Emmys 2016

Posted on September 18, 2016 at 11:39 pm

“If your show doesn’t have a white Bronco or a dragon in it, go home now.” Jimmy Kimmel was joking in his opening monologue at this year’s Emmy Awards, but it was funny because it was true. Once again, the Emmys were awarded to past recipients, including two record-breakers. “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus with her sixth for lead actress in a comedy, and her eighth Emmy overall broke the record for most lead actress wins, breaking the three-way tie she held with Candice Bergen and Mary Tyler Moore. And “Game of Thrones” is now the most awarded scripted series in Emmy history with 38 wins. So, Kimmel was right about the dragons, and he was also right about the Bronco. The O.J. Simpson miniseries collected a several awards, including two actors who gave two of the evening’s best acceptance speeches, Sarah Paulson and Sterling K. Brown (whose sweet shout-out to the wife who “rocks chain” was picked up by some of the other winners. Paulson also prompted some of the evening’s most passionate applause.

The nicest surprises at the Emmys were the awards to first-time winners “Orphan Black’s” Tatiana Maslany, “Bloodline’s” Ben Mendelsohn, and “Mr. Robot’s” Rami Malek. Kate McKinnon was awarded the first Emmy for a “Saturday Night Live” performer since Gilda Radner in the original cast (and was congratulated via tweet by Hillary Clinton, who she portrays in satirical sketches on the show). And, as last year, with the nominees, presenters, and award winners, the Emmys provided a sharp and explicit counter to the #oscarssowhite failure of diversity at the Academy Awards. Slate explains one of the reasons — a change to the voting system. Jeffrey Tambor, who won for “Transparent” and presenter Laverne Cox both called for more casting of trans performers.

And it was great to see the enthusiasm for the kids from “Stranger Things.”

The in memoriam segment began with a touching tribute from Henry Winkler to Garry Marshall, and paid graceful tribute to those who died in the past year. Kimmel’s weakest moment of the night was in the joke he made about working hard to make next year’s even better. His mother is adorable, but I think the passing-food-around-at-award-shows bit is played out and then some. Kimmel was just okay as a host, but I loved his getting-to-the-Emmys opening, with rides from “Modern Family’s” Dunphys, the “Veep” Presidential motorcade (driven by Jeb Bush!!), James Corden, the Bronco, and, yes, a dragon.

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Emmy Nominations: Looks a Lot Like Last Year

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 12:15 pm

The Emmy nominations are in!  And they look a lot like last year.

Reliable favorites like “Mad Men” and “Game of Thrones” garnered a lot of nods.  But once again the Academy overlooked Tatiana Maslany of “Orphan Black,” whose multiple characters should earn her a handful of Best Actress nominations.  And of course Jon Hamm deserves a nomination, but what about Elisabeth Moss?  I agree with New York Magazine that Peggy is the star of the show.

It was good to see outstanding new series like “Silicon Valley,” “True Detective,” and “Cosmos” included, and I was especially glad to see Martin Freeman nominated for two different series, “Fargo” and “Sherlock” and Lizzy Kaplan for “Masters of Sex.”

I was sorry to see “The Americans” and “The Good Wife” were overlooked.  I suppose the bad news there is also the good news.  While no broadcast drama from the three major commercial networks was nominated, that just means that the new media outlets are giving the old school some serious competition.  Go, “Orange is the New Black!”

The nominees are:

Drama series
Breaking Bad, AMC
Downton Abbey, PBS
Game of Thrones, HBO
House of Cards, Netflix
Mad Men, AMC
True Detective, HBO

Comedy series
The Big Bang Theory, CBS
Louie, FX
Modern Family, ABC
Orange Is the New Black, Netflix
Silicon Valley, HBO
Veep, HBO

Actor, drama series
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom (HBO)
Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
Woody Harrelson, True Detective (HBO)
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective (HBO)
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards (Netflix)

Actress, drama series
Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex (Showtime)
Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime)
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (CBS)
Kerry Washington, Scandal (ABC)
Robin Wright, House of Cards (Netflix)

Actor, comedy series
Louis C.K., Louie (FX)
Don Cheadle, House of Lies (Showtime)
Ricky Gervais, Derek (Netflix)
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes (Showtime)
William H. Macy, Shameless (Showtime)
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Actress, comedy series
Lena Dunham, Girls (HBO)
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly (CBS)
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)

Supporting actor, drama series
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland (Showtime)
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan (Showtime)
Josh Charles, The Good Wife (CBS)

Supporting actress, drama series
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men (AMC)
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife (CBS)

Supporting actor, comedy series
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
Adam Driver, Girls (HBO)
Ty Burrell, Modern Family (ABC)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family (ABC)
Fred Armisen, Portlandia (IFC)
Tony Hale, Veep (HBO)

Supporting actress, comedy
Julie Bowen, Modern Family (ABC)
Allison Janney, Mom (CBS)
Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Anna Chlumsky, Veep (HBO)

Actor, miniseries or movie
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge (Starz)
Idris Elba, Luther (BBC America)
Martin Freeman, Fargo (FX)
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart (HBO)
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo (FX)

Actress, miniseries or movie
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor (BBC America)
Minnie Driver, Return to Zero (Lifetime)
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven (FX)
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven (FX)
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful (Lifetime)
Kristen Wiig, Spoils of Babylon (IFC)

The Colbert Report, Comedy Central
The Daily Show, Comedy Central
Jimmy Kimmel Live!, ABC
Saturday Night Live, NBC
Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, NBC

Reality competition 
The Amazing Race, CBS
Dancing With the Stars, ABC
Project Runway, Lifetime
So You Think You Can Dance, Fox
Top Chef, Bravo
The Voice, NBC

Reality host
Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (NBC)
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night (NBC)
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway (Lifetime)
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
Anthony Bourdain, The Taste (ABC)

American Horror Story: Coven, FX
Fargo, FX
Luther, BBC America
Bonnie & Clyde, A&E
Treme, HBO
The White Queen, Starz

Killing Kennedy, National Geographic Channel
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, HBO
The Normal Heart, HBO
Sherlock: His Last Vow, PBS
Trip to Bountiful, Lifetime

Guest actor, drama series
Paul Giamatti, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards (Netflix)
Robert Morse, Mad Men (AMC)
Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex (Showtime)
Joe Morton, Scandal (ABC)
Dylan Baker, The Good Wife (CBS)

Guest actress, drama series
Dianna Rigg, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Kate Mara, House of Cards (Netflix)
Allison Janney, Masters of Sex (Showtime)
Kate Burton, Scandal (ABC)
Margo Martindale, The Americans (FX)
Jane Fonda, The Newsroom (HBO)

Guest actor, comedy series
Nathan Lane, Modern Family (ABC)
Steve Buscemi, Portlandia (IFC)
Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Gary Cole, Veep (HBO)

Guest actress, comedy series
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Natasha Lyonne, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Joan Cusack, Shameless (Showtime)

Animated program
Archer, FX
Bob’s Burgers, Fox
Futurama, Comedy Central
South Park, Comedy Central
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project, Nickelodeon

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Interview: Kit Harington of “Game of Thrones” and “Pompeii”

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Kit Harington (Jon Snow in “Game of Thrones”) stars as Milo in this week’s 3D epic, “Pompeii.”  He plays a gladiator who falls in love with Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant.  His gladiator opponent-turned friend is played by “Thor’s” Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and they have some tremendously exciting fight scenes.  We talked about why fight scenes help you act, which actor is his hero, why there’s a 1980’s Disney movie he wishes he could have been in, and why actors in movies set in ancient Rome always seem to speak with British accents.  We will also hear Harington’s elegant English accent in the forthcoming “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”

I want to ask you about your co-star, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, because I am a big fan and he was great in this movie.

He came to the movie quite late and he came in with such enthusiasm.  He is somewhere on that method kind of level when he is on the set. He is very, very dedicated.  He’s got wonderful gravitas and wonderful presence about him. I was very lucky to have him as that character because it was that character that I was most concerned about when I signed up for the movie. I was very happy to have him.

It was as much about your relationship with him as it was about your relationship with Emily Browning’s character.

Absolutely.  I was lucky with both actors. It is the most nervewracking thing meeting your other castmates because you are going to be working closely with them. I was lucky with both Emily and Adewale.

I was hugely impressed with your fighting skills in this. You had so many different styles of fighting and so many different kinds of encounters and you were just on top of it all of the time. So how did you learn how to fight and were these different fighting skills or weapons than you had before?

I love it. I wouldn’t have done this movie if I did not like sword fighting but I know I am good at it. I think I am fine to say that. I really enjoy it. And it is a wonderful process learning to fight because I’d never done anything quite like this and so I had to go to gladiator school for training. It went on for four weeks and they gave me two weapons.  I had to start learning the other hand on how to fight. What happens is you slowly learn these fights in stages, stage by stage and you build up and then they get so fast and so fluid that they just look like a dance where you are clocking steps and that is when you have to put the intention back in. You say to yourself, “I go for the strike here and now I see the opening there, and now I’m going to go for a thrust there.”  It is a dance but it is also a dialogue. I find you can lose yourself in an acting sense in a fight far more easily than you can in a dialogue scene and I love that about it. We try as actor all the time, we strive just to completely sort of lose ourselves in the moment and we never quite get there but in a fight you can do it in seconds that is what I love about it.

What weapons were new to you and what were the challenges of learning them?

Two-handed short sword in the first place. It is almost like a dagger and it was wonderful for the character because he is so very fast and he is meant to be this blur of speed and that is his strength. Sword and shield I had never used. I had never thrown a spear before. I had to do chain work where I wrapped chains around things and stopped people. There were all sorts. Every day I came in they had something new for me to do. There were different types of swords that I would fight with. I had to throw a sword a couple of times that was fun.  At one point I have to turn around and throw this sword at a guy and there was a stuntman there and I had to miss him by as small amount as I could.  At one point it went right past his right arm and stuck into the wall behind. It felt very cool but it was very scary.

Your character barely speaks for the first half of the movie. It is all internal. So tell me a little bit about how you thought about his background and how that informed this character.

I do like characters like that.  I thought of the kind of characters Steve McQueen played.  Sometimes there were lines in this where we get rid of them because I feel in a movie like this in this sort of period of history in that social status from that background I don’t think people did wax lyrical. I don’t believe they did talk in the way we talk now or philosophize in the way that we do in the modern sense and they were not modern men as we know them.  So I feel the realism comes when he only says the bare minimum of what he has to say and he is very silent. I like that. I like characters who are internal, silent, and still; so I wanted to get rid of most of his lines and I sort of did.

And are you as good with horses as Milo is? Have you been around horses a lot?

People keep putting me with horses. That is so strange.  My first ever job was a job called “War Horse” where I was a horse whisperer that and then on “Thrones” I ride horses all the time and in a different movie I do ride horses. In this I’m a horse whisperer. I have a healthy respect for horses I think it is fair to say. I know how to ride very well now. Once you get into the country notion of galloping it is a beautiful thing. It feels like floating on air.   I have this weird thing whenever I see someone on a horse I think it is just the oddest image because if you just take yourself out of it, it is a monkey riding a horse and I always think that is very funny. When I see people on horseback, I’m like how did we ever get them to let us do that? And what is that animal putting up with us on its back?

I want to ask you about the green screen.  How much did you know about what it was going to look like and how much was green screen?

They built half a coliseum.  And there is less green screen in the movie than you would actually first think. They built half a coliseum and then they did lots of reverse angles. The top half of it is green screened because they can’t build the whole thing but the streets in the street scenes, the cellars, all of that were real sets. It was pretty much some of the big wide shots and the volcano exploding they used the CGI for and it is tricky to act with.  But the ash was actual ash.  So we spent weeks and weeks breathing this stuff in. All of the camera crew and the directors and everyone had masks on.  And I was going, “Are you sure this stuff is safe to breathe in?” And they would go, “Yeah, no, it is fine, don’t worry about it.”  Like just get on with it. So I’m sure there’s a lawsuit in the making.  

Where was it?

In Toronto. We filmed it all in this one big massive studio in Toronto.  I love location work. I love going out but there is something quite theatrical about always being in the same place and we came back to work at the same studio each day and it felt like going on to a theater stage every night. It was a bit like that.

Why do you think it is we keep coming back to these sword and sandals stories?  Why is it that those stories are so incredibly important in our culture?

I think it is the same reason why Pompeii is one of the greatest and most visited archeological sites in the world. We are fascinated with our own history and we are fascinated with the Romans because they were millennia ago and yet they still capture our imagination because they were actually so similar to us. They were very civilized. They had a very similar political system. I think that is why we are fascinated by it because we want to as humans we want to imagine ourselves in a different time period, a different culture, and in a different civilization. I think people love movies like this because we hear the story about Pompeii and we want to see it. We want to imagine it. We want to see it. We want it brought to life. It is as simple as that really. And also you can go back to that time and I don’t think our lust for blood sport has changed. I think our morality has about it but I don’t think our lust has, or our human desire to see fighting. It is still very there. It was very interesting, I went to an ice hockey game when I was in Toronto.  And they dropped their gloves and started fighting and the whole crowd was like, “Come on!” and they were cheering and I looked around and I went, “This is perfect. This is exactly what the Romans were into. It was seeing two men go at it.”

Were you injured at all when you were making the film?

Oh yeah…never seriously injured but I picked up a lot of knocks.   This finger here will never be the same. It is slightly swollen as you can see and it will always be now.  It is like a minor thing but it does get on your nerves.

Why is it that we always have people in ancient Rome speaking with English accents?

For some reason it doesn’t work in American. It is really strange.  It would not work in Australian either. We see Australia and the US as the new world and we know it as the new world and we see the UK and Europe as the old world so you can have Spanish accents, you can have English, Scottish.  I mean it is not just an English accent, it is a British accent¸ you can have a Scottish accent, you can have a French accent. It works for the whole of Europe.  Medieval you know.

When you were growing up what were the movies where you said, “This is what I want to do?” 

“Romeo and Juliet,” that was a big marker for me and seeing DiCaprio do that was fantastic.  There is a brilliant movie called “25th Hour.”  It was written by David Benioff who wrote “Thrones.”  When I get drunk I always start quoting that speech.  It was plays more than anything really and I saw two plays that were big markers in my career.  When I was about 14 I saw “Waiting for Godot” and I absolutely adored it. I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread and it made me pick up drama.  The other one was “Hamlet” that I saw when I was 17 which made me want to go to drama school and that was Ben Wishaw playing Hamlet and he was just mesmerizing.  He is the only person that has ever made me tongue-tied when I met him.  I didn’t know what to say and went very red around the face and sort of had to walk off. He is a hero of mine.

And if you could be in any movie from the past, what movie would you pick?

I would be on “Honey I Shrunk The Kids.”  I always thought that was fun. Slide down things and stuff.


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Game of Thrones and the Red Wedding

Posted on June 3, 2013 at 11:35 am

Spoiler Alert!  Spoiler Alert!

If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you already know the bad news.  Those who know the books knew it was coming.  In theory, fans understand that one of the elements that makes George R. R. Martin stories so unusual is that he kills off major, beloved characters.  And thus we had what Entertainment Weekly described as “one of the most shocking, brutal and disturbing sequences ever put on television.”  The slaughter of two major characters as well as many others lit up Twitter and Facebook with outrage and grief.

EW also has an exclusive interview with Martin.  Here is an excerpt:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How early in the process of writing the book series did you know you were gonna kill off Robb and Catelyn?
GEORGE R.R. MARTIN: I knew it almost from the beginning. Not the first day, but very soon. I’ve said in many interviews that I like my fiction to be unpredictable. I like there to be considerable suspense. I killed Ned in the first book and it shocked a lot of people. I killed Ned because everybody thinks he’s the hero and that, sure, he’s going to get into trouble, but then he’ll somehow get out of it. The next predictable thing is to think his eldest son is going to rise up and avenge his father. And everybody is going to expect that. So immediately became the next thing I had to do.

Since Song of Ice and Fire so often subverts reader expectations and avoids traditional fantasy storytelling structures, should fans have any real hope that this tale will have a happy ending? As The Boy recently said on Thrones, “If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.”
I’ve stated numerous times that I anticipate a bittersweet ending.

And New York Magazine has an interview with Michelle Fairley, who played Catelyn Stark, the bride who sacrificed herself in a failed attempt to save the man she loved.  An excerpt:

You’ve inhabited her for so long. Is it hard to let Catelyn go?

I’ve had three amazing years working on this incredible series, and I’ve completely fallen in love with the character. She is infuriatingsometimes because she is so honorable. And she does constantly do the right thing. But she’s a driven woman. She’s strong. And that’s what I love about her, is that she’s grown since the death of her husband. She continues to grow. But it’s a growth that she has to do unwillingly because of the circumstances. It’s not about improving herself in an enlightened way. It’s about achieving her goal, which is to get through the suffering and get her children back together. All she wants is to get in, shut the gates of Winterfell, and keep them in there. And that’s not going to happen. And it is very hard, because the people I’ve worked with have become such good friends, the crew and everybody. So it is sad to say good-bye.

What do you think?  What will happen next?

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