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Steve Sabol, the pioneer behind NFL Films, dies at age 69

Steve Sabol, who revolutionized the way sports are covered in America as the president of NFL Films, died on Tuesday from brain cancer, according to He was 69.

In the early ’60s, Sabol joined his father Ed Sabol in creating a new style of looking at the sport of football — it was intimate, passionate, and brought fans used to watching from the stands, or their living-room La-Z-Boys, closer to the field than they had ever been. It was one thing to watch a game on TV on Sunday, it was quite another to relive it the following week thanks to the Sabols, who brought an almost-mythic level of drama to the gladiatorial combat on the gridiron. Sabol worked as a cameraman, editor, writer, director, and producer for NFL Films, sharing a passion for the game that developed while playing football at Colorado College.

Over the next decade, the Sabols’ NFL Films segments became an institution. They were instantly recognizable to fans, not only for their on-the-field view of the plays and the players (who they often put tiny microphones on), but also for the stentorian narration of John Facenda — a man whose voice seemed to rumble down from the fog-shrouded peak of Mt. Olympus. READ FULL STORY

How to deliver the perfect Emmy speech, by Parker Posey -- VIDEO

In a new promo for this weekend’s Emmy Awards, the amazing Parker Posey portrays a hardcore Emmy Awards acting coach. JA,N — which stands for Just Act, Naturally — teaches actors how to deliver the perfect Emmy speech. It’s not just about the words — it’s about the performance. “The most important part of any actor’s career is the Emmy Awards acceptance speech,” says JA,N.

Activities include learning how to hold an Emmy, how to cry on stage, and how to use a foreign language to your advantage.

“The Emmy acceptance speech is the first time you get to show the world who you really are,” a student says. “Well, not who you really are, but the character JA,N says you should be, and I like that because I don’t like me very much.”

Check out the full promo below: READ FULL STORY

On the scene at the Creative Arts Emmys: Triple-digit heat and hours of awards

Despite the Creative Arts Emmy winners being an incredibly diverse bunch (everything from Game of Thrones and Frozen Planet to Two and a Half Men and The Penguins of Madagascar grabbed the golden girls), there was one topic that united nominees, presenters, crew, and media alike — the unbearable triple-digit heat.

“It feels like they are holding this awards show on the surface of the sun,” Once Upon a Time’s Jennifer Morrison told EW when she arrived on the red carpet at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles Saturday. “At least [they could have sprung for] a tent. It’s just not nice. No one looks good in this much sunlight.”

Mad Men mastermind Matthew Weiner agreed to spearhead a petition, which may or may not have been suggested by a desperate and melting magazine reporter, to move the show to a cooler month. “Traditionally, it’s been held at this time of year to kick off the fall season, but our show has never been a part of that so it doesn’t hold sentimental value for me,” he quipped. “For as long as I have been attending Emmy festivities, it has never not been hot. I blame global warming, and that’s not going anywhere so maybe we should consider pushing it to a cooler time of year.”

Marc Shaiman, a nominee in the outstanding original music and lyrics category for his work on Smash, seconded the motion, if only for clothes comfort. “This heat is something else and there are no good warm-weather options in men’s formalwear. The ladies can wear almost nothing and get away with it. They’re so lucky.” READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Who SHOULD and WILL win at the Emmys? Our predictions!

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Breaking Bad. Homeland. Downton Abbey. Game of Thrones. The Big Bang Theory. Modern Family. Veep. They’re all winners in our book! But will they be winners when they compete for trophies when the Emmy awards air on Sept. 23? Lynette Rice and Jessica Shaw join me as we peer into our crystal ball to make our official Emmy predictions on the newest installment of the InsideTV Podcast. Which shows and actors will come up big and who will go home empty handed? Can Breaking Bad finally break through in the Outstanding Drama category? Is Claire Danes a shoo-in for her brilliant work on Homeland? And will their dramatic death scenes propel either Jared Harris or Giancarlo Esposito to victory? We make our picks in all the big drama, comedy, and reality categories.

But that’s not all! We also tell you our personal picks for who should win in each category. Which show truly is the best drama on television? Do we like New Girl’s Max Greenfield over the field of decorated Modern Family nominees? And which new HBO comedy are we all pulling for to make a huge upset?

To join in the fun, just click on the audio player icon below. Or, since we’re on iTunes, you can subscribe for free and take the podcast with you. No iTunes? No problem. You can also download the entire podcast right here. And to send a question to the InsideTV Podcast team, follow us on Twitter @InsideTVPodcast. But first let us know what you think. What is the best drama and best comedy on TV? Are you on Team Schmidt? And what is your big upset pick of the evening? Hit the message boards and let us know!

Loretta Devine talks 'Grey's Anatomy,' her Emmy nod, the 'Waiting to Exhale' sequel, and more

Grey’s Anatomy star Loretta Devine has a lot to celebrate: She won an Emmy for her meaty role as the Alzheimer’s-riddled Adele on the ABC soap last year, and she’s nominated again this year. It’s not a stretch to think she might take home a second trophy, but the field — guest actress in a drama series — is notoriously deep with talent and this year that’s no different: Devine is up against The Good Wife‘s Martha Plimpton, Harry’s Law‘s Jean Smart, Mad Men‘s Julia Ormond, Shameless‘ Joan Cusack, and Smash‘s Uma Thurman.

But win or not, Devine has lots more to smile about: Besides her Emmy-winning role on Grey’s, she’s also got a spot as a sassy madame on Lifetime’s successful movie spin-off series The Client List, and she voices a role in Disney Junior’s cute, animated show Doc McStuffins, which just released a DVD. Between it all, Devine found a few minutes to chat with EW about her Emmy nomination, her future on Grey’s, what she’d like to see happen to her character Adele, what’s going on with the Waiting to Exhale sequel, and much more.


Emmys: Bill Hader on his nomination, 'Downton Abbey' obsession, and new season of 'SNL'

will start to break out. They’ve been on the show two seasons. I feel like that’s what happened with me, Kristen, Andy, and Jason: The first couple seasons, we did really well, and then in your third and fourth seasons, you’re really doing well. Jay, Bobby, Fred, and Kenan are gonna be there. So I think it will be a good, tight ensemble. I’m not too concerned about it. That said, I did buy a bed this summer and wedge it into our small office space at home and put blackout curtains in there so I can sleep.”

We recently caught up with Hader and talked about his Emmy nomination, him trying to convince South Park‘s Trey Parker and Matt Stone to watch Downtown Abbey, why he’s not on Twitter, and how he would have spoofed NBC’s Olympics coverage. (Spoiler alert for people who haven’t started Breaking Bad and intend to.) READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Kimmel on Emmys: 'American Horror Story' 'not a miniseries'

FX’s American Horror Story may have been allowed to compete in the miniseries category for this year’s Emmy Awards, but this year’s host Jimmy Kimmel certainly has a clear opinion on the matter. “It’s not a miniseries — let’s be honest,” he told a room of television critics today.

Meanwhile, Bruce Rosenblum, chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences defended the board’s decision, following creator Ryan Murphy’s appeal to let Horror Story compete as a miniseries. “We have a terrific process to vet these kinds of decisions, and our board of governors believed that the show clearly belonged in the miniseries category,” he said.

The miniseries category, which this year also included Luther and Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia, is being monitored “carefully,” Rosenblum later added. “We’ll see how American Horror Story plays out next season, but what was presented to the committee and the board of governors was persuasive enough to have them vote that the show qualified.”

Kimmel quipped: “I’m going to try to qualify as a miniseries next year. It seems like a soft category.”

UPDATE: FX president responds: Damn straight ‘American Horror Story’ is a miniseries!

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'Hatfields & McCoys': Bill Paxton talks reigniting the feud with Kevin Costner for the Emmys as miniseries hits Blu-ray

History’s miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton as the patriarchs at the center of America’s most famous family feud, hits Blu-ray and DVD on July 31 — with 16 Emmy nominations in tow. “That thing just keeps on going,” says Paxton, who earned his first nod. “And now they’ve got Kevin and I competing with these other great actors for the male lead in a miniseries or made-for-TV movie. I texted him, ‘The feud is back on.’ He texted back, ‘Stop it! Stop it!’ I would always get him laughing, and he’d always go, ‘Stop it! Stop it!’” READ FULL STORY

'Homeland' season 2 teaser goes inside Carrie's mind -- VIDEO

The first season of Showtime’s Emmy-nominated, hit drama Homeland was quite the trip into the mind of Claire Danes’ character Carrie Mathison. And season 2 looks to be much the same, as evidenced by the new teaser — it’s embedded below — the cable network just released.

It doesn’t feature any footage from the coming season, but the teaser — which shows the Emmy-nominated Danes as dialogue and imagery from the first season engulf her — points heavily toward Mathison’s mental health issues.

The second season is supposed to pick up after Mathison has been in the psych ward for about six months, after having gone through a series of shock treatments.

Homeland premieres on Showtime Sunday, Sept. 30, at 10 p.m.

Watch the teaser here:


Emmy Awards 2012: 'New Girl' actor Max Greenfield on how Paul Rudd contributed to his big day

The Emmy-nominated Max Greenfield” is working on getting people to introduce him properly. After all, what’s the point of being nominated for an Emmy Award if the whole world doesn’t know it? “I’m working on it, but not everybody is on the same page as I am,” he laments. “I’m working on a movie right now in New York and I was expecting to get that when I walked on set, but I wasn’t treated any differently than the day before, which I thought was quite inappropriate.”

Much like the loveable Schmidt on Fox’s New Girl, Greenfield speaks without a hint of irony, but after having a little fun, the actor is quick to point out just how thankful he is by the flood of success that’s come his way in a short amount of time. “It’s been completely overwhelming and really unbelievable,” says the actor, who is currently filming They Came Together with Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd. “Just to think that two years ago I was running around auditioning for guest star [roles] on TV and today I walked into a trailer and Paul Rudd was like ‘Hey, congrats on the Emmy nomination; I just heard about it.’” The trip from A to B, he says, “is hard to process.” READ FULL STORY

Emmy Awards: Louis C.K. talks about his record number of nominations

Comedian, television auteur, and Entertainment Weekly coverboy Louis C.K. earned seven Emmy nominations yesterday. His multi-hyphenate work on FX’s much-praised Louie earned him Best Actor, Best Writing, and Best Directing nominations. He also earned four nominations for his comedy special, Live at the Beacon Theater. EW got on the phone with C.K. to talk about his nominations, the other nominees that excited him, and what’s in store for the third season of Louie.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: First off, congratulations. I’ve seen some reports that say you broke the record for most individual Emmy nominations in a single year.
LOUIS C.K.: That’s weird. Breaking records is not something you expect to be doing. That’s like a sports thing, it’s not usually a comedy and writing thing. I love that David Lynch had the record before me [for Twin Peaks]. I love him. He’s like an idol of mine. READ FULL STORY

Emmy Awards 2012: Lena Dunham ponders if her breasts helped 'Girls' get nominated (Truth: It was much more than that!)

Thursday morning was the best morning of Lena Dunham’s life. Well, almost. The day her sister was born is high on the list, too. But it definitely trumped Christmas morning when she was six years old. Yes, definitely, she shares.

These random asides are what one gets when chatting with Dunham, the pleasantly honest, uncommonly candid, and now Emmy-nominated star of HBO’s Girls. And today, after her show walked away with three big Emmy nominations — for Best Comedy, Best Actress in a Comedy, and Best Comedy Writing — EW thought it was a prime opportunity for a chat. Read on — and try to keep up.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tell me about your morning.
LENA DUNHAM: I woke up and acted like I wasn’t nervous. When I went to sleep, I was listening to the Ellie Goulding single “Lights” over and over again. “I’m just a free young person. I don’t care what happens with the Emmys.” And then I set my alarm for 9 (ET) because I thought it would be really cool of me to sleep past when everyone knows — and of course I woke up at 7:30! Then my very close friend called me at 8:35 and the shrieking that ensued was legendary. I ran around my house down my hallway with no pants on, ran back into my house, called Jenni Konner — the other executive producer, screamed, called my mom, screamed, called my friend in Japan, screamed. It was a really shrieky morning. Then I found out that the director who was doing the current episode of our show had a spider bite and I had to direct for one day. So I had to mentally prepare myself for these scenes that I hadn’t really thought about how to shoot. Now I find myself talking to you. READ FULL STORY

Emmy Awards: Bryan Cranston of 'Breaking Bad' on his nomination and his show's very good morning

The sun was shining brightly on Albuquerque today, as AMC’s Breaking Bad was nominated for 13 Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series, and acting nods for four of its power players, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, and Giancarlo Esposito. “It’s a good day to break bad,” quips Cranston, who was nominated again for his mesmerizing performance as Walter White, the terminally ill high school chemistry teacher who has corroded into a dangerous meth lord. “Everybody get out there and break a little bad.” EW spoke with three-time Emmy winner about his nomination, the show’s great fortune, and his favorite moments from season 4.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did you sleep last night?
BRYAN CRANSTON: I go right to sleep. In fact, we just had a New York trip, so I was a little bit jet-lagged. But no, I sleep well. I don’t think about that sort of thing. I don’t think I should. I don’t think anybody should. This kind of thing should be a nice surprise that you react to, not anticipate.

Well, when you saw all the nominations for the cast, that was certainly a good thing to react to.
That was huge. Once I found out that we had 13 nominations for our little show, it’s like, “Wow, that’s fantastic.” And it would be phenomenal to see those people get their recognition. I mean, they did, today. And it would be lovely if they were able to win an award. And especially the show. Because we’re all involved in it collectively.

What sticks out to you when you look back at Walt’s story last season? He is well on his journey to the dark side by the end of the season when he declares, “I won.”
He is. Last season seemed to be where all the elements were coming into play for him, where he was finally not only accepting his new life, but embracing it, allowing him to feel empowered. For the most part of the season, however, he was feeling oppressed by Gus Fring’s [Giancarlo Esposito] heavy hand and wasn’t able to come out from under that kind of pressure. Against all odds, he did. He was Bobby Fischer defeating the champion. It was the Miracle on Ice, the American hockey team beating the Russians. Because he had all the cards. He had money. He had control. He had henchmen. He had video cameras. He was three, four, five steps ahead of Walt and had all the advantages. So to be able to defeat someone like that was huge. And now I look at it, and I think, “Well, there’s two ways you can go with that. Either you thank your lucky stars and realize, ‘We just dodged a bullet here, and now let’s get out of this horrible business and get back to some semblance of a life.’ Or you go, as Walt chose this year, ‘Yeah, damn right. Look what I did. I won! I beat him!’ And now, unfortunately for Walt and everyone else around him, he is behaving like a teenage track star. He’s pounding his chest and saying, “Look at me!” and wants to create an even bigger enterprise than Gus Fring had. Now he’s challenged. He’s competitive — and not in a healthy way.

Do you have a favorite Walt scene from season 4?
I just keep thinking of “Crawl Space.” That moment of futility when he realizes that he can’t protect his own family because the money’s not there, so he can’t give it to the guy who makes people disappear. And not only that, to rub salt in the wound, the money went to my wife’s ex-lover. [Laughs] The absurdity of that just caught him by surprise — the absolute despair — because he’s laughing as a dead man and realizes the irony of how this all played out, and this is how it’s going to end. That struck me.

Also just the logistics of “End Times,” where Jesse comes to Walt’s house. Walt is completely expecting the assault, and he’s ready. And Jesse want to put a bullet in his head because Brock, the boy, was poisoned with ricin. And he must know it’s me, and I’m laying there — he pushed me down — and I’m saying, “Why would I do this? Why? What do I have to gain by doing this?” And you know who does have something to gain and who has used children in the past. All that logic was able to come spewing up. It was perfectly played by Walt. The interesting thing is that I, Bryan, didn’t know that Walt had indeed poisoned the child when we were shooting that episode. Because I had not read the final episode yet. And so I was able to play that earnestly. And I thought I was telling the truth. I thought Walt was saying, “Think! Why would I do such a thing? It doesn’t make any sense!” It was all so well played that I was reading the final episode — “Oh, we got him. It blew up. Oh my God. We gotta go clean the thing up, and blow up the superlab…” — and then the last page almost insignificantly had three lines of action in the description. And I didn’t even turn the page before it over completely because there was a sea of white and just three black lines of ink. I went, “Blah, blah, blah, backyard… oh, what’s this? Camera pushes in on a plant… Lily of the Valley…” And all of the sudden, I was like [gasps] “Oh my God! I did do it!” It was just amazing to me. That’s what’s so great — I did not see that coming.

How do you navigate the Giancarlo-Aaron situation, seeing that they’re both nominated in the same category?
I said, “I’ll vote for you.” To each one of them.

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