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Movie Review: “The November Man” (Rated R)


Relativity(NEW YORK) -- CIA agent Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) has the bedside manner of sledge hammer. We meet him as he‘s seemingly training agent Mason (Luke Bracey) to be an assassin. At a café prior to an assignment, Devereaux discovers his protégé flirting with a waitress we assume is his girlfriend, and warns him, “You feel the need for a relationship, get a dog.”  I mention this because, based on what unfolds over the course of the movie, we’re supposed to believe these two had a father-son type of bond. Believe me, that connection is never properly established.
 
Their mission goes tragically awry, and Devereaux blames Mason for the major mishap and gets out of the business. But five years later, he’s pulled back in -- specifically, to extract a spy in Russia with whom he clearly used to have a relationship.  Let’s just say, things don’t go well and his former student, Mason, still working for the CIA, is ordered to kill his former mentor.  It’s a game of cat and mouse!
 
So far, nobody is going to mistake anything here for an original idea.  But there’s more!  The reason things went wrong in Russia is because a former Russian general, Arkady Federov (Lazar Ristovski), is on the verge of becoming president and everybody once associated with him is being systematically eliminated. Enter Olga Kurylenko’s Alice, a social worker who holds the key to Federov’s violent past. Will Devereaux get involved and help Alice?  Will Alice interfere with Devereaux’s quest for revenge against the CIA?
 
Devereaux is hardly a sympathetic character. He’s even willing to brutalize innocent people in an effort to exact revenge on his enemies, a choice that’s an enormous misstep by everybody who collaborated on this story.  Pierce Brosnan is likeable, but not enough to overcome Devereaux’s despicable nature. Furthermore, the movie’s ideas of strong female characters are a Russian assassin who proves her flexibility by raising her leg above her head while she’s standing, and a CIA agent (the wonderful Caterina Scorsone, Private Practice/Grey’s Anatomy) who’s subjected to the worst kind of misogynistic insults.
 
To director Roger Donaldson’s credit, he does a nice job building the suspense and ratcheting up the tension, but The November Man remains a barrage of clichés, major plot holes, and flawed character development.
 
Two-and-a-half out of five stars.

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Miley Cyrus' Homeless VMAs Date Has Record, Warrant Out for Arrest


ABC/Richard Harbaugh(LOS ANGELES) -- The once-homeless man who was Miley Cyrus' date at the MTV VMAs on Sunday has a police record and an open warrant out for his arrest.

Jesse Helt, 22, gave a speech and accepted the award for Best Video on behalf of Cyrus on Sunday night at the MTV VMAs.

Helt spoke about youth homelessness in America and had Cyrus, 21, in tears.

However, Helt has a warrant out for his arrest in his native Oregon.

Court records obtained by ABC News showed he was arrested for "criminal mischief" and "attempted burglary" in 2010. The burglary charge was changed to "criminal trespass" later that year. The records showed that Helt admitted he tried to enter an apartment by breaking a window amid a "marijuana" dispute.

He pleaded guilty/no contest to the charges and received probation. An arrest warrant was issued in 2011 when Helt violated probation by failing to report to scheduled probation meetings and failing to complete urine tests, among other charges.

Jon Troike, a judicial services specialist, told ABC News that Helt would be arrested if the police found him, and they might find him right in Oregon.

Helt's mother, Linda Helt, told The Oregonian for Monday's editions that Helt would be returning.

"He's going to be traveling to Oregon today," she told the paper.

Helt grew up in Salem, Oregon, according to his mother, who added that Cyrus gave him money to go home and see his family.

Cyrus and Helt connected through My Friend's Place -- a Los Angeles center for homeless youth, helping them to get food and shelter.

Cyrus tweeted on Tuesday that she was disappointed that the focus was on Helt's past and not on the problem of youth homelessness.

 

The media never fails to disappoint. You've chosen to go after Jesse instead of covering the issue of youth homelessness :(

— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) August 26, 2014

 

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The Sweet Nickname "19 Kids and Counting's" Jill Duggar Dillard Has for Her Unborn Baby


Photo Credit: TLC(NEW YORK) -- It's only been a week since Jill and Derick Dillard from 19 Kids and Counting announced they were expecting their first baby, and only two months since they were married in June, but the Dillards already have a nickname for their future little bundle of joy.

"We're expecting!!! So grateful to God for this new little blessing!!! #babydilly #firsttimeparents #sogratefultoGod #derickdillard #jillmdillard," she wrote next to a sweet picture of the couple holding tiny white baby shoes.



So "Baby Dilly" it is!

When the couple announced the good news last week, they told People magazine, "Both of us want as many kids as God will give us," Jill said.

Jill's father Jim Bob Duggar said everyone was surprised by the news but happy to have another baby running around someday.

"Everyone was clapping and cheering, and we were in shock, too," he said.

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Sarah Hyland and Matt Prokop Have Split


Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABC(LOS ANGELES) --  There's a reason Sarah Hyland didn't bring her boyfriend of five years, Matt Prokop, to the Emmys.

They broke up, her rep told ABC News.

The Modern Family star, 23, met Prokop, 24, in 2008, People magazine reported. They went on to co-star in Geek Charming on the Disney Channel.

"We had our first formal date at Casa Vega, this little Mexican place. We got to talking and I think it was on the date that we realized we didn't have to work to impress each other," he told Seventeen in 2012. "We were both there for the right reasons. It just felt so natural."

In 2011, Hyland revealed on The View that the two were living together.

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Emmy Winner Sarah Silverman Insists 'I Wasn't Stoned'


Mark Davis/NBC(LOS ANGELES) --  Sarah Silverman had a big night at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

The actress, 43, looked stunning on the red carpet to start the night, but when Giuliana Rancic took a peek inside her purse, she found what looked like a smoking device.

"That is my pot," she told Rancic, explaining it was a liquid form of marijuana.

Silverman went on to win an Emmy during the award show for her HBO special Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles.

In her speech, Silverman pronounced her love in the sweetest way during her acceptance speech, thanking "Mr. Fancy Pants Sheen," her boyfriend Michael Sheen.

Backstage at the Emmys, Silverman explained her speech -- where she also said, "We're just all made of molecules and we're hurtling through space right now" -- clarifying that her speech was in no way affected by any substance.

"I wasn't stoned. I had pot for later in my purse," she said. "It's legal and I don't drink. I like to have a puff as a treat at appropriate times."

Marijuana is legal in California if you use it for medical purposes. Silverman did not clarify if she had the drug for that reason or if she was just using it for recreational purposes.

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Sofia Vergara Tells Critics of Emmys Pedestal Gag to 'Lighten Up'


Mark Davis/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Sofia Vergara thinks people need to "lighten up."

The Modern Family actress was referring to critics who called her rotating pedestal gag at Monday night's Emmy Awards sexist.

During the 66th annual awards, Vergara stood on a slowly rotating pedestal, showing off her curves while the president of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Bruce Rosenblum, spoke.

Vergara's curves were supposed to be a funny distraction from the Academy president's usual boring speech. Instead, the bit was slammed on Twitter and websites.

Salon called it "a bizarre, objectifying Emmy moment," while Jezebel fumed, "She was treated like a literal object."

The Colombian actress and model, 42, didn't see the stunt as sexist or demeaning.

"I think it's absolutely the opposite," she told Entertainment Weekly. "It means that somebody can be hot and also be funny and make fun of herself. I think it's ridiculous that somebody started this -- I know who she was -- who has no sense of humor [and should] lighten up a little bit."

Vergara did not expound on who she believes started the criticism.

The backlash certainly didn't get in the way of her celebrating the fifth consecutive win for Modern Family for best comedy series. Vergara was later spotted at HBO's after party, shaking her famous curves on the dance floor.

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Why Kevin Spacey Showed Up to the Emmys Walking with a Cane


Jason Kempin/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Everyone was caught off guard when House of Cards star Kevin Spacey showed up to the Emmys with a walking cane.

But the cane wasn't to look extra fancy. Spacey, 55, was suffering from a minor tennis injury.

"The cane wasn't actually planned," he told Entertainment Tonight. "Two days ago on the tennis court, I strained my hamstring in racing for a drop shot, which I got, by the way."

Even though the Emmy nominee was injured and didn't win for Best Actor in a Drama Monday night, he said diving for that tennis shot was well worth it.

"It was the winning point, so at least there's that," he added.

In Spacey's category, Bryan Cranston took home the Emmy for his role of Walter White in the final season of Breaking Bad.

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Jimmy Fallon Tries to Steal Stephen Colbert's Emmy Award


Mark Davis/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- When Gwen Stefani mispronounced The Colbert Report in announcing Best Variety Series, Jimmy Fallon rushed the stage, grabbed Colbert's Emmy, and said there was a mistake.

Colbert let Fallon hold the award and instead of giving his own speech, he whispered the speech in Fallon's ear and the Tonight Show host seemingly repeated it.

Fallon thanked Colbert's family for him, told some jokes on Colbert's behalf about anyone who wanted to work on the show to just go to IMDB and put your name in the database as some "creative" adviser, and finally got the late-night host to blurt out an obscenity.

"We want to thank Comedy Central, of course, they are great, I want to thank his wife and his children, everyone's work on the show for the last nine years," Fallon said.

Colbert was able to give a little speech about how great it was to host his show on Comedy Central for the past nine years.

"It has been a ton of fun to do the show," Colbert said. "We want to thank Jon Stewart again."

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Details of Billy Crystal's Emmys Tribute to Robin Williams


ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) --  News broke last week that Billy Crystal would be honoring his late friend Robin Williams during Monday night's telecast of the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards.

The actor and comedian did just that and honored Williams – who died in an apparent suicide earlier this month.  Crystal came on stage just after singer Sara Bareilles sang "Smile" during the "In Memoriam" portion of the show.

"He made us laugh hard, every time you saw him," he said, speaking in front of a large image of Williams. "His brilliance was astounding... I used to think if I could just put a saddle on him and stay on for eight seconds I would be OK."

Crystal told stories of Williams’ making up stories at baseball games and sitting with his relatives at family functions.

"As genius as he was on stage, he was the greatest friend you could imagine," he continued. "It's very hard to talk about him in the past, he was so present in all our lives … for 40 years he was the brightest stars in the comedy galaxy."

Crystal closed by saying that even though Williams is gone, his, "beautiful light will continue to shine on us forever, the glow will be so bright it will warm your heart."

A short video of some of Williams' hilarious appearances on stage and screen played right after, then the stage went quiet and the Emmys faded to black before a commercial break.

The tribute was just what Emmys producer Don Mischer had told the media he wanted.

"We felt we needed to do something powerful and memorable. Billy seemed like the perfect choice," he told E! News last week.

Crystal and Williams were friends for decades before Williams died Aug. 11 at the age of 63.

Crystal, Williams and Whoopi Goldberg were the trio that led the way for Comic Relief in 1980's and 1990's on HBO in support of all kinds of worthy causes to help those in need, including the homeless epidemic and responses to random natural disasters.

The organization's slogan read, "Where there's laughter, there's hope."

When Crystal learned of the news of his dear friend's death, he took to Twitter and posted, "No words," which was seconded by Goldberg, who wrote "BillyCrystal is right...There are No words."

But Crystal found the right words Monday night to honor someone with whom he worked for decades.

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"Breaking Bad," "Sherlock" and "Modern Family" Dominate Emmys


Photo by: Mark Davis/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Walter White got one last sendoff at Monday night's Emmy Awards, as Breaking Bad and its cast scooped up their final trophies.  The show, which ended last September, won its second straight Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, and stars Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul all took home Emmys in their respective categories. 

Before the show, many had predicted that Matthew McConaughey and his role on True Detective would beat Cranston; so much so, in fact, that when Cranston took the stage, he said, "Even I thought about voting for Matthew!"  But Breaking Bad -- which won a total of six Emmys overall -- was too beloved and revered to beat.  "I love to act. It is a passion of mine, and I will do it 'til my last breath," said Cranston. "I don't know how I have been blessed with an abundance of good fortune in my life."

While Breaking Bad, which also won several technical awards, was the big drama winner, the biggest winner overall was, surprisingly, Sherlock: His Last Vow.  The TV movie, which aired on PBS, won a total of seven awards this year, counting Monday night's haul and wins at the Creative Arts Emmys earlier this month.  Monday's wins included Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Sherlock Holmes in the movie, and also plays him in the series from which it was spun off.  Martin Freeman, who plays Dr. Watson, was named Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.

The wins for Sherlock were among the few surprises in a night that basically featured favorites repeating in the top categories, including Ty Burrell for Modern Family, Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory, Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep, and Allison Janney, who took her home her second Emmy of the year for Mom, after scoring one at the earlier Creative Arts Emmys for Outstanding Guest Actress.  Jessica Lange repeated for the latest iteration of American Horror Story, American Horror Story: Coven, while The Amazing Race won its 10th Emmy for Outstanding Reality Competition and The Colbert Report won its second for Outstanding Variety Series.  Julianna Margulies won yet again for The Good Wife.

One repeat, though, made history: Modern Family scored its fifth Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, tying it with Frasier for most consecutive wins in the comedy category.  "For the past five years, it's been a beautiful dream, and we thank you for not waking us up," said creator Steve Levitan.

Conversely, Jon Hamm once again failed to win the Outstanding Actor in a Drama trophy for Mad Men, for the seventh straight year.  He's now the most-nominated actor ever in that category without a win.

As expected, The Normal Heart was named Outstanding TV Movie.  Noting its long journey from the stage to TV, executive producer Ryan Murphy said of stars Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo, "After 30 years, it took Erin Brockovich and The Incredible Hulk to finally get this thing made."  Also as expected, Fargo was named Outstanding Miniseries.  But despite major buzz, Orange Is the New Black failed to win any major awards.

Billy Crystal gave a heartfelt yet funny tribute to his pal, the late Robin Williams, during the In Memoriam segment.

Emmys host Seth Meyers got off a number of great jokes in his opening monologue, and then managed to keep viewers laughing by pulling out his Rolodex and tapping all his comedy pals -- from Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon, to Amy Poehler, Ricky Gervais, Andy Samberg and even "Weird Al" Yankovic --  to contribute to various interludes and skits throughout the show. Here were some of the best bits:

--In his monologue, Meyers noted that the Emmys were taking place on a Monday because the MTV Video Music Awards were scheduled for Sunday. "That's right, MTV still has an award show for music videos, even though they no longer show music videos. That's like network TV holding an awards show and giving all the trophies to cable and Netflix." 

--On that same topic, he added, "And no one is happier to see streaming services take nominations away from cable than network television. Not very nice when someone younger comes along is it, cable? Cable is looking at Netflix the way Justin Bieber looks at One Direction...through a cloud of marijuana smoke."

--Commenting on the huge paydays that The Big Bang Theory cast just locked down, Meyers cracked, "Shows like Game of Thrones, The Good Wife and Fargo have the right idea. When your show starts getting critical acclaim and attention, kill off all the main characters, otherwise before you know it, you're paying Sheldon a million dollars an episode."

--Jimmy Kimmel ragged on Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey for trying to take over TV, arguing that he belongs in the movies. Kimmel said that McConaughey didn't even own a TV, adding, "I happen to know for a fact that he traded his television for a conch shell full of weed.” Kimmel also gave a shout-out to the still-recovering Tracy Morgan, saying, "We'll see you next year."

--"Weird Al" Yankovic made up lyrics to instrumental theme songs for Mad Men, Scandal, Game of Thrones, Homeland and Modern Family

--Meyers teamed up with Billy Eichner of Billy on the Street fame to play Eichner's popular game "For a Dollar" with random passersby, who all proved that they had no knowledge of this year's Emmy Awards, nor did they care. One couldn't even identify the Emmy statuette when it was placed in front of her.

--Ricky Gervais took the stage to pretend to be ticked off that he'd lost to Jim Parsons. "21 times I’ve been nominated, 19 times I’ve lost,” he whined. "It’s like a cruel joke.  It seems unfair, doesn't it?”

--Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston presented together, and Louis-Dreyfus gushed that Cranston really reminded her of this character on her old show Seinfeld: a dentist she dated who converted to Judaism. Cranston, in fact, played that character, but Louis-Dreyfus pretended that he was deluded, even when he reminded her that they'd even shared a kissing scene. Later, when she won her Emmy for Veep, they kissed passionately on her way to the stage, and the first words out of her mouth were, "Yeah, he was on Seinfeld."

--Maroon 5 frontman and Voice coach Adam Levine isn't a comedian, but plenty of viewers got a laugh out of the way he subtly gave a fist pump at the podium, during a mention of the legalization of marijuana in his home state of California.

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Seth Meyers Took Ice Bucket Challenge Moments After Emmys Ended


Lloyd Bishop/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- As the host of the 66th Annual Emmy Awards, it was safe to say Seth Meyers had a full plate Monday night -- however he made time to take the Ice Bucket Challenge.

On a video posted to his Instagram account just moments after the telecast ended, the Saturday Night Live vet-turned Late Night host stripped off his tuxedo jacket and said, "I accept the ALS challenge from Jessica Biel and my cousin Ben Olsen -- and I nominate Vladimir Putin," before getting doused with the icy water.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge calls for nominated participants to pour ice water over their heads within 24 hours or donate $100 to help find a cure for ALS, the progressive degenerative nerve disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. As of Monday, more than $79 million has been raised by this year's campaign.

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Ashton Kutcher Tops List of TV's Highest-Paid Actors


Michael Yarish/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.(NEW YORK) -- The two stars of Two and a Half Men are two of the highest-paid actors on television.

Ashton Kutcher leads Forbes' 2014 list of the top-earning TV actors. He raked in an estimated $26 million between June of 2013 and June of this year from "entertainment-related endeavors."

This is the third consecutive year in which the 36-year-old, who's expecting a child with fiancée Mila Kunis, has topped Forbes' rankings.

Kutcher's co-star on Two and a Half Men, Jon Cryer, is tied for second on the list, with $19 million.

Their CBS sitcom will end its long run during the 2014-2015 season.

Cryer shares the runner-up spot on Forbes' list with another CBS star, NCIS actor Mark Harmon. Neil Patrick Harris, whose CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother wrapped earlier this year, collected $18 million, while House of Cards star Kevin Spacey and Grey's Anatomy actor Patrick Dempsey each made $16 million.

Here's a rundown of the highest-paid actors on TV, according to Forbes:

1. Ashton Kutcher, $26 million.
2T. Jon Cryer, $19 million.
2T. Mark Harmon, $19 million.
4. Neil Patrick Harris, $18 million.
5T. Patrick Dempsey, $16 million.
5T. Kevin Spacey, $16 million.
7. Tim Allen, $15 million.
8. Simon Baker, $13 million.
9. Jim Parsons, $12 million.
10T. Jason Segel, $11 million.
10T. Johnny Galecki, $11 million.

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66th Annual Primetime Emmys: Red Carpet Fashion Report


Photo by: Christopher Polk/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- The stars were out in their finery Sunday night for the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, and there were some trends spotted on the red carpet.

Speaking of red, there were reds of every shade on the carpet -- from soft corals worn by Heidi Klum and Kaley Cuoco–Sweeting, to the vibrant red gowns chosen by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mindy Kaling, Octavia Spencer and Orange Is the New Black's Uzo Aduba.

In addition to reds, metallic gowns continue to be on trend. Hayden Panettiere and Amy Poehler both looked stunning in silver and Taylor Schilling was gorgeous in a blush-colored gown. Also seen on the red carpet: gowns with separate bodices and skirts, sported by Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn, Sarah Hyland and Game of Thrones' Natalie Dormer.

When it came to trends for hair, most of the stars opted for pulled-back looks, to show off their jewelry and dresses. Some kept it loose, though, like Taylor Schilling's upswept yet loose and low chignon. Mindy Kaling slicked hers back, but still showed off her length.

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Here are some of the most notable looks:

-Julia Louis-Dreyfus was radiant in red: she wore a soft red Carolina Herrera halter dress with dark red leather accents around her waist and neckline.

-Orange is the New Black star Taylor Schilling was right on trend wearing an elegant blush metallic halter Zuhair Murad dress. Her hair swept up in a loose, low chignon showed off her gorgeous diamond earrings; she also wore diamond rings and a diamond bracelet. It was one of the night’s best dresses.

-Girls’ star Lena Dunham raised some eyebrows with her new platinum bob and her pink ensemble by Giambattista Valli. It was a pale pink silk short-sleeved top, tucked into a pink ombre full-length tulle skirt.

-A pregnant Hayden Panettiere showed off her growing baby bump in a short-sleeved silver metallic gown with a plunging neckline. She kept her hair up in a textured bun, accessorized with a silver headband.

-The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting stunned in a Monique Lhuillier strapless red dress with a sweetheart neckline with pink floral accents and a layered tulle full length skirt. The actress sported minimal jewelry, but carried a pink clutch and showed off her new pixie cut.

-Heidi Klum went simple and elegant with a slim salmon-colored gown with long, flowy cap sleeves. She wore her hair in soft curls, but made a statement with large dangling diamond earrings.

-Mindy Kaling wore a Kenzo halter gown with a metallic ribbon trim to accentuate her bust.

-Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland embraced the crop-top trend, pairing a white top with a voluminous coral skirt.  She topped off her look with a top knot hairdo.

-Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox -- possibly the first transgendered individual to walk the Emmy red carpet -- was stunning in a Marc Bouwer long white dress with a plunging neckline and cape. She kept her hair back in a loose updo.

-Breaking Bad’s leading woman Anna Gunn chose a one-shoulder Jenny Packman dress with a floral printed bodice and a solid blue skirt with a high waist. She had her hair down in loose beachy waves.

-Scandal's Kerry Washington stood out in a bright orange strapless gown with silver sparkled accents on the bodice. The Prada gown had an ultra-high slit, exposing a navy blue sparkle panel. She went sleek and straight with her hair, and dramatic with dark blue eye shadow.

-Amy Poehler went with a silver metallic dress with a slimming silhouette and spaghetti straps. To balance the strong structure of the gown, Amy went with effortless beach waves and minimal makeup.

-Julie Bowen stood out on the red carpet with a blue, black, and white printed Peter Som gown with a high neck and a plunging cutout in the bodice.

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How Did "Rising Star," "True Blood" Finales Do in Ratings Opposite MTV VMAs?


ABC/Bob D'Amico(NEW YORK) -- As the MTV Video Music Awards aired on Sunday night, some viewers chose to watch another type of music event.

ABC aired the season-one finale of the singing competition Rising Star, which drew an audience of 3.2 million viewers. It was televised opposite the first hour of the MTV VMAs.

Jesse Kinch was crowned the champion of Rising Star, which featured host Josh Groban and experts Kesha, Ludacris and Brad Paisley.

On HBO, the series finale of True Blood scored four million viewers in the same Sunday-night time slot, according to Deadline.com. The vampire drama, which starred Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, ended after seven seasons.

Audience numbers for the VMAs have not yet been released.

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Emmy Backstage Report


Photo by: Rodolfo Martinez/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards were held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Monday night. Here's what some of the winners had to say backstage:

-- The Breaking Bad crew appeared together following their win in the outstanding drama series category -- a victory that creator Vince Gilligan called a "wonderful icing on the cake" for a show that ended its run last September.

Gilligan conceded that he didn't believe Breaking Bad would take the top drama prize when he arrived at the ceremony. However, once Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn all won acting Emmys, he sensed that momentum was on their side. He remarked, "It's a wonderful surprise and a real honor."

When asked why Breaking Bad had made such an impression on fans and on the TV landscape, Gilligan credited his "damn great cast." Cranston, whose role as meth dealer Walter White earned him the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series, chimed in, "Hey, it's just, tell a good story."

Speaking of a good story, much was made of Cranston's extended kiss with Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the latter approached the stage to accept her acting Emmy. It was the continuation of a bit that began when they presented together earlier in the night. Why did Cranston smooch Louis-Dreyfus, with whom he worked on Seinfeld? Cranston quipped, "It's not a question of why, but more a question of why not?"

-- Louis-Dreyfus was more forthcoming about their "romantic" moment. The Veep star, who was awarded the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a comedy, revealed that both she and Cranston sought permission from their respective spouses before going ahead with the kiss. However, she noted, "We wanted to really make sure that the presenting stuff worked...because obviously I might not have won. That was very stiff competition."

-- ABC's Modern Family made Emmy history when it was named outstanding comedy series. It is the fifth time the show has triumphed in the category, tying a record held by Frasier. Modern Family creator Steven Levitan didn't want to immediately entertain the idea of breaking the mark in the future, saying, "We're just fully enjoying this moment. That is it. We never thought we'd get here. We are incredibly, incredibly honored to have gotten this much."  

-- The Good Wife star Julianna Margulies marveled at the number of talented actresses who are doing great work on TV at the moment, dropping names like Robin Wright, Kerry Washington and Claire Danes. She belongs in that category too, obviously, having just won the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama. Margulies commented, "This is the golden age of television, but it's also the time for women in television."

-- A couple of the winners shared their memories of the late Robin Williams, who was saluted by Billy Crystal during the telecast. Kathy Bates, who was honored for her performance in American Horror Story: Coven, recalled a night years ago, before cellphone use was widespread, when she won a Golden Globe and didn't have a quarter to call her mother on a payphone to deliver the good news. Williams stepped up and offered her a coin; Bates said Monday night, "I never forgot that kindness."

Bates also remembered that in 1999, when she lost in an Oscars category that Williams presented, he said to her, "I really wish I could've had your name in the envelope. Are you OK? I know how hard it is to lose."

Bates told reporters, "He was so kind. This is a special night for that reason. I almost wanted to say, 'Look, I won this time, and this is for you.'"

-- Allison Janney pointed out that some of the attendees were wearing green ribbons in support of the battle against depression -- a condition from which Williams suffered. Janney -- who won two Emmys this year, for her supporting role on the CBS sitcom Mom and for her guest-starring role on Showtime's Masters of Sex -- remarked, "I dealt with it firsthand. I lost someone very dear to me. And everyone is feeling that."

-- While reveling in his Emmy win for outstanding variety series for The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert refused to look ahead to next year, when he'll replace David Letterman on CBS' Late Show. He told reporters he's still working on his Comedy Central program through the end of the year, which, he stated, "takes 100 percent of my brain to get done, because I don't have the ability to think about this show and another show in the future, and I'm still really enjoying watching Dave right now."

-- Sarah Silverman drew attention to herself on the red carpet, when she claimed in an interview that she had brought liquid pot with her. She clarified the situation backstage: "I wasn't stoned. I had pot for later in my purse....It's legal and I don't drink. I like to have a puff as a treat at appropriate times."

One can only wonder whether she lit up after the event to celebrate her Emmy victory for outstanding writing for a variety special, for Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles.

-- Jessica Lange maintained that she was "stunned" to be honored for her role in American Horror Story: Coven. She also said the next season of her FX show, which is subtitled Freak Show, will be the most "extraordinary" one yet. The new season will premiere October 8.

-- The FX program Fargo collected the Emmy for outstanding miniseries or movie. Executive producer Warren Littlefield called it the best moment of his life -- not bad for a former NBC exec who was around for that network's "Must See TV" days.

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Louisiana Liars Contest

Saturday August 23rd


The Louisiana Liar's Contest will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Community Center at 708 Main St. in Pineville, LA.  The Louisiana Storytelling Association has sponsored the event for the past eleven years to celebrate the art of telling a whopper so outrageous that the audience wants to believe it.    Admission is free for the audience and anyone who appreciates a good story is invited to attend.

 



Brass In Blue

will be presenting a concert

at Coughlin-Saunders Performing

Arts Center

August 29, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

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Thursday September 4th

Downtown @ The Hearn

An Evening With

Scott Joplin

Classical Guitarist

John De Chiaro

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Superhero Dash 5k
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Dust Off Your Cape, Lace Up Your Shoes and Join Us For The 1st Annual Superhero Dash in Alexandria, LA. Runner's from across Louisiana will be donning their best superhero attire for this fun filled 5k around Alexandria Senior High. Awards will be given to Top Male and Female Finishers & there will even be prizes for best costume! All proceeds benefit the CF Foundation. Be A Hero, Register Today! Pre- Registration $25Day of registration $30- 8:00am 5k start 9:00am Alexandria Senior High
 


2014 Walk

To End Alzheimers

September 13th

Kent House Plantation

Registration at 9am

Ceremony at 10am

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September 20th

A Cycling Event

Kent House Plantation

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August 18th

Marksville, LA

Paragon Casino

 

3 Dog Night

August 16th

Vinton, LA

Delta Downs

 

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August 16th

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August 16th

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August 30th

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"Nutcracker"

September 1st

New Orleans

Mahalia Jackson

Theatre

 

Eric Church

September 11th

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Centurylink Center

 

Miranda Lambert

September 12th

Lafayette, LA

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Clint Black

September 13th

Vinton, LA

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September 13th

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September 13th

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September 13th

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September 17th

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September 25th Superdome

 

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October 8th

New Orleans

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October 24th

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October 25th

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October 25th

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