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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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is less than a month away, meaning you have three solid weeks to catch up on TV before the holiday madness officially sets in. In the meantime, here are five insanely watchable shows you need to be DVRing.
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Styled to RockI know what you're thinking: she's a multi-platinum selling pop star, so why on Earth does Rihanna need a fashion show on Bravo? Well, it turns RiRi is just as comfortable in front of the camera – judging the hottest outfits from up-and-coming designers a la Project Runway – as she is singing before a crowd of 30,000. Of course it always helps when you have hip-hop super-producer Pharell Williams filling in as a fashion mentor. Maybe just a little. A new episode of Styled to Rock airs Wednesday, November 6 at 1PM ET on Bravo.
Baggage BattlesIf you're a frequent traveler, odds are you've had some kind of issue with baggage claim, only to leave the airport like a slightly less manic version of Charles Bronson in Death Wish. But did you know that there are actual people in the world that bid on your lost items at auction? Apparently the good folks over at Travel Channel did, which is why they've based a new reality show on them called Baggage Battles. People fighting over the lost goods of others – it doesn't get more American than that! Baggage Battles airs Tuesdays at 6PM ET on the Travel Channel.
Real Husbands of HollywoodChris Rock guest stars on Kevin Hart's hilarious faux reality show, which follows several real-life Hollywood househusbands – Nick Cannon among them, although first season co-star Robin Thicke has bailed on the show – on their desperate attempts to climb Hollywood's social ladder. Hey, if the ladies of New Beverly County can show what human beings look like at their lowest, most despicable form – and be successful at it – why can't a few funny dudes poke fun at them? Real Husbands of Hollywood airs Tuesday at 7PM ET on BET.
Guy's Big BiteGuy Fieri may be the most annoying TV chef on the planet, but man, that dude sure knows how to whip up some of the most visually appealing meals on the tube. This week the platinum-haired cook makes grilled skirt steak with peri-peri sauce topped with champagne vinaigrette. Sound delicious? Guy's Big Bite airs Sunday at 10:30 AM ET on the Food Network.
Mike & MollyA show about two overweight people living in one of the thickest parts of the country: Chicago. Now why didn't I think of that? Of course, before Melissa McCarthy catapulted to superstardom with her turn as a shoot-from-the-hip sister-in-law in Bridesmaids, she was a loveable teacher struggling with her weight on CBS's Mike & Molly. The show kicks off its fourth season tonight at 9 PM ET on CBS, and the promos are making a point of calling it "The New Mike & Molly," so expect some changes.
We all know what a huge influence Walt Whitman has been on Breaking Bad. The great American poet shares initials with the AMC series' hero/villain Walter White, who was given a copy of Leaves of Grass by doomed rival meth cook Gale Boetticher. A copy of Leaves of Grass that caused Walter's brother-in-law Hank to finally realize he's Heisenberg. But now, Breaking Bad is switching poets.
In a haunting new teaser for the final eight episodes of the series, Bryan Cranston intones the immortal words of Percy Bysshe Shelley's "Ozymandias." It's a sonnet about a traveler in the East who encounters the fallen statue of a great king. On it reads an inscription: "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" The idea being that this ancient ruler left such greatness in his wake that none shall ever forget him.
The only problem with Ozymandias is that all he created eventually turned to dust. The final two lines of the poem say, "Nothing beside remains. / Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare / The lone and level sands stretch far away." Even the pyramids will one day crumble. Immortality is nothing but illusion. Everything fades away.
Walter White, like Ozymandias, might be in the "Empire Business," but a meth empire is even that much more illusory than one made of mortar and stone. How quickly everything he's built could evaporate. And it's made all the more haunting as we see the kind of static location shots — of mesas, the RV, Walt's house — that we see all throughout the show. Bad things are coming, and lonely birthday breakfasts are soon to be had. "Remember my name?" the Season 5 ads proclaim? Walt would be wise to remember Shelley's lesson: that the one constant in human nature is forgetting.
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Prince Harry will honour a commitment to appear at the London Marathon this weekend (21Apr13), despite security concerns following the horrific bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday (15Apr13). Organisers of the London race have vowed to press on with the event on Sunday (21Apr13) and are working closely with Metropolitan Police officials to increase safety checks in the hopes of preventing a similar tragedy.
Prince Harry is booked to present medals to the top runners at the end of the race and a spokesperson for the young British royal has confirmed he will still be in attendance.
The representative tells Eonline.com, "We announced last week that Prince Harry would attend this year's London marathon in his capacity as Patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, and that he would make the presentations to the winners and meet a selection of volunteer and support staff. As things stand we are not aware of any changes to that plan but ultimately we will be directed by the Race organisers."
Meanwhile, Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins insists the Boston bombings have spurred her on to compete in the run as planned.
Taking to Twitter.com, she writes, "Want to let you know that I will definitely still be running the London Marathon on Sun. I'm determined now more than ever PrayForBoston".
At least three people died and more than 150 were injured, many of them seriously, when two huge explosions ripped through a crowd of spectators watching the Boston Marathon in Massachusetts on Monday.
New Kids on the Block star Joey McIntyre was among the estimated 20,000 runners taking part in the annual event, but he escaped the brunt of the carnage after crossing the finish line just 11 minutes before the bombs went off.
Local stars Ben Affleck, John Krasinski, Dane Cook and Chris Evans are among the celebrities who have expressed their horror at the attacks, which are being probed by agents at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as an act of terrorism.
Authorities have yet to name any suspects in the case.
Ben Affleck is among a number of local stars who have reached out to their fellow Massachusetts natives following the horrifying blasts during the Boston Marathon on Monday (15Apr13). Three people died and more than 140 were injured after two explosions ripped through the Boylston Street area of Boston, Massachusetts as runners were coming to the end of the annual race.
Two other bombs were later found and disarmed safely, according to U.S. reports.
America has been left aghast following the atrocity, and celebrities flocked to social networking websites to share their shock.
Now a number of the state's most famous names including Affleck, who was born in California but grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and John Krasinski, who hails from the city of Newton, have sent their sympathies to those caught up in the incident.
In a post on his Facebook.com page, Affleck writes, "Such a senseless and tragic day. My family and I send our love to our beloved and resilient Boston."
Krasinki adds in a message on Twitter, "My heart and my prayers are in Boston and with everyone affected by this nightmare of an incident."
Comedian Dane Cook, who also hails from Cambridge, writes on the social networking site, "My prayers with everyone in Boston right now after this atrocious act of violence!!"
The Avengers star Chris Evans, who grew up in Sudbury, Massachusetts, adds, "Thoughts and prayers are with everybody in Boston. Heartbreaking..."
Authorities at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have taken over the probe into the blasts but have not yet confirmed whether they have any suspects.
What was supposed to be an uplifting sporting event quickly turned tragic on Monday afternoon when two explosions went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. At this point in time, the Associated Press is reporting that two people are dead and dozens of others are injured.
This sad news touches way too close to home for some celebritties who are originally from in and around the Boston area. See what these celebrities are saying about the devastating events on Twitter.
Such a senseless and tragic day. My family and I send our love to our beloved and resilient Boston.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) April 15, 2013
My heart aches for my hometown.
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) April 15, 2013
My thoughts and prayers for the people in Boston.Please donate if you can, RedCrossBlood.org/MA
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) April 15, 2013
Watching coverage of Boston Marathon explosions, heart in my throat.
— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) April 15, 2013
Sending prayers to all those in Boston....
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) April 15, 2013
My love and strength go out to all those affected by the explosions! #BostonMarathon2013
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 15, 2013
thoughts and prayers are with everybody in boston. heartbreaking...
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) April 15, 2013
I'm OK. Most importantly, praying for those injured and affected by this. Still don't have a lot of info. Thanks for your love and concern
— Ethan Zohn (@EthanZohn) April 15, 2013
Praying for everyone home in boston. Devatated at the news #bostonmarathon
— maria menounos (@mariamenounos) April 15, 2013
There was an explosion by the finish line about 5 minutes after I finished- I'm ok but I'm sure there are many hurt.
— Joey McIntyre (@joeymcintyre) April 15, 2013
My prayers with everyone in Boston right now after this atrocious act of violence!!
— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) April 15, 2013
Saying prayers for those hurt in the #Boston Marathon explosions
— Boston Rob (@BostonRob) April 15, 2013
So grateful that my little brother in Boston is safe, but heartbroken over what happened.
— Ali Fedotowsky (@AliFedotowsky) April 15, 2013
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It’s finally here! The first night of a long season of American Idol starts at 8 PM on Fox, with the long trek across the U.S. to find a roster of singers to duke it out in Hollywood. Of course with the start of Season 12 comes the first run of the new Idol judging panel: Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban, along with returnee Randy Jackson.
While there will be fireworks behind the judges’ table, let’s not forget the real reason we’re here: finding a potential pop star. Auditions are the first opportunity to call favorites, but it’s not always easy to spot the future finalists and superstars.
Contestants can't exactly swap bodies with Carrie Underwood in order to make it through to Hollywood, but they can take a pointer or two from former Idol contestants. Take a walk down memory lane with our 12 favorite Idol auditions, and pay attention: if you’re lucky, you’ll learn enough to spot the potential Season 12 winner, or perhaps the next unlikely Idol success, before anyone else.
Season 5 Runner-Up: Katharine McPhee
Lesson Learned: You can be slightly haughty as long as you’ve got the goods to back it up.
Season 1 Winner: Kelly Clarkson
Lesson Learned: Being generally amazing helps.
Season 4 Winner: Carrie Underwood
Lesson Learned: Being generally amazing and having a face like a Disney princess also helps.
Season 3 7th Place Finisher: Jennifer Hudson
Lesson Learned: Have more talent than you know what to do with, be misunderstood by voters, and come back to become amazing and super famous anyway.
Season 8 Runner Up: Adam Lambert
Lesson Learned: Being called “theatrical” is the last thing you want to hear at an Idol audition, so if that’s your style, you’ve better have that special something that made Simon Cowell give Lambert a shot anyway.
Season 7 Winner: Kris Allen
Lesson Learned: Be unyieldingly shy, but so adorable and talented, that we hope with all our hearts you come out of that shell. [Note: not having your audition air on TV helps, just ask Allen and Clarkson.]
Season 2 Runner Up: Clay Aiken
Lesson Learned: Defy the conventional expectation of a pop star, while possessing a voice like butter. Is that voice coming out of a that nerdy dude? You betcha.
Season 3 Winner: Fantasia Barrino
Lesson Learned: If you’re amazing and we want to give you a big, giddy hug at the end of the song, you’ve done it right.
Season 7 Winner: David Cook
Lesson Learned: You can figure out your “stage persona” later... if your voice is fantastic. We'll also let the haircut slide.
Season 5 Fourth Place Finisher Chris Daughtry
Lesson Learned: Piss off the angry judge and please everyone else. (In this case, Daughtry was dismissed by Cowell and beloved by the rest.)
Season 7 Runner Up: David Archuleta
Lesson Learned: Forgetting a word or two is cool, as long as you’re a really amazing singer. So, when you flub a word, for goodness sake, just keep going!
Season 6 Winner: Jordin Sparks
Lesson Learned: When showing off how amazing you are, it also helps if you’re super young (Sparks was 16) and your dad was a famous football player. Hey, look: dimension!
What’s your favorite forgotten Idol audition? Tell us in the comments!
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The 2013 nominees for the Writers Guild of America awards have been announced. Writers, you say? Yes, writers! The people that make words dance on pages to create the worlds in which our favorite shows flourish. Some people, when confronted with a brilliant episode of television automatically assume the credit for its general goodness should go to the actors. But what about the writers? They are often just as (if not more so) likely to be the reason you laughed, cried, gasped, guffawed, or squirmed in your seat during last week's episode of your favorite show.
These makers of televised scripts carry a good chunk of a show's success (and failure) on their shoulders, and leading the pack of successful witty wordsmiths? Lena Dunham and her HBO darling Girls. Overall, it seems as though cable dramas fared better than broadcast (which, duh), but on the flip-side, broadcast comedies outdid their cable brethren. Breaking Bad cleaned up in the episodic drama category, and comedy lady hero Amy Poehler got herself a nod for the episode of Parks and Recreation she penned, "The Debate."
Check out the full list of nominees below!
Boardwalk Empire written by Dave Flebotte, Diane Frolov, Chris Haddock, Rolin Jones, Howard Korder, Steve Kornacki, Andrew Schneider, David Stenn, Terence Winter; HBO
Breaking Bad written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC
Game of Thrones written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, George R. R. Martin, Vanessa Taylor, D.B. Weiss; HBO
Homeland written by Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Meredith Stiehm; Showtime
Mad Men written by Lisa Albert, Semi Chellas, Jason Grote, Jonathan Igla, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Brett Johnson, Janet Leahy, Victor Levin, Erin Levy, Frank Pierson, Michael Saltzman, Tom Smuts, Matthew Weiner; AMC
30 Rock written by Jack Burditt, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tom Ceraulo, Vali Chandrasekaran, Luke Del Tredici, Tina Fey, Lauren Gurganous, Matt Hubbard, Colleen McGuinness, Sam Means, Dylan Morgan, Nina Pedrad, John Riggi, Josh Siegel, Ron Weiner, Tracey Wigfield; NBC
Girls written by Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, Lena Dunham, Sarah Heyward, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Jenni Konner, Deborah Schoeneman, Dan Sterling; HBO
Louie written by Pamela Adlon, Vernon Chatman, Louis C.K.; FX
Modern Family written by Cindy Chupack, Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin, Elaine Ko, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Dan O’Shannon, Jeffrey Richman, Audra Sielaff, Brad Walsh, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker; ABC
Parks and Recreation written by Megan Amram, Greg Daniels, Nate Dimeo, Katie Dippold, Daniel J. Goor, Norm Hiscock, Dave King, Greg Levine, Joe Mande, Aisha Muharrar, Nick Offerman, Chelsea Peretti, Amy Poehler, Alexandra Rushfield, Michael Schur, Mike Scully, Harris Wittels, Alan Yang; NBC
Girls written by Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, Lena Dunham, Sarah Heyward, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Jenni Konner, Deborah Schoeneman, Dan Sterling; HBO
The Mindy Project written by Ike Barinholtz, Jeremy Bronson, Linwood Boomer, Adam Countee, Harper Dill, Mindy Kaling, Chris McKenna, B.J. Novak, David Stassen, Matt Warburton; Fox
Nashville written by Wendy Calhoun, Jason George, David Gould, David Marshall Grant, Dee Johnson, Todd Ellis Kessler, Callie Khouri, Meredith Lavender, Nancy Miller, James Parriott, Liz Tigelaar, Marcie Ulin; ABC
The Newsroom written by Brendan Fehily, David Handelman, Cinque Henderson, Paul Redford, Ian Reichbach, Amy Rice, Aaron Sorkin, Gideon Yago; HBO
Veep written by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Roger Drew, Sean Gray, Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, Tony Roche, Will Smith; HBO
“Buyout” (Breaking Bad), written by Gennifer Hutchison; AMC
"Dead Freight” (Breaking Bad), written by George Mastras; AMC
“Fifty-One” (Breaking Bad), written by Sam Catlin; AMC
“New Car Smell” (Homeland), written by Meredith Stiehm; Showtime
“The Other Woman” (Mad Men), written by Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner; AMC
“Say My Name” (Breaking Bad), written by Thomas Schnauz; AMC
“The Debate” (Parks and Recreation), written by Amy Poehler; NBC
“Episode 9” (Episodes), written by David Crane & Jeffrey Klarik; Showtime
“Leap Day” (30 Rock), written by Luke Del Tredici; NBC
“Little Bo Bleep” (Modern Family), written by Cindy Chupack; ABC
“Mistery Date” (Modern Family), written by Jeffrey Richman; ABC
“Virgin Territory” (Modern Family), written by Elaine Ko; ABC
LONG FORM – ORIGINAL
Hatfields and McCoys, Nights 2 and 3, teleplay by Ted Mann and Ronald Parker, Story by Bill Kerby and Ted Mann; History Channel
Hemingway & Gelhorn written by Jerry Stahl and Barbara Turner; HBO
Pilot (Political Animals), written by Greg Berlanti; USA
LONG FORM – ADAPTED
Coma, Nights 1 and 2, teleplay by John McLaughlin, based on the book by Robin Cook; A&E
Game Change written by Danny Strong, based on the book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann; HBO
“A Farewell to Arms” (Futurama), written by Josh Weinstein; Comedy Central
“Forget-Me-Not” (Family Guy), written by David A. Goodman; Fox
“Holidays of Future Passed” (The Simpsons), written by J. Stewart Burns; Fox
“Ned and Edna’s Blend Agenda” (The Simpsons), written by Jeff Westbrook; Fox
“Treehouse of Horror XXIII” (The Simpsons), written by David Mandel & Brian Kelley; Fox
COMEDY / VARIETY (INCLUDING TALK) – SERIES
The Colbert Report writers: Michael Brumm, Stephen Colbert, Rich Dahm, Paul Dinello, Eric Drysdale, Rob Dubbin, Glenn Eichler, Dan Guterman, Peter Gwinn, Barry Julien, Jay Katsir, Frank Lesser, Opus Moreschi, Tom Purcell, Meredith Scardino, Scott Sherman, Max Werner; Comedy Central
Conan writers: Jose Arroyo, Andres du Bouchet, Deon Cole, Josh Comers, Dan Cronin, Michael Gordon, Brian Kiley, Laurie Kilmartin, Rob Kutner, Todd Levin, Brian McCann, Conan O'Brien, Matt O'Brien, Jesse Popp, Andy Richter, Brian Stack, Mike Sweeney; TBS
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart writers: Rory Albanese, Kevin Bleyer, Richard Blomquist, Steve Bodow, Tim Carvell, Hallie Haglund, J.R. Havlan, Elliott Kalan, Dan McCoy, Jo Miller, John Oliver, Zhubin Parang, Daniel Radosh, Jason Ross, Jon Stewart; Comedy Central
Jimmy Kimmel Live writers: Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, Joelle Boucai, Sal Iacono, Eric Immerman, Gary Greenberg, Josh Halloway, Bess Kalb, Jimmy Kimmel, Jeff Loveness, Molly McNearney, Bryan Paulk, Danny Ricker, Rick Rosner; ABC
Key & Peele writers: Jay Martel, Ian Roberts, Keegan Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Sean Conroy, Colton Dunn, Charlie Sanders, Alex Rubens, Rebecca Drysdale; Comedy Central
Portlandia writers: Fred R. Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Karey Dornetto, Jonathan Krisel, Bill Oakley; IFC
Real Time With Bill Maher writers: Scott Carter, Adam Felber, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Mike Larsen, Bill Maher, Billy Martin; HBO
Saturday Night Live Head writer: Seth Meyers. Writers: James Anderson, Alex Baze, Neil Casey, Jessica Conrad, James Downey, Shelly Gossman, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Zach Kanin, Chris Kelly, Joe Kelly, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney, Christine Nangle, Mike O’Brien, Josh Patten, Paula Pell, Marika Sawyer, Sarah Schneider, Pete Schultz, John Solomon, Kent Sublette, Bryan Tucker, Additional Sketch By Emily Spivey, Jorma Taccone, Additional Material By Frank Sebastiano; NBC Universal
COMEDY / VARIETY – MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES – SPECIALS
66th Annual Tony Awards written by Dave Boone; special material by Paul Greenberg; opening and closing songs by David Javerbaum, Adam Schlesinger; CBS
2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards written by Billy Kimball, Wayne Federman; IFC
After the Academy Awards Head writers Gary Greenberg, Molly McNearney. Writers Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, Sal Iacono, Eric Immerman, Jimmy Kimmel, Jeffrey Loveness, Bryan Paulk, Danny Ricker, Richard G. Rosner; ABC
National Memorial Day Concert written by Joan Meyerson; PBS
Days of Our Lives written by Lorraine Broderick, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Christopher Dunn, Lacey Dyer, Janet Iacobuzio, David A. Levinson, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Melissa Salmons, Roger Schroeder, Elizabeth Snyder, Christopher J. Whitesell, Nancy Williams Watt; NBC
One Life to Live written by Lorraine Broderick, Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Daniel J. O’Connor, Elizabeth Page, Jean Passanante, Melissa Salmons, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Courtney Simon, Chris Van Etten; ABC
The Young and the Restless written by Amanda Beall, Jeff Beldner, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Janice Ferri Esser, Jay Gibson, Scott Hamner, Maria Kanelos, Natalie Minardi Slater, Beth Milstein, Michael Montgomery, Anne Schoettle, Linda Schreiber, Lisa Seidman, Sarah K. Smith, Christopher J. Whitesell, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS
CHILDREN'S – EPISODIC & SPECIALS
“The Good Sport” (Sesame Street), written by Christine Ferraro; PBS
CHILDREN’S – LONG FORM OR SPECIAL
Girl vs. Monster story by Annie De Young; teleplay by Annie De Young and Ron McGee; Disney Channel
Winners will be announced on February 17th at events in New York and Los Angeles. What do you think of this year's nominees? Let us know in the comments!
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The British cook first fell out with his wife Tana's family in 2010 when he fired his father-in-law Chris Hutcheson as CEO of Gordon Ramsay Holdings (GRH). Hutcheson subsequently filed a lawsuit against Ramsay, while the TV star hit back by filing his own legal papers against several of his partner's relatives.
The bitter battle ended earlier this year (12) when both sides agreed on an out-of-court settlement, but now Hutcheson has filed new documents against the chef.
He lodged a petition with London's High Court on Wednesday (05Dec12) to "wind up" GRH, which owns all of Ramsay's restaurants and media ventures, claiming he was taking the action in pursuit of a "significant unpaid debt", according to Britain's Daily Mail newspaper.
A spokesman for the chef says, "There are valid reasons why the purported debt has not been paid which has nothing to do with GRH's solvency or ability to pay."
A hearing into the matter has been scheduled for 21 January (13).