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Emmy nominations were mostly right, but it’s fun to complain about 'snubs' anyway

Emmy nominations were mostly right, but it’s fun to complain about “snubs” anyway
"The simple fact is it’s no fun being reasonable about the Emmys,” says Willa Paskin. She adds: "The Emmys are now generally sophisticated enough that getting exercised about them feels worth it. And that, more than anything, is a reflection of just how much excellent television the Emmys has to choose from. The Emmys, even when not making boneheaded mistakes … couldn’t possibly acknowledge everyone deserving. And this is obviously great, if occasionally infuriating. But it’s infuriating in an invigorating way: Who wants to have exactly the same opinions as the Emmys?”
Snubs should be expected when there’s so much great TV
—How to fix the Emmys: Expand the major categories to 10 nominees
—Read a preview of Matthew McConaughey’s Emmy acceptance speech
Gaming the system proved beneficial to “True Detective” and “OITNB”
“OITNB” cast members instagrammed their celebration pics from the set
Tatiana Maslany should benefit from being snubbed
“The Good Wife” didn’t get snubbed — it got spurned!
Mindy Kaling kept it together while announcing her own Emmy snub
—It’s Jay Leno vs. Jerry Seinfeld in the same Emmy category
Steve Buscemi was nominated for AOL’s “Park Bench"
—“Silicon Valley,” “True Detective,” “Masters of Sex” among contenders for best opening sequence
Matt Bomer says “it’s great” to be up against 3 of his “Normal Heart” co-stars
The British continue to “invade” acting categories
Emmy trivia: Louis CK and Melissa McCarthy were nominated again for hosting "SNL"


Emmy nominee Kurt Sutter says “Sons of Anarchy” fans would lose viewers if his show got major Emmy recognition
An Emmy nominee for co-writing the song that ended Season 6, Sutter penned a piece for NikkiFinke.com explaining that "I still suffer the emotional and spiritual depletion every July when ‘Sons of Anarchy’ gets zero nominations in all major categories.” But he adds that if "SOA" was actually nominated in a major category, "My bombastic outlaw-a**hole reputation would be tarnished. Or rather,  untarnished. I’d be just another smiling douchebag in a new suit, pretending to give a shit on the red carpet. Actually…taking a sh*t on the red carpet, that’s something that might drop as a ‘real and honest moment.’”


“The Comeback” Season 2 will follow Valerie Cherish on her new HBO show
This time, she’ll be followed by a behind-the-scenes crew as she gets cast on an HBO dramedy. “The DNA that we liked about Valerie is her in front of a camera unedited,” says co-creator Michael Patrick King. However, “this time we found a different way to get her in front of the camera because we wanted to evolve the character.” PLUS: It isn’t certain if “The Comeback” will come back for Season 3.


Ryan Murphy's shows earned 34 Emmy nominations
Murphy’s “American Horror Story,” “The Normal Heart” and “Glee” had more nominations than Netflix, Showtime and AMC.


Frances McDormand has been too busy to watch FX’s “Fargo”
McDormand, the star of the “Fargo” movie and the wife of Joel Coen, was promoting her HBO miniseries “Oliver Kittredge” at the TV press tour today when she was asked about the FX “Fargo.” "I will take a (‘Fargo’) question but I will not do the accent,” she said. PLUS: McDormand says HBO was brave to make the 4-part “Traumedy” “Oliver Kittreddge."


The majority of Americans use a 2nd screen while watching TV
About 56% of American viewers watch TV while using a smartphone, a computer or tablet, but that’s far behind many Asian countries.


Dave Grohl slams reality TV “song contests"
“I don't want my kid to think that the only way you can be a musician is  to stand in line at a song contest audition, and then wind up having a bazillionaire tell you if you're not a good singer,” Grohl said at the TCA panel promoting his new HBO series. “Don't get me started. To me, that's not what music's about.”


Cinemax plans to show the final season of “Strike Back” sometime next year
Production was delayed after star Sullivan Stapleton was injured.


“Getting On” cast and crew were asked about HBO’s lack of promotion
We’re a … tiny show, unlike any other show on HBO,” said exec producer Mark V. Olsen. “We’re a guerrilla show. We were always going to come in under the radar.”


Why Fox should pull the plug on “Glee” now
"Even high schoolers know you're supposed to rip the Band-Aid off."


Leah Remini addresses the camera crews on her new TLC reality show
Remini turns out to be too self conscious of the cameras on “Leah Remini: It’s All Relative,” which premieres tonight.


Roger Ebert’s documentary poster was photoshopped to put a smile on his face
It looks like the marketing department for “Life Itself” tried to soften his image.


Sprout channel is having its new space animal characters “break in” to other kids’ shows
To promote “Astroblast!,” Sprout is having its characters invade other shows on the kiddie cable network for five to 10 seconds.


Dan Rather reacts to Robert Redford playing him on the big screen
The former CBS News anchor tells The Hollywood Reporter: "I at least know enough to recognize that having the Sundance Kid make a film about political and corporate interference of news can only help audiences understand why a truly independent press and strong investigative reporting are so important in a country such as ours."


“Elementary” casts a new protégé for Sherlock
British actress Ophelia Lovibond will play Lucy Liu’s rival.


An appreciation of Meshach Taylor
His “Designing Women” character, Anthony Bouvier, proved to be groundbreaking.


Watch a preview of truTV’s 1st sketch comedy show
The cable network devoted to reality shows is expanding to scripted programming with “Friends of the People.”


“Pawn Stars” spawns “Pawnography”
Rick Harrison says of the History channel game show, premiering tonight: "We were throwing so much stuff against the wall for a couple of years. Originally, they just wanted me to be in it, and I just thought it would just be so much funnier and so much fun with Corey and Chum in it.”


See what “Modern Family’s” Jesse Tyler Ferguson looked like in high school
Check out the Emmy nominee's yearbook photo.


El Rey Network renews “Matador” before its premiere
Season 2 will air next year.


Emilie de Ravin’s marriage is ending
The “Lost” and “Once Upon a Time” star actually filed for divorce in 2007, but her husband has recently filed papers to end their marriage.


NBC’s “Working the Engels” wants to be “Arrested Development”
The new comedy has assembled all the right ingredients, but without any of the right quirks.


Amy Poehler’s brother wrote “Welcome to Sweden” with the help of “How I Met Your Mother”
"I had a big, gigantic, clunky Dell computer in my attic,” says Greg Poehler, "and it’s kind of embarrassing, but I’m not even joking, I started by Googling 'How to write a script.’ That was step one. In quotes. 'How to write a script.’ And then I cut and pasted the 'How I Met Your Mother' pilot, which is available online when you type in 'How to write a script.' And then kind of just went from there. I had no idea what I was doing.” PLUS: Amy Poehler says her brother has always been funny, “Welcome to Sweden” is NBC’s best comedy in a long time, it’s actually funny with a story to tell, it requires active watching by going in and out of English, this could become an NBC utility player, and  “Sweden” is the terrible antithesis of “Parks and Rec."

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Director Matt Reeves on how Coppola's 'Godfather' advice shaped his new 'Apes'
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Director Matt Reeves on how Coppola's 'Godfather' advice shaped his new 'Apes'

Plus he talks about what Giacchino brought to the table this time

I sat down with Matt Reeves in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge to see which one of us could have our hair more disheveled by the amazing wind on Crissy Field. Enjoy the video.

The last time I saw Reeves, it was at Michael Giacchino's house, where I got to watch the two of them working on a scoring session for "Let Me In."

I don't bring that up simply to not-so-humblebrag, but to illustrate just how unusually open Reeves can be about the filmmaking process. Even after almost 16 years of writing about films online, I can count the number of scoring sessions I've been invited to attend on my fingers. It's one of the more private parts of the overall filmmaking experience, and it's also a pressure cooker, so many filmmakers simply can't open that up to reporters.

When "Let Me In" came to Comic-Con, I moderated the panel, and it was there that Reeves asked me to come by and watch some of the session. He and Giacchino have preposterous amount of fun when they're working together. For proof of this, just check out this Vimeo link. I think the reason they have that much fun together is because they speak in terms of very common geek reference points, and they are able to clearly figure out what they are trying to do emotionally with each beat.

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'Constantine' says goodbye to its female lead, Lucy Griffiths

“Constantine” says goodbye to its female lead, Lucy Griffiths
The NBC drama based on “Hellblazer” is moving in a different direction, one that won’t include Griffiths’ character Liv, who is teamed up with Constantine.

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<p>Sean Bean of &quot;Legends&quot;</p>

Sean Bean of "Legends"

Credit: TNT

Press Tour: 'Legends' star Sean Bean has little to say about Sean Bean dying

Bean does, however, list his favorite on-screen death

As you may have heard, seen and read on the Internet, Sean Bean is prone to dying on the big and small screen.

You know this, right? I don't need to run through the list of movies and TV shows in which Bean has died, because I don't want to spoil "The Smurfs" for you or something. [Note: That was a joke. Sean Bean probably doesn't die in "The Smurfs." I haven't seen it. I just didn't want to spoil something real.]

TNT also knows it. On Thursday (July 10) morning at the Television Critics Association press tour, TNT presented a panel for the new undercover FBI agent drama "Legends." 

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'Boardwalk Empire' returns for a final, 8-episode season on Sept. 7

“Boardwalk Empire” returns for a final, 8-episode season on Sept. 7
HBO confirmed today that Season 5 will be set during the Depression in 1931. PLUS: "The Comeback" will come back in November, along with "Getting On."


“True Detective” creator: “There are four central roles” for the California-set Season 2
Nic Pizzolatto wouldn’t reveal much more, but HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo said today: “The two scripts we have are… I hate to jinx it, but are more exciting than the first season,” and casting announcements should come next week.


HBO isn’t concerned about the “Game of Thrones” books, says Larry David is still thinking about “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo said he recently bumped into Larry David. “I said, ‘So Larry, should I emotionally get Curb out of my head?’ He says, ‘No, no, no.’ As long as he’s still thinking about it, we have a place for him.”


“Big Brother” will begin tracking housemates’ every move with wireless activity trackers
The Fitbit Flex trackers will generate information that will be posted on CBS.com.


Donald Trump calls Rosie’s “View” return “a good move” — but "Rosie always self-destructs”
Rosie O’Donnell’s longtime nemesis says: “I think it’s a good move on ABC’s part. It’ll have a short term positive effect. The show has really missed not having Barbara (Walters) on it. With that said, it’ll have a short term positive impact, but then you have the long term. Rosie always self-destructs.”


HBO will show Beyonce and Jay-Z’s “On the Run” tour
The “major musical event” will tape in Paris in September.


Cinemax renews Steven Soderbergh’s “The Knick” before its premiere
The 1900-set NYC hospital drama won’t premiere for another two months.


Kate Mulgrew earned her very 1st Emmy nomination today
"This is my first Emmy nomination,” she says of her “Orange is the New Black” nod. "Can you believe it, after 40 years in this business?"


Ali Larter: I’m not reprising my “Heroes” role
Larter says she’s too committed to TNT’s “Legends” to return for “Heroes: Reborn.”

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Press Tour: July 2014 HBO Executive Session Live-Blog
Credit: HBO

Press Tour: July 2014 HBO Executive Session Live-Blog

Expect 'Game of Thrones,' 'True Detective' and other discussion

Welcome to my first live-blog for the July 2014 Television Critics Association press tour!

Up first, HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler and Michael Lombardo take the stage to discuss "True Detective," "Game of Thrones," "The Leftovers" and whatever else we feel like we want to talk about.

Follow along!

That's Richard Plepler above. He looks like a character on "Mad Men," doesn't he?

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Cannes drama-comedy 'Pride' starring Bill Nighy acquired by CBS Films
Credit: CBS Films

Cannes drama-comedy 'Pride' starring Bill Nighy acquired by CBS Films

Fact-based Queer Palm winner to hit U.S. theaters in September

"Pride" is heading to U.S. theaters.

The winner of the Queer Palm at this year's Cannes Film Festival has been acquired for Stateside distribution by CBS Films, it was announced today. Directed by Tony winner Matthew Warchus from a script by Stephen Beresford, the "dramatic comedy" stars Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, Joseph Gilgun, George MacKay and Ben Schnetzer in a fact-based story about the unlikely alliance between LGBT activists and striking mineworkers in the U.K. during the mid-1980s.

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Fox reveals fall premiere dates

Fox reveals fall premiere dates
Fox’s fall season kicks off on Sept. 7 with “Utopia,” “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project” return Sept. 16, “Gotham” debuts on Sept. 22 and “Mulaney” won’t premiere until Oct. 5.


“How I Met Your Dad” may be revived next year with a brand-new cast
The pilot starring Greta Gerwig is officially dead since the casts’ contracts expired last month. But according to TV Line, “How I Met Your Mother” creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are planning to redevelop “HIMYD” for the 2015-16 season.


11 black actors received Emmy nominations this year
That’s the most since “Roots” was up for consideration in 1977.

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Mary Lambert

Mary Lambert confesses in fun lyric video for new song, 'Secrets'

New single from forthcoming album, 'Heart On My Sleeve'

There’s a saying that you’re only as sick as your secrets. If that’s the case, then Mary Lambert is very,very healthy.

On her new single, “Secrets,” the singer best know for her feature on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love,” proudly declares all her secrets: she’s bi polar, her family is dysfunctional, sometimes she cries all day, and some less secret ones— she’s overweight and gay.

All these confessions are sung over an impossibly jaunty tune as she refreshingly reveals all in the lyric video. “‘Secrets’ might be the first fun song I’ve ever written,” says Lambert. And, indeed, the bouncy track has an irrepressible Katy Perry, “Roar” vibe. She co-wrote the track with Eric Rosse, Benny Cassette and MoZella. Rosee and Cassette are also executive producers on her new album, “Heart On My Sleeve,” out Oct. 14 on Capitol Records.
The song is about accepting yourself, flaws and all. “I felt like there were a lot of songs coming out about self-empowerment and challenging beauty standards and I wanted to write a sgon along those same lines, but in my voice,” Lambert says in a statement. “There is so much shame and guilt in our society and I think it has deprived a lot of people from living fully. We are all facing battles, We’ve all had someone who has hurt us. So let’s talk bout it.”

We can already imagine the fan-posted videos that “Secrets” will spawn, with folks posting they videos confessing all their closet skeletons with abandon. Bring it on!

Lambert is on the road this summer with Matt Nathanson and Gavin DeGraw. Below the video are tour dates.

 

07/10  Cedar Rapids, IA                  McGrath Amphitheater*
07/11  Fargo, ND                              The Venue*
07/12  Green Bay, WI                      Green Bay Pride
07/16  Toronto, ON                          Sound Academy*
07/17  Toledo, OH                            Toledo Zoo Amphitheater*
07/20  Vancouver, BC                     Vancouver Folk Music Festival @ Jericho Beach Park
07/23  New York, NY                       RBaby Foundation Concert @ Hammerstein Ballroom
08/10  Chicago, IL                            Northalsted Market Days
08/23  Saratoga Springs, CA         Luscious Queer Music Festival
09/20  New York, NY                       SubCulture
09/26  Thousand Oaks, CA            Scherr Forum-Thousand Oaks Civic Arts
09/27  San Francisco, CA              Nourse Theatre
 

 

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<p>Reese Witherspoon in &quot;Wild&quot;</p>

Reese Witherspoon in "Wild"

Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

'Wild' trailer reveals a de-glammed Reese Witherspoon hiking the pain away

Is she on a crash-course with awards season?

Jean-Marc Vallée directed two actors to not only their first Oscar nominations last year, but their first wins, as "Dallas Buyers Club" stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto ended up walking away with gold that felt preordained early in the season. This year he could do the same for Reese Witherspoon, who won the Best Actress Oscar for "Walk the Line" back in 2005 and has a significant opportunity in "Wild" to remind us what she's capable of.

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'Glee’s' final season reduced to 13 episodes

“Glee’s” final season reduced to 13 episodes
The Fox musical dramedy will have its shortest season yet with Season 6, which will air at midseason.

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President Obama’s 'Between Two Ferns' interview is up for an Emmy

President Obama’s “Between Two Ferns” interview is up for an Emmy
The president will be battling it out in the same category as his White House Correspondents Dinner roaster, Joel McHale.


Mark-Paul Gosselaar will play not 1 but 2 notorious serial killers on “CSI”
He’ll guest-star as twins on a multi-episode arc this fall.


Madeleine Albright congratulates Amy Poehler on her Emmy nomination
The former secretary of state took to Twitter to write: “Dear Leslie: Keep up the good work!”


“Game of Thrones” isn’t Sean Bean’s favorite onscreen death
Bean, speaking before TV critics today about his upcoming drama “Legends," said he much preferred his death on “Lord of the Rings.” “Quite bizarre, isn't it?” Bean added. “I've died quite a few times, actually, and I've died quite a few different deaths. Maybe it's the quality of my death.”


Seth MacFarlane’s “Cosmos” earned 12  Emmy nominations
That's the same number of Emmy noms received by HBO’s “True Detective."


Jerry Seinfeld drives Aziz Ansari's massive tour bus on "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee"
The tour bus' name: "Good Times."


Check out the 1st official image of Peter Capaldi’s “Doctor Who” and Clara
The image is from the season premiere.

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