Shortly after winning the Olympic gold medal for ice dancing – a first for an American team – figure skaters Meryl Davis and Charlie White were announced as rival competitors for season 18 of "Dancing with the Stars." Should we already consider them the frontrunners, especially given that "DWTS" star Derek Hough choreographer their short program for the Olympics?
Just six of the twenty-three live-action comedies in contention won with the guilds this winter. (The full list is at the bottom of this post, with winners noted in gold).
Not really. While the PGA and CSA follow the Emmy eligibility period of June to May, the rest operate using the calendar year. Indeed, at last year’s Emmys, only one win was presaged by a guild victory: the PGA and SAG prizes to Comedy Series winner "Modern Family." While “30 Rock” claimed both the Emmy and the WGA Award for episodic comedy writing, these wins came for different episodes.
“Modern Family” had led with a dozen nominations from seven guilds and it led the winners as well with a repeat victory at the PGA, a win with the Cinema Audio Society and two of the three Comedy prizes at SAG. It broke the tie with “Seinfeld” by claiming a record fourth SAG Comedy Ensemble Award and picked up its first award from that group for a single performance after 12 nominations when Ty Burrell broke Alec Baldwin's seven-year winning streak for Comedy Actor. “Modern Family” won these SAG Awards for the first half of the 2013/2014 season, which will contend at the upcoming Emmys.
The second season of “Veep,” which aired in the spring of 2013, won SAG Comedy Actress for Julia Louis-Dreyfus who had claimed an Emmy last fall for these same episodes. It also won awards from the WGA and Art Directors Guild. This showing was particularly strong, given that this laffer had been blanked by the guilds for its first season.
In the 23 years of the MTV Movie Awards, only four same-sex scenes have won Best Kiss, and just one of those was between two women.
But another such sapphic smooch is tipped to take the prize this year: Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams are the overwhelming favorites to win for locking lips in "American Hustle," getting 1/5 odds from our predictors. (Take a gander at these gals in action at the bottom of this post.)
Season four of "Game of Thrones" begins on HBO on April 6. The paycaster has been unspooling previews of this fantasy series which left fans reeling last year with the massacre at the Red Wedding.
Below, the third trailer revisits that shocker as it opens with Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) asking Tyrion Lannister (Emmy nominee Peter Dinklage), “Do you know what they did to my brother and my mother?”
What follows is 90 seconds packed with action, including clips of Daenerys Targaryen (Emmy nominee Emilia Clarke) preparing to do battle to claim the Iron Throne.
Four years after signing off after eight seasons, the taut drama series "24" returns to Fox on May 5 as a 12-hour miniseries "24: Live Another Day." Below, a tasty teaser of the all the action to come this summer.
Emmy champ Kiefer Sutherland reprises his role as Jack Bauer, with fan favorite Mary Lynn Rajskub also back as tech wiz Chloe O'Brian. Kim Raver returns as Bauer's season four and five love interest Audrey Raines. Her father, James Heller (William Devane) is now president and she is married to his chief of staff Mark Boudreau (Tate Donovan). Bauer discovers a plot to kill the president but Boudreau is wary of him and his ways.
Almost three decades after Larry Kramer's play "The Normal Heart" debuted in 1985, this visceral look at the early days of the AIDS crisis is finally getting a screen adaptation. Ryan Murphy ("American Horror Story," "Glee") has assembled a top-notch cast for this telefilm that debuts on HBO on May 25. (Watch the trailer below.)
Expect this production to be a major contender come Emmy time. With the splitting of the TV Movie & Miniseries category into separate ones, "The Normal Heart" is a strong favorite for the former. However, as the performance categories remain combined, there will be major competition for these awards. Vote for Best TV Movie/Mini Actor at the bottom of this post using our easy drag-and-drop menu.
The "Fast and the Furious" action franchise has never been an awards magnet, even at the blockbuster-friendly MTV Movie Awards. To date, the only award it has won at these kudos was Best On-Screen Team for Vin Diesel and Paul Walker for the first film in the series back in 2002.
Walker was killed in a car accident last November. MTV has honored his memory by nominating him and Diesel for Best On-Screen Duo this year for "Fast and Furious 6." And it's looking they will win according to our predictions.
Does Sam Claflin flex his acting muscles – or, well, his actual muscles – enough to win Best Shirtless Performance at the MTV Movie Awards? The answer may depend on how much of the squealing-teenage-girl vote is available now that "Twilight" is over. (Taylor Lautner won last year.)
So far things are looking good for Claflin – and his odds aren't bad either. The 27-year-old joined the cast of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" as Finnick Odair and gets field-leading 4/11 odds for offering Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) a sugar cube while bare-chested.
Angry fans of Jennifer Lawrence are protesting her snub at the upcoming MTV Movie Awards. The ballot for Best Hero is filled with five men but no women, especially her character Katniss Everdeen from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." Over 10,000 people have signed a petition demanding that Lawrence be added to the nominees, which currently are Henry Cavill ("Man of Steel"), Robert Downey, Jr. ("Iron Man 3"), Martin Freeman ("The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"), Chris Hemsworth ("Thor: The Dark World"), and Channing Tatum ("White House Down"). Lawrence does have MTV nominations this year for Best Female Performance and Best Fight for that blockbuster sequel plus Best Kiss (shared for "American Hustle" with Amy Adams). E! Online.
Jeff Jensen reviews the finale of HBO's "True Detective" as "truth, justice, and the surprise of a happy ending." He calls it the culmination of "a remarkable first season" taking the audience "to the heart of darkness at the vortex center of its weird fiction." Although some people did not want an actual resolution, he wanted the "justice" that it would bring and to not "be cynical about character transformation" of Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Hart (Woody Harrelson). The end result offered "shredded illusions" and "painful self awareness." Entertainment Weekly.
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