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The TV Acad combined the top longform categories in 2011 when miniseries were extremely rare creatures on TV. But just three years later, whether they’re called “event series” or “limited series,” multi-part longform productions are busting out all over the place, even on the broadcast nets.
HBO’s bold move to field its eight-hour romp in the Louisiana swamps, “True Detective,” as a drama series cleared the way for “Fargo” to be the undisputed frontrunner in the miniseries heat. And HBO’s “Normal Heart” is the one to catch in the movie race.
Indeed, the real footraces in the longform category this year are unfolding in the acting categories, which remain a combo plate of movies and minis. »
- Cynthia Littleton
The best drama on television right now is playing out in the incredibly overcrowded drama race. Consider this: Last year’s slate of nominees was “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” and “Mad Men” – and did not include “The Good Wife.” Remember the shock waves that caused? Throw into the mix “True Detective’s” entrance into the race, which is guaranteed to knock out at least one more.
Come Thursday, at least two heavyweights are going to be disappointed. And that’s before you consider the wild cards waiting in the wings: critical favorites like Showtime’s “Masters of Sex,” which burst out of the gate its first season with compelling performances and razor-sharp writing, or FX’s spy thriller “The Americans,” which found its voice in season two with a marital drama played out against cunning plot twists.
Let’s start with the locks: »
- Debra Birnbaum
There’s new blood coming to Emmy’s comedy race this year, and it’s long overdue.
When the Primetime Emmy nominations are unveiled July 10, there are sure to be some stalwarts among the contenders for best comedy: namely, “Modern Family,” which has clinched the top prize for four consecutive years. Also likely to return is “Veep,” which has been nominated the last two years, and “The Big Bang Theory,” a three-time nominee in the category.
Another strong contender is Lena Dunham’s “Girls,” which has been nonmed for its past two seasons, but has slipped a bit on the pop culture radar the last year. And Louis C.K.’s “Louie” returned for its fourth season on FX after a 19-month hiatus, but the series is by no means a slam dunk: it was only nominated for the top prize once (in 2013) in its three previous seasons.
Emmy Predictions: Lead »
- Jenelle Riley
Whoopi Goldberg may have an Oscar, a Tony, a Grammy and a (Daytime) Emmy, but it’s hard to make the case that she could handle hosting The View all by her lonesome. (Who, exactly, would interrupt her every 10 seconds during “Hot Topics”?)
Related The View: 13 Nightmare Replacement Hosts
So who should join Ms. Goldberg at the Barbara Walters Memorial Table? We want your input! And to that end, we’ve created polls for »
When Espn announced the nominees for its 2014 Espy awards today, up-and-coming athletes as well as seasoned professionals received some good news: St. Louis Rams draft pick Michael Sam will get the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, while Peyton Manning is nominated both for Best Male Athlete and Best NFL Player.
Best Male Athlete nominees include Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos, and boxer Floyd Mayweather. Best Female Athlete nominees include Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx, Ufc fighter Ronda Rousey, Olympic skier Mikaela Shiffrin, and Breanna Stewart of »
- C. Molly Smith
Espn unveiled its complete list of 2014 Espy nominees on Tuesday: Miguel Cabrera, Kevin Durant, Peyton Manning and Floyd Mayweather are in contention for Best Male Athlete, while Maya Moore, Ronda Rousey, Mikaela Shiffrin and Breanna Stewart duke it out for top female. The nominees for Best Game include the Iron Bowl, Alabama vs. Auburn; the Afc Wild Card Playoff, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Colts; and the Stanley Cup Finals Game 5, New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings. Also read: ‘SportsCenter’ Anchor Stuart Scott to Get Jimmy V Perseverance Award at 2014 ESPYs Best Team will come down to the Boston Red Sox, »
- Tony Maglio
Each year since its inception, the Cinetopia International Film Festival has grown by leaps and bounds. This year finds the festival expanding even more into the Metro Detroit area, which means some of the best films from around the film festival circuit will be available. Unfortunately, that also means you may be forced to make some hard choices. I’d be willing to wager it’s nearly impossible to see all of the films that will be screened across the ten Cinetopia venues for this year’s festival, which means you might need a bit of guidance when planning your festival experience. The Cinetopia staff has been offering their Top 5 Picks throughout the past month, so I thought it was time to jump in the ring myself. Below are the five movies you should not skip at this year’s festival.
- Dane Jackson
The 15th annual Golden Trailer Awards honored the best in motion picture marketing on Friday night at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.
Warner Bros. was the big winner of the night, taking home 15 awards including the best of show prize and best thriller.
Universal, along with Focus, won a total of nine statues and Lionsgate followed closely behind with eight wins.
Here is the complete list of winners:
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire “World Event”
Frozen “Forces First Ped”
Bad Words “Red Band Trailer”
Focus Features/Mark Woolen & Associates
Lee Daniel’S The Butler
The Weinstein Company/Av Squad
Best Fantasy Adventure
The Walt Disney Studios/Open Road »
- Andrea Seikaly
The 15th annual Golden Trailer Awards were held in Beverly Hills on Friday night, celebrating the best previews of the past year and secretly everyone’s favorite part about going to the movies.
Warner Brothers was the big winner of the night taking home 15 awards total including being named Best of Show for the trailer “Detached” of the Oscar-winning film Gravity. Other winners include Frozen for Best Animation/Family trailer, Dallas Buyers Club for Best Independent Trailer and Godzilla for Best Summer Blockbuster trailer. The Golden Trailer Awards were started in 1999 by Evelyn Brady-Watters and Monica Brady. “The Golden Trailer Awards »
- Jake Perlman
Jena talked with reporters, including BuddyTV, about her original music, singing "Can't Help Falling in Love," why she changed her last name, performing with Paramore and why she's going to prom with Caleb. Also, how come Jena chose to perform first during the finals when she won the coin toss? She explained what really happened, so read on to find out. »
American Idol has named its lucky Season 13 winner.
On Wednesday's two-hour finale of the Fox reality singing competition, the finalists had the opportunity to sing with some of their biggest idols in a star-studded extravaganza. Who found their musical soul mates? And more importantly, was Wild Card pick Jena or rocker Caleb crowned the winner? Read on for our breakdown of the night's performances or skip to the bottom for the results.
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- Hanh Nguyen
Here we are, Idol fans. The moment is finally upon us. Who will win season 13 of American Idol? On one side, we've got the Wild Card. On the other, the wild child. At least, that's how the show described this match-up last night.
Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene took to the stage for the final time before America voted for the winner. Simon Fuller was in the house to watch the contestants perform songs he chose. Caleb and Jena also reprised their best performances of the season. (While that was the case with Jena, Caleb should have gone with "Skyfall.") And then of course they performed the winner's single.
Welcome to the first half of the "American Idol" finale. It's Caleb Johnson versus Jena Irene for the big prize, whatever that happens to be at this point in "Idol" history. On Tuesday (May 20), each of the finalists will sing thrice. On Wednesday, over two hours, we'll be treated to guest stars and group performances until we want to tear our collective hair out. Then somebody will win. And then I'll go recap the "Survivor: Cagayan" finale, hoping that Twitter doesn't ruin it for me first. Let's get down to our Tuesday business... 8:00 p.m. Et. Ryan Seacrest is tuxed up for our first night at the Nokia Theatre. 8:01 p.m. Keith is keeping it casual, but Harry is also wearing a tuxedo. J-Lo has a black leather dress with a sparkling top. As she would 8:03 p.m. Caleb is wearing a lot of fringe. Jena is wearing gold stretchy pants. »
- Daniel Fienberg
NFL hopeful Michael Sam will be presented with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at “The 2014 Espys” in Los Angeles. After a successful college football career as defensive end of the Missouri Tigers, where he was named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year and First-Team All-American his senior year, Sam announced publicly that he was gay. Should he be drafted and signed by a team, Sam would be the first publicly gay player in the NFL. Also read: Espn's NFL Wild Card Playoff Game Will Cost $100 Million »
- Tony Maglio
Do awards shows for advertising have “for your consideration” ads for their ads?
While your brain ponders that Russian nesting doll of a question, let’s take a look at the contenders for this year’s Golden Trailer Awards, the top honor for those clips that make you say, “Man, I’ve got to see that.”
The 15th annual competition doesn’t honor the best movie, just the most alluring promo. And it has a somewhat dubious special award known as the “Golden Fleece,” which honors the best trailer for the worst film.
The commercial for All Cheerleaders Die, featured above, »
- Anthony Breznican
Warner Bros set the pace for the biggest number of nominations in the 15th annual Golden Trailer Awards, which will be presented May 30 at the Saban Theater. The awards cover the gamut of trailers, and Warner Bros, with 51 noms for films including Gravity, The Lego Movie, Godzilla and The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, set the pace. Universal is second with 32 nominations including Focus Features, for movies that include A Million Ways To Die In The West, Lone Survivor, The Purge and Despicable Me 2. Right behind them is Fox, which includes Searchlight, and which got 31 noms for films that included The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, Rio 2 and How To Train Your Dragon 2. Lionsgate got 30 noms and Disney came in with 23. The judge panel includes Frozen co-director Chris Buck, actor Adam Driver, Entourage creator Doug Ellin and castmember Debi Mazar, Raising Hope’s Garret Dillahunt, Divergent helmer Neil Burger, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
When it comes to motor bike racing I tend to think of Superbikes and Motor Gp, I’ve even played some of the games, though not for many years. When loading up Mxgp and making my way through the menu system to get to an actual race I knew that the races would be muddy and full of jumping in the air, and in a way that is the perfect way to start the game. The problem with this though is the complexities of racing on tracks that appear to want you to crash spectacularly, in bone crushing ways!
That’s not to say that Mxgp is a hard game to control, you just have to get used to how the bike handles, how your rider applies his weight to the bike and all of your opponents who are flying through the air at the same time. Playing on the »
- Paul Metcalf
Are you ready for some football? You'd better be. The NFL released its full 2014 schedule on Wednesday, from regular season through the postseason. The preseason schedule was previously announced. Below is the NFL broadcast schedule. Also read: Espn's NFL Wild Card Playoff Game Will Cost $100 Million Per Year 2014 NBC Sunday Night Football Schedule Thurs. Sept. 4 NFL Kickoff: Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks Sun. Sept. 7 Week 1: Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos Sun. Sept. 14 Week 2: Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers Sun. Sept. 21 Week 3: Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers Also read: Espn to Televise First NFL Playoff Game, »
- Tony Maglio and Tim Kenneally
The NFL regular-season schedule comes out tomorrow, but we already know something big about the postseason. The league said today that Espn will air a wild card game during the first weekend of the playoffs in early January. The milestone game will mark the first postseason NFL game on pay TV — and should draw astronomical ratings for the cable universe. Last season’s wild card weekend was a goldmine for NBC, CBS and especially Fox, whose 49ers-Packers contest was the most-watched wild card game on any network since the Reagan administration with 47.1 million viewers. Even that weekend’s lowest-rated game — in which the Colts erased a four-touchdown deficit to stun the Chiefs — drew 27.6 million. But that’s more than the largest cable TV audience ever: the 2011 Auburn-Oregon college football title game, which pulled in 27.3 million viewers for Espn. The sports network, which carries Monday Night Football games, signed an eight-year »
- ERIK PEDERSEN
Espn will televise a National Football League Wild Card contest during the 2014 season — the first NFL Playoff game in the cable channel's 35-year history. Additionally, NBC will add a Divisional Playoff game this coming postseason and each year through 2022. The NFL and Espn had reached a new eight-year extension for “Monday Night Football” and broad studio, multimedia and international rights in 2011. The agreement — which began this spring and extends through the 2021 NFL season — provided the NFL with an option to air a postseason Wild Card playoff game on Espn, which the NFL opted »
- Tony Maglio
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