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News Nuggets: Will a team of Jennifer Lawrence, Steven Spielberg be unbeatable at the Oscars?

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In a bidding war, Steven Spielberg is now set to direct a hot memoir for Warner Bros. with Jennifer Lawrence attached to star. Will Oscar voters take special note of this pairing for the adaptation of "It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War"? The memoir by Lynsey Addario has had no shortage of bidders "for the life of a woman who goes into the most dangerous places in the world in search of truth." Others in the auction included Reese Witherspoon, Darren Aronofsky (for Natalie Portman), Margot Robbie, and George Clooney. Deadline -Break- Is Dame Maggie Smith leaving "Downton Abbey" after the upcoming sixth season? She has won two Emmys for her role as the Dowager Countess on the BBC and PBS drama series. She says her character "certainly can't keep going. To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. We're in to the late 1920s. »

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Can Eric Martsolf ('Days of Our Lives') defend Daytime Emmys title for Best Supporting Actor?

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"Days of Our Lives" star Eric Martsolf pulled off an upset victory at the Daytime Emmys in 2014, winning Best Supporting Actor on his first nomination, and he's back on the ballot this year. Can he defend his title? -Break- Daytime Emmys return to TV: Pop Network will broadcast on April 26 Though he was never nominated before last year, the 43-year-old actor is actually one of the elder statesmen in this year's contest. In fact, he's one of only two pre-nominees who never previously competed in the Younger Actor category. "Days" has one other contender on the longlist this year: Blake Berris, who was nominated for Best Younger Actor in 2009. He's hoping for his first bid in the supporting race. But "The Young and the Restless" is the most represented soap on the longlist, with four citations, and three are past Younger Actor-champs. Veteran Kristoff St. John won that category in »

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Daytime Emmys return to TV: Pop Network will broadcast on April 26

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The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced that the Daytime Emmys will return to TV this year. They will broadcast live on the newly rebranded Pop Network, formerly the TV Guide Network, on Sunday, April 26, at 8pm Et/5pm Pt from the Warner Bros. Studios lot on Stage 16. The Creative Arts Emmys will take place two days earlier, on Friday, April 24 at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles. -Break- Daytime Emmy pre-nominations: 'Young and Restless' leads with 22 "Our new partnership with the Pop network is an ideal platform to present our signature gala," said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. "With the Warner Bros. Studios as our venue, where so many great films and television shows have been made, coupled together with Michael Levitt, our executive producer, who created the ‘TV Land Awards,’ and has produced numerous live event specials including ‘The Producers Guild Awards,’ ‘..." »

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News Nuggets: Leonardo DiCaprio may finally play his dream role and win an Oscar

1 March 2015 6:10 PM, PST

Every time Leonardo DiCaprio impresses critics and is on the verge of winning an Oscar, "it seems to slide out of his grasp as quickly." The five-time nominee is now pursuing a role that he has wanted for 20 years. He will produce and star in "The Crowded Room" about "the first person to successfully use multiple personality disorder as a defense in a court of law." While that movie is still in development, he also will have "The Revenant" in the next Oscar derby. Directed by this week's champ Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Birdman"), it stars DiCaprio as an American wilderness trapper who is severely injured and left for dead. Cinema Blend -Break- Will Smith is back on top of the box office with his new con man comedy "Focus." The debut brings in $19.1 million for the movie co-starring Margot Robbie. That knocks the blockbuster "Fifty Shades of Grey" into the »

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