The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik has singled out out Ariana Grande for criticism after spotting a billboard featuring the pop star in her underwear. In a post on her Kveller blog, the modest actress and lifestyle guru, reveals she has no idea who the Problem singer is, but she would rather her kids weren't subjected to images of scantily-clad pop stars around Los Angeles.
Bialik writes, "I am old-fashioned. My kids have clothes they only wear to synagogue. I don't favour my kids cursing. I dress modestly. I don't want my kids learning about sex from billboards. Stuff like that.
"Which is why a few billboards I have seen lately really bug me. There is one for Ariana Grande, and I will go ahead and admit I have no idea who she is or what she does. Based on the billboard, she sells lingerie. Or stiletto heels. Or plastic surgery because every woman over 22 wishes she has that body, I'm sure.
"Why is she in her underwear on this billboard though? And if she has a talent (is she a singer?), then why does she have to sell herself in lingerie? I mean, I know that society is patriarchal and women are expected to be sexy and sexually available no matter what we do in society, but I guess now I need to explain that to my sons?"
The billboard in question appears to feature an advert for Grande's new album My Everything.
Sofia Vergara has been named the highest-earning actress on TV for a third straight year.
The Modern Family star earned a whopping $37 million (GBP21.8 million) in the past 12 months, according to Forbes magazine, thanks to her business and endorsement deals with companies like K-Mart and talent management and entertainment-marketing firm Latin World Entertainment. She also picked up a healthy $325,000 (GBP191,000)-per-episode paycheque for the TV comedy.
Her fortune more than doubles second placed Mariska Hargitay, who scored $13 million (GBP7.6 million) largely from her role in top TV cop drama Law & Order: SVU.
Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting takes the third spot with $11 million (GBP6.5 million), while Julianna Margulies, Ellen Pompeo and Cobie Smulders all tie for fourth with $10 million (GBP5.9 million).
Alyson Hannigan rounds out the top five.
Actress Kaley Cuoco has laughed off her reported involvement in the nude pictures leak by posting a doctored photograph of herself frolicking in a bikini on a beach in Mexico.
The Big Bang Theory star is believed to be among the celebrities who have been targeted by a hacker who published explicit personal pictures of actresses including Jennifer Lawrence and Kirsten Dunst. The hacker behind the leak is believed to have included Cuoco's name on a list of stars whose pictures have yet to be released, but the blonde beauty has laughed off the threat by sharing a humorous snap of herself in a bikini on her Instagram.com page.
In the photograph, Cuoco is shown frolicking on a beach with her tennis player husband Ryan Sweeting, but her breasts and his groin area have been pixellated out of the shot. She adds in a caption, "What a fun day that was, frolicking with my hubs on the beaches of Mexico! Feels like we forgot something?"
Agents at America's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have been called in to probe the leak.
Actor Johnny Galecki and his actress girlfriend Kelli Garner have parted ways after more than two years together. The Big Bang Theory star and Garner made their debut as a couple in March, 2012 after a few months of hiding their romance, but they recently decided to call it quits, according to Us Weekly.
The insider reveals that "Johnny and Kelli are still best friends" after the split.
Galecki secretly dated his co-star Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting for two years while Pan Am beauty Garner previously dated actor Logan Marshall-Green.
Shutting off news reports of the Iran-Contra affair, turning down the abrasive rock stylings of the Beastie Boys, and peering through the perpetual mist of airborne cocaine particles that was inherent to 1987 California, film and television director Jeff Franklin dreamed of a simpler time. A time riddled with milkmen and paperboys, a time wherein three grown imbeciles could band together to raise a triad of blonde, plucky sisters together without incurring questioning unto their judgmental capabilities. Even in a time as cynical as the late '80s and early '90s, Franklin's creation Full House managed to thrive on the simple, wholesome, drama-free bounties of pleasant West Coast tomfoolery. Back then, the Tanners and co. didn't need postmodern satire, sociopolitical undertones, sudden character deaths, love triangles, or overarching themes of any kind — they relied (and thrived) simply on being pleasant. But today would be a different story.
With John Stamos pushing to revive the highly successful ABC sitcom (via TV Guide) — in the wake of the Disney Channel's creation of Girl Meets World, no less — we are looking at the considerable, albeit presently quite tentative, possibility that such an entity might in time come to be. But we can't help but wonder how a show about three ceaselessly well-meaning kooks and their frighteningly saccharine communal daughters would fare amid today's TV slate: a community of shows where crooked and criminal, if not entirely amoral, heroes and heroine are the norm rather than the exception.
Cynicism is the life blood of today's TV. Even in our comedic fare — think of Community, Arrested Development, How I Met Your Mother, and even The Big Bang Theory — do we see the proclivity to mock and deconstruct, to tear apart the very fabric of shows like Full House (happy family bouncing from one typical sitcom plotline to the next week after week). Our characters aren't looking to reclaim the era of milkmen and paperboys the way Danny Tanner was, they're looking to shoot down the blind-eyed peurility upheld by this allegedly superior past. So far gone into the muck of irony is today's television viewer that Full House couldn't seem earnest no matter how hard it tried... or, better yet, how naturally earnestness came to it.
But even if we can accept the Tanner/Katsopolis/Gladstone/Gibbler tribe as impeccably genuine, what would be our motivation to watch week after week? Full House, so appropriately named after an immobile edifice, was a show that celebrated its static nature. Every time you set foot into that San Francisco dwelling, you were treated to the same consequence-free merriment that you caught episodes and seasons prior. Yes, this was a treat, not a relegation. But today, we yearn for that through-line momentum. We watch, if for no other reason, to find out what happens next in the chaotic and kinetic, oftentimes toxic, forward narratives of Walter White, Carrie Mathison, and Tyrion Lannister. Hell, one of the most popular shows on today is called Scandal. If that's not telling, then I don't know what is.
Without even a central romance into which to sink our teeth — could we really see Danny, Joey, or any of the girls upholding one half of a riveting will-they-won't-they? — we're hardly draw to "find out what happens on the next exciting episode of Full House," at least not with the same verve to which modern TV has fueled our communal addiction.
Lacking that intertwining drama, today's Full House could seem devoid of life force. Without the scathing bite of sarcasm, it could come off lazy and unclever. And with such an adherence to the traditional format — that which today's comedy routinely turns inside out for sport — it could render not nostalgic but wholly outdated. When Full House came to be in 1987, it was then a throwback, a revival of a simpler time. So what would it be now? A throwback to a throwback? A revival of a revival? A tribute to a time simpler than a time that was simpler? See, just trying to identify it feels like a lost cause.
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Bryan Cranston turned up the heat at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday night (25Aug14) by comically grabbing his former Seinfeld co-star Julia Louis-Dreyfus for a steamy lip-lock as she made her way to the stage to accept the prize for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. The Veep star's win occurred moments after she and Cranston reunited onstage to present the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series trophy to The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons. During the presenting segment, the actress commented on how much Cranston looked like her character Elaine's one-time boyfriend, dentist Tim Whatley, and when the Breaking Bad star revealed he actually was the actor who played the doctor, Louis-Dreyfus proceeded to ignore him. After the kiss, she quipped, "Yeah, yeah, he was on Seinfeld, yeah."
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**.
Modern Family kicked off another triumphant year at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday (25Aug14) by becoming an early double winner at the Los Angeles event. Show star Ty Burrell claimed the very first prize of the night for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and he celebrated the victory by reading out a cute speech penned for him by his young TV co-stars Rico Rodriguez and Nolan Gould.
Accepting the award, he revealed, "I had a speech (planned) but apparently the kids in the cast of Modern Family wrote one for me too and they handed it to me when I got here, so I think I'll read that instead."
Modern Family chalked up a second Emmy shortly afterwards as Gail Mancuso was handed the gold trophy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for her Las Vegas episode.
Meanwhile, Jim Parsons earned his fourth Emmy for playing astrophysicist Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory as he was named Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus scored her third consecutive Emmy win in the female equivalent for her portrayal of fictional Vice President Selina Meyer.
Other early winners included Louis C.K., (Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for Louie), Allison Janney (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy for Mom), and Kathy Bates (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Mini Series or Movie for American Horror Story: Coven).
The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards are being hosted by comedian Seth Meyers at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.
Check below for the complete winners list for the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards...
Best Supporting Actor - ComedyTy Burrell, Modern Family
Best Writing - ComedyLouis C.K., Louie ("So Did the Fat Lady")
Best Supporting Actress - ComedyAllison Janney, Mom
Best Directing - ComedyGail Mancuso, Modern Family ("Las Vegas")
Best Lead Actor - ComedyJim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Best Lead Actress - ComedyJulia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Best Reality ShowThe Amazing Race
Best Writing - Miniseries, TV Movie, or Dramatic SpecialSteven Moffat, Sherlock ("His Last Vow")
Best Supporting Actress - Miniseries or TV MovieKathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Best Supporting Actor - Miniseries or TV MovieMartin Freeman, Sherlock ("His Last Vow")
Best Directing - Miniseries, TV Movie, or Dramatic SpecialColin Bucksey, Fargo ("Buridan's Ass")
Best Lead Actor - Miniseries or TV MovieBenedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Best Lead Actress - Miniseries or TV MovieJessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Best TV MovieThe Normal Heart
Best Writing - Variety SpecialSarah Silverman, Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles
Best Directing - Variety SpecialGlenn Weiss, 67th Annual Tony Awards
Best Variety, Music, or Comedy SeriesThe Colbert Report
Best Supporting Actor - DramaAaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Best Directing - DramaCary Joji Fukunaga, True Detective ("Who Goes There")
Best Supporting Actress - DramaAnna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Best Writing - DramaMoira Walley-Beckett, Breaking Bad ("Ozymandias")
Best Lead Actress - DramaJulianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Best Lead Actor - DramaBryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Best Comedy SeriesModern Family
Best Drama SeriesBreaking Bad
Two And A Half Men star Ashton Kutcher has been named U.S. TV's highest-paid actor for the third year in a row.
The actor earned an estimated $26 million (£15 million) for his work on the hit sitcom over the past 12 months, according to editors at Forbes magazine. Kutcher's Two and a Half Men co-star Jon Cryer follows behind in second place earning $19 million (£11.5 million). The pair is heading into the long-running programme's 12th and final season next month (Sep14).
Cryer is tied in second place with NCIS veteran Mark Harmon, while Neil Patrick Harris comes in at fourth, raking in $18 million (£11 million) to end his eight season run on How I Met Your Mother, which finished earlier this year (14).
Grey's Anatomy hunk Patrick Dempsey and House of Cards star Kevin Spacey tie in the fifth position with $16 million (£9.7 million).
Other actors featured on the countdown include The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki, Harris' co-stars Jason Segel and Josh Radnor, Tim Allen, Charlie Sheen, and newcomer on the list, Mad Men's Jon Hamm.
The story of an assistant in a circus sideshow who, after accidentally killing his boss, finds himself a fugitive from the law and a candidate for a chain gang. Spoofs the "man on the run" shows such as "The Fugitive."