“GAME OF THRONES,” “FLEABAG” WIN TOP EMMY HONORS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Game of Thrones” has won the best television drama series Emmy Award.
The HBO fantasy epic takes the award for the fourth time in its eighth and final season.
It was the just the second Emmy on what had been a mostly quiet night for “Game of Thrones.” Peter Dinklage won best supporting actor in a drama for the show. He set a record for most wins for the same role, four, breaking a tie with Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad.”
“Fleabag” won the Emmy for best comedy series.
The win Sunday for the Amazon Prime Video series added on to an already huge night for show creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Her acting win blocked “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus from setting a record as the most-honored performer in Emmy history.
BILLY PORTER BREAKS GROUND WITH ACTING EMMY WIN
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Billy Porter became the first openly gay man to win an Emmy Award for best actor in a drama series for his role in “Pose.”
Porter won the Emmy on Sunday night as a first-time nominee for playing the character Pray Tell on the FX drama series.
The fashionable singer-actor wore a glittered suit and a towering asymmetrical hat on the stage as he accepted the award.
He beat out nominees that included Bob Odenkirk, Jason Bateman and Kit Harington.
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS COMES SHORT OF MAKING EMMY HISTORY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Julia Louis-Dreyfus has come short of making Emmy history for the most overall acting wins.
The “Veep” actress Sunday lost her shot at a ninth statuette as an actress, losing the best comedy crown to Phoebe Waller-Bridge of “Fleabag.”
Louis-Dreyfus was hoping to best Cloris Leachman’s haul of eight acting wins.
The “Seinfeld” alum went into the night with a career tally of 11 and the chance to win two more for producing and acting in “Veep.”
Her mantel includes three Emmys for producing “Veep,” one for her supporting turn on “Seinfeld” in 1996 and another for starring on “The New Adventures of Old Christine” in 2006. She then became the first actress to win the comedy acting award six times in a row for the same role.
COMIC THOMAS LENNON FILLS HOST-LESS EMMY GAPS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Comedian Thomas Lennon provided voiceovers as winners made their way to the stage during the host-less Emmy Awards.
As the show went to commercial, he cheekily alluded to actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin (LAWK’-lin), who have been caught up in the college admissions scandal.
“The producers have asked me to give a special shout-out to any of our previous lead actress winners who are watching tonight from prison,” Lennon said. “Hopefully those two weeks are going to fly right by. Keep your chin up.”
Huffman has been sentenced to 14 days in prison, 250 hours of community service and a $30,000 fine. She was accused of paying $15,000 to rig her daughter’s SAT score.
On the Fox telecast, there was no orchestra to usher presenters and winners on and off stage. Instead, pop music was used.
‘BELIEVE HER’ -MICHELLE WILLIAMS URGES RESPECT FOR WOMEN
NEW YORK (AP) – Michelle Williams said in her Emmy winning speech that women need to be listened to and fairly compensated for their work.
She said her win was an acknowledgement “of what is possible when a woman is trusted to discern her own needs, feel safe enough to voice them and feel respected enough to be heard.”
The “Brokeback Mountain” actress won the award for best actress in a limited series or movie for her work in “Fosse/Verdon.” The eight-part FX series co-starred Sam Rockwell.
Williams infamously received just $1,000 to reshoot scenes from 2017’s “All the Money in the World,” while co-star Mark Wahlberg negotiated $1.5 million for the added scenes. Williams has said she felt paralyzed after learning of the disparity.
PATRICIA ARQUETTE URGES SUPPORT FOR TRANS PEOPLE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Patricia Arquette is having a “wonderful time” in her acting career, but the Emmy winner says she is still personally struggling with the death of her transgender sister.
Arquette said backstage Sunday night that she has been grieving heavily since Alexis Arquette died at the age of 47 in 2016. She made a tearful tribute to Alexis during her acceptance speech after she won best supporting actress in a limited series for her role in the Hulu series “The Act.”
During her speech, the 51-year-old actress urged an end to the persecution of trans people.
Arquette said backstage that the continuous jokes about trans people are “unacceptable.” She also urged for more employment for trans people, who she says are in “deep poverty.”
STARS PARTY AT GALA EMMY OR NO EMMY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – No Emmys, no problem. Winners and losers party afterward.
Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown and their “This Is Us” co-stars made their way to the post show Governors Ball together, smiling and greeting well-wishers on the way.
The Emmy Awards were handed out Sunday night.
“Russian Doll” producer Amy Poehler and star Natasha Lyonne also went to the ball together. They were dismayed to find that they and their pregnant friend had to take a flight of stairs to get to the rooftop party outside the Microsoft Theater.
“But she’s pregnant!” Poehler pleaded to a security guard to no avail and the three made their way up the stairs.
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” showrunner Amy Sherman-Palladino danced to the buffet table, past Bethenny Frankel sipping on a cocktail.
Seth Meyers greeted Ava DuVernay and congratulated her on her miniseries “When They See Us.”
HOLY ANNIVERSARY! DISPLAYS OF BAT SIGNAL FETE BATMAN AT 80
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s no joker. The night lit up Saturday around the world with the famous bat signal to mark a special anniversary for Batman.
DC Comics sponsored a celebration of Batman Day to mark the 80th anniversary of the appearance of crimefighter Bruce Wayne and his masked identity.
Fan gatherings happened all over the world. But the most ambitious party plan was the illumination of the bat signal.
It started at Fed Square in Melbourne, Australia. The signal appeared in 13 other cities, including Tokyo, Berlin, Rome, Paris, London, Montreal, Sao Paulo and Johannesburg, as well New York City’s Domino Sugar Refinery.
Los Angeles also celebrated with a fan experience concert and the Batman Inaugural 5K run.
25 YEARS LATER, A NEW GENERATION GETS IMMERSED IN ‘FRIENDS’
LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Friends” marks its 25th anniversary this week, and the quintessential 1990s sitcom has attracted a new fanbase barely half that age.
Tween and teen girls in particular have embraced the show with huge enthusiasm, taking a series that belonged to Generation X and making it their own.
They binge all 10 seasons on Netflix through their laptops and phones, and push it on their classmates and social media followers.
Ten-year-old Lucia Mozingo says she spreads “Friends” “like a disease” among her own friends.
Many girls say they like it because it depicts a life they aspire to.
Twelve-year-old Imogen Schwartz says when she watches it, she wishes she lived across the hall from her best friends and had a Rachel, a Chandler and a Phoebe in her life.
“Friends” premiered on Sept. 22, 1994 on NBC.
FORMER CHARLIE ROSE MAKEUP ARTIST SUES, ALLEGING HARASSMENT
NEW YORK (AP) – The former chief makeup artist at Charlie Rose’s interview show is suing him and saying the disgraced television journalist ran a “toxic work environment” for women.
Gina Riggi says she worked for 22 years for Rose and Bloomberg, the company where his Manhattan studio was located.
Rose was fired in 2017 by PBS and CBS News for sexual misconduct. His attorney didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment Friday.
Riggi’s harassment lawsuit was filed Thursday and charges that Rose treated his studio as a sexual hunting ground for attractive young women.
She says he groped and pawed female staff members, stared at their breasts and dangled job prospects to wine and dine women.
She says he would demean women who rejected him and once swatted at her.
JULIE ANDREWS TO RECEIVE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE HONOR
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The American Film Institute is honoring Julie Andrews with its Life Achievement Award.
The organization said Friday that Andrews will receive the award at the Gala Tribute on April 25 in Los Angeles. It will be broadcast on TNT.
Andrews’ acting career has spanned several decades, winning an Academy Award in 1965 for her starring role in “Mary Poppins.” She also starred in “The Sound of Music” and “The Princess Diaries.”
Andrews received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. She also won two Grammys through “Mary Poppins” and “Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies.”
The 83-year-old actress will be the 48th recipient of the prestigious honor from the AFI, joining Mel Brooks, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep and George Clooney. This year’s honoree was Denzel Washington.
TELEVISION CELEBRITY CHEF, RESTAURATEUR CARL RUIZ DIES AT 44
NEW YORK (AP) – Television celebrity chef and restaurateur Carl Ruiz has died. He was 44.
His New York City restaurant, La Cubana, confirmed his death in an Instagram post on Sunday.
The restaurant said “no words can fully express our sadness at the sudden loss of their dear friend and brother.” The cause of death was not immediately clear.
An Institute of Culinary Education graduate, Ruiz made frequent appearances on The Food Network channel as a competitive chef and judge. He also opened a slew of restaurants around the world.
La Cubana, his most recent restaurant, opened in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood in June and features the cuisine of his Cuban heritage. The restaurant said it plans to honor Ruiz’s memory by establishing a scholarship for aspiring chefs.
FILM EXPLORES MYSTERY OF LATINA UNION LEADER WHO DISAPPEARED
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A new film dives into the mystery around a Latina labor leader who organized farmworkers years before Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta and then disappeared.
“Adios Amor: The Search for Maria Moreno” on PBS focuses on a Mexican American mother of 12 who galvanized poor agricultural workers during the late 1950s and early 1960s until she vanished.
Director and producer Laurie Coyle says finding archive photos of Moreno sparked the idea. Coyle says a photographer and radio reporter remembered Moreno as an important advocate but didn’t know what happened to her.
The documentary examines how the Texas-born farmworker emerged as a leader in California before moving to Arizona.
The film, a presentation of VOCES, PBS’ Latino arts and culture documentary program, is slated to premiere Friday on most PBS stations.
‘DOWNTON ABBEY’ OVERPOWERS BRAD PITT, RAMBO AT BOX OFFICE
NEW YORK (AP) – Brad Pitt’s “Ad Astra” and Sylvester Stallone’s “Rambo: Last Blood” were no match for “Downton Abbey” at the box office.
The big-screen encore of the upstairs-downstairs TV series opened with an estimated $31 million in ticket sales over the weekend, handily overpowering a pair of less well-mannered movies.
The Pitt-led father-son space drama “Ad Astra” debuted with $19.2 million. “Last Blood trailed slightly with $19 million of its own.
That trio of new releases outperformed a pair of strong holdovers. After two weeks at the No. 1 spot, “It Chapter Two” slid to fourth with $17.2 million. The stripper tale “Hustlers,” starring Jennifer Lopez, earned $17 million in its second weekend.