Viola Davis (right), the first African-American woman to win an Emmy award as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama, powerfully called out Hollywood in her acceptance speech Sunday night: “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.”
On my favorite show, The Good Wife, Judge Patrice Lessner — played by Saturday Night Live alum Ana Gasteyer — tends to rule against any attorney who fails to add “in my opinion” after making a point in her courtroom. It’s a handy phrase to keep in mind for anyone tempted to judge a celebrity for work she may or may not have had done on her face.
Kevin Spacey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus play ruthless, narcissistic U.S. presidents on TV. But as they opened the general session at AARP’s Ideas@50+ event in San Diego Friday, the actors were charming Hollywood celebrities, sharing not only the secrets of making their shows but life lessons gleaned from their own successful careers.
My favorite part of award shows is that moment before the winners are announced, when they show all the nominees on a split screen. You can usually tell the seasoned veterans: While the newbies sweat and tremble, the older stars sit there, totally cool, enjoying that last second or so of being "hopefuls," ready to spring to the podium ... and equally ready not to.
One story ripped from the headlines, another borrowed from classic literature, and a grown-up romantic comedy come to theaters this weekend. After you've caught them, check out the movies you've missed from weeks past.
Jeff Daniels, who won Outstanding Lead actor in a Drama Series Sunday night for his performance in HBO's The Newsroom, will indeed be placing his new Emmy statue next to AARP's Movies for Grownups Award, which he won for the 2005 movie The Squid and the Whale. The genial TV and movie actor, who lives with wife Kathleen in Chelsea, Mich., had some fun in the backstage media room after his win, playing off his onstage acceptance speech in which he said the only award he'd ever won was from AARP - a "golden Barcalounger."
Once you see Julia Louis-Dreyfus' new HBO "Veep" black comedy, it's a little unsettling to think that, as reported in the New York Times, she talked to the likes of Al Gore and Al Franken and real-life chiefs of staff and speechwriters to help get ready for her role as Vice President Selina Meyer. One hopes that authenticity is not the the order of the day here. "Veep" has been dubbed "the anti-'West Wing'" for good reason.
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