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No ‘Veep’ sweep: Julia Louis-Dreyfus suffers her first Emmy loss for the show at the hands of Phoebe Waller-Bridge

No ‘Veep’ sweep: Julia Louis-Dreyfus suffers her first Emmy loss for the show at the hands of Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Julia Louis-Dreyfus had been defeated. Phoebe Waller-Bridge handed the “Veep” star her first loss ever for the series at Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards with an upset win for Best Comedy Actress.

Waller-Bridge had already won Best Comedy Writing earlier in the evening for “Fleabag,” which also won Best Comedy Directing for Harry Bradbeer — a sign of things to come.

The loss means Louis-Dreyfus won’t go 7/7 for “Veep.” She won for the first six seasons before the show took an hiatus last year for the star’s breast cancer treatment, opening the door for Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) to win.

See 2019 Emmys: Full list of winners in all 27 categories

Louis-Dreyfus also won’t break the tie she currently shares with Cloris Leachman as the most awarded primetime performers. Besides her seven wins for “Veep,” Louis-Dreyfus has one Best Comedy Actress Emmy for “The New Adventures of Old Christine
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus (‘Veep’): ‘It has been the ride of a lifetime!’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus (‘Veep’): ‘It has been the ride of a lifetime!’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“It has been the ride of a lifetime!,” declares Julia Louis-Dreyfus when looking back over seven seasons of playing Selina Meyer on HBO’s hit Emmy-winning comedy “Veep,” which aired its series finale back in May of this year. “The hardest part of saying goodbye to ‘Veep’ has been saying goodbye to all of these people who I adore,” the actress admits. “It was a crushing last week doing that finale. As a group, we barely got through it, it was just tears and tears for days.” Watch the exclusive video interview with Louis-Dreyfus above.

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Louis-Dreyfus explains that shooting the series finale was an emotional time, not only for her but for the entire cast and crew. “When anybody has their last scene, everybody showed up. Not only cast, but crew and producers and writers. It was a huge turn out for each single person,” she reveals.
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Will Showtime’s Roger Ailes Miniseries ‘The Loudest Voice’ Spark More Tell-Alls?

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Will Showtime’s Roger Ailes Miniseries ‘The Loudest Voice’ Spark More Tell-Alls?
Roger Ailes in 1996 supervised the launch of a multibillion-dollar business few people thought would ever get off the ground. In 2019 he may have a posthumous hand in instigating something equally complex: a ripped-from-the-headlines drama about the media industry, complete with portrayals of people who still help make it run.

If that foray is successful, plenty of similar stories are waiting in the wings.

Ailes, who died in 2017, oversaw the debut and massive growth of Fox News Channel, a creation that both admirers and detractors acknowledge has changed the face of U.S. politics and news. On June 30, Showtime debuts miniseries “The Loudest Voice,” a warts-and-all account of Ailes’ early days building the outlet — and his later years, when former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson’s accusations of sexual harassment forced the network’s parent company to oust him, and sparked a spate of unsavory revelations about internal culture at media
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Larry “Flash” Jenkins Dies: Actor, Director And Producer For Five Decades Was 63

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Larry “Flash” Jenkins, who had a long career as an actor, writer and producer, died Thursday of an apparent heart attack in Los Angeles. He was 63.

Among his most memorable roles was a parking garage attendant who goes joyriding in the vintage Ferrari owned by Cameron’s dad in the 1980s classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,

Born on Long Island, NY, in 1955, Jenkins appeared frequently as.a student on the TV show The White Shadow. He went on to appear in such shows as M*A*S*H, Lou Grant, Bay City Blues, Finder of Lost Loves, among many others.

He worked steadily as a character actor, and then transitioned into producing and directing. His resume includes gospel titles such as Marriage Vows and House of Grace.

He also operated two production companies, Flashworks Productions and Gold Coast Productions.

Survivors include his son, Jeffrey. No memorial plans have been announced.
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Emmy Predictions 2019: Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Emmy Predictions 2019: Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Last Year’s Winner: Thandie Newton, “Westworld

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: In the last 20 years, there have only been three repeat winners in this category: Anna Gunn for “Breaking Bad” (2013 – 2014), Blythe Danner for “Huff” (2005 – 2006), and Allison Janney for “The West Wing” (2000 – 2001). Nancy Marchand is the only actress to win Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in three consecutive years: between 1980 and 1982 for playing Margaret Pynchon in “Lou Grant.” She also won in 1978 for the same role, which is the most of any actor ever.

Fun Fact: 2018 wasn’t the only year the Emmys nominated seven actresses in the supporting actress category. In 1992, Valerie Mahaffey (“Northern Exposure”), Mary Alice (“I’ll Fly Away”), Barbara Barrie (“Law & Order”), Conchata Ferrell (“L.A. Law”), Cynthia Geary (“Northern Exposure”), Marg Helgenberger (“China Beach”), and Kay Lenz (“Reasonable Doubts”) were all up for the Emmy, and each performer represented a broadcast network. In 2018, none were.
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Richard Erdman Dies: Veteran Character Actor In Film, TV Was 93

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Richard Erdman Dies: Veteran Character Actor In Film, TV Was 93
Richard Erdman, a film and TV actor who made a long career as an affable sidekick and character actor, has died. He was 93 and no cause of death was given.

An Oklahoma native, Erdman was the consummate secondary player. His venues ranged from the original Twilight Zone, where he played a man with a timepiece that could freeze the world, to Fred Zinneman’s The Men, where he played an easy-going paralyzed veteran who helps Marlon Brando adjust to life as a paraplegic.

Other notable roles by Erdman included his stint as an alcoholic ex-Marine in Cry Danger, and Billy Wilder’s Stalag 17, where he played a barracks chief.

Erdman moved to Los Angeles in 1941, enrolling in Hollywood High School. He was offered a Warner Bros. contract and appeared in Mr. Skeffington and later as Scooper Nolan in Janie (1944). He made 30 films at Warners, including an appearance in The Time of Your Life
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Richard Erdman, Actor in ‘Community,’ ‘Twilight Zone,’ Dies at 93

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Richard Erdman, Actor in ‘Community,’ ‘Twilight Zone,’ Dies at 93
Character actor Richard Erdman, known to contemporary audiences as perpetual student Leonard on “Community,” who also had significant roles for more than seven decades in movies and TV shows such as “The Twilight Zone” and “Stalag 17,” has died. He was 93.

His friend, film historian Alan K. Rode, reported his death on Twitter.

On “Community,” Erdman was one of a group of elderly students, known as the “Hipsters” for their hip replacements, who was often told to “Shut up, Leonard!”

“Community” star Joel McHale paid tribute to Erdman on Twitter. “Such a good & funny man. We’ll miss you ‘Leonard,'” he said.

Fellow “Community” actor Yvette Nicole Brown also took to Twitter, writing, “I knew the day we’d have to say goodbye to this lovely man would come sooner than any of us were ready. But knowing that doesn’t make it any easier. #RichardErdman was Joy walking.
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Community's Richard Erdman, Who Played Leonard, Dead at 93

Community's Richard Erdman, Who Played Leonard, Dead at 93
Richard Erdman, best known to TV audiences for his recurring role on Community, died on Saturday at the age of 93.

Erdman played octogenarian Greendale student Leonard, who was first introduced in the fifth episode of Season 1, “Advanced Criminal Law.” He’d go on to appear in 53 episodes throughout all six seasons of the NBC-turned-Yahoo sitcom, which ran from 2009-2015.

It was revealed in the Season 6 premiere that Leonard had attended Greendale since 1975. Erdman’s scenes typically involved the elderly student cracking wise at the expense of Jeff and the study group, before one of them fired back and said,
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'Stargate' Actor Carmen Argenziano Dead at 75

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'Stargate' Actor Carmen Argenziano Dead at 75
Carmen Argenziano -- who's perhaps best known from "Stargate Sg-1" -- has died ... TMZ has learned.  Argenziano passed away Sunday, according to his personal appearance agency, Event Horizon Talent. His agent, who books him for conventions, confirms to TMZ that Argenziano had, in fact, died ... but the circumstances of his death remain unclear for now.  The Pennsylvania-born actor has starred in tons of TV shows and movies over the course of his 5-decade career, including "The Rockford Files,
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Will Sterling K. Brown (‘This Is Us’) win back-to-back Golden Globes, or is this finally Milo Ventimiglia’s year?

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Will Sterling K. Brown (‘This Is Us’) win back-to-back Golden Globes, or is this finally Milo Ventimiglia’s year?
Last year Sterling K. Brown went on an awards sweep for NBC’s “This Is Us,” taking home the Emmy, SAG Award and Golden Globe for his role as family man Randall Pearson. With the Golden Globe nominations just around the corner, Brown is predicted to hear his name called again for Best TV Drama Actor, but he’ll likely be joined this year by co-star Milo Ventimiglia. Amazing, Ventimiglia has yet to be recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association despite starring in everything from “Gilmore Girls” to “Heroes.” Might this finally be his year?

See A ‘This Is Us’ Golden Globes snub might yield another broadcast-less Best Drama Series lineup

Ventimiglia portrays Randall’s adoptive father Jack Pearson on NBC’s family drama, with much of the first half of Season 3 focusing on his early courtship with Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and exploring his service during Vietnam. Since the
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Peggy McCay Dead at 90

Peggy McCay, who played Caroline Brady on Days of our Lives for over 30 years, died on October 7 of natural causes. She was 90.

Her Days co-star and close friend Deidre Hall made the announcement on Facebook, writing: "Our dearest Peggy McCay has left us. She was a friend, an activist and a real scrapper!!

I remember meeting her at the bedside of a dear, very ill friend. I backed her up as she ferociously took on doctors and nurses to make sure he had the very best care. She fought that hard for all her causes. Passionate and tireless. And how she loved being 'Caroline'!!"

McCay studied with Lew Strasberg in New York and later assisted in setting up his west coast acting studio, which was attended by such luminaries as Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Paul Newman.

From 1951 to 1955 McCay starred on CBS soap opera Love of Life as Vanessa Dale,
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Peggy McCay Dies: ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Star Was 90

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Peggy McCay Dies: ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Star Was 90
Peggy McCay, who starred as Caroline Brady on the NBC soap Days of Our Lives for 35 years, died Sunday of natural causes. She was 90. McCay’s co-star and close friend Deidre Hall confirmed the news on Facebook.

McCay appeared on scores of TV shows throughout her decades-long career. She originated the role of Vanessa Dale on the CBS soap opera Love of Life (1951–1955), but it was her portrayal of family matriarch Caroline Brady on Days for which she is best known. McCay joined the cast in 1983 and was nominated four times for a Daytime Emmy for the role, most recently in 2016. Her final episode on the show aired August 24, 2016.

McCay won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a drama series for The Trials of Rosie O’Neill, and earned a Primetime Emmy nomination for a guest role as Mrs. Carruthers on Cagney & Lacey. McCay’s other TV credits include Maverick,
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Emmy episode analysis: Ann Dowd (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’) rings the bell in ‘June’

Emmy episode analysis: Ann Dowd (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’) rings the bell in ‘June’
Ann Dowd finally received the recognition she long deserved last year when she won the Emmy for Best Drama Supporting Actress for her memorable performance as Aunt Lydia on Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” For her second consecutive Emmy nomination she went with the Season 2 opener “June.”

The series picked up where it left off with the handmaids rounded up and forced to endure a fake hanging. Aunt Lydia then makes her grand appearance — if you’re a villain this is how you make an entrance! As she’s punishing the handmaids by making them hold rocks in the rain she learns that Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is pregnant. She demands the ladies join her in chanting, “Praise Be!­­”

SEEHow to watch Drama Supporting Actress Emmy episodes for Alexis Bledel, Millie Bobby Brown, Ann Dowd, Lena Headey, Vanessa Kirby, Thandie Newton, Yvonne Strahovski

After quickly ushering Offred inside to change,
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Patrick Williams, Emmy-Winning TV Composer, Dies at 79

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Patrick Williams, Emmy-Winning TV Composer, Dies at 79
Patrick Williams, who was best-known for his Emmy-winning television music but who was also a renowned and Grammy-winning big-band jazz leader and arranger, died Wednesday morning of complications from cancer at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 79.

Williams was among the most versatile composers of his generation, earning an Oscar nomination, four Emmys and two Grammys during more than 50 years of music-making in New York and Los Angeles.

In the middle of his most prolific period, scoring music for TV including “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Bob Newhart Show” and “The Streets of San Francisco,” he was also nominated for the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in music for his groundbreaking “An American Concerto” (1976) for jazz quartet and symphony orchestra.

He scored nearly 50 films, often memorable scores for movies that were not big hits, including “Casey’s Shadow,” “The Cheap Detective” and “Cuba” in the 1970s; “Used Cars,
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Could Miguel Ferrer earn a posthumous Emmy nomination for ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’?

Could Miguel Ferrer earn a posthumous Emmy nomination for ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’?
Could Miguel Ferrer become a posthumous Emmy nominee for “Twin Peaks: The Return”? The veteran character actor died of throat cancer in January 2017 after he shot the Showtime revival, in which he reprised his role as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield. The TV academy often rewards stars who have died with nominations for their final performances, so could Ferrer compete for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor? Despite a long list of TV credits including “The Stand” (1994), “Crossing Jordan” (2001-2007), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (2012-2017) and many more, he never earned an Emmy nomination during his lifetime.

Ferrer first appeared in the original “Twin Peaks” in a recurring role as an abrasive and sarcastic FBI forensics specialist assisting Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in his murder investigation in the title town. And he also appeared in the 1992 prequel film “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.” The 18-episode limited run in 2017 found him
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Will Tony Shalhoub (‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’) and Laurie Metcalf (‘Roseanne’) win Emmys after Tony victories?

The Tony Awards just toasted the best productions and performers of the past Broadway season, and in a few weeks two of the big winners there — Tony Shalhoub and Laurie Metcalf — may find themselves feted with nominations for Emmy Awards, too.

Shalhoub, who is a strong contender at the Emmys for the Amazon comedy series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” took home his first Tony Award his leading role in the musical “The Band’s Visit.” Metcalf, who is in the running at the Emmys for reprising her award-winning role on the reboot of sitcom “Roseanne,” claimed her second consecutive Tony this year for her brilliant performance in Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women.”

See 2018 Tony Awards: Complete list of winners (and nominees) in all 26 categories

According to Gold Derby’s current combined odds, Shalhoub is on the cusp of a nomination for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series behind Sean Hayes
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Ed Asner Hosts Star-Studded Charity Poker Tournament

The 2017 Ed Asner and Friend Poker Tournament for the Autism Society was sold out and a huge success raising in excess of $140,000 in much needed funds for The Autism Society, it was announced by Director of Corporate Development Matt Asner.

Ed Asner at Celebrity Poker Tournament

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Emmy-winning actor and autism advocate Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant, “Up”), who has a son and grandson on the autism spectrum, hosted the event and was joined by Emmy-winning actress Rosie O'Donnell (The View), Thomas Gibson (Criminal Minds), Lou Diamond Phillips (Longmire), Patricia Heaton (The Middle), Drake Bell (Drake & Josh) and among many others. The poker tournament took place on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the Haworth Los Angeles Showroom in Dtla.

Other celebrity friends who played a hand and supported the cause included Michael McKean, Ed Begley Jr., Elizabeth J. Carlisle, Matthew Modine, Randy Rainbow, Roger Cross,
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Blue Sunshine (1978)

Weird is a very comfortable word in Jeff Lieberman’s lexicon. From the night crawler nastiness of Squirm (1976) to his mountaintop massacre Just Before Dawn (1981), his films are always a little left of the norm and all the better for it. And in between those two, he decided to take a run at a paranoia thriller nursing a major ‘60s hangover, pulsating with psychotic, Kojakian ex hippies. Welcome to Blue Sunshine (1978), a film more potent than the brown acid your great uncle said he took at Woodstock. (Although he probably wasn’t even there.)

Released Stateside in May (after a stop across the pond at the BFI the previous November) by Cinema Shares International (the fine folks behind Soul Brothers of Kung Fu), Blue Sunshine’s limited run and puzzled looks from critics saw it quickly fade away into cultdom, where it resided for decades with Lieberman’s other films
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Exclusive Portraits, Audio: Ed Asner, TV Icon & Character Actor

Chicago – When Mary Tyler Moore passed away in January, it was another reminder of her groundbreaking 1970s TV series “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” One of her co-stars – who portrayed bossman Lou Grant, and made his own mark in TV and movies thereafter – was Ed Asner. The actor appeared at “The Hollywood Show.”

Ed Asner at The Hollywood Show in March of 2017

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Edward Asner was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He began his acting career in the Army, touring in plays while in the Signal Corp. He attended the University of Chicago, and joined an early version of The Second City troupe, the Playwrights Theatre Company of Chicago (Asner is considered a Second City alumni). He was a consummate character actor in the 1960s, appearing in such diverse series as “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Route 66,” “The Untouchables,” “The Outer Limits,
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Springtime in L.A.: The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival

Springtime in L.A.: The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival
Opening in Beverly Hills on April 26 and continuing to May 3, the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival will showcase contemporary and classic films highlighting the best in Jewish Cinema.Of the 27 films showing, 14 are Los Angeles premieres. One World Premiere, one North American Premiere and one U.S. Premiere make for some great discoveries.

An opportunity for film lovers to celebrate the rich tapestry of Jewish history, Jewish heritage and Jewish characters, the Opening Night Red Carpet Reception at Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills evening will honor one of the entertainment industry’s most beloved figures, Ed Asner, with the Los Angeles premiere of the documentary “My Friend Ed”, directed by Sharon Baker and executive produced by Liza Asner.

For his distinguished body of work as an actor, and for his relentless commitment to activism and to preserving Jewish life.

Ed Asner

You know him best as Lou Grant,
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