Thursday December 11, 2014

Shonda Rhimes evidently inspired people with a speech she gave yesterday.  With quotes like this, who wouldn't be inspired??  "I was born with an awesome vagina and really gorgeous brown skin. I didn’t do anything to make either of those things happen. To get all Beyoncé about it, people: ‘I woke up like this.’"

In case you were wondering why Mike and Vinnie weren't at Snooki's wedding (I most definitely was), says Snooki:  "I think everybody knows we're not friends," she said of Mike. "And me and Vinnie, we don't get along either… It is what it is."

Here are your 2015 Golden Globe nominees:

Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Boyhood”
“Foxcatcher”
“The Imitation Game”
“Selma”
“The Theory of Everything”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama

Jennifer Aniston, “Cake”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nightcrawler”
David Oyelowo, “Selma”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Best Picture — Comedy or Musical
“Birdman”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Into the Woods”
“Pride”
“St. Vincent”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical
Amy Adams, “Big Eyes”
Emily Blunt, “Into the Woods”
Helen Mirren, “The Hundred-Foot Journey”
Julianne Moore, “Maps to the Stars”
Quvenzhané Wallis, “Annie”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical

Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Bill Murray, “St. Vincent”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Inherent Vice”
Christoph Waltz, “Big Eyes”

Best Animated Feature Film
“Big Hero 6″
“The Book of Life”
“The Boxtrolls”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2″
“The LEGO Movie”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Force Majeure Turist” (Sweden)
“Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Gett” (Israel)
“Ida” (Poland/Denmark)
“Leviathan” (Russia)
“Tangerines Mandariinid” (Estonia)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Jessica Chastain, “A Most Violent Year”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”

Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Best Director — Motion Picture

Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Ava DuVernay, “Selma”
David Fincher, “Gone Girl”
Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” by Wes Anderson
“Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn
“Birdman,” by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo
“Boyhood,” by Richard Linklater
“The Imitation Game,” by Graham Moore

Best Original Score — Motion Picture
“The Imitation Game,” by Alexandre Desplat
“The Theory of Everything,” by Jóhann Jóhannsson
“Gone Girl,” by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
“Birdman,” by Antonio Sanchez
“Interstellar,” by Hans Zimmer

Best Original Song — Motion Picture
“Big Eyes,” from “Big Eyes,” by Lana Del Ray
“Glory,” from “Selma,” by John Legend and Common
“Mercy Is,” from “Noah,” by Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye
“Opportunity,” from “Annie,” by Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler and Will Gluck
“Yellow Flicker Beat,” from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” by Lorde

Best Television Series – Drama
“
The Affair,” Showtime
“Downton Abbey,” PBS
“Game of Thrones,” HBO
“The Good Wife,” CBS
“House of Cards,” Netflix

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Ruth Wilson, “The Affair”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Clive Owen, “The Knick”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
James Spader, “The Blacklist”
Dominic West, “The Affair”

Best Television Series — Comedy or Musical
“Girls,” HBO
“Jane the Virgin,” The CW
“Orange is the New Black,” Netflix
“Silicon Valley,” HBO
“Transparent,” Amazon Instant Video

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin”
Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Ricky Gervais, “Derek”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“Fargo,” FX
“The Missing,” Starz
“The Normal Heart,” HBO
“Olive Kitteridge,” HBO
“True Detective,” HBO

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Honorable Woman”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge”
Frances O’Connor, “The Missing”
Allison Tolman, “Fargo”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Martin Freeman, “Fargo”
Woody Harrelson, “True Detective”
Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective”
Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart”
Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black”
Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
Allison Janney, “Mom”
Michelle Monaghan, “True Detective”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart”
Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”
Colin Hanks, “Fargo”
Bill Murray, “Olive Kitteridge”
Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”

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EW is reporting that "Fargo has filled two big roles for season 2. Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Manfranchise, Melancholia) and Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights) have landed series regular roles in FX’s Emmy-winning crime thriller.  In addition, FX announced the second season won’t premiere until next fall and will once again consist of 10 episodes.

"Dunst will play Peggy Blomquist, 'a small town beautician with big city dreams who is trying to figure out who she really is and what she really wants as she struggles with traditional societal expectations. She shares her home with her husband Ed (Plemons), a butcher’s assistant, who wants to be supportive of his wife’s self-discovery, even if he doesn’t quite understand it.'

"Like HBO’s crime anthology True Detective, a show that’s often perceived as Fargo‘s rival, season 2 will tell a completely different story with a new cast. Unlike True Detective, however, Fargo‘s setting is expected to be somewhat similar and the crimes will have a direct connection to the first season.

"Season 2 is essentially a prequel and is set in 1979 in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Luverne, Minn. The story will focus on a young Lou Solverson (not yet cast) who recently returned from the Vietnam War. Solverson was played by Keith Carradine in the first season, and he repeated teased to a harrowing case he experienced while working as a state police officer in Sioux Falls."

Per Deadline, "ABC is taking a second stab at Irreversible, casting Justin Long as the male lead. The network originally piloted the single-camera  project executive produced by Peter Tolan last season, with David Schwimmer starring. Irreversible, which is partially improvised in the vein of Curb Your Enthusiasm, centers on Andy (Long) and Sarah, a somewhat eccentric, self-absorbed couple, and their trials and tribulations — most of which they bring upon themselves. Sony Pictures TV is the studio.

"ABC has been high on the project, based on an Israeli format, from the get-go. In a bidding situation, the network nabbed Irreversible in August 2013 with a rare pilot greenlight off a pitch and a big, seven-figure penaltyattached. Schwimmer was cast first. Finding a female lead proved difficult, with British actress Jessica Knappett landing the part after an extensive casting process as the pilot had a deadline to start filming, but the chemistry left something to be desired. Still, the pilot had fans inside ABC. It did not make the cut but the network’s executives remained bullish on the concept and indicated they are open to re-piloting with the right leads. With Long on board, the order hinges on finding an actress to star opposite him."

In a revealing interview with Access Hollywood Live, former Scandal star Columbus shortened opened up about his drug addition.  "'I'll be candid. I was struggling with drugs,' Columbus – who played Harrison Wright on the ABC drama – told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover. 'I had a lot on my plate, and you know, I was using unhealthy ways to kind of self-medicate and deal with a lot of heavy duty stuff in my life.'

"'What kind of drugs were you doing?' Billy asked.

"'The real drugs – I did cocaine,' Columbus answered. 'I was doing cocaine and drinking a lot, and trying to balance a 16-hour work schedule a day, and a family, and, I just lost myself back then.'

"The 32-year-old star claimed series creator Shonda Rhimes and his Scandal co-stars knew about his drug problem and did what they could to help him.

"'She did [know],' Columbus said, when asked if Shonda was aware of his drug issues. 'And if we're going to be fully transparent, they protected me and they held me down. And that was one of the real reasons – they just wanted me to get my stuff together.

"'Sometimes the bottom has to be dropped out for you to really get it,' he continued. 'So I moved to Atlanta. I've been living there for the last five months, five-and-a-half months, and it's just been great. It's been life changing.'

"Columbus was tight-lipped when it came to divulging the motivations behind why he was using drugs.  'It was numbing stuff, it was just numbing – a lot of things I really don't want to talk about,' he said. 'I was going through a lot, going through a lot in my marriage, I had a lot of loss, tragic loss, so it's tough.

"'Last year, one of my best friends died, he killed himself, Lee Thompson Young, and that kind of started a spiral,' he continued. 'I found out when I was on set, and it really just, it took my legs out from under me.'"

Per Real Screen, A&E is set "to follow an animal rescue and relocation team in its forthcoming series Wild Transport, which is to debut in January.

"The original series – produced by Jupiter Entertainment and Wild Gate Entertainment – follows a four-member animal rescue team specializing in dangerous species that travels across the U.S. carrying cargoes of wild animals and reptiles.

"Throughout the season, episodes will showcase the team tackling an assortment of challenging animals such as a venomous snake that goes missing, 'stubborn zedonks and a mischievous camel,' among others."  Just so I'm CRYSTAL CLEAR A&E, you want to return to your roots of crime and suspense (your words, not mine) and this guaranteed ratings flop trash fits within that mandate/goal?  All we're asking for is a little less hypocrisy and maybe showing the TV community that you have a scintilla of a clue as to what you're doing over there.