Oakwood-raised Allison Janney earns another Emmy nomination

Published: Thursday, July 13, 2017 @ 3:04 PM

Actress Allison Janney poses atop her new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during a ceremony on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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Actress Allison Janney poses atop her new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during a ceremony on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)(Staff Writer)

No parent is perfect, but it’s clear that Allison Janney plays America’s favorite imperfect mother perfectly in the CBS sitcom “Mom.”

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The Boston-born, but Oakwood-raised, actress has been nominated for her eighth Primetime Emmy Award for her portrayal of Bonnie Plunkett, a recovering addict struggling to regain the trust of her daughter, also a recovering addict. 

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Janney — along with Pamela AdlonJane FondaEllie KemperJulia Louis-DreyfusTracee Ellis Ross and Lily Tomlin — is up for the category of Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series.

"Mom” has won two Primetime Emmys, with Janney being nominated in each of the show’s first four seasons, and winning  Best Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series in 2014 and 2015.

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Other accomplishments?

Former Dayton resident Allison Janney is up for her eighth Emmy Award.(Kevin Winter)

Janney was a part of the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture winning casts of “The Help” in 2012 and “American Beauty” in 2000. 

She, along with fellow Daytonians Rob Lowe and Martin Sheen, were “West Wing” cast members when the TV show won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series awards in 2001 and 2002. 

The Miami Valley School grad won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her work on the show in 2002 and 2001.

In this image released by CBS, Allison Janney, left, and Anna Faris appear in a scene from “Mom.” Janney was nominated for a Golden Globe for best supporting actress in a TV movie or mini-series for her role. The 72nd annual Golden Globe awards will air on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 11. (AP Photo/CBS, Darren Michaels)(Darren Michaels)

Alton Brown bringing back 'Good Eats' in 2018

Published: Saturday, September 09, 2017 @ 12:40 PM

Chef Alton Brown attends
Chef Alton Brown attends "Meet The Author" at Apple Store Soho on November 21, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)(Brad Barket/Getty Images)

Atlanta food guru Alton Brown is bringing a revamped version of his “Good Eats” show back to the Food Network in 2018.

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“We’re restarting it. We’re bringing it back,” Brown told a cheering, standing-room-only Dragon Con audience in downtown Atlanta on Sunday. “We’re getting the band back together!”

He dubbed it “Return of the Eats.” The show will air for 30 minutes, like the original. Additional scenes will be available online.

The first generation “Good Eats” aired for 14 seasons, over 244 episodes, on the Food Network from 1999 to 2011. It was one of the few shows shot out of Atlanta in its early days, long before tax incentives came into play. His quirky, nerd-like obsession with food and his scientific approach toward everything from eggs to beef created a devoted following.

Brown has been a staple on the Food Network for years on shows such as “Iron Chef America” and “Cutthroat Kitchen.”

Lucky Yates, a regular character on the original “Good Eats,” said that he’s “absolutely thrilled to don the ol’ Dungeon Master’s robe again.”

Unaired 'Game of Thrones' episode posted online after HBO hack

Published: Friday, August 04, 2017 @ 11:05 AM
Updated: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 @ 9:47 AM

Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO
(Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO)

Update: Citing sources familiar with the HBO hack, The Verge reported that a leaked copy of episode four of the seventh season of “Game of Thrones” came from one of the network’s distribution partners and not from hackers who targeted the company last month.

“We take this breach very seriously and have immediately initiated forensic investigations at our and the technology partner’s end to swiftly determine the cause,” a spokesperson for Star India told The Verge. “This is a grave issue and we are taking appropriate legal remedial action.”

Original report: A few days before the fourth episode of the seventh season of “Game of Thrones” was set to premiere, a copy of the episode marked for internal distribution appeared online, according to multiple reports.

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The episode was leaked just days after HBO confirmed that it was the target of a cyberattack. The network confirmed Monday that “proprietary information” was stolen, although officials did not specify what had been taken.

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The episode, "The Spoils of War," appeared on Reddit.com’s popular and unmoderated r/freefolk subreddit, Mashable reported.

According to Gizmodo, the video appeared to be of a relatively low quality and was watermarked with Star TV India, a 21st Century Fox company.

Unaired episodes of “Ballers” and “Room 104” and what appeared to be a script for “The Spoils of War” appeared online earlier this week after the reported hack, according to The Telegraph. Hackers were able to steal 1.5 terabytes of data in the attack, Entertainment Weekly reported.

“We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms,” HBO officials said in a statement. “Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold.”

'Game of Thrones' script appears online after hackers target HBO: reports

Published: Monday, July 31, 2017 @ 12:39 PM
Updated: Monday, July 31, 2017 @ 1:39 PM

Courtesy of HBO
(Courtesy of HBO)

Hackers have targeted HBO in a major cyberattack, stealing unaired episodes from a variety of shows and leaking at least one alleged script from the popular fantasy show “Game of Thrones,” according to multiple reports.

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In a statement released Monday, network officials confirmed that “proprietary information” was compromised in a cyberattack.

“We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms,” the statement said. “Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold.”

Entertainment Weekly reported that several unaired episodes of HBO shows were put online, as well as what appeared to be at least one script or treatment from the popular “Game of Thrones” series. The script is purported to be for episode four of the current season of the show, which is scheduled to air Aug. 6, The Telegraph reported.

Unreleased episodes of “Ballers” and “Room 104” also appeared online, according to the newspaper.

Hackers claimed to have stolen 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO, EW reported.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack.

It’s not the first time HBO has dealt with unauthorized copies of its shows’ episodes appearing on the internet. In 2015, several unaired episodes of “Game of Thrones” appeared online ahead of the premiere of the fantasy show’s fifth season. The leak happened after HBO mailed DVD copies of the episodes to members of the media for review, according to Forbes. The news site reported that HBO stopped using sent DVDs and switched to a secure streaming site to prevent similar leaks.

“Game of Thrones” has been the most popular show to pirate since 2012, according to TorrentFreak.com.

HBO is not the first entertainment company to fall victim to cyberattacks. Sony Pictures was hacked in 2014 by a group who was believed to be backed by North Korea. The group released a slew of emails and unreleased films.

Larson Studios, a small postproduction services company, was hacked in late 2016. The breach resulted in several episodes of the popular Netflix show “Orange is the New Black” appearing on torrent sites for download before their official release, The New York Times reported.

SPOILERS: 12 awesome couples in ‘Game of Thrones’ s7 e2: ‘Stormborn’

Published: Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 9:40 AM

Rawr, rawr, like a dungeon dragon
Rawr, rawr, like a dungeon dragon

Well, that was not quite how anyone, anywhere wanted the episode to end, but here we are. 

We got some truth-telling, some temper flares and some hot couples who are torn apart almost instantly. And, oh, yeah, Cersei starts putting some numbers on the board in the season’s first battle.

Melisandre vs. Dany. The lady in red, older than dirt yet lookin’ fine, comes to Dragonstone because -- like a groupie moving from once-famous band to soon-to-be-famous -- she tries her best to pick a winner. She even busts out a prophesy: You need to meet Jon Snow (which fits with the whole “Song of Ice and Fire” thing) and bring order to the land. (We also learn that some nouns in High Valerian are not gendered, which is dope.)

Samwell Tarly vs. Jorah. While his jerk of a father negotiates with the Lannisters at King’s Landing, Sam is trying to cure Jorah Mormont’s grey scale. Which results in Sam going all “bite  on this leather thing” to Jorah as he SCRAPES THAT STUFF OFF. Which is followed by…

Grey scale vs. meat pie. The editing felt self-aware in the last episode, which continued with a savage cut from Sam removing the grey scale from Jorah to some dude’s food in a pub. It reminded me of one of the best edits of all time, the cut in “A Christmas Story” from Randy pulling down his pants and sitting on the toilet to the mom pulling the lid off of that night’s strew pot. Hilarious and gnarly.

We ridin 'round with guns the size of Lil Bow Wow

Giant dragon skull vs massive crossbow thing. Cersei heads to the King’s Landing basement with her worm of a maester to test an anti-dragon weapon on the skull of an ancient dragon, WHICH IS HUGE.

Dany vs. her allies. Dany rallies her troops but then gets some advice from a wise old lady. “I’ve known a great many clever men. I’ve outlived them all. You know why? I ignored them. You’re a dragon. Be a dragon” -- Lady Olenna Tyrell, who knows from loss and being true to yourself.

Grey Worm vs. Missandei. Dany’s two seconds got it on. They are a fantastic couple, so they are probably doomed.

Arya vs. very slow moving news. The little assassin who could finds out Jon Snow is alive and running Winterfell. And we get to see Hot Pie! Now I am hungry for a meat pie of some sort.

Jon Snow vs. Littlefinger. The latter comes down to the crypt just to hang out like the crass jerkhole he is and manages to irritate Snow to almost put him through a wall. In fairness, Snow should thank Littlefinger for the help at the Battle of the Bastards, but Jon also knows a creep when he sees one.

Jon Snow vs. his bannermen. Snow gets a raven from Dany essentially saying, “Come to Dragonstone and let’s talk about beating the Lannisters.” Nobody thinks this is a good idea, what with Tyrion Lannister being in the room with Dany and Ned Stark dying at the Lannisters’ hands. But Snow does it anyway, and takes Davos with him (which seems very both-Kirk-and-Spock-beam-down-to-the-planet), leaving Sansa in charge (and a hacked off Littlefinger hanging around).

Arya vs Nymeria. The little assassin who could runs into her dire wolf Nymeria, who cold looks her in the eye and walks away with her crew. When your beloved dog rejects you, winter is HERE. 

There's queens in the living room gettin' it on and they ain't leavin' til six in the morn--ah, crap, Euron’s here

Yara vs. Ellaria Sand. Oh, man. You could hear men and women across the land yelling “WHOO HOO” when Ellaria started making out with Yara. Yara busts out an amazing “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful” look at Theon. But.... 

Yara vs. Euron vs. Theon. Euron shows up, sacks Yara’s fleet (which means the Dornish and Tyrell soldiers are still stuck in their home kingdoms),  kills two of the Sand Snakes, kidnaps our new fun couple (presumably to deliver them to Cersei) AND THEON RUNS AWAY. Somewhere the Unsullied are mumbling, “Dude, you are making eunuchs look terrible, son.”

So, yeah, not the most enjoyable ending ever.