"There's been just incredibly gifted heroes of ours, musically, over the years. But, unfortunately, Jimi Hendrix didn't have discipline. Unfortunately, Keith Moon and Bon Scott didn't have any discipline. And I don't know how that party's going, but it doesn't look very good from here." Rocker Ted Nugent insists the world's tragic rock icons would be alive today if they were more disciplined.
The Emmy awards inspire more conflict, shock and outrage than possibly any other major awards show on the circuit. It makes sense; we spend so much time getting to know these characters and their struggles that we become incredibly invested in the show's success. But with so many channels, platforms, programs, stars and prestige dramas on the air right now, it’s going to be impossible to please everyone. Of course, that knowledge doesn’t stop us from waiting impatiently every year, hoping that our favorite performances from the past year will be recognized with an Emmy nomination. And every year, we end up with a new list of nominations that surprise and delight us, or send us into a spiral of rage, heartbreak and Twitter ranting. The 2014 nominations were no different, and these are the biggest shocks of the year.
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Despite its critical acclaim and Golden Globe wins, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is still something of an underdog in terms of ratings and public attention, so we weren’t expecting the Television Academy to take much notice of the Fox show. Which is why we were so delighted to read Braugher’s name on the list of nominees this morning for his work as the magnificently deadpan Captain Ray Holt. Brooklyn Nine-Nine might have only gotten one major nod, but it was for the single best part of the show, and for that we’re endlessly grateful. We know it might be hard to read, but we are... ecstatic.
Best Actress in a Drama: Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex Masters of Sex probably tops the list of brilliant shows that nobody pays enough attention to, but for all of its high points – the costumes, the dialogue, the chemistry between Masters and Johnson, the tense, quiet drama, the brilliant guest starts – much of the show’s excellence can be credited to Caplan’s performance as Virginia Johnson. It’s a complex, layered, funny, sexy, compelling role and it’s thrilling to see her work rightfully acknowledged as one of the best performances of the year.
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Allison Janney, Mom Mom is a complicated show. It’s ostensibly a typical Chuck Lorre comedy, with lots of inane jokes and strange plots, but it also devotes a great deal of time to the dramatic, difficult relationship between mother and daughter, both of whom are recovering addicts. It doesn’t always work, but when it does, it’s usually thanks to Janney, who transforms what could have been a stereotypical over-the-top, obnoxious character into a flawed, layered, realistic human being.
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Fred Armisen, Portlandia While it’s sad not to see Armisen’s co-star and co-writer Carrie Brownstein on the list of nominees as well, we’re excited to see the Television Academy finally pay attention to this weird, hilarious show and the weird, hilarious characters who inhabit it. Whether he’s learning the history of hip hop before a big concert or playing a feminist hippie who hates the customers in her shop, Armisen’s always original, funny, and just a little strange.
Best Comedy Series: Silicon Valley Another critical favorite that didn’t seem to get a lot of mainstream attention, Silicon Valley had an excellent first season, skewering the tech industry, the people who aspire to be part of it, and the people who make fun of it. Although airing on HBO automatically got the Emmys’ attention, it wasn’t the cultural phenomenon that some of its network-mates have become, and so it was good to see that a show doesn’t necessarily need A-list stars or famous directors in order to get attention.
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live This season of SNL got bogged down by an influx of new cast members, the loss of its head writer halfway through the year, and controversy over the diversity of its cast. But there was one cast member who held things together, who was consistently hilarious and able to rescue just about any sketch just by being in it, and that cast member was Kate McKinnon. From Bieber to Ellen to “Dyke and Fats” to doing it on a twin bed, McKinnon was definitely this year’s MVP, and we’re happy to see the Emmys recognize that as well.
Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Kristen Wiig, The Spoils of Babylon To be honest, we never expected this weird, awkward and often hilarious miniseries to even be on the TV Academy’s radar, let alone the nominations list, but Wiig’s performance as Cynthia Morehouse, who endures poverty, war, an unhappy marriage, and a forbidden romance with her adopted brother in outrageous, strange and hilarious fashion was one of the funniest things on TV this year. Not quite on the same level as Lady Anne, but we imagine it would be a little awkward to nominate a mannequin for an Emmy.
Best Supporting Actress and Guest Actress(es) in a Comedy: Kate Mulgrew, Laverne Cox, Uzo Aduba, and Natasha Lyonne, Orange is the New Black Orange Is the New Black swept the nominations this year, and while we’re happy to see it get recognized for Best Comedy and Taylor Shilling’s lead performance as Piper Chapman, it’s the supporting cast who we’re really thrilled for. Between Mulgrew’s transformative work as Red being included in the Supporting Actress category and three of the finest, funniest and most heartbreaking actresses (Aduba, Lyonne, and Cox, who is the first transgender Emmy nominee) crowding everyone else out of the Guest Actress category, don’t be surprised if Orange takes home plenty of gold on Emmy night.
Tatiana Maslany Gets Snubbed… Again Apparently, playing eight distinct characters, all of whom are equally complex, interesting, and fully-realized is not enough for the Emmy voters to take notice of Maslany’s incredible performance on Orphan Black, and both she and the show were snubbed for a second year. Since the tension between Helena and Sarah or the complicated relationship between Allison and Donnie or Cosima’s fight through her debilitating illness wasn’t enough, it seems the only way that Maslany will ever a nod is if she plays every single character on True Detective Season 2.
The Emmys Don’t Care About The Americans Despite turning out some of the most compelling, interesting, thrilling drama that has aired on television in the past year, The Americans was almost completely ignored by Emmy voters, earning one nomination for Margo Martindale’s guest spot. And though we pretty much expected the show not to make the Best Drama Series cut, we’re mostly shocked that Matthew Rhys’ incredible performance this season was also completely ignored by the Academy. Clearly the Emmys have a hard time looking past some bad wigs to see the brilliance underneath.
Really, Jeff Daniels Again? Don’t get us wrong, the once and future Harry Dunne does good work on The Newsroom, but it’s nothing special, especially compared to both what his fellow Best Actor in a Drama nominees turned out this year, and the performances of so many other actors who didn’t make the cut. But considering how much the Emmys seem to love him, we think Bryan Cranston and Matthew McConaughey might want to hold off on writing their acceptance speeches.
Ricky Gervais Gets Nominated For… Derek? We loved Gervais’ arrogant, deluded David Brent on The Office. We’re still laughing about his performance as the rude, frustrated and sometimes desperate Andy Millman on Extras, and we’d watch him bicker with Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington all day. However, we weren’t as crazy about his work on Derek, the saccharine, gentle-hearted sitcom where he plays the saccharine, gentle-hearted nursing home caretaker Derek, so we’re surprised to see just how vastly the Television Academy’s opinion about the show differed from ours. Still, at least we know we’re guaranteed a hell of a show if he actually wins.
Downton Abbey Keeps Racking Up the Nominations We get it: Maggie Smith is an international treasure. That doesn’t mean that the Emmys have to nominate her every single year, without fail. And just because Downton Abbey is a British period piece, that doesn’t mean it’s better than any number of excellent dramas who continue to be overlooked just because everyone on the show speaks with a British accent. It’s okay not to nominate them, Emmys. Everyone will still think you’re smart and worldly, we promise.
The Wrong People from Shameless Get Nominated, as Per Usual Here’s the good news: Shameless finally got more than one nomination! The bad news, though, is that they went to the actors with the most name recognition – William H. Macy, who is up for Best Actor in a Comedy and Joan Cusack, whose Guest Actress hot streak continues – rather than the ones who carried the show this year – Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White and Noel Fisher, to name just a few. But, hey, it seems like that category switch actually paid off, even if it means nominating the actor whose character was in a coma over the ones who were struggling with jail time, balancing college and caring for his family and coming out and looking after his bipolar boyfriend.
Somehow, House of Cards Got 13 Nominations There are only two possible explanations: either the Emmy voters thought that, like Orange Is the New Black, they were voting based on the first season of the show, or they didn’t actually watch the new season of House of Cards, and they decided to throw a bunch of nominations its way to cover up that fact, since it’s an “important, prestige” drama.
Electronic dance stars Chromeo have been replaced by rockers Twin Atlantic on the bill for Britain's Glastonbury festival after pulling out of their scheduled set this weekend (27-29Jun14). The Canadian DJ duo had been booked to perform the penultimate set on the John Peel Stage on Saturday (28Jun14), but they have since had to cancel the show.
Glastonbury bosses have now drafted in Scottish rockers Twin Atlantic to fill the gap - and the band can't believe its luck.
Singer Sam McTrusty says, "It's been a dream of ours to play Glastonbury. It's the biggest and probably most famous festival in the world so it's genuinely an honour to be asked to play our songs and be a part of it all.
"Being there this weekend is a massive achievement for us and will feel very special on Saturday night... Hopefully you can join us for what will be a historic moment for our band."
Acts including Metallica, Kasabian, Arcade Fire, Dolly Parton, Jack White and Lily Allen are all due to perform at the festival from Friday (27Jun14).
Blue star Antony Costa has welcomed his first child. The British singer's fiancee Rosanna Jasmin gave birth to a baby girl earlier this week (beg23Jun14).
Announcing the news in a post on his Twitter.com page, Costa writes, "Your first breath, took ours away. Welcome to the world our beautiful little girl."
The arrival was especially poignant for the pop star as his birthday falls in the same week. Costa turned 33 on Monday (23Jun14).
The couple became engaged in December (13), the same month they announced the pregnancy.
British rockers Coldplay shocked the crowd at their concert in Australia on Thursday (19Jun14) by bringing pop star Kylie Minogue on stage for a collaboration. The British group played a gig at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney and invited the surprise guest onstage to sing with them during the encore. They performed two of Minogue's hits, Can't Get You Out of My Head and her 1995 duet with Nick Cave, Where the Wild Roses Grow.
Minogue celebrated the moment by posting a picture of the performance on Twitter.com, adding in a caption, "Thank you for the magic Coldplay. Such an honour to be onstage with you tonight!!"
The band's manager, Phil Harvey, replied, writing, "The honour was all ours! Best encore ever? I reckon so."
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What does it take to be funny? After delivering some hilarious drug-busting hi-jinks in the delightfully subversive 21 Jump Street, officers Jenko and Schmidt have graduated high school and are making the big move to college in the sequel. But is the joke still funny in 22 Jump Street? We sat down with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill to talk about making room for improvisation in the finely tuned world of Chris Miller and Phil Lord, the development of some of the film's most memorable jokes, and Tatum's uncertainty in transforming from a pretty slab of beef to a genuinely gifted comedic actor.
Warning: This interview mentions specific jokes contained in the film.
There might not be as much off the cuff material in the film as you'd think:
Channing Tatum: "[Lord, Miller, and Hill] are great writers, so it’s not like we just walk in and start improving. There’s really, really, really witty and great writing. It’s not just jokes, there’s actually some really good character and relationship stuff between Jonah and I and some of the other characters. They write and then we do what’s on the page, and we do that a bunch of times until we feel that we’ve got it. And then it’s like, teacher blows the whistle and it’s recess time on set."
And it was tough for Tatum to adapt to the comedy game:
Tatum: "I was like, 'Man, I don’t know if I can do this comedy stuff.' The way you do it is different than other movies, sometimes. You’ll just take a run at a line and do it a bunch of different ways. Sometimes you’ll just take a minute and be like, 'All right, let’s see if we can make sure we have this line.' That’s not generally what you do in drama. That was weird and you don’t have this overwhelming feeling that it’s working, ever. I think people are laughing at times, but I’m not sure it’s going to all come together and just because it was a form that I didn’t understand all that well."
"I had to learn how to let go on the first one, and just leave it up to the gods, or Chris and Phil. I had no ego going into it, and generally don’t on any movie, really, because the best idea in the room wins. You just gotta step up to the plate and swing as hard as you can and try to keep growing and try to keep on taking parts that challenge you in movies that aren’t some derivative version of another movie that you’ve done ... You do want to push yourself, and if you keep doing that, you will keep getting better and you will keep doing better work. When I asked [Hill], I was like, 'Look, man, I just don’t know how to be funny. I just don’t know how to do that. I don’t see myself as that.' and he’s just like, 'Look, I just want you to be a good actor, and come in and don’t try to be funny. Let me worry about knowing what’s going to be funny in the scene.' And I really did. I left it up to him. Chris and Phil were great. And we just started trudging down the field and tried to make a good movie."
Tatum and Hill discuss some of their favorite gags from the film, including the made up land of "Puerto Mexico"...
Jonah Hill: "Puerto Mexico [is] a perfect example of a Phil Lord and Chris Miller Joke. Where you just read that and are like “I have no idea what that means, but you guys, I totally trust you guys."Tatum: "It’s truly funny to them. They think it’s the funniest thing in the world and I can see someone else making that joke and it not working out in the movie somehow, and for some reason, they just make it work."
...and mixing up carte blanche with Cate Blanchett...
Tatum: "I think that was [Jonah's] joke."Hill: "No, that might have been Rodney Rothman. He’s a great writer and a friend of ours. He’s one of the writers on the film. He’s been a friend of mine for years and years, and he’s been a friend of Phil and Chris’ for years and years. So when we were writing this one, we were like, let’s have Rodney write with us so we can soak up his genius. That joke is funny. I think that’s my favorite joke in the movie."Tatum: "We tried to actually get her, I think ... She was busy."Hill: "Yeah, for some reason, [laughs] she didn’t want to be in the movie ... Turns out we didn’t have carte blanche."
22 Jump Street hits theaters on Friday, June 13.
"He's been in a couple of videos of ours, he's like the ultimate child actor, dorky dudes who made good. He is actually a true inspiration to me because he's like the kid who made it and is cool and awesome." Fall Out Boy star Pete Wentz on his pal Seth Green.
The Hunger Games assistant director Peter Rodger has teamed up with the father of a student his son killed in a rampage in Isla Vista, California last month (May14) in a bid to stamp out gun violence in the U.S. The filmmaker's son, Elliot Rodger, embarked on a vengeful killing spree on 23 May (14), shooting six people dead and injuring 13 others as part of a protest against the pretty University of the City of Santa Barbara girls who had rejected him.
Attorney Richard Martinez's son Christopher was among those killed in the incident, and the grieving dad recently put out a public plea to meet with Rodger in a bid to make sense of the madness.
The director granted the request and the two fathers met up at a coffee shop in Santa Barbara on Sunday (01Jun14), when they agreed to team up for a new campaign to make sure that such a tragedy never happens again.
Martinez says, "We plan to work together so other families such as ours will not suffer as ours have. This was a private conversation between grieving fathers who've reached common ground."
A sale of letters written by former U.S. First Lady Jackie Kennedy has been called off following an intervention by her family. A collection of personal notes penned by President John F. Kennedy's wife to Joseph Leonard, a Dublin-based priest, were due to go under the hammer in Ireland on 10 June (14).
The sale, which was to benefit Dublin's All Hallows College, had been expected to bring in more than $1.3 million (£812,000), but it has now been halted at the request of Kennedy's daughter Caroline and her family, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
The publication reports the Kennedy family wants the letters to be preserved for their historical value, while an ownership dispute has also played a part in the decision to stop the sale.
All Hallows College spokeswoman Carolanne Henry tells America's NBC News, "(Ownership of the letters) was a factor in the auction being cancelled, because they were not ours to sell. That, and the introduction of the Kennedy family into the proceedings."
A will made out by Leonard is said to show he left the letters to his Catholic order rather than the college as previously believed. The college has been suffering financial troubles in recent years, and its planned closure was announced on Friday (23May14).
Pop star Justin Bieber has been offered $1 million (£625,000) to appear in TV adverts for a chain of strip clubs. Marketing executives at pornographer Larry Flynt's Hustler Clubs empire have fired off a letter to the Baby hitmaker asking him to front a TV promo for the company's venues.
In the leaked letter, marketing director David Lieberman suggests Bieber kisses a bikini-clad lapdancer in a possible commercial, as well as appearing in another advert promoting the U.K. Hustler Club, with a girl wearing a skimpy Union Jack outfit. As well as a $1 million payday, club bosses have promised to throw Bieber a 21st birthday party, alongside his father, Jeremy.
According to editors at the New York Daily News, the letter adds, "There is a time honoured tradition in this great country of ours of fathers taking their sons to Strip Clubs when they reach 21 to learn what it means to truly be a man, and Justin can set a shining example in continuing that uniquely American rite of passage - even though we know of course that Justin is Canadian."
Bieber turns 21 next March (15).