Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 – Winners and Reaction

Last night (August 25) saw talk-show host Seth Meyers present the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awardslive from Los Angeles, and as expected the night belonged to recurring winners Breaking Bad (Drama) and Modern Family (Comedy).

The star-studded night provided little surprises as Breaking Bad emerged triumphant with five awards, including Outstanding Drama SeriesBest ActorBest Actress, and Best Supporting Actor, in a Drama Series. Fan favourite Modern Family walked away with Best Comedy Series for the fifth year running, proving that winning ways can be easy to maintain so long as you keep your cast happy with HUGE paychecks.

There were a few surprising upsets during the night, as ‘television Titan’, Game of Thrones, failed to pick up a single award, despite currently holding the title as the biggest, most viewed show on TV. Another shock for many fans and industry critics, was the snub of perhaps the years most engrossing drama series, True Detective, starring Hollywood heavy-weights Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, which despite, having both it’s leading men in the same category for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series, failed to pick up one of the nights main awards.

Winners and Nominees

Category | Comedy Series

Outstanding Comedy Series

Modern Family – (ABC)

Nominees
The Big Bang Theory – (CBS)

Louie – (FX)

Orange Is The New Black – (Netflix)

Silicon Valley – (HBO)

Veep – (HBO)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

WINNER
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – (Veep, HBO)

Nominees
Lena Dunham – (Girls, HBO)

Edie Falco – (Nurse Jackie, Showtime)

Melissa McCarthy – (Mike & Molly, CBS)

Amy Poehler – (Parks & Recreation, NBC)

Taylor Schilling – (Orange Is The New Black, Netflix)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

WINNER
Allison Janney – (Mom, CBS)

Nominees
Mayim Bialik – (The Big Bang Theory, CBS)

Julie Bowen – (Modern Family, ABC)

Anna Chlumsky – (Veep, HBO)

Kate McKinnon – (Saturday Night Live, NBC)

Kate Mulgrew – (Orange Is The New Black, Netflix)
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

WINNER
Uzo Aduba – (Orange Is The New Black, Netflix)

Nominees
Laverne Cox – (Orange Is The New Black, Netflix)

Tina Fey – (Saturday Night Live, NBC)

Melissa McCarthy – (Saturday Night Live, NBC)

Joan Cusack – (Shameless, Showtime)

Natasha Lyonne – (Orange Is The New Black, Netflix)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

WINNER
Jim Parsons – (The Big Bang Theory, CBS)

Nominees
Louie C.K. – (Louie, FX)

Don Cheadle – (House of Lies, Showtime)

Ricky Gervais – (Derek, Netflix)

Matt LeBlanc – (Episodes, Showtime)

William H. Macy – (Shameless, Showtime)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

WINNER
Ty Burrell – (Modern Family, ABC)

Nominees
Fred Armisen – (Portlandia, IFC)

Andre Braugher – (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fox)

Adam Driver – (Girls, HBO)

Jesse Tyler Ferguson – (Modern Family, ABC)

Tony Hale – (Veep, HBO)
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

WINNER
Jimmy Fallon – (Saturday Night Live, NBC)

Nominees
Nathan Lane – (Modern Family, ABC)

Steve Buscemi – (Portlandia, IFC)

Louis C.K. – (Saturday Night Live, NBC)

Bob Newhart – (The Big Bang Theory, CBS)

Gary Cole – (Veep, HBO)

Category | Drama Series

Outstanding Drama Series

WINNER
Breaking Bad – (AMC)

Nominees
Downton Abbey – (PBS)

Mad Men – (AMC)

House of Cards – (Netflix)

Game of Thrones – (HBO)

True Detective – (HBO)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

WINNER
Julianna Margulies – (The Good Wife, CBS)

Nominees
Lizzy Caplan – (Masters of Sex, Showtime)

Claire Danes – (Homeland, Showtime)

Michelle Dockery – (Downton Abbey, PBS)

Kerry Washington – (Scandal, ABC)

Robin Wright – (House of Cards, Netflix)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

WINNER
Anna Gunn – (Breaking Bad, AMC)

Nominees
Christine Baranski – (The Good Wife, CBS)

Joanne Froggatt – (Downton Abbey, PBS)

Lena Headey – (Game of Thrones, HBO)

Christina Hendricks – (Mad Men, AMC)

Maggie Smith – (Downton Abbey, PBS)
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

WINNER
Allison Janney – (Masters of Sex, Showtime)

Nominees
Kate Burton – (Scandal, Showtime)

Jane Fonda – (The Newsroom, HBO)

Kate Mara – (House of Cards, Netflix)

Margo Martindale – (The Americans, FX)

Diane Rigg – (Game of Thrones, HBO)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

WINNER
Bryan Cranston – (Breaking Bad, AMC)

Nominees
Jeff Daniels – (The Newsroom, HBO)

Jon Hamm – (Mad Men, AMC)

Woody Harrelson – (True Detective, HBO)

Matthew McConaughey – (True Detective, HBO)

Kevin Spacey – (House of Cards, Netflix)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

WINNER
Aaron Paul – (Breaking Bad, AMC)

Nominees
Jim Carter – (Downton Abbey, PBS)

Josh Charles – (The Good Wife, CBS)

Peter Dinklage – (Game of Thrones, HBO)

Mandy Patinkin – (Homeland, Showtime)

Jon Voight – (Ray Donovan, Showtime)
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

WINNER
Joe Morton – (Scandal, ABC)

Nominees
Dylan Baker – (The Good Wife, CBS)

Reg E. Cathey – (House of Cards, Netflix)

Paul Giamatti – (Downton Abbey, PBS)

Robert Morse – (Mad Men, AMC)

Beau Bridges – (Masters of Sex, Showtime)

Category | Miniseries or Movie

Outstanding Miniseries

WINNER
Fargo – (FX)

Nominees
American Horror Story – (FX)

Bonnie & Clyde – (A&E)

Luther – (BBC America)

Treme – (HBO)

The White Queen – (Starz)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

WINNER
Benedict Cumberbatch – (Sherlock: His Last Vow, PBS)

Nominees
Chiwetel Ejiofor – (Dancing on the Edge, Starz)

Idris Elba – (Luther, BBC America)

Martin Freeman – (Fargo, FX)

Mark Ruffalo – (The Normal Heart, HBO)

Billy Bob Thornton – (Fargo, FX)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

WINNER
Martin Freeman – (Sherlock, PBS)

Nominees
Matt Bomer – (The Normal Heart, HBO)

Colin Hanks – (Fargo, FX)

Joe Mantello – (The Normal Heart, HBO)

Alfred Molina – (The Normal Heart, HBO)

Jim Parsons – (The Normal Heart, HBO)
Outstanding Television Movie

WINNER
The Normal Heart – (HBO)

Nominees
Killing Kennedy – (National Geographic)

Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight – (HBO)

Sherlock: His Last Vow – (PBS)

The Trip to Bountiful – (Lifetime)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

WINNER
Jessica Lange – (American Horror Story, FX)

Nominees
Helena Bonham Carter – (Burton & Taylor, BBC America)

Minnie Driver – (Return to Zero, Lifetime)

Sarah Paulson – (American Horror Story, FX)

Cicely Tyson – (The Trip to Bountiful, Lifetime)

Kristen Wiig – (The Spoils of Babylon, IFC)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

WINNER
Kathy Bates – (American Horror Story, FX)

Nominees
Angela Bassett – (American Horror Story, FX)

Ellen Burstyn – (Flowers in the Attic, Lifetime)

Frances Conroy – (American Horror Story, FX)

Julia Roberts – (The Normal Heart, HBO)

Allison Tolman – (Fargo, FX)

Category | Directing

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

WINNER
Gail Mancuso – (Modern Family [Ep: Las Vegas], ABC)

Nominees
Iain B. MacDonald – (Episodes [Ep: 9], Showtime)

Paris Barclay – (Glee [Ep:100], Fox)

Louis C.K. – (Louie [Ep: Elevator Part 6], FX)

Jodie Foster – (Orange Is the New Black [Ep: Lesbian Request Denied], Netflix)

Mike Judge – (Silicon Valley [Ep: Minimum Viable Product], HBO)
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special

WINNER
Colin Bucksey – (Fargo [Ep: Buridan’s Ass], FX)

Nominees
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon – (American Horror Story [Ep: Bitchcraft], FX)

Adam Bernstein – (Fargo [Ep: The Crocodile’s Dilemma], FX)

Stephen Frears – (Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, HBO)

Ryan Murphy – (The Normal Heart, HBO)

Nick Hurran – (Sherlock [Ep: His Last Vow], PBS)
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

WINNER
Cary Joji Fukunaga – (True Detective [Ep: Who Goes There], HBO)

Nominees
Tim Van Patten – (Boardwalk Empire [Ep: Farewell Daddy Blues, HBO)

Vince Gilligan – (Breaking Bad [Ep: Felina], AMC)

David Evans – (Downton Abbey [Ep: 1], PBS)

Neil Marshall – (Game of Thrones [Ep: The Watchers on the Wall], HBO)

Carl Franklin – (House of Cards [Ep: Chapter 14], Netflix)

Category | Writing

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

WINNER
Louis C.K. – (Louie [Ep: So Did the Fat Lady], FX)

Nominees
David Crane & Jeffrey Klarik – (Episodes [Ep: Five], Showtime)

– (Glee [Ep:100], Fox)

Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, & Tony Roche – (Veep [Ep: Special Relationship], ABC)

Liz Friedman & Jenji Kohan – (Orange Is the New Black [Ep: I Wasn’t Ready], Netflix)

Alec Berg – (Silicon Valley [Ep: Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency], HBO)
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

WINNER
Moira Walley-Beckett – (Breaking Bad [Ep: Ozymandias], AMC)

Nominees
Vince Gilligan – (Breaking Bad [Ep: Felina, AMC)

David Benioff & D. B. Weiss – (Game of Thrones [Ep: The Children], HBO)

Beau Willimon – (House of Cards [Ep: Chapter 14], Netflix)

Nic Pizzolatto – (True Detective [Ep: The Secret Fate of All Life], HBO)
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special

WINNER
Steven Moffat – (Sherlock [Ep: His Last Vow], PBS)

Nominees
Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk – (American Horror Story [Ep: Bitchcraft], FX)

Neil Cross – (Luther, BBC America)

Noah Hawley – (Fargo [Ep: The Crocodile’s Dilemma], FX)

Larry Kramer – (The Normal Heart, HBO)

David Simon & Eric Overmyer – (Treme [Ep: …To Miss New Orleans], HBO)

For the full list of CategoriesWinners, and Nominees, visit IMDb.

Tribute to an Icon

There was one part of the night, a tribute to the late Robin Williams by his close friend and fellow comedian, Billy Crystal – view the moving tribute below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q86u0bDE17w

Check out some of the highlights from the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards below.

Guardians of the Galaxy in Epic Opening Day

It’s no surprise really that the latest Marvel installment would clean up at the box-office, yet I think many will be surprised by just how much, considering the absence of Marvel‘s top superhero’s the Avengers.

So with an incredible opening day of $37.8 million, Guardians Of The Galaxy has proven its worth in the Marvel and superhero universe as a box-office Titan, having blitzed the opening day revenues of 2014’s other Marvel blockbusters, Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Cast from left to right; Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Dave Bautista.

For all those that have seen this unexpected gem, it’ll probably be somewhat of a surprise to learn that this total falls short of Transformers: Age of Extinction and Godzilla, despite scoring much higher on IMDb’s rating scale, where it currently stands within the Top 100 of all-time.

This is however only the first day, and with exceptional reviews continuing to pour in as critics and audiences heap well earned praise on the Sci-Fi epic, it’s likely to earn its spot amongst the highest grossing films of all time.

Big Bang Theory Future Still Uncertain

It’s one of the biggest shows on TV, so when news broke that negotiations between studio executives and the cast of the hit show, The Big Bang Theory, had turned somewhat sour, fans everywhere started look towards an uncertain future without Dr. Sheldon Cooper and Co.

But don’t polish off those old DVD box-sets just yet, because despite production of the new series currently behind schedule, series creator, Chuck Lorre, and Warner Bros. Television are confident they will have new contracts with the shows stars signed, sealed, and delivered in the coming days.

If the rumours circulating round Hollywood at the moment are true, contract negotiations have hit a brick wall due to main cast members Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, and Johnny Galecki holding out for substantial pay-rises for the coming series. Currently the prime-time trio earn a reported $325,000 per episode for the last series, but due to the continued success of the comedy series, and the fact that it’s the most watched show on TV, the stars are looking for a bumper pay-rise – $1 million per episode to be precise.

Now to you and I that may seem like an incredible amount of money, especially when each episode only runs for an average of only 22 minutes, but in Hollywood it’s not that far fetched, considering Ashton Kutcher, the star of Chuck Lorre’s other hit show Two and a Half Men, currently earns $24 million per series ($1 million per half an hour episode).

Whether studio bosses agree to these contract demands or negotiate slightly smaller salaries, one thing is certain, with viewing figures for the last series pulling in an average of 20 million viewers per episode, these stars are guaranteed to add significant digits to their bank accounts, especially if Warner Bros. Entertainment wants to continue raking in large stacks of cash for TV’s most popular nerds.

The Big Band Theory currently airs on Channel 4 and E4 in the UK.

Daniel Radcliffe Trades In His Famous Scar For Horns

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe certainly seems to be putting his wizarding past behind him, trading the famous scar for demon horns in his latest post-Hogwarts movie, unsurprisingly entitled, Horns.

The bizarre, yet equally intriguing film, centers around Ig Perrish (Radcliffe), who awakes the morning after the mysterious death of his girlfriend, Merrin (Juno Temple), to discover demon-like horns sprouting from his head.

Having spent the last ten years of his life growing up as Harry Potter, you can’t blame Radcliffe for wanting to step away from the fantasy genre. His performances in the Broadway hit, Exodus, and the horror film The Woman in Black, proved that Daniel could hack life away from Hogwarts and forge a reputation as a serious actor.

Directed by horror filmmaker, Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have EyesPiranha 3D), this film is a far cry away from the Harry Potter years and looks set to be one of the unexpected hits of the year when it’s released across the UK on October 31st.

Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 Nominations

This years nominations the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on July 10th and once again the categories are dominated by the usual big names. Hosted this year by comedian and talkshow host, Seth Meyers, the ceremony will be broadcast live from Hollywood on August 25th 2014.

The Nominees – 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards

Category | Comedy Series

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory – (CBS)

Louie – (FX)

Modern Family – (ABC)

Orange Is The New Black – (Netflix)

Silicon Valley – (HBO)

Veep – (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Lena Dunham – (Girls, HBO)

Edie Falco – (Nurse Jackie, Showtime)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus – (Veep, HBO)

Melissa McCarthy – (Mike & Molly, CBS)

Amy Poehler – (Parks & Recreation, NBC)

Taylor Schilling – (Orange Is The New Black, Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Mayim Bialik – (The Big Bang Theory, CBS)

Julie Bowen – (Modern Family, ABC)

Anna Chlumsky – (Veep, HBO)

Allison Janney – (Mom, CBS)

Kate McKinnon – (Saturday Night Live, NBC)

Kate Mulgrew – (Orange Is The New Black, Netflix)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Uzo Aduba – (Orange Is The New Black, Netflix)

Laverne Cox – (Orange Is The New Black, Netflix)

Tina Fey – (Saturday Night Live, NBC)

Melissa McCarthy – (Saturday Night Live, NBC)

Joan Cusack – (Shameless, Showtime)

Natasha Lyonne – (Orange Is The New Black, Netflix)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Louie C.K. – (Louie, FX)

Don Cheadle – (House of Lies, Showtime)

Ricky Gervais – (Derek, Netflix)

Matt LeBlanc – (Episodes, Showtime)

William H. Macy – (Shameless, Showtime)

Jim Parsons – (The Big Bang Theory, CBS)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Fred Armisen – (Portlandia, IFC)

Andre Braugher – (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fox)

Ty Burrell – (Modern Family, ABC)

Adam Driver – (Girls, HBO)

Jesse Tyler Ferguson – (Modern Family, ABC)

Tony Hale – (Veep, HBO)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Nathan Lane – (Modern Family, ABC)

Steve Buscemi – (Portlandia, IFC)

Jimmy Fallon – (Saturday Night Live, NBC)

Louis C.K. – (Saturday Night Live, NBC)

Bob Newhart – (The Big Bang Theory, CBS)

Gary Cole – (Veep, HBO)

Category | Drama Series

Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad – (AMC)

Downton Abbey – (PBS)

Mad Men – (AMC)

House of Cards – (Netflix)

Game of Thrones – (HBO)

True Detective – (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Lizzy Caplan – (Masters of Sex, Showtime)

Claire Danes – (Homeland, Showtime)

Michelle Dockery – (Downton Abbey, PBS)

Julianna Margulies – (The Good Wife, CBS)

Kerry Washington – (Scandal, ABC)

Robin Wright – (House of Cards, Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Christine Baranski – (The Good Wife, CBS)

Joanne Froggatt – (Downton Abbey, PBS)

Anna Gunn – (Breaking Bad, AMC)

Lena Headey – (Game of Thrones, HBO)

Christina Hendricks – (Mad Men, AMC)

Maggie Smith – (Downton Abbey, PBS)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Bryan Cranston – (Breaking Bad, AMC)

Jeff Daniels – (The Newsroom, HBO)

Jon Hamm – (Mad Men, AMC)

Woody Harrelson – (True Detective, HBO)

Matthew McConaughey – (True Detective, HBO)

Kevin Spacey – (House of Cards, Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jim Carter – (Downton Abbey, PBS)

Josh Charles – (The Good Wife, CBS)

Peter Dinklage – (Game of Thrones, HBO)

Mandy Patinkin – (Homeland, Showtime)

Aaron Paul – (Breaking Bad, AMC)

Jon Voight – (Ray Donovan, Showtime)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Dylan Baker – (The Good Wife, CBS)

Reg E. Cathey – (House of Cards, Netflix)

Paul Giamatti – (Downton Abbey, PBS)

Robert Morse – (Mad Men, AMC)

Beau Bridges – (Masters of Sex, Showtime)

Joe Morton – (Scandal, ABC)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Kate Burton – (Scandal, Showtime)

Jane Fonda – (The Newsroom, HBO)

Allison Janney – (Masters of Sex, Showtime)

Kate Mara – (House of Cards, Netflix)

Margo Martindale – (The Americans, FX)

Diane Rigg – (Game of Thrones, HBO)

Category | Miniseries or Movie

Outstanding Miniseries

American Horror Story – (FX)

Bonnie & Clyde – (A&E)

Fargo – (FX)

Luther – (BBC America)

Treme – (HBO)

The White Queen – (Starz)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Benedict Cumberbatch – (Sherlock: His Last Vow, PBS)

Chiwetel Ejiofor – (Dancing on the Edge, Starz)

Idris Elba – (Luther, BBC America)

Martin Freeman – (Fargo, FX)

Mark Ruffalo – (The Normal Heart, HBO)

Billy Bob Thornton – (Fargo, FX)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Matt Bomer – (The Normal Heart, HBO)

Martin Freeman – (Sherlock, PBS)

Colin Hanks – (Fargo, FX)

Joe Mantello – (The Normal Heart, HBO)

Alfred Molina – (The Normal Heart, HBO)

Jim Parsons – (The Normal Heart, HBO)

Outstanding Television Movie

Killing Kennedy – (National Geographic)

Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight – (HBO)

The Normal Heart – (HBO)

Sherlock: His Last Vow – (PBS)

The Trip to Bountiful – (Lifetime)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Helena Bonham Carter – (Burton & Taylor, BBC America)

Minnie Driver – (Return to Zero, Lifetime)

Jessica Lange – (American Horror Story, FX)

Sarah Paulson – (American Horror Story, FX)

Cicely Tyson – (The Trip to Bountiful, Lifetime)

Kristen Wiig – (The Spoils of Babylon, IFC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Angela Bassett – (American Horror Story, FX)

Kathy Bates – (American Horror Story, FX)

Ellen Burstyn – (Flowers in the Attic, Lifetime)

Frances Conroy – (American Horror Story, FX)

Julia Roberts – (The Normal Heart, HBO)

Allison Tolman – (Fargo, FX)

Category | Directing

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

Iain B. MacDonald – (Episodes [Ep: 9], Showtime)

Paris Barclay – (Glee [Ep:100], Fox)

Louis C.K. – (Louie [Ep: Elevator Part 6], FX)

Gail Mancuso – (Modern Family [Ep: Las Vegas], ABC)

Jodie Foster – (Orange Is the New Black [Ep: Lesbian Request Denied], Netflix)

Mike Judge – (Silicon Valley [Ep: Minimum Viable Product], HBO)

Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon – (American Horror Story [Ep: Bitchcraft], FX)

Colin Bucksey – (Fargo [Ep: Buridan’s Ass], FX)

Adam Bernstein – (Fargo [Ep: The Crocodile’s Dilemma], FX)

Stephen Frears – (Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, HBO)

Ryan Murphy – (The Normal Heart, HBO)

Nick Hurran – (Sherlock [Ep: His Last Vow], PBS)

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Tim Van Patten – (Boardwalk Empire [Ep: Farewell Daddy Blues, HBO)

Vince Gilligan – (Breaking Bad [Ep: Felina], AMC)

David Evans – (Downton Abbey [Ep: 1], PBS)

Neil Marshall – (Game of Thrones [Ep: The Watchers on the Wall], HBO)

Carl Franklin – (House of Cards [Ep: Chapter 14], Netflix)

Cary Joji Fukunaga – (True Detective [Ep: Who Goes There], HBO)

Category | Writing

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

David Crane & Jeffrey Klarik – (Episodes [Ep: Five], Showtime)

– (Glee [Ep:100], Fox)

Louis C.K. – (Louie [Ep: So Did the Fat Lady], FX)

Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, & Tony Roche – (Veep [Ep: Special Relationship], ABC)

Liz Friedman & Jenji Kohan – (Orange Is the New Black [Ep: I Wasn’t Ready], Netflix)

Alec Berg – (Silicon Valley [Ep: Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency], HBO)

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Vince Gilligan – (Breaking Bad [Ep: Felina, AMC)

Moira Walley-Beckett – (Breaking Bad [Ep: Ozymandias], AMC)

David Benioff & D. B. Weiss – (Game of Thrones [Ep: The Children], HBO)

Beau Willimon – (House of Cards [Ep: Chapter 14], Netflix)

Nic Pizzolatto – (True Detective [Ep: The Secret Fate of All Life], HBO)

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special

Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk – (American Horror Story [Ep: Bitchcraft], FX)

Neil Cross – (Luther, BBC America)

Noah Hawley – (Fargo [Ep: The Crocodile’s Dilemma], FX)

Larry Kramer – (The Normal Heart, HBO)

David Simon & Eric Overmyer – (Treme [Ep: …To Miss New Orleans], HBO)

Steven Moffat – (Sherlock [Ep: His Last Vow], PBS)

Winners will be announced live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Monday, August 25th. The ceremony can be seen live in the US on NBC from 8ET/5PT and for UK audiences on Tuesday, August 26th at 8.30pm on Sky Living.

True Blood The Final Season

Last night (Mon 7th) saw the UK premiere of True Blood the Final Season on Fox and at first glance it’s definitely going to be an explosive and emotional send off, blood tears and all, for one of TV’s sexiest prime-time drama’s.

Picking straight up from where season six left off, the final season opens during the aftermath of a vampire attack on the citizens of Bon Temps.

The Hepatitis-V virus still spreading like the Black Plague amongst the vampire world, humans have teamed up with those vampires who are still virus free, to help irradiate it before more damage can be done.

With all TruBlood supplies contaminated, and the only sustainable human-free source of food for vampires now gone, safety seems a distant hope in a world that’s now festering with starving, desperate vampires.

The seventh and final season promises to an explosive, sexy, and down right nail-biting end to a series that’s cemented itself as prime-times sexiest show.

You can catch the final season of True Blood on Monday’s at 9pm on Fox (UK).

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Teaser Trailer

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Teaser Trailer has landed and fans are already working into a frenzy over what’s almost certain to be this years biggest release.

Much like the Twilight series, The Hunger Games has a die-hard following of loyal fans that have helped the previous two films generate over $1billion at the worldwide box office. Since the trailers release it’s been viewed over 10 million times on YouTube, although not all fans were impressed with its offerings, as many have been more than vocal in pointing out the absence of franchise star, Jennifer Lawrence.

As one of the biggest stars in the world, Lawrence, 23, is without a doubt one of the biggest pulling points for audiences, and her exclusion from the first teaser trailer will certainly have disappointed her vast fan base, who are keen to see their heroine in action again as Capital rebel, Katnis Everdeen – yer with the films release imminent, fans won’t have to wait too long for the first official trailer release.

2014 already looks set to be an incredible year for Lawrence, with the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past having grossed over $800 million worldwide, Lionsgate, the studio behind The Hunger Games franchise, will certainly be expecting their star to smash a couple of box-office records.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, the third film in the critically acclaimed series, hits cinema’s worldwide on November 21, 2014. View the teaser trailer below.

24: Live Another Day

He’s back! Federal CTU agent turned outlaw, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), returns to stop a major terrorist attack in London in what is sure to be an explosive twelve episode series.

24: Live Another Day is set 4 years after the events of the eighth series (2010) and sees Bauer (Sutherland), now a federal fugitive being hunted by the US government, re-surface after hearing rumours of an impending terrorist attack against President James Heller.

Now in London, and having purposely found his way into CIA custody in order to free Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub), Bauer finds himself recruited into their services with the promise of amnesty from prosecution. With forces conspiring against him, Jack is in a race against time to uncover the terrorist plot that looks set to unleash World-War three.

With a talented list of new additions to the 24 cast, including Benjamin BrattYvonne StrahovskiTate Donovan, and Stephen Fry, joining returning cast members William Devane and Kim Raver, who reprise their roles as father and daughter James and Audrey Heller, 24: Live Another Day is set to offer all the drama, action, and suspense that made the original show one of the most successful and critically-acclaimed TV series of all-time.

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Turkish Drama ‘Winter Sleep’ Wins Coveted Palme d’Or

Distinguished film director, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, has walked away with this years Palme d’Or award at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival.

Winter Sleep, described as a ‘rich-character driven drama’ centred around ‘a self-obsessed Anatolian hotelier’ and the relationships with those around him, proved triumphant on Saturday, and saw Ceylan become only the second Turkish director to win the prestigious Palme d’Or.

Despite this marking the first time the director has won the award, Ceylan is certainly no stranger to success in Cannes, having previously won the Grand Prix award to two occasions, firstly for Distant back in 2002 and then Once Upon a Time in Anatolia in 2011. In 2008, Ceylan also walked away as Best Director for family drama Three Monkeys.

Taking to the stage to accept his award, Ceylan seemed genuinely taken aback by the recognition, “This is a great surprise for me”, he told the crowd, and the director was quick to pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of Turkish cinema, perhaps making his victory at Cannes ever more poignant.

With a running time of 196 minutes, which in this modern day of cinema may seem like a marathon, and with an abundance of dialogue, it’s no wonder the film divided critics after screening on the third day – but needless to say, the Turkish drama soon emerged an early favourite for the top award.

In an industry so heavily reliant on big-budgets, stellar casts, and mind-blowing special effects, it’s certainly a rarity to find a film-maker that sticks to his auteur roots – but perhaps that’s why the Cannes Film Festival is so important, as it reminds us of the untamed beauty that independent cinema brings to audiences around the world.

X-Men in IMDb’s Top 100

The newly released X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sequel to 2011’s box-office success X-Men: First class, has officially broken into IMDb’s top 100 greatest films of all time.

X-Men: Days of Future Past was only released three days ago (22nd May), yet that hasn’t stopped Bryan Singer‘s superhero blockbuster from gathering more than 30,000 votes on the Internets most prolific movie news website, catapulting it into the top 100 films ever made.

Those that use IMDb on a regular basis will know how difficult an achievement this is, especially for a superhero film, as there are only two others that occupy this list, The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

All that’s left to see is how much of a positive impact this will have on box-office revenue over the coming weeks – but one thing’s for sure, the third installment, X-Men: Apocalypse, due for release in 2016, will have a lot to live up to.