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This month, conservative voters pushed out a lot of Democrats in the midterm elections, but might they also have unexpected power over reality TV? "Duck Dynasty" star Sadie Robertson has made the final four on "Dancing with the Stars," and though she's an underdog according to our racetrack odds, we might be underestimating her red-state appeal. Remember Candace Cameron Bure?
With "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" opening this weekend, box office watchers are wondering if it will be the year's biggest movie. Lionsgate is projecting a wide range between $130 million and $150 million for 4,151 screens in North America. Analysts say it could be much bigger and in fact one of the five biggest openings of all time. It should hold on to the top spot at the box office for at least three weeks before "Exodus: Gods and Kings" opens on December 12. For this third film in the blockbuster franchise, actors Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman all return. Variety
Diane Tsai observes: Benedict Cumberbatch is no stranger to portraying individuals of remarkable intelligence, having taken on roles ranging from "Star Trek"‘s super-human Khan to Alan Turing in "The Imitation Game." The actor says of portraying them, “It’s also, actually, the great gift I suppose — is to realize that they’re bound by the human condition. They’re blood and flesh like us. They live in the same worlds as us.” Time
Antonio Sanchez is a Grammy-winning jazz musician, but "Birdman" is his first-ever film score, and it's quite a unique score at that: it consists entirely of drums. "[Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu] was looking for something more spontaneous, improvised, jazzy if you will," said Sanchez in our recent video chat (watch it below). "He said, 'You're a jazz musician, I want you to do what you do.'"
Before writing the screenplay for "Wild," based on Cheryl Strayed's memoir about hiking the Pacific coast, Nick Hornby earned an Oscar nomination for his script for "An Education," also based on a memoir, so he's no stranger to adapting other works for the screen. But as the author of popular novels-turned-films like "About a Boy" and "High Fidelity," he's had just as much experience being adapted by other writers. When it comes to having your book turned into a major motion picture, as he explained in our recent video chat (watch it below), "In my experience, you just have to let go."
Veteran sound wizard Randy Thom did double duty on DreamWorks Animation's smash "How to Train Your Dragon 2." Not only did he create an entire soundscape from scratch for this sequel to the 2011 hit but he also voiced the title character again. As he revealed during our recent webcam chat (watch below), this dragon "who is vicious sometimes is frightened sometimes and needed to sound like a little puppy…so it was up to me and the team of people who I work with to figure out how to create all those vocal sounds."
"The interesting thing about animated films is they take ages," says composer Henry Jackman about his work on "Big Hero 6," which combines superhero elements with the kind of strong emotional storytelling that audiences have come to expect from Disney animated movies. "Because it's such a long process, you actually get to see some version of the film.
The latest "Survivor" castoff Jeremy Collins didn't hold back when it came to discussing his shocking exit from the show and what he thought about his other tribemates. Most notably, Jeremy thinks that Alec Christy is playing the worst game and Drew Christy is a liar for throwing Jeremy's name under the bus after his elimination back in Episode 4.
Gold Derby readers were notably shocked with Jeremy's elimination, as the Massachusetts firefighter only had 9/1 odds of going home according to our exclusive "Survivor" racetrack odds. All of our users who correctly predicted Jeremy's elimination earned game points based on the odds they locked in throughout the week in our "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" prediction contest.
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