Queens, nerds, and feel-good families vie for Emmy crown

This image released by Netflix shows Millie Bobby Brown in a scene from “Stranger Things.” (Netflix via AP)
Updated 14 September 2017
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Queens, nerds, and feel-good families vie for Emmy crown

LOS ANGELES: A British queen, a group of nerdy kids, a defiant handmaiden and a heart-tugging trio of siblings vie for the top prize on Sunday when the Primetime Emmy Awards will crown the best in a booming era of television.
The television industry, already disrupted by streaming platforms Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com Inc, is on edge.
A drama series Emmy for Netflix’s supernatural mystery “Stranger Things” or its royal series “The Crown,” or Hulu’s terrifying “The Handmaid’s Tale,” would mark the biggest breakthrough in the television industry so far for a streaming service.
Holding out hope for traditional broadcasters is Comcast-owned NBC’s emotional family drama “This Is Us,” which would be the first drama series from one of the four main US broadcasters to take home the Emmy since thriller “24” in 2006.
“It’s like the last gasp of broadcasting in the top Emmy race,” said veteran awards watcher Tom O’Neil, founder of goldderby.com.
“This Is Us” also has acting nods for stars Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz and Milo Ventimiglia.
Elisabeth Moss looks a sure bet for playing a woman forced into sexual servitude in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which would mark the first big award for Hulu, a joint venture between Time Warner Inc, Walt Disney Co, Fox and Comcast Corp.
HBO’s two-time Emmy champ “Game of Thrones” is out of the running this year because of a later broadcast date for its seventh season.
Sunday’s ceremony in Los Angeles is also likely to feature a slew of familiar faces on the winner’s podium as A-list stars flock to the creative freedom offered by streaming and cable television.
Robert De Niro is competing for his first Emmy for his role as disgraced financier Bernard Madoff in HBO’s “The Wizard of Lies.”
Nicole Kidman’s battered wife in HBO’s “Big Little Lies” is seen as leading the field in the limited series category that features three other Oscar winners: Reese Witherspoon (also for “Big Little Lies“), and “Feud” stars Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange.
“This is the battle of the Oscar queens,” said O’Neil.
Several records are up for grabs on Sunday. Julia Louis-Dreyfus looks headed for a sixth win as a self-absorbed presidential loser in HBO’s “Veep,” which is also favorite to win best comedy series for a third year.
At 13 years old, Millie Bobby Brown, the breakout supporting star of the young cast of “Stranger Things,” could become the youngest person to win a Primetime Emmy for acting.


Meghan Markle’s nephew caught with knife blames Trump: report

Updated 21 May 2018
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Meghan Markle’s nephew caught with knife blames Trump: report

LONDON: Tyler Dooley, nephew of Britain’s newest royal Meghan Markle, took a knife to a London nightclub and then blamed Donald Trump’s warnings about the dangers of the British capital, The Sun reported on Monday.
The daily said Dooley, 25, a cannabis farmer who was not invited to the royal wedding in Windsor, handed the four-inch blade to a bouncer outside the club in Kingston, southwest London.
London’s Metropolitan Police did not name Dooley but confirmed they were called by security to the club “after a man openly declared he had a knife as he attempted to enter the club.”
The incident happened just hours after Saturday’s wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan.
“When officers arrived at 01.55 hrs enquiries led them to a hotel in Kingston and two men in their 20s were spoken to by officers in connection with the incident.
“One of the men also voluntarily surrendered a noxious spray. Both men, who were visitors to the UK, were warned about their actions,” the statement said.
“Neither was arrested, no further action was taken and enquiries are complete,” it added.
It is illegal to carry any knife in a public place in England except for folding pocket knives with blades measuring three inches (7.62 centimeters) or less.
Police commander Sally Benatar was quoted in the statement as saying: “The items were handed over voluntarily and there was no ongoing risk so the investigation was closed with warnings given.”
The Sun quoted Dooley as telling someone outside the club: “I just brought it because Donald Trump said London was like a warzone. I had it for protection.”
When contacted by a Sun reporter, the paper said Dooley “hid inside a bin cupboard” at his hotel.
Dooley flew into London last week with his brother and mother, the ex-wife of Markle’s half-brother Thomas, who was also not invited to the nuptials.
The run-up to the royal wedding was overshadowed by the media circus surrounding Markle’s family.
Her father pulled out at the last minute after getting caught up in a paparazzi scandal and then undergoing a heart operation while her mother was the only family member to attend.
Trump has stirred controversy with repeated references to security issues in Britain.
In a speech at the National Rifle Association in Texas this month, he talked about knife crime in London, comparing a hospital in the city to a “war zone.”
Knife-related crimes rose by 23 percent in London last year and a spate of stabbings and shootings have left more than 50 people dead this year.