The Emmys: O. J. Simpson did it

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As you may know last weekend, it was the 68th Emmys started great with the host Jimmy Kimmel he kick things off with a montage that goofed on O.J. Simpson, “Veep,” Jeb Bush and Wham!, before he arrived onstage and acknowledged the night’s big favorites, “Game of Thrones” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson.” “If your show doesn’t have a dragon or a white Bronco, go home now,” he said.

Here are the highlights what happened:

Maggie Smith won the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Emmy tonight. This is the third time Smith has taken the statue for Downton Abbey, and the fifth time she was nominated for what has become an iconic role. This makes it four Emmys overall for the two-time Oscar winner.

Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel took great pains to point out early in the show, however, that this was Smith’s ninth nomination and the ninth time she is not at the ceremony. Calling her “Downton absent,” he wondered, “What is wrong with us? Why do we keep nominating this woman?” He didn’t let up, ribbing, “Lame Maggie Smith, if you want an Emmy, you better hop on a plane right now and get your Dowager Count-ass over here.” When Smith ultimately did win, Kimmel stepped in, grabbed the trophy and said, “If you want this, it will be in the lost and found.” The next day, she claimed her award.

Game of Thrones got 38 Emmys wins which won for Best Writing, Best Directing and Best Drama on Sunday night, first tying Frasier with 37 wins then taking the title with a total of 38. The series won 12 Emmys in total this year. It includes for Best Visual and Best Stunts during the creative arts awards that was broad cast Saturday before the Emmys.

Game of Thrones” and “Veep” repeated as best drama and comedy at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards. The twin triumphs had been widely predicted, but other winners were more surprising. Tatiana Maslany, the star of the cult favorite “Orphan Black,” on BBC, was named best actress in a drama. She played multiple characters, on the show she is one incredible actress. These are the characters that she played Sarah Manning / Elizabeth Childs / Alison Hendrix / Cosima Niehaus / Helena / Rachel Duncan / Tony Sawicki / Jennifer Fitzsimmons / Katja Obinger / Pupok (Scorpion, voice) / Krystal Goderitch / Veera Suominen (MK). Incredible actress.

Rami Malek won best actor in a drama for “Mr. Robot,” another highly regarded but scantly watched series – one character, I think.

The comedy acting wins were more predictable. Julia Louis-Dreyfus was named best actress in a comedy, for “Veep,” for the fifth time in a row. In her speech she both mocked Donald J. Trump and honored her father, Gérard Louis-Dreyfus, who died Friday before the Emmys.

Jeffrey Tambor won for the second consecutive year for “Transparent.” He waved off the play-off music to urge Hollywood to give more opportunities to transgender actors. “I would not be unhappy were I the last male to play a female transgender on television,” he said. “We have work to do.”

The night’s other big winner was “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” claiming the award for best limited series, in a crowded category. John Travolta produced it and also won awards for lead actress (Sarah Paulson) and actor (Courtney B. Vance), supporting actor (Sterling K. Brown) and writing (D.V. DeVincentis).

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” won best variety talk show, a category that has been dominated for years. Matt Damon humiliated Jimmy Kimmel asking him who won while eating an apple.

Additional surprises came in the comedy supporting acting category. Louis Anderson won for “Baskets,” in which he played a version of his mother, if you haven’t seen it, it’s on FX.  Kate McKinnon won for her performance on “Saturday Night Live.” In her acceptance speech, Ms. McKinnon thanked her cast and crew.

Here are the winners:

Drama Series: “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Comedy Series: “Veep” (HBO)

Mini-Series or Movie: “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (FX)

TV Movie: “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (Masterpiece)” (PBS)

Variety Talk Series: “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)

Variety Sketch Series: “Key & Peele” (Comedy Central)

Actor in a Comedy Series: Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Actor in a Drama Series: Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”

Actress in a Drama Series: Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”

Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie: Courtney B. Vance, “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie: Sarah Paulson, “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

Supporting Actor in a Drama: Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline”

Supporting Actress in a Drama: Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”

Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Louie Anderson, “Baskets”

Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: Sterling K. Brown, “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie: Regina King, “American Crime”

*Reality Host: RuPaul Charles, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (Logo)

Reality Competition Program: “The Voice” (NBC)

Writing for a Comedy Series: Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, “Master of None” (“Parents”)

Writing for a Drama Series: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, “Game of Thrones” (“Battle of the Bastards”)

Writing for a Mini-Series or Movie: D.V. DeVincentis, “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (“Marcia, Marcia, Marcia”)

*Writing for a Variety Series: “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”

Writing for a Variety Special: Patton Oswalt, “Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping”

Directing for a Comedy Series: Jill Soloway, “Transparent” (“Man on the Land”)

Directing for a Drama Series: Miguel Sapochnik, “Game of Thrones” (“Battle of the Bastards”)

Directing for a Mini-Series or Movie: Susanne Bier, “The Night Manager”

*Directing for a Variety Series: Ryan McFaul, “Inside Amy Schumer”

Directing for a Variety Special: Thomas Kail and Alex Rudzinski, “Grease: Live”

*Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Hank Azaria, “Ray Donovan”

*Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Margo Martindale, “The Americans”

*Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Peter Scolari, “Girls”

*Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, “Saturday Night Live”

*Awards presented during the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony Sept. 10-11.

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Ghostbuster Boo

You don’t have to stay in the whole day, just because Tropical Storm Hermine is gone and you have cabin fever the whole weekend on Labor Day weekend, your life isn’t over.

You can go out when the storms are over, and your life is back to normal until the power goes out! Then two hours later, you found yourself asleep with the book on your face.

There are some good movies out there in the multiplex theater in your town, in my town we have don’t have a multiplex theater. We need a better a movie theater that shows more than two screens in Elizabeth City, NC. Going out of town takes gas and it is hour away.

Anyway, if you have seen Ghostbuster is good to see it again. I give it 5 out of 10.  Great story and it’s an all-girl cast Staring Leslie Jones, Erin Gilbert, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnion and Chris Hemsworth ( he does dance at the end).  And they had a lot of cameo appearances such as  Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson,  Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, Ozzy Osbourne, (Why him?)  Al Roker, Pat Kiernan, Rosanna Scotto, and Greg Kelly.

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The only thing that is haunted is the fourth floor of Kilachand Hall (formerly Shelton Hall), Eugene O’Neill is said to haunt the building. However, it drew the team behind the new Ghostbusters reboot to BU. It was the gothic architecture of the BU Castle, which appears in the film as the Aldridge Mansion Museum, that captured the attention of the film’s location scout.

Go see it, tonight.

 

Ghostbuster 3: they are backk

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There’s something weird in the multiplex. Who you gonna call? Script doctors. Did you know Ghostbuster is number 1 this weekend trailing right behind is The Secret Life of Pets?

The movie wasn’t that bad, I just like the phrase, plus I needed to grab your attention to read my review.

Anyway, this movie takes you away from all the hoopla from the presidential candidates and family drama. The movie itself is silly and fun to watch.

Your children could clean up their room and one of them is cooking, which is good. Give the child who is cooking for you put them in your will, and give this child money when your child graduate from High School and a college fund. The other two, they have to earned your trust.

We wish they would grow up and they are teenagers! They make good grades but they are kind of slobs. Do you think? No offense.

My house is a mess from these two! Ugh! Teenagers when would they ever learned, hiring a maid is too expensive, last time we hired a maid and something got stolen!

We went to see Ghostbuster 3, the kids were quiet, and they watch the movie like normal adults. They behave properly at the theater but when they got home, they are a mess again! Calgon take me away!

Erin Gilbert (Wigg), of course. She’s a paranormal researcher and Columbia University instructor whose book, “Ghosts From Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively,” was co-written with her childhood friend Abby (McCarthy). (Not an SNL Alumni, but she hosted the show) Although Erin has since recanted her belief in ectoplasmic life, Abby is still determined to catch and examine a real-life ghost — now with the help of her new research partner, Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon).

Leslie Jones is a freaked out MTA worker and aficionado of early Manhattan history. She joins the team, she brings along her own expertly delivered one-liners (not to mention her uncle’s hearse). Leslie Jones is hysterical to watch.  She made me laugh so hard, a popcorn got stuck in my nostrils and I did the Heimlich maneuver on myself and the popcorn landed on someone else popcorn and she ate it. She mumbled it was salty.

Chris Hemsworth played the male secretary for the paranormal team. What? Males can be secretary too and they are good at their job.

Oh by the way, they have a lot of cameos in the movie, that I was surprised to see. So it was not that bad, it was good.  The late Harold Ramis was honored in memoriam in an early scene. Cecily Strong played the Mayor, she was somewhat good.

The ghosts in the movie, maybe cheesy with CGI, it was okay.  They had slimmer, not so friendly like Casper the friendly ghost; I did not know that ghost shoots up slime when they exploded.

Don’t forget to watch the ending of the movie, there are some surprises at the end.

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The Late Grate Harold Ramis (November 21, 1944 – February 24, 201), he is being remembered. He won the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay for “Groundhog Day” which star his good buddy Bill Murray.

Overall, it was good to watch it. I give it 3 out 4.  Go see it. You would not be disappointed.

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