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The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony will air on Monday (oddly enough), August 25, and will be hosted by Saturday Night Live vet and Late Night host Seth Meyers. Here are the nominees recognized for their achievements over the course of this past year in television.
Best Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang TheoryLouieModern FamilyOrange Is the New BlackSilicon ValleyVeep
Best Drama SeriesBreaking BadDownton AbbeyGame of ThronesHouse of CardsMad MenTrue Detective
Best Actor - ComedyLouis C.K. - LouieDon Cheadle - House of LiesRicky Gervais - DerekMatt LeBlanc - EpisodesWilliam H. Macy - ShamelessJim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory
Best Actress - ComedyLena Dunham - GirlsEdie Falco - Nurse JackieJulia Louis-Dreyfus - VeepMelissa McCarthy - Mike and MollyAmy Poehler - Parks and RecreationTaylor Schilling - Orange Is the New Black
Lead Actor - DramaBryan Cranston - Breaking BadJeff Daniels - The NewsroomJon Hamm - Mad MenWoody Harrelson - True DetectiveMatthew McConaughey - True DetectiveKevin Spacey - House of Cards
Lead Actress - DramaLizzy Caplan - Masters of SexClaire Danes - HomelandMichelle Dockery - Downton AbbeyJulianne Margolies - The Good WifeKerry Washinton - ScandalRobin Wright - House of Cards
Best Mini-SeriesAmerican Horror Story: CovenBonnie and ClydeFargoLutherTremeThe White Queen
Best TV MovieKilling KennedyMohammad Ali's Greatest FightThe Normal HeartSherlock: His Last VowThe Trip to Babylon
Best Actor - Mini-Series/TV MovieBenedict Cumberbatch - SherlockChiwetel Ejiofor - Dancing on the EdgeIdris Elba - LutherMartin Freeman - FargoMark Ruffalo - The Normal HeartBill Bob Thornton - Fargo
Best Actress - Mini-Series/TV MovieHelena Bonham Carter - Burton and TaylorMinnie Driver - Return to ZeroJessica Lang - American Horror Story: CovenSarah Paulson - American Horror Story: CovenCicely Tyson - The Trip to BountifulKristen Wiig - Spoils of Babylon
Best Variety ShowThe Colbert ReportThe Daily ShowJimmy Kimmel Live!Real Time with Bill MaherSaturday Night LiveThe Tonight Show
Best Reality Competition ShowThe Amazing RaceDancing with the StarsProject RunwaySo You Think You Can DanceTop ChefThe Voice
Best Supporting Actor - Comedy SeriesFred Armisen - PortlandiaAndre Braugher - Brooklin Nine-NineTy Burrell - Modern FamilyAdam Driver - GirlsJesse Tyler Ferguson - Modern FamilyTony Hale - Veep
Best Supporting Actress - Comedy SeriesMayim Bialik - The Big Bang TheoryJulie Bowen - Modern FamilyAnna Chlumsky - VeepAllison Janney - MomKate McKinnon - Saturday Night LiveKate Mulgrew - Orange Is the New Black
Best Supporting Actor - DramaJim Carter - Downton AbbeyJosh Charles - The Good WifePeter Dinklage - Game of ThronesMandy Patinkin - HomelandAaron Paul - Breaking BadJon Voight - Ray Donovan
Best Supporting Actress - DramaChristine Baranski - The Good WifeJoan Froggatt - Downton AbbeyAnna Gunn - Breaking BadLena Headey - Game of ThronesChristina Hendricks - Mad MenMaggie Smith - Downton Abbey
Best Guest Actor - ComedySteve Buscemi - PortlandiaLouis C.K. - Saturday Night LiveGary Cole - VeepJimmy Fallon - Saturday Night LiveNathan Lane - Modern FamilyBob Newhart - The Big Bang Theory
Best Guest Actress - ComedyUzo Aduba - Orange Is the New BlackLaverne Cox - Orange Is the New BlackJoan Cusack - ShamelessTina Fey - Saturday Night LiveNatasha Lyonne - Orange Is the New BlackMelissa McCarthy - Saturday Night Live
Best Guest Actor - DramaDylan Baker - The Good WifeBeau Bridges - Masters of SexReg E Cathey - House of CardsPaul Giamatti - Downton AbbeyRobert Morse - Mad MenJoe Morton - Scandal
Best Guest Actress - DramaKate Burton - ScandalJane Fonda - The NewsroomAllison Janney - Masters of SexKate Mara - House of CardsMargo Martindale - The AmericansDiana Rigg - Game of Thrones
True Detective, Breaking Bad and House Of Cards are among the shows leading the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations. True Detective's stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey will battle it out for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series prize, and they will compete with Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom) and Kevin Spacey (House of Cards).
The hit crime show is also nominated for Outstanding Drama Series alongside Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Downton Abbey and House of Cards.
Scandal's Kerry Washington is in the running for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series award along with Claire Danes (Homeland), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), and Robin Wright (House of Cards).
Modern Family will vie for the Outstanding Comedy Series gong for the fifth year running and faces competition from The Big Bang Theory, Veep, Orange Is the New Black, Silicon Valley and Louie.
Fargo will face American Horror Story: Coven, Bonnie & Clyde, Luther, Treme, and The White Queen to be named Outstanding Miniseries.
The nominees were announced in Los Angeles on Thursday morning (10Jul14) by The Office actress Mindy Kaling and TV host Carson Daly.
Comedian Seth Meyers will host the 66th annual awards ceremony on 25 August (14).
The main list of nominees is as follows:
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
Lena Dunham - Girls
Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Veep
Melissa McCarthy - Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler - Parks and Recreation
Taylor Schilling - Orange Is the New Black
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:
Louis C.K. - Louie
Don Cheadle - House of Lies
Ricky Gervais - Derek
Matt LeBlanc - Episodes
William H. Macy - Shameless
Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Comedy Series:
The Big Bang Theory
Orange Is the New Black
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Lizzy Caplan - Masters of Sex
Michelle Dockery - Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife
Kerry Washington - Scandal
Robin Wright - House of Cards
Claire Danes - Homeland
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels - The Newsroom
Jon Hamm - Mad Men
Woody Harrelson - True Detective
Matthew McConaughey - True Detective
Kevin Spacey - House of Cards
Outstanding Drama Series:
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie:
Benedict Cumberbatch - Sherlock: His Last Vow
Chiwetel Ejiofor - Dancing on the Edge
Martin Freeman - Fargo
Mark Ruffalo - The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton - Fargo
Idris Elba - Luther
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie:
Helena Bonham Carter - Burton and Taylor
Minnie Driver - Return to Zero
Jessica Lange - American Horror Story: Coven
Sarah Paulson - American Horror Story: Coven
Cicely Tyson - The Trip to Bountiful
Kristen Wiig - Spoils of Babylon
American Horror Story: Coven
Bonnie and Clyde
The White Queen
Outstanding TV Movie:
The Normal Heart
The Trip to Bountiful
Sherlock: His Last Vow
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama:
Aaron Paul - Breaking Bad
Jim Carter - Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage - Game of Thrones
Josh Charles - The Good Wife
Mandy Patinkin - Homeland
Jon Voight - Ray Donovan
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama:
Anna Gunn - Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt - Downton Abbey
Lena Headey - Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski - The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks - Mad Men
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy:
Andre Braugher - Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Adam Driver - Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson - Modern Family
Ty Burrell - Modern Family
Fred Armisen - Portlandia
Tony Hale - Veep
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy:
Mayim Bialik - The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen - Modern Family
Allison Janney - Mom
Kate Mulgrew - Orange Is the New Black
Kate McKinnon - Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky - Veep.
Martin Freeman's stage turn as Richard Iii has divided critics, with reviewers branding the actor's performance "highly intelligent" but "disappointingly underpowered". The Hobbit star takes on the role of William Shakespeare's villainous king in a new production at London's Trafalgar Studios theatre which opened on Wednesday night (09Jul14).
The production had previously been hit with reports suggesting overzealous Freeman fans had been creating a distraction by whooping and cheering throughout the show, but critics reported the audience on press night was well behaved.
However, many theatre reviewers were underwhelmed by the show, with Charles Spencer of Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper calling the production "unnecessarily complicated" and insisting Freeman's turn in the title role was "disappointingly underpowered", adding, "There were moments when your reviewer was tempted to stand up and boo."
The Guardian's Michael Billington calls Freeman's performance "highly accomplished" but insists the staging of the play "doesn't make total sense", while The Independent's Paul Taylor adds, "Freeman gives a highly intelligent, calculatedly understated performance... (but) Freeman doesn't radiate a sufficiently dangerous sense of unpredictability."
However, Ben Dowell of the Radio Times was full of praise for The Office star, writing, "Freeman does not disappoint... (His) talent lies in creating something frighteningly ordinary about his villainy."
Freeman follows in the footsteps of stars including Laurence Olivier, Sir Alec Guinness, Sir Kenneth Branagh and Sir Ian McKellen, who have all played the murderous king on the stage.
Who knew there were so many ladies from the land down under on U.S. television? Well, we didn’t. That is, until we started to do some research on our favorite female TV leads and found out that many hailed from Australia. Color us surprised!
Sure, there were a few that we knew about — Rebel Wilson comes to mind — but there were some surprises, especially since all these ladies have seriously mastered their American accents; they had us fooled.
Through our research, we found out which of television’s leading ladies are from Australia, as well as how many of them have acted together before — it seems like everyone was on the Australian TV series, The Sleepover Club. We’ve compiled a list of our favorites, and added some cool pieces of trivia, so that everyone can be more knowledgable about the Australian actresses on U.S. television.
GALLERY: Our 10 Favorite Australian Ladies Currently on TV
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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The Sherlock Season 3 finale saw the introduction of an entirely new criminal mastermind: Charles Augustus Magnussen (Lars Mikkelsen)... although technically he was around all season, and was responsible for almost burning John Watson alive in “The Empty Hearse.” But how does Magnussen compare to the fans’ favorite consulting criminal, James Moriarty (Andrew Scott)? Warning: Big Season 3 spoilers follow.
LongevityWell, Moriarty stuck it out through Seasons 1 and 2 (and might return for the fourth season) while Magnussen was only around for Season 3. Given that Moriarty might have survived his supposed death (I can’t trust anything anymore!) he will have outlived Magnussen.Moriarty 1, Magnussen 0
Criminal NetworkIt took two years for Sherlock to take down Moriarty’s network of fellow criminals, so it must have been expansive. However, we have no idea how many people Magnussen was blackmailing or had blackmailed in the past. It could be in the hundreds or thousands.Moriarty 1, Magnussen 1
Difficulty to DefeatThere was a moment for Sherlock when it seemed each villain would be undefeatable, but when we get down to it, Sherlock merely needed to kill Magnussen (which he did fairly easily) while the detective needed to plan an elaborate fake death in order to beat Moriarty.Moriarty 2, Magnussen 1
Fan ResponseGiven the fan reactions on social media to the last minute twist of “His Last Vow,” the majority of the fandom is beyond excited for the return of Moriarty. Meanwhile, everyone was glad to see Magnussen go. The fans have a clear favorite.Moriarty 3, Magnussen 1
MannersMoriarty had tea with Sherlock, while Magnussen relieved himself in Sherlock’s fireplace. His finishing school teachers would have been appalled (we were certainly horrified). Moriarty 4, Magnussen 1
Winner: Jim Moriarty!
If “The Reichenbach Fall” wasn’t surprising enough for fans of Sherlock, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss certainly outdid themselves in terms of shock value for “His Last Vow.” This season has been a series of twists and turns just like any other, but the finale episode jam-packed the whole two hours with bigger and bigger reveals. Though the writers didn’t kill off new character Mary Morstan (Amanda Abbington) as many fans suspected and feared, they did provide some surprises that we didn’t see coming: especially pertaining to the new villain, Charles Augustus Magnussen (Lars Mikkelsen). These are the revelations that had us gasping and shouting, “No way!”
Yes, you read that right. For those who didn’t see the finale, what are you doing, there are spoilers here! And for those that did, we wouldn’t blame you if you still don’t believe Sherlock actually had a girlfriend. (Even if it was only to use her access to get close to Magnussen.)
Sherlock Beating Magnussen
Though we didn’t think Sherlock would take Magnussen flicking John’s face sitting down, we never expected Sherlock to resort to killing Magnussen. But he did.
Even more than the reveal that Magnussen’s archive of material used to blackmail everyone was all in his head (which was fairly stupid, especially for a businessman) was his total lack of respect for Sherlock. Even Moriarty never used Sherlock’s fireplace as a toilet. It just proves how horrible Magnussen is — or, was.
Mary Isn’t Mary
This is one of those surprises where you think you really should have seen it coming, but the fans had no idea — and neither did Sherlock. Although “liar” popped up in his initial deduction of her, he was just as shocked as the audience when he found her pointing a gun at Magnussen’s head.
Whether your screams were in delight or utter terror, chances are the final shocker of “His Last Vow” caused you to stop breathing for at least a moment. It’s certainly going to make for an interesting fourth season, which we better get in December, as The Sun reported. We can’t take another two-year waiting period.
Morgan Freeman will present West Side Story star Rita Moreno with the 50th Lifetime Achievement Award at the Screen Actors Guild prizegiving on Saturday (18Jan14). Moreno will accept her latest accolade for her career and humanitarian accomplishments.
Past recipients of the award include Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Ernest Borgnine, Betty White, James Earl Jones, Charles Durning, Julie Andrews, Robert Redford, Elizabeth Taylor and Clint Eastwood.
Freeman and Moreno are old friends, who first worked together on variety show The Electric Company in the early 1970s.
In December, the Twitter account for ABC’s cancelled show, Happy Endings, began promoting the network’s new comedy series Mixology. The account, formerly @HappyEndingsABC, requested fans to follow the new show’s Twitter as part of a Follow Friday promotion.
It's #FF & we have the perfect show for our #HappyEndings fans that we know you'll love! Follow @MixologyABC to learn more! #FollowFriday
— Happy Endings (@HappyEndingsVH1) December 27, 2013
However, fans of the fallen Happy Endings were not pleased with the social media promotion for another series — especially one that doesn’t look very promising. Sure, someone could argue that Happy Endings and Mixology have something in common. Both shows are about single people trying to find love in a city. However, the entire first season of Mixology is set to take place over the course of one night. Think: Garry Marshall’s New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day but in a television show.
Given the slow trek that has been this season of How I Met Your Mother — which is a slowed down timeline to follow the wedding weekend of Barney and Robin — it’s safe to say TV fans are a little dubious of a whole series pulling this kind of stunt. But we suppose we should give Mixology and chance before we completely knock it (if we have to.) Still, it will never fill the void left by Happy Endings because nothing ever will.
For fans of Happy Endings, there is some good in all this: VH1 has picked up old seasons of the series and will be playing them every Wednesday night on the network. They even had a New Year’s Day marathon — sorry if you missed it!
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One of the most iconic holiday characters is Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, which has been adapted seemingly hundreds of times over the years, though some versions are more beloved than others. For instance, if you get through childhood without seeing The Muppet Christmas Carol, you are seriously missing out. Since there are so many films, many different actors have portrayed Scrooge over the years. But which Scrooge is the best (or worst, if you think about it) Scrooge?
Albert Finney in Scrooge (1970)
Although it’s a lesser-known musical version of the story, Albert Finney’s Scrooge has made the list for all those kids whose parents introduced them to this wonderful classic. Besides, the songs are still pretty catchy and Finney portrays the character’s transition from humbug to Father Christmas beautifully.
Jim Carrey in A Christmas Carol (2009)
If there is one thing Jim Carrey is good at, it’s playing a range of wacky characters. In this film, he plays not only Scrooge, but the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future as well. Still, this incarnation of the age-old story isn’t quite that popular.
Bill Murray in Scrooged
Rather than playing the 19th Century version of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bill Murray plays a modern adaptation of the character — called Frank Cross — in this 1988 comedy. It’s a hilarious Christmas film, with some nods to another Murray classic, Ghostbusters.
Michael Caine in The Muppet Christmas Carol
Was there a doubt in anyone’s mind that Michael Caine would be the ultimate Scrooge? We hope not because he is the clear winner. Starring alongside heavy hitters like Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and Fozzie Bear, Caine still manages to shine.