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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

‘Les Miserables’ composer John Murphy hasn’t seen the musical, so his score is more Velvet Underground than Broadway [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Zach Laws

John Murphy composed the score for the new adaptation of “Les Miserables,” but competing with the iconic music from the Broadway version wasn’t an issue for him because, perhaps surpri…

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

2019 SAG Awards career flashback: 7 photo galleries for Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone … by Zach Laws

Several of this year’s SAG Awards film contenders have already had long, fruitful careers, so as we wait to find out who wins on January 27, take a walk down memory lane by checking ou…

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Watch out, Bradley Cooper (‘A Star Is Born’): These 4 first-time directors could upset you at DGA Awards by Zach Laws

By all accounts, Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”) should be walking away with the DGA prize for Best First-Time Director. The actor-turned-auteur won rave reviews for helming an…

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Erin Benach (‘A Star Is Born’ costume designer) on the intimidating task of dressing style icon Lady Gaga [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Zach Laws

“A Star Is Born” costume designer Erin Benach‘s focus was on creating “a character arc” for Ally (Lady Gaga), a down-on-her-luck waitress who becomes a singing…

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Steven Morrow (‘A Star is Born’ sound mixer) on making the audience feel like they were really there [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Zach Laws

“A Star is Born” sound mixer Steven Morrow reveals, “This was the first time that a movie was recorded in this way.” Bradley Cooper directs and stars in this drama ab…

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Alan Robert Murray (‘A Star is Born’ sound editor) on how Bradley Cooper wanted the audience to ‘feel like you were there’ in concert scenes [ by Zach Laws

Bradley Cooper had lofty sonic ambitions for his directorial debut, “A Star is Born.” In fact, sound editor Alan Robert Murray reveals that the first-time filmmaker had envision…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

2019 Golden Globe film nominations forums reactions: Cheers for Claire Foy (‘First Man’), jeers for Sam Elliott (‘A Star is Born’) snub by Zach Laws

Our witty, opinionated and occasionally downright ruthless forum posters held nothing back when reacting to the 2019 Golden Globes nominations. Some bids had them cheering while others had …

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Emmy predictions slugfest 2018: Can Claire Foy (‘The Crown’) usurp Elisabeth Moss (‘Handmaid’s Tale’)? [WATCH] by Zach Laws

Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) is widely predicted to earn a repeat Emmy for Best Drama Actress, but Gold Derby contributor Amanda Spears is betting on another Eliz…

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Emmy episode analysis: Bryan Cranston (‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’) returns to his comedy roots as Larry David’s therapist by Zach Laws

It just wouldn’t be an Emmy race without Bryan Cranston, who added another bid to his resume thanks to his guest performance on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The six-time winner…

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Emmy episode analysis: Cherry Jones (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’) creates a powerful mother-daughter story with ‘Baggage’ by Zach Laws

Cherry Jones returned to the Emmy race with a guest spot on Hulu’s mega-hit “The Handmaid’s Tale.” It’s her first nomination since winning Best Drama Supporting…

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

2018 Emmy nominations: 13 Oscar winners in contention including John Legend, Penelope Cruz, Allison Janney, Viola Davis… by Zach Laws

With more and more movie stars transitioning to television, the number of previous Oscar-winners in contention at the Emmys continues to grow. Thirteen Academy Award champs number among the …

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Emmys Best Movie/Mini Actor interviews: 10 exclusive chats with Darren Criss, Kyle MacLachlan, Evan Peters, John Legend and more [WATCH] by Zach Laws

Who will contend for Best Movie/Mini Actor at this year’s Emmys? Gold Derby has hosted exclusive web chats with 10 of this year’s possible competitors. Click the links below to b…

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Rita Moreno (‘One Day at a Time’) poised for Emmy return 31 years after winning EGOT by Zach Laws

Can Rita Moreno make an Emmy comeback for “One Day at a Time” after a 35-year absence from the awards? As the wise-cracking grandmother of a Cuban-American family living in Los A…

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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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Monday, January 22, 2018

2018 SAG Awards reactions: Forum posters cheer for Allison Janney & Nicole Kidman wins, jeer Elisabeth Moss loss by Zach Laws

Ladies and gentlemen, we have Oscar frontrunners. As the Screen Actors Guild Awards unfolded at the Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles, our forum posters let rip with their cheers and…

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

2018 DGA First-Time Director nominees: Jordan Peele, Aaron Sorkin, Taylor Sheridan, Geremy Jasper, William Oldroyd make their guild debut by Zach Laws

The Directors Guild of America nominated Geremy Jasper (“Patti Cake$”), William Oldroyd (“Lady Macbeth”), Jordan Peele (“Get Out”), Taylor Sheridan…

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

‘Molly’s Game’ interviews: Jessica Chastain, Aaron Sorkin, Charlotte Bruus Christensen exclusive chats [WATCH] by Zach Laws

Aaron Sorkin (“The Social Network”) recently made his directorial debut with “Molly’s Game,” and the results might bring him back to the Oscars again. The biog…

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

‘Stronger’ interviews: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Donald Mowat exclusive chats [WATCH] by Zach Laws

With a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, “Stronger” has the potential to rack up several Academy Award nominations. This Lionsgate release tells the true story of Jeff Bauman (Jak…

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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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Monday, December 18, 2017

John Gilroy (‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ editor): Denzel Washington is ‘the lawyer that time forgot’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Zach Laws

During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above), film editor John Gilroy describes the title character of “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” as “the lawyer that tim…

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Cinematographer Robert Elswit (‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’) chats using ‘renewal’ of Los Angeles as a ‘metaphor’ for Denzel Washington charact by Zach Laws

During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above), “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” cinematographer Robert Elswit reveals that he wanted to convey “the idea that [Lo…

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Charlotte Bruus Christensen (‘Molly’s Game’ cinematographer) chats creating ‘a portrait of a woman’ with Aaron Sorkin [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTER by Zach Laws

During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above), cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen reveals that when she was first approached by Aaron Sorkin to shoot “Mo…

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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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Monday, November 6, 2017

Tatiana Maslany (‘Stronger’) chats ‘very intimate story’ of Boston Marathon bombing film [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Zach Laws

During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above), Tatiana Maslany reveals she was drawn to the film “Stronger,” a biopic about Boston Marathon bombing victim Je…

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Emmy episode analysis: Elisabeth Moss (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’) breaks our hearts as Offred in ‘Night’ by Zach Laws

Elisabeth Moss is back in the Emmy race as Best Drama Actress for Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” It’s the eighth career nomination for the actress, following si…

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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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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rachel Bloom (‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’) dishes changes for Rebecca Bunch in season 2 [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO] by Zach Laws

“When we pitched the show, we pitched it in four sections,” reveals Rachel Bloom as we chat via webcam (watch the exclusive video above) about the second season of her show R…

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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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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Viola Davis (‘Fences’) wins Oscar for Best Supporting Actress on her third nomination by Zach Laws

As our 30 movie Experts predicted, Viola Davis (“Fences”) won Best Supporting Actress at Sunday’s Academy Awards. Davis had already prevailed over the past few weeks at Cri…

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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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