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The 66th Emmy Awards are next Monday and all this week Vulture has been breaking down the major categories. Forget trying to predict who will win, and let’s focus on the question that matters: Who should to win? Here are our picks in the comedy and drama races. Below: miniseries and movies.Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart Martin Freeman, Sherlock Colin Hanks, Fargo Jim Mantello, The Normal Heart Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart There's a reason The Normal Heart has four contenders in the men's supporting race alone: It's an actor's showcase. But one transformation was truly remarkable: Director Ryan Murphy shut down production so Matt Bomer could drop 40 pounds to play Felix, a closeted New York Times journalist who falls in love with activist Ned Weeks and later becomes infected with AIDS. Even without the »
- Margaret Lyons,Denise Martin
Danny Moder, Julia Roberts, Robert Greenblatt and Derek Hough are among the list of honorees for this year’s Glsen Respect Awards – Los Angeles, the annual ceremony celebrating those whose charitable efforts elevated causes important to the Lgbt communities and others.
Moder and Roberts will receive the Humanitarian Award for their commitment to, and support of, philanthropic endeavors to causes like Glsen, Unicef, Heal the Bay, Stand Up to Cancer, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, and others. The two are also Emmy nominees this year for their work in HBO’s adaptation of “The Normal Heart,” which is set during the early days of the AIDS epidemic.
The Chairman’s Award will be presented to Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, who has delivered programming featuring many characters and storylines that have been prominent in the Lgbtq community. Most notably, Greenblat served as executive producer on the long-running HBO drama “Six Feet Under, »
- Shelli Weinstein
The 66th Emmy Awards ceremony has added to its list of presenters, with latenight names signing on for the telecast.
Host Seth Meyers announced Tuesday morning via Twitter that his latenight contemporaries Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel will be on deck to present at the kudos, where all three of their programs are nominated for outstanding variety series.
On Monday's #Emmys my late night friends @JimmyKimmel, @Stephenathome & @JimmyFallon are all confirmed to present!—
Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) August 19, 2014
Colbert has already taken home a gong this year for outstanding writing for a variety, music or comedy series for “The Colbert Report,” while Fallon won for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for his hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live” during last week’s Creative Arts Emmy ceremony.
- Shelli Weinstein
You are welcome! The 2014 Emmys are fast approaching, and we have broken down all the Comedy Actor and Actress categories for you, so you can go wager all your life savings on our infallible picks. (Please don't actually do that.) The Best Actress in a Comedy Series competition is more cutthroat than ever, because Julia Louis-Dreyfus is by far the favorite to win (and history shows she will), but can the Academy really ignore Amy Poehler, who finally won a Golden Globe? And what about Orange Is the New Black's Taylor Schilling? And, hey, just because Jim Parsons' comedy skills are now worth, apparently, $90 million, does that make him a shoo-in to win..again? Plus, in case you missed it, we also »
Filming for Season 8 of The Big Bang Theory began earlier this week, but that’s not the only reason the show has been hitting headlines recently. Fans were horrified when rumours began to circulate that Jim Parsons had quit the show due to animosity between himself and co-star Johnny Galecki – but these were soon confirmed by the actor to be completely false.
Only a short while later, it was announced that the cast had finally managed to renegotiate their contracts with the show’s bosses – a process that had been ongoing for months and even delayed filming of the new series – along with the revelation that Parsons, Galecki and Kaley Cuoco will now receive one million dollars per episode. Whew!
It’s difficult to believe that as of 2014, the hugely popular sitcom will have been on our screens for a full seven years and as many seasons – and yet, after all this time, »
- Stephanie Farrell
For those who need a little more incentive to get invested in the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, nationally syndicated oddsmaker Benjamin Eckstein has a solution – gamble on it.
While betting money on the Emmys in the state of Nevada might technically be illegal, it doesn’t mean the odds aren’t worth a glance (see full list below).
According to Eckstein, HBO’s decision to enter “True Detective” into the competition as a drama series instead of miniseries is unlikely to pay off for the crime drama, as it faces stiff competition from “Breaking Bad,” which sits at 1/5 odds ($5 would win $1) to “True Detective’s” 5/1.
Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” meanwhile, is Eckstein’s surprise favorite to win in the best comedy series category at 3/2 odds, which would hypothetically end “Modern Family’s” four-year winning streak. ABC’s defending champ, undefeated in the comedy category, is close behind at 5/2 odds. »
- Kevin Noonan
It’s business as Normal when it comes to the 2014 Emmy race for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.
Related Emmys: Who Should Win Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie?
Related Emmys 2014: Scandal, Oitnb and Masters of Sex Stars, True Detective, »
Joseph Gordon-Levitt says women are an “oppressed category” of people, Michael J. Fox publicly reacts to the news of Robin Williams‘ Parkinson’s disease, 19 Kids & Counting star Jessa Duggar is engaged, and more celebrity news you missed while you were sleeping.
Michael J. Fox, who has openly battled Parkinson’s disease for years, was “stunned” when he learned Robin Williams was in the early stages of the sickness. [NY Post] 19 Kids & Counting star Jessa Duggar is engaged to Ben Seewald. [People] Jgl would “absolutely call [himself] a feminist.” [Cosmopolitan] Comedian Mike Birbiglia is joining Orange Is the New Black for a top secret season three role. [E!] Reese Witherspoon was caught hilariously dancing all by herself at a wedding and we want to party with her. [Us Weekly]
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- Taylor Ferber
Beware: The Emmy race for Best Comedy Series is a cliffhanger. Sure, Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") won three out of the past four years and now currently leads Gold Derby's racetrack odds (11/8), but watch out! That wily rascal Ricky Gervais ("Derek") is not far behind (2/1). -Break- Let's not forget that Gervais pulled off a jawdropper in this contest back in 2007 when nominated for "Extras," beating Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"), Tony Shalhoub ("Monk") and even Steve Carell, who was nommed for the U.S. version of Gervais' trailblazing "The Office." Now my fellow Gold Derby Editors Chris Beachum, Paul Sheehan and I are in a real prediction pickle. Who to back? Chris and I choose Gervais. Paul plays it safe with Parsons. Who's correct? Maybe none of us? Watch us slug it out below. To follow along, you should know that the six nominees submitted these episodes to Emmy »
“Love Is Strange” is one of the rare movies anchored by gay characters not defined by sex. The story is set in a post-gay-rights Manhattan where marriage is legal for George (Alfred Molina) and Ben (John Lithgow), longtime partners who get hitched in a local park, surrounded by their closest friends. To fund the $1.2 million drama, which Sony Pictures Classics will platform release Aug. 22, director Ira Sachs turned to his community for help. “I got financing from 25 individuals, the majority of whom were retired lesbian businesswomen,” says Sachs over lunch on a recent afternoon in the West Village. “They cared about the story, and believed it could speak to a wide audience.” Sachs says the backers have already turned a profit from worldwide distribution deals out of Sundance and Berlin.
If not for its unconventional financing, “Love Is Strange” might never have found its way to the big screen. While »
- Ramin Setoodeh
In our new prediction slugfest, Gold Derby Editors swoon over Ricky Gervais' emotional performance as the self-titled "Derek," but argue the Best Comedy Actor race could also go to category first-timer William H. Macy ("Shameless") or three-time champ Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"). Joining me in our latest video (watch below) are Charles Bright and Ralph Galvan as we analyze the episodes submitted to Emmy judges as examples of their best work from the past TV season. Gervais went with "Episode 2.6," Macy chose "Lazarus" and Parsons submitted "The Relationship Diremption." The other nominees are: Don Cheadle for "House of Lies" ("Wreckage"), Louis C.K. for "Louie ("Model") and Matt LeBlanc for "Episodes" ("Episode 306"). -Break- Emmy Episode Analysis: Read our Pros and Cons for Ricky Gervais | William H. Macy | Jim Parsons ..."' »
The awards show will be held Monday, Aug. 25 and air live on NBC. HBO leads nominations will 99 nods. CBS follows with 47, and NBC and FX Networks trail with 46 and 45 noms, respectively.
- Alex Stedman
Rust and Marty’s partnership might be over in the world of True Detective, but the actors who play them will be reuniting to present at this year’s Emmy Awards.
Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are among the 13 presenters announced Monday, a list that also includes Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Parks and Recreation’s Amy Poehler. Many of the chosen presenters are Emmy nominees themselves, including The Normal Heart’s Julia Roberts and Jim Parsons.
The 66th Annual Emmy Awards will air Aug. 25, 2014, with Seth Meyers as host. Here’s the current list of presenters.
- Ariana Bacle
Ahead of Downton Abbey‘s Season 5 premiere — it returns on Jan. 4, 2015, here in the states — the drama has released two new (and very telling) pictures of Mary and Tom’s children on its official Instagram.
Related Downton Abbey Ep Talks ‘High-Stakes’ Season 5, Mary’s Long Road to the Altar
What do I mean by “telling,” exactly? Well, while Tom shares the frame with his daughter, Mary’s son is unsurprisingly pictured with a servant. (At least not everything will be changing in Season 5.)
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* The following 13 performers are confirmed to present at the 66th Emmy Awards, »
Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer
In a statement Monday, executive producer Don Mischer said 13 celebrities have been confirmed so far as trophy presenters for the Aug. 25 awards.
The three Oscar-winning actors have small-screen credentials: Berry is starring in the summer series "Extant," Roberts is nominated for the TV movie "The Normal Heart" and McConaughey is up for honors for the drama series "True Detective."
Their willingness to dabble in TV is a sign of the medium's creative strength and increasing appeal to top-tier actors and others in Hollywood.
Other presenters will include Emmy nominees Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad," Woody Harrelson of "True Detective," Julia Louis-Dreyfus of "Veep," Julianna Marguilies of "The Good Wife," Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory," Amy Poehler of "Parks and Recreation »
- The Associated Press
The 2014 Teen Choice Awards were handed out Sunday evening at the historic Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. Here's a complete list of all the nominees and winners as they were announced. Movies Choice Movie: Action "Divergent" - Winner "Edge of Tomorrow" "Godzilla" "Maleficent" "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" Choice Movie Actor: Action Jamie Campbell Bower, "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" Kellan Lutz, "The Legend of Hercules" Mark Wahlberg, "Lone Survivor" Theo James, "Divergent" - Winner Tom Cruise, "Edge of Tomorrow" Choice Movie Actress: Action Emily Blunt, "Edge of Tomorrow" Lily Collins, "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" Elle Fanning, "Maleficent" Angelina Jolie, "Maleficent" Shailene Woodley, "Divergent" - Winner Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" "X-Men: Days of Future Past" "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" - Winner "Thor: The Dark World" Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Chris Evans, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" Andrew Garfield, »
- HitFix Staff
The 2014 Teen Choice Awards are being held tonight (August 10) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Digital Spy will update the list of 2014 Teen Choice Awards winners below as the categories are announced:
Choice TV Show: Drama
Pretty Little Liars - Winner!
Choice TV Actor: Drama
Choice TV Actress: Drama
Choice Summer TV Star: Male
Kaley Cuoco looked particularly pleased with herself after leaving her yoga class in Studio City wearing a flower crown. And given her enviable curves, it is easy to understand why Kaley looked so happy. It might be that fat new contract that has her smiling. Earlier it was revealed that 'Big Bang Theory' stars Kaley, Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki signed new $1 million-per-episode deals. The trio, who reportedly earn $325,000 per episode, are said to have put pen to paper on bumper new contracts with studio Wbtv for the next three series of the sitcom leading up to its 10th season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Sources told the website that the three stars, Jim – who plays Sheldon Cooper - Johnny (Dr. Leonard Hofstadter) and Kaley (Penny), are thought to have agreed $1 million per half-hour deals with added benefits. This could see the trio net a total of $90 million at the »
In our new prediction slugfest, Gold Derby Editors agree that the race for Best Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actor is pretty much a lock for Matt Bomer ("The Normal Heart"), but that if Emmy voters want to reward a veteran here (as they often do), they could go to Bomer's co-star Joe Mantello thanks to his character's passionate speech. Fan favorite Martin Freeman ("Sherlock: His Last Vow") also has a good shot if voters don't want to give it to one of the four "Normal Heart" nominees. Senior Editor Daniel Montgomery, Contributing Editor Riley Chow and I battle it out over who will win. (Watch the entire slugfest below.) -Break- Is Matt Bomer ('Normal Heart') too sexy to win that Emmy? As for the other three nominees -- Alfred Molina and Jim Parsons for "Normal Heart" and Colin Hanks for "Fargo" -- we're worried that they could be overlooked thanks to Bomer, »
Those of you who, like Caine in Kung Fu, wander the internet every day in search of tidbits of information about television, comics and film to then re-post to the internet and argue about… well, like us, you probably need to stop spending your days doing that, and, like us, you’ll have heard that the three principle cast members of The Big Bang Theory have recently renegotiated their salaries to a cool million dollars an episode for the upcoming three seasons of the show.
That’s right, apparently CBS didn’t check to see whether their biggest hit actually had its stars attached for an eighth season before it renewed it for the eighth, ninth and tenth seasons, thus playing their hand rather early when it came to discussing Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco and Jim Parsons’ new contracts. Those three will be getting a staggering $72 million each out »
- Ben Cooke
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