Tribeca 2014 Reveals Spotlight, Midnight & Special Screenings Slate

By | Thursday March 6, 2014 @ 9:00am PST

tribecaThe Tribeca Film Festival continues to roll out its lineup for this year’s  13th edition, which kicks off April 16. Here is the program slates for the Spotlight, Midnight, Special Screenings and Storyscapes sections. The fest’s shorts program will be unveiled Tuesday. Here are today’s films, which include Spotlight spots for Roman Polanksi’s Venus In Fur, the Robin Williams-starrer Boulevard from Dito Montiel, world premieres of films directed by actors Chris Messina and Courteney Cox, and of course the horror comedy Zombeavers:

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‘Mission Blue’ To Open Santa Barbara International Film Fest; Full Lineup Unveiled

By | Tuesday January 7, 2014 @ 10:02am PST

SBIFFThe Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced its 2014 lineup. The 29th edition features 23 World Premieres and 31 U.S. Premieres and runs January 30-February 9. Robert Nixon and Fisher Stevens’ Mission Blue opens the fest and Before Midnight closes it, followed by a Q&A with Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. Here’s the full lineup: Read More »

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UPDATE: Haim Saban Praises Obama’s Middle East Policy At Fundraiser

By | Monday November 25, 2013 @ 10:37pm PST

Power Rangers billionaire and staunch Israel supporter Haim Saban tonight offered strong support to President Obama for his efforts to wind down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and his recent initiative in negotiations with Iran. “We’re out of Iraq, we’re out of Afghanistan and the military and intelligence cooperation with Israel — our staunchest ally in the Middle East, arguably in the world, has never been deeper and the president’s commitment to Israel’s security has never been stronger,” Saban said in his introduction to Obama’s remarks tonight at his Beverly Hills home, according to White House pool reports. “And “If Iran is at the negotiating table today, make no mistake about it, it is only because of President Obama’s resolve in striking them with the most crippling sanctions ever.” The event was the second fundraiser of the night for Obama and the first Saban has hosted for the President directly. (He’d hosted a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton last month.) About 120 people attended tonight’s dinner — including Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson, Warner Bros’ Barry Meyer and wife Wendy, and Netflix’s Ted Sarandos — with tickets going for $16,200 each. (Read an edited and condensed version of the White House Pool report and official WH Press Office remarks from both of tonight’s fundraisers below.)

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Earlier in the evening, Obama was the headliner at a fundraiser at Magic Johnson’s Beverly Hills house. About 160 people including Samuel L. Jackson and Diane Keaton paid $2,500-$15,000 a ticket hear the commander-in-chief speak at the reception. Tomorrow morning the president will be attending a $32,400-per-guest breakfast event at the home of Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman (take a look at the original invite here). After that, he will visit and give a speech on the economy and the entertainment industry at big donor Jeffrey Katzenberg‘s DreamWorks Animation HQ, as well as meeting with studio bosses. Obama’s Southland visit, his first since August, is partially a makeup for a planned swing in September that was scrapped because of the Syria crisis.

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HBO, ‘Behind The Candelabra’ Lead Creative Arts Emmy Awards; Bob Newhart, Dan Bucatinsky, Melissa Leo, Carrie Preston, Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn, ‘Undercover Boss’, ‘South Park’ & Tony Awards Among Winners

By | Sunday September 15, 2013 @ 4:01pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Creative Arts Emmy Awards WinnersThe first 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out this afternoon at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. HBO led with 20 Emmys, followed by CBS with 15 and NBC’s with 11. HBO’s Behind the Candelabra was the most awarded program with 8 Emmys. CBS’ Undercover Boss won best reality show, South Park was named best animated show, while Project Runway‘s Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn took best reality hosts. The Guest Actor/Actress categories were the highlight of the ceremony with emotional wins for comedy great Bob Newhart, who snagged his first Emmy for The Big Bang Theory, Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal), Melissa Leo (Louie) and Carrie Preston (The Good Wife). A new 45-second rule imposed on winners’ walk to the stage and acceptance speeches created quite a stir at the ceremony, which still ran for almost 4 hours, clocking in at 3 hr 49 min. A two-hour, edited version will air Saturday, September 21st on FXX.

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Diane Haithman, Ray Richmond and Anthony D’Alessandro were on the scene at the Nokia for Deadline: Balmier weather than last year’s 100-degree heat made for a livelier Red Carpet. Matt Weiner, whose Mad Men suffered a historic shutout last year with 17 nominations and no wins, was optimistic heading into the ceremony. “Ya know what, anything would be great,” he said. “I would love to see one of our (guest) actors recognized. Linda (Cardellini), Harry (Hamlin), Robert Morse. None of our actors have been recognized (with wins). We’ve never won an editing or cinematography award.” Asked whether Mad Men would possibly do a Season 8 if the price was right, Weiner said: “No, no, it’s not about the deal. I want to wrap the show up. I have a good vibe for what we’re doing in this last piece and that’s the way to go. Will there be more TV and film in my life? I hope so. I’ve written a play. I don’t expect this (the Emmy sensation) to happen again. That would be greedy.”

Some 88 awards were given away today. To try to get it done in a reasonable time, Creative Arts Emmys producer Spike Jones Jr. appeared onstage before show time to urge winners to keep it short, announcing a 45-seconds limit from the moment the winner’s name is announced. “You have 45 seconds to get from your seat all the way down the aisle, up the steps, and do your acceptance speech. I’m not kidding. Forty-five seconds. We’ve found that you can say a lot in a very short period of time. Everybody in this room will thank you for it.”

2013 Creative Arts Emmy Winners

The never-shy Community showrunner Dan Harmon and star Joel McHale set an outrageous tone at the outset as presenters of the first four awards, channeling infamous Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais. “Tonight we honor all of the people in primetime television who are contractually obligated not to make eye contact with me,” said McHale. Harmon, the combative fired and then reinstated boss of Community, then made a quip about how he’d soon be fired by FXX, the new network telecasting a truncated edition of the ceremony. “We’re going to show those frauds (in TV) that these people (here tonight) are the real celebrities,” he said.

Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series
House Of Cards • Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix
Laray Mayfield, CSA, Casting Director
Julie Schubert, CSA, Casting Director

Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or Special
Behind The Candelabra • HBO • Jerry Weintraub Productions in association with HBO Films
Carmen Cuba, CSA, Casting Director

Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series
30 Rock • NBC • Broadway Video and Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Television
Jennifer McNamara-Shroff, Casting Director
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Larry A. Thompson To Receive Talent Manager Award

By | Thursday August 8, 2013 @ 6:00pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Entertainment veteran Larry A. Thompson will receive the Lifetime Achievement award at the 12th Heller Awards held September 19 at the Beverly Hilton. The awards held by the Talent Managers Association honor talent representatives, managers, agents and casting directors who excel in their fields while upholding the TMA’s code of ethics and standards of practice. Thompson’s credits run deep in the industry: The film and television producer, personal manager, lawyer, book packager, author, Broadway producer, motivational speaker, and founder & President of next-generation LA-based talent management, motion picture, TV, and new media production studio the Larry A. Thompson Organization has managed over 200 stars to date in addition to producing films, TV series, TV specials, and TV movies. Confirmed presenters at the awards ceremony include William Shatner, Joan Rivers, and Melissa Rivers. Read More »

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2013 Primetime Emmy Nominations (LIVE)

By | Thursday July 18, 2013 @ 5:22am PDT

BREAKING… The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations announcement took place at 5:40 AM PT live at Emmys.com. All the nominees will be named here. Kate Mara Host Neil Patrick Harris wound up joining Aaron Paul and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Chairman/CEO Bruce Rosenblum for the announcement at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood. The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast will air live coast-to-coast on Sunday, September 22nd (8 PM ET/5 PM PT) on CBS from the NOKIA Theater L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.

Nominations cover the eligibility period of June 1, 2012 through May 31, 2013. This year featured the first ever Emmy nominations in the series and performer categories for programs delivered to television viewers online with the nomination for House of Cards in the Outstanding Drama Series category and performer nominations for both House of Cards and Arrested Development. Emmy rules were amended in 2007 to allow qualified broadband programming to submit along with cable and broadcast programming in all categories. But this is the first year that online programming has been recognized in such highly visible categories.

Programs receiving 10 or more nominations are American Horror Story: Asylum (17), Game Of Thrones (16), Behind The Candelabra (15), Saturday Night Live (15), Breaking Bad (13), 30 Rock (13), Downton Abbey (12), Mad Men (12), Modern Family (12), Homeland (11), Phil Spector (11) and Boardwalk Empire (10).

This year’s Outstanding Drama Series performer categories (lead and supporting) feature a mix of first time nominees as well veteran performers in new roles, including: Morena Baccarin in Homeland, Jonathan Banks in Breaking Bad, Connie Britton in Nashville, Bobby Cannavale in Boardwalk Empire, Emilia Clarke in Game Of Thrones, Jeff Daniels in The Newsroom, Vera Farmiga in Bates Motel, Mandy Patinkin in Homeland, Kevin Spacey in House of Cards, Kerry Washington in Scandal and Robin Wright in House of Cards.

Similarly, the Outstanding Comedy Series performer categories (lead and supporting) have new nominees as well as several performers who are back in the Emmy race this year, including: Jason Bateman in Arrested Development, Anna Chlumsky in Veep, Laura Dern in Enlightened, Adam Driver in Girls, Tony Hale in Veep, Jane Krakowski in 30 Rock, Matt LeBlanc in Episodes and Jane Lynch in Glee.

Additionally, this year’s nominations recognize new writing and directing talent some primarily known for their work in film. A total of 537 separate nominations were made:

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Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 65th Primetime Emmy Award Nominations

Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad • AMC • Sony Pictures Television

Downton Abbey • PBS • A Carnival / Masterpiece Co-Production

Game Of Thrones • HBO • Bighead, Littlehead, TV 360, Startling TV and Generator Prodns with HBO Ent

Homeland • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Teakwood Lane Prods, Cherry Pie Prods, Keshet, Fox 21

House Of Cards • Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Prods with Media Rights Capital for Netflix

Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory • CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions with Warner Bros Television

Girls • HBO • Apatow Prodns and I am Jenni Konner Prodns with HBO Entertainment

Louie • FX Networks • Pig Newton, Inc.

Modern Family • ABC • Picador Prodns & Steve Levitan Prodns with 20th Century Fox Television

30 Rock • NBC • Broadway Video and Little Stranger with Universal Television

Veep • HBO • Dundee Prodns with HBO Entertainment

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Breaking Bad • AMC • Sony Pictures Television
Bryan Cranston as Walter White

Downton Abbey • PBS • A Carnival / Masterpiece Co-Production
Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham

Homeland • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Teakwood Lane Prodns, Cherry Pie Prodns, Keshet, Fox 21
Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody

House Of Cards • Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Prods with Media Rights Capital for Netflix
Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood

Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television
Jon Hamm as Don Draper

The Newsroom • HBO • HBO Entertainment
Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy
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Comic-Con 2013: Day 3 Schedule

By | Saturday July 6, 2013 @ 11:45am PDT

Comic-Con‘s just-announced Day 3 schedule will see many of the San Diego convention’s biggest panels for film and TV, including presentations of Marvel StudiosThor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. WB and Legendary are also rolling deep with their slate of upcoming genre titles, including Godzilla, Seventh Son, 300: Rise Of An Empire, Gravity, and The LEGO Movie.

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On the TV side, The CW‘s bringing the familiar and the new to Comic-Con. They’ll preview The Vampire Diaries and Arrow along with TVD spin-off The Originals and new series The Tomorrow People. Fans will also get peeks at A&E’s Bates Motel, HBO‘s True Blood, and NBC‘s Grimm and Revolution, along with a look at the upcoming Dracula. Here’s the full Saturday schedule Read More »

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Comic-Con 2013: Day 1 Schedule

By | Thursday July 4, 2013 @ 12:13pm PDT

Comic-Con has released Day 1 of its 2013 schedule. As usual, the convention is releasing its schedule one day at a time. Stay tuned for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday schedules later this week.

Opening-day highlights abound, including a 10th anniversary tribute to The Walking Dead comic with writer Robert Kirkman, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone discussing their upcoming video game South Park: The Stick of Truth, and a panel titled Video Games to Movies: Is The Golden Age Upon Us?

There’s lots of TV in the Thursday spotlight, including sessions dedicated to such shows as Dexter, Sherlocksans stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman — the 35th anniversary of Battlestar Galactica and Annoying Orange. Among the dozens of panels are several geared toward making it in the business, including Marvel: Breaking Into Comics the Marvel Way, The Secrets of Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, The Writer’s Journey: Breaking Into Hollywood and Comic Scriptwriting, Breaking Into Comics and Staying In, and Indie Comics Marketing and PR 101. There also are programs on such potentially intriguing topics as Toys 101: An Evolution of the Modern Action Figure, The Legendary Animators of Classic ’60s Cartoons, Video Gaming: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are and Where We’re Going, and – especially — Not Guilty Due to Zombification? Law and Forensic Psychiatry in a Zombie Apocalypse.

See the complete opening-day rundown after the jump:

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OSCARS: Academy Invites 276 To Join

By | Friday June 28, 2013 @ 11:15am PDT

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 276 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2013. “These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy.”

The 2013 invitees are:

Actors
Jason Bateman – “Up in the Air,” “Juno”
Miriam Colon – “City of Hope,” “Scarface”
Rosario Dawson – “Rent,” “Frank Miller’s Sin City”
Kimberly Elise – “For Colored Girls,” “Beloved”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt – “Lincoln,” “The Dark Knight Rises”
Charles Grodin – “Midnight Run,” “The Heartbreak Kid”
Rebecca Hall – “Iron Man 3,” “The Town”
Lance Henriksen – “Aliens,” “The Terminator”
Jack Huston – “Not Fade Away,” “Factory Girl”
Milla Jovovich – “Resident Evil,” “Chaplin”
Lucy Liu – “Kill Bill: Vol. 1,” “Chicago”
Jennifer Lopez – “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” “Selena”
Alma Martinez – “Born in East L.A.,” “Under Fire”
Emily Mortimer – “Hugo,” “Lars and the Real Girl”
Sandra Oh – “Rabbit Hole,” “Sideways”
Paula Patton – “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Michael Peña – “End of Watch,” “Crash”
Emmanuelle Riva – “Amour,” “Hiroshima, Mon Amour”
Jason Schwartzman – “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Rushmore”
Geno Silva – “Mulholland Drive,” “Amistad”
Danny Trejo – “Machete,” “Heat”
Chris Tucker – “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Rush Hour”

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Los Angeles-Area Emmy Nominations: NBC4 Leads Stations With 18, KMEX Second

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 3:00am PDT

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has released its annual list of local Emmy nominations. NBCUniversal’s NBC4 is tops with 18 noms, followed by Univision’s Spanish-language outlet KMEX with 15. CW-affiliated KTLA5 is next with 13; ABC’s ABC7 and indie for PBS channel KCET landed 12 each. Univision’s multiplatform education initiative Educate, Es El Momento (Educate Yourself, The Moment is Now) will receive the 2013 Governors Award. Winners of the 65th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards will be announced August 3 at ATAS’ Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood. See all the nominees and a breakdown of noms by station after the jump: Read More »

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2013-14 ABC New Series

By | Wednesday May 22, 2013 @ 1:20pm PDT

2013-14 ABC New Series

Dramas

Betrayal — A chance meeting between photographer Sara Hadley (Hannah Ware) and Attorney Jack McAllister (Stuart Townsend) leads to an instant and undeniable attraction. Sarah’s husband, Drew (Chris Johnson), is a successful prosecutor with political aspirations, while Jack is married to Elaine (Wendy Moniz), the daughter of his boss, Thacher Karsten (James Cromwell). When Karsten’s brother-in-law Lou is murdered, all evidence points to Karsten’s son, T.J. (Henry Thomas). Jack, the company’s lead counsel, will have to defend him, but for Sara’s prosecutor husband, Drew, this is the kind of high-profile murder case that can secure his political future. Just as Sara and Jack’s affair is starting, the lovers find themselves in an impossible situation — on opposite sides of a murder investigation. “Betrayal” stars Hannah Ware (“Shame,” “Boss”) as Sara, Stuart Townsend (“The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”) as Jack, James Cromwell (“Babe,” “American Horror Story”) as Thacher Karsten, Henry Thomas (“E.T.,” “Gangs of New York”) as T.J. Karsten, Chris Johnson (“The Vampire Diaries”) as Drew, Wendy Moniz (“Guiding Light,” “The Guardian”) as Elaine, Elizabeth McLaughlin (“The Clique”) as Val and Braeden Lamasters (“Men of a Certain Age”) as Vic. “Betrayal” was written by David Zabel (“ER”) and directed by Patty Jenkins (“The Killing,” “Monster”) and is executive-produced by David Zabel, Rob Golenberg (“Red Widow”) and Alon Aranya. “Betrayal” is produced by ABC Studios.

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‘Kinky Boots’, ‘Vanya And Sonia’, ‘Pippin’ Top Drama League Awards

By | Friday May 17, 2013 @ 1:45pm PDT

Kinky Boots and Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike are among the big winners of the 79th Annual Drama League Awards announced today in New York City. Kinky Boots took Distinguished Production of a Musical and Vania And Sonia And Masha And Spike was named Distinguished Production of a Play. Other winners include Pippin, Distinguished Revival of a Musical; and Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, Distinguished Revival of a Play. Nathan Lane received the Distinguished Performance Award, presented by Debra Messing. Others honored include Bernadette Peters who nabbed the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award; Madison Square Garden Entertainment and the Rockettes received the Unique Contribution to the Theatre Award and Jerry Mitchell was honored with The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing. Click over for the complete list: Read More »

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ABC 2013-14 Schedule: Rebel Wilson Gets Post-‘Modern Family’ Slot, ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ On Tuesday, ‘Dancing’ Shrinks To One Night

By | Tuesday May 14, 2013 @ 9:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC is launching eight new series in the fall and taking some big swings, including a Tuesday lineup of all-new series, anchored by Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Rebel Wilson’s hot streak continues, with the rising star landing the post-Modern Family slot for her comedy Super Fun Night. ABC is looking to stem Dancing With The Stars‘ ratings decline by eliminating the Tuesday edition, with the Monday 8-10 PM show incorporating both performances and results. Dancing, as well as The Bachelor, Shark Tank and The Taste have been formally renewed for next season. Here is ABC’s fall schedule, analysis and descriptions of all 13 new series for next season, including newly picked up adventure reality series The Quest from The Amazing Race creators Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri:

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ABC FALL 2013-2014 SCHEDULE
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET/PT)

MONDAY
8 PM – Dancing With The Stars
10 PM – Castle

TUESDAY
8 PM – MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
9 PM – THE GOLDBERGS
9:30 PM – TROPHY WIFE
10 PM – LUCKY 7

WEDNESDAY
8 PM – The Middle
8:30 PM – BACK IN THE GAME
9 PM – Modern Family
9:30 PM – SUPER FUN NIGHT
10 PM – Nashville

THURSDAY
8 PM – ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND
9 PM – Grey’s Anatomy
10 PM – Scandal

FRIDAY
8 PM – Last Man Standing
8:30 PM – The Neighbors
9 PM – Shark Tank
10 PM – 20/20

SATURDAY
8 PM – Saturday Night College Football

SUNDAY
7 PM – America’s Funniest Home Videos
8 PM – Once Upon A Time
9 PM – Revenge
10 PM – BETRAYAL

From ABC’s returning series, left off the schedule are comedy Suburgatory and reality series The Bachelor, which comes on in midseason, and The Taste.

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CBS, ‘The Young And The Restless’ Top Daytime Emmy Nominations

Nellie Andreeva

CBS was the most nominated network at the 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards announced this morning with 50 nominations, almost half of them for soap The Young And The Restless, which was the most nominated program with 23. All surviving soaps on the broadcast networks received a best drama series nomination, plus One Life To Live for its final episodes on ABC. (The Daytime Emmy Awards cover the previous calendar year. OLTL and All My Children‘s reboots by Prospect Park will be eligible next year.) Among talk shows, stalwart The Ellen DeGeneres Show again leads the way with 10 noms and will square off for best talk show with Live!, The View and The Talk. Katie Couric’s freshman syndicated talk show was the only newcomer in the top talk show categories, nominated for best talk show/informative alongside The Doctors and Dr. Oz. However, fellow rookie talk show host Steve Harvey snagged a nomination for his game show host duties on Family Feud.

The National Academy Of TV Arts & Sciences kept with tradition in the morning show category, nominating the three broadcast network morning programs including the embattled Today. Speaking of embattled, Kevin Clash, subject of multiple sexual abuse lawsuits, landed his last nomination as Elmo puppeteer. This year’s Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award for lifetime achievement will be presented to game show veterans Monty Hall and Bob Stewart. The 40th Daytime Emmys will he held June 16 at the Beverly Hilton and air on HLN. Here is a full list of the nominees and tallies by network and by program: Read More »

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Drama League Awards Nominees Unveiled

I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers, about the famed Hollywood agent starring Bette Midler, and Nora Ephron’s final play Lucky Guy starring Tom Hanks are among the nominees for the 2013 Drama League Awards, which will be unveiled May 17 in New York. Winners are voted by audience members. Here are the nominees in the five categories: Read More »

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SXSW 2013: Abigail Breslin In ‘Haunter’, ‘Lords Of Salem’, ‘You’re Next’, ‘Big Ass Spider’ Lead Midnighters

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 12:00pm PST

Sixteen-year-old Abigail Breslin leads her first horror pic in Haunter, from director Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice), which will world-premiere in the Midnight line-up at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. The slate also reunites Innkeepers (SXSW ’11) duo Pat Healy and Sarah Paxton, who star with Ethan Embry and David Koechner in first-time director E.L. Katz’s Cheap Thrills, while the Greg Grunberg-starring creature feature Big Ass Spider (sold overseas as, ahem, Mega Spider) sends creepy-crawly shivers through the midnight crowd.

Also unveiling for the late-night genre crowd at the fest, held March 8-16 in Austin, are Rob Zombie’s Lords Of Salem, releasing April 19 via Anchor Bay, the festival slasher fave You’re Next, which Lionsgate will open August 23, the anthology sequel V/H/S/2 (re-titled from S-VHS) snapped up by Magnolia last month at Sundance, and Xan Cassavetes’ sexy vampire pic Kiss Of The Damned starring Milo Ventimiglia and Joséphine de La Baume.

Below, descriptions of the nine features in SXSW’s Midnight selection along with the fest’s extensive slate of short films including narrative shorts, doc shorts, and music videos:

MIDNIGHTERS
Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious.

Haunter (Canada)
Director: Vincenzo Natali, Screenwriter: Brian King
Lisa Johnson is one day shy of her 16th birthday and will be forever. She and her family are doomed to repeat the fateful day before they were all killed in 1985. Cast: Abigail Breslin, Stephen McHattie, Peter Outerbridge, Michelle Nolden, David Hewlett (World Premiere)

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Santa Barbara Film Festival Lineup Announced

By | Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 10:20am PST

The Santa Barbara Film Festival has announced its 2013 lineup. The 28th edition features films from 49 countries and runs January 24-February 3. The Jason Bateman-starring drama Disconnect is the opening-night film and Rowan Athale’s Wasteland closes it. Here’s the full lineup of movies by category: Read More »

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2013 Image Award Film And TV Nominations Unveiled

By | Tuesday December 11, 2012 @ 1:51pm PST

The Weinstein Company’s Django Unchained leads the film nominees and ABC tops the TV side with 20 mentions for the 44th NAACP Image Awards. Winners will be announced February 1 in a ceremony airing live on NBC. Here’s the full list of film and TV noms released today: Read More »

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‘Breaking Bad’ & ‘Modern Family’ Dominate 2013 Writers Guild Awards TV Nominations

By | Thursday December 6, 2012 @ 10:22am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Last year’s WGA Awards winners for best drama series and best comedy series, AMC’s Breaking Bad and ABC’s Modern Family, are back in full force this year, leading the list of TV nominees announced today. Breaking Bad landed five writing nominations — for best drama series as well as four of the six noms for individual drama episodes. Modern Family followed with four — best comedy series and three of the six episodic noms. The new series field, topped by Emmy winner Homeland last year, includes HBO’s Girls, Veep and The Newsroom, as well as Fox’s The Mindy Project and ABC’s Nashville. Girls snagged both best new series and comedy series nominations, the only new show to land multiple noms. Another freshman cable series, USA’s Political Animals, got a mention in the long-form category for Greg Berlanti’s pilot. The WGA Awards are set for February 17 at ceremonies in LA and New York. Here is a full list of the TV nominees:

TELEVISION NOMINEES
DRAMA SERIES
Boardwalk Empire, Written by Dave Flebotte, Diane Frolov, Chris Haddock, Rolin Jones, Howard Korder, Steve Kornacki, Andrew Schneider, David Stenn, Terence Winter; HBO

Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC

Game of Thrones, Written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, George R. R. Martin, Vanessa Taylor, D.B. Weiss; HBO

Homeland, Written by Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Meredith Stiehm; Showtime

Mad Men, Written by Lisa Albert, Semi Chellas, Jason Grote, Jonathan Igla, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Brett Johnson, Janet Leahy, Victor Levin, Erin Levy, Frank Pierson, Michael Saltzman, Tom Smuts, Matthew Weiner; AMC

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