2014 Emmys: a Will Win/ Should Win (Lead Actor Edition)

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The 2014 Emmy Nominations have been released!  There’s definitely some controversial  omissions .  We’re going to take you through a will win/ should win, right now for lead actors, because there are kind of a lot of categories.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:

Breaking Bad • AMC
Bryan Cranston as Walter White
House Of Cards • Netflix •
Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood
Mad Men • AMC
Jon Hamm as Don Draper
The Newsroom • HBO
Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy
True Detective • HBO
Woody Harrelson as Martin Hart
True Detective • HBO
Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle

Will Win and Should Win: Bryan Cranston, for his terrifying turn in the last season of Breaking Bad.   McConaughey and Harrelson could very well split any votes True Detective would garner, and it’s not wise to bet against the one who knocks.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Downton Abbey • PBS
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley
The Good Wife • CBS
Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick
Homeland • Showtime
Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison
House Of Cards • Netflix •
Robin Wright as Claire Underwood
Masters of Sex • Showtime 
Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson
Scandal • ABC 
Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope

Will Win:  Claire Danes has won twice for Homeland, but many feel the show has lost its way a little bit in the most recent season. Honestly, I could see this going to anyone but Lizzy Caplan- Masters of Sex simply isn’t popular enough.
Should Win: 
Kerry Washington.  She’s been nominated before for the role, but her Presidential fixer has risen to become a cultural icon.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Dancing On The Edge • Starz
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Louis Lester
Fargo • FX Networks
Martin Freeman as Lester Nygaard
Fargo • FX Networks
Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo
Luther • BBC America
Idris Elba as John Luther
The Normal Heart • HBO
Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks
Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece) • PBS
Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

Will Win: Ruffalo’s a strong contender for his turn in the star-studded, high-profile The Normal Heart.
Should Win: 
Cumberbatch has never been better as Sherlock Holmes

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

American Horror Story: Coven • FX Networks
Jessica Lange as Fiona Goode
American Horror Story: Coven • FX Networks
Sarah Paulson as Cordelia Goode Foxx
Burton And Taylor • BBC America
Helena Bonham Carter as Elizabeth Taylor
Return To Zero • Lifetime
Minnie Driver as Maggie Royal
The Spoils Of Babylon • IFC
Kristen Wiig as Cynthia Morehouse
The Trip To Bountiful • Lifetime
Cicely Tyson as Carrie Watts

Will Win: Jessica Lange, though not necessarily for her turn as Fiona.  The Emmys might hand over the award because she didn’t win for Sister Jude.
Should Win: Kristen Wiig, but comedies don’t really fare well outside their own category.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory • CBS
Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper
Derek • Netflix
Ricky Gervais as Derek
Episodes • Showtime
Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc
House Of Lies • Showtime
Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan
Louie • FX Networks
Louis C.K. as Louie
Shameless • Showtime
William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher

Will Win: The Emmys love The Big Bang Theory, and Parsons has had more opportunities to act and grow as a character this season than in previous ones.  Expect that to be rewarded.  The only new face is Ricky Gervais, and I’m sure people are still not particularly fond of him after the Golden Globes.
Should Win: I’m actually pulling for Parsons, given that he actually made catchphrase-spouting Sheldon human again this season.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Girls • HBO
Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath
Mike & Molly • CBS
Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn
Nurse Jackie • Showtime 
Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton
Orange Is The New Black • Netflix 
Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman
Parks and Recreation • NBC 
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope
Veep • HBO
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Vice President Selina Meyer

Will Win: The Emmys love Julia Louis-Dreyfus.  In a category with few new faces, they might stick with the status quo.  Orange is the New Black is fabulous, but Schilling’s character is largely considered the least interesting part of it.
Should Win: Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation.  A beautiful balance of bumbling, steely, brilliant, sweet, and courageous. She’s far overdue.

(Later today, I will post for supporting actors!)

 

Today, we celebrate our Independence: a Pretty Nerdy Party

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I love throwing parties, and Independence Day is no exception.  But while everyone else is throwing their star-spangled soirees, we are throwing a shindig based on one of America’s greatest treasures

This 1996 gem is a mainstay, so you probably won’t even need to purchase the movie.  Just turn on the TV.  It’s almost definitely on.  Probably playing several times in a row, if we’re being honest.

Decoration:

  • You might be able to scare up some posters on Ebay and Amazon, or you could print up some stills of the film all over your home.  Make sure to place President Whitmore in a place of honor.
  • You could also easily scrounge VHS copies of the film at any thrift store.  If you can round up two or four you can surround a vase with them to make a lovely centerpiece.  In the vase, either go with traditional flowers, or (my recommendation) glow sticks or depending on your local laws, sparklers.

Think this, but with the VHS tapes themselves alternating with the covers.

 

Food and Drink:

  • Boomer’s Pigs in a Blanket:
    Wrap 97% fat free hot dogs with reduced-fat biscuit dough, so you can run faster and jump higher, improbably avoiding an exploding tunnel.

  • Barbecue, to celebrate the one Steve Hiller thought he should be at
  • White (House) Pizza: sure to be destroyed partway through the party!
  • Red, White, and Blue Firecracker popsicles- both for the missile imagery and for the ‘Murica imagery.
  • Area 51 worms-and-dirt.  Just substitute Oreos and chocolate pudding with graham crackers (or the vanilla Oreos) and vanilla pudding.  Add some gummy aliens.
  • As for beverages?  Anything American (classic soda out of the bottle, lemonade, etc.) or on fire (the flaming shot of your choice) would be more than appropriate.

Party Favors:

Cigars, obviously.

At the end of your party, please be sure to play music from the most corpulent singer you can find, because it ain’t over until the fat lady sings.

Then go see some fireworks.  After all, Captain Hiller promised us fireworks.

The Pipe-Bombshell is back!

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Last night’s WWE Raw boasted a series of high-profile and happily met returns.

First, the Miz and Chris Jericho.  Jericho is a fan favorite, putting over young talent while never losing the audience’s love.  The pop for Jericho is always high.  (editor’s note: He also almost hit me with his car, but that is another story for another day.)  Additionally, giving him a feud with Bray Wyatt will serve interesting, as Jericho has a good balance of goofy and intense, and will alternate between mocking and destroying the cult.

Then, AJ Lee, the longest-reigning Divas Champion, returned to take what was hers with fire and blood.  Paige’s run as champion has been admittedly fairly boring, with Paige doing very little.  Paige’s obvious trepidation (and AJ’s prominent wedding ring) were highlights in the pre-match promo, though the match itself was short.  It wasn’t obvious who we were supposed to root for, with Paige seeming far more like a cowardly, mean heel and AJ Lee coming off as a humbled face making a triumphant climb back to the top.  I am not sure how this will affect Paige long-term, effectively making her short 3 month run as champion entirely transitional between AJ Lee reigns.

 

The Darkest Timeline is No More.

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Aaaaaaand we’re back.

Yahoo Screen has answered the prayers of everyone who has spent the last six weeks mourning the Greendale Six: Community is coming back for its long-fabled sixth season.  The cast’s contracts were due to expire yesterday, causing fans to almost lose hope.  Dan Harmon and company came through in the end, just like the lovable underdogs we know them to be.

So far, Yahoo Screen has been selling what we want to buy.  In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Zack Van Amburg, president of programming and production at Sony Pictures Television, told us that “The budget won’t be cut one dollar.  We didn’t want to be producing the show at any less of the quality or production value that we had been producing. Yahoo came in with finances that were undeniable.”

In addition, since scripts for the comedy tended to run on the longer side, we could actually get even more Community per episode.  The episodes are due to make a fall debut (October 19, perhaps, in an even grander Take That to NBC?)

As for the fan reaction?  Joy is an understatement.  The subreddit for Community exploded in happiness, and I can’t help but agree.

 

Six Seasons and a movie.  Now and forever.

BREAKING NEWS: READY PLAYER ONE MOVIE IS HAPPENING

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I am so not sorry for how excited I am.  My favorite book of 2011 is being made into a film, with the screenplay written by Zak Penn.

Zak Penn helped write X-Men: The Last Stand, but achieved his penance by working on an early script for The Avengers in 2012.  He has also done story or written drafts of childhood favorite The Last Action Hero and widely beloved sequel (phrases you don’t often type) X2: X-Men United.

In related nerd news, he has also been attached to the script for the eagerly awaited Pacific Rim 2.  So within a few years, he may be my best friend or my worst enemy.

Pretty Nerdy Warriors: Part 2 of our E3 coverage

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Thought we were done talking about Hyrule Warriors? You were wrong.

On top of handing us a roster of mostly female playable characters, the outfits on these women are sensible and practical while still looking great. This is a big deal in the video game world which is tends to cast mostly males, and when we do get female characters, they’re often hyper sexualized and running around in skimpy armor that would be of no use in battle. Seeing properly battle-ready ladies is a welcome breath of fresh air.

Legend of Zelda has rarely had a problem with their sexualizing of female characters, but one can’t help but worry that it’s only right around the corner and with a collaboration we don’t really know what to expect. Imagine the relief when we got to see our ladies and their outfits.

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Let’s talk about Impa first. We know her mostly as Zelda’s Sheikah mentor and protector. She has two major appearances in both Ocarina of Time and Skyward Sword (as well as minor appearances in Link Between Worlds and as Impaz in Twilight Princess). In both OoT and SS she’s a fierce warrior and has helpful advice for Link. She’s always ready to go with armor, weapons, and a calm demeanor.

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Let’s talk about our beloved Princess Queen Zelda next. (ed: as of yesterday, it was announced that Zelda would have ascended the throne come Hyrule Warriors and would in fact be Queen.)

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Now, we’ve had the chance to see Zelda fight before in the Nintendo game Super Smash Bros. There she’s wearing an unaltered version of her usual gown that we see her appear in during Legend of Zelda. Everyone can probably agree fighting in a full length ball gown is at the very least impractical, if not just downright ridiculous.

Her updated look in Hyrule Warriors could have easily been boobalicous and sexy, but here we see that it’s not. It’s practical while still managing to look regal and pretty. The designers gave her the best of everything when they could have given her the worst.

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And finally, everyone’s favorite imp and princess of the Twilight, Midna! The designers seem to be working under the old saying “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” with Midna’s look. The biggest difference here is that the wolf isn’t Link transformed but rather seems to be a beast summoned from the Twilight Realm to aid its princess. If we didn’t know better this could just be a screenshot of Midna from Twilight Princess for all she’s changed. She’s looking good and ready to join Link once again in the fray!
All these ladies are looking fine and ready for a fight. September’s gonna be a good month.

Wizard World 2014 Recap

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Sorry for the bad lighting! (Photo Credit: Beth Anderson)

Before you could blink, another Wizard World Philadelphia is in the books.  Above, you see the Social Justice panel I was on.  Guess which one I am.  The panel went extremely well, and I’m pretty proud of what happened, especially when a sweet Luna Lovegood cosplayer came up to me and thanked me.  That meant a lot.  I was Emma Frost on Saturday, and it was a great deal of fun.   +2 Comedy also had an amazing showing in their panel, which was packed!

Five Things I Learned at Wizard World Philadelphia

  • Rob Paulsen (voice of Pinky and Yakko) is the sweetest man on the planet.  Seriously.  If you ever have the chance to meet him, by all means do so.
  • The cosplayers are getting more and more elaborate, which means more hilarious photo ops.  Seriously, a good cosplayer can be a more valuable photo op than any actor.

See also: this picture of an amazing Oogie Boogie from the Nightmare Before Christmas, which probably puts the costumed character at Disney to shame.

If I were on his Boogie list, I'd get out of town.

If I were on his Boogie list, I’d get out of town.

  • There is a Wawa next to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and that’s a really, really good thing.
  • Lines were not nearly the issue they have been in the past for panels.  People were able to get into the 3pm Firefly panel right up to 2:45 (which is something that is unheard of in many conventions.)  Lines for photo ops and autographs, however, were terrifying and apparently poorly organized.
  • Anthony Mackie is incredibly charming, and Christopher Lloyd does not wish to be called Christopher.

In the end, Wizard World Philadelphia was an amazing, with everyone having a good time.  I’m going to Too Many Games Expo this Saturday, and I’ll see you there!

Wizard World Philadelphia: What You Need to Know

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If you’re in or near the city of brotherly love, this weekend is a good weekend for nerds.

Wizard World Philadelphia, the largest convention in the area, is here from today-Sunday.

Here’s the rundown on some quick things you need to know.

You will have to stand in line for some of the biggest panels.

This is pretty new for Philadelphia.  When Chris Hemsworth turned up in 2012, fresh from Avengers, there was no line to get into his panel in the grand ballroom.  Last year’s Firefly panel, however, drew incredible amounts of people that lined up hours in advance.  This year’s Firefly panel boasts Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk, so expect that to be rough.

You may have to pay extra for some things

Both Matt Smith/ Karen Gillan and Jason David Frank are hosting extra-ticketed events, as well as the standard paying for autographs and photos.

There is a Wawa and a new Panera Bread near the convention center

Trust me, these are the quickest, easiest places to go for cheap decent food.  Prepare for confused employees.

If you’re coming from NJ, the PATCO is reliable but crowded.

If you miss your train, it might be awhile for the next one.  Keep that in mind.

Have fun!

 

MORE exciting things are happening!

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Welcome to our new website, y’all!

First of all, I want to bring attention to the fact that our lovely Laur2D2 will be on a panel at Philadelphia Wizard World Comic Con this Saturday (June 21st)  at 12pm in Room 109. It will be a panel about women in nerd culture, which is stupidly appropriate for a blog about Pretty Nerdy Things, don’t you think?

And on the subject on the new website: Laur2D2 and I will be back-posting all our old articles, so everything will be available on the site. Of course, if you need to see any post you can always visit us on Tumblr!

Stay Nerdy, My Friends!

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