With an opening monologue by this year's host Patrick Neil Harris and many other legendary hosts of the past, along with a remarkable - machiavellian - addition by the "House of Cards" Kevin Spacy, the 65th Emmy Awards kicked off last night, of what proved to be a Breaking Bad night.
Yes, as you can tell by the look of the stars of the show, it went away with major Emmy wins: Best Drama Series & Best Drama Supporting Actress.
But not only the Breaking Bad family had reasons to laugh; Modern Family was awarded the other major award of the night: Best Comedy Series - for a second year in a row.
The best actor awards in Drama Series were awarded to Jeff Daniels for the Newsroom and Claire Danes for Homeland.
The Best Actors awards for comedy were given to Jim Parsons for Big Bang Theory (Bazinga!) and the former Seinfeild star Julia Louis-Dreyfous for Veep.
The Supporting Actors awards in a Drama Series were awarded to Anna Gunn for her work in Breaking Bad and Bobby Cannavale (recently seen in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine) for Boardwalk Empire. The comedy actors awarded for their Supporting parts were Merrit Wever for Nurse Jackie and Tony Hale for Veep - even though to my opinion this should be given to Bill Hader for his amazing job in SNL all those seasons!
Behind the Candelabra, the controversial film by Steven Soderbergh about Liberace's last ten years, dominated the Mini Series or Movie category with 11 wins in total. Among others, Best Actor for Michael Douglas, Best Mini Series or Movie and Best Direction. Douglas accepted the award with one of the funniest, "spiciest" speeches in Emmy history with plenty sexual jokes towards his co-star Matt Damon : "So, you want the bottom or the top?"
The other big award went to Laura Linney for The Big C: Hereafter (Best Actress in a Mini Series or movie).
So, until next year, let's watch Matt Damon blushing and laughing to Michael Douglas' dirty propositions...
It is only in an event such as Comic Con San Diego, that fans from rival comics, TV nerds, Sci-fi nerds and Marshmellows, can gather and together, in prosper and peace, celebrate their favorite shows and films.
So, which Veronica Mars team are you on?
One of my absolute favorite shows is returning at the end of September, for a third season full of mystery, fairytailes and lots of magic! Have a first look of one of the new characters visiting Storybrooke: it's Ariel the little mermaid!
Old legend. New blood. At least this is what NBC hopes to bring us next fall when they introduce the new TV show "Dracula" starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
Set in Bristol, UK, Skins first aired in 2007, creating loyal fans and introducing as to some future TV & movie stars.
Provocative, sassy, real, Skins portrayed how being a teenager is actually like. No pink clouds, no fantasy lives; this series showed it like it is.
The series is divided to three generations and 7 seasons.
The first six seasons focus on the three generations, whilst the seventh that premiered last week, will take us back to three characters: Effie from seasons 1-4, Cook from series 3-4 and of course Cassie from seasons 1-2.
Skins, has had all sorts of characters: losers, misfits, artists, popular kids – you name it. There is at least one character for someone to connect to. The issues that the series touches are not those that an ordinary teenager would deal (Love triangles, lesbian relationships, drugs, mental breakdowns, murders, suicides) – yet Skins is real. Raw. Honest.
Fun fact: In 2011, a US version of Skins was launched in MTV. The series was an exact replica of the UK version (with a few twists) and despite the fact that the same network series airs such as Jersey Shore or Teen Mom with huge success, Skins US, raised lots of controversy, over its sexual content, in which several advertisers withdrew, leading to no renewal for season 2.
This innovative series, introduced us to many young actors that would later on become stars: Nicolas Hoult (X-men, Warm Bodies, A Single Man, Jack The giant slayer), Dev Patel (Jamal in Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire), Hannah Murray & Joe Dempsie (you know, Gilly & Gendry from that little show named Game of Thrones..), Kaya Scodelario (Wuthering Heights adaptation), Jack O’Connell (who we will soon see at 300: Rise Of An Empire), Luke Pasqualino (The Borgias, Battlestar Galactica and soon in Snowpiercer, the intriguing English-language debut of The Host director Bong Joon-ho), to name a few.
The latest season (7th) will be the last one as it is rumored and this is the first time that we see characters not in their teens, but in their young adult life. Will Effie have surpassed her mental & drug issues? Will Cook have managed to become a functional member of society (doubtful)? And will Cassie have become...well, normal?
Out of all the characters that have passed from Skins, these three make a very interesting choice. It is left to see whether (in the words of Gaspar Noe) time will have changed everything....
A Game of thrones parody video to help you get over the loss of beloved chatacters or as the song says: "Now and then I think of back in 2011, back in season 1 where all the characters were alive..."
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the beloved TV series "Blackadder". It was in 1983 that the world was first introduced to Edmund.
With the first season set in 1485, Edmund Blackadder, unloved second son of Richard IV, plots feebly to become king. And this is how (Blackadder) history begun. The series gave us British comedy at its best, with the introduction of characters such as Persy and the one of a kind Baldrick. The line "I have a cunning plan" has entered the hall of fame of comedy quotes (in my humble opinion).
But this was just the beginning to one of the most succesfull series in the UK history.
Blackadder II followed up in 1986, set in a more interesting historically era, during the reign of Elizabeth the first. Tudor courtier Edmund, Lord Blackadder tries to win the capricious favour of the queen, while attempting to avoid a grisly fate should he offend her.
More great British actors join the cast of the first series, with Miranda Richarson as Elizabeth, Stephen Fry as Lord Melchett and of course Patsy Bryne as beloved Nursie a.k.a. Bernard!
The second series had countless moments of laughter, with one absolute favorite moment: the episode where Edmund fall in love with a girl named Bob...
And then in 1987, came Blackadder the Third. It's the 1700s, and Blackadder is insolent butler to the future George IV (or "Prince Fathead" as he calls him). The series features future House MD. star Hugh Laurie as "Prince Fathead".
Once again the series offer us plenty of memorable moments with one of my favorites being Macbeth... See for yourselves...
And then, in 1989, "Blackadder went fourh". In the last part of the epic series, Captain Blackadder is serving in the trenches in WWI and trying his best to avoid being killed..
Stephen Fry returns as General Melchett and Tim McInnerny, not as Persy but as Captain Kevin Darling! I have to admit that the sound of him being called "Darling" and his eye twitching at the sound of it, is simply priceless!
Interesting addition to the Blackadder series was the Christmas episode special that aired in December 1988, where we meet Ebenezer Blackadder, an descendant of Edmund's in the Victorean era. Ebenezer is really kind to people, but just before Queen Victoria awards him for his kindness, he has a sudden change of heart, as he forsees the future and realizes that doing good will make him harm. On the other hand, through a flashback in the life of his ancestor, Edmund, he realizes that being bad is not such a ..bad thing! So, he changes his ways and of course loses the Queen's favor.
Rowan Atkinson and the rest of the magnifiscent cast, might have been the face of Blackadder, but the masterminds behind the series werw Richard Curtis & Ben Elton.
If it had not been for their words, Blackadder would have not become such a great success!
So, let's enjoy some of their favorite quotes in the following video that tries to include in 2 minutes, a decade of brilliant British commedy!
Since I wasn't around when this instant cult series was originally aired, I discovered the wonder of "Fawlty Towers" right about ten years ago. Needless to say that I became a fan in a heartbeat!
What's not to love? The hilarious Manuel agreeing at everything he was told (Si, si, si) and ten seconds later asking "Que?" with the most adorable wonder? Poor Basil getting mad at almost everyone and everything? Or Sibil, Basil's wife who managed to be adored and hated at the same time?
This happy, disfunctional family, aired for only two seasons with a suprising 3 year hiatus in between but has gained loyal fans in the years that have passed.
The comedic genius that is John Gleese is undoubtfully the secret recipe behind this classic cult, but thankfully, Gleese is not the only diamond in "Fawlty Towers". The hysterical Spanish waitor Manuel, who utters a very limited set of words (Si, Que, Senor Fawlty) has got to be one of the most iconic comedic characters in a TV series (with the exception of Baldrick from Blackadder...)!
The ladies of the cast (Hotel owner Basil's wife and the lovely employee and tempation, Polly) seem to be the only ones that can actually keep it together in this poor hotel, and at the same time, offer us many moments of laughter with their rivalry.
The cast numbers also some regular characters/guests, such as the amazing Major Gowen, whose lines always cracked me up!
Fawlty Towers was undoubtfully a series example on how comedy is done (along with Blackadder, but that's a whole other volume....) - definitely worth discovering......
Ever since I first set foot on a cinema theatre, I knew that something magical was happening there....