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All Stepphy (Jane Levy) wants is to get out of her small town. In Bang Bang Baby, the 1960s-set musical that could easily be the result of David Lynch remaking Hairspray, getting as far away from her small town is an incredibly wise decision, as there’s a chemical leak at the local plant.
While a mysterious purple mist begins to permeate the town, Stepphy happens upon her chance at fulfilling her Hollywood-bound ambitions. Rock idol Bobby Shore (Justin Chatwin) is having a bit of car trouble just down the street from her house and – luck would have it – her father (Peter Stormare) owns the local chop shop.
Canadian director Jeffrey St. Jules’ Bang Bang Baby plays select theatres in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal starting on August 21. Before it hits theatres, Cineplex had the opportunity to chat with Chatwin about the film, his co-stars, and the very real origins of his vain heartthrob character, »
- Sasha James
Last year's Primetime Emmy Awards winner Julianna Margulies is Awol this time around, bypassed to make room for three first-timers in the lead actress category: Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson and Tatiana Maslany, a trio that not only adds a new wrinkle to that race but also some welcome diversity in a category that has yet to hand an Emmy to a person of color. Scandal's Kerry Washington could have made the race even more historic but sadly did not make the nom cut this… »
Out of sight, out of mind — but does that apply to Emmy campaigns?
Every year, Emmy hopefuls work the circuit by shaking hands and answering questions at endless events. But some keep a low profile, including this year’s nominees Frances McDormand, Amy Poehler, Kyle Chandler, Louis C.K. and Mo’Nique. Their reasons include work commitments and/or a tendency to avoid the media.
But awards pundits continually fret over how much the campaigning — or lack thereof — affects the outcome.
Last year, the teams from “Modern Family” and “Breaking Bad” seemed to be omnipresent — and both shows won Emmys. But “Sherlock’s” Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman were nearly invisible — and they won as well.
Campaigners want to make sure Academy of Television Arts & Sciences members see the work before they vote. That’s especially challenging with the Emmys, given the sheer number of categories, and nominees. As FX Networks »
- Tim Gray
Earning an Emmy nomination must feel wonderful, but earning your first Emmy nomination? Well, that has to be priceless. This year's Emmy nominations spread the love to tons of people who had never been nominated, including American Horror Story: Freak Show's Finn Wittrock, Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany, and Black-ish's Anthony Anderson. Take a look below to see who is toasting their first-ever Emmy nomination, and mark your calendar for the ceremony on Sept. 20! Disclaimer: While it's very exciting that Amy Schumer has been nominated for Inside Amy Schumer, it's actually not her first nomination; she was nominated last year for her writing on the show. »
Twenty-nine-year-old Tatiana Maslany earned an Emmy nomination this year for her role(s) as various clones in the popular BBC sci-fi show Orphan Black, an impressive achievement (and one many felt was overdue) considering the organization's reluctance to recognize genre shows for major awards. But a genre bias isn't the only obstacle Maslany has faced while working on the show. Maslany says she's encountered sexism at every turn while working in Hollywood. "I don't think that any woman in this industry hasn't [experienced sexism]," she told People. "I think we all have in various ways, and sometimes you can't even tell that it's happening because it's so ingrained in the way things are structured." Maslany says the challenges vary, from being told to wax her mustache — "Which I refused to do!" — to her wardrobe belying the show's emotional context in favor of sex appeal (e.g., wearing a midriff-exposing shirt while »
- Greg Cwik
So many factors go into Emmy voting, nostalgia could easily be considered one of them. How great was it to see Claire Danes step into the leading role on “Homeland” after adoring her as a teen on “My So-Called Life?” When voters cast their ballots for Julia Louis-Dreyfus in “Veep,” they likely have fond memories of her time as Elaine Benes on “Seinfeld” — or maybe they appreciated her recent appearance as herself on “Inside Amy Schumer.” The same could be said of “Nurse Jackie” star Edie Falco, who won three Emmys for playing Carmela Soprano, or “The Comeback” queen Lisa Kudrow, who won in 1998 for “Friends.” Once you’re in the winner’s circle, you stand a better chance of being invited back.
And the smallscreen has long been a great place for actors, particularly women. If “new golden era” is becoming a tired phrase to describe the current TV landscape, »
- Seth Kelley
At least this wouldn’t be the year of #EmmysSoWhite. (Memo to Oscars: The pressure is on.)
This year’s slate of Emmy nominees offered up diversity across the acting categories. But that’s not to say TV has achieved anything close to parity. Far from it.
Witness the lead actress in a comedy race, which is shockingly pale. Whither Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”), and Constance Wu (“Fresh Off the Boat”)? At least in the supporting race, Niecy Nash (“Getting On”) made the cut in a lineup that stretched to eight nominees.
Only one black actress has ever won for comedy: Isabel Sanford took home the trophy in 1981 for “The Jeffersons.” There’s been a shutout for actresses of color in that race since Phylicia Rashad in 1986 for “The Cosby Show.” That’s 29 looooong years. There’s nothing funny about that.
- Debra Birnbaum
Anyone who complains that the Emmys nominate the same shows and actors year in and year out won’t find supporting evidence in the lineup of nominees for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
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Last year’s winner, The Good Wife‘s Julianna Margulies, got completely snubbed, as did Downton Abbey‘s Michelle Dockery and Scandal‘s Kerry Washington — who’d been in the race the last three and two years, respectively.
New to the 2015 proceedings are two actresses from freshman network dramas — How to Get Away With Murder »
"The Newsroom" star Jeff Daniels ranks fifth in our Emmy predictions for Best Drama Actor. He gets 100/1 odds, just ahead of Liev Schreiber ("Ray Donovan"), who also has 100/1 odds, but far behind frontrunner Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") at 1/4 odds. It would take a huge upset for Daniels to win … kind of like the one he pulled off when he won this category in 2013. -Break- Revealed: How Tatiana Maslany, Liev Schreiber bagged surprise Emmy noms We ranked him fifth in our predictions back then too. He defied the odds thanks to his performance in the series premiere episode, "We Just Decided To," in which his character, mad-as-hell newsman Will McAvoy, delivered a lengthy tirade against American exceptionalism. This year, he comes full circle by submitting the series finale, "What Kind of Day Has it Been," in which Will mourns the death of friend and mentor Charlie (Sam Waterston). Will his ". »
So how did Tatiana Maslany ("Orphan Black") and Liev Schreiber ("Ray Donovan") beat the Emmy odds and pull off shocking Emmy nominations last month? To crack the case, we recruited Monty -- our sassy, squeaky-voice investigative reporter -- and a few other rascals to chat with us via video. And, for fun, we threw in clips from our recent chats with Maslany and Schreiber themselves. (Watch the lively mash-up below). -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions Both Maslany and Schreiber had lowly 100/1 odds to receive Emmy nominations, according to our predictions. But now that they're in, can they actually Win? Monty and I examine the Maslany/Schreiber conundrum in our weekly episode of "The Gold Derby Show." It's a topic so big that Monty brings in a whole range of familiar-looking surprise analysts to help break it down. We also feature excerpts from excl. »
With so many shows on broadcast TV, cable and the internet, it's impossible to keep up with all everything. But now that the Emmy nominations have been announced, those options have been helpfully narrowed down for many of our forum posters. So how are they planning to spend their time between now and the Emmys on September 20? Read some of their sample comments below, and click here to join the discussion. -Break- Emmys exclusive: Which 'Orphan Black' episode is Tatiana Maslany submitting? Gone_Guy: First on my to-do list: Finish "Empire" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." I only have three episodes of "Empire" left ... The one enjoyable aspect of it, Taraji P. Henson, was recognized with a nomination. Even though I've seen her two best episodes according to posters ("Pilot" and "Our Dancing Days"), I still plan to complete the last three episodes. CanadianFan: For the first time ever, »
Ludacris is the latest high-profile star to snag a guest spot on the hit Fox series “Empire” for Season 2. The “Furious 7” actor took to Instagram Wednesday to share the news along with a first look photo from the set with series star Terrence Howard. Howard’s Lucious Lyon was sent to prison for murder at the end of the show’s first season, and from the looks of the photo, Ludacris will play a cop who crosses paths with him — at least at first glance. Also Read: 19 Biggest Emmy Snubs and Surprises: 'Empire,' Tatiana Maslany, and 'The Big Bang Theory'. »
- Linda Ge
Gold Derby has exclusively learned the episodes that will be submitted to the Emmys by three of the 2015 nominees for Best Drama Actress. Claire Danes is entering the "Homeland" episode titled "From A to B and Back Again." Viola Davis selects the "How to Get Away with Murder" episode called "Freakin' Whack-a-Mole." Elisabeth Moss chooses the "Mad Men" episode "Person to Person." -Break- Click here to see the episode title for Tatiana Maslany ('Orphan Black') Danes has already won this category twice in 2012 and 2013 for her role as CIA officer Carrie Mathison. For the fourth season on Showtime, her character is now a station chief in Afghanistan. In the plot of the sixth episode, "Carrie’s hope that Aayan will lead her to Haqqani is realized, but she gets more than she bargained for when Haqqani kills Aayan and reveals he has kidnapped Saul. Carrie orders a drone strike on Haqqani, »
Now that Tatiana Maslany has finally earned an Emmy nomination for her work in Orphan Black, we're giving a brief overview about why it's so great. It goes without saying that we're still as mystified and obsessed as ever with Sarah Manning and her seemingly endless circle of clones. If you're a fan of the show, you're familiar with the confusion of constantly trying to keep up with Tatiana Maslany's chameleonlike performance. Let's talk about all the layers of brilliance, and keep your fingers crossed that Tatiana will win! »
Gold Derby has exclusively learned that Tatiana Maslany will submit the "Orphan Black" episode "Certain Agony of the Battlefield" to the Emmys. This marks her first Best Drama Actress Emmys bid after previous nominations at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. She won the Critics' Choice TV Award in 2013 and 2014 as well as the TCA Award in 2013. -Break- Join the red-hot discussion about the Emmys going on right now in our fiery forums On the BBC America drama series, Maslany plays a variety of clones named Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Helena, Rachel, and Krystal. In this episode, which was number six in the third season, "Felix is desperate for information on Sarah’s whereabouts so he pressures the still-ailing Rachel for any shred of a lead. And, in order for Donnie and Alison to take their money-making endeavor to the next level, she must convince Jason Kellerman that her unique business plan will work. »
Over the years, much has been made of "Mad Men's" shocking inability to win an acting Emmy. It may have be named Best Drama Series four times in a row (2008-2011), but to date, it has gone 0-for-34 in acting categories. If it loses its three bids this year, It will leave TV having lost all 37 of its acting nods. But it's not the only show to be otherwise recognized by Emmy only to see its actors snubbed again and again. -Break- Top 10 Emmy nominations jaw-droppers: Tatiana Maslany, 'Parks and Rec' ... Consider "The Office." NBC's popular sitcom ran nine seasons and won Best Comedy Series in 2006, but it never claimed an acting prize. Indeed, only three of its cast members were ever even nominated: Steve Carell (Comedy Actor, 2006-2011), Rainn Wilson (Comedy Supporting Actor, 2007-2009), and Jenna Fischer (Comedy Supporting Actress, 2007). You'd think the series would have fared »
Thursday morning's 2015 Emmy nominations came with a pleasant surprise: a nod for Tatiana Maslany! For those folks who haven't been following at home, Tatiana plays upward of 10 characters on Orphan Black, and for the past two years, she's been snubbed. Fans of the show have been gunning for an Emmy since episode one, and this year, Tatiana's finally earned a chance to win. To help properly communicate the sweetness of this victory, we compiled some choice reactions from the Internet. »
Reminded that two of her fellow nominees for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Grace and Frankie‘s Lily Tomlin and Veep‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus) play her mother and her sister on Showtime’s Web Therapy, Kudrow adds that a third category-mate, Nurse Jackie‘s Edie Falco, appeared on the Kudrow-produced docu-series Who Do You Think You Are?
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In addition to those actors previously announced, the cast was also joined by none other than Scott Weinger (aka Steve Hale), who happily tweeted a photo of his script — the premiere is called “Our Very First Show (Again),” a nod to the title of the original pilot — for all the world to see:
This is not a drill, »
Orange Is the New Black star Uzo Aduba and So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley announced the 2015 Emmy nominations this morning. Spoiler alert: they were both nominated, along with Jon Hamm for Mad Men, Taraji P. Henson for Empire, Amy Schumer for Inside Amy Schumer, and Anthony Anderson for Black-ish. There are a few double nominees and a ton of first-timers, making this year's race already one of the most exciting in a while - not to mention the fact that Game of Thrones has a whopping 24 nominations. Take a look at the full list below! Outstanding Drama Series Better Call Saul Downton Abbey Game of Thrones Homeland House of Cards Mad Men Orange Is the New Black Outstanding Comedy Series Louie Modern Family Parks and Recreation Silicon Valley Transparent Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Veep Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series Kyle Chandler, Bloodline Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom Jon Hamm, »
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