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Friday January 3rd, 2014

Actors on the Oscar Bubble: Hiding in Plain Sight or New to the Scene?

By Mark Pinkert
Contributor

We’ll find out for sure on Thursday, January 16th, when the Oscar nominees are announced, but for the time being it seems that the Best Actress ticket will be filled with usual suspects. According to the trustworthy Feinberg Forecast, Judi Dench, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Sandra Bullock, and Cate Blanchett are the frontrunners in this category. If one of these five actresses doesn’t make the ticket, my guess is that they’ll have been replaced by Amy Adams, whose performance in American Hustle was seductive, uninhibited, and also widely discussed.

All of these Best Actress frontrunners are already household names with fortified film careers, but there are other actresses on the bubble who deserve and could use some of the Oscar recognition. One actress who has stuck out is Brie Larson of Short Term 12 (2013). Though this must-see film has only done about $1 million in revenue, Larson has received outstanding praise from critics and from the indie award circuit (she won the Gotham award for Best Actress and was nominated for Independent Spirit and Critics Choice awards), and it’s clear that she has a bright future ahead. She’s only twenty four, but she’s been acting since she was very young, and in a way has been hiding in plain sight. She has had roles in the Showtime show United States of Tara (2009), Noah Baumbach‘s Greenberg (2010), Don Jon (2013), 21 Jump Street (2012) and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010), but playing Grace in Short Term 12 was definitely her breakthrough performance.

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Friday February 1st, 2013

TV Rewind: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ End Set, ‘Girls’ Renewed And Extended, ‘Girl Meets World’ Star Introduced

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

Every Friday, Rachel recaps the week’s major TV-related news, announcements and gossip!

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TOP STORIES

• CBS’s How I Met Your Mother was renewed for a ninth and final season. Maybe we will finally meet the mother?

• The rumors have been put to rest: HBO’s Girls is coming back for a third season and will feature 12 episodes instead of 10.

• Meet the girl at the center of Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World pilot: Following a lengthy search, 11-year-old Rowan Blanchard will play Riley Matthews, the daughter of Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel), in the spinoff of ABC’s Boy Meets WorldSabrina Carpenter has been tapped as Maya Fox, Riley’s best friend.

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Monday January 14th, 2013

Which Film Festivals And Release Periods Were Most Effective For This Year’s Oscar Nominees?

By Joey Magidson
Film Contributor

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If you’re like me, you’re still recovering from the surprises that the Academy threw us on Thursday. In an attempt to try and move away from figuring out the “why” of the Oscar nominations last week, I decided to look at the “when” and “where” of the films and performances that were nominated. I’m curious to see which release period of the year and which film festivals were the most effective launching pads for award nominees in 2012.

It’s no secret that certain periods of the year and certain festivals are lighter than others. Fests like Tribeca and months like January just don’t jive with Oscar. In fact, I recently looked at the festival season in a previous article (found here) to see which ones contributed the most awards players this year. Likewise, when I removed the late-season releases a week or so ago from the Oscar race (found here), I found just how many contenders are from the last few months of the year.

Now that we have the nominees for the Academy Awards at our disposal, we can look at the main categories and see if there’s anything more we can learn. Did any one film festival wind up doing especially well? Was there a choice period of release for the movies and performances that were cited by Oscar voters? Let’s take a look …

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Monday January 7th, 2013

What Would Happen To The Oscars Race If Late-Year Releases Were Removed?

By Joey Magidson
Film Contributor

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I always enjoy looking at alternate versions of the Oscar race. It’s just an experiment, but there are still a number of interesting dynamics that I notice about the year in awards contenders when playing around with eligible films.

In years past, I’ve wondered what were the No. 11 films in the two years that Oscar had a guaranteed crop of 10 Best Picture nominees. I’ve also considered what the Oscars nods would have looked like if you removed every contender that was actually nominated. This time around, I’m trying something a little different.

With the Academy only days away from announcing their noms, I wanted to look at how the race would look if you took out any of the contenders that hit in the final part of the year. Essentially, if you disqualified the films that went into release after September, what might the Oscar nominations look like this week?

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Tuesday November 13th, 2012

The Top 10 People Who Should Host ‘Saturday Night Live’

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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For more than 35 years, NBC’s Saturday Night Live has reigned as TV’s best live sketch show.

During this time, comedians have broken out into stars, musicians have found stardom, and celebrities have shown audiences a different side of themselves — all from appearing on one stage.

Though the regular cast brings viewers back week after week, the musical guest and particularly the host help lure in new or casual audiences. This season, the show’s 38th, has seen the likes of Louis C.K. (FX’s Louie), Daniel Craig (Skyfall) and, last week, Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables) tackling hosting duties.

Jeremy Renner (The Avengers) is set to host this week. Considering such entertaining guest stars, I thought about who else I’d like to see take the stage.

Here are my choices for the top 10 celebs I want to host SNL this season:

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Tuesday May 29th, 2012

New Photos: ‘Django Unchained’

By Josh Abraham

See Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonard DiCaprio in action in six new stills from Django Unchained, the latest film from Academy Award®-winning writer and director Quentin Tarantino.

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Friday November 25th, 2011

Do Some Good Today

By Carlos de Abreu

Happy Thanksgiving from Hollywood Film Awards, Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywoodnews.com. We want to thank all of our friends, associates, filmmakers and supporters for their continuous support and hard work. Without you we could not pursue our quest of discovering emerging filmmakers, honoring excellence in the art of filmmaking, and helping others through our “Hollywood Gives Back(r)” initiative.

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Tuesday November 1st, 2011

FEINBERG & FRIENDS, Ep. 5: Scott & The Film Experience’s Nat Rogers on the Awards Race (Audio)

I’m very pleased to bring you the fifth episode of “Feinberg & Friends,” a podcast about the awards race that airs on The Race every week, usually on Tuesdays.

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Wednesday October 12th, 2011

Don Johnson joins Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained”

By Sean O’Connell

Quentin Tarantino’s casting couch for “Djangon Unchained” has been a revolving doorof rugged talent. The latest name spinning through the cycle? Would you believe Don Johnson?

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Monday October 3rd, 2011

The Five Primary Motivations for Releasing an Oscar Hopeful in December

The vast majority of this year’s awards hopefuls have already played at least once on the festival circuit (Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Telluride, Toronto, and/or New York) and/or gone into general release. Most of those that have not are set for October or November releases. But a select few others are being held until December, the last month in which they are eligible to qualify for Oscar consideration this year, and only being selectively screened for the press before then, if at all.

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