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Feel like you were caught in a time loop after reading the names of this year’s unscripted Emmy nominees? If so, you’re not alone.
They are all worthy and high-quality shows, nevertheless they’ve been the same six series battling it out in the reality competition program category since 2012: “The Amazing Race,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “Project Runway,” “Top Chef,” “So You Think You Can Dance” and “The Voice.” The only change that category has seen in recent years was when then-newcomer “The Voice” usurped the spot previously held by “American Idol.”
“It’s predictable, boring — and it’s frustrating,” says Dwight D. Smith, exec producer of Syfy’s “Face Off,” a Critics Choice award winner that has yet to land a series nomination from the TV Academy.
“If you look at the nominees in the category, it’s hard for new shows to break in because »
- Paula Hendrickson
Happy 100 episodes! Syfy's groundbreaking special effects makeup reality competition, Face Off, airs its landmark 100th installment on Tuesday, Aug. 11. The show, which features crazy talented industry professionals creating mindblowingly elaborate works of art in weekly challenges, has been home to many successful artists throughout its nine seasons. In the 100th episode, the current batch of contestants will create macabre makeup for engaged couples, who will then be married by host McKenzie Westmore. Below, find out where some of those talented people have wound up since their [...] »
The jaw-dropping talents of prosthetics makeup artists will be on display again when “Face Off” returns for a ninth season tonight on Syfy. Season 9 is the start of a new era on “Face Off”: Now the reality competition series has contestants who got into effects makeup and honed their skills by watching the show, which premiered in 2011. “They’re sort of the first gen of contestants that grew into what they are watching the show,” judge Glenn Hetrick told HitFix. “That makes them a different breed. They’re really savvy to the way the show works.” So when season 9 premieres at 9 p.m. Et/Pt today, expect to see contestants who know how to avoid the pitfalls of artists on past seasons, how to better manage their time in the Spotlight Challenges, and how to best navigate working with their competitors. If you geek out over how movies are made, »
- Emily Rome
The Winchesters will face another apocalypse scenario when Supernatural returns Oct. 7, and while that’s bad news for the brothers, it presents a hunter’s trunk full of potential (and potentially amazing) stories.
Dean and Sam probably want a vacation from all the mayhem The Darkness’ release will bring, but TVLine has its own list of wants — and needs! — for the upcoming season, some of which could cause mighty conflict for the brothers. »
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Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart team up in this comedy about a rich hedge-fund manager who is sentenced to San Quentin; desperate for tips on how to survive prison, he looks for help from a black businessman, assuming he'll know what to do. That's not racist at all! As it turns out, Hart's businessman has never even had a parking ticket, so it's the blind leading the blind. The Blu-ray has tons of extras, including an unrated cut of the film, a gag reel, deleted scenes, and these featurettes: "Just Put Your Lips Together and Blow," "Get Hard Line-o-Ramas," "The Kevin Hart Workout," "Face Off with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart," "-Ferrell Fighting," "A Date with John Mayer, »
- Gina Carbone
Face it, award-winning “Face Off” is the only reality TV competition I can hack.For those in the know, one of the show judges is Ve Neill, considered a godhead to the true makeup diehards. The woman literally created the look of all of Johnny Depp’s iconic roles. Neill has produced some of the most creative makeups in the last 20 years. She’s a unique talent in the craft of film makeup, equally top of her game in special effects prosthetic makeup (a field loaded with men) and in designing unique character and beauty makeups. Ve has a special connection with […] »
- April Neale
When Darla Edin was crowned champion of Syfy’s makeup competition show “Face Off” for her finale presentation — a fantasy spin on the four elements: fire, water, wind and earth — she covered her face and burst into tears; a reaction that audiences have witnessed since the genre was invented. But “Face Off,” now entering its ninth season, isn’t the ruthless, back-stabbing reality competition show viewers have come to expect. It pulls back the curtain on a rarely celebrated Hollywood occupation — that of incredible creating special effects with makeup — and is, in many ways, a show about unsung heroes and true artistry like that displayed by 28-year-old Edin.
As Dwight D. Smith, one of the show’s executive producers says, “The artists that we have on the show are all about the art and the passion and creativity first before they are about wanting to be on television.”
Showrunner Derek Atherton »
- Seth Kelley
It should come as no surprise that critically-acclaimed series such as "The Americans" and "Silicon Valley" took home top prizes at the fifth annual Critics' Choice TV Awards on Sunday night (it's right there in the name of the event, after all). But there was plenty of love for popular shows, too, proving that quality programming is becoming more widely available and amenable to audiences during this so-called golden age of television.
"The Americans" and "Silicon Valley" each claimed high honors in the best drama and comedy series categories, respectively, and their home networks were the biggest winners of the night: HBO snagged seven statuettes, while FX collected four. "Silicon Valley" was among the shows that won multiple awards, with T.J. Miller taking home the trophy for best supporting actor in a comedy.
Freshman series "Better Call Saul" and "Transparent" also walked away with two trophies apiece, while new sensation »
- Katie Roberts
The fifth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards were handed out Sunday evening at the Beverly Hilton, and HBO was the winningest network with a total of seven prizes, including three for its Olive Kitteridge miniseries.
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FX amassed four wins, while AMC, Amazon, Fox and Comedy Central picked up two apiece.
Among the more notable first-time winners, Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson came out on top in the drama actress race, while »
The 5th annual Critics’ Choice TV Awards took place Sunday at the Beverly Hilton hotel and aired live on A&E. “So You Think You Can Dance” host Cat Deeley emceed the proceedings — and also found time to accept the prize for best reality host midway through the show. Despite playfully jabbing rival host Tom Bergeron during her intro by joking she’d purposefully gotten him relegated to one of the back tables in the ballroom, she was spotted warmly embracing the “Dancing with the Stars” mainstay during the ad break.
The first prize of the night went to “Better Call Saul’s” Jonathan Banks for best supporting actor in a drama, and the thesp also had the dubious honor of earning the ceremony’s first (but far from the last) bleep during his acceptance speech. The “Breaking Bad” spinoff later won a second award for Bob Odenkirk’s lead »
- Variety Staff
The fifth annual 2015 Critics' Choice Television Awards were handed out on Sunday night, honoring the best of the best in small screen entertainment. The award ceremony was presented by the Broadcast Television Journalist Association and hosted by "So You Think You Can Dance" Mc Cat Deeley.
HBO was the event's big victor -- the network picked up a total of seven wins. "Oliver Kitteridge" received three wins and was the most honored program of the evening. Get a complete list of winners below and find out if your faves came out on top.
Best Drama Series
The Americans" - Winner
Best Comedy Series
Silicon Valley" - Winner
Best Actor in a Comedy Series
- Alana Altmann
It’s time to start honoring television again, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association has released their (our) nominations for the 5th Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards.
HBO comes out especially strong with a whopping 27 nominations.
Any release of nominees also means its time to talk snubs, and generally start the wheels of backlash turning, and I want to know you’re reaction.
But, before that kicks off, lets see who the nominees are.
By the way, don’t miss the awards! Sunday, May 31st at 8:00pm Et on A&E!
HBO leads the networks in nominations with 27, followed by FX which garnered 16. Topping the list of nominated series are Justified (FX) and Olive Kitteridge (HBO), both with five nominations. The Americans (FX),Bessie (HBO), The Good Wife (CBS), Transparent (Amazon) and Wolf Hall »
- Marc Eastman
The critics are out for (new) blood!
Nominations for the fifth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards were announced Wednesday, and the list is chock-full of first-time nominees from rookie hits and established series.
In something of a surprise, FX’s Justified parlayed widespread acclaim for its final season into a leading five nominations, including best drama series, lead actor for Timothy Olyphant, supporting actor for Walton Goggins (who’s also up for his guest work on Sons of Anarchy), supporting actress for Joelle Carter and guest performer for Sam Elliott. »
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association has announced the nominations for its annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards, with HBO leading the networks with 27 nominations and FX coming in second with 17.
FX’s “Justified” and HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge” tied for most-nominated series with five bids each, followed by FX’s “The Americans,” HBO’s “Bessie,” CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Amazon’s “Transparent” and PBS’ “Wolf Hall” with four each.
“From streaming television to broadcast and cable, single-camera to multicamera productions, inventive reality shows to high-end drama series, this year’s Critics’ Choice Television Awards contenders really span the gamut,” said Btja president Joey Berlin. “It’s thrilling to continue to see such creativity and diversity in television programming, and as television journalists, it’s exciting to be able to share our favorites with viewers.”
The awards ceremony will be held May 31 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and broadcast live starting at 8 p. »
- Whitney Friedlander
New series are ascendant in the Critics' Choice Television Awards nominations, but it's the final season of "Justified" that reigns supreme.
The FX drama topped the nominations list with five nominations, including Best Drama, Best Actor for Timothy Olyphant, and Best Supporting Actor for Walton Goggins. "Transparent" was the leading comedy, with four nominations.
Here's the full list of nominees:
Best Drama Series
Best Comedy Series
Best Actor In A Drama Series
Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"
Best Actress In A Drama Series
Eva Green, »
- Kelly Woo
It’s going to be a busy summer on Syfy, and not just because of its latest “Sharknado” movie. The network on Thursday announced a summer lineup that also includes three new series and the return of three others.
The slate includes new scripted series “Killjoys,” from the producers of “Orphan Black,” and “Dark Matter,” from the writers of “Stargate Atlantis.” Also on tap are the new unscripted gameshow “Geeks Who Drink,” hosted and exec produced by Zachary Levi; and returning seasons of scripted originals “Defiance” and “Dominion,” as well as competition series “Face Off.”
Syfy kicks off its summer on Friday, June 12, with the two-hour, third-season premiere of “Defiance,” followed by the series premiere of “Dark Matter.” In “Dark Matter,” the crew of a derelict spaceship awakens with no memories of who they are or how they got there. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together »
- Rick Kissell
Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con May 22nd through the 24th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!
Sure, you got the comic artists and cosplayers, wrestlers, a St. Louis Ram, a Power Ranger, and of course the ubiquitous Walking Dead stars, but what We Are Movie Geeks is most excited about are the celebrities from movies that will be on hand: Horror legend George Romero, Sharknado legend Tara Reid, horror hostess with the mostest (if you know what I mean) Elvira, Guardians Of The Galaxy tough guy Dave Bautista, Henry the serial killer himself Michael Rooker, Do The Right Thing’s ‘Buggin Out’ Giancarlo Esposito. Lord of the Rings Trilogy’s Pippin Billy Boyd, Captain America squeeze Hayley Atwell, and Silent Bob’s buddy Jay aka Jason Mewes. »
- Tom Stockman
AMC has cast the lead role in its upcoming series Preacher. The adaptation of the Garth Ennis comic series has formally signed Dominic Cooper as the titular preacher Jesse Custer, as confirmed by executive producer and co-developer Seth Rogen.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) April 17, 2015
This is not Cooper’s first foray into the world of comic books, as he has also played Howard Stark, father to Iron Man Tony Stark, on both the big and small screen. Cooper, whose formal signing comes after weeks of talks, joins a cast that already includes Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, and Lucy Griffiths. A premiere date for Preacher has yet to be announced.
HBO made a number of moves over the past week. Key among »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Syfy’s inventive competition series “Face Off” has been renewed for a ninth season, Variety has learned exclusively. The contest — which tests the skill and creativity of special-effects makeup artists — will return for season nine on Tuesday, July 28, at 9 p.m.
The ninth season of “Face Off” will also include the show’s 100th episode. McKenzie Westmore hosts the series, with Ve Neill (“The Hunger Games,” “Pirates of the Caribbean”), Glenn Hetrick (“CSI: New York,” “Heroes,” “Legion”) and Neville Page (“Avatar,” “Prometheus”) returning as judges. World-renowned Hollywood makeup artist Michael Westmore (“Star Trek”) serves as the contestant mentor.
The show wraps its eighth cycle on Tuesday, April 14, at 9 p.m., with the remaining contestants facing one of the most challenging finales in “Face Off” history, which will bring back all the previously eliminated competitors from this season to assist the finalists. Their challenge will be to create four characters who »
- Laura Prudom
If you're a fan of Michael Plumides' Ghost Trek web series and have always wanted to see its characters and horror comedy style in feature film form, you can now help that longing become a reality, as an Indiegogo campaign for Ghost Trek: Confederate Ghouls is now underway. We also have exciting From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series news for Juan of the Dead fans, as well as theatrical release details for the hostage thriller, The Badger Game.
My name is Michael G. Plumides, Jr. and I am a second generation filmmaker. My dad produced the first independent film in North Carolina, the Southern sexploitation cult classic entitled, Night of the Cat, released in 1973 (available on Something Weird Video). Some of you »
- Derek Anderson
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