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News Nuggets: What do Grammys' secretive Daft Punk duo actually look like behind helmets?

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entertainment news nuggetsWhat do the secretive men inside the Daft Punk helmets actually look like? Chris Lee profiles the duo, which won Sunday's top Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Frenchmen Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo speak fluent English and work inside the Jim Henson complex in Hollywood. Since 2001, they have refused to appear in public without their robot disguises, but at a Grammy after-party they took off their helmets and celebrated with a celebrity crowd including Beyonce, Jay-Z, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Trent Reznor, and Jared Leto. L.A. Times.

entertainment news nuggetsThe rumors are not true that there will be a four-hour director's cut of "The Wolf of Wall Street" on Blu-ray. Oscar-nominated director Martin Scorsese edited down a much longer rough cut to the three-hour version currently in theaters. Without yet announcing a release date, Paramount says that "there is not a director's cut version of the film for home entertainment and the film will be released as seen in theaters." In addition to directing, the movie is also an Oscar nominee for Best Picture, Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Supporting Actor (Jonah Hill), and Best Adapted Screenplay. Rope of Silicon.

entertainment news nuggetsCelebrating its 75th anniversary, "The Wizard of Oz" will be featured with a special segment on this year's Academy Awards ceremony. A 1939 Best Picture nominee, the classic film starring Judy Garland was defeated for the top prize by "Gone with the Wind." The movie did win two Oscars that year, for Best Original Score and Best Original Song ("Over the Rainbow"). Show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said, "We are delighted to celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved movies of all time at this year's Oscars." Thompson on Hollywood.

entertainment news nuggetsSinger, songwriter, and activist Pete Seeger dies Monday at age 94. Rocker Bruce Springsteen described him as "the father of American folk music." In his career, he popularized such songs as "This Land Is Your Land," "We Shall Overcome," "If I Had a Hammer," and "Turn, Turn, Turn." Among his many influences were Springsteen, Joan Baez, Dave Matthews, Rufus Wainwright, John Mellencamp, and Arlo Guthrie. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received a Kennedy Center Honors. USA Today.

entertainment news nuggetsBruce Dern will receive the Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on February 8. After being snubbed by the Oscars, Emma Thompson will no longer accept that award, so Dern earns the festival's top honor instead for his film career. During this awards season, Dern has been nominated for his role in "Nebraska" at the Oscars, SAG Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTA, and Critics Choice. Previous recipients of this honor have included Jeff Bridges, Michael Douglas, Clint Eastwood, Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, and Christopher Plummer. Hollywood Reporter.

entertainment news nuggetsNBC cancels freshman comedy "Sean Saves the World." The Sean Hayes comeback show has struggled in the Thursday ratings after airing 12 episodes. It has been paired with another first-year program, "The Michael J. Fox Show," but both have not performed well. At the TCA meetings last week, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said, "Creatively, we think they're good shows, and we're really unhappy that we can't find an audience for them in those time periods." Deadline.

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Academy president Tom Sherak, who expanded Oscars Best Picture race, dies at 68

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Jan 28 2014 18:03 pm
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Tom Sherak, who led the motion picture academy through a period of great change and revitalization, died Tuesday at age 68 after a 12-year battle with prostate cancer 

As president of the academy, this marketing exec implemented the expansion of the roster of Best Picture nominees from five to 10 in 2009. After two years, he oversaw the finessing of this category so that between five and 10 pictures were nominated; the final tally has come in at nine in each of the three years of this modification.

He also advocated the use of electronic voting. Sure, there were some growing pains last year when it was introduced but this year it has been all systems go. 

And he pushed for greater inclusivity in the exclusive membership of the academy, with more women and visible minorities being asked to join each year of his tenure. 

Sherak also used his diplomatic skills to jumpstart the stalled academy museum and merged his organization's efforts with that of the LA County Museum of Art, with a new building set to open on museum mile in 2017. 

And he shepherded the negotiations with ABC which will see the Oscarcast on the alphabet net till 2020. 

After stepping down as academy president in 2012, this one-time executive at Fox and Revolution took on a non-paid position as film czar for the city of Los Angeles. 

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NBC moves up Emmys to a Monday in August

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NBC announced Tuesday that it would air this year's Primetime Emmys on Monday, August 25. The ceremony will air live coast-to-coast for those who can be tempted inside on a summer's eve. 

This shift from the usual late September slot is not a surprise given that the last two times that the Peacock net's turn came up on the wheel, it also moved the kudocast back to August so as not to conflict with its ratings hit "Sunday Night Football." 

However, in a real headscratcher, NBC is airing the Emmys on a Monday ... because of an NFL pre-season game on the Sunday night. 

Why not just air the Emmys on a Monday in September then? 

You have to go back to 1976 to find the last time that the Emmys aired on a Monday -- and that was when the awards were in late May to coincide with the end of the regular TV season.

Sure, the Oscars used to air on Mondays but even this granddaddy of awards shows moved back to Sunday in 1999 as the number of TVs in use is significantly higher. 

The Creative Arts Emmys are set for Saturday, August 16. No worries about low viewership for these awards as they only air in a tape-delayed edited version on Reelz. 

In 2006, NBC used the Emmys to showcase Conan O'Brien while it put Jimmy Fallon in the spotlight in 2010. The logical choice this time around would be Seth Myers, who takes over Fallon's gig as host of "Late Night" this spring. 

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Oscars flashback: When Best Picture was decided by preferential ballot (1934 - 1945)

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In 2009 -- when the academy went to 10 Best Picture nominees for the first time since 1943 -- the preferential system of voting, which had been used from 1934 to 1945, was reintroduced. The academy did so as it believed this "best allows the collective judgment of all voting members to be most accurately represented." 

While we have written about this extensively already, we are obsessed with all things Oscar here at Gold Derby. So, let's take a look back at those dozen years when the academy first used this complicated counting to determine the Best Picture winner. (At the bottom of this post, be sure to vote for the film that you think will take the top Oscar this year.)

RELATED: Which Best Picture nominee will get those crucial second-place votes?

1934
This seventh ceremony marked the first time that the Oscars eligibility period was the calendar year. It also marked the introduction of the preferential ballot to determine the Best Picture winner. There were 12 nominees this year, up from 10 in 1932/33. 

"The Barretts of Wimpole Street"
"Cleopatra"
"Flirtation Walk"
"The Gay Divorcee"
"Here Comes the Navy" 
"The House of Rothschild" 
"Imitation of Life"
"It Happened One Night"
"One Night of Love"
"The Thin Man" 
"Viva Villa!" 
"The White Parade" 

"One Night of Love" led with six nominations but won just two -- Score, Sound Recording -- while "It Happened One Night" won all five of its bids, becoming the first film to claim Best Picture, Director (Frank Capra), Actor (Clark Gable), Actress (Claudette Colbert) and Screenplay. 
 

1935
This marked the second (and last time) that there were a dozen Best Picture nominees.

"Alice Adams" 
"Broadway Melody of 1936" 
"Captain Blood"
"David Copperfield" 
"The Informer" 
"Les Miserables" 
"The Lives of a Bengal Lancer"
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" 
"Mutiny on the Bounty" 
"Naughty Marietta" 
"Ruggles of Red Gap"
"Top Hat" 

"Mutiny on the Bounty" led with eight nominations, including a record three for Best Actor -- Clark Gable, Charles Laughton, Franchot Tone -- but won just Best Picture; it was the last of three such solo champs after "The Broadway Melody" (1929/1930) and "Grand Hotel" (1931/32). "The Informer" won four of its five Oscars bids, including the first of four for helmer John Ford.
 

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Will guild awards preview Emmy nominations for TV comedies?

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Jan 28 2014 05:45 am
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We have already looked at how the guild award nominations can be a guidepost to predicting the Emmy nominees for Best Drama Series. Now, let's turn our attention to the comedy side. (Next month, we will have a roundup of all the winners.)

RELATEDWill guild awards preview Emmy nominations for TV dramas?

While 23 comedies received at least one guild nomination this season, we have concentrated on the eight laffers that registered with at least three guilds. These are listed below with notation made of multiple nominations from a guild in brackets.

"Modern Family" was recognized by the most guilds (7) and reaped the most nominations (12). Compare those stats to the top drama series: "Game of Thrones” contends at 12 of the 14 guilds -- it missed the deadline for the WGA and was snubbed by the Camera Operators Society, the only one of the 14 without an equivalent Emmy. And “Breaking Bad” earned the most nominations (22), with multiple bids from many groups, including the writers where it got four.

“Arrested Development” did well despite being snubbed for Best Comedy Series at the Emmys and earning only three nominations there; it reaped six nominations spread across five guilds. Compare that to the sole guild nomination for "Girls" (casting), which contended for five Emmys including Best Comedy Series. 

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Tony Awards preview: What musicals could contend?

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With just three months to go till the end of the season on April 24, let's take a look at the leading contenders for this year's Tony Awards. The 67th edition of these top theater honors will take place on June 8. 

First up, the musicals. 

BEST MUSICAL
"After Midnight"
"Aladdin"
"Beautiful"
"The Bridges of Madison County"
"Bullets Over Broadway"
"A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder"
"If/Then"
"Rocky"

Unlike last season, there are no clear frontrunners for Best Musical. Rather, this year's roster has eight contenders competing for the four slots. 

Indeed, this is shaping up to be one of the most diverse categories in recent years, with new tuners ranging from jukebox musicals ("After Midnight," "Beautiful"), to big budget stage adaptations of Oscar winners ("Rocky," "Bullets Over Broadway") to Disney musicals ("Aladdin").

Only "After Midnight" and "Gentleman’s Guide" have run since the beginning of the season; both continue to do solid business.

The cache of talent behind the yet-to-be-opened shows is impressive. "If/Then" is the work of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, the team behind the Pulitzer and Tony winner "Next to Normal."  "Rocky," produced by Sylvester Stallone, has a score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime) and was both a critical and box office hit in Germany. And "Bullets Over Broadway" boasts a book by the film’s writer and director, Woody Allen

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News Nuggets: Will BAFTA decide everything for this year's major Oscar races?

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entertainment news nuggetsKris Tapley believes this year's BAFTA Awards could make a "real difference" towards the eventual Oscar winners. Because there is such a long stretch between the major guild awards and the Academy Awards ceremony on March 2, these February 16 kudos could be "a real place of the buzz wave." That is especially true with such a tight three-way Best Picture race. Will the Brits want to give "Gravity" the award for Best British Film and the top prize to "12 Years a Slave" to split their support? And where will that leave the other co-favorite "American Hustle"? Also, "Dallas Buyers Club" Oscar frontrunners Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto aren't even nominated at BAFTA. HitFix.

entertainment news nuggetsAt that BAFTA ceremony, Dame Helen Mirren will receive the group's highest honor. She will be awarded the Fellowship by the British Academy "in recognition of her outstanding contribution to film and television." In her career, she has won four BAFTA Awards among seven nominations. Previous Fellowship recipients have included Charlie Chaplin, Sean Connery, Judi Dench, Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, and Vanessa Redgrave. Thompson on Hollywood.

entertainment news nuggetsOscar winner Quentin Tarantino files a lawsuit against website Gawker for publishing his unfilmed "The Hateful Eight" screenplay online. His case will be led by "hard-nosed litigator" Martin Singer. They accuse the website of "predatory journalism" for encouraging people to illegally "enjoy" reading the script. Gawker responds that Tarantino "turned his script into a news story, one that garnered him a great deal of attention." They believe they had the right to publish because of the "intense news interest." Deadline.

entertainment news nuggetsJohnny Depp will be feted with the first-ever Distinguished Artisan Award from the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild. The honor will be presented at the February 15 ceremony by his makeup artist Joel Harlow. Depp is known for a wide range of image-shifting roles in such films as "The Lone Ranger," "Edward Scissorhands," "Alice in Wonderland," "Pirates of the Caribbean," and "Dark Shadows." Hollywood Reporter.

entertainment news nuggetsSunday's Grammy Awards grab its second biggest audience in the past 21 years. The 28.5 rating was just slightly higher than last year's ceremony but trailed a good bit behind the 2012 event (which amazed with 39 million for a Whitney Houston tribute). The kudos normally air in early February but moved to January this year to avoid the Olympics. TV Guide.

entertainment news nuggetsAll 18 Grammy performances are ranked from top to bottom in a new photo gallery. The top three are Beyonce and Jay-Z ("Drunk in Love"), Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ("Same Love"), Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder ("Get Lucky"). At the bottom are Metallica and Lang Lang ("One"), Hunter Hayes ("Invisible"), and Lorde ("Royals"). E! Online.

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Tom O'Neil tops all Experts with Grammy Awards winner predictions

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Gold Derby's founder Tom O'Neil was the best Expert with 66% correct on his 2013 Grammy Awards predictions. Eight music and entertainment journalists took part in this year's contest.

Second place is held by Glenn Gamboa (Newsday) with 63%. Third place is a tie between Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby) and Chris Willman with 60%.

Next up was Edna Gundersen (USA Today) with 58%, and then Lyndsey Parker (Yahoo Music) at 46%, and Nekesa Moody (Associated Press) with 38%. Phil Gallo (Billboard) had 53% correct, but he only completed 23 of 35 categories.

The eight "Experts" fared poorly when predicting three of the top four races: Album, Record and Song of the Year. Only one foresaw Daft Punk's victory for best album (Lyndsey Parker) and only one (Nekesa Moody) picked the French dance duo to bag best record. Two pundits correctly nailed best song: Edna Gundersen and Lyndsey Parker. However, seven of the eight pundits fared well predicting the winner of Best New Artist: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

Click here for a breakdown of all top scorers in our leaderboard. To see the pundits' original predictions, click here.

RELATED: See how you did predicting Grammy Awards winners.

Among the more difficult yet impressive picks by O'Neil were: Lorde (Pop Solo Performance), Imagine Dragons (Rock Performance), Vampire Weekend (Alternative Music Album), Michael Buble (Traditional Pop Album), and Kathy Griffin (Comedy Album).

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See how you did predicting the Grammy Awards winners

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Congratulations to our site User bondzzz, who earned the top score of 78% accuracy predicting the Grammy Awards winners. He actually tied with Couch Potato and rwheels24 but better used the 500 and 200 point bets for the most total points of 3,636.

About 700 Gold Derby readers forecasted this year's Grammy champs, logging over 19,000 predictions in 35 categories. To see how you fared, log in to your account and, under your profile picture in the left column, click Grammy Awards 2013.

Click here to see a breakdown of all top scorers in our leaderboard. To see how we fared predicting each category, click here.

RELATED: Tom O'Neil tops all Grammys experts.

A total of 29 Users beat our best Editor -- David Schnelwar -- who scored 69% correct. Next up was Rob Licuria at 63%, followed by a tie at 58% between Daniel Montgomery and Marcus Dixon. I was in the last spot at 55%.

Gold Derby's founder Tom O'Neil was the best Expert with 66% accuracy. Second place is held by Glenn Gamboa (Newsday) with 63%. Third place is a tie between Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby) and Chris Willman with 60%.

Next up is Edna Gundersen (USA Today) with 58%, and then Lyndsey Parker (Yahoo Music) at 46%, and Nekesa Moody (Associated Press) with 38%. Phil Gallo (Billboard) had 53% correct but only completed 23 of 35 categories.

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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.

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1 BoyhoodBoyhood
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2 UnbrokenUnbroken
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4 The Imitation GameThe Imitation Game
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10/1
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12/1
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12/1
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14/1
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33/1
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33/1
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BEST PICTURE:
'Boyhood' fights off strong challenges from 'Birdman' 'The Imitation Game.'
 
BEST DIRECTOR:
Past nominee Bennett Miller ('Foxcatcher') vs. rookies Linklater, Jolie. 
 
BEST ACTOR:
Eddie Redmayne ('The Theory of Everything') rising; Steve Carell ('Foxcatcher') falling.

 
BEST ACTRESS:
New entry Julianne Moore ('Still Alice') leaps ahead of Amy Adams ('Big Eyes').
 
BEST S. ACTOR:
Vet J.K. Simmons ('Whiplash') extends lead over Mark Ruffalo, ('Foxcatcher').
 
BEST S. ACTRESS: Patricia Arquette ('Boyhood') far in front for her 12-year commitment to film. 
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