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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Denzel Washington movies: 20 greatest films ranked from worst to best include ‘Malcolm X,’ ‘Fences,’ ‘Training Day,’ ‘Roman J. Israel, E by Zach Laws

From civil rights activist Malcolm X to wrongly imprisoned boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Denzel Washington has given a number of memorable performances over his 30-plus year …

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Ridley Scott (‘All the Money in the World’) reveals Kevin Spacey footage ‘will be seen, but not for a while’ [LISTEN] by Zach Laws

“I think at some point, obviously whatever Kevin [Spacey] did will be seen, but not for a while,” revealed Ridley Scott as he spoke this weekend in a Q&A about his new film…

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Yvette Nicole Brown (‘The Mayor’) chats playing ‘a force to be reckoned with’ in ABC musical comedy series [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Zach Laws

When asked during our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above) about what first attracted her to “The Mayor,” Yvette Nicole Brown reveals, “I loved the idea …

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Lea Michele (‘The Mayor’) chats playing a ‘strong,’ ‘vulnerable’ chief of staff in ABC musical comedy series [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Zach Laws

During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above), Lea Michele reveals that when she first got involved with “The Mayor,” she was hoping to get away from her musi…

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Emmy episode analysis: Kevin Spacey (‘House of Cards’) demands a declaration of war on terrorism in ‘Chapter 53’ by Zach Laws

Will this finally be the year Kevin Spacey wins an Emmy for “House of Cards”? The two-time Oscar-champ (Supporting for “The Usual Suspects” in 1995 and Lead for …

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Reactions to Oscars: Forum poster cheer ‘Moonlight’ shocker, ‘La La Land’ record, ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ upsets by Zach Laws

Our forum posters, many of whom are Hollywood insiders who hide their identities behind screen names, are busy commenting on Sunday’s Academy Awards. Like all of us, they were shocke…

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

‘La La Land’ Oscar nominee interviews: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Damien Chazelle, and more by Zach Laws

“La La Land” more than cemented its status as the Oscar Best Picture frontrunner after scoring 14 nominations, tying the record with “All About Eve” (1950) and ̶…

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Art Directors Guild Awards winners: Oscar frontrunner ‘La La Land,’ ‘Passengers,’ ‘Hidden Figures’ by Zach Laws

“La La Land,” which is far out in front to win the Oscar for Best Production Design according to our experts, won the contemporary category at the 21st annual Art Directors Gu…

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Friday, February 10, 2017

‘La La Land’ composer Justin Hurwitz dishes three Oscar nominations for ‘pipe dream’ musical [WATCH] by Zach Laws

“It felt like such a pipe dream,” admits composer Justin Hurwitz as we chat via webcam (watch above) about his musical film “La La Land.” For years, it seemed as i…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Oscar-winning film editor Tom Cross dishes working with Damien Chazelle on ‘La La Land’ [WATCH] by Zach Laws

“I was blown away,” admits film editor Tom Cross during our recent webcam chat (watch above) when asked about his Oscar bid for “La La Land.” Not only was Cross ci…

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Who should perform ‘City of Stars’ (‘La La Land’) at the Oscars? John Legend, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars or… by Zach Laws

Just like Emma Stone, “La La Land” star Ryan Gosling made it clear to us during a recent interview (watch above) that he has no intention of performing his nominated song …

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

American Society of Cinematographers Awards winners: ‘Lion’ surprises, beats Oscar frontrunner ‘La La Land’ by Zach Laws

An unexpected wrench was thrown into the “La La Land” steamroller when Grieg Fraser (“Lion”) beat Oscar frontrunner Linus Sandgren at American Society of Cinematog…

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

‘La La Land’ sound team on making transitions that are ‘seamless and almost subconscious’ [WATCH] by Zach Laws

“I couldn’t believe it at first,” reveals “La La Land” sound editor Mildred Iatrou during our recent webcam chat (watch above) when asked about her recent Osc…

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Adele should replace Emma Stone performing ‘Audition’ (‘La La Land’) at the Oscars (Poll Results) by Zach Laws

During our recent video chat (watch above), “La La Land” star Emma Stone made it clear that she had no intention of performing her big number “Audition,” which rece…

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Oscars Best Picture battle: ‘Hidden Figures’ threatens ‘La La Land’ after SAG Awards upset by Zach Laws

Oscar Best Picture frontrunner “La La Land” just got a serious new rival in “Hidden Figures” following that film’s surprise Best SAG Ensemble win on Sunday.…

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Who should perform ‘Audition’ (‘La La Land’) at the Oscars? Beyonce, Adele, Lady Gaga or…[POLL] by Zach Laws

“La La Land” star Emma Stone made it clear to us during a recent interview (watch above) that she had no desire to perform at the Oscars should her big song, “Audition,&#…

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Oscar nominations slugfest: We dish Amy Adams, ‘Silence’ snubs plus love for ‘La La Land,’ ‘Moonlight’ [WATCH] by Zach Laws

“I had mixed feelings about Amy Adams being left out,” admits Gold Derby contributor Amanda Spears during our recent slugfest (watch above) where we dished the 2017 Academy A…

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Casting Society of America: Artios Awards winners include ‘La La Land,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Manchester by the Sea’ by Zach Laws

The casting branch of the academy is only three years old and doesn’t have an Oscar category of its own. However, the Casting Society of America has been handing out the Artios Awards…

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Why I’m predicting ‘La La Land’ to win Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars by Zach Laws

When “La La Land” won the award for Best Screenplay at the Golden Globes, most pundits chalked it up to an across-the-board sweep for the film. But it may actually be a sign of t…

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Golden Globes showdown: Ryan Gosling (‘La La Land’) vs. Ryan Reynolds (‘Deadpool’) for Best Comedy/Musical Actor by Zach Laws

The Golden Globe for Best Comedy/Musical Actor could come down to a Battle of the Ryans. That’s right: both Ryan Gosling (“La La Land”) and Ryan Reynolds (“Deadpool…

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Friday, December 30, 2016

[WATCH] ‘La La Land’ interviews: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Damien Chazelle, and more chat original movie musical by Zach Laws

With a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an exceptional box office performance in limited release, “La La Land” seems to be cementing its status as the Best Picture Oscar frontru…

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

[WATCH] VFX Supervisor Robert Legato (‘The Jungle Book’) on creating talking animals for new Disney classic by Zach Laws

“It wasn’t as daunting to me because technology has grown up to that stage,” reveals visual effects supervisor Robert Legato during our recent webcam chat (watch above) wh…

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

SAG nominations reactions: Forum posters rave about Sterling K. Brown, rant about ‘La La Land’ snub by Zach Laws

The Screen Actors Guild nominations sparked strong responses in our forums — their reactions run the gamut from “thrilled” to “disappointed.” Perhaps the bigges…

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Friday, December 9, 2016

[WATCH] ‘La La Land’ lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul on creating songs for original musical by Zach Laws

“We were surprised that anyone was willing to make an original movie musical,” reveals “La La Land” lyricist Benj Pasek during our recent webcam chat (watch above). …

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[WATCH] Jon Favreau (‘The Jungle Book’) on creating a new Disney classic by Zach Laws

“You’re always a bit intimidated when you’re dealing with material that people feel so connected to,” admits Jon Favreau as we chat via webcam (watch above) about hi…

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Friday, November 18, 2016

[WATCH] ‘The Jungle Book’ composer John Debney on creating new music for a Disney classic by Zach Laws

“I was petrified,” admits composer John Debney during our recent webcam chat (watch above) when asked about his work on “The Jungle Book,” a live-action reimagining …

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

[WATCH] ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Emmy nominee Kathryn Burns: ‘The choreography has to serve the story first’ by Zach Laws

During our recent webcam chat (watch above), “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” choreographer Kathryn Burns admitted to being shocked by her recent Emmy nomination. “It’s typically a dance compe…

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

[WATCH] David Alan Grier roars in both ‘The Wiz: Live’ and ‘The Carmichael Show’ by Zach Laws

During our recent webcam chat (watch above) “The Wiz: Live” star David Alan Grier revealed that his performance as the Cowardly Lion came from “how I grew up.” As the actor, best kno…

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

[WATCH] Mary J. Blige (‘The Wiz: Live’): ‘Everybody has an Evillene’ by Zach Laws

“I was just super excited,” admits Mary J. Blige as chat via webcam (watch above) about her being cast as the wicked witch Evillene in “The Wiz: Live.” The nine-time Grammy champ…

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[WATCH] Jordan Fisher (‘Grease: Live’): ‘It’s transcended through decades for a reason’ by Zach Laws

“The show wasn’t broken,” readily admits “Grease: Live” star Jordan Fisher as we chat via webcam (watch above). “The script, the dialogue, the music, it’s transcended throug…

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

[WATCH] Joe Morton on playing good (‘All the Way’) and bad (‘Scandal’) men by Zach Laws

“Most of my career I’ve spent doing good guys purposely,” revealed Joe Morton during our recent webcam chat (watch above). As he explains, “when I first started in this business, the…

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