film has unspooled, the buzz is all about Christoph Waltz who could well contend for his third Oscar in six years.  -Break- Oscar experts: Eddie Redmayne narrows Michael Keaton lead, 'Selma' cracks top five Waltz won Supporting Actor twice for his scene-stealing work in two Quentin Tarantino films -- “Inglorious Basterds” (2009) and “Django Unchained” (2012) -- which were also produced by Oscar wiz Harvey Weinstein. The actor brings this same winning combination of wry charm...' »


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Hans Zimmer on his 'human' score for epic 'Interstellar' (Exclusive Video)

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After working with him on four films (the "Batman" trilogy, "Inception") Hans Zimmer says he had such faith in director Christopher Nolan that he agree to compose the score for "Interstellar" sight unseen. He recounted their initial conversation about the project during our recent webcam chat (watch below). -Break- “He said, ‘Look, I’m not going to tell you what the movie is about, but if I gave you one page about it, would you write me something? He presented me with a beautifully typewritten page that really told nothing about the movie other than it was the story of a father and his child. He was pressing all the buttons that he knew about me. I am a father. It was very much about my relationship to my children. So I wrote this very intimate, very personal musical love letter to my children.” The composer then invited the director »


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Oscars news: Jack O'Connell on 'Unbroken' break, 'The Imitation Game' puzzle contest'

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. Jen Yamato profiles Jack O'Connell, the breakout star of "Unbroken." "He may be on the precipice of glory, but the 24-year-old is mindful of the journey ahead. While the British actor has racked up credits and acclaim across the pond ('This Is England,' 'Skins,' 'Harry Brown') and drew raves for his turn as a volatile young inmate in this year’s award-winning drama 'Starred Up,' this Christmas he tackles his most challenging role yet: Playing American hero Louis Zamperini ..., the Olympic track star, who enlisted in the Air Force when he was O’Connell’s age only to crash land in the Pacific, surviving 47 days adrift in a raft. 'Rescued' by the Japanese, Zamperini endured years in brutal prisoner of war camps until World War II drew to a close." Deadline -Break- Oscar experts: Eddie Redmayne narrows Michael Keaton lead, 'Selma' cracks top »


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Did you predict shocking 'The Voice' eliminations of Anita Antoinette and Reagan James on Tuesday?

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Viewers of "The Voice" came up with some shocking results on Tuesday's show: both Reagan James and Anita Antoinette were eliminated. According to your predictions, James was in third place to actually win this season, while Antoinette was certainly not projected to go home yet. Ryan Sill once again was in the bottom three for the week, but social media saved him at the last possible moment. You had predicted both Sill and Chris Jamison would be eliminated. Related: Will Ryan Sill and Chris Jamison be booted off 'The Voice'? -Break- The Top 10 contenders were narrowed down to eight on Tuesday night based on the home audience's vote tallies. According to your predictions (see chart at left), Jamison and Sill were in 12th place at 12/1. Antoinette was in 7th place at 10/1. James was near the top in 3rd place at 8/1. With the elimination of James, coach Blake Shelton »


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Frances O'Connor teases twists to come on 'The Missing' (Exclusive Video)'

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"There's a lot of twists and turns coming up, that's for sure," teased "The Missing" star Frances O'Connor during her recent video chat with Gold Derby about what we can expect from upcoming episodes of the Starz miniseries. Watch our entire webchat below. O'Connor will compete at the Golden Globes in the race for Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actress, where her co-nominees could be Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Cicely Tyson and Frances McDormand. What does O'Connor think of that slate of potential nominees? "I think they're amazing and I've loved all their work. So many of the actresses of my generation are so inspiring as they progress through their work and get better at what they do." -Break- Watch Starz' Golden Globes frontrunner 'The Missing' free online now In the gripping new miniseries now airing on Starz -- you can watch free online here -- O'Connor and co-lead...' »


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Indie Spirits snubs: 'The Imitation Game,' 'Wild,' ...

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The Indie Spirit Awards are restricted to American fare that costs less than $20 million. Among those films eligible for consideration that were snubbed entirely in Tuesday's announcement of nominations are three hot Oscar prospects: "The Imitation Game," "Wild" and "The Homesman." And two other Oscar hopefuls -- "Big Eyes" and "Still Alice" -- had to make do with a single bid apiece. -Break- Indie Spirit nominations: 'Birdman' leads with 6; 'Boyhood,' 'Nightcrawler,' 'Selma' at 5 each While it might seem strange that the British-themed WWII drama "The Imitation Game" was even in the running, the criteria set out by Film Independent dictate that two of the three key creatives (in this case screenwriter Graham Moore and producer Harvey Weinstein) are American. Alternatively, the film must be set stateside with at least 70% of the funding coming from an American source (t...' »


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Indie Spirit nominations: 'Birdman' leads with 6; 'Boyhood,' 'Nightcrawler,' 'Selma' at 5 each

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While Oscars frontrunner "Boyhood" picked up five bids for the Independent Spirit Awards, it was "Birdman" that led with six when nominations were announced Tuesday. Other films with five nods apiece were "Nightcrawler" and "Selma" while "Love Is Strange" and "Whiplash" earned four each. All but "Nightcrawler" contend for Best Picture at the 30th annual edition of these kudos; that film by writer/director Dan Gilroy is up for the First Feature award. -Break- Indie Spirit Awards: Complete list of nominations Only American feature film nominees with budgets under $20 million were eligible for consideration. The domestic requirement ruled out "The Theory of Everything" while the fiscal ceiling kept "Foxcatcher," "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Inherent Vice" from contending. However, the committee that decides the nominations bestowed a Special Distin »


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Indie Spirit Awards: Complete list of nominations

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Nominations for the 30th annual Independent Spirit Awards were announced on Tuesday (Nov. 26). American feature film nominees, culled from entries with budgets of under $20 million, were determined by a committee while winners will be chosen by members of Film Independent. The prizes will be handed out on Feb. 21, one day before the Oscars during an afternoon ceremony on Santa Monica. For the first time, the kudocast will air live on IFC. (Read full report on nominations here.) -Break- Indie Spirit nominations: 'Birdman' leads with 6; 'Boyhood,' 'Nightcrawler,' 'Selma' at 5 each Best Picture "Birdman" "Boyhood" "Love is Strange" "Selma" "Whiplash" -Break- Best Director Damien Chazelle, "Whiplash" Ava DuVernay, "Selma" Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, "Birdman" Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" David Zellner, "Kumiko..." »


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'The Knick' creators Jack Amiel and Michael Begler on bloody world of early medicine [Exclusive Video]

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"The blood is really pumping out of those bodies," declared Michael Begler, executive producer of the new Cinemax drama "The Knick," during our recent webcam chat (watch below). "When they make that first cut into the body, it's just a gorefest. We were all taken aback at first by how much blood there was. That's what made it so great because it seemed so real and so visceral." He and co-creator Jack Amiel delighted in dishing the first season of the show, which is set in a fictional New York hospital in 1900. -Break- Do you think "The Knick" will earn a Golden Globe nomination for Best TV Drama Series? Click here to enter your own predictions for this category and all of the Golden Globe top races, or use our easy drag-and-drop menu at the bottom of this post to get started. Your predictions determine our racetrack odds and you »


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15 hottest forums posts: Your Thanksgiving choices as the worst film turkeys

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Join the feisty discussion going on right now in our infamous message boards where Hollywood stars, directors, execs and other honchos hide behind cyber-nicknames. Sample comments below with links to those hot threads. See more here. Related News Nuggets: Ama Awards best dressed were Selena Gomez, Fergie, Kate Beckinsale -Break- What is your choice as worst film turkey? Espeon: Very few films piss me off, as for something I paid to see in a theater that pissed me off was Rock of Ages. I thought the following before I saw this, I liked Hairspray same director cool, this looks like an interesting role for Tom Cruise to take, I'm excited to see Catherine Zeta-Jones in another musical, this might not be great but it can be a lot of fun. A fun time was all I asked of from this, it felt the complete opposite of fun and slowly drove »


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News Nuggets: Christian Bale is 'jealous' of Ben Affleck replacing him as Batman?

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Christian Bale now admits that he was "jealous" when he heard that Ben Affleck would be taking over the role of Batman. Even though he had always said "The Dark Knight Rises" would be his third and final time as the Caped Crusader, he did start entertaining the idea of a return. He says, "I’ve got to admit initially, even though I felt that it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going, ‘Oh go on… Let’s do another.’ So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour." Affleck will star with Henry Cavill in "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice" next year. USA Today -Break- Until now, it was only a rumor but the NFL now officially confirms that Katy Perry will headline the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show. »


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Oscar voters get Thanksgiving bounty of Animated Feature screeners: 'Big Hero 6,' 'Dragon 2,' 'Lego Movie'

25 November 2014 6:36 AM, PST

With Oscar nomination ballots not due till Jan. 8,  the schedule for screeners has shifted slightly. As such, many of the top contenders won't be in the pile of DVDs that voters sort through this Thanksgiving long weekend but will be delivered in time for the Christmas holidays.  However, after stuffing themselves with turkey, academy members do have the four leading contenders for Best Animated Feature to share with their families. Below, the calendar detailing when these all-important marketing tools arrived, beginning with today's delivery from Roadside Attractions. -Break- Related: 5 reasons 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' should be nominated for Best Picture Oscar Nov. 25: "Mommy" Nov. 25: "A Most Wanted Man" Nov. 25: "The Homesman" Nov. 21: "Big Hero 6" Nov. 20: "Life Itself" Nov. 17: "The Boxtrolls" Nov. 17: "The Theory of Everything" »


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Oscars news: Reese Witherspoon on 'Wild' and 'Gone Girl,' Chris Rock's 'Top Five''

25 November 2014 4:54 AM, PST

. Reese Witherspoon has hit homeruns with her first two films as a producer: "Gone Girl" and "Wild." In Tatiana Siegel's must-read profile, she talks candidly about optioning the rights to both books before they were bestseller, why she had to play Cheryl Strayed in "Wild" and how she reacted when David Fincher told her she was not right for the role of Amy in "Gone Girl." THR -Break- Oscar experts: Eddie Redmayne narrows Michael Keaton lead, 'Selma' cracks top five Anthony D'Alessandro delivers a fascinating in-depth interview with Best Actor frontrunner Michael Keaton ("Birdman"). As he notes in the intro, "Keaton couches his trajectory, which picked up during the ’00s with supporting turns in 'The Other Guys' and the recent 'Robocop reboot,' simply as: 'I went through a lazy period. And (then) a hardworking, dedicated period.'” Deadline Drew Taylor t..." »


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Part one of 'DWTS' finale ends in shocking elimination -- hurry and predict Tuesday night's winner!'

24 November 2014 8:31 PM, PST

Did you see that coming? Part one of the "Dancing With the Stars" finale ended with one of the season's most surprising eliminations. Only four of our users predicted all of tonight's outcomes: MrFilmkritik, Nate, Mike Warren, and kiiwiih. -Break- Could conservative fans push Sadie Robertson to upset win on 'DWTS'? They correctly forecast the resurgence of Alfonso Ribeiro, who struggled last week after injuring himself, but was able to deliver two perfect dances in a row this week: the first a reprise of his week-one jive, and the second a showstopping freestyle number that included an homage to his tap-dancing Broadway roots. But they also foresaw the downfall of Bethany Mota. The online star came to "DWTS" as a social-media powerhouse, with as passionate following on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. She also had the benefit of pro partner Derek Hough, the show's all-time biggest champ with five previous mirror ball trophy. »


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Vote now: Will Ryan Sill and Chris Jamison be booted off 'The Voice' this week?

24 November 2014 7:30 PM, PST

Ryan Sill needed a last minute save last week from social media to stay on "The Voice." He performed along with the rest of the top 10 remaining artists Monday night, but you are still predicting Sill and Chris Jamison to go home this week. Do you agree with those two selections or will two other contenders be booted off the show Tuesday night? You still have the next few hours to predict what will happen in our predictions center. Only eight artists will still be eligible after the home audience votes are revealed. Does Matt McAndrew really remain out front to win 'The Voice'? -Break- According to your predictions over the past few days, Sill and Jamison are tied at the bottom with 12/1 odds (see chart at left). Along with Damien Lawson at 11/1, you project that these will be the three artists in the bottom for Tuesday night. »


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5 reasons why 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' should be nominated for Best Picture Oscar

24 November 2014 6:48 PM, PST

There are a boy and his dragon who deserve to have a safe landing among the Oscar nominees for Best Picture. Sure, "How to Train Your Dragon 2" will be nominated for Best Animated Feature, but it's worthy of much higher academy consideration, too. Here are my five reasons why: 1. Three in 87 years? Come on! Twenty-two years ago "Beauty and the Beast" made history by being the first animated feature to score a Best Picture Oscar nomination. Eighteen years later -- and only after the Academy decided to up its Best Picture nominations from five to as many as 10 -- "Up" pulled off the same feat along with "Toy Story 3" the following year (2011). Those are just three animated films in the Oscar's 87-year history that have managed to squeak into the ultimate awards category. If Oscar is paying attention, this year we should see another added to that exclusive »


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'Survivor' predictions slugfest: Jeremy was robbed! Is Natalie doomed?

24 November 2014 5:18 PM, PST

Was Jeremy Collins robbed? Is Natalie Anderson doomed now that Jeremy's out of the game? Those are just some of the topics Gold Derby Senior Editor Matt Noble and I discuss during our new "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" predictions slugfest about the "Gettin' to Crunch Time" episode. (Watch out new slugfest below.) Also discussed: Is Jaclyn Schultz an underdog to win the entire game? Did Jeremy and Natalie make a mistake giving up their reward to Jaclyn and Jon Misch? Did Reed Kelly break any ethical rules by searching through Keith Nale's bag? And was Jeff Probst over-hyping the foot challenge too much? -Break- Psst: Here's how to predict reality TV shows and win bragging rights And prizes! According to our exclusive Gold Derby odds, Natalie is predicted to be the next castaway to get her torch snuffed. Disagree with those odds? Then click here or scroll down to »


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Justin Theroux ('The Leftovers') on benefits of not knowing what comes next [Exclusive Video]

24 November 2014 3:02 PM, PST

Justin Theroux wasn't sure what would happen to his character, small-town detective Kevin Garvey, when he signed on for HBO's mysterious drama "The Leftovers," which considers the world after two-percent of the global population vanishes without a trace. "I loved the mystery," said the actor during our recent video chat (watch it below). "A lot of times if it's a film you obviously know where it's going to end up in a three-act-structure way, but this was kind of interesting in that you kind of didn't know." -Break- Will 'The Leftovers' be main course at the Emmys? Theroux is used to mysterious projects. In 2001, he starred in David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive," a film that neither its cast nor its viewers could be entirely sure they understood. Theroux thinks Lynch and "Leftovers" executive producer Damon Lindelof have similar approaches and feels it's "liberating" to be k...' »


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Reality TV smackdown: 'American Idol' judges vs. 'The Voice' coaches (Poll)

24 November 2014 2:14 PM, PST

With the rivalry between singing competition shows "American Idol" and "The Voice" about to heat up again in early 2015, it's time for You to decide which reality program has the best panel of judges. Vote in our poll below. On "American Idol," the returning panel will consist of Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr., while the current coaches on "The Voice" are Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine. -Break- Did you correctly predict Sugar Joans, Jessie Pitts would be eliminated? After voting in our new poll below, be sure to join in the fun predicting the outcome of "The Voice" every week. In our contest, you can pick which artists will be eliminated next week, who will be the overall winner this year, and even which coach will take the crown. Get these questions right and you could find yourself on our Season 7 leaderboard next week. »


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Vote now: Strongman Dell Toledo has 15/2 odds of dying next on 'Ahs: Freak Show'

24 November 2014 1:08 PM, PST

Who will die next on "American Horror Story: Freak Show"? Do You think you know? Below, search for clues in FX's trailer of Wednesday's all-new episode, titled "Blood Bath," and then vote in our "Ahs: Freak Show" prediction contest. It's fun and easy! According to Gold Derby's exclusive racetrack odds, Dell Toledo (Michael Chiklis) has 15/2 odds of dying next amongst the group of main characters. As for the recurring cast, Regina Ross (Gabourey Sidibe) tops our readers' chart for who they think has the best chance of being killed off next with 3/1 odds. -Break- Psst: Here's how to predict reality TV shows and win bragging rights And prizes! Disagree with those odds? Then click here or scroll down to make your own predictions using our easy drag-and-drop menu. Your input will influence the overall standings here at Gold Derby and could save Dell from the dreaded #1 spot on our elimination chart. »


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