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Hey, Miley Cyrus: Get your Razzie acceptance speech ready for 'The Last Song'

March 31, 2010 | 11:17 am

Well, at least Miley Cyrus will surely be nominated for a Razzie for her critically bashed "performance" in "The Last Song." We probably shouldn't get her hopes up too high about "winning," though. We haven't seen Lindsay Lohan 's "Machette" yet – or "Twilight Saga: Eclipse."

Miley Cyrus The Last Song news

Razzie voters adore rewarding pop tarts who attempt to act. Some of its biggest past champs include Madonna, Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. We know that Miley Cyrus is on voters' radar. She was just nominated for worst actress for "Hannah Montana: The Movie," but lost to Sandra Bullock ("All About Steve").

Film critics certainly think that Miley deserves to be pelted with raspberries for appearing in "The Last Song," which only scores 39 at Metacritic. The New York Times asserts that acting "seems almost entirely beyond her," adding, "In 'The Last Song,' she pouts, slouches, storms in and out of rooms and occasionally cracks a snaggle-toothed smile, but most of the time she seems to be mugging for the camera, play-acting rather than exploring the motives and feelings of her character."

Lou Lumenick of the New York Post says that Miley displays "approximately 1 1/2 expressions" on screen, adding, "It's the worst of both worlds as Disney cash cow Miley Cyrus makes the most dubious 'dramatic' debut of any singer since Britney Spears."


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Robert Culp never cracked Emmy's secret code

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Gold Derby nuggets: Honors for Stephen Sondheim and Matt Damon | Good debut for 'Breaking Bad'

Can Rosie O'Donnell grab her old Emmy crown from Ellen DeGeneres?

Upcoming Emmy diva smackdown: 'Nurse Jackie' vs. 'United States of Tara'

Emmy predix for best drama series: 'Breaking Bad,' 'Damages,' 'Dexter,' 'Mad Men' and ...?

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Will Madonna and Guy Ritchie slug it out at the Razzies?

October 24, 2008 |  9:12 am

Though we can only speculate about the conflict ahead when Madonna and Guy Ritchie face-off in divorce court, we do know they could well be battling each other Feb. 21 at the Razzie Awards. Those cheeky kudos salute the worst in movie making and each of these slugging spouses had a hand in contributing to the decline of the medium this year.


The once-promising Ritchie, who came to fame a decade ago with the crime caper "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels," tried to return to form with "RocknRolla." Revisiting this genre generated enough critical support from the likes of reviewers for Entertainment Weekly and Time for the film to score an overall 56 at Meta Critic, which is considered a disappointing rank. However, Madonna got less than half that score (25) Meta Critic for her directorial debut "Filth and Wisdom." Though this would-be comedy about three misfit roommates ran only 81 minutes, even that was too long for Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune, who admitted "I did enjoy the last five minutes or so, when the movie essentially stopped and [Eugene] Hutz's band Gogol Bordello took over," and Lou Lumenick of the New York Post who called the film "thoroughly inept in just about every aspect."

When it comes to the Razzies, Ritchie is a rank amateur next to Madonna. While he won the worst Razzie director award in 2002 for helming "Swept Away," she picked up her fifth worst actress win for this tepid remake of the Lina Wertmuller classic. Four more of those golden raspberries have been blown her way including recognition as the worst actress of the last century. And Madonna has piled up an additional six nominations during her less than illustrious two-decade-plus film career.

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QUIZ: Who's won the most MTV Video Music Awards?

August 17, 2008 | 11:57 am

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MTV gives Britney Spears three more shots to lose Video Music Awards

August 15, 2008 |  3:48 pm

Even though Britney Spears sang and hoofed "Gimme More" so disastrously at last year's kudofest, MTV Video Music Awards just took her request seriously. It gave her three more undeserved nominations, including a shot at video of the year for "Piece of Me."

That's the biggest haul among nominees. That's how much the VMAs adore their Brit-Brit. Chris Brown also nabbed a trio of bids, including a shot at video of the year for "Forever." The other three contenders for that top prize: the Jonas Brothers for "Burnin' Up," Pussycat Dolls' "When I Grow Up" and — surprise! — the Ting Tings' "Shut Up and Let Me Go."


In the past the only other time Britney was nominated for video of the year was 2004 when she was up for "Toxic." She lost to Outkast's "Hey Ya!"

Britney Spears has lost 16 times at the VMAs — Isn't that a record? — but she keeps delivering jaw-dropping moments during the actual kudofest like dancing with a snake in 2001 and kissing a snake (Madonna) in 2003 plus that train wreck of an opening number last year, so they keep letting her slither back even though voters keep deciding she doesn't deserve to win.

Will Britney perform again? Coyly, MTV won't say, but the answer is obvious considering those dumb plugs she's doing all over TV with host Russell Brand and that elephant. Even though MTV insists that the commercials are hilarious, the elephant is far funnier than Britney (and Russell, for that matter — though I'm sure he'll rally on awards night, Sept. 7).

"And if y'all were wondering about the possibility of Spears running into her ex, MTV golden boy Justin Timberlake, at the show, you can stop now," reports Marc Malkin at E! Online. "J.T. will be in New York that night hosting a fashion show for his William Rast clothing collection."

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Grammy predix: Coldplay, Alicia Keys, the Eagles and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss are front-runners for best-album award

August 4, 2008 | 11:44 am

Those are the bold forecasts of our resident sages and the moderators of our Grammy forum, David "Guru" Schnelwar and Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch. See and compare their lists below. Also, check out their views on the race for record of the year - CLICK HERE.


"Viva la Vida" -- Coldplay
"Long Road Out of Eden" -- The Eagles
"As I Am -- Alicia Keys
"Raising Sand" -- Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

"Rockferry" -- Duffy
"Lay It Down" - -Al Green
"Tha Carter III" -- Lil Wayne
"Hard Candy" -- Madonna
"In Rainbows" -- Radiohead

(Long shots)
"Modern Guilt" -- Beck
"Exclusive" -- Chris Brown
"E=MC2" -- Mariah Carey
"Detours" -- Sheryl Crow
"Home Before Dark" -- Neil Diamond
"American Gangster" -- Jay-Z
"Sleeping Through The Static" -- Jack Johnson
"Two Men With the Blues" -- Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis
"Accelerate" - R.E.M.


"As I Am," Alicia Keys
"Long Road Out of Eden," The Eagles
"Raising Sand," Alison Krauss & Robert Plant
"Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends," Coldplay

"Detours," Sheryl Crow
"Hard Candy," Madonna
"Tha Carter III," Lil Wayne

(Long shots)
"In Rainbows," Radiohead
"Lay It Down," Al Green
"Rockferry," Duffy

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Grammy predix: Coldplay, Leona Lewis, Sara Bareilles and Rihanna lead race for best record of the year

July 28, 2008 |  6:53 pm

Two of the best Grammy prognosticators on the planet are our forum moderators David "Guru" Schnelwar and Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch. Now that we're nearing the tail end of this year's eligibility period (Sept. 30), I asked them for their noodlings on the race for record of the year.



"Viva la Vida" - Coldplay
"Mercy" - Duffy
"4 Minutes" - Madonna & Justin Timberlake

"Love Song" - Sara Bareilles
"With You" - Chris Brown
"Bleeding Love" - Leona Lewis
"I Kissed a Girl" - Katy Perry
"Disturbia" - Rihanna
"Take a Bow" - Rihanna

(Long Shots)
"No Air" - Chris Brown & Jordin Sparks
"Touch My Body" - Mariah Carey
"Like You Never See Me Again" - Alicia Keys
"Lollipop" - Lil Wayne f/ Static Major
"Give It 2 Me" - Madonna
"If I Never See Your Face Again" - Maroon 5 & Rihanna
"Love in This Club" - Usher f/ Young Jeezy


"Apologize," One Republic (if eligible)
"Bleeding Love," Leona Lewis
"Like You'll Never See Me Again," Alicia Keys
"Love Song," Sara Bareilles
"Viva la Vida," Coldplay

"Lollipop," Lil Wayne
"Say," John Mayer
"Take a Bow," Rihanna

(Long Shots)
"4 Minutes to Save the World," Madonna f/ Justin Timberlake & Timbaland
"Mercy," Duffy
"No Air," Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown 
"Pocketful of Sunshine," Natasha Bedingfield
"Stay," Sugarland

DOUBLE D'S ANALYSIS OF THE RACE FOR BEST RECORD: Previous winners Coldplay will surely be back since their track is so damn Grammy friendly (and the first No. 1 hit of their career). "Bleeding Love" is the kind of epic pop diva ballad that NARAS often nominates here. If eligible, "Apologize" is a probable nominee due to its immense staying power on the charts and the fact that NARAS loves soft rock songs in this category. Keys is always a threat to be nominated and the lack of quality urban records this eligibility period will probably push her over the top here, though she hasn't been nominated in this category since her debut. "Love Song" is one of those catchy, dreamy pop songs that voters favor and it is one of the year's biggest hits. If NARAS nominated Vanessa Carlton here a few years back, singer/songwriter/musician Sara Bareilles will likely get in.


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DoubleD bets $5 that the Eagles' 'Long Road Out of Eden' will beat Coldplay's 'Viva La Vida' for best album at the Grammys

June 24, 2008 | 10:54 pm

Even though Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch and I have been pals for seven years here at Gold Derby where he's one of our esteemed forum moderators and Grammy pundits, I didn't meet him in person until this past weekend. Well, some things are worth waiting for — he's a great guy — and I finally had the treat to catch up with him after he recently scooted from St. Louis to the City of Angels to pursue his dream to work in The Biz.

No surprise, I guess: Turns out Darrin's just as gutsy in person as he's been online. Even though there are three more months left in the Grammy eligibility period, he's already convinced that the Eagles will win best album for "Long Road Out of Eden." In fact, he believes it's the automatic winner considering how veterans have swept the category 7 of the past 10 years. And even though the Eagles face such tough competish from Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Sheryl Crow, Madonna and other contemp hotties.


I might agree with him later this year, but on Sunday I had to remind Darrin how poorly groups usually do when facing off against solo artists like Sheryl Crow (who, surprisingly, beat Boys II Men for best record in 1995) or groups that are heavily identified with one person like Coldplay (Chris Martin), Santana (Carlos) or, in the best new artist category, Maroon 5 (Adam Levine). Bottom line: Grammys are all about hugs — industry insiders embracing one of their own — and it's always easier to wrap your arms around just one person than many. It's one of the quirks of voting on showbiz awards. Look how solo TV hosts like Ellen DeGeneres always beat multiple hosts like "The View" gals at the Daytime Emmys. Just happened again last Friday night.

Before he and I hooked up he e-mailed me his analysis of the top Grammy race. Words below are Darrin's:

The Grammy eligibility period is quickly winding down. Commercially, it's been a disappointing year for mainstream releases, but we still have some strong contenders for album of the year. I suspect the Eagles (Long Road Out of Eden), Sheryl Crow ("Detours"), Alicia Keys ("As I Am"), Madonna ("Hard Candy"), Mariah Carey (E=MC2), R.E.M. ("Accelerate"), and the Robert Plant/Allison Krauss duet album ("Raising Sand") are probably the strongest contenders for the nomination at this point. We still have a few months left in the eligibility period, but, strangely, there aren't many more blockbuster releases between now and September. (Clive Davis and Co. are sneaking Jennifer Hudson's debut album in on the last day of eligibility.)

Anyway, the new Coldplay album ("Viva La Vida Or Death and All His Friends") is getting terrific reviews and the fans are loving it. And it only helps that the single is already in the Top 5 on the pop charts (a first for a Coldplay single) and early sales are huge. It really looks like Coldplay may have Grammy's Album of the Year winner. However, this decade Grammy voters have been notorious for shunning "the best" albums when it comes to picking a winner. No matter what Grammy voters almost always opt for a veteran act when it comes to selecting the Album of the Year winner. It's a disgrace that Herbie Hancock won Album of the Year earlier this year. That's going to go down as one of Grammy's most shameful wins. How could Grammy voters give Amy Winehouse five Grammys (all in notable categories) yet shun her in Album? And Kanye West won four Grammys that night so it would've made more sense if he were the alternative to coked out Amy Winehouse.


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Golden Globes comedy/musical film races: Who's ahead?

December 27, 2007 | 11:59 pm

In the spirit of the holidays, I promise to give members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association a break and not snoop among them until after New Year's Day. Till then, though, let me offer some general prognostication about the comedy/musical film races like I recently did with the drama film slots.

"Across the Universe"
"Charlie Wilson's War"
"Sweeney Todd"

The foreign press really dig that unique Yankee movie experience, the musical. If a successful one is nominated here, even amongst blockbuster comedies, it usually wins ("Dreamgirls," "Moulin Rouge!" "Chicago," "Evita"). Much has been made this year about HFPA members' peculiar love of "Across the Universe," but let's recall that they also adored that low-energy, s-l-o-w-e-d-down screen adaptation of "Phantom of the Opera" a few years back, which flopped at the b.o. and lost at the Globes (to songless "Sideways," no less). So forget "Universe." This year they're also ga-ga over "Hairspray," which was hugely and surprisingly successful and could win, but it's old (came out last summer) and silly, not having "Sweeney's" gravitas and artistic cred. Besides, "Sweeney" is the only rival whose director is also nominated. That doesn't always equal victory. "Babe" won without helmer Chris Noonan being nommed, beating "The American President," whose Rob Reiner made the directors' list. But that overlap between categories usually fingers the winner ahead.

Johnny Depp, "Sweeney Todd"
Tom Hanks, "Charlie Wilson's War"
Ryan Gosling, "Lars and the Real Girl"
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Savages"
John C. Reilly, "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story"

When I attend the Golden Globes, I prefer to hang out back in the general press room where you can dish with winners and swap snarky comments with your journo pals. But I'm awfully glad I made an exception in 2004 (for the 2003 awards year) and agreed to sit out in the audience at a banquet table among the nominees. What a shock! Throughout the night I witnessed the sore losers — of which there are legions — get up and leave during the telecast's commercial breaks. That year I sat next to the "Six Feet Under" table. Soon after they lost best drama series to "24," all of the cast members save one scooted, leaving behind Frances Conroy, who had to wait around for the best-actress category. She won. Later that night I spied the poor dear sitting alone at the HBO party downstairs, her Golden Globe in her lap, a forlorn look on her face and not a fellow cast member nearby to help her to celebrate. Jerks!

But the biggest shockeroo of all occurred when the winner of best comedy/musical actor in a film was announced. "Pirates" nominee Johnny Depp didn't even bother to wait until a TV commercial break. After losing to Bill Murray ("Lost in Translation"), the big baby ran out so fast that I thought the Beverly Hilton was ablaze.

Well, I guess losing can get kind of rough on an ego-pampered star after a while. It was Johnny's fourth Globes defeat. He's lost three more since then ("Finding Neverland," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"). Last year he didn't throw another tantrum exit because he didn't attend.

This year I think it's obvious that he'll be heading in the other direction at last, up to the podium to accept his first Globe in eight nominations, then heading to the press room to join us. No other actor in this race has a prayer, so I was told by several HFPA members when I snooped before the holidays.


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PODCAST: 'Guru' speaks! Behold, this year's first gutsy Grammy predix!

October 10, 2007 |  3:40 pm


As everyone in our message boards knows, forums moderator David "Guru" Schnelwar is really an ultimate Grammy Guru — a bona-fide expert, David is. If no one has yet, officially, given him that title, then I do so right now at the same time I implore him to, please . . . HELP! Tell us, David: What's going to be nominated for the top three races: record, album and new artist of the year?

The eligibility period just passed at the end of September. Nominations aren't due out till Dec., 6, but you know award lunatics like us — we can't wait till then to start prognostication. Gotta know now, now, now.

Here, below, is the text rundown. David and I also had a separate chat on the phone, which I recorded and turned into a nifty podcast that you can listen to and I recommend that you do so — CLICK HERE! (Note: You may need to hold down your computer's control key while clicking!


Feist - "1234"
Rihanna f/ Jay - "Umbrella"
Bruce Springsteen - "Radio Nowhere"
Kanye West - "Stronger"
Amy Winehouse - "Rehab"

Other Possibilities
Beyonce - "Irreplaceable"
Nelly Furtado - "Say It Right"
Maroon 5 - "Makes Me Wonder"
Corinne Bailey Rae - "Like A Star"
Gwen Stefani f/ Akon - "The Sweet Escape"

This was a unpredictable year of music until we came closer to the end of the eligibility period.

Bruce Springsteen has been nominated previously three times for record of the year ("Born in the U.S.A.," "Dancing in the Dark" and "Streets of Philadelphia") and has never won. In the past eight years, four rock songs have won record of the year.

Rihanna f/ Jay-Z - "Umbrella" is too big a song to ignore. Several Best Rap/Sung Collaboration winners have been nominated in this category. ("Dilemma," "Crazy in Love," "Where is the Love" and "Yeah").

Kanye West is the biggest Rap artist out there and has the momentum to get nominated for his hit "Stronger."

Amy Winehouse's "Rehab" created a tremendous buzz because of its lyrics. It looks like a serious contender.

Feist's "1234" after months of airplay on VH1 and now on a very catchy iPod commercial, may now be a real possibility.

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Dueling Grammy predix: record of the year

October 26, 2006 |  8:49 pm


I asked our Grammy forums moderators David Schnelwar ("Guru") and Darrin Dortch ("Double D") to duke it out over who they expect will be nominated for record of the year when Grammy bids are unveiled on Dec. 7.

Looks like they're in sync on three tunes: James Blunt's "You're Beautiful," Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" and Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie." David expects the last two nominee slots to be filled by the Dixie Chicks' "Not Ready to Make Nice" (I hope he's right) and Madonna's "Hung Up" (I hope he's wrong). Darrin foresees the inclusion of Mary J. Blige's "Be Without You" (she's overdue for her first bid in this category — this tune's fine by me) and Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" (I hope he's wrong — that thang ain't even a song!)

Below are each of their views on the top race. First, David since his predix arrived before Darrin's:

James Blunt - "You're Beautiful"
Dixie Chicks - "Not Ready To Make Nice"
Gnarls Barkley - "Crazy"
Madonna - "Hung Up"
Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean - "Hips Don't Lie"

Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland - "Promiscuous"
Justin Timberlake featuring Timbaland - "SexyBack"
Corinne Bailey Rae - "Put Your Records On"
Snow Patrol - "Chasing Cars"
KT Tunstall - "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree"

"You're Beautiful," "Crazy" and "Hips Don't Lie" were released in the first half of this year and have been ubiquitous and universally praised throughout the year.

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Photo: Shakira shakes those hips, James Blunt rests his and Gnarls Barkley shakes up reality to prove how crazy they are!
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Rating the music performances

February 8, 2006 |  6:26 pm

Hey, looks like Kelly Clarkson believes the Grammys are an "American Idol" rematch and she's competing with gusto again! If I were judging this as Simon Cowell (oh, shut up! I know what you're thinking!), I'd say she'd make it into the final round with other top performances tonight by Mary J. Blige and John Legend.

Madonna's no doubt backstage right now making a voodoo doll of Kelly. Coldplay was really cold tonight, eh? Poor Sugarland — great artists plagued by tech trouble and the departure of a key band member, Kristen Hall, who refused to show up for her farewell perf. U2's performance of "Vertigo" was good, not great, but I don't think that means they have to give back the billion Grammys they've won already today to add to the gabillion they've won in years past. Hmm. They look unstoppable in the top races now, don't they?

Kelly Clarkson shockeroo! Madonna lip-syncing?

February 8, 2006 |  5:32 pm

What drama! The Grammys have started out with a WOW — that dazzling opening music extravaganza featuring Madonna (lip-syncing? naw, she wouldn't dare!) and Gorillaz. Now the biggest upset today — Kelly Clarkson beating Mariah and Gwen Stefani for female pop vocal. Obviously shocked and grateful, Kelly's thrilling acceptance speech proved what a real winner she is in every way.



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