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Mike Leigh tells brutal truth about the real 'Mr. Turner': 'I'm not Hollywood' (Podcast)'

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As Mike Leigh's new film "Mr. Turner" reveals, famous British painter J.M.W. Turner was an infamous human being. Even though he was widely perceived to be a refined aristocrat of the early 19th century, he was also vulgar, selfish and cruel. Hollywood biopics usually paint their subjects in heroic light, but the only place you'll find a golden glow in "Mr. Turner" is around the signature sunsets and burning Parliament buildings so celebrated in his paintings. Why does Leigh risk turning off moviegoers by delivering such a brutally harsh portrayal of the artist in "Mr. Turner"? "It's not in my nature to do that," Leigh tells Gold Derby editor Tom O'Neil in their podcast chat. (Tune in below.) "I couldn't do that if I wanted to, really. I'm not Hollywood. It's an independent European film. It's got nothing to do with Hollywood." Listen to their audio podcast below. »


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Lisa Kudrow: Return of 'The Comeback' is a 'dream come true' (Podcast)

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"It's like a dream come true," said Lisa Kudrow during her chat with Gold Derby editor Tom O'Neil about the return of cult comedy hit "The Comeback" to HBO. Listen to their audio podcast below. Has Kudrow's character Valerie Cherish learned anything in the nine years since we last saw her? "You know, I think she's a fraction better. But a fraction. Because no one completely changes into another human being. She gets it now. -Break- Vote now: Strongman Dell Toledo has 15/2 odds of dying next on 'Ahs: Freak Show' "She's a decent person, [but] I think she can't help but be self-absorbed," she adds. "Whatever that damage is, we haven't fully explored yet. That whole thing also just about having to be nice and positive, it's also for herself to keep going ... if she's gonna stay in this game." Kudrow reveals that the original British "The Office"..."' »


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Ann Dowd on her silent 'Leftovers' role: 'You better get your act together, girl' [Exclusive Video]

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"There is no bag of tricks. You better get your act together, girl," said "The Leftovers" star Ann Dowd in our recent video chat (watch it below) about the challenge of playing a woman who doesn't speak. Her character, Patti Levin, leads the Guilty Remnant, a cult whose members have taken a vow of silence following the disappearance of two-percent of the world's population. "It was a tremendous learning experience," Dowd adds of shooting scenes without dialogue. "Don't walk onto that set if you don't know what you want … It takes the nonsense right out of it." -Break- Justin Theroux ('The Leftovers') on benefits of not knowing what comes next Do you think Dowd's taciturn performance will earn her a Golden Globe nomination for Best TV Supporting Actress? Click here to make your predictions in all Golden Globe TV races, or use our drag-and-drop menu at the bottom »


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Finn Wittrock ('Ahs: Freak Show') on crazy Dandy, underwear scenes and potential Season 5

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On "American Horror Story: Freak Show," Finn Wittrock plays deranged serial killer-in-training Dandy Mott, one of the season's most popular characters. Humbly, he says he feels very much like a newcomer on the FX hit that includes such regular series mega-stars as Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates and Frances Conroy.  "The first few episodes didn't seem real," he tells Gold Derby in our webcam chat (watch below). "Are they gonna find out that I'm still here? I mean, this isn't right, right? They're gonna fire me at some point."  Wittrock says that the cast and crew welcomed him with open arms. But with the current season winding down (they're about to start production on the final episode of the season), would Wittrock be interested in coming back for Season 5 of the franchise next year if creator Ryan Murphy asked him? -Break- Vote now: Strongman Dell Toledo has 15/2 odds of »


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Finn Wittrock ('Ahs: Freak Show') on playing crazy, underwear scenes and potential Season 5

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On "American Horror Story: Freak Show," Finn Wittrock plays deranged serial killer-in-training Dandy Mott, one of the season's most popular characters. Humbly, he says he feels very much like a newcomer on the FX hit that includes such regular series mega-stars as Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates and Frances Conroy.  "The first few episodes didn't seem real," he tells Gold Derby in our webcam chat (watch below). "Are they gonna find out that I'm still here? I mean, this isn't right, right? They're gonna fire me at some point."  Wittrock says that the cast and crew welcomed him with open arms. But with the current season winding down (they're about to start production on the final episode of the season), would Wittrock be interested in coming back for Season 5 of the franchise next year if creator Ryan Murphy asked him? -Break- Vote now: Strongman Dell Toledo has 15/2 odds of »


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Richard Jenkins on 'connecting' with Frances McDormand in 'Olive Kitteridge' [Exclusive Video]

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"The more I worked on it, the more I thought of my mom," admits Richard Jenkins about his performance the beleaguered husband of the title character in the HBO miniseries "Olive Kitteridge." As he explained during our webcam chat (watch below): "It wasn't intentional. My mother was very kind; she was filled with kindness. It just kept coming back to me that this is kind of like my mom. She was a very sweet, patient, understanding woman. Henry kind of became her." -Break- Do you think Jenkins will earn a Golden Globe nomination for Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actor? 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 can keep editing them right up until the day Globe nominations are announced. »


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'The Amazing Race' contest leader predicts elimination of Amy & Maya next

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"I don't want to be here anymore!" cries Amy DeJong during CBS's preview of Friday's all new "The Amazing Race" episode, titled "You're Taking My Tan Off." (Watch the trailer below.) Amy and Maya have 14/5 odds of being eliminated next according to Gold Derby's exclusive racetrack odds, but what does last week's contest leader Chavel Dixon (Couch Potato) think? Gold Derby sat down with Dixon to talk about how he knew Timothy and Te Jay would be eliminated last week, who he thinks is going home next, and who he's predicting to win Season 25. -Break- Psst: Here's how to predict reality TV shows and win bragging rights And prizes! Why did you predict Timothy and Te Jay to be eliminated? I picked them to be eliminated mainly because they came in last on the last leg but were saved by the non-elimination leg. Usually, teams have a hard time coming »


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Let's give thanks for the top 10 Thanksgiving TV episodes of all time'

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Over the years, television has produced many such memorable moments as family and friends gathering together to celebrate Thanksgiving. Here are my top 10 episodes to give thanks. -Break- 1. "The Bob Newhart Show" - "Over the River and Through the Woods" (1975) Bob (Bob Newhart), Jerry, Howard and Mr. Carlin get completely drunk while spending the holiday at Bob's apartment while Emily (Suzanne Pleshette) is visiting her family.  Enjoy special moments of ordering Chinese food for Thanksgiving. 2. "Bewitched" - "Samantha's Thankgiving to Remember" (1967) There's nothing more authentic than an original Thanksgiving with actual Pilgrims and Indians. Ironically, Darren (Dick York) is the one put on trial for being a witch and not Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery). 15 hottest forums posts: Your Thanksgiving choices of worst film turkeys 3. "Saturday Night Live" - "Paul Simon/George Harrison..."' »


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Road to Oscars calendar packed with precursor prizes

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After shifting into March to get out of the way of the 2014 Winter Olympics, the Oscars are heading back to February next year, with the 87th annual edition of these kudos to take place on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. In the 90 days leading up to Oscar Sunday, a slew of precursor prizes will be handed out. While the last of these will be the Indie Spirit Awards, which take place just 24 hours before the Oscars, those nominations were announced on Nov. 25. Prior to the Jan. 8 deadline for Oscar nomination ballots, the major critics groups will have weighed in with winners while the Golden Globes, SAG and Critics' Choice Awards will have announced nominations as will the following guilds (producers, writers, art directors, costume designers and editors).  Below, we detail these key dates.  -Break- Note: Winners events are in gold while nomination announcments are italicized.  Dec. 1 - New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Winners Announced. »

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News Nuggets: Joni Mitchell shoots down Taylor Swift playing her in a biopic

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Legendary singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell shoots down the idea of current superstar Taylor Swift playing her in a biopic. Although Swift has expressed interest in playing the role, Mitchell says, "I squelched that! I said to the producer, 'All you've got is a girl with high cheekbones.'" Of the planned adaptation of Sheila Weller's "Girls Like Us," Mitchell adds, "It's just a lot of gossip, you don't have the great scenes. There's a lot of nonsense about me in books, assumptions, assumptions, assumptions."  Vulture -Break- Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon will soon be coming to television. The high profile "Big Little Lies" will be a limited series based on the book by Liane Moriarty. It is a subversive comedy about three mothers whose "apparently perfect lives unravel to the poin to murder. TV Hall of Famer David E. Kelley, who has helped his actors win 38 Emmys during his career, »


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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)'

25 November 2014 1:25 PM, PST

"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,' ...

25 November 2014 12:33 PM, PST

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

25 November 2014 11:00 AM, PST

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

25 November 2014 10:59 AM, PST

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]

25 November 2014 10:45 AM, PST

"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

25 November 2014 8:48 AM, PST

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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