EMMYS: Big Little Lies Wins Big
Women ruled the 69th annual Emmy Awards Sunday night.
Big Little Lies led with five wins. In accepting the award for best limited series, executive producer and star Reese Witherspoon said it’s been “an incredible year for women in television and women getting to tell their own stories.”
The feminist dystopia tale The Handmaid’s Tale took home four Emmys, including best drama series and best drama actress for Elisabeth Moss. Her acceptance speech was notable for two F-bombs.
Two other women made history. Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus was named best comedy actress for a sixth year in a row. That's the most Emmys won by a single performer for one role. And Lena Waithe (Master of None) became the first African-American woman to win for comedy writing.
Donald Glover also made history as the first African-American to win for best comedy director and picked up the award for best comedy actor.
Saturday Night Live capped off its big season with a big night at the Emmys. The show won four awards, including best variety sketch series and best supporting actor in a comedy series for Alec Baldwin's Trump impersonation.
In his opening monologue, host Stephen Colbert did what he does best -- make fun of the president. He called Trump "the biggest TV star of the last year," and stunned the audience with a surprise guest: former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and his infamous podium. Spicey insisted that “this will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period, both in person and around the world.”
- Drama Series: The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
- Comedy Series: Veep (HBO)
- Limited Series: Big Little Lies (HBO)
- Television Movie: Black Mirror: San Junipero (Netflix)
- Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: John Lithgow (The Crown)
- Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Kate McKinnon(Saturday Night Live)
- Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Laura Dern (Big Little Lies)
- Directing for a Comedy Series: Donald Glover (Atlanta)
- Variety Sketch Series: Saturday Night Live (NBC)
- Writing for a Drama Series: Bruce Miller (The Handmaid’s Tale)
- Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live)
- Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special: Jean-Marc Vallee (Big Little Lies)
- Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies)
- Writing for a Variety Series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
- Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)
- Writing for a Comedy Series: Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe (Master of None)
- Reality Competition: The Voice (NBC)
- Directing for a Drama Series: Reed Morano (The Handmaid’s Tale)
- Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama: Charlie Brooker (Black Mirror: San Junipero)
- Directing for a Variety Series: Don Roy King (Saturday Night Live)
- Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
- Comedy Actor: Donald Glover (Atlanta)
- Comedy Actress: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
- Limited Series Actor: Riz Ahmed (The Night Of)
- Limited Series Actress: Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies)
- Drama Actor: Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
- Drama Actress: Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Harry Dean Stanton, the legendary character actor best known for Twin Peaks, Pretty in Pink and Repo Man, died of natural causes Friday in Los Angeles. He was 91.
Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, the longtime wrestling manager and announcer, died on Sunday. He was 73.
Pamela Anderson has written an open letter to Kim Kardashian, urging the reality star to stop wearing fur. The model writes, “You know I love you, and you can be a hero for animals as well as a great example to all your beautiful followers by swearing off fur. Please do the right thing."
Freeform has cancelled Stitchers after three seasons.
1. It - $60 million
2. American Assassin - $14.8 million
3. Mother! - $7.5 million
4. Home Again - $5.3 million
5. The Hitman's Bodyguard - $3.6 million
It has stayed afloat the weekend box office. The horror flick has earned $60 million between Friday and Sunday, making it the number-one movie for two straight weeks. Its 10-day total stands at $218.7 million.
The thriller American Assassin opened in second with $14.8 million, while the Jennifer Lawrence psychological thriller Mother! bombed, debuting in third with only $7.5 million.
Home Again dropped from second to fourth with $5.3 million
LADY GAGA: Cancels European Tour
Lady Gaga will not tour Europe this month.
Early Monday morning, she tweeted a joint statement with tour promoter Live Nation. It read in part, (quote) "Lady Gaga is suffering from severe physical pain that has impacted her ability to perform. She remains under the care of expert medical professionals who recommended the postponement."
The European leg of the Joanne World Tour will be pushed to early next year.
Gaga canceled last weekend's Rock In Rio performance due to complications from fibromyalgia, a painful condition that causes muscle aches, extreme fatigue and insomnia.
And The Hitman's Bodyguard went from third to fifth with $3.6 million.
U2, ED SHEERAN: St. Louis Concerts Canceled
St. Louis concerts by U2 and Ed Sheeran this weekend were canceled over fears that local police and security personnel wouldn't be able to provide adequate protection for the audiences.
Protests in the city began Friday after a former police officer was acquitted of a first degree murder charge against a black man. With the need to provide an adequate police presence at protest sites, the venues couldn't be sure there would be enough security.
U2 and promoter Live Nation issued a joint statement regarding Saturday's show at the Dome at America's Center that read, "We cannot in good conscience risk our fans' safety by proceeding with tonight’s concert. As much as we regret having to cancel, we feel it is the only acceptable course of action in the current environment."
Bono also weighed in on his Instagram page, writing that he is, "Deeply saddened at what has happened in St. Louis and having to cancel our show tonight." He said he had been asking himself is this 1968 or 2017?" and then quoted a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in which he asked, "America to be true to the huge promissory note that it signed years ago."
Messing Touring Group released this statement on Sheeran's Sunday cancellation at Scottrade Center: "While we regret to have had to come to this decision, we do look forward to returning to St. Louis as soon as Ed’s schedule will allow in 2018."
KEVIN HART: FBI Investigating Extortion Scandal
Behind Kevin Hart’s emotional apology to his wife is a $10 million extortion scheme. He confessed on Instagram, "I made a bad error in judgment. I put myself in a bad environment where only bad things can happen -- and they did."
The FBI has identified the woman who seduced the comic in a "sexually provocative" video. The recording is not necessarily a sex tape. People who’ve seen it say it features "a creaking bed frame and slapping." Yet within the five-minute video is a clip of a Kevin putting on his clothes.
Apparently a criminal team targeted the comic. The woman is just the tip of the iceberg. A detective claimed she’s "one part of a well-orchestrated, highly sophisticated set-up with multiple accomplices." Starting last month, he received threatening emails. They convinced Kevin they’d leak a homemade sex tape unless he paid $10 million. (The Blast)
ROSIE O'DONNELL: Ex-Wife Commits Suicide
Rosie O'Donnell's ex-wife has died of an apparent suicide.
According to TMZ, the body of Michelle Rounds was found in her home on Monday. She was 46.
Rosie and Michelle got married in 2011, split up in 2014 and divorced in 2016. Rosie got full custody of their daughter Dakota, who's now four. Michelle had remarried and had another child with her second wife, Krista. (TMZ, Us Weekly)