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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)

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. 

Ryan Seacrest to return as host of 'American Idol' revival

Published: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 10:14 AM

What You Need Know: Ryan Seacrest

It’s official: Ryan Seacrest will return to “American Idol” to serve as host for ABC’s reboot of the singing competition.

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Kelly Ripa made the announcement on Thursday morning’s episode of “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”

“We’ve been talking about it for a little while but I am happy to confirm … with absolute confirmation that Ryan Seacrest is returning (as) the host of ‘American Idol,’” Ripa said.

“(I’m) very, very excited,” Seacrest said. “First of all, I don't know if you've ever been in a 15-year relationship and then, for a reason that you really don't know, you break up … I thought, 'Gosh, it'd be great to get back together at some point.’"

The announcement followed three months of negotiations, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Seacrest will join pop star Katy Perry, who was confirmed in May as a judge for the series, on the reboot.

ABC announced in May that it planned to bring back “American Idol” for the 2017-2018 season. The show aired 15 seasons on Fox before the network announced in 2015 that 15th season would be its last.

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“‘American Idol’ is a pop-culture staple that left the air too soon,” Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, said in a news release.

The show launched the careers of artists including Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood and Adam Lambert. Contestants on the show have sold more than 60 million albums and made more than 450 Billboard No. 1 hits, according to ABC.

SPOILERS: 12 things that ruled about 'Game of Thrones' s7e1: 'Dragonstone' 

Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 7:09 AM

So it’s gonna be like that, huh? 

“Game of Thrones,” in its penultimate season, decides to switch things up a bit stylistically, catch everyone up and delivers one of its coolest openers. Here are 12 reasons it rules (and yes, spoilers everywhere).

Who shot ya?

Arya Stark, Westerosian badass. Oh, man. At first, it seems like a flashback, Walder Frey at the head table, statutory rape-age wife by his side, all of the “Freys who matter” assembled in the hall. What are we looking at?

Then Walder delivers a speech and a toast, speaks of killing a pregnant woman and slaughtering a mother of five. Is this a dream sequence? Then bodies hit the floor and suddenly it hits you as the face is peeled away: it’s Arya (expletive) Stark, murdering the remains of the Frey. She turns to the terrified wife: “The North remembers and that winter came for House Freys” The coldest cold open ever. Come to think of it…

Hey, it’s a cold open. And more creative editing. “Dragonstone” showed the GoT folks willing to play with the format a bit. There was a cold open (material from the show shown before the credits), which the show rarely uses. And lots of quick match cuts to indicate what a miserable time poor Sam is having at the Citadel.

Everyone in black. Everyone is dressed for war: Cersei, Dany, Jon, Tyrion, everyone looks goth as all get out.

Lyanna Mormont still rules. The littlest lady backs Jon Snow when he says everyone needs to get trained in combat to fight the White Walkers – which means, as Lyanna puts it, every “man, woman, boy and girl” needs to fight. She rules so hard.

“I learned a great deal from her” -- Sansa Stark on her time with Cersei Lannister. Yikes. Speaking of...

My enemies, my enemies/ All of y'all is my enemies

Cersei’s awesome map. This is a queen ready for war. All in black, Cersei walks around a massive map of Westeros on the floor of a room in King’s Landing. Even as Jaime tries to talk Cersie off the ledge, she bestrideth Westeros like a colossus. 

My two hands they go tick-tock around the clock

Sickest burn goes to Euron Greyjoy for hitting on Cersei Lannister in full view of Jamie, noting that he has “A thousand ships and two good hands”

Samwell Tarley, grad student. Dude thought he would be learning the secrets of the universe at the Citadel. Instead, he is emptying chamber pots filled with stuff that looks exactly like the stew everyone is eating and weighing the organs of the dead with archmaester Jim Broadbent. Keep grinding, Sam.

Biggest bummer goes to the fact that Ed Sheeran showed up and did not immediately and with extreme prejudice get Walder Frey’ed by Arya.

I got more mack than Craig

Word to Tormud Giantsbane, who notes that Podrick is a lucky man to be getting trained/thrown around by Brienne of Tarth. 

You know what, I lied. Sickest burn goes to the Hound, who said to a fellow ronin in the Brotherhood Without Banners, “You’re not fooling anyone with that top knot,” throwing shade at every man bun every where. Maybe the greatest line of the series.

And finally we return to Dragonstone, the ancestral Targaryan home long abandoned by the family since they sat on the Iron Throne forever. 

It is from here that Dany will launch her attack on King’s Landing. In a near-silent sequence, the Targaryan fleet arrives at Dragonstone. We see the throne room, then the war room, then: “Shall we begin?”

I'll tear your state up, so set the date up

Oh yes we shall. 

Everything you need to know to catch up with 'Game of Thrones'

Published: Monday, July 10, 2017 @ 3:15 PM

The new season of Game of Thrones starts Sunday. Here is where (almost) everyone is on the massive chessboard that is Westeros.

Separate the weak from the obsolete

Cersei Lannister

WHERE WE LEFT HER: On the #@$^&ing Iron Throne.  Her father, maybe the only man she respected, is dead. Her children, maybe the only thing that tethered her to basic humanity, are dead. The last one, sweet, naive Tommen, stepped out a window after his mother engineered the destruction of the Great Sept of Baelor, a move that, with end-of-“the-Godfather” efficiency, killed every opponent she had in King’s Landing. She is on the Iron Throne with an iron fist.

That said, almost every other major character is gunning for her now. Possibly including...

Jaime Lannister

WHERE WE LEFT HIM: Dude has had a weird couple of months. He and a crew (including everyone’s favorite witty sellsword Ser Bronn and some Frey forces who probably don’t yet know that Walder is dead) sacked Riverrun for Lannister and Frey. 

He and Bronn return to King’s Landing only to find the Sept a smoking ruin and Cersei on the Iron Throne. 

Will the Kingslayer become a Queenslayer? 

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Brienne of Tarth and Podrick

WHERE WE LEFT THEM: Rowing away from Riverrun after both the battle and a few meaningful looks between Jaime and Brienne. Presumably they will end up at King’s Landing with everyone else.

Jon Snow

WHERE WE LEFT HIM: The King in the North, with his half-sister Sansa by his side, has retaken his ancestral home Winterfell from the Boltons. 

He did so with a ragtag bunch of bannermen and Wildlings and, hello, the knights of the Vale -- who were led by the always icky Lord Petyr "chaos is a ladder" Baelish. 

Snow rallied his bannermen thanks largely to Lady Lyanna Mormont, who looks about 12 and is the most badass child on TV right now. 

Will his coalition of the willing invade King’s Landing from the north or stay to fight the White Walkers?

After all, it turns out he is not Ned Stark’s bastard but his actually the son of Lyanna Stark and the late Rhaegar Targaryen, which the audience knows and he does not -- his is the most legit claim to the throne on the board.

Sansa Stark

WHERE WE LEFT HER: In a decent spot for the first time in forever. She killed her torturer and rapist Ramsey Bolton,  and she is at her half-brother’s side. But she still has to deal with the epic leering of... 

Petyr Baelish

WHERE WE LEFT HIM: Trying to convince Sansa to be his queen and aid him in taking the Iron Throne (which, let’s be real, could involve killing her brother). 

At the very end, he busts out an amazing look that is part lust, part I-told-you-so and part I-am-gonna-betray-all-of-you. Sansa sees it and Petyr sees that she sees it and it is DARK, y’all.

In this trife life, there ain't nobody you can trust

Lyanna Mormont

WHERE WE LEFT HER: Bein’ awesome.

All them fives need to listen when the ten is talking

Ramsey Bolton

WHERE WE LEFT HIM: Deader than disco. Actually, disco is FAR more alive than the sadistic Ramsey, whom we last saw being eaten by his own dogs. Good riddance. 

The Night King

WHERE WE LEFT HIM: Readying his army of White Walkers, probably looking like ol’ Shruggy

Be on the lookout for this mass murderous suspect

Samwell Tarly

WHERE WE LEFT HIM: The former Night’s Watchman checked in with his family just long enough to steal his dad’s Valyrian steel sword (it’s chill; dad has it coming) and head out -- with babymama Gilly and baby in tow -- for the Citadel where (the plan is) he will learn to be the Westeros’ kindest, most good-natured maester.

Bran Stark and Meera Reed

WHERE WE LEFT THEM: Bran is psychic as all get out, he and Meera survived a battle with white walkers, a battle then claimed Hodor’s life in the most gut-wrenching ep since “The Red Wedding” (and a far more moving one at that). They are headed toward the Wall.

Arya Stark

WHERE WE LEFT HER: The little assassin that could bounced on the Faceless Men who trained her and just took out Red Wedding planner Walder Frey via knife across the throat (after baking his sons into a pie). We are not sure where she is next going, but killing-everyone-on-her-famous-list is a good bet. Cersei Lannister, protect ya neck.

Sandor “The Hound” Clegane

WHERE WE LEFT HIM: He was chilling out with Septon Ray and some humble followers, building a sept. 

When those villagers were murdered by rogue raiders, he tracked them down and killed them all. He is currently joined with members of the vigilante anti-Lannister group Brotherhood with Banners, which is led by the one-eyed Beric Dondarrion, who has been resurrected six times. They are all headed north to fight White Walkers with what is left of the Night’s Watch.

Yara, Theon and Euron Greyjoy

WHERE WE LEFT THEM: Well, after it seemed like siblings Yara (she being a totally rad admiral in the Greyjoy fleet) and Theon (who has had a pretty rough few years) are finally reunited and can rule the Iron Islands together, uncle Euron shows up, kills his brother (King Balon), declares himself ruler and forces Yara and Theon to flee. 

Fortunately, Yara and Theon leave with most of the fleet (prompting Euron to build more ships). After brokering a deal with Dany, the siblings are last seen joining the ever-larger army who are sailing towards King’s Landing.

You heard of us, the murderous, the most shady

Ellaria Sand, Olenna Tyrell and Varys  

WHERE WE LEFT THEM: In Dorne, making an alliance. Ellaria, former consort to the totally awesome Oberyn Martell (we will never forget you, fam), has deposed and killed her brother-in-law Doran and nephew Trystane as revenge for them NOT taking vengeance on House Lannister after Oberyn’s death. She has assassinated Cersei’s daughter Myrcella. She and the Sand Snakes are running this place. 

So when she meets with Olenna, who is mourning the death of her son and grandchildren in the destruction of the sept, she proposes an alliance. Verys, having been dispatched by the Daenerys Targaryen/Tyrion axis, convinces both to ally with the Mother of Dragons against the Lannisters.

Daario Naharis and Jorah Mormont

WHERE WE LEFT THEM: Not with the lady they love. These two men who adore Dany will not be going with her into battle. Her lover Daario is holding down the fort in Meereen, Mormont needs to cure his greyscale before he does anything else.

Tyrion Lannister

WHERE WE LEFT HIM: Not even the smartest man in Westeros can resist the Mother of Dragons. Tyrion spent most of season 6 running Meereen in Dany’s absence with Varys, Unsullied general Grey Worm and translator Missandei. After Dany returns, he advises her to bounce Daario (and possibly keep herself available for marriage). She makes him her Hand and he drops to his knees. So, last but far from least....

You could be the king but watch the queen conquer

Daenerys Targaryen

WHERE WE LEFT HER: As the most powerful person in Westeros not named Cersei (and possibly more powerful). The Stormborn is currently sailing toward King’s Landing, having secured the support (and ships and armies) of Houses Martell, Tyrell and Greyjoy. She has the thunderous Dothrakhi horsemen riding those ships. She has a brilliant advisor in Tyrion. And, oh right, all three of her dragons. It’s goin’ down, y’all.

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