HBO's dystopian series “Watchmen” received a leading 26 nominations Tuesday for the prime-time Emmy Awards.
The series, which captured America’s deep unease as it faces racial and political clashes amid a pandemic, was nominated as best limited series and received bids for cast members including Regina King and Jeremy Irons.
King was part of a vanguard of actors of color who showed that TV academy voters took heed of the social climate.
“Zendaya!” exclaimed Emmy announcement host Leslie Jones, her gleeful reaction to the “Euphoria” star’s nomination as best actress in a drama. “This is a great day,” Jones added.
She was part of a socially distanced, virtual release of nominees that was online, not on television as is usual. But nothing is usual during a coronavirus era that has brought Hollywood production to a virtual standstill and is making awards like the Emmys grasp for alternatives.
The strong showing by Netflix's “Ozark” helped the streamer to a record-setting 160 nominations that bested onetime perennial leader HBO, which earned 107 nods.
Streaming newcomer Apple TV+ earned attention in its first season with Jennifer Aniston’s best drama actress bid for “The Morning Show.” Another streaming newbie, Disney+, saw its Star Wars franchise spinoff, “The Mandalorian,” claim a best drama nomination among its hefty 15 total nods.
The Amazon comedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is the second most-nominated series with 20, followed by Netflix's “Ozark” with 18.
“This year, we are also bearing witness to one of the greatest fights for social justice in history. And it is our duty to use this medium for change,” Frank Scherma, chairman and CEO of the Television Academy said at the outset of the presentation.
Joining Jones on Tuesday were presenters Laverne Cox (“Orange is the New Black”), Josh Gad (“Frozen”) and Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”). Cox, Gad and Maslany appeared on by video feeds.
Among the honorees whose nomination collided with current events: Brad Pitt earned a nod for a guest appearance playing Dr. Anthony Fauci on “Saturday Night Live.”
The nominees for best comedy series are: “Curb Your Enthusiasm”; Dead to Me”; “The Good Place”; “Insecure”; “The Kominsky Method”; “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; “Schitt’s Creek"; “What We Do in the Shadows.”
The nominees for best drama series are: “Better Call Saul”; “The Crown”; “Killing Eve”; “The Handmaid’s Tale”; “The Mandalorian”; “Ozark”; “Stranger Things”; “Succession.”
In addition to “Watchmen,” the nominees for best limited series are: “Little Fires Everywhere”; “Mrs. America”; “Unbelievable”; ”Unorthodox."
The nominees for drama series actress are: Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show”; Olivia Colman, “The Crown”; Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve”; Laura Linney, “Ozark”; Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”; Zendaya “Euphoria.”
The nominees for drama series actor are: Jason Bateman, “Ozark”; Sterling K. Brown, “This is Us”; Billy Porter, “Pose”; Jeremy Strong, “Succession”; Brian Cox, “Succession”; Steve Carell, “The Morning Show.”
The nominees for lead actor in a comedy series are: Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”; Don Cheadle, “Black Monday”; Ted Danson, “The Good Place”; Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”; Eugene Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”; Ramy Youssef, “Ramy.
The nominees for lead actress in a comedy series are: Christina Applegate, “Dead to Me”; Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; Linda Cardellini, “Dead to Me”; Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek”; Issa Rae, “Insecure”; Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish.”
The nominees for best TV movie are: “American Son”; “Bad Education”; “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: These Old Bones”; “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie”; “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend.”
A high energy Jones kicked off Tuesday's announcement by appearing on a virtual set and joking that she was told there would be many others on set to announce the nominees, but instead she was locked in a studio with only a cameraman.
The "Friends" reunion won't be here for us as soon as expected.
Production on the special has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic that's brought movie and TV making to a standstill.
The special, featuring the entire original "Friends" cast, was to be part of the May launch of the new HBO Max streaming service. No taping was done before the health crisis hit, the company said Friday.
The Emmy-winning "Friends," which ended its 10-season run in 2004, made Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer into household names.
Plans call for the special, called a "celebration of the beloved show," to be shot on the same Burbank, California, sound stage where the series taped.
Are you feeling fed up staying at home for days after days during the quarantine period? Worrying about COVID-19 pandemic can weaken your immune system. You can watch entertaining movies, and web series to keep your mind engaged avoiding anxiety. In this article we have selected and reviewed some Netflix romantic comedy movies and web-series which are worth watching during your quarantine.
This American romantic comedy film has been directed by Roger Kumble. This film starts with Gabriela (played by Christina Milian), housing designer, who resides in San Francisco, USA. Gabriela’s jackass boss could hardly value her talent and passion for work. The indifferent attitude of her numb boyfriend leads to their break up. Losing both her job and boyfriend Gabriela gets broken-hearted. While sobbing on the couch and indulging into wine she pours her emotion into an online essay writing contest called “win an inn”. As a stroke of luck, she wins the contest and from this point the real story starts.
Through a long uncomfortable journey, Gabriela finally reaches her inn located somewhere in rustic New Zealand. Here she meets a handsome muscular guy named Jake (played by Adam Demos). The inn looks gorgeous only in picture, but is in haphazard state in reality. The small town is populated with unsophisticated inhabitants. You will enjoy the shrewish activities of Charlotte (played by Anna Jullienne).
As a local building contractor, Jake extends a helping hand towards Gabriela to repair the inn. Though she shows disinterest initially, later she made a partnership with Jake. While working, the chemistry between the duos mounts over the business deal. Then she has to make a decision between way back home with her dumb boyfriend and starting a new life with Jake in New Zealand.
Written and directed by Atul Malhotra, this movie plots on the friendship of three young men living in West London. This movie triggers towards the assimilation of varied ethnic groups. The three main characters of this movie were raised in the same neighborhood. The story starts with a Sikh boy Amar, who immigrated to England with his family. Amar’s father opened the 14th Indian restaurant on the High Road. Akbar, the second main character, was raised by an immigrant Muslim family. The third character Tony represents a white young man who belongs to an Irish catholic family.
As the story forwards, these three friends grow up, fall in love with different girls and try to find good jobs. Tony falls in love with an Asian girl who has a wicked brother. The story takes a sharp turn when Amar was sentenced three-year jail for the accusation of an accidental murder while saving the lives of his two dearest friends at a dance club. The real climax of this film starts off, when Amar got released from prison. The reactions of society, sympathy of friends and struggle of Amar will encourage you to see life from a different perspective. Though not a political film, this ‘Amar, Akbar & Tony’ focuses on Britain immigrants. With a superb blend of comedy, emotion, romance, and drama, this film can make your quarantine period enjoyable.
Always Be My Maybe is a marvelous romantic comedy. It is a story of two childhood best friends Sasha and Marcus (played by Ali Wong and Randall Park as adults) who grow up in the same neighborhood, then get apart choosing different paths of life, and eventually reunite as adults, discovering themselves in a total reverse economic circumstances.
Sasha, the female lead role, acquires the position of a famous celebrity chef, while Marcus, the male lead role, still lives in his childhood residence and assists his father in their family-run air conditioning company. The duo meets again and remembers the moments they spent together, when Sasha visits her hometown after several years. The chemistry between this pair will entertain you. As the story advances the complicacies of life prohibit them to stay together. Marcus suffers from self-doubt, while Sasha bears ambitions to launch more restaurants. Their different personalities and approaches in life shoot a challenge in their relationship.
This well-written, well-filmed, and well-structured movie will charm you with sharp dialogues in an upbeat tone. Though this film won’t show any new theme, it will make you laugh with traditional and familiar flavor. Watching this romantic comedy you can be entertained and have a great time.
It is an Asian (Indian) web television series created by Pocket Aces. The language used is mostly English, with a few expressions in local dialogue. The theme circulates around a couple - Kavya Kulkarni (Mithila Palkar) and Dhruv Vats (Dhruv Sehgal) - living in Mumbai. This romantic series focuses on the day to life of this couple explored through feelings, struggle, problems, challenges, and conversation.
The couple represent the young generation of this time who often go through the fear of missing out due to social media, trying restaurants for new cuisines, late-night cravings for fast food, etc. Besides fun and romance, the characters experience some personal and professional crises. Dhruv tries to reconnect with an old friend with whom he grew up. Later Dhruv quit from his job due to a loss of interest, which makes him acting like "aimless" while Kavya gets promoted with a pay hike. This difference triggers a fight between them.
In this web series the story highlights upon realistic issues that a couple may face every now and then. Furthermore, this web series will draw your attention on how the impact of urbanization and social structures of the large cities are shrinking humanity. Watching this series you may find many similarities with your own life.
Are you feeling bored staying at home due to coronavirus home quarantine? Due to the lock down situation – imposed by the Government to prevent Coronavirus outbreak – in the whole country, most of the offices, supermarkets restaurants, and other public places have been shut down. In this situation, you can hardly meet your friends. Even if you go out of home it might risk your life. For the safety of you and your family members you need to stay at quarantine for some more days otherwise you may get contaminated by the deadly COVID-19 disease caused by the new coronavirus 2019. Now how to keep your mind engaged in the quarantine days! In this article we are going to review the Netflix series “Stories by Rabindranath Tagore”.
The soul enriching writings of Rabindranath Tagore ameliorated Bengali literature with contextual modernism. This polymath author was the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. If you have read the novels of Tagore, and imagined the characters inside your mind, don’t miss the drama “Stories by Rabindranath Tagore” created by renowned Indian director Director Anurag Basu. The 26 episodes of this series have been plotted through the adaptation of original stories written by Rabindranath Tagore. Translating the novels into drama, this Netflix series will also entertain those who have never read any writing of Rabindranath Tagore.
The Indian film director Anurag Basu is notorious for his unique stories and creative style of visual storytelling on the silver screen. Starting career as an assistant director in television serials Basu proved his talent in making versatile television shows under varied genres. After stepping his career in film direction Basu got huge applause from critics and audiences. With the Stories by Rabindranath Tagore, Basu has made a memorable comeback to television after a huge gap.
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The ‘Stories By Rabindranath Tagore’ is composed of 26 episodes based upon 14 great stories by Tagore including Chokher Bali, Atithi, Charulata, Shasti, Nosto Neer, Tyaag, Monihara, Kabuliwala, Maanbhanjan, samapti, Detective, Chutti, etc. With the shade of his own talent the director Anurag Basu decodes the stories of Tagore into life-drama keeping the main themes almost unchanged. To narrate each story, the director assigns about two to three episodes. However, a few short stories have been covered in single episodes. Though each episode is 60 minutes long, you won’t feel it tedious. What makes these episodes highly entertaining is the showcase of unique background, authentic costumes of artists and atmosphere complying with each different story.
Watching “Stories by Rabindranath Tagore” you will go back to the conservative society of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The heartwarming Characters – like Binodini, Bihari, Tarapodo, Giribala, charulata, Fotik, Gokul, Kusum, and so on. – portrayed by Tagore can introduce you with the various dimensions of complex human nature comprising kindness, sanctimony, greed, revenge, love, lust, self-esteem, etc. Each character will make you rethink the true meaning of life through the lens of morality.
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In these stories Tagor shaded light upon the emotions, desires, dreams, and dignities of women which was never seen before in the concurrent subcontinent literature. For instance, in the story ‘Chokher Bali’ Binodini denies to sacrifice her lust even if being a widow. In another story ‘Maanbhanjan’, Giribala was neglected by her husband for Latika, a famous theater heroine. Instead of shading tears for her bad luck, Giribala starts a new life as an actress and eventually acquires the top-most position in media which was a long-cherished dream of Latika. Finally the revenge was taken gracefully. The way how Tagore spoke for women empowerment in his stories will leave you thrilled.
The stories of Tagore also reveal the thoughts, passions and dignities of women. In the story ‘Samapti’, the new bride Mrinmoyi questions the norms of society which imposes post-marital binding solely on women leaving men’s life same as before. Through the voice of Mrinmoyee Tagore questions is it really necessary for women to get married? In the story ‘Shasti’, Chandra becomes the scapegoat of patriarchal society. In the story ‘Dui Bon’, Tagore highlights two dimensions of women character. One woman character endows passionate romance and another woman character offers selfless love like a mother.
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Another amazing fact of this series is each story is linked with the next one in a natural flow of life. The technique of visual story-telling will not only amuse you, but also help you to understand the narratives in an easy manner. The show was filmed in a colossal set built in several locations of old Kolkata. Each story nicely demonstrates the cultural references, political situation, as well as social manifestations.
What is more? In each episode, you will enjoy some mind-blowing songs by Tagore which wonderfully blend with the respective theme of each story. Tagore’s Bengali songs have been re-created and tuned through the voices of notorious Indian singers including Shalmali Kholgade, Shaan, Arijit Singh, etc. on the whole “Stories by Rabindranath Tagore” is must-watch drama which can make your quarantine entertaining.
A bleary-eyed Chris Cuomo, saying he wanted to be a cautionary tale for his audience, anchored his CNN show from his basement Tuesday after testing positive for the coronavirus.
Via remote link, he interviewed Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, an emergency room nurse and CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who expressed worry about one of Cuomo's symptoms.
"Brace yourself," Cuomo told viewers, "not for a hoax. But for the next few weeks of scary and painful realities. This is a fight. It's going to get worse. We're going to suffer."
Cuomo looked pale, his eyes watery and red-rimmed. He took a few deep breaths to compose himself. He repeated himself. Even Gupta said he didn't look good, and said he'd call later to talk about a tightness Cuomo was feeling in his chest.
The 49-year-old newsman, whose brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has logged just as much television airtime lately with daily briefings on how the disease is affecting his state, said earlier that he knew it was a matter of time because of how often he was exposed to people. He said he's staying in the basement of his Long Island home to protect himself from his wife and children.
The New York governor, who appeared with his brother on CNN by remote link the night before, also used the personal story to warn others during his press briefing Tuesday. He noted that he had scolded Chris for having their 88-year-old mother, Matilda, visiting Chris' home two weeks ago.
"It's my family, it's your family, it's all of our families," he said. "This virus is so insidious, and we have to keep that in mind."
Chris Cuomo said he thought his mom would be safer at his house than in her New York City apartment, but his brother persuaded him to have her stay at his sister's place in Westchester County.
Some competitors, including Sean Hannity and Geraldo Rivera of Fox News Channel, and Joy Reid and Ali Velshi of MSNBC, sent best wishes to Cuomo through social media Tuesday.
He said he appreciated the sympathy from well-wishers but tried to deflect it.
"Hopefully, I'll be able to keep doing the show," he said. "But who knows?"
One of the most unsettling things about the disease, he said, is hearing from doctors that there really isn't much he can do now except "suck it up."
"The best medicine is not to get it — prevention," he said in a pre-show discussion with colleague Anderson Cooper.
Most people who get the virus have mild to moderate symptoms and recover. But for older people, and those with underlying medical conditions, the disease can be dangerous. More than 3,000 people have died in the U.S. alone.
Andrew Cuomo, 62, and the CNN anchor are sons of the late New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, and that teasing big brother-little brother dynamic often enlivens their appearances together. The governor called him his best friend.
"He is going to be fine," he said. "He's young, in good shape, strong — not as strong as he thinks he is, but he will be fine."
Chris got a measure of revenge Tuesday night, referring to his brother as "Captain Banana Hands."