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“Breaking Bad,” “Sherlock” and “Modern Family” Dominate Emmys

“Breaking Bad,” “Sherlock” and “Modern Family” Dominate Emmys

Photo by: Mark Davis/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — Walter White got one last sendoff at Monday night’s Emmy Awards, as Breaking Bad and its cast scooped up their final trophies.  The show, which ended last September, won its second straight Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, and stars Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul all took home Emmys in their respective categories. 
Before the show, many had predicted that Matthew McConaughey and his role on True Detective would beat Cranston; so much so, in fact, that when Cranston took the stage, he said, “Even I thought about voting for Matthew!”  But Breaking Bad — which won a total of six Emmys overall — was too beloved and revered to beat.  “I love to act. It is a passion of mine, and I will do it ’til my last breath,” said Cranston. “I don’t know how I have been blessed with an abundance of good fortune in my life.”
While Breaking Bad, which also won several technical awards, was the big drama winner, the biggest winner overall was, surprisingly, Sherlock: His Last Vow.  The TV movie, which aired on PBS, won a total of seven awards this year, counting Monday night’s haul and wins at the Creative Arts Emmys earlier this month.  Monday’s wins included Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Sherlock Holmes in the movie, and also plays him in the series from which it was spun off.  Martin Freeman, who plays Dr. Watson, was named Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.
The wins for Sherlock were among the few surprises in a night that basically featured favorites repeating in the top categories, including Ty Burrell for Modern Family, Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory, Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep, and Allison Janney, who took her home her second Emmy of the year for Mom, after scoring one at the earlier Creative Arts Emmys for Outstanding Guest Actress.  Jessica Lange repeated for the latest iteration of American Horror Story, American Horror Story: Coven, while The Amazing Race won its 10th Emmy for Outstanding Reality Competition and The Colbert Report won its second for Outstanding Variety Series.  Julianna Margulies won yet again for The Good Wife.
One repeat, though, made history: Modern Family scored its fifth Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, tying it with Frasier for most consecutive wins in the comedy category.  “For the past five years, it’s been a beautiful dream, and we thank you for not waking us up,” said creator Steve Levitan.
Conversely, Jon Hamm once again failed to win the Outstanding Actor in a Drama trophy for Mad Men, for the seventh straight year.  He’s now the most-nominated actor ever in that category without a win.
As expected, The Normal Heart was named Outstanding TV Movie.  Noting its long journey from the stage to TV, executive producer Ryan Murphy said of stars Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo, “After 30 years, it took Erin Brockovich and The Incredible Hulk to finally get this thing made.”  Also as expected, Fargo was named Outstanding Miniseries.  But despite major buzz, Orange Is the New Black failed to win any major awards.
Billy Crystal gave a heartfelt yet funny tribute to his pal, the late Robin Williams, during the In Memoriam segment.
Emmys host Seth Meyers got off a number of great jokes in his opening monologue, and then managed to keep viewers laughing by pulling out his Rolodex and tapping all his comedy pals — from Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon, to Amy Poehler, Ricky Gervais, Andy Samberg and even “Weird Al” Yankovic –  to contribute to various interludes and skits throughout the show. Here were some of the best bits:
–In his monologue, Meyers noted that the Emmys were taking place on a Monday because the MTV Video Music Awards were scheduled for Sunday. “That’s right, MTV still has an award show for music videos, even though they no longer show music videos. That’s like network TV holding an awards show and giving all the trophies to cable and Netflix.” 
–On that same topic, he added, “And no one is happier to see streaming services take nominations away from cable than network television. Not very nice when someone younger comes along is it, cable? Cable is looking at Netflix the way Justin Bieber looks at One Direction…through a cloud of marijuana smoke.”
–Commenting on the huge paydays that The Big Bang Theory cast just locked down, Meyers cracked, “Shows like Game of Thrones, The Good Wife and Fargo have the right idea. When your show starts getting critical acclaim and attention, kill off all the main characters, otherwise before you know it, you’re paying Sheldon a million dollars an episode.”
–Jimmy Kimmel ragged on Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey for trying to take over TV, arguing that he belongs in the movies. Kimmel said that McConaughey didn’t even own a TV, adding, “I happen to know for a fact that he traded his television for a conch shell full of weed.” Kimmel also gave a shout-out to the still-recovering Tracy Morgan, saying, “We’ll see you next year.”
–”Weird Al” Yankovic made up lyrics to instrumental theme songs for Mad Men, Scandal, Game of Thrones, Homeland and Modern Family
–Meyers teamed up with Billy Eichner of Billy on the Street fame to play Eichner’s popular game “For a Dollar” with random passersby, who all proved that they had no knowledge of this year’s Emmy Awards, nor did they care. One couldn’t even identify the Emmy statuette when it was placed in front of her.
–Ricky Gervais took the stage to pretend to be ticked off that he’d lost to Jim Parsons. “21 times I’ve been nominated, 19 times I’ve lost,” he whined. “It’s like a cruel joke.  It seems unfair, doesn’t it?”
–Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston presented together, and Louis-Dreyfus gushed that Cranston really reminded her of this character on her old show Seinfeld: a dentist she dated who converted to Judaism. Cranston, in fact, played that character, but Louis-Dreyfus pretended that he was deluded, even when he reminded her that they’d even shared a kissing scene. Later, when she won her Emmy for Veep, they kissed passionately on her way to the stage, and the first words out of her mouth were, “Yeah, he was on Seinfeld.”
–Maroon 5 frontman and Voice coach Adam Levine isn’t a comedian, but plenty of viewers got a laugh out of the way he subtly gave a fist pump at the podium, during a mention of the legalization of marijuana in his home state of California.

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Details of Billy Crystal’s Emmys Tribute to Robin Williams

Details of Billy Crystal’s Emmys Tribute to Robin Williams

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) –  News broke last week that Billy Crystal would be honoring his late friend Robin Williams during Monday night’s telecast of the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards.The actor and comedian did just that and honored Williams – who died in an apparent suicide earlier this month.  Crystal came on stage just after singer Sara Bareilles sang “Smile” during the “In Memoriam” portion of the show.”He made us laugh hard, every time you saw him,” he said, speaking in front of a large image of Williams. “His brilliance was astounding… I used to think if I could just put a saddle on him and stay on for eight seconds I would be OK.”Crystal told stories of Williams’ making up stories at baseball games and sitting with his relatives at family functions.”As genius as he was on stage, he was the greatest friend you could imagine,” he continued. “It’s very hard to talk about him in the past, he was so present in all our lives … for 40 years he was the brightest stars in the comedy galaxy.”Crystal closed by saying that even though Williams is gone, his, “beautiful light will continue to shine on us forever, the glow will be so bright it will warm your heart.”A short video of some of Williams’ hilarious appearances on stage and screen played right after, then the stage went quiet and the Emmys faded to black before a commercial break.

The tribute was just what Emmys producer Don Mischer had told the media he wanted.”We felt we needed to do something powerful and memorable. Billy seemed like the perfect choice,” he told E! News last week.Crystal and Williams were friends for decades before Williams died Aug. 11 at the age of 63.Crystal, Williams and Whoopi Goldberg were the trio that led the way for Comic Relief in 1980′s and 1990′s on HBO in support of all kinds of worthy causes to help those in need, including the homeless epidemic and responses to random natural disasters.The organization’s slogan read, “Where there’s laughter, there’s hope.”When Crystal learned of the news of his dear friend’s death, he took to Twitter and posted, “No words,” which was seconded by Goldberg, who wrote “BillyCrystal is right…There are No words.”But Crystal found the right words Monday night to honor someone with whom he worked for decades.
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Seth Meyers Took Ice Bucket Challenge Moments After Emmys Ended

Seth Meyers Took Ice Bucket Challenge Moments After Emmys Ended

Lloyd Bishop/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — As the host of the 66th Annual Emmy Awards, it was safe to say Seth Meyers had a full plate Monday night — however he made time to take the Ice Bucket Challenge.
On a video posted to his Instagram account just moments after the telecast ended, the Saturday Night Live vet-turned Late Night host stripped off his tuxedo jacket and said, “I accept the ALS challenge from Jessica Biel and my cousin Ben Olsen — and I nominate Vladimir Putin,” before getting doused with the icy water. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge calls for nominated participants to pour ice water over their heads within 24 hours or donate $100 to help find a cure for ALS, the progressive degenerative nerve disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. As of Monday, more than $79 million has been raised by this year’s campaign.
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Ashton Kutcher Tops List of TV’s Highest-Paid Actors

Ashton Kutcher Tops List of TV’s Highest-Paid Actors

Michael Yarish/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.(NEW YORK) — The two stars of Two and a Half Men are two of the highest-paid actors on television.Ashton Kutcher leads Forbes’ 2014 list of the top-earning TV actors. He raked in an estimated $26 million between June of 2013 and June of this year from “entertainment-related endeavors.”This is the third consecutive year in which the 36-year-old, who’s expecting a child with fiancée Mila Kunis, has topped Forbes’ rankings.Kutcher’s co-star on Two and a Half Men, Jon Cryer, is tied for second on the list, with $19 million.
Their CBS sitcom will end its long run during the 2014-2015 season.Cryer shares the runner-up spot on Forbes’ list with another CBS star, NCIS actor Mark Harmon. Neil Patrick Harris, whose CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother wrapped earlier this year, collected $18 million, while House of Cards star Kevin Spacey and Grey’s Anatomy actor Patrick Dempsey each made $16 million.Here’s a rundown of the highest-paid actors on TV, according to Forbes:
1. Ashton Kutcher, $26 million.2T. Jon Cryer, $19 million.2T. Mark Harmon, $19 million.4. Neil Patrick Harris, $18 million.5T. Patrick Dempsey, $16 million.5T. Kevin Spacey, $16 million.7. Tim Allen, $15 million.8. Simon Baker, $13 million.9. Jim Parsons, $12 million.10T. Jason Segel, $11 million.10T. Johnny Galecki, $11 million.
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66th Annual Primetime Emmys: Red Carpet Fashion Report

66th Annual Primetime Emmys: Red Carpet Fashion Report

Photo by: Christopher Polk/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — The stars were out in their finery Sunday night for the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, and there were some trends spotted on the red carpet.
Speaking of red, there were reds of every shade on the carpet — from soft corals worn by Heidi Klum and Kaley Cuoco–Sweeting, to the vibrant red gowns chosen by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mindy Kaling, Octavia Spencer and Orange Is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba.
In addition to reds, metallic gowns continue to be on trend. Hayden Panettiere and Amy Poehler both looked stunning in silver and Taylor Schilling was gorgeous in a blush-colored gown. Also seen on the red carpet: gowns with separate bodices and skirts, sported by Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn, Sarah Hyland and Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer.
When it came to trends for hair, most of the stars opted for pulled-back looks, to show off their jewelry and dresses. Some kept it loose, though, like Taylor Schilling’s upswept yet loose and low chignon. Mindy Kaling slicked hers back, but still showed off her length.
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Here are some of the most notable looks:
-Julia Louis-Dreyfus was radiant in red: she wore a soft red Carolina Herrera halter dress with dark red leather accents around her waist and neckline.
-Orange is the New Black star Taylor Schilling was right on trend wearing an elegant blush metallic halter Zuhair Murad dress. Her hair swept up in a loose, low chignon showed off her gorgeous diamond earrings; she also wore diamond rings and a diamond bracelet. It was one of the night’s best dresses.
-Girls’ star Lena Dunham raised some eyebrows with her new platinum bob and her pink ensemble by Giambattista Valli. It was a pale pink silk short-sleeved top, tucked into a pink ombre full-length tulle skirt.
-A pregnant Hayden Panettiere showed off her growing baby bump in a short-sleeved silver metallic gown with a plunging neckline. She kept her hair up in a textured bun, accessorized with a silver headband.
-The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting stunned in a Monique Lhuillier strapless red dress with a sweetheart neckline with pink floral accents and a layered tulle full length skirt. The actress sported minimal jewelry, but carried a pink clutch and showed off her new pixie cut.
-Heidi Klum went simple and elegant with a slim salmon-colored gown with long, flowy cap sleeves. She wore her hair in soft curls, but made a statement with large dangling diamond earrings.
-Mindy Kaling wore a Kenzo halter gown with a metallic ribbon trim to accentuate her bust.
-Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland embraced the crop-top trend, pairing a white top with a voluminous coral skirt.  She topped off her look with a top knot hairdo.
-Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox — possibly the first transgendered individual to walk the Emmy red carpet — was stunning in a Marc Bouwer long white dress with a plunging neckline and cape. She kept her hair back in a loose updo.
-Breaking Bad’s leading woman Anna Gunn chose a one-shoulder Jenny Packman dress with a floral printed bodice and a solid blue skirt with a high waist. She had her hair down in loose beachy waves.
-Scandal’s Kerry Washington stood out in a bright orange strapless gown with silver sparkled accents on the bodice. The Prada gown had an ultra-high slit, exposing a navy blue sparkle panel. She went sleek and straight with her hair, and dramatic with dark blue eye shadow.
-Amy Poehler went with a silver metallic dress with a slimming silhouette and spaghetti straps. To balance the strong structure of the gown, Amy went with effortless beach waves and minimal makeup.
-Julie Bowen stood out on the red carpet with a blue, black, and white printed Peter Som gown with a high neck and a plunging cutout in the bodice.
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How Did “Rising Star,” “True Blood” Finales Do in Ratings Opposite MTV VMAs?

How Did “Rising Star,” “True Blood” Finales Do in Ratings Opposite MTV VMAs?

ABC/Bob D’Amico(NEW YORK) — As the MTV Video Music Awards aired on Sunday night, some viewers chose to watch another type of music event.ABC aired the season-one finale of the singing competition Rising Star, which drew an audience of 3.2 million viewers. It was televised opposite the first hour of the MTV VMAs.Jesse Kinch was crowned the champion of Rising Star, which featured host Josh Groban and experts Kesha, Ludacris and Brad Paisley.On HBO, the series finale of True Blood scored four million viewers in the same Sunday-night time slot, according to Deadline.com. The vampire drama, which starred Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, ended after seven seasons.Audience numbers for the VMAs have not yet been released.
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Emmy Backstage Report

Emmy Backstage Report

Photo by: Rodolfo Martinez/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards were held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Monday night. Here’s what some of the winners had to say backstage:
– The Breaking Bad crew appeared together following their win in the outstanding drama series category — a victory that creator Vince Gilligan called a “wonderful icing on the cake” for a show that ended its run last September.
Gilligan conceded that he didn’t believe Breaking Bad would take the top drama prize when he arrived at the ceremony. However, once Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn all won acting Emmys, he sensed that momentum was on their side. He remarked, “It’s a wonderful surprise and a real honor.”
When asked why Breaking Bad had made such an impression on fans and on the TV landscape, Gilligan credited his “damn great cast.” Cranston, whose role as meth dealer Walter White earned him the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series, chimed in, “Hey, it’s just, tell a good story.”
Speaking of a good story, much was made of Cranston’s extended kiss with Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the latter approached the stage to accept her acting Emmy. It was the continuation of a bit that began when they presented together earlier in the night. Why did Cranston smooch Louis-Dreyfus, with whom he worked on Seinfeld? Cranston quipped, “It’s not a question of why, but more a question of why not?”
– Louis-Dreyfus was more forthcoming about their “romantic” moment. The Veep star, who was awarded the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a comedy, revealed that both she and Cranston sought permission from their respective spouses before going ahead with the kiss. However, she noted, “We wanted to really make sure that the presenting stuff worked…because obviously I might not have won. That was very stiff competition.”
– ABC’s Modern Family made Emmy history when it was named outstanding comedy series. It is the fifth time the show has triumphed in the category, tying a record held by Frasier. Modern Family creator Steven Levitan didn’t want to immediately entertain the idea of breaking the mark in the future, saying, “We’re just fully enjoying this moment. That is it. We never thought we’d get here. We are incredibly, incredibly honored to have gotten this much.”  
– The Good Wife star Julianna Margulies marveled at the number of talented actresses who are doing great work on TV at the moment, dropping names like Robin Wright, Kerry Washington and Claire Danes. She belongs in that category too, obviously, having just won the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama. Margulies commented, “This is the golden age of television, but it’s also the time for women in television.”
– A couple of the winners shared their memories of the late Robin Williams, who was saluted by Billy Crystal during the telecast. Kathy Bates, who was honored for her performance in American Horror Story: Coven, recalled a night years ago, before cellphone use was widespread, when she won a Golden Globe and didn’t have a quarter to call her mother on a payphone to deliver the good news. Williams stepped up and offered her a coin; Bates said Monday night, “I never forgot that kindness.”
Bates also remembered that in 1999, when she lost in an Oscars category that Williams presented, he said to her, “I really wish I could’ve had your name in the envelope. Are you OK? I know how hard it is to lose.”
Bates told reporters, “He was so kind. This is a special night for that reason. I almost wanted to say, ‘Look, I won this time, and this is for you.’”
– Allison Janney pointed out that some of the attendees were wearing green ribbons in support of the battle against depression — a condition from which Williams suffered. Janney — who won two Emmys this year, for her supporting role on the CBS sitcom Mom and for her guest-starring role on Showtime’s Masters of Sex — remarked, “I dealt with it firsthand. I lost someone very dear to me. And everyone is feeling that.”
– While reveling in his Emmy win for outstanding variety series for The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert refused to look ahead to next year, when he’ll replace David Letterman on CBS’ Late Show. He told reporters he’s still working on his Comedy Central program through the end of the year, which, he stated, “takes 100 percent of my brain to get done, because I don’t have the ability to think about this show and another show in the future, and I’m still really enjoying watching Dave right now.”
– Sarah Silverman drew attention to herself on the red carpet, when she claimed in an interview that she had brought liquid pot with her. She clarified the situation backstage: “I wasn’t stoned. I had pot for later in my purse….It’s legal and I don’t drink. I like to have a puff as a treat at appropriate times.”
One can only wonder whether she lit up after the event to celebrate her Emmy victory for outstanding writing for a variety special, for Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles.
– Jessica Lange maintained that she was “stunned” to be honored for her role in American Horror Story: Coven. She also said the next season of her FX show, which is subtitled Freak Show, will be the most “extraordinary” one yet. The new season will premiere October 8.
– The FX program Fargo collected the Emmy for outstanding miniseries or movie. Executive producer Warren Littlefield called it the best moment of his life — not bad for a former NBC exec who was around for that network’s “Must See TV” days.
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Full List of Winners from the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards

Full List of Winners from the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards

Photo by: Rodolfo Martinez/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — Here are the winners at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Monday night. A full list of winners is available at Emmys.com.
Drama SeriesBreaking Bad
Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesJulianna Margulies, The Good WifeLead Actor in a Drama Series Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Supporting Actor In A Drama SeriesAaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Comedy SeriesModern FamilyLead Actress in a Comedy SeriesJulia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesJim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesAllison Janney, Mom
Supporting Actor In A Comedy SeriesTy Burrell, Modern Family
Miniseries or MovieFargo
Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece)
Lead Actress in a Miniseries or MovieJessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
TV MovieThe Normal Heart
Reality-Competition ProgramThe Amazing RaceVariety SeriesThe Colbert Report
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Bryan Cranston Makes Out with ‘Seinfeld’ Squeeze Julia Louis Dreyfus at Emmys

Bryan Cranston Makes Out with ‘Seinfeld’ Squeeze Julia Louis Dreyfus at Emmys

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) –  Julia Louis-Dreyfus got a little more than she bargained for walking up to the Emmys podium to accept her award for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy for her role on Veep.After presenting with Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, the two bantered back and forth about his being on Seinfeld back in the day as one of Dreyfus’ love interests. She denied remembering him.After her name was called, she walked up to get her Emmy and he accosted her and started making out with the award-winning actress. Apparently that jogged her memory: “You were on Seinfeld,” she said, as Cranston sat in the audience rubbing his fingers over his lips.

The #Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series goes to @OfficialJLD! #TimWhatley pic.twitter.com/pztG23OHWW
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) August 26, 2014

Looks like Walter White can kiss!
 
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Sofia Vergara Reveals Why She Didn’t Bring Joe Manganiello to the Emmys

Sofia Vergara Reveals Why She Didn’t Bring Joe Manganiello to the Emmys

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(LOS ANGELES) — Sorry, True Blood fans: Joe Manganiello didn’t accompany his new girlfriend, Sofia Vergara, to the Emmys.However, the Modern Family star explained that his absence was her decision.
“He’s really hot, that’s why I didn’t bring him. He’s too hot, he’s too tall, he takes up a lot of space,” she told E! News during the Emmys pre-show. “He’s too sexy!Vergara, 42, and Manganiello, 37, were first linked earlier this summer, but the actress shared that they’ve actually been going out for about two and a half months.”We’re having a lot of fun,” she said. “He’s a really funny guy, which is something that’s really important to me and a really nice guy.”And complimentary too.
A few weeks ago, the actor gushed about meeting his girlfriend in May, at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. It was there he was photographed checking out her backside.”Come on! You can’t put that in front of me,” he joked. “I’m not going to apologize. I totally got busted.”
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Jimmy Kimmel Takes the Subway to the Emmys, Honors Robin Williams

Jimmy Kimmel Takes the Subway to the Emmys, Honors Robin Williams

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) –  Talk about low-maintenance.Late night host Jimmy Kimmel and his wife Molly McNearney took the subway to the Emmy Awards.”Subway to #Emmys #Mork,” he tweeted.
 

Subway to #Emmys #Mork pic.twitter.com/oXknD9f38s
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) August 25, 2014

The Mork hashtag is a reference to Kimmel’s rainbow suspenders, identical to the ones made famous by Robin Williams’ character from “Mork & Mindy.” Williams, who is set to be honored at the Emmys by his friend Billy Crystal, died of an apparent suicide earlier this month at the age of 63.Meanwhile, the Emmys mark the first time that Kimmel, 46, and McNearney, 36, have stepped out together since the birth of their daughter Jane in July.”It’s interesting how much you forget. Did you know they don’t eat pizza at this stage?” he said last month. “Rest assured we’re going to do everything in our power to make this the best baby since a cute little guy called Jesus.”
 
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Hayden Panettiere Reveals Gender of Baby on Emmy Red Carpet

Hayden Panettiere Reveals Gender of Baby on Emmy Red Carpet

ABC/Mark Levine(LOS ANGELES) –  “It’s a girl!” a very pregnant Hayden Panettiere revealed on the red carpet on the 2014 Emmy Awards.She told the happy news to E! News’ Giuliana Rancic.Panettiere, 25, admitted that she and her fiance Wladimir Klitschko haven’t picked out a name for the baby girl yet, but that it will pay homage to her man’s Ukrainian background.She also talked about her cravings during the pregnancy, saying expecting has just, “accentuated my craving for chicken noodle soup … I’ve always been a huge chicken noodle soup lover.”Panettiere added that her biggest fear during Monday night’s big event was, “making sure everything’s tucked in away and in there and then the shoes, the walking around all night in heels … my feet get sore when I’m wearing no shoes.”The Nashville star revealed she was engaged her to her boxer beau last October.
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How Emmy Nominees Are Prepping

How Emmy Nominees Are Prepping

Photo by: Rodolfo Martinez/NBC(LOS ANGELES) –  With the Emmy Awards Monday night, the stars are beginning to prep for TV’s big night.Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus washed her hair in the sink, Big Bang Theory actor Jim Parsons kicked back and watched the U.S. Open and Mark Ruffalo splurged on a day-of haircut. Aaron Paul popped bottles of champagne while the Orange Is the New Black crew got pumped on a “Netflix Party Bus,” though Laura Prepon chose, instead, to hang out with her baby nephew.For that and so much more of the pre-ceremony action, check out the photos below.Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad: “Champagne Breakfast! #Emmys”
Allison Tolman, Fargo: “Red carpet bound. Not as calm as I look.”
Allison Williams, Girls: “Happy Emmys day! Carbo-loaded last night in preparation. You’re supposed to do that, right? #bolognesedandconfused #shedideatthat”
Danielle Brooks, Orange Is the New Black: “Headed to the Emmys. See you there.”
Dascha Polanco, Orange is the New Black: “Aagghhh it’s almost time!!! #Emmys2014 #LatinaEmmys #Latina #staytuned #OITNB #Ismellgood”
Heidi Klum, Project Runway: “Last minute touch up with @lindahaymakeup @cwoodhair @tombachik @zac_posen”
Jackie Cruz, Orange Is the New Black: “Excited to watch the Emmys tonight with my @oitnb family!!! #blessed #happy #excited #emmys”
Jesse Tyler Ferugson, Modern Family: On our way to the #Emmys!!!!”
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory: “US Open is here!!! #goodmorning #tennis”
Laura Prepon, Orange Is the New Black: “Hanging with my nephew in between hair and MU! #EMMYS #oitnb”
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart: “Getting cleaned up by @kyleeheathHair for the @PrimetimeEmmys tonight. Fingers crossed.”
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory: “Getting Emmy ready with @robertramosprod”
Rico Rodriguez, Modern Family: “Pre-Emmy hair cut”
Samira Wiley, Orange Is the New Black: “On my way… #Emmys2014″
Tom Bini, Silicone Valley: “Ready for the Emmys.”
Yael Stone, Orange Is the New Black: “#netflixpartybus (creepy beer can in the back)”
Yael Stone, Orange Is the New Black: “@alysiareiner #netflixpartybus”

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Suge Knight Shot: Rap Mogul No Stranger to Close Calls

Suge Knight Shot: Rap Mogul No Stranger to Close Calls

Photo by David Becker/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — At 49, former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight has had more close calls than most people experience in a lifetime.In his latest brush with death, the co-founder of Death Row Records reportedly was shot six times and badly injured early Sunday morning at a pre-MTV Video Music Awards party thrown by Chris Brown at a trendy Los Angeles nightclub.His family asked for prayers.“Suge is currently resting and has lost a lot of blood. He’s human,” his family told ABC News in a statement.Knight is certainly human, but for so long he had seemed invincible, rising from Compton, California, a Los Angeles suburb notorious for gang-related violence, where his childhood nickname was Sugar Bear, to starting the label that was home to some of the biggest names in rap – Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur.In the process, he developed a reputation as one of the most powerful and feared figures in the music industry, and trouble seemed to follow him.In 1996, Knight began serving five years in prison for a probation violation. While he was in prison, his company languished, and it never recovered after his 2001 release. Knight filed for bankruptcy in 2006, telling his creditors that his bank account contained just $11. He sold Death Row in 2008 and started a new label a year later, but so far hasn’t been able to replicate his earlier success.“He was hip-hop’s boogeyman,” Keith Murphy, an editor of Vibe magazine, told ABC News in 2008. “You make the bed you lie in. You go around disrespecting people and things are going to come back to you.”While the investigation into this latest shooting continues, here are a few of Knight’s close calls over the years:1. Tupac Shakur ShootingIn September 1996, Knight was at the wheel of the car in which Shakur was a passenger when Shakur was shot and killed during a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. Earlier that evening, the pair and their entourage were involved in a brawl at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. While Knight survived unscathed, Shakur died from gunshot wounds six days later. His killer has never been found. After the fight and shooting, Knight, who was on probation for charges including auto theft, attempted murder and carrying a concealed weapon, was sent to prison for violating his probation.2. Previous VMA ShootingSunday wasn’t the first time Knight was injured at a pre-VMAs party. In 2005, he was shot in the leg at a bash hosted by Kanye West in Miami Beach, Florida. Witnesses reported at least six shots fired during the incident. Knight was treated for a fractured leg resulting from a gunshot wound.3. Knocked OutIn May 2008, Knight was involved in an altercation involving a monetary dispute outside of a nightclub in Hollywood. During the incident, he was knocked out cold for three minutes. But when he came to, he reportedly refused to assist Los Angeles police in the investigation.
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Ariana Grande, Big Sean Hold Hands Backstage at VMAs

Ariana Grande, Big Sean Hold Hands Backstage at VMAs

ABC/Kelsey McNeal(LOS ANGELES) — Big Sean’s ex, Naya Rivera, just tied the knot unexpectedly, and it looks like the rapper has moved on as well.Sean, 26, was spotted backstage at the 2014 MTV VMAs holding hands with Ariana Grande, 21. It had been reported the two were spending time together, but this kind of seals the deal.Sean was wearing a denim button-down over a white T-shirt, while Grande was wearing a silver dress. They looked very comfortable.Grande also just had a split of her own this year. In what has been called her breakout year, she just broke up with Jai Brooks.Grande and Sean have worked together too — they collaborated on the hit songs “Right There” and “Best Mistake.”
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“The Newsroom” Final Season Teaser-Trailer Debuts

“The Newsroom” Final Season Teaser-Trailer Debuts

Melissa Moseley/HBO(NEW YORK) — The third and final season of HBO’s The Newsroom premieres in November, but already HBO has released a teaser-trailer.Dubbed “Copier Tease,” the trailer doesn’t feature any actual footage from the series — only glimpses of Aaron Sorkin’s script for the final episodes as a copy machine spits out pages of dialog. Among the lines of script that flash across the screen:Will: How do you think they’re gonna get the whistleblower?Reese: He’s gonna be sent to jail.Maggie: Feel free to fire me.Will: You induced him to commit a felony. You conspired to commit espionage.Will: Well…I think it’s time for me to quit.  FADE TO BLACK.Of course, none of the pages are shown in any context.
Jeff Daniels plays News Night anchor and managing editor Will McAvoy on The Newsroom. Chris Messina plays Reese Lansing, president of the network that airs News Night, while Alison Pill plays News Night associate producer Maggie Jordan.

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Jesse Kinch Crowned First Winner of “Rising Star”

Jesse Kinch Crowned First Winner of “Rising Star”

ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) — ABC’s interactive singing competition, Rising Star, culminated Sunday night with the four remaining contestants learning that Jesse Kinch was crowned the season-one champ, beating Austin French in the final round.Dana Williams and Audrey Kate Geiger were eliminated earlier in the night.The top four acts were seeded based on their combined East and West Coast scores throughout the season. The contestants were then paired off in two separate head-to-head duels; the first artist sang with the wall up, the second with the wall down. The winners of the two battles competed against each other to determine the winner. The final head-to-head duel marked a first for the show. This time, both artists sang with the wall up and neither they nor the experts or audience saw the voting results until both artists finished performing.The order of performances in each duel was decided by a coin toss. Viewers who downloaded the Rising Star app were asked to vote “yes” or “no,” just as they did in the audition round.Host Josh Groban and the Rising Star experts — Kesha, Ludacris and Brad Paisley — presided over the performances. The “experts” were allowed to vote.
Here are the highlights from Sunday night:Dana Williams vs. Jesse KinchWilliams led off with Etta James’ “At Last.” Earlier, Kesha, noting the importance of branding in making or breaking an artist, introduced Dana to her creative team. Together, they tried to come up with outfits to wear for her duels. The 24-year-old Los Angeles native earned just 30 percent of the vote.Prior to the finale, Kinch was a guest at Paisley’s New Jersey concert. Paisley told the 20-year-old, “In spite of all these trucks and buses and the big show we put on, it really does come down to the music.” Kinch also joined Paisley onstage for a song. Kinch, singing with the wall down, raised it with Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son,” earning 87 percent of the vote. Kinch moved on to the finals.After the performances, Kesha commented that Williams “sounded beautiful,” but Kinch “slaughtered” her face. Paisley, referring to their time together at his concert, joked, “You learn quick.” Ludacris thought Kinch “killed it.”Austin French vs. Audrey Kate GeigerFrench was up first, singing Gavin DeGraw’s “In Love with a Girl.” Before the performance, Groban spent some time with the 20-year-old Tifton, Georgia, native and urged him to create a connection with his fan base. French collected 70 percent of the vote and eventually moved on to the final round.It was Audrey Geiger’s turn to try and raise the wall. Earlier, Ludacris invited Geiger to his house to help get her “mind, body and soul right.” He warned her that unless she knew she could win the competition, she was already defeated. Unfortunately, her version of Bonnie Raitt’s “Love Me Like a Man” collected just 49 percent of the vote, not good enough to beat French.The experts, however, had nothing but praise for Geiger. Ludacris loved both performances, but singled out Geiger because she “fought for every percentage point.” Kesha thought it was her favorite performance from Geiger. Paisley praised the 24-year-old New Jersey native, saying, “I want to hear the album you make, I want to hear the songs you pick to sing.”Jesse Kinch vs. Austin FrenchKinch kicked off this head-to-head duel with The Who’s “Love Reign O’er Me.”French followed with Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road.”Kinch won the duel by a margin of 76 percent to 61 percent to win the competition.The evening also included Paisley performing his new song “Moonshine in the Trunk,” backed by the four Rising Star finalists.
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Emmy Awards Set for Monday Night

Emmy Awards Set for Monday Night

Rodolfo Martinez/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — The best in television will be honored Monday night, when the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards are staged at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. Seth Meyers will serve as host of the ceremony, which will air live from coast to coast on NBC, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern time and 5 p.m. Pacific time.Typically, the Emmys are held on a Sunday night in September, but the broadcast was bumped up this year to accommodate NBC’s Sunday Night Football coverage.HBO’s Game of Thrones is the leading nominee with 19 nods. It’s a contender for outstanding drama series, though it may have trouble topping AMC’s Breaking Bad, which concluded its run last September and is the reigning winner in the category. The other nominees in the category are HBO’s True Detective, AMC’s Mad Men, PBS’ Downton Abbey and the Netflix series House of Cards.The lead drama actor category may be tight, though Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey appears to be a front-runner for his work in True Detective. He will vie for the award against True Detective co-star Woody Harrelson, Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, House of Cards’ Kevin Spacey, Mad Men’s Jon Hamm, and last year’s winner, The Newsroom’s Jeff Daniels.Last year’s lead drama actress winner, Homeland star Claire Danes, returns. She opposes Scandal’s Kerry Washington, House of Cards’ Robin Wright, Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery, The Good Wife’s Julianna Margulies, and Masters of Sex actress Lizzy Caplan.ABC’s Modern Family has the opportunity to tie the record for the most victories in the outstanding comedy series category, five, currently held by Frasier. The other nominees are the FX series Louie, Netflix show Orange Is The New Black, HBO’s Veep and Silicon Valley, and the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.The 2013 winners for lead comedy actor and actress, The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons and Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus, will defend their titles.Also keep an eye on the miniseries categories. Fargo enters the ceremony with 18 total nods, while another FX program, American Horror Story: Coven, has 17.The HBO movie The Normal Heart received 16 nominations.The list of presenters for the broadcast includes Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Bryan Cranston, Kerry Washington, Zooey Deschanel, Halle Berry, Julia Roberts, and The Voice coaches Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani.Here are the nominees in the major categories: Drama SeriesBreaking BadDownton AbbeyGame of ThronesHouse of CardsMad MenTrue DetectiveLead Actress in a Drama SeriesKerry Washington, ScandalLizzy Caplan, Masters of SexMichelle Dockery, Downton AbbeyJulianna Margulies, The Good WifeRobin Wright, House of CardsClaire Danes, HomelandLead Actor in a Drama SeriesBryan Cranston, Breaking BadJeff Daniels, The NewsroomJon Hamm, Mad MenMatthew McConaughey, True DetectiveWoody Harrelson, True DetectiveKevin Spacey, House of CardsSupporting Actress in a Drama SeriesAnna Gunn, Breaking BadMaggie Smith, Downton AbbeyLena Headey, Game of ThronesChristina Hendricks, Mad MenJoanne Froggatt, Game of ThronesChristine Baranski, The Good WifeSupporting Actor In A Drama SeriesAaron Paul, Breaking BadJim Carter, Downton AbbeyMandy Patinkin, HomelandJon Voight, Ray DonovanPeter Dinklage, Game of ThronesJosh Charles, The Good WifeComedy SeriesModern FamilyThe Big Bang TheoryLouieOrange Is the New BlackSilicon ValleyVeepLead Actress in a Comedy SeriesLena Dunham, GirlsEdie Falco, Nurse JackieJulia Louis-Dreyfus, VeepMelissa McCarthy, Mike and MollyAmy Poehler, Parks and RecreationTaylor Schilling, Orange Is the New BlackLead Actor in a Comedy SeriesLouis C.K., LouieDon Cheadle, House of LiesRicky Gervais, DerekMatt LeBlanc, EpisodesWilliam H. Macy, ShamelessJim Parsons, The Big Bang TheorySupporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesJulie Bowen, Modern FamilyMayim Bialik, The Big Bang TheoryKate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New BlackKate McKinnon, Saturdy Night LiveAnna Chlumsky, VeepAllison Janney, MomSupporting Actor In A Comedy SeriesAndre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-NineAdam Driver, GirlsJesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern FamilyTy Burrell, Modern FamilyFred Armisen, PortlandiaTony Hale, VeepMiniseries or MovieAmerican Horror Story: CovenBonnie & ClydeFargoLutherTremeThe White QueenLead Actor in a Miniseries or MovieChiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge Martin Freeman, FargoBilly Bob Thornton, FargoIdris Elba, LutherMark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece)Lead Actress in a Miniseries or MovieJessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor Minnie Driver, Return to Zero Kristen Wiig, The Spoils of Babylon Cicely Tyson, The Trip to BountifulTV MovieKilling KennedyMuhammad Ali’s Greatest FightThe Normal HeartSherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece)The Trip to BountifulReality-Competition ProgramDancing with the StarsThe Amazing RaceProject RunwaySo You Think You Can DanceTop ChefThe VoiceVariety SeriesJimmy Kimmel Live!The Colbert ReportThe Daily Show with Jon StewartReal Time with Bill MaherSaturday Night LiveThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
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Oscar-Winning Director Richard Attenborough Dead at 90

Oscar-Winning Director Richard Attenborough Dead at 90

MJ Kim/Getty Images(LONDON) — Oscar-winning British actor and director Richard Attenborough died Sunday, his son tells the BBC. He was 90 years old.Attenborough appeared in films including Brighton Rock, The Great Escape and Jurassic Park. As a director, he was perhaps best known for 1983’s Gandhi, which won eight Oscars, including best picture, best director for Attenborough and best actor for Ben Kingsley.Kingsley, who played the title role in Gandhi, said he would miss Attenborough “dearly,” according to the BBC. He added, “When he gave me the part of Gandhi it was with great grace and joy. He placed in me an absolute trust and in turn I placed an absolute trust in him and grew to love him.” Steven Spielberg, who directed Jurassic Park, said in a statement, “Dickie Attenborough was passionate about everything in his life — family, friends, country and career. He made a gift to the world with his emotional epic Gandhi and he was the perfect ringmaster to bring the dinosaurs back to life as John Hammond in Jurassic Park. He was a dear friend and I am standing in an endless line of those who completely adored him.”  BAFTA also issued a statement on Attenborough’s passing via Twitter: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of esteemed filmmaker and former BAFTA President Lord Attenborough.”According to the BBC, Attenborough had been in a nursing home with his wife for a number of years. He had also been in a wheelchair since falling down stairs six years ago.
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Miley Wins “Video of the Year,” Doesn’t Twerk; Beyonce Dominates Performances at 2014 MTV VMAs

Miley Wins “Video of the Year,” Doesn’t Twerk; Beyonce Dominates Performances at 2014 MTV VMAs

Courtesy MTVAfter last year’s twerk heard ’round the world, what could Miley Cyrus possibly do for an encore at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards?  Take home the Video of the Year trophy in a surprise upset — and then turn her acceptance speech into a powerful call to action.
Miley’s “Wrecking Ball” clip beat out much more recent and talked-about clips — from “Fancy” to “Happy” to “Drunk in Love” — to take the top prize of the night.  But instead of coming onstage to accept it, Miley sent an unknown young man instead.  Identifying himself as Jesse, he said he was accepting the award for the “1.6 million runaways and homeless youths who are starving, lost and scared right now.” 
While Miley watched from the side, tearing up, Jesse went on to note that L.A., the entertainment capital of the world, has a disproportionate number of young homeless people.  He then invited everyone to visit Miley’s Facebook page to see how they could help.  She’s asking her fans to donate money for “My Friend’s Place,” a homeless center for young people in Hollywood.
It was the second truly “serious” moment in a night that’s usually all about flashy, raunchy, over-the-top performances.  The first came when rapper Common mentioned Ferguson, Missouri, which has been a hotbed of protests and occasional violence since unarmed teen Michael Brown was shot by a police officer there in early August. 
“The people have used their voices to call for justice and change, and to let everyone know that each and every one of our lives matters,” said Common, noting that hip-hop has “always been about truth, and a powerful instrument for social change.”  Before handing out the award for Best Hip-Hop Video, he called for a moment of silence for Brown, “and for peace in this country and in the world.”  During the show, a brief public service announcement about Ferguson was also shown.
Of course, there were plenty of flashy, raunchy and over-the-top performances, too, starting with the three-way diva-off of Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, who opened the show.   Ariana emerged from a rocket ship to sing “Break Free,” followed by Nicki in a green bikini, rapping a heavily censored “Anaconda” and twerking like nobody’s business.  Jessie J then emerged to start up “Bang Bang,” and was joined by Ariana and Nicki, who had a serious wardrobe malfunction and spent the number clutching a scanty black dress around her so it wouldn’t fall off.
Another performance highlight was Taylor Swift’s first performance of “Shake It Off,” which she sang wearing a two-piece, midriff-baring fringed sequin number, accompanied by dancing acrobatic men in tuxedos and female backup singers.  At one point, she ascended to the top of a giant “1989″ sign onstage — that’s the title of her album — looked over the edge and said, “Nuh, uh. I don’t care if it’s the VMAs. I’m not jumping off there. All kinds of people are getting bit by snakes…it’s dangerous!”  That was a reference to the fact that, during rehearsal, one of Nicki Minaj’s backup dancers was, in fact, bitten by a snake.  She’s OK, though.
It was a great night for British and Australian acts — and we’re including Lorde in there, even though she’s technically from New Zealand. She took home the Best Rock Video Moonman, accidentally cursing during her acceptance speech and then quickly apologizing.  Brit Ed Sheeran won Best Male Video for “Sing,” and Brit Sam Smith absolutely slayed with his beautiful, stripped-down rendition of “Stay With Me.”  Aussie band 5 Seconds of Summer performed “Amnesia” and won the Best Lyric Video award, while Aussie Iggy Azalea stopped the show with her dramatic rendition of “Black Widow,” which she sang with Rita Ora.
Maroon 5, in their first-ever VMA performance, took things outside, playing “Maps” in the parking lot in front of thousands of fans underneath an enormous, lit-up “M.”  They also played a bit of “One More Night” as well.
Of course, the performance to end all performances came from Beyonce, who received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.  It was presented to her by her husband, Jay Z, who was holding their daughter, Blue Ivy . He referred to her as “our greatest living entertainer,” and a tearful Beyonce said, “I am filled with so much gratitude. Blue, I love you. My beloved…” — referring to Jay Z –  “…I love you.  My fans, I love you. MTV, I love you!”  Then, she, Jay and Blue all walked offstage together.  They didn’t look like they were heading to the divorce attorney, either.
As for Bey’s performance, she basically sang her entire self-titled album.  She performed for about 15 minutes, running through, in rapid succession, “Mine,” “Haunted,” “No Angel,” “Jealous,” “Blow,” “Drunk In Love,” “Rocket,” “Partition,” “Flawless,” “Yonce,” “Blue” and, finally, “XO,” which the audience sang along with her.  She wore the same costume, but moved through a series of different sets, with dancers, video screens and lights creating a different distinct mood for each number.  The show ended after her performance and acceptance, because really, how could you follow that?
Beyonce was the biggest winner on the night, taking home three trophies in addition to the Video Vanguard Award.

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