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Debra Messing, Jon Cryer & John Leverence join 'Derby Talk' show

By Tom O'Neil
By Tom O'Neil
Apr 04 2012 18:53 pm

When Gold Derby launches its new weekly live Emmy show in conjunction with UStream next Monday, April 9, "Derby Talk" will include three Emmy superstars:

* Debra Messing, who won Best Comedy Actress in 2003 for "Will & Grace," is now in the running for Best Drama Actress for "Smash."

* Jon Cryer, who won Best Supporting Comedy Actor in 2009 for "Two and a Half Men," now competes in the lead category.

* John Leverence, senior vice president of awards at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, is the wizard behind the curtain who makes the Emmys run.

The trio will appear separately to discuss their TV jobs and the state of the Emmy race with Gold Derby founder Tom O'Neil and senior editors Chris Beachum, Rob Licuria, Daniel Montgomery and Matt Noble. "Derby Talk" viewers will be able to interact with the program by submitting comments and questions via Twitter using "@goldderby" and participating in the live chat session.

"Derby Talk" tracks the Emmy race by chatting with contenders, experts and other award insiders. It airs live at and at noon to 1 p.m. PT every Monday for 12 weeks, starting April 9.


News Nuggets: Patton Oswalt will host the 16th Annual Webby Awards

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Apr 04 2012 11:52 am

Patton Oswalt will host the 16th Annual Webby Awards. From the press release: "'We are really excited for Patton Oswalt to bring his comedic genius to The Webbys,' said David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. 'Patton is the rare comedian who is just as funny online as on a stage. As we push the boundaries of integrating the audience at home with the live show we think Patton is uniquely suited to be this year's Webby host.'"

Stockard Channing and John Larroquette host the 2012 Drama League Awards: "The awards ceremony is set for Friday afternoon, May 18th at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (1535 Broadway) at Noon. This year’s Drama League Award Nominees will be announced Tuesday morning, April 24th at Sardi’s. 'We are thrilled to have Stockard and John hosting the best party on Broadway,' said Drama League Executive Director Gabriel Shanks of the announcement. 'With two of New York’s brightest stars at the helm, the afternoon will be a joyful and unforgettable celebration of this season’s excellence.'" BROADWAY WORLD

Ashton Kutcher insists he wasn't making fun of country music at the ACM Awards: "Dressed in a black Stetson and red western jacket, Kutcher sang a little bit of George Strait’s 'I Cross My Heart' and then gave [Miranda Lambert] an award ... After reflecting on the moment, Lambert wasn’t so sure how she felt about Kutcher’s behavior at the ACMs. She tweeted, 'Was Ashton Kutcher making fun of country or is it just me? Watching it back now and I'm kinda wondering?' Well Miranda, according to Ashton Kutcher, Ashton Kutcher is actually a country music fan. A huge one! He tweeted, 'I Am One Of The biggest country Music fans you've ever met. Wasn't making fun at all.'" WASHINGTON POST

Michael Musto recreates Susan Lucci's historic Emmy victory: "'You Like Me: An Evening of Classic Acceptance Speeches,' at the edgy Off-Broadway venue Ars Nova in Manhattan, featured an uncanny recreation of Susan Lucci's 1999 acceptance speech for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy Award. Infamous Village Voice columnist Michael Musto was the one to offer Lucci the 'sincerest form of flattery,' and he brought the house down in the process." WE LOVE SOAPS

Tom Cruise will receive Friars Club Entertainment Icon Award: "'Tom Cruise will join an elite group of only three other entertainment legends who have received our Icon Award, and whose work has made a global impact on our industry and changed the very face of cinema,' said Friars Club Abbot Jerry Lewis. The Friars Club, located in New York City, is most famous for its roasting of celebrities ranging from Milton Berle and George Burns to Billy Crystal and Quentin Tarantino. It has a rich, 108-year history." INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES

Adele will release new music this year: "And though it's still unofficial, the Internet rumor mill suggests that the song could be Adele's theme for the upcoming James Bond film (the 23rd!), 'Skyfall,' which hits theaters on November 9. Don't expect a full album anytime soon, though. 'If I didn't write my own songs, I'd be out next week with a new album,' she said. 'But because I write my own songs, I have to take time and live a little bit. There was a good two years between my first and second albums, so it'll be the same this time.'" FUSE


'Game of Thrones,' 'Homeland,' 'Parks and Recreation' among Peabody Awards winners

By Gold Derby News Desk
By Gold Derby News Desk
Apr 04 2012 09:38 am

The 71st annual Peabody Awards went to 38 programs on TV, radio and the web. (See full list of winners here.)

These kudos, "which recognize distinguished achievement and meritorious public service," are decided by a 16-member panel drawn from academia, critics and experts in the arts and are administered by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

HBO Emmy champ "Game of Thrones" and Showtime's Golden Globe-winning "Homeland" were among the scripted winners. Also cited were NBC's laffer "Parks and Recreation," IFC's sketch show "Portlandia" and  Comedy Central's satirical news program "The Colbert Report." 

The awards will be presented during a May 21 luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria in Gotham hosted by Patrick Stewart.


News Nuggets: Neil Patrick Harris returns as host of the Tony Awards

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Apr 03 2012 12:02 pm

"The View" prodcer Bill Geddie will be honored with a Daytime Emmy for Lifetime Achievement. From the press release: "'Bill Geddie is an icon in the television industry,' said Malachy Wienges, Chairman, NATAS. 'When he and Barbara Walters created "The View" 15 years ago, they introduced a new and innovative daytime television talk show format. We at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences are proud to have Bill receive our 2012 Daytime Lifetime Achievement Award.'"

Daytime community split over whether to broadcast the Daytime Emmys: "'The Doctors,' which debuted in 2008, won a Daytime Emmy in 2010. 'That probably brought a few eyeballs to (our) show,' says exec producer Carla Pennington. 'A lot of soap fans watch the Daytime Emmys, and they are our demographic.' Says Bradley Bell, executive producer and head writer of three-time defending champ in drama 'The Bold and the Beautiful': 'I'd be happy either way. I love that it's been on primetime all these years, but I wouldn't mind losing some of the commercial aspects of the ceremony and bringing it back to celebrating daytime television.'" CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Neil Patrick Harris returns as host of the Tony Awards. From the press release: "Neil Patrick Harris will return as host of the 2012 Antoinette Perry 'Tony' Awards on Sunday, June 10th, live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City. This will be the third time that Harris has hosted the telecast, previously serving as host for both the 63rd Annual Tony Awards in 2009, and the 65th Annual Tony Awards in 2011.   As he did in 2011, Harris will also act as a producer, along with executive producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment on the 66th Annual Tony Awards."

Some of Canada's biggest stars skipped the Juno Awards: "Unfortunately for Canadians, the Juno music awards failed to measure up to the star-studded Grammys. Award winners Justin Bieber, Drake, and Michael Buble all had prior engagements that kept them from attending their homeland’s award show. Bieber, born in Ontario, was not there to accept the Juno Fan Choice award but the show did air a pre-recorded message from the artist. 'As we all know, I have the best fans in the world…this is for you,' the 'Boyfriend' singer told the audience." CELEBRITY CAFE

Charlize Theron rehearses her Oscar acceptance speech on Funny or Die: "You gotta love Charlize Theron. Not many A-list actresses have a sense of humor to match hers, let alone a sense of how ridiculous fame can be. Check out Theron practicing her Oscar acceptance speech (#2) and her kinky sex tape (which was of course not meant to be seen by anyone!) below (she also addresses the release of these videos and raps on a toilet at FunnyorDie)." THOMPSON ON HOLLYWOOD

The TV Academy has issued a call for entries for interactive media: "The deadline for entries is May 4th ... This year, entries can be submitted to one of two areas of competition: Enhancement to a Television Program or Series, and Original Interactive Television Programming. The 2012 Primetime Emmy Award for Interactive Media will recognize creative excellence in interactive productions that were commercially deployed between June 1st, 2011 and May 31st, 2012." INTERACTIVE TV TODAY


Emmy Rossum more comfortable with raunchiness of 'Shameless' [Video]

By Rob Licuria
By Rob Licuria
Apr 02 2012 12:23 pm

Emmy Rossum is surprised how relaxed she has become with the raunchy, explicit and unabashedly profane side of Showtime hit "Shameless." "You can't imagine ever getting comfortable with that, but you do. What's great about doing that kind of thing on a cable show is that they don't censor you ... they let you show all kinds of things in a raw way; they don't hold you back," she revealed in a video chat with Gold Derby.

Rossum laughed about the regular nudity on the show, recalling, "I didn't realize how comfortable I was with it until they put a male actor with me and he was full frontal nude, and it was so shocking to me that his ... penis was right there! That was just very strange for me, and I realized, that's what people must feel all the time when I as this character am acting out in all of these ways."

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Rossum plays Fiona Gallagher, the oldest of six children of a single alcoholic father who helps keep the family together. Rossum defines her character as someone, "who just doesn't give a crap about what anyone thinks. She's fierce, she's raw, and so why shouldn't she be that way about her sexuality too."

"Shameless" has concluded its second season on a ratings high, recently hitting its best ever numbers since its debut early last year and consistently out-rating the now defunct "Luck" on pay cable competitor HBO.

Much of the show's charm is down to its cast, especially leads Rossum and Oscar nominee William H. Macy. "Macy is incredible," raves Rossum. "His method is ... this kind of transformation that happens. In literally the moment between "rolling" and "action" he can be joking around and be seemingly completely sober, and they'll call "action" and it's like he just is (Frank) all of a sudden."

Although many pundits expected "Shameless" to do well at last year's Emmys, the show struck out with voters, apart from a single nod for Joan Cusack in the Drama Guest Actress category. However, many shows don't break through at the Emmys until their second or third seasons, as was the case last year with "Justified," which, after settling for a single technical bid in its first year, sawa four of its cast nominated for its second season with Margo Martindale going on to triumph in the Drama Supporting Actress race.


News Nuggets: The best and worst of the ACM Awards, and how many tuned in

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Apr 02 2012 12:02 pm

The best and worst of the ACM Awards: "Best acceptance speech: Usually, when artists claim they’re honored to be in the same category as their fellow nominees, I don’t take them overly seriously. Yeah, of course you’re going to say that. But Miranda Lambert actually backed up what she was saying as she accepted the trophy for Album of the Year for her disc 'Four the Record.' 'I own every album in this category,' she explained before lavishing praise on her competitors’ collections. 'My albums are my babies,' the singer waxed appreciatively." EW.COM

Ratings down for the ACM Awards: "The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS (3.1/8 in adults 18-49, 13 million total viewers) was down 6% in 18-49 from last year to log its lowest demo rating since 2008. Still, the three-hour broadcast ranked as the highest-rated and most watched program of the night, delivering a nightly victory for CBS." DEADLINE

Did "Jack and Jill" really deserve to sweep all ten Razzie categories? "Was it fair to shower [Adam] Sandler’s glaringly obvious stinker with so many awards, when other nominated movies — perhaps most notably, 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1' — were Razzie-worthy in more subtle ways? I mean, did 'Jack and Jill' feature a grown man falling in love with a baby, or talking CGI wolves, or a childbirth scene that reportedly caused some people to have seizures? No, it did not. Which suggests Sandler has something to shoot for next time." WASHINGTON POST

Marcia Gay Harden honored at the Phoenix Film Festival: "Harden is the 2011 recipient of the Phoenix Film Festival's Copper Wing Tribute Award, the festival's most-prestigious honor. 'Marcia Gay Harden is a perfect honoree,' said Jason Carney, the festival's director. 'With her amazing performances in "Pollock," "Mystic River" and so many other films, she was ideal." Harden spoke recently about awards in general, and her career." AZ CENTRAL

Clint Eastwood's "A Star is Born" remake may really be about Kurt Cobain: "It may sound like just another remake until you hear the screenwriter’s take on it ... 'I think I’ve reinvented the Norman Maine character, the lead,' [Will] Fetters said. 'I wanted to do "A Star is Born" because I’m a huge Kurt Cobain fan. That was like my Kennedy assassination when I was a teenager. When he died it was a huge horrible thing. So I approached "A Star is Born," for me the framework was all right, if Kurt Cobain never got to go "Unplugged" and survived and it’s 20 years later and it’s now, and he wanted to try to do that album with that understanding as this grunge icon. That’d be tough to get done if he was past his prime, no longer selling, how does he get that album?'" CRAVE ONLINE

Could "The Hunger Games" be this year's first Best Picture contender? "It’s not a British drama, nor a coming-of-middle-age, nor a political statement — but what it is is an undeniable hit.  $200 million in the first ten days? Standing in the way of any kind of real heat, of course, are those pesky critics.  They are the ones from on high who make the difference between what is acceptable to consider and what isn’t.  Sure, they anointed 'The Deathly Hallows Part 2,' and then the industry didn’t.  But they also anointed 'Avatar' and the industry did.  Jim Cameron was the reason why. The box office was the other reason. Story didn’t matter — but its hugeness did.  It became too big to ignore." AWARDS DAILY


See how you did predicting ACM Awards

By Gold Derby News Desk
By Gold Derby News Desk
Apr 02 2012 06:28 am

Almost 200 Gold Derby readers predicted the winners in the 11 races at the Academy of Country Music Awards. In total, our Users entered almost 1900 predictions. To see how you fared, log in to your account and under your profile picture click on ACM Awards 2011.

In a night of surprises, 21 Users still managed to predict seven of the 11 winners. Of these prognosticators, Kyle Thurston (Melvin Udall) scored the best with 1806.50 points with his pick of long-shot "Red Solo Cup" for Best Video paying off with 750 points. (Check out the full leader board breakdown here and see the category breakdowns here).

Among our eight Editors who predicted the ACM Awards, Chris Beachum, Daniel Montomery, Tom O'NeilAndrew Pickett and Paul Sheehan foresaw six of the winners. Marcus Dixon, Darrin Dortch and David Schnelwar all predicted five correctly. 


See how you did predicting Razzie Awards

By Gold Derby News Desk
By Gold Derby News Desk
Apr 02 2012 06:08 am

More than 260 Gold Derby readers predicted the winners in the 10 races at the Razzie Awards. In total, our Users entered over 2,400 predictions. To see how you fared, log in to your account and under your profile picture click on Razzies Awards.

Four Users -- snuggle4, jasbon, Kypros Kyprianou and Jimmy Ogden -- foresaw the complete sweep by "Jack and Jill." (Check out the full leader board breakdown here and see the category breakdowns here).

Among this quartet, jasbon scored the most points (2470.48) with skillful placement of the Super Bet and one Big Bet and wins the prize of Lifetime Membership in the Razzie Awards. The other three all scored 2217.14. One of them -- snuggle 4 -- outdid everyone at predicting the Oscar winners by scoring 88% (Read an interview with this top-notch prognosticator here.)

Among our nine Editors who predicted the Razzies, Darrin DortchMatt Noble and Paul Sheehan earned a leading 80%. Rob Licuria and Daniel Montgomery got 70% (as did the Gold Derby odds). Tom O'NeilAndrew Pickett and David Schnelwar scored 60% while Chris Beachum got 30%. 


Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton top ACM Awards winners

By Gold Derby News Desk
By Gold Derby News Desk
Apr 01 2012 20:28 pm

Taylor Swift won her second consecutive Entertainer of the Year title at Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards. She successfully defended her crown against Jason Aldean, four-time champ Kenny ChesneyBrad Paisley and Blake Shelton (See complete list of winners here.)

However Swift lost her fifth consecutive bid for Female Vocalist to Miranda Lambert who prevailed for the third year running. And with "Four the Record," Lambert claimed her third Album of the Year award in just five years following wins for "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (2007) and "Revolution" (2009).

Lambert's husband Blake Shelton took Male Vocalist, ending a five-year winning streak for Brad Paisley. Shelton co-hosted the CBS kudocast with Reba McEntire

Lady Antebellum won Vocal Group for the third year running. However, Thompson Square kept Sugarland from taking home a third Vocal Duo award.

Last year, Lambert also won Record, Song and Video for "The House That Built Me." This year those awards were split with the Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson duet "Don't You Wanna Stay" winning Record (as well as Vocal Event), "Crazy Girl" by the Eli Young Band taking Song and "Red Solo Cup" by Toby Keith claiming Video. 




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