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Saturday
Nov 03 2018

Would you rather?

We stopped playing our silly Instagram game because Squarespace no longer works with Instagram embeds (I have no idea why) but we miss eavesdropping / spying on celebrities.So let's play again without embeds (more work for me,argh).

Would you rather...
...have a get together with Liza Minnelli,George Hamilton and Michael Feinstein?
...do your civic duty with Kerry Washington?
...pick blueberries with Kiernan Shipka?
...attend Gwyneth Paltrows wedding?
...take a mineral clay treatment with Daryl Hannah?
...enjoy Royal Tenenbaums cosplay with Sarah Michelle Gellar?
...nap with Paul Bettany and his cat?
...get your nails did with The Rock?
...eat cake with Reese Witherspoon?

The images are after the jump to help you decide

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Monday
Jan 30 2017

"I am an actor"

The best tradition of the Screen Actor Guild Awards each year,beyond their decision to keep the lifetime achievement award on air (are you listening Oscar?),is their opening bit wherein a random collection of thespians give little weird speeches that end with "I am an actor."Sometimes they're funny.Sometimes they're serious.Sometimes they're headscratching.Regardless,it's always something to look forward to each year.Here are the five actors they chose this year in ascending order of how well they pulled it off.

05 Ashton Kutcher
Kutcher read from a teleprompter.Noooooo.

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Friday
Sep 16 2016

Emmy Spotlight - Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

byEric Blume

We love our actresses,and the Emmy race for Best Actress,Limited Series or Movie on Sunday night is filled with very good ones.  Let's take a look at who's in the running and who the winner might be.

Kirsten Dunstnabbed her first Emmy nomination in her freshman foray into television for her role as a deluded hairdresser in season two ofFargo.  Unlike Nathaniel,I'm not a huge fan of Dunst,but her work here is probably the best thing she's ever done outside ofMelancholia.  What she pulls off here is a very tricky blend of naturalism and heightened comedy,a dangerous high-wire act that could have fallen flat quite easily...

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Wednesday
Apr 20 2016

Review: Confirmation

Kieran,here.Politics,even at their most abstract are ultimately personal.At its best moments,HBO'sConfirmationdirected by Rick Famuyiwa's (Dope) and written by Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich)understands this.Anita Hill's (Kerry Washington) 1991 allegations of sexual harassment against Justice Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce) on the eve of his confirmation to the US Supreme court is a subject about which few who can remember are indifferent.Who was lying and about what?What did the Anita Hill's testimony say about the positions of gender,race and political alignment in this country?These are the kinds of questions that evoke vociferous,often angry opinions and the film doesn't offer up easy answers.

The truth of whether Clarence Thomas sexually harassed Anita Hill is secondary.Thomas,as rendered by Pierce in what is actually a small role with few spoken lines,is a beleaguered public figure,forced to defend himself and deal with the consequences these allegations had on his personal and professional life.I say this not to imply that Thomas is innocent (I've always thought he was guilty).But,as is often the disgusting and sad truth about men who commit these crimes,they're not alwaystechnicallylying when they maintain their innocence under oath.In order for it to truly be a lie,these men would have to believe that they did anything wrong in the first place.Whatever mental gymnastics Clarence Thomas had to go through in order to get to this place,his own words and Pierce's subtle but precise performance clearly illustrate that Thomas does not believe he was guilty of any wrongdoing.When the film is examining the implications of a culture that allows men to make these leaps and how it turns victims into villains,it shines and Pierce is a key component of what makes this element works.He opts not to turn Thomas into a monster for it's not the "monsters"who violate women and irrevocably damage lives.They are simply people,a much truer and scarier fact to fathom.

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Friday
Mar 25 2016

Thoughts I Had While Looking at Television's Actress Elite...

Good morning,readers!Here's your wake-up call:

That's a whole lot of actress powerhouses on television in one small selfie:Sarah Paulson(The People vs.OJ Simpson),Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife),Constance Zimmer (UnREALandHouse of Cards),Regina King (American Crime),Kirsten Dunst (Fargo),Kerry Washington (Scandal),and Jennifer Lopez (Shades of Blue).Before you jump to conclusions that Ryan Murphy is just expanding his empire,let's take a closer look:

1.What exactly caused this moment of divinity?Casual friday brunch?Do they all share a dentist?

2.We are not worthy ofRegina Kingand we never will be.

3.Kerry Washington is there too?!Rayreunion!Wouldn't they make a great duo in something fun and female-empowering likeThelma and Louise?

4.Everyone is lovely here,but Sarah Paulson is serving.

5.It's easy to forget if you're like me and don't watch much television that even large stars are making the TV leap by the minute - but haven't we kind of been sleeping on the fact that Jennifer Lopez is the star of a network procedural?

6.This is the Emmy's Actress Roundtable we actually want,yes?Yes.

7.Maybe Jennifer Lopez should be planning the members of group magazine covers a la Vanity Fair.I'd totally buy this off that magazine rack!

8.Wait!There's room for one more next to Constance Zimmer!What TV actress would you squeeze into this selfie?

Wednesday
Mar 18 2015

Emmy History,"Empire"Heat,and the Super Competitive 'Best Drama Actress' Race

The two hour season finale ofEmpire,a show I like to call "The Taraji P Henson Variety Hour,"hits tonight and though Emmy nominee balloting is literally three months away (June 15th-26th) so there's plenty of time to weigh the options and discuss them,theEmpireteam is already working hard to win votes.Taraji P Henson & Terence Howard feel like likely players in the Drama races.I doubt Emmy will ignore the leads in a new primetime soap network drama this buzzy and popular.The 1980s were unquestionably the heyday of this genre of television (withDallas,Dynasty,The Colbys,Knots LandingandFalcon Crestall popular) though it's probably worth noting that the actors within this genre have had an easier time landing nominations then their series have.DallasandDynasty,the two most popular shows of this genre in the history of television,were only up for the top prize three times between them.Why,you ask?

Emmy history and the historic Best Actressafter the jump...

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