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Gold Derby nuggets: Golden Globes analysis | Rock and Roll HOF inductees | 'Dexter' producer cuts loose

December 15, 2009 |  2:30 pm

Golden_globes • In his first forecast of the Golden Globes, Scott Feinberg predicts "Up in the Air" to win best drama, director (Jason Reitman) and actor (George Clooney) though Mo'Nique ("Precious") will best the "Air" supporting actresses -- Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick -- and Quentin Tarantino will win for his "Inglorious Basterds" script. Scott also thinks Meryl Streep as a real-life chef in "Julie & Julia" will edge out Meryl Streep as a fictional caterer in "It's Complicated" to win the comedy actress award. AND THE WINNER IS

Dave Karger admits, "I had the strange experience of meeting Jeff Bridges for the first time in front of millions of people on the 'Today' show couch this morning." In their off-air chat, the newly-minted Golden Globe nominee for "Crazy Heart" explained why he was willing to risk embarrassment had he been snubbed: "Whatever they wanted me to do, this is a movie that I want to support. I love the way it came out and want to turn people on to it. A small movie like this can’t afford commercials, so any chance I get to promote it, I’m really up for it." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

• Reviewing the Golden Globe nominations, Pete Hammond says, "For those movies like 'The Road' and 'Bright Star' completely left off the list, or major awards contenders like 'An Education' and the Coens' 'A Serious Man' managing just one mention each but ignored in every other category except for their lead actor, the SAG nominations are Thursday and Oscar's coming soon. There is still time, brother. This year, more than others in the recent past, still seems to be volatile and wide open. Anything can happen." NOTES ON A SEASON

Induction_StatueTodd Marten reports, "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is opening its arms to welcome in ABBA, Genesis, the Hollies, the Stooges and Jimmy Cliff, but has given the KISS-off, for this year at least, to hard rock’s most celebrated tongue-wagging, makeup-loving band. The Cleveland-based Rock Hall announced the 2010 inductees this morning, as a prelude to its 25th annual induction ceremony to be held March 15 in New York City." POP & HISS

Michael Fleming writes that choreographer/director Kenny Ortega ("This Is It") will be helming the big-screen adaptation of the 2008 Tony winner "In the Heights" for Universal. Says Michael, "U acquired rights to the musical in fall 2008, with creator Lin-Manuel Miranda expected to reprise his starring role. Miranda wrote the lyrics and music, as well as originating the role of Dominican bodega owner Usnavi in the premiere production of 'Heights' Off Broadway and in its Main Stem transfer. The show’s book writer, Quiara Alegria Hudes, came attached to write the script." VARIETY

• The Santa Barbara filmfest adds four more bold-faced names to its growing list of honorees as Carey Mulligan ("An Education"), Saoirse Ronan ("The Lovely Bones"), Gabby Sidibe ("Precious") and Michael Stuhlbarg ("A Serious Man") all receive Virtuoso Awards on Feb. 7. As per the announcement, "The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of actors who have distinguished themselves through performances in film this past year. Last year’s recipients for this award were Viola Davis, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Melissa Leo and Michael Shannon." SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL

Dexter_season4_poster • As Nellie Andreeva says, "Talk about leaving on a high note. The ratings record-breaking 'Dexter' finale Sunday, which capped the Showtime drama's highest-rated season, also marked the last episode for the show's executive producer/showrunner Clyde Phillips, who is departing the series. '24' co-executive producer Chip Johannessen has been tapped to succeed Phillips at the helm of 'Dexter,' which is in the middle of a two-season pickup. Phillips, who joined 'Dexter' after the pilot, is leaving to spend more time with his family in Connecticut." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

• The first trailer for "Robin Hood" -- due out May 14 -- has hit the web. This new film from helmer Ridley Scott stars his good pal Russell Crowe in the title role. Scott -- who directed Crowe to an Oscar in 2000 best pic winner "Gladiator" also cast two other Oscar champs -- Cate Blanchett ("The Aviator") as Maid Marian and William Hurt ("The Kiss of the Spider Woman") as the Earl of Pembroke. ZAP2IT

Upper photo: The set for the Golden Globes telecast. Credit: NBC

Center photo: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction statue. Credit: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum

Lower photo:"Dexter" season four poster. Credit: Showtime

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