Showing posts with label PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Story By: G. H. HARDING
Seth Meyers

The Emmys --- Monday’s Emmys were the object of much intense anticipation. From new-host Seth Meyers, to the fact that this was the first time since 1976 (May 17 to be exact) that the show was held on a Monday, rather than their usual Sunday berth (where the VMA’s held court).

The show was certainly entertaining enough; Jimmy Kimmel’s bit involving Matthew McConaughey winning almost everything in sight was certainly hilarious (do you want the BET performer of the year award too?); and, Meyers was certainly serviceable as host – he veered right down the middle of the road, and, yet at times, he seemed liked he was back on SNL delivering the news.

The old news is that the same old faces were winners again; from Modern Family winning again for Best Comedy (tying the record with the late-great show Frasier) and Breaking Bad seemingly winning … everything.

Bryan Cranston

Funnily enough, lead Bad-actor Bryan Cranston (who won as well) in his acceptance speech, even said he considered voting for McConaughey.

For the record: Jon Hamm, who has never won, has delivered consistently, brilliant work on Mad Men. As that show enters its final season, maybe he will be honored next time. It’s a huge error he has not yet been rewarded.

Interestingly, many new-er shows, like Orange Is The New Black and HBO’s mega-juggernaut Game Of Thrones, were basically shut out.

As a fan of True Detective, I would have been pleased if its actors and creator, Nic Pizzolatto, had taken home more trophies. But it won the only award it should have won, for Cary Fukunaga’s outstanding direction; and, he was seemingly poorly prepared for his acceptance speech; and, that was a bit odd.

Julianna Margulies

Justice was also served to The Good Wife: I was thrilled to see Julianna Margulies win for her extraordinary year of work, and on behalf of her wrongly snubbed series.

I was also glad to see that Emmy shared my regard for Fargo (winner, outstanding mini-series) and The Normal Heart (winner, outstanding TV movie)—but I got a slightly perverse kick out of watching Sherlock (winner, outstanding writing, actor, supporting actor) upset both in this weirdly organized “genre” (to use Meyers’ awkward term).

The highlight of the show for sure was Billy Crystal memorializing his late-friend Robin Williams. His voice, breaking, Crystal delivered the emotional highlight of the night.

Also, the win for Normal Heart; for me one of the best things I’ve ever seen on TV, was spectacular. The love for Larry Kramer, frail and weak who walked onstage, was much deserved. It must also be said that Ryan Murphy's direction for this project was brilliant as was his acceptance speech where he encouraged "all young people to take charge for a cause they believe in." Bravo!

For me Meyers ultimately didn’t work for me; bring in Ricky Gervais!!!

NEW PRINCE --- It's been five years since Prince put out a new record in the U. S., since he limited the release of his 20Ten release, but that will change next month.

On September 30th, the artist will release two new records: Plectrumelectrum, his long-teased album with the group 3rdEyeGirl, and his recently announced solo album, Art Official Age. He will reportedly hold a series of special events and live dates around the world, details for which are forthcoming, to celebrate the albums' release. Both records are available separately as pre-orders, via the website, and include "instant gratification" downloads.

Art Official Age is being billed as "classic Prince," since it was produced, arranged, composed and performed by the musician (alongside singer-songwriter Joshua Welton). The record reportedly contains a mix of soul, R&B and funk. The pre-order includes the songs "Breakdown" and "Clouds," as well as three digital singles. The funky, jazzy latter track is now streaming at Complex.

Prince has already released the video for album track "Breakfast Can Wait" and he played "Funknroll" during his appearance on Arsenio earlier this year, though the version on Art Official Age is "funkier and nastier," according to a Minneapolis Star Tribune writer who got an early listen. The reporter also claimed that "This Could Be Us" was a ballad inspired by Prince's Purple Rain costar Apollonia Kotero and that "The Gold Standard" had lyrics "wild and rude." The writer also said the album contained an "aggressive and menacing" rap song featuring Rita Ora.

Plectrumelectrum, a "classic band album" that is said to be an "electrifying funk-rock statement," features the singer leading the all-female group ThirdEyeGirl.

He also previewed the record at a late-night listening session in New York City, which revealed the hard-rock guitar number "Pretzelbodylogic," as well as the original version of "Funknroll."

The records also mark Prince's return to Warner Bros., the label he split from acrimoniously in the Nineties after wearing the word "slave" on his face as a protest to his record contract. "When you stop a man from dreaming, he becomes a slave," he told Rolling Stone in 1996. "That's where I was. I don't own Prince's music. If you don't own your masters, your master owns you."

Earlier this year, he worked out a deal with the label where he now owns the masters to his recordings. The label previously announced a plan to put out a deluxe, digitally re-mastered, 30th anniversary release of the Purple Rain soundtrack, though it has yet to announce a release date.

"Prince is one of just a handful of visionary artists who have truly reshaped and redefined modern music and culture," Warner Bros. Chairman & CEO Cameron Strang said in a statement about the two new records. "For the past 35 years, he has never stopped evolving, challenging himself, reinventing his sound and pushing boundaries. In true Prince fashion, he has just given us not one, but two extraordinary albums that express the incredible range and depth of his talent. All of us at WBR are immensely proud to be working with Prince to bring this brilliant new music to his legions of fans around the world, and needless to say we are thrilled to be working in partnership with him again."

Fans and critics alike, love Prince. But, he’s been one of the most consistently frustrating artists ever. He is innovative, but has his time passed? He’s created history that no one will ever forget. I saw him two years back at Madison Square Garden, in the round no less, and he was as good as ever. Brilliant, in fact.

No artist creates as much ink as he does, often confusing and somewhat mis-directed. The record company folk are different now than they were back then. It’s a whole new ball game … but, I am glad to have him back in.

CLOSING NOTES --- Oscar winning director Sir Richard Attenborough, whose movies included the much awarded Gandhi and The Sand Pebbles, has died at age 90.

Known to his friends as “Dickie,” Sir Richard also directed Chaplin with Robert Downey Jr., the movie version of A Chorus Line, and the 1977 classic A Bridge Too Far. He won kudos also for Shadowlands with Anthony Hopkins and Cry Freedom, with Denzel Washington and Kevin Kline.

Attenborough started as an actor, and was prolific. He appeared in dozens of films and British TV series, including Jurassic Park, plus the feature Dr. Dolittle and the Cate Blanchett movie Elizabeth.

SIGHTINGS: Jersey Boys’ Donnie Kehr at Patsy’s in NYC; Paul Haggis, Gayle King, and, Anna Wintour at the U. S. Open in Forest Hills; PR-kingpin David Salidor and Rebecca Pollack at Victor's in NYC.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012



Claire Danes

At the podium, they had mere seconds to say their thank-yous before the music unceremoniously ushered them off. But backstage, Sunday's Emmy Award winners got candid, predicting fights over trophies, extolling the virtues of nipple covers and even hinting at an on-set tryst (well, that was a joke by Damian Lewis of 'Homeland,' but still). Good Morning America's SHEILA MARIKAR, pieced together these moments.

RELATED: Top Moments From the 2012 Emmys

Here are the 10 best quotes from backstage:

1. Eric Stonestreet on how his "Modern Family" co-star Ed O'Neill will react to his Emmy win: "It's going to be pretty violent, I'm sure. Ed's going to do his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on me and steal it."

2. Damian Lewis on how he and the very pregnant Claire Danes will celebrate their "Homeland" wins: "We're going to go away to a romantic island together just for the weekend. When that baby's ginger, you guys are going to have a field day."

3. Julie Bowen on nipple covers, which she mentioned three times in her acceptance speech: "It's a standards and practice thing and it makes me laugh every day and it becomes my on-set joke that I'll try and slide by it. And every day, there's some poor girl who's lovely and who has to pull me aside and hand me these bits of rubber. It makes me laugh."

4. "Two and a Half Men's" Jon Cryer on whether he watches anything surprising on TV: "Porn, but I don't think that's surprising."

5. "Modern Family" creator Steve Levitan on how the show has affected marriage equality: "I'm hoping that over time, all political candidates support marriage equality. It's never been the agenda of 'Modern Family.' We've always tried to make people laugh and make human, relatable stories. But if our show can contribute in any way, even the smallest way, in making people more open and understanding, then we will all be very, very proud of that."

6. Julia Louis-Dreyfuss on how the upcoming election has influenced "Veep": "There's a lot of good, rich material out of there from which to glean and there are little morsels we can take away, almost every day, it seems."

Monday, September 24, 2012


Jon Hamm And Jennifer Westfeldt

Aaron Paul And Lauren Parsekian

Geoffrey Arend And Christina Hendricks

The stars came out for AMC’s Emmy After Party Sunday night. Jon Hamm, Aaron Paul, Christina Hendricks, Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, and Jared Harris were among the AMC elite that partied the night away where Purity Vodka cocktails were served. Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston and Madmen’s Jared Harris enjoyed Purity Watermelon h20’s and Anna Gunn chose a Purity Martini. Aaron Paul was all a-glow at the event, carrying his Emmy in, letting guests hold it, and signing tons of autographs across the street for fans.



Julia Louis-Dreyfus

The stars were out in force for the 64th Primetime 2012 Emmy Awards, live from Los Angeles California. Winners are denoted in PINK.



"Boardwalk Empire"
"Breaking Bad"
"Downton Abbey"
"Game of Thrones"
"Mad Men"


Hugh Bonneville, "Downton Abbey"
Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Damian Lewis, "Homeland"


Kathy Bates, "Harry's Law"
Glenn Close, "Damages"
Claire Danes, "Homeland"
Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey"
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"


Jim Carter, "Downton Abbey"
Brendan Coyle, "Downton Abbey"
Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"
Giancarlo Esposito, "Breaking Bad"
Jared Harris, "Mad Men"
Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"


Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife"
Joanne Froggatt, "Downton Abbey"
Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"
Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men"
Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife"
Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"


Tim Van Patten, "Boardwalk Empire" - "To the Lost"
Vince Gilligan, "Breaking Bad" - "Face Off"
Brian Percival, "Downton Abbey" - "Episode 7"
Michael Cuesta, "Homeland" - "Pilot"
Phil Abraham, "Mad Men" - "The Other Woman"


Julian Fellowes, "Downton Abbey" - "Episode 7"
 Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, and Gideon Raff, "Homeland" - "Pilot"
Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner, "Mad Men" - "The Other Woman"
Andre Jacquemetton and Maria Jacquemetton, "Mad Men" - "Commissions and Fees"
Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner, "Mad Men" - "Far Away Places"

Sunday, August 29, 2010


Jim Parsons

The Cast And Producers Of Top Chef

Eric Stonestreet

Jane Lynch

Steve Shill

Edie Falco

John Lithgow

Aaron Paul And Bryan Cranston

Kyra Sedgwick

Archie Panjabi

George Clooney

George Clooney along with Archie Panjabi, John Lithgow, Kyra Sedgwick and others were snapped inside the press room at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, held at the Nokia Theatre L.A.

Photos By: RD / Kirkland / Retna Digital.



Heidi Klum

Matthew Morrison

Christina Hendricks

Mariska Hargitay

Will Arnett

Anna Paquin With Stephen Moyer

Jenna Fischer

Susan Sarandon

Amy Poehler

Christina Hendricks

Sofia Vergara

Tom Hanks

Liza Powell With Conan O'Brien

Ann Margret

Dianna Agron

Ed O'Neill

Al Pacino

Emily Blunt

Emmanuelle Chriqui

Ann-Margret With Roger Smith

Kyle Chandler

Matthew Fox

Keri Russell

Dennis Quaid

Jane Krakowski

Kristen Wiig

January Jones

Ricky Gervais

Patrick Stewart

Rose Byrne

Jennifer Carpenter

Michael C. Hall

Neil Patrick Harris

John Lithgow

LL Cool J With Guest

Toni Collette

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Rita Wilson

Julie Bowen


Olivia Munn

Anna Paquin

Jenna Fischer

Eva La Rue

Tina Fey

Ellie Kemper

Jennifer Westfeldt And Jon Hamm

Alex Sykes And Wanda Sykes

Nancy O'Dell

Eva Longoria Parker

B.J. Novak

Padma Lakshmi

Desmond Harrington

Peter Facinelli

Sam Trammell

Mark Salling

Ed Helms

Cheryl Hines

Kim Kardashian

Lea Michele

Kevin Bacon With Wife Kyra Sedgwick

Cory Monteith

Ryan Kwanten

Katrina Bowden

Jenna Ushkowitz

Brooke Burke

Edie Falco

Betty White

Naya Rivera

Hugh Dancy With Claire Danes

Glenn Close With Stunning Daughter

Mindy Kaling

Brian Baumgartner

Tracy Morgan

Kiernan Shipka

Jane Lynch

Amber Riley

Bryan Batt

Jessalyn Gilsig

Julia Ormond

Kate Linder

Stephanie Pratt

Kirsten Lea

Bob Balaban

Robert Morse

Kathy Griffin With Beautiful Mom Maggie

Annie Wood And Henry Ian Cusick

Kristen Quintrall

KayCee Stroh

Rutina Wesley

Jayma Mays

Lauren Graham

Julie Benz

Carrie Ann Inaba

Kevin McHale

Chris Colfer

Kelly Osbourne

Emily Deschanel

The Cast Of Dexter

Kate Gosselin

Lara Spencer

Lauren Sanchez

Craig Robinson

Angela Kinsey

Giuliana Rancic

Lauren Bosworth

Maria Menounos

Carrie Preston

Terri Seymour

Michael Emerson

Mary Hart

Chris Harrison

Sarah Hyland

Shaun Robinson

James Lipton With His Beautiful Wife

Mario Lopez

Jimmy Fallon And Nancy Juvonen

Jimmy Fallon and Nancy Juvonen along with James Lipton With his Beautiful Wife, Mario Lopez, Sarah Hyland, Giuliana Rancic, Lauren Bosworth, Carrie Preston, Maria Menounos, Eva Longoria Parker, Kate Gosselin, Chris Colfer, Kelly Osbourne, Emily Deschanel, Nancy O'Dell, Angela Kinsey, Kevin McHale, Craig Robinson, Michael Emerson, Shaun Robinson and many more stars attended the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California tonight.

Photos By: RD / Kirkland / Retna Digital.