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Gold Derby nuggets: Oscar odds on 'Where the Wild Things Are' and 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' | Award shows shun Jon Gosselin | Easy Oscar crash courses

October 20, 2009 |  7:50 am

Where the Wild Things Are movie entertainment news

Dave Karger is more optimistic than most pundits about the Oscar odds of "Where the Wild Things Are" sneaking into the best-picture race, saying, "It may not be a complete lock like 'Precious' or 'Up in the Air,' but with 10 slots, I'm liking its chances." EW OSCAR WATCH

Steve Pond isn't so wild about "Wild's" Oscar odds: "At the moment I'd say it’s a best-pic longshot that could be a player in art direction and effects categories; if it continues a strong run at the box office, the higher profile and prestige reviews could boost those chances."

Eye-balling the odds of rival "The Fantastic Mr. Fox," Pond observes, "Clearly, its best bet is in the animated feature category, but it’ll likely be a longshot unless the category expands from three to five nominees." THE ODDS

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Kate Gosselin isn't the only one who spurns Jon, according to Courtney Hazlett, who reports,"The reality-show dad reportedly has approached awards shows with requests to appear as a presenter, and has been turned down by at least two productions, according to producers. And while Gosselin was asking for appearance fees in the $30,000 range as recently as September, he’s now offering to present for free, asking only to have travel and accommodations covered.

"'There was absolutely no interest in having him be a part of our show, no matter how much it was not going to cost us,' said one producer. 'He thinks he can attach himself to any project that has cameras. I guess he doesn’t realize that the world is not his personal reality show.'" MSNBC

Psssst ... wanna quick crash course to prep for the new Oscars derby? Check out the excellent, info-packed photo galleries at HitFix, written by Greg Ellwood. Here are the links for the rundowns on best picture, lead actor and lead actress.

Alfred Hitchock news

• In honor of Hollyween, Paul Gaita hails the first of his special series focusing on award-winning and nominated horror and suspense films and television programs, starting with "The Jar" episode of "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour." THE CIRCUIT

Pete Hammond dissects the Oscars' race for best foreign-language film, 'splaining how the process works (that wacky breakdown of four color-coded viewing groups, etc.) NOTES ON A SEASON

Anne Thompson is "surprised by the film industry and the media’s continued willingness to give a free pass to entrepreneur Carlos de Abreu’s Hollywood Film Festival, a cannily constructed facade that honors stars, filmmakers and craftspeople and lines the pockets of de Abreu." THOMPSON ON HOLLYWOOD

Photo credits: Warner Bros., WireImage, CBS

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Poll: Do you think Jon Gosselin is being sincere ... or spiteful?

October 1, 2009 |  1:26 pm

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Now there's breaking news that Jon Gosselin is not only hitting the brakes on his divorce but also on TLC shooting further TV footage of "Jon & Kate Plus 8." Or, er, rather "Kate Plus 8." That's the new title TLC has in mind for the show.

Hmmmm . . . could Gosselin's actions be revenge against TLC for trying to boot him from the show?

"This is not a ploy," his manager, Mike Heller, tells People. "It's an approach that he thinks will help him reconcile with his wife."

The ongoing melodrama surrounding this TV show continues to make it the watercooler talk of America, which means it remains a major Emmy contender. However, it wasn't – strangely – even nominated for reality program in the recent derby, even though "Jon & Kate Plus 8" reaped 10 million viewers in late May, the tail end of the Emmy eligibility period.

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Can 'Kate Plus 8' minus Jon equal Emmy Award?

September 30, 2009 |  6:45 am

Kate Gosselin Jon Gosselin Kate Plus 8 Emmy Awards Entertainment News 2468097First Kate Gosselin dumped husband Jon in real life. Now she is doing the same in reel life as their hit TLC show "Jon & Kate Plus 8" is revamped to "Kate Plus 8" starting Nov. 2. In a statement, TLC President Eileen O'Neill explained, "Given the recent changes in the family dynamics, it only makes sense for us to refresh and recalibrate the program to keep pace with the family. The family has evolved and we are attempting to evolve with it; we feel that Kate's journey really resonates with our viewers."

Whether this revised version of reality resonates with Emmy voters is another matter. Last summer, "Jon & Kate Plus 8" failed to make the final cut for best reality program at the Emmy Awards. On the surface that snub seemed a surprise as it was the top-rated show in the category, drawing more than 10 million viewers to the fifth-season premiere in May. However, popular-ballot voters opted for "Antiques Roadshow," "Dirty Jobs," "Dog Whisperer," "Intervention," "Mythbusters" and two-time past champ "My Life on the D-List" in that race. The gritty "Intervention" ended up winning the Emmy Award.

The Emmy fate of "Jon & Kate Plus 8" underscored something we already knew about Emmy voters — they're snobs. Consider this: "Frasier" -- the TV series that's won the most Emmys ever with 37 --  is about two snooty brothers, Frasier and Niles Crane, obsessed with wine, women and song. Sure, voters love series about dysfunctional families such as the Cranes, but "Jon & Kate Plus 8" crossed the line, offending academy members exactly at the wrong time.

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Why were Jon and Kate Gosselin cruelly snubbed by Emmy voters?

July 29, 2009 |  8:59 am

Considering that the Emmys are chosen by a popular ballot, it's weird that TV's most buzzed-about reality show — "Jon & Kate Plus 8" — wasn't nominated for best reality program. On the eve of voting, Jon and Kate Gosselin and their brood had just drawn more than 10 million viewers to the premiere of their fifth TV season on TLC in late May.

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However, voters preferred "Antiques Roadshow," "Dirty Jobs," "Dog Whisperer," "Intervention," "Mythbusters" and two-time past champ "My Life on the D-List" in that category. What happened?

The Emmy fate of "Jon & Kate Plus 8" underscored something we already knew about Emmy voters — they're snobs. Consider this: the TV series that's won the most Emmys historically is about two snooty brothers ("Frasier" with 37 trophies) obsessed with opera and vintage wines. Voters love series about other dysfunctional families, sure, but "Jon & Kate Plus 8" crossed the line, offending academy snobs exactly at the wrong time.

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