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Time's up for Timothy & Te Jay on 'The Amazing Race''

9 hours ago

Did you know that it would finally be the end of the road for college sweethearts Timothy and Te Jay on Friday's episode of "The Amazing Race"? Our users did as that outcome led our odds as to what would happen. If you thought so too, why are you not taking part in our predictions contest? You could win a chance to chat with the ultimate winners as well as a cash prize and a place on our leaderboards. Get started with your predictions Here or scroll down and tell us who you think will lose the next leg of the "Race" using our easy drag-and-drop menu.  -Break- Psst: Here's how to predict reality TV shows and win bragging rights And prizes! Among our users already making their predictions, six of them aced all four of our questions, including which team would win this leg -- surfers Adam and Bethany »

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Could conservative fans push Sadie Robertson to upset win on 'Dancing with the Stars'?

14 hours ago

This month, conservative voters pushed out a lot of Democrats in the midterm elections, but might they also have unexpected power over reality TV? "Duck Dynasty" star Sadie Robertson has made the final four on "Dancing with the Stars," and though she's an underdog according to our racetrack odds, we might be underestimating her red-state appeal. Remember Candace Cameron Bure? -Break- 'Dancing with the Stars' recap: America picks final four, but can Alfonso Ribeiro still win? After a strong start last season, nerves got the better of Cameron Bure, and she struggled through some of her routines. But despite those mishaps, Cameron Bure, a devout Christian who discussed the importance of her faith during the competition, finished in the top three thanks to the support of voters at home, who kept her afloat even when she had low judges' scores. Could Robertson benefit from similar support? Click here »

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News Nuggets: Will 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' be the year's biggest movie?'

18 hours ago

With "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" opening this weekend, box office watchers are wondering if it will be the year's biggest movie. Lionsgate is projecting a wide range between $130 million and $150 million for 4,151 screens in North America. Analysts say it could be much bigger and in fact one of the five biggest openings of all time. It should hold on to the top spot at the box office for at least three weeks before "Exodus: Gods and Kings" opens on December 12. For this third film in the blockbuster franchise, actors Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman all return. Variety -Break- Guild nominations are announced in the TV categories for the American Society of Cinematographers. 2014 Asc nominees for a regular series are "Boardwalk Empire," "Game of Thrones" (2), "Gotham," "Manhattan," and "Vikings." Nomine...' »

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Oscar news: Benedict Cumberbatch on playing a genius, 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' sneak peek

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. Diane Tsai observes: Benedict Cumberbatch is no stranger to portraying individuals of remarkable intelligence, having taken on roles ranging from "Star Trek"‘s super-human Khan to Alan Turing in "The Imitation Game." The actor says of portraying them, “It’s also, actually, the great gift I suppose — is to realize that they’re bound by the human condition. They’re blood and flesh like us. They live in the same worlds as us.” Time -Break- Related: 'Selma' intensifies its march on Oscars: Can it go all the way? Jeff Labrecque sits down with rising star Chadwick Boseman who talks about landing the starring role in "Get On Up": We had three days of Aakoman Jones throwing me James Brown choreography vocabulary. They got together Robert L. Stevenson, who made the wigs for the film, and Sharen Davis to do the wardrobe for the test, and we shot the concert scene, »

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'Birdman' composer Antonio Sanchez on all that jazz invading Oscar season [Exclusive Video]

20 November 2014 11:56 PM, PST

Antonio Sanchez is a Grammy-winning jazz musician, but "Birdman" is his first-ever film score, and it's quite a unique score at that: it consists entirely of drums. "[Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu] was looking for something more spontaneous, improvised, jazzy if you will," said Sanchez in our recent video chat (watch it below). "He said, 'You're a jazz musician, I want you to do what you do.'" -Break- Michael Keaton and Edward Norton: What we think of acting, 'Birdman' and verbs (video) Sanchez had already known Inarritu for years when the director asked him to score the film. He used to listen to Inarritu when the future filmmaker was a radio deejay, and they met years later after a show where Sanchez had played with the Pat Metheny Group. "I was actually a little annoyed because I wanted to go to my dressing room because I was all sweaty and stuff, »

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'Wild' screenwriter Nick Hornby's philosophy for adapting & being adapted by other writers [Exclusive Video]'

20 November 2014 8:43 PM, PST

Before writing the screenplay for "Wild," based on Cheryl Strayed's memoir about hiking the Pacific coast, Nick Hornby earned an Oscar nomination for his script for "An Education," also based on a memoir, so he's no stranger to adapting other works for the screen. But as the author of popular novels-turned-films like "About a Boy" and "High Fidelity," he's had just as much experience being adapted by other writers. When it comes to having your book turned into a major motion picture, as he explained in our recent video chat (watch it below), "In my experience, you just have to let go." -Break- Are we underestimating 'Wild' for Best Picture Oscar? He added, "Movies are ungovernable … All you can do is make a gut decision about the people who are going to be involved at the outset and hope that they look after your book." However, when all is said and done, »

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Oscar-winning sound wiz Randy Thom doing double duty on 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' [Video]

20 November 2014 1:06 PM, PST

Veteran sound wizard Randy Thom did double duty on DreamWorks Animation's smash "How to Train Your Dragon 2." Not only did he create an entire soundscape from scratch for this sequel to the 2011 hit but he also voiced the title character again. As he revealed during our recent webcam chat (watch below), this dragon "who is vicious sometimes is frightened sometimes and needed to sound like a little puppy…so it was up to me and the team of people who I work with to figure out how to create all those vocal sounds."  -Break- In this second installment of the trilogy, Toothless and his owner Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) fight to protect an ice cave that's home to hundreds of new wild dragons. The film scored with both critics (earning a stellar 92 at Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences taking in almost $620 million worldwide (a bump of more than $125 million from »

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Composer Henry Jackman on challenge of scoring 'Big Hero 6' (Video)

20 November 2014 12:21 PM, PST

  "The interesting thing about animated films is they take ages," says composer Henry Jackman about his work on "Big Hero 6," which combines superhero elements with the kind of strong emotional storytelling that audiences have come to expect from Disney animated movies. "Because it's such a long process, you actually get to see some version of the film. -Break- "It'll have storyboards in it," he adds in our webcam chat. Watch below. "Not all of the animation is finished, but that doesn't really matter. The first time you see it, you're trying to break the film down to understand: what's the tone? What are the story arcs? What are the character arcs? You're really just trying to write the initial themes for the characters. It's vital that you just get a handle on the story early on, because you're then just sort of generally processing." Jackman is a diverse musical talent. »

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'Survivor' castoff Jeremy Collins: Alec is the worst player, Drew is a liar

20 November 2014 10:06 AM, PST

The latest "Survivor" castoff Jeremy Collins didn't hold back when it came to discussing his shocking exit from the show and what he thought about his other tribemates. Most notably, Jeremy thinks that Alec Christy is playing the worst game and Drew Christy is a liar for throwing Jeremy's name under the bus after his elimination back in Episode 4. Gold Derby readers were notably shocked with Jeremy's elimination, as the Massachusetts firefighter only had 9/1 odds of going home according to our exclusive "Survivor" racetrack odds. All of our users who correctly predicted Jeremy's elimination earned game points based on the odds they locked in throughout the week in our "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" prediction contest. -Break- Psst: Here's how to predict reality TV shows and win bragging rights And prizes! When I asked Jeremy whether Keith Nale is playing the worst game because he broke the firefighters' allianc. »

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15 hottest forums posts: Will Sam Smith be the biggest winner at the Grammy Awards?

20 November 2014 8:30 AM, PST

Join the fiesty 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: Chris Hemsworth is named 'Sexiest Man Alive' -Break- Will Sam Smith be the biggest Grammy winner? Music Forever: I'm predicting Sam Smith to be the big winner on Grammy night. Yes I'm predicting him to win Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Pop Solo and Pop Vocal Album. That's Five wins in one night. I don't see any other artist competing with that number. Am I wrong ? Scream: He's going to win New Artist. "Let It Go" wins Song. "Dark Horse" wins Record. Beyonce wins Album. If the world is fair. Final2: Imo he's only winning New Artist. Stay With Me wasn't really a stand »

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News Nuggets: Will Hugh Laurie be the new Vice President on "Veep"?

20 November 2014 7:55 AM, PST

Actor Hugh Laurie is definitely filming multiple episodes for HBO's comedy series "Veep," but is he the new Vice President? Network officials would not confirm what his role is, but last season's finale had the lead character of Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) taking over as the new United States President. She was also in the midst of a crumbling campaign to win the office herself, so a strong running mate would certainly be needed. Laurie is a two-time Golden Globe winner for his previous long-running role on "House" but never could quite win an Emmy Award despite six attempts. TV Line -Break- Stephen Colbert will host the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors airing December 30 on CBS. He is joining the CBS family beginning in 2015 as the replacement for David Letterman on "Late Show." Newsman Walter Cronkite hosted for many years and was followed by Caroline Kennedy and then Glenn Close last year. »

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Oscar news: Benedict Cumberbatch covers Time, Lana Del Rey songs in Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes''

20 November 2014 6:30 AM, PST

. As Mike Fleming notes: Today’s Oscar coup goes to The Weinstein Company, which got "The Imitation Game"’s Benedict Cumberbatch on the cover of a Time Magazine article on genius. Walter Isaacson, whose Steven Jobs bio is the basis for the Aaron Sorkin scripted film that Deadline revealed last night will move from Sony to Universal, wrote the piece on genius and Thomas Weber interviewed Cumberbatch. Deadline -Break- Related: 'Selma' intensifies its march on Oscars: Can it go all the way? Esther Zuckerman reports: Tim Burton and Lana Del Rey -- two artists with macabre sensibilities and an interest in kitsch -- are coming together this fall. Del Rey has written two new songs for "Big Eyes," the movie about artist Margaret Keane. One is named after the film’s title and plays midway through the movie. The other, “I Can Fly,” will play over the end credits. Burton’s movie, »

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Would four British nominees = Oscar win for American Michael Keaton?

20 November 2014 6:09 AM, PST

"Birdman" star Michael Keaton has sat atop our Best Actor chart all awards season long. Rounding out the top five are three British thespians -- Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything"), Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game") David Oyelowo ("Selma) -- and another American,  Steve Carell ("Foxcatcher"). There are three more Brits -- Timothy Spall ("Mr. Turner"), Bill Nighy ("Pride") and Jim Broadbent ("Le Week-End") -- jockeying for that fifth slot currently occupied by Carell. And Keaton should be hoping that one of them makes it in as the lone American has always won an Oscar when facing four foreign rivals.  -Break- Michael Keaton and Edward Norton: What we think of acting, 'Birdman' and verbs (video) In 1971, Jane Fonda ("Klute") won her first Best Actress award over Julie Christie ("McCabe and Mrs. Miller"), Glenda..." »

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Egot champ Mike Nichols dead at 83

20 November 2014 5:55 AM, PST

Mike Nichols, died Wednesday night at the age of 83. He was one of only a dozen winners of the entertainment awards grand slam -- Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy. Married since 1988 to ABC newswoman Diane Sawyer, his death was announced by that net's news president James Goldston who said, "In a triumphant career that spanned over six decades, Mike created some of the most iconic works of American film, television and theater."   -Break- Nichols won a Grammy with then-partner Elaine May for the comedy album "An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May" in 1961, the same year the duo split up the act. He turned to directing and in 1964 won the first of his record five Tony Awards for his staging of the Neil Simon comedy "Barefoot in the Park." He picked up three more Tonys for directing Simon's plays -- 1965, "The Odd Couple" (as well as "Luv"); 1968, "Plaza Suite"; and 1972, "T. »

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Oscar voters received these DVD screeners so far: 'Theory of Everything,' 'Whiplash' ...

19 November 2014 10:11 PM, PST

DVDs of "Boyhood" are en route to Oscar voters right now. Meantime, they have received these screeners. "The Theory of Everything" – Nov. 17 "The Boxtrolls" – Nov. 17 "Get On Up" – Nov. 15 "Whiplash" – Nov. 13 "The Lego Movie" – Nov. 13 "The Judge" – Nov. 12 "The Grand Budapest Hotel" – Nov. 11 "How to Train Your Dragon 2" – Nov. 7 "Calvary" – Oct. 31 "Belle" – Oct 31 "Noah" – Oct. 30 -Break- "Transformers: Age of Extinction" – Oct. 30 "Chef" – Oct. 24 "Magic in the Moonlight" – Oct. 4 "Love Is Strange" - Oct. 4 "Snowpiercer" – Sept. 3 »

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Will Jennifer Aniston finally win Oscar's respect with stellar performance in 'Cake'?'

19 November 2014 10:10 PM, PST

I don't know why Jennifer Aniston doesn't get more respect as an actress. Sure, she's a tabloid magnet, but so are her Oscar-winning ex Brad Pitt and his Oscar-winning wife Angelina Jolie. And her resume is padded with dubious comedies, but so is Matthew McConaughey's. The academy was quick to celebrate his career "McConaissance" last year, so why not the "Anissance"? Her new indie drama "Cake" would be a good opportunity to do so. -Break- Experts' Best Actress predictions: Julianne Moore ('Still Alice') way out front If you think Aniston will break through at the Oscars for the first time, click here to make your predictions in all top categories, or use our drag-and-drop menu at the bottom of this post to get started. Your predictions are combined with those of our Experts, Editors, and the rest of our Users to generate our racetrack odds, and if »

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'Selma' intensifies its march on Oscars: Can it go all the way?

19 November 2014 10:01 PM, PST

Just one week ago "Selma" had very little support among the 25 noted Oscarologists at Gold Derby. Then, on Nov. 10, it broke into the Top 10 for Best Picture. Now it's zoomed up to fifth place with two experts actually predicting it to win: Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair) and Christopher Rosen (HuffPo). Meantime, a few days ago David Oyelowo landed on our Experts' list of projected nominees for Best Actor (he's in fourth place with 15/2 odds) and today Ava DuVernay burst into our top five for Best Director (she's also in fourth with 12/1 odds). Yes, "Selma" is on the march and the only question left is: can it go all the way? -Break- 'Selma' and star David Oyelowo soar into Oscars race, say experts Oscar voters do love biopics, including recent Best Picture winners "The King's Speech" and "A Beautiful Mind." Just last year one with a theme similar to "Selma" – the African-America. »

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'Survivor' jawdropper: Did Jeremy Collins have worst downfall in show's history?'

19 November 2014 9:34 PM, PST

Did Jeremy Collins just have the worst downfall in "Survivor" history? Let us count the ways: 1.) First, Jeremy won the reward challenge but he and Natalie Anderson agreed to give up their prize -- food on a yacht -- to Jon Misch and Jaclyn Schultz to thank them for joining their alliance. 2.) Then, Jeremy voluntarily agreed to go to Exile Island for the purpose of finding the hidden Immunity idol, but it had already been found by Jon in the previous episode. 3.) Finally, Jeremy got eliminated by his alliance at Tribal Council in one of the most jawdropping blindsides in "Survivor" history. Gold Derby readers were notably shocked with this outcome, as the Massachusetts firefighter only had 9/1 odds of going home according to our exclusive "Survivor" racetrack odds. All of our users who correctly predicted Jeremy's elimination earned game points based on the odds they locked in throughout the »

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News Nuggets: Chris Hemsworth is named 'Sexiest Man Alive'

19 November 2014 8:35 AM, PST

Actor Chris Hemsworth is the 2014 "Sexiest Man Alive." The news about the star of "Thor" and "The Avengers" was revealed exclusively on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Tuesday night. In a new interview he says that he and his wife were surprised by the selection: "I think you've bought me a couple of weeks of bragging rights around the house. I can just say to her, 'Now remember, this is what the people think, so I don't need to do the dishes anymore, I don't need to change nappies. I'm above that. I've made it now.'" He will next star on screen in the Michael Mann cyber thriller "Blackhat" and then for Ron Howard in "In the Heart of the Sea." People -Break- Award-winning "Luther" may be in for a remake in America. Showrunner Neil Cross and original star Idris Elba are working on the new show for Fox. It »

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Oscar news: Stephen Hawking praises Eddie Redmayne, star power of director Angelina Jolie

19 November 2014 6:06 AM, PST

. Ryan Lattanzio reports: Stephen Hawking is a physicist, cosmologist, Als survivor, author, all-around genius and, it turns out, savvy award season participant. Hawking took to Facebook to praise "The Theory of Everything," the movie about his life starring Eddie Redmayne whose performance Hawking admires: "I thought Eddie Redmayne portrayed me very well in "The Theory of Everything." He spent time with Als sufferers so he could be authentic. At times, I thought he was me." Toh -Break- Sasha Stone considers the case of Angelina Jolie and her helming of "Unbroken" in terms of Oscar history: "The surprising thing about movie stars and Best Director is that they really can be like a supernova descending. Ben Affleck’s star power during "Argo" was a major force for the film’s success.  If you’ve ever stood in a room with an actor-turned-director you can feel their charisma from all the w. »

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