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Nuggets: Emmy goes green; 'Drive' opens to rave reviews

By Gold Derby News Desk
By Gold Derby News Desk
Sep 16 2011 11:20 am

"Drive" opens to rave reviews, but also some criticisms: "If it weren’t for a few critics writing less than favorable reviews for 'Drive,' you would be looking at the year’s best reviewed film so far. The thing about 'Drive’s' reception is that people either love it or hate it. This love/hate doesn’t seem to divide up the sexes, although I have to note I’ve yet to read one female critic who hated it. Who did hate it? AO Scott of the NY Times and Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times – also David Edelstein of New York Magazine and JR Jones of the Chicago Reader (word has it Jonathan Rosenbaum gave it an F)." AWARDS DAILY

The political satire "Butter," starring Jennifer Garner, might divide audiences: "'I think comedy and satire are the best at a point of extremes,' said [director Jim Field Smith]. 'Everything has been pushed into this almost gladiator space and so I think that is something that the movie satirizes. It's become like a blood sport.' As for the lukewarm reviews, Field Smith said the proof is in the pudding -- or in this case, in the standing ovation the film received at its Toronto premiere. 'Comedy's a very subjective thing,' he said. 'Not everyone's going to like the movie, I think the majority will.'" REUTERS

Fans will have to wait a little longer for the first new No Doubt album in a decade: "Earlier this summer, the members of No Doubt met up with Entertainment Weekly and pushed play on a handful of songs the group was working on for its first album in a decade. They said the still-untitled collection would be out before the end of the year. Unfortunately, fans may have to wait a little longer still. In a statement on their website, they told the world that work on the new songs has been more involved than once predicted. 'Ideally our new record would be coming out this year but it’s just not ready yet,' the statement said." EW.COM

Jonathan Goldman predicts a big night for "Mad Men" at the Emmys: "'Mad Men' will likely be the big winner of the night. The series had yet another strong season and has solidified its role as the darling of the Emmy voters." CNN

Emmy nominee and possible Oscar contender Evan Rachel Wood ("Mildred Pierce," "The Ides of March") discusses George Clooney, Justin Bieber, bisexuality: "At 24, Wood — who first made waves as a pubescent terror in 'Thirteen' — has already lived a pretty full life and garnered major fans along the way. In the last three years alone she's worked with Robert Redford, Woody Allen, and Darren Aronofsky. And in this month's political think piece 'Ides of March,' Wood finds herself not only being directed by but also sharing the screen with George Clooney." MARIE CLAIRE

Emmy producers are adding a touch of green to the red carpet this weekend: "Solar power and recycled carpet fibers will be in the Emmy spotlight on Sunday as part of Fox and the TV Acad's efforts to make the ceremony considerably more eco-friendly than it has been in the past. Fox and the TV Acad are using solar panels to provide the power used by all those screaming photogs and others who will line the entryway to the Nokia Theater." VARIETY

Despite their snubs, Joel McHale ("Community") and Zachary Levi ("Chuck") will lend Emmy their voices: "'Chuck' star Zachary Levi, 'Community's' Joel McHale, 'NCIS: Los Angeles's' LL Cool J, 'Person of Interest’s' Taraji P. Henson, 'Awake’s' Wilmer Valderrama, 'How I Met Your Mother's' Cobie Smulders and 'The Office's' Kate Flannery are among those slated to perform as part of the Emmingtons during the category introductions." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER


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