Does Clint Eastwood want Tom Cruise for "A Star is Born"? "Clint Eastwood is hoping to persuade Hollywood renaissance man Tom Cruise to take the lead in his forthcoming remake of A Star Is Born opposite Beyoncé, Deadline reports. Cruise is just the latest Hollywood A-lister to be attached to the role in what will be the fourth version of the story, which sees a fading star fall in love with a youthful ingenue who begins to eclipse him." GUARDIAN
Oscar nominations moved up in 2013 to test online voting: "There has been speculation for years that the ceremony would be moved to early February or late January to try and trim a marathon awards season while keeping films fresher for potential viewers, TheWrap reports ... But a move to an earlier Oscars is still a long way off. After a trial run at online voting next year, the Academy needs to find a way to make the voting period shorter through streaming nominated films to voters. Documentary is already in the works, and short film and foreign language categories are coming up next." CELEBRITY CAFE
Why HBO's "Luck" ran out of luck: "The cancelation of 'Luck' while in production on its second season came as something of a shock Wednesday, but certainly made sense in the big picture. Two horses were unfortunately killed during the filming of Season 1 and a third died recently while filming Season 2. But to claim HBO was quick to pull the plug after the third horse died because the ratings for 'Luck' were meager – and conversely would have kept a hit show like 'Game of Thrones' on the air despite such deaths – is to ignore the HBO business model ... Buzz, hype – and awards – are essential to the formula that fuels HBO’s business model and three dead horses is not the kind of buzz HBO is after." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"Mad Men" creator already has his eye on the finish line: "... Matthew Weiner is already looking ahead to the series’ seventh and likely final season. 'I think the plan is for ("Mad Men" to run for) seven years,' Weiner said tonight at a PaleyFest panel. 'Seven years sounds like the right amount…My whole thing is, I don’t want to overstay our welcome. And it’s really hard ... I was with "The Sopranos" the last three seasons of the show, and what happens is you just start running into the places where you’ve been over and over again and it just becomes impossible,' he said." DEADLINE
Bruce Springsteen ends Adele's number-one run on the Billboard chart: "Springsteen's 'Wrecking Ball' LP sold 196,000 copies in its first week and hit Number One on the Billboard album chart, ending Adele's 23-week run at the top. The not-so-good news is the same thing that's plagued rock stars from Van Halen to Coldplay – Springsteen's new singles, even the Grammy-opening 'We Take Care of Our Own,' are nowhere to be found on the charts." ROLLING STONE
The Ghanta Awards are India's answer to the Razzies: "Ghanta Awards started to be handed out two years ago, when Karan Anshuman thought that it would be shame if Bollywood did not have a provision to award the bad movies, given the amount of rubbish it produces each year. This year’s awards have got some distinguished nominees to boast of." DAILY BHASKAR
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Oscar Nominations: New York state resident Tim Kressner (gufa54) won $1,000 for reaping the highest percentage (78%) when predicting Academy Award noms. Watch our video chat with him here and learn his strategy for making picks. See the leaderboard here. See Kressner's predix here.
Golden Globes (Film): Mario Gomez, a med studen in Mexico, won our contest with the highest percentage of correct picks (86%) and highest point score (2,693). See our video chat with him here. Two other contestants also scored 86%: lulo1989 and eastwest. Tom O'Neil reaped best Experts' score. David Schnelwar had top score among our Editors. See the leaderboard here to see if you made the top tier.
Critics Choice Nominations: Bryce H scored an impressive 83% when sizing up 20 categories. That was one percentage point ahead of our smartest Editor, Daniel Montgomery. Our top Expert was also one of our Editors, Paul Sheehan, who reaped 74%. To see how you performed, check out our leaderboard plus the score section of your account page.
Golden Globe (Film) Nominations: Jonathan was our top User, reaping a staggering 86% when forecasting the lineup of 10 categories. That put him six percentage points ahead of our best Expert -- Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood) -- and eight ahead of our leading Editor, Daniel Montogomery. Did you made the cut on the leaderboard score breakdown?
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award Winners: Christian aced all rivals, scoring 82%. That was almost 20 percentage points ahead of our top Expert (Edward Douglas of ComingSoon ) and Editor (Matt Noble), both of whom earned scores of 64%. Christian foresaw that surprise screenplay win for "Before Midnight." See leaderboard.