THE DAILY ATHENAEUM
Tuesday September 20, 2011
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‘Mad Men,’ ‘Modern Family’ win big at Emmys awards By Madeline Carey A&E Correspondent
For the sixty-third consecutive year, viewers across the nation tuned into the Emmy Awards to watch their favorite television and movie stars win awards. Hosted by “Glee’s” Jane Lynch, the Emmys were held Sunday night in Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre. ABC ’s mockumentar ystyle series “Modern Family” stole the evening’s spotlight, taking home the award for Best Comedy. Modern Family,” won many other awards, including Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Best Director, and Outstanding Writing. AMC’s 1960’s period drama “Mad Men” also had a winning evening, taking the Outstanding Drama Series for the fourth year in a row. The real surprise of the evening was Kyle Chandler’s win for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his work on “Friday Night Lights” over Jon Hamm of “Mad Men. “The Big Bang Theory’s”
Jim Parsons won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series over Steve Carell’s performance in the last season of “The Office.” When the nominees for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series were announced, viewers might have mistaken the Emmys for a beauty pageant as actresses Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Edie Falco stormed the stage and interlocked hands to wait for the award to be announced. The award was eventually given to Melissa McCarthy, who won for her work on “Mike and Molly.” Among those who were honored were “Jackass” star, Ryan Dunn, who died in June at 34, and Andy Whitfield of the Starz drama “Spartacus: Blood and Sand.” Whitfield, 39, passed away Sept. 11 after battling cancer for 18 months. Among other winners of the evening were Kate Winslet, who won Leading Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her portrayal in “Mildred Pierce.” Maggie Smith won best supporting actress for her
work in “Downtown Abbey” and Martin Scorsese also won an Emmy for Outstanding Director in a Drama for HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.” Musical comedy group, The Lonely Island, performed alongside Michael Bolton and Akon. The Emmys also featured a rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” performed by the The Canadian Tenors during a video in remembrance of the entertainment industry members who died in the past year. One of the oddest and most awkward moments of the evening was when Charlie Sheen offered well wishes to his former show, “Two and a Half Men,” while presenting the award for Lead Actor in a Comedy. Sheen seemed to be unc ha ra c t e r i s t i ca l l y l e ve l minded, but the sincerity of his wishes could be questioned due to the negative statements he has made about show since he was fired from it earlier this year. email@example.com
‘Mad Men’ has received an Emmy Award for every season it has have been on the air.
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Ryan Gosling’s new film, ‘Drive,’ incorporates fast-paced action and incorporates emotional elements.
‘Drive’ delivers fast-paced action, incorporates emotional elements ali sultan a&e correspondent
After seeing the previews for the film “Drive,” I was excited to see what looked to be another suspense movie mixing fast cars with serious crime. My presumptions of what I was in for, however, were miles off the road this film takes. Ryan Gosling (“The Notebook”) plays a loner stuntdriver by day and a getaway driver by night. Unnamed throughout the entire film, Gosling’s character (referred to as “Driver”) meets and falls in love with a beautiful woman, Irene, played by Carey Mulligan, who lives down the hall from his apartment with her son, Benicio. However, Irene’s husband, Standard, suddenly returns from prison with a big “protection-money” debt looming over his head that can only be paid back in the form of a robbery job. In order to insure her protection, Driver offers his help to Irene’s husband, not knowing he was getting into a setup in which Standard is killed by the pawnshop owner he robs. After getting away with the money, Driver discovers Standard was going to be killed either way. His employer was plan-
ning to double-cross him so he could steal the money and gain more than what Standard had owed him. Now, Driver faces a situation where the criminals responsible for Standard’s murder have threatened to come after Irene and her son if they don’t see their money returned. This is where Driver goes on a mission to find those responsible and set things right. The film was not all action and suspense, however. Nicolas Winding Refn – the director – was able to turn this production into an unpredictably enthralling and emotional experience for the audience, earning himself a Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival in the process. Along with Gosling, Mulligan (“An Education”), gives a great, engaging performance in portraying her character as a young mother who is attracted to a new figure in her life yet is still attached to her son’s father. Some felt the movie had an unnecessarily slow tempo to what would usually be a fastpaced action flick, while others were completely moved by the way the director spread out the events to leave more room for expressive close-ups and prolonged silences that inject emotion into the story. As the film continued, viewers were exposed to progressively more gory violence until it reached a point of disbelief.
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These confrontational scenes were of great importance to the story though, as they managed to show just how far Gosling’s character was willing to go to insure the safety of those he loved. Another component that added greatly to the whole momentum of the film was the electronic retro-styled soundtrack used throughout the entire section it ran for. Peter Debruge of Variety described it as “a mix of tension-ratcheting synthesizer tones and catchy club anthems- that collectively give the film its consistent tone.” Overall I would recommend this movie to any lover of the actual craft of filmmaking as the Danish director definitely put himself on the figurative Hollywood map with this production.
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is best if you’re looking for an a la carte plan that lets you pick what you want to watch. You’ll have access to a video for one to seven days once you begin watching. Amazon is offering free movie streaming to shoppers who pay $79 a year for a Prime membership, which offers free two-day shipping and discounts on next-day shipping. The selection of movies, though, is much smaller than Netflix’s. Amazon offers roughly 6,000 movies and TV shows for streaming over an Internet connection for its Prime subscribers. By contrast, Netflix offers more than 20,000. With Amazon, you can stream movies and shows on computers or on TV sets using a compatible, Internetconnected device such as a Blu-ray player or a set-top box from the likes of Sony, Panasonic, TiVo or Logitech. zz Apple iTunes Renting movies through Apple Inc.’s iTunes is another pay-per-view option to access the latest dramas, comedies or TV shows. You can rent regular or high-definition flicks and watch them on an iPhone, iPad, computer or TV set using an Apple TV set-top box. Apple lets you rent first-run, high-definition movies the day
they come out on DVD for $5 each, though most movies cost $3 or $4. TV shows are generally $1. You can watch rentals for a day or two from when you start playing them. As with Amazon, renting movies through Apple is a good option if you want the latest releases as soon as possible. There are thousands of movies available, though iTunes doesn’t have as many obscure, indie flicks as Netflix’s streaming library. But, if you watch just a few shows or movies a month, it might be a cheaper option. zz Blockbuster Under the new ownership of Dish Network Corp., Blockbuster has shifted to per-day pricing to better compete against Redbox and others. Just-released movies were lowered to $3 for the first day. Other new movies are $2 for the first day. Additional days are $1. These prices apply to DVD rentals as well as movies rented online. Blockbuster offers no monthly streaming plan. Its DVD-by-mail subscriptions are pricier than Netflix’s — $12 a month for one movie or video game at a time or $17 for unlimited two-at-a-time rentals. Netflix’s DVD-only plan is $8 per month for one and $12 for two.