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Posts Tagged ‘Gold Derby’

Too Much Manscaping? Musto, O’Neil Discuss Unbroken

Freelance film critic Michael Musto was not invited to the preview screenings of Unbroken. Instead, he attended a New York showing of the Angelina Jolie adaptation of Lauren Hillenbrand‘s bestseller as Gold Derby head honcho Tom O’Neil‘s +1.

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The pair subsequently got together for one of their always-entertaining awards season podcasts, allowing Musto to bring up a somewhat jarring film element:

“The [photo] stills of the guys in the POW camp look really hot. It’s like an Abercrombie & Fitch commercial,” said Musto. “There obviously was a salon on the premises, because their hair looks fabulous.”

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Ricky Gervais Displays Some Naked Emmy Ambition

When Jimmy Fallon recently opened the door for Ricky Gervais‘ Twitter followers (a.k.a. “twonks”) to ask the star questions for a Tonight Show Web exclusive, the results were delightfully raw. For example, the comedian’s answer to the first query – “What is the dumbest thing you’ve ever done while you were drunk?” – began with the words: “I wee-ed on my girlfriend once…”

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Ditto for Gold Derby’s Tuesday Twitter chat with the Emmy-nominated Derek star. To go along with the photo above of Gervais cradling his 2007 Best Comedy Actor Emmy for Extras, the comedian joked about who he should optimally kill for a win this year and promised to hit all the acceptance speech buttons:

@goldderby: If you win an Emmy [this year] will you: 1) Give a poignant speech? 2) Trash the joint like a frat house bash?

@rickygervais: I will trash the place, but I’ll do it crying and thanking God. Multi-tasking.

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TCA Board Member Apologizes for Calling Gold Derby ‘Morons’

There were several insults in HitFix TV critic Daniel Fienberg‘s recent tweet about Gold Derby’s Google+ hangout discussion of the Television Critics Association’s annual TV Awards. Fienberg sits on the TCA’s Board of Directors.

Fienberg indicated that he had only made it through seven of the video’s 41 minutes. And he ended his tweet with the all-CAPS insult “Morons.”

Over the weekend, Gold Derby founder Tom O’Neil and some of his colleagues followed up with a second video (at bottom), prompting yesterday this semi-apology from Fienberg:

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Oscar Bloggers Get Biblical Treatment from New York Magazine

GoldDerbyLogoThe marquee sit-down took place at Musso and Frank, one of the very few remaining vestiges on Hollywood Blvd. of Tinseltown’s Golden Age. However, despite writer Boris Kachka‘s description of Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil and Awards Daily’s Sasha Stone as the Oscar blogging realm’s respective Adam and Eve, the professional picture painted seems a far cry from the Garden of Eden. More like a den of inequity.

According to Kachka, for those who make up this “motley and contentious” bunch, “no film buzz is too preliminary or perfunctory.” The writer raises with Pete Hammond a conflict-of-interest that has become fairly entrenched and carries his cheeky Old Testament allegory to the next, illogical level:

If Stone and O’Neil were the Adam and Eve of Oscar blogging, frenemies David Poland and Jeffrey Wells were its Cain and Abel. (Which one was Cain depends on whom you ask.) Poland started Movie City News in 2002 and began broadcasting his jaundiced perspective…

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Melissa Rivers and Her Diva Antics Kept Tom O’Neil on Red Carpet

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Melissa Rivers graces Tom O’Neil‘s Gold Derby blog with a snippy little comment:

Wow, Tom! I guess all the times that I went to the mat to keep you as part of the team at E! and TVGN, were just “diva antics”. If you only knew…

And didn’t that pay off for Ms. Rivers and Mama Joan? What do they do that the Fuggers don’t do a zillion times better?

Why didn’t Melissa start a production company and seize control of the Rivers brand, rather than hope some TV suit would throw the pair a bone is a question for the ages. Their red carpet questions once were fresh, now are commonplace and frankly, they need another venue. Dinner theater?

Update (September 21):
We have since spoken to O’Neil about all this. Read his response here.

Sanjaya: A Spunky 17 Year Old Liberace?

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Tom O’Neil has lost his mind, or he will tonight when he defends Sanjaya on Keith Olbermann’s Countdown show.

O’Neil’s photo selection on his Gold Derby site makes his case for him, but over at MSNBC, he writes:

But it ain’t about the singing. It’s about putting on a show! And that spunky, little 17-year-old Liberace wannabe knows what he’s doing and is doing it with shrewd surrender and abandon.

And who doesn’t want to be a spunky little Liberace?

UPDATE: Deadline Hollywood vs. Gold Derby: Spoiler Smackdown!

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Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil, who’ll also be live-blogging tonight, tries to refute the Spoilers posted on Deadline Hollywood. He’s got Steve Pond commenting on the said spoilers. And naturally, Deadline Hollywood comes back strong, writing:

I’m told some of these alterations were made over this weekend because of my spoilers, and some because the changes weren’t popular.

Pond replies to the reply. Cut it out, you two!

FBLA does the math–and does it again.

DH vs. GD: The Scoreboard

DH: 1, This first secret is big. Huge. Gigantic. It’s that Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, and George Lucas…

GD: No mention

Spoiler! DH 1, GD 0

DH: 2. I can reveal another secret which the Academy is keeping–that Tom Cruise will be presenting the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to ex-Paramount mogul Sherry Lansing.

GD: that was reported by Slate a day or two before.

Unspoiler! DH 1, GD 1

DH: 3. Here’s another spoiler: Oscar telecast producer Laura Ziskin and Dreamgirls director Bill Condon have planned that each of the Dreamgirls — Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, and Anika Noni Rose–will sing each others’ songs from the movie.

GD: All I can really say is that the number is very collaborative.

GD: The ‘Dreamgirls’ songs have not changed. They were pre-recorded several days ago, all with the same arrangements that will be used tonight. There was never anything changed in reaction to any of her reports.

Spoiler! DH 2, GD 1

Un-Spoiler! DH 1, GD 2

DH: 4. Here’s another secret: I’m told that there’s a big change in the order that the awards will be presented.

GD: It is true that one of the supporting awards will not be handed out in the first third of the show, which is the usual…

GD:I have the copies of every daily show breakdown starting from Monday of this week and the awards never moved.

Spoiler! DH 3, GD 1
Un-Spoiler! DH 1, GD 3

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