News Nuggets: Can Emmy voters ignore diversity of ‘Empire,’ ‘Transparent,’ and ‘Murder’?

Steve Pond asks if Emmy voters, who must turn in their final ballots Friday, will embrace such new diverse shows as “Empire,” “Transparent,” and “How to Get Away with Murder.” He says that unlike the Oscars, the Emmy calendar “makes reading the tea leaves an exercise in futility.” SAG and Golden Globe ceremonies were months ago, and many Emmy-eligible shows had not even debuted yet. Some clues might be gained by looking at critics’ awards nominations and the other guilds. The only four shows embraced by all four major guilds were “House of Cards, “Game of Thrones,” Louie, and “Modern Family,” so those programs should be safe. The Wrap

Anne Thompson reports that Quentin Tarantino will follow his “Django Unchained” strategy with a first look at his next film, “The Hateful Eight.” He will debut footage at Comic-Con in San Diego on July 11 and talk about the 70 mm holiday release, timed perfectly for year-end film awards. Tarantino and cast members Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern are expected at a panel session that day. Thompson on Hollywood

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Sasha Stone analyzes the Oscar race for Best Actress with performances already seen and those on the horizon. Of that first group, she believes Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara will be in the mix for “Carol,” as will Charlize Theron for “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Coming soon are Carey Mulligan (“Suffragette” and “Far From the Maddening Crowd”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”), Juliette Binoche (“Clouds of Sils Maria”), Marion Cotillard (“MacBeth”), Helen Mirren (“Woman in Gold”), Lily Tomlin (“Grandma”), Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”) and Maggie Smith (“Lady in the Van”). Awards Daily

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approves plans for the Museum of Motion Pictures to be built by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Construction will begin this summer with groundbreaking festivities set for the fall. The building will be located at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax. Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs says “the  museum will be the year-round public face” of the group that presents Oscars annually. AMPAS

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NBC will air a repeat of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Friday as the host recovers from minor surgery. He injured his hand at his Manhattan apartment in the morning and then went to the hospital. Benicio Del Toro and Taylor Kitsch were the scheduled guests for the cancelled episode. The Wrap

Christy Grosz interviews a brand new Emmy voter, who also happens to be on the ballot this summer. Caitlin FitzGerald co-stars on “Masters of Sex” as the long-suffering wife of Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen). After watching lots of TV to prepare for voting, she says, “It’s such an exciting time to be in television, and despite stiff competition, I feel privileged to be on the show and to be part of this conversation that’s happening. The kind of storytelling that’s going on in TV is thrilling.” Deadline

Actor Patrick Macnee dies at age 93 on Thursday in California. His best-known role was as John Steed on the action-adventure British spy series “The Avengers” in the 1960s. He had guest TV roles on “The Love Boat,” “Columbo,” “Frasier,” and “Battlestar Galactica.” He also appeared in the films “Hamlet,” “A Christmas Carol,” and “A View to a Kill.” Variety

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