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Tim Gray asks if we and Oscar voters are "taking thing too seriously." He welcomes "a trippy, lively" contender like "Birdman" because too many in the race are "Serious with a capital S." Nobody would want to be at a dinner party with the somber characters from "Foxcatcher," "The Imitation Game," "A Most Violent Year," or "Unbroken." He adds that it might be a perfect year for Academy members "to think outside of the box" with crowd-pleasers like "Gone Girl," "The Lego Movie," and "Guardians of the Galaxy." Variety
This past weekend, “Gone Girl” took the top spot at the box officea again, adding $27 million to its coffers bringing its two-week total up to $78 million. A lot factors can be attributed to this: stellar reviews, an all-star cast, its bestseller pedigree. But what gives it that extra cache amongst die-hard filmgoers is director David Fincher’s reputation as one of our greatest living directors. And after nearly 30 years of outstanding work, it might be time for the academy to finally reward the man.
Adam Levine has had great success as a coach on "The Voice." He won the very first season of the NBC reality show, then lost to country star Blake Shelton the next three cycles, then rallied again to win the fifth season.
Who will be able to steer their best artist to victory during this seventh season?
"Birdman" was the Closing Night selection at the New York Film Festival, following acclaimed bows at the Venice and Telluride fests in August. It opens in limited release on October 17, and discussing the showbiz satire with press and industry on Saturday afternoon, director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and his all-star cast discussed their personal feelings about ego and celebrity.
When racist, homophobic John Rocker was eliminated on "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" this week, many viewers at home celebrated the early demise of the controversial MLB player. But was his role as this season's villain blown entirely out of proportion?
During our latest "Survivor" slugfest, Gold Derby's Editors discuss whether Rocker was treated unfairly by his tribemates and by the media and we wonder if Baylor Wilson, one of this season's favorites, is now in danger of going home. (Watch the entire slugfest below.)
Stefani is now one of the new coaches/judges on NBC's reality program and is up against another rookie: occasional producing partner Pharrell Williams.
Over the first six seasons of the reality program, country star Blake Shelton dominated the other coaches by winning three times. However, first season champ Adam Levine (Maroon 5) rallied to win again in the fifth cycle. Usher is the reigning winner but is no longer on the program.
Will Shelton or Levine have the winning singer this year? Can first-timers Stefani or Williams steer someone to victory?
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nkb325: Good premiere. It honestly probably got me the least invested out of all the seasons, but Coven had an amazing premiere and then devolved into a mess, and this one at least looks like it has a lot of potential storylines and maybe so season long arcs that could be good, so I'm definitely going to keep watching.
Icky: I thought this was quite easily AHS's best premiere. By this show's standards it was focused and lowkey. The editing wasn't annoying. There were a few standout scenes. The problems I had are pretty much the problems I've always had with this series even when it's at its best.
espnfan: Am I the only person who did not care for the killer clown? I understand restraint is something Ryan Murphy really does not do or understand, but the killer clown feels like overkill. Or it feels like a plot point that exsists for nothing other than to be shocking. Or something outrageous just for outrageousness sake.
The third episode of "The Amazing Race" took the nine remaining teams to Scotland's Shetland Islands for the first time in the show's 25 seasons. On this remote outpost, many of them had wrangle some ornery animals as well as each other.
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