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Gold Derby nuggets: Katy Perry to host Teen Choice Awards | Charlie Sheen plea deal delayed | 'Mad Men' secrets revealed

June 9, 2010 |  7:04 am

Teen Choice Awards Katy PerryKaty Perry has been tapped to host the 12th edition of the Teen Choice Awards airing on Fox on Aug. 9. Perry is a four-time also-ran with these kudos, which determine winners via an online vote. She lost the Myspacer race in 2008 and her three music bids -- single, album, female artist -- last year. The Jonas Brothers hosted the 2009 festivities. "Twilight" set a TCA record, winning 11 of its 12 nominations, including best drama movie, actor (Robert Pattinson), actress (Kristen Stewart), villain (Cam Gigandet), lip-lock (Pattinson and Stewart) and rumble (Pattinson and Gigandet). Nikki Reed lost "fresh face female" to co-star Ashley Greene. Nominations for this year's kudos will be announced in the coming days.

• Even her one-time "Grey's Anatomy" colleague Eric Dane was surprised that Katherine Heigl submitted herself for Emmy consideration this year. Taken by surprise when asked about the Emmy hopes of his often-absent co-star, Dane recovered and then deftly deflected the conversation. "I don't even know if I've ever submitted myself for an Emmy. I really honestly never thought about myself as getting nominated, or have thought about an Emmy at all to be honest with you. I've never given it much thought. But hey, it would be wonderful." Good news, Eric -- someone in your camp submitted your name to the academy this year E! ONLINE

• "Entourage" producer Mark Wahlberg remains committed to turning "Entourage" -- the TV show about movie actors -- into a movie with the TV actors. On the red carpet at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards, he admitted, "I am more focused on making that movie than my own films. I just think we can make a great movie. I think people always wanted [it] and have complained that the episodes are too short; they've always wanted more. I think we're going to do it. We just have to end strong, and this season is, by far, the best season so far." The HBO hit begins its sixth season on June 27. "Entourage" has lost the best comedy series race for the last three years in a row to "30 Rock." MTV

Charlie Sheen • "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen won't be behind bars when he finds out if he is an Emmy nominee on July 8. He has reaped a lead actor bid for each of the last four seasons of the CBS Monday night staple, but has yet to win. The actor was set to plead no contest Monday to a misdemeanor charge stemming from a domestic dispute in Aspen, Colo., last Christmas. However, Pitken County Dist. Atty. Arnold Mordkin told the court, "We need more time than is available for us to complete some of the finer points." The plea deal was worked out in part by Yale Galanter, who accompanied Sheen to court and also represented his wife, Brooke Mueller. Sheen was set to serve his 30-day sentence during this summer's hiatus for the show, which just wrapped Season 7. After initially vowing to bow out of the hit laffer, he just inked a deal for two more seasons for a reported seven-figure-per-episode payday. E! ONLINE

• Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove" has yet to be seen in Japan. As Yuri Kageyama reports, "three movie theaters that had been scheduled to show the film later this month canceled their plans last week after receiving a flood of angry phone calls and warnings of protests by nationalists, who have been screaming slogans outside the Tokyo office of the Japanese distributor in recent months. Protesters criticize the film as a betrayal of Japanese pride." The controversial documentary details a dolphin hunt in a Japanese village. AP

• First Facebook got Emmy champ Betty White a gig hosting "SNL." Now the online site is being used to campaign for an honorary Oscar for Doris Day. A top box office draw in the 1960s, Day lost her only Oscar race in 1959. Nominated for the smash hit "Pillow Talk," she was bested in the best actress race by Simone Signoret for "Room at the Top." Although Day did accept the Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Golden Globes in 1989, it is unclear if she would leave her beloved Carmel to attend the academy's new Governors' Awards ceremony.  FACEBOOK

Mad-men-logo-300x159Roger Friedman tattles on some of the secrets of the upcoming fourth season of two-time Emmy champ "Mad Men." He writes that "production has only now just wrapped Episode 5 of 13. This much is gleaned: the show picks up more or less right after it ended in Season 3. It’s the beginning of 1964. This could mean the arrival of The Beatles in America and on 'The Ed Sullivan Show.' It’s also the start of color TV. The first new episode is called 'Public Relations.' The second is titled 'Distress Signal,' followed by 'The Fine Print,' and 'Dominion.'" SHOWBIZ 411

• More than four decades after it closed on Broadway after a three-year run, the first rialto revival of "Funny Girl" is in the works. The 1964 show launched Barbra Streisand into the stratosphere. Though the Jule Styne-Bob Merrill tuner about Fanny Brice contended for eight Tony Awards, it was blanked by "Hello, Dolly!" Streisand went on to star in the film versions of both these musicals, winning the Oscar for the first and the enmity of role originator Carol Channing for the second. Patrick Healy reports that producer Bob Boyett has enlisted helmer Bartlett Sher -- who won the Tony two years ago for his restaging of "South Pacific" -- to tackle the task of finding someone to step into Babs' shoes. ARTS BEAT

• The Theatre World Awards -- now in their 66th year -- go to performers deemed outstanding in their New York stage debuts over the last year. By tradition, six men and six women are chosen for this honor by a collection of theater journos. Among those being feted Tuesday are four Tony Award contenders -- lead actor in a musical nominee Sahr Ngaujah ("Fela!") and featured play performers Jon Michael Hill ("Superior Donuts"), Scarlett Johansson ("A View From the Bridge") and Eddie Redmayne ("Red"). The other Broadway newcomers chosen were Chris Chalk ("Fences") and Stephanie Umoh ("Ragtime"). Capturing the committee's attention for their work off-Broadway were Nina Arianda ("Venus in Fur"), Bill Heck ("The Orphans' Home Cycle"), Keira Keeley ("The Glass Menagerie"), Andrea Riseborough ("The Pride"), Heidi Schreck ("Circle Mirror Transformation") and Michael Urie ("The Temperamentals"). PLAYBILL

Top photo: Teen Choice Awards logo. Credit: Fox

Middle photo: Charlie Sheen in "Two and a Half Men." Credit: CBS

Bottom photo: "Mad Men" logo. Credit: AMC

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Katherine Heigl listed incorrectly on Emmy ballot — after Gold Derby came to her rescue

June 6, 2010 |  5:38 pm
Katherine Heigl Emmy ballot

Attention, Emmy voters: Yes, that's a goof on your ballot. Katherine Heigl isn't in the running for "Desperate Housewives." She's really up for "Grey's Anatomy" despite what the ballot said after Emmy voting commenced at 6 p.m. PST on Friday. The TV academy promises that it will be fixed by Monday morning when staffers return to the office. Meantime, to see the original mistake, click on the image above -- it expands.

Frankly, it's a miracle Heigl got on the ballot at all. Clearly, the goof of listing the wrong TV show below her name was made in the mayhem of her name being jammed onto the ballot at the last minute after Gold Derby discovered she was missing from the race.

Last Wednesday, Gold Derby discovered that Heigl's name still had not been submitted for Emmy contention only two days before voting was set to begin. It was an omission that surely would've caused an uproar similar to the last time Gold Derby noticed she wasn't listed on the ballot one year after she won best supporting drama actress of 2007.

In 2008, Heigl told us, "I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention." Her shocking candor caused a series insider to fume to EW over her "ungrateful slap in the face to the very writers responsible for her Emmy win in the first place."

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Gold Derby nuggets: 'Come Fly Away' to Broadway | 3-D or not 3-D | Katherine Heigl on Emmy uproar

March 26, 2010 |  4:09 pm

Come Fly AwayTwyla Tharp -- who picked up a Tony in 2003 for choreographing "Movin' Out," set to the songs of Billy Joel -- is back with another dancefest. "Come Fly Away" tells the story of four couples to the tunes of Frank Sinatra. The musical opened Thursday to mixed reviews from the Gotham critics. "Movin' Out" landed 10 Tony nominations, including best musical, but took home just two awards (orchestrations was the other). Among the five acting bids were a lead one for John Selya and a featured one for Ashley Tuttle, both of whom appear in "Come Fly Away."

• No surprise that the BAFTAs will be held on Sunday, Feb. 13. As with this year, that places these kudos two weeks before the just-announced date of the Oscars.

• And no surprise that Oscar winner Sandra Bullock ("The Blind Side") is skipping Saturday's Kids' Choice Awards where she contends for favorite movie actress against Miley Cyrus, Megan Fox and Zoe Saldana. Her rep told People she was never slated to attend.

• The father of the alleged other woman -- Michelle McGee -- says that his daughter decided to come forward after seeing Sandra Bullock and her husband Jesse James attending the Oscars as a happily married couple. THE 33

How To Train Your Dragon • Friday brought a marked increase in the cost of seeing 3-D films in both regular cinemas and Imax. Director Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Knight") and critic Roger Ebert offer up very different views on the 3-D explosion. For Nolan -- whose latest film, "Inception," is not in 3-D -- this resurgence is an "interesting development." However when reviewing "How to Train Your Dragon," Ebert opined, "The 3-D adds nothing but the opportunity to pay more to see a distracting and unnecessary additional dimension."

Oliver Stone explains to Claude Brodesser and Jada Yuan why the release date of "Wall Street 2" got bumped from April 24 to Sept. 23 despite high-profile cover stories for both Michael Douglas and Shia LaBeouf touting the earlier date. "'This is the flat-out truth: [Fox] said, 'We’d like this for April.' We’d finished shooting principal photography on December 9. That’s a tight squeeze, but I could have made it.' But then the possibility of Cannes arose, which Stone thought was a great platform; also contributing to the decision was the disturbingly close May 7 opening of the behemoth that will be 'Iron Man 2,' which 'gave Fox a bit of a shiver.' " NEW YORK

• Though the latest version of "Robin Hood" is slated to open the Cannes filmfest, it will be screening out of competition. The film -- which unspools on the Croisette two days before its U.S. and U.K. release -- marks the fifth collaboration for director Ridley Scott and actor Russell Crowe, who plays the title role; their first pairing was on 2000 best picture champ "Gladiator" which won Crowe his Oscar. Another Oscar winner -- Cate Blanchett ("The Aviator") -- costars as Maid Marian.

Entertainment-heigl-cover_1801 • "Grey's Anatomy" star Katherine Heigl -- who won the supporting actress Emmy in 2007 -- declined to submit herself for consideration in 2008, telling Gold Derby, "I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination." This week the actress apologized for the furor she caused, telling Michael Ausiello, "I could have more gracefully said that without going into a private work matter. It was between me and the writers. I ambushed them, and it wasn’t very nice or fair." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

• Supporting actress champ Mo'Nique ("Precious") was all set to take her Academy Award out on the road as she tours the country with her comedy but she discovered, "Oscar's heavy, and I thought they would give me a hard time at the airport, so I left Oscar at home." However, she adds, "I'm going to bring him on some of the tour." CONTACT MUSIC

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Top Photo: "Come Fly Away" playbill. Credit: Marquis Theater

Middle Photo: "How to Train Your Dragon" poster. Credit: Paramount

Bottom Photo: Katherine Heigel on "Entertainment Weekly" cover. Credit: EW

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Gold Derby nuggets: Katherine Heigl exiting 'Grey's Anatomy'? | Banned 'Hurt Locker' picks up Oscar | Extended 'Avatar' in the works?

March 12, 2010 |  2:59 pm

Katherine_heigl_emmyMichael Ausiello reports that Katherine Heigl may well be leaving "Grey's Anatomy" for good. Heigl -- who won the supporting actress Emmy in 2007 -- declined to submit herself for consideration in 2008, telling Gold Derby, "I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination." Heigl, who has been MIA for most of this season, was to return to the show March 1. However, as Michael writes, "talks between Heigl and ABC have been going on for months and last week both sides mutually decided that the best solution would be to part ways now as opposed to at the end of the season. As a result, Heigl is not expected to return to the 'Grey's' set, which means her final episode as Izzie has already aired."  ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Betty White -- who will be hosting the May 8 installment of "Saturday Night Live" -- could be competing against herself in the guest actress in a comedy series category at the Emmys. She is to appear in the season finale of "The Middle" playing "a school librarian who confronts quirky 7-year-old Brick (Atticus Shaffer) about hoarding overdue library books." ZAP2IT

• The kids of the Golden Globe-winning series "Glee" are hitting the road this May for a mini concert tour that takes them to Phoenix, L.A., Chicago and New York. The news release promises, "a unique concert experience conceived by Ryan Murphy that will include live performances of some of the show’s most memorable musical numbers including its anthem 'Don’t Stop Believin,' fan favorites 'Somebody to Love' and 'Jump' and hits 'Don’t Rain on My Parade' and 'Sweet Caroline.' "

OscarsSteve Pond reports that Nicolas Chartier, who was banned from the Oscars for his e-mail campaign on behalf of best picture winner "The Hurt Locker," picked up his award Wednesday from academy president. " 'I invited him to come in, and we had a really good discussion,' says Sherak. 'You could see that he got choked up when I gave it to him, and we talked for about half an hour. It was kind of cathartic: he got it off his chest that he was sorry it all happened, and I was very satisfied with his apology.' " THE ODDS

Jay Fernandez tallies up how this year's Oscar-winning talent was spread among the agencies and discovers that "though CAA roped most of the A-list cred -- Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Mark Boal (2), Kathryn Bigelow (2), Greg Shapiro, Geoffrey Fletcher, Ryan Bingham -- ICM turned out an impressive night with supporting actor (Christoph Waltz), doc short subject (Elinor Burkett), cinematography (Mauro Fiore), costume design (Sandy Powell) and editing (Bob Murawski). UTA nabbed one for 'Avatar' art director Robert Stromberg." THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Avatar PosterBryan Enk writes that "Avatar" -- which lost a load of Imax and 3-D screens to "Alice in Wonderland" last weekend -- may be re-released in the fall in an extended version. "Cameron has said that he has an additional 10-12 minutes of footage that could be put into post-production fairly quickly, including a scene in which Jake Sully's avatar proves himself to the Na'vi people and another involving a native festival during which tribe member Tsu'tey gets drunk." MOVIEFONE

Patrick Healy reports that Andrew Lloyd Webber's new tuner "Love Never Dies" -- the sequel to 1988 Tony champ "The Phantom of the Opera" -- is still scheduled to open in New York in the fall despite mixed reviews in London this week. However an exec with the production told Patrick that changes are likely to be made in advance of the show bowing on Broadway. ARTS BEAT

• And David Ng says another new tuner -- "Unchain My Heart, the Ray Charles Musical" -- is heading to New York this fall. This newly titled edition of the  2007 Pasadena Playhouse production will also be directed by Sheldon Epps and "takes place during the final live recording session by the musical legend and traces the main events of his life." CULTURE MONSTER

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Top photo: Katherine Heigel at the 2007 Emmy Awards. Credit: ATAS

Middle photo: Academy Awards statues. Credit: AMPAS

Bottom photo:"Avatar" poster. Credit: Fox

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Katherine Heigl stays supporting in Emmy race for 'Grey's Anatomy'

May 19, 2009 |  2:39 pm

"Grey's Anatomy" star Katherine Heigl will submit her name for Emmy Awards consideration this season, reports Mike Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly. Gold Derby can add to that news: After appearing in a high-profile role that could've been defined as lead, she's decided to remain in the same supporting category she won in 2007. 

Katherine Heigl Emmys Grey's Anatomy ABC It was Gold Derby that noticed Katherine Heigl's name missing from the initial list of 2008 contenders last June. When we inquired as to why, Heigl's response to us triggered a huge media uproar: "I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination."

After that brouhaha, there was talk that her character of Izzie could be killed off this season on the medical drama. Though Izzie has been battling cancer, her fate remains a mystery with an ambiguous finale putting both her and George (T.R. Knight) in limbo. 

While we will have to wait till the fall to learn which — if either of them — survives, we now know that Heigl liked this storyline enough to put her name forward for the Emmys. That she decided to stay in the supporting race is illuminating. After all, there are plenty of Emmy precedents to legitimize a move up to lead actress by a supporting winner without any noticeable increase in screen time.

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Will 'Grey's Anatomy' shockeroo cliffhanger electrify Emmy voters?

May 15, 2009 | 11:09 am

"Grey's Anatomy" wrapped up its fifth season with a two-hour doubleheader that had our forum posters buzzing. The consensus was that the episodes — entitled "Here's to Future Days" and "Now or Never" — took their time to set up the story lines but the payoff was well worth it. In the stunning cliffhanger two of the main characters who deal with life and death every day at Seattle Grace confront their own mortality. Both Izzie (Katherine Heigl), who has been battling cancer this season, and George (T.R. Knight), who wants to fight for his country, were left in limbo when the show ended last night.

Grey's Anatomy Season Five Finale Katherine Heigl Justin Chambers That jolt to the system may be just what this Emmy also-ran needed to revive its awards prospects. Over its first four seasons, "Grey's Anatomy" has earned 25 Emmy nominations but managed only two wins — a 2006 casting award and the 2007 upset by Katherine Heigl in the supporting actress race.

"Grey's Anatomy" competed for best drama series for its first full season in 2006 (losing to "24") and again the following year when "The Sopranos" won for its farewell season. Last year, the show did not number among the final six series nominees, but it did make the top 10 runoff.

This year, the nominating process has been revised to eliminate the juried runoff and the contenders will be determined solely by popular ballot. That "Grey's Anatomy" ranks 14th so far this season in TV's Nielsen ratings should help its cause. Up against ratings powerhouse "CSI," the show's average audience is 12.5 million (about half the number of who tune in to "American Idol")  And last night's finale was up substantially from that with 16.3 million viewers.

Among those watching were many of our forum posters who weighed in with their thoughts on the Emmy prospects for the show. Said Atypical, "Katherine Heigl and Justin Chambers need dual Emmy nominations this year, b/c they both were devastating tonight and made the last third of this season come alive. Who in their right mind would save a stranger from a speeding bus at the risk of his own life like that? George would. This ranks right up there with the season 2 finale as one of the best conclusions that the show's done to date."

Hingle thought, "Justin Chambers deserves an Emmy. He has been amazing this season. So does Heigel. I also think Pompeo has been phenomenal this season. Really, I'd love to see Grey's get some Emmy love this year, because it has been really good."

Admitted Bazookka Joe, "I didn't see that ending coming at all. I knew George was going to be injured, but everything was pointing towards him being injured in Iraq. So him being John Doe was one hell of a twist. Wasn't sure where they were going with Izzie, but it looks like she's a goner. George probably will too. Best cliffhanger this show has done. Nice job."

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Can 'Grey's Anatomy' revive its Emmy hopes?

May 8, 2009 |  2:47 pm

On last night's episode of "Grey's Anatomy," it was bridesmaid Izzie (Katherine Heigl) who ended up walking down the aisle, rather than bride-to-be Meredith (Ellen Pompeo). This was doubly surprising as many of the medical drama's devout fans had expected Heigl to be walking the plank following her dismissal of the quality of the show's writing last year when Gold Derby asked her why she didn't submit her name for Emmy consideration.

In 2007, Katherine Heigl won the second of only two Emmy Awards to go to this drama series over its first four years in contention; the other was a 2006 casting prize. In total, the show has amassed 25 nominations and competed for best drama series for its first full season in 2006 (losing to "24") and again the following year ("The Sopranos" won for its farewell season). Last year, the show did not number among the final six series nominees, but it did make the top 10 runoff.

This year, the nominating process has been revised to eliminate the juried runoff and the contenders will be determined solely by popular ballot. That "Grey's Anatomy" ranks 14th so far this season in TV's Nielsen ratings should help its cause. Up against ratings powerhouse "CSI," the show's average audience is 12.5 million (about half the number of who tune in to "American Idol")  And last night's much-hyped 100th episode was up substantially from that with an estimated audience of 15.3 million.

Grey's Anatomy Katherine Heigl Justin Chambers Emmy AwardsOn "Grey's Anatomy" this season, Izzie has been stricken with cancer that has spread to her brain and caused her to hallucinate. In an emotional moment last night, she asked her late love Denny to leave her in peace so that she could be with her new husband, Alex (Justin Chambers). Such socko material should make Heigl happy enough to submit her name for Emmy consideration this season.

Two years ago, Heigl had prevailed over two of her cast mates (Sandra Oh, Chandra Wilson) as well as "The Sopranos" stars Lorraine Bracco and Aida Turturro, and Rachel Griffith from "Brothers and Sisters" to win the supporting actress Emmy Award. So it was quite the surprise last June when we saw that Heigl had not listed herself on the preliminary Emmy list. When asked why, she responded: "I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination."

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Katherine Heigl may live to win another Emmy for 'Grey's Anatomy'

March 28, 2009 |  3:37 pm

On last week's episode of "Grey's Anatomy," Katherine Heigl's character Izzie survived iffy brain surgery. Yikes! That may mean that the rumor isn't true that the program's producers have been secretly plotting to kill off the role of the past Emmy champ (Heigl won best supporting drama actress in 2007) to punish her for a gripe she made against them last year. If they really wanted Izzie dead, they just missed a big chance. So what's ahead?

"I don't know if I live or die," Heigl told the Associated Press. "I don't know how Izzie fares." But she wants Izzy to endure her bout with cancer, which recently seemed to be a fatal case when it spread to Izzy's brain. "I'm there" if Izzie remains part of "Grey's Anatomy," Heigl added, because she says she's great pals with her colleagues and the set is "one of my favorite places to be."

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Blame Gold Derby for how this whole flapdoodle started. It was in June 2008 that we noticed that Heigl's name wasn't on the list to be considered for another Emmy. That could only mean one thing: She didn't put her name up for nomination. Why? When we inquired, her response to us triggered a huge media uproar: "I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination."

Some gossipmeisters claimed that Heigl was suddenly acting like a pompous diva one year after her break-out film success in "Knocked Up," which earned $219 million worldwide. Why couldn't she be grateful for what TV screen time was given by the series' writers who obviously felt they had to be conservative with her involvement due to her growing film career.

At least one "Grey's Anatomy" insider was furious about her public complaint, fuming to Entertainment Weekly: "The show bent over backwards to accommodate her film schedule and then she criticizes the show for lack of material? It's an ungrateful slap in the face to the very writers responsible for her Emmy win in the first place."

E! Online reported that the "Grey's Anatomy" writers were really angry at Heigl: "They want Izzie dead."

But Izzie, hurrah, seems to be surviving a death threat on the series right now.

"On Friday, Heigl said she's comfortable balancing movies and TV by working on big-screen projects during the summer hiatus for 'Grey's Anatomy,'" reports the Associated Press.

"I'm more than happy to make that compromise," she says. "As my agent likes to say, 'High-class problems. I don't know if I want to continue for five years working 12 months a year, but I can take at least another year or two."

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Gold Derby nuggets: See 'Damages' marathon on Aug. 7 ... 'The Wire' star Seth Gilliam blasts the Emmys ... Katherine Heigl & hubby Josh Kelley are 'chillin' out' after Emmy flapdoodle

July 31, 2008 |  3:27 pm

On Aug. 7, FX network will air a marathon of all 13 episodes of "Damages" from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET / PT. The critically hailed show is nominated for seven Emmy Awards, including best drama series and best actress (Glenn Close).

On my favorite subject of Melissa Leo , InContention.com wonders if the "Frozen River" star could be an Oscar front-runner. READ MORE

Speaking of Melissa Leo. I asked Sony Pictures Classics if I could speak to director-writer Courtney Hunt to get her side of the story about Leo's diva fit on the set of "Frozen River," but I'm told that they're traveling and not available till next week. OK, let's see if I can chat with Hunt then. My request for an interview remains open.

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Newcomer Jessie Farrell leads with the most nominations (seven) for the Canadian Country Music Assn. Awards that will be held in Winnipeg, Canada, on Sept. 8, hosted by Terri Clark. Jessie Farrell is a 30-year-old crooner who hails from Vancouver who is up for best single of the year ("Best of Me") and album ("Nothing Fancy"). READ MORE

"We take a little pride in not being nominated," fumes Seth Gilliam while lashing out at the Emmys for giving "The Wire" only one nomination in its farewell season: best writing. The star who portrays Sergeant Ellis Carver told BBC 5 Live: "The show deals with inner city civil servants and the Emmys would rather fantasize about lawyers and romance …. It's a show about a blue collar town. It's not very flashy and glamorous …. There aren't a lot of shootings in every episode and there isn't a lot of flesh and nipples … The Emmys will in no way validate the quality of the material we put out there." READ MORE

Rocker Josh Kelley finally speaks up about the hubbub surrounding his wife, "Grey's Anatomy" star Katherine Heigl, withdrawing from Emmy consideration — news originally broken by Gold Derby. (CLICK HERE) "Were pretty strong cats," he tells Hollyscoop.com. "We cook in a lot, watch a lot of TV, and just chill out and keep it simple." I'm not sure if this next sentence are the words Josh Kelley also uttered, or if this text is full of typos, but here's more: "When you get into the entertainment business usually most people get into knowing that the possibilities of these things happening are could be a reality I think you just try to get strong, deal with it move on and make your art." READ EVEN MORE

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'Grey's Anatomy' to Katherine Heigl: Emmy revenge can be murder?

July 11, 2008 |  4:49 pm

Uh-oh! Could we have blood on our cyber-hands soon, Derbyites? Marc Malkin of E! Online reports: "Latest buzz hissing from the set of the ABC hit is that creator Shonda Rhimes may be entertaining the idea of Katherine_heigl_greys_anatomy_emmy_ killing off Katherine Heigl's Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens because of the now infamous remarks Heigl made about the upcoming Emmys.

"'It's not good there,' a source tells me of the 'Grey's Anatomy' set. Shonda is pissed. They're thinking of killing her off. They want Izzie dead.'" READ MORE

However, a network source tells the L.A. Times: that rumor isn't true. Heigl is under contract and will be back next season. When we contacted Heigl's rep for input, she said, "No comment."

The nasty battle over Katherine Heigl going AWOL from the Emmys started right here at this blog when I posted links to the lists that the TV academy members used while voting. One of our forum posters named KellyClarksonFan just happened to notice that last year's winner Katherine Heigl of "Grey's Anatomy" was missing from the eligibility list. When I asked Katherine Heigl's rep for comment, we got a wallop of a response!

Instead of giving us one of those namby-pamby replies, Heigl said, "I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention. In addition, I did not want to potentially take away an opportunity from an actress who was given such materials."

Furious, "a key show insider" told EW.com: "The show bent over backwards to accommodate her film schedule, and then she criticizes the show for lack of material? It's an ungrateful slap in the face to the very writers responsible for her Emmy win in the first place."

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Is Katherine Heigl ditching Emmy for Oscar?

June 12, 2008 | 10:25 am

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Perhaps so. Variety reports that disgruntled Emmy champ Katherine Heigl — who took herself out of contention this year after getting cheated out of face time on "Grey's Anatomy" — will be assuming one of those real-life roles that smacks of Oscar bait.

"Katherine Heigl will star in and produce the feature film adaptation of 'Escape,' the bestselling memoir of Carolyn Jessop, whose testimony helped convict polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs," Variety reports. "Jessop was born into the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints sect. At 18 she married a man 32 years her senior; at 35, she fled with her eight children."

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Emmy champ Katherine Heigl quits the race, blaming 'Grey's Anatomy' writers

June 11, 2008 | 12:19 pm

It's very strange that Katherine Heigl's name is not on the TV academy's list of Emmy contenders after she won best supporting actress last year for "Grey's Anatomy." Over the past few months, as Emmy campaign season began, Katherine Heigl didn't announce that she'd be bowing out. Her omission from the official ballot just happened to be noticed yesterday by one of our forum posters. So we asked Heigl: Whazzup?

"I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention," she tells Gold Derby. "In addition, I did not want to potentially take away an opportunity from an actress who was given such materials."

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It's not uncommon for past winners to withdraw from Emmy consideration, but they usually do so because they're repeating champs who feel they've won enough and want to give others a shot. That's what Candice Bergen ("Murphy Brown") and Bill Cosby ("The Cosby Show, "The Bill Cosby Show," "I Spy") did.

But Heigl's only won once, and it was a jaw-dropping victory at that. She was so stunned to hear her name announced when the envelope was opened that she got caught on national TV gasping a profanity. Apparently, that's the same word she might use to describe what she thinks of the reduced story line she got on "Grey's Anatomy" this past season despite proving her dramatic chops at the last Emmys. Clearly, she believes she was gypped out of a juicy role in order to publicly declare that she wasn't "given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination." One of the few dramatic turns she had on the show this past season involved rescuing a deer that had caused a string of car accidents. Big deal. She didn't even get to rescue a human being.

Initially, when we spotted Heigl missing from the ballot, I wondered if she had just forgotten to submit her name for consideration. That happens quite often, but few stars admit it. One who did so, famously, was Tim Allen ("Home Improvement"), who staged an elaborate stunt back in the 1990s after confessing that he forgot to submit his nomination the previous year. The next year he had his paperwork delivered to the TV academy headquarters in North Hollywood by the University of Southern California marching band.

Hey, we're talking Hollyweird here. All sneaky angles must be explored.

I asked the posters in our message boards what they think. Some responses below. See more: CLICK HERE .

Neurotic21: "This was not Heigl's season and she didn't quite have the material to back up a potential Emmy nod. Honestly, I think that was nice of her to do because she would have made the Top 10 (run-off). The door is now open for another actress, who may have had that great season, to get into that 10."

venom9176: "This is a pointed slam at the material she was given this season; there is going to be far more fallout from this than from pinning the blame on her publicist or agent or whoever was supposed to submit her. If she was going to lie to spare their feelings, she almost certainly wouldn't use this as a reason."

Michael Kennedy: "I think she is noble for doing it but I also agree that this is a slam at the show/writers/material given. She is not so innocent here -- had she felt someone else deserved a chance she should have said that and left it alone. She made a point to say it was material, what other reason would she say that for other than a slam? Remember this is the girl that made bad remarks about 'Knocked Up' after it was released and made her a movie star!"

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