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Emmy Nominations Reveal Few Surprises

16 July 2009 10:01 AM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

It's a good day for funny people, especially if your name is Tina Fey or Seth MacFarlane.

Fey's series, 30 Rock, was handed 22 Emmy nominations this morning, which stands as a record for a comedy series. She and Alec Baldwin were also nominated for acting awards. Plus, for the first time some of the other actors on NBC's laffer  were recognized. Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer and Tracy Morgan all picked up supporting nominations.

MacFarlane's Family Guy was also nominated for best comedy series, the first time an animated show has cracked that category since The Flintstones in 1961. Two years ago MacFarlane decided to pull his show from contention in the animated series category to have it considered for best comedy.

Mad Men, the drama about the advertising world in the sixties, picked up 16 nominations in the drama categories, including a best actor nod for Jon Hamm. Hamm is also nominated as »

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The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations

16 July 2009 6:30 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards this morning. NBC comedy series 30 Rock lead the way with 22 nominations with the HBO telefilm Grey Gardens with 17 nominations and last year's winner for Best Drama, Mad Men, with 16 nominations. Take a look at the complete list of the nominees below.

Outstanding Voice-Over Performance

American Masters - Jerome Robbins: Something To Dance About - PBS - Thirteen/Wnet American Masters - Ron Rifkin, Narrator

Family Guy - I Dream of Jesus - Fox - Fox Television Animation - Seth MacFarlane as Peter Griffin

Robot Chicken - Robot Chicken: Star Wars - Episode II - Cartoon Network - ShadowMachine - Seth Green as Robot Chicken Nerd, Bob Goldstein, Ponda Baba, Anakin Skywalker, Imperial Officer

The Simpsons - Eeny Teeny Maya Moe - Fox - Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox Television »

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Police 'To Probe Rihanna/Brown Relationship History' - Report

13 February 2009 12:15 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Los Angeles police are reportedly investigating the possibility of a history of heated rows between Rihanna and Chris Brown in the wake of the R&B star's alleged attack on his girlfriend at the weekend.

The probe comes as it was revealed by police sources that the Umbrella hitmaker was forced to wear an eye patch last year, after suffering an alleged scratched cornea.

Brown was arrested on Sunday and charged with making criminal threats after a heated exchange in Los Angeles that morning, hours before he and Rihanna were due to attend the Grammy Awards.

Reports later suggested the woman involved was his girlfriend, who was allegedly hospitalised after the fight - although no official confirmation as to the female's identity is yet to be declared.

And now officials are set to look into whether Brown caused the star's previous cornea injury, reports Britain's The Sun newspaper.

A police source tells the publication, “We’re investigating if her eye injury could have been caused by Brown.

“There could be an innocent explanation - but police believe Rihanna has previously refused to make a complaint against Brown. She is now being asked about her past injuries and is beginning to open up about incidents in their relationship.”

The tabloid alleges that the 20-year-old was reluctant to file a police complaint after the weekend's incident - but was persuaded to by her mum Monica.

And cops are now reportedly talking to those close to Rihanna about an alleged history of injuries.

The source contines, “We’re talking to her friends and management, who say she’s appeared with mysterious marks or injuries before, but always refused to explain what happened.

“There was one instance when she suddenly appeared with an eye patch, saying her cornea had been scratched.” »

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Slideshow: 24-Image Gallery For 51st-Annual Grammy Awards With U2, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus

9 February 2009 8:02 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – This 24-image slideshow contains the official press images from CBS for “The 51st Annual Grammy Awards,” which featured performances by U2, Coldplay, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Kid Rock, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, The Jonas Brothers, Katy Perry, Paul McCartney, Radiohead, Justin Timberlake, T.I., Jamie Foxx, Smokey Robinson, Ne-Yo, Allison Krauss, and Robert Plant. The show was broadcast live on Sunday, February 8th, 2009.

You can click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through this slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos are credited to Monty Brinton/CBS;2009 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Grammys_2009_12: Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift

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- (Adam Fendelman)

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Juno, Wall-e and The Dark Knight Take Home Grammy Awards

8 February 2009 2:16 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The 51st Annual Grammy Awards are in progress, and the movie awards were front loaded.

The soundtrack for Fox Searchlight’s Juno won a Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack, beating out American Gangster, August Rush, Mamma Mia and Sweeney Todd.

James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer took home a trophy for Best Score for The Dark Knight, beating out Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Iron Man, There Will Be Blood and Wall-e.

And the Grammy for Best Motion Picture Song went to Thomas Newman and Peter Gabriel for “Down to Earth” from Pixar’s Wall-e, beating out Carrie Underwood’s Ever Ever After from Enchanted, John Mayer’s Say from The Bucket List, Amy Adams’ That’s How You Know from Enchanted and John C Reilly’s Walk Hard from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. As much as I loved Wall-e, I still think the Newman/Gabriel song is overrated, »

- Peter Sciretta

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Pregnant M.I.A. to Rap at Grammys - On Her Due Date

5 February 2009 9:45 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Rapper M.I.A. had better add one more person to her Grammy entourage – a doctor. The pregnant hip-hop star, who is nominated for two awards, is scheduled to perform at the ceremony Sunday, which is also her due date. "They say that you're often late the first time, so I'm planning to go," the mom-to-be, 31, who is engaged to musician Benjamin Brewer, tells USA Today. "We'll see. People are trying to get me to relax and focus on the baby. It's like being in parallel universes." Other newly announced performers include nominees John Mayer and Keith Urban, who will »

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Miley Cyrus & Taylor Swift to Duet at Grammys

3 February 2009 7:20 AM, PST | | See recent news »

As if the Grammy Awards didn't have enough celebs already lined up, they've gone ahead and added another constellation's worth of stars. A special performance with Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus headlines the latest announcement of performers for the Feb. 8 Grammys. Kanye West and Estelle will also perform together, while nominees Adele, Chris Brown and Sugarland are also scheduled to sing onstage, the Recording Academy said Tuesday. The Grammys will also include a Four Tops tribute featuring original member Duke Fakir, Jamie Foxx and Ne-Yo. And the evening's presenters will include Sheryl Crow, Queen Latifah, Craig Ferguson, Jay Mohr, T-Pain and Al Green. »

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