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Louis-Dreyfus' father, William, died two days before the Primetime Emmys on Sunday - and the 'Veep' star dedicated her win to his memory.
‘Veep’ star Julia Louis-Dreyfus tearfully dedicated her record-breaking Primetime Emmy win to the memory of her father, who had passed away just two days before.
The 55 year old actress mentioned her father, billionaire entrepreneur William Louis-Dreyfus, at the end of her emotional acceptance speech for what her seventh Primetime Emmy win for ‘Veep’ on Sunday night (September 18th). He had died on Friday at the age of 84.
“Lastly, I'd like to dedicate this to my father, William Louis-Dreyfus, who passed away on Friday. I’m so glad he liked 'Veep' because his opinion was the one that really mattered,” she said while trying to hold in her emotions.
'Veep' is coming back, guys.
HBO has renewed its political comedy Veep, the day after its latest season premiere. The cable channel announced the news on Monday, also confirming that technology satire Silicon Valley will also be returning.
Julia Louis Dreyfus will return as Selina Meyer for the fifth season of Veep
Julia Louis-Dreyfus will return as Selina Meyer for a fifth season next year, though show runner Armando Iannucci will be stepping down after season four, to be replaced by Curb Your Enthusiasm executive producer David Mandel.
Continue reading: HBO Renews 'Veep', Hires 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Man As Show Runner
Guests are spotted arriving at the happy occasion that was the wedding of socialite Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and comedy actress Cheryl Hines at the luxury Kennedy compound in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Among arrivals were United States Senator Ted Kennedy's wife Joan Kennedy and 'Veep' star Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
In a week overshadowed by the death of Peaches Geldof, Mickey Rooney & Ultimate Warrior, we sought solace in action movies and rock music.
"#RIPPeaches": So went the hashtag that thousands of Twitter users used to pay tribute to the late Peaches Geldof, who was found dead in her Kent home on Monday with her baby son playing nearby. It's still not known how the 25 year-old mother-of-two suddenly passed away but her distraught family, including father Bob Geldof, have been given the body to plan a funeral whilst the toxicology test results come back. The Boomtown Rats star also lead the tributes to his "beautiful" daughter - read here. Peaches Geldof: 1989 - 2014.
Farewell Mickey Rooney: Screen legend and former child star Mickey Rooney passed away last Sunday at home in California after a long illness. Known for his unforgettable roles in Night at the Museum, Breakfast at Tiffany's and National Velvet, the 93 year-old was still making plans to appear in more movies and lived up to his positive "Don't retire - inspire" mantra. An ugly dispute over Rooney's burial and will has erupted since the death but will hopefully soon be calmed so that Hollywood can honour one of its most prolific figures. Read our obituary here. Mickey Rooney: 1920 - 2014.
How hard would it have been to have used the right constitution signature?
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is this month's Rolling Stone cover star and can currently be seen posing nude on the cover of the entertainment magazine. Well, not completely nude: the Veep actress' back in the shots is adorned with a tattoo print of U.S. Constitution signed by John Hancock across her back. The problem is Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution. Doh!
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Has Posed Nude For The Cover And Feature Interview For Rolling Stone.
It's unclear who made this rather embarrassing error but it certainly didn't slip by eagle-eyed Rolling Stone readers. The goof circulated online until the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia joined in the mockery by tweeting the cover alongside Founding Fathers George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in Signers' Hall with the words, "Thanks for the shoutout but no Hancock here."
The 53 year-old comedienne went completely nude for the magazine's front cover, showing off a rather comprehensive political tattoo.
The comedienne also got inked up for the shoot and had the United States Constitution tattooed on her back.
The music magazine, who used photographer Mark Seliger for the risqué photos, crowed her 'The First Lady of Comedy.'
Dench, Gordon-Levitt, Winslet and Louis-Dreyfus are all in Britain to present their new films at the London Film Festival, and a raft of new trailers promise action, drama, fantasy mayhem and a starry WWII adventure...
The stars continue to be out in London in the second week of the 57th London Film Festival. Judi Dench and Steve Coogan were on-hand with their new film Philomena, Joseph Gordon-Levitt got the crowd screaming outside the cinema before the screening of his writing-directing debut Don John, and. Click here for Philomena trailer and pics, or here for pics and the trailer for Don Jon and you can browse through our photo gallery of this week's Labor Day premiere in London.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus was also at the festival with filmmaker Nicole Holofcener for the UK premiere of their intelligent, offbeat romantic-comedy Enough Said, which features one of the final performances from the late James Gandolfini. It opens in British cinemas this weekend. You can read our Enough Said review here.
Say 'that Tom Hanks one' to the person asking you, 'which film?'
Without making the tired, systematic glee-filled statement that ‘it’s Friday’ and ‘it’s time for fun’ - because most people have to walk their dogs and tidy the house on the weekend instead of drinking coffee and watching cooking programs – we’d like to alert you to the fact that it is, indeed, Friday.
Tom Hanks is Captain Phillips
But you can’t clean at night. That’s a fact. So what you’ll probably do is head to the pictures. You’ll sit in a chair, delve your paws into a box containing heated kernels of maize and stare blankly while a multitude of rich people, realising their dream jobs, entertain the millions who never will.
A host of deserved wins with a few surprises; the 2013 Emmy awards celebrate the year we were glued to our TV sets.
Last night's Emmy Awards rounded off one of the most addictive and successful years in television for quite some time. Whether you've hooked on Homeland, mad about Mad Men, devoted to Downton Abbey or hyped about House of Cards, the annual TV industry awards dished out some dazzlingly deserved gongs.
Jeff Daniels' Unexpected Best Drama Actor Win Was One Of The Evening's Highlights.
How I Met Your Mother's Neil Patrick Harris acted as this year's compère and although his show wasn't nominated for the best 'Comedy Series,' Neil kept the jokes coming, making fun of how deceptively unpredictable some of this year's awards were.
It's official: Affleck's Dark Knight will take on Cavill's Man of Steel. Also, the One Direction movie premieres, The Mortal Instruments are released, and a trio of trailers promise tears, laughs and some spectacular Alaskan scenery...
This week's biggest story is that Ben Affleck will play Bruce Wayne (aka Batman) in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel, opposite Henry Cavill's Clark Kent (aka Superman). There's no word on the plot or the title of the new film, which is scheduled for release in the summer of 2015. Word has it that the two superheroes will be at odds with each other, setting up some big battles between them. Read all about the epic prospect here.
On Tuesday night, London hosted the world premiere of the new One Direction movie This Is Us, and the screams of pre-pubescent girls could be heard miles away from Leicester Square as the boy band, their manager Simon Cowell and a range of starry guests turned up to walk the red carpet. The film opens next week and you can look at photos from the event here.
Take a look at the new poster below.
The official poster for James Gandolfini’s last film, Enough Said, has been released. It sees Gandolfini alongside his co-star in the movie, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and takes on a poignant new light in the wake of the Sopranos star’s recent death.
Consistantly reffered to as generious, loving and caring, Gandolfini in a grey t-shirt, smiling, with a world-class beard makes this writer stutter somewhat. It’s difficult and amazing in equal measure to see the great man excelling at the thing he always did best.
Gandolfini suddenly died from a heart attack in June while on holiday in Rome with his 13-year-old son. Louis-Dreyfus has opened up on what it was like to work with the late star. "I think people will just really freak out seeing his performance," the actress told BBC News.
Fans of the political comedy will be pleased
A rise in ratings has seen the already popular show Veep become even more popular with HBO. The paid-for cable channel has ordered a third season, with 10 episodes set to air in 2014.
It has been suggested the show’s pairing with Game of Thrones has been responsible for this boost in ratings. Having the highly rated fantasy drama as a lead in has certainly been beneficial for the political comedy, and represented an improvement on last year’s pairing with Girls. It hit a season high this last Sunday with 1.3 million viewers as GoT approached its fifth episode, causing HBO to make sure they don’t miss out next year. The show – starring Seinfeld’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus as fictional vice president Selina Meyer – was created by Armando Iannucci, the creative mind behind Britians favourite political comedy, The Thick of It and the international movie of the same vein, In The Loop. The decision is generally considered to be a good one.
Season one achieved an overall rating of 72 on Metacritic from 30 reviews, while season 2 has posted an improvement with 74. One review, from Salon, says “Veep remains one of the most rapid-fire and linguistically playful shows on TV— neologisms created in just the first episodes include “exhuastipated,” “procrasturbate” and “gestictionary.” But in the new season, the physical comedy is just as strong.”
Continue reading: Ratings Spike Sees 'Veep' Season 3 Confirmed
Popular political comedy returns for second season
Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns in the new series of the US political comedy Veep, created by Armando Ianucci.
Armando had great success with the British political satire In the Loop and The Thick of It and has done a great job of translating that success to the US political system. Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars as Vice President Selina Meyer, an ambitious politician with her eyes on the president’s job.
Julia Louis Dreyfus, Matt Walsh, Anna Chlumsky at the Veep premiere
Continue reading: Can Veep Series 2 Keep Up The Momentum? (Pictures)
Former Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has had her Israeli TV commercial pulled, for fear that it would offend the country's overweight population
It’s a common social embarrassment that many of us have fallen victim to. Asking “Oh, when are you due?” only to be met with the response “I’m not pregnant.” Oh, the horror… Sadly for Julia Louis-Dreyfus, however, her comic take on this scenario, for a regional TV commercial has been banned from the airwaves in Israel, for fear of offending its overweight citizens.
In the commercial for local satellite TV station Yes, the former Seinfeld star can be seen patting a co-worker’s belly, thinking that she was with child, only to realise that she is not pregnant at all, merely overweight. The social embarrassment continues, and culminates in her remarking that the woman couldn’t possibly be pregnant “because obviously she hasn’t dated anyone in forever.” The Hollywood Reporter revealed the news that the ad had been pulled from broadcast and quoted Israel’s Yedid Association for Community Empowerment, who filed a complaint with Yes’ CEO Ron Ayalon, as well as the Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Council.
“There are a lot of weight-challenged individuals in Israel who are treated in an irreverent and hurtful manner,” came the complaint. “There is no justification to illustrate a stigma which suggests a larger woman is either pregnant or simply too fat for anyone to consider going out with.” The commercial has not only been pulled from air but also removed from the company’s YouTube channel. Yes released a statement of apology, stating “the playful commercial was based on Julia Louis-Dreyfus' past characters, and the message is how one may handle making a mistake. If anyone is being ridiculed throughout the spot it is Julia herself who is the one making these mistakes… It was not our intention to offend any population whatsoever and if it hurt anyone, we are deeply sorry."
Everybody's favourite Seinfeld character, Kramer, who was lovingly played by Michael Richards, is set to grace the small screen once more alongside Cheers actor Kirstie Alley in the US sitcom pilot for Giant Baby.
Richards will play a limo driver for Alley's Broadway star, who has to deal with the son she gave up for adoption coming back into her life. He rose to prominence with his excellent work, mastering the art of slapstick comedy while punctuating it with some excellently delivered lines. His quirky acting style and signature cheesy grin have become iconic, and his performances alongside pals Jerry Seinfeld, George Costanza and Elaine Benes culminated in one of the most powerful comical quartets in television history. He was, however, embroiled in controversy when, inexplicably, he shouted racial slurs against hecklers during a standup appearance at a Los Angeles comedy club. It was out of character, and Richards issued a heartfelt apology, even correcting those that found it funny, asserting that it was in fact a very serious matter.
It looks like Jason Alexander, who played the part of George in Seinfeld, is still to really do any meaningful work after Seinfeld. Jerry is still doing stand up, which sells out most of the time, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Elaine) has Veep, and now Richards has a new pilot. The whole gang got together on Curb Your Enthusiasm for a comeback show written by Larry David.
The Emmys: a renowned rewards show, recognising the very top talents in contemporary television, or a chance to showcase some cutting edge prank work? Hmm.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus certainly thinks the latter applies, as she got a touch of the Kimmels and played a prank in front of the live studio audience. Accepting her award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy, Dreyfus started reading a speech from a crumped piece of paper, before her and Amy Poehler ‘realised’ they’d switched speeches. A quick turn around, a spot of acting and plenty of laughs later, the speech was nearly given, but not before the pair squeezed another gag in, with the former Seinfeld star saying, "Isn't it a shame that Amy Poehler didn't win?" It was a joke in good tact, and a showed a refreshing level of self-awareness from the comedy pair. Well done, we say.
Jimmy Kimmel would have been watching from the wings, snarling that his prank, which involved a fake collapse of Tracey Morgan had to play second fiddle. "OMG, Tracy Morgan just passed out at the Emmys. Turn on ABC right now!" he implored fans to share on their social media accounts. Sure, Morgan was in on the joke, and it was a clever touch to involve fans in interactive social media, but it wasn’t the best prank in the history of awards’ shows. Looks like Kimmel will have to work a bit harder in order to maintain his mantle as Hollywood’s prank king.
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