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Film-maker Ken Burns to fight The Central Park Five subpoena

Burns withholds notes and documentary footage about controversial case from New York City lawyers

Renowned Us film-maker Ken Burns has refused to comply with a subpoena served on him by New York City in connection with his film The Central Park Five, about a notorious miscarriage of justice.

Lawyers for New York are demanding to examine footage and notes that Burns and his team compiled during the making of their film as the city seeks to defend the actions of its officials in the aftermath of the horrific rape in 1989 of a jogger in Central Park.

Five black teenagers were convicted in 1990 for the attack, but they were cleared in 2002 after convicted murderer Matias Reyes confessed to the crime. The five subsequently launched legal action against the city for malicious prosecution, but the city has refused so far to settle.

Burns's documentary about the case, which premiered at the Cannes film festival earlier this year,
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Can Espn score at Emmys with '30 For 30' documentaries? [Video]

Can Espn score at Emmys with '30 For 30' documentaries? [Video]
Why would major Hollywood directors want to enter the sports arena by helming documentaries for the Espn series "30 For 30"? According to sports journalist, author, and executive producer Bill Simmons, it was a hard sell at first. "I don't know if people trusted Espn with creative documentaries like that," Simmons admitted. "The first five or six (directors) were the toughest ones. Once we got them, it was like dominoes... 'Oh, this is real! I want in on this!'". Espn, not known for contending at the primetime Emmys, is entering "30 For 30" into the Best Nonficiton Series race. Last year's champ was the PBS series "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" from filmmaker Ken Burns. "30 For 30" profiles major and minor sports figures covered by Espn in its first three decades. Among those hired to tell these stories were feature helmers Peter Berg, Barry Levinson, Frank Marshall, Ron Shelt...

2010 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Award Winners

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards on NBC tonight 8/29 in Los Angeles. The show was hosted by Jimmy Fallon and you can view a list of the major winners below. I gotta be honest... I was rooting for Dexter for best Drama, but I can't complain that Mad Men won again. After all it is a great show. Check out the list of winners below and let us know what you thought of the Emmy winners! 

Outstanding Drama

"Mad Men" - Winner

"Breaking Bad"

"Dexter"

"The Good Wife"

"Lost"

"True Blood"

Outstanding Comedy

"Modern Family"- Winner

"30 Rock"

"Curb Your Enthusiasm"

"Glee"

"Nurse Jackie"

"The Office"

Outstanding Actor in a Drama

Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad")- Winner

Hugh Laurie ("House M.D.")

Jon Hamm ("Mad Men")

Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights")

Matthew Fox ("Lost")

Michael C. Hall ("Dexter")

Outstanding Actress in a Drama

Kyra Sedgwick
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Announcing the 2010 Emmy Winners!

This year's Emmys have come to a close, and I'm still surprised by some of the unexpected winners. The voters gave lots of love to new shows with Modern Family winning the big award for outstanding comedy series (and a win for Eric Stonestreet!). It was also a night for repeat honorees with the cast of Mad Men and Bryan Cranston both taking the stage for a third time. Jimmy Fallon kicked things off with a fun musical number (watch it again here), and the night had several laugh-out-loud moments (George Clooney's Modern Family video cameo was a personal fave). I was in the press room throughout the night, so don't forget to check out what the stars had to say about winning, along with our Emmys coverage from across the Sugar network. Then stop by later as I recap all of the major highlights right here on Buzz.
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Announcing the 2010 Emmy Winners!

This year's Emmys have come to a close, and I'm still surprised by some of the unexpected winners. The voters gave lots of love to new shows with Modern Family winning the big award for outstanding comedy series (and a win for Eric Stonestreet!). It was also a night for repeat honorees with the cast of Mad Men and Bryan Cranston both taking the stage for a third time. Jimmy Fallon kicked things off with a fun musical number (watch it again here), and the night had several laugh-out-loud moments (George Clooney's Modern Family video cameo was a personal fave). I was in the press room throughout the night, so don't forget to check out what the stars had to say about winning, along with our Emmys coverage from across the Sugar network. Then stop by later as I recap all of the major highlights right here on Buzz.
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Emmys 2010 winners list

The 2010 Emmy Awards were a bit surprising -- very few of the favorites actually took home the hardware. Did your favorites win?

Here is the complete list of Emmy winners from the Sunday, Aug. 29 telecast, followed by the list of Creative Arts Emmys, which were given out Saturday, Aug. 21:

Drama Series:

"Breaking Bad"

"Dexter"

"The Good Wife"

"Lost"

"Mad Men"

"True Blood"

Best Comedy Series:

"30 Rock"

"Curb Your Enthusiasm"

"Glee"

"Modern Family"

"Nurse Jackie"

"The Office"

Lead Actress in a Comedy:

Lea Michele, "Glee"

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "The New Adventures of Old Christine"

Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"

Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"

Tina Fey, "30 Rock"

Toni Collette, "The United States of Tara"

Lead Actor in a Comedy:

Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

Matthew Morrison, "Glee"

Tony Shalhoub, "Monk"

Steve Carell, "The Office"

Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"

Lead Actor in a Drama:

Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"

Michael C. Hall,
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Betty White Scores Emmy Win for `SNL' Hosting Gig

Los Angeles – The Betty White phenomenon keeps getting bigger.White won an Emmy Award for best guest actress in a comedy series for her turn as "Saturday Night Live" host. The honor came Saturday at the creative arts ceremony that is precursor to the main Aug. 29 Emmy show.The trophy is the fifth prime-time Emmy received by the 88-year-old White, according to the TV academy. Her previous honors came for classic sitcoms including "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Golden Girls."So far this year, besides the "SNL" gig, White made a splash with the new TV Land sitcom "Hot in Cleveland," scored with a clever Super Bowl commercial and played a mad librarian on ABC's sitcom "The Middle."She did not attend Saturday's ceremony, which included presenters Jane Lynch of "Glee," Elizabeth Mitchell of "Lost" and Christina Hendricks of "Mad Men."Neil Patrick Harris was a presenter and winner,
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Old Ladies and Gays Ruining American Television | The More Interesting but Unimportant Emmy Awards

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All those minor Emmy Awards that aren't announced during the Emmy Telecast (scheduled to air on Sunday night) were handed out over the weekend, and I have to admit, I've never paid any attention to them before. It was only because Betty White and Neil Patrick Harris were winners that it even entered my radar. But, there are some kind of cool categories here, like best dramatic score, which went to stupid boring overcooked "24." And who knew they gave Emmys for best costumes in a variety show and that Jimmy Kimmel's show, of all shows, would be among the winners?

Also, Jeff Probst won best reality show host, as he's done every single year the category has been in existence (he actually deserves it, I'd argue. He's the perfect host: Affable, inoffensive, and doesn't inject him into the show). John Lithgow got a much deserved Emmy for his turn on "Dexter,
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Emmys: 'The Pacific,' Betty White and 'Modern Family' score Creative Arts Emmys

Will "The Pacific" sweep the technical awards or will the miniseries share some of the love with its sister HBO program, the moving biopic "Temple Grandin," starring Claire Danes?

It's Saturday, Aug. 21 and time for the Creative Arts Emmys, held a week and a day before the Primetime Emmy Awards telecast. It's the awards event that honors the people behind the scenes who deserve recognition, but apparently didn't make the cut to be on the already overflowing live event.

The winners:

Best Casting of a Drama Series: "Mad Men"

Best Casting of a Movie/Mini: "The Pacific"

Best Casting of a Comedy Series: "Modern Family"

Best Prosthetic Makeup for Series, Movie or Mini: "The Pacific"

Best Makeup for Movie or Mini (Non-Prosthetic): "The Pacific"

Best Makeup for a Single-Camera Series, Movie, Mini or Special (Non-Prosthetic): "Grey's Anatomy" for episode "Suicide Is Painless"

Best Makeup/ Multi-Camera (Non-Prosthetic): "Saturday Night Live
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Awards Roundup: June 29-July 8 2010

Can it be Awards Season already? The Primetime Emmy nominations were announced today, and the lion's share of the nods went to American: The Story of Us, from Nutopia and History; Deadliest Catch, from Original Productions and Discovery Channel;  Life, from Discovery Channel, BBC, Skai and Rti Spa; and The National Parks: America's Best Idea, from Florentine Films, Weta and PBS. Two docs about political figures--By the People: The Election of Barack Obama and Teddy: In His Own Words, about the late Senator Edward Kennedy--took a total of five nominations ...
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Emmy nominations: The complete list

All the nominees for the 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards:

Outstanding Voice-Over Performance

H. Jon Benjamin, "Archer"

Dave Foley, "Disney Prep & Landing"

Seth Green, "Robot Chicken"

Dan Castellaneta, "The Simpsons"

Hank Azaria, "The Simpsons"

Anne Hathaway, "The Simpsons"

Outstanding Animated Program

"Alien Earths" (Ngc)

"Disney Prep & Landing" (ABC)

"The Ricky Gervais Show" - "Knob at Night" (HBO)

"The Simpsons" - "Once Upon a Time in Springfield" (Fox)

"South Park" - "200/201" (Comedy Central)

Outstanding Short-format Animated Program

"Adventure Time" - "My Two Favorite People" (Cartoon Network)

"Chowder" - "The Toots" (Cartoon Network)

"Disney Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil" - "Racing the Schoolbus" (Disney Channel)

"The Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack" - "Tee Hee Tummy Tums" (Cartoon Network)

"Robot Chicken" - "Full-Assed Christmas Special" (Cartoon Network)

"Uncle Grandpa" (cartoonnetwork.com)

Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series

"The Big Bang Theory"

"Hell's Kitchen"

"How I Met Your Mother"

"The New Adventures Of Old Christine
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Announcing the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards Nominees!

Joel McHale and Sofia Vergara were up bright and early this morning to give us our annual exciting Emmy announcements! Vergara's accent provided plenty of giggle fodder (particularly for Joel), but she had the last laugh - Vergara scored a nomination, along with a whole slew of her Modern Family costars. Community was sadly snubbed, but I did score a few choice nominations from my wish list, including a much-deserved nod for Matthew Fox for Lost and a lot of love for Glee. Before I give away too much, let me just say this - Friday Night Lights fans, I think you'll be happy. To see the list, just read more. Outstanding Comedy Series Glee Modern Family Nurse Jackie Curb Your Enthusiasm The Office Glee 30 Rock Outstanding Drama Series Breaking Bad Damages Lost True Blood Dexter Mad Men The Good Wife Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series Larry David,
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PBS signs up with Nielsen

PBS signs up with Nielsen
For the first time in nearly 40 years of broadcasting, PBS has signed on as a weekly Nielsen subscriber, a move that will allow the public television service to provide clients with a more accurate look into its audience deliveries.

PBS is not ponying up for overnight ratings, but the weekly Nielsen NPower data will offer sponsors a more timely read on programming performance.

Although PBS does not run traditional call-to-action advertising, it does solicit marketers to underwrite its programming expenses through sponsorships. Rather than a 30-second spot shilling a product or service, PBS sponsors are identified by short creative that runs immediately before and after the supported program.

In the past, sponsors backed PBS programs for a 52-week run. This spring, the broadcaster began accepting shorter commitments, some as brief as a week. The decision to loosen the sponsorship guidelines reflects clients' increasing desire for greater flexibility -- a phenomenon
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Exclusive DVD clip from The National Parks: America's Best Idea

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If you haven't checked out Ken Burns' documentary The National Parks: America's Best Idea on PBS yet, now you can actually buy it. The 12-hour series hit DVD and Blu-ray on Oct. 6, and offers a stunning look at our national parks, including Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, the Everglades, and the Gates of Arctic in Alaska.

When you think about it, it's truly amazing how these natural wonders have become part of our lives, even if we've never been to them. Burns covers 150 years of the parks, starting with the concept in the mid-1800s and featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Andy Garcia, Sam Waterston and others.

The cool thing about the DVD / Blu-ray sets is that you get three hours of bonus material, including a making-of featurette, Musical Journeys Through the National Parks, Contemporary Stories and Outtakes.

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Jack Black And Michael Cera Go Biblical, An 'Anvil' Gets Dropped And More, In The DVD Report For Tuesday, October 6

Last week's major release was a 70-year-old classic, and coincidentally today brings yet another iconic film that's actually two years older. "Snow White" was Disney's first animated feature, and appropriately enough it marks the launch of their new "Diamond Series" Blu-ray line. But blasts from the past aren't the only highlights of the week, as Jack Black and Michael Cera rock it old school in today's DVD Report.

"Year One" combines the talents of mega-producer Judd Apatow and legendary director Harold Ramis for a old-fashioned road trip through the ancient world. Starring Black and Cera as down-on-their-luck cavemen, the film draws together an eclectic cast from the comedy scene, including Paul Rudd, David Cross, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Hank Azaria and many others. "Year One" had an underwhelming response at the box office, but Sony is hoping this Blu-ray and DVD release will bring in new fans. Audio commentary with Raims, Black
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New The National Parks: America's Best Idea DVD Clip

We have a brand new exclusive DVD clip from The National Parks: America's Best Idea, which will be released in a six-disc DVD and Blu-ray on October 6. Click below to watch our exclusive DVD clip, which shows the majestic beauty of our national parks.

The National Parks: America's Best Idea traces the birth of the national park concept in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years. Using archival photographs, first-person accounts of historical characters and stunning cinematography, the series chronicles the steady addition of new parks through the stories of the people who helped create them and save them from destruction. It is simultaneously a biography of compelling characters and of the American landscape.

The six-part series is narrated by Peter Coyote and features first-person voices read by some of America's greatest actors including Tom Hanks, Andy Garcia, Josh Lucas, Eli Wallach, Campbell Scott, Sam Waterston, John Lithgow,
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The National Parks: America's Best Idea - 22 clips from the Paramount Home Entertainment documentary.

"The National Parks: America's Best Idea," the documentary from Paramount Home Entertainment, has just been filled with 22 clips. Filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature’s most spectacular locales, "The National Parks: America’s Best Idea" is a six-part, 12-hour documentary series by Ken Burns and his longtime colleague Dayton Duncan on the history of America’s national parks. This is a story of people...
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The National Parks: America's Best Idea

As I watched this masterpiece by Ken Burns on PBS my heart was touched at a deep level. As John Muir was quoted, "Without wilderness we risk losing our souls;" I wanted to cancel all my business appointments and drive out into "The Wild." John Muir was a master of pattern recognition. He created high levels of productivity in early American factories, and later built his wife's farm into a masterpiece of agriculture. But he could not resist what Emerson called, "The Great Intelligence." He was constantly drawn deep into nature to experience the ultimate pattern. He said, "Nature is an interrelated joyous web of being." Ken Burns shows how when he was away from "The Wild" he would wither, as we all do when we separate ourselves from this "joyous being." He talked...
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Ken Burns' National Parks: America's Best Idea is more about people than places

The documentaries I cover on reality blurred are those that, like the very best reality shows, tell the true, dramatic, entertaining stories of real people. So, while I had no doubt it'd be informative and interesting, I didn't plan to cover Ken Burns' latest documentary opus, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, which began its six night, 12-hour run on PBS last night. Then, in August, I heard Burns tell this story to TV critics.... keep reading » » read the full story and comment, or find the latest news about tv documentary

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Burns' PBS National Parks: Wonders For All to Behold

We couldn't have picked a better time to start watching my advance press copy of Ken Burns' new PBS series on the national parks: We'd just visited Glacier Bay in Alaska. It may well be the ultimate gem of the National Park system, even though relatively few ever get up there to see it. One is left shaking one's head in disbelief after seeing this wondrous and still-pristine park, and how little man has intruded into it - unlike, say, Yosemite. Burns' 12-hour, 6-part series, aptly named, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, starts Sunday night on PBS and runs all next week. You should try to watch it in hi-def, but do watch it. This inspirational new series also about the right length, as opposed to two earlier Burns opuses, Jazz (Wynton Marsalis' and Burns' hyperextended homage to Satchmo) and...
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