"Breaking Bad. B*tch." as Jesse Pinkman would say. Emmys 2014 big winner was Breaking Bad & Sherlock. True Detective lost all big categories and Modern Family proved that it still has it! Julianna Margulies (Good Wife) is the undoubtable drama queen, while Julia Louis-Dreyfus the queen of laughs (and kissing). Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story: Coven and The Normal Heart took home also some awards and Jim Parsons made everybody jealous of his Emmy (not Amy) and his big fat pay check.
EMMY WINNERS 2014
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES: Breaking Bad • AMC
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES:
Bryan Cranston as Walter White Breaking Bad • AMC
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES: Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick The Good Wife • CBS
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES: Moira Walley-Beckett, Breaking Bad • AMC
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES: Anna Gunn as Skyler White Breaking Bad • AMC
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES: Cary Joji Fukunaga, True Detective • HBO
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman
Breaking Bad • AMC
OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE: The Normal Heart • HBO
OUTSTANDING MINISERIES: Fargo • FX
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE: Jessica Lange as Fiona Goode
American Horror Story: Coven • FX
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE: Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes Sherlock • PBS
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE: Martin Freeman as John Watson Sherlock • PBS
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE: Kathy Bates as Madame Delphine LaLaurie American Horror Story: Coven • FX
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A DRAMATIC SPECIAL: Steven Moffat, Sherlock: His Last Vow • PBS
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A DRAMATIC SPECIAL: Colin Bucksey, Fargo • FX
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES: Modern Family • ABC
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Vice President Selina Meyer Veep • HBO
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper The Big Bang Theory • CBS
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES: Gail Mancuso, Modern Family • ABC
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: Allison Janney as Bonnie
Mom • CBS
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy
Modern Family • ABC
The award show itself was very good written by the Late Night with Seth Meyers writters and of course the man himself was hilarious; especially that open monologue. No musical numbers. No shenanigans. Just good old comedy. The tribute to Robin Williams was touching and showed some of his best work in stand up comedy.
Funniest part of the show other than the jokes? Weird Al performing TV show music themes! Gotta love the GoT theme with guest star George RR Martin! Valar Morgulis!
Well, it's that time of the year... Today the Emmy nominations were announced and boy, are we excited!
This year's top TV series, True Detective & Game of Thrones were included in the shortlist (Go Cersei!), as well as the amazing The Normal Heart with 16 nominations, 3 of them being in the best supporting actor category. Here's the ful list of nominations:
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Outstanding Television Movie
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
The ceremony will take place on the 25th of August. Until then... place your bets please!
Arya kills for the first time
And so it is….. Another Game of Thrones season ended… Valar Morghulis my friends... No one is safe...
An amazing season I would say with lots of WTF moments… Let’s recap a bit the season through those jaw dropping moments! (It goes without saying that this post is full of spoilers to those who have not yet watched season 4!!)
Arya makes her first kill on episode 1, with the help of the Needle while the Hound delivers the “chicken speech”! “Every fucking chicken in this room…“
Oberyn... in every scene
Oberyn in every single scene! Whether it is the introductory scene in Littlefinger’s brothel, his touching discussion with Tyrion about the first time that they actually met or his marvelous death….
“- Are you going to fight that? - I am going to kill that.” An amazing character that was built up in only one season and made us all morn his death at the 8th episode…
The Purple Wedding
Well, who can forget the first major WTF moment of the season: The Purple Wedding! Joffrey’s death was such a shocker although everyone waited/hoped for it. The way that the episode was building up to this, makes this the second best episode of the season!
Littlefinger has big plans
Littlefinger’s betrayals were revealed during this season. So yes, it seems (at least for now) that this Irish is behind everything! His ultimate WTF moment: the moon door…
Following Littlefinger’s Machiavellian ways, Sansa makes the ultimate surprise by supporting his story and then has a makeover (to hide her red Stark hair) revealing a more goth look….
The controversial scene
At episode 3 we had one of the most controversial scenes..... A rape that ends up consensual? Jamie and Cersei have sex/Cersei is getting raped (I told you: controversial scene) on their son’s death bed. Doesn’t get nastier than that...
Ygritte knew everything
After the jaw dropping best episode of the season with Oberyn’s death, the action is tranfered at the Wall where I think the most WTF moment was Ygritte’s death… “You know nothing Jon Snow..”, she whispered for the last time...
Take a walk on the wild side (with the whitewalkers)
And who can forget the white walkers?? We (finally) saw them again, and it was spooky!!
Hodor! Hodor! Hodor!
Hodor was playing a bigger part this season, with him finally taking a stand (with the help/possession of Bran) and shouting proudly “Hodor” to whoever was in his way!
A moment that is not so much WTF but will be the key to Peter Dinklage winning yet another Emmy, was the powerful trial speech scene with Tyrion telling the population of King's Landing exactly what he thinks of them.
"Father, I wish to confess. I wish to confess…"
And I believe the last WTF moment(s) came at the season finale, with Tyrion escaping (thankfully) but facing Shae and his Father….
Sansa slapping Robin
Reek’s bath (of horror)
Olenna's been a bad girl...
So, I finally finished watching season one and I have to say, True Detective turned out to be indeed one of the best shows of the last years. Starting watching it after it became the talk of the town, made me having rather high expectations; thankfully I was not let down (at least that much).
It is always exciting when film stars are involved in TV projects but I have to admit that when I heard that Matthew McConaughey was the star of the show, I was a bit concerned. You see, I had not yet watched Dallas Buyers Club and I had the same opinion as the rest of the planet regarding McConaughey’s acting skills. But then (alright alright, alright!) it happened. He turned his whole career around with this film, this TV show and of course his Wolf of Wall Street cameo role.
True Detective is a show with great performances, compelling photography and irresistible darkness. A cop show by definition, but at the same time not a cop show at all. The story revolves around a certain case that the two stars of the show (Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson) were investigating in 1995, with flash forwards to 2002 and today. Despite the fact that the story line follows the investigation, the show goes beyond the police case, portraying human relationships and philosophical issues.
The show is pretty much based on the McConaughey’s monologues about life, space, philosophy – you name it - and this might become the reason why you love or hate this show. For me, it was indeed tiring at some points, but the good thing is that there was balance that came with Harrelson’s character’s reactions. Lines such as “Let’s make the car a place of silent reflection from now on, ok?” really enforced the partners’ chemistry and dynamics.
Through this bizarre bromance, we witness the facts that led to the resolve of the case, as well as the way that the characters’ lives turned out. The powerful performances and the stunning settings of the Louisianna swamps make this show addictive to watch, but having finished the season, I have to admit that I did not feel that the balance between the case and the characters stories was equal. It seemed as if (SPOILER ALERT) the way that the clues were piling up, did not make any sense and then boom! “Why green ears?” Seriously? That’s what gave him away? I don’t know - I was expecting it to turn out differently…
Nevertheless, True Detective is still one of the best shows on TV for the last years and what’s even better is that the creators did a really clever thing: they decided to move with different cast for season 2. Of course this could go both ways: either lose its audience because the stars of the show that made it what it is will no longer be part of it, or become an even better success, as rumors have it that the show will continue with yet again an "A" star cast: Brad Pitt’s name has come up more than many times…. And who can blame them? The whole style of True Detective is clearly influenced by Se7en, so who would be better for the job than the original Detective Mills?
It seemed like a (Westeros) winter has passed, but now the time has come: Game of Thrones is back with its 4th season! By now we are all well aware that no one is safe and the series of posters that were released for the new season proved our fears: Valar Morghulis; All Men Must Die. As to what is meant by "men" and whether it is the generic human term or the male term, we will have to watch the season and find out....
Until we see the first episode tonight, let's try to feed our appetite with the available trailers so far, as well as the amazing season posters!
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Start spreading the news! Jimmy Fallon is back, this time hosting the (legendary) Tonight Show!
The first show aired last night and it was a great start!
The show opened with a hilarious monologue, mainly inspired by the Winter Olympics. Then the host sat on his seat and watched a parade of stars handing over to him 100$ bills, after losing their bet that he would never host the show! Among others: Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Joan Rivers, Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, Lady Gaga and Stephen Colbert with a bucket full of $100 in pennies and the message, "Welcome to 11:30, b*%$h!"
Guest of the show was Will Smith, with whom Fallon performed a really funny "Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing" and musical guest was U2, who sang two times, one at the top of the Rockefeller Center and one in the studio, where they performed an acoustic version of the Golden Globe winning Ordinary Love
The cult 90s film "From Dusk till Dawn", is brought back to life, this time to the small screen!
Robert Rodriguez directs the series, the first extended trailer is out and it looks gooood.....
Tune in on March the 11th for the series premiere!
Although a bit late, I recently discovered and got obsessed with Community, a TV show airing for 4 seasons now and which in January will air its 5th season.
Community is considered a show full of meta-humor and (constant) pop culture references that has gained a loyal, cult audience. For me, it’s the witty humor, the cinema and TV references and the characters. Oh, the characters! This show has managed to introduce us to really cult characters that you simply cannot resist.
The story is simple (?): Jeff, a suspended lawyer, is obliged to go to college, in order to get his degree and therefore return to practicing law. He attends Greendale Community College , where he meets a series of different characters (Britta, Abed, Troy, Annie, Shirley and Pierce), who all together form a study group and in the end a family, despite their varying ages, backgrounds, and personalities. Other characters that play part in the show, is the hilarious Dean, who regards them in general (and Jeff in particular) as his favorite students, even going so far as to visit their study room to tell them about a fire that has broken out before he alerts the rest of the school – always wearing a crazy outfit. Each member of the group has several personality flaws that are often highlighted in various ways that play off the show's idiosyncratic humor.
The show features Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong (from the Hangover franchise), Jim Rash and the veteran comedian Chevy Chase.
The 4th season suffered the absence of the show’s creator and writer Dan Harmon, leading to a smaller series of episodes, less successful than the rest of the seasons, but thankfully, he returns for season 5, giving comfort to the loyal Community fans.
And trust me, Community has really loyal fans: when the show was in danger of cancellation, they formed web campaigns in social media with names such as #sixseasonsandamovie (watch the show and you’ll get it), #SaveCommunity, #OccupyNBC.
Seriously, a show definitely worth discovering - see for yourselves with a sneak peek video of season 1!
Ever since I first set foot on a cinema theatre, I knew that something magical was happening there....