Emmy nominations to be a race between old favorites

Nominations to be announced Thursday. (Shutterstock)
Updated 11 July 2018
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Emmy nominations to be a race between old favorites

  • The Television Academy’s 22,000-plus members were given two weeks in June to sift through a crowded field of several thousand entries for the small-screen equivalent of the Oscars

LOS ANGELES: Television industry watchers are expecting past winners to relive old glories Thursday as Hollywood’s awards season kicks into high gear with the announcement of the Emmy nominations.

The Television Academy’s 22,000-plus members were given two weeks in June to sift through a crowded field of several thousand entries for the small-screen equivalent of the Oscars.

Critics agree that it hasn’t been a vintage year for new TV, with very few shows breaking through. Still, perennial favorites have largely delivered and the medium continues to out-innovate cinema.

“As someone who has traditionally been more about movies than TV, the richness of the small screen landscape these days genuinely excites me,” Hollywood entertainment journalist and producer Simon Thompson told AFP.

“It’s taking risks that Hollywood is still hesitant to take, and so far they are paying off.”

Pundits say that while perennial awards darlings like “Saturday Night Live” have been tapped to bag the most trophies come September, the race for the most nominations remains up in the air.

The Emmys recognize shows that were on in the 12 months to May 31, meaning several big-hitters are absent, from “Better Call Saul” to “House of Cards” and “Veep,” shows that have earned almost 100 nominations combined.


Ryan Reynolds teases ‘Deadpool 2’ extended cut at Comic-Con

Updated 22 July 2018
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Ryan Reynolds teases ‘Deadpool 2’ extended cut at Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO: Ryan Reynolds has made a triumphant return to San Diego Comic-Con Saturday to promote the release of a “Deadpool 2” extended cut.
Speaking to a packed Hall H audience, Reynolds said that the first “Deadpool” was made because of the people in the room.
The enthusiasm around footage shown at the comic book convention in 2014 convinced the studio to make it.
The second movie, Reynolds deadpanned, was made because of “corporate greed and a splash of destiny.” The two films have made over $1.5 billion worldwide.
The “Deadpool 2: Super Duper Cut” features alternate jokes, extended and deleted scenes. Reynolds said that they shot so many alternate versions of every joke that they could basically release a different film.
“Deadpool 2” will be available on blu-ray on Aug. 21.