Kevin Spacey's online series House Of Cards looks set to topple the competition at the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards after picking up a raft of top nominations. The political thriller, which airs online via Netflix.com, has won a nod in the Outstanding Drama Series category, while also picking up dramatic acting nominations for its leads, Spacey and Robin Wright. It garnered six nominations altogether and made history by becoming the first show not on TV to join the race for a top Emmy statue.
American Horror Story: Asylum garnered the most nominations with 17, followed closely by Game of Thrones with 16.
Last year's (12) big winners Homeland and Breaking Bad have kept up with the competition - they both are up for Outstanding Drama Series, along with Mad Men, Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey.
Spacey faces tough competition from Homeland's Damian Lewis and Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston for Lead Actor in a Drama, as well as Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville, The Newsroom star Jeff Daniels, and Mad Men's Jon Hamm.
Meanwhile, Wright will be pitted against Connie Britton (Nashville), Claire Danes (Homeland), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), and Kerry Washington (Scandal) for the Lead Actress in a Drama prize.
In comedy, The Big Bang Theory, Girls, Louie, Modern Family, 30 Rock and Veep will vie for Outstanding Comedy Series.
In the comedy acting categories, 30 Rock's Tina Fey will battle it out with Laura Dern (Enlightened), Lena Dunham (Girls), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), while her co-star Alec Baldwin is nominated alongside Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Louis C.K. (Louie), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), and Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory).
Movie icon Michael Douglas will go up against his Behind the Candelabra co-star Matt Damon for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie category for his Liberace biopic, while Al Pacino landed a nod in the same category for his title role in Phil Spector.
Pacino's co-star Dame Helen Mirren is nominated alongside Sigourney Weaver (Political Animal) and Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Asylum) for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.
The nominations were announced by Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul and the upcoming prizegiving's host Neil Patrick Harris, who was a last-minute replacement for actress Kate Mara after she suffered travel problems on the way to Los Angeles.
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will take place at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. on 22 September (13).
The main list of nominees is as follows:
Outstanding Drama Series:
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Connie Britton, Nashville
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire
Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Morena Baccarin, Homeland
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Outstanding Comedy Series:
The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O'Neill, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Tony Hale, Veep
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Jane Lynch, Glee
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Outstanding Miniseries or Movie:
American Horror Story: Asylum
Behind the Candelabra
Top of the Lake
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie:
Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade's End
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Toby Jones, The Girl
Al Pacino, Phil Spector
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie:
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Laura Linney, The Big C Hereafter
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals.
Husband and wife Jay-Z and Beyonce will go head-to-head at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards for the title of Best Summer Tour. Beyonce (The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour) will compete against Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake (Legends of the Summer Tour), Bruno Mars (The Moonshine Jungle Tour), One Direction (Take Me Home Tour) and Taylor Swift (Red Tour 2013) for the coveted prize at the special ceremony in Los Angeles on 11 August (13).
Mars' Treasure also landed the singer a mention for Choice Summer Song - a category in which he'll compete with Miley Cyrus (We Can't Stop), Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams (Get Lucky), Florida Georgia Line and Nelly (Cruise - Remix), and Robin Thicke, T.I. and Williams (Blurred Lines).
In the acting categories, former real-life couple Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2) were nominated for Choice Movie: Liplock, alongside Amy Adams and Henry Cavill (Man of Steel), Skylar Astin and Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), Logan Lerman and Emma Watson (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), and Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures).
Meanwhile, Taylor Lautner (Grown Ups 2) will fight for Choice Movie: Hissy Fight with Channing Tatum (White House Down), Steve Carell (Despicable Me 2), Melissa McCarthy (The Heat), and Anna Camp, Hana Mae Lee, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect).
Choice Summer Movie: Action will be a toss up between Man of Steel, Fast & Furious 6, Pacific Rim, White House Down, and World War Z, and Despicable Me 2, Grown Ups 2, Monsters University, The Heat, and The Internship will compete for Choice Summer Movie: Comedy .
The full list of nominations was released on Tuesday (16Jul13), over a month after the first wave of nominations were announced in May (13).
Amy Adams has signed on to star in the movie adaptation of comedian/actor Steve Martin's book Object Of Beauty. The Man of Steel star will play an ambitious entrepreneur who takes over the art world in the project, which she'll also co-produce with Sting's wife Trudie Styler and her business partner Celine Rattray.
Styler and Rattray will release their first film, Girl Most Likely, under the banner Maven Films later this month (Jul13).
A London exhibit honouring the life of Amy Winehouse is set to open in September (13) to mark would what have been the tragic singer's 30th birthday. The Rehab hitmaker died of accidental alcohol poisoning at her home in Camden on 23 July, 2011 and now her family is launching Amy Winehouse: For You I Was a Flame at Proud on 12 September (13).
The exhibition will feature works from graffiti artists and photographers, as well as art from Winehouse's own collection.
A statement from her brother Alex reads, "We're all very excited about the exhibition at Proud. Amy's fans were absolutely amazing in the wake of her passing, and showed their love and loss in the most fantastic ways.
"This, along with the photos and graffiti art, shows Amy at her glitzy best, and her most vulnerable, demonstrating the effect she had on her followers. We hope that everyone who comes feels the same way."
This is the latest exhibit to be created in her honour - last week (03Jul13) Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait premiered at London's Jewish Museum, where keepsakes from the singer's life and career are now on display.
Hungarian director Janos Szasz triumphed at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic on Saturday (06Jul13) after he was awarded the top prize for his war drama The Notebook. The movie was named the winner of the Grand Prix Crystal Globe, while the Special Jury Prize was awarded to British filmmaker Ben Wheatley for A Field in England.
The Czech Republic's own Jan Hrebejk earned the Best Director honour for Honeymoon and Olafur Darri Olafsson was named the Best Actor for Icelandic movie XL. The female equivalent was awarded jointly to Bluebird stars Amy Morton, Louisa Krause, Emily Meade and Margo Martindale.
The final day of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival also included a special prizegiving for John Travolta and Oliver Stone, who both received the Crystal Globe Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema.
British-born Bollywood star Amy Jackson narrowly escaped serious injury after she was involved in a terrifying car crash in England on Thursday night (04Jul13). The 21-year-old actress, who made her Bollywood debut in 2012's Ekk Deewana Tha, was driving through the city of Liverpool, England when her Range Rover collided with another car.
Emergency services had to cut the other driver out of his vehicle, while Jackson was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.
She insists they both had a lucky escape, telling Britain's The Sun, "I'm still stiff and sore and we were really shaken. It could have been a million times worse but all that matters now is that we are both okay."
Kind-hearted actress Amy Smart bought groceries for an elderly stranger for seven years after striking up a relationship with the man on the streets of Los Angeles. The Road Trip star was leaving a lecture by spiritual leader Marianne Williamson when she noticed an elderly man waiting for the bus and offered to give him a ride home.
Smart eventually learned he was deaf and relying on public transportation to get around, so she volunteered to take him to the supermarket every week and even cover the bill.
A source tells Us Weekly magazine, "Every time she visited him from then on, she paid for his groceries."
The unnamed man died last year (12), reportedly never knowing Smart was a celebrity.
The actress isn't the first star to take a stranger under their wing - Zach Galifianakis and Renee Zellweger rescued a Santa Monica woman from homelessness over a decade ago and now help pay for her care.
After hearing that a movie titled Mean Moms was slated for production, I was filled to the brim with glee at the thought of a second round of Mean Girls, just as any other female of my generation would be. Because, come on, who didn't love watching Cady Heron — Lindsay Lohan in her prime — and the rest of The Plastics scribble in their infamous pink lipstick-coated Burn Book: "Amber D'Alessio. She made out with a hot dog."
Unfortunately, the title for Mean Moms is misleading — it is in fact not a sequel to the Tina Fey-scripted cult classic. Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfreid, nor Lacey Chabert are set to pop up this time around it seems... yeah, I teared up a bit too.
Mean Moms, which Beth McCarthy-Miller (Saturday Night Live) is set to adapt for the big screen, is based on the novel Queen Bee Moms and King Ping Dads: Dealing With The Parents, Teachers, Coaches, and Counselors Who Can Make – or Break – Your Child's Future from Rosalind Wiseman, the same author as the book Mean Girls is derived from. According to Deadline, Mean Moms focuses on a mother who confronts malicious suburban moms, a far cry from the high school halls of North Shore.You may not know this since it seriously tanked, but a sequel to the hit comedy, Mean Girls 2 already happened, airing on ABC Family as opposed to in theaters... because let's be real here: it's quite a trek to follow the footsteps of the legacy left behind by the original classic.
I know your cheeks must be bright red from all the crying, but there is a silver lining, believe it or not! While McCarthy-Miller was a director for SNL, she worked alongside Mean Girls mastermind Tina Fey and supporting player Tim Meadows. So maybe they'll lend McCarthy-Miller a few pointers?
All we hope is for Amy Poehler to reprise her role as Mrs. George and bust into Mean Moms insisting, "I'm not a regular mom, I'm a cool mom".
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