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Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:08AM EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepts the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
Source: The Washington Post
"When Mark Twain first emailed me about the Mark Twain prize, I have to admit I totally misunderstood," the Veep and Seinfeld star, the sixth woman to receive the Mark Twain prize, said after a night devoted to her at the Kennedy Center. "I thought I was being asked to honor someone else. What a hassle. I have to go all the way to Washington, D.C., and make up flattering things to say about how funny someone else is. And then I realized. It’s me. I get the prize, and my attitude about the whole thing changed. It really did. This is a great night, a great honor. Anybody would be lucky to be part of a night like this honoring someone like me.” Throughout the night, which will be broadcast on PBS on Nov. 19, Louis-Dreyfus was feted and roasted by comedies biggest names, from former co-star Jerry Seinfeld to Tina Fey, Keegan-Michael Key, Kumail Nanjiani, Stephen Colbert, Lisa Kudrow, Broad City's Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. Larry David, who worked with Louis-Dreyfus on SNL and tapped her for Seinfeld, joked about her recent cancer battle via video. "I want to congratulate Julia for this unbelievably prestigious award," the David said. "But I gotta say, the lengths that she went through to get it, frankly I was a little surprised... that whole cancer thing? Cancer? Honestly, I gotta take my hat off to her. What a scam." Jerry Seinfeld, meanwhile, credited Louis-Dreyfus for making his career. “I could not get enough of her,” Seinfeld said of their partnership on screen. “That whole time, nine years, I was not acting. I couldn’t.”
Posted Friday 10/19/18 at 2:31PM EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus updates Jimmy Kimmel on her cancer recovery: "I'm good, I'm here"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"I feel really good. I'm not just saying that. I'm good, I'm here," the Veep star said on last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live! episode from Brooklyn. "I know we have to get this cancer sh*t out of the way, so bring on the questions." ALSO: Louis-Dreyfus picks her favorite Veep scene.
Posted Wednesday 10/17/18 at 3:23PM EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus established a new kind of sitcom actress on a new kind of sitcom
Source: The Washington Post
The Veep star gets the Washington Post profile treatment ahead of Sunday's ceremony honoring her with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The Post's Geoff Edgars writes that Louis-Dreyfus’ success is unprecedented, from Seinfeld to The New Adventures of Old Christine to Veep. She has paved the way, he explains, by serving "as a model for the wave of talented women who emerged over the past decade-plus, including Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, and Amy Poehler." And while she didn't create Seinfeld, he adds, "her nine seasons on the hit established a new kind of sitcom actress on a new kind of sitcom. Post-Lucille Ball, prime time was packed with airheaded babes (Barbara Eden in I Dream of Jeanie or Suzanne Somers on Three’s Company) or matronly voices-of-reason (Marion Ross on Happy Days). Roseanne Barr brought a lunch-pail weariness to television, and Mary Tyler Moore managed to be both independent and sharp. But Elaine and Selina were nothing like Mary. They could be as shallow, nasty and dysfunctional as the guys sitting around Jerry’s apartment, as profane and blue as the potty-mouthed male politicians making backroom deals." ALSO: Louis-Dreyfus said she never considered leaving Veep despite her cancer diagnosis.
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 10:47PM EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus speaks about "a corrupt, self-obsessed, inept moron" in a get-out-the-vote PSA
“A corrupt, self-obsessed, inept moron who somehow becomes president of the United States? That’s the character that I play on HBO’s Veep,” she says in the PSA. “But when I’m off of TV, I’m not a politician, I’m not an expert, I’m a citizen. And I know that the midterm election on Nov. 6 is beyond important. It is vital.”
Posted Monday 9/17/18 at 4:43PM EDT
Veep's final season will consist of just seven episodes
The last five seasons of the Julia Louis-Dreyfus HBO series have each run ten episodes (Season 1 had eight). But the seventh and final season will be its shortest, with seven episodes.
Posted Wednesday 9/05/18 at 3:54PM EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Mark Twain Prize for American Humor ceremony will feature tributes from Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Jerry Seinfeld
Source: Page Six
The Oct. 21 ceremony's other guests include her Veep co-star Tony Hale, Keegan Michael-Key, Kumail Nanjiani, Bryan Cranston, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. PBS broadcasts the ceremony on Nov. 21.
Posted Tuesday 9/04/18 at 3:42PM EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus says she's "back to my old tricks" on Veep
“I feel good. I feel strong," she tells the Associated Press. "I’ve got energy and, yeah, back to my old tricks. It feels like I never left.”
Posted Monday 8/27/18 at 10:30PM EDT
President Trump's speakerphone struggles gets the Veep closing credits treatment
A Twitter user put Trump's speakerphone fail with Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto to the Veep closing credits, and called it an "experiment." To which Julia Louis-Dreyfus responded: "This experiment is a success."
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 1:39PM EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus thanks her Veep cast and crew before shooting her first take of the final season
Source: Page Six
“I really appreciate everyone coming back and working it out to come back,” the actress said in an Instagram video. “I’m very grateful. Thank you very much. Love you guys Season seven!”
Posted Thursday 8/09/18 at 7:12PM EDT
Veep's Selina Meyers is getting a Funko Doll
Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced that the limited edition dolls are now available for pre-order.
Posted Thursday 8/09/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus tweets a selfie showing Veep back in action
"Guys, we just learned how to take a picture of ourselves on my phone!" she tweeted. "How cool is that? @VeepHBO Table read ep 2 &3 Season 7, baby!"
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
Netflix ends HBO's 17-year streak of Emmy nomination dominance, Game of Thrones tops all shows
Source: The New York Times
This is the first time in 18 years that HBO has failed to lead all nominations, with Netflix earning 112 Emmy nominations to HBO's 108. The streaming service has been gradually growing with 34 nominations in 2015, 54 in 2016 and 91 last year. Game of Thrones led all shows with 22 Emmy nominations. Saturday Night Live and Westworld tied for second with 21 nominations each, followed by The Handmaid's Tale (20), The Assassination of Gianni Versace (18) and Atlanta (16). Game of Thrones, which wasn't eligible last year, will battle it out with last year's winner, The Handmaid's Tale. Meanwhile, the best actress in a comedy series will be up for grabs for the first time since 2011 since Julia Louis-Dreyfus wasn't eligible as Veep was on hiatus. Black-ish's Tracee Ellis-Ross, Insecure's Issa Rae and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan are among the contenders in the best comedy actress category.
- Read the complete list of Emmy nominations
- Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers were snubbed, while Stephen Colbert and James Corden were nominated (The Tonight Show wasn't nominated for best variety talk series a second year in a row)
- Roseanne, Modern Family and Will & Grace were snubbed for best comedy, Killing Eve was snubbed for best drama
- Roseanne did earn two Emmy nominations, including one for Laurie Metcalf
- "It worked": Megan Amram's An Emmy for Megan was nominated for an Emmy in short form comedy or drama series category
- Acting snubs: Kit Harington, John Goodman, Emilia Clarke, Kyle McLachlan, Alison Brie and Freddie Highmore
- The late Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown earned six Emmy nominations
- Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman and Tracey Ullman to take on SNL in outstanding variety sketch category
- Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage becomes the most-nominated drama series supporting actor in Emmy history
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah earned its first nomination for best variety talk series
- Killing Eve's Sandra Oh becomes the first person of Asian descent to be nominated for best actress in a drama
- Samantha Bee's C-word controversy didn't stop Full Frontal from getting nominated for best variety talk series
- The best Emmy nomination reactions: Lin-Manuel Miranda is "Pretty, pretty, pretty grateful" to be nominated for Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Twin Peaks: The Return was snubbed in the major categories, but it did receive nine nominations
- Modern Family ends streak after eight-straight nominations for best comedy: “It was a hell of a run," says co-creator Steve Levitan
- Chrissy Teigen: If John Legend wins for Jesus Christ Superstar Live, "he will complete his EGOT and my spike tv award will probably be moved"
- Viola Davis was snubbed for Hot to Get Away with Murder, but she was nominated for playing the same character on Scandal
- This Is Us fans aren't happy with Mandy Moore's snub
- Kenan Thompson was finally nominated for his SNL acting ability, joining Leslie Jones, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin
- Breaking down Game of Thrones' 22 nominations: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau scores his first nod
- Real Time with Bill Maher was snubbed for the first time since 2004 -- was Maher hurt by N-word and featuring right-wing trolls?
- These actors earned nominations for multiple show: Jane Lynch, Donald Glover, Alex Borstein, Jeff Daniels and Sterling K. Brown
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Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 2:14PM EDT
Roseanne executive producer recalls the "shock" of learning of cancelation on the first day working on Season 2
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Dave Caplan says "there was a lot of bittersweet hellos — and a couple hours later, a lot of very difficult goodbyes." He says the writing staff first learned about the cancelation via the media. "Everybody is still in shock at how quickly this all went down," he says. "It's unfortunate because the writers did pass on other jobs to take this job and nobody really knows yet what kind of compensation they're going to get. Everybody is a little bit on edge about how it's going to turn out. But we all know it's a wasted opportunity to write more episodes."
- ABC president apologizes to Roseanne's now-unemployed staff: "We're so sorry they were swept up in all of this and we give thanks to their remarkable talents, wish them well and hope to find another way to work together down the road."
- Roseanne Barr tweets "I’m not a racist. I never was & I never will be" before retweeting an anti-Valerie Jarrett Wikileaks document dump
- Dictionary searches for "racist" have skyrocketed in the past 24 hours
- Ambien maker responds to Roseanne's Ambien defense: "racism is not a known side effect"
- Mindy Kaling offers to "write things" for Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman
- Lena Dunham responds to Kaling's tweet, offering to do a spinoff "starring Darlene’s cool kids"
- Whoopi Goldberg slams Roseanne for retweeting a fake anti-Trump meme about her
- From Jackie to Darlene to Jackie and Darlene: Five ways Roseanne could return without Roseanne Barr
- Jimmy Kimmel imagines a Roseanne-less Roseanne show that focuses on Dan Conner
- Why Roseanne can't carry on without Roseanne Barr: She'll undermine the show with her tweeting
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus responds to Roseanne with an Instagram picture with "my pal" Valerie Jarrett
- Shonda Rhimes blasts Roseanne's Ambien defense, tells her to "#ownyouractions"
- Bill Maher -- who also was canceled by ABC amid controversy -- gets caught in the Roseanne cancelation crossfire
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 2:17PM EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus to be honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
Source: The New York Times
“Like Mark Twain, Julia has enriched American culture with her iconic, unforgettable, and outright hilarious brand of humor,” Deborah F. Rutter, the president of the Kennedy Center, said in a statement. “Over four decades, her wildly original characters and her gift for physical comedy have left us in stitches.” The Veep star said in her own statement: “Merely to join the list of distinguished recipients of this award would be honor enough, but, as a student of both American history and literature, the fact that Mr. Twain himself will be presenting the award to me in person is particularly gratifying."
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
How Seinfeld's series finale paved the way for modern comedy
The series finale that aired 20 years ago today, on May 14, 1998, proved to be influential, even if many fans and critics hated it, says Marianne Eloise. "It's fair to say that the episode is not without problems – its format makes it a little slower than a standard Seinfeld episode, the courtroom setup makes it feel samey, the carousel of old characters and references makes it feel smug," says Eloise. "But that is precisely why it’s perfect: Seinfeld has always been smug, snidey, all-knowing. Its characters and creators have always prided themselves on knowing things that we don’t – whether that’s obscure references or just how to make good comedy. Seinfeld has always gone against the grain of what’s intuitive or expected, and that’s what has aided its longevity. Regardless of its poor reviews, the finale, like the series, has gone down in history as a blueprint for how comedy can be done. In a direct way, the courtroom setup has been recycled by a number of shows."
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- Elaine was Seinfeld's revolutionary antihero with a "big wall of hair" and a "face like a frying pan"