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Nominees for the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards

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Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul, AMC

Downton Abbey, PBS

Game of Thrones, HBO

Homeland, Showtime

House of Cards, Netflix

Mad Men, AMC

Orange Is the New Black, Netflix

Outstanding Comedy Series

Louis, FX

Modern Family, ABC

Parks and Recreation, NBC

Silicon Valley, HBO

Transparent, Amazon

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Netflix

Veep, HBO

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Kyle Chandler, Bloodline

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

William H. Macy, Shameless

Louis C.K., Louie

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Taraji P. Henson, Empire

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder

Claire Danes, Homeland

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul

Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

Michael Kelly, House of Cards

Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele

Adam Driver, Girls

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Tony Hale, Veep

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Niecy Nash, Getting On

Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent

Allison Janney, Mom

Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Jane Krakowski, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Outstanding Limited Series

American Crime, ABC

American Horror Story: Freak Show, FX

The Honorable Woman, Sundance

Olive Kitteridge, HBO

Wolf Hall, PBS

 

Outstanding Television Movie

“Agatha Christie’s Poirot” Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case, Acorn

Bessie, HBO

Grace of Monaco, Lifetime

Hello Ladies: The Movie, HBO

Killing Jesus, National Geographic

Nightingale, HBO

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie

David Oyelowo, Nightingale

Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Timothy Hutton, American Crime

Adrien Brody, Houdini

Ricky Gervais, Derek: The Final Chapter

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie

Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Queen Latifah, Bessie

Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Emma Thompson, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (Live From Lincoln Center)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie

Richard Cabral, American Crime

Denise O’Hare, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Finn Wittrock, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Michael Kenneth Williams, Bessie

Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge

Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie

Regina King, American Crime

Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Mo’Nique, Bessie

Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Zoe Kazan, Olive Kitteridge

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

The Colbert Report, Comedy Central

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Comedy Central

Jimmy Kimmel Live!, ABC

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, HBO

The Late Show With David Letterman, CBS

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, NBC

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

Drunk History, Comedy Central

Inside Amy Schumer, Comedy Central

Key & Peele, Comedy Central

Portlandia, IFC

Saturday Night Live, NBC

 

Outstanding Reality Competition Series

The Amazing Race, CBS

Dancing With the Stars, ABC

Project Runway, Lifetime

So You Think You Can Dance, Fox

Top Chef, Bravo

The Voice, NBC

Outstanding Structured Reality Program

Antiques Roadshow, PBS

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Food Network

MythBusters, Discovery

Property Brothers, HGTV

Shark Tank, ABC

Undercover Boss, CBS

 

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

Alaska: The Last Frontier, Discovery

Deadliest Catch, Discovery

Intervention, A&E

Million Dollar Listing New York, Bravo

Naked & Afraid, Discovery Channel

Wahlburgers, A&E

Outstanding Reality Host

Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night

Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway

Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance

Anthony Bourdain, The Taste

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Paul Giamatti, Inside Amy Schumer

Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live

Mel Brooks, The Comedians

Bradley Whitford, Transparent

Jon Hamm, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Gaby Hoffmann, Girls

Pamela Adlon, Louie

Elizabeth Banks, Modern Family

Joan Cusack, Shameless

Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory

Tina Fey, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

F. Murray Abraham, Homeland

Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards

Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex

Pablo Schreiber, Orange Is the New Black

Alan Alda, The Blacklist

Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife

 

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones

Rachel Brosnahan, House of Cards

Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder

Allison Janney, Masters of Sex

Khandi Alexander, Scandal

Margot Martindale, The Americans

Outstanding Variety Special

Bill Maher: Live From D.C., HBO

Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store, LouisCK.net

Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen, HBO

The Kennedy Center Honors, CBS

The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special, NBC

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE!, PBS

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

Louis C.K., Louie, “Sleepover”

Mike Judge, Silicon Valley, “Sand Hill Shuffle”

Phil Lord and Chris Miller, The Last Man on Earth, “Alive in Tucson (Pilot)”

Jill Soloway, Transparent, “Best New Girl”

Armando Iannucci, Veep, “Testimony”

 

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, Episodes, “Episode 409”

Louis C.K., Louie, “Bobbie’s House”

Alec Berg, Silicon Valley, “Two Days of the Condor”

Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth, “Alive in Tucson (Pilot)”

Jill Soloway, Transparent, “Pilot”

Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche, Veep, “Election Night”

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Tim Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire, “Eldorado”

Jeremy Podeswa, Game of Thrones, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”

David Nutter, Game of Thrones, “Mother’s Mercy”

Lesli Linka Glatter, Homeland, “From A to B and Back Again”

Steven Soderbergh, The Knick, “Method and Madness”

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Gordon Smith, Better Caul Saul, “Five-O”

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones, “Mother’s Mercy”

Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner, Mad Men, “Lost Horizon”

Matthew Weiner, Mad Men, “Person to Person”

Joshua Brand, The Americans, “Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?”

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Frogfathers lessons from the Normandy surf

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Frog Fathers: Lessons from the Normandy Surf” is a deeply moving documentary directed by Bob Whitney, narrated by John C McGinley, and presented by World of Warships and FORCE BLUE. It chronicles the journey of four Navy SEAL veterans revisiting the site of the D-Day landings to honor their forefathers and gain a deeper understanding of the sacrifices made during World War II.

The film’s strength lies in its raw emotional impact and historical significance. It blends personal narratives with archival footage, offering a poignant tribute to the bravery and resilience of those who fought on June 6, 1944. The veterans’ reflections and the cinematography effectively capture the solemnity and reverence of their pilgrimage.

While the documentary focuses primarily on the veterans’ experiences, it also serves as an educational tool, highlighting the strategic importance of the Normandy invasion and its pivotal role in shaping modern history. The film’s respectful approach and engaging storytelling make it a compelling watch for anyone interested in military history and the enduring legacy of the D-Day heroes.

Overall, “Frog Fathers” is a powerful and heartfelt documentary that honors the past while inspiring present and future generations to remember the sacrifices made for freedom 

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American Horror Story: Delicate

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As most of us are already aware, the 12th Season of AHS has been fraught with all kinds of differences to the previous seasons, mainly in that this is the first one to be based entirely off a novel, ‘Delicate Condition’ by Danielle Valentine. The first half of the season aired in October 2023 to mediocre reviews, while the SAG-AFTRA strike caused production and airing delays for the latter half of the season, and the episodes of Part 2 were all cut to less than an hour long apiece. And none of that is even getting into the disjointed attempt at storytelling for Season 12, so let’s dive into this! 

Meet Anna Victoria Alcott (Emma Roberts), former young ling star of Hollywood now struggling to recapture fame as an adult, who wants a baby, very very badly. Bad enough to drive herself and her husband Dex (Matt Czuchry) through multiple unsuccessful rounds of IVF (in-vitro fertilization), bad enough to keep trying no matter how crushing each failure turns out to be, bad enough to involve her purported best friend and bougie publicist Siobhan Corbyn (Kim Kardashian) in her struggles, and maybe, just maybe, bad enough to give up on a burgeoning resurgence of her career after interest in her comeback role for The Auteur begins garnering her Oscar-worthy attention. 

So, Anna and Dex are going to go through yet another round of IVF, likely one of their last attempts at it, from a different doctor, Dr. Andrew Hill (Denis O’Hare), and clinic based on Siobhan’s recommendation. And already, strange things are beginning to happen to Anna – her appointments that she set herself begin springing up incorrectly, a doom saying woman called Preacher (Julia White) shows up spouting warnings about trusting no one, dire warnings appear in unlikely places, and BTW, it seems as though long-suffering but good-nurtured Dex has a side-piece too. It doesn’t help that Dex’s new partner at his art gallery, Sonia Shawcross (Annabelle Dexter-Jones), bears a striking resemblance to his dead ex-wife Adeline, either. Those spiked emerald heels start appearing weirdly too, and it seems as though no one will listen to Anna as she grows more and more suspicious that some sort of sinister cult has designs on her as-yet-unborn baby. At the same time, Anna tries to live the life of a successful returning actress, attending parties and gallery openings while draping her rapidly-expanding middle in shimmering fabrics and actively ‘campaigning’ for that little golden statue that most actors covet. Competition is fierce, even among her co-stars of The Auteur, and while Anna wants to be supportive of her fellow entertainers, she clearly appears to be incapable of doing both at the same time – wanting the baby and the little gold award at the same time is too much to ask, apparently. 

Elsewhere, mostly in the past, various women in states of desperation formed from one situation or another are visited by sinister-looking women in prim black dresses, headgear reminiscent of – to me anyway – an odd cross betwixt birds and bunnies, my guess is an ostensive nod to fertility in general, and a general feeling of blood-bound witchery about them at critical moments of crossroad choices. 

Though the second half of the season moves a good deal faster than the first, the attempts at callbacks and reminder flashes to Part 1 hit with all the impact of a dropped bag of garbage onto their friends Talia’s (Julia Canfield) borrowed bougie kitchen floor – splat, into incomprehensible silence, from all parties, both characters and audience, concerned. Even the reminders that, in Part 1 of Delicate Dex’s mother Virginia Harding (Debra Monk) did indeed have perfectly valid memories of abuse at the hands of a black cult and Dex’s own father Dex Sr. (Reed Birney), the revelation pales and peels away in the face of Dex’s true parentage. 

Which brings us back around full circle kinda sorta, to the only real character worth a damn in this entire miserable season of strange feminism and aspirations of world domination through a kind of idiotic Rosemary’s Baby nightmare scenario, we should have known she’d steal the show when Kardashian was cast for it, Siobhan Corbyn, leader of the blood cult her high and mighty (old) self. Throughout the whole show her character has remained exactly the same, and it’s a wonder Anna can stare at her all stupefied while Siobhan does her villain speech at the end of the last episode. Siobhan never masked her ambition or greed, her mysterious protective vibe and even deep love for Anna, and can always be counted on to have secret plans of her own, already in motion, bitch. 

The idea that Anna herself was used as a surrogate for Siobhan and her incestuous eugenicist plans, plus the sweet little demon baby she just birthed, has an ironic the-world-is-tilting-the-wrong-way kind of witchy madness to it. Sure, Anna really can have it all, the baby and the golden statue, if only she joins the patriarchy-crushing cabal of blood witches with world domination plans, got it. 

I have questions, or I would have, but things are moving on and Anna is being saved by … Dex’s dead ex, Adaline the former member of the coven right okay her, she’s going to show back up and offer Anna a simple chant to Hestia her patron Goddess, and that is somehow enough to deal with Siobhan entirely – poof. And finally, after all that rigamarole, decades of planning and scheming and witchy plotting finally settled, Anna really can have it all as a White Witch of Hollywood, heaven help us, with her perfectly human baby and that damned little golden statue, clutched in an only slightly desperate grip. 

As with any season of AHS there are a great deal of statements that could be implied just under the skin of the season – the canker way of ambition, the millenia-old pain of a woman giving birth, the savagery and bloodshed that comes with bringing forth life, pushback against both the patriarchy and ultra-feminism, the absolute desperation of humans wanting to have a child, and perhaps strangest and most open to interpretation of all, what it means to be feminine. The worlds population of women who can’t or don’t or simply won’t have children, for any reason or none, are relegated to servants, expendable servants at that, for this new world order that Siobhan is proposing, and that is far too close a comfort to things like outright slavery. A dictator is a dictator, no matter how great she looks in those emerald spiked heels. 

It’s not the really beautiful grotesquerie that Ryan Murphy and his AHS gang are often known for, nor is it utterly terrible and should be burned at the stake. What Delicate should be, is put back together with missing and cut footage, an hour long per episode again come on folks, fleshed some more of Siobhan’s baby-stealing adventures in the past and given us an actual reason to like anything about the whiny Anna, at least the Part 2 we as longtime AHS fans deserve. Toss in some more spidery hijinks! Give us the actual origin of those weird feather bunny-ear headdresses! 

American Horror Story Delicate the whole season can be seen on FX! 

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Jurassic Park: Unraveling the Mystery in a World Gone Prehistoric!

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Hold onto your hats, dino fans! The highly anticipated sequel to the adrenaline-pumping Camp Cretaceous saga is here, and it’s taking us on a wild ride six years in the making. Following the harrowing events of Camp Cretaceous, our beloved “Nublar Six” are back, but they’re not out of the woods just yet. In fact, they’re about to plunge headfirst into a world where dinosaurs roam freely alongside dangerous humans, and trust us when we say, it’s a Jurassic jungle out there!

Picture this: a world where survival isn’t just about avoiding sharp-toothed predators but also navigating the treacherous waters of human greed and deceit. As our resilient heroes reunite in the aftermath of a heart-wrenching tragedy, they quickly realize that danger lurks around every corner, and trust is a luxury they can’t afford. 

But wait, there’s more! Prepare to embark on a globetrotting adventure like no other as the Nublar Six find themselves thrust into the heart of a conspiracy that threatens not only the fragile balance between dinosaurs and humanity but also their very existence. From the lush jungles of Isla Nublar to the bustling streets of bustling cities, buckle up for a rollercoaster ride of epic proportions as our intrepid group races against time to uncover the truth about one of their own and, ultimately, save both dinosaur and humankind from certain doom.

So, dear readers, if you thought you’d seen it all in Jurassic Park, think again! With heart-stopping action, pulse-pounding suspense, and jaw-dropping revelations, this latest installment promises to be a game-changer in the Jurassic universe. Get ready to roar with excitement because Jurassic Park: Unraveling the Mystery is about to take a bite out of your imagination and leave you hungry for more!

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