Seth Meyers says he is ready to host this year’s Emmy Awards but not ready to plan it just yet. With his many years as a writer and performer on “Saturday Night Live,” he has learned not to plan too far ahead. He says, “We know we want to accomplish a strong monologue — my skill set will lend itself to that more than anything else. Then, two or three film pieces with cameos. But the jokes, we have to wait to see the whites of their eyes before we get the hard work done.” The ceremony will air live on August 25 for his longtime network NBC. The new host of “Late Night” adds, “It’s very important to front-load the comedy. Once people start category counting from the back in that last half hour, you know you’ve lost them.” L.A. Times.
Presenters are unveiled for the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony to be held Saturday, August 16. Almost all technical categories and the four guest acting awards will be presented. Appearing on stage will be Patrick J. Adams, Uzo Aduba, Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Laverne Cox, Morgan Freeman, Vince Gilligan, Tony Goldwyn, Judy Greer, Jonathan Groff, Tim Gunn, Tony Hale, Allison Janney, Keegan Michael Key, Heidi Klum, Nick Kroll, Jane Lynch, Natasha Lyonne, Joe Manganiello, Joel McHale, Kumail Nanjiani, Jordan Peele, Carrie Preston, Sarah Rafferty, Jim Rash, Paul Sheeer, Amy Schumer, Adam Shankman, Aisha Tyler, Matt Walsh, Matt Weiner, Zach Woods, and Bellamy Young. The Wrap.
For the second time this summer, two films earn over $40 million at the box office in the same weekend. Newcomer “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” scored $65 million. Holdover “Guardians of the Galaxy” brought in another $41.5 million. “Into the Storm” debuts in third place with $18 million. “The Hundred-Foot Journey” starring Helen Mirren opens with $11.1 million for the fourth spot. Thompson on Hollywood.
Sasha Stone debates whether Patricia Arquette should be campaigned as a lead actress or supporting actress for the acclaimed film “Boyhood.” She says that the film “is clearly about a boy, a young kid growing up from age 9 to 18.” She adds that “one can make the argument for supporting being her better chance to win, but her part being TOO BIG for the supporting category.” She refers to it as a “frustrating conundrum.” Awards Daily.
Will Oscar winner Adrien Brody add an Emmy to his collection next? A new trailer showcases his title role as the famed magician Harry Houdini in an upcoming History Channel miniseries. Kristen Connolly plays his wife Bess in a two-parter that focuses on his newfound fame, espionage, and battles with spiritualists. The “Houdini” project will air on September 1 and 2. Variety.
Daytime Emmy winner Charles Keating dies at age 72. Born in England, he started his career on the London stage before moving to the United States. He played the villainous Carl Hutchins on “Another World” and won his award in 1996. He also worked on “All My Children” and “As the World Turns.” E! Online.
Three-time Emmy champ Louis C.K. is among the headliners of this year’s Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival. Over two dozen comedians are on a 21-day tour of America throughout August and September. Others on the bill include Aziz Ansari, Hannibal Buress, Whitney Cummings, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Hardwick, Marc Maron, Amy Schumer, and Sarah Silverman. USA Today.