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MUSIC VIDEO TIME

You may recall from last year that I directed and edited a music video for a dorm at the University of North Carolina. Well, we did another one, set to Taylor Swift’s “Trouble.” So please watch it and enjoy because it’s pretty good/silly and I spent a lot of time putting it together, as did everyone involved. Anyway, this is it below. You’re already on this site, you might as well watch it.

 

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Emmy Nominations 2013: What the Emmys (and I) got right

This is the 3rd and final post I’m going to have about the Emmy nominations. After my predictions and what the voters got wrong, I’m going to talk about what they got right

DRAMA

Best Series

What the Emmys got right: Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Homeland and Downton Abbey are all very well-written and well-acted shows. While I don’t watch House of Cards, everything I’ve heard about it indicates that it deserves a spot as well. Plus, that inclusion indicates the Emmys are willing to embrace our constantly evolving way to watch some of the best entertainment available.

What I got right: Prediction wise, this was my single best category as I got them all right. In terms of enjoyment, I was thrilled because some of these shows have become all-time favorites. It’s going to be interesting to see how this one plays out since there are some fantastic shows here.

BEST ACTOR

What the Emmys got right: As long as Breaking Bad and Mad Men are on television, Bryan Cranston and Jon Hamm should be in this category. Really, all the men in this category are deserving, but those two are the mega-locks (even if someone else takes the award home).

What I got right: Again, relatively strong prediction wise.  I love to see great actors and characters rewarded, which typically happens in this category.

BEST ACTRESS

What the Emmys got right: Robin Wright. GET IT? Sorry, couldn’t resist. But seriously, Elisabeth Moss, Claire Danes and Michelle Dockery are deserving repeat nominees while Kerry Washington and Connie Britton are generally well received choices as well.

What I got right: I predicted most of these women, and I don’t have many complaints with this list of nominees (other than Keri Russell not being nominated).

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

What the Emmys got right: Aaron Paul, Peter Dinklage and Mandy Patinkin are all just outstanding, while Jim Carter and Jonathan Banks could just have a grumpy old man competition.  This is top to bottom one of the strongest categories of the whole awards

What I got right: Other than a double nomination for Game of Thrones and buying into the Newsroom hype, I got my picks right. As I said, this was a difficult one because so many people were deserving here.  Just brutal competition.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

What the Emmys got right: Maggie Smith is just perfect on Downton Abbey, so her inclusion is my highlight. Don’t get me wrong, Anna Gunn, Emilia Clarke, Christina Hendricks and Morena Baccarin are all great on their respective shows, but none of them make their show the way Maggie Smith does.

What I got right: I picked two shows correctly (Game of Thrones, The Good Wife) just the wrong woman. Baccarin was the surprise, but I’m happy to see her get some recognition.  If Smith doesn’t win, I’d like to see Hendricks take the award home just because she’s been putting in great consistent work on Mad Men.

COMEDY

BEST SERIES

What the Emmys got right: Louie, 30 Rock, Veep and Modern Family make a lot of sense here. Even though I am not crazy about the Emmys letting Modern Family dominate the proceedings, it’s a very funny show. If anything other than Modern Family wins, expect it to be 30 Rock following an outstanding final season.

What I got right: I went 5 for 6 prediction wise, but chose Arrested Development over Louie.  In a perfect world, they would both be nominated, along with Parks and Recreation, but that’s obviously not the case.

BEST ACTOR

What the Emmys got right: Alec Baldwin, Jason Bateman and Louis C.K. all are 100% deserving, and while I don’t watch House of Lies or Episodes, I don’t mind the Don Cheadle or Matt LeBlanc nominations.

What I got right: I did well in the predictions here also. This was the only major nomination for Arrested Development so I’m glad I got that prediction right.

BEST ACTRESS

What the Emmys got right: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are some of the funniest women on television right now and it’s good to see them get recognition for their work. While Lena Dunham could upset them here, I think one of those three are going to take the award home and I’m cool with that.

What I got right: 4 for 6 on the predictions. I hope Poehler takes the award considering it’s the only major Parks and Rec nomination (which is crazy) but I think there is definitely a good chance Fey gets one more trophy for an outstanding character

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

What the Emmys got right: Bill Hader is a national treasure, and I said from day 1 of his stint on Saturday Night Live that he was going to be a star (if you don’t believe me, I have sources, baby). I also like that they scaled back (even if by one) on the Modern Family nominations, although I’m not sure the 2 time winner (Eric Stonestreet) was the one to cut.  I’m tempted to say Tony Hale was a “right” call, but when it’s not as Buster Bluth and with Will Arnett’s GOB Bluth and Nick Offerman’s Ron Swanson sitting out, I’m a little hesitant to be all in on that nomination.

What I got right: I predicted the three Modern Family representatives and Hader. I’ve said about all I can say for this category other than congrats to Ty Burrell on your 2nd Emmy (Burrell is my actual favorite on Modern Family, but without Stonestreet, Offerman, or Arnett, I don’t see him losing).

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

What the Emmys got right: I think this category was about as expected. Fewer Modern Family women means more diversity here than the male counterpart which leads to some familiar faces returning to this category. While I think Julie Bowen or Sofia Vergara take it, this isn’t the lock for Modern Family that Supporting Actor is.

What I got right: Some old favorites here, but I omitted Jane Lynch. Not because I don’t like her (she’s far and away the best part of a tv show that shouldn’t have lasted more than 1 season), but I just thought (like everyone) the Emmys were done with Glee. But the Modern Family and Jane Krakowski picks seemed like no-brainers.

So there it is, what I think the Emmys did right.

 

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Emmy Nominations 2013: What the Emmys (and I) got wrong

For my 2nd of 3 Emmy related posts, I am going to say where I think the Emmys went wrong with their nominations, in addition to my mistakes in predictions from my post yesterday, which can be found here.

DRAMA

BEST SERIES

What the Emmys did wrong: Really, nothing. Sure, you can make the cases for various great shows that missed the cut, but really, there won’t be much complaining about these nominees.

What I did wrong: Nothing as well. 6 for 6.

BEST ACTOR

What the Emmys did wrong: Again, arguably nothing (this is going to be a theme for the Drama side, which I feel is much more correct than the Comedy side). Hugh Bonneville was a bit of a surprise to keep his nomination from last year, but nothing major here.

What I did wrong: I had Steve Buscemi as a nominee instead of Bonneville. Buscemi was the one I was most on the fence about, but this category did have some great contenders. (Maybe next year, Raylan)

BEST ACTRESS

What the Emmys did wrong: I won’t say they got nominees wrong in this category, just some surprising picks (and some surprising exclusions) particularly when there were seven nominated women here.

What I did wrong: Well, I left out three of the nominated women (Vera Farmiga “Bates Motel,” Connie Britton “Nashville,” and Kerry Washington “Scandal” [although, to be fair, I did say that Washington was top seven, and with seven nominees, she got a spot, so I wasn’t super wrong]). I also am surprised that Keri Russell and Julianna Margulies were left out considering the buzz surrounding The Americans this year and how safe Margulies seemed here given her previous nomination history.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

What the Emmys did wrong: Again, arguably nothing. Just a straight up packed category.

What I did wrong: Pick against Downton Abbey again. Jim Carter plays my second favorite character on the show behind Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess, but I didn’t give him the benefit of the doubt considering he was a nominee last year. Forgive me, Mr. Carson. Also, making a blind pick, I chose Sam Waterston over Bobby Cannavale, which would also have been a blind pick, so there’s that.  Of course, I was hoping to be wrong by leaving out Walton Goggins, but it appears Boyd Crowder will still have to wait for his day in the sun.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

What the Emmys did wrong: From what I’ve heard, House of Cards is great, so the Kate Mara exclusion could be cause for anger, but at this point, I’m ok with it.

What I did wrong: Well, I chose the wrong repeat nominee from the Good Wife (Archie Panjabi over Christine Baranski), and the wrong representative for Game of Thrones (of course, I did say that Emilia Clarke was a possible candidate).  I also left out Morena Baccarin mainly because I was expecting House of Cards to get another nomination and this seemed like Homeland’s “weak link” so to speak.

Prediction accuracy for Drama: 22 for 31

COMEDY

BEST SERIES

What the Emmys did wrong: Nominate The Big Bang Theory and Girls instead of Arrested Development, Archer, Community, Happy Endings, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Parks and Recreation. Bob’s Burgers wasn’t eligible because it submitted in the animated categories, but it would have been more deserving as well.  Seriously, the world was blessed with more Arrested Development and the Emmys give a spot for Best Comedy Series to the opposite of comedy The Big Bang Theory.

What I did wrong: Unfortunately, very little. I had Arrested Development as a nominee, and Louie got that spot instead. While I did want Louie nominated, I didn’t want it to happen at the expense of one of the funniest shows of all time (I don’t care if you didn’t think this season was great, we got more Arrested Development, and dammit that’s a fantastic thing).

BEST ACTOR

What the Emmys did wrong: Jim Parsons. Nothing against him personally, but the show he is on is a giant slap in the face to actual funny things. Since most shows nominate most of their men for supporting, I can’t complain about much else.

What I did wrong: Jon Cryer. Damn you, Cryer. I pick you in disgust because your show is also terrible, and then you spite my prediction by not being nominated. Matt LeBlanc took that spot as I said he might, but it still cost me an accurate pick.

BEST ACTRESS

What the Emmys did wrong: Not so much wrong as unexpected (as with the Best Actress for Drama). They will be wrong when Amy Poehler doesn’t win….again. (To be fair, I wouldn’t mind Tina Fey winning since it’s 30 Rock’s last hurrah, but she already has a lot of these)

What I did wrong: I thought Zooey Deschanel and Melissa McCarthy were relatively solid picks, but Laura Dern (Enlightened) and Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) messed those picks up.  Not really complaining, because I’ve heard good things about those women

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

What the Emmys did wrong: I had mentally prepared myself for the exclusion of the funniest character on television again, but when both Ron Swanson and GOB Bluth are excluded for three Modern Family characters and someone from Girls, well, it was too much to take. Emmy voters, (say it with me), you made a huge mistake.  And no, it doesn’t count to nominate Tony Hale for a show that isn’t Arrested Development. That’s not good enough. Not to mention, the guy from Modern Family that you left out (Eric Stonestreet) is the guy who has won this award twice. WHY CAN’T THE EMMY VOTERS MAKE ANY SENSE WHEN IT COMES TO THIS CATEGORY?

What I did wrong: I believed. Besides that, I didn’t do much wrong. I got 3 of the 4 Modern Family men and Bill Hader. I totally did not see Tony Hale’s nomination coming, nor Adam Driver’s, who I’m somewhat conflicted on. Yes, his character became the most interesting on the show this past season, so if anyone deserves recognition from that show, it’s him, but not at the expense of the aforementioned actors.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

What the Emmys did wrong: Leave out Jessica Walter. Seriously, you have seven nominees and you leave out Lucille Bluth? Beyond that, not much, but still, a pretty glaring oversight.

What I did wrong: I got four out of seven here, but excluded previous winner Jane Lynch (I thought the Emmys had given up on Glee, so I didn’t even consider the one funny person involved with the show), previous nominee Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie), and newcomer Anna Chlumsky (Veep).  I picked the wrong “other nominee” for Girls by selecting Allison Williams as Lena Dunham’s running mate instead of Adam Driver in the male category.

Prediction accuracy for Comedy: 22 for 31

Total accuracy: 44 of 62 (72 percent)

So, stay tuned for my post about what the Emmys (and I) got right.

 

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Emmy 2013 Predictions: Will Be Nominated/Should Be Nominated

In what will be my first of three Emmy posts, I decided to predict what I think will be nominated in the main categories, along with what I think will be nominated. Probable nominees are listed in alphabetical order, not by my perceived likelihood of nominations.

DRAMA

BEST SERIES

Will Be Nominated:

  • Breaking Bad
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • House of Cards
  • Mad Men

Should Be Nominated: The only series of those that I haven’t watched yet is House of Cards, but the buzz has been pretty good around it so I can’t really complain. I think some shows could earn nominations, and wouldn’t really be surprised with any of the following shows being nominated (The Americans, Boardwalk Empire, Justified, The Newsroom, Scandal, The Walking Dead).

BEST ACTOR

Will Be Nominated:

  • Steve Buscemi-Boardwalk Empire
  • Bryan Cranston-Breaking Bad
  • Jeff Daniels-The Newsroom
  • Jon Hamm-Mad Men
  • Damian Lewis-Homeland
  • Kevin Spacey-House of Cards

Should Be Nominated: Of those nominees, I only watch 3 shows, and I can’t refute Cranston, Hamm and Lewis. As with before, I’ve heard good buzz about Buscemi, Daniels, and Spacey and typically enjoy those actors so I can’t complain if they get nominated. Of course, I wouldn’t mind seeing Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead), Timothy Olyphant (Justified), or Matthew Rhys (The Americans) nominated but they definitely have an uphill battle despite excellent work.

BEST ACTRESS

Will Be Nominated:

  • Claire Danes-Homeland
  • Michelle Dockery-Downton Abbey
  • Julianna Margulies-The Good Wife
  • Elisabeth Moss-Mad Men
  • Keri Russell-The Americans
  • Robin Wright-House of Cards

Should Be Nominated: I think most of those won’t raise many eyebrows, but Kerry Washington (Scandal) might be upset at being the odd woman out. I certainly think that six of those seven will be nominated; the problem of course is figuring out which one will be left out.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Will Be Nominated:

  • Jonathan Banks-Breaking Bad
  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldeu-Game of Thrones
  • Peter Dinklage-Game of Thrones
  • Mandy Patinkin-Homeland
  • Aaron Paul-Breaking Bad
  • Sam Waterston-The Newsroom

Should Be Nominated: This is a packed category as the five that I watch are beyond deserving, but so are Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire), Noah Emmerich (The Americans), Walton Goggins (Justified), Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men), Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal), David Morrissey (The Walking Dead), Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), John Slattery (Mad Men), and Corey Stoll (House of Cards). This category is going to be an interesting one  to watch since so many people could earn nominations here.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Will Be Nominated:

  • Michelle Fairley-Game of Thrones
  • Anna Gunn-Breaking Bad
  • Christina Hendricks-Mad Men
  • Kate Mara-House of Cards
  • Archie Panjabi-The Good Wife
  • Maggie Smith-Downton Abbey

Should Be Nominated: The only ones I can’t say deserve nominations are Mara and Panjabi since I don’t watch those shows, but I don’t see many snubs. Possibly Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey), or Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) could make the case for multiple nominations for their respective shows but I don’t know how likely their nominations will be.

COMEDY

BEST SERIES

Will Be Nominated:

  • Arrested Development
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Girls
  • Modern Family
  • Veep
  • 30 Rock

Should Be Nominated: I would put Parks and Recreation and Louie in without hesitation in place of The Big Bang Theory and Girls.  There are a number of shows that deserve nominations as well (Archer, Community [despite a relatively weak season], Happy Endings, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and The Office [the final season had some good moments, so it could get a “last hurrah” nomination]) but I doubt that the Emmy train that is Modern Family will be derailed by those shows. I’m on the fence with Veep, but I can’t see it getting knocked out either.

BEST ACTOR

Will Be Nominated:

  • Alec Baldwin-30 Rock
  • Jason Bateman-Arrested Development
  • Don Cheadle-House of Lies
  • Louis C.K.-Louie
  • Jon Cryer-Two and a Half Men
  • Jim Parsons-The Big Bang Theory

Should Be Nominated: Baldwin, Bateman, and C.K. are ones I would absolutely keep, but I would make room for Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) somewhere. However, since most shows nominate most of the men for supporting, the only other person I could see getting a spot is Matt LeBlanc (Episodes). While I hate that Parsons and Cryer will be nominated because their shows are terrible, I can’t see them not being nominated given the fact most comedies put their casts up for supporting.

BEST ACTRESS

Will Be Nominated:

  • Zooey Deschanel-New Girl
  • Lena Dunham-Girls
  • Tina Fey-30 Rock
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus-Veep
  • Melissa McCarthy-Mike & Molly
  • Amy Poehler-Parks and Recreation

Should Be Nominated: Can’t really complain with these nominees (although I think Girls is pretty overrated, but I can’t see Dunham not getting a spot). Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) and Portia De Rossi (Arrested Development) have outside chances, but I don’t really see them cracking this group. Of course, Fey’s annual spot is up for grabs next year so we’ll see what happens.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Will Be Nominated:

  • Will Arnett-Arrested Development
  • Ty Burrell-Modern Family
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson-Modern Family
  • Bill Hader-Saturday Night Live
  • Ed O’Neill-Modern Family
  • Eric Stonestreet-Modern Family

Should Be Nominated: NICK. OFFERMAN. The line starts there, everyone else, get behind him. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Modern Family as much as the next guy, but there is no way they have 4 of the top 6 supporting actors in television.  I would keep Ty Burrell, but I would have to make room for Offerman, Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), and probably Tracy Morgan since he has been the most critically underappreciated cast member of 30 Rock during its entire run.  This is a particularly loaded category because any number of shows could have multiple nominees……of course, Modern Family will be the only one that actually gets that honor.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Will Be Nominated:

  • Mayim Bialik-The Big Bang Theory
  • Julie Bowen-Modern Family
  • Jane Krakowski-30 Rock
  • Sofia Vergara-Modern Family
  • Jessica Walter-Arrested Development
  • Allison Williams-Girls

Should Be Nominated: Bowen, Krakowski, Vergara, and Walter are all fine, but a big problem in the comedy supporting actress is that there is relatively little depth compared to some other categories. I mean, you can make cases for Alison Brie (Community), Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings), Elisha Cuthbert (Happy Endings), Jenna Fischer (The Office), Gillian Jacobs (Community), Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), or Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), but there won’t be many that are super upset when those (inevitably) don’t get nominated despite being very funny women.

So, there you have it, my predictions for the 2013 Emmys. I suppose I’ll figure out how accurate they are tomorrow morning.

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The Amendments of the Constitution as Described by Movies and Television

I decided to have a patriotic post given how close we are to Independence Day, and so I thought for something unique I could do. So, in honor of three of my great loves, America, movies, and television, here are the Amendments of the Constitution presented by movie and television gifs.

FIRST AMENDMENT

Freedom of Speech

Freedom of Religion

Freedom of Press

Right to Assemble

Right to Petition the Government (Ok, this wasn’t IN a movie, but inspired by one)

SECOND AMENDMENT

Right to Bear Arms

THIRD AMENDMENT

Prohibits forced quartering of soldiers during peacetime

FOURTH AMENDMENT

Prohibits unreasonable search and seizures and sets out requirements for search warrants based on probable cause

FIFTH AMENDMENT

Rules for indictment by grand jury and eminent domain, protects the rights of due process, prohibits self-incrimination and double jeopardy

SIXTH AMENDMENT

Protects the right to a fair and speedy public trial by jury

including the rights to be notified of the accusations, to confront the accuser,

to obtain witnesses and to retain counsel

SEVENTH AMENDMENT

Provides the right to trial by jury in certain civil cases according to common law

EIGHTH AMENDMENT

Prohibits excessive fines and excessive bail as well as cruel and unusual punishment

NINTH AMENDMENT

Protects rights not enumerated in the constitution

TENTH AMENDMENT

Limits the power of the federal government to those delegated it by the Constitution

ELEVENTH AMENDMENT

Makes states immune from suits from out-of-state citizens and foreigners not living within the state borders; lays the foundation for sovereign immunity

TWELFTH AMENDMENT

Revises presidential election procedures with regard to the electoral college

THIRTEENTH AMENDMENT

Abolishes slavery and involuntary servitude except as punishment for a crime

FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT

Defines citizenship, contains the Privileges or Immunities Clause, the Due Process Clause, the Equal Protection Clause, and deals with post-Civil War issues

FIFTEENTH AMENDMENT

Prohibits the denial of suffrage based on race, color, or condition of previous condition of servitude

SIXTEENTH AMENDMENT

Allows the federal government to collect income tax

SEVENTEENTH AMENDMENT

Establishes the direct election of United States Senators by popular vote

EIGHTEENTH AMENDMENT

Establishes prohibition of alcohol

NINETEENTH AMENDMENT

Establishes women’s suffrage

TWENTIETH AMENDMENT

Fixes the dates of term commencements for Congress and the President; known as the “lame duck amendment”

TWENTY-FIRST AMENDMENT

Repeals the Eighteenth Amendment and prohibits violations of state laws regarding alcohol







TWENTY-SECOND AMENDMENT

Limits the number of times that a person can be elected president: a person cannot be elected president more than twice, and a person who has served more than two years of a term to which someone else was elected cannot be elected more than once

TWENTY-THIRD AMENDMENT

Provides for representation of Washington D.C. in the Electoral College

TWENTY-FOURTH AMENDMENT

Prohibits the revocation of voting rights due to the non-payment of poll taxes

TWENTY-FIFTH AMENDMENT

Codifies the Tyler Precedent; defines the process of presidential succession

TWENTY-SIXTH AMENDMENT

Establishes the right to vote for those age 18 years or older

TWENTY-SEVENTH AMENDMENT

Prevents laws affecting Congressional salary from taking effect until after the next election of the representatives.

So, there you have it. I hope you enjoyed this refresher course on America, our constitution, and the great movies and tv shows that have come into the world.

WE LOVE YOU AMERICA!







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