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News Nuggets: Will there be a 'How I Met Your Father' next?

By Chris Beachum
By Chris Beachum
Oct 31 2013 09:35 am

entertainment news nuggetsWill there be a CBS sequel to "How I Met Your Mother"? Nellie Andreeva breaks news that producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are working with Emily Spivey on a female version of the premise: a young woman hanging out with her New York friends would discuss her quest to meet her future husband. The laffer would feature none of the current stars, including Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Jason Segel, Josh Radnor, and Cobie Smulders, but the new cast might be introduced in its series finale next May. Deadline.

entertainment news nuggetsSusan Wloszczyzna interviews Oscar contender Jared Leto about his "defining role" as Rayon, a HIV-positive transsexual drug user, in "Dallas Buyers Club." She also looks back at his start in the TV series "My So-Called Life" and the move to "edgier fare" in films like "Requiem for a Dream," "Fight Club," and "American Psycho." Roger Ebert.

entertainment news nuggetsMichael Ausiello exclusively confirms that "Glee" producers are considering a shift from a high school show to a program completely set in New York. Creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan would have to decide which Ohio teachers or students would make the move to join original stars Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, and Naya Rivera. The Fox dramedy will have the rest of this fifth season and one more full season before ending. TV Line.

entertainment news nuggetsSix of this year's hottest Oscar contenders get together for a roundtable interview. Josh Brolin ("Labor Day"), Jake Gyllenhaal ("Prisoners"), Michael B. Jordan ("Fruitvale Station"), Leto and Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club"), and Forest Whitaker ("The Butler") chat about bad auditions, bad directors, and being afraid. Hollywood Reporter.

entertainment news nuggetsGet ready for the People Magazine Awards, launching late next year on NBC. Produced with the new ownership of Dick Clark Productions, the ceremony will present awards in such categories as "Biggest Phenomenon," "Most Stylish Person," "Funniest Person," "Sexiest Woman," and the show's biggest honor "Most Popular Person." NBC has been investing lately in more kudos events, including the Hollywood Film Awards and American Comedy Awards to go with its long-running Golden Globes. Hollywood Reporter.

entertainment news nuggetsABC sells out of its advertising inventory for the 86th Academy Awards on March 2. Media buyers confirm that the network has been asking record prices, in the $1.8 million range, for a 30-second commercial. The sell-out date was near Christmas last year for the Oscars, but demand is now even greater for live events with large social media components. Variety.



Do you know these 8 secret spots at Gold Derby?

By Tom O'Neil
By Tom O'Neil
Oct 30 2013 16:53 pm

There are lots of intriguing areas of Gold Derby that you may not know about. For example …

1.) Have you explored our charts that track the movement of Oscar predictions category per category? Look at the chart above and see how Robert Redford ("All is Lost") led the Best Actor race in early September, then dropped back behind Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave") and now he's pushing ahead, threatening to reclaim the lead. That's why we call this a derby. Use the tabs in the left column of that page to see more categories and click on the tabs on top to maneuver through similar prediction charts tracking the picks by our Editors.

2.) Notice that there's a tab on those pages for handicapping. You'll find handicapping info all over our site.

3.) Candidate pages. When you click on the names of most actors, directors, movies and TV titles mentioned in articles and charts, you'll land on a page that gives in-depth info. For example, here's the page on Robert Redford. Notice that it not only includes his bio, filmography, but his awards history, too. When we list losing nominations, we cite who beat him. Also notice that we invite you to give us your opinion by ranking Redford with one to five golden nuggets.

5.) Category analysis. We dish the drama behind every major awards category like this example: Best Picture at the Oscars.

6.) Leaderboards. See who scored the best when predicting past award events here.

7.) Past predictions. Do you want to see my Oscar predictions from last year? Or those any other Expert or Editor from two years ago? Check here. You can access this section through the "Leaderboards" area in our gold drop-down menu on top of every page.



Can Elisabeth Moss win SAG Award in rematch against Laura Linney?

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Oct 30 2013 13:24 pm

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Elisabeth Moss currently gets best odds to win Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress at the SAG Awards for "Top of the Lake," but are we underestimating Laura Linney ("The Big C: Hereafter") yet again?

In September, Moss and Jessica Lange ("American Horror Story: Asylum") were considered frontrunners for the Emmy, only for both to be ambushed by Linney, who has lost just one of her five career Emmy bids. But at SAG Lange and "American Horror Story" must compete in the drama categories, where they were entered in the horror anthology's first year, leaving Moss and Linney to reprise their Emmy rivalry head-to-head.

Moss leads with 9/5 odds. She's already a two-time SAG-winner as a member of the "Mad Men" ensemble, but she has never won individually.

Linney is also a SAG-winner. She previously claimed TV Movie/Mini Actress in 2008 for "John Adams" and has three other nominations for her feature film work.

With 4/1 odds, Linney is tied for second place with Helen Mirren, who starred in "Phil Spector." The HBO docudrama was controversial, but Mirren is a favorite of SAG with four previous wins, including one in this category for "Elizabeth I."

They're likely to be joined by Helena Bonham Carter, who played Elizabeth Taylor in the biopic "Burton and Taylor" – not to be confused with the panned Lindsay Lohan vehicle "Liz and Dick." Carter previously won at SAG along with the ensemble of "The King's Speech" and ranks fourth in this race with 8/1 odds.



Florida Georgia Line will overtake previous winners for Vocal Duo at CMAs

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Oct 30 2013 09:37 am

cmas vocal duo florida georgia line civil wars thompson square sugarland big and rich love and theftFirst-time CMA nominees Florida Georgia Line will also be first-time winners according to our predictors, who give them field-leading 3/10 odds to win Vocal Duo of the Year. But to do so they'll have to get past a pair of previous victors.

Sugarland won this category for five consecutive years (2007-2011) before finally losing to Thompson Square in 2012. But this year Thompson Square ranks third with 12/1 odds, while Sugarland trails in fourth with 25/1 odds.



News Nuggets: 'Wolf of Wall Street' competing as comedy at Golden Globes

By Chris Beachum
By Chris Beachum
Oct 30 2013 08:00 am

entertainment news nuggetsKristopher Tapley offers up two important news items about "The Wolf of Wall Street," directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Paramount will release the 165-minute film throughout the U.S. on Christmas Day. And it will compete at the Golden Globes in the comedy/musical categories, where it could face stiff competition from "August: Osage County" and "Inside Llewyn Davis." HitFix.

entertainment news nuggetsIn other category news, Clayton Davis reports that past Oscar winner Sofia Coppola is campaigning for Best Original Screenplay of "The Bling Ring," even though the script was based on a Vanity Fair article. Danny Strong ("The Butler") is following the same path, despite a script inspired by a feature article. Awards Circuit.

entertainment news nuggetsSasha Stone offers up her "state of the race" for Best Director at the Oscars. She proclaims Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave"), Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity"), and Alexander Payne ("Nebraska") as locks, and Paul Greengrass ("Captain Phillips") and Joel and Ethan Coen ("Inside Llewyn Davis") as probable nominees. Awards Daily.

entertainment news nuggetsIn a tribute to Halloween, what are the 25 best horror movies since Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" was released in 1980? A special photo gallery touts "Mulholland Dr.," "The Silence of the Lambs," "The Fly," "Donnie Darko," "Blue Velvet," and "Evil Dead 2" as some of the top choices. Vulture.

entertainment news nuggets"Homeland," an Emmy and Globe winner for Best Drama Series, delivers its highest ratings this season for its fifth episode on Sunday. Airing against the World Series and the popular "The Walking Dead," the program brought in two million viewers. It was the second biggest audience in the show's three years on Showtime. Deadline.

entertainment news nuggetsAFI Fest 2013 adds more panels to its upcoming Hollywood event. A "rising stars" Q&A on November 8 will feature Dane DeHaan ("Kill Your Darlings"), Greta Gerwig ("Frances Ha"), Michael B. Jordan ("Fruitvale Station"), Brie Larson ("Short Term 12"), and Miles Teller ("The Spectacular Now"). McQueen is a special guest on November 10. Annette Bening chats about her career on November 12. Thompson on Hollywood/Indiewire.



Golden Globes switcheroo: 'Wolf of Wall Street' plays for laughs

By Paul Sheehan
By Paul Sheehan
Oct 30 2013 02:28 am

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Turns out that Martin Scorsese's highly anticipated "The Wolf of Wall Street" is a savage satire on the ways and means of Wall Street. The picture, based on the bestselling memoir by Jordan Belfort, stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the disgraced financier who ran roughshod in the 1980s and 1990s. 

This hot Oscar prospect will contend in the less competitive Comedy/Musical categories at the Golden Globes. This is a savvy move on the part of Paramount, as this fifth collaboaration between Scorsese and Globes darling DiCaprio is now all but certain now to reap bids for picture as well as star when the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. reveals nominations on Dec. 12. And it should also contend in the comedy categories at the Critics Choice awards, which will unveil its lineup on Dec. 16.

Expect the studio to tout these nominations in advance of the film opening wide on Christmas Day. It had been skedded tentatively for Nov. 15, but the Oscar-winning director ("The Departed") and his cutter -- three-time Oscar champ Thelma Schoonmaker -- needed more time to bring it in under three hours (it now runs 165 minutes) and ensure it avoided an NC-17 rating. 

At the Globes, "Wolf" will face off against another Paramount release, "Nebraska," for Best Comedy/Musical Picture. Currently, that race is led by "Inside Llewyn Davis" with Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," which also bows Christmas Day, in the mix as are "Her" and "August: Osage County." 

DiCaprio won his only Globe (out of nine noms) for his second film with Scorsese -- "The Aviator" (2004) -- while the helmer won the first of his two Globes for his third recent pairing with the actor -- "The Departed." That film went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars as well as for Scorsese.  

DiCaprio did not reap an Oscar bid for "The Departed" due to confusion as to whether he was in lead or supporting; instead, he was nominated for Best Actor for "Blood Diamond" but lost to Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland"). The pair may well face off again for Best Actor this year as Whitaker is showcased in "The Butler." 

Take a look at the trailer below and be sure to UPDATE your Golden Globe predictions to reflect this change. 

Do you think "The Wolf of Wall Street" will win Best Comedy/Musical Picture at the Golden Globes? Vote below using our easy drag-and-drop menu. 



Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' tops AMA predix for Single of the Year

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Oct 29 2013 21:21 pm

american music awards robin thicke blurred lines macklemore ryan lewis thrift shop florida georgia line cruiseRobin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" is the strong favorite to win Single of the Year at the American Music Awards according to our racetrack odds. The summer smash hit spent 12 weeks at number-one on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, and though it was recently shut out at the MTV VMAs, which are also decided by online voting, it leads this race with 6/5 odds.

But Thicke could be threatened by another number-one single: "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. It's currently the best selling digital song of 2013 and ranks second with 19/10 odds.



Newcomer Kacey Musgraves ahead of CMA darlings for Album of the Year

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Oct 29 2013 20:04 pm

cmas kacey musgraves taylor swift blake shelton little big town carrie underwoodNewcomer Kacey Musgraves has made a big splash at the CMAs this year with six nominations, but despite being new on the scene our predictors give her the best odds (21/20) to win the coveted Album of the Year prize for her major label debut, "Same Trailer Different Park."

That puts her narrowly ahead of Taylor Swift, the only nominee this year who has won the category before ("Fearless," 2009). Though she's even younger than Musgraves she has already racked up seven wins in her career, including two victories for Entertainer of the Year (2009, 2011). But her latest album, "Red," nevertheless trails with 14/5 odds.



$10,000 contest: Let's predict the Breeders' Cup Classic

By Tom O'Neil
By Tom O'Neil
Oct 29 2013 19:38 pm

Breeders Cup Classic news

Your rewards are rich if you win our contest to predict the winners of the Breeders' Cup Classic, which runs this Saturday at Santa Anita Park near Los Angeles: VIP tour of next year's Classic (tickets, airfare, hotel) plus $10,000 donated to the charity of your choice.

How to play? Go to our predictions center in your account area here at Gold Derby and you'll find the Breeders' Cup option added to the award races. It's in the drop-down menu  and also accessible by clicking on the prominent blue button.

Don't have an account? Log in here via Facebook or create a free new account.

Check out our new special section all about the Super Bowl of horse racing. There's an intro, overview, info on the horses, predictions, rankings and racetrack odds. Click on the tabs in the left column of the pages to see more. Read our official game rules. Good luck placing your bets!

Here's how to do that. When you open the predictions box, choose three horses from the left column and drop them into the right column, arranging them by likelihood of winning. Yes, that's the horse track equivalent to you picking win, place and show. Then click "Save Predictions."




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