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There are a lot of crazy facts about this year's Emmy nominees, but sometimes the craziest thing is seeing where some of these stars started before they were nominated for TV's most prestigious award. Did you know that one Mad Men star was on a notoriously sexy show, or that Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston was Jerry Seinfeld's dentist? The TV pasts of the Emmy nominees are pretty fascinating - find out which roles you probably forgot about or never even knew happened! »
“Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” “Mortal Kombat: Legacy II” and “Huffpost Live” are among the dozens of Streamy Awards nominees, which Dick Clark Productions and Tubefilter announced on Monday. The annual award show, launched in 2010, honors excellence in original online video across 47 wide-ranging categories, including shows, brand campaigns, collaborations, music, performers and even pranks. Also read: HuffPost Live Has 92M Monthly Views, Arianna Huffington Says Jerry Seinfeld's “Comedians in Cars” nabbed a nomination for best overall Non-Fiction or Reality series, while “Mortal Kombat” was nominated in multiple categories — best Overall Drama series, Action and Sci-Fi series, Choreography, Cinematography, Directing, »
- Greg Gilman
After her split from husband Chris Martin, Gwyneth Paltrow is getting by with a little help from her friends. The recently single actress, 41, is "deeply and intensely loved by her friends," said Jessica Seinfeld, wife to Jerry Seinfeld and Paltrow inner-circle bestie. Seinfeld, 42, shared a cute photo via Instagram of herself with Paltrow on Sunday, Aug. 17, praising the star and spilling on her friendships. "I have never met anyone with more true and loyal best friends than this baby girl," Seinfeld captioned the shot of [...] »
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series
Francesca Paris, Department Head Hairstylist
Lisa Dellechiaie, Key Hairstylist
Therese Ducey, Key Hairstylist
(Winner) “Downton Abbey”
Magi Vaughan, Department Head Hairstylist
Adam James Phillips, Key Hairstylist
Kevin Alexander, Department Head Hairstylist
Candice Banks, Key Hairstylist
Rosalia Culora, Hairstylist
Gary Machin, Hairstylist
Nicola Mount, Hairstylist
Theraesa Rivers, Department Head Hairstylist
Arturo Rojas, Key Hairstylist
Valerie Jackson, Hairstylist
Ai Nakata, Hairstylist
Colleen Labaff, Department Head Hairstylist
Kimberley Spiteri, Co-Department Head Hairstylist
Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special
Mary Guerrero, Department Head Hairstylist
Kimi Messina, »
- Variety Staff
Before he became known to millions as Jerry Seinfeld’s hilariously insecure best friend, George Costanza, Jason Alexander was a Broadway baby, playing Joe in the Kaufman-Hart classic, Merrily We Roll Along in 1981, and performing opposite Chita Rivera and Liza Minnelli in the 1984 musical, The Rink. His big break came in 1986 playing showbiz hopeful Stanley in the Pulitzer Prize finalist, Broadway Bound, Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical classic about his fractured family life growing up in the Bronx. Last year, when Alexander went down to La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in southeast Los Angeles County to
- Jordan Riefe
Exclusive: Glen Basner’s New York-based production, finance and sales company is handling international rights to Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young and Chris Rock comedy Top Five, both of which are set to premiere in Toronto next month.
UTA Independent Film Group represents the Us on both features and will be shopping rights to buyers during the festival.
While We’re Young follows a middle-aged couple whose lives are thrown through a loop when a young couple arrives on the scene.
Top Five is the story of a film star and former comedian who reappraises his career and life following an encounter with a journalist.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
UTA handles Us rights to the story about a film star and former comedian who reappraises his career and life following an encounter with a journalist.
The story follows a middle-aged couple whose lives are thrown through a loop when a young couple arrives on the scene. Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried star. UTA handles Us rights. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
At one time or another, we’ve all shrieked at the TV when some bozo blows an easy question on a game show. Once indoor voices are resumed, we’re tempted to feel tremendous sympathy for these poor souls. It’s only natural to assume that intense pressure brought on by crowds, cameras, and cash has caused them to become a bundle of nerves and choke, right? Wrong.
I personally have been one of the aforementioned bozos, and that definitely wasn’t the way it went down. The crowds, cameras, and cash have the total opposite effect, with adrenaline turning you into a sort of coked-up trivia nerd with a God complex. All eyes are on you, so clearly you must have all the answers. You truly begin believe that you know things, even topics that you know Nothing about. Case in point-
During the lengthy preparation process, producers constantly »
- Jordan Runtagh
Enigmatically droll comedian Tim Key is in Edinburgh with his show Single White Slut, and hes answered your questions from what it was like being trussed in tinfoil for the Alan Partridge movie to considering wrestling with Shaun Murphy on a snooker table onstage in Sheffield
And with that, Tim heads off into the Fringe. His show Single White Slut is at the Grand until Monday 25 August thanks to him and to everyone who asked questions.
If I could only watch one show at the fringe this year with slut in the title, which show should it be?
One with that in the title would be Single White Slut. 9.40 at The Grand. One without would be Monsieur Butterfly, by Alex Horne. I watched it last night and it blew my mind. He's at 8.10, so we don't clash.
What is the best rhyme for wooden? »
- Guardian Stage
On “The Big Bang Theory,” Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) idolizes his childhood hero, Professor Proton (Bob Newhart), much to the professor’s dismay. In real life, though, the admiration is a bit more mutual — and that was clearly evident when the two Emmy-nominated actors (Parsons for “The Big Bang Theory” and “The Normal Heart”; Newhart for “Big Bang”) met at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills for a conversation with Variety. As it turns out, the pair have more in common than brilliant comic timing: Parsons grew up in Houston, where Newhart recorded the 1960 album that launched his career, “The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart.” And on stage, both played the role of Elwood P. Dowd, a sweet man who befriends an invisible 6-foot rabbit in “Harvey.”
Variety: How did you two first meet?
Parsons: At the table read.
Newhart: Actually, we met at the Emmy Awards before that. »
- Jenelle Riley
Amp up your enthusiasm—Larry David is coming to Broadway.
EW has confirmed that the Emmy-winning Seinfeld co-creator and star of Curb Your Enthusiasm will make his Broadway debut—two debuts, in fact, for acting and writing—in the 2014-15 season in his first play Fish in the Dark.
According to The New York Times, which first reported the news, David’s play is an ensemble comedy (about 15 characters) centering on a death in a family. David tells the Times that he’ll play “somebody very similar to Larry David—it might even be Larry David with a different name. »
- Marc Snetiker
All the way back in January, we first heard that Larry David was working on a play, possibly for Jerry Seinfeld to star in. Well, it appears the Seinfeld part was off, but the New York Times reports David has in fact written a play, and that he will star in it himself on Broadway. Entitled Fish in the Dark, it will open on March 5 at the Shubert Theater. David wouldn't share any details about the play itself, other than that the character he is playing is “somebody very similar to Larry David — it might even be Larry David with a different name.” David says he wasn't planning on starring but was convinced by the show's megaproducer, Scott Rudin. Save his work pretending to be in The Producers on Curb Your Enthusiasm, David admits he hasn't acted onstage since the eighth grade. He was once a working stand-up, »
- Jesse David Fox
Including Best Comedy Actor for FX's "Louie" and four other races this year, Louis C.K. has earned 30 career Emmy nominations. He has won four trophies overall: Variety Writing ("The Chris Rock Show," 1999), Comedy Writing ("Louie," 2012) and Variety Special Writing ("Live at the Beacon Theater" in 2012 and "Oh My God" in 2013). -Break- Emmy Episode Analysis: Can four-time writing champ Louis C.K. win Comedy Guest Actor for 'SNL' gig? Synopsis: His submitted episode, "Model," begins with Louie attempting to ask out a bartender, but before he can even get the question out, she asks him not to so she won't have to say no. Another bartender implores him to stop propositioning every woman. Jerry Seinfeld enters and asks if Louie can open for him at an upcoming benefit in the Hamptons. Louie agrees, but Jerry clarifies that it needs to be clean material. On the trai »
In much the same way that dramas like AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and HBO’s “The Sopranos” made flawed antiheroes easy to root for, a new wave of comedy is putting the oddball front and center. Instead of Jerry Seinfeld playing the straight man to his quirky friends or Michael Bluth watching his family unravel around him, characters like Zooey Deschanel’s Jess on Fox’s “New Girl” and Lena Dunham’s Hannah on HBO’s “Girls” celebrate their eccentricities.
The quirky lead has been a part of TV since “I Love Lucy” took home an Emmy in 1952, according to John Leverence, senior veep of awards at the TV Academy. He cites “The Jack Benny Show,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” and more recently, “Cheers” and “Frasier” as good examples of shows with off-kilter personalities at their core.
However, it’s just been in the past decade or so that »
- Christy Grosz
Jerry Seinfeld and the rest of his family are having one fantastic summer vacation, if Instagram is any indicator. The comedian's wife, Jessica, has been sharing several family-filled snapshots from their break and we gotta say, we're pretty envious of their adventures! In fact, Jessica's managed to document the tight-knit crew celebrating several holidays together (like family friends' birthdays) and enjoying some much-needed downtime in their home in the Hamptons. In one particularly cute photo, Jerry and his children are all gathered around a table and a birthday cake for their close pal, Michelle. "My [heart] beats for these freaks," she captioned the sweet candid »
Jerry Seinfeld is well past the point in his career where he can do whatever he wants, but he still needs to get on the horse to promote his latest work. Thursday he did a Reddit Ama in support of the latest season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and a new short series called Single Shot, cobbled together from other footage during his comedian interviews.
Seinfeld managed to answer 101 questions before signing off, supposedly beating his record for his previous Ama. Here are just a few of the gems.
What’s the Worst advice you hear being given to aspiring comedians?
Oh. The worst advice is, you know, you have to do more to promote yourself. That’s the worst advice. The best advice is to do your work, and you won’t have to worry about anything else.
Who is your dream guest for Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (living or dead)?
- Brian Welk
Have you ever wanted to be the master of your Seinfeld domain, capable of picking and choosing which episode you want to watch and not relying on the whims of some TBS scheduler? Apparently, we are closer to that reality that you might've thought. Yesterday Jerry Seinfeld did a Reddit Ama and was asked, "Jerry, any word on Seinfeld coming to Netflix?" The Redditor added, "Can you please convince Larry to let it happen? There are so many people who still have not experienced Seinfeld first hand and having it available through Netflix will surely be the easiest way." Seinfeld's response: "You are a very smart and progressive person. These conversations are presently taking place." Of course, "conversations" don't necessarily mean anything — we've all had conversations about things we don’t do — but things have to start somewhere, and that somewhere here is "conversations." Ideally they'll yada yada the »
- Jesse David Fox
Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee has become quite the hit, and distributor Crackle is now offering a new way to consume Seinfeld's conversations with his celebrity guests. It has debuted Single Shots, a series of two-minute supercuts where Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee guests discuss specific subjects. Single Shots draws its material from previously-filmed episodes of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, and each episode centers on a particular theme by featuring footage from multiple guests. For instance, the first episode is titled "Donuts", and it includes three different donut-related conversations from Seinfeld's web series: One with Tina Fey, a second with Brian Regan, and a third with Sarah Silverman. Single Shots, which Seinfeld describes as "a little espresso," is a versatile asset for Crackle. It extends the platform's crown jewel, finds a home for unused footage, and seems to be both inexpensive and easy to put together. »
- Sam Gutelle
Nothing goes better with coffee than donuts, as Jerry Seinfeld says about the disemboweled confections in his first “Single Shot,” a spinoff from his successful web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” While “Cars” features Seinfeld and one other comedian talking about many things, “Single Shot” features several comedians covering one topic. In the premiere episode, that something is donuts, and those discussing them are Tina Fey, Brian Regan, and Sarah Silverman. Also read: ‘Seinfeld’ at 25: What's Changed and What Hasn't Since 1989 (Photos) “If you're a fan of ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,’ we have just made a new version. »
- Tim Molloy
Finishing up with our coverage of new images for films that will be debuting this fall at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, we’ve got new photos from a trio of promising features. Briefly: The Theory of Everything – (Directed by James Marsh) Starring Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Thewlis, and Emily Watson. Time Out of Mind – (Directed by Oren Moverman) Starring Richard Gere, Ben Vereen, Jena Malone, Kyra Sedgwick, Jeremy Strong, Yul Vasquez, Coleman Domingo, Geraldine Hughes, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Steve Buscemi. Top Five - (Directed by Chris Rock) Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Jay Pharoah, Anders Holm, and Michael Che. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses, and click here to see all the images released from Tiff films thus far. The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th. »
- Adam Chitwood
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