66th Primetime Emmy Awards Winners

Last night, comedian Seth Meyers hosted the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, his quick and witty opening kicked off the first Monday night Emmy awards since 1976. Getting right into the awards with Amy Poehler the first presenter followed by a steady stream of presenters from who’s who of television performers.  Starting the show with many comedy categories kept the first hour quick and light before moving into more dramatic categories. Some of the lighthearted segments aimed at keeping the show entertaining (some more successfully than others) included a Emmy version of “Billy On The Street” with Billy Eichner, an “Emmy Q&A”, Weird Al Yankovic performing adding his version of lyrics to some of today’s TV theme tunes.  The perennial “In Memoriam” segment featured Sara Bareilles performing and Billy Crystal paying tribute to his friend, the recently departed Robin Williams.

Going into the awards HBO lead the networks with 36 nominations followed by FX with 19, for programs The Normal Heart’s 9 nominations were just ahead of American Horror Story: Coven and Fargo’s 8 noms. In the end, Breaking Bad’s 5 Emmy’s were the most by a single program followed by 3 apiece for Sherlock and Modern Family.

The major categories of the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards went to:

Outstanding Comedy Series – Modern Family

Outstanding Drama Series – Breaking Bad

Outstanding Variety Series – The Colbert Report

Outstanding Miniseries – Fargo

Outstanding Television Movie – The Normal Heart

Outstanding Reality – Competition Program – The Amazing Race

Outstanding Lead Actor – Comedy Series – Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Lead Actress – Comedy Series – Julia Louis-Dreyfus for VEEP

Outstanding Lead Actor – Drama Series – Brian Cranston for Breaking Bad

Outstanding Lead Actress – Drama Series – Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife

Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or Movie – Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock

Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or Movie – Jessica Lange for American Horror Story: Coven

Outstanding Supporting Actor – Comedy Series – Ty Burrell for Modern Family

Outstanding Supporting Actress – Comedy Series – Allison Janney for Mom

Outstanding Supporting Actor – Drama Series – Aaron Paul for Breaking Bad

Outstanding Supporting Actress – Drama Series – Anna Gunn for Breaking Bad

Outstanding Supporting Actor – Miniseries or Movie – Martin Freeman for Sherlock

Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or Movie – Kathy Bate for American Horror Story: Coven

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71st Golden Globe Award Winners

The Hollywood glitterati dressed up Sunday night to celebrate Sunday night at the 71th Annual Golden Globes.  Comediennes Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returned to host for a second year. The live broadcast, shown online & NBC, is always lively and unexpected probably due to the drinks that are imbibed by the nominees and guests during the show.  The Golden Globes also kept the audience updated on the Red Carpet and behind the scenes show action via YouTubeInstagramFacebookand Twitter
Since 1944, the Hollywood Foreign Press has been honouring their choices for the best of Movies and Television, covering 25 categories. This year,12 Years A Slave, American Hustle with 7 each and Nebraska with 5 lead the pack of multiple nominated movies going into the night. Behind The Candelabra and House Of Cards lead the television categories with 4 nominations each. As the night closed, movies American Hustle went home with 3 awards and Dallas Buyers Club with 2. In TV newcomer Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Breaking Bad and Behind The Candelabra each took home 2 awards.


Best Motion Picture:
Musical/Comedy – American Hustle
Drama – 12 Years A Slave

Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama:
Actor – Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
Actress – Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine

Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy:
Actor – Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf Of Wall Street
Actress – Amy Adams in American Hustle
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle

Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity

Best Screenplay: Spike Jonze for Her

Best Original Score: Alex Ebert for All Is Lost

Best Original Song: U2 for Ordinary Love from Mandella: Long Walk To Freedom

Best Animated Feature Film: Frozen

Best Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty (Italy)


Best Series:
Musical/Comedy – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Drama –  Breaking Bad
Best Miniseries or TV Film – Behind The Candelabra

Best Performance in a Television Series – Drama:
Actor – Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad
Actress – Robin Wright in House Of Cards

Best Performance in a Television Series – Musical/Comedy:
Actor – Andy Samberg in Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Actress – Amy Poehler in Parks And Recreation

Best Performance in a Miniseries or Television Film:
Actor – Michael Douglas in Behind The Candelabra
Actress – Elizabeth Moss in Top Of The Lake

Best Supporting Performance in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film:
Actor – Jon Voight in Ray Donovan
Actress – Jacqueline Bisset in Dancing OnThe Edge

The Cecil B. DeMille Award, honoring the lifetime achievements of actors and filmmakers was presented to Woody Allen

What’s On Weekend – February 16 – 19, 2012

If you’re not worn out from your Valentine’s Day festivities there’s lots to do

– at Vancouver Art Gallery : Offsite on West Georgia at the Shangri-la Hotel courtyard, until Sept 16th, is a large scale wooden tableau by Kota Ezawa
– within the Vancouver Art Gallery, An Autobiography of our Collection shows a behind the scenes look at how a collection is put together from the Gallery’s permanent collection.
– see the bright lights at MOV: Museum of Vancouver with their ongoing exhibit Neon Vancouver/Ugly Vancouver
– Nina Arsenault’s Silicone Diaries runs until Feb 35th at The Cultch
– Running at The Arts Club Theatre, Stanley Stage, until Feb 26th, is an adaptation of the film Calendar Girls.
– at the Granville Island Stage, The Arts Club Theatre presents Intimate Apparel.

Thursday Feb 16
– legendary American rock band Chicago plays the Red Robinson Show Theatre at Boulevard Casino in Coquitlam
– The Vancouver Comedy Festival kicks off with the Opening Night Gala at The Centre for Performing Arts
– for some evening entertainment, see the male dancers get their “Junk” out at Oasis Ultra Lounge

Friday Feb 17
– The Vancouver Comedy Festival takes over The Orpheum Theatre for an audience with comic legend Carol Burnett
Chicago moves across town to Richmond and play a second show at River Rock Show Theatre
– don’t be late,  Hot Chelle Rae play an early show at Venue
– head late to Oasis for Gay’er Friday with DJ Jeffery Michael

Saturday Feb 18
– everyone’s favourite nonagenarian Betty White spends the Evening with Vancouver Comedy Fest audiences twice, at 7pm and 9:30pm at The Centre for Performing Arts.
– the talented and beautiful Natalie Cole plays the River Rock Show Theatre
– “Who’s Line Is It Anyways?” is the question of the night as the renowned improv show take on the Red Robinson Show Theatre
– it’s opening night at The Cultch for Hunchback, adapted from the novel by Victor Hugo, playing until Mar 10th

Sunday Feb 19
– funny woman Margaret Cho brings the laughs to The Centre for Vancouver ComedyFest
– South African hip-hop group Die Antwoord hit the Commodore Ballroom stage

What’s On Weekend – February 2 – 5, 2012

The beginning of February already?!
Wonder if the Groundhog will see his shadow tomorrow?

– ongoing at Vancouver Art Gallery : Offsite on West Georgia at the Shangri-la Hotel courtyard, until Sept 16th, is a large scale wooden tableau by Kota Ezawa
– see the bright lights at MOV: Museum of Vancouver with their ongoing exhibit Neon Vancouver/Ugly Vancouver
Vancouver Playhouse’s production of the Tony Award winning play Red runs until February 4th.
– wrapping up on Feb 4th, there’s only a few days left to catch a PuSh Festival show
– The Arts Club Theatre & PuSh Festival present Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantana runs until Feb 11th
– also running at The Arts Club Theatre, until Feb 26th, is an adaptation of the film Calendar Girls.

Thursday Feb 2nd
Vancouver Canucks take on Detroit Red Wings at Rogers Arena
– electo-pop group Jakalope plays the Biltmore Theatre
– help get over your winter doldrums, go listen to The Doldrums at The Waldorf Hotel
– – for some evening entertainment, see the male dancers get their “Junk” out at Oasis Ultra Lounge

Friday Feb 3rd
Vancouver Giants play host to Kamloops Blazers at the Pacific Coliseum
The Electric Owl brings Los Campesinos! to their stage
– country star Dwight Yoakam brings a little twang to Boulevard Casino
– start your evening with some entertainment from the great Joan-E and Raye Sunshine at SnapDRAGon at Oasis Ultra Lounge on Davie.
– stay later or return to Oasis for Gay’er Friday with DJ Jeffery Michael

Saturday Feb 4th
– Domo Arigato Mr Roboto! Styx is on stage at the Boulevard Casino
– British singer-songwriter Charlie Winston is at the Commodore Ballroom
Needs, Real Boys & Eeek! are playing at The Biltmore Cabaret
– no, it’s not the Heart song Barracuda but it’s Bearracuda at Five-Sixty

Sunday Feb 5th
– Alt-rockers Wilco are at the Orpheum Theatre

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August: Osage County

August: Osage County – Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage – February 8, 2011

August:Osage CountyOne hot summer meltdown (literally & figuratively) in the life of the Weston Family is portrayed in this Tony award winning play by Tracy Letts.   The story plays out over the course of a swelteringly hot summer in the American South as a large family gathers to deal with love, loss, betrayal and intrigue. Throw in a dash of drugs and drinking to this perfect recipe of dark comedic family angst.

Directed for the Arts Club Theatre Company by award winning director/actress Janet Wright (Corner Gas) this production features a large ensemble of seasoned actors who bring this family to life…larger than life at times.  The two female leads bring some truly scenery chewing moments to the stage in the, often loud, battle of wits between matriarch and eldest daughter.  A couple of the characters seemed a bit underwhelming in the shadow of the great force of the leads but overall the cast was solid throughout.  The amazing set, bringing an entire three story house on to the stage, was almost another character as the family’s sense of ‘home’ was questioned throughout the play. Without the solid set to ground the play in reality it may have slipped closer to being a farce. Instead we get to peak into this family’s dramatic unravelling and feel for the characters instead of just laughing at them…although there are many moments of dark laughter throughout the memorable 3 hour performance.

If you are able to see this play live do it now, then you have something to compare the inevitable film version.   You can very much see this play being perfect for a screen adaptation and a movie version is in development.  The latest news is Meryl Streep and Julie Roberts are due to begin filming in March 2011. Let’s wait and see!

Don Quixote – Arts Club Theatre Company

Opening Nights at the theatre are full of anticipation; will you like it, will it be boring, will it be… Even more so when you’re seeing a new work as we did last night at The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Granville Island Stage. 
Don Quixote is a collarboration between The Arts Club, Centaur and Axis Theatre Companies. This comedic adaptation by Colin Heath and Peter Anderson of Cervantes classic tome also stars Peter Anderson as the title character.
With inventive sets and costumes, especially the masks by Melody Anderson, take us from a simple stage out into the Spanish countryside or within a castle walls.
Having not read the orginal work I can’t say how true to the story this play followed but it obviously took some liberties as they began to play the dialogue for laughs.  Colin Heath told us, at the Artistic Directors Circle, he found his ‘angle’ in the second volume of the original work, written after the exploits told in the first book have made ‘Don Quixote’ famous throughout Spain, taking the point of view of a story within a story or play within a play in this case.  
The writing, unfortunately, left me a bit wanting, I felt unsure exactly what this play was trying to be, as it wandered from a period drama to buddy/road trip comedy to pantomime, never quite resonating on any level. There seemed to be plenty of laughs from the audience but some of them came very cheaply via out of place toilet humour. Maybe I’m being overly critical but I don’t think I was completely alone in feeling unsatisfied.  
The producers have developed a good structure for this play but still could use a bit more time refining the writing to have a hit.  Afterall, not all plays begin life as an instant ‘classic’ and thanksfully we have companies like The Arts Club Theatre that allow playwrites and producers a place to nurture new works and new ideas.