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2014 Emmy Awards: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Fargo’ Lead Nominations

12 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO again led the way in nominations for the 66th annual nighttime Emmy Awards, buoyed by the strong showing of new drama “True Detective” and the movie “The Normal Heart,” as the voting again tilted heavily toward cable and new players such as Netflix.

As usual, the nominations announced Thursday morning mixed returning series with a few breakthroughs, with the logjam of quality programming inevitably bound to produce grumbling about those shows that were overlooked.

With “True Detective” nabbing nods for best drama as well as stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson — and “Game of Thrones” leading all programs, with 19 nods — HBO totaled 99 Emmy bids, the most of any network for the 14th consecutive year. The pay service’s coups also included a best-comedy nod to the new sitcom “Silicon Valley,” while one of the more high-profile network contenders, Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” didn’t make the cut.

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- Brian Lowry

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Venice Film Festival Opens With Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu's 'Birdman'

14 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The 71st Venice Film Festival has announced that it will launch on August 27 with the world premiere of Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu's "Birdman Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance". The film stars Michael Keaton as an actor who first achieved fame for playing an iconic superhero struggling to mount a Broadway play and battling his ego and demons in the days leading up to the opening night. The trailer for Iñárritu's black comedy has been stirring up plenty of buzz since it was unveiled online last month. "Birdman" reportedly takes place in real time and unfolds in a series of long, uninterrupted takes. Keaton is joined in the cast by Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts. The film will be screened in competition on August 27 in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido, following the opening ceremony hosted by Luisa Ranieri. »

- Matt Mueller

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Emmy Nominations: Highlights & Snubs

9 hours ago | IMDb Television Blog | See recent IMDb Television Blog news »

How sweet, fresh meat. No, we’re not channeling Freddy Krueger; instead, think Crazy Eyes from “Orange Is the New Black”.  Thursday morning’s nominations announcement brought a welcome infusion of new contenders from Netflix’s “Orange” into the running for The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, joining its platform sibling “House of Cards” in securing a foothold in in each of the major category races. “House of Cards” is going up against “Breaking Bad”, “Game of Thrones” ,“Mad Men” “Downton Abbey” and “True Detective” in the Outstanding Drama Series contest, while “Orange Is the New Black” received a nod for Outstanding Comedy Series, along with “The Big Bang Theory” , “Louie”, “Modern Family” , surprise nominee “Silicon Valley” and “Veep”. »

- Melanie McFarland

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It's Official! Rosie O'Donnell Returning to The View!

8 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It's official! Rosie O'Donnell was announced as a co-host for season 18 of The View this morning. The show's Twitter account posted the following message to fans: "It's official! ABC confirms Rosie O'Donnell returns as a co-host of The View w/ moderator Whoopi Goldberg for Season 18." Earlier this week, E! News confirmed that the comedienne was close to closing a deal with the long-running morning talk show. O'Donnell, who was a host for just one tumultuous season back in 2007, is set to fill one of the empty chairs left by Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy. O'Donnell famously exited the talk show in 2007, one month before her contract »

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'Orphan Black' Reacts to Tatiana Maslany Emmy Snub

10 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Orphan Black and its star Tatiana Maslany were shut out of the Emmys early Thursday — and BBC America's clone conspiracy thriller made sure to address it with some cheeky tweets. Maslany, who plays nearly a dozen characters on Orphan Black, was considered a threat to sneak into the outstanding drama actress category, which will see Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Kerry Washington (Scandal), Robin Wright (House of Cards), Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Claire Danes (Homeland) and Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) vying for the prize. The Hollywood Reporter's awards analyst Scott Feinberg

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- Philiana Ng

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North Korea complains to U.N. about Seth Rogen comedy 'The Interview'

9 hours ago | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

North Korea continues to unintentionally raise awareness for The Interview, the movie where Seth Rogen and James Franco plan to assassinate Kim Jong-un.

According to Reuters, North Korea’s U.N. Ambassador Ja Song Nam sent a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon saying that the movie is an “undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as an act of war.” The full letter didn’t actually name The Interview, but says that the movie in question “involves insulting and assassinating the supreme leadership.”

In The Interview, Rogen and Franco play a TV anchor and producer, respectively, who find out »

- Jacob Shamsian

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Top 10 shocking Emmy nominations snubs: Tatiana Maslany, 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' ...

10 hours ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Just like every year, Emmy gives and Emmy takes away when it comes to surprises. In addition to the actors and shows who made unexpected appearances (see our list of the most shocking nominations here), there were many contenders left out who were expected to be in the running. -Break- This was supposed to be the year for Tatiana Maslany to break through in the Best Drama Actress race. The "Orphan Black" star is coming off of a nomination at the Golden Globes, two wins from the Critics' Choice TV Awards, and surging ratings and buzz for season two, but she still didn't make the cut. And we expected "The Good Wife" to make a triumphant comeback to the Best Drama Series race after two years absent from the lineup. But it was not to be. New shows "Orange is the New Black" and "True Detective" did well with Emmy voters, »

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Taylor Swift Heads to the Gym in This Outfit and Stunning Hair?!—See the Pic!

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We have so many questions about Taylor Swift's pre-workout attire. Why get into full hair and make-up right before you sweat it all off? Why wear a cute little frock that you're about to throw in a dirty locker? What would the "Red" singer put on if there weren't 100 paps outside her door? Isn't walking in those heels enough exercise for the day? The list goes on and on but it all amounts to this simple fact: no one should look this good on their way to the gym. We are full TSwift supporters when it comes to most things fashion-related, but this is a definite fail of the "stars are nothing like us" variety. Someone needs to tell America's sweetheart that there's »

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Inside Robert Downey Jr.'s Fight to Help His Son Indio After Drug Arrest

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Robert Downey Jr. has been down this path before. The Iron Man star, 49, who battled drug addiction for years before getting sober in 2002, has rallied to help his son Indio, 20, who was arrested for cocaine possession on June 29. A family source says Indio, a musician, has struggled with substance-abuse issues in recent years. He voluntarily checked himself into rehab after the arrest. "Robert clearly understands the struggle, and while of course this relapse was very upsetting to him, he is very proud of his son," the source tells People in this week's issue. Indio has the support of his family, »

- Elizabeth Leonard

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This Jared Leto Hugging Meme Has Taken Over the Internet Just as We Hoped It Would!

9 minutes ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

See, (thanks to technology and creative fans) wishes do come true! Earlier today, we introduced you to the wonderful image that is Jared Leto hugging a tree, a dog and more trees. The 42-year-old singer shared the pic of himself embracing nature in the forest with a giant smile on his face with the caption, "Tree huggin hippy? Guilty! #lovelustfaithdreamstour #dayoff #chicothedogdoyoumissme?" Obviously, after seeing the funny snapshot, we had one question: Can this epic Leto imagery become the next great Internet meme? Well, the worldwide web has spoken—and the answer is yes (we win!). Now, #freehugs is taking over Twitter, along with fanmade memes of the award-winning actor hugging things »

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Tony Winner Kiril Kulish Joins ‘Twilight’ Actor Booboo Stewart in ‘Sonata’

10 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kiril Kulish, who won a Tony for “Billy Elliot,” has come on board the indie music drama “Sonata” opposite “Twilight Saga” star Booboo Stewart.

Iconic Media ProductionsJudi Bell and Matt Nicholas are producing with Ashley Anguline co-producing. Brendan Foley is directing from a script by Nicholas and  actress Nastassja Sanchez.

The producers are still casting the female lead — a troubled cellist suffering from hearing loss. Stewart will play her musician boyfriend while Kulish will be her rival.

Kulish will next be seen in the indie drama “Rivers of Milk and Honey.” He’s represented by Advantage Talent Management and Hirsch, Wallerstein, Hayum, Matlof, and Fishman.


- Dave McNary

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Garrett Hedlund Looks Hot on the Cover of Flaunt, Talks Brad Pitt and the Importance of Family

14 minutes ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Garrett Hedlund is opening up like never before! The Unbroken actor covers the 15th anniversary issue of Flaunt magazine, looking ruggedly handsome in a plain white T-shirt and a jacket with the sleeves pulled down. In another sexy shot, the star sits on a stool wearing a black suit—minus a shirt! Talk about major eye candy! But the 29-year-old isn't too concerned with his strikingly good looks. Instead, he'd much rather focus on portraying complex characters, making great movies, spending quality time with his loved ones and maintaining his positive outlook on life. "Every once in a while we remember that life is short, and to appreciate the time with your friends and family, and »

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Benedict Cumberbatch Set for First San Diego Comic-Con Appearance

15 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Benedict Cumberbatch will make his first trip to San Diego Comic-Con to promote DreamWorks Animation’s feature “The Penguins of Madagascar,” although he may also stick around for Warner Bros.’ “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” and support Peter Jackson, who is scheduled to present the final installment of his trilogy.

In addition to Cumberbatch, who plays Agent Classified, the Dwa panel for “Penguins” will also feature John Malkovich, Tom McGrath and directors Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell. Fox will release the toon on Nov. 26.

The two-hour DreamWorks Animation panel will take place in the convention center’s Hall H on Thursday, starting at 11:30 a.m. WB’s presentation takes place Saturday morning.

The presentation will also promote the animated feature “Home,” out March 27, which features music by Rihanna and is helmed by Tim Johnson.

While “Sherlock” has been promoted at Comic-Con in the past, Cumberbatch »

- Marc Graser

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'Ghostbusters' gets a retro 30th anniversary release trailer

23 minutes ago | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Sometimes it’s best not to mess with the classics. So, in honor of the 30th anniversary theatrical re-release of a restored and remastered Ghostbusters—coming this Labor Day weekend—Sony has released a fittingly retro trailer.

“Ghostbusters is still one of our studio’s most beloved franchises,” Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of worldwide distribution, told EW’s Jeff Labrecque. “I was lucky enough to work on the release of the film on its first run, so it’s a real thrill for me to see that it’s still connecting with audiences everywhere. On the big screen or in home entertainment, »

- Lindsey Bahr

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So Carrie Underwood Doesn't Know Husband Mike Fisher's Twitter Handle After 4 Years of Marriage, No Big Deal

25 minutes ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It's the thought that counts. Not to mention, it's probably an excellent sign that Carrie Underwood doesn't know (or temporarily forgot) what husband Mike Fisher's Twitter handle is. That suggests they communicate by real means. But Underwood either was typing too fast or had a bit of a Twitter-brain fart Thursday when she wrote a sweet message for her hockey player hubby to mark their fourth wedding anniversary and accidentally wrote it to @mikefisher. Which is great for that guy, but Mike Fisher of the Nashville Predators who's married to Carrie Underwood is @mikefisher1212. Oops! The country artist quickly caught herself, however, and updated her message to read, "Four »

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This Dad Captured His Baby's Curbside Birth on a GoPro Camera—Watch!

44 minutes ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Troy Dickerson didn't want to miss anything when it came to his third child's birth, so he didn't. He really didn't. The Texas dad strapped a GoPro camera to his head to capture footage of his speedy race to the hospital when his wife, Kristin, started going into labor on Saturday, June 28. What he didn't expect was that his GoPro camera would not only catch the drive, but the actual birth of his baby—which took place on the sidewalk of the hospital! Regardless of racing down the highway at 95 mph towards a Houston hospital as his pregnant wife groans in pain, Troy just barely made it so that his newborn wasn't born in the passenger side of his car. "I can't make it! I »

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The Comeback: Well, She's Got It—Again! What You Need to Know About Valerie Cherish's Return

47 minutes ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Valerie Cherish lives on! The Comeback is making its comeback after 10 years, and it's a dream come true for creator and executive producer Michael Patrick King and star and executve producer Lisa Kudrow. The delighted duo took the stage at the 2014 Summer TCA Press Tour on Thursday to discuss the unliktely return of The Comeback, which starred the Friends alum as a sitcom star who turned to reality TV.  "It's the same as nine years ago," Kudrow said of the series. But still, a lot has changed in the decade since viewers last saw Valerie. Here is everything you need to know about The Comeback's return... What's Valerie Up to? She's working! After she "gets cast on a show »

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Dave Grohl Takes Dig at ‘Song Contests’ During HBO's ‘Sonic Highways’ Panel

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Dave Grohl decided to take on the upcoming HBO docuseries “Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways” for a number of reasons. And one of them, it seems, is that his offspring won't have to turn to a Simon Cowell-type music mogul for validation some day. Speaking at the Television Critics Association panel for the upcoming series, which premieres in October, the Foo Fighters frontman discussed the inspiration that he hopes the series will inspire in aspiring musicians — and he took a thinly veiled swipe at “American Idol” and its ilk. Also read: Steven Soderbergh Came to Cinemax ‘To Be the Big Kid. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Director Matt Reeves on how Coppola's 'Godfather' advice shaped his new 'Apes'

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I sat down with Matt Reeves in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge to see which one of us could have our hair more disheveled by the amazing wind on Crissy Field. Enjoy the video. The last time I saw Reeves, it was at Michael Giacchino's house, where I got to watch the two of them working on a scoring session for "Let Me In." I don't bring that up simply to not-so-humblebrag, but to illustrate just how unusually open Reeves can be about the filmmaking process. Even after almost 16 years of writing about films online, I can count the number of scoring sessions I've been invited to attend on my fingers. It's one of the more private parts of the overall filmmaking experience, and it's also a pressure cooker, so many filmmakers simply can't open that up to reporters. When "Let Me In" came to Comic-Con, I moderated the panel, »

- Drew McWeeny

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'Apes' Sequel Swings In to Theaters This Weekend

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Coming off the slowest Fourth of July in over a decade, the box office should get a boost from one of the Summer's most-anticipated movies this weekend.Playing at 3,967 theaters (3,133 with 3D), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes should at least match its predecessor's $54.8 million debut. With goodwill from that movie and some of the best reviews of the year, it's possible that Dawn actually opens quite a bit higher than that.The original Planet of the Apes earned $32.6 million in 1968 and spawned four sequels that arrived yearly from 1970 to 1973. Those follow-ups received mixed responses and dwindling box office returns, and the franchise was retired from the big screen for nearly three decades. The 2001 remake, directed by Tim Burton, set a July opening weekend record with $68.5 million, and ultimately earned over $180 million total. The movie received poor marks from critics and audiences, though, and a sequel never came together. »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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