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Peter Dinklage needs to overcome a 23-year curse in drama supporting actor to make Emmy history

Peter Dinklage needs to overcome a 23-year curse in drama supporting actor to make Emmy history
Peter Dinklage feels like a mortal lock to take home his record-breaking fourth Best Drama Supporting Actor Emmy for “Game of Thrones,” but his victory may not be as assured if you go by recent Emmy history. If he does prevail again this year, it’d be his second straight win, but no one has been able to defend their crown in this category in 23 years.

The last person to win two drama supporting actor Emmys in a row was Ray Walston (“Picket Fences”), who triumphed in 1995 and ’96. Since then, the only people to earn multiple Emmys in this category have been Dinklage and Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”). Paul accomplished it first, winning his second trophy in 2012 to go with his 2010 one; he nabbed a third in 2014, becoming the most awarded person in this category. Dinklage tied him at three wins last year, but his were all non-consecutive as well,
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Jonathan Banks might tie a dubious drama supporting actor Emmy record

Jonathan Banks might tie a dubious drama supporting actor Emmy record
Jonathan Banks holds a pretty cool Emmy record: He’s the only person to be nominated for three different shows in Best Drama Supporting Actor. But he might add a less fun one this year: He could tie the record for most nominations without a win in the category.

The dubious honor is currently held by Ed Begley Jr. who went 0-6 for “St. Elsewhere” from 1983-88. Begley is tied with Will Geer (“The Waltons”), Bruce Weitz (“Hill Street Blues”) and Jimmy Smits (“L.A. Law”) at six nominations, but the other three have all won.

At 0-5, Banks earned his first nomination back in 1989 for “Wiseguy”; Larry Drake (“L.A. Law”) won. His next one would come 24 years later for playing Mike Ehrmantraut on “Breaking Bad,” but he fell to Bobby Cannavale (“Boardwalk Empire”). His last three bids have been for reprising Mike on the “Breaking Bad” prequel spin-off “Better Call Saul
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After ‘This Is Us’ and ‘Handmaid’s’ guest wins, Emmys could spread the love to Milo Ventimiglia, Yvonne Strahovski

After ‘This Is Us’ and ‘Handmaid’s’ guest wins, Emmys could spread the love to Milo Ventimiglia, Yvonne Strahovski
Everyone knows that the Emmys loves repeat winners (see: Julia Louis-Dreyfus‘ six consecutive wins for “Veep”), but the TV academy did a different type of rubber-stamping at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards over the weekend: choosing the same show but different performers in the guest acting categories. Might this spread-the-wealth mindset translate to the main Emmy ceremony?

First, let’s be clear, it’s difficult and rare to repeat in the guest category for the same show, let alone get nominated again unless you do another eligible guest stint. Last year’s Best Drama Guest Actor champ Gerald McRaney (“This Is Us”) was trying to be the first to win the category twice for the same role, but he lost to his co-star Ron Cephas Jones, who was nominated in supporting last year. On the actress side, Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), who was also up in supporting last year,
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It Came From The Tube: And All Through The House (1989)

Happy Horrordays, Boils and Ghouls! ‘Tis the season to be…murdered, perhaps? Okay, I’ll stop with The Cryptkeeper puns because: A) I’m terrible at them, and B) see A. But it is the season when we focus on blood dripping from the tinsel-laden tree, and there are more than enough solid to great Xmas goodies to help cope with a visit from that racist aunt who’s pleasantly surprised Idris Elba speaks so eloquently. (Don’t pretend you don’t have one.) Mining the Vault of Horror comics, HBO’s Tales from the Crypt delivered their holiday cheer in Season One’s second episode, And All Through the House. If you’re looking to get the kiddies into horror but they still have an affinity for Old Saint Nick, this is not the place to start.

Originally broadcast on Saturday, June 10th, And All’s programming is certainly
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Blu-ray Reviews: Darkman II: The Return Of Durant and Darkman III: Die Darkman Die

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When Sam Raimi directed the original Darkman back in 1990, it was an impressive feat, especially for the time: he created a big-screen superhero out of whole cloth—part comic book, part Universal monster, part Gaston Leroux, part ’80s action movie. It’s the kind of movie that should have launched a host of sequels—or, even better, a weekly series—but because of Sam Raimi’s own difficulties in making the film and because of the box office climate of the time, it didn’t happen. Not right away, at least.

Unwilling to let a potentially lucrative property disappear, Universal did put a pair of direct-to-video sequels into production in 1995. Though Raimi did not return to direct, he did remain on board as an executive producer, with directing duties on both movies turned over to Bradford May. The first of the sequels, 1995’s Darkman II: The Return of Durant recasts
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Contest: Win Darkman II: The Return Of Durant and Darkman III: Die Darkman Die on Blu-ray

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Scream Factory has an early holiday treat in store for Darkman fans with their Blu-ray releases of both sequels in Sam Raimi's superhero franchise, and we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies of both Darkman II: The Return of Durant and Darkman III: Die Darkman Die to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.


Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive:

(1) Blu-ray copy of Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1) Blu-ray copy of Darkman III: Die Darkman Die

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:

2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to with the subject “Darkman Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

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November 7th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Limehouse Golem, Darkman II and III, Westworld Season 1

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Now that November is in full swing, we have a brand new batch of Blu-ray and DVD releases to look forward to this week. Scream Factory is keeping busy with the releases of both Darkman II and III, as well as co-presenting Killing Ground and Darkness Rising alongside IFC Midnight.

As far as other new titles are concerned, there’s a bunch coming our way on Tuesday, including Ghastlies, The Limehouse Golem, Dead Still, Mother Krampus, Demon Hole, and Westworld Season 1. And for you cult film fanatics, both Satan’s Cheerleaders and John Landis’ thriller Into the Night are both making their way to Blu, too.

Other November 7th releases include Beneath, The Nightmare, The Untamed, and The Tormenting.

Darkman II: The Return of Durant (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

The crime-fighting master of disguises returns in this action-packed sequel to the hit motion picture. Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy, G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra
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Practical-ly Perfect: Celebrating the Admirably Audacious Effects in Sam Raimi’s Darkman (1990)

Before tackling the Spider-Man trilogy, Master of Horror Sam Raimi gave the world his own unique brand of superhero storytelling with his 1990 neo-noir/horror/romance mash-up, Darkman, which paid homage to the larger-than-life characters and worlds of comic properties like Dick Tracy and Batman, as well as the tortured titular character in The Phantom of the Opera. A wildly hyperkinetic tale of revenge and loss, Darkman may not be Raimi’s most polished work, but I truly feel that given where he was at that time in his career, and the budget he had to play with, Darkman is easily one of Raimi’s most ambitious efforts (certainly right up there with the first two Evil Dead films).

One of my favorite aspects to Darkman (besides Larry Drake as the absolutely despicable crime boss Durant) has always been the film’s incredible effects, which were designed and created by Tony Gardner of Alterian,
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Screen Actors Guild Awards 2017: Mary Tyler Moore, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Honored During Touching In Memoriam

Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds and Mary Tyler Moore were just a few of the famous faces that were honored during the in memoriam at Sunday evening’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Hosted live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Moore — who passed away Wednesday — and the mother-daughter duo — who died one day apart in December — were some of the many late actors and actresses that were recognized on-screen at the annual awards show for their contribution to the world of film and television.

In a touching tribute, the SAG Awards honored the men — Ken Howard, William Schallert, Jack Riley,
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'Game of Thrones' & 'Veep' repeated, yet this was a surprising Emmy night

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'Game of Thrones' & 'Veep' repeated, yet this was a surprising Emmy night
Sipowicz and Simone, together again! Franz and Smits, together again! Sipowicz and Simone, together again! Dennis Franz, coming out of retirement, maybe?!?!?! Dennis Franz saying "Ipsa this!" 23 years after TV viewers first met Andy Sipowicz?!?!!? What, you want me to talk about the actual Emmy results, rather than the unexpected and wonderful reunion of my beloved NYPD Blue that occurred right before the end of the telecast? Okay, fine. Though Frranz and Smits' appearance to present the final award — Outstanding Drama Series, to Emmy steamroller Game of Thrones, which tied its own record from last year for the most Emmys for a series in a single year with 12 (many of them presented last week at the Creative Arts Emmy ceremonies) — provided one last surprising and delightful moment in an Emmy telecast largely full of them. Yes, GoT mostly dominated for its uneven but at times brilliant sixth season. Yes, FX's The People v.
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La Law: The NBC Legal Series Debuted 30 Years Ago (9/15/86)

Hop into TV Series Finale's time machine and travel back to Monday, September 15, 1986. When L.A. Law first premiered on NBC, thirty years ago, today, viewers met the Los Angeles-based lawyers and staff of McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak. The legal drama series threaded its oddball humor throughout storylines featuring hot topics of the 1980s and '90s, including sexual harassment, gay rights, HIV, capital punishment, and abortion.L.A. Law's large ensemble cast included: Richard Dysart, Alan Rachins, Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, Susan Ruttan, Harry Hamlin, Susan Dey, Jimmy Smits, Michele Greene, Blair Underwood, Larry Drake, and Sheila Kelly. Read More…
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L.A. Law Reboot in Development

L.A. Law Reboot in Development
Steven Bochco is looking to reconvene L.A. Law.

The prolific producer is developing an updated version of his classic ’80s legal drama, which ran for eight seasons on NBC, our sister site, Variety, reports.

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During an interview on the Rich Eisen Show on Monday, Bochco revealed that four months ago L.A. Law scribe Bill Finkelstein approached him with an idea for a reboot. “I called my friends at [20th Century Fox], because they own the show, and they were very interested in having a conversation,
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Christopher Lombardo & Jeff Kirschner Give Their Diagnosis of Healthcare Horror Movies

[Guest authors Christopher Lombardo and Jeff Kirschner of Really Awful Movies share their diagnosis of healthcare horror movies with Daily Dead readers.] When the Us was overhauling its healthcare system, much to-do was made about so-called “death panels,” government committees who would decide who lives and dies based on asset allocation. As far as healthcare horrors are concerned, it turns out that playing God is very real, but luckily only in film and Sarah Palin’s fright-filled imagination. Nefarious nurses, murderous docs, and psychopathic hallway stalkers in horror movies have effectively put end-of-life issues at the forefront, but not in a way that can be reasonably debated: your life, their ending of it.

We’ve decided to weigh in on the healthcare hullabaloo by looking at fictional settings that make One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest look like the height of patient-centered thinking. So sit back and self-medicate with whatever’s in the fridge (or better still, the medicine cabinet) and take these seven healthcare horrors—but don’t call us in the morning.
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'L.A. Law' Star Larry Drake -- Rare Blood Cancer Led to Death

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Larry Drake -- who played Benny on "L.A. Law" -- suffered from a unique disease that caused his blood to thicken ... and ultimately contributed to his death. According to Drake's death certificate -- he had been diagnosed with polycythemia vera -- a rare form of cancer related to an overproduction of red blood cells in the bone marrow. The medical examiner also listed cardiac arrest, hypertension, and morbid obesity as causes of death. TMZ broke
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Joe Santos, ‘The Rockford Files’ Actor, Dies at 84

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Joe Santos, ‘The Rockford Files’ Actor, Dies at 84
Joe Santos, who starred as Lt. Dennis Becker on James Garner’s “The Rockford Files,” has died at the age of 84. According to TMZ, Santos’ son told the outlet that his father had a heart attack at his home in Los Angeles Wednesday and was put on life support. He subsequently passed away Friday morning in Santa Monica. Santos was nominated for an Emmy in 1979 for his work in “The Rockford Files.” He also starred in “Magnum, P.I.,” “Miami Vice,” “Quantum Leap” and “MacGyver.” Also Read: Larry Drake, Star of 'La Law' and 'Darkman,' Dies at 66 Most recently,
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Larry Drake, ‘L.A. Law’ Actor, Dies At 66

L.A. Law actor Larry Drake died Thursday at his Los Angeles home. He was 66. Larry Drake Dies Drake’s passing was announced by his manager Steven Siebert, according to CNN. Prior to his death, Drake reportedly had been battling some health issues and had been trying to reduce his weight. As of yet, a cause […]

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La Law, Prey: Actor Larry Drake Dies at 66; Farewell, Benny

Actor Larry Drake has died at the age of 66. TMZ reports the actor had been having some weight-related health issues of late, but nothing "terminal" as far his rep could confirm. TMZ says, "Larry was found in his Hollywood home by a friend, who called paramedics around 1:30 Pm. He was pronounced dead at the scene."

Drake's biggest TV role was as Benny Stulwicz on L.A. Law, which ran for 144 episodes over eight seasons on NBC, between 1988 and 1994. He reprised that role in 2002's L.A. Law: The Movie. He also had a series regular role as Dr. Walter Atwood, on ABC's Prey TV series in 1998 (not to be confused with Prey on BBC America). ABC cancelled Drake's Prey, starring Debra Messing, after airing 13 episodes.

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Larry Drake, 'L.A. Law' and 'Darkman' Actor, Passes Away at 66

Larry Drake, 'L.A. Law' and 'Darkman' Actor, Passes Away at 66
Two-time Emmy winner Larry Drake, who portrayed the mentally-challenged Benny Stulwicz on NBC's hit drama series L.A. Law, passed away today at the age of 66. While no cause of death was given, TMZ reports that the actor did have recent health problems pertaining to his weight, but his health issues weren't thought to be terminal. The actor was found in his Hollywood, California home by a friend at approximately 1:30 Pm today.

Larry Drake was born on February 21, 1950 to Lorraine, a homemaker, and Raymond Drake, a drafting engineer for an oil company, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma and originally wanted to be a teacher before studying acting. He landed a variety of small roles throughout the 1970s and 1980s in movies like Date with a Kidnapper and The Karate Kid, and TV shows such as Hardcastle and McCormick and Hunter. In 1987, he landed the role of Benny Stulwicz,
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L.A. Law's Larry Drake Dead at 66

L.A. Law's Larry Drake Dead at 66
Larry Drake, winner of two Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on NBC’s L.A. Law, died Thursday in Los Angeles at the age of 66.

Though an exact cause of death has not yet been released, TMZ reports that Drake was discovered in his home by a friend; paramedics were called and Drake was pronounced dead at the scene.

From 1987 to 1994, Drake portrayed mentally disabled office clerk Benny Stulwicz on L.A. Law, an unforgettable character who earned him back-to-back Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 1988 and 1989. The role also earned Drake three Golden Globe nominations
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Larry Drake Dies: Actor Who Played Benny On ‘L.A. Law’ Was 66

Larry Drake, a prolific actor who won two Emmys for playing the mentally challenged office worker Benny on NBC’s L.A. Law, died today, Deadline has confirmed. He was 66. L.A. Law anchored NBC’s Must-See TV Thursday lineup at 1o Pm for most of its run. Drake joined the show created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fletcher as a recurring in its second season. He was upped to regular for Season 3 in 1988-89 and remained with the show until it ended in 1994. He would…
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