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The 68th Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, were presented at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles Sunday night. HBO’s the reigning best drama winner, Game of Thrones, went into the night the nomination leader with 23. Leading the comedy noms was last years winner HBO’s (again) Veep.

Winner for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Kate
McKinnon for Saturday Night Live

Winner for Directing for a Comedy Series: Jill Soloway for Transparent

Winner for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep

Winner for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Jeffrey Tambor for Transparent

Winner for Reality-Competition Program: The Voice

Outstanding Writing, Variety Special: PattonO swalt: Talking For Clapping, Netflix

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Sarah Paulson for The People vs OJ Simpson

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: Courtney B Vance for The People vs OJ Simpson

Winner for Outstanding Limited Series: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Winner for Outstanding Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Winner for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Louie Anderson

Winner for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Maggie Smith for Downton Abbey

Winner for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Ben Mendelsohn for Bloodline

Winner for Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Rami Malek for Mr. Robot

Winner for Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Tatiana Maslany for Orphan Black

Winner for Outstanding Comedy Series: Veep

Winner for Outstanding Drama Series: Game of Thrones


For a complete list of winners click here.

18 September, 2016 0 comment
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Bring Back MST3K, Part 4: Joel Shares A Few More Details

With cautious optimism verging on unbridled enthusiasm I’m looking forward to the new episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K).

If you don’t know, MST3K is the greatest show of all time. To be more specific, it was a cult TV show where a man trapped in space with a couple of robots is forced to watch old, bad movies as part of an experiment administered by a mad scientist on Earth. The show ran for seven seasons on Comedy Central in the early 90s, and then finished off the decade with three seasons on the Sci-Fi Channel. It’s a great show about funny jokes and references and silly ideas. Since it went off the air in 1999, MST3K has continued to connect with comedy fans through DVDs and online. Many of the people involved with the original show have also gone on to keep the riffing going with Cinematic Titanic and Rifftrax.

Last year series creator Joel Hodgson launched a Kickstarter campaign to finance new episode of the show. After quick success, enough funds were raised to produce a new season. From what we know, this will be a new show with a healthy influence of the original.  We will have a new guy stuck in space, a new mad scientist, a new mad scientist sidekick, and new voices for the robots. Also, there will be direct connection to the show’s old mythology (what there was of one) and support from the original cast.


  • There will be 14 new episodes, including a new holiday special
  • The new episodes of MST3K will be on Netflix.
  • Production of the new episodes has started.
  • Comedian Jonah Ray is taking the Joel/Mike role as the jumpsuited host and man in space.
  • Actress Felicia Day is the new mad scientist Kinga Forrester. Kinga is the daughter of original mad Dr. Clayton Forrester and granddaughter of Pearl Forrester who continued the experiments when the show moved to Sci-Fi.
  • Comedian Patton Oswalt will be TV’s Son of TV’s Frank, henchman to Day’s mad scientist. From the title, one assumes he’s the offspring of original mad henchman TV’s Frank.
  • Jonah’s robot friend Crow T. Robot will be now be voiced by comedian Hampton Yount.
  • Jonah’s other robot friend Tom Servo will be now be voiced by comedian Baron Vaughn.
  • Original series stars Mary Jo Pehl, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett will guest star in the new show as Pearl Forrester, Professor Bobo, Brain Guy, respectively. Pehl and Corbet have also joined the writing staff of the show.
  • Elliott Kalan, winning former head writer for The Daily Show and one of the hosts of the great podcast The Flop House, is the head writer for the show.
  • The writing staff also includes Joel McHale and Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland, Ernest Cline, Rob Schrab, Nell Scovell, Pat Rothfuss, musical act Paul & Storm, Dana Gould, and Robert Lopez. Writer on the original series Paul Chaplin will be back too.
  • Original series composer Charlie Erickson, prop designer Beez McKeever, makeup artist Crist Ballas will also be working on the new show.
  • Joel Hodgsen has also invited several non-TV writers to join the writing team.
  • The premiere date and whether it will be a staggered or all at once release have been announced.

3 September, 2016 0 comment
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The Olympic flame is extinguished, ending the Rio Games

Amid rain the closing ceremonies of the 31st Olympiad started with a reminder of who Brazil thinks invited the airplane and a countdown symbolizing his famous watches. Oh and fireworks.

The celebrations at Maracana Stadium in Rio capped a successful first South American Olympics. The games started under the cloud of pollution, politics and problems, but finished with a celebration of the diversity of the host country and all humanity.

Overall the closing ceremonies showcased the culture of Brazil through music and a fantastic light show. The evening started with dancers in tropical bird costumes forming, marching band style, signature visuals of the games. Starting with Christ the Redeemer, then a cable car on Sugar loaf Mountain and continuing with the Rio Olympics logos and the Olympic rings.


The closing ceremonies are a chance for the host country/city to show off the local culture and Rio began with the music. Famed Samba composer Martinho Da Vilaa took the stage with a chorus of his daughters and granddaughters to perform two songs.

Next, the Brazilian national anthem was performed with fantastic drums and a show on the stadium floor where a group clad in white costumes ended up forming the starts on a Brazilian flag that was projected on the stadium. All this happened while tennis great Maria Bueno held the Brazilian flag.

Performer Roberta Sa took to the stadium in a Carmen Miranda influenced dance to a magical Samba beat and a spectacular light show of projections of birds that became her shadow before the Olympic flag bearers entered the stadium.

The USA’s flag was carried by gymnastic super star Siome Biles. Who, by the way, ended up holding up the line of athletes entering the stadium. Not by her own fault, but because so many of her fellow competitors wanted to take selfies with her.


Dancers performed as the around 11,000 athletes from over 200 countries entered the stadium. Waving to cameras and celebrating, they took their places in seats surrounding the stadium floor.

Can I take a second here and give a shout out to the Canadian team and their amazing mittens? Where can I get some of those? It was great fun and represented their home country well.

After the athletes settled in their place the ceremonies featured a performance by international superstar Kygo. He captained his keyboard while singer Julian Michaels serenaded the world and rain baptized their performance.

During Kygo and Michaels’ performance the IOC announced the Olympic Channel. It’s a digital platform that will highlight Olympic sports 24-7.

Next the ceremony was all about showcasing the people’s culture of Brazil. Starting with music from a children’s choir and performers forming images of cave painting by indigenous Brazilians.

This was followed by poetry about Saudades, a Portuguese word on melancholy and about remembering those that have gone before us.

Next was a beautiful performance centering on lace created by slaves in Brazil.

Following that, ballet dancers form the Brazilian Ballet Company performed in the rain celebrating the clay influenced style of Brazil. The lighting once again played a huge role here, making the dancers look like clay. Then, just off the stage that ballet dancers were on, the floor of the stadium was taken over by dancers dressed and lighted like clay dolls.

Next up was the medal ceremony for the marathon. Kenya took the gold, Ethiopia the silver and the United States the bronze.


The ceremony to hand off the Olympics from Rio to 2020 host Tokyo came next. Starting with the Greek National Anthem, the mayor of Rio handed off the games to the governor of Tokyo with the help of the ICO president.

Then it was the superbly fun Tokyo preview video. It featured athletes, shots of Tokyo, Pac-Man, Hello Kitty and Nintendo’s Mario. Mario helped the Japanese Prime Minister make a quick trip to Rio with the help of a Mario Bros. pipe through the earth.

A fabulous light show followed showcasing the Tokyo 2020 Olympics logo.

After that the ICO president thanked Brazil and Rio in a speech, presented the Olympic Cup and officially closed the games. Followed by a performance that was a tribute to Brazilin artist and landscape designer Robert Marx, then the Olympic flame was extinguished.


But, there was one last performance. A Carnival inspired number that brought the athletes to the floor of the stadium in celebration, then more fireworks.

The 2016 games started after a lead up of doom and gloom. They finished with music and fête that brought the best of Rio de Janeiro to the world stage. The United States saw the rise of new superstars, the final performances of others and a final medal count that led the world. Rio showed the world that in spite of turmoil they are a city demanding their place in the world of the 21st century.

21 August, 2016 0 comment
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Annihilation Is Always the Answer or We Have Other Battles to Fight

Episodes four and five deepen this season’s mysteries and characters. We learn that the fsociety mask comes from an old low-budget horror move Elliot and Darlene watched as kids, Darlene found it at a 99 cent store, as we see in a flashback. Elliot and Darlene spend an evening reminiscing and watching the movie again, and then Elliot shows her their dad’s old ‘Mr. Robot’ work jacket that he’d kept. When Elliot puts the jacket and the mask on we see the seeds of the 5/9 hack burst through the ground of his mind. In that moment the spark of fsociety was born and vengeance on E Corp began.

I’d like to take this opportunity to compliment USA Network or the show’s producers or whoever made the decision, about the censoring on the show. I really appreciate that the show allows the characters to talk like real people using natural language. If the network is not ready to allow the use of the ‘F-word’ in prime time, I like that they just mute the word. There’s no beep or blurred mouths. I hate the beep; it draws undue attention to the word and takes me out of the show. So, if have to censor, this is the best way.

The heart of these two episodes is Elliot’s journey back online. He is driving himself mad in his self-imposed digital exile. He’s trying to make Mr. Robot go away by staying away from computers. But, Darlene wants him back, Mr. Robot wants him back, Ray wants him back, and really Elliot wants to go back. It seems that his main hurdle is that he is consumed with guilt about the death of Gideon. He liked Gideon, Gideon was a good guy that tried to do good work and live a good life. That Gideon was getting pulled into the FBI investigation then was shot because of his proximity to Elliot has crippled Elliot. I think Elliot is avoiding his feeling about Gideon by creating a battle in his mind with Mr. Robot. Remember, Elliot started the show as a digital avenging angel, helping people like Gideon that were being abused by others.

As the FBI investigation looks to be making progress, all the players are getting nervous. Darlene’s old Boyfriend, and Dark Army contact is scared. Angela’s old boyfriend is freaked; he loaded the CD at AllSafe that helped in the attack. The possibility that the feds could be after Angela and Darlene, Elliot’s family, pushed Elliot to return online.

Elliot takes Ray up on his offer to do some IT work on Ray’s site, so he can gain access to the FBI to find and destroy anything that connects Angela to the 5/9 hack. In the course of doing this Elliot learns that the site Ray is running is the deepest, darkest, most evil digital black-market. This sends Elliot into a crises, to help his family he has to be a part of the world he used to crusade against. Before he can come to a resolution Ray and his gang grab Elliot out of his bed and beat him for looking at the site.

-I’m still intrigued with Agent DiPierro. We learned some of her backstory during her odd bonding with the Chinese Minister. Who also that time obsessed hacker. Who also was on the phone with E Corp top dog Phillip Price!

-The flipside of Angela’s new confidence has surfaced. She figured right the E Corp was using her, by bringing her inside to help stop the lawsuit. She confronted Phillip and he pretty much confirmed it and blew her off. New Angels is not having that. Plus with the possibility of her being connected to the hack, she seems to have decided to not take any of it and takes steps to join fsociety. Where the old gang was back together.

-Tyrell’s wife: I have no idea what is going on with her, what side she is on or what her goals are. But, I like how it’s building and can’t wait to find out.

4 August, 2016 0 comment
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The masterminds of movie mockery Mike, Kevin and Bill of Rifftrax continue to keep the flame of Mystery Science Theater alive in the 21st Century with their latest live riffing event.

The guys will take the stage in Nashville and take on the biggest grandma’s-sweater-destroying monster since the invention of the washing machine: “Mothra!” “Mothra” tells the story of a group of explorers who travel to a remote island, kidnap two tiny women, inciting the wrath of a giant larvae which then swims the ocean, cocoons itself in downtown Tokyo, emerges as the titular Mothra and destroys everything in its path. Yes, it’s a tale as old as time, but Mothra does it best!

Along with the usual thrills and chills, there will be more larvae than you know what to do with, unless you happen to be a super enthusiastic entomologist. Witness the show live and in person August 18th at the Belcourt Theater in Nashville. The show will also be broadcast live to theaters nationwide (find out where here).

3 August, 2016 0 comment
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Vice President Joe Biden will guest star on the second episode of the new season of NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU,” set to air Wednesday, Sept. 28 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT).

The Vice President will appear as himself in a press conference scene where he commends the SVU, led by Lt. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), for their work in addressing the national rape kit backlog, specifically in the city of Detroit. ‎‎

The issue reflects the real-life efforts of Biden and series star Hargitay, who both recently spoke at the United State of Women Summit at the White House in June to address the national backlog of untested rape kits, and the pervasive culture of violence and sexual assault against women.‎

See The V.P.’s full speech at United State of Women Summit here.

The Vice President was also honored by Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation last May for his commitment to ending domestic violence and sexual assault.

The 18th season of “Law & Order: SVU” premieres Wednesday, September 21 on NBC.

2 August, 2016 0 comment
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Dove Cameron, a star of Disney Channel’s “Liv and Maddie,” has been cast as Amber Von Tussle on NBC’s “Hairspray Live!
Additionally, Garrett Clayton, co-star of a pair of TV movie musicals, will play Link Larkin.

Cameron and Clayton, who are each previous Teen Choice Award nominees, join a cast that includes Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Derek Hough and newcomer Maddie Baillio.


“Hairspray Live!” marks a reunion between Cameron and Chenoweth, who teamed together on Disney’s TV movie “Descendants.”

In 2015, Cameron and Ryan McCartan partnered up and formed the pop duo The Girl and the Dreamcatcher, combining their singing and songwriting talents. The duo have released three singles and recently released their first EP, “Negatives.” It currently ranks #2 on pop charts at #14 worldwide.

Clayton starred in the TV musicals “Teen Beach Movie” and “Teen Beach Movie 2.” He has also made appearances on “The Fosters” and “The Real O’Neals.” He’ll star in the upcoming film “King Cobra,” opposite Christian Slater and James Franco.

“Hairspray Live!” airs on NBC at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7.

2 August, 2016 0 comment
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