Kanye West doesn’t have the best history with airports: He’s been arrested twice, once in 2008 and another time in 2013, for getting in altercations with photographers at LAX. But in a clip TMZ obtained from a failed 2010 reality pilot about West’s travel agent, the rapper claims he likes being in airports—he just has to have a few strategies for dealing with the people in them.
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Game of Thrones is the latest fictional show to get the reality treatment — well, sort of. Tonight, Bravo premieres Game of Crowns, a reality show that sounds suspiciously like the HBO fantasy drama but is really about pageant ladies vying for the winning tiara. Which, you know, could get as dangerous as Game of Thrones.
This isn’t the first time a fictional show has spawned a similar-sounding reality show. MTV released Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County in 2004 after seeing how successful the fictional The O.C. was; Bravo did something similar when they launched The Real Housewives in 2006, two years after ABC drama Desperate Housewives premiered. But how similar are these reality shows to their fictional parents?
In the first five minutes of The Leftovers, Justin Theroux’s character jogs along the road when he spots a dog in the middle of the street and stops running to kneel down and pet the friendly pup. Aw, we say, what a sweet moment. Then, within seconds, boom: Someone shoots the dog dead. Thanks, HBO.
TV shows love killing dogs: There’s that Leftovers dog-murder that turns into a dog mass murder at the pilot’s end, there’s Frank Underwood strangling a hurt dog to its death in the House of Cards pilot, there’s Family Guy‘s Brian. To showrunners, dogs are just objects that prove a point about a character or a situation. To dog-lovers, these deaths are enough to start a full-fledged sobfest.
Seinfeld certainly had its provocative moments (see: “sponge-worthy”). So it’s hard to imagine that there was any subject too controversial for the hit comedy. But one topic did manage to cross the line: guns.
The cast and crew refused to shoot what would have been the show’s ninth episode, “The Bet.” The second season episode, written by Borat director Larry Charles, followed the friends making a bet whether or not Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Elaine Benes would purchase a gun for protection. The narrative was inspired by a firearm purchase made by Seinfeld writer Elaine Pope.
Charles told Screen Crush that the episode came at a time when more and more women were seeking out the weapons, explaining, “I think it was as simple as me wondering, ‘What if Elaine bought a gun?’” READ FULL STORY
After Madeline Brewer finished her stint as Tricia on the first season of Orange is the New Black, she auditioned for eight months before landing the new, non-supernatural role of graphic artist Miranda Cates on Hemlock Grove‘s second season (now available on Netflix). “Weird things happen to her that involve Peter and Roman,” Brewer says. “I wanted her to become a vampire-werewolf hybrid, because I think that would then immediately bump me up to the coolest character on the show, but that didn’t happen. I’ll just have to stick with being a normal person.”
The character has nine tattoos, which took two and a half hours to apply. “As an artist, Miranda had designed them herself. One of her tattoos is of particular interest to anyone who plans on watching the entire season. There’s a bit of foreshadowing going on there,” she teases. (Miranda also has a nose ring, which is Brewer’s in real life.) READ FULL STORY
After opting out of his contract with the Miami Heat, LeBron James has a big decision to make. And luckily for him, Seth Meyers has an offer he can’t (but probably will) refuse.
On Late Night with Seth Meyers, Meyers and his team put together a rather compelling argument for James to take his talents to New York, but not in the way you’re thinking. Meyers isn’t recruiting James to the New York Knicks. Nope: Meyers thinks James’ talents are better suited for an office setting that offers him a computer, a tape dispenser, access to tons of electrical outlets, and eight different kinds of milk to keep his bones strong. Not to mention that the Late Night office has “heat, calves, and [nail] clippers.” So really, is it all that different from the basketball world?
Sons of Anarchy fans expecting to read another colorful rant from creator Kurt Sutter about the FX drama’s lack of Emmy nominations may have been disappointed today. Not because the show actually did earn a nod (though Sutter, Bob Thiele Jr., and Noah Gundersen are nominated in the Original Music and Lyrics category for penning the song “Day is Gone,” which was used over the emotional montage at the end of the season-six finale). But because the guest column Sutter penned for NikkiFinke.com on how it feels to be snubbed in the major categories, again, only uses the C-word once. And that’s in reference to his prior reputation for losing loudly: “I’m halfway through my second paragraph and I haven’t called anyone at AMC a money-whoring, talentless c–t yet. So, that’s progress, right?” he writes. READ FULL STORY
There’ll be plenty of time to celebrate what the Emmys got right (see the full list of nominees here) and to argue about what they got wrong—but this is not the place for that. Instead, we’re taking a step back to discuss weird bits of trivia about the award show’s less starry categories. You know, the stuff that’s really important. Such as:
– “Twin Bed” got an Emmy nomination: Yes, the SNL tune officially known as “Home for the Holidays (Twin Bed)” is competing against Key & Peele‘s take on Les Mis, “Merroway Cove” from Disney Channel’s animated Sofia The First, “Bigger!” from the Tony Awards, “No Trouble” from PBS’s A Christmas Carol — The Concert, and one more…
– Sons of Anarchy‘s lone nomination is in original music and lyrics: You wouldn’t expect a show about biker gangs to be recognized for its music, but “Day Is Gone,” written in part by creator Kurt Sutter and played over the sixth season finale, marks Sons of Anarchy‘s only Emmy nod.
– This is the first year The Simpsons has been denied a nomination for Outstanding Animated Program: The long-running sitcom snagged Animated Program nominations from 1990-1992, then spent two years submitting itself for Outstanding Comedy Series instead. (The ploy didn’t work, even though The Simpsons was in its prime in 1993 and 1994.) It returned to the Animated Program category in 1995 and has been nominated there every year since… until now. READ FULL STORY
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