Robin Williams Emmy Tribute Planned In Shadow Of Previous Missteps
To protests by no one, the EP of this year's Primetime Emmy Awards says he's working on a tribute to Robin Williams that will be part of the NBC broadcast of the awards ceremony. Also not surprisingly, Don Mischer says they're still in the discussion phase - word Williams had been found dead in his northern California home broke just this past Monday afternoon.
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The Academy will want to tread carefully with this year's… Read
Film Independent Sets Deadlines For 30th Annual Spirit Awards
Film Independent announced the deadlines for its upcoming 30th annual Spirit Awards, taking place on February 21. The regular deadline for entries is Tuesday, September 16 and the final deadline is Tuesday, October 14. Nominations will be announced on November 25, 2014 in a press conference. A number of last year's Spirit winners went on to win Oscars the following day this year including 12 Years a Slave (best picture, screenplay, supporting actress Lupita Nyong'o)… Read
Lauren Bacall Appreciation: They Don’t Make Them Like Her Anymore
“Just be careful. She doesn't suffer fools.” That was the advice a publicist gave me just before they put me on the phone with Lauren Bacall about 20 years ago. She was promoting a TNT movie, The Portrait, and as a writer-producer on The Arsenio Hall Show I had persuaded the powers that be to book her on the show — even if, on the surface, she wasn't the typical kind of contemporary guest we often had on the show. Quite frankly, I just wanted to meet Lauren Bacall, to… Read
EMMYS Q&A: ‘Orange Is The New Black’s Natasha Lyonne On Redemption And Her First Emmy Nod
After spending three decades in film, Natasha Lyonne is Emmy-nominated for her portrayal of sarcastic ex-addict Nicky Nichols on Netflix's Orange Is The New Black. Like her character, the former child actor has battled her share of personal demons, but bounced back with roles on stage and in television, including a guest stint on Weeds that landed her in front of OITNB creator Jenji Kohan. All that gave Lyonne cause for reflection as she pondered her first Emmy nod and… Read
Reactions to Lauren Bacall’s Death: Great Beauty, An Iron Backbone
Although Lauren Bacall, who died today of a stroke, was of a different generation, her passing at 89 quickly drew anguished reactions from across Twitter, where many were still feeling the emotional sting of Robin Williams' death on Monday. From John Cusack's explosive curse to evocations of her classic line about how to whistle, fans posted photos, video and more of Bacall's fabulous career.
Related: Lauren Bacall: A Life In Pictures
“What a terrible loss for us all,”… Read
Emmys Q&A: Billy Bob Thornton On Channeling Evil In FX’s ‘Fargo’
Billy Bob Thornton has strung together a career's worth of memorable performances in films including Sling Blade, A Simple Plan, Primary Colors, Bad Santa, Monster's Ball, Love Actually, Friday Night Lights, and the Joel and Ethan Coen-directed Intolerable Cruelty and The Man Who Wasn't There. Has he ever played as riveting a character as his small screen turn as Lorne Malvo, the manipulative, malevolent murderous catalyst for the series transfer of the Coen Brothers film… Read
Why Do Awards And Festivals Honor Controversial Artists Like Roman Polanski?
It seems odd that either the Locarno Film Festival or Roman Polanski thought that honoring the filmmaker for lifetime achievement would be a good idea. This is the second recent time — after Woody Allen's Golden Globe tribute was followed by a phalanx of nasty tweets from his ex-wife Mia Farrow and estranged biological son Ronan Farrow — that an award sparked more shame than honor on its recipient.
Citing “unacceptable interference of some in the artistic liberty of the… Read
Robin Williams: A Huge Funny/Dramatic Talent Who Proved He Could Do It All — An Appreciation
I didn't see Robin Williams' attempt at a new sitcom, CBS' The Crazy Ones. I didn't want to. I didn't want to think that the great Robin was, at only 62, already making the trip back to weekly TV half-hours after such a stellar, Oscar-winning career in films and such a bright, unhinged light on comedy stages for all of his career. It's just too constricting for this kind of talent. It's even sadder to think the show got cancelled after one season, a failure that must have… Read
Reactions To Robin Williams Death: Shock And Sadness As The Laughter Ended
Robin Williams' shocking death, in what appears to be a suicide in his Bay Area home, has elicited a flood of reactions, from those who knew him best, from colleagues and friends, and from fans who've followed his work from Mork & Mindy through his Oscar-winning turn in Good Will Hunting, an array of other film, TV and Broadway projects, his standup comedy and much more. Here's a selection of those reactions:
Danny DeVito, Williams' friend and co-star/director on Death to… Read
EMMYS: Familiar Faces Fill Drama Acting Categories, Again
The competition in the drama lead actor and actress races is notable for how little it has changed since last year and, yet, how much it has changed. In each of the categories, four of the six nominees are returning to do battle. On the male side, we have Bryan Cranston, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey and last year's winner Jeff Daniels duking it out again, while on the female side Michelle Dockery, Kerry Washington, Robin Wright and Claire Danes--the back-to-back winner in 2012… Read
EMMYS: Gwen Stefani, Julia Roberts, Bryan Cranston Among Primetime Presenters
This morning Primetime Emmy Awards executive producer Don Mischer announced 13 presenters for the upcoming 66th telecast on Monday August 25, and from the bevy of film talent scheduled to appear onstage, one would think it's a kudo ceremony for cinema. However, it's just a further indication of how television continues to be in the midst of its second golden age, attracting such marquee names as Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson (both facing off in the drama lead… Read
EMMYS: Netflix And ‘Shameless’ Bring Needed Drama To Comedy Acting Races
With precious few exceptions, the nominees in the Emmy comedy categories for lead acting prove that the more things change, the more they stay the same. There's been remarkable stability in the male lead category the past three years, with four of the six nominees -- Don Cheadle, Louis C.K., Matt LeBlanc and Jim Parsons -- returning each year (and Parsons taking the prize three times in the past four years). It pays to be a member of the club, however, as the other two… Read