Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Simon Cowell, close friend's wife expecting a child

Could the "X Factor" be his sperm? 53-year-old Simon Cowell is expecting his first child with New York socialite Lauren Silverman, according to an Us Weekly report.

What makes matters even more interesting is the fact that Silverman, 36, is technically still married -- to Cowell's close friend Andrew Silverman, who is a New York City real estate mogul. However, the couple has been estranged for some time.

The anonymous source said:
She's around 10 weeks along. Lauren and Andrew have been unhappy in their marriage for some time, and their divorce has been in the works for a while. As their marriage deteriorated, she and Simon became close.
10 weeks is slightly less than the one trimester recommendation most are given before revealing their pregnancy.

Fatherhood would be a big sea factor change for the "X Factor" creator, who has said on more than one occasion in the past that he was not cut out to be a father. In 2009, he said:
God, no. I couldn't have children. If I had them here drawing on the walls I'd go nuts.

With kids, you've got a routine you can't escape from. You've got to be up at a certain time. Got to listen. When all you want to do is sit in a corner thinking.
Cowell's last public relationship was with TV personality Carmen Electra. The couple revealed their relationship in December of last year, but shortly thereafter Cowell confirmed their split, in February of 2013.

Top Anthony Weiner aide hurls expletive-laced tirade at former campaign intern

Top Anthony Weiner aide, Barbara Morgan issued an expletive-laced tirade in what she thought was an off-the-record conversation with Talking Points Memo on Tuesday. Morgan was ranting about former Weiner campaign intern Olivia Nuzzi, who wrote an op-ed for the New York Daily News, which was a Tuesday cover story.

Nuzzi had also, on Monday, penned a post for the blog NSFWCORP.

Nuzzi New York Daily News cover story claimed Weiner incorrectly called multiple interns “Monica.” She also said that people only joined Weiner’s campaign to get close to his wife, Huma Abedin, a close aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- as well as Clinton herself.

Morgan said:
I’m dealing with like stupid f*cking interns who make it on to the cover of the Daily News even though they signed NDAs and/or they proceeded to trash me. And by the way, I tried to fire her, but she begged to come back and I gave her a second chance.

F*cking slutbag. Nice f*cking glamour shot on the cover of the Daily News. Man, see if you ever get a job in this town again.
When asked about the veracity of Nuzzi's stories, Morgan replied:
It’s all bullsh*t. I mean, it’s such bullsh*t. She could f*cking -- f*cking tw*t.
Morgan also trashed Nuzzi's job performance.

However, later on Tuseday, Morgan issued a public apology. She said:
In a moment of frustration, I used inappropriate language in what I thought was an off the record conversation. It was wrong and I am very sorry, which is what I said tonight when I called and emailed Olivia to apologize.
Morgan has reason to be frustrated.  The new sex message scandal embroiling Weiner has sunk him in the polls.

In a Wednesday tweet, Nuzzi said she accepted Morgan's apology. However, her Twitter account currently says:

Olivia Nuzzi
@Olivianuzzi
Slutbag, tw*t and c*nt. Writer for NSFWCORP.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Teresa and Joe Giudice surrender to authorities

"Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars Teresa and Joe Giudice turned themselves in to the authorities on Tuesday. They had been indicted on 39 counts, ranging from bank fraud to tax evasion, on the day prior.

On Monday, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced the 39-count indictment, charging Teresa Giudice, 41, and her husband, Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, 43, both of Towaco, N.J., with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud. The indictment also charged Joe Giudice with failure to file tax returns for tax years 2004 through 2008, during which time he allegedly made a total of almost $1 million.

A video of the couple entering the courtroom is embedded.

They were freed after paying $500k in bail each. As part of the bail agreement, the couple had to surrender their passports. They also can't travel outside of New Jersey and New York. They did not enter pleas, but the couple is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in New Jersey on Aug. 14.

On Monday, Teresa Giudice tweeted the following, after news of the indictment broke:
I support Joe and, as a wonderful husband and father, I know he wants only the best for our lovely daughters and me. I am committed to my family and intend to maintain our lives in the best way possible, which includes continuing my career. As a result, I am hopeful that we will resolve this matter with the Government as quickly as possible. Thank you all for your kind wishes, prayers and support.
Although Joe, who is not a U.S. citizen, will be forced to be drug tested, Teresa will not have to do the same.

Teresa Giudice's attorney has previously said that the reality TV star, who has appeared on "Real Housewives of New Jersey" since 2009, will plead not guilty to the charges. Her husband, Joe, has also appeared on the series, as have their four daughters.



Despite denials, TMZ stands by its 'Justin Bieber spitting on fans story'

Last week, an image posted by TMZ seemed to show Justin Bieber spitting on fans huddled below his balcony. On Monday, a Bieber rep cried foul, saying th picture was doctored, but on Tuesday, TMZ fired back, saying any such allegations were faux.

TMZ's story was quite clear, saying that Bieber was "caught in the act, again," spitting on someone. TMZ was referring to past spitting incidents, including Bieber spitting on a neighbor after a row over Bieber tearing through his gated Calabasas, Calif.-based neighborhood, and spitting in a fellow gym goer's water bottle.

Bieber's rep said:
Justin didn't spit on anyone. No fans were below the balcony. In fact, earlier in the day, Justin bought his fans hot chocolate and played them some of his new music. Justin loves his fans.

At what point are we going to start demanding that journalists actually fact check? And at what point does the media have to have some kind of standard or some kind of integrity?
TMZ,on the other hand, was quite clear. The site stood behind its initial report. It said:
First, Justin ... there WERE fans below the balcony. In fact, Justin had posted a video of the crowds below his hotel room on his own Instagram page ... showing him on the same balcony depicted in the photos.

Second, the photos were shot by a reputable photo agency and posted on our site per usual. Also, we're not that good at photoshop.
The question is, who will fans Belieb. Oh, wait, we just answered the question.

Monday, July 29, 2013

'RHONJ' stars Teresa and Joe Guidice face over 50 years after 39 count indictment

Now is when reality really sets in. On Monday, "Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe were slapped with 39 counts worth of criminal charges, ranging from bank fraud to tax evasion.

The couple faces over 50 years in prison if convicted.

U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman just announced the 39-count indictment, charging Teresa Giudice, 41, and her husband, Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, 43, both of Towaco, N.J., with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud. The indictment also charged Joe Giudice with failure to file tax returns for tax years 2004 through 2008, during which time he allegedly made a total of almost $1 million.

Fishman said,
The indictment returned today alleges the Guidices lied to the bankruptcy court, to the IRS and to a number of banks. Everyone has an obligation to tell the truth when dealing with the courts, paying their taxes and applying for loans or mortgages. That's reality.
Apparently Fishman knows of the Guidice's starring roles.

Teresa has appeared on Bravo's "Real Housewives of New Jersey" since 2009, and has also been on "Celebrity Apprentice." She and her husband have four young daughters, Gia; Gabriella; Milania; and Audriana who have also appeared on RHONJ.

Teresa Guidice's attorney said the star, and presumably her husband, will plead not guilty and that "we look forward to vindicating her." The RHONJ star also issued her own statement in which she said that "today is a most difficult day for our family."

The show is in its fifth season on Bravo.

Marijuana found aboard bus associated with Justin Bieber as it crosses the Canadian border

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A bus associated with Justin Bieber's tour was stopped on Sunday night at the border between Canada and Michigan, law enforcement officials said on Monday.

According to Chief Customs and Border Protection Officer Ken Hammond, a drug-sniffing dog detected the presence aboard the bus, which was stopped at the Ambassador Bridge -- which separates Windsor, Canada and Detroit, Mich. Notably, Bieber was not on board the bus.

A search of the tour bus turned up both drug paraphernalia and weed. The driver of the vehicle was issued a citation, and the drugs and equipment were seized. The passengers, along with the driver, were then released without further incident.

It's reminiscent of an incident that took place in late April, in Stockholm, Sweden. Marijuana was found on Bieber's bus, but the bus was empty when the discovery was made. Thus, police had no one they could charge, and thus no charges were filed.

Bieber went ahead with his performance, then moved on to his next scheduled performance in Helsinki, Finland.

Friday, July 26, 2013

A season four debut date at last: 'My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic'

Bronies rejoice. The long-awaited return date of "My Little Pony: Frendship is Magic" has been set, it was announced on Thursday.

The series, which centers around Twilight Sparkle, an alicorn who lives, along with her friends Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Applejack, and Fluttershy, in the city of Ponyville in the land of Equestria, will return with season four on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Equestria is inhabited by more than just the unicorns, ponies, and pegasus ponies that are the central characters. There are dragons, timberwolves, villains such as Discord, and more.

Bronies, for those who are not bronies, are adult fans of the cartoon.

At last weekend's San Diego Comic-Con, fans learned about some of the things that they can look forward to in the coming season. There will, for example, be an episode featuring Rarity, and a musical one in which Pinkie Pie finds that there is “somepony (that) will give her a run for her party planning money.” Pinkie Pie's sister will also visit Ponyville.

Naturally, there will be fallout from last season's climactic finale, in which Twilight Sparkle became a princess and was turned into an alicorn -- a winged unicorn.

Although there is no official season four video available, fans of the series have uploaded videos from the Comic-Con 2013 presentation (embedded).



Judge extends Amanda Bynes' psychiatric hold for two more weeks, conservatorship hearing set for Friday

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As had been expected, on Thursday a judge approved the request by medical professionals to extend Amanda Bynes' psychiatric hold for another two weeks. Bynes was placed on a 5150 hold after an incident on Monday in which she set a fire in a randomly picked elderly woman's driveway (among other things).

A 5150 hold normally lasts for 72 hours.

A 5150 hold, according to Wikipedia, is as follows:
Section 5150 is a section of the California Welfare and Institutions Code (specifically, the Lanterman–Petris–Short Act or "LPS") which allows a qualified officer or clinician to involuntarily confine a person deemed to have a mental disorder that makes them a danger to him- or herself, and/or others and/or gravely disabled.

A qualified officer, which includes any California peace officer, as well as any specifically designated county clinician, can request the confinement after signing a written declaration. When used as a term, 5150 (pronounced "fifty-one-fifty") can informally refer to the person being confined or to the declaration itself, or colloquially as a verb}, as in "Someone was 5150'd."
In addition, Amanda Bynes’ parents have filed court documents asking a California judge to impose a conservatorship on their daughter due to her bizarre behavior and apparent mental illness. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Friday.

That conservatorship is temporary, but if it is granted, soruces say that Bynes' parents will immediately petition the court to make the conservatorship PERMANENT (a la Britney Spears). At that point, the judge would set a date for a court hearing and appoint a lawyer to represent Bynes.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sidney Elaine Leathers, Anthony Weiner's 2012 Twitter sext partner exposed

Details have emerged in the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal (part two, that is). TMZ reached out to Weiner's 2012 sexting partner, Sydney Elaine Leathers, 23, on Wednesday, with pictures and information as a result.

Leathers -- somewhat of an appropriate name, don't you think? -- shared an image of herself in a mirror, showing off her rear in a thong. Most of her communication with Weiner reportedly occurred on Facebook, but that account has been deleted (cache). There is a similarly named, but protected account on Twitter, though, and from that a lot of Twitpic images can be found.

A slideshow of those images can be seen here.

Leathers reportedly sent Weiner up to 30 images of herself during the summer of 2012, which was one year after Weiner resigned from Congress. Most believed that he had halted his sexting on Facebook and otherwise when he exited the House of Representatives, but it now appears he did not.

Leathers also said that Weiner has a foot fetish, as he regularly asked for pictures of Leathers' feet in heels. In exchange, Leathers reportedly received pictures of Weiner's "weiner," in return.

Leathers has said that Weiner promised her a job with Politico as well as a condo in Chicago. The recipient of the sext that brought Weiner down (the first time, anyway), Gennette Cordova, had this to say about that, on Twitter:
The stupid part was believing a 22-year-old can be strung along for 6 months, abandoned & trusted to keep quiet.
Notably, Cordova wasn't sexting with Weiner, per se, but was the innocent recipient of what appeared to be his attempted inquiries into such a "relationship."



Amanda Bynes to escape arrest, but perhaps not conservatorship

Amanda Bynes won't be charged for setting a fire in a random woman's driveway, according to sources speaking to TMZ on Wednesday. That being said, don't think that she will get off scot-free.

According to law enforcement sources, prosecutors will not charge Bynes with any criminal offense. Both law enforcement and prosecutors feel that Bynes behavior is rooted in "mental illness," the report said, rather than being criminal behavior.

However, another report said that Bynes could be headed in the direction of Britney Spears. Sources say -- notably, the report did not say the information came from a medical professional -- that Bynes is exhibiting signs of schizophrenia.

Reportedly, authorities and others will seek a two-week extension to her 5150 psychiatric hold so that doctors can properly examine her. Specifically, people around Bynes feel that she is suffering from some sort of mental illness, specifically schizophrenia.

Given that, Bynes' parents will reportedly ask a judge to put the 27-year-old into a conservatorship, similar to that of Britney Spears. The report went further, saying that Bynes' parents haven't been blind to her bizarre behavior of the past few months. For at least the last couple of months, they have wanted to take legal action, but did not feel they had sufficient evidence to get action taken.

The assumption is that with the fire incident, as well as events such as Bynes rushing into a liquor store's back room to wash gasoline off of her dog, there may be enough evidence to get a judge to issue a ruling.

Meanwhile, legally, Bynes still faces DUI charges in Los Angeles and reckless endangerment and marijuana charges in New York City.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Insider says 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' to end after 2015

It's still just a rumor, but an anonymous family insider said on Tuesday that "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" will end in 2015, after its 10th season.

That makes sense, as it jives with earlier statements from Kim that she was committed to staying on the show until at least season 10, which would be until 2015.

In 2012, the family signed a three-year-deal worth $40 million to ensure the series continued until 2015. However, the source says that the family has no interest in continuing the show past that point.

The source said,
It has been the biggest reality franchise of all time. Both Kim and Kris (Jenner) want to make sure they end on a high note, leaving fans wanting more, rather than try and stretch the show on for another few seasons and watch it die a death.

Plus, they are now moving on in their lives. Exploring new options and opportunities. Kim wants to be with her daughter and (boyfriend) Kanye (West), while Kris wants to focus on being a talk show host and maybe start producing movies.
"Keeping Up With the Kardashians" debuted in 2007 and has been a ratings hit for the E! network. It has also made the family extremely wealthy. As the source continued:
They have all made so much money that they never need to work again. They want a break from the cameras -- that shouldn’t be too surprising.
The series has spawned three spin-offs: "Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami," "Kourtney & Kim Take New York" and "Khloe & Lamar."

Kris Jenner's daytime talk show recently debuted, too.

Amanda Bynes 5150: Actress forced to wash gasoline off her dog after starting fire

The actions that preceded Amanda Bynes' 5150 hold appear to be more bizarre and troubling, as details continuing to leak out. As reported earlier, Bynes lit a fire outside a random home in Thousand Oaks, Calif., on Monday night. What hadn't been known, but was revealed in a surveillance video, is what Bynes accidentally did to her pet Pomeranian during the Monday incident.

The action begins just a few minutes after Bynes allegedly used a gasoline can to ignite a fire outside Bonnie Braaten's home. It shows her rushing into a liquor stores and heading straight for an area marked as restricted and for "employees only." She can be seen holding her dog in outstretched arms.

As you might expect, the cashier followed her from behind the counter. According to the owner of the store, the cashier said that she was able to smell a strong scent of gasoline. She also said that she saw Bynes trying to rinse the dog off in a sink in the employees only area.

After the cashier confronted Bynes, she reportedly "freaked out" and left the store without further ado.

Later, authorities tracked down Bynes and placed her on a 5150 psychiatric hold.

A 5150 hold, according to Wikipedia, is as follows:
Section 5150 is a section of the California Welfare and Institutions Code (specifically, the Lanterman–Petris–Short Act or "LPS") which allows a qualified officer or clinician to involuntarily confine a person deemed to have a mental disorder that makes them a danger to him- or herself, and/or others and/or gravely disabled.

A qualified officer, which includes any California peace officer, as well as any specifically designated county clinician, can request the confinement after signing a written declaration. When used as a term, 5150 (pronounced "fifty-one-fifty") can informally refer to the person being confined or to the declaration itself, or colloquially as a verb}, as in 'Someone was 5150'd'.
As for the dog, its currently staying with Bynes parents.



Tuesday, July 23, 2013

More just just a small fire: Amanda Bynes placed flaming cloth atop gas can

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There's more to Amanda Bynes' Monday night 5150 hold than just her starting a fire in someone's driveway. In addition, according to a 911 caller, she put a flaming cloth on top of a "gasoline tank."

While the caller said the fire was "small," the prospect of a flaming cloth being placed atop a gas tank -- which we assume was meant to mean a gasoline can -- is daunting. Although the caller was unsure if the can was full or not, it's true that gasoline vapors are extremely flammable, and even if there was no gasoline in the can, there were undoubtedly vapors.

The eyewitness also spoke to reporters earlier today, saying he found Bynes lying down near the driveway with her left pant leg on fire. Although Bynes didn't appear injured, as she quickly put out the flames, the troubled actress said her dog had been burned.

He added that after he confronted Amanda about the fire, he says she left in a cab.





Anthony Weiner confirms validity of at least 'some' newly uncovered sexually-tinged social media messages

One would think that after the sexting scandal that ended with him resigning from Congress, New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner would have learned his lesson. However, a Tuesday press conference points to the possibility that he did not.

Weiner confirmed that some newly emerged -- on Monday, via the gossip website "The Dirty" -- sexual exchanges he had with an unnamed woman are real. In a statement, Weiner said:
As I have said in the past, these things that I did were wrong and hurtful to my wife and caused us to go through challenges in our marriage that extended past my resignation from Congress.

While some things that have been posted today are true and some are not, there is no question that what I did was wrong. This behavior is behind me. I've apologized to Huma (his wife) and am grateful that she has worked through these issues with me and for her forgiveness.
According to "The Dirty," sexually-tinged messages were allegedly posted under the pseudonym "Dangr33" on social media site Formspring in 2012. That would have been after Weiner left Congress, which he did in 2011 after admitting he sent sexual photos of himself to women on Twitter.

"The Dirty" also alleged that Weiner communicated with the woman through his Facebook page.

Although validating that at least some of these messages were real, Weiner did not comment on when these newly emerged messages took place.

"The Dirty's" post cited a "solid" source who purported to be a 22-year-old woman that was the recipient of some of Weiner's messages. She added that Weiner promised to secure her a place on a panel hosted by Politico, as well as purchase a condominium for her in Chicago.

The unnamed woman said:
I just want people to really know he's lying when he acts like he has changed.
Could the story have been leaked simply to derail Weiner's mayoral candidacy? It's unclear, but common sense would say it will probably influence voters. Some recent polls have shown Weiner leading City Council speaker Christine Quinn going into the Sept. 10 Democratic primary, but others have shown him trailing.



Psychiatric '5150' hold: Amanda Bynes hospitalized

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Shades of the 2008 Britney Spears. Amanda Bynes has been hospitalized on a 5150 hold after starting a small fire in the driveway of a seemingly random person's house on Monday night.

A 5150 hold, according to Wikipedia, is as follows:
Section 5150 is a section of the California Welfare and Institutions Code (specifically, the Lanterman–Petris–Short Act or "LPS") which allows a qualified officer or clinician to involuntarily confine a person deemed to have a mental disorder that makes them a danger to him- or herself, and/or others and/or gravely disabled.

A qualified officer, which includes any California peace officer, as well as any specifically designated county clinician, can request the confinement after signing a written declaration. When used as a term, 5150 (pronounced "fifty-one-fifty") can informally refer to the person being confined or to the declaration itself, or colloquially as a verb}, as in 'Someone was 5150'd'.
The fire department responded to a home in Thousand Oaks, Calif., at around 9 p.m. Monday night. The home was near a retirement facility where Bynes was confronted by police on Sunday night, accused of trespassing. According to that report, facility staff felt Bynes was also intoxicated.

In Monday's incident, someone noticed a small blaze that had been set in a home's driveway. The sheriff's department was called when Bynes was found standing near the fire.

When the authorities arrived, they asked Bynes about her actions, and based on her answers, determined she needed to be hospitalized on a 5150 hold.

Captain Don Aguilar of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department told the New York Daily News:
Deputies investigated the incident and determined that [Bynes] met the criteria of 5150.
The owner of the home told TMZ that she does not know Bynes. She was also asked if she knew any reason that Bynes would have a vendetta against her. As an elderly woman, her answer was the expected "No."

Britney Spears was famously subjected to a 5150 hold in 2008 during her pre-conservatorship period.

Meet the three other celebrity babies born on the same day as the 'Royal Baby'

The celebrity baby getting the most attention on Monday was, of course, the royal baby, but there were quite a few celebrity baby births on Monday.

Mitt Romney tweeted a picture on Tuesday, saying that
Our Josh and Jen also had a new baby boy yesterday. @AnnDRomney and I feel royally blessed. #22 pic.twitter.com/y8buqul6p6
"Royally blessed" is an obvious dig at the media frenzy over the royal bably, while #22 refers to the number of grandchildren the Romneys have -- 22.

Meanwhile, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott added a new baby girl to her life with husband drummer Chris Tyrrell. She, too, tweeted the news, saying
She's here, and we are in HEAVEN!!! Eisele Kaye, our beautiful angel, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
Eisele is the couple's first child.

Finally, Penelope Cruz and husband Javier Bardem welcomed their second child, a daughter, on Monday, at Ruber Internacional Hospital in Madrid. The couple also has a son, 2 1/2 year old Leonardo Encinas.

Monday produced a quadruple love-fest of new babies.

Lawrence, Hutcherson kissing scenes called 'gross' as 'Catching Fire' trailer debuts

A new "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" trailer, released on Sunday, shows Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen) locking lips with co-star Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne). At the same time, though, Lawrence and co-star Josh Hutcherson discussed their kissing scenes during "Catching Fire," calling them "gross."

Hutcherson and Lawrence's kissing scenes weren't gross because either is a poor kisser -- at least, we don't know that. Instead, she was ill during the shoot, and was all snotted up.

During a panel discussion at Comic-Con in San Diego, California over the weekend, when a fan asked about their kissing scenes in the second film, they both admitted some of the takes were far from hot.

Lawrence said,
Oh my God, we should have brought the clip with the snot ... I’ll put it on YouTube or something, you gotta see it… there’s all this snot coming out of my nose, and when I go to kiss Josh, it connects with his mouth. So, yes, it’ll be very hot.
Hutcherson, though, didn't seem to mind the snot, saying
There was a lot of slobber.
Meanwhile, in the trailer (embedded), Lawrence has a sexy scene including a kiss with Liam Hemsworth, who plays Gale Hawthorne.

Gale, of course, is in love with Katniss in the novels.

In the two-and-a-half minute long trailer, Lawrence appears alongside other returning costars Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy) and Lenny Kravitz (Cinna).

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" releases to theaters on Nov. 22, 2013.



Monday, July 22, 2013

Some hail George Zimmerman a hero after he helps rescue a family from an overturned SUV

George Zimmerman, who was recently found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, may have redeemed himself -- at least to some -- when he came to the rescue of a family of who were trapped in an overturned vehicle, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office said on Monday.

The incident took place last Thursday, as the nation continued to be embroiled in a debate over "Stand Your Ground" laws and the death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman and another man came to the aid of the family -- two parents and two children -- who were trapped inside a blue Ford Explorer that had overturned after leaving the highway in Sanford, Fla. at approximately 5:45 p.m.

By the team a deputy arrived onscene, Zimmerman and the other man had already helped the family exit the SUV. The police statement said:
Zimmerman was not a witness to the crash and left after making contact with the deputy. There were (sic) no report of injuries.
It is unclear whether or not Zimmerman and the other man placed themselves in any significant danger while helping the family.

A jury of six women acquitted Zimmerman, who pleaded self-defense, of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges on July 13. Since then, protests have taken place across the nation, highlighted by "Justice for Trayvon" rallies that were held Saturday in over 100 cities.

His lawyers have said that Zimmerman has been the subject of death threats, and that he has been wearing a bullet-proof vest whenever he ventures out in public. Zimmerman's parents told ABC News' Barbara Walters they have also received death threats as a result of the incident and the verdict.

It's official, and it's a boy: The new royal heir

It's official. Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge are now proud parents, as of Monday, July 22. And the baby is a boy.

The sex of the baby was unknown until today, although there had been speculation that it would be a girl. It had, in fact, been hoped that the baby would be a girl, as with changes to the rules regarding succession to the monarchy, she would have been the first baby girl that would inherit the throne even if her birth was followed by the birth of a boy.

According to Buckingham Palace officials, the baby came into the world at precisely 4:24 PM GMT. The boy weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces.

The new baby become third in line to the British throne, after Prince Charles and William.

As had been expected, the baby's sex was revealed via a birth document transferred from the hospital to the palace.

Batman and Superman to team in 2015, 'The Flash' in 2016, leading to 'Justice League' in 2017

Superman and Batman will appear in a 2015 movie together, but whether or not that will be the "World's Finest" film that year remains to be seen. The reimagined Superman appeared in "Man of Steel" earlier this year, and director Zack Snyder made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con on Saturday to announce he is making another Superman film and it will include the Caped Crusader, Batman, as well.

"Man of Steel," starring Henry Cavill and Amy Adams, hit theaters in June. The film has grossed over $630 million worldwide, thus far.

This team-up comes shortly after Warner Bros. and DC Comics released the direct-to-video two-part DVD, "The Dark Knight Returns," starring Peter Weller and Ariel Winter. The film was based on the classic Frank Miller mini-series by the same name. In that film, Superman and Batman were at odds.

It's unclear what the plotline or title of the new film will be. It is also unclear who will play Batman, as Christian Bale, the last to do so, has said he would not appear in any other films.

In addition to that announcements, which was confirmed by Warner Bros. it's been rumored that there are "tentative plans for a Flash movie appearing in 2016 and a Justice League movie in 2017." With today's special effect, we'd assume that The Flash, DC's Scarlet Speedster, will no longer be relegated to speeds of about 60-100 MPH.

Starting in 1954, DC Comics debuted a long-running comic book called "World's Finest," teaming Batman and Robin and Superman. However, as times progressed, the pair became more antagonistic, with Superman disagreeing with Batman's dark style.

However, the climax of "Man of Steel" may mean that the pair are not so different, after all.

Enter the 'Age of Ultron' in 'Avengers 2'

At its San Diego Comic-Con 2013 panel on Saturday, Marvel Studios dished on the title of its "Avengers" sequel. The film, slated for the summer of 2015, will be titled "The Avengers: Age of Ultron."

Writer/director and all-around Marvel Studio media maven Joss Whedon came onstage at the end of the panel and introduced the logo for the film, as well as an image of Ultron's head.

To be clear, though, Whedon said that the film would not follow the "Age of Ultron" storyline that spanned a number of comics and is scheduled to be released in trade paperback form on Sept. 4.

Whedon said:
A lot of people, because we called it Age of Ultron and there was a book called Age of Ultron recently, assumed that was the storyline we were doing which is not the case. We're doing our own version of the origin story of Ultron.

A lot of stuff has to fall by the way side. Ultron was their chief villain when I read the book. He has been THE Avengers villain for so long, I was amazed anybody was surprised it was going to be him in a movie. But we're sort of crafting our own version of it, where his origin comes more from The Avengers that we already know about it.
In the comics, Ultron is the creation of Hank Pym, a scientist who is also Ant-Man (and Giant-Man, and Goliath, and Yellowjacket, and yes -- for a brief time -- even the Wasp). Ultron's body is made of the indestructible material adamantium, the same as Wolverine's claws.

Of course, Ant-Man's own movie won't debut until after "Avengers 2."

Ultron is also the creator of the "synthezoid" The Vision, whom in the comics it tries to use as a weapon to destroy the Avengers. The Vision is rumored to appear in "Avengers 2," played by Vin Diesel. That is, of course, strictly a rumor.

Daleks and Zygons confirmed as the villains for Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special

It's fitting that Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special will welcome -- so to speak -- the Doctor's greatest villains, the Daleks. The BBC made the news public on Sunday.

The show will be broadcast on Nov. 23, 2013, exactly 50 years after the first episode was aired. "Doctor Who" was first broadcast on Nov. 23, 1963 with a four-part storyline known as "An Unearthly Child." The first Doctor was played by William Hartnell.

The anniversary special will see the return of David Tennant as the Doctor, alongside current Doctor Matt Smith and John Hurt, also playing a doctor. Billie Piper will return as past companion Rose Tyler, with Jenna Coleman also onboard as current companion Clara Oswald. They will be joined by "Gavin and Stacey" star Joanne Page.

In addition to the Daleks, past villains the Zygons -- who last appeared in the show in 1975 as part of the Tom Baker Doctor Who run -- will return.

The programme's executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat said:
The Doctor once said that you can judge a man by the quality of his enemies, so it's fitting that for this very special episode, he should be facing the greatest enemies of all.
Speculation is still ongoing as to who will replace Smith as the next Doctor; he announced in June that he was leaving the role.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Police officer investigated for role in Andy San Dimas' unicorn dance

Adult film star Andy San Dimas was kicked out of a ball park for provocatively dancing (embedded) while wearing a unicorn head last week, but on Thursday, one of the police officers associated with the events came under fire.

San Dimas was apparently kicked out of PNC Park during the Pittsburgh Pirates versus New York Mets game on July 13. It was a picture uploaded to Instagram (above), showing San Dimas posing in a Pittsburgh police station with an apparent sergeant that set off an investigation that Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Mike Huss discussed Thursday. Huss said:
I always hate to see anybody that disrespects that uniform, and to me, it was disrespectful to the uniform. It’s being looked at and will be addressed.

Especially the fact that it’s a sergeant uniform. This is someone that is a supervisor that we look up to, to lead other officers. It’s not the example we’re looking for.
The Instagram photo was posted via Twitter by San Dimas' companion at the game, Steviee Hughes, but the tweet has since been deleted.

The incident took place on July 13. Reportedly, San Dimas was set to strip later that evening at Cheerleaders Gentleman's Club in Pittsburgh. San Dimas refused to stop her dance when an usher asked her, and when security came, ended up leaving the ballpark.



J.K. Rowling 'very angry' at the law firm that leaked her pseudonym info

J.K. Rowling's leaker has been identified. The source of the information that outed the "Harry Potter" author as Robert Galbraith, the debut writer of “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” was her own law firm, it was revealed Thursday.

Russells is the firm behind the leak. Twitter was the venue by which it ultimately reached the media, and then the public.

On Thursday, the firm admitted that Chris Gossage, one of its partners, had told his wife's best friend that the book, published in April, was actually written by Rowling.

Judith Callegari, the friend in question, revealed the information to a columnist for The Sunday Times of London on Twitter exchange last week, but then promptly deleted her tweets. Naturally, The Sunday Times didn't let the matter "be deleted," though.

Instead, it investigated further, then contacted Rowling with its findings. She admitted to using a pseudonym to write the book, and the paper published the information on Sunday. It wasn't until Thursday that the secret of who leaked her ID was revealed.

In a statement its released on Thursday, Russells apologized “unreservedly” for the SNAFU:
Whilst accepting his own culpability, the disclosure was made in confidence to someone he trusted implicitly. On becoming aware of the circumstances, we immediately notified J. K. Rowling’s agent. We can confirm that this leak was not part of any marketing plan and that neither J. K. Rowling, her agent nor publishers were in any way involved.
Rowling, for her part, expressed great anger at the law firm. Her publicist released a statement that said:
A tiny number of people knew my pseudonym and it has not been pleasant to wonder for days how a woman whom I had never heard of prior to Sunday night could have found out something that many of my oldest friends did not know.

I had assumed that I could expect total confidentiality from Russells, a reputable professional firm and I feel very angry that my trust turned out to be misplaced.
Amazon.com's page for the book now lists both Galbraith and Rowling as authors. There is also a small blurb that says:
The Secret's Out:

In The Cuckoo's Calling, originally published under the pseudonym "Robert Galbraith," J.K. Rowling has turned her unparalleled imagination to detective fiction. Available immediately on Kindle.
It's also taken to advertising the book as J.K. Rowling's latest -- despite it being months old -- on its main book page.

It also now sits atop Amazon.com's bestsellers list, where it has apparently been sitting since Rowling was outed.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

7-Eleven joins boycott of Rolling Stone Dzhokhar Tsarnaev issue

7-11 won't be open for business when it comes to the new Rolling Stone issue, the one with a picture of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover. The company said on Thursday that none of its company-operated stores will sell the issue.

There are 1,700 company-operated 7-11 stores -- but there are another 5,900 franchised stores. The company rep, speaking to TMZ, said headquarters will urge those franchisees to pull the issue.

The Rolling Stone issue hits newsstands on Friday. It shows Tsarnaev above a bold headline, "The Bomber." The story does not glorify the bomber, but instead features interviews from childhood friends, teachers and law enforcement sources. The magazine promise the story will reveal how a “popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam, and became a monster."

The cover, however, has become a major issue, with CVS, Walgreens, and Stop & Shop all saying on Wednesday that they will not sell the issue. Others taking the same stance include Rite Aid, Roche Bros and Tedeschi Food Shops, a Massachusetts-based convenience store chain.

Politicians also chimed in, with Boston Mayor Tom Menino and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick accusing the magazine of giving Tsarnaev “celebrity treatment” with its cover imagery. In a letter written by Menino to Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, they called the portrait “ill-conceived, at best."

In response, Rolling Stone issued a statement Wednesday saying the story was part of its “long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful” coverage of the most important current political and cultural issues, adding:
The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens.

Farrah Abraham emotes on Trayvon Martin: 'I think I know her'

No one ever said reality TV stars are geniuses, and Farrah Abraham is no exception. The former "Teen Mom" star and current porn video star appeared on "Matty P's Radio Happy Hour" show and showed off her knowledge of current events, or lack thereof. TMZ posted the audio of the interview, which took place on Thursday.

When asked what she thought of Trayvon Martin -- those not under a rock for the past year or so (he was killed on Feb. 26, 2012) -- know that he was killed by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was recently found "not guilty" of both second-degree murder and manslaughter in the case.

Her reply was:
I feel like, um, I met her or something; that sounds so familiar. I mean, I don't know what she is, so I mean I can't picture the person with the name right now.
The DJs then moved on, pretending that Abraham hadn't made a huge FUBAR.

They then asked her about "red carpet escorting," but she knew nothing about that either. Red carpet escorting, for those unaware, is providing "arm candy" for celebrities when they appear on the red carpet at an event.

Abraham was similarly embarrassed lately when it was revealed that she was rejected by Playboy, not once, but twice. She recently revealed she had breast implants, but despite the embellishments, Playboy still said no.



DC Comics releases 'Necessary Evil' trailer ahead of SDCC 2013

Ahead of the San Diego Comic-Con 2013, on Wednesday DC Comics unveiled a trailer (embedded) for its upcoming documentary about the super-villains of its universe, dubbed "Necessary Evil."

The full-length documentary stars the top villains of the DC Universe, including Bane, Darkseid, Deathstroke, the Joker, and Lex Luthor. As you can see from the list, being a top villain doesn't necessarily mean top super-powers, or super-powers at all, as neither Lex Luthor nor the Joker has any. That being said, these are among the most menacing of DC's criminals.

Christopher Lee narrates the documentary, which seems fitting based on his numerous turns as a villain in film. The film will explore DC's villains in-depth, including interviews with creators, writers, and still more.

The documentary comes from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) and DC Entertainment (DCE) and will ship on Oct. 25, 2013. Ahead of that debut, on Sept. 10, DC will release "Necessary Evil" the trade paperback, which collects tales featuring these bad guys.

The TPB will include:

Action Comics Annual #10, Batman #244, 614, Batman Villains Secret Files and Origins 2005 #1, Black Adam 6, Countdown #2, 6-9, 10-11, 14-15, 16, 19, 27, 29, 33-34, 36-37, Countdown to Infinite Crisis #1, Green Lantern Corps #14, Solo #1, Superman: Lex 2000, and Wonder Woman #214.



AMC unveils first image of new 'Walking Dead' season four character, Bob Stookey

Lead characters on "The Walking Dead" aren't necessarily guaranteed survival, despite any perceived importance in current or past storylines. Thus, last season we lost T-Dog, Andrea, and Lori. We also gained a few characters, such as Tyreese, his sister Sasha, and Michonne. On Wednesday, AMC unveiled a new character for season four, Bob Stookey, who has appeared in both "The Walking Dead" comic book and "The Road to Woodbury" novel.

As the series is wont to do, both by introducing characters that don't exist in the comics and by changing their backstory or method of appearance, Stookey differs somewhat from his comic book counterpart. Played by Lawrence Gilliard Jr., who played D'Angelo Barksdale on "The Wire", the TV version of Stookey is a former Army medic, just as in the comics (as pictured above)

However, in the comics, Stookey hails from Woodbury, and is the town drunk. In the series, he will be discovered by Daryl Dixon about a week before events pick up in season four. New showrunner Scott M. Gimple said:
His backstory is not entirely the same as in the comic and the novel. I think he’s seen things go bad over and over, and winding up in this stable place doesn’t shake him from his experience. He struggles with that.
Gilliard said:
You can see there’s something deeper and darker that’s going on with this character, just from the first episode. We don’t really know what it is. We just know he’s got some issues that he’s dealing with.
To be honest, everyone in the series is dealing with issues. There is a zombie apocalypse, after all.

In addition, the image of Stookey obtained by EW shows a heavily armed man standing in front of a chain link fence, but not the one at the prison. It has a look of some sort of military encampment, with tents behind the fence.

Season four of "The Walking Dead" will premiere in October 2013 and consist of 16 episodes, as did season three.

'House of Cards' makes Emmy history as the 65th annual awards nominations are announced

The 2013 Emmy nominations were announced on Thursday, and "House of Cards" made Emmy history. The Netflix-only -- and thus, Internet-only -- series became the first show not aired on broadcast or cable networks to be nominated for an award.

The Kevin Spacey / Robin Wright starring series joined last year's incumbents, "Breaking Bad," "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones," "Homeland" and "Mad Men" as Emmy nominees for Outstanding drama series.

The major broadcast networks were shut out of the prestigious category, a reprise of 2012's nominations. The entry of Netflix's video-streamed drama series doesn't bode well for the fortunes of the networks, who have seen many original and critically-acclaimed series move to cable -- and now the Internet.

Other Netflix-only nominations came, as well, and not just to "House of Cards." Jason Bateman, who stars in "Arrested Development," received a nomination for Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series, while Spacey and Wright received nods for Outstanding lead actor and actress in a drama series, respectively.

In terms of more traditional series, "Modern Family" again dominated among the supporting actor and actress category. To emphasize its place as an ensemble series, the cast submits only in those categories, not in the the lead categories.

"Homeland" and "Modern Family" were the top drama and comedy winners, respectively, in 2012.

The 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sept. 22 on CBS, with Neil Patrick Harris hosting.

The list of major nominations for the 65th Prime Time Emmy Awards is below, and attached as a PDF.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Breaking Bad • AMC • Sony Pictures Television
Bryan Cranston as Walter White

Downton Abbey • PBS • A Carnival / Masterpiece Co-Production
Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham

Homeland • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet, Fox 21
Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody

House Of Cards • Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix
Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood

Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television
Jon Hamm as Don Draper

The Newsroom • HBO • HBO Entertainment
Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy

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Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Bates Motel • A&E • Universal Television, Carlton Cuse Productions and Kerry Ehrin Productions
Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates

Downton Abbey • PBS • A Carnival / Masterpiece Co-Production
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley

Homeland • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet, Fox 21
Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison

House Of Cards • Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix
Robin Wright as Claire Underwood

Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television
Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson
Nashville • ABC • ABC Studios
Connie Britton as Rayna James

Scandal • ABC • ABC Studios
Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope

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Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Behind The Candelabra • HBO • Jerry Weintraub Productions in association with HBO Films
Michael Douglas as Liberace

Behind The Candelabra • HBO • Jerry Weintraub Productions in association with HBO Films
Matt Damon as Scott Thorson

The Girl • HBO • Warner Bros. Entertainment, GmbH/Moonlighting and BBC in association with HBO Films and Wall to Wall Media
Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock

Parade's End • HBO • A Mammoth Screen Production, Trademark Films, BBC Worldwide and Lookout Point in association with HBO Miniseries and the BBC
Benedict Cumberbatch as Christopher Tietjens

Phil Spector • HBO • Levinson/Fontana Productions in association with HBO Films
Al Pacino as Phil Spector

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Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
American Horror Story: Asylum • FX Networks • 20th Century Fox Television
Jessica Lange as Sister Jude Martin

The Big C: Hereafter • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Sony Pictures Television, Perkins Street Productions, Farm Kid, Original Film
Laura Linney as Cathy Jamison

Phil Spector • HBO • Levinson/Fontana Productions in association with HBO Films
Helen Mirren as Linda Kenney-Baden

Political Animals • USA • Berlanti Productions and Laurence Mark Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television
Sigourney Weaver as Elaine Barrish Hammond

Top Of The Lake • Sundance Channel • A See-Saw Films production in association with Screen Australia, Screen NSW and Fulcrum Media Finance for BBC Two, Sundance Channel, UKTV and BBC Worldwide
Elisabeth Moss as Robin

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Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program
American Idol • FOX • FremantleMedia North America, Inc. and 19 TV Ltd.
Ryan Seacrest, Host

Betty White's Off Their Rockers • NBC • Kinetic Content, Inc.
Betty White, Host

Dancing With The Stars • ABC • BBC Worldwide Productions
Tom Bergeron, Host

Project Runway • Lifetime • The Weinstein Company, Bunim-Murray Productions and Full Picture Entertainment in association with Lifetime
Heidi Klum, Host
Tim Gunn, Host

So You Think You Can Dance • FOX • Dick Clark Productions, Inc. & 19 Entertainment
Cat Deeley, Host

The Taste • ABC • Kinetic Content, LLC
Anthony Bourdain, Host

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Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Arrested Development • Netflix • Produced by Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox Television for Netflix
Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth

The Big Bang Theory • CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television
Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper

Episodes • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Hat Trick Productions, Crane Klarik Productions
Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc

House Of Lies • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Crescendo Productions, Totally Commercial Films, Refugee Productions, Matthew Carnahan Circus Products
Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan

Louie • FX Networks • Pig Newton, Inc.
Louis C.K. as Louie

30 Rock • NBC • Broadway Video and Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Television
Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy

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Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Enlightened • HBO • Ripcord Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
Laura Dern as Amy

Girls • HBO • Apatow Productions and I am Jenni Konner Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath

Nurse Jackie • Showtime • Showtime Presents, A Caryn Mandabach Production, Clyde Phillips Productions, Jackson Group Entertainment, Lionsgate Television
Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton

Parks And Recreation • NBC • Deedle-Dee Productions, Fremulon, 3 Arts Entertainment and Universal Television
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope

30 Rock • NBC • Broadway Video and Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Television
Tina Fey as Liz Lemon

Veep • HBO • Dundee Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer

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Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race • CBS • World Race Productions, Inc.

Dancing With The Stars • ABC • BBC Worldwide Productions

Project Runway • Lifetime • The Weinstein Company, Bunim-Murray Productions and Full Picture

So You Think You Can Dance • FOX • Dick Clark Productions, Inc. & 19 Entertainment

Top Chef • Bravo • Magical Elves

The Voice • NBC • One Three, Inc., Talpa Media USA, Inc. in association with Warner Horizon Television
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Outstanding Variety Series
The Colbert Report • Comedy Central • Hello Doggie, Inc. with Busboy Productions and Spartina Productions

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Comedy Central • Central Productions, LLC
Jimmy Kimmel Live • ABC • ABC Studios in association with Jackhole Industries

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon • NBC • Universal Television and Broadway Video

Real Time With Bill Maher • HBO • Bill Maher Productions and Brad Grey Television in association with HBO Entertainment

Saturday Night Live • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video

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Outstanding Miniseries Or Movie
American Horror Story: Asylum • FX Networks • 20th Century Fox Television

Behind The Candelabra • HBO • Jerry Weintraub Productions in association with HBO Films

The Bible • HISTORY • LightWorkers Media and Hearst Productions for History

Phil Spector • HBO • Levinson/Fontana Productions in association with HBO Films

Political Animals • USA • Berlanti Productions and Laurence Mark Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television

Top Of The Lake • Sundance Channel • A See-Saw Films production in association with Screen Australia, Screen NSW and Fulcrum Media Finance for BBC Two, Sundance Channel, UKTV and BBC Worldwide

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Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory • CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television

Girls • HBO • Apatow Productions and I am Jenni Konner Productions in association with HBO Entertainment

Louie • FX Networks • Pig Newton, Inc.

Modern Family • ABC • Picador Productions & Steve Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television

30 Rock • NBC • Broadway Video and Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Television

Veep • HBO • Dundee Productions in association with HBO Entertainment

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Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad • AMC • Sony Pictures Television

Downton Abbey • PBS • A Carnival / Masterpiece Co-Production

Game Of Thrones • HBO • Bighead, Littlehead, Television 360, Startling
Television and Generator Productions in association with HBO Entertainment

Homeland • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet, Fox 21

House Of Cards • Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street
Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix

Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television

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Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire • HBO • Leverage, Closest to the Hole Productions, Sikelia Productions and Cold Front Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
Bobby Cannavale as Gyp Rosetti

Breaking Bad • AMC • Sony Pictures Television
Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut

Breaking Bad • AMC • Sony Pictures Television
Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman

Downton Abbey • PBS • A Carnival / Masterpiece Co-Production
Jim Carter as Mr. Carson

Game Of Thrones • HBO • Bighead, Littlehead, Television 360, Startling
Television and Generator Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister

Homeland • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet, Fox 21
Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson

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Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Breaking Bad • AMC • Sony Pictures Television
Anna Gunn as Skyler White
Downton Abbey • PBS • A Carnival / Masterpiece Co-Production
Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham

Game Of Thrones • HBO • Bighead, Littlehead, Television 360, Startling
Television and Generator Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen

The Good Wife • CBS • CBS Television Studios in association with Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions
Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart

Homeland • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet, Fox 21
Morena Baccarin as Jessica Brody

Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television
Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris

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Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series
The Good Wife • CBS • CBS Television Studios in association with Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions
Nathan Lane as Clarke Hayden

The Good Wife • CBS • CBS Television Studios in association with Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions
Michael J. Fox as Louis Canning

Homeland • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet, Fox 21
Rupert Friend as Peter Quinn

Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television
Robert Morse as Bertram Cooper

Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television
Harry Hamlin as Jim Cutler

Scandal • ABC • ABC Studios
Dan Bucatinsky as James Novack

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Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
The Americans • FX Networks • Fox Television Studios and FX Productions
Margo Martindale as Claudia


Game Of Thrones • HBO • Bighead, Littlehead, Television 360, Startling
Television and Generator Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell

The Good Wife • CBS • CBS Television Studios in association with Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions
Carrie Preston as Elsbeth Tascioni

Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television
Linda Cardellini as Sylvia Rosen

The Newsroom • HBO • HBO Entertainment
Jane Fonda as Leona Lansing

Shameless • Showtime • Showtime Presents, John Wells Productions, Warner Bros. Television
Joan Cusack as Sheila Jackson

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Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series
Breaking Bad • Dead Freight • AMC • Sony Pictures Television
George Mastras, Written by

Breaking Bad • Say My Name • AMC • Sony Pictures Television
Thomas Schnauz, Written by

Downton Abbey • Episode 4 • PBS • A Carnival / Masterpiece Co-Production
Julian Fellowes, Written by

Game Of Thrones • The Rains Of Castamere • HBO • Bighead, Littlehead, Television 360, Startling Television and Generator Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
David Benioff, Written by
D.B. Weiss, Written by

Homeland • Q&A • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet, Fox 21
Henry Bromell, Written by

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Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire • Margate Sands • HBO • Leverage, Closest to the Hole Productions, Sikelia Productions and Cold Front Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
Tim Van Patten, Directed by

Breaking Bad • Gliding Over All • AMC • Sony Pictures Television
Michelle MacLaren, Directed by

Downton Abbey • Episode 4 • PBS • A Carnival / Masterpiece Co-Production
Jeremy Webb, Directed by

Homeland • Q&A • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet, Fox 21
Lesli Linka Glatter, Directed by

House Of Cards • Chapter 1 • Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix
David Fincher, Directed by

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Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Girls • HBO • Apatow Productions and I am Jenni Konner Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
Adam Driver as Adam Sackler

Modern Family • ABC • Picador Productions & Steve Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television
Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett

Modern Family • ABC • Picador Productions & Steve Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television
Ed O'Neill as Jay Pritchett

Modern Family • ABC • Picador Productions & Steve Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television
Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy

Saturday Night Live • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video
Bill Hader as Various characters

Veep • HBO • Dundee Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
Tony Hale as Gary Walsh

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Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory • CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television
Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler

Glee • FOX • Ryan Murphy Television in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television
Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester
Modern Family • ABC • Picador Productions & Steve Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television
Sofia Vergara as Gloria Pritchett

Modern Family • ABC • Picador Productions & Steve Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television
Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy

Nurse Jackie • Showtime • Showtime Presents, A Caryn Mandabach Production, Clyde Phillips Productions, Jackson Group Entertainment, Lionsgate Television
Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow

30 Rock • NBC • Broadway Video and Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Television
Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney

Veep • HBO • Dundee Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer

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Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory • CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television
Bob Newhart as Arthur Jeffries/Professor Proton

Modern Family • ABC • Picador Productions & Steve Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television
Nathan Lane as Pepper Saltzman

Nurse Jackie • Showtime • Showtime Presents, A Caryn Mandabach Production, Clyde Phillips Productions, Jackson Group Entertainment, Lionsgate Television
Bobby Cannavale as Dr. Mike Cruz

Saturday Night Live • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video
Louis C.K., Host

Saturday Night Live • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video
Justin Timberlake, Host

30 Rock • NBC • Broadway Video and Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Television
Will Forte as Paul

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Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
Enlightened • HBO • Ripcord Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
Molly Shannon as Eileen Foliente

Glee • FOX • Ryan Murphy Television in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television
Dot-Marie Jones as Shannon Beiste

Louie • FX Networks • Pig Newton, Inc.
Melissa Leo as Laurie

Saturday Night Live • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video
Melissa McCarthy, Host

Saturday Night Live • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video
Kristen Wiig, Host

30 Rock • NBC • Broadway Video and Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Television
Elaine Stritch as Colleen Donaghy

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Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series
Episodes • Episode 209 • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Hat Trick Productions, Crane Klarik Productions
David Crane, Written by
Jeffrey Klarik, Written by

Louie • Daddy's Girlfriend (Part 1) • FX Networks • Pig Newton, Inc.
Louis C.K., Story & Teleplay by
Pamela Adlon, Story by

The Office • Finale • NBC • Deedle-Dee Productions and Reveille, LLC in association with Universal Television
Greg Daniels, Written by

30 Rock • Hogcock! • NBC • Broadway Video and Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Television
Jack Burditt, Written by
Robert Carlock, Written by

30 Rock • Last Lunch • NBC • Broadway Video and Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Television
Tina Fey, Written by
Tracey Wigfield, Written by

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Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
Girls • On All Fours • HBO • Apatow Productions and I am Jenni Konner
Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
Lena Dunham, Directed by

Glee • Diva • FOX • Ryan Murphy Television in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television
Paris Barclay, Directed by

Louie • New Year's Eve • FX Networks • Pig Newton, Inc.
Louis C.K., Directed by

Modern Family • Arrested • ABC • Picador Productions & Steve Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television
Gail Mancuso, Directed by

30 Rock • Hogcock! / Last Lunch • NBC • Broadway Video and Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Television
Beth McCarthy-Miller, Directed by

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Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
American Horror Story: Asylum • FX Networks • 20th Century Fox Television
James Cromwell as Dr. Arthur Arden

American Horror Story: Asylum • FX Networks • 20th Century Fox Television
Zachary Quinto as Dr. Oliver Thredson

Behind The Candelabra • HBO • Jerry Weintraub Productions in association with HBO Films
Scott Bakula as Bob Black

The Big C: Hereafter • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Sony Pictures
Television, Perkins Street Productions, Farm Kid, Original Film
John Benjamin Hickey as Sean

Top Of The Lake • Sundance Channel • A See-Saw Films production in association with Screen Australia, Screen NSW and Fulcrum Media Finance for BBC Two, Sundance Channel, UKTV and BBC Worldwide
Peter Mullan as Matt

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Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
American Horror Story: Asylum • FX Networks • 20th Century Fox Television
Sarah Paulson as Lana Winters

The Girl • HBO • Warner Bros. Entertainment, GmbH/Moonlighting and BBC
in association with HBO Films and Wall to Wall Media
Imelda Staunton as Alma Hitchcock

Political Animals • USA • Berlanti Productions and Laurence Mark Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television
Ellen Burstyn as Margaret Barrish Worthington

Restless • Sundance Channel • Endor Productions in association with Sundance Channel for BBC One
Charlotte Rampling as Sally Gilmartin

Steel Magnolias • Lifetime • Sony Pictures Television in association with Lifetime
Alfre Woodard as Ouiser

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Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Behind The Candelabra • HBO • Jerry Weintraub Productions in association with HBO Films
Richard LaGravenese, Written by

The Hour • BBC America • A Kudos Film and Television / BBC America
co-production
Abi Morgan, Written by

Parade's End • HBO • A Mammoth Screen Production, Trademark Films, BBC Worldwide and Lookout Point in association with HBO Miniseries and the BBC
Tom Stoppard, Written by

Phil Spector • HBO • Levinson/Fontana Productions in association with HBO Films
David Mamet, Written by

Top Of The Lake • Sundance Channel • A See-Saw Films production in association with Screen Australia, Screen NSW and Fulcrum Media Finance for BBC Two, Sundance Channel, UKTV and BBC Worldwide
Jane Campion, Written by
Gerard Lee, Written by

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Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Behind The Candelabra • HBO • Jerry Weintraub Productions in association with HBO Films
Steven Soderbergh, Directed by

The Girl • HBO • Warner Bros. Entertainment, GmbH/Moonlighting and BBC
in association with HBO Films and Wall to Wall Media
Julian Jarrold, Directed by

Phil Spector • HBO • Levinson/Fontana Productions in association with HBO Films
David Mamet, Directed by

Ring Of Fire • Lifetime • Asylum Entertainment for Lifetime
Allison Anders, Directed by

Top Of The Lake • Part 5 • Sundance Channel • A See-Saw Films production in association with Screen Australia, Screen NSW and Fulcrum Media Finance for BBC Two, Sundance Channel, UKTV and BBC Worldwide
Jane Campion, Directed by
Garth Davis, Directed by

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Outstanding Variety Special
The Kennedy Center Honors • CBS • A Stevens Company Production

Louis C.K.: Oh My God • HBO • Pig Newton, Inc. in association with HBO Entertainment

Mel Brooks Strikes Back! With Mel Brooks And Alan Yentob • HBO • Brooksfilms in association with HBO Entertainment

Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday (Part One) • NBC • Broadway Video in association with Universal Television

12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief • Robin Hood Foundation in association with The Weinstein Company, Clear Channel Communications, Madison Square Garden, Dempsey Productions, Inc. and Diversified
Production Services

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Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series
The Colbert Report • Comedy Central • Hello Doggie, Inc. with Busboy Productions and Spartina Productions

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Comedy Central • Central Productions, LLC

Jimmy Kimmel Live • ABC • ABC Studios in association with Jackhole Industries.

Portlandia • IFC • Broadway Video in association with IFC

Real Time With Bill Maher • HBO • Bill Maher Productions and Brad Grey Television in association with HBO Entertainment

Saturday Night Live • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video

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Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special
The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards • NBC • Dick Clark Productions, Inc. in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Louis C.K.: Oh My God • HBO • Pig Newton, Inc. in association with HBO Entertainment

Night Of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together For Autism Programs • Comedy Central • Busboy Productions and Central Productions

Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday (Part One) • NBC • Broadway Video in association with Universal Television

66th Annual Tony Awards • CBS • White Cherry Entertainment in association with Tony Award Productions

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Outstanding Directing For A Variety Series
The Colbert Report • Episode 8131 • Comedy Central • Hello Doggie, Inc. with Busboy Productions and Spartina Productions

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Episode 17153 • Comedy Central • Central Productions, LLC

Jimmy Kimmel Live • Episode 13-1810 • ABC • ABC Studios in association with Jackhole Industries

Late Show With David Letterman • Episode 3749 • CBS • Worldwide Pants Incorporated

Portlandia • Alexandra • IFC • Broadway Video in association with IFC

Saturday Night Live • Host: Justin Timberlake • NBC • SNL Studios in
association with Universal Television and Broadway Video

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Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special
The Kennedy Center Honors • CBS • A Stevens Company Production

London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony • NBC • NBC Universal, LLC

Louis C.K.: Oh My God • HBO • Pig Newton, Inc. in association with HBO Entertainment

The Oscars • ABC • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief • Robin Hood Foundation in association with The Weinstein Company, Clear Channel Communications, Madison Square Garden, Dempsey Productions and Diversified Production Services

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Outstanding Children's Program
Good Luck Charlie • Disney Channel • It's A Laugh Productions

iCarly • Nickelodeon • Nickelodeon Productions

Nick News With Linda Ellerbee – Forgotten But Not Gone: Kids, HIV & AIDS • Nickelodeon • Nickelodeon in association with Lucky Duck Productions

The Weight Of The Nation For Kids: Quiz Ed! • HBO • HBO Documentary Films and The Institute of Medicine with Mackerel Sky Films in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente

A YoungArts Masterclass • HBO • Simon & Goodman Picture Company and YoungArts in association with HBO Family

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Outstanding Reality Program
Antiques Roadshow • PBS • WGBH Educational Foundation

Deadliest Catch • Discovery Channel • Original Productions, LLC, a FremantleMedia Company for the Discovery Channel

Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives • Food Network • Citizen Pictures

MythBusters • Discovery Channel • Beyond Productions PTY LTD for The Discovery Channel

Shark Tank • ABC • Sony Pictures Television

Undercover Boss • CBS • Studio Lambert & All3media America

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Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special
All The President's Men Revisited • Discovery Channel • Partisan Pictures in association with Sundance Productions for Discovery Channel

Crossfire Hurricane • HBO • Tremolo Productions, Milkwood Films, Eagle Rock Entertainment and the Rolling Stones in association with HBO Documentary Films

Death And The Civil War (American Experience) • PBS • A Steeplechase Films production for American Experience

Ethel • HBO • Moxie Firecracker Productions in association with HBO Documentary Films

Manhunt: The Inside Story Of The Hunt For Bin Laden • HBO • Passion Pictures & Motto Pictures in association with HBO Documentary Films

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Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series
The Abolitionists (American Experience) • PBS • An Apograph Productions Inc. film for American Experience

American Masters • PBS • A Production of THIRTEEN's American Masters for WNET

The Men Who Built America • HISTORY • Stephen David Entertainment for History

Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman • Science Channel • Revelations Entertainment in association with Science Channel

Vice • HBO • Vice and Bill Maher Productions in association with HBO Entertainment

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Outstanding Animated Program
Bob's Burgers • O.T.: The Outside Toilet • FOX • 20th Century Fox Television

Kung Fu Panda: Legends Of Awesomeness: Enter The Dragon • Nickelodeon • DreamWorks Animation and Nickelodeon Productions

Regular Show: The Christmas Special • Cartoon Network • Cartoon Network Studios

The Simpsons • Treehouse Of Horror XXIII • FOX • Gracie Films in association with 20th Century Fox Television

South Park • Raising The Bar • Comedy Central • Central Productions

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Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program
Adventure Time • Simon & Marcy • Cartoon Network • Cartoon Network Studios

Clarence • CartoonNetwork.com • Cartoon Network Studios

Disney Mickey Mouse Croissant de Triomphe • Disney.com • Disney Television Animation

Regular Show • A Bunch Of Full Grown Geese • Cartoon Network • Cartoon Network Studios

Robot Chicken • Robot Chicken's ATM Christmas Special • Cartoon Network • A Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Production in association with Stoopid Monkey and Williams Street