Comedian Jimmy Fallon stood in for the late Elvis Presley for a duet with veteran entertainer Barbra Streisand on Monday (15Sep14) during her first appearance on America's The Tonight Show in more than 50 years. The funnyman and TV host donned an Elvis-style wig to perform Love Me Tender with Streisand, before switching to a black Stetson to portray country star Blake Shelton for a rendition of I'd Want It to Be You, and then channelling Michael Buble to sing It Had To Be You. Fallon's vocal skills during the duet medley prompted his superstar guest to quip after the segment, "I can hardly tell the difference...! That was actually good." Streisand's real all-star collaborations appear on her new album, Partners.
Hit series Breaking Bad went out with a big bang on Monday night (25Aug14) after dominating the drama categories at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Bryan Cranston earned his fourth Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series trophy for his portrayal of chemistry teacher-turned-drug lord Walter White, while his co-stars Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn were named Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress in a Drama Series.
Creator Vince Gilligan also triumphed at the ceremony after Breaking Bad, which wrapped its fifth and final season last year (13), beat Mad Men, True Detective, Game of Thrones, House of Cards and Downton Abbey to take home the prestigious Outstanding Drama Series title. In addition, there was a writing honour for Moira Walley-Beckett for the episode Ozymandias.
Modern Family was another multiple winner - the show continued to reign over the Outstanding Comedy Series category for the fifth year in a row, while Ty Burrell walked away as the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, the first prize of the night, and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series went to Gail Mancuso for her Las Vegas episode of the show.
BBC series Sherlock landed a trio of trophies for writer Steven Moffat and its stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, while Jim Parsons (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for The Big Bang Theory), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Veep), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) and Allison Janney (Mom) scored big, too.
Singer Sara Bareilles performed a touching rendition of Nat King Cole classic Smile for the event's traditional In Memorium segment, which included nods to Philip Seymour Hoffman, Peter O'Toole, Lauren Bacall, Paul Walker, James Garner, Maya Angelou, Bob Hoskins, Mickey Rooney, Harold Ramis, Elaine Stritch and Shirley Temple, among others, before concluding with a snap of Robin Williams and a special honour from his close friend and fellow comedian, Billy Crystal.
The main list of winners at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by comedian Seth Meyers, is as follows:
Outstanding Drama Series - Breaking Bad
Outstanding Comedy Series - Modern Family
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Allison Janney, Mom
Outstanding Miniseries - Fargo
Outstanding Television Movie - The Normal Heart
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock episode His Last Vow
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Martin Freeman for Sherlock episode His Last Vow
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Outstanding Variety Series - The Colbert Report
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program - The Amazing Race
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series - Joe Morton, Scandal
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series - Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - Moira Walley-Beckett for Breaking Bad episode Ozymandias
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series - Louis C.K. for Louie episode So Did the Fat Lady
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series - Cary Joji Fukunaga, True Detective
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series - Gail Mancuso for Modern Family episode Las Vegas
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special - Sarah Silverman, Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Steven Moffat for Sherlock episode His Last Vow
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special - Glen Weiss, 67th Annual Tony Awards
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Colin Bucksey for Fargo episode Buridan's A**.
Jimmy Page's guitar sequence on Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love has been voted the Greatest Guitar Riff of all time in a new U.K. poll. The song topped a list of 100 riffs put together by a panel of DJs, critics and record producers for BBC Radio 2 listeners to vote on.
Reacting to the news, a shocked Page, says, "I wanted a riff that really moved, that people would really get, and would bring a smile to their faces, but when I played it with the band, it really went into overdrive.
"There was this intent to have this riff and the movement of it, so it was menacing as well as quite sort of caressing."
Guns 'N' Roses' Sweet Child O' Mine land in second place, while AC/DC's Back In Black takes the third spot. Deep Purple's Smoke On The Water and Derek And The Dominoes' Layla round out the top five.
Actor Jason Statham's life flashed before him as he found himself trapped in a military vehicle at the bottom of the Black Sea after losing control of the truck on the set of his new action movie The Expendables 3. The former Olympic diver told the Today show he almost drowned when the brakes failed and he ran over a jetty while test driving the vehicle in Bulgaria, and now he has expanded on the story, revealing he felt sure he would die.
Statham tells late night host Jimmy Fallon, "It wasn't a close shave... This was serious.
"I'm in the truck... and I slam on the brakes and nothing happens... Next thing you know I've hit two cameramen (and) they literally thought I'd killed them and a split second later I'm going nine feet over the edge of this concrete jetty and I'm going down towards the Black Sea. I'm thinking, 'I've gotta get out of this'.
"I'm trying to prise myself from behind the wheel to get out the window. The windows are down. The truck hits the water and the water just slams me back and we're just sinking fast, straight to the bottom.
"I'm 60 feet at the bottom of the Black Sea, stuck in the mud, thinking, 'Hang on a minute... This is how it ends!'"
The tough guy's survival instinct "kicked in" and he lived to tell the tale of his near-death experience.
He explains, "You pull yourself out the window, start grabbing at the wall and try to get the surface... (but) they don't call it the Black Sea for nothing. It was a total nightmare.
"At that point, you really do understand who your friends are - I'm looking around... and I say, 'Where's Sly (Sylvester Stallone)?' and he's still on the side of the dock with his iPhone going, 'Jason, you need a towel?'"
U.S. sketch show Saturday Night Live was the big winner at the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, taking home five honours including best guest star for TV host Jimmy Fallon. The hit comedy scooped awards for directing, make-up, costumes and hair, and made it five wins with Fallon named as best guest actor in a comedy.
Sherlock: His Last Vow, the final episode in the drama's third season, took four awards, for cinematography, music, single-camera picture editing, and sound editing.
Game Of Thrones also won four honours - for art direction, costumes, make-up, and special effects - as did True Detective (cinematography, make-up, title design, and casting) and the documentary Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (theme music, composition, sound editing, and writing).
There were also awards for Allison Janney for guest actress in a drama for her role in Masters of Sex, and Joe Morton for guest actor in a drama for Scandal.
Downton Abbey, Orange is the New Black, and reality shows Shark Tank and Deadliest Catch also won honours at the ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday (16Aug14).
Actor Mickey Rourke has defended his decision to wear a T-shirt bearing an image of controversial Russian President Vladimir Putin, revealing the top was a charity purchase to help raise funds for a cancer-stricken kid. The Sin City star, whose model fiancee Elena Kuletskaya is Russian, divided fans over his fashion choice on Tuesday (12Aug14), when he was spotted wearing the black and white shirt at a New York restaurant.
He insisted that donning the T-shirt wasn't his way of making a political statement, telling photographers, "Me and politics are like night and day. I never understand it, that's why I'm an artist/actor... I like Russia, but I love USA."
However, he revealed the full story behind the T-shirt hours later, when he made an appearance on America's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and claimed it was actually a show of support for a sick child he recently visited at a cancer hospital in St. Petersburg, for which Putin regularly stages fundraisers.
He explained, "I was walking down a street and I saw a big crowd of people and I said, 'What's going on?' and they said, 'Oh, they're selling Putin T-shirts...' I said, 'For what?' And, with all the stuff (political conflict) that's going on in the Ukraine and Russia, they (explained that) there's a little Ukrainian boy who's in this hospital in St. Petersburg, named... Zenya and he's got a spinal cord injury... He needs all these operations and Putin promoted this thing to sell T-shirts with his face on it to raise money for his operations."
Rapper Wiz Khalifa skipped a court date in Texas on Wednesday (06Aug14) to play Pictionary with Megan Fox and Nick Cannon - and the whole thing was televised. A warrant was issued for the Black & Yellow hitmaker's arrest after he failed to show up for a hearing connected to his drugs bust in May (14) in El Paso, and he is sure to have angered local law enforcement officials with his TV appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon hours later.
He previously upset local cops hours after they booked him for trying to sneak marijuana onto a plane by posting a jailhouse 'selfie' online. The cheeky snap triggered an investigation into how the rapper was able to sneak a cellphone past arresting officers.
Khalifa also performed at the end of Fallon's show on Wednesday night.
Kanye West used his wedding speech to compare the troubles facing modern celebrities to the injustices suffered by African-Americans during the fight for civil rights in the U.S. in the 1960s.
The rapper married reality TV star Kim Kardashian in Florence, Italy in May (14), and he has now revealed he turned his wedding toast into an impassioned plea for the rights of the famous.
West compared the issues facing his family, including being photographed regularly and appearing in gossip columns, to the discrimination against black citizens in America in the early 20th century and the civil rights fight throughout the 1950s and 1960s.
The Stronger hitmaker tells GQ magazine, "What I talked about in it (my wedding speech) was the idea of celebrity, and celebrities being treated like blacks were in the '60s, having no rights, and the fact that people can slander your name. I said that in the toast. And I had to say this in a position where I, from the art world, am marrying Kim. And how we're going to fight to raise the respect level for celebrities so that my daughter can live a more normal life. She didn't choose to be a celebrity. But she is. So I'm going to fight to make sure she has a better life."
West went on to insist mocking stars is also a form of discrimination and he is rallying against it, adding, "I'm fighting (for my rights) with the way I line my words up together and the way I place a sweater on top of a T-shirt... People know I'm smart. And people know that, whether it's SNL (Saturday Night Live) or Jimmy Kimmel (U.S. TV show), it's a trend to take the p**s out of celebrity - just as much of a trend as wearing a grey hoodie or driving a Prius."
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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
More than a hundred well-wishers gathered in New Jersey on Monday night (07Jul14) to hold a prayer vigil for a comedian injured in a car crash with Tracy Morgan last month (Jun14). Ardie Fuqua was among those hurt in the 7 June (14) traffic accident which killed comic writer James 'Jimmy Mack' McNair and left fellow funnyman Morgan fighting for his life after the limousine they were travelling in collided with a truck.
The 30 Rock star was recently transferred from hospital to a rehabilitation facility, while his pal Fuqua, 43, who sustained a brain injury, is also facing a long recovery in rehab.
Fuqua was the focus of a prayer meeting and candlelit vigil held on the street where he lives in Jersey City on Monday, a month after the horrific crash. His friends, family members and neighbours were among those who turned out holding candles, and the street was adorned with green and black ribbons.
Reverend Dorothy Patterson, of Fuqua's family church, led the service and told the Jersey Journal newspaper, "We wanted to just gather as a community, as a family, just to let (the Fuqua family) know that there are people all over praying for them... It's a very close community. Ardie was born and raised on this block, so they all know him," while the funnyman's father, Ardie Fuqua Sr., adds "(It) lets me know that the people care. It lets me know that the people see me when I don't think they see me."
Kevin Roper, 35, from Georgia, has pleaded guilty to a number of charges stemming from the deadly crash. He was driving a truck for U.S. superstore Walmart and is accused of falling asleep at the wheel.