And the Emmy goes to…ugh, just tell us already! Will Claire Danes get her fourth Emmy award? Will Kerry Washington and Amy Poehler get their first? It’s all up for grabs since the nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on Thursday. Shows such as “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” and “Orange is the New Black” grabbed many spots on the list of nominees. One of the biggest stories seem to be about the nomination of Laverne Cox for “outstanding guest actress in a comedy series,” making her the first transgender person ever to be nominated. Keep your eyes peeled on August 25th on NBC for these 20 stars to make their mark on the competition!
Orange must be a good color for Laverne Cox! The “Orange is the New Black” star was nominated for guest actress in a comedy series. Cox plays the character of Sophia Burset on the show and has been outspoken as a transgender activist. While her character is an inmate who serves as the prison hairdresser, Cox is an Anti-violence Project 2013 Courage Award honoree. She was also the first openly transgender person to make the cover of TIME magazine.
Don’t call it a comeback! Jane Fonda already won two Academy Awards, seven Golden Globes, and an Emmy so she knows what it takes. The Newsroom actress, up for the guest actress in a drama category, plays a woman named Leona Lansing who is the owner of Atlantic Cable News, a network that airs news programs. Fonda is also a writer, model, political activist, and fitness guru. Fonda nabbed her first Emmy in 1984 for starring in “The Dollmaker,” which was based on a novel about a mother who carves dolls to save her family.
From the moment you see Bryan Cranston in his underwear cooking drugs on the thrilling series “Breaking Bad,” you could tell this was going to be an interesting show. Nobody could have predicted Cranston, up for the category of best actor in a drama, having this much success after he accepted the role of Walter Hartwell White, the most gutsy chemistry teacher in high school. Cranston went on to win a Tony award for his Broadway performance as Lyndon B. Johnson in “All The Way.”
All right, all right, all right! The best actor in a drama nominee Matthew McConnaughey spoke with deadline.com about his role as the detective Rustin Cohle on “True Detective”: “I found myself getting very nervous and I had that urge to pizazz it up. I had to remind myself to be much more patient as an actor. Those more wild characters are going to reveal a dynamic, so just be patient and save the wild for later. I am so happy I stuck with my patience.” Apparently, the bigwigs at the Emmys are happy for you too, Matthew!
Scandalous! What’s really scandalous about the star of the drama series Scandal is that she hasn’t won an Emmy yet. Kerry Washington skyrocketed to fame with the role of Olivia Pope who is a crisis manager that specializes in politics and having an affair with the president. This best actress in a drama nominee also played Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Beyonce when she hosted “Saturday Night Live” back in November, bringing to light the fact that there was a lack of SNL cast members who were black women at the time.
Claire Danes starred in the 1996 version of “Romeo and Juliet” alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. But that’s not why she’s nominated for an Emmy this year! Viewers have been glued to the screen as Danes protects the U.S. from terrorist attacks while playing CIA agent Carrie Mathison on “Homeland.” Will she be able to outsmart her enemies, rescue her lover, and not get killed in the process? Probably, yes, since she’s been nominated for best actress in a drama.
Don Cheadle rocked in his role as “War Machine” in the “Iron Man” movies and now he’s exploiting the weaknesses of his clients as a management consultant named marty Kaan on “House of Lies.” Kaan comes off as an offensive, womanizing, and unscrupulous character who has “a lot of psychological damage,” according to an interview with tvguide.com. Cheadle won a 2013 Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy series for the same role.
The comedic genius of our generation, Louis C.K., turned down a big budget offer from a large network to work with FX because he wanted full creative control like any true artist. If you watch just one episode, you’ll see that Louie isn’t just another sitcom. It has a more subtle type of comedy and the jokes aren’t all slapstick and cheap laughs. C.K., who is up for best actor in a comedy, won a 2013 Emmy for his stand up special called “Oh My God.”
Inspirational Youtube life coach and comedian/actress/producer/writer Amy Poehler has so many things going on. Poehler portrays Leslie Knope, the deputy parks director on “Parks and Recreation” where she serves on the committees like the Equal Opportunity Committee, The Fun in the Sun Committee, the Clean Restroom Task Force, and the Handicapped Restroom Task Force. She is an eight-time Emmy nominee but the ninth time is sure to be the charm for best actress in a comedy.
If you want to see what happens to a girl who is trying to become a writer or spends her time in the bathtub singing “Wonderwall” by Oasis, then look no further than Lena Dunham’s portrayal of Hannah in the comedy series “Girls.” Dunham is up for best actress in a comedy series and this character has already earned her a Golden Globe for lead actress in a comedy or musical series.
Peter Dinklage is aiming for his second supporting actor Emmy with this nomination. “Game of Thrones” is one of those shows where you have either heard of it or you have been living under a rock. Have you seen the size of those books that the fans have been reading? It’s like the hysteria of Harry Potter all over again. It’s like a grownup version of Harry Potter without the wizards and you just replaced the groundbreaking wizard stories with groundbreaking medieval stories.
Speaking of Harry Potter, the actress who played Professor McGonagall of Gryffindor is nominated for a supporting actress in a drama series. Maggie Smith, also known as Dame Margaret Natalie Smith, has played Violet Crawley in Downton Abbey since 2010. The Oscar-winning, BAFTA-winning, Screen Actors Guild Award-winning, Tony-award winning actress got her first Emmy for the role of a romance novelist in the 2003 movie “My House in Umbria.”
What a pleasant surprise it was to see Christina Hendricks, who is nominated for the category of supporting actress in a drama for her portrayal of Joan Harris in “Mad Men,” pop up in the movie “Struck by Lightning.” In it, Glee’s CHris colfer is trying to start a literary magazine in high school with Rebel Wilson. Hendricks played a pharmacist who wants her man to connect with his snarky son. In a way, she was also dealing with some “mad men.” There. I did it. I connected “Mad Men” to a movie starring Chris colfer!
Andre Braugher went to Juilliard for the drama division. Let that soak in for a second. Juilliard. Do you know how hard it is to get into Juilliard? It’s, like, really hard. On Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Braugher stars as the precinct captain Ray Holt. He is nominated for supporting actor in a comedy series. This will be his first time getting nominated for an Emmy. He also won a 1996 Obie award for playing Henry V in New York City’s Shakespeare in the Park Festival.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson is so close to that Emmy award for supporting actor in a comedy series that you can almost taste it. The actor plays Mitchell Pritchett on “Modern Family.” Pritchett has been a boyfriend to another man named Cameron for nine years before they married. These two are pretty adorable together. From 2010 to 2013, he received four consecutive Emmy nominations for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series.
Allison Janney, ever since you trailer-parked into our hearts as the funny aunt in Drop Dead Gorgeous, it was all over. Who could be funnier than the woman who made out with a bartender at her niece’s teen pageant? Playing Bonnie Plunkett on “Mom,” for which Janney is nominated for best supporting actress in a comedy, with Anna Faris is too good to be true. She previously won multiple Emmy Awards for her portrayal of the White House press secretary C.J. Cregg on “The West Wing.”
Ellen Degeneres, Martha Stewart, Justin Bieber, and a Russian woman are many characters Kate McKinnon has played on “Saturday Night Live.” That’s pretty diverse. She is up for the category of supporting actress in a comedy series. She used to play a British boy whose only wish was to have a vagina on Logo’s “Big Gay Sketch Show.” I don’t remember seeing that character on “Saturday Night Live.” If there’s a movie based on this boy, I smell an Oscar for you.
Chiwetel Ejiofor is nominated for best actor in a miniseries. On “Dancing on the Edge,” Ejiofor plays Louis Lester, the band leader of a black jazz band in 1930s London. In 2008, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Ejiofor as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to the arts. The Oscar-winning Ejiofor has a sister in real life who is a CNN correspondent. I bet they always have interesting stories to tell when they gather at family reunions!
Idris Elba, the world needs to hear your singing talents. There are too many souls that are sitting idly by the radio waiting for the chance to twerk to a hit single by DJ Big Driis, also known as Idris Elba. Anyway, the point is that if your portrayal as Detective Chief Inspector John Luther (on the British psychological crime drama television series Luther) does not garner you an Emmy for best actor in a miniseries, then there’s still the Grammy Awards.
There’s a colonial woman on the plane and she’s churning butter! But she won’t interfere with Kristen Wiig being nominated for best actress in a miniseries. Wiig plays Cynthia Morehouse on “The Spoils of Babylon,” a comedy spoof of the “TV event” miniseries in the 1970s. Wiig has been previously nominated multiple times for her work on “Saturday Night Live” in the category of outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series.
Dr. Oz: “I’m Very Concerned About the Corona Virus, Here’s Why”
While coronaviruses have been known to medical science since the 1960s, few have been anywhere near as dangerous as this new one from the market in Wuhan China.
A coronavirus is typified by its protective shell which resembles a crown or a halo under a microscope. That is where it gets its name. The average coronavirus does little more than cause the symptoms of the common cold, sniffles, cough, flu-like symptoms and so on. Part of the reason that these viruses are so hard to prevent from causing millions of colds each year is their protective shell. They can remain on a surface for hours, sometimes days, before they begin to lose structural integrity. But few trigger symptoms as severe as this one known as 2019-nCoV.
Dr. Oz had this to say about what has become known as the Wuhan Coronavirus, “It’s alarming, this is the big news today, the Chinese leadership is starting to say ‘this incubation period is a lot longer than we thought.’”
If this report is true, it means that many, many more people may be infected than have been reported- or even anticipated. It means that people could be walking around, infected, and not even know it- not taking precautions and spreading the virus everywhere they go. That means anyone who has recently returned from the area around the Wuhan market, where the outbreak started, could be carrying the disease.
At the time of this writing, the total enumerated infection count is over 1,800. The total deaths are approaching 200. Other researchers are suggesting that this virus has a rapid mutation rate. That is particularly terrifying because it is what made the HIV-AIDS virus so difficult to treat.
At present, the World Health Organization had laid down a series of suggestions to help people avoid infection.
They advise that anyone who may come into contact with the virus should:
- Wash their hands frequently
- Maintain good sanitation on and around all frequently used objects and surfaces
- Avoid centers of mass travel such as airports
- Sneeze and cough into the elbow or a tissue
- Take immunity-boosting supplements like vitamin C
The source of the infection is believed to have come from a specific market in Wuhan, where live animals were kept in stalls for sale and trade. Researchers believe the virus came from either a snake or a bat. The initial cases of illness were reported in December 2019 by employees of the Wuhan market. That market is now shut down for the foreseeable future.
As health officials struggle to understand the virus and contain its progress, other researchers are asking even more startling questions. The shell of this virus is similar to the shell of a virus created in a university research lab in 2015 at the University of North Carolina. What’s more, there is a known military biological weapons lab in Wuhan China.
If these reports are true, it could have serious implications, not only for global health- but for relations between the US and China.
Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?
Big Brother has been a wildly popular, dramatic reality TV game show since 2000. Audiences are captivated by the twists, the turns, the strange alliances, and the betrayals. The show is based on a Dutch program with the same premise which also became wildly popular in Spain and Germany before the reboot came to America.
As the US version grew in popularity, the producers eventually made it possible for fans to watch the contestants on a non-live streaming video feed available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Yes, the contestants on Big Brother are now on display to be viewed by anyone in the world at every waking moment. How they avoid getting caught in their all-togethers or during toilet breaks, we don’t know. Maybe they have certain camera-safe areas to which they can retreat.
Later on, the house the Big Brother contestants live in was stripped of all communication devices- depriving them of contact with the outside world. That is- except for the live feeds the public has unfettered access to. So, if one of them was being held hostage, we suppose they could let us know.
So the question came up of, how much do the contestants really earn? By playing the game they have the chance to make friends, or enemies, become Internet sensations, and to win half a million dollars. But, given everything they have to put up with; being ripped out of their lives, possibly losing jobs, experiencing the anguish of betrayal- all while being on public display- do they get anything else?
According to a report by Reality Blurred, a site that follows the happenings of reality TV stars, programs, and related matters- the contestants “[…] receive $750 per week that they’re in the house.”
Any pay they receive while in the jury house is harder to account for since nothing about it appears on the contract. However, it is believed that contestants receive consolation prizes during their time out of the main house. It also seems reasonable that the consolation prizes received in the jury house should be worth at least $500 since keeping them away from other gainful employment for less than that would be near to slavery. (We’re looking at you, jury duty.)
However, while the big prize on Big Brother is a cool half-million on top of what the contestants earn as their weekly salary, in reality- they have much more to gain in Internet stardom.
Many former Big Brother players have gone on to lucrative careers as influencers on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites. While any gains from that are unlikely to be as exhilarating as half a million in fast cash- the best of them certainly earn more than that over the long term.
So, it would appear that our curiosity MacGuffins on Big Brother are at least doing as well as someone earning minimum wage- while essentially fooling around Truman Show style.
Single Mom Irina Shayk, Happy Single
Those in the public spotlight seem to be an open book. Their every move seems to is covered by gossip sites. Their whereabouts are nearly always and it seems as if we are updated on who’s dating who and what luxurious vacation they are on.
That’s why it is surprising that Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper kept their relationship under wraps for so long, dating all the way back to 2015. The couple was first spotted together after the actor and model were first seen in 2015. Cooper split from Suki Waterhouse and Shayk ended her five-year relationship with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
The couple was first seen together at a Broadway show, then shortly thereafter, the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Things seemed to move quickly from there. Within months the couple moved in together, soon they announced they were expecting.
Work Gets in the Way:
Irina, who has been quiet about her relationship and breakup with Bradley Cooper, recently spoke up about their relationship.
The couple ended their relationship in 2019, on the heels of the release of the stars’ remake of a Star is Born. The on-screen chemistry between Bradley Cooper and his co-star, Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, sent tongues wagging. Rumors were raging that the two co-stars were in a relationship based on their pationate adaption of the film.
Irina set the record straight in some recent interviews about the end of their relationship. According to Shayk, the couple hadn’t been getting along for quite some time. After the baby was born, Shayk was hoping that Cooper would put their family first and slow down his busy working schedule. She was secretly hoping that after A Star is Born was released and the promotional tour was over, he would spend more time at home. That was not the case.
Irina, 33, was ready to settle into family life. This included getting married and more children. But the marriage never happened, and Cooper’s work schedule was as busy as ever.
Irina felt that her expectations weren’t met and she didn’t have the commitment level she wanted from Cooper. Shortly after the Award season in June 2019, the news broke that the couple had split. Irina had taken baby Lea and moved out of the couples Los Angeles home.At first, the separation was thought to be temporary. Both partners have decided that they are better apart than together.
The couple continues to co-parent their daughter, but it seems like the couple are happty being apart. They both seem to be quite content focusing on their child and carreers.
Irina recently said that “life without Cooper” and being a single mom is “new ground.” She also said that just because two people are great on their own, they are not always good together.
Irina is a strong woman, and while she often feels overwhelmed being a single-mom, she’s ready for the challenge. Both parents are dedicated to doing what is best for their child and are curently working on a visitation schedule.