New York, July 17 (AP/UNB) — Some Emmy Award nominations seemed like a lock: "Game of Thrones" was going to earn a haul . "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" would still charm voters. The final goodbye to "Veep" would surely end in nominations.
But who would have bet against Jim Parsons? And who thought "Schitt's Creek" would finally get noticed by Emmy voters long after its cameras were turned off? And who thought the powerful "When They See Us," which shined a light on a 30-year-old miscarriage of justice, would be hailed with over a dozen nominations?
Some of the snubs and surprises from the Emmy nominations.
Parsons won't be able to make Emmy history this year.
"The Big Bang Theory" star didn't earn a nomination for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series, meaning his fifth statuette is out of reach in 2019.
Parsons is a six-time nominee and won his fourth statuette in 2014, tying Carroll O'Connor, Michael J. Fox and Kelsey Grammer's category record of four wins apiece.
"The Big Bang Theory," which ended its run after 12 seasons earlier this year, got little goodbye love from Emmy voters despite being a top-rated comedy.
The show won 10 Emmy Awards during its life but earned just three nominations Tuesday — for direction, technical direction and editing.
For five seasons, there were Emmy crickets when it came to "Schitt's Creek." Then, after its fifth and final season — respect.
"Schitt's Creek" earned four nominations Tuesday, including acting ones for stars Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara. The show is also up for outstanding comedy series.
Co-creator and co-star Dan Levy — son of Eugene — tweeted out an emoji in tears.
The show had been a sleeper hit among comedy fans. The series garnered its first Critics Choice Award nomination in 2018 and its arrival on Netflix helped spread the word.
"Schitt's Creek" follows a family of newly broke millionaires arriving at their one remaining asset — a backwater town they bought for their son as a joke.
The recent Emmy-less streak for "The Tonight Show" continues.
The venerable show where Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien played host hasn't won an Emmy for outstanding variety talk show under Jimmy Fallon — and won't again in 2019.
There was no room for "The Tonight Show" this year as outstanding variety talk show. Spots instead went to "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah," ''Full Frontal with Samantha Bee," ''Jimmy Kimmel Live!" ''Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," ''The Late Late Show with James Corden" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."
Fallon, who has four Emmys, has gone without a statuette since 2015, when he won a social media award. Fallon did get an acting nomination Tuesday for mocking presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke on Facebook Live.
The snub for the show was despite Fallon bringing it to Puerto Rico to highlight recovery efforts there, visibly pressing for an end to gun violence and hosting a show from inside Central Park.
The last time "The Tonight Show" was nominated for outstanding variety talk series was in 2016. The show used to be the king of late night but stumbled in the ratings after Fallon's now-infamous hair mussing appearance with Donald Trump.
They did see us
It was often hard to watch but it was definitely seen: Ava DuVernay's four-part Netflix series "When They See Us" earned a whopping 16 nominations.
The four-part series explores the true story of five black and Latino New York City teenagers who were coerced into confessing to a rape they didn't commit in 1989 and follows them over the course of 25 years.
DuVernay was nominated for writing and directing, while the show earned nods for casting, cinematography, music, sound editing and outstanding limited series.
Actor Jharrel Jerome was nominated for best lead actor in a limited series, and Niecy Nash and Aunjanue Ellis each got one for lead actress in a limited series.
Supporting actor nods went to Asante Blackk, Michael K. Williams and John Leguizamo. Marsha Stephanie Blake and Vera Farmiga won nods in the supporting actress category.
Not dead to us
Christina Applegate could win a second Emmy now that she's nabbed a surprise best actress in a comedy nomination for "Dead to Me."
The actress, who made her name on TV with "Married... With Children" and won an Emmy as a guest star in "Friends," got the quirky Netflix show's only nomination.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you!" she tweeted. "Best part of the morning was my kid finding out and she screamed."
On the show, Applegate plays Jen, a mom who has recently lost her husband to a hit-and-run accident. His death upends her life, forcing her to deal with grief and anger.
To win the Emmy this time, she'll have to beat Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Rachel Brosnahan, Natasha Lyonne, Catherine O'Hara and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Tracee Ellis Ross, who had been nominated three times in a row in the category for "black-ish," was frozen out this year.
New York, July 17 (UNB) - When Wu Ke-xi was looking for a frightening plotline for her latest film, she didn't need to look further than her own industry.
The Taiwanese actress and screenwriter's latest movie, "Nina Wu," is the story of an actress who, in pursuit of a role that will lead to stardom, is abused and psychologically scarred by a man in power.
Wu found herself closely following the #MeToo movement in Hollywood, and decided to write something for women affected by sexual assaults in the entertainment industry. Directed by Midi Z, it was selected to show at the Cannes Film Festival.
"After 2017, after the year the Harvey Weinstein stuff occurred, I read a lot of documents and interviews. I was so purely curious about what happened," said Wu. She said she has been threatened in her career, but never sexually assaulted. "It's still a humiliating experience," she said.
"So I felt really connected to those women."
Asia is having its own #MeToo moment, with its homegrown entertainment industries grappling with many of the issues that have upended entertainment careers in the United States and beyond.
Earlier this year, the K-pop scene was shaken when two male stars were accused of sexual misconduct in South Korea. Solo singer Jung Joon-young faced allegations he secretly filmed himself having sex with women and shared the footage on a mobile messenger app; he apologized to the victims. And Seungri, the youngest member of the quintet Big Bang, was accused of trying to steer sex services to business investors. He denied the charges and retired from the group.
Last year, in India, Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta came forward with details of a 2008 complaint she filed against actor Nana Parekar for alleged sexual harassment, which he denied. A flood of stories of sexual harassment and assault followed on social media from Indian actresses and writers.
Indian actor, singer and filmmaker Farhan Akhtar, a United Nations "He For She" ambassador with his own "Men Against Rape and Discrimination" initiative, says there is unease in the industry.
"Fear runs down the spine of everyone, thinking that, 'Oh my God, maybe I've done something in the past that might come back to bite me,'" he said.
He encourages other women to come forward and speak out.
"Nobody can do it for her. Nobody can out her story and put her in a position that maybe she doesn't want to be in," he said. "But when she does, then it's important that people rally around her so that she feels she's done the right thing. And through her, through that conversation, and through her words she will hopefully inspire, motivate many more people to come out. And that's the way the system will be cleaned."
Screenwriter Zhou Xiaoxuan did speak out. She became a central figure in China's #MeToo movement after an essay she wrote privately, claiming she was sexually assaulted by a TV star, went public on the social media platform Sina Weibo last summer. A prominent television host, Zhu Jun, sued her for defamation and Zhou followed with her own suit, for infringing on her personal rights. Women's rights advocates in China are following the case.
Zhou says the movement has only reached so far in China, affecting mostly a group of high-profile, well-connected men.
"They were frightened by the #MeToo trend and they stopped. But most people in this society, they've never heard of #MeToo," she said.
"I've actually been lucky because Zhu Jun is well-known," Zhou said. "It's extremely difficult for women who have been assaulted by their friends, colleagues or partners to seek legal recourse."
Japanese TV journalist Shiori Ito said she experienced months of trolling and shaming after she revealed in May 2017 that she had been raped. That was before the #MeToo movement got under way in the United States.
"I'm very grateful to all the other women that have spoken up because I felt very lonely," she said. She said she has felt a change in Japan and in her own family "who were really against me speaking up, and then they started saying, 'You know what, maybe she's right.'"
An emotional television interview with South Korean prosecutor Seo Ji-hyun in January 2018, in which she said she had been assaulted eight years earlier, is credited with starting the #MeToo movement there. Seo has since won a court case for abuse of power against her alleged assaulter. She said that watching women reveal their stories in Hollywood helped give her the courage to speak publicly. Supporters marched in the streets with candles and #WithYou banners.
"I told myself that, 'Yes, this was not my fault and that I should not be ashamed at all,'" she said.
In Pakistan, dancer, theatre director and activist Sheema Kermani is campaigning against sexual abuse, trying to make the movement there more than a moment.
"When actresses, big actresses, started calling out big names of actors for sexual harassment, I think it gave Pakistani women and women in media . the courage to speak out," she said.
In Thailand, model and TV personality Cindy Sirinya Bishop launched the "Don't Tell Me How To Dress" campaign after receiving a wave of support for a "social media rant" — her response to an article advising women not to wear sexy clothes for the Thai New Year in order to avoid sexual assault.
"It all started when that clip that I posted went viral overnight with the support of many, many women all over Thailand, chiming in, commenting, sharing and saying 'Yes, this is exactly what we feel.' Why are we always the ones that have to cover up, or why, when we are harassed or assaulted, is it somehow our fault?" she said.
Bishop also created an exhibition displaying clothing worn by sexual-assault victims. "We have university student outfits to toddler's clothing to sweatpants and T-shirts," she said.
She says her movement would have happened regardless of the stories arriving from America. But she adds: "In some way, the #MeToo movement has collectively empowered women without our knowing it, all over the world."
New York, July 17 (AP/UNB) — Beyonce's new album inspired by "The Lion King" features collaborations with husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy Carter.
Beyonce announced Tuesday that "The Lion King: The Gift," which will be released Friday, also includes songs with Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Pharrell, Tierra Whack and Jessie Reyez.
In the new version of "The Lion King," in theaters Friday, Beyonce voices the character of Nala and Gambino, aka Donald Glover, is Simba. Beyonce curated and executive produced "The Lion King: The Gift," which also features collaborations with Burna Boy, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage and 070 Shake.
Jay-Z appears on the song "Mood 4 Eva." Blue Ivy is featured on "Brown Skin Girl."
Beyonce's song "Spirit," released last week, is featured in the film and appears on both the official "Lion King" soundtrack as well as "The Lion King: The Gift."
New York, Jul 16 (AP/UNB) — Jennifer Lopez kept her word to fans who were disappointed when a power outage in New York City v forced her to postpone her concert over the weekend.
Lopez returned to the stage Monday at Madison Square Garden, saying she was going to celebrate "no matter what." She called it an "amazing night."
Lopez's show was cut short on Saturday night when problems at a substation left parts of Manhattan without electricity. The Garden, Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts were all evacuated.
The power outage came on the anniversary of the 1977 New York City outage that left most of the city without power.
Los Angeles, Jul 16 (AP/UNB) — Netflix has decided to remove a graphic suicide scene from the Season 1 finale of its show "13 Reasons Why" as the series prepares to launch its third season.
Show creator Brian Yorkey says in a statement on Twitter the intent in portraying the suicide in such graphic detail was to "make sure no one would ever wish to emulate it." But the producers have heard concerns from mental health experts and decided, along with the streaming service, to re-edit it.
Yorkey says the edit "will help the show do the most good for the most people while mitigating any risk for especially vulnerable young viewers."
Suicide prevention groups support the decision.
The series drew praise and criticism when it debuted in 2017. The show included warnings about its graphic nature and Netflix established a website of crisis helplines.