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66th Emmy Awards Nominations Announced

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Seth Meyers will host the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on August 25th. (NBC)

Seth Meyers will host the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on August 25th. (NBC)

Just when you thought that the award show season has ended, it starts up all over again. This morning in North Hollywood, actress Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly helped announce the nominees for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre.

This year, a lot of familiar names appear on the list including Amy Poehler, Lena Dunham, Melissa McCarthy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Allison Janney,  Jim Parsons, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Louie C.K., Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Shows receiving the most nominations include: “Orange is the New Black” (8), “Fargo” (8), “Downton Abbey” (7), “Saturday Night Live” (7), “Modern Family” (6) and “Veep” (6). ABC and NBC are tied for the most nominations for the tradition television networks (14 each) while FOX is at the bottom with just three.

This year’s show will air live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Monday, August 25th on NBC. The show will be hosted by NBC’s golden child, Seth Meyers.

The list of nominees include:

Outstanding Comedy Series: “The Big Bang Theory,” “Louie,” “Modern Family,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Silicon Valley” and “Veep”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Lena Dunham, “Girls”; Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”; Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”; Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”; Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black”

Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly were on hand to read the nominees for this year Emmy Awards. (Socialite)

Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly were on hand to read the nominees for this year Emmy Awards. (Socialite)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Louie C.K., “Louie”; Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”; Ricky Gervais, “Derek”; Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”; William H. Macy, “Shameless”; Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”; Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”; Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”; Allison Janney, “Mom”; Kate Mulgrew, “Orange is the New Black”; Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Fred Armisen, “Portlandia”; Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”; Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”; Adam Driver, “Girls”; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”; Tony Hale, “Veep”

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Steve Buscemi, “Portlandia”; Louie C.K., “Saturday Night Live”; Gary Cole, “Veep”; Jimmy Fallon, “Saturday Night Live”; Nathan Lane, “Modern Family”; Bob Newhart, “The Big Bang Theory”

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black”; Laverne Cox, “Orange is the New Black”; Joan Cusack, “Shameless”; Tina Fey, “Saturday Night Live”; Natasha Lyonne, “Orange is the New Black”; Melissa McCarthy, “Saturday Night Live”

Outstanding Drama Series: “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” “House of Cards,” “Mad Men,” and “True Detective”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex”; Claire Danes, “Homeland”; Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”; Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”; Kerry Washington, “Scandal”; Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”; Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”; Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”; Woody Harrelson; “True Detective”; Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective”; Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”; Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”; Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”; Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”; Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”; Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”; Josh Charles, “The Good Wife”; Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”; Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”; Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”; Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Dylan Baker, “The Good Wife”; Beau Bridges, “Masters of Sex”; Reg E. Cathey, “House of Cards”; Paul Giamatti, “Downton Abbey”; Robert Morse, “Mad Men”; Joe Morton, “Scandal”

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Kate Burton, “Scandal”; Jane Fonda, “The Newsroom”; Allison Janney, “Masters of Sex”; Kate Mara, “House of Cards”; Margo Martindale, “The Americans”; Diane Rigg, “Game of Thrones”

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: “The Amazing Race,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Project Runway,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Top Chef,” and “The Voice”

Outstanding Structured Reality Program: “Antiques Roadshow,” “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” “MythBusters,” “Shark Tank,” “Undercover Boss” and “Who Do You Think You Are?”

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program: “Alaska: The Last Frontier,” “Deadliest Catch,” “Flipping Out,” “Million Dollar Listing New York,” “Wahlburgers” and “Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan”

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program: Betty White, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”; Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With The Stars”; Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night”; Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn, “Project Runway”; Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”; Anthony Bourdain, “The Taste”

The Rise and Fall of the 4th of July Box Office

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Universal

It is a firmly held belief that Steven Spielberg’s Jaws was the beginning of the summer movie blockbuster trend. Before 1975, movies were not considered a big draw during the summer months. That all changed on June 20th of that year when Jaws was released. Over the years, the benchmark to reach for big ticket sales was over the 4th of July weekend. For a while, it even appeared that in order to have a successful blockbuster opening on the 4th, you would need Will Smith to have a starring role. He has appeared in five of the biggest summer hits.

Reports from all over are suggesting that this last weekend’s sales were down 40% from last year. Some are blaming the lower numbers on the weather, however, beautiful weather has not kept moviegoers from seeing such hits as Independence Day  or Spider-Man in years past. Even some of Hollywood’s worst bombs did fairly well on 4th of July weekend. This isn’t to say that all financially successful films are good. Many are just “so-so” or even downright offensive.

This year, the “winner” was the 4th installment of the Transformers series and its second week in for Age of Extinction ($55 million) followed by Tammy ($32 million), 22 Jump Street and Deliver Us from Evil (both about $14 million). Those numbers don’t sound that bad until you compare them to the top 12 of previous years:

Transformers: Dark of the Moon  is the top grossing 4th of July movie of all time. (Universal)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is the top grossing 4th of July movie of all time. (Universal)

1              Transformers: Dark of the Moon – $97,852,865 (2011)

2              Spider-Man 2 – $88,156,227 (2004)

3              Despicable Me 2 – $83,517,315   (2013)

4              Transformers – $70,502,384         (2007)

5              War of the Worlds – $64,878,725 (2005)

6              The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – $64,832,191  (2010)

7              Hancock – $62,603,879 (2008)

8              The Amazing Spider-Man – $62,004,688  (2012)

9              Superman Returns – $52,535,096 (2006)

10           Men in Black II – $52,148,751 (2002)

11           Men in Black – $51,068,455 (1997)

12           Independence Day – $50,228,264 (1996)

‘Deliver Us from Evil’ is Scary Stuff

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Father Mendoza (Edgar Ramirez)  and Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) try to make sense of some of the weird stuff they've seen in "Deliver Us from Evil." (Sony Pictures)

Father Mendoza (Edgar Ramirez) and Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) try to make sense of some of the weird stuff they’ve seen in “Deliver Us from Evil.” (Sony Pictures)

There is an old joke that goes something like, “Can a Christian have a demon?” The answer of course is “Why would you want one?” A similar question, “Can a horror story be redemptive?” will be asked regarding the new thriller/horror movie, “Deliver Us from Evil.” The answer here is “Yes.”

Scott Derrickson, the writer and director of “Deliver Us from Evil” is also the man behind such scary fare as “Sinister” and “The Exorcism of Emily Rose.” He is also a Christian. So, why would a Christian want to be involved in horror films?

In 2005, Derrickson told Peter T. Chattaway of Christianity Today, “In my opinion, the horror genre is a perfect genre for Christians to be involved with. I think the more compelling question is, ‘Why do so many Christians find it odd that a Christian would be working in this genre?’ To me, this genre deals more overtly with the supernatural than any other genre, it tackles issues of good and evil more than any other genre, it distinguishes and articulates the essence of good and evil better than any other genre, and my feeling is that a lot of Christians are wary of this genre simply because it’s unpleasant. The genre is not about making you feel good, it is about making you face your fears. And in my experience, that’s something that a lot of Christians don’t want to do.”

In “Deliver Us from Evil,” New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) and his partner (a surprisingly good Joel McHale) investigate a series of strange and disturbing crimes in the Bronx and find that they are not only related, but are also demonic in nature. Sarchie was raised Catholic, but “outgrew” his faith at the age of 12. With these new crimes, he might be willing to reconsider. Reluctantly, Sarchie teams up with an unconventional priest, Father Mendoza (Edgar Ramirez) who is schooled in the rituals of exorcism. Like most police dramas, Sarchie struggles with his work/life balance leaving his wife Jen (Olivia Munn) to deal with their daughter’s fears of a boogie man alone.

So, is “Deliver Us from Evil” a Christian film? Not in the traditional sense. It is rated “R” for violence and language and will cause some to sleep with the lights on when they get home.  It features many scenes that will most viewers jump and few that will make some cringe. Don’t expect many churches to show the film for “movie night” when it comes out on DVD. However, the story deals with some spiritual issues not usually found in such a movie. Sarchie deals with some of his own personal demons with the help of Mendoza, who shares about God’s forgiveness.

In addition, Ralph Sarchie and Father Mendoza ARE real people and the movie is inspired by real events that both have witnessed in real life. Some are taken from Sarchie’s book, “Beware the Night,” but it is hard to know just what in the story is considered true and what was added to make the story scarier. For instance, do windows really shatter because of a demonic presence? The scenes involving exorcism are fairly consistent with real footage that you can find from other sources and it is said that Eric Bana watched many for research before taking on the role. Not all skeptics will be on board with this one. At the very least, this film will make you think a little differently about mental illness and how much true evil plays out in our real world.

Coming to a TV Near You: Dove Movie Channel

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 received 5 Dove seals and could potentially be featured on the new Dove Channel.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 received 5 Dove seals and could potentially be featured on the new Dove Channel.

Founded in 1991, the nonprofit organization Dove Foundation as been dedicated to encouraging Hollywood to create family-friendly products. Movies and books are regularly screened by Dove and only those that are more or less “safe” for the family earn the coveted Dove seal of approval.

Just last month, it was announced that Dove would begin a partnership with Cinedigm to provide an over-the-top (OTT) digital subscription streaming service which will be widely accessible to consumers via the web, set top boxes, gaming consoles, and connected TVs.

The press release stated that “Dove Movie Channel streaming service will feature Cinedigm’s vast library of family-friendly, faith and kids’ content, as well as acquired content and original programming. Today, millions of families rely on The Dove Foundation’s ratings system, which has the participation of all major studios and hundreds of independent distributors and producers. Dove’s research has shown that their endorsed films are three times more profitable than non-endorsed films. All content released on the channel will meet the stringent guidelines of the Dove Seal in order to be programmed on the service.”

“Once entertainment content shifted to digital platforms, we began seeking a partner to provide instant access to Dove-approved faith and family movies and television series,” said Dove co-founder and CEO, Dick Rolfe.  “Cinedigm is the ideal partner, perfectly suited to provide a robust inventory of Dove-approved content coupled with the latest digital technology available on multiple platforms.”

“We are excited to partner with The Dove Foundation to meet the acute need for an over the top subscription service providing pre-screened, curated and wholesome family-friendly content,” said Chris McGurk, Chairman and CEO of Cinedigm.  “The Dove Foundation offers families the highest degree of confidence that they will be viewing only appropriate entertainment from a source they can trust.”

One detail the press release failed to mention was the date when the Dove Movie Channel would be operational, but it seems likely that families may have to wait a little while. Cindedigm’s goal is to launch many branded digital channels over the next 18 months. DOCURAMA is the company’s first digital channel available now and ConTV (a comic-con themed network) will be launched this fall.

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