Hit U.S. soap opera The Young And The Restless looks set to dominate the 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards after landing a whopping 23 nominations. The show will compete against The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and One Life to Live for the title of Outstanding Drama Series, and it also received nods for Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama Series thanks to Michelle Stafford, Peter Bergman, Doug Davidson, and Michael Muhney.
The remainder of the mentions were for prizes in supporting acting and technical achievement, such as directing and editing, as well as for outstanding work completed by a young star.
Meanwhile, country singers Little Big Town landed a nomination for Outstanding Original Song for their recording Good Afternoon (Good Afternoon America), as did Sheryl Crow for her contribution to U.S. journalist Katie Couric's talk show, This Day (Katie).
In the category of Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment, comedian Ellen DeGeneres (The Ellen DeGeneres Show) will go head-to-head with the hosts of The Talk, which stars Sharon Osbourne and Sara Gilbert, and The View, which includes Whoopi Goldberg.
Other nominees included singer Trisha Yearwood for Outstanding Culinary Program (Trisha's Southern Kitchen), actor Wayne Brady for Outstanding Game Show Host (Let's Make a Deal), and embattled former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash for Outstanding Children's Program Performer (Sesame Street). Clash resigned from the show in November (12) after two accusers came forward with underage sex claims.
The winners will be announced during a special ceremony in Los Angeles on 16 June (13).
The main categories are as follows:
Outstanding Drama Series:
The Bold and the Beautiful
Days of Our Lives
One Life to Live
The Young and the Restless
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Susan Flannery (The Bold and the Beautiful)
Peggy McCay (Days of Our Lives)
Michelle Stafford (The Young and the Restless)
Heather Tom (The Bold and the Beautiful)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Peter Bergman (The Young and the Restless)
Doug Davidson (The Young and the Restless)
Michael Muhney (The Young and the Restless)
Jason Thompson (General Hospital)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Julie Marie Berman (General Hospital)
Melissa Claire Egan (The Young and the Restless)
Jessica Collins (The Young and the Restless)
Katherine Kelly Lang (The Bold and the Beautiful)
Arianne Zucker (Days of Our Lives)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
Bradford Anderson (General Hospital)
Jeff Branson (The Young and the Restless)
Scott Clifton (The Bold and the Beautiful)
Billy Miller (The Young and the Restless)
Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series:
Kristen Alderson (General Hospital)
Hunter King (The Young and the Restless)
Jacqueline Macinnes Wood (The Bold and the Beautiful)
Lindsey Morgan (General Hospital)
Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series:
Max Ehrich (The Young and the Restless)
Bryton James (The Young and the Restless)
Chandler Massey (Days of Our Lives)
Freddie Smith (Days of Our Lives)
Outstanding Children's Series:
The Aquabats! Super Show!
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour The Series
Outstanding Children's Program Performer:
Kevin Clash - Sesame Street
Jeff Corwin - Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin
Joey Mazzarino - Sesame Street
David Rudman - Sesame Street
Outstanding Culinary Program:
Best Thing I Ever Made
Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction
Giada At Home
Trisha's Southern Kitchen
Outstanding Game Show:
Let's Make a Deal
The Price Is Right
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
Outstanding Game Show Host:
Ben Bailey - Cash Cab
Wayne Brady - Let's Make a Deal
Billy Eichner - Funny Or Die's Billy on the Street
Steve Harvey - Family Feud
Alex Trebek - Jeopardy!
Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment:
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Live! With Kelly and Michael
Outstanding Original Song:
Good Afternoon America - Good Afternoon by Little Big Town
Katie - This Day by Sheryl Crow
The NAACP Image Awards might be "what black people is about," according to the show's Entertainer of the Year, Jamie Foxx . But they were also about the ratings. And last night's award show had its largest audience in four years. The event — which was hosted by comedian Steve Harvey — drew 3 million viewers overall.
Some of the highlights from the show included Foxx's moving speech at the end of the night, as well as his Django Unchained costar Kerry Washington's three wins. Have a listen to their acceptance speeches below and tell us your thoughts in the comments section.
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It was appropriate that last night's new season of Saturday Night Live premiered right smack in the middle of the presidential election season. Because just like in politics, where sure, you have a Hillary Clinton or Condoleezza Rice, it's really all about the guys. President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to be exact. Yes, there were a few women sprinkled throughout the show, but for the most part it was a boys-only club filled with juvenile jokes and lots of giggling. (Okay, maybe that last part is more a girl thing.)
Season 38 kicked off with a cold open featuring series newbie Jay Pharoah making his SNL debut as the P.O.T.U.S. Fans of the show know Pharoah for his near-perfect impersonations of Denzel Washington, Will Smith, and Jay-Z. As much as I have loved Fred Armisen's portrayal of Obama these past years, I was anxious to see how one of my cast crushes would do. (You know what they say about a guy who can make a girl laugh? Well his dead-on Denzel has me in tears. Every time.) Armisen made the introduction — and audience members laugh — by saying, "It is my distinct honor to introduce the President of the United States — wouldn't want his job, right?" Pharoah's first attempt doing the head of state on live TV was a good one. And if you closed your eyes you would have sworn it was Obama — even though the young comedian seemed nervous. After all they are big shoes to fill, or in this case, big ears. What? Armisen can do it, but I can't?
After the credits ran (giving us a look at this season's newest faces) it was first-time host Seth MacFarlane's opening monologue. Typically one to be behind the cameras, MacFarlane is the man — or rather, the voice — responsible for Family Guy, American Dad!, and the box office blockbuster, Ted. In addition to voices, he also acts, animates, produces, directs, writes, and sings. Translation: this isn't his first time wearing a lot of hats. (Which is good because he was in almost every skit.) MacFarlane chose to go with this strength, opening the show with the help of some of his famous friends — also known as "the voices in his head." In addition to voicing the characters he has become most known for (we're talking about you Stewie and Brian), he also treated us to George Takei from Star Trek, Back to the Future's Marty McFly, and Kermit the Frog.
MacFarlane's voices and versatility would continue throughout the show, and would help contribute to many of the night's funniest skits. His skills came in handy when he played a teacher of a puppet class — because when Elmo's not available — who better to teach it than someone who can do multiple voices? He continued to make us LOL as a stuttering sergeant and a laid-back hat salesman whose vocabulary included words like "bro turkey" and "righteous." Though he was quickly overshadowed in the Lids skit when Korean rap sensation Psy made an appearance — "Gangnam Style." My favorite "character" of his by far was his impression of Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte on Weekend Update. Check out the hilarity here:
In preparation for what is sure to dominate SNL over the next few months, the show went heavy on the latest topics of the Presidential race. Nobody is a safe target, but the show's liberal leanings are obvious. You may not be in love with Obama anymore, as Pharoah admits in the opener, but opponent Romney (played by Jason Sudeikis, at least until January) is so out of touch that he's actually our current Prez's biggest weapon for re-election. "Obama" called him his "Christmas Miracle." Sudeikis takes aim at Romney's ability to make everyone uncomfortable, and even newly-announced VP running Paul Ryan — now played by Taran Killam — is taken to task for stretching the truth of his athletic achievements (so he may be bad with math, but he'll still balance our budget!). In a further tease to the Republican faithful, a pre-taped "promo" touted a new one-man stage show featuring GOP convention oddball Clint Eastwood (Bill Hader) having random conversations with his now famous empty chair. Check out the first of what was many of last night's political parodies:
Reminiscent of his MTV Video Music Awards performance from last month, when Odd Future singer Frank Ocean wowed audiences (subsequently upping the sales for his debut album, Channel Orange, by 49 percent), he took to the stage for a moving musical performance of "Thinking About You." And despite being dressed in his all too familiar trademark bandana and dark threads, there was something different about his second song, "Pyramids." In case you missed it, check out what he did — and who joined him onstage.
Since unfortunately you can't have a show with 100 percent winners, tonight had a few lame skits to pass the time. Armisen as a crass over-50 sex expert — think Dr. Phil meets Dr. Ruth — was far from high-brow comedy, and took a cue from Romney; making us all a bit uncomfortable. Kenan Thompson can do a good Steve Harvey, but the only thing amusing about this slow sketch was seeing MacFarlane dressed in one of Harvey's over-the-top blue suits complete with cheesy mustache. The host with the most followed it up with a blind date skit that reminded me of the movie Clueless: "My friend Kelly was like he's so great, and I was like, are you sure? And she was like, yeah." At first I was all like, this is funny, but then I was like, no, not anymore. And speaking of not very memorable, I'm like pretty sure no one will remember the final skit that had MacFarlane playing one of two Amish dudes selling wooden spoons on this new thing called "the Internet." Though if you look up the website they were promoting (woodenspoonwarehouse.com) it redirects you to the SNL site.
So, what did you think of the Saturday Night Live season premiere? Were you a fan of the boys club comedy, or are you looking forward to seeing more of the new girls? Excited for next week's show featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and musical act Mumford & Sons? Let us know by sounding off in the comments section below.
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Attached to the front of the rapper's album were labels reading, "WARNING. Do Not Buy This Album. This Man Beats Women." According to Gigwise, no one (or group) has come forward, but it is believed to be the work of anti-domestic violence advocates.
The head of press & PR for HMV told The Huffington Post, "Someone went into one of our stores and put the stickers on. We spotted and removed them quickly but before we could do so the person circulated a photo to media."
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According to two sources familiar with the company's plans, the re-cut would adjust some language in a scene that depicts two teens having a verbal fight on a school bus, with one hurling profanities towards the other. In recent weeks, celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres and Demi Lovato have publicly opposed the harsh rating, urging the MPAA to lower it to PG-13 in the hopes that more young adults will see the movie. And more importantly take something away from the Lee Hirsch film. Up until this point, the Weinstein Co.'s head of marketing, Stephen Bruno had said, "there are no plans to change the film for a PG-13." The question is whether teens should be allowed to see the movie without an adult. If they are, it could lead to a copycat mentality if a person of authority is not there to point out right from wrong. It's the video game debate all over again. Do impressionable people mimic what they see — despite it being morally and legally wrong? At least if they are required to see it with an adult, there is the hope that a discussion could be had discussing why this type of behavior is unacceptable. As of this weekend, the movie was released without a rating to five theaters and will expand to a larger audience on April 13. [LA Times]
Theatrics slapstick and cheer are cinematic qualities you rarely find outside the realm of animation. Disney perfected it with their pantheon of cartoon classics mixing music humor spectacle and light-hearted drama that swept up children while still capturing the imaginations and hearts of their parents. But these days even reinterpretations of fairy tales get the gritty make-over leaving little room for silliness and unfiltered glee. Emerging through that dark cloud is Mirror Mirror a film that achieves every bit of imagination crafted by its two-dimensional predecessors and then some. Under the eye of master visualist Tarsem Singh (The Fall Immortals) Mirror Mirror's heightened realism imbues it with the power to pull off anything — and the movie never skimps on the anything.
Like its animated counterparts Mirror Mirror stays faithful to its source material but twists it just enough to feel unique. When Snow White (Lily Collins) was a little girl her father the King ventured into a nearby dark forest to do battle with an evil creature and was never seen or heard from again. The kingdom was inherited by The Queen (Julia Roberts) Snow's evil stepmother and the fair-skinned beauty lived locked up in the castle until her 18th birthday. Grown up and tired of her wicked parental substitute White sneaks out of the castle to the village for the first time. There she witnesses the economic horrors The Queen has imposed upon the people of her land all to fuel her expensive beautification. Along the way Snow also meets Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) who is suffering from his own money troubles — mainly being robbed by a band of stilt-wearing dwarves. When the Queen catches wind of the secret excursion she casts Snow out of the castle to be murdered by her assistant Brighton (Nathan Lane).
Fairy tales take flack for rejecting the idea of women being capable but even with its flighty presentation and dedication to the old school Disney method Mirror Mirror empowers its Snow White in a genuine way thanks to Collins' snappy charming performance. After being set free by Brighton Snow crosses paths with the thieving dwarves and quickly takes a role on their pilfering team (which she helps turn in to a Robin Hooding business). Tarsem wisely mines a spectrum of personalities out of the seven dwarves instead of simply playing them for one note comedy. Sure there's plenty of slapstick and pun humor (purposefully and wonderfully corny) but each member of the septet stands out as a warm compassionate companion to Snow even in the fantasy world.
Mirror Mirror is richly designed and executed in true Tarsem-fashion with breathtaking costumes (everything from ball gowns to the dwarf expando-stilts to ridiculous pirate ship hats with working canons) whimsical sets and a pitch-perfect score by Disney-mainstay Alan Menken. The world is a storybook and even its monsters look like illustrations rather than photo-real creations. But what makes it all click is the actors. Collins holds her own against the legendary Julia Roberts who relishes in the fun she's having playing someone despicable. She delivers every word with playful bite and her rapport with Lane is off-the-wall fun. Armie Hammer riffs on his own Prince Charming physique as Alcott. The only real misgiving of the film is the undercooked relationship between him and Snow. We know they'll get together but the journey's half the fun and Mirror Mirror serves that portion undercooked.
Children will swoon for Mirror Mirror but there's plenty here for adults — dialogue peppered with sharp wisecracks and a visual style ripped from an elegant tapestry. The movie wears its heart on its sleeve and rarely do we get a picture where both the heart and the sleeve feel truly magical.