Archive for December 8th, 2008

Simpsons Leads WGA Nominations…

Monday, December 8th, 2008

‘Simpsons’ leads Writers Guild TV nominations



‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Mad Men,’ ‘The Wire’ all receive nominations

Mon., Dec. 8, 2008

LOS ANGELES – “The Simpsons,” television’s longest-running comedy, led the nominations announced on Monday for the Writers Guild of America’s annual broadcasting awards.


The edgy cartoon series, airing on the News Corp.-owned Fox network for 19 seasons, was one of five nominees for best comedy series, along with two previous winners from NBC, “30 Rock” and “The Office,” and two cable shows, HBO’s “Entourage” and Showtime’s “Weeds.”


Four episodes of “The Simpsons” were nominated separately in the category for best animation broadcasts.


The hit cartoon about a lazy, slow-witted family man named Homer Simpson has collected numerous WGA awards in the animation category over the years, but this is the first time the show also is competing as best comedy series.


The WGA awards for television and radio will be held on February 7.


In September, “The Simpsons” extended its record Emmy-winning streak by claiming television’s highest honor for a prime-time cartoon for a 10th year.


NBC’s show-within-a-show “30 Rock,” starring Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, was the second most WGA-nominated program on Monday with four nods in all — including a bid for best comedy series and three for best comedy episode. “30 Rock” won for best comedy last season.


The most recognized drama in the WGA sweepstakes this year is the AMC cable series “Breaking Bad,” starring Bryan Cranston in his Emmy-winning role as a terminally ill high school teacher who cooks crystal methamphetamine for quick cash.


“Breaking Bad” drew three nominations, one for best new series and two in the drama episode contest. It will vie for best new series against “Fringe” (Fox), “In Treatment” (HBO), “Life on Mars” (ABC) and “True Blood” (HBO).


Three of the nominees for best drama come from cable television — HBO’s defending champion “The Wire,” which recently ended its run; AMC’s “Mad Men,” this year’s Emmy winner for best drama series; and Showtime’s “Dexter,” about a serial killer working as a crime scene investigator.


Two drama nominees from broadcast television are NBC’s high school football saga “Friday Night Lights” and the ABC castaway thriller “Lost.”



Aussie Award for Heath Ledger…

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Australia rewards Ledger’s Joker performance



Family accepts posthumous best actor prize from film institute

The Associated Press
Mon., Dec. 8, 2008

MELBOURNE, AustraliaHeath Ledger’s family paid a teary tribute to the late actor as they accepted a top Australian film industry award on his behalf.


Ledger was posthumously given the Australian Film Institute’s international award for best actor for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight.


His father, Kim; mother, Sally; and sister Kate accepted the award.


“It’s been without a doubt the most difficult year, losing such a loved family member,” said Kate Ledger, fighting back tears.


“We are so proud of him and humbly accept this award on behalf of his beautiful daughter, who we will cherish forever,” she said, referring to Matilda, his 3-year-old daughter with actress Michelle Williams.


Ledger’s performance in the Batman blockbuster is regarded as having a solid chance for a posthumous Academy Award for best supporting actor.


“It was this swaggering, psychopathic clown that turned his career into a legacy and the name Heath Ledger into an ongoing inspiration to actors everywhere,” the Australia Film Institute said at the awards ceremony Saturday night in Melbourne.


Sally Ledger thanked the film institute for the tribute to her son, who died of an accidental prescription drug overdose in New York in January. He was 28.


“We are immensely proud of him, not only for his professional achievements, but in the way he truly cherished his family, friends and his precious Matilda,” she said.


“Heath was never one to accept mediocrity, he put his heart and soul into achieving what he believed was required and followed his passions with great enthusiasm and an insatiable curiosity,” she added.



Bettie Page in Coma…

Monday, December 8th, 2008


Bettie Page suffers heart attack



Bettie Page, the quintessential 1950s pinup girl who captivated men and women alike with her dark, glossy hair, naughty fetish photos and incredible knockout figure, is in a coma after suffering a heart attack. Page, 85, had the heart attack on Friday and has since been in intensive care, according to agent Mark Roesler. Roesler also stated that Page is critically ill.


Page had been in the hospital for three weeks prior to the heart attack battling a case of pneumonia. She was scheduled for release but was sidelined by the heart attack. She was then transferred to another hospital in Los Angeles. Page family friend Todd Mueller told the press that the former pinup is in a coma.


Page, who battled mental illness and became a Born Again Christian after her modeling career, has been reclusive for several years. Page rarely grants interviews and refuses to have her photo taken, having said that she prefers fans to remember her as she looked when she was a young woman.