Monday, September 18, 2017

Blake Lively's Sight Is Restored in Intense 'All I See Is You' Trailer

What starts out touching turns creepy in the new trailer for Blake Lively's upcoming film "All I Can See Is You."

The movie centers on a blind woman named Gina (Lively) who regains her sight after a successful surgery. While that sounds lovely, the aftermath turns out to be darker than expected. Gina's husband, James (Jason Clarke), doesn't cope well as she grows more independent; in fact, he starts to feel threatened and jealous.

The trailer, released Monday by Open Road Films, does a good job of showing the change. At first it captures Gina's dependence on James and her excitement to rediscover the world. Then, tension starts to build, in part thanks to a cover of the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" sung by children (that's somehow always creepier, right?) and the sound of a ticking clock. Suddenly, James doesn't seem so supportive, especially as strange things begin to happen.

Watch below.

"All I See Is You" opens in theaters on Oct. 27.

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'Big Little Lies' Author Has Written Source Material for Season 2: Report

One major obstacle to "Big Little Lies" Season 2 seems to have been removed.

There has been talk of extending the hit HBO miniseries almost from the moment it concluded, but a big problem loomed: "Big Little Lies" was adapted from a single novel, and the show had already covered its source material. Worse still, author Liane Moriarty had no plans to write a sequel.

Luckily, popular demand -- from the show's fans, stars, and producers alike -- have apparently prompted Moriarty to start writing more. After working on new ideas, she has now finished a novella that could serve as source material for "Big Little Lies" Season 2, according to Deadline. The show's creator, David E. Kelley, is reportedly evaluating its potential.

At the Emmy Awards on Sunday, where the show won multiple honors, HBO Programming President Casey Bloys expressed enthusiasm about the possibility of continuing the limited series.

"The producers are all talking, they seem very excited," he told Deadline. "I haven't seen anything yet but I'm hopeful because they are so excited."

It all sounds very promising, especially given how willing to continue stars like Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman seem. We're crossing our fingers that this all works out.

[via: Deadline]



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'Grey's Anatomy' Spinoff: Jason George Speculates on Ben and Bailey's Future

ABC's 'Grey's Anatomy' - Season Twelve"Grey's Anatomy" die-hards have watched so many beloved couples break up over the years that it's no wonder Ben and Bailey fans are worried about what the show's firefighter spinoff will mean for the twosome.

Unfortunately, the only people who can truly answer that question aren't sharing yet -- not even with Jason George, the actor who plays Ben. Still, George is closer to the situation than the rest of us are, so we're glad he spoke with TVLine about his expectations for the TV relationship's future. We can breathe a little easier knowing he anticipates the couple will remain together.

"There will definitely be crossovers between 'Grey's' and the spinoff show," he told TVLine, pointing to how "Private Practice" and "Grey's Anatomy" used to do it.

With characters from each show popping up on the other from time to time, George is optimistic that Ben and Bailey (Chandra Wilson) can continue their marital bliss beyond his "Grey's Anatomy" departure.

"Bailey can come home and fall into bed, and there's Ben, and they can talk about their day," he said. "Or Ben comes home from fighting fires all day and falls into bed, and there's Bailey."

The logistics of that all seem entirely possible. Plus, it might help viewers get on board with the spinoff if a "Grey's Anatomy" staple like Bailey is worked into the story occasionally. Their long-standing relationship could benefit the series instead of present an obstacle.

George is definitely an advocate for keeping Ben and Bailey together.

"I've come to really love their relationship," he told TV Line. "I'm proud of it. They're grown-ass people with grown-ass problems who work it out no matter what."

We'll see more of the couple when "Grey's Anatomy" Season 14 premieres Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. on ABC. The firefighter spinoff series' debut has not yet been announced.

[via: TVLine]



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'Stranger Things'-Themed Bar to Shut Down After Surprisingly Funny Letter From Netflix

Funny isn't exactly the word that comes to mind when one thinks of cease-and-desist letters, but Netflix's legal team managed to write a pretty good one to shut down an unauthorized "Stranger Things"-themed pop-up bar in Chicago.

Called "The Upside Down," the pop-up opened in Logan Square on Aug. 18 for a six-week run. It was created by the team that runs Emporium, an arcade-slash-bar in the square. With "Stranger Things"-inspired drinks and decor, the pop-up paid homage to the hit series and quickly attracted the notice of fans. Seeing the project's success, the Emporium team was interested in extending its run, according to DNAinfo.

Netflix, however, also caught wind of the bar, and the company's legal team quickly put an end to that idea. Although the letter liberally sprinkled in funny "Stranger Things" references, the message was clear: The pop-up should not be extended.

The body of the letter, via DNAinfo, appears below.

My walkie talkie is busted so I had to write this note instead. I heard you launched a Stranger Things pop-up bar at your Logan Square location. Look, I don't want you to think I'm a total wastoid, and I love how much you guys love the show. (Just wait until you see Season 2!) But unless I'm living in the Upside Down, I don't think we did a deal with you for this pop-up. You're obviously creative types, so I'm sure you can appreciate that it's important for us to have a say in how our fans encounter the worlds we build.

We're not going to go full Dr. Brenner on you, but we ask that you please (1) not extend the pop-up beyond its 6 week run ending in September, and (2) reach out to us for permission if you plan to do something like this again. Let me know as soon as possible that you agree to these requests.

We love our fans more than anything, but you should know that the demogorgon is not always as forgiving. So please don't make us call your mom.

At least it was fun while it lasted. Maybe they'll work with Netflix in the future and bring back The Upside Down as an authorized pop-up. In the meantime, we have the "Stranger Things" Season 2 premiere on Oct. 27 to look forward to.

[via: DNAinfo]



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Patton Oswalt Reveals Release Date for Late Wife Michelle McNamara's Final Book

"Young Adult" Los Angeles Premiere - ArrivalsMichelle McNamara, the celebrated true crime writer and wife of comedian Patton Oswalt, died while in the midst of working on a book about an infamous Californian serial killer. Now, Oswalt has revealed that that tome has been finished in her stead, and is set for release next year,

The comedian made the announcement on Twitter on Monday, where he shared the book's title and synopsis. It's called "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" and subtitled, "One woman's obsessive search for the Golden State Killer."

Oswalt called the book "amazing," and the official description from publisher HarperCollins certainly seems to back up that assessment. The book chronicles not only the chilling crimes of the mysterious titular serial killer and rapist -- who terrorized both northern and southern California for a decade, beginning in 1976, and committed 50 rapes and 10 murders -- but also McNamara's dogged efforts to identify him.

According to HarperCollins, McNamara "pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was" in order to unmask the killer. But the writer passed away suddenly in April 2016 at the age of 46, from what was later discovered to be the result of mixing medications with an undiagnosed medical condition. "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" was eventually completed with the help of McNamara's lead researcher and a close colleague.

The book features an introduction by crime fiction author Gillian Flynn, as well as an afterword by Oswalt. It's is due to hit shelves on February 27, 2018.

[via: Patton Oswalt/Twitter, HarperCollins]



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Rachel Bloom Had to Buy Her Emmys Dress Because She's 'Not a Size Zero'

69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - ArrivalsWhile many celebs who attend red carpet events have their pick of designers sending them free clothes, there's a big void when it comes to stars whose bodies don't fit in the typical sample size box. And sadly, that's also true for award-winning actors like Rachel Bloom, who revealed in a pre-Emmys interview on Sunday night that she bought her own gown because she's "not a size zero."

Chatting with E! News on the red carpet, Bloom -- the Golden Globe-winning star of CW musical rom-com "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" -- noted that while her dress was Gucci, she didn't get it from the fashion house itself.

"I bought this dress because Gucci is not lending me a dress," she told E! of the gown, which retails for $3,500. " ... I said in an interview before it is hard to get places to lend to me because I am not a size zero, but also I can afford it, so it's okay."

The actress later clarified on Twitter that Gucci didn't turn down a request to borrow a gown; rather, she didn't even ask the fashion house for one because "they loan to very few" and "pickings are still slim for non-sample size ladies."

The interview to which Bloom is referring, given to Wealthsimple back in August, mentions that the actress frequently will spend anywhere from $500 to $3,000 to dress herself for events, all thanks to her curvy figure.

"A lot of fashion houses are reluctant to lend clothes that aren't in the sample sizes of 0 and 2, so it's getting harder and harder for me to find clothes without buying them," Bloom told Wealthsimple. "That's the whole problem with the fashion industry: My body size is literally normal and healthy, but when you put me next to a model, I look obese."

But Bloom is making the most of the situation: She has an account on consignment website The RealReal, and plans on making some cash from her frock.

"Take a look on The RealReal for this dress tomorrow," she told E!

[via: People]



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There's Something Off About Alicia Vikander in the New 'Tomb Raider' Poster

Warner Bros. released a new poster for the upcoming "Tomb Raider" reboot on Monday, featuring Oscar winner Alicia Vikander in the titular role. But while new the Lara Croft looks appropriately fierce, fans couldn't help but notice that there's something pretty odd happening in the image, too.

At first glance, the poster looks like your standard action movie one-sheet, featuring the female lead giving off an intense gaze, and showing off her toned arms in Lara's signature tight tank top. She's also gripping an ice pick, suggesting our heroine will scale some treacherous terrain in the film.

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But as multiple users pointed out on Twitter, it seems like someone in the studio's marketing department got carried away while editing the image, tacking on a couple extra inches to Vikander's neck. Here's a side-by-side comparison that one Twitter account shared that really puts the oddity into perspective:

Of course, the internet did what it does best, and quickly did some additional tweaking of its own.

Who else really wants to see "Tomb Raptor" now?

This rebooted flick is also based on a rebooted "Tomb Raider" game, so perhaps in that spirit, filmmakers were inspired to reinvent the character even further. As Birth.Movies.Death. notes, it's entirely possible that the new Lara is indeed "a giraffe lady." Guess moviegoers will have to wait and see.

"Tomb Raider" opens on March 16, 2018.

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2017 Emmys: 13 Best and Worst Moments

Even if you have a high tolerance for jokes about Donald Trump, the 69th annual Emmys ceremony, with its countless references to Trump and to how television is responding to his presidency, was bound to test your patience.

Fortunately, host Stephen Colbert and his fellow presenters kept things moving at a rapid clip. And there was still time for some memorable moments -- some hilarious, some poignant, some appalling. Here are the awards telecast's highs and lows.

BEST MUSICAL NUMBER: "Everything Is Better on TV"

Colbert's musical opener was so jammed with pointed punchlines, topical references, in-jokes, and just plain absurd moments that there was no way you could catch them all on first or even second viewing. But the overall rueful point was that, as miserable as primetime's fictional worlds are (from "The Walking Dead" to "Stranger Things" to "The Handmaid's Tale" to "This Is Us"), they're still more pleasant than the reality we learn about from the news.

Highlights included a long break by TV fan Chance the Rapper and a finale involving a kickline of bonneted Handmaids that included a couple of dudes because why not?

BEST AND WORST ANNOUNCING: Jermaine Fowler

The "Superior Donuts" star added some youthful enthusiasm to calling out the names of nominees and winners, as well as some wry asides (reciting some trivia about one winner, he noted that he learned that factoid on the Internet). Depending on your point of view, Fowler's fan-like breathlessness was either refreshing or unprofessional.

WORST TAPED BIT: Interview With the Emmy Statue

Colbert's interview with the Emmy trophy was largely joke-free. Sure, casting the statuesque RuPaul as the statue was clever, but the campy dishing about other award-show trophies was surprisingly dull and short on laughs. It's superfluous bits like this that are the reason the telecast runs past the three-hour mark.

BEST SOUR GRAPES: Craig Robinson and Adam Scott

The comic chemistry between presenters Robinson and Scott boded well for their upcoming Fox sitcom "Ghosted." The two went on an extended riff on how lucky they were not to win Emmys -- they didn't have to lug around a heavy statue, shop for a tiny piece of paper to write a speech on, or do any real work in order to appear before an audience of millions on the Emmy stage.

Honorable mention goes to Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel, commiserating over their losses in two categories to John Oliver while sipping a drink named for Oliver's Sunday night HBO show, "Last Week Tonight." It's a cocktail of such high quality, noted the prolific network talk show hosts, that it can be made only once a week.

BEST SENIOR MOMENT: '9 to 5' Cast Reunion
We don't know why Dolly Parton hasn't yet guest-starred on "Grace and Frankie" with her "9 to 5" co-stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, but at least the three stars of the 1980 workplace comedy, all of them nominated for Emmys this year, reunited as presenters of Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series.

Parton stole the spotlight from her fellow septuagenarians by joking about her breasts ("If it hadn't been for good support," she said, "shock and awe here would be more like Flopsy and Droopy") and hoping she could get a vibrator like the ones mentioned on "Grace and Frankie." Fellow hard-working seniors Carol Burnett (84) and Norman Lear (95) earned ovations just for showing up, but Parton went above and beyond the call of duty to earn her presenter pay.

WORST SENIOR MOMENT: Cicely Tyson

Tyson, who had a guest arc last year on "House of Cards," is a TV legend, but the 92-year-old Emmy presenter found herself overcome during her live moment. Brought on to mark the 40th anniversary of "Roots" (she was Kunta Kinte's mother) and to present the Best Mini-Series trophy, she blanked twice, with long, silent pauses she attributed to nerves. Co-presenter Anika Noni Rose helped her out of the uncomfortably awkward moment, and at least Tyson had no problem reading the title of winner "Big Little Lies" inside the envelope.

BEST FIRST EMMY WIN: Lena Waithe
There were several historic firsts at the ceremony, including Donald Glover becoming the first African-American to win for directing a comedy (the "Atlanta" star was also the first actor since "M*A*S*H"'s Alan Alda 40 years ago to win for directing his own performance).

And "Master of None's" Lena Waithe became the first African-American to win for comedy writing. Her speech was especially inspirational. "The things that make us different, those are our super powers," she said. "Because the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren't in it." It was the best celebration of diversity in an evening full of such sentiments.

WORST OMISSIONS: In Memoriam

Viola Davis was powerful, as always, in introducing the tribute to passed-on performers, and Christopher Jackson's rendition of Stevie Wonder's "As" was touching. But while the montage included a number of fan favorites (Adam West, Florence Henderson, Mary Tyler Moore), too many were missing.

Yeah, the deaths last week of Frank Vincent and Harry Dean Stanton probably came too late to squeeze them in, but what about such stars as Erin Moran, Judge Wapner, Stephen Furst, June Foray, Richard Anderson, or Dick Gregory?

BEST OVERWHELMED WINNER: Ann Dowd

The "Handmaid's Tale" co-star's Supporting Actress acceptance speech was the kind of emotional moment that awards shows are made for. The 61-year-old has been a largely unsung character actress for most of her career, which made her tearful win all the more moving.

"I know it's an actor's dream and I'm grateful to you," she told the TV Academy. "I've been acting for a long time, and that this should happen now, I don't have the words, so thank you."

WORST OVERWHELMED WINNER: Alexander Skarsgard

The "Big Little Lies" Supporting Actor winner redefined the word "cool" -- literally. First, he said he thought it was "pretty cool" to get an award from the "9 to 5" stars. Later, he thanked his mom for flying from Stockholm to Los Angeles to join him at the Emmys -- and, oh yeah, for giving birth to him, which he thought was also "pretty cool." This is why actors have writers.

BEST "THIS IS US" JOKE: Sterling K. Brown's Speech

The tearjerking NBC hit got several shout-outs, including an opening monologue riff from Colbert asking Milo Ventimiglia if the show would stop being coy about his character's mysterious demise. ("I'm just saying: your fans want you dead.")

But Brown, accepting the prize for Best Actor in a Drama, got the best quip, referencing some classic '80s shows. Praising his co-stars, he said, "You are the best white TV family that a brother has ever had, better than Mr. Drummond, better than them white folks that raised Webster."

WORST WASTE OF TALENT: Rachel Bloom

Sure, it was smart to give the "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" star a musical number, but one introducing the Ernst & Young accountants? Meh. Give Bloom her own awards show to host. She'd be perfect for the Tonys.

BEST FEMALE EMPOWERMENT MOMENT: "The Handmaid's Tale"
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Buckner/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (9064815gp) Elisabeth Moss 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, Show, Los Angeles, USA - 17 Sep 2017The dystopian drama won an armload of awards, finally making Elisabeth Moss an Emmy winner after years of "Mad Men" shutouts. The victory also allowed Hulu to beat Netflix and Amazon to become the first streaming service to win TV's top prize.

The show's Best Drama Series win was so sweet that it didn't even matter that the speaker who accepted the prize (series creator Bruce Miller) was a man. Plus, he brought to the stage novelist Margaret Atwood, who created Gilead in the first place. In an evening full of reminders of how scripted TV is responding to real-world turmoil, Miller's was the pithiest and most modest: "Go home, get to work, we have a lot of things to fight for."



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2017 Emmy Awards Eyeing All-Time Low Ratings

69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - ShowToo political? Too predictable? Not enough "Game of Thrones"?

The final numbers are not in yet for the 2017 Emmy Awards, but initial ratings suggest it was the least-watched show to date.

The 8.2 overnight rating from metered market households is down 2 percent from the 2016 event. That puts Stephen Colbert's show on track to have fewer than the 11.3 million viewers -- and 2.8 rating in adults 18-49 -- that Jimmy Kimmel's show got last year, which was then the all-time low.

According to TVLine:

"The Stephen Colbert-hosted ceremony drew 9.6 million total viewers and a 2.2 rating in the fast nationals, dropping a handful of eyeballs and down 12 percent in the demo from what ABC and Jimmy Kimmel woke up to a year ago. (In Nielsen finals, the 2016 kudoscast went on to post 11.3 million total viewers and a 2.8 demo rating, which at the time marked all-time lows.)"

This is following the trend of the past few years, with the Emmys hitting a new low in 2015 and again in 2016. The show did pretty well the previous two years, though, including reaching 17.7 million viewers in 2013, the highest since 2005. (But that 2013 show had one of the strongest lead-ins, THR reported, thanks to football coverage running right up until the start time and bleeding into the 8 p.m. hour by a couple minutes.)

The 2017 Emmys certainly had plenty of competition from NBC Sunday Night Football, as well as the premiere of Ken Burns documentary "The Vietnam War." But many commenting fans see this ratings drop, and the gradual decline, as a sign of viewers rejecting the politics of modern awards shows.

The final numbers will be in later, to provide a clearer picture of the overall viewers and demo ratings.

Here's the full list of winners at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Ouch: Jennifer Lawrence's 'mother!' Got an F CinemaScore

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Jennifer Lawrence in a scene from "mother!" (Paramount Pictures and Protozoa Pictures via AP)The new horror-thriller "mother!" -- starring Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence -- earned itself a relatively rare F CinemaScore, once again highlighting the disconnect between film critics and film goers.

"Mother!" was directed by Darren Aronofsky, who is no stranger to polarizing films, especially "Requiem for a Dream." His new film has a Metascore of 74, which is good, and a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 69 percent fresh. It also has a 6.8/10 rating from IMDb users. However, "mother!" only has a RT Audience Score of 42 percent, and now a bargain-basement F CinemaScore.

That F currently standalone, next to the B+ for both "American Assassin" and "IT"; A for "Spider-Man: Homecoming" and "Leap"; A- for "Dunkirk," "Detroit, "Despicable Me 3," and "Baby Driver"; and B for "Atomic Blonde," "The Dark Tower," and "Annabelle: Creation." Even "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" got a B- CinemaScore.

Previous films earning an F include "Bug," "Solaris," The Box," Dr. T and the Women," "Silent House," "Disaster Movie," "Wolf Creek," and "The Devil Inside." As The Hollywood Reporter noted, films with F grades usually don't overcome the bad word of mouth to make more than $15 million at the domestic box office, but "The Devil Inside" was the exception. That film opened to $33.7 million and earned $53.3 million domestically, and $101.8 million globally.

"Mother!" had the worst wide launch of Jennifer Lawrence's career, earning around $7.5 million from 2,368 locations. But the extreme reactions to the film -- and this F rating, which in some circles is a badge of honor -- may make more fans curious to check it out.

Paul Dergarabedian of comScore, which conducts exit polling, talked to THR about the critics vs. fans reaction to "mother!":

"This is an interesting case of what appears to be a total disconnect between the critics, who have been fairly receptive, and audiences who are collectively giving mother! their unanimous seal of disapproval with some of the lowest audience scores seen for a wide release film. The trailer paints a very strange and purposely equivocal portrait of the film and audiences who may have been expecting one type of movie-going experience got something quite different and have chosen to scold the film with a stunningly low approval rating."

In terms of box office, "mother!" might pick up more overseas. It currently has a foreign intake of $6 million, from six markets, in addition to the $7.5M domestic gross so far. The film reportedly cost about $30 million to make.

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Fans Upset Sterling K. Brown's Emmys Speech Cut Short When Nicole Kidman Talked 'Forever'

69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Show"This Is Us" star Sterling K. Brown got to finish his Emmy Awards speech backstage, but fans were angry that he was cut off on the live show.

Sterling won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, as the first black actor to win the award since Andre Braugher in 1998. His speech referenced the previous winners from "Breaking Bad," "Mad Men," and "Homicide: Life on the Street," and he thanked his "This Is Us" co-stars before loud music started to play him off. He continued to speak on stage through the music, but the camera panned away and the sound was cut.

Fans thought the move was in poor taste, especially since they felt that Nicole Kidman was allowed to speak for much longer when she won for "Big Little Lies."

Kidman used part of her speech to talk about the HBO series shining a light on domestic abuse. Some fans argued that her time from name-call to exit was "only" 15 seconds longer than Brown's, he just took longer to get to the stage and start speaking, and Elisabeth Moss was the one whose (f-bombed) speech was kept to less than 2 minutes since it came at the end of long-running show.

But it was also seen as an A-list movie star like Kidman getting A-list special treatment.

Backstage, Sterling K. Brown told reporters how he would've finished his speech:

"I wanted to thank our writers. A show doesn't get seven acting nominations without some impeccable, beautiful, thoughtful writing. You guys are our life's blood. So I want to thank you so much. To our producers and our directors, in particular John Requa, Glenn Ficarra and the crazy cool Ken Olin, thank you for your guidance and friendship. And I want to thank Dan Fogelman. He is the Hebrew hammer with which our house is built. He makes me laugh and cry in equal parts, and keeps me coming back for more. In his own little, small special way, he's not trying to make America great again, he's trying to make it the best that it's ever been. I love him for taking me on this journey. I wanted to thank my manager of 17 years, Jennifer Wiley-Stockton. We've been doing this for a long time, and it feels like we're just getting started. I can't wait to see what's next. To my wife — they cut me off before I got to thank my wife. You're everything. You make my life worth living, and you gave me two of the most beautiful things that God has ever put on this planet, my sons... Daddy, loves you with the strength of a thousand suns. I'll see you Monday after work. Love you."

Here are all of the winners from last night's 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards show.

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'Grey's Anatomy' Alum Kate Walsh Reveals Brain Tumor Diagnosis & New Patrick Dempsey Ad

Kate Walsh is used to playing a doctor on TV, but she recently had her own harrowing experience removing a brain tumor.

The "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" alum is OK now -- the "small lemon" sized tumor in her head was benign, and they got it all -- but she shared her full story with Cosmopolitan.com. She also taped a hilarious (but still serious) health-care commercial with her fellow "Grey's" alum Patrick Dempsey.

Here's what alerted Walsh to seek treatment:

"My pilates instructor said 'hey, your right side is dipping,' and it didn't feel like I was off, but I looked down and could see it. Then when I was driving, I started swerving into the right lane. The exhaustion got to the point where I could drink five cups of coffee and still not feel awake or clear. And then around April, I started having more cognitive difficulties. It felt like aphasia, but it wasn't just not being able to find words; I would lose my train of thought, I wasn't able to finish sentences, and that was when I got really alarmed.

I thought maybe it was menopausal symptoms, because there are a lot of the same markers, but I really pushed to see a neurologist, I just had an instinct. I had to really advocate, because they don't hand out MRIs so easily, but I got an MRI and thank God I did, because it turned out I had a very sizable brain tumor in my left frontal lobe. And three days later I was in surgery having it removed."

Walsh told Cosmo how playing a TV doctor -- Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd -- informed her real-life attitude to health care:

"It was the total opposite! You'd think that after playing Dr. Addison for the better part of a decade, where I spent more time on a hospital set than at my house, that I would feel somehow more comfortable, but I was such a little scaredy-cat. In the hospital, I felt like I might as well be six years old. My mother gave me rosary beads, my friend gave me a stuffed animal to go into surgery with... I played a real badass on TV, but when it comes to being a patient it's such a vulnerable experience."

She said the biggest thing she learned is to go see a doctor -- don't self-diagnose.

"We're all so socialized to try to self-diagnose, like 'I'll change my workout, I'll change my diet.' I'm very proactive and willful and independent, and in the past, even though I played a doctor on TV for years, I was not one to go see doctors very often, other than for my annual OB-GYN appointment. So for me, it was a really big wakeup call to do annual check-ups, and that's why I wanted to pair up with Cigna for this campaign. I love the idea of changing the framing around healthcare, and changing it from a reactionary thing — 'Oh my god, I'm sick, I have to go to the doctor' — to something more along the lines of preventive care. We should go get a checkup the same way we go to the gym, just preventively, instead of waiting for something to go wrong."

That Cigna campaign she mentioned includes this great commercial with her "Grey's" husband Patrick Dempsey (Derek Sheperd):
Kate Walsh said she took off work for about nine months, but when she returned she "hit it hard," including filming Netflix's popular "13 Reasons Why," the movie "Girls Trip," a play in New York, and a new film called "Self."

"Grey's Anatomy" returns Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. on ABC. "13 Reasons Why" Season 2 is expected in 2018.

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What's New on TV, Netflix, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: September 18-24

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.

New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales"
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life can be for you starting this Tuesday, Sept. 19 on Disney Movies Anywhere and Digital HD. Johnny Depp's fifth movie in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise will later arrive on 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD on October 3. Bonus features include a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes featurettes, plus bloopers and deleted scenes.

Check out this deleted scene with Henry Turner learning a lesson from Captain Jack Sparrow:"Star Trek: Discovery" (CBS All Access)
Streaming, the final frontier! The "Star Trek" franchise is still going strong after 50 years, embarking on a new adventure with a new ship and a new crew following new missions. Sonequa Martin-Green ("The Walking Dead") leads the new series, which premieres Sunday, Sept. 24 on the CBS streaming service CBS All Access. Watch the trailer.

"Transparent" Season 4 (Amazon)
In Season 4, the Pfeffermans embark on a spiritual and political journey as they dig deep into their family's history. Check out the trailer, and watch what happens when the series returns to Amazon Prime on Friday, September 22.


New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Wonder Woman"
Meet Diana, princess of the Amazons, long before she showed Batman and Superman what's up in "BvS." Her origin story is out on Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday, Sept. 19. Director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot will be back for a sequel (and Gadot will return for "Justice League" in November) but first you should check out all of the many bonus features that come with this blockbuster's home release. In addition to multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes on the making of the film, there are bloopers, extended scenes, and the revealing "Epilogue: Etta's Mission," as "Etta Candy gets the boys back together for a secret mission that could impact humanity's future."

"The Little Hours"
This off-beat R-rated nun comedy (!) starring Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Aubrey Plaza, and John C. Reilly is available for home viewing this Friday, Sept. 22. Medieval nuns lead a simple life in their convent, but after Father Tommasso brings on a virile young new hired hand (Dave Franco), "the repressed nunnery erupts in a whirlwind of pansexual horniness, substance abuse, and wicked revelry."

"The Big Sick"
Kumail Nanjiani ("Silicon Valley") and Emily V. Gordon co-wrote this crowd-and-critic pleasing romantic comedy based on their real-life love story. Check it out on DVD, Blu-ray, and On Demand September 19. Bonus content includes a making-of featurette, and a look at "The Real Story" behind the film, plus deleted scenes, cast/filmmaker commentary, and more.


TV Worth Watching

"Dancing With the Stars" Season 25 (Monday on ABC at 8 p.m.)
And so it begins! Watch the 13 celebs who enlisted for live dancing duty take their first baby giraffe steps on the dance floor as the fall season begins. ABC launched a fantasy league with the Season 25 cast, so place your bets now. (From here, the Manic Pixie Dream Team of Lindsey & Mark looks ready to slay.)

"America's Got Talent" Season 12 (Tuesday & Wednesday on NBC at 8 p.m.)
AGT Season 12 looks like a battle of the cute kids, with Darci Lynne and Angelica Hale leading the pack in terms of predicted winners. The top 10 acts will compete one final time on Tuesday, with the Live Results Finale airing Wednesday. At the end of that night, Tyra Banks will reveal the $1 million winner.

"The Good Place" Season 2 (Wednesday on NBC at 10 p.m.)
Fork yeah! Kristen Bell's warm, funny, and surprisingly mind-twisting comedy returns for Season 2 on September 20, airing right after the AGT finale. The premiere title is "Everything Is Great!" and here's the synopsis from NBC: "Their memories erased, Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason once again settle into the Good Place, unaware of what has previously transpired; Eleanor attempts to piece things together using a clue she left for herself."

New on Netflix

"Disney's Beauty and the Beast"
Emma Watson's tale as old as time is coming to Netflix this week! Be their streaming guest starting Tuesday, Sept. 19.

"Fuller House" Season 3 (Netflix Original)
Season 3 of this "Full House" spinoff is being split into two parts, with the first batch of nine episodes premiering on a very special date: September 22, which was also the date "Full House" debuted 30 years ago. "It's our 30th Anniversary, proving that the family who hugs together stays together. Enjoy new episodes of Fuller House and 30 years of hilarity.""Jerry Before Seinfeld" (Netflix Original)
Seinfeld now has a deal with Netflix, so he's opening up on all kinds of tops. In this special, available September 19, "Jerry Seinfeld takes you back to before you called him a king, or a legend, or the-guy-from-that-thing."

"Gotham" Season 3
Make this Thursday your official "Gotham" day. Season 3's 22 episodes will arrive on Netflix on September 21, and Season 4 will premiere on Fox that night. The Season 4 premiere, "Pax Penguina," has this synopsis: "Detective Gordon suspects that Jonathan Crane has resurfaced; Penguin hosts the grand opening of his new Iceberg Lounge; Bruce begins his vigilante watch."

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18 Things You Never Knew About 'L.A. Confidential'

"L.A. Confidential" isn't just one of the best crime dramas of the past two decades; it's also one of the best movies -- period -- of the past two decades.

Released 20 years ago this week (on September 19, 1997), the film was faithful to the spirit of James Ellroy's epic noir novel of corruption and paranoia in 1950s La-La Land. It gave early Hollywood career boosts to Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce, made an A-list director out of the late Curtis Hanson, and even won an Oscar for Kim Basinger.

In addition to the movie's twisty mystery plot, "L.A. Confidential" had some behind-the-scenes mysteries as well. But now they can be told. Remember, you read it here first, on the Q.T., and very hush-hush.
1. Some of the events in the film are true. There really was a Christmas Eve police riot, and a lurid celebrity gossip magazine called "Hush-Hush." Screen goddess Lana Turner really did have a romance with mobster Johnny Stompanato. Not mentioned in the movie (but included in the novel) is that Stompanato was abusive toward Turner and that, in 1958, Turner's teenage daughter, Cheryl Crane, stabbed him to death, claiming he was assaulting her mother. (The stabbing was ruled a justifiable homicide.) It was one of the biggest Hollywood scandals of the 1950s.

2. Ellroy sold Warner Bros. the film rights to "L.A. Confidential," the third of four novels in his "L.A. Quartet" series, even before the book was published in 1990. His attitude was, "Thanks for the dough." Even the book's own author didn't think that the sprawling, 500-page novel -- which follows eight plot lines over a seven-year period -- was adaptable for the screen, so Ellroy assumed the film would never be made.
3. Hanson was a fan of Ellroy's novels, having grown up in the 1950s Los Angeles portrayed in Ellroy's work. His uncle owned JAX, a clothing boutique that catered to such Hollywood actresses as Natalie Wood and Marilyn Monroe. The uncle also owned a magazine called "Cinema," for which his high-school dropout nephew took photographs, interviewed golden-age filmmakers and actors, and eventually became editor-in-chief before going into filmmaking himself. He'd made some pulpy thrillers that Ellroy had admired ("The Bedroom Window," "Bad Influence") before finding commercial success with the glossier pulp suspense of "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" and "The River Wild."

4. Hanson won over frequent Warners producer Arnon Milchan with a presentation much like the montage that opens the film. Hanson showed him a series of postwar postcards of sunny and glamorous Los Angeles that sold the dream, followed by lurid period crime photos, including some of movie star scandals, that showed the reality beneath the glitzy facade.
5. Brian Helgeland was a fellow Ellroy fan as well; he was also struggling as a screenwriter at Warners, writing medieval action sagas that never got made. When he heard the studio was adapting "L.A. Confidential," he wanted to be the screenwriter, but he couldn't shake the studio's perception of him as "the sword guy."

6. Learning that Hanson was attached to the project, Helgeland finagled a meeting with the director on the "River Wild" set, and both men realized that they had the same bright idea for adapting the book: Cut every scene that didn't involve one of LAPD detectives who were the three primary characters. Together, they'd spend two years revising and streamlining their screenplay.
7. Hanson insisted on casting little-known actors as detectives Bud White and Ed Exley, so that audiences wouldn't have any preconceived notions about what the characters were going to be like. As it turned out, both actors cast were Australian imports. Russell Crowe's performance as a violent skinhead in "Romper Stomper" convinced Hanson that he had the brutality necessary to play White, while Pearce's audition persuaded Hanson that he had the cagey intelligence required for Exley. (Hanson said he made a point of not watching Pearce in "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" because "I didn't want to have my confidence shaken by watching him run around for two hours in a dress.")

8. Milchan stood up for Hanson's choice not to cast box office draws as his protagonists. His support, as well as Hanson's own passion for the project, allowed him to attract bigger names to the supporting roles -- Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, Basinger -- with just three weeks to go before the shoot began.
9. Another little-known Australian actor named Simon Baker Denny caught an early career break in the small but crucial role of male ingenue Matt Reynolds. Later, as Simon Baker, he'd become the star of long-running CBS crime drama "The Mentalist."

10. In the movie, both White and Exley fall for call girl and Veronica Lake-lookalike Lynn Bracken, played by Basinger. She was 43 at the time of filming, 11 years older than Crowe and 14 years older than Pearce. That doesn't happen very often in Hollywood movies, though Ellroy said he approved of the "maternal aspect" that the age difference between Basinger and Crowe gave to their characters' romance.
11. Hanson managed to film his lush period piece with a budget of just $35 million. Much of the credit goes to his location scouts, who were miraculously able to find some 60 locations in Los Angeles that still looked like they did in 1953. The only set that had to be built from scratch was the Victory Motel, in part because the already ramshackle lodging is all but turned to Swiss cheese during the movie's climactic gun battle.

12. Ellroy said he was "very, very taken" with Hanson and Helgeland's adaptation, despite the many changes and cuts from his novel. He still felt their script kept his characters and themes intact. "I've long held that hard-boiled crime fiction is the history of bad white men doing bad things in the name of authority," he told the Dallas Observer while promoting the film's release. "They stated that case plain."
13. Ellroy even liked the scenes Hanson and Helgeland had invented, like that final shootout (above), though he didn't think it would work when he read the script. "Two guys holed up in a room where they kill fifteen guys -- it's bulls**t," Ellroy said of the scene as written. "But you know what? It's inspired bulls**t."

14. Warners turned down Hanson's request to submit "L.A. Confidential" to the Cannes Film Festival, reasoning that the French fest would be biased against a big-studio production. Hanson went behind the studio's back, submitted the film anyway, and was rewarded with a screening that was well-received by critics.
15. "L.A. Confidential" was a modest box office hit, earning $65 million in North America and a total of $126 million worldwide.

16. The movie was nominated for nine Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Production Design, Cinematography, Editing, Score, and Sound Mixing. It won two -- Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay -- but it lost in all other categories to "Titanic."
L.A. Confidential Kim Basinger as a call girl made up to look like movie star Veronica Lake. Courtesy Warner Bros. 17. Basinger's performance is one of the shortest ever to win an Oscar; she's on screen for just 15 of the film's 138 minutes. Still, as the biggest box-office name in the film, she was foregrounded in the poster art and featured prominently in the trailer.

18. In 1999, there was an attempt to turn "L.A. Confidential" into a TV series. A pilot was shot, starring Kiefer Sutherland in Spacey's role, future "Cougar Town" star Josh Hopkins in Crowe's part, a pre-"Ghost Whisperer" David Conrad in Pearce's role, Pruitt Taylor Vince (in DeVito's part), Melissa George (as Lynn Bracken), and Eric Roberts in David Strathairn's role as upscale pimp Pierce Patchett. The pilot was never picked up as a series, but it finally surfaced a decade later on the movie's Blu-ray. CBS recently announced a new adaptation for TV.



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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Elisabeth Moss Drops F-Bomb in Emmys Speech: Here's What Was Bleeped

69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - ShowF*ck yeah, "The Handmaid's Tale" had a great night at the 2017 Emmy Awards.

The freshman Hulu series dominated the Emmys, winning Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Ann Dowd, Outstanding Writing and Directing awards, and Outstanding Lead Actress for Elisabeth Moss.

Moss had been nominated before as Peggy Olson in "Mad Men," but playing Offred in "The Handmaid's Tale" was her first Emmy win.

In her speech, she thanked her mother, saying, "You are brave and strong and smart, and you've taught me that you can be kind...." The screen bleeped the rest out, but the live audience loved it.

So what did she say? "That you can be kind while being a f*cking badass." She was actually bleeped out twice, first for just a lone "f*ck" before the tribute to her mom.

Love it. Love her.

Here's the full list of winners at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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'Stranger Things' Star Millie Bobby Brown Loses Chance to Be Youngest Emmy Winner Ever

US-ENTERTAINMENT-TELEVISION-EMMYS-ARRIVALSSorry, Eleven.

The "Stranger Things" cast wowed on the red carpet of the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, but they walked away empty-handed.

The show was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, with David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown nominated in supporting roles.

69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - ArrivalsMillie, 13, looked like a princess at the Emmys, and if she had won, she would've been the youngest ever Emmy winner. The youngest-ever nominee is still Keisha Knight Pulliam, who was just 6-years-old when she earned a nod as Rudy Huxtable on "The Cosby Show." The youngest winner is currently 14-year-old Roxana Zal for the movie-of-the-week "Something About Amelia."

Here was Millie's competition for her Emmy:

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  • Ann Dowd, "The Handmaid's Tale"
  • Samira Wiley, "The Handmaid's Tale"
  • Uzo Aduba, "Orange Is the New Black"
  • Millie Bobby Brown, "Stranger Things"
  • Chrissy Metz, "This Is Us"
  • Thandie Newton, "Westworld"

Ann Dowd looked shocked when she picked up the win:

But "The Handmaid's Tale" was a big winner across the board, beating out top nominee "Westworld" just about every time, and also blocking the young "Stranger Things" star from a historic win.

Here's the full list of winners at the Sunday, Sept. 17 Emmys. There's always next year, Millie.

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Emmys 2017: Fans Can't Get Over Dolly Parton's Vibrator Joke

69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - ShowDolly Parton is a national treasure. Can she host the Emmy Awards next year?

Parton and her "9 to 5" co-stars held a reunion during the 2017 Emmys. Parton presented Alexander Skarsgard with his award, alongside Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, who were also nominated for their Netflix series "Grace and Frankie."

After a huge ovation from the crowd, Parton said, "I have been waiting to a '9 to 5' reunion since we did the movie." Her co-stars got more political, comparing their "9 to 5" co-star Dabney Coleman's character to President Donald Trump.

Fonda: "In 1980, we refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot boss."

Tomlin: "And in 2017 we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot boss."

Parton kept things light, and really got fans talking with a joke about her boobs, and this ending quip:

"I'm just here to have a good time tonight ... I'm just hoping that I'm going to get one of those 'Grace and Frankie' vibrators in my swag bag tonight."

Watch the clip:
Fans couldn't get enough:

Co-signed.

Here's the full list of winners at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Emmys 2017: Alexander Skarsgard & Bill Skarsgard Completely Won This Week

69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - ShowTwo Skarsgard brothers scored big wins this week by playing very bad boys. Alexander Skarsgard won his first Emmy Award for playing abusive husband Perry Wright in HBO's "Big Little Lies," and his younger brother Bill Skarsgard topped the box office again as Pennywise the clown in "IT."

Alex won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Television Movie, defeating these five fine fellows:

  • David Thewlis, "Fargo"
  • Alfred Molina, "Feud"
  • Stanley Tucci, "Feud"
  • Bill Camp, "The Night Of"
  • Michael K. Williams, "The Night Of"

Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures And New Line Cinema's 'It' - ArrivalsAlexander, the eldest son of actor Stellan Skarsgard and My Sonja Marie Agnes, thanked his mother for flying out from Stockholm, Sweden to join him at the Emmys -- and for giving birth to him, since that was pretty cool, too. He also thanked the amazing women of "Big Little Lies" for making him feel like one of the girls. Nicole Kidman, who played his on-screen wife, looked thrilled for him in the audience.

Meanwhile, Bill's first "IT" movie is breaking box office records, with "Chapter Two" already in the works. FYI, there are actually eight Skarsgard siblings, including two half-brothers from Stellan's second marriage. The photo above shows Alex on the far right, with Bill in the middle, and their very talented actor brother Gustav on the left.

Here's the full list of winners at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Emmys 2017: John Oliver Seriously Got #DCPublicSchools Trending, Immediately

69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - ShowThis is power.

HBO's "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver" won Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series at the 2017 Emmy Awards. In his speech, John Oliver referenced presenter Dave Chappelle's quip from earlier in the night, thanking DC public schools.

Oliver said he too wanted to thank DC public schools, just to get that trending for no real reason. So he asked fans at home to tweet #DCPublicSchools.

And they did.

Pretty much immediately, #DCPublicSchools got itself trending in the U.S.

Between the two of them, Dave Chappelle and John Oliver could get fans to tweet or do anything, and that was the chosen topic of the night. But every Sunday night, Oliver gets fans tweeting and talking about even more serious issues -- in his own cheeky way -- and that's why he keeps winning.

Here's the full list of winners at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Emmys 2017 Viewers Split on Announcer Jermaine Fowler: Awesome or Annoying?

US-ENTERTAINMENT-TELEVISION-EMMYS-SHOWThe 2017 Emmy Awards had a new voice behind-the-scenes with "Superior Donuts" star Jermaine Fowler as announcer, and fans weren't sure what to think.

When Fowler was excited about a presenter or winner HE WOULD LET YOU KNOW, which thrilled some fans and annoyed others.

69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals
Here are some reactions tweeted during the Sunday, Sept. 17 live show:

Jack Sussman, CBS Entertainment EVP, music and live events, talked to Deadline about the choice to mix up the announcer role this year:

"What most awards show do is have the announcer locked in a closet reading from a script on cue. What we will do is have Jermaine be an active part of the show. He will be connected with what's happened on the telecast and what happens next. What we want to do is get a peek behind the curtain in a fun, engaging way."

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Emmys 2017: Stephen Colbert Monologue Gets Musical & Political, With Sean Spicer Cameo

69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - ShowHost Stephen Colbert's Emmy Awards opening showed "everything is better on TV," including Sean Spicer's sense of humor.

Colbert started with a musical number, after talking to Anthony Anderson (of ABC's "blackish") and Allison Janney (not of ABC's "blackish") about global warming, Colbert as a white guy host, and HBO bringing back the Confederacy. (Anthony said he'd cancel his HBO subscription ... "after Game of Thrones" is over.)

69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - ShowBecause the world is not in the best shape right now, Colbert's opening song referenced many of the nominated shows, singing, "Troubles aren't so troublin' when you see them in HD, the world's a little better on HD. [...] The nightly news might fill you with fears and phobias, calm yourself by watching this dystopia..."

He danced with Eleven of "Stranger Things," whipped out tissues with the "This Is Us" cast, sang with Selina Meyer of "Veep," and had a dance-line with the "Handmaid's Tale" ladies.

Colbert said HBO would win so many Emmys this year, even with "Game of Thrones" not eligible, but they'd have to melt down the statues to pay for the hacker ransom. "Too soon?" Colbert told the audience to thank "Game of Thrones" for not being up there. More seriously, he thanked the first responders of Hurricane Harvey and Irma, and promoted supporting the Hand in Hand telethon.

Colbert said this year had the most diverse group of nominees in Emmys history, including Bill Maher, taking a stab at Maher's n-word quip.

It took Colbert till 8:07 to mention Trump, and first threw a softball, saying Trump was the only one with enough time to watch all the TV shows other there.

Colbert later went harder on Trump, arguing that it was the Emmy voters' fault for not giving Trump an Emmy for "The Celebrity Apprentice," 'cause then he might not have run for president. They even replayed the debate clip with Hillary Clinton referencing Trump's assertion that the Emmys were rigged, with Trump saying he should've gotten a win. But, Colbert quipped, the Emmys go to the popular vote.

Staying political, the monologue ended with Sean Spicer's cameo, pushing out his former White House podium to hype up the biggest audience they'd ever have. Colbert perfected the moment by calling him Melissa McCarthy.

Watch the full musical number and monologue (as long as the clip stays up):

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