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Grammy predix for best album: Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Eminem

October 25, 2010 |  1:11 pm

Lady Antebellum Lady gaga sadeOur Grammy seers David "Guru" Schnelwar and Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch agree on what four of the five nominees will be for album of the year: "The Suburbs" (Arcade Fire), "Recovery" (Eminem), "Need You Now" (Lady Antebellum) and "Soldier of Love" (Sade). Guru opts for "The Fame Monster" (Lady Gaga) in the fifth slot while DoubleD says it will be "Live at the Troubadour" (James Taylor and Carole King).

I'm shocked that DoubleD doesn't have "Fame Monster" in his high five. He's wrong about that. I say that either "The Suburbs" or "Soldier of Love" will be snubbed and the survivor will be pitted against "Fame Monster," "Recovery," "Need You Now" and "Troubadour."

Also see their predix for best new artist and best record of the year.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: DOULBED'S PREDIX
(Front-runners)
"The Suburbs," Arcade Fire
"Recovery," Eminem
"Need You Now," Lady Antebellum
"Live at the Troubadour," James Taylor and Carole King
"Soldier of Love," Sade

(Possible)
"Revolution," Miranda Lambert
"The Fame Monster," Lady Gaga
"The ArchAndroid," Janelle Monae
"The Blueprint 3," Jay-Z
"Backspacer," Pearl Jam

(Long shots)
"New AmErykah Part 2: Return of the Ankh," Erykah Badu
"My World 2.0," Justin Bieber
"Brothers," Black Keys
"Crazy Love," Michael Buble
"Clapton," Eric Clapton
"Going Back," Phil Collins
"World Gone Crazy," Doobie Brothers
"Thank Me Later," Drake
"Plastic Beach," Gorillaz
"The Imagine Project," Herbie Hancock
"The Element of Freedom," Alicia Keys
"Confessions," Liza Minelli
"Teenage Dream," Katy Perry
"Band of Joy," Robert Plant
"Commitment," Seal
"Raymond v. Raymond," Usher
"Contra," Vampire Weekend

DOUBLED'S COMMENTARY: Eminem and Lady Antebellum have the best-selling albums of the year, so they'll easily get in since the industry wants to celebrate artists who actually can still sell records. The other three spots will be filled by critically acclaimed veterans with gold or platinum albums (James Taylor/Carole King, Sade) and either critically acclaimed "under the radar" artists (Arcade Fire, Janelle Monae, Miranda Lambert) or rock veterans (Pearl Jam). This category could really go either way since the industry agrees that it has been a pretty lousy year for album sales.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: GURU'S PREDIX
(Front-runners)
"The Suburbs," Arcade Fire
"Recovery," Eminem
"Need You Now," Lady Antebellum
"The Fame Monster," Lady Gaga
"Soldier of Love," Sade

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Gold Derby nuggets: Oscar exec Bruce Davis retiring | 'The King's Speech' tops Dave Karger's Oscar predix | Eminem and Lady Antebellum lead AMA nominations

October 13, 2010 | 12:13 pm

• As Nikki Finke reports, "This is truly the end of an era. I've just learned that Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences executive director Bruce Davis announced at this evening's Board Of Governors meeting that he intends to retire on June 30th, 2011, after 30 years working for the world's preeminent film group." Nikki also has a copy of Bruce's e-mail to the academy staff, which reads, in part, "When I leave I will have spent thirty years at the Academy, and more than twenty as its executive director. That seems like enough. Organizations and individuals both benefit from periodic shifts in perspective." DEADLINE

Roger Deakins will be feted with the lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Cinematographers. The eight-time Oscar nominee will receive the honor at the 25th edition of the ASC kudos on Feb. 13. In a statement, ASC president Michael Goi said: "The Lifetime Achievement Award is a reflection of the impact that a cinematographer has made on the art of filmmaking rather than the capping of a career. It is our way of acknowledging a true artist in his prime. Roger Deakins raises the artistic profile of our profession with every movie and he will continue to do so for many years." ASC

Colin Firth The Kings SpeechDave Karger unveils his first top 10 list of best picture contenders. Leading the list is "The King's Speech," with "True Grit" in second and "The Social Network" in third place. As always, Dave provides expert analysis of each film's ranking. For example, he says this about "The King's Speech": "As soon as I saw this British drama in early September I knew it had the potential to go all the way in at least one major category. Right now its star, Colin Firth, is the man to beat for Best Actor, and it’s an absolute lock for a Best Picture nomination as well." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

• Using "Fair Game" as an example, Sasha Stone writes insightfully about the role of bloggers in the Oscar race. Says Sasha, "There is a filter between seeing films in screenings and how they eventually 'do.' The critics are really the ones who mostly shape perception. The bloggers can praise a film until they’re blue in the fingertips, but ultimately — it’s about the critics, the industry, the public and the Academy. Sorry, bloggers, but it just is. That is why seeing a film in a screening can sometimes be a misleading experience. If the critics don’t agree with the early blogger praise, a film will have a hard time passing the first test. That is why it’s always dangerous to get our strong opinion out there — others are likely to throw it back in our face should the movie fail. This happened to me with 'The Kite Runner.' I am always surprised when I like a movie that ends up doing really well in the race. It is a win-win for me." AWARDS DAILY

• With his usual savvy style, Steve Pond weighs the odds of four possible Oscar contenders making the cut: "True Grit" for best picture, "The Social Network" for adapted screenplay, Mel Gibson ("The Beaver") for lead actor and "The Town" for best picture. THE ODDS

Kris Tapley is aces at keeping track of the contenders for the animated feature award, and he reports that "it's looking more and more like the magic number of 16 won’t be reached in this year’s animated feature film race. By my count, we have 12 titles." IN CONTENTION

Eminem and Lady Antebellum lead the list of nominees for this year's 38th annual edition of the American Music Awards with five bids each. Eminem and four-time nominee Justin Bieber vie for artist of the year against Katy Perry, Ke$ha and Lady Gaga. The kudos will be handed out Nov. 21 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and will air on ABC. THE ENVELOPE

• The field of documentary short-subject Oscar contenders has been winnowed from 30 to eight, with three to five of them making it to the nomination stage. Those still in the running are "Born Sweet," "Killing in the Name," "Living for 32," "One Thousand Pictures: RFK’s Last Journey," "Poster Girl," "Strangers No More," "Sun Come Up" and "The Warriors of Qiugang." AMPAS

•The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced Oscar winner Sidney Poitier will be honored with the 38th annual Chaplin award at a May 2 gala. The Film Society's annual gala began in 1972 and honored Charles Chaplin, who returned to the U.S. from exile to accept the commendation. Since then, the award has been renamed for Chaplin and has honored many of the film industry's most notable talents, including Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Laurence Olivier, Federico Fellini, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, James Stewart, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and, most recently, Michael Douglas. FILM SOCIETY

Nathaniel Rogers notes that if Jesse Eisenberg is Oscar nominated for "The Social Network," he'll knock Matt Damon ("Good Will Hunting") out of the top 10 youngest lead actor contenders. THE FILM EXPERIENCE

Michael J. Fox will reunite with his "Back to the Future" castmates at the Scream 2010 Awards. To celebrate the silver anniversary of this movie classic, they will also be featured on the cover of an issue of Entertainment Weekly.

Photo: "The King's Speech." Photo credit: Weinstein Co.

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Grammy predix for best record: Katy Perry or Train?

October 8, 2010 |  5:04 pm

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Now that we have David "Guru" Schnelwar's Grammy predictions for best record of the year to compare with the ones we already published from Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch, it's curious to see the overlap. They agree on four of the five nominees, but Schnelwar opts for Katy Perry's "California Gurls" instead of Train's "Hey, Soul Sister" (Dortch's choice) in that last slot.

Below: Schnelwar's commentary and predix:

Eminem is no stranger to the record of the year category. He was previously nominated for "Without Me" (in 2002) and the Academy Award-winning "Lose Yourself" (in 2003). Eminem is likely to return for either his collaboration with Rihanna "Love the Way Yo Lie," which was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks, or his other No. 1 song "Not Afraid."

Carrying over from the last quarter of 2009 is "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga and "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. These songs stayed relevant throughout 2010 and are serious contenders for best record. It could be a battle between New York and California.  Katy Perry is trying to earn her first record of the year nomination for "California Gurls" with Snoop Dogg.

Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" is a song that could have been nominated for a Grammy in the '70s, '80s or '90s. It is the type of song that Lionel Richie or Phil Collins could have made a hit and received a nomination.

RECORD OF THE YEAR
(Front-runners)
"Love the Way You Lie," Eminem featuring Rihanna
"Empire State of Mind," Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys
"Need You Now," Lady Antebellum
"Bad Romance," Lady Gaga
"California Gurls," Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg

(Possible)
"Nothin' on You," B.O.B. featuring Bruno Mars
"Airplanes," B.O.B. featuring Hayley Williams
"Not Afraid," Eminem
"Dog Days Are Over," Florence + The Machine
"Telephone," Lady Gaga and Beyonce

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Grammy predix: Lady Gaga and Eminem are front-runners for record of the year

October 7, 2010 |  5:15 pm

Now that the Grammy Awards' eligibility period is over, I asked our Gold Derby pundits to pipe in. First to do so is Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch, who sizes up the race for record of the year this way:

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I'd be stunned if "Need You Now," "Bad Romance" and "Empire State of Mind" didn't get in. All three records were huge hits with amazing staying power, and even industry execs are describing the songs as "meaty, impressive" career-defining records.

The last two spots are a crapshoot. Eminem is having a huge year and Hollywood loves a comeback, so he'll probably slip in for one of his singles. The Grammy academy favors pop/rock tunes here, so Train's insanely popular "Hey, Soul Sister" will probably get in too, since it sold a slew of downloads. If not, then substitute Train's slot for one of the other ubiquitous hits of the year. I'd be surprised if a non-hit grabbed a ROTY nomination this year. This was yet another crappy year for album sales and whatnot, so voters will want to celebrate artists who were commercially successful.

RECORD OF THE YEAR
(Front-runners)
"Love the Way You Lie," Eminem featuring Rihanna
"Empire State of Mind," Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys
"Need You Now," Lady Antebellum
"Bad Romance," Lady Gaga
"Hey, Soul Sister," Train

(Possible)
"Airplanes," B.o.B. featuring Hayley Williams
"Dog Days Are Over," Florence + the Machine
"California Gurls," Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg
"Not Afraid," Eminem (if submitted)
"Soldier of Love," Sade

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Gold Derby nuggets: Grammys salute John Lennon | 'Caves of Forgotten Dreams' sneak peek | Lady Gaga leftovers

September 23, 2010 |  6:59 am

John Lennon • In celebration of the 70th birthday of John Lennon, the Grammy Museum is paying tribute to the late singer-songwriter with an extensive exhibit opening Oct. 4.  Among the highlights: Lennon's album of the year for "Double Fantasy"; his "Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band" costume; the typewriter he used to write lyrics early in his career; handwritten song lyrics, including "Imagine" and "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)"; and a pair of his signature round, wire-framed eyeglasses. Both as part of the Beatles and during his solo career, Lennon won seven Grammys. In a statement, museum Executive Director Robert Santelli said: "We are privileged and honored to open our newest exhibit, 'John Lennon, Songwriter,' in commemoration of one of the most prolific and profound songwriters of our time. Lennon's songs are as insightful and empowering as ever, and they continue to inspire and change the world. We are grateful to Yoko Ono for choosing the Grammy Museum as a temporary home to display some of these memorable and important pieces that illustrate the breadth of her late husband's extraordinary career." GRAMMY MUSEUM

Lou Lumenick makes this wry observation about the Facebook outage Wednesday: "At one point in 'The Social Network,' Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg proclaims that it would be a disaster if the social networking site he co-founded ever went down. Well, today Center Networks and various other tech and news sites are reporting that Facebook is apparently currently down, at least for many users in the United States and other parts of the world. Maybe it's a PR stunt by Sony -- or maybe Facebook is scrubbing status updates quoting my rave review today." Lou concludes, "Apparently the outage lasted somewhere between 90 minutes and two hours." NEW YORK POST

• Looks like a rematch between "Lost" rivals Michael Emerson and Terry O'Quinn is set to happen. Josef Adalian reports that NBC has committed to a pilot for a comedic drama that has the pair of Emmy champs playing former black-ops agents. "Lost" creator J.J. Abrams and frequent collaborators Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec ('Alias,' 'Mission: Impossible 4') pitched the idea to the peacock. VULTURE

• In anticipation of the December release of the comedy-drama "I Love You, Phillip Morris," Sasha Stone says the following: "One wonders what Jim Carrey will have to finally do to get an Oscar nomination. Comedic actors have a particularly hard time being taken seriously, though many believe Carrey deserved a nod for 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' or 'The Truman Show.'" AWARDS DAILY

Herzog-cave-tiffPatrick Goldstein reports on the one-week Oscar qualifying run of the 3-D documentary "Caves of Forgotten Dreams" in L.A. last week. As he admits, "I have no idea why docs have to be released so much earlier for Oscar consideration than feature films. But since most academy members aren't thinking Oscar buzz in August, if you want your documentary to qualify for Oscar consideration -- and you aren't ready to release it commercially at that time -- you end up staging a stealth qualifying run, hoping to stay under the media radar until you're ready to have a real commercial release for your film." THE BIG PICTURE

• With his new film "Darling Companion," Lawrence Kasdan is set to complete the trilogy he began with best picture nominee "The Big Chill" in 1983 and continued with "Grand Canyon" in 1991. The director wrote the script with his wife Meg Kasdan (they shared an Oscar nom for "Grand Canyon") and the cast includes Oscar champs Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline. "The film’s storyline follows a woman (Keaton) who takes in a stray dog as a companion to fill the void left by her distracted husband (Kline), only to see him lose the mutt after a wedding at their vacation home in the Rockies. A search for the animal includes several guests and a mysterious young woman." RISKY BUSINESS

Brad Brevet surveys the playing field and says, "It's surprising the number of major Oscar contenders [that] have been seen and with Oscar pundits picking horses a bit too early in this race I think it gives films such as 'Somewhere,' 'True Grit' and 'The Fighter' a lot to look forward to." However, he allows, "As for my pick, right now, I see Tom Hooper's 'The King's Speech' as the one film that's right up the Academy's alley and not only that, it's a great film. In my mind it's the clear front-runner and it still has until December before the Weinstein Co. releases it to theaters. It has Colin Firth coming off a strong performance in last year's 'A Single Man,' a performance I believe should have earned him an Oscar, and one that finds me placing him as my current front-runner for Best Actor. To go along with that, co-star Geoffrey Rush is my Best Supporting Actor front-runner at the moment and David Speidler's script has a good shot at Best Original Screenplay." ROPE OF SILICON

Rich Keller catches up with the players on four-time Emmy drama series champ "The West Wing." As he observes, "The cast members of the award-winning NBC drama, which premiered 11 years ago on Sept. 22, 1999, can't seem to let each other go -- they've often paired up on other shows since the series ended in 2006. Interestingly, many of these pairings have taken place in shows on the USA network. Maybe it's due to the drama's huge cast of regulars and recurring characters, the stranglehold NBC Universal had on these actors, or the fact that they all liked working with each other." TV SQUAD

Lady Gaga MTV VMAsLady Gaga certainly turned heads at the recent MTV VMAs as she strutted on stage with cuts of beef draped over her frame to accept one of her eight awards. Now, word comes that this fashion and political statement could be turned into a tasty treat. The designer, Franc Fernandez, shared the fate of the meat dress with Leslie Gornstein: "The dress will go through a process where it becomes a sort of 'jerky' and will be archived." E ONLINE

• The Emerging Cinematographers Guild Awards take place Sunday at the Directors Guild Theater and will feature a screening of the short films being honored. Honorees include Tod Campbell ("The Big Bends"), Cameron Duncan ("Mr Marceau"), Stephanie Dufford ("The Fantastic Magnifico"), Patrick Jones ("Android Love"), Rodney Lamborn ("Meridian"), Jacob Pinger ("The Cycle"), John Snedden ("Brite Eyes") and Brian Udoff ("Les Mouches"). ECA

• The Visual Effects Society has named stop-motion model animator Ray Harryhausen ("The 7th Voyage of Sinbad") as the recipient of the lifetime achievement award to be presented at the ninth annual kudos on Jan. 28. Said VES Chair Jeffrey A. Okun, "Ray has long been the light that we have followed into this business. His artistic vision and ability to use the art and science of storytelling of fantastic tales has been done in a manner that has drawn not just the audience into his magical worlds, but all of us into this business. I cannot stress strongly enough the beacon he is to all of us who aspire to tell stories using visual effects to create the world in which the story is told. Ray is simply an amazing individual who is also so giving of his time, secrets and enthusiasm. We are honored to be able to shine that light back on him!" VES

Top photo: John Lennon in 1974. Credit: Tony Barnard / Los Angeles Times.

Middle photo: "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" promotional still. Credit: IFC Films.

Bottom photo: Lady Gaga at the MTV VMAs. Credit: MTV.

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Polls: Who will win the MTV Video Music Awards?

September 11, 2010 |  9:47 pm

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I'm pretty sure I know who'll win the MTV Video Music Award for best video of the year — Lady Gaga for "Bad Romance" — or am I crazy? A few more races are a bit more suspenseful if we weigh search info released by Yahoo. Please pipe in and tell us what you think about who'll win.

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Has Yahoo tattled on who'll win the MTV Video Music Awards?

September 11, 2010 |  9:31 pm

Yahoo has issued fascinating data that may foretell who'll win the MTV Video Music Awards to be doled out on Sunday night.

Below is a list of nominees ranked according to how often they were searched by Yahoo web browsers during this year's nomination period. That may be significant since MTV VMA winners are chosen based upon their popularity with web voters. With Justin Bieber fever sweeping America, it's logical to assume this list is correct and he's a shoo-in to win best new artist. Lady Gaga is probably a safe bet to win best video of the year for "Bad Romance," but I'm not sure I believe she'll be trounced by Ke$ha for best female and pop videos, as these lists suggest. Tell us what you think by voting in our polls.

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VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance"
B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams, "Airplanes"
Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé, "Telephone"
Eminem, "Not Afraid"
30 Seconds to Mars, "Kings and Queens"
Florence + the Machine, "Dog Days Are Over"
 
BEST NEW ARTIST
Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris, "Baby"
Ke$ha, "Tik Tok"
Jason Derulo, "In My Head"
Nicki Minaj featuring Sean Garrett, "Massive Attack"
Broken Bells, "The Ghost Inside"
 
BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Ke$ha, "Tik Tok"
Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance"
Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg, "California Gurls"
Beyoncé featuring Lady Gaga, "Video Phone (Extended Remix)"
Taylor Swift, "Fifteen"

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Poll: Will Chelsea Handler flourish or flop as MTV VMAs host?

August 19, 2010 | 11:08 am

ChelseaLately Chelsea Handler has been tapped to host the 27th annual edition of the MTV VMAs on Sept. 12. The tart-tongued comic has charmed viewers and guests with her irreverent style as host of "Chelsea Lately" on the E! network for the last three years. She made the announcement on Wednesday night's edition of the late-night talker.

Handler will be only the second woman to emcee these free-wheeling kudos single-handed. Handler's humor hews more closely to the flash of Bette Midler, who co-hosted the first MTV VMAs with Dan Aykroyd back in 1984, than the trash of Roseanne Barr, who was solo host a decade later.

Balmy Brit Russell Brand presided over the awards for the last two years. In 2008, he paired up with Britney Spears for a series of promos that brought 23 million viewers to the cumulative airings of the kudocast. Last year's festivities made news when Kanye West stormed the stage while Taylor Swift was accepting the best female video award to insist that Beyonce should have won.

West is back on the guest list this year, a fact that MTV referred to when making the announcement of Handler as host: "There were three important criteria that any candidate had to meet:

1. The candidate must be funny, engaging, and have great stage presence.
2. The candidate must be able to tell jokes so scandalous that they could actually cause someone's grandma to spontaneously catch fire.
3. The candidate must be able to take down Kanye in under 3 seconds if he starts rushing the stage to perpetrate a rehash of last year's tomfoolery."

At some point in the show -- which airs live on MTV from L.A.'s Nokia Theatre -- West will be allowed onstage to perform and/or present. Both West and Swift are nominees this year: he for his collaboration with Drake, Li'l Wayne and Eminem on the "Forever" hip-hop music video and she for best female video for "Fifteen." Lady Gaga leads with a record 13 nominations.

At 35, Handler knows she is not part of the usual MTV demographic. As the sassy wag said in a statement, "This has been a huge year for hip-hop and rap, and it is well-known that I have the closest ties with these communities musically and sexually. I am to rap and hippity-hop what Warren Buffet is to finance, minus the sex."

Photo: "Chelsea Lately" promotional poster. Credit: E! Network

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Gold Derby nuggets: Uh oh! Kanye West returning to VMAs | Emmy bits and bites | 'Avatar' adds love scene for re-release

August 12, 2010 |  1:42 pm

Kanye West Taylor Swift Beyonce MTV VMAKanye West will be back onstage at this year's MTV VMAs, which air live from Los Angeles on Sept. 12. This time around he will be welcomed as a performer. Last year, he set tongues wagging when he interrupted Taylor Swift as she accepted the best female video award to say that Beyonce should have won. Both West and Swift are nominees this year — he for his collaboration with Drake, Li'l Wayne and Eminem on the "Forever" hip-hop music video and she for best female video for "Fifteen." In making the announcement, MTV said West will "be making his triumphant return to the VMAs" and noted  "Kanye has appeared at every VMA show since 2004, winning Best Male Video in 2005 (for 'Jesus Walks'), and Best Special Effects in 2008 ('Good Life')." West has a new album out in the fall and just debuted a new single with Beyonce called "See It Now." MTV

• Kanye should be happy to hear that Katie Hasty — who handicaps eight of the top races at the upcoming MTV VMAs — thinks that "Telephone" by Lady Gaga and featuring Beyonce will win video of the year: "It's rare to not only feature two of the biggest global pop stars into one video, but for them to interact as they do, in the non-stop wacky format that they do. While I personally find the clip to be one, long hot mess, I doubt any of  its shortcomings will keep folks from voting on it." HIT FIX

Steve Pond details the details of the upcoming Creative Arts portion of the Primetime Emmys, including this tidbit that, "the teams presenting awards will include Jane Lynch and Ryan Murphy (“Glee”), John Lithgow and Clyde Phillips (“Dexter”), Christina Hendricks and Matthew Weiner (“Mad Men'), Elizabeth Mitchell and Damon Lindelhof (“Lost”) and Rico Rodriguez and Steve Levitan (“Modern Family”)." As Steve notes, these kudos, "will hand out awards in more than 70 categories. The show will take place at the Nokia Theater on Saturday, August 21, and an edited version will air as a two-hour special on E! Entertainment Television on Friday, August 27."  THE WRAP

Primetime Emmy Poster • Current Emmy nominee and reigning drama supporting actor champ Michael Emerson talks about his time on "Lost" including the 12-minute epilogue that will feature on the final season DVD boxed set. He told Whitney Matheson, "I really like it. I was delighted when I found out I had one of the primary roles in it. I think I was as excited to shoot that as I was to shoot the finale of the series." As for his Emmy hopes: "You never know. But there are so many good actors in that category that haven't yet been given the award. It just seems like they should spread it around." USA TODAY

Supporting drama actress contender Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men") chats with Ray Richmond about, among other things, landing her first Emmy nomination: "It’s pretty awesome. It was amazing enough just to be on this show the past couple of years when it won. That’s been incredible. But this is even better. Matt [Matthew Weiner] gave my character Joan a lot of really amazing material this past season. That’s why I got the Emmy nomination. You won’t hear me complaining." DEADLINE

• Not surprisingly, Hollywood rewards all things young, including TV series as Randee Dawn discovers when considering the Emmy nominees for top drama. "A show should be young and complicated if it wants a berth in the top six. The eldest in this year's drama series lineup, 'Lost,' is also the only show that won't be back next year, and it's hardly old at six seasons. Not one of the other nominated drama series ('Mad Men,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'Dexter,' 'True Blood' and 'The Good Wife') has more than four seasons under its belt." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

• Eight nominees from seven countries are competing for the news and current affairs awards to be handed out by the International Emmys in New York on Sept. 27. Contending for the current affairs Emmy are: "Dispatches" (United Kingdom),  "Enquete" (Radio Canada), "Telenoche" (Argentina) and "Tuesday Report" (Hong Kong). Up for the news prize are Al Jazeera English (Qatar), Sky News (United Kingdom), RT Channel (Russia) and TV Globo (Brazil) CBC

Avatar Sam Worthington Zoe Saldana • Had the original version of "Avatar" included the love scene in the nine minutes added for the upcoming re-release, would that have swayed Oscar voters? When asked about what audiences can expect Aug. 27, writer-director James Cameron said, "It's been restored, every last frame of it. Seriously," adding that the scene in question won't break any records — it lasts all of about 20 seconds. "I would say, just so that we correctly manage people's expectations," he explained carefully, "it does not change our rating at all. I would call it more of an alien foreplay scene. It's not like they're ripping their clothes off and going at it." MTV

• Oscar and Tony champ Marcia Gay Harden could well be contending again next year for that Emmy she needs to complete the acting triple crown. As William Keck reports, "Harden who received a 2007 Emmy Award nomination for her guest appearance as Federal Agent Dana Lewis on NBC's 'Law & Order: SVU'  is making a return visit to mean Manhattan streets. Last seen in the eighth season premiere, Dana will return in the eighth episode of the upcoming 12th season." TV GUIDE

Upper photo: Kanye West and Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV VMAs. Credit: MTV.

Middle photo: Emmy Awards poster. Credit: NBC

Lower photo: "Avatar" promotion still. Credit: Fox.

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Poll: Will Lady Gaga beat Lady Gaga at MTV VMA Awards?

August 3, 2010 |  5:49 pm
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Lady Gaga has earned so many MTV Video Music Awards nominations — a record tally, in fact, 13 — that she's bumping into herself in the battle for best video of the year.

Lady Gaga's "Telephone" video is nominated against "Bad Romance." Both square off against "Dog Days Are Over" (Florence + the Machine), "Not Afraid" (Eminem) and "Kings and Queens" (30 Seconds to Mars). Will Lady Gaga split her vote, inviting a usurper to claim the prize? Or will voters go gaga no matter what?

Attention, award geeks: In case you're wondering who held the record for most VMA noms in one year prior to Lady Gaga, it was Missy Elliott. She reaped 11 bids in 2001. Curiously, her "Get Ur Freak On" lost best video of the year to "Lady Marmalade," which Missy Elliott produced, but didn't sing on.

The 27th annual MTV Video Music Awards will be broadcast live from Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles Sept. 12, at 9 p.m. PT/ ET. Cast your votes here until awards day. Check out The Envelope's photo gallery of top nominees here.

Photos: Lady Gaga in "Bad Romance" and "Telephone" (MTV)

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Grammy experts' smackdown: Will Taylor Swift or Kings of Leon win best record and song?

January 28, 2010 |  6:29 am

You've read who our forum moderators Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch and David "Guru" Schnelwar and I believe will win the top four Grammy Awards this Saturday. Now let's go to the videotape. Darrin and I recently got together in Los Angeles to connect with David (who's on the East Coast) via webcam. Check out our first two clashes below. David believes that Taylor Swift will prevail in races for best record and song with "You Belong With Me." Darrin and I say the champ will be "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon, but we all agree that Beyoncé may be a threat too.

Check out their detailed written analysis of the best-record contest here, plus see what we think about the contests for best album, best song and new artist.

Our first video slugfest below is over the best-record contest. Below that, best song.


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Prediction: Taylor Swift will grab Grammy crown for best album of the year

January 26, 2010 | 10:35 am

While our forum moderators Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch and David "Guru" Schnelwar disagree strongly on who will win the Grammy Award for best record of the year on Sunday (CBS, 8 p.m. ET/PT), they're in perfect harmony on who will claim the crown for best album: Taylor Swift.

Check out what we all think about these Grammy battles: best record, best song and best new artist.

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ALBUM OF THE YEAR
"I Am ... Sasha Fierce" -- Beyoncé
"The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies)" -- Black Eyed Peas
"Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King" -- Dave Matthews Band
"The Fame" -- Lady Gaga
"Fearless" -- Taylor Swift — Guru, DoubleD

GURU'S COMMENTARY: As I predicted, this is the third year in a row that each nominated album is from a different genre field:  Beyoncé (R&B), Black Eyed Peas (pop), Dave Matthews Band (rock), Lady Gaga (dance) and Taylor Swift (country).

The third time was the charm for Beyoncé and the Black Eyed Peas finally to be nominated for album of the year, but I do not think they are going to win.

Lady Gaga's meteoric success has continued to get bigger and bigger lately. It will be interesting to see if the Grammys finally honor dance music in the top categories.

The Dave Matthews Band is a strong possibility to win, but it failed to receive expected nominations for best rock song and best rock performance by a duo or group with vocals.

Taylor Swift's "Fearless" was the biggest-selling album of 2009 and will in all likelihood win this.

DOUBLED'S COMMENTARY: Despite its multiple hit singles, the Black Eyed Peas won't be winning such a prestigious category. Their album received terrible reviews across the board.

Gaga is out too; voters usually don't award lightweight dance/pop in this category (and new artists rarely win here anyway).

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