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Flavorwire has 20 film books for film lovers to own. Christmas list ideas?
Slant Kurt interviews the great Alison Janney who has a 'special knack for spurring films to life'
Arts Beat Adele records song for the new James Bond film Skyfall. Can't wait to hear it
Slate another perceptive review of Bachelorette
Deadline Adorable little Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland) is no longer adorable. He's grown up to become a young Norman Bates in that Psycho prequel TV series "Bates Motel". 

HitFix interviews Chris Evans about his Captain America break, puking gym sessions, and the indie flick Iceman which just played at TIFF
IndieWire polled critics about the best films and performances at TIFF -- The Master nearly tops every poll its eligible for but fails to win "Most Disappointing" (edged out by To the Wonder)
The Advocate a new celebrity photographry book compiling Jack Robinson's 70s portraits. Clint Eastwood somehow looks like Hugh Jackman and Warren Beatty is all in leather
Playbill congrats to Leslye Headland again. Her play Assistance (about showbiz assistants) will be developed for a television series
Broadway Blog Cheyenne Jackson (yay!) to star in a new Broadway romantic comedy about adult film performers. Alicia Silverstone and Ari Graynor co-star!
MNPP attends a star-packed Q&A for 10 Years
Towleroad My latest column finds me blathering on about a handful of future Oscar players

Congratulations to Joshua Bergasse for his Best Choreography Win for "SMASH". It's the first time a TV series has claimed the prize in 17 years

Emmy Time - yes, I'll live blog on Sunday
Playbill Smash wins Joshua Bergasse an Emmy for Best Choreography for "Wolf" "National Pasttime" and The Film Experience's all-time favorite Smash number "Let's Be Bad". 
LA Times & Deadline HBO leads the Emmys so far with 17 wins including several for Game of Thrones. And, yes, Mad Men lost costume design AGAIN. It will go down as one of the great awards injustices that that series never wins costume design. Just shameful! Guest Acting Emmys: Kathy Bates (Two and Half Men), Martha Plimpton (The Good Wife), Jeremy Davies (Justified), and Jimmy Fallon (SNL)

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So happy for Martha Plimpton! Also, even though she probably wasn't deserving, I would've been thrilled with Thurman since she never wins anything either.

Can't wait for Julianne to finally take the gold on Sunday!

September 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSean

Thank you!

September 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKurtis O

The films I've seen on that roundup of TIFF's most disappointing films have no business being close to such a list. I like to think of myself as quite tough when it comes to films I've anticipated for a long time, but seems like others have their expectations through the roof.

September 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmir

It's also interesting to see I'm not alone in my appreciation for Frances Ha. I'm still amazed it hasn't been snapped up yet. What are distributors waiting for? It's a TOTAL indie hit.

September 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmir

I assume you mean that it's the first time in seventeen years that a scripted TV series has won the choreography prize, right? Because So You Think You Can Dance had a four-year streak going until this year, and that's definitely a TV series.

Very happy for Jeremy Davies's win for Justified, although I secretly suspect that people voted for him in part because they felt sorry for his having to deal with the worst haircut in the history of television this season. He looked like he had mange.

September 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiz N.

I don't follow the Emmys as closely as I do the Oscars, but I'm quite surprised that Mad Men didn't win a single award yet. All the predictions I've looked at seem to indicate that it's the frontrunner for Outstanding Drama Series, but in addition to not winning any tech awards, it's not leading any of the other categories it's up for this Sunday. I wonder if it's really the frontrunner after all. Could it really win Outstanding Drama Series without a single other award? Breaking Bad is a pretty clear frontrunner in at least two major categories (Actor and Supporting Actor in a Drama Series); I wonder if it might pull an upset?

Also, I didn't get any of the guest acting awards right. Again, I don't really follow the Emmys that closely, but I expected Michael J. Fox to win at least one of the awards he was up for.

September 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEdwin

Liz -- sure. i don't really think of reaiity tv as anything other than reality tv. but sure :)

September 17, 2012 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

The outrage is bigger than you think Nathaniel.
Mad Men were not nominated for Best Costume Design this year.
The nominees were "Boardwalk Empire", "The Borgias", "Downton Abbey, "Once Upon a Time" and "Game of Thrones".

September 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVictor S


'Mad Men' won Best Drama Series last year without any other significant awards. It only won another prize, for Best Hairstyling.

So it's possible. Its buzz is very strong and I suspect only Downton Abbey and Breaking Bad stand a chance against it but both of them have very big CONS that prevent them from winning.

September 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJorge Rodrigues

I really wanted Maya Rudolph to win the Emmy for SNL, but I suppose people wanted Kathy Bates to finally have one. I'm sure Artful is happy.

September 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

Mad Men also holds the record for the most acting losses after this weekend, which is just mind blowing. How can you reward a show so much and think the acting isn't worthy?

September 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBia

Philip I nearly cried when the news surfaced Kathy Bates has an Emmy. They've nominated her more than, SAG who loves her, more than, the Golden Globes who likes her, she has two a piece from each of them, and can't get a damn Emmy after 9 previous nominations, now on her tenth and least substantial category, they shotgun her one.

I root for Maya Rudolph as well. My blinding rage against the Streep means I'm seen as a villain here which sucks but like the queen says Whatever.

September 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter4rtful

As someone who's been watching Two and a Half Men since it premiered (yes, I like the show, shut up!), I got to say I was rooting for Kathy Bates, not just because she was due but because she nailed her Charlie Sheen impression. She nailed his tone of voice, mannerisms, his vulgar demeanor and even added a little bit of her own to the role. Also, you got to give credit to the actors on Two and a Half Men for staying so committed to these frequently pathetic, often creepy characters (particularly Jon Cryer, I've never seen an actor so committed to making a fool of himself). I don't mind her winning at all.

As for the other guest winners, I haven't seen Jimmy Fallon yet. Martha Plimpton is fantastic but I'm not sure she really had much to do this year on The Good Wife. Last year, she stole every scene she was in as the absolutely shameless Patti Nyholm, and while she brought the same energy to the role this year, she had so little to do it didn't feel like an Emmy role (thenagain, they may have taken her work last year into account). Jeremy Davies I'm very happy to see winning. He was also a higlight on Lost and the best performance in Saving Private Ryan. I would have given him the win last year for Justified, but I'm happy he is now an Emmy winner.

From the looks of things, it looks like Homeland has a pretty good chance at winning Drama Series on Sunday. It took Picture Editing and Casting, two awards that a lot of Freshman shows win before winning the big one (not always, but they do indicate support). I don't think Breaking Bad has a realistic chance at winning Drama Series (the lack of a writing nod hurt Boardwalk Empire last year despite it's sweeping the Creative Awards, it will probably hurt both Boardwalk Empire and Breaking Bad this year). The way I see it, only Downton Abbey, Homeland and Mad Men have a realistic chance of taking Drama Series (I really hope it's not Downton, sorry Nat, but I thought the second season was a letdown, I will never forgive them for not leaving Matthew as a cripple, I feel that undermines most of what happens on that show). I would be really happy to see Homeland win (that was one of the best first seasons of any show I've ever seen) and Mad Men is my favorite show on the air, so a fifth straight win seems appropriate (if not, at least give a trophy to comeone in the cast).

September 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRichter Scale

I love the bit in your article, Nathaniel, where you talk about your Brokeback Mountain "the bottom-goes-supporting" prediction. I think I found this site when I was in a fury about Crash's win and still, in almost eight years, I've never heard that story before. Brilliant. <3

September 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

I'm madly in love with Martha Plimpton, but I must agree it wasn't her best appearance. I was rooting for Julia Ormond. Actually I would watch an entire series devoted to that character.

PS Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates is really one of the best casting choices I've heard in a while.

September 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue
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