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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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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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Additional MTV Video Music Awards Tidbits

Additional MTV Video Music Awards Tidbits

Courtesy MTVHere's a brief rundown of additional tidbits from the MTV VMAs:

--Ariana Grande opened the show with "Break Free," emerging from a rocket ship to sing it.  Nicki Minaj then sang "Anaconda" and did not get bitten by a snake.  Jessie J kicked off "Bang Bang" and both women joined her...the video premiered online shortly afterwards.  Ariana ended up winning Best Pop Video for "Problem" -- it was presented to her by her childhood crush, Jim Carrey, and his Dumb and Dumber To co-star Jeff Daniels.

--Katy Perry won Best Female Video for "Dark Horse." She arrived at the VMAs with Riff Raff, who appears on the remix of her hit "This Is How We Do." They were both wearing matching Versace denim, in an homage to Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake's famous matching denim outfits from the 2001 VMAs.  Later, Katy enjoyed watching Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora perform "Dark Horse," since she co-wrote it.  We saw her in the audience, singing along.

--There was no host, but SNL's Jay Pharoah was on hand to do some of his famous impressions, including Drake, Jay Z and Kanye West.  While the real Kanye wasn't there, his wife Kim Kardashian was, and she was wearing a top so plunging that it was a wonder it actually stayed on.  Demi Lovato also wore a super-plunging outfit, as did Jordin Sparks.

--In addition to performing "Shake It Off" for the first time on TV (see related story) Taylor Swift enjoying hanging in the front row with her BFF Lorde, who picked up her first Moonman and introduced Taylor's performance to boot, calling it "the beginning of her brand-new era." The two were seen singing along and dancing in their seats during a number of performances.

--Dressed all in white, Usher was the hardest-working man in showbiz at the VMAs.  While performing "She Came to Give It To You." he danced, sang, played bass guitar and slapped and bumped Nicki Minaj's booty.  By the end of the performance, he was sweating like a pig and looked exhausted.

--Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora's performance of "Black Widow" was a huge production, with a string quartet onstage, a huge web hanging in the background, coordinating black spiderweb catsuits, and tons of backup dancers.  Jordin Sparks and Taylor Swift were seen singing along to every word.  As she strode around the stage confidently, you'd never guess that Iggy actually fell off the stage Friday night at a pre-VMA charity concert.

--One big surprise of the night was girl group Fifth Harmony winning the fan-voted MTV Artist to Watch category, beating out Sam Smith, Charli XCX, 5 Seconds of Summer and Schoolboy Q. "Oh my God, we didn't think we would win, this is amazing!" said the X Factor alums, who thanked Simon Cowell, among others.

--Chris Brown was seen laughing in the audience, evidently not too concerned about the fact that rap impresario Suge Knight was shot several times at his pre-VMA party on Saturday night.

--An unexpected, though brief, tribute to Robin Williams was shown: Coldplay's hit "A Sky Full of Stars" played over a montage of photos of the late actor and comedian, who died on August 11.

--The entire final segment of the show was given over to Beyonce, and if it was meant to show that her marriage to Jay Z was still going strong, it worked.  The couple and their daughter Blue Ivy couldn't have looked any more loved up as they walked offstage together at the end of the lengthy performance and Bey's emotional acceptance speech.

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MTV VMAs Winners List

MTV VMAs Winners List

Courtesy MTVHere are the winners for this year's MTV Video Music Awards, held Sunday night at The Forum in Inglewood, California:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR Miley Cyrus -- "Wrecking Ball"

BEST HIP-HOP Drake ft. Majid Jordan -- "Hold On (We're Going Home)"  BEST MALE Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell -- "Sing"  BEST FEMALE Katy Perry ft. Juicy J -- "Dark Horse"  BEST POP Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea -- "Problem"  BEST ROCK Lorde -- “Royals”  MTV ARTIST TO WATCH Fifth Harmony -- "Miss Movin On"  BEST COLLABORATION Beyoncé ft. Jay Z -- "Drunk in Love"MTV CLUBLAND AWARD Zedd ft. Hayley Williams -- "Stay the Night"


BEST LYRIC VIDEO5 Seconds of Summer -- "Don't Stop"  BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Beyoncé -- "Pretty Hurts"BEST EDITING Eminem -- "Rap God"BEST CHOREOGRAPHY Sia -- "Chandelier"BEST DIRECTION DJ Snake & Lil Jon -- "Turn Down for What"BEST ART DIRECTION Arcade Fire -- "Reflektor"BEST VISUAL EFFECTS OK Go -- "The Writing's on the Wall"

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“30 Rock” Star Tracy Morgan in Critical Condition After NJ Car Crash

“30 Rock” Star Tracy Morgan in Critical Condition After NJ Car Crash

ABC/Randy Holmes(CRANBURY, NJ) --  Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was injured in a car crash on the N.J. Turnpike early Saturday morning, a State Police spokesperson told ABC News.A spokesman at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital said Morgan, who starred in NBC's 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live, is listed in critical condition. He and his party were riding in a chauffeured Mercedes Sprinter, a limo-type bus, and were returning from a tour date in Delaware when the multi-car accident occurred.  There were seven people on the bus at the time of the collision.One person, identified by New Jersey State Police as James McNair, 63, was killed in the crash. Three others, including Morgan's assistant Jeff Millea and comedians Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton, were injured, police said. McNair was a comedy writer for Morgan and the two were longtime friends. Millea is also listed in critical condition, said an official briefed on the investigation.

Lewis Kay, a representative for Morgan, released a statement on Saturday morning, saying that the comedian "remains in critical condition at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital," adding, "His family is now with him and he is receiving excellent care."

Morgan's representatives do not expect "much of a change in his condition today," but added that they will "provide a further update once more information becomes available."The six-vehicle crash happened in the northbound lanes at mile marker 71.5 near New Brunswick about 1 a.m., according to N.J. State Police. The crash was essentially a chain reaction that began when the driver of a tractor trailer "failed to observe slow-moving traffic" ahead of him -- possibly because he had dozed off. The driver tried to swerve away from the vehicle containing Morgan and others at the last moment, but failed, and rear-ended Morgan's vehicle.  All of those injured in the crash were on board the bus,  the New Jersey State Police said. 

Multiple charges have now been filed against the truck driver, identified as Kevin Roper, including one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto.  Morgan's performance Saturday night in Charlotte, N.C., was cancelled.

Among the celebrities tweeting prayers and get-well wishes to Morgan: frequent SNL guest host Steve Martin, former SNL cast members Rachel Dratch and Chris Rock, 30 Rock guest star Chloe Grace Moretz, Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Marlon Wayans, George Lopez, Bob Saget, Mike Epps, Rob Riggle, Questlove of The Roots, Andy Richter, Russell Simmons, Mary J. Blige, Ice T, Rosanne Barr, Joan Rivers, Josh Groban and actors Kevin Brown and Grizz Chapman, who played Dot Com and Grizz, members of Morgan's character's entourage, on 30 Rock.

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