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Emmy weekend will be busier than usual this year, with the telecast shifting to Monday and contending with rush hour traffic near downtown L.A.’s Nokia Theatre. The party scene will also be complicated by Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards at the Forum in Inglewood, with Video Vanguard Award winner Beyonce, Maroon 5, Usher, Ariana Grande and 5 Seconds of Summer scheduled to perform. Here’s your guide to the festivities.
Wednesday, Aug. 20
Directors Nominee reception, 7 p.m. at the DGA. The Television Academy salutes the director nominees.
Thursday, Aug. 21
Icon Mann pre-Emmys Salute to Black Men in Television: The Evolution of Character, 6 p.m. at the Charles Aidikoff Screening Room. SAG-aftra’s David White will moderate a panel discussion celebrating black actors in television.
Two Feet Project’s Pre-Emmy dinner, 7 p.m. at Rivabella. The cocktail reception and dinner is a fundraising event for Two Feet Project’s work in Kenya. »
- Janine Lew
We're not going to lie - when we found out that Zoe Birkett was entering the Big Brother house earlier this week, the Digital Spy office got very excited indeed. What a blast from the past - and how much the "little podgy kid from Pop Idol with the dreadlocks" (her words, not ours) has grown up in the last 13 years. But it got us thinking - what happened to the other contestants? We put on our deerstalker, pulled out our magnifying glass and started digging...
Korben, whose real name is Chris Niblett, now seems to be going by the hybrid Korben Niblett. He previously worked at Jemma Kidd Make Up School, but according to his LinkedIn page (oh yes), earlier this year he launched his own company, Evolve Beauty. Not so much of the singing anymore, then...
Well, for one thing, he's not Rik anymore - it's Richard now! »
The contradiction in film criticism certainly does not go unnoticed. Sure, there are countless films that are praised and applauded for its excellence in quality and creativity. Unfortunately, the overlooked cinema fare that deserves just as much attention (more so than some of the recognized critically-acclaimed selections on an impressive selection of critics’ and moviegoers’ radars) get lost in the proverbial shuffle. It is simply the professional hazard of the movie industry because not every well-received and standout gem will get its rightful due come major awards season in Hollywood.
Just how many times have we as movie reviewers and/or movie fans become indignant when we realized that the special piece of entertainment we personally and critically cherished came up short and empty in expectations? Again, every smart kid in the classroom cannot get a gold star as we remain a competitive society in the world of celluloid superiority. »
- Frank Ochieng
One of several films world premiering at the Los Angeles Film Festival later this month is director Amanda Marsalis' Echo Park, an La Muse (11) selection, which is curated by Film Independent at Lacma curator Elvis Mitchell and artist/scholar Roya Rastegar.Echo Park stars Mamie Gummer (Side Effects, Evening, daughter of actress Meryl Streep) as Sophie, a woman who leaves an apparently perfect Beverly Hills life to do some soul searching in Echo Park, the eclectic central Los Angeles neighborhood, where she meets Alex (played by Tony Okungbowa) a British expat »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The Oscar nominations are in, and if you haven’t glanced at the Best Actress category, you’re in for a star-studded explosion. Collectively, the five chosen actresses have been nominated 38 times for Academy Awards, so any member of this esteemed quintet could run off with the gold.
But every great actor is an entitled to a mediocre performance or two. Here are my least favorite performances by the five nominated actresses of 2014.
Amy Adams: Julie and Julia
I actually appreciate that Julia and Julia was half-about the tribulations of a blogger trying to establish herself. Scaring up pageviews in order to sustain a living is an unusual situation, and I haven’t seen that explored in many movies. But Amy Adams is a pile of quirks and unfunny dialogue in this movie, and I’ve never seen her so flatly perky. You miss Meryl when she’s not »
- Louis Virtel
5 items from 2014
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