Emmy Episode Analysis: Can Michelle Dockery win as crying widow on 'Downton Abbey'?
Will third time be the Emmy charm for Michelle Dockery as beloved Lady Mary on "Downton Abbey"? She's yet to win despite two previous bids, but that could all change this year as the Best Drama Actress nominee submitted the two-hour season premiere in which Mary mourns the loss of her husband. -Break- Gareth Neame on how 'Downton Abbey' dealt with cast exits and shocking plot twists (Exclusive Video) Synopsis: In "Episode 4.1," the servants and family members are walking on eggshells around Lady Mary because she's been cooped up in her room and silent for the past six months ever since the death of her husband. As Robert (Hugh Bonneville) tries to keep up the estate in the aftermath of Matthew's death, Mary is bitter and rude to her family members and at times refuses to show any interest in her son George. It's not until Mr. Carson »
Aretha Franklin Scolded by Johnny Rockets Employee in Canada
Aretha Franklin has some harsh words for a server who showed D-i-s-r-e-s-p-e-c-t by telling the Queen of Soul she wasn't allowed to eat her takeout inside the restaurant. Concert Review Aretha Franklin Revels in Gospel Roots at Radio City Music Hall A spokesman for Franklin says the situation unfolded Tuesday at a Johnny Rockets restaurant on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. The spokesman says Franklin ordered a hamburger after performing a sold-out show. But he says the server screamed at Franklin, saying she couldn't sit down to eat because she
- The Associated Press
Emmys mystery: Was last year's win by 'Colbert Report' over 'Daily Show' a fluke?'
At last year's Emmys, after "The Colbert Report" finally defeated "The Daily Show" for Best Variety Series, journalists grilled Stephen Colbert in the press room about how he was able to finally take down the decade-long champ. "I'm grateful Jon Stewart took the summer off during the voting period," a contemplative Colbert surmised. "Not that Jon Oliver didn't do the greatest job ever, but I don't know, maybe that helped." -Break- Emmys smackdown: Stephen Colbert vs Jimmy Fallon Colbert was referring to Stewart taking a three-month hiatus from "The Daily Show" to direct his upcoming movie "Rosewater" in the Middle East. Oliver replaced Stewart to great fanfare and even wound up with his own HBO late-night show, "Last Week Tonight," in the process. However, Stewart's break from the show happened to fall during Emmy voting and, if Colbert is c...' »
Use of Racist Language in BBC’s ‘Top Gear’ Broke U.K. TV Rules, Regulator Says
London — U.K. media regulator Ofcom has ruled that an episode of BBC motoring show “Top Gear” shot in Burma broke British broadcasting rules through its use of a racist term.
The show has a massive audience worldwide, and Guinness World Records claims it is the most watched factual program in the world. The show has been sold to more than 200 territories worldwide, and has more than 19 million fans across its Facebook pages.
The show’s two-part “Burma Special,” which aired in the U.K. on March 16, contained a segment in which the presenters surveyed a bridge they had constructed over the River Kwai as an Asian man crossed it. Host Jeremy Clarkson then said: “That is a proud moment… but… there’s a slope on it.” Co-presenter Richard Hammond responded: “You’re right. It’s definitely higher on that side.”
Two viewers complained to Ofcom, and on Monday it »
- Leo Barraclough
Indian Businessman Anand Mahindra Invests In Cinestaan Production Label
First up is a three-film deal with producer/director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Romp Pictures (“Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”). The first film under the co-production deal will be “Mirziya,” to be directed by Mehra, which will launch the acting career of Harshvardhan Kapoor, the son of “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” star Anil Kapoor.
Next up is “FanneyKhan,” to be directed by Nitin Kakkar, who won India’s national award for best film for his debut feature “Filmistaan.” The third film is an untitled project to be directed by Mehra.
Cinestaan also plans to expand into television, with a project on Indian screen legends being developed.
Mahindra is the chairman of the $16.2 billion Mahindra and Mahindra conglomerate and has a personal net worth of $790 million.
Khattar is the »
- Naman Ramachandran
Emmy Episode Analysis: Claire Danes ('Homeland') hangs in there as Drama Actress
After two consecutive wins as Best Drama Actress, Claire Danes ("Homeland") is looking to make it three in a row. If successful with her episode submission "The Star," she will join just two other leading ladies who went undefeated for three consecutive years: Barbara Bain ("Mission: Impossible") from 1967-1969 and Tyne Daly ("Cagney & Lacey") from 1983-1985 (she won a fourth in 1988). Can Danes pull it off? -Break- Exclusive: Emmy episode submissions for 'The Good Wife,' Jim Parsons, Claire Danes, ... Synopsis: In the Season 3 finale "The Star," Danes' character, Carrie Mathison, meets up with disgraced soldier Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) in Tehran immediately following his killing of General Akbari, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Carrie is under the false impression that she and Brody will travel back to America where they will live together and be parents to thei...' »
Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon Spat Food at Each Other and It Was Truly Gross
Jon Hamm stopped by The Tonight Show on Friday, less to promote something and more to spit on Jimmy Fallon and be spit on by Jimmy Fallon. The premise was that the two were on an '80s pet cop show called Palisades Park Pet Patrol and played rivals who would eat very moist foods before saying p-heavy sentences at each other. We admire the unbelievable confidence of whoever decided a fake mustache was a good idea for this one. »
- Jesse David Fox
Review: AMC's 'Halt and Catch Fire' nears end of season 1
Late in last night's episode of AMC's "Halt and Catch Fire," the show's hero, computer salesman Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace), tries to dismiss a competitor who's never experienced the joy of creating something(*). Joe's rival points out that they're both in the computer compatible business, just trying to copy Ibm, and therefore neither can brag much about their flair for originality. (*) As you might expect, this column will have some spoilers for the season to date. Having apparently bested Joe with his own portable Ibm clone, he says, "You tried to be good. We just had to be good enough." It was one of many meta exchanges in the penultimate season 1 episode of "Halt," a series that has not only been reverse-engineered from past cable drama hits, but that seems acutely aware of that fact. So Joe is essentially a 1983 version of Don Draper: a mystery man in expensive suits »
- Alan Sepinwall
John Oliver Warns That Nuclear Annihilation is Just About Inevitable (Video)
John Oliver‘s lesson of the week: The horrifyingly tenuous state of the United States’ arsenal of nuclear weapons. See video: John Oliver and Bill Nye Slam Climate Change Skeptics: ‘Who Gives a S–t?’ The “Last Week Tonight” host has become a crusader of sorts, using his commercial-free, 30-minute platform to address various ills plaguing American society and politics. Already, he has helped crash the FCC's server over net neutrality, berated the owner of the Washington Redskins, crucified Dr. Oz, tackled Hobby Lobby, explained income inequality, took on the racist prison-industrial complex, and now, he's shining a light on the quiet disaster that. »
- Jordan Zakarin
Kristin Cavallari Attends Her First Red Carpet Event Since Giving Birth to Son Jax—See the Pic!
Kristin Cavallari has never looked better! Two months after The Fabulist co-host gave birth to her second son, Jaxon Wyatt, she returned to the red carpet for the International Fashion Film Awards in Beverly Hills Sunday. Cavallari looked lovely as ever wearing a crimson Zac Posen dress that accentuated her trim post-baby body. The former MTV reality star carried Glomesh's gold "Sarah" bag and added a touch of glamour with L'Dezen Jewellery. Shayoon Aboo styled Cavallari, while Bobby Eliot handler her hair and Spencer Barnes did her makeup. Cavallari gave birth to Jax on May 7, and three weeks later, she was working out four to five times a week for 30 to 45 minutes. "I've really been »
'Mockingjay' teaser trailer reveals Natalie Dormer, Julianne Moore's characters
Enough propaganda spots! Here’s your first real look at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part I: a full minute of footage focusing on the rival leaders of Panem and the struggles of combatants on the ground. Oh, and there’s a shot of the Mockingjay herself: Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence).
The clip introduces Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore as leader of the outlaw District 13, President Alma Coin. It also gives a brief shot of Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer as Capitol film director Cressida. But if there’s a focus in the trailer, it’s on the »
- James Hibberd
5 Seconds of Summer Personally Sells Forum Concert Tickets to Fans
The rising pop-rock band 5 Seconds of Summer gave its feverish female fans the surprise of a lifetime by personally selling tickets Saturday morning for an upcoming concert in Inglewood, California. Many fans, including 13-year-old Trina Umana, camped out overnight at The Forum to get seats for the Australian group's first U.S. headlining concert on Nov. 15. "I can't speak right now. I'm too overwhelmed," she said sobbing after purchasing her tickets from guitarist Michael Clifford, 18. Video '5 Seconds of Summer': What the Critics Are Saying Before heading into the box office, drummer Ashton Irwin,
- The Associated Press
Which past 'Big Brother' winners do you want to see shake up the Season 16 house?
(Pictured left to right: Mike 'Boogie' Malin, Will Kirby, Rachel Reilly, Jordan Lloyd) The reviews are in, and "Big Brother" Season 16 ranks as one of the most predictable seasons ever. Thanks to the Bomb Squad taking control of the house week after week, we can tell who's going home from a mile away. And since predictability can lead to boredom (and low ratings), we have an idea for how CBS can make this season more exciting for viewers at home: Bring back former winners! Many of these previous champs know how to make good TV and can show this group of houseguests how to keep things interesting. CBS should let them take control for a week or two -- maybe as coaches, maybe as challenge hosts, or heck, maybe even as full-fledged players in the running again for the $500,000 prize. The question is, which "Big Brother" winners do you want »
Emmy Episode Analysis: Lizzy Caplan ('Masters of Sex') brings sexy back to Drama Actress
Will Lizzy Caplan ("Masters of Sex") win an Emmy on her very first nomination? The only fresh face in the Best Drama Actress race, she submitted the well-received pilot to Emmy judges. In this kickoff to the Showtime period piece, her character, Virginia Johnson, joins William Masters (Michael Sheen) to work on his groundbreaking study of sexuality. -Break- Watch: Sheen and Caplan on blurring lines with 'Masters of Sex' Synopsis: In "Pilot," Virginia signs on as Dr. Masters' assistant for the university's controversial new sex study. She fits in right away because, unlike his former secretary (Margo Martindale), Virginia is anything but a prude. Throughout the episode, Virginia shows a passionate drive to learn more about the subject and even helps Masters advance his study from single patients to couples. Meanwhile, Dr. Haas (Nicholas D'Agosto) becomes infatuated with Virginia after their first date and...' »
The Leftovers Recap: Sinister Six-Pack
Well, folks, here we are: Halfway through the season, at episode five out of ten. This episode, like every episode so far, had some gripping moments (thus the three stars). But there’s no longer any avoiding it: Not enough is happening in this series.Which is incredibly frustrating, because in many ways it’s so damn good. The dialogue is generally sharp; the atmosphere cool and appropriately moody; the characters, for the most part, feel three-dimensional. And the acting is phenomenal. More than once a scene has wrenched my actual guts, sometimes with an explosion of violence but more often with an exchange of wordless glances. This is a show full of powerful moments and powerful ideas. But powerful moments and powerful ideas don’t necessarily add up to powerful TV. When I think of my favorite shows, the ones that jump to mind are the ones where the »
- Kelly Braffet
Britney Spears in Lingerie—See the Sexy New Pic Now!
Hello, Britney Spears! As you may have heard the princess of pop is launching her own line of lingerie in September. And only we have an exclusive first look of Ms. Spears showing off some major boobage in a cream lace bra from The Intimate Britney Spears collection. "It is so important for women to feel confident, sexy and empowered, especially in those private moments with the one they love. The Intimate Britney Spears will do exactly that," Spears tells E! News in an exclusive statement. "Each line in the collection is beautiful with vintage inspired details, and fit for all women." Saying she "can't wait" for fans to see it when the line goes on sale on »
Newlyweds Naya Rivera, Ryan Dorsey Share Post-Workout Kiss—See the Pda Pic!
Naya Rivera and hubby Ryan Dorsey certainly do look "really in love!" The newlyweds hit the gym together Saturday afternoon in L.A., and afterwards, they shared a sweet, post-workout kiss in the parking lot! The Glee star, 27, was positively glowing (and no, that's not a euphemism for being sweaty!) as her hubby wrapped an arm around her. The only thing that came close to matching Mrs. Dorsey's shine? The blinding bling on her left hand! That gorgeous sparkler is a Neil Lane platinum band with 18k rose gold. The diamond itself, an expert jeweler tells E! News, is "a solitaire and is an Oval Modified Brilliant. It could be anywhere from 4 to 10 carats." The ring, »
Susan Sarandon's Secret Fling, Chris Martin's Marriage Confession & More Weekend News
Happy Comic-Con weekend! It's been a busy few days of revelations from the convention and relationship updates from your favorite celebrity couples. Here's the news you might have missed: 5. Hungry for Love Susan Sarandon spilled her secrets, admitting to a love affair with rock legend David Bowie while the two filmed The Hunger in 1983. "That was a really interesting period," Sarandon, 67, remarked about their romance. Learn more about the surprising fling. 4. Wonder Woman to the Rescue Gal Gadot is grabbing the Lasso of Truth to play the feminist icon in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and fans were treated »
- Michele Corriston
Vivek Oberoi and Riteish Deshmukh Join ‘Bank Chor’
Deshmukh, who plays the gang leader, and Oberoi (pictured), who plays a cop, previously co-starred in the “Grand Masti” franchise.
The film is set for delivery in early 2015.
- Patrick Frater
Japan Box Office: 'Godzilla' Comes Home, Tops Weekend
Tokyo — Godzilla crushed the opposition at the Japanese box office this weekend with a $6.7 million (￥683 million) three-day bow, stopping Disney from claiming 20 straight weeks at the top of the charts. Japan is the last major market for Gareth Evans' take on Godzilla, following much speculation on how the land that birthed the beast would respond to its release. Despite some early online chatter about how the Hollywood version of the monster was bulging in the wrong places, Warner Bros. can be satisfied with its solid opening. Recent Hollywood films with Japanese themes, including 47 Ronin,
- Gavin J. Blair
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