Actress Merritt Wever got the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards off to a surprising start on Sunday night (22Sep13) by picking up the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series prize for Nurse Jackie. Wever was up against heavyweights Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen and Jane Lynch but stunned viewers by becoming a first-time Emmy winner.
And she was just as surprised to be called to the stage.
The stunned star said, "Thank you so much, thank you so much... I gotta go. Bye." And then walked offstage.
Lynch was part of a comedy skit that kicked off the show at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. She was among the former Emmy Awards hosts who joined this year's host Neil Patrick Harris to bicker about their past glories.
As they argued over who was the best presenter, Kevin Spacey - in character as his devious House of Cards character Frank Underwood - turned to the camera from his seat in the audience and said, "It's all going according to my plan! I was promised the hosting job this year and they turned me down. They said they wanted someone more likeable... Look at that parade of blabbering buffoons; they couldn't host a child's birthday party."
Cory Monteith's death continues to be tough on his Glee castmates, according to actress Jane Lynch, who will honour the tragic star at the Emmy Awards on Sunday night (22Sep13). Lynch has stepped up to pay tribute to her fallen friend and co-star, who died from an overdose of heroin and alcohol in July (13), during a special In Memoriam segment at the ceremony, and she admits the actor has left a huge hole on the set of Glee.
She tells People magazine, "I think that grieving comes in waves. Every day that I go to work, I walk past his trailer, and every time I look at a call sheet I see that his name is not on there.
"Every time I do a scene with the kids I realise that he's not there, so you're reminded in every moment. It's hard, and it feels like such a waste."
But whatever Lynch is feeling, she knows that Monteith's grieving girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele is suffering more than most.
She adds, "I know it's just been brutal for her. I never lost a boyfriend when I was 26 years old. I can't tell her what her experience is."
But the brave star is finding a way to cope and Lynch has nothing but admiration for her spirit: "She's a champion, and she is a rock star, and she is getting through this."
Cory Monteith's mum has fired back at criticism about an Emmy Awards tribute to her late son, insisting he would have been a TV icon had he lived. Ann McGregor has taken aim at beloved TV veteran Jack Klugman's son after he suggested his father would be a better fit for Sunday's (22Sep13) In Memoriam special tribute than Glee star Monteith, who died from a heroin and alcohol overdose in July (13).
Five TV celebrities who passed away in the last 12 months have been selected to receive special mention as part of the sombre section of the prizegiving in Los Angeles - but Klugman and Dallas star Larry Hagman have been left off the list.
Instead, Monteith, James Gandolfini, producer Gary David Goldberg, actress Jean Stapleton and funnyman Jonathan Winters will receive the special honours, and Klugman's son Adam let it be known he wasn't happy his dad, who died in December (12), had been left off the list.
He told the Los Angeles Times, "They're celebrating this self-inflicted tragedy instead of celebrating the life of my father, who won three Emmys... Cory Monteith never won an Emmy... Let's call this what it is. They're doing this because they think they're gonna get a younger generation of viewers to watch."
But McGregor insists it is appropriate her son is getting a special tribute at the Emmys.
She tells TMZ.com, "If he had lived 30 more years he would have accomplished much more."
Emmys bosses have also defended their decision to include Monteith, insisting critics will understand why they singled out the Glee star when Jane Lynch takes to the stage at the ceremony and pays tribute to her late friend and co-star.
Emmy Awards telecast boss Ken Ehrlich has defended his decision to single out late Glee star Cory Monteith for a special tribute during Sunday's (22Sep13) ceremony. The tragic actor, who died from a heroin and alcohol overdose in July (13), will be among five late stars who will be honoured onstage during the show's In Memoriam segment, prompting critics to suggest there are others who are more deserving of the honour.
However, Ehrlich reveals there is a special reason why Monteith will be remembered in style.
He tells Access Hollywood, "I do think that when people see this and they see that there is kind of a message involved in what we're saying about him I think they may revise some of this early unfair advanced criticism.
"It does celebrate him because he really did significant work on that show but it's also, in a way, a warning."
Glee's Jane Lynch will honour Monteith at the Emmys, while Edie Falco will salute her late The Sopranos co-star James Gandolfini, Michael J. Fox will pay tribute to his former Family Ties producer Gary David Goldberg, who lost his battle with brain cancer in June (13), and Rob Reiner will remember his All in the Family castmate Jean Stapleton.
Robin Williams will also be part of the special tributes as he salutes his friend, mentor and Mork & Mindy co-star Jonathan Winters.
No offense to Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson, but it's about time that Marvel got ready for a female lead with some actual superpowers. Both Katee Sackhoff and now Natalie Portman (already of the Thor franchise) have made cryptic remarks during a conversation with SciFiNow about the studio launching a female superhero film sometime after 2015. Both actresses have been careful to tread lightly without promising anything, but with Edgar Wright's Ant-Man finally getting a confirmed release date for late summer 2015, Marvel is barrelling into the "Phase 3" they've been promising.
There's a reason why the segment of Iron Man 3 where Pepper got to use her Extremis abilities was so thrilling — because it's fun to see our favorite heroes fighting alongside the people they care about instead of simply for them. And if the main hero is a woman, and the male characters are beside her? Why not? Female characters like Captain Marvel have existed just as long as fellow Phase 3 rumors like Doctor Strange, and if audiences will accept a wisecracking raccoon, there's no reason why they should balk at a film with -Woman at the end instead of -Man. Besides, characters like Black Widow, Peggy Carter, and Jane Foster have all been well-written and motivated characters in their own right, just ones that have been stuck on the ground instead of given otherworldly strength.
So far, fans and critics alike have been calling for a Captain Marvel film. A former Air Force officer, Carol Danvers is super strong, can withstand great injury, can absorb different types of energy, and can fly. These powers are begging to be shown off in a huge action setpiece. Sackhoff, most famous for playing the wild card pilot Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica, is a logical fit. Portman, not so much, but maybe she's being considered for Wasp, Ant-Man's wife and fellow Avenger who is smaller, more pixie-ish and clever (with plenty of powers as well, including wings and sonic blasts). Then again, Portman didn't actually say she was being considered for any more characters in the Marvel Universe, merely that she was very excited for one to be a woman. Maybe she'll be stepping up as a producer, as she expressed great disappointment when director Patty Jenkins was not able to direct the original Thor. Either way, it's good to hear these great actresses are on Marvel's radar.
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Justin Timberlake's aunt has been arrested for allegedly stealing $64,000 (GBP42,660) from his parents. Jane Harless, the sister of Timberlake's stepfather Paul, was arrested in Shelby County, Tennessee on Friday (13Sep13) for allegedly forging his signature on over 100 bad cheques to herself between 2011 and 2013.
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Cory Monteith and James Gandolfini will be among the late stars remembered during a special tribute section at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday (22Sep13). Organisers of the annual prizegiving, which honours the best of TV, have planned a memorial segment for the pair, alongside actress Jean Stapleton, comic Jonathan Winters and producer Gary David Goldberg.
Each one will be honoured by a close co-star or former colleague - Glee star Jane Lynch will remember Monteith, The Sopranos' matriarch Edie Falco will speak about Gandolfini, actor/director Rob Reiner will pay tribute to Stapleton, Robin Williams will share his memories of Winters, while Michael J. Fox will talk about the life of Family Ties creator Goldberg.
The tribute will be separate to the show's usual In Memorium section, which honours late stars.
Monteith died following a heroin and alcohol overdose in July (13), Gandolfini suffered a heart attack during a trip to Italy in June, Stapleton died aged 90 in May, Winters passed away April, and Goldberg lost his battle with brain cancer in June.
Neil Patrick Harris will host the ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
You were probably too busy looking up the big words, or screaming at Dawson's bangs to notice these celeb cameos the first time you watched Dawson's Creek, but now that we're 15 years passed the original air date, let's take a look back at all the famous folk who walked the hallowed halls of Capeside High and hooked up with Katie (err, Kate?) Holmes. Michael Pitt as Henry ParkerBefore he was all gangsta on Boardwalk Empire, Michael Pitt was featured on season three as Jen's sappy, budding, young boyfriend. He allegedly left the show because he felt the role wasn’t challenging enough.Ken Marino as Professor WilderYou know him for his deadpan humor in We’re the Millers, Wanderlust, Party Down and Children's Hospital, but before hitting his comedic stride, Ken Marino waxed poetic as Joey's naughty English professor during season 5. They may have made out.
Seth Rogen as pot-smoking college kidIn a role he was born to play / has only ever played, he “porks” (his word, not ours) Joey’s roommate, Audrey (Busy Phillips – his former Freaks and Geeks co-star) during the show’s last season.Scott Foley as jock Scott Foley shines as a dim quarterback who took Jen on a date – forcing Dawson – who was also pining for her - to do some epic soul searching (for the seventh time that episode).Ali Larter as Kristy
Best known for her bangin' whipped cream-covered bod in Varsity Blues, (also Heroes and Legally Blonde), Ali Larter steals Pacey's heart as a popular chick who's out of his league (poor thing). Rachael Leigh Cook as Joey’s proxyThe She’s All That star (seriously, where has she been since then?) plays Joey in one of Dawson’s masturbatory movies (Season 2, Episode 13). He’s so meta.Jane Lynch as Mrs. WitterAs Pacey’s uber-religious, disparaging mother (we don't see the resemblance either) the incomporable Jane Lynch got practice for her role on Glee. (Season 4, Episode 12).Chad Michael Murray as Charlie Todd
This soapy darling's dimples had already appeared on Gilmore Girls and would go on to star in One True Hill after his stint on the fifth season of Dawson's. He plays a collegiate cad who sleeps with Jen and then has a miniature affair with Joey after she performs with Charlie's band “Aggressive Mediocrity" in a moment that's almost as cringey as when she performs "On My Own" during season one.
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Actress Jane Lynch's estranged wife is demanding almost $94,000 (£62,670) a month in spousal support following the breakdown of their marriage earlier this year (13). The Glee star separated from Dr. Lara Embry in February (13), and filed for divorce in July (13), citing "irreconcilable differences".
Embry responded to the filing by asking for financial help, and new legal documents obtained by TMZ.com reveal that she is seeking the cash to help her maintain the luxury lifestyle she had become accustomed to while married to the comedienne.
Embry claims Lynch only had $400,000 (£266,670) in savings when they wed in May, 2010, but the star's average monthly income has swelled to nearly $235,000 (£156,670) in the past three years, due to her "newfound acting success".
She alleges the actress paid for everything during their relationship, and they typically racked up $40,000 (£26,670) a month on credit cards.
The Bodyguard star Nathaniel Parker is to play King Henry VIII in the stage adaptation of Hilary Mantel's multi award-winning novels about the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell and Anne Boleyn. Parker, who played Clive Healey in the 1992 Whitney Houston film, will lead the Swan Theatre cast in Stratford-upon-Avon, England when Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies premiere back to back in December (13).
Mantel's historical novels won the Man Booker Prize in 2009 and 2012. The books have been adapted for the stage by Mike Poulton.
Lucy Briers will double up as Katherine of Aragon and Jane Boleyn, while Leah Brotherhead will portray Jane Seymour and Princess Mary, and Nicholas Day has been cast as the Duke of Norfolk.
The two projects will run at the Swan Theatre from 11 December (13) to 29 March (14).