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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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NYC Duo Sing Their Way to Victory with ‘Oscar State of Mind’

Just how good is the “Empire State of Mind“-derived winning entry in GoldDerby’s recent Oscar nominations video treatment contest? Good enough for site founder Tom O’Neil to pass along to TV show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, for possible ABC-TV/AMPAS promotional use.

“Their “Oscar State of Mind” performance is so brilliant, slick and breezy that they should be performing it at the Dolby Theatre on March 2,” O’Neil suggests to FishbowlNY. At the very least, the Academy should consider enlisting video stars Samantha Massell and Ted Stevenson for some sort of participation in either the broadcast or online multi-cam experience. The latter is becoming an increasingly essential second-screen experience.

“When I ran the video by Zadan and Meron, they said that they had their Oscar promos all wrapped up,” adds O’Neil. “Too bad.”

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Michael Musto, Tom O’Neil Concoct Some Juicy Michael Fassbender Rumors

Did you hear the whispers about 12 Years a Slave being based on a much more recent tome by Rush Limbaugh and Paula Deen? How about the rumor that the film’s title is an insider’s wink to what it’s like to work for Harvey Weinstein… for a week.

MichaelFassbender12Years_SmallThese and other ridiculous notions were floated by goldderby.com maestro Tom O’Neil and podcast guest Michael Musto to poke fun at the “smear campaigns” that creep into each film awards season. Given how competitive the field is this year, that aspect of the proceedings is already off to a vigorous running start. From O’Neil, Musto’s convo:

Musto: I hear for the 12 Years a Slave DVD, they’re going to do it in 3D and they’re going to add naked scenes of [Michael] Fassbender. It’s really going to jut out from the screen.

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Mark Harris on the Inanity of Early Oscar Buzz

There’s something extra special about this year’s marathon Oscar handicapping season being kick-started at Telluride and Toronto by a drama titled 12 Years a Slave. Because in recent years, the once organic and more tempered process of advance film buzz has become a slave to an endless 12 months of town-cried Academy Awards prognostication.

Not that film journalists are alone in this behavior. Tom O’Neil, the grand master of Gold Derby, rightly likes to point out that many other realms besides film awards season (ex: the 2016 U.S. presidential race) lead to early and heavy odds-making by so-called media experts.

Nevertheless, on the Oscar side, it seems to get a little worse each year, amplified by social media and the return in 2012-13 of more robust studio marketing budgets. Enter Mark Harris. In a Grantland piece titled “Is 12 Years a Slave Really a Best Picture Lock?,” he makes a number of resonating observations:

The recent compulsion to anoint a Best Picture favorite around Labor Day, a full 17 weeks before the end of the eligibility period for movies, represents the convergence of several factors… [including] an infection of festival coverage by Web-driven “First!” culture.

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Ricky Gervais Says He’s Open to Hosting the Oscars

A few days ago, Mark Burnett told Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil that he thought Ricky Gervais would be a perfect Golden Globes crossover candidate for 2014 Oscar show hosting duties. He even went so far as to make his Webcam case directly to Gervais.

That kind of thing is too good an opportunity for most journalists to pass up and, sure enough, this morning O’Neil has an exclusive update. Gervais says he would be completely open to dishing from the Dolby Theatre stage. With one proviso:

“On the one hand I would be incredibly flattered and whatever you think of those sort of things, it would be a thrill and an honor to be asked,” Gervais said. “On the other hand I doubt the job offer would come without some strings attached. The worst string being, handing in my credentials as a comedian in favor of a family entertainer. We have to be able to poke fun at society without favoring any part of it because we are beholden to someone…”

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Jane Fonda: ‘I’m Rupert Murdoch Marinated in Ted Turner’

That’s how potential 2013 Primetime Emmy nominee Jane Fonda described Leona Lansing, her character in The Newsroom, during a recent Google+ hangout with Gold Derby head prognosticator Tom O’Neil:

“By that, what I mean is – That I am a ferocious businesswoman who looks very, very closely and primarily at the bottom line. But I’m not ruthless. I don’t try to hurt people by telling “not truths.” I think Ted Turner is that way.”

“And that’s why I say Rupert Murdoch, in the sense that she is ruthless in defending her company and in watching the bottom line. But she doesn’t want to tell lies. And that’s Ted Turner.”

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Join Us for a Special Post-Oscars Google+ Hangout

Will Emmanuelle Riva, the oldest nominee in Academy Awards history, pull off the unlikely upset in the Best Actress category and take the trophy away from Silver Linings Playbook’s Jennifer Lawrence? Can Daniel Day-Lewis cap his streak of memorable 2012 awards season acceptance speeches with one more rousing Lincoln moment? And will Seth MacFarlane zing and dance ABC to solid overnight ratings?

On Monday, February 25 at 8:30 a.m. PT / 11:30 a.m. ET, we’ll know the answers to these questions and much more. Join Gold Derby maestro Tom O’Neil, KCRW producer Darby Maloney (The Business), TVNewser senior editor Alex Weprin, GalleyCat editor Jason Boog and FishbowlLA co-editor Richard Horgan for a special post-Oscars Google+ hangout on the Mediabistro home page, FishbowlLA and at Google+. (You can also click into that link to request a reminder notification of the event.)

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Hacker Takes Advantage of Embarrassing SAG Awards Website Flaw

What happens when a Hollywood guild carelessly uploads embargoed information about its annual awards derby ahead of the big December 12 reveal? In the case of the Screen Actors Guild and the 2012 SAG Awards nominations, the result was a Twitter-fueled party poop.

A forums poster on Sasha Stone’s website awardsdaily.com, where users regularly try to figure out ways to “hack” advance awards info, discovered that a title-actor search yesterday at sagawards.org instantly confirmed whether the entity was part of this year’s nominations group. Faster than you can say Django without the “D,” full, accurate lists of the nominees were being passed around the Internet. The only saving grace for SAG is that the small, voracious group of film awards handicappers treated the information with necessary caution because it was all just a little too easy and too good to be true.

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