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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


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 February 8th, 2013

The 10 Best Groups Of Films That Got Oscar Noms But No Wins

By Joey Magidson
Film Contributor


Everyone knows the saying “it’s an honor just to be nominated,” right? Well, that’s certainly the case, but there are always times when it just doesn’t seem right for a film to leave Oscar night empty handed. Tons of worthy films aren’t even nominated each year, but there is also no shortage of flicks that receive a solid amount of nominations and wind up winning nothing.

A lot goes into actually winning an Academy Award. Quality, of course, comes into play, but a little less than I’d prefer. Politics has its place, too, both in terms of capturing the zeitgeist and also in campaigning for the win. Oscar voters love to be wooed. One can occasionally win without campaigning, but by and large the Academy wants you to want it.

While it’s not included below, Up in the Air is a great recent example of a film that went from looking like a possible Best Picture frontrunner to hanging its hat on an Adapted Screenplay win to winding up without any wins on Oscar night, despite six nominations overall. It’s a long road from nomination morning to the show itself, so many a high quality film has had its moment ruined by another worthy (or at least usually worthy) contender. This year, at least a few similar movies will have that same empty feeling, but I’ll get to them later on.

For this week’s Top 10 piece I opted to do things a little bit differently. Instead of limiting it to 10 films that had multiple Oscar nominations but won nothing, I’ll be looking at 10 groups of films that have that sad distinction. It allows more work to be discussed, a wider net to be cast for answers and a nice change of pace.

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Tuesday January 8th, 2013

Television Critics Association Winter 2013 Tour Developments: NBC/Cable

By Carson Blackwelder
Television Contributor

The Television Critics Association’s 2013 winter tour is now underway. Rachel and Carson will be providing you with the important takeaways from each network’s presentations all week!


The 2013 Television Critics Association kicked off Jan. 1 and has already hosted both NBC and cable networks.

This is the first of two yearly tours that the TCA hosts, bringing network executives, showrunners and actors face-to-face with entertainment journalists. Essentially, this is the time to flaunt what you’ve got. Big news can come out of these events, so here are the details on the happenings so far:

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Monday January 7th, 2013

Keep Your Eye on … A&E’s ‘Bates Motel’

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

Every Monday, Rachel will pick a TV show, actor/actress or storyline you need to watch out for that week.


Even though it’s the first installment of this feature, I’m already going to bend the rules a bit.

A&E’s series Bates Motel doesn’t premiere until March 18, but a lot of exciting information about it was unveiled this weekend at the winter Television Critics Association press tour — so much so that I’m dying (pun intended) to tell you about it.

The drama, which is a prequel of sorts to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho, stars Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) and Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland). It is executive produced by Carlton Cuse (ABC’s Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (NBC and DirecTV’s Friday Night Lights).

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Friday September 21st, 2012

Why Searchlight Slipped ‘Hitchcock’ Into This Year’s Oscar Race (Analysis)

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter


Fox Searchlight just shook up this year’s awards race by announcing that Hitchcock, which had been looking like a 2013 release, will now open on Nov. 23.

First of all, the facts: Hitchcock is a dramedy about the relationship between kinky master filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and his trusted wife, Alma Reville, during the making of his seminal 1960 film Psycho.

The film was adapted by Black Swan co-screenwriter John McLaughlin from film historian/Playboy contributing editor Stephen Rebello‘s book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. It marks the feature directorial debut of Sacha Gervasi, who is best known for his 2008 hit doc Anvil: The Story of Anvil, and was produced by Tom Pollock and Ivan Reitman‘s Montecito Picture Co., which also handled 2009 best picture Oscar nominee Up in the Air.

It features a large and formidable ensemble: Oscar winners Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren play Alfred and Alma; James D’Arcy, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel portray Psycho stars Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh and Vera Miles, respectively; and Michael Stuhlbarg is super-agent Lew Wasserman. Also popping up are Oscar nominee Toni Collette as Hitchcock’s faithful assistant Peggy Robertson, Danny Huston as Alma’s friend Whitfield Cook, and Ralph Macchio, The Karate Kid himself, as Psycho screenwriter Joe Stefano.

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Friday August 31st, 2012


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 vacation had to end sometime: MTV announced that the upcoming sixth season of Jersey Shore will be its last.

Saturday Night Live announced its first three hosts and musical guests for the upcoming 38th season. Seth MacFarlane (Ted) will host the premiere of the NBC sketch show alongside rapper Frank Ocean, while Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises) and Daniel Craig (Casino Royale) will host with musical guests Mumford & Sons and Muse, respectively.

The first season finale for HBO’s The Newsroom reached a ratings high Sunday. A total of 2.3 million people tuned in, which is the most viewers the series has had all season.

• FX has renewed the Charlie Sheen comedy Anger Management for 90 more episodes. Martin Sheen will also join as a series regular.

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Saturday February 11th, 2012

3-in-5’ers: The Elite Oscar Club That George Clooney Joined This Year

In the history of the Oscars, only 16 men have been well-respected and well-liked enough by the Academy to score at least three best actor nominations within a span of five years. (Amazingly, two of them had two such streaks, bringing the total number of streaks to 18.)

The most recent actor to join this elite list: George Clooney, whose best actor nomination this year for The Descendants follows best actor noms for Michael Clayton (2007) and Up in the Air (2009). Clooney already has a best supporting actor Oscar under his belt for Syriana (2005) but has yet to win one for best actor.

Although Clooney lost this year’s best actor SAG Award to Jean Dujardin (The Artist), and though the past seven winners of that prize went on to repeat at the Oscars, he can take heart from the fact that 9 of the 17 other streaks of three (or more) best actor noms-in-five years produced at least one statuette, five for the third film in the streak (as would also be the case for Clooney).

Here’s a breakdown of each streak …

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Monday January 30th, 2012

SAG Awards Confirm Tremendous Support for ‘The Help’ — and ‘The Artist’ (Analysis)

On Sunday evening, the Screen Actors Guild disclosed the recipients of its 18th annual SAG Awards, and in so doing revealed a lot about the likely outcome of several close Oscar races, as well.

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Tuesday January 24th, 2012

Academy Award Nominations: Key Factoids, Stats, and Snubs (Analysis)

Nine films were nominated for best picture for the first time: The ArtistThe DescendantsExtremely Loud and Incredibly CloseThe HelpHugoMidnight in ParisMoneyballThe Tree of Life, and War Horse.

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Friday January 13th, 2012

5 Things the Critics’ Choice Awards Revealed About Oscar Race (Analysis)

The Broadcast Film Critics Association, of which I am proud to be a voting member, held its 17th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards last night at the historic Hollywood Palladium. The group found something to like about virtually all of the top Oscar contenders — The Artist (best picture, director, costume design, score), The Help (best ensemble, actress, supporting actress), The Descendants (best actor), Midnight in Paris (best original screenplay), Hugo (best art direction), Moneyball (best adapted screenplay), War Horse (best cinematography — tie), The Tree of Life (best cinematography — tie), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (best editing), Bridesmaids (best comedy), Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (best young actor/actress), Drive (best action movie), Beginners (best supporting actor), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (best makeup, sound), Rango (best animated film), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (best visual effects), and A Separation (best foreign language film) — but did it tell us anything that we didn’t already know about how the Oscar race might pan out? I think so.

My five primary takeaways are these …

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