Saturday, September 19, 2009

MD News Desk: Emmys, Ahoy!

Keep up to date with all the latest from the entertainment world with the MD News Desk:

The Latest on TV:
- Tomorrow is primetime TV's biggest night with the live presentation of the Emmy Awards on CBS. How I Met Your Mother's Neil Patrick Harris is not only a nominee (and predicted winner), he's also the host.
- Speaking of HIMYM, its fifth season premiere is this Monday, along with the season 3 bow of another fave CBS sitcom, The Big Bang Theory.
- Also on Monday, Dancing With the Stars kicks off its biggest season to date over on ABC with a special three-night premiere "event". We'll have our eyes on such early favorites as singer Mýa, Iron Chef Mark Dacascos, the sassy Debi Mazar and our Official Crush of the Season, snowboarding champ Louie Vito.

Awards Watch:
- Here are the winners of the 1st Annual Primetime Visibility Awards, including True Blood, Ugly Betty, John Barrowman, Luke MacFarlane and Chad Allen.
- Will Annette Bening and Hilary Swank face off at the Oscars for a third time?
- Penélope Cruz as a bisexual in Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Oscar Nunez as the gay accountant on The Office were among the winners of this year's ALMA Awards.

- Henry Gibson, the comic character actor best known for his stints on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and Boston Legal, passed away Monday night at the age of 73. His film roles include four movies with Robert Altman, including Nashville.

Out in Film:
- Hairspray director Adam Shankman has been made a permanent judge on So You Think You Can Dance.
- Oscar winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton to adapt the novel Netherland to the screen.
- George Takei and Brad Altman will go where no gay married couple has gone before: The Newlywed Game.
- Fred M. Caruso reveals the divine inspirations behind his Big Gay Musical.
- Iron Chef Cat Cora opened her new restaurant at Walt Disney World.
- Alan Poul, producer of Six Feet Under and the three Tales of the City miniseries, will be honored at Outfest's Legacy Awards.
- Saffron Burrows is in talks to join Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Women We Love:
- Forget "Secondhand Rose", how about secondhand Streisand?
- Sissy Spacek to get some of that Big Love.
- You say you didn't catch the Tony Award winning Liza's at the Palace when it played New York? Well, now you can catch it on TV ... or DVD!

From Screen to Stage:
- Matt Lucas plays Kenneth Halliwell, lover and murderer of playwright Joe Orton, in the new West End play Prick Up Your Ears.
- Andrew Lloyd Webber will pen six new songs for his upcoming London stage version of The Wizard of Oz.
- Speaking of ALW: While his Phantom of the Opera recently celebrated its 9,000th (!) Broadway performance, he revealed that its sequel, Love Never Dies, will land on the Great White Way in November 2010.
- International gigastar Dame Edna Everage will return to Broadway later this season in the aptly-titled It's All About Me.

Coming Soon:
- Tim Pocock, who played young Cyclops in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, has revealed that he will reprise the role in X-Men: First Class.
- Coming to a TV near you: A Spanish version of The Golden Girls.
- Not coming to a TV near you: That MTV remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
- With the unexpected ouster of Disney chairman Dick Cook, Johnny Depp is now leery about a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean.

And speaking of pirates: Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Here's a video tribute that will have you speaking like a Sparrow in no time.

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