Day: September 20, 2008

Accolades TV

SCORECARD: Blindie’s Predictions for the Primetime Emmy Awards

TV’s biggest night, the 60th annual Emmy Awards, is airing Sunday, and Blindie will be keeping score! Here’s our picks:

Outstanding Comedy Series: 30 Rock

Curb Your Enthusiasm
• Entourage
• The Office
• Two and a Half Men

Outstanding Drama Series
: Mad Men

• Boston Legal
• Damages
• Dexter
• House
• Lost

Lead Actor in a Comedy
: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

• Tony Shalhoub, Monk
• Steve Carell, The Office
• Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies
• Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men

Lead Actor in a Drama: Jon Hamm, Mad Men

• Hugh Laurie, House
• James Spader, Boston Legal
• Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
• Michael C. Hall, Dexter
• Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment

Lead Actress in a Comedy: Tina Fey, 30 Rock

• Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
• Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
• America Ferrera, Ugly Betty
• Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds

Lead Actress in a Drama: Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters

• Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
• Glenn Close, Damages
• Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
• Holly Hunter, Saving Grace

Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty

• Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies
• Jean Smart, Samantha Who?
• Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
• Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men

Supporting Actress in a Drama: Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy

• Candice Bergen, Boston Legal
• Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters
• Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy
• Dianne Wiest, In Treatment

Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Jeremy Piven, Entourage

• Kevin Dillon, Entourage
• Neil Patrick Harris I Met Your Mother
• Rainn Wilson, The Office
• Jon Cryer, Two And A Half Men

Supporting Actor in a Drama: Michael Emerson, Lost

• William Shatner, Boston Legal
• Ted Danson, Damages
• Zeljko Ivanek, Damages
• John Slattery, Mad Men

Host For a Reality or Reality-Competition: Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

• Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars
• Howie Mandel, Deal or No Deal
• Heidi Klum, Project Runway
• Jeff Probst, Survivor

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Condoleezza Rice Movies Politics Thandie Newton

Thandie Newton: Playing Condoleezza Rice in W Was ‘Really F***ing Fun’

British actress Thandie Newton confesses that taking on the role of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Oliver Stone’s upcoming biopic W was a challenge, but “I decided to close my eyes and leap. I wanted to take the risk,” she told the London Times.

“Oliver woke me up,” she says of the director, who had an “absolute belief that I could play this character who was absolutely nothing like me. She didn’t look like me; she’s a couple of decades older than me. And I’m English, for goodness’ sake.”

But once she began researching Rice, Newton said, “That was when it got really f***ing fun!” But she nearly backed out when rehearsals began in Louisiana, admitting, “I was thinking, ‘F***, have I made a mistake?’”

To add to her angst, the makeup crew didn’t allow her to wear prosthetics: “That was a bit of a blow.” For the role, some slight makeup tricks, a Rice-like crop and some false teeth helped Newton get “all Condi’d up.”

Of Stone choosing Newton over other black actresses who were physically more compatible to Rice, she said, “You’ll have to ask Oliver about that. But he was informed in his decision. He’d seen Crash and The Pursuit of Happyness and he liked the fact that the woman sitting in front of him was nothing like those characters. I’m a bit of a blank slate, and I think that helps.”

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Books Race Matters

Annette Gordon-Reed’s New Book on Thomas Jefferson’s Concubine Sally Hemings

In 1997 Annette Gordon-Reed created waves with her book Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy which questioned previous accounts of Jefferson’s affair with his slave Hemings.

It wasn’t that Gordon-Reed went about scandalizing the former President by ousting the fact that he had children with the woman he owned–but by presenting a portrait of his concubine.

In her latest effort, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, the author further explores Sally Hemings, the person. Gordon-Reed follows four generations of Hemingses from their roots in Virginia in the 1700s to Jefferson’s death in 1826.

“I wanted to tell the story of this family in a way not done before” so that readers can “see slave people as individuals,” Gordon-Reed told the New York Times.

What Blindie loves about Gordon-Reed is the fact that she paints a portrait of Sally Hemings that is not exploitive or tabloid-worthy, but an intimate look at her as a person–not a slave or a concubine that had a former president’s illegitimate children.

The New York Review of Books calls The Hemingses of Monticello (on sale Monday) “a brilliant book. It marks the author as one of the most astute, insightful, and forthright historians of this generation.”

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Ga Ga TV Twilight

Ga Ga: Grey’s Anatomy Alum Elizabeth Reaser in New CBS Series The Ex List

Actress Elizabeth Reaser first stole Blindie’s heart as Jane Doe/Ava/Rebecca in Grey’s Anatomy, a guest role that earned her an Emmy Award and a SAG Award nomination. Now, the pretty brunette with serious acting chops has her own show: CBS’s The Ex List.

In the new series–which premieres on October 3–Reaser plays Bella Bloom, a singleton who happens to visit a psychic who tells her she will marry a man she’s already met–but she has to do it within a year.

The premise is adorable and will be a sure-fire chick hit. It’s tag line says, “She’s making a list and kissing them twice.”

A Michigan native, Reaser attended New York’s acclaimed The Julliard School. Her film credits include The Family Stone, with Claire Danes and SJP, and The Believer, with Ryan Gosling. She can next be seen in the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s popular book series, Twilight.

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