66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Press Room

Almost a year since its epic conclusion, AMC’s critically-acclaimed series Breaking Bad looks to have concluded its award success after it scooped five wins at last night’s Emmy Awards ceremony.

The show, which charts the journey of cancer-stricken chemistry teacher-turned-drugs kingpin Walter White, clinched the coveted Outstanding Drama Series award ahead of other much-lauded competitors like Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and the gritty True Detective.

Bryan Cranston won his fourth Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series gong for his powerful role as Walt overcoming stiff opposition from True Detective duo Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

His co-stars Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman) and Anna Gunn (Skyler White) secured wins in the Best Supporting Actor/Actress categories. The former beat off the likes of Peter Dinklage (GOT) and Jon Voight (Ray Donovan) while the latter overcame Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt and Dame Maggie Smith.

Julia Marguiles triumphed in a tough Outstanding Actress in a Drama category overcoming two-time winner Claire Danes (Homeland), Robin Wright (House of Cards) and Kerry Washington (Scandal) amongst others.

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In the comedy section, Modern Family continued its Emmy dominance with victory in the Outstanding Comedy Series category ahead of Orange is the New Black and Veep. Star Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy) also enjoyed success in the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy beating off pressure from co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell Pritchard).

Julia Louis Dreyfus added another Emmy to her collection as she triumphed in the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as long-suffering vice president Selina Kyle in the political sitcom Veep.

There was also more Emmy glory for Jim Parsons as he won Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for his humorous performance as the nerdy Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory. His stern competition included Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Louis CK (Louis) and British comedian Ricky Gervais (Derek).

Veteran performer Alison Janney was named Best Supporting Actress for her role as Anna Faris’ mother in the sitcom Mom.

In the television movie categories, the AIDs related drama The Normal Heart won the Outstanding TV Movie accolade ahead of Sherlock while the television-version of Fargo clinched the Outstanding TV Miniseries award.

Sherlock did manage to achieve some joy for its actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as the pair won the Lead and Supporting Actor gongs for their performances in the acclaimed British series.

Finally, Oscar-winning actresses Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates landed double success in the female categories as the female duo won for their performances in American Horror Story.

The official list of winners are below.

Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad

Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Juliana Marguiles – The Good Wife

Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad

Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Aaron Paul – Breaking Bad

Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Anna Gunn – Breaking Bad

Comedy Series
Modern Family

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Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Veep

Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Jim Parsons – Big Bang Theory

Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Alison Janney – Mom

Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Ty Burrell – Modern Family

Outstanding Miniseries Or Movie
The Normal Heart

Lead Actor In A TV Miniseries Or Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock

Lead Actress In A TV Miniseries Or Movie
Jessica Lange – American Horror Story

Supporting Actor In A TV Miniseries Or Movie
Martin Freeman – Sherlock

Supporting Actress In A TV Miniseries Or Movie
Kathy Bates – American Horror Story

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“I believe we need heroes…we need certain people who we can measure our own shortcomings by.”

Lord Richard Attenborough, the Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker of such prestige films like The Great Escape, Gandhi and Jurassic Park, has died at the age of 90.

His death was announced yesterday by his son Michael, having spent the last six years of his life living in a nursing home.

Born in Cambridge in 1923, he began acting at the age of just 12 and eventyally made his first screen appearance as a young stoker in the naval drama In Which We Serve (1942).

Five years later, his career breakthrough came in his chilling portrayal of young criminal Pinkie in the British crime thriller Brighton Rock (1947).

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The role won him mass acclaim and he ultimately gained traction over the next twenty years with other memorable screen performances like Lt. Richard Lexey in The League of Gentlemen (1960), Bartlett “Big X” in the renowned war epic The Great Escape (1963), Lew Moran in Flight of the Phoenix (1965) and Albert Blossom in Doctor Doolittle (1967).

In between all that, he clinched a Best British Actor BAFTA award for his joint roles in Guns at Batasi (1965) and Seance on a Wet Afternoon (’65).

Attenborough then made his directional debut in 1969 with the war musical Oh What a Lovely War! before producing another terrifying acting role as British murderer John Christie in the crime drama 10 Rillington Place (1971).

His directing career then stepped up in the 70s with the historical biopic Young Winston (1972), which charted the life of British prime minster Winston Churchill before following that up with the war epic A Bridge Too Far (1977), a film that bolsters one of the best ensemble casts in film history.

He then took a fourteen year break from acting to continue his film-making and ended up receiving mass acclaim for his epic biopic Gandhi (1982), which depicted the extraordinary life of another historical figure, Mohandas K. Gandhi.

The film clinched a massive eight Oscar wins including Best Picture and Best Director for Attenborough as well as garnering a record-breaking sixteen BAFTA nominations (for which the 60 year old would receive the BAFTA Fellowship).

He then helmed more true-life stories in the form of Cry Freedom (1987) and the Charlie Chaplin biopic Chaplin (1992), the latter of which starred Robert Downey Jr in his best on-screen performance to date.

The now-veteran filmmaker finally came out of acting retirement to take on the popular role of dinosaur professor John Hammond in Steven Spielberg’s prehistoric blockbuster Jurassic Park (1993).

That same year also saw him direct the romantic drama Shadowlands, which starred Anthony Hopkins as real-life author C.S Lewis. He then followed that up with another memorable role as Kris Kringle, a man who insists that he is the real Santa Claus, in the Christmas film remake A Miracle on 34th Street (1993).

In his later years, Attenborough mostly featured in TV productions with his final cinematic contribution being his directing of the romantic drama Closing the Ring (2007).

Throughout his remarkable life, he was appointed a CBE in 1967 and knighted nine years later in 1976, before being made a life peer in 1993.

He was also well known for his brotherly bond with sibling David, Britain’s greatest animal expert.

There was tragedy in his life too when his elder daughter Jane Holland, her daughter, Lucy, and her mother-in-law, also named Jane, were killed in the south Asian tsunami on Boxing Day 2004.

Attenborough is survived by his actress wife of 64 years, Shelia Sim.

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“I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.”

Lauren Bacall, the renowned actress and former wife of cinematic legend Humphrey Bogart, has died at the grand old age of 89.

Remembered by many for her husky voice and sexual looks, the award-winning legend suffered a stroke in her Manhattan home on Tuesday morning.

The Humphrey Bogart Estate announced her passing via its Facebook page:

“With deep sorrow for the magnitude of our loss, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall.”

Born in the Bronx in 1924, Bacall made her big break in films at the age of 19 when she starred alongside her future husband Bogart in the 1944 thriller To Have and Have Not.

The role was made memorable by her iconic line “You know how to whistle, don’t you Steve? You just put your lips together, and blow.”

The pair then married in 1945 before reuniting for an even more acclaimed film in the shape of the crime-thriller The Big Sleep (1946), in which Bacall played the role of Vivian Rutledge.

They then starred in a third film together in Key Largo (1948) which was their final on-screen collaboration before Bogart’s death in 1957.

During the 50s, Bacall also had the distinct pleasure of working alongside other legendary stars like Marilyn Monroe in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and Gregory Peck in Designing Women (1957).

She went on to marry future two-time Oscar winning actor Jason Robards in 1961 with their marriage ending in 1969.

From then on, her roles became more or less memorable though she did feature in renowned films like Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Shootist (1976) and the brilliant Misery (1990).

After a career spanning fifty years, Bacall finally received major awards recognition when she clinched a Best Supporting Actress award at the Golden Globes for her performance as Barbara Streisand’s bitchy mother in the romantic drama The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996).

She also received her sole Oscar nomination for the role and was seen as the sentimental favourite to win it only to lose out to Juliette Binoche for The English Patient (’96).

Towards the end of her long career, she went on to star in Nicole Kidman films Dogville (2003) and Birth (2004) and also made a cameo as herself in the acclaimed TV series The Sopranos.

She also lent her voice to animated productions like Howl’s Moving Castle (2003) and Ernest and Celestine (2012) with her final ever role being the voice of Peter Griffin’s elderly admirer in Family Guy.

In 2009, Bacall deservedly received an Honorary Oscar for her outstanding contribution to the golden age of cinema over the past seventy years of her life.

The actress had two children with Bogart, Stephen and Leslie, and one child with Jason, Sam.

1951-2014

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“Listen, you hear it? – - Carpe – - hear it? – - Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.”

Robin Williams, the much-loved Hollywood legend, has been found dead at the age of 63.

The Oscar-winning comedy actor was believed to be have committed suicide via asphyxiation in his Tiburon home in California at around Monday afternoon.

Williams, who had a history of both alcohol and drug addition, had checked into rehab last year but his publicist Mara Buxbaum revealed that he had been battling depression in recent times.

A police statement was issued with regards to his shock death:

“At this time, the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made.”

Born in Illinois, Chicago in 1951, Williams broke into acting in the 1970s where he began his trade in comedy with his wacky portrayal of an alien in the 1970s TV series Mork and Mindy (1978-1982).

It was in the 80s where his big-screen career took shape as he played the iconic role of Popeye in Robert Altlman’s big-screen adaptation of the popular cartoon character. The 1980 musical was a critical disappointment but thankfully it didn’t stop Williams from moving forward.

He received steller reviews for his performance as Garp in the Oscar-nominated flick The World According to Garp (1982) but also found himself juggling his film career with his stand-ups which he would also do throughout his remarkable life.

In 1987, he won critical acclaim as unorthodox DJ Adrian Cronauer in the war dramedy Good Morning Vietnam, a role which saw him receive his first Oscar nomination as well as a Golden Globe win.

A couple of years later, he earned another Oscar nod for his exceptional performance as inspiring poetry teacher John Keatings in Barry Levinson’s drama Dead Poet’s Society (1989) before following that up with award-worthy turns in Awakenings (1990) and The Fisher King (1991).

The 90s proved to be the golden era of Williams’ career as he became heavily involved in a wide variety of films ranging from family hits to darker roles.

In the same year as Fisher King, he took on the coveted role of an older Peter Pan in Steven Spielberg’s fantasy adventure Hook. Though it wasn’t a renowned hit with critics, it has since gone on to gain a cult following from nostalgic fans.

One of his most memorable characters was that of the Genie in Disney’s much-loved animation Aladdin (1992). His vocal performance was that acclaimed by many that there were calls for the Academy to recognise him despite animated roles being ineligible for a nomination.

His voice would also come in handy for other animated work like Ferngully: The Last Rainforest (1992), Robots (2005) and the Happy Feet films (2006-2011).

After starring in family flop Toys (1992), Williams bounced back with another iconic performance as divorced father Daniel Hillard-turned-Scottish nanny Euphegenia Doubtfire in the hit family comedy Mrs Doubtfire (1993).

The role saw the actor clinch another Golden Globe win and there was even talk of him reprising the character for a sequel but that is now unlikely to happen.

Another childhood classic for many was as Alan Parish in the fantasy adventure Jumanji (1995) but he would also endure mixed success with later films in the decade like The Birdcage (1996), Jack (1996), Deconstructing Harry (1997), Flubber (1997), What Dreams May Come (1998), Patch Adams (1998) and Bicentennial Man (1999).

But inbetween all them, he finally landed Oscar glory in the Best Supporting Actor category with his excellent turn as supportive professor Sean Maguire in the award-winning drama Good Will Hunting (1997).

That triumph saw Williams rediscover his dramatic potential as he produced searing performances in One Hour Photo (2002), Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia (2002) and last year’s historical biopic The Butler (2013).

He then returned to making light-hearted work in lesser-acclaimed work like RV (2006), Man of the Year (2006), August Rush (2007), World’s Greatest Dad (2009) and Old Dogs (2010).

His last recognisable role was as museum artifact Teddy Roosevelt in the family-adventure series Night at the Museum (2006). He will be seen again as the character in the third film, Secret of the Tomb, which is due out at Christmas.

That film, and his television work in The Crazy Ones (2014) will ultimately bring the curtain down on what has been an extraordinary career.

Williams is survived by his third wife Susan Schneider and three children (from previous marriages).

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are already making a splash in the US with their latest big-screen outing which has already made $28.7 million at the box-office.

But while us Brits are still waiting for the merry band of green turtles to show up in UK cinemas, Paramount have announced that the live action-adventure will be receiving a sequel.

The second installment has been green-lit with director Michael Bay (Transformers series) and several of his chief production members set to return.

On the decision, Paramount president Adam Goodman said:

“Launching a new take on the Turtles into the feature film world was a daunting task because, as fans of them ourselves, we felt a great responsibility to ensure audiences were going to experience everything they loved about the Turtles, while also getting to see them brought to life in a way they had never been seen before.

“The result exceeded our high expectations and the response to the film is beyond great, making it all the more fun to get started on the continuation of their story.”

The decision already seems a swift one given the new film’s mixed reviews as well as recent controversy over its Australian poster, which features an exploding building with the release date of September 11th on it.

The current film, which stars Megan Fox (Transformers series, Jennifer’s Body), Will Arnett (Blades of Glory, The LEGO Movie) and William Fitchner (Prison Break, The Dark Knight), is due out in the UK on October 17th.

As for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, that installment is scheduled for release on June 3rd 2016.

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A couple of years ago, veteran British actors like Dame Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Dame Maggie Smith all starred in the light-hearted drama The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012).

The film ended up being a surprise box-office hit which led to Fox Searchlight Pictures making the shrewd decision to commission an unlikely sequel.

Entitled The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the trailer for the follow-up has premiered online.

Directed again by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, The Debt), the story sees hotel host Sonny (played by Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel) deciding to open up a new hotel following the success of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful. This leads to his veteran customers returning to help him with his venture although the project threatens to cause problems with his upcoming marriage.

Dench, Nighy and Smith all reprise their roles from the original film alongside Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Calender Girls), Penelope Wilton (Shaun of the Dead, Downton Abbey) and Ronald Pickup (The Mission, Lolita).

Experienced American actors Richard Gere (Pretty Woman, Chicago) and David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck, Godzilla) are the casting newcomers amongst the British ensemble.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel will be released in the UK on February 27th 2015.

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In the last couple of years, Eddie Redmayne has shown his capabilities as one of Britain’s best young actors with his work in the likes of My Week with Marilyn (2011) and the brilliant Les Miserables (2012).

But the BAFTA-nominated star is set for his biggest project to date as he takes on the challenging role of acclaimed physicist Stephen Hawking in the upcoming biopic The Theory of Everything.

The film’s official trailer has now premiered online.

Directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker James Marsh (Man on Wire, Shadow Dancer), the drama documents the life of Hawkings during his time at Cambridge University in the 1960s. After earning praise for his scientific theories, he found himself being diagnosed with Motor Neuron disease which led to him losing the ability to walk and talk. However through loyal support from his wife Jane Wilde (played by fellow startlet Felicity Jones (Like Crazy, The Invisible Woman)), he would overcome his disability to become one of humanity’s greatest experts.

Additional acting support also comes from David Thewlis (Naked, Harry Potter series), Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves, War Horse) and Charlie Cox (Stardust, Boardwalk Empire).

The film, which is being touted as a potential awards contender later this year, will be released in the UK on January 1st 2015.