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Basketball: NBA bans LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life over offensive comments



US basketball's ruling body, the NBA, has banned the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers team for life, after he was recorded making offensive comments about black people. Donald Sterling will also be fined $2.5m (£1.5m), the maximum penalty permitted by the NBA constitution.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced the sanctions at a news conference. Sterling's punishment is the most severe ever handed down to a team owner. “I am banning Mr Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organisation or the NBA,” Mr Silver said, adding that he hoped Mr Sterling would eventually be forced to sell the Clippers.

“The views expressed by Mr Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful,” Mr Silver said. “That they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage and my personal outrage. Sentiments of this kind are contrary to the principles of inclusion and respect that form the basis our diverse, multicultural and multi-ethnic league.”

Mr Sterling found himself the target of widespread outrage when an audio recording emerged online over the weekend, in which he can allegedly be heard making racist remarks. On the tape, which was first released to the gossip website TMZ, the 80-year-old billionaire argues with his girlfriend, 20-something model V Stiviano, about her posting a picture on Instagram, of herself posing with basketball icon Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people,” Mr Sterling allegedly says. “You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it… and not to bring them to my games.”

After the remarks became public, Mr Johnson, who played for Clippers rivals the LA Lakers for 13 years and later became a part-owner of that team, tweeted: “I will never go to a Clippers game again as long as Donald Sterling is the owner.” US President Barack Obama, who is famously a basketball fan, described Mr Sterling's comments as “incredibly offensive”.

Major firms including State Farm insurance and Kia have dropped their sponsorship of the Clippers team, while the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People) cancelled its plans to honour Mr Sterling with a lifetime achievement award at a gala next month.

A property mogul and former lawyer, Mr Sterling bought the Clippers in 1981 and is the longest-standing owner in the NBA. He is also one of the league's most controversial figures, and has faced several discrimination lawsuits over that time. In 2009, for example, he paid a settlement of $2.73m (£1.62m) over allegations that he had refused to rent apartments to minority tenants.

The Clippers team has been enjoying one of the most successful seasons in its history, and is presently tied at 2-2 in a best-of-seven playoff contest against Oakland team the Golden State Warriors. Clippers players staged a silent protest against the owner's comments before a game on Sunday evening, by wearing their warm-up jerseys inside out to hide the team's logo.

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    Bob Hoskins dies of pneumonia aged 71



    Actor Bob Hoskins, who was best known for roles in The Long Good Friday and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, has died of pneumonia at the age of 71.

    His agent said he died on Tuesday in hospital, surrounded by family.

    The star won a Bafta and was Oscar nominated in 1987 for crime drama Mona Lisa, in which he starred opposite Sir Michael Caine and Robbie Coltrane.

    He announced he was retiring from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

    "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob," the actor's wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack said in a statement.

    "Bob died peacefully at hospital last night surrounded by family, following a bout of pneumonia.

    "We ask that you respect our privacy during this time and thank you for your messages of love and support."

    Hoskins started out on the stage before embarking on a television and film career.

    On the small screen, he appeared in shows such as Play for Today, On the Move, Van der Valk and BBC drama The Street.

    On film, his credits also included Mermaids, Hook, Mrs Henderson Presents and Made in Dagenham.

    His last film role was in 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman.

    Hoskins was Bafta nominated twice prior to his Mona Lisa win, for The Honorary Consul in 1984 and The Long Good Friday in 1982.

    He was also nominated for a television Bafta for his role in Dennis Potter's BBC musical drama. Pennies from Heaven.

    Tributes to the actor have appeared swiftly on Twitter with Bafta saying it was "deeply saddened" to learn of his death.

    Stephen Fry added: "That's awful news. The Long Good Friday [is] one of the best British movies of the modern era. A marvellous man."

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    Johnny Depp's new film Transcendence is yet another expensive flop - so has the star lost his mojo?



    Johnny Depp has never seemed much interested in the phenomenon of his own stardom. That's just as well given his current dismal run of flops. Dark Shadows was one of his least successful collaborations with Tim Burton. Disney had to issue a profit warning last summer after it announced it expected to lose close to $200m on Depp vehicle The Lone Ranger. The Tourist was universally derided. Now, Depp's latest film Transcendence has endured a disastrous opening weekend in the US, making less than $11m.

    One reason Depp is paid $20m or more per movie is that his name above the credits is supposed to guarantee that an audience will show up. There is no sentimentality about this. Stars are still what sell movies and one like Depp is regarded as an insurance policy against failure. As the Hollywood director Joel Schumacher once observed: "If their relatives could do what we do, they [studio executives] would hire them instead." The flip side is that when failure comes, the stars are the first to be blamed.

    Now, inevitably, the speculation is that Depp's career on the A-list is over. The faith that he can "open" a movie is fast evaporating.

    Of course, there are mitigating circumstances. In Transcendence, Depp isn't playing a character at all like Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, or his various romantic anti-heroes in Burton movies. Dr Will Caster is a mad scientist of sorts but an altogether less extravagant one than you might expect. He is more the Brian Cox type. His field is artificial intelligence. The film has barely started when he is shot by Luddites with a radioactive bullet. His partner (Rebecca Hall) reacts by uploading his consciousness on to a computer. At times, the film plays more like an episode of TV's Horizon than it does a sci-fi thriller. Dr Caster is heard as much as he is seen. The film is full of jargon about computer science and technology – not the kind of dialogue likely to appeal to Depp fans expecting some roistering, Keith Richard-like antics on the main deck.

    The problem for Depp is that Transcendence, which has a reported budget of $100m, can't simply be written off as one of those offbeat, indie dramas he regularly makes between tours of duty in Pirates of the Caribbean or films with Burton. It is dry and earnest fare, the worst kind of vehicle imaginable for an actor with his delicacy and comic touch.



    Depp is clearly aware of his own status. When he was first sounded out about playing notorious Boston low-life Whitey Bulger in forthcoming gangster pic Black Mass, the trade press reported that he refused to compromise on his $20m asking price. There has since been a change of director and he is back on board the project. As he showed in Michael Mann's Public Enemies (2009), he is perfectly capable of playing ruthless mobster types in character-driven crime films. These, though, aren't the type of movies that will compete with big-budget superhero franchises at the box office.

    Amid all the stories about Depp's fall from box-office grace, it is easy to forget that he only became bankable relatively late in his career. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, he was regarded as a quirky, often brilliant but determinedly non-mainstream actor who would appear in offbeat films like Emir Kusturica's Arizona Dream and Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man. He gave one of his greatest performances as inept B-movie director Ed Wood in Burton's biopic of the director – but that film flopped at the box office. As he showed in Edward Scissorhands and What's Eating Gilbert Grape, he excelled at playing sweet-natured outsiders.

    There is an irony that an actor renowned for his sensitivity became a huge international star in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies in which he gave roaring pantomime-style performances that were utterly uncharacteristic of his best work.



    The danger, once you become associated with blockbuster-style film-making, is that every new film you make will be judged by its opening weekend box-office receipts. As Depp is now discovering, the quality of your performance is neither here nor there. There is no middle ground. Either the film is successful at the box-office or it isn't. In the latter case, the star takes the rap.

    Depp has had failures before. His directorial debut The Brave (1997) disappeared almost without trace after its premiere at Cannes. ("Tediously slow and hugely narcissistic" complained Time Out.) If his career as an A-list actor is under threat, at least he has an escape route. He will remain in demand in US and European indie films. After all, when he isn't in Mad Hatter mode and doesn't have a bird on his head (as when he was playing Tonto in The Lone Ranger), Depp is an excellent character actor.

    It is telling that when Kusturica wanted to cast Mexican revolutionary hero Pancho Villa in a biopic, Depp was his first choice. In the event, the film was postponed but this is just the kind of role that, a generation ago, you could have imagined Marlon Brando playing. Depp and Brando worked together on Don Juan De Marco (1994) and on The Brave.



    Depp shares many of Brando's maverick qualities and political beliefs – and perhaps he is beginning to develop Brando's famous contempt for the very idea of movie stardom. Brando was paid $4m (then considered an astronomical sum) for a few minutes on screen as Jor-El, the father of Superman, in the 1978 blockbuster, Superman: The Movie. Despite the size of the cheque, he made it very clear the role meant absolutely nothing to him.

    Last year, when Depp was doing press for The Lone Ranger, he shared anecdotes about Brando. "I remember Marlon distinctly saying he had reached a certain point in his life where he was finally able to utter the words 'I just don't care,'" Depp told CBS. He also remembered how Brando had told him not to work so hard, warning him he "would run out of characters" if he continued making so many movies.

    Depp might not have reached Brando's point of "not caring" quite yet but he must be close. Over the past decade, he has made Hollywood hundreds of millions of dollars. That's why the studio bosses still want him for Alice in Wonderland and Pirates of the Caribbean sequels. His career headlining huge-budget movies isn't over quite yet – but any more mishaps on the Transcendence or Lone Ranger scale could see Depp disappear down the rabbit hole for good… and if that happens, one guesses that he won't mind in the slightest.

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    Ben Affleck 'banned from blackjack' at Hard Rock casino amid 'card-counting' claims



    Ben Affleck has reportedly been banned from playing blackjack at a Las Vegas casino, a source close to the Oscar-winner has said.

    Affleck, 41, was stopped earlier this week by security guards at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas while playing blackjack, where he was told "you are too good," the source said.

    Mr Affleck was permitted to stay and play other games, the source claimed.

    An earlier story by celebrity news outlet TMZ.com said Affleck had been banned for life from the casino for counting cards, a method of using probability to predict the next hand.

    But the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino disputed claims he has been banned from the venue in a statement, Fox News has reported.

    "Mr. Affleck, a valued guest of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, is not banned from our property and is welcome back any time," it said.

    Counting cards is not technically illegal, but is heavily frowned upon by casinos.

    The actor, who won Oscars for co-writing 1997's Good Will Hunting and producing 2012's Argo, recently starred in last year's crime thriller Runner Runner, where he played an online gambling tycoon.

    Affleck was on a short break in Las Vegas with his wife Jennifer Garner before he left to shoot Zack Snyder's upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel where he will play Batman opposite Henry Cavill's Superman.

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    Willow Smith, 13, criticised after she is pictured lying in bed with 20-year-old actor Moises Arias





    Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith’s hands-off parenting approach has once again been called into question, after their 13-year-old daughter, Willow Smith, was pictured lying in bed with a 20-year-old actor.

    The black-and-white shot of the young singer, casually reclining with topless actor Moises Arias, was initially posted via his Instagram account.

    Arias, who rose to fame starring opposite Miley Cyrus in Hannah Montana, has since deleted the image.

    However, not before hundreds of his fans reposted it via various social media channels, or Smith’s behaviour – though appearing innocent – was deemed by online critics to be too mature for a newly teenage girl.

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    Producer of film about Dominique Strauss-Kahn starring Gérard Depardieu says establishment tried to block him





    An American movie made in French about one of the most talked-about French politicians of modern times will appear this week – but not in French cinemas.

    The film will be one of the great events at the Cannes International Film Festival starting on Wednesday, even though it has been excluded from the official programme.

    Welcome to New York, starring Gérard Depardieu, tells the story of a French politician who is accused of the attempted rape of a chamber maid in a Manhattan hotel room. Any resemblance to real events and living persons from precisely three years ago is entirely deliberate.

    Vincent Maraval, the producer of the much-awaited film on the “affaire DSK”, claimed on Sunday that the French “political and media” elite had conspired, unsuccessfully, to block the making of the movie.

    The two-hour film, which cost €3m (£2.45m) to make, has been funded mostly by American money, including an investment by the City of New York. Even though the production company, Wild Bunch, is French, the movie counts as American – probably the first American movie to be made in the French language. The director, Abel Ferrara, is American.

    It will be given its world première at midnight on Friday, in a private showing on the beach in Cannes and a simultaneous pay-to-view release for €7 on video-on-demand sites. It will appear in cinemas in other countries, including the UK, at a date yet to be announced.

    The French media suggest that the producers decided to short-circuit French cinemas and go straight to the internet for legal reasons. They feared that Mr Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers might try to block the showing of the film.

    Mr Maraval rejects this explanation. “We realised it was the perfect film to experiment with this type of release,” he told the American magazine Variety.

    “We’ll get to target the widest possible audiences at a faster pace, with a smaller investment… and preserve some kind of curiosity around the movie before the press starts unveiling what’s in it.”

    In his interview yesterday, however, Mr Maraval blasted the French political, TV and movie establishment. “No French TV station wanted to finance us,” he said.

    “Everyone warned us not to make this film, both our friends and our enemies.”

    He said that the “incestuous relationship” between “media and political elites” in France made it impossible to make films about “current affairs”.

    Depardieu, who put some of his own money into the film and accepted a low fee of €100,000, plays a DSK-like figure called “Deveraux”. His wife is played by Jacqueline Bisset. Four other well-known actresses turned down the project.

    The film broadly follows the events of exactly three years ago. A French economics professor becomes a politician, backed by his wife’s millions. He is arrested in New York after being accused of the attempted rape of a chamber maid.

    In real life, the charges against DSK were dropped. He admitted publicly that he had committed a “moral fault” and settled a civil suit brought by the chambermaid, Nafissatou Diallo.

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    Solange 'attacks' Jay Z: Shocking video shows Beyonce’s sister kicking rapper in a lift after Met Ball Gala


    Video footage apparently showing Jay Z being furiously assaulted by Beyoncé’s sister, Solange Knowles, in a lift in New York has emerged.

    The alleged attack, which appears from the tape to depict the singer kicking and lashing out at her brother-in-law as her older sister watches on, was captured by surveillance from the elevator in the Standard Hotel in New York.

    Solange can also be seen being restrained by a body guard, as Jay Z attempts to hold onto her foot to stop her from lashing out.

    The body guard then appears to hit the emergency lift button when they arrive at the twelfth floor.

    According to TMZ, who obtained the footage, the three then exited the building. Beyoncé and Solange got into one vehicle, while Jay Z was escorted into another by security.

    The trio were believed to have been attending an afterparty for the 2014 Met Gala Ball last week. As of yet, it is unclear what exactly triggered the reaction. A spokesperson for Beyoncé declined to comment on the rumours, while spokespeople for Solange and Jay Z are yet to respond to The Independent’s request.

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    Lily Allen rejected Game of Thrones role because of 'too much incest' with brother



    Lily Allen turned down a role in hit TV series Game of Thrones because it would have involved “too much incest”.

    The “Hard Out Here” singer was asked to star opposite her brother, Alfie, who plays Theon Greyjoy, she revealed during her “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit.

    Allen was requested to appear as his on-screen sister, Yara, but she was put off by what they explained about the scene.

    “I felt uncomfortable because I would have had to go on a horse and he would have touched me up and s**t,” she said. “Once they told me what was entailed I said no thanks.”

    The 29-year-old was approached for season two episode, “The Night Remembers”, but her part ended up being played by Gemma Whelan.

    In the show, Theon meets a woman from his past and, when they ride a horse together, he fondles her inside and outside her clothes. All this only to learn afterwards that she is his sister – red faces all round.

    Allen added that she would be “open to doing a musical cameo, like Sigur Ros”. The Icelandic band covered The National’s “The Rains of Castamere” when they featured as wedding musicians singing for King Joffrey in “The Lion and the Rose” last month.

    Coldplay drummer Will Champion and Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody have also made cameo appearances on Game of Thrones.

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    Pulp Fiction: 20 years on



    20 years ago this month, Quentin Tarantino’s second film, Pulp Fiction, won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. And that was just the beginning: the $8 million production went on to gross over $200 million worldwide, while at the 1995 Oscars Tarantino and his co-writer, Roger Avary, won for their screenplay, and the film itself earned a Best Picture nomination.

    Its competitors? Forrest Gump, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Quiz Show and The Shawshank Redemption. That’s a stronger selection than most of the period’s Best Picture shortlists, but it’s clear that Pulp Fiction was in a different universe from its fellow nominees. It was a non-linear anthology of three stories, with an additional prologue and epilogue. It contained shocking bloodshed alongside snappy screwball banter. And it featured a cast of criminal low-lifes who gave as much thought to discussing foot massages as they did to shooting dead their victims.

    There was only one film that offered any useful comparison, and that was Tarantino’s 1992 debut, Reservoir Dogs. But while Dogs introduced most of the writer-director’s game-changing ideas, it was Pulp Fiction that went on to be, in the assessment of the late American film critic Rogert Ebert, “the most influential film of the decade”.

    But the question remains: is that influence something to be celebrated? For every film enthusiast who believes that Pulp Fiction put a bullet in the brain of fusty, stuffy, mainstream Hollywood, there is someone else who sees it as the first in a long line of cheap and nasty, adolescent gangster fantasies. Two decades on, it’s time to take another look at the various aspects of its legacy, and judge whether Tarantino’s crime saga has had a positive or negative impact on cinema history.

    Postmodernism

    Pulp Fiction is a triumph of self-conscious allusion in which innumerable elements are taken from Tarantino’s vast repository of film, television and music knowledge: think of the 1950s diner, the glowing briefcase lifted from Kiss Me Deadly, the Modesty Blaise novel read by John Travolta’s character, and the passage from Ezekiel recited by Samuel L Jackson’s character, which Tarantino swiped, not from the Bible, but from the opening of a Japanese martial arts movie, Karate Kiba. Tarantino’s detractors contend that his films have nothing to do with real life: every moment in them has been filtered through someone else’s imagination – which is why he was so beloved in that most backward-looking of decades, the 1990s.

    Verdict: Positive. Through Pulp Fiction and beyond, Tarantino’s nerdish homages have turned countless people on to films and songs that they might otherwise never have encountered. If Tarantino has prompted his fans to investigate Louis Malle, Sonny Chiba and the surf-guitar of **** Dale, is that such a bad thing?

    Pop-culture dialogue

    Tarantino’s pop-cultural obsession was shared by his characters – not least Jackson’s hitman Jules Winnfield. He calls one victim “Flock of Seagulls” because of a haircut reminiscent of the Eighties New Wave band. He calls another “Ringo” because of his English (although not Liverpudlian) accent. And he compares himself to “Caine in Kung-Fu”, the Fonz, Super Fly TNT, The Guns of Navarone and “what Jimmie Walker usta talk about”. (Walker is a comedian whose catchphrase was “Dy-no-mite!”)

    Verdict: Negative. In 1994, it was refreshing to meet characters who had spent as much time in front of the television as the rest of us, but now pop-culture references are the crutch of lazy screenwriters, or rather, lazy improvisers. Almost every new Hollywood comedy is padded with unfunny mentions of whichever films drift into the actors’ minds: namechecking Ghostbusters is, unfortunately, not hilarious in itself.

    Cartoon violence

    Pulp Fiction invites us to laugh when Travolta’s Vincent Vega accidentally shoots someone in the throat, and laugh even louder when he and Winn-field bicker about the mess he’s made of their car. As a result, countless imitators went on to peddle hip, quipping gangsters and stylised, flippant ultra-violence – the irony being that Tarantino is actually one of the more thoughtful and moral of American writer-directors when it comes to violence. After all, Vega is shot while emerging from a toilet, an imperious crime-lord ends up in an S&M dungeon, and a pair of hold-up artists are held at gunpoint themselves: we’re supposed to laugh at the bad guys, not laugh with them.

    Verdict: Negative. Alas, the wannabes tend to miss the message behind Tarantino’s jokey violence. It’s time for someone to “strike them down with great vengeance and furious anger”.

    Blaxpoitation

    With his pimp-rolling swagger and afro, Winnfield embodied Tarantino’s love of 1970s blaxploitation movies, but not everyone was convinced by this homage: Spike Lee took exception to the character’s use of the “N” word. Tarantino argued that he was being true to the argot of LA’s demi-monde, but Lee wasn’t appeased, and similarly complained about Jackie Brown. “What does he want,” asked Lee. “To be made an honorary black man?” Later, Lee boycotted Tarantino’s Django Unchained, tweeting, “American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust.”

    Verdict: Positive. Pulp Fiction brought the funky urban thrills of blaxploitation back into fashion: Tarantino went on to cast Pam Grier (of Foxy Brown fame) in the title role of Jackie Brown, while Jackson went on to star in John Singleton’s Shaft reboot. More significantly, Marvel Comics redesigned one of its white characters, Nick Fury, so as to resemble Jackson, who has played the role in several of the studio’s superhero blockbusters. That casting alone has arguably done more to empower black children than Lee’s entire oeuvre – and it wouldn’t have happened without the film that made Jackson an icon.

    Indie power

    Reservoir Dogs wasn’t a hit in America: it was just a low-budget independent movie, after all. But Pulp Fiction proved that indies could make a fortune, win prestigious prizes, boost flagging reputations (such as Travolta’s), create superstars (Uma Thurman) and provide Hollywood idols (such as Bruce Willis) with their best roles in years. Meanwhile, the film’s independent distributor, Miramax, became a major player, nabbing Best Picture nods at every Oscar ceremony from 1996 to 2004. Other studios hurried to launch their own Sundance-friendly indie divisions. More importantly, a generation of film geeks realised that they, too, could get into the business.

    The downside? The Weinsteins became as notoriously tyrannical as any old-school Hollywood moguls, and it’s difficult to argue that subsequent “indie” successes such as Miramax’s Shakespeare in Love struck a blow for rebellious film-making.

    Verdict: Positive. Hollywood needed a shake-up, and this newspaper can hardly criticise any cinematic movement defined as “independent”.

    On Tuesday ‘Pulp Fiction’ will screen exclusively at Cineworld cinemas nationwide to mark its 20th anniversary
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    The casting

    Of all the alternative castings that might have been – Mickey Rourke as Butch, Daniel Day-Lewis as Vincent – perhaps the most intriguing is Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who was apparently offered the Uma Thurman role of gangster’s moll Mia Wallace but had to turn it down because she couldn’t take time out from shooting Seinfeld.

    The car

    The 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu in which Vince and Mia head out for the evening was in fact Tarantino’s own car. It was stolen during production of the film, but resurfaced 19 years later, in 2013, in the San Francisco Bay area after two men were caught stripping it and police checked its vehicle identification number.

    The briefcase

    Diamonds? Marcellus Wallace’s soul? An orange light bulb? What exactly was hidden behind that 666 code that Vince stares at so intensely, his face illuminated in orange? According to co-writer Roger Avary, they originally imagined the briefcase containing diamonds, but Tarantino thought that was too much of a cliché, given that his previous film Reservoir Dogs also had diamonds at the centre of the plot. So, he simply left it for the audience to decide for themselves.

    The dance

    Vince and Mia’s epic, prize-winning twisting? Well, it isn’t prize-winning in fact. Despite a scene showing them carrying home the trophy, a news report faintly coming out of a car radio in another storyline mentions a man and a woman having stolen a trophy from a dance competition at Jack Rabbit Slim’s.

    Where are the cops?

    Interestingly, there is not a single policeman featured in the movie, even in plain clothes, despite all the criminal behaviour on show. Sadistic rapist Zed arrives in uniform ... but he’s a security guard.

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    Michael Jackson Hologram Draws Mixed Reviews at Billboard Awards


    The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and a likely successor, prince of pop Justin Timberlake, ruled the Billboard Music Awards — though Jackson made a splash via hologram and Timberlake accepted his awards via video from overseas.
    A hologram of Jackson made its debut Sunday, mirroring the late icon’s signature slick dance moves as some members of the audience became emotional, while Timberlake won seven prizes, including top artist and Billboard 200 album, and accepted the honors outside of the country where he was on tour.
    “All the other finalists, Miley, Imagine Dragons, Bruno, Katy, I love you guys, it’s not a competition, but if it is, I won!” Timberlake exclaimed, dancing with his band. “I want to thank everybody on Earth, everybody on Earth, except, except Donald Sterling.”
    Timberlake’s idol was featured in hologram form, and it performed “Slave to the Rhythm,” a song from Jackson’s new posthumous album “Xscape,” along with a plethora of background dancers, beaming lights and fire blasts. It was easily the biggest moment at the awards show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
    “We tried to do as best we could what we thought Michael would have loved, and those of us who knew Michael really well, we had a good perspective on it,” Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid said backstage. Reid worked on the album and released it. “But the truth is, you can’t ever really know because he wasn’t there.”
    Robin Thicke, who won four awards including top Hot 100 song for “Blurred Lines,” debuted a new song called “Get Her Back,” aiming to win over his actress-wife Paula Patton after they announced in February they were separating.He sang on bended knee and ended with the line: “I gotta get her back tonight.” “And most importantly I’d like to thank my wife for her love and support and for putting up with me all these years,” Thicke said onstage when he accepted best R&B song.
    The night featured a number of collaborative performances, including an explosive duet from Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert, while double winner Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line were crowd favorites when they performed “This Is How We Roll.” Even Underwood and her hockey player-husband Mike Fisher sang along.
    Miley Cyrus performed The Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips remotely from the United Kingdom, where she was on tour. “I have to of course thank all of my amazing fans. … Thank you everybody for making this (expletive) possible — oops I’m on ABC, sorry,” she said when accepting top streaming artist, sticking out her tongue at the end.
    Katy Perry, who won top female artist, also performed remotely. Imagine Dragons, however, was present in Las Vegas, where the Billboard Music Awards marked a homecoming for the band. The Las Vegas-based rockers won the five honors, including top duo/group and rock artist. “We wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for people that believed in our band, in our small band that started here in Las Vegas from the very beginning,” leader Dan Reynolds told the audience. He then thanked radio, family and management for their support, adding with a yell at the end: “And Billboard!”
    Lorde was a double winner, taking home trophies for best new artist and rock song for the ubiquitous hit “Royals.” “This whole thing started for me with a song that was written when I was 15, which I know everyone knows, but what I want to say is I am 17 and a half now and I’m so thankful,” she said as some of the crowd laugh. “That wasn’t a joke. I’m so thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to learn and grow as a new artist in the spotlight.”
    Lorde performed her new hit “Tennis Court” in her signature black — and showcased her signature twitchy dance moves.
    Other performers included John Legend, who sang his current No. 1 hit “All of Me” on piano, a semi-racy Ariana Grande, a sultry Shakira and Jennifer Lopez, who received the Billboard Icon award and performed at the beginning and end of the three-hour show.
    While musicians dominated the awards show, reality TV star Kendall Jenner turned some heads when she unintentionally when she flubbed an intro. The reality star fumbled over her words — almost pulling a John Travolta — when introducing Australian pop group 5 Seconds of Summer.
    “And now we welcome … One …,” the 21-year-old said, seeming to almost say One Direction, as she put her head down. “Guys, I’m the worst reader.”

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    Paul McCartney: Fears for former Beatle after virus puts him in Tokyo hospital



    Concern grew for the health of Sir Paul McCartney yesterday after he was forced to cancel more concerts in Japan and South Korea because of a virus.

    The 71-year-old former Beatle was hit by the bug on 16 May and was ordered to rest by doctors in his hotel room. He was then admitted to hospital in Tokyo on Tuesday and fans have been holding a vigil outside to show their support.

    However his spokeswoman Perri Cohen said he was now responding to treatment.

    “Since contracting a virus last week that led to the postponement of tour dates, Paul received successful medical treatment at a hospital in Tokyo,” she said.

    “He will make a complete recovery and has been ordered to take a few days’ rest. Paul has been extremely moved by all the messages and well wishes he has received from fans all over the world.”

    His condition had forced the cancellation of two concerts in Japan and the last one there was called off yesterday along with one planned for Seoul, South Korea, on Wednesday next week.

    His brother Mike told the Mirror newspaper that had received a reassuring text from Sir Paul.

    “Paul told me he was recovering slowly but surely, so I’m sure he’s on the mend,” he said.

    And Rusty Anderson, Sir Paul’s lead guitarist on the tour, said in a tweet: “Now just awaiting Paul’s recovery.”

    A fan outside St Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo said: “I was surprised when I first heard about the cancellation of the gigs, but now I hear that he’s been hospitalised and I’m more concerned about the state of his health.”

    Sir Paul apologised for “letting my fans down” earlier this week, saying he had hoped to be well enough to perform in Japan.

    He is due to go to America to play 19 concerts, starting in Lubbock, Texas, on 14 June.


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    George Michael taken to hospital after suffering ‘mystery collapse’



    George Michael was taken to hospital last week after he collapsed at home.

    Two ambulances were called to the musician’s north London residence at 8am on Thursday morning (22 May) by a worried friend, the London Ambulance Service has confirmed.

    Witnesses claim the ambulance crews only left the house with the singer four hours after their arrival. They then took Michael to hospital for emergency treatment.

    “We sent two ambulance crews and staff treated one patient, a man, who was then taken to hospital,” a spokesman for the ambulance service told The Mail.

    Meanwhile, Michael’s publicist told The Sun: “George Michael was in hospital for routine tests but there is nothing further to say.”

    The report is the latest in a string of health scares for the star in recent years. In May 2013, Michael was airlifted to hospital with a head injury after he fell out of a moving car on the M1.

    He was struck down with pneumonia 18 months earlier. Upon his recovery, he made a tearful statement to fans outside his home, telling press it had been “touch and go” as to whether he lived after doctors were forced to perform an emergency tracheotomy on him to keep him breathing.

    In September 2010, Michael was handed an eight-week prison term, banned from driving for two years and sentenced to 100 hours of community service for crashing his Range Rover into a north London branch of Happy Snaps the previous July.

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    Rue McClanahan, One of the "Golden Girls" Stars, Dies at 76



    Rue McClanahan, the Emmy-winning actress who brought the sexually liberated Southern belle Blanche Devereaux to life on the hit TV series "The Golden Girls," has died. She was 76.

    "She passed away at 1 a.m. this morning," her manager, Barbara Lawrence told People magazine. "She had a massive stroke."

    McClanahan had suffered a minor stroke earlier this year while recovering from bypass surgery, according to the report. She had undergone treatment for breast cancer in 1997 and later lectured to cancer support groups on "aging gracefully."

    Lawrence added that at the time of her death, the actress "had her family with her. She went in peace."

    McClanahan had an active career in off-Broadway and regional stages in the 1960s before she was tapped for TV in the 1970s for the key best-friend character on the hit series "Maude," starring Beatrice Arthur. After that series ended in 1978, McClanahan landed the role as Aunt Fran on "Mama's Family" in 1983.

    But her most loved role came in 1985 when she co-starred with Arthur, Betty White and Estelle Getty in "The Golden Girls," a runaway hit that broke the sitcom mold by focusing on the foibles of four aging - and frequently eccentric - women living together in Miami.

    "Golden Girls" aimed to show "that when people mature, they add layers," she told The New York Times in 1985. "They don't turn into other creatures. The truth is we all still have our child, our adolescent, and your young woman living in us."

    Blanche, who called her father "Big Daddy," was a frequent target of roommates Dorothy, Rose and the outspoken Sophia (Getty), who would fire off zingers at Blanche such as, "Your life's an open blouse."

    Fellow "Golden Girl" Betty White called McClanahan a close and dear friend.

    "I treasured our relationship," said White, who was working on the set of her TV Land comedy "Hot in Cleveland" on Thursday. "It hurts more than I even thought it would, if that's even possible."

    McClanahan snagged an Emmy for her work on the show in 1987. In an Associated Press interview that year, McClanahan said Blanche was unlike any other role she had ever played.

    "Probably the closest I've ever done was Blanche DuBois in 'A Streetcar Named Desire' at the Pasadena Playhouse," she said. "I think, too, that's where the name came from, although my character is not a drinker and not crazy."

    Her Blanche Devereaux, she said, "is in love with life and she loves men. I think she has an attitude toward women that's competitive. She is friends with Dorothy and Rose, but if she has enough provocation she becomes competitive with them. I think basically she's insecure. It's the other side of the Don Juan syndrome."

    After "The Golden Girls" was canceled in 1992, McClanahan, White and Getty reprised their roles in a short-lived spinoff, "Golden Palace."

    McClanahan continued working in television, on stage and in film, appearing in the Jack Lemmon-Walter Matthau vehicle "Out to Sea" and as the biology teacher in "Starship Troopers."

    She stepped in to portray Madame Morrible, the crafty headmistress, for a time in "Wicked," Broadway's long-running "Wizard of Oz" prequel.

    In 2008, McClanahan appeared in the Logo comedy "Sordid Lives: The Series," playing the slightly addled, elderly mother of an institutionalized drag queen.

    During production, McClanahan was recovering from 2007 surgery on her knee. It didn't stop her from filming a sex scene in which the bed broke, forcing her to hang on to a windowsill to avoid tumbling off.

    McClanahan was born Eddi-Rue McClanahan in Healdton, Okla., to building contractor William McClanahan and his wife, Dreda Rheua-Nell, a beautician. She graduated with honors from the University of Tulsa with a degree in German and theater arts.

    McClanahan's acting career began on the stage. According to a 1985 Los Angeles Times profile, she appeared at the Pasadena (Calif.) Playhouse, studied in New York with Uta Hagen and Harold Clurman, and worked in soaps and on the stage.

    She won an Obie - the off-Broadway version of the Tony - in 1970 for "Who's Happy Now," playing the "other woman" in a family drama written by Oliver Hailey. She reprised the role in a 1975 television version; in a review, The New York Times described her character as "an irrepressible belle given to frequent bouts of `wooziness' and occasional bursts of shrewdness."

    She had appeared only sporadically on television until producer Norman Lear tapped her for a guest role on "All in the Family" in 1971.

    She went from there to a regular role in the "All in the Family" spinoff "Maude," playing Vivian, the neighbor and best friend to Arthur in the starring role.

    When Arthur died in April 2009, McClanahan recalled that she had felt constrained by "Golden Girls" during the later years of its run. "Bea liked to be the star of the show. She didn't really like to do that ensemble playing," McClanahan said.

    McClanahan was married six times: Tom Bish, with whom she had a son, Mark Bish; actor Norman Hartweg; Peter D'Maio; Gus Fisher; and Tom Keel. She married husband Morrow Wilson on Christmas Day in 1997.

    She called her 2007 memoir "My First Five Husbands ... And the Ones Who Got Away."

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    Tracy Morgan in 'critical condition': 30 Rock star involved in intensive care after fatal six-vehicle crash





    Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan is in a critical condition following a six-vehicle crash in the early hours of Saturday morning that killed one person, police have said.

    The former Saturday Night Live cast member and 30 Rock star was a passenger in a limo bus that overturned during the pile-up on the New Jersey Turnpike at about 1am, CNN have reported.

    Authorities said one person has died and four others were injured in the accident, which also involved two tractor-trailers and an SUV.

    The bus Morgan was travelling on was carrying seven people, one of whom was killed, state police said. He was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick and is being treated in intensive care.

    Peter Haigney, a spokesperson for the hospital, said four patients are being treated there. Three are in a critical condition while one is in a “fair condition”, according to the network. Morgan was named as one of the three in a critical conditon.

    The 45-year-old joined Saturday Night Live in 1996 and was on the sketch-comedy programme for seven years before leaving to star in The Tracy Morgan Show in 2003.

    That show lasted just one season. In 2006, Morgan found a long-running role in NBC's hit show 30 Rock, which was created by Tina Fey.

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    Harrison Ford suffers suspected broken ankle during filming for new Star Wars film



    Harrison Ford has been airlifted to hospital after a hydraulic door fell on him while he was filming the new Star Wars movie at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.

    The 71-year-old suffered a suspected broken ankle in the accident, which happened on the M Stage at the studios, close to his character Han Solo's spaceship the Millennium Falcon. He was helicoptered to Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital, which has a trauma unit specialising in fractures.

    A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: “We were called to Pinewood studios at 5.05pm after reports of a 71-year-old man being injured by a door.”

    It is unclear how long it will take Mr Ford to recover, but a spokesman for the movie, Star Wars: Episode VII, insisted that the accident would not delay the release of the film.

    The spokesman said: “Harrison Ford sustained an ankle injury during filming today on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. He was taken to a local hospital and is receiving care. Shooting will continue as planned while he recuperates.”

    The Health And Safety Executive was tonight making preliminary enquiries into the accident, and it is believed that the Pinewood set will also be re-checked for safety issues.

    It is not the first time that injuries have disrupted Ford's filming plans. He suffered a back injury while shooting the 1984 movie Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and required an operation. The director Steven Spielberg continued filming, getting Vic Armstrong, a British-born stuntman who looked so like Mr Ford that members of the crew constantly confused the two, to be a stand-in for some scenes.

    Star Wars Episode VII will be the first Star Wars title released by Disney, after creator George Lucas sold the rights to the franchise in 2012. Due to reach cinemas in December 2015, it is understood that the film will be set 30 years after the events in the 1983 film Return of the Jedi, the third Star Wars film to be released.

    Episode VII will also see the return of the three principal characters from the original trilogy, reuniting Ford with Mark Hamill, playing Luke Skywalker, and Carrie Fisher, playing Princess Leia.

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    Mel Gibson puts anti-Semitism behind him: ‘I've done what I need to do’



    Mel Gibson says it’s time for the world to leave his anti-Semitic comments in the past.

    “It's behind me; it's an eight-year-old story,” he told Hollywood Reporter. “It keeps coming up like a rerun, but I've dealt with it and I've dealt with it responsibly and I've worked on myself for anything I am culpable for.”

    The actor was arrested in 2006 for suspected drink-driving in Malibu and made anti-Semitic remarks to a policeman, which he later apologised for – explaining that the comments were “blurted out in a moment of insanity”, branding the incident as “despicable' behaviour”.

    According to a police report, Gibson asked the officer if he was Jewish and said: “F**king Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.”

    “All the necessary mea culpas have been made copious times, so for this question to keep coming up, it's kind of like ... I'm sorry they feel that way, but I've done what I need to do,” he said.

    Last month, Gary Oldman defended Gibson’s outburst in a controversial Playboy interview, for which he later apologised.

    “I don't know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we've all said those things,” said Oldman.

    “We're all f**king hypocrites. That's what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n***** or that f**king Jew?”

    The Batman actor wrote an apology letter to the Anti-Defamation League, then went on US chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live to say sorry publicly.

    “I am a public figure, I should be an example and inspiration and I am an arsehole,” he told Kimmel.

    “I am 56. I should know better. So to them, my fans, I say I extend my apology and my love and best wishes to my fan base.”

    Gibson has since spoken out in support of Oldman, describing him as a “good guy”.

    “These things happen. As we all know… I have nothing much to say. The guy was probably just… He’s a good guy,” he told Variety.

    “He’s fantastic. I know him. He’s a good dude… I didn’t even look too hard.”

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    Thor as woman: Marvel reveals new incarnation of superhero in comic series





    Hammer-wielding Norse superhero Thor is to undergo a big change.

    Marvel Comics has announced the superhero will become a woman in a move to attract more female fans to the franchise.

    The new incarnation of Thor will be unveiled in a comic series this October. Artwork released by Marvel depicts her with long blonde hair, metal armour and a red cape.

    Jason Aaron, Marvel series writer, made it clear to fans the change will not be temporary.

    “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before,” he said.

    Wil Moss, Marvel editor, added “This inscription on Thor’s hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it’s time to update that inscription.

    “The new Thor continues Marvel’s proud tradition of strong female characters like Captain Marvel, Storm, Black Widow and more. And this new Thor isn’t a temporary female substitute- she’s not the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!"

    In a statement on its website, Marvel said it hopes the lead female protagonist will “speak directly to an audience that long was not the target for superhero comic books in America: women and girls”.

    The new embodiment of Thor marks the latest in a growing trend for promoting female superheroes, with Wonder Woman set to make her big screen debut in Batman V Superman and the return of the Power Puff Girls to TV.

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    ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27





    Corey Griffin, a philanthropist who was instrumental in making the ALS ice bucket challenge fund-raising drive go viral, has died after drowning in a diving accident off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts.

    The 27-year-old's life was cut tragically short on Saturday (16 August) when he dove off a wharf that serves as a popular diving perch for locals, resurfacing once before disappearing back under the water and drowning.

    Griffin "helped turn the ice bucket challenge for ALS into a fund-raising sensation after his friend Pete Frates was diagnosed", according to an obituary in the Boston Globe, with his father Robert describing him to the newspaper as "the happiest guy in the world".

    "He called me last night and told me he was in paradise," he added.


    Griffin climbed the Juice Guys building in Nantucket before jumping off the wharf (Picture: Facebook)

    Griffin reportedly raised $100,000 at a fundraiser just hours before his death, with the ice bucket challenge having been one of the biggest talking points online in the past few days.

    Oprah, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Lady Gaga, Charlie Sheen, George Bush and the Foo Fighters have all taken part in the campaign, which sees a bucket of ice water dumped over participants' heads, with even Vladimir Putin being challenged this week.

    The drive has so far raised $22.9 million in aid of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.


    "Helping out was nothing new for Griff," Frates wrote on Facebook. "He held his own event for me back in 2012, just a few months after diagnosis.

    "He worked his butt off these last few weeks for ALS. We texted everyday, planning and scheming ways to raise funds and plan events."

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    Richard Attenborough dead: Veteran actor and director dies, aged 90





    The veteran British actor and film director Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90.

    He died at lunchtime on Sunday, his son told BBC News.

    Lord Attenborough was one of Britain's leading actors during the middle of the century, before becoming a highly successful director.

    His best known films as an actor included Brighton Rock, The Great Escape and Jurassic Park. His director's CV included A Bridge Too Far, Gandhi, for which he won Academy Awards as director and producer, in 1982, and Cry Freedom, about the death of South African anti-apartheid campaigner Steven Biko.

    His later films as director included Chaplin, starring Robert Downey Jr, and Shadowlands, an adaptation of the stage play treating the relationship between Narnia author CS Lewis and Joy Gresham.

    The celebrated figure had been being cared for full-time by staff at a nursing home where he lived with his wife Sheila Sim, also 92, whom he married in 1945.

    Earlier this year, his brother the television naturalist Sir David Attenborough, 86, said: “He is coming up to 90. He’s just not very well.”

    In 2008, Lord Attenborough suffered a stroke that resulted in a coma lasting several days. He had been in a wheelchair following a fall at his home.

    Tributes poured in for one of the greatest British film icons of his time.


    Richard Attenborough plays marbles with some of the cast during a break from filming The Guinea Pig at Elstree Studios, April 1948

    David Cameron said in a tweet: “His acting in ‘Brighton Rock’ was brilliant, his directing of ‘Gandhi’ was stunning - Richard Attenborough was one of the greats of cinema.”

    The MP, Diane Abbott, said: “Very sad to hear Richard Attenborough has died - a man of the establishment who was never afraid to challenge that same establishment.”

    Attenborough made his name in films such Brighton Rock in 1947 and The Great Escape in 1963 and won a new tranche of fans in the dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic Park in 1993.

    He was born in Cambridge, England, the son of Mary Clegg, who was one of the founders of the Marriage Guidance Council, and Frederick Levi Attenborough, a don at Emmanuel College.

    Educated at Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys in Leicester, he then went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), of which he later became president.

    His first screen role was as a cowardly sailor in the 1942 film In Which We Serve. During the war, he also served in the Royal Air Force.

    But his breakthrough role was as the psychopathic young gangster, Pinkie Brown, in the 1947 film adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel, Brighton Rock.

    On the stage, Attenborough and his wife both appeared in the original production of Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap”, which became one of the world’s longest-running theatre productions.

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    Emmys 2014: Breaking Bad cleans up with best drama award plus wins for Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn





    Breaking Bad's fifth and final season dominated the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, picking up almost all of the drama prizes as True Detective landed just one and Game of Thrones went away empty-handed.

    The AMC show took home five Emmys in total, its best haul yet, with Paul earning his third award for supporting actor after triumphing in 2010 and 2012.

    "My god, Breaking Bad — it has changed my life and I am standing up here because of one man and that is Vince Gilligan [show creator]," Paul said as he accepted the prize. "Thank you. I miss him. I love him. The best cast and crew I’ve ever worked with and for. There's not a single day that goes by that I don’t miss running to work."

    Cranston (Walter White) and Gunn (Skyler White) won the lead actor awards meanwhile, with The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies and True Detective's Cary Joji Fukunaga being the only non-Breaking Bad winners to stray into its drama territory.


    Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn and Bryan Cranston were all repeat winners (Picture: Getty)

    Breaking Bad took home the most coveted award of the night, outstanding drama series, and also beat itself in the writing category - Moira Walley-Beckett's 'Ozymandias' being deemed to be superior to Vince Gilligan's finale episode 'Felina' by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

    Standing as one of the finest television shows of all time, Breaking Bad now has a total of 58 Emmy nominations under its belt.

    Despite being one of the most talked-about shows of 2014, HBO's Game of Thrones didn't convert any of its nominations, and Netflix went away empty-handed after both Orange is the New Black and House of Cards were snubbed.


    Julianna Marguiles won best actress for The Good Wife (Picture: Getty)


    Louis CK won an award for writing in his semi-autogbiographical comedy series Louie

    Sherlock had a good showing meanwhile, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman earning awards and Stephen Moffat being recognised for writing on His Last Vow.

    On the comedy side of the things, the night's biggest winner was Modern Family, which recieved the outstanding comedy series prize, while Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) and Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory) picked up the acting gongs.

    List of winners in full

    Drama Series: "Breaking Bad," AMC.

    Actor, Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad," AMC.

    Actress, Drama Series: Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife," CBS.

    Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad," AMC.

    Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad," AMC.

    Directing, Drama Series: Cary Joji Fukunaga, "True Detective," HBO.

    Writing, Drama Series: Moira Walley-Beckett, "Breaking Bad," AMC.

    Comedy Series: "Modern Family," ABC.

    Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory," CBS.

    Actress, Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep," HBO.

    Supporting Actor, Comedy Series:
    Ty Burrell, "Modern Family," ABC.

    Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Allison Janney, "Mom," CBS.

    Directing, Comedy Series: Gail Mancuso, "Modern Family," ABC.

    Writing, Comedy Series: Louis C.K., "Louie," FX.

    Miniseries: "Fargo," FX.

    Movie: "The Normal Heart," HBO.

    Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock: His Last Vow," PBS.

    Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story: Coven," FX.

    Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie:
    Kathy Bates, "American Horror Story: Coven," FX.

    Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie:
    Martin Freeman, "Sherlock: His Last Vow," PBS.

    Directing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special:
    Adam Bernstein, "Fargo," FX.

    Writing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special:
    Stephen Moffat, "Sherlock: His Last Vow," PBS.

    Variety Series: "The Colbert Report," Comedy Central.

    Writing, Variety Special: Sarah Silverman, "Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles," HBO.

    Directing, Variety Special: Glenn Weiss, "67th Annual Tony Awards," CBS.

    Reality-Competition Program: "The Amazing Race," CBS.

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