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Instagram Diary: The 2014 VMAs and Emmys

By  August 27, 2014

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It’s not every day that tickets for the MTV Music Video Awards and the Emmys land in your hands, so when they do…well, see the above expression. Follow along to see my LA adventures, from prep to party.

Homage: AFI Fest Will Salute Sophia Loren

By  August 27, 2014

AFI Sophia LorenOne of Italy’s most premiere talents is stealing the spotlight at this year’s American Film Institute Fest: Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA, Bambi, Cannes Film Festival, and César awards recipient Sophia Loren

As part of its annual fête, the AFI Fest will pay tribute to Loren on November 12 with a 50th-anniversary screening of her 1964 film, Marriage Italian Style (Matrimonio all’italiana). Her portrayal of a shrewd mistress in the movie nabbed Loren her second Oscar nomination. She won the Best Actress award years earlier for Two Women (La ciociara), making her the first actress to win the category for a foreign-language film. Nearly 60 years—and 60 films—later, she represents what AFI deems staying power.

“Sophia Loren is a quintessential screen legend,” said festival director Jacqueline Lyanga. “And it is a privilege to honor her with a tribute that showcases our appreciation of her six decades of influence and outstanding work.”

AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale echoes those sentiments.

“In a world where the daily obsession seems to be, ‘What’s next?’ Sophia Loren is a rare and welcome reminder that true talent is timeless,” Gazzale said in a statement. “It is AFI’s honor to shine a proper light on all the gifts she’s given the world across the years.”

The AFI Fest will run November 6—13 in Los Angeles.

 

 

Man Crush Alert: Chris Soules is the New Bachelor

By  August 27, 2014

He may not have found love on season 10 of The Bachelorette with Andi Dorfman, but Iowa farmer Chris Soules is one step closer to his happily, ever after.

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Good Morning America announced Wednesday morning that Soules will be ABC’s newest Bachelor, joining the ranks of the oft-despised Juan Pablo and Firestone heir Andrew Firestone.

“I believe in the process. I believe in what I went through on the previous show and that’s why I’m doing it,” Soules said, clearly not phased by his third-place rank on Dorfman’s season of Bachelorette. “I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t feel like that was a potential.”

He’s right about potential: Sean Lowe and Catherine Guidici are recent evidence of the reality show’s match-making prowess. On season 17 of The Bachelor, Lowe popped the question, culminating in a January 2014 ceremonyJason Mesnick from season 13 ended up leaving the season’s winner for its winner-up, Molly Malaney Mesnick, who he wed in a televised 2010 ceremony. On The Bachelorette side of things, its first star, Trista Rehn, accepted beau Ryan Sutter’s proposal; they’ve been married since 2003 and have two children.

That’s not to say the good has outweighed the bad. A majority of couples from the franchise called it quits within months of  their respective finales. Something tells us Soules won’t have a problem finding a soulmate—on or off air—though. Because…

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See You Later, Chelsea Lately!

By  August 27, 2014

Chelsea Handler, FinaleThis is the end.

Chelsea Handler bid adieu to E! Tuesday night after helming an eponymous talk show there for the past seven years. Her star-studded send-off included cameos from Ellen DeGeneres, ex-beau 50 Cent (that relationship still doesn’t make sense), Chelsea Lately talking head Loni LoveGwen StefaniGerard ButlerSandra Bullock, and Miley Cyrus—a list that doesn’t even account for half of the Tuesday night airing’s VIPs.

“I want to say thank you to every single person who showed up for me today, and every single person who showed up for me in the past seven years,” Handler said before her final scene. “Everybody who works on this show, the crew, the sound people who have to deal with my bad moods and my good moods, and the bad people I’ve dated, and the good people I’ve dated, I am really, really appreciative that I’ve been given this opportunity by E!”

As far as Handler’s late night romps, never fear—Netflix is here!

We reported in June that Handler and her unapologetic quips would head to the award-winning streaming service, first with a stand-up special, and then, as host of Netflix’s first talk show. It’s a move that Handler says is “something outside the box to keep myself interested.” And us, too!

Take a look at Handler’s final night on E!, then stay tuned for her Netflix comedy hour this October, before her talk show airs in early 2016.

Star Scoop: Emmys Wins Ratings Race, Kim K. is Broke, Full House Comes Full Circle

By  August 26, 2014

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Good going, Seth Meyers! His hosting gig at Monday night’s Emmys gave the ceremony its second-highest ratings in eight years. Despite a Monday broadcast, compared to its typical Sunday stream, the 66th annual gala brought in 15.6 million viewers. And to think, it didn’t need a star-studded selfie to do so. [Deadline]

No… Kim Kardashian (West), is not actually going broke; but she is slated to appear on CBS’ 2 Broke Girls. She may win an Emmy, after all. [Huffington Post]

Whatever happened to predictability? The milkman, the paper boy… Full House back on TV?! Yes, you read that right! Warner Bros. TV is reportedly teaming with the show’s creator, Jeff Franklin, to pen a small screen revival. Will Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen make an appearance? [Entertainment Weekly]

Shots fired! It may be a late entry for song of the summer, but that hasn’t stopped us from falling for Jessie JAriana Grande, and Nicki Minaj’s “Bang Bang.” Following a buzz worthy MTV Video Music Awards open, the trio has dropped a video for the chart topper—sans wardrobe malfunctions and slinky snakes. [Vulture]

Of all snubs at the Primetime Emmy Awards, the most-surprising is Netflix. Though the streaming service garnered 31 nominations for shows like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, the network was shut out for any wins. It did however take home seven honors at the Creative Arts Emmys, with Uzo Aduba notably earning a win for guest actress in a comedy series. [Variety]

Guilty? A New ‘Gone Girl’ Trailer Drops with Fingers Pointed at Ben Affleck

By  August 26, 2014

By now, we all know how Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl ends. Still, with the film adaptation drawing near, it’s increasingly easy to brand Ben Affleck as the bad guy; and this new trailer from 20th Century Fox doesn’t help him plead his case.

Par for its psychologically thrilling course, the ominous trailer gives us a peek at when Amy (Rosamund Pike) and Nick (Affleck) first meet, before escalating into a whirlwind campaign following Amy’s disappearance and presumed murder. Thanks to a non-coincidental insurance policy hike, grueling interrogations, and suggestive notes left by the (seemingly) deceased, this case is all but solved—or is it?

Gone Girl, from director David Fincher, will land in theaters on October 3.

Winner’s Circle: Bryan Cranston Bows Out with Sixth Emmy Win!

By  August 25, 2014

Matthew McConaughey would have made history tonight if his portrayal of Detective Rust Cohle on HBO’s True Detective earned a dramatic acting win. He would have been the first actor to nab an Oscar and Emmy, in drama categories, in the same year. Though he proved a top contender, it was category favorite Bryan Cranston whose final bow as Walter White in September 2013 garnered him a sixth Emmy—four as lead actor in a drama series.

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On the lighter side of things, Modern Family won for Best Comedy, its fifth consecutive honor in the category. And, host Seth Meyers remained true to his promise of keeping an Ellen Degeneres-style selfie at bay.

And the Emmy goes to

Outstanding DramaBreaking Bad

Outstanding Actress in a DramaJulianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Outstanding Actor in a DramaBryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a DramaAaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a DramaAnna Gunn, Breaking Bad

Outstanding Guest Actress in DramaAllison Janney, Masters of Sex

Outstanding Guest Actor in a DramaJoe Morton, Scandal

Outstanding ComedyModern Family

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Outstanding Actor In a Comedy: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Allison Janney, Mom

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Outstanding Guest Actress In a ComedyUzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding Guest Actor in a ComedyJimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Miniseries or MovieFargo

Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or MovieJessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven

Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or MovieBenedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or MovieMartin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow

Outstanding Made for TV MovieThe Normal Heart

Outstanding Reality Show CompetitionThe Amazing Race

Outstanding Variety SeriesThe Colbert Report

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Louis CK, Louie, “So Did the Fat Lady”

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Gail Mancuso, Modern Family, “Vegas”

Outstanding Writing For a Drama Series: Moira Walley-Beckett, Breaking Bad, “Ozymandias”

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Cary Joji Fukunaga, True Detective, “Who Goes There”

For a full list of winners, visit www.Emmys.com.

Star Scoop: Therapy with a Girl, Sandra Bullock Goes Campaigning, A Double Dose of Prince

By  August 25, 2014

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Wonder if Lena Dunham’s memoir is worth the read? The New Yorker published an excerpt from the tome today, with Dunham opening up about therapy sessions that helped her cope with “the pain and angst that accompany entry into middle school.” That admission alone should garner Not That Kind of Girl best-selling status. [New York Magazine]

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are teaming up again, this time, with one of the Gravity stars stepping behind the scenes. Bullock has been tapped to star in Our Brand is Crisis, a political dramedy, “which focuses on the use of American political campaign strategies in South America.” Clooney has signed on to produce. [Variety]

Leave it to Prince to break the mold. The purveyor of all things “Purple Rain” is releasing not one, but two albums on September 30 as a follow-up to his 2010 LP. The first will be a solo record entitled Art Official Age, while the latter will be a collaboration with his 3rd Eye Girl bandmates called Plectrum Electrum. [Vulture]

You haven’t seen the end of Andrew Laeddis. Well, maybe we did when Leonardo DiCaprio’s deranged alter ego was lobotomized in Shutter Island; but that isn’t stopping director Martin Scorsese from bringing it to the small screen. Scorsese is teaming with HBO to develop Ashecliffe, a prequel named after the facility where the 2010 psychological thriller took place. [Deadline]

Geena Davis is feeling… grey. The Thelma & Louise legend will get her white coat on the upcoming season of Grey’s Anatomy. According to reports, she’ll play in a “major guest arc,” and based on first photos from set, be linked to Sara Ramirez’s Callie and Jessica Capshaw’s Arizona. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Marvel may have a new she-ro on its hands. Emmy-nominated Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall wants to bring Black Widow to the silver screen. “I would love to do a Black Widow movie,” he told Vanity Fair. “That’s perfect, I would love to do that. That character is really interesting, she doesn’t have any superpowers, she just has extraordinary skills, and the world that she comes from, being this ex-K.G.B. assassin, I find that really fascinating.” Hopefully Marvel hears his call! [ScreenRant]

All Grown Up: Lena Dunham Promises Maturity on Season Four of Girls

By  August 25, 2014

Variety And Women In Film Annual Pre-Emmy CelebrationHannah Horvath is (finally) growing up.

At Variety and Women in Film’s pre-Emmy celebration Saturday night, the now-blonde Lena Dunham said that season four will usher in an era of maturation for the polarizing character and her buffet of BFFs.

“The coming season, I think, is a big season. It’s a big moment about having our characters make adult choices and learn that even when you’re doing your best, things don’t always fall into place exactly as you’d want them to,” she shared. “It was sort of a season of maturation and growth for the girls, and I think they go in exciting new directions.”

Dunham and on-screen beau Adam Driver are up for Emmys in their respective comedy acting categories, while home network HBO has the most chances to win with a total of 99 nominations—something Dunham attributes to the cabler’s “brilliant, daring” content.

As for whether her Girls alter ego will adopt Dunham’s new ’do… that’s still up for discussion.

Tune in to the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, live, tonight on NBC.

Lifetime Teases “The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story”

By  August 25, 2014


In anticipation of Lifetime’s movie The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story, the network released the first five minutes of the movie. The film, told from Screech’s (Dustin Diamond) perspective, is meant to provide a look at what really went on behind the cameras. Especially since Diamond wrote a “tell-all” book that didn’t exactly tell all, we’re hoping this production will be a more all-encompassing account of the scandalous stories that happened on (and off) the Saved by the Bell set. Catch the premiere on Monday, September 1 at 9p.m.