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Edie Falco & Alec Baldwin Set SAG Awards Nomination Record

By | Wednesday December 11, 2013 @ 7:36am PST
Nellie Andreeva

alecbaldwinsagediefalcosagEdie Falco and Alec Baldwin have always received a lot of love from their peers, and that helped them to get in the SAG Awards record books this morning, surpassing David Hyde Pierce’s record for most career SAG nominations — 19. Falco tied Pierce’s haul last year and today nabbed her 20th SAG nomination in the actress in a comedy series category for Showtime’s Nurse Jackie. Meanwhile, Baldwin added two more SAG nominations for NBC’s 30 Rock (actor in a comedy series, comedy ensemble) to also hit the 20-nomination mark. Falco is the most nominated TV performer in SAG Awards history as all of her nominations are on the TV side. (Baldwin’s 20 noms include TV and film performances). Falco has won five Actors — three individual and two ensemble — for HBO’s The Sopranos. Baldwin has won eight for 30 Rock, a staggering seven individual and one ensemble. While 30 Rock has ended its run, Nurse Jackie will return in 2014, giving Falco a chance at setting a new SAG Awards record next year.

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‘Nurse Jackie’ At NY PaleyFest: A Cast Tweak, An Emmy Surprise And Why New Yorkers Are “Just A Little Cuckoo”

By | Sunday October 6, 2013 @ 4:19pm PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

There was a bit of news unveiled today at the PaleyFest: Made in NY panel for Nurse Jackie: Tony Award winner Julie White has joined the Showtime comedy’s cast as a regular for Season 6. It had been announced last week that White would be recurring, but exec producer Clyde Phillips confirmed that she is “now a series regular,” beginning with the first episode. She is playing Antoinette, a brassy Southern real estate agent who becomes the AA sponsor of Jackie Peyton’s (Edie Falco) after the drug-addicted ER nurse falls off the wagon at the end of Season 5. The series is completing shooting on its second episode following a season-finale climax in which Jackie pops a pill stashed in her wedding ring box at a party celebrating the one-year anniversary of her sobriety. Concurrently, Adam Ferrara — whose cop character Frank was written into the series as Jackie’s love interest last season — is back for Season 6, cementing his status as a regular. Ferrara previously was a regular on the FX firefighter drama Rescue Me, and he was asked by audience member at the panel how it was different being on a show like Nurse Jackie that was decidedly less “testosterone-driven.” “It smells better,” he quipped, “but I’m very fortunate to have had both experiences — testosterone and estrogen.” He thought about this for a moment and then added, “I could probably create life by myself.”

Related: Showtime’s ‘Nurse Jackie’ Renewed For Season 6
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Edie Falco On James Gandolfini’s Passing

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 6:08am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: Aida Turturro, who played James Gandolfini’s sister on The Sopranos, also has issued a statement. “I’ve not only lost a great friend, but a true brother, on screen and off,” she said. “James was the most generous actor to work with, but more so, a man with a heart of gold. I love him and my heart goes out to his family.”

PREVIOUS: They were one of the most iconic on-screen couples in the history of television. Today, Edie Falco mourns the death of her Sopranos husband James Gandolfini.

I am shocked and devastated by Jim’s passing. He was a man of tremendous depth and sensitivity, with a kindness and generosity beyond words. I consider myself very lucky to have spent 10 years as his close colleague. My heart goes out to his family. As those of us in his pretend one hold on to the memories of our intense and beautiful time together. The love between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest I’ve ever known.

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Showtime’s ‘Nurse Jackie’ Renewed For Season 6

By | Thursday June 6, 2013 @ 12:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Ten days before Nurse Jackie‘s fifth-season finale, Showtime has renewed the dark comedy for a sixth season to premiere in 2014. A co-production of Showtime and Lionsgate, Nurse Jackie stars Edie Falco in her Emmy-winning role as Jackie Peyton, a strong-willed and brilliant — but very flawed — emergency room nurse. Clyde Phillips, who took over as showrunner after Season 4, will be back, joined by fellow exec producers Caryn Mandabach, Richie Jackson and Tom Straw. Production for the sixth season will begin this fall in New York.

Nurse Jackie is an essential part of the Showtime brand, and we are thrilled with the series’ growth in its fifth season,” said Showtime Entertainment President David Nevins. “Under the new leadership of Clyde Phillips, and with an amazing cast led by Edie Falco, this show is as sharp and compelling and entertaining as ever. I’m excited to get to see the next chapter in Jackie’s life.” Read More »

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EMMYS: Unfunny Comedies?

By | Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 12:30pm PDT

Ray Richmond is a contributor to AwardsLine

Boardwalk EmpireIt was in 2010 that Edie Falco caused something of a stir at the Emmy Awards when – after winning the lead comedy actress Emmy for Showtime’s Nurse Jackie – she began her acceptance speech, “Oh this is just the most ridiculous thing that has ever happened in the history of this lovely awards show. Thank you so much. I’m not funny!”

No one seemed to think that Falco was ungrateful so much as genuinely flabbergasted. And those who were regular watchers of her show may have agreed with her, underscoring how the definition of an Emmy-worthy comedic actress had so changed since the days of Mary Tyler Moore (a six-time winner in the category divided between The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show), Candice Bergen (who won for Murphy Brown five times) and even Helen Hunt (a four-time victor for Mad About You).

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Edie Falco & Oliver Platt To Co-Host Gotham Awards

Gotham Awards: ‘The Descendants’, ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’, ‘Beginners’ And ‘Take Shelter’ Lead Nominations

New York, NY (November 9, 2011) – The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers announced today that award winning actors, Oliver Platt and Edie Falco, will serve as co-hosts of the IFP’s Gotham Independent Film Awards™ show on Monday, November 28th, 2011 in New York City. Also announced today are the Top 5 nominees for the Gotham Independent Film Audience Award. First round voting took place from October 18th to November 2nd and comprised 29 audience awards winning films from the top 50 US and Canadian film festivals. Round two voting began on November 7th to select a final winner and ends on November 20th at 11:59 pm EST. Filmgoers can vote online for their favorite film at The Top 5 Nominees for the 2nd Annual Gotham Independent Film Audience Award powered by Festival Genius are:


Director/Producer: Justin Lerner

Producers: Jerad Anderson, Kristina Lauren Anderson, Shaun O’Banion


Director: Cindy Meehl

Producer: Julie Goldman


Director/Producer: Constance Marks

Co-Director/Writer/Editor: Philip Shane

Producer: Corinne LaPook

Producer/Cinematographer: James Miller


Directors/Producers Alex Dawson and Greg Gricus


Director: Justin Chadwick

Producers: Sam Feuer, Richard Harding, David M. Thompson

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EMMYS: Lead Comedy Actress Handicap

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s 2011 Emmy coverage. Here’s his scorecard assessing the Outstanding Lead Comedy Series Actress race.

Laura Linney, The Big C
Why She Was Nominated: Because, well, the TV academy couldn’t very well not nominate her. Her role as the cancer-stricken Cathy Jamison in The Big C showcases Linney’s mesmerizing acting range and depth. And she’s also a three-time Oscar nominee. That fact alone earns Linney significant brownie points and makes her Emmy nomination a foregone conclusion no matter the project or role. Having a past cinematic pedigree remains plenty huge.
Why She Has To Win: Simply stated, Linney never loses. She’s been nominated for Emmys three times: lead actress in a movie/miniseries twice (2002 for Showtime’s Wild Iris, 2008 for HBO’s John Adams) and as guest comedy actress once (2004 for Frasier). She’s won every time. Moreover, Linney’s The Big C submission is the pilot episode that finds her shifting effortlessly between high emotion and dark humor. Oh, plus the past pair of winners in the category — Toni Collette and Edie Falco — hailed from similar Showtime dramedies.
Why She Can’t Possibly Win: Someday, somebody will figure out that if you’re doing a seriocomic turn in a half-hour series, it’s likely more serio than comic. Falco said it herself onstage after winning last year for Nurse Jackie: “Oh this is just the most ridiculous thing that has ever happened in the history of this lovely awards show. Thank you so much. I’m not funny.” Linney isn’t as purely funny in her role as are her competitors here — and, well, this is supposed to be a comedy award. If that matters. Read More »

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Stars Turn Out For 9/11 Reading

By | Friday July 22, 2011 @ 7:20am PDT
Mike Fleming

To commemorate the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11, a highly distinguished cast of film, TV & stage actors will gather for a benefit reading of Sarah Tuft’s “110 Stories” on September 8th & 9th at The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts i n Manhattan. The illustrious cast – including, subject to availability: Lauren Ambrose, Andre Braugher, Billy Crudup, Edie Falco, Melissa Leo, Aasif Mandvi, Chris Noth, Vincent Piazza, Andre Royo, Susan Sarandon, Stelio Savante, Pablo Schreiber, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Michael Stuhlbarg, Kathleen Turner, Merritt Wever & others TBA – will share first person accounts of the tragedy.

According to 110 Stories’ Playwright/Creative Producer Sarah Tuft, “It’s the human side of history, without politics & agenda, giving voice to those who experienced 9.11 directly.” A love letter to New York City, the play was most recently performed by an esteemed cast at The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles in 2010 with proceeds going to LA Red Cross for Haiti relief.

The Tenth Anniversary benefit reading of 110 Stories is Executive Produced by Ryan Heil/LIVEStyle Entertainment & Produced by Samira Qureshi, Stelio Savante & Cori Silberman. Proceeds from the event will go to the New York Says Thank You Foundation.



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Ben Stiller Turns Fox’s ‘Walter Mitty’ Reboot From Daydream To Reality

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Ben Stiller is in talks with 20th Century Fox to play the title role in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty after the previous script was finally dumped and a new approach and screenwriter was put on the project. That produced a reboot that Stiller wants to make his next film. Stiller sparked to the new take by Steve Conrad, writer of the Will Smith hit The Pursuit of Happyness. Now that Stiller is coming aboard, Fox will move quickly to lock in a cinematic director who can mix action with a PG rating, and get the picture ready for a late fall start. Stiller is repped by WME.

Mitty is still based on the 1947 Danny Kaye film from the James Thurber short story first published in The New Yorker in 1939. The story of a perpetual daydreamer had been in development so long that it seemed like it might never be more than a daydream. Everyone from Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen flirted with that previous script, and directors who have circled include Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Gore Verbinski. Mitty‘s problems stemmed from that script which was never quite right. But then Conrad started fresh and Stiller felt he knocked it out of the park. Stiller, who has starred in the lucrative Night at the Museum and Meet the Parents franchises, might have another big one on his hands. His Red Hour Films banner is based at Fox. Samuel Goldwyn Jr. and John Goldwyn have been shepherding the project as producers for years. Read More »

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On Broadway: Jennifer Jason Leigh in ‘House Of Blue Leaves,’ Lee Daniels Ponders ‘Scottsboro Boys’

Mike Fleming

leigh-tt1Jennifer Jason Leigh has been set to join Ben Stiller and Edie Falco in the Broadway revival of The House Of Blue Leaves, the John Guare play that will be directed by David Cromer. Scott Rudin is producing, with previews to begin April 4 and opening night is April 25 at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway. Leigh, who made her Broadway debut in Cabaret and also starred in Proof, will play Bunny Flingus the mistress of Artie Shaughnessy (Stiller). Cromer is coming off Our Town

While The Scottsboro Boys ends its Broadway run on December 12 at the Lyceum Theatre, there are flickers of hope that the last collaboration between songwriting legends John Kander and Fred Ebb will have a feature future. I’m told that Oscar-nominated Precious director Lee Daniels has seen the show several times and is in early conversations to develop it. Now, Daniels is in hot demand, and he has been focusing on The Butler for Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Laura Ziskin-produced drama about Eugene Allen, an African American servant in the White House over 34 years, who had a unique perspective on the civil rights struggle and was invited back after retirement to witness the inauguration of the first African American president, Barack Obama. Daniels has been rewriting a script by Recount‘s Danny Strong, and wants Denzel Washington to play the title role. Daniels has had … Read More »

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And In Other Film Deals…

By | Wednesday October 6, 2010 @ 2:45pm PDT

Screen Media Films has picked up U.S. distribution rights to director Eric Mendelsohn’s 3 Backyards, starring Embeth Davidtz, Edie Falco and Elias Koteas. 3 Backyards dives into the lives of three residents of a small town over the course of one day. Screen Media is planning on a release date some time in the first half of 2011. Meanwhile, Phase 4 Films has acquired US rights to feature documentary Vidal Sassoon The Movie, from director Craig Teper. Slated for early 2011, the film world premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Finally, Fox Searchlight will start shooting The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on October 10th in India. John Madden will direct the adaptation of the novel by Deborah Moggach. The film will star Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel and will be produced by Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin of Blueprint Pictures.  Fox Searchlight Pictures will co-finance the film with Participant Media and Imagenation Abu Dhabi.

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Broadway Bound: Ben Stiller & Edie Falco

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The latest in a parade of major stars being drawn to the Broadway stage: Ben Stiller and Edie Falco are making deals to star on Broadway next spring in The House of Blue Leaves, a revival of John Guare’s seminal stage play. Mark your calendar for an opening date of next spring, at the Walter Kerr Theatre, with Scott Rudin producing. For Stiller in particular, the stage turn is a homecoming. He made his Broadway debut in the 1986 revival of The House of Blue Leaves, a play that originated off-Broadway in 1971. This time, he’ll play the male lead role of Artie Shaughnessy, a frustrated zookeeper who dreams of making it big as a songwriter. The play takes place in 1965 on a day that Pope Paul VI is visiting New York. Falco will play his wife, Bananas, a schizophrenic who is headed for a mental institution. The play takes place in their Queens home. It is a 60s-centric storyline, with political bombings and the Vietnam War among the plot developments, but the 1986 production won the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Revival. Read More »

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Edie Falco’s lead comedy series actress Emmy for Showtime’s Nurse Jackie made Hollywood history. It marks the first time a television performer has won lead actor Emmy for consecutive regular series roles — Carmela Soprano on HBO’s The Sopranos and now for the title character of Showtime’s Nurse Jackie. She’s also only the third actor — and the first female performer — to win for both comedy and dramatic series roles. The other two: Carroll O’Connor and Robert Young. To say she was legitimately shocked to have won would be an understatement.  Her backstage comments reiterated what she said in her acceptance: namely, that she isn’t funny and had no idea what she was doing accepting an Emmy. ”The whole comedy world is new terrain for me,” she said. “When I’d found out I was nominated for a comedy series, I laughed my head off. Then I pulled a dress on and came here. But the women I was up against are hysterically funny, talented comediennes…I’m not playing coy here, I’m just really dumbfounded by the events of this evening. Tina Fey? I mean for heaven’s sake, it’s ridiculous.” She added that she hasn’t yet been inside a hospital since she started playing her Nurse Jackie role, so it would be difficult to compare hers to a real life nurse. “I certainly have met nurses who had only good things to say,” Falco said. “Of course if they didn’t, they probably wouldn’t say anything.” — Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline Hollywood’s Read More »

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Emmy Scorecard: Lead Comedy Actresses

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s 2010 Emmy coverage. Here’s his scorecard assessing the Outstanding Lead Drama Series Actor race:


Why She Got Nominated: Collette won here last year. If the TV Academy votes separately for each of her personalities, that’s a lot of votes.

Why She Has To Win: All of them are on display in the episode submitted for consideration that finds her riding out a tornado in a basement. That’s catnip for Academy judges. Moreover, the fact she won last year for a Showtime series helps dispel the assumption that you need to be on HBO to win. This Hollywood insider is seen as the frontrunner to make it two in a row since she’s hugely respected by her peers.

Why She Can’t Possibly Win: The best argument against giving it to Collette again is the strength of the work by her Showtime stablemate Edie Falco on Nurse Jackie – showing how far cable has come in these kudofests that the co-favorites both work for a non-HBO pay channel. Moreover, the purposefully showy nature of the role could be a turn-off this 2nd year out.


Why She Got Nominated: The fact is that the much admired Falco is a collector of Emmy nominations. It’s her 8th, the first 6 having come for The Sopranos and another for a guest stint on 30 Rock. The Academy loves her. A nod was thus a no-brainer.

Why She Has To Win: Falco submitted Showtime’s Nurse Jackie pilot as her episode for Emmy consideration, a shrewd move … Read More »

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