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Friday March 1st, 2013

Joey Magidson’s Initial Predictions for the 86th Academy Awards in 2014

By Joey Magidson
Film Contributor

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Being an Oscar prognosticator for over a half decade now, I’ve developed some odd habits. One of the things that I do that I know makes people question my sanity is posting my Oscar predictions for the another season as soon as the previous one has ended. I like getting a jump on things and actually started organizing contenders for the 2014 show a few months ago, but unless you’re as hardcore a film junkie as me, that’s crazy-talk.

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Friday January 18th, 2013

TV Rewind: ‘Globes’ Broadcast Dominates, ‘The Killing’ Resurges, ‘Idol’ Ratings Plummet

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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

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• The 2013 Golden Globes dominated the ratings Sunday, drawing 20 million viewers. There was a 17 percent increase in audience members over last year’s ceremony, and the show was up 28 percent in the 18-49 demo, scoring a 6.4 adult rating.

• AMC’s The Killing, which got the ax this summer, is officially coming back for a third season. The drama will return to AMC along with stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, but not everything will be the same: Detectives Linden and Holder (Enos and Kinnaman) will be working on a new case a year after solving the Rosie Larsen (Katie Findlay) murder.

• Despite adding judges Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj, the new season of Fox’s American Idol debuted to its smallest premiere audience ever. Although the reality show still drew 17.9 million viewers, that’s a 19 percent drop from the previous season premiere.

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Friday January 11th, 2013

TV Rewind: ‘Arrested Development’ Creator Teases Movie, ‘Idol’ Judges Feud, Anna Faris Joins CBS Pilot

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

• Although Netflix’s new season of Arrested Development will feature every member of the Bluth family, you won’t actually get to see all of them at the same time. “You don’t see them all together until you see the movie,” says creator Mitch Hurwitz. We thought we couldn’t wait for the movie, which has yet to be confirmed, any more than we did, but we’ve been proven wrong — very wrong.

• Unless Fox’s American Idol judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are great actors in addition to being talented singers/rappers, it seems they really are feuding.

Anna Faris is going from real motherhood to reel motherhood. The actress is joining the CBS pilot Mom, executive produced by Chuck Lorre (CBS’s Two and a Half Men), and will star as a recently sober single mom living in California’s wine-filled Napa Valley.

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Wednesday December 26th, 2012

Will A Smear Campaign Against ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Be More Effective Than Attempts In Years Past?

By Joey Magidson
Film Contributor

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They say that all’s fair in love and war, but perhaps it’s time to add Oscar campaigning to that duo. In a perfect world, the race for Best Picture would be a friendly battle between studios, but especially of late, things have taken a decidedly nasty turn. Just about as soon as a film gains momentum for the Academy Awards, the smear campaign begins.

At present, for example, some people are attempting to drum up a controversy about the usefulness of torture in regard to Zero Dark Thirty. While the film treats the real-life use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” as a matter-of-fact bit of the United States’ history, a campaign is underway to discredit that and the film along with it. There’s also been a recent instance of certain politicians proclaiming the film to be less accurate than it originally claimed.

On the one side, defenders of the film say that these are just the facts, regardless of whether it’s nice to think about or not. Detractors paint that as a misconstruction of the truth and claim that this film in some way glorifies torture. Having seen the movie, I fall clearly into the former camp, but I’m not completely surprised that the latter claims have sprung up.

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Tuesday November 6th, 2012

Aaron Sorkin Hosts ‘Promised Land’ Sneak Peek as Many Oscar Hopefuls Court Politics

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

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Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin hosted a special advance screening of Gus Van Sant‘s Promised Land on Saturday night at the SoHo House in Los Angeles. Among the celebs who turned out to see the Matt Damon anti-fracking drama were Demi Moore,Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston, who reportedly cornered co-producer/co-writer John Krasinski after the film ended to gush about it. Focus Features has not yet screened Promised Land for journalists but presumably will soon since it will be released in theaters Dec. 28.

Thursday September 20th, 2012

Emmys 2012: 5 Things You Should Expect from Host Jimmy Kimmel

By Carson Blackwelder
Television Contributor

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This Sunday, late-night anchor Jimmy Kimmel will step into the Emmy spotlight at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Making his Emmy host debut, Kimmel will move from the audience to the stage, as his ABC show Jimmy Kimmel Live! has won three Emmys and is nominated this year for Outstanding Variety Series.

Aside from his late-night series, Kimmel is most known being the  funny co-host of Comedy Central’s The Man Show with Adam Carolla from 1999 to 2003. In April, he hosted the prestigious White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Kimmel is joining the ranks of some of the most popular (and unpopular) hosts in Emmy history. Some of the more revered hosts include Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz (1952), Johnny Carson (1971-74) and Neil Patrick Harris (2009). But let’s get real: As long as it’s better than the reality show hosts in 2008, featuring Tom Bergeron, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Jeff Probst and Ryan Seacrest, then it will be a hit. The last time ABC hosted the Emmys was in 2008, and it was terrible. Since then, Harris emceed for CBS, Jimmy Fallon hosted for NBC in 2010 and Jane Lynch led the ceremony  for Fox in 2011 — I’m positive Kimmel can live up to the last few years of hosts.

The show will air live from the Nokia Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, and it’s sure to be a jazzy show. With Kimmel as a host, here are five things to look out for:

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Wednesday January 4th, 2012

Clooney, Damon and Craig are Vanity Fair’s Leading Men

By Sean O’Connell

Vanity Fair teased the cover of its latest issues, celebrating the power of three dashing leading men in George Clooney, Matt Damon and Daniel Craig. We have the full image, photographed by the legendary Annie Leibovitz, below.

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Tuesday January 3rd, 2012

Brad Pitt: Top Money-Making Movie Star of 2011

By Josh Abraham

Brad Pitt has been voted the Top Money-Making Star of 2011 in Quigley Publishing Company’s 80th Annual Poll of Motion Picture Exhibitors. This is Pitt’s sixth appearance in the Poll, but his first win. Exhibitors felt Pitt was responsible for more traffic to theatres than any other Hollywood star based on his performances this year in “Moneyball,” “The Tree of Life” and “Happy Feet Two.” (voice)

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Tuesday January 3rd, 2012

Tom Cruise is back! Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol

By Scott Mendelson

As is often the case, the last weekend of the year is basically a repeat of last weekend, both in general ranking and numbers, as the holiday weekend tends to keep drops low, if often absent. Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol led the pack of major Christmas and holiday releases that actually went up from last weekend. The Brad Bird spy thriller earned $31 million over Fri-Sun, with an eye towards a likely $40 million four-day holiday weekend. At the end of its third weekend, the first of which was IMAX-exclusive, the crowd-pleasing Tom Cruise vehicle will have grossed $140 million by Monday, which means it has already outgrossed the $134 million-grossing Mission: Impossible III.

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Monday December 26th, 2011

Top 11 Movies of 2011

By Ryan Bushey

For films, this year has been eventful. The traditional system has been filled with risks for 2011. Brave gambits have been taken by both performer and director’s alike.  Iconoclastic directors tested their crafts in unfamiliar genres like Martin Scorsese’s family friendly Hugo while veterans like Terrence Malik return to the fold to deliver divisive stories. Beloved franchises (Harry Potter) went out with a bang capturing their audience’s imagination forever while old ones (The Muppets) were revived gaining a special place in our hearts. Certain members of the illustrious A-list like the Twilight crew strived to establish themselves in other films apart from their franchises. Filmmakers made bets on what would make their films standout such as Michael Hazanavicius’s silent ode to old Hollywood.

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