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In what would be a major casting coup for NBC, the network is in talks with former House star Hugh Laurie to topline new action-adventure series Crossbones, from Luther creator Neil Cross and feature producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. Unlike House, where Brit Laurie played an American, he would be able to use his normal British accent in Crossbones as he would play the notorious English pirate Blackbeard.
Hugh Laurie and Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt and Allison Janney play couples in the relationship dramedy directed by Julian Farino from a screenplay by Ian Helfer and Jay Reiss. The Oranges also features Leighton Meester, Adam Brody and Alia Shawkat. The ATO Pictures release is scheduled to open October …
Emmys voters are fickle fans and a bewildering bunch. They like a show one year, they don’t the next, or maybe they just don’t like the people who made it. And sometimes there is no rhyme or reason to who gets a nomination and who doesn’t. Here’s a look at the shows and the actors who didn’t make the cut this year but should have.
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Sons Of Anarchy — Looks like a kinder, gentler Kurt Sutter took to Twitter today to comment on his series’ Emmy snub. The notoriously barbed showrunner offered congratulations to Anarchy‘s FX, Homeland‘s Howard Gordon and The Voice‘s Carson Daly and Adam Levine among others. Then he wrote, “and to all of you expecting a *-laced emmy diatribe…that’s so 2011. A calm, mature, rational @sutterink is much more dangerous.”
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Michael Pitt — Boardwalk Empire’s Jimmy Darmody might have taken one to the head but that doesn’t mean the actor who played him had to be left for dead by Emmy voters.
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Kyra Sedgwick – It’s The Closer’s final season, so to leave out this 2010 Emmy winner seems just weird.
The Office – Its had a long run, but that’s no reason to completely leave the show out of the Comedy category.
Emmy Rossum — Besides Joan Cusack’s Best Guest Actress nod, Shameless got the shaft this year, and to overlook this Critics’ Choice winner seems another form of shamelessness. I mean her name is Emmy for Pete’s sake.
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The Good Wife – The CBS series was overlooked for Best Drama, not a good sign for the broadcast networks, which lost their only representative in the category.
Glee – One nomination in the Guest Acting category? That’s it?
Louie – Maybe Emmy voters have a thing with FX, what with Sons Of Anarchy totally snubbed and Justified shortshrifted this year, but how can you nominate the man who is the star and the mastermind behind a show and not his show?
Dexter – No best series for one of Showtime’s best series.
The Walking Dead – Zombies are popular with viewers but obviously not Emmy voters.
Hugh Laurie — No love for his last turn as Dr. House.
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‘Arthur Christmas’ Slays ‘Em In The UK
Sony Pictures Animation and Aardman’s Arthur Christmas jumped to the top of the UK box office this weekend – in its fourth week of release. This bit of holiday magic came courtesy of a £1.9 million weekend take for a cume of £11.5 million. The film has been holding steady in second place since it bowed on November 11 and this weekend faced off against Happy Feet Two for the family audience. Largely positive notices and the British voice cast — including James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton — have no doubt been a local draw. Sony Pictures Releasing UK’s Peter Taylor said: “Opening a movie at No. 1 in such a competitive market as the UK is difficult enough, but to reach the top of the chart in the fourth week of release is almost unprecedented. We are all delighted.”
Tom Hooper Decides Against 3D For ‘Les Miserables’
Although director Tom Hooper flirted with the idea of filming the new movie version of the hit stage musical Les Miserables in 3D, the Oscar-winning helmer of The King’s Speech has decided to stick with 2D. Hooper told the BBC he had been “very tempted” to use 3D but worried that some audiences might “physically struggle” with the format. Not to worry, purists. “I can definitely announce it’s good old-fashioned 2D,” Hooper said at the British Independent Film Awards. “I wanted to make a film that would touch everyone. I believe the story is so strong, 3D is not essential.” Hooper added that the casting of Eponine and Cosette would be announced soon. “I’ve never done a film where big star actors are as obsessed with being in it as this.” Starring Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe as Javert,
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Why He Was Nominated: The question was never whether Hamm would be nominated. That’s a given. It’s his fourth in a row for his iconic Mad Men role of Don Draper but his first without three-time winner Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad in the race due to that AMC show’s lack of eligible episodes. Many assume that Hamm has already won a couple of these things. The mystifying truth is that no performer from Mad Men has yet taken home an Emmy.
Why He Has To Win: Mad Men creator/showrunner/control freak Matthew Weiner is said to have specifically penned the episode “The Suitcase” as a performance piece for Hamm and co-star Elisabeth Moss (also nominated). It featured the two of them exclusively and powerfully. With Cranston out of the picture, there should be no keeping Hamm from his rightful cruise down victory lane. As a fellow actor and TV academy voters noted to me, “Everyone I talk to thinks the Emmy belongs to Jon this time. It’s well deserved and frankly overdue.”
Why He Can’t Possibly Win: Hamm hasn’t earned one of these things yet, and he’s been nominated for Emmys six times in all (also twice as a guest on 30 Rock). Plus, he’s up against two guys (Hugh Laurie and Michael C. Hall) who also have been nominated multiple times without winning. Either could well pull an upset.
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BRYAN CRANSTON, BREAKING BAD
Why He Got Nominated: He’s won two years running, and the TV Academy isn’t in the habit of failing to nominate guys who won the year before (except in rare …