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Venice film festival short on Oscar contenders: 'Birdman,' ...?

By Paul Sheehan
By Paul Sheehan
Jul 24 2014 06:14 am

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The 71st annual edition of the Venice film festival unspools from Aug. 27 through Sept. 6. The prestigious opening night slot in the competition goes to "Birdman," Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's highly anticipated examination of an aging action star (Michael Keaton) looking to jumpstart his flagging movie career by starring in a Broadway play. This hot Oscar prospect will close the New York film festival on Oct. 12, five days before it opens commercially. 



Emmy Episode Analysis: 'Hitting the Fan' is Josh Charles's last chance to win for 'Good Wife'

By Ralph Galvan
By Ralph Galvan
Jul 23 2014 18:17 pm

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Two-time Emmy-nominee Josh Charles may not be returning to CBS's "The Good Wife" next season, but he's made his way back into the Drama Supporting Actor Emmy race this year for his portrayal of Will Gardner.



Emmy records quiz: 10 easy trivia questions you don't know the answers to

By Marcus James Dixon
By Marcus James Dixon
Jul 23 2014 15:27 pm

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In honor of "Modern Family" possibly tying "Frasier's" Emmy record this year with a total of five series wins, we've come up with 10 easy trivia questions about Emmy record holders. At least, they should be easy. But whether you're an Emmy expert or a TV newbie, it's time to put you to the test. Scroll down to take our Emmy records quiz.



Emmy nominee Josh Charles ('The Good Wife') on saying goodbye to Will Gardner (Exclusive Video)

By Chris Beachum & Rob Licuria
By Chris Beachum & Rob Licuria
Jul 23 2014 10:35 am

Josh Charles sure can keep a secret. After all, he knew for more than a year that his character on “The Good Wife,” Will Gardner, was going to be killed off in a court room shooting. As the actor revealed in our recent webcam (watch below), “the decision was made in season four, so we kept it quiet for I would say over a year. It was not easy!” He recently reaped his second Emmy bid for Best Drama Supporting Actor for this farewell season.



Emmy-nominee Dominic Remane on creating 'invisible effects' for 'Vikings' (Exclusive Video)

By Riley Chow
By Riley Chow
Jul 23 2014 10:20 am

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Visual effects supervisor Dominic Remane recently scored his second Emmy nomination for his work on "Vikings," which airs on the History Channel. During our recent video chat (watch it below), he walked us through his line of work, explaining that shows approach visual effects in two ways. Some create things "that you wouldn't expect to see in real life," whereas Remane and his "Vikings" crew "try and achieve invisible effects, which is mainly enhancing environments" and includes tasks such as converting hills and mountains filmed in Dublin to the fjords that are more characteristic of the series's Norwegian setting.



Emmy Episode Analysis: Bryan Cranston ('Breaking Bad') watches empire crumble in 'Ozymandias'

By Charles Bright
By Charles Bright
Jul 23 2014 09:32 am

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Bryan Cranston is hoping to win his fourth Emmy for Best Drama Actor for playing chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin Walter White on "Breaking Bad." He won the category three years straight from 2008 to 2010, and won as a producer last year when the show took Best Drama Series. He also had three previous nods for Comedy Supporting Actor on "Malcolm in the Middle."



Emmy Episode Analysis: Kevin Spacey ('House of Cards') takes presidency, next Drama Actor?

By Ralph Galvan
By Ralph Galvan
Jul 23 2014 08:51 am

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Devious Kevin Spacey has taken the presidency as Francis Underwood on Netflix's "House of Cards," and now looks to scheme his way to a Best Drama Actor victory at the Emmys.



Jamie Hyneman ('MythBusters') on Emmy changes, 'Star Wars' & 'Simpsons' myths (Exclusive Video)

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Jul 22 2014 18:33 pm

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"We're thrilled to have yet another Emmy nomination," said "MythBusters" star Jamie Hyneman in our recent video chat (watch it below). "Hopefully this time we'll actually get one. It's been an amazing run. We're on our way to 12 years now, and we're still going strong."



Emmy Episode Analysis: Is Allison Janney ('Mom') a slam dunk for Comedy Supporting Actress?

By Ralph Galvan
By Ralph Galvan
Jul 22 2014 12:42 pm

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An Emmy-magnet and a double-nominee this year, Allison Janney compliments her Drama Guest Actress nomination for "Masters of Sex" with a Comedy Supporting Actress bid for playing Bonnie in CBS's laffer "Mom."




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Inside Track: Emmy Voting

EXCLUSIVE: See the episodes
submitted to Emmy judges
by actors and TV series

Every actor submits only one sample episode, which will be judged by other actors (ranging from 25 to 75 per category jury) between July 28 and August 14. TV series submit six, which will be split into three pairs to be distributed randomly to about 300 voters. We now have uncovered every single title submitted for the 2014 races. CLICK HERE FOR THE EPISODES

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Who submitted well? Click links below to read our in-depth analysis of each actor's episode entry. 

Dylan Baker ("The Good Wife")
Beau Bridges ("Masters of Sex")
Reg E. Cathey ("House of Cards")
Paul Giamatti ("Downton Abbey") 
obert Morse ("Mad Men")
Joe Morton ("Scandal")

Kate Burton ("Scandal")
Jane Fonda ("The Newsroom")
Allison Janney ("Masters of Sex")
Kate Mara ("House of Cards")
Margo Martindale ("The Americans")
Diana Rigg ("Game of Thrones")

Steve Buscemi ("Portlandia")
Louis C.K. ("SNL")
Gary Cole ("Veep")
Jimmy Fallon ("SNL")
Nathan Lane ("Modern Family")
Bob Newhart ("The Big Bang Theory")

Uzo Aduba ("OITNB")
Laverne Cox ("OITNB")
Joan Cusack ("Shameless")
Tina Fey ("SNL")
Melissa McCarthy ("SNL")
Natasha Lyonne ("OITNB")


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