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'Survivor: San Juan del Sur' Preshow Slugfest: Racists, twins and gays... oh my!

By Marcus James Dixon
By Marcus James Dixon
Sep 20 2014 18:37 pm

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With the premiere of "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" just days away on CBS, two of Gold Derby's reality TV gurus -- myself and Rob Licuria -- sat down to talk you through all of the 18 new castaways and twists coming to Season 29. Yes, you read that right: It's been 29 seasons already. (Watch our preshow slugfest below.)

Among the new contestants who'll be playing against their family members in the second cycle of the popular "Blood vs. Water" format are a racist baseball player (John Rocker), two former "Amazing Race" twins (Nadiya Anderson and Natalie Anderson) and a pair of gay New York actors (Josh Canfield and Reed Kelly).



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

By Charles Bright
By Charles Bright
Sep 19 2014 14:02 pm

"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:



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

By Chris Beachum
By Chris Beachum
Sep 19 2014 12:45 pm

Emmys Tina Fey 30 Rock This Is Where I Leave You Meryl Streep Entertainment NewsKyle 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



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

By Riley Chow
By Riley Chow
Sep 19 2014 12:40 pm

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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)



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

By Riley Chow
By Riley Chow
Sep 19 2014 10:44 am

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.



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

By Chris Beachum
By Chris Beachum
Sep 19 2014 09:15 am

Oscars Jessica Chastain A Most Violent Year Interstellar Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Entertainment NewsAndrea 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



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

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Sep 18 2014 20:33 pm

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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.



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

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Sep 18 2014 17:45 pm

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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.



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

By Chris Beachum
By Chris Beachum
Sep 18 2014 11:43 am

Pauley Perrette Kerry Washington Kaley Cuoco Mariska Hargitay Entertainment NewsIn 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




Inside Track: Oscar Predictions

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Earliest Oscars Predictions Ever

Our Oscarologists are busy updating their predictions as they see more and more contenders. Make your early picks now -- click here -- and change them later as the derby heats up.

Odds   View %  
1 BoyhoodBoyhood
2 BirdmanBirdman
3 UnbrokenUnbroken
4 The Imitation GameThe Imitation Game
5 FoxcatcherFoxcatcher
6 Gone GirlGone Girl
7 The Theory of EverythingThe Theory of Everything
8 InterstellarInterstellar
9 The Grand Budapest HotelThe Grand Budapest Hotel
10 SelmaSelma
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