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Dancing with the ‘Star Wars’: Billy Dee Williams cha-chas as Lando

Actor Billy Dee Williams channeled Lando Calrissian with his crowd-pleasing Star Wars Cha-Cha routine for his Dancing with the Stars debut.

Actor Billy Dee Williams channeled Lando Calrissian with his crowd-pleasing “Star Wars” cha-cha routine for his “Dancing with the Stars” debut.


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Shimmying stormtroopers. R2-D2 beeping to disco music. Lando Calrissian taking Princess Leia for a spin on the dance floor. While it sounds like one of the gaming levels in “Star Wars Kinect,” this was the “Dancing with the Stars” debut of actor Billy Dee Williams and his dance partner Emma Slater.

Dressed in a costume reminiscent of his role as Lando Calrissian, Williams began the cha-cha number flanked by stormtroopers and announced by a beeping R2-D2. His dancing partner donned a costume inspired by Princess Leia’s metal bikini in “Return of the Jedi,” as well as her famous hair buns.

MECO’s disco remix of the “Star Wars” and “Cantina” themes accompanied the dancers, complete with a spinning intergalactic backdrop. And yes, even the stormtroopers danced.

Williams, age 76, is no spry Jedi. His past health battles with arthritis and two hip replacements may deter him from being a top competitor on the hit show, but his impressive showmanship is worthy of a Lobot slow-clap.

While Ewoks cheered from the audience, the judges weren’t as impressed, giving the number the lowest score of the night.

Comparing Williams’ dancing technique to C-3PO’s robotic moves, judge Bruno demanded the drama of Darth Vader. Judge Carrie Ann called Williams “the most relaxed dancer I’ve ever seen” and asked him to step it up next time. Judge Len was impressed Williams remembered his routine and its overall entertainment value.

Billy Dee Williams may not have impressed Princess Leia as Lando Calrissian in Star Wars, but he makes up for it with a dance number that might impress the likes of Jabba the Hutt.

Billy Dee Williams may not have impressed Princess Leia as Lando Calrissian in “Star Wars,” but he makes up for it with a dance number that might impress the likes of Jabba the Hutt.


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Of course, this isn’t the first time a celebrity contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” has shown off fancy Force footwork. ‘N Sync’s Joey Fatone also paid tribute to “Star Wars” by dancing the tango dressed as a Jedi, with his partner dressed in a costume modeled after Slave Leia’s bikini — all to the “Star Wars” theme.

While Fatone’s dance number was much more energetic than Williams’ slower moves, “Star Wars” numbers never fail to excite the show’s audience. Perhaps it’s not the skills that matter, but the heartfelt passion behind the dance routine itself that makes even Ewoks get up and yell “Yub Nub.”

Tune in to “Dancing with the Stars” on Monday nights at 8 p.m. on ABC for more dancing by Williams, and if we’re lucky, a few more stormtroopers.

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White House to announce its first-ever Maker Faire

February 4th, 2014 No comments

The maker movement is officially coming to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Today, as CNET reported first, the White House announced its first-ever official Maker Faire, bringing a celebration of science, technology, engineering, and math, not to mention the ground zero of the do-it-yourself world, to the home of the leader of the free world.

In 2012, President Obama was inspired by a visit to the White House’s East Room by then 16-year-old Joey Hudy, who wowed him by firing off a marshmallow cannon. The kid, known now as Joey “Marshmallow” Hudy, then handed the president a business card that read, “Don’t be bored, make something.”

Joey Hudy wowed President Obama with his marshmallow cannon during a visit to the White House in 2012.


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Those paying attention to last week’s State of the Union address may have noticed Hudy sitting in First Lady Michelle Obama’s box — as clear a statement as any that the White House is behind the ideals of the maker movement.

But now, with the announcement of an actual White House Maker Faire, to be held sometime later this year, that message is being sent even more forcefully.

For those unfamiliar with Maker Faires, they are a series of what might be called science fairs on steroids. First held in San Mateo, Calif., in 2006, and launched by the people behind Make magazine, they are a celebration of all things scientific, creative, magical, crafty, and wonderful. In essence, Maker Faires, which are now held in more than 100 locations around the world, including a New York event that attracts 75,000 people each year, are the beating heart of the DIY movement. All told, the events have had more than 1.5 million attendees since 2006.

With the White House now planning on hosting one, it’s the clearest sign yet that this is a trend that has advanced beyond the insular world of geeks and tinkerers and has made it to the most hallowed halls on the planet.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak playing Segway polo at the first-ever Maker Faire in 2006.


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The White House has yet to release specific details for its Maker Faire plans, and it’s certain it would host a much smaller version of the event than the ones that attract more than 100,000 people in San Mateo each spring. But according to text of a blog post it published Monday, the White House said that the event “will be an opportunity to highlight both the remarkable stories of Makers like Joey [Hudy] and commitments by leading organizations to help more students and entrepreneurs get involved in making things.”

The White House — which is planning a series of initiatives that encourage industry, universities, municipalities, and foundations to support the maker movement — also said that those who are interested in getting involved in the event can send photos, videos, or descriptions of their projects to maker@ostp.gov, or can tweet them using the hashtag “IMadeThis.”

The White House will be hosting its first-ever Maker Faire sometime later this year.


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Dale Dougherty, one of the founders of Maker Faire, told CNET that he and his fellow organizers will be involved in the production of the White House event, but that it’s very unclear what form it will take and what the logistics will be like. “We’re going to bring our electronics into the White House?” Dougherty said. “We’re going to have to figure that all out….The White House kind of has to define what this is. How much space, and who can come — whether it’s public or private.”

Still, for Dougherty, who was was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” in 2011, having the White House get on board is a big thing. “It’s pretty nice,” he admitted. “Cities want to organize Maker Faires. Countries see this tied to innovation, to creativity, and it’s really wonderful to see that connection. I think it’s a genuine thing. You come to Maker Faire and you see all this stuff happening. We want more of it, to help stimulate all this activity.”

A couple of weeks ago, Doughtery added, he was in Norway helping to launch the first Maker Faire there. He said that in Norway, he announced that this was the “year of the maker.” And now? “The White House thing would definitely help us celebrate the year of the maker.”

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Long lines of fans welcome launch of Sony’s PlayStation 4

November 15th, 2013 No comments

CNET’s Jeff Bakalar interviews Joey Chiu, the first PS4 buyer in North America.


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Sony launched its new PlayStation 4 at midnight Thursday to long lines of gamers around North America hoping to get their hands on the next-generation console.

Hundreds of PS fans braved hours in chilly weather in a line outside the Standard High Line hotel in New York for a chance to pick up one (or more) of the new consoles as well as score Sony giveaways. However, there were likely to be some disappointed fans as Sony planned to offer only 444 consoles on Thursday night.

The first buyer of a PS4 in North America was Brooklyn’s Joey Chiu, who told CNET’s Jeff Bakalar that he had waited in line for 20 hours. After posing with his new console for the press, he told Bakalar that he was stunned by the whole experience.

Meanwhile hundreds were also waiting at the GameStop on Market Street in San Francisco for a chance to win one of several the company was giving away. When asked why they were willing to stand in line so long, some said they were excited about some of the new title offerings but also cited brand loyalty as a factor. Some in New York spoke of playing various iterations of the console as long as they could remember.

Fans also welcomed late-breaking news that Naughty Dog’s cartography game Uncharted would be available on the PS4. The company released a teaser video that panned over a map of Africa toward Madagascar and little else.

PlayStation 4 is the long-awaited follow up to the company’s PlayStation 3, a machine that debuted all the way back in 2006. Priced at $400, the PS4 features 8GB of DDR5 RAM, a low-power x86-64 “Jaguar” eight-core chip, and graphics powered by a 1.84 TFLOP AMD Radeon “next engine.”

While the PS4 comes in at $100 less than longtime rival
Xbox One, the latter ships with its camera and voice/motion-sensing peripheral, Kinect, in the box. (The PlayStation camera will run an extra $60.)

The next-generation console was praised by CNET reviewers for its simplified and logical interface, graphics, and its DualShock 4 controller. However, games made for PlayStation 3 are not compatible with the PS4, and there is a dearth of triple-A titles at this time.

It may take months or years for the PS4 to catch up to its predecessor’s gaming and software library, although Sony is hinting that its Gaikai game-streaming service will open the door to retro gaming next year. (Owners of some PS3 titles can upgrade to the PS4 version for just $10 each, for a limited time.)

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8 now dead in Colorado flooding

September 24th, 2013 No comments


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Railroad tracks washed from their path by floodwaters are seen in Longmont on Thursday, September 19, 2013. Massive flooding has left at least six people dead and damaged thousands of homes around the state.Railroad tracks washed from their path by floodwaters are seen in Longmont on Thursday, September 19, 2013. Massive flooding has left at least six people dead and damaged thousands of homes around the state.

Piles of items destroyed by flooding line both sides of a street in Longmont on September 19. Piles of items destroyed by flooding line both sides of a street in Longmont on September 19.

A woman disposes of ruined items from her home in Longmont on Wednesday, September 18.A woman disposes of ruined items from her home in Longmont on Wednesday, September 18.

David Soleta, right, and family friend John Rice remove destroyed and contaminated walls on September 18 from Soleta's father-in-law's home, which was heavily damaged by floodwaters that swept through Longmont.David Soleta, right, and family friend John Rice remove destroyed and contaminated walls on September 18 from Soleta’s father-in-law’s home, which was heavily damaged by floodwaters that swept through Longmont.

From left, siblings Elizabeth, 13, Jonathan, 9, Aaron, 11, and Kitty Dipert, 6, wash mud from the clothing of family friends from church on September 18 in Longmont, Colorado.From left, siblings Elizabeth, 13, Jonathan, 9, Aaron, 11, and Kitty Dipert, 6, wash mud from the clothing of family friends from church on September 18 in Longmont, Colorado.

An abandoned car sits on a destroyed road along the South Platte River near Greeley, Colorado, on Tuesday, September 17.An abandoned car sits on a destroyed road along the South Platte River near Greeley, Colorado, on Tuesday, September 17.

A Blackhawk helicopter flies over a canyon during a search around Boulder, Colorado, on September 17.A Blackhawk helicopter flies over a canyon during a search around Boulder, Colorado, on September 17.

Two women are hoisted into a Blackhawk helicopter during a search and rescue mission near Jamestown, Colorado, on September 17.Two women are hoisted into a Blackhawk helicopter during a search and rescue mission near Jamestown, Colorado, on September 17.

Two women smile and laugh after being rescued by a helicopter crew on September 17 near Jamestown, Colorado.Two women smile and laugh after being rescued by a helicopter crew on September 17 near Jamestown, Colorado.

Members of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Nebraska Task Force 1 use probes to test for water depth while crossing floodwaters looking for missing people near Longmont, Colorado, on September 17. Stranded flood victims are being rescued by military helicopters and vehicles.Members of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Nebraska Task Force 1 use probes to test for water depth while crossing floodwaters looking for missing people near Longmont, Colorado, on September 17. Stranded flood victims are being rescued by military helicopters and vehicles.

A cow stands in floodwater near Kersey, Colorado, on September 17.A cow stands in floodwater near Kersey, Colorado, on September 17.

From left, Dale Reeves, Kathryn Reeves and Trent Mayes assist a family member by moving belongings from a flooded home in Evans, Colorado, on September 17.From left, Dale Reeves, Kathryn Reeves and Trent Mayes assist a family member by moving belongings from a flooded home in Evans, Colorado, on September 17.

A gas well is surrounded by floodwater near Kersey, Colorado, on September 17. A gas well is surrounded by floodwater near Kersey, Colorado, on September 17.

A woman steps over a puddle onto the foundation of a shed that was moved by floodwaters in Hygiene, Colorado, on Monday, September 16.A woman steps over a puddle onto the foundation of a shed that was moved by floodwaters in Hygiene, Colorado, on Monday, September 16.

People wade through floodwater in Greeley, Colorado, on September 16.People wade through floodwater in Greeley, Colorado, on September 16.

Jerrie McBride checks in with authorities after being rescued by helicopter from the Big Elk Meadows area in Boulder, Colorado, on September 16.Jerrie McBride checks in with authorities after being rescued by helicopter from the Big Elk Meadows area in Boulder, Colorado, on September 16.

Local residents, from left, Levi Wolfe, Miranda Woodard, Tyler Sadar, and Genevieve Marquez help salvage and clean property after days of flooding in Hygeine, Colorado, on September 16.Local residents, from left, Levi Wolfe, Miranda Woodard, Tyler Sadar, and Genevieve Marquez help salvage and clean property after days of flooding in Hygeine, Colorado, on September 16.

Floodwaters surround a home in Jamestown, Colorado, on Sunday, September 15.Floodwaters surround a home in Jamestown, Colorado, on Sunday, September 15.

Chickens take refuge on the roof of their coop to escape floodwater in the backyard of a home in Longmont, Colorado, on September 15. Chickens take refuge on the roof of their coop to escape floodwater in the backyard of a home in Longmont, Colorado, on September 15.

Railroad tracks are washed out in Longmont, Colorado, on September 15.Railroad tracks are washed out in Longmont, Colorado, on September 15.

Water pours out of a parking lot, overwhelming a culvert heading under the roadway, in Estes Park, Colorado, on September 15.Water pours out of a parking lot, overwhelming a culvert heading under the roadway, in Estes Park, Colorado, on September 15.

A road crew works on a stretch of highway washed away by flooding along the South Platte River near Greeley, Colorado, on Saturday, September 14.A road crew works on a stretch of highway washed away by flooding along the South Platte River near Greeley, Colorado, on Saturday, September 14.

Parked vehicles sit partially submerged near Greeley, Colorado, on September 14.Parked vehicles sit partially submerged near Greeley, Colorado, on September 14.

Eli and Noe Sura play in the mud around their Boulder, Colorado, home on September 14. Eli and Noe Sura play in the mud around their Boulder, Colorado, home on September 14.

A National Guardsman stands at South Main and Missouri streets in Longmont, Colorado, on September 14. A National Guardsman stands at South Main and Missouri streets in Longmont, Colorado, on September 14.

Floodwaters swamp Longmont, Colorado, on September 14. Floodwaters swamp Longmont, Colorado, on September 14.

Dave Jackson closes a mailbox with his foot after delivering the mail to a home surrounded by water from the flooded Cheyenne Creek in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Friday, September 13.Dave Jackson closes a mailbox with his foot after delivering the mail to a home surrounded by water from the flooded Cheyenne Creek in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Friday, September 13.

Rescue personnel search for flood victims near Fort Collins, Colorado, on September 13.Rescue personnel search for flood victims near Fort Collins, Colorado, on September 13.

Chris Rodes helps Fred Rob salvage a friend's belongings after floods left homes and infrastructure in shambles in Lyons, Colorado, on September 13.Chris Rodes helps Fred Rob salvage a friend’s belongings after floods left homes and infrastructure in shambles in Lyons, Colorado, on September 13.

During a break in the rain, a woman walks over a footbridge past the raging Boulder Creek in Boulder on September 13. Boulder County is one of the hardest-hit areas.During a break in the rain, a woman walks over a footbridge past the raging Boulder Creek in Boulder on September 13. Boulder County is one of the hardest-hit areas.

Suzanne Sophocles hugs her dogs after they were rescued from her flooded home on September 13 in Boulder. Thousands of people stranded by the flood waters in Colorado were finally able to come down by trucks and helicopters, two days after seemingly endless rain turned normally scenic rivers and creeks into coffee-colored rapids that wrecked scores of roads and wiped out neighborhoods. Suzanne Sophocles hugs her dogs after they were rescued from her flooded home on September 13 in Boulder. Thousands of people stranded by the flood waters in Colorado were finally able to come down by trucks and helicopters, two days after seemingly endless rain turned normally scenic rivers and creeks into coffee-colored rapids that wrecked scores of roads and wiped out neighborhoods.

Residents look at the flood damage along Topaz Street in Boulder on September 13.Residents look at the flood damage along Topaz Street in Boulder on September 13.

Will Pitner gets rescued by emergency workers and neighbor Jeff Writer on September 13 after he spent a night trapped outside above his home at the base of Boulder Canyon.Will Pitner gets rescued by emergency workers and neighbor Jeff Writer on September 13 after he spent a night trapped outside above his home at the base of Boulder Canyon.

Water rushes where a bridge collapsed in a flash flood in Lyons, on September 13. Water rushes where a bridge collapsed in a flash flood in Lyons, on September 13.

A man runs through the floodwaters in a yard in Boulder on September 13. A man runs through the floodwaters in a yard in Boulder on September 13.

Topaz Street resident Jake Koplen stands at the edge of his driveway after the street in front of his home was washed away in Boulder on September 13.Topaz Street resident Jake Koplen stands at the edge of his driveway after the street in front of his home was washed away in Boulder on September 13.

Siblings Patrick Tinsley and Mary Kerns head to Boulder from the mountain community of Magnolia, Colorado, on September 13. Siblings Patrick Tinsley and Mary Kerns head to Boulder from the mountain community of Magnolia, Colorado, on September 13.

Samantha Kinzig of Longmont, Colorado, and her 5-year-old daughter, Isabel, take a closer look at the damaged bridge on Weld County Road 1 on September 13.Samantha Kinzig of Longmont, Colorado, and her 5-year-old daughter, Isabel, take a closer look at the damaged bridge on Weld County Road 1 on September 13.

Highway 7 is completely blown out from the South St. Vrain River as a torrent of raging water rips through it about 12 miles west of Lyons on Thursday, September 12.Highway 7 is completely blown out from the South St. Vrain River as a torrent of raging water rips through it about 12 miles west of Lyons on Thursday, September 12.

A woman looks at the flooded Boulder Creek on September 12.A woman looks at the flooded Boulder Creek on September 12.

Three vehicles crashed into a creek after the road washed out from beneath them in Broomfield, Colorado, on September 12. Three people were rescued.Three vehicles crashed into a creek after the road washed out from beneath them in Broomfield, Colorado, on September 12. Three people were rescued.

Nicky Toor, 15, floats on the flooded lawn of North Boulder Park in Boulder on September 12.Nicky Toor, 15, floats on the flooded lawn of North Boulder Park in Boulder on September 12.

Joey Schusler rides through flooded Canyon Boulevard in Boulder, on September 12.Joey Schusler rides through flooded Canyon Boulevard in Boulder, on September 12.

Residents view a road washed out by a torrent of water after overnight flash flooding near Left Hand Canyon, Colorado, on September 12.Residents view a road washed out by a torrent of water after overnight flash flooding near Left Hand Canyon, Colorado, on September 12.

A city worker talks on his phone while surveying high water levels from Boulder Creek after flash flooding in downtown Boulder, Colorado, on September 12.A city worker talks on his phone while surveying high water levels from Boulder Creek after flash flooding in downtown Boulder, Colorado, on September 12.

Flash flood waters rush over a walking path in downtown Boulder on September 12.Flash flood waters rush over a walking path in downtown Boulder on September 12.

A police officer blocks off a road in Boulder on September 12.A police officer blocks off a road in Boulder on September 12.

A man walks past the swelled Boulder Creek in Boulder on September 12.A man walks past the swelled Boulder Creek in Boulder on September 12.

People stand at the edge of floodwaters in Boulder on September 12.People stand at the edge of floodwaters in Boulder on September 12.

A dive rescue team moves toward floodwaters in Boulder on September 12.A dive rescue team moves toward floodwaters in Boulder on September 12.


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(CNN) — The body of a 79-year-old woman was found this past weekend in the aftermath of the Colorado flooding, Larimer County authorities said Monday.

The body of Evelyn Starner, of Cedar Cove, was discovered on a bank of the Big Thompson River, the sheriff’s office said.

It is the first confirmed fatality in the county due to the floods, and it brings the storm-related death toll in the state to eight. One other person in the county is currently listed as missing and presumed dead. A man previously listed as presumed dead checked in with authorities and is alive and well, the sheriff’s office said.

One other Cedar Cover resident, a 60-year-old woman, is still missing and presumed dead.

Vice President Joe Biden visited Colorado on Monday and took a one-hour aerial tour to view the damage. He also checked on recovery efforts.

“Once all these cameras are gone, once these press conferences are done, FEMA and the Red Cross are still going to be here until we make you whole. Until we make it right for you,” Biden told Colorado residents.

Biden said the federal government had approved $35 million thus far for road rebuilding and other projects. He said those funds wouldn’t be affected by a possible government shutdown.

Torrential rains fell September 12 in mountainous areas north of Denver, and such downpours persisted for several more days, adding up to 18.1 inches in parts of Boulder County and 15.6 inches in Adams County, Gov. John Hickenlooper said.

The heavy rainfall spurred flash floods that turned picturesque canyons into funnels that deluged towns downstream and left hundreds stranded. More than a week later, many remained marooned — cut off from the rest of the world thanks to floodwaters that wiped out roads and bridges.

Tune strikes a poignant chord amid deluge in Colorado

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2013 Emmys: Winners, losers

September 23rd, 2013 No comments


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Aaron Paul, left, and Bryan CranstonAaron Paul, left, and Bryan Cranston

Morena BaccarinMorena Baccarin

Zooey DeschanelZooey Deschanel

Jeff DanielsJeff Daniels

From left, Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan KriselFrom left, Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan Krisel

Eric StonestreetEric Stonestreet

Laura DernLaura Dern

Allison HolkerAllison Holker

Mindy KalingMindy Kaling

Alec Baldwin and daughter Ireland BaldwinAlec Baldwin and daughter Ireland Baldwin

January JonesJanuary Jones

Seth Meyers and Alexi AsheSeth Meyers and Alexi Ashe

Michelle DockeryMichelle Dockery

Malin AkermanMalin Akerman

Will ArnettWill Arnett

Sofia VergaraSofia Vergara

Julianne Hough, right, and her brother Derek HoughJulianne Hough, right, and her brother Derek Hough

Betsy BrandtBetsy Brandt

Claire DanesClaire Danes

Al Pacino and Lucila SolaAl Pacino and Lucila Sola

Vera FarmigaVera Farmiga

Stephen Colbert and his wife, Evelyn ColbertStephen Colbert and his wife, Evelyn Colbert

Kate MaraKate Mara

Jon HammJon Hamm

Leslie Mann and Judd ApatowLeslie Mann and Judd Apatow

Kerry WashingtonKerry Washington

Jason Bateman and his wife, Amanda AnkaJason Bateman and his wife, Amanda Anka

Peter Dinklage and his wife, Erica SchmidtPeter Dinklage and his wife, Erica Schmidt

Malin AkermanMalin Akerman

Jim ParsonsJim Parsons

Jane KrakowskiJane Krakowski

Tina FeyTina Fey

Lena DunhamLena Dunham

From left, Michael Douglas, Luciana Barroso and Matt DamonFrom left, Michael Douglas, Luciana Barroso and Matt Damon

Dean NorrisDean Norris

Jonathan and Gennera BanksJonathan and Gennera Banks

Kristen ConnollyKristen Connolly

Lily RabeLily Rabe

Kevin SpaceyKevin Spacey

Jill Knox and Keith PowellJill Knox and Keith Powell

Lena HeadeyLena Headey

Carla GuginoCarla Gugino

Andrea Anders and Matt LeBlancAndrea Anders and Matt LeBlanc

Blair UnderwoodBlair Underwood

Constance ZimmerConstance Zimmer

Ty BurrellTy Burrell

Heidi KlumHeidi Klum

Ed O'NeillEd O’Neill

Jessica PareJessica Pare

Allison JanneyAllison Janney

Julian and Emma Fellowes Julian and Emma Fellowes

Alyson HanniganAlyson Hannigan

LL Cool JLL Cool J

Sarah SilvermanSarah Silverman

Kelly OsbourneKelly Osbourne

Nathan Fillion and Mikaela HooverNathan Fillion and Mikaela Hoover

Dylan McDermottDylan McDermott

Giuliana RancicGiuliana Rancic

Justin Mikita, left, and Jesse Tyler FergusonJustin Mikita, left, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Kiernan ShipkaKiernan Shipka

Rocsi DiazRocsi Diaz

Mayim BialikMayim Bialik

Kunal NayyarKunal Nayyar

Nolan GouldNolan Gould

Ariel WinterAriel Winter

Matt Prokop and Sarah HylandMatt Prokop and Sarah Hyland

Jamey SheridanJamey Sheridan

Anna GunnAnna Gunn

David Benioff and Amanda PeetDavid Benioff and Amanda Peet

Zosia MametZosia Mamet

Mario LopezMario Lopez

Shaun RobinsonShaun Robinson


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(CNN) — In a wild night of upsets at the Emmy Awards, the final honors were anything but unexpected.

“Breaking Bad” took home the Emmy for outstanding drama, despite a night in which other categories didn’t pan out the show’s way.

“Modern Family,” which won the last three years for outstanding comedy, did it for the fourth year in a row.

“This may be the saddest Emmys of all time, but we could not be happier,” said creator Steven Levitan, remarking on the upsets.

Jeff Daniels of “The Newsroom” won lead actor in a drama, beating out “Bad’s” Bryan Cranston and “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey, among others.

“Well, crap. Didn’t expect this,” he said.

“You’re glad to be invited to the party, there are six of us nominated. There easily could have been 10 other guys,” he added backstage. “I felt the work stood up to what the other guys were doing, but we’re all doing different things, so it’s anybody’s game to win. I was happy to win, but surprised.”

In 1983, the Academy of Television Arts  Sciences rounded up the best in the industry, such as Dynasty's Joan Collins, to honor that year's outstanding TV performances. But while the names and faces have changed for Emmy voters over the past 30 years, one thing remains the same: The red carpet is the must-see TV of the ceremony. In 1983, the Academy of Television Arts Sciences rounded up the best in the industry, such as “Dynasty’s” Joan Collins, to honor that year’s outstanding TV performances. But while the names and faces have changed for Emmy voters over the past 30 years, one thing remains the same: The red carpet is the “must-see TV” of the ceremony.

In 1985, James Brolin attended the Emmys with his Hotel co-star Connie Sellecca.In 1985, James Brolin attended the Emmys with his “Hotel” co-star Connie Sellecca.

A young Joey Lawrence attended the 1986 Emmys with his younger brother, Matthew.A young Joey Lawrence attended the 1986 Emmys with his younger brother, Matthew.

Family Ties star Tina Yothers wore a scene-stealing -- and era-appropriate -- dress to the 1986 Emmys.“Family Ties” star Tina Yothers wore a scene-stealing — and era-appropriate — dress to the 1986 Emmys.

Growing Pains patriarch Alan Thicke donned pinstripes to the 1986 event. Like father like son?“Growing Pains” patriarch Alan Thicke donned pinstripes to the 1986 event. Like father like son?

In 1987, Designing Women actress Delta Burke chose a black dress for the Emmys, but it was anything but basic. In 1987, “Designing Women” actress Delta Burke chose a black dress for the Emmys, but it was anything but basic.

Murder, She Wrote star Angela Lansbury killed in a sleek black gown at the 1987 awards show.“Murder, She Wrote” star Angela Lansbury killed in a sleek black gown at the 1987 awards show.

Siblings Jason and Justine Bateman were nearly matching at the 1987 Emmy Awards.Siblings Jason and Justine Bateman were nearly matching at the 1987 Emmy Awards.

Raquel Welch's little black dress stole the spotlight at the 1987 Emmys. Raquel Welch’s little black dress stole the spotlight at the 1987 Emmys.

Wonder Years actress Danica McKellar stole hearts at the 1990 Emmys in a sweet layered dress. “Wonder Years” actress Danica McKellar stole hearts at the 1990 Emmys in a sweet layered dress.

Dana Delany, who was starring in China Beach at the time, was an eye-catching outstanding lead actress nominee at the 1990 Emmys. (She later won for the same role in 1992.)Dana Delany, who was starring in “China Beach” at the time, was an eye-catching outstanding lead actress nominee at the 1990 Emmys. (She later won for the same role in 1992.)

Glenn Close went for a classic little black dress with a twist for the 1991 Emmy Awards. She was nominated for the TV special Sarah, Plain and Tall.Glenn Close went for a classic little black dress with a twist for the 1991 Emmy Awards. She was nominated for the TV special “Sarah, Plain and Tall.”

The stars of Beverly Hills, 90210 -- (from left) Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty and Luke Perry -- could've been mistaken as posing for a prom photo at the 1991 Emmys.The stars of “Beverly Hills, 90210″ — (from left) Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty and Luke Perry — could’ve been mistaken as posing for a prom photo at the 1991 Emmys.

Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin put on his kid-sized best for the 1991 Emmys.“Home Alone” star Macaulay Culkin put on his kid-sized best for the 1991 Emmys.

Married, With Children actress Christina Applegate wore a mature (but stylish for the time) skirt suit to the 1991 Emmys.“Married, With Children” actress Christina Applegate wore a mature (but stylish for the time) skirt suit to the 1991 Emmys.

Northern Exposure actress Janine Turner had impeccable style at the 1992 Emmys. “Northern Exposure” actress Janine Turner had impeccable style at the 1992 Emmys.

Cindy Crawford crossed over from high fashion to Hollywood with her appearance at the 1992 Emmys.Cindy Crawford crossed over from high fashion to Hollywood with her appearance at the 1992 Emmys.

Beverly Hills, 90210 star Jennie Garth stuck with fail-proof strapless black in 1992.“Beverly Hills, 90210″ star Jennie Garth stuck with fail-proof strapless black in 1992.

Fresh Prince Will Smith looked regal at the 1993 Emmys alongside his wife at the time, Sheree. “Fresh Prince” Will Smith looked regal at the 1993 Emmys alongside his wife at the time, Sheree.

Lois  Clark: The New Adventures of Superman co-stars Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain stuck close on the red carpet at the 1993 Emmy Awards. The series recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of its pilot episode. “Lois Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” co-stars Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain stuck close on the red carpet at the 1993 Emmy Awards. The series recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of its pilot episode.

Ellen DeGeneres wore her signature sneakers-with-a-suit to the 1994 Emmys.Ellen DeGeneres wore her signature sneakers-with-a-suit to the 1994 Emmys.

Cicely Tyson cut a striking figure in white at the 1994 Emmy Awards, when she won for outstanding supporting actress in a TV miniseries or special with Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.Cicely Tyson cut a striking figure in white at the 1994 Emmy Awards, when she won for outstanding supporting actress in a TV miniseries or special with “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.”

Actress Michelle Pfeiffer glowed next to TV powerhouse husband David E. Kelley at the 1995 Emmy Awards.Actress Michelle Pfeiffer glowed next to TV powerhouse husband David E. Kelley at the 1995 Emmy Awards.

Seinfeld star Jerry Seinfeld (seen here with then-girlfriend Shoshanna Lonstein) broke out the velvet for his appearance at the 1996 Emmys. He was nominated for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series that year.“Seinfeld” star Jerry Seinfeld (seen here with then-girlfriend Shoshanna Lonstein) broke out the velvet for his appearance at the 1996 Emmys. He was nominated for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series that year.

George Clooney, who was starring in ER at the time, attended the 1996 Emmys with French girlfriend, Celine Balitran. He was nominated for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for the second time.George Clooney, who was starring in “ER” at the time, attended the 1996 Emmys with French girlfriend, Celine Balitran. He was nominated for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for the second time.

At the 1996 Emmys, Quentin Tarantino and Mira Sorvino made a memorable pair on the red carpet. Sorvino was nominated for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in the TV movie Norma Jean and Marilyn.At the 1996 Emmys, Quentin Tarantino and Mira Sorvino made a memorable pair on the red carpet. Sorvino was nominated for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in the TV movie “Norma Jean and Marilyn.”

Seinfeld actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus wore an elegant gown to the 1997 Emmy Awards, a year following her win for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy. “Seinfeld” actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus wore an elegant gown to the 1997 Emmy Awards, a year following her win for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy.

Back when they were still together, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore made a sophisticated couple on the red carpet, as they did here at the 1997 Emmys. Moore's If These Walls Could Talk was nominated for an Emmy.Back when they were still together, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore made a sophisticated couple on the red carpet, as they did here at the 1997 Emmys. Moore’s “If These Walls Could Talk” was nominated for an Emmy.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar channeled some of her character's California cool on the red carpet of the 1998 Emmys. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Sarah Michelle Gellar channeled some of her character’s California cool on the red carpet of the 1998 Emmys.

Dawson's Creek co-stars Katie Holmes and James Van Der Beek walked the red carpet of the 1998 Emmys together.“Dawson’s Creek” co-stars Katie Holmes and James Van Der Beek walked the red carpet of the 1998 Emmys together.

Actress Garcelle Beauvais wore red on the carpet at the 1998 Emmys, but she certainly didn't blend in with this stunner.Actress Garcelle Beauvais wore red on the carpet at the 1998 Emmys, but she certainly didn’t blend in with this stunner.

Friends actress Lisa Kudrow left her character's quirky wardrobe at the set for 1998's Emmy Awards.“Friends” actress Lisa Kudrow left her character’s quirky wardrobe at the set for 1998′s Emmy Awards.

Halle Berry showed off her curves in a belly-baring dress at the 1999 Emmy Awards. Halle Berry showed off her curves in a belly-baring dress at the 1999 Emmy Awards.

Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt were one of the golden couples walking the red carpet at the 2000 Emmy Awards.
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt were one of the golden couples walking the red carpet at the 2000 Emmy Awards.

Sarah Jessica Parker's dress at the 2000 Emmys could've doubled as one of her Sex and the City character's fashion-forward picks. Sarah Jessica Parker’s dress at the 2000 Emmys could’ve doubled as one of her “Sex and the City” character’s fashion-forward picks.

Oprah Winfrey looked regal in this canary yellow gown in 2002.
Oprah Winfrey looked regal in this canary yellow gown in 2002.

Courteney Cox went with a breezy, casual look at the 2003 Emmy Awards. Courteney Cox went with a breezy, casual look at the 2003 Emmy Awards.

Katherine Heigl looked stunning in the white gown she wore in 2007.
Katherine Heigl looked stunning in the white gown she wore in 2007.

Mad Men actress January Jones did an updated take on old Hollywood glamour at the 2009 Emmy Awards. “Mad Men” actress January Jones did an updated take on old Hollywood glamour at the 2009 Emmy Awards.

In 2009, actress Kate Walsh was one of the year's best-dressed stars with a beautifully pleated gown. In 2009, actress Kate Walsh was one of the year’s best-dressed stars with a beautifully pleated gown.

Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks may have chosen a pale color for the 2010 Emmys, but the way she looked in her dress was impossible to miss.“Mad Men” actress Christina Hendricks may have chosen a pale color for the 2010 Emmys, but the way she looked in her dress was impossible to miss.

Claire Danes might've been thinking ahead at the 2010 Emmys. The star's golden, sparkling gown matched well with the outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or a movie Emmy she won that night with Temple Grandin.Claire Danes might’ve been thinking ahead at the 2010 Emmys. The star’s golden, sparkling gown matched well with the outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or a movie Emmy she won that night with “Temple Grandin.”

Heidi Klum always dares to be different. Where most opt for a longer dress, Klum rocked a fun mini to the 2010 Emmys.Heidi Klum always dares to be different. Where most opt for a longer dress, Klum rocked a fun mini to the 2010 Emmys.

Good or bad, Glee's Lea Michele knows how to work the red carpet. The actress wore a ruffled navy gown in 2010.
Good or bad, “Glee’s” Lea Michele knows how to work the red carpet. The actress wore a ruffled navy gown in 2010.

Rashida Jones donned a strapless blush number 2011.
Rashida Jones donned a strapless blush number 2011.

Melissa McCarthy is multitalented, in case you haven't noticed. The actress designed the dress she wore to the 2011 Emmy Awards with the help of couture dressmaker Daniella Pearl.
Melissa McCarthy is multitalented, in case you haven’t noticed. The actress designed the dress she wore to the 2011 Emmy Awards with the help of couture dressmaker Daniella Pearl.

Gwyneth Paltrow showed just a hint of skin with her two-piece look at the 2011 Emmy Awards.
Gwyneth Paltrow showed just a hint of skin with her two-piece look at the 2011 Emmy Awards.

The Vampire Diaries Nina Dobrev is another actress who stunned in red at the 2011 Emmy Awards.
“The Vampire Diaries” Nina Dobrev is another actress who stunned in red at the 2011 Emmy Awards.

Kerry Washington matched the red carpet in 2011 with this stunning gown.
Kerry Washington matched the red carpet in 2011 with this stunning gown.

Lena Dunham's Girls character may be a mess, but the actress herself cleans up well, as she proved at the 2012 Emmy Awards.
Lena Dunham’s “Girls” character may be a mess, but the actress herself cleans up well, as she proved at the 2012 Emmy Awards.

Amy Poehler went with a saucy low-cut gown at the 2012 Emmys.
Amy Poehler went with a saucy low-cut gown at the 2012 Emmys.

Zooey Deschanel looked ethereal at the 2012 Emmys in a pale blue gown.
Zooey Deschanel looked ethereal at the 2012 Emmys in a pale blue gown.

Mindy Kaling looked luxurious in rich forest green at the 2012 Emmys.
Mindy Kaling looked luxurious in rich forest green at the 2012 Emmys.

Sofia Vergara sparkled in a skin-tight mermaid gown at the 2012 Emmys. The dress later split on the Modern Family star, causing her team to literally sew her back into it.
Sofia Vergara sparkled in a skin-tight mermaid gown at the 2012 Emmys. The dress later split on the “Modern Family” star, causing her team to literally sew her back into it.

Tina Fey wasn't kidding around at the 2012 Emmys. The 30 Rock actress donned a head-turning aubergine gown.
Tina Fey wasn’t kidding around at the 2012 Emmys. The “30 Rock” actress donned a head-turning aubergine gown.


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Emmy Awards: 30 years of red carpet fashionEmmy Awards: 30 years of red carpet fashion


Fans in frenzy over ‘Breaking Bad’ end

Julia Louis-Dreyfus won best actress in a comedy for

Past Emmys hosts show up to help Neil Patrick Harris

Bobby Cannavale of “Boardwalk Empire” won supporting actor in a drama, beating out two “Breaking Bad” actors — as well as Mandy Patinkin of “Homeland.”

The honor for best writing in a drama series went to the late Henry Bromell, who wrote the “QA” episode of “Homeland.” The show’s Claire Danes won the Emmy for actress in a drama series.

David Fincher of “House of Cards” won the Emmy for directing for a drama series.

“Bad” did get on the board for supporting actress in a drama, with Anna Gunn winning the Emmy.

She dedicated her win to her daughters.

“Behind the Candelabra” won three Emmys, including honors for director Steven Soderbergh, star Michael Douglas and outstanding miniseries/movie. The HBO film also won eight Emmys at last week’s Creative Arts Emmys, giving it wins in 11 out of its 15 nominations.

Douglas, who played Liberace in the biopic, joked with co-star Matt Damon, who played Liberace lover Scott Thorsen.

“You deserve half of this,” he said. “Do you want the bottom or the top?”

“Veep” took an early lead at the TV awards show, winning acting honors for star Julia Louis-Dreyfus and co-star Tony Hale.

Louis-Dreyfus won lead actress in a comedy series for her portrayal of a sidelined U.S. vice president on the HBO comedy.

Hale, who joined Louis-Dreyfus in a joking addition as she accepted her award, won best supporting actor in a comedy. He plays her assistant on the show.

The Emmys surprised right out of the gate, giving best supporting actress in a comedy series to “Nurse Jackie’s” Merritt Wever.

“Thank you so much. Um, I gotta go. Bye,” said Wever in her abrupt acceptance speech.

Wever beat out such contenders as “30 Rock’s” Jane Krakowski and “Glee’s” Jane Lynch.

Backstage, Wever was only slightly less stunned.

“I’m scared, honestly,” she said about holding the Emmy. “I’m scared because it was unexpected, so I don’t know how to feel yet. I have therapy next week.”

“The Voice” pulled an upset, beating perennial winner “Amazing Race” for reality-competition program. It’s only the second time in 11 years “Amazing Race” hasn’t won.

“The Colbert Report” won outstanding variety series and for variety series writing — also beating a perennial winner, “The Daily Show.”

“It’s an honor to be nominated, but it’s more than that — it’s also a lie,” said “Colbert” host Stephen Colbert in accepting the variety series Emmy. He thanked “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, who gave Colbert the opportunity to host his own show.

“Saturday Night Live” won for variety series directing.

Jim Parsons won the Emmy for lead actor in a comedy series for “The Big Bang Theory.” It’s his third Emmy win.

At the Creative Arts Emmys last week, Bob Newhart — who has been nominated seven times over a more than five-decade career — finally won, for a guest role on “The Big Bang Theory.”

Bob Newhart finally wins first Emmy

“They wrote an awful good script,” Newhart said of his “Big Bang Theory” colleagues. “They gave me a lot of hanging curveballs, and I kept swinging at them.”

At Sunday’s night’s broadcast, he earned a standing ovation when introduced by co-star Parsons.

2013 Emmys: Who will win versus who should win

Alan Duke and David Daniel contributed to this story.


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Zooey DeschanelZooey Deschanel

Jeff DanielsJeff Daniels

From left, Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan KriselFrom left, Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan Krisel

Eric StonestreetEric Stonestreet

Laura DernLaura Dern

Allison HolkerAllison Holker

Mindy KalingMindy Kaling

Alec Baldwin and daughter Ireland BaldwinAlec Baldwin and daughter Ireland Baldwin

January JonesJanuary Jones

Seth Meyers and Alexi AsheSeth Meyers and Alexi Ashe

Michelle DockeryMichelle Dockery

Malin AkermanMalin Akerman

Will ArnettWill Arnett

Sofia VergaraSofia Vergara

Julianne Hough, right, and her brother Derek HoughJulianne Hough, right, and her brother Derek Hough

Betsy BrandtBetsy Brandt

Claire DanesClaire Danes

Al Pacino and Lucila SolaAl Pacino and Lucila Sola

Vera FarmigaVera Farmiga

Stephen Colbert and his wife, Evelyn ColbertStephen Colbert and his wife, Evelyn Colbert

Kate MaraKate Mara

Jon HammJon Hamm

Leslie Mann and Judd ApatowLeslie Mann and Judd Apatow

Kerry WashingtonKerry Washington

Jason Bateman and his wife, Amanda AnkaJason Bateman and his wife, Amanda Anka

Peter Dinklage and his wife, Erica SchmidtPeter Dinklage and his wife, Erica Schmidt

Malin AkermanMalin Akerman

Jim ParsonsJim Parsons

Jane KrakowskiJane Krakowski

Tina FeyTina Fey

Lena DunhamLena Dunham

From left, Michael Douglas, Luciana Barroso and Matt DamonFrom left, Michael Douglas, Luciana Barroso and Matt Damon

Dean NorrisDean Norris

Jonathan and Gennera BanksJonathan and Gennera Banks

Kristen ConnollyKristen Connolly

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Kevin SpaceyKevin Spacey

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(CNN) — In a wild night of upsets at the Emmy Awards, the final honors were anything but unexpected.

“Breaking Bad” took home the Emmy for outstanding drama, despite a night in which other categories didn’t pan out the show’s way.

“Modern Family,” which won the last three years for outstanding comedy, did it for the fourth year in a row.

“This may be the saddest Emmys of all time, but we could not be happier,” said creator Steven Levitan, remarking on the upsets.

Jeff Daniels of “The Newsroom” won lead actor in a drama, beating out “Bad’s” Bryan Cranston and “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey, among others.

“Well, crap. Didn’t expect this,” he said.

“You’re glad to be invited to the party, there are six of us nominated. There easily could have been 10 other guys,” he added backstage. “I felt the work stood up to what the other guys were doing, but we’re all doing different things, so it’s anybody’s game to win. I was happy to win, but surprised.”

In 1983, the Academy of Television Arts  Sciences rounded up the best in the industry, such as Dynasty's Joan Collins, to honor that year's outstanding TV performances. But while the names and faces have changed for Emmy voters over the past 30 years, one thing remains the same: The red carpet is the must-see TV of the ceremony. In 1983, the Academy of Television Arts Sciences rounded up the best in the industry, such as “Dynasty’s” Joan Collins, to honor that year’s outstanding TV performances. But while the names and faces have changed for Emmy voters over the past 30 years, one thing remains the same: The red carpet is the “must-see TV” of the ceremony.

In 1985, James Brolin attended the Emmys with his Hotel co-star Connie Sellecca.In 1985, James Brolin attended the Emmys with his “Hotel” co-star Connie Sellecca.

A young Joey Lawrence attended the 1986 Emmys with his younger brother, Matthew.A young Joey Lawrence attended the 1986 Emmys with his younger brother, Matthew.

Family Ties star Tina Yothers wore a scene-stealing -- and era-appropriate -- dress to the 1986 Emmys.“Family Ties” star Tina Yothers wore a scene-stealing — and era-appropriate — dress to the 1986 Emmys.

Growing Pains patriarch Alan Thicke donned pinstripes to the 1986 event. Like father like son?“Growing Pains” patriarch Alan Thicke donned pinstripes to the 1986 event. Like father like son?

In 1987, Designing Women actress Delta Burke chose a black dress for the Emmys, but it was anything but basic. In 1987, “Designing Women” actress Delta Burke chose a black dress for the Emmys, but it was anything but basic.

Murder, She Wrote star Angela Lansbury killed in a sleek black gown at the 1987 awards show.“Murder, She Wrote” star Angela Lansbury killed in a sleek black gown at the 1987 awards show.

Siblings Jason and Justine Bateman were nearly matching at the 1987 Emmy Awards.Siblings Jason and Justine Bateman were nearly matching at the 1987 Emmy Awards.

Raquel Welch's little black dress stole the spotlight at the 1987 Emmys. Raquel Welch’s little black dress stole the spotlight at the 1987 Emmys.

Wonder Years actress Danica McKellar stole hearts at the 1990 Emmys in a sweet layered dress. “Wonder Years” actress Danica McKellar stole hearts at the 1990 Emmys in a sweet layered dress.

Dana Delany, who was starring in China Beach at the time, was an eye-catching outstanding lead actress nominee at the 1990 Emmys. (She later won for the same role in 1992.)Dana Delany, who was starring in “China Beach” at the time, was an eye-catching outstanding lead actress nominee at the 1990 Emmys. (She later won for the same role in 1992.)

Glenn Close went for a classic little black dress with a twist for the 1991 Emmy Awards. She was nominated for the TV special Sarah, Plain and Tall.Glenn Close went for a classic little black dress with a twist for the 1991 Emmy Awards. She was nominated for the TV special “Sarah, Plain and Tall.”

The stars of Beverly Hills, 90210 -- (from left) Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty and Luke Perry -- could've been mistaken as posing for a prom photo at the 1991 Emmys.The stars of “Beverly Hills, 90210″ — (from left) Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty and Luke Perry — could’ve been mistaken as posing for a prom photo at the 1991 Emmys.

Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin put on his kid-sized best for the 1991 Emmys.“Home Alone” star Macaulay Culkin put on his kid-sized best for the 1991 Emmys.

Married, With Children actress Christina Applegate wore a mature (but stylish for the time) skirt suit to the 1991 Emmys.“Married, With Children” actress Christina Applegate wore a mature (but stylish for the time) skirt suit to the 1991 Emmys.

Northern Exposure actress Janine Turner had impeccable style at the 1992 Emmys. “Northern Exposure” actress Janine Turner had impeccable style at the 1992 Emmys.

Cindy Crawford crossed over from high fashion to Hollywood with her appearance at the 1992 Emmys.Cindy Crawford crossed over from high fashion to Hollywood with her appearance at the 1992 Emmys.

Beverly Hills, 90210 star Jennie Garth stuck with fail-proof strapless black in 1992.“Beverly Hills, 90210″ star Jennie Garth stuck with fail-proof strapless black in 1992.

Fresh Prince Will Smith looked regal at the 1993 Emmys alongside his wife at the time, Sheree. “Fresh Prince” Will Smith looked regal at the 1993 Emmys alongside his wife at the time, Sheree.

Lois  Clark: The New Adventures of Superman co-stars Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain stuck close on the red carpet at the 1993 Emmy Awards. The series recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of its pilot episode. “Lois Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” co-stars Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain stuck close on the red carpet at the 1993 Emmy Awards. The series recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of its pilot episode.

Ellen DeGeneres wore her signature sneakers-with-a-suit to the 1994 Emmys.Ellen DeGeneres wore her signature sneakers-with-a-suit to the 1994 Emmys.

Cicely Tyson cut a striking figure in white at the 1994 Emmy Awards, when she won for outstanding supporting actress in a TV miniseries or special with Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.Cicely Tyson cut a striking figure in white at the 1994 Emmy Awards, when she won for outstanding supporting actress in a TV miniseries or special with “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.”

Actress Michelle Pfeiffer glowed next to TV powerhouse husband David E. Kelley at the 1995 Emmy Awards.Actress Michelle Pfeiffer glowed next to TV powerhouse husband David E. Kelley at the 1995 Emmy Awards.

Seinfeld star Jerry Seinfeld (seen here with then-girlfriend Shoshanna Lonstein) broke out the velvet for his appearance at the 1996 Emmys. He was nominated for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series that year.“Seinfeld” star Jerry Seinfeld (seen here with then-girlfriend Shoshanna Lonstein) broke out the velvet for his appearance at the 1996 Emmys. He was nominated for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series that year.

George Clooney, who was starring in ER at the time, attended the 1996 Emmys with French girlfriend, Celine Balitran. He was nominated for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for the second time.George Clooney, who was starring in “ER” at the time, attended the 1996 Emmys with French girlfriend, Celine Balitran. He was nominated for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for the second time.

At the 1996 Emmys, Quentin Tarantino and Mira Sorvino made a memorable pair on the red carpet. Sorvino was nominated for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in the TV movie Norma Jean and Marilyn.At the 1996 Emmys, Quentin Tarantino and Mira Sorvino made a memorable pair on the red carpet. Sorvino was nominated for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in the TV movie “Norma Jean and Marilyn.”

Seinfeld actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus wore an elegant gown to the 1997 Emmy Awards, a year following her win for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy. “Seinfeld” actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus wore an elegant gown to the 1997 Emmy Awards, a year following her win for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy.

Back when they were still together, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore made a sophisticated couple on the red carpet, as they did here at the 1997 Emmys. Moore's If These Walls Could Talk was nominated for an Emmy.Back when they were still together, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore made a sophisticated couple on the red carpet, as they did here at the 1997 Emmys. Moore’s “If These Walls Could Talk” was nominated for an Emmy.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar channeled some of her character's California cool on the red carpet of the 1998 Emmys. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Sarah Michelle Gellar channeled some of her character’s California cool on the red carpet of the 1998 Emmys.

Dawson's Creek co-stars Katie Holmes and James Van Der Beek walked the red carpet of the 1998 Emmys together.“Dawson’s Creek” co-stars Katie Holmes and James Van Der Beek walked the red carpet of the 1998 Emmys together.

Actress Garcelle Beauvais wore red on the carpet at the 1998 Emmys, but she certainly didn't blend in with this stunner.Actress Garcelle Beauvais wore red on the carpet at the 1998 Emmys, but she certainly didn’t blend in with this stunner.

Friends actress Lisa Kudrow left her character's quirky wardrobe at the set for 1998's Emmy Awards.“Friends” actress Lisa Kudrow left her character’s quirky wardrobe at the set for 1998′s Emmy Awards.

Halle Berry showed off her curves in a belly-baring dress at the 1999 Emmy Awards. Halle Berry showed off her curves in a belly-baring dress at the 1999 Emmy Awards.

Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt were one of the golden couples walking the red carpet at the 2000 Emmy Awards.
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt were one of the golden couples walking the red carpet at the 2000 Emmy Awards.

Sarah Jessica Parker's dress at the 2000 Emmys could've doubled as one of her Sex and the City character's fashion-forward picks. Sarah Jessica Parker’s dress at the 2000 Emmys could’ve doubled as one of her “Sex and the City” character’s fashion-forward picks.

Oprah Winfrey looked regal in this canary yellow gown in 2002.
Oprah Winfrey looked regal in this canary yellow gown in 2002.

Courteney Cox went with a breezy, casual look at the 2003 Emmy Awards. Courteney Cox went with a breezy, casual look at the 2003 Emmy Awards.

Katherine Heigl looked stunning in the white gown she wore in 2007.
Katherine Heigl looked stunning in the white gown she wore in 2007.

Mad Men actress January Jones did an updated take on old Hollywood glamour at the 2009 Emmy Awards. “Mad Men” actress January Jones did an updated take on old Hollywood glamour at the 2009 Emmy Awards.

In 2009, actress Kate Walsh was one of the year's best-dressed stars with a beautifully pleated gown. In 2009, actress Kate Walsh was one of the year’s best-dressed stars with a beautifully pleated gown.

Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks may have chosen a pale color for the 2010 Emmys, but the way she looked in her dress was impossible to miss.“Mad Men” actress Christina Hendricks may have chosen a pale color for the 2010 Emmys, but the way she looked in her dress was impossible to miss.

Claire Danes might've been thinking ahead at the 2010 Emmys. The star's golden, sparkling gown matched well with the outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or a movie Emmy she won that night with Temple Grandin.Claire Danes might’ve been thinking ahead at the 2010 Emmys. The star’s golden, sparkling gown matched well with the outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or a movie Emmy she won that night with “Temple Grandin.”

Heidi Klum always dares to be different. Where most opt for a longer dress, Klum rocked a fun mini to the 2010 Emmys.Heidi Klum always dares to be different. Where most opt for a longer dress, Klum rocked a fun mini to the 2010 Emmys.

Good or bad, Glee's Lea Michele knows how to work the red carpet. The actress wore a ruffled navy gown in 2010.
Good or bad, “Glee’s” Lea Michele knows how to work the red carpet. The actress wore a ruffled navy gown in 2010.

Rashida Jones donned a strapless blush number 2011.
Rashida Jones donned a strapless blush number 2011.

Melissa McCarthy is multitalented, in case you haven't noticed. The actress designed the dress she wore to the 2011 Emmy Awards with the help of couture dressmaker Daniella Pearl.
Melissa McCarthy is multitalented, in case you haven’t noticed. The actress designed the dress she wore to the 2011 Emmy Awards with the help of couture dressmaker Daniella Pearl.

Gwyneth Paltrow showed just a hint of skin with her two-piece look at the 2011 Emmy Awards.
Gwyneth Paltrow showed just a hint of skin with her two-piece look at the 2011 Emmy Awards.

The Vampire Diaries Nina Dobrev is another actress who stunned in red at the 2011 Emmy Awards.
“The Vampire Diaries” Nina Dobrev is another actress who stunned in red at the 2011 Emmy Awards.

Kerry Washington matched the red carpet in 2011 with this stunning gown.
Kerry Washington matched the red carpet in 2011 with this stunning gown.

Lena Dunham's Girls character may be a mess, but the actress herself cleans up well, as she proved at the 2012 Emmy Awards.
Lena Dunham’s “Girls” character may be a mess, but the actress herself cleans up well, as she proved at the 2012 Emmy Awards.

Amy Poehler went with a saucy low-cut gown at the 2012 Emmys.
Amy Poehler went with a saucy low-cut gown at the 2012 Emmys.

Zooey Deschanel looked ethereal at the 2012 Emmys in a pale blue gown.
Zooey Deschanel looked ethereal at the 2012 Emmys in a pale blue gown.

Mindy Kaling looked luxurious in rich forest green at the 2012 Emmys.
Mindy Kaling looked luxurious in rich forest green at the 2012 Emmys.

Sofia Vergara sparkled in a skin-tight mermaid gown at the 2012 Emmys. The dress later split on the Modern Family star, causing her team to literally sew her back into it.
Sofia Vergara sparkled in a skin-tight mermaid gown at the 2012 Emmys. The dress later split on the “Modern Family” star, causing her team to literally sew her back into it.

Tina Fey wasn't kidding around at the 2012 Emmys. The 30 Rock actress donned a head-turning aubergine gown.
Tina Fey wasn’t kidding around at the 2012 Emmys. The “30 Rock” actress donned a head-turning aubergine gown.


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Emmy Awards: 30 years of red carpet fashionEmmy Awards: 30 years of red carpet fashion


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Bobby Cannavale of “Boardwalk Empire” won supporting actor in a drama, beating out two “Breaking Bad” actors — as well as Mandy Patinkin of “Homeland.”

The honor for best writing in a drama series went to the late Henry Bromell, who wrote the “QA” episode of “Homeland.” The show’s Claire Danes won the Emmy for actress in a drama series.

David Fincher of “House of Cards” won the Emmy for directing for a drama series.

“Bad” did get on the board for supporting actress in a drama, with Anna Gunn winning the Emmy.

She dedicated her win to her daughters.

“Behind the Candelabra” won three Emmys, including honors for director Steven Soderbergh, star Michael Douglas and outstanding miniseries/movie. The HBO film also won eight Emmys at last week’s Creative Arts Emmys, giving it wins in 11 out of its 15 nominations.

Douglas, who played Liberace in the biopic, joked with co-star Matt Damon, who played Liberace lover Scott Thorsen.

“You deserve half of this,” he said. “Do you want the bottom or the top?”

“Veep” took an early lead at the TV awards show, winning acting honors for star Julia Louis-Dreyfus and co-star Tony Hale.

Louis-Dreyfus won lead actress in a comedy series for her portrayal of a sidelined U.S. vice president on the HBO comedy.

Hale, who joined Louis-Dreyfus in a joking addition as she accepted her award, won best supporting actor in a comedy. He plays her assistant on the show.

The Emmys surprised right out of the gate, giving best supporting actress in a comedy series to “Nurse Jackie’s” Merritt Wever.

“Thank you so much. Um, I gotta go. Bye,” said Wever in her abrupt acceptance speech.

Wever beat out such contenders as “30 Rock’s” Jane Krakowski and “Glee’s” Jane Lynch.

Backstage, Wever was only slightly less stunned.

“I’m scared, honestly,” she said about holding the Emmy. “I’m scared because it was unexpected, so I don’t know how to feel yet. I have therapy next week.”

“The Voice” pulled an upset, beating perennial winner “Amazing Race” for reality-competition program. It’s only the second time in 11 years “Amazing Race” hasn’t won.

“The Colbert Report” won outstanding variety series and for variety series writing — also beating a perennial winner, “The Daily Show.”

“It’s an honor to be nominated, but it’s more than that — it’s also a lie,” said “Colbert” host Stephen Colbert in accepting the variety series Emmy. He thanked “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, who gave Colbert the opportunity to host his own show.

“Saturday Night Live” won for variety series directing.

Jim Parsons won the Emmy for lead actor in a comedy series for “The Big Bang Theory.” It’s his third Emmy win.

At the Creative Arts Emmys last week, Bob Newhart — who has been nominated seven times over a more than five-decade career — finally won, for a guest role on “The Big Bang Theory.”

Bob Newhart finally wins first Emmy

“They wrote an awful good script,” Newhart said of his “Big Bang Theory” colleagues. “They gave me a lot of hanging curveballs, and I kept swinging at them.”

At Sunday’s night’s broadcast, he earned a standing ovation when introduced by co-star Parsons.

2013 Emmys: Who will win versus who should win

Alan Duke and David Daniel contributed to this story.


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Lace campaign to beat homophobia

September 21st, 2013 No comments


Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton was the first player to wear the rainbow laces.

(CNN) — It was supposed to provide the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow but the latest effort to fight homophobia in football is in danger of fading into monochrome.

Stonewall, a UK-based gay, lesbian and bisexual charity has teamed up with Irish bookmaker Paddy Power to promote a campaign which is asking football players across the country to wear rainbow colored laces.

The organization has sent laces to all 92 professional clubs in England and the 42 in Scotland with the hope they will be worn this weekend.

While some stars such as Queens Park Rangers and former England midfielder Joey Barton have been outspoken in their support, others are far from convinced.

Several top clubs have objected to the way the campaign has been handled with reservations over the role of Paddy Power — a betting firm which is notorious for its risque marketing techniques.


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Chelsea was just one club which objected to the bookmaker’s involvement.

A club spokesman said: “It’s important to say everyone at Chelsea is fully committed to tackling all forms of discrimination. We have fully endorsed the principles behind the campaign. We have a number is issues with it … the tone of it, the lack of communication and the commercial part.”

The Premier League was also unhappy with the way the campaign had been sprung on its clubs, claiming it would have done its utmost to aid Stonewall if it had been notified earlier.

“The underlying message behind this campaign is a good one, indeed we and our clubs have worked hard with government and other stakeholders to ensure the whole equalities agenda is something we are fully aware of and engaged in,” a Premier League spokesman said.

“However, we were not consulted about this particular campaign. Had we been involved earlier in the process we could have worked with Stonewall to consider things like boot deals, the use of particular betting partners, and other issues.

“It is up to individual clubs and players to decide whether they support this campaign. We have let Stonewall know that we would be happy to talk to them in the future to discuss ways in which we could work together.”

Read: German team to fly rainbow flag

While several top clubs such as Manchester United and Tottenham have also refused to take part in wearing the rainbow laces, Stonewall is adamant the campaign has been hugely successful in drawing attention to homophobia in football.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given his players the opportunity to make up their own mind, while Everton has said its players will wear the laces for the game against West Ham.

“It has been a fantastic success,” said James Lawrence of Stonewall told CNN.

“If you look at the response from clubs and individuals, we’ve had huge support.

“The whole crux of the campaign was to call on people who wanted to wear the laces was to do so. It’s not for clubs to force individuals to do so.

“We want to give as many people who want to show their support the opportunity to do so.”


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While Stonewall has been hugely encouraged by the attention garnered by the campaign, it also acknowledges that it has received criticism for teaming up with a gambling firm.

Paddy Power, who were not immediately available for comment, has courted controversy in the past with its advertising with one commercial being pulled after it invited viewers to pick out transvestites and asked Cheltenham racing fans to “spot the stallions from the mares”.

“Whenever you launch any kind of campaign there is always criticism,” argued Lawrence when pressed on the organizations decision to team up with the betting firm.

“Working with Paddy Power opens up a whole new market and reaches people which Stonewall doesn’t traditionally deal with.

“The support the campaign has gathered has blown us away.”

Read: The gay footballer who chose freedom over ‘constructed prison’

One of the groups which has been particularly critical of the campaign is FootballvHomophobia, which has taken umbrage with some of the language used to promote the laces project.

It is particularly concerned by the innuendo used and believes the campaign’s tag line “Right behind Gay Players” is unhelpful in the battle against homophobia.

A statement read: “Our discomfort is with the reliance on sexual innuendo and stereotypes about gay men and anal sex, as exemplified by the tag line ‘Right behind Gay Players’.

“As an initiative with a strong focus on education, we feel it is incongruous to run a campaign aiming to change football culture whilst using language which reinforces the very stereotypes and caricatures that, in the long term, ensure that homophobia persists.

‘Rainbow Laces’ may have an important short term advantage of drawing attention to the issue of homophobia in football, but this needs to be followed in the long term with an informed and sensitive discussion around the contested nature of what constitutes discriminatory, offensive language as opposed to acceptable banter.”

But the opposition has not put off other sports stars with English rugby players also getting in on the act.

James Haskell, an England international who plays for club side London Wasps, plans to wear the laces this weekend while former football player turned television presenter, Gary Lineker, has also spoken of how he will boast the rainbow colors.


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Lace campaign to beat homophobia

September 21st, 2013 No comments


Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton was the first player to wear the rainbow laces.

(CNN) — It was supposed to provide the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow but the latest effort to fight homophobia in football is in danger of fading into monochrome.

Stonewall, a UK-based gay, lesbian and bisexual charity has teamed up with Irish bookmaker Paddy Power to promote a campaign which is asking football players across the country to wear rainbow colored laces.

The organization has sent laces to all 92 professional clubs in England and the 42 in Scotland with the hope they will be worn this weekend.

While some stars such as Queens Park Rangers and former England midfielder Joey Barton have been outspoken in their support, others are far from convinced.

Several top clubs have objected to the way the campaign has been handled with reservations over the role of Paddy Power — a betting firm which is notorious for its risque marketing techniques.


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Chelsea was just one club which objected to the bookmaker’s involvement.

A club spokesman said: “It’s important to say everyone at Chelsea is fully committed to tackling all forms of discrimination. We have fully endorsed the principles behind the campaign. We have a number is issues with it … the tone of it, the lack of communication and the commercial part.”

The Premier League was also unhappy with the way the campaign had been sprung on its clubs, claiming it would have done its utmost to aid Stonewall if it had been notified earlier.

“The underlying message behind this campaign is a good one, indeed we and our clubs have worked hard with government and other stakeholders to ensure the whole equalities agenda is something we are fully aware of and engaged in,” a Premier League spokesman said.

“However, we were not consulted about this particular campaign. Had we been involved earlier in the process we could have worked with Stonewall to consider things like boot deals, the use of particular betting partners, and other issues.

“It is up to individual clubs and players to decide whether they support this campaign. We have let Stonewall know that we would be happy to talk to them in the future to discuss ways in which we could work together.”

Read: German team to fly rainbow flag

While several top clubs such as Manchester United and Tottenham have also refused to take part in wearing the rainbow laces, Stonewall is adamant the campaign has been hugely successful in drawing attention to homophobia in football.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given his players the opportunity to make up their own mind, while Everton has said its players will wear the laces for the game against West Ham.

“It has been a fantastic success,” said James Lawrence of Stonewall told CNN.

“If you look at the response from clubs and individuals, we’ve had huge support.

“The whole crux of the campaign was to call on people who wanted to wear the laces was to do so. It’s not for clubs to force individuals to do so.

“We want to give as many people who want to show their support the opportunity to do so.”


The business behind the World Cup


Qatar 2022: Too hot for football?


Qatar 2022: Too hot for football?

Read: The Secret Footballer on homophobia

While Stonewall has been hugely encouraged by the attention garnered by the campaign, it also acknowledges that it has received criticism for teaming up with a gambling firm.

Paddy Power, who were not immediately available for comment, has courted controversy in the past with its advertising with one commercial being pulled after it invited viewers to pick out transvestites and asked Cheltenham racing fans to “spot the stallions from the mares”.

“Whenever you launch any kind of campaign there is always criticism,” argued Lawrence when pressed on the organizations decision to team up with the betting firm.

“Working with Paddy Power opens up a whole new market and reaches people which Stonewall doesn’t traditionally deal with.

“The support the campaign has gathered has blown us away.”

Read: The gay footballer who chose freedom over ‘constructed prison’

One of the groups which has been particularly critical of the campaign is FootballvHomophobia, which has taken umbrage with some of the language used to promote the laces project.

It is particularly concerned by the innuendo used and believes the campaign’s tag line “Right behind Gay Players” is unhelpful in the battle against homophobia.

A statement read: “Our discomfort is with the reliance on sexual innuendo and stereotypes about gay men and anal sex, as exemplified by the tag line ‘Right behind Gay Players’.

“As an initiative with a strong focus on education, we feel it is incongruous to run a campaign aiming to change football culture whilst using language which reinforces the very stereotypes and caricatures that, in the long term, ensure that homophobia persists.

‘Rainbow Laces’ may have an important short term advantage of drawing attention to the issue of homophobia in football, but this needs to be followed in the long term with an informed and sensitive discussion around the contested nature of what constitutes discriminatory, offensive language as opposed to acceptable banter.”

But the opposition has not put off other sports stars with English rugby players also getting in on the act.

James Haskell, an England international who plays for club side London Wasps, plans to wear the laces this weekend while former football player turned television presenter, Gary Lineker, has also spoken of how he will boast the rainbow colors.


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What’s ‘Whitey’ Bulger worth?

September 21st, 2013 No comments


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James Whitey Bulger, the reputed former head of Boston's Winter Hill Gang, evaded police for 16 years before being arrested with girlfriend Catherine Greig in Santa Monica, California, in 2011. After a lengthy trial, Bulger, seen here in his booking photo from June 23, 2011, has been found guilty on 31 of 32 counts -- including involvement in 11 murders.James “Whitey” Bulger, the reputed former head of Boston’s Winter Hill Gang, evaded police for 16 years before being arrested with girlfriend Catherine Greig in Santa Monica, California, in 2011. After a lengthy trial, Bulger, seen here in his booking photo from June 23, 2011, has been found guilty on 31 of 32 counts — including involvement in 11 murders.

James Whitey Bulger, the reputed former head of Boston's Winter Hill Gang, evaded police for 16 years before being arrested with girlfriend Catherine Greig in Santa Monica, California, in 2011. Bulger seen here in a 1984 FBI photo.James “Whitey” Bulger, the reputed former head of Boston’s Winter Hill Gang, evaded police for 16 years before being arrested with girlfriend Catherine Greig in Santa Monica, California, in 2011. Bulger seen here in a 1984 FBI photo.

According to prosecutors, Bulger's crew learned that a bookie named Richard Castucci was cooperating with the government, and John Martorano was sent to kill him. Castucci was shot in the head and stuffed in a sleeping bag in the back of his car. According to prosecutors, Bulger’s crew learned that a bookie named Richard Castucci was cooperating with the government, and John Martorano was sent to kill him. Castucci was shot in the head and stuffed in a sleeping bag in the back of his car.

Steve The Rifleman Flemmi, left, and bookie Dick O'Brien in one of several surveillance photographs entered into evidence in the Bulger trial. Flemmi, Bulger's partner, would meet O'Brien to collect thousands of dollars in rent every month.Steve “The Rifleman” Flemmi, left, and bookie Dick O’Brien in one of several surveillance photographs entered into evidence in the Bulger trial. Flemmi, Bulger’s partner, would meet O’Brien to collect thousands of dollars in “rent” every month.

Bulger is accused of murdering Flemmi's stepdaughter, Deborah Hussey, in 1985 because she became a liability.Bulger is accused of murdering Flemmi’s stepdaughter, Deborah Hussey, in 1985 because she became a liability.

Flemmi met Debra Davis at a jewelry store, and the couple dated for more than seven years. In 1981, Bulger is said to have killed Davis because she knew that Flemmi was an informant.Flemmi met Debra Davis at a jewelry store, and the couple dated for more than seven years. In 1981, Bulger is said to have killed Davis because she knew that Flemmi was an informant.

Dr. Ann Marie Mires, a Massachusetts state forensic anthropologist, was brought in to show photos of Bulger's alleged victims, including Debra Davis. Because Davis' body was put into bags, almost all of her remains were recovered. Even some of her hair was preserved.Dr. Ann Marie Mires, a Massachusetts state forensic anthropologist, was brought in to show photos of Bulger’s alleged victims, including Debra Davis. Because Davis’ body was put into bags, almost all of her remains were recovered. Even some of her hair was preserved.

Mug shots of Bulger in 1953.Mug shots of Bulger in 1953.

Bulger was the godfather to John Martorano's first son. Martorano has admitted to 20 killings as part of Boston's Winter Hill Gang and is the government's star witness against Bulger.Bulger was the godfather to John Martorano’s first son. Martorano has admitted to 20 killings as part of Boston’s Winter Hill Gang and is the government’s star witness against Bulger.

In 2008, John Martorano testified against former FBI agent John Connolly, who was accused of leaking sensitive information about former gambling executive John Callahan. Martorano testified that he shot his friend Callahan on Bulger's orders in 1982.In 2008, John Martorano testified against former FBI agent John Connolly, who was accused of leaking sensitive information about former gambling executive John Callahan. Martorano testified that he shot his friend Callahan on Bulger’s orders in 1982.

John Callahan was an organized crime associate of the Winter Hill Gang and former president of World Jai Alai. Prosecutors allege Bulger ordered a hit on Callahan after he learned he would be cooperating with the feds on the high-profile murder of an Oklahoma businessman, Roger Wheeler. John Callahan was an organized crime associate of the Winter Hill Gang and former president of World Jai Alai. Prosecutors allege Bulger ordered a hit on Callahan after he learned he would be cooperating with the feds on the high-profile murder of an Oklahoma businessman, Roger Wheeler.

Bulger is accused in the slaying of Wheeler, who was gunned down outside a country club in Oklahoma in 1981.Bulger is accused in the slaying of Wheeler, who was gunned down outside a country club in Oklahoma in 1981.

Joe Notorangeli was gunned down by the Winter Hill gang in 1973, according to Martorano.Joe Notorangeli was gunned down by the Winter Hill gang in 1973, according to Martorano.

John Connolly was convicted of second-degree murder in the slaying of Callahan and received a 40-year sentence in 2009.John Connolly was convicted of second-degree murder in the slaying of Callahan and received a 40-year sentence in 2009.

Former FBI supervisor John Morris testified at Bulger's trial on Friday, June 28, saying that he provided information to Bulger in exchange for money and gifts. Here, Morris testifies during the John Connolly murder trial in Miami in 2008.Former FBI supervisor John Morris testified at Bulger’s trial on Friday, June 28, saying that he provided information to Bulger in exchange for money and gifts. Here, Morris testifies during the John Connolly murder trial in Miami in 2008.

Bulger's girlfriend, Catherine Greig, was sentenced to eight years in federal prison in 2012 for identity fraud and helping the reputed mob boss avoid capture for 16 years.Bulger’s girlfriend, Catherine Greig, was sentenced to eight years in federal prison in 2012 for identity fraud and helping the reputed mob boss avoid capture for 16 years.

J.W. Carney, Bulger's defense attorney, arrives at the U.S. Federal Courthouse for the start of Bulger's trial in Boston on Wednesday, June 12.J.W. Carney, Bulger’s defense attorney, arrives at the U.S. Federal Courthouse for the start of Bulger’s trial in Boston on Wednesday, June 12.

This undated surveillance photo released on Monday, July 8, by the U.S. Attorney's Office at federal court in Boston shows Bulger, left, with his former right-hand man, Kevin Weeks. Weeks took the witness stand at Bulger's racketeering trial and described a double slaying, multiple extortions and drug dealing.This undated surveillance photo released on Monday, July 8, by the U.S. Attorney’s Office at federal court in Boston shows Bulger, left, with his former right-hand man, Kevin Weeks. Weeks took the witness stand at Bulger’s racketeering trial and described a double slaying, multiple extortions and drug dealing.

Bulger and Kevin Weeks walk around Castle Island on Boston Harbor.Bulger and Kevin Weeks walk around Castle Island on Boston Harbor.

Kevin Weeks leaves the courthouse on Monday, July 8, after testifying in graphic detail about how Bulger killed Arthur Bucky Barrett, Joey McIntyre and Deborah Hussey.Kevin Weeks leaves the courthouse on Monday, July 8, after testifying in graphic detail about how Bulger killed Arthur “Bucky” Barrett, Joey McIntyre and Deborah Hussey.

The remains of Thomas King, former member of the Winter Hill Gang, was found in late 2000. A bulletproof vest, a navy suit, driving gloves and a claddagh ring were found among the remains. Martorano, one of Bulger's hitmen, testified that he himself had shot King in the back of the head.The remains of Thomas King, former member of the Winter Hill Gang, was found in late 2000. A bulletproof vest, a navy suit, driving gloves and a claddagh ring were found among the remains. Martorano, one of Bulger’s hitmen, testified that he himself had shot King in the back of the head.

The body of Stephen Rakes was found on Wednesday, July 17, in Lincoln, Massachusetts, west of Boston. Rakes was scheduled to be a witness for the prosecution before he was dropped from the list.The body of Stephen Rakes was found on Wednesday, July 17, in Lincoln, Massachusetts, west of Boston. Rakes was scheduled to be a witness for the prosecution before he was dropped from the list.

Trying to show a softer, lighter side of Bulger, his defense lawyers have released photos that they expect to show the jury should he decide to testify.Trying to show a softer, lighter side of Bulger, his defense lawyers have released photos that they expect to show the jury should he decide to testify.


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(CNN) — Who say’s crime doesn’t pay?

Boston’s most infamous criminal, convicted mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, generated well over $25 million in racketeering proceeds throughout his criminal career, according to paperwork filed in federal court.

Bulger’s criminal escapades spanned more than two decades while he doubled as an informant for the FBI in Boston. The notorious mobster began building capital off his criminal empire around 1972 and continued until around 2000, 5 years after he went on the lam after being tipped off by his rogue FBI informant to a pending indictment.

A federal jury convicted Bulger in August on 31 counts of racketeering, extortion, and money laundering and ultimately ruled that Bulger participated in the murder of 11 people. He will be sentenced on November 13.

The evidence presented at trial established that “the proceeds from the Defendant’s racketeering conspiracy totaled millions upon millions upon millions of dollars,” according to the federal prosecutors’ “motion of forfeiture” released on Friday.

The motion breaks down Bulger’s spoils that were spelled out in testimony from gangsters, former associates, drug dealers, convicted felons, and extortion victims during more than 41 days of trial this summer.

David William Lindholm, a marijuana smuggler, testified he barely survived high-stakes a Russian-roulette-style drama when Bulger ordered one of his associates to fire a bullet past his head. Bulger then ordered his associate to load the chamber with one bullet.

“A bullet was put in the chamber it was spun and pointed at my head,” said Lindholm. He lived to testify that Bulger extorted $250,000 from him.

Business entrepreneur Michael Solimando testified that Bulger put a gun to his gut, and threatened to kill his family. Solimondo, 64, described how at one meeting Bulger took a machine gun and “shoved it underneath the table, pointed at my stomach and my groin,” and how he was forced to pay Bulger $400,000.

The ways of ‘Whitey’

Another witness, real estate developer Richard Buccheri, used two fingers to mimic the a gun barrel as he described how Bulger “takes a shotgun off the table and sticks it in my mouth. Then he took it out, punched me in the shoulder and said, ‘Richard you’re a stand-up guy. I’m not going to kill you.’”

But then, Buccheri said, Bulger “puts a 45 to my head” and demands $200,000 in 30 days, “threatening to kill me and my family.”

Convicted drug dealers testified that Bulger collected “rent” from criminal operatives, a crime tax that had to be paid to do drug business in South Boston during the Bulger era.

In 2011, Bulger was found hiding out in Santa Monica, California, with his girlfriend — and with nearly $822,000 in cash, 30 guns, some loaded, and an assortment of knives and a Taser.

Before his conviction came down, Bulger waived his right to a forfeiture hearing. The government has moved to seize Bulger’s personal assets that they say stemmed from a life of gambling and drug dealing, including jewelry, electronics, art, furniture, clothing and other items found in the Santa Monica apartment.

For now, Bulger is allowed to keep a National Hockey League Stanley Cup ring that he claims was given to him as a gift, according to paperwork.


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Oil spills, floods, airlifts in Colorado

September 21st, 2013 No comments

(CNN) — Efforts continued Friday to cope with fallout from flooding that”s rocked the Rocky Mountain state — including more airlifts of stranded residents, discoveries of oil spills and a plea to one town’s residents to stay away until E. coli is cleared from their tap water.

The number of confirmed dead throughout Colorado from the flooding that began last week stood at seven Friday, just as it was a day earlier.

Another three people are presumed dead in Larimer County, which straddles the Wyoming border. Another 82 people there were still unaccounted for as of Friday afternoon, county sheriff’s office spokesman John Schulz said.

Then there’s the sizable toll flooding has had on buildings, roads and bridges, as well as the natural surroundings that in many ways define Colorado.

Railroad tracks washed from their path by floodwaters are seen in Longmont on Thursday, September 19, 2013. Massive flooding has left at least six people dead and damaged almost 18,000 homes around the state.Railroad tracks washed from their path by floodwaters are seen in Longmont on Thursday, September 19, 2013. Massive flooding has left at least six people dead and damaged almost 18,000 homes around the state.

Piles of items destroyed by flooding line both sides of a street in Longmont on September 19. Piles of items destroyed by flooding line both sides of a street in Longmont on September 19.

A woman disposes of ruined items from her home in Longmont on Wednesday, September 18.A woman disposes of ruined items from her home in Longmont on Wednesday, September 18.

David Soleta, right, and family friend John Rice remove destroyed and contaminated walls on September 18 from Soleta's father-in-law's home, which was heavily damaged by floodwaters that swept through Longmont.David Soleta, right, and family friend John Rice remove destroyed and contaminated walls on September 18 from Soleta’s father-in-law’s home, which was heavily damaged by floodwaters that swept through Longmont.

From left, siblings Elizabeth, 13, Jonathan, 9, Aaron, 11, and Kitty Dipert, 6, wash mud from the clothing of family friends from church on September 18 in Longmont, Colorado.From left, siblings Elizabeth, 13, Jonathan, 9, Aaron, 11, and Kitty Dipert, 6, wash mud from the clothing of family friends from church on September 18 in Longmont, Colorado.

An abandoned car sits on a destroyed road along the South Platte River near Greeley, Colorado, on Tuesday, September 17.An abandoned car sits on a destroyed road along the South Platte River near Greeley, Colorado, on Tuesday, September 17.

A Blackhawk helicopter flies over a canyon during a search around Boulder, Colorado, on September 17.A Blackhawk helicopter flies over a canyon during a search around Boulder, Colorado, on September 17.

Two women are hoisted into a Blackhawk helicopter during a search and rescue mission near Jamestown, Colorado, on September 17.Two women are hoisted into a Blackhawk helicopter during a search and rescue mission near Jamestown, Colorado, on September 17.

Two women smile and laugh after being rescued by a helicopter crew on September 17 near Jamestown, Colorado.Two women smile and laugh after being rescued by a helicopter crew on September 17 near Jamestown, Colorado.

Members of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Nebraska Task Force 1 use probes to test for water depth while crossing floodwaters looking for missing people near Longmont, Colorado, on September 17. Stranded flood victims are being rescued by military helicopters and vehicles.Members of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Nebraska Task Force 1 use probes to test for water depth while crossing floodwaters looking for missing people near Longmont, Colorado, on September 17. Stranded flood victims are being rescued by military helicopters and vehicles.

A cow stands in floodwater near Kersey, Colorado, on September 17.A cow stands in floodwater near Kersey, Colorado, on September 17.

From left, Dale Reeves, Kathryn Reeves and Trent Mayes assist a family member by moving belongings from a flooded home in Evans, Colorado, on September 17.From left, Dale Reeves, Kathryn Reeves and Trent Mayes assist a family member by moving belongings from a flooded home in Evans, Colorado, on September 17.

A gas well is surrounded by floodwater near Kersey, Colorado, on September 17. A gas well is surrounded by floodwater near Kersey, Colorado, on September 17.

A woman steps over a puddle onto the foundation of a shed that was moved by floodwaters in Hygiene, Colorado, on Monday, September 16.A woman steps over a puddle onto the foundation of a shed that was moved by floodwaters in Hygiene, Colorado, on Monday, September 16.

People wade through floodwater in Greeley, Colorado, on September 16.People wade through floodwater in Greeley, Colorado, on September 16.

Jerrie McBride checks in with authorities after being rescued by helicopter from the Big Elk Meadows area in Boulder, Colorado, on September 16.Jerrie McBride checks in with authorities after being rescued by helicopter from the Big Elk Meadows area in Boulder, Colorado, on September 16.

Local residents, from left, Levi Wolfe, Miranda Woodard, Tyler Sadar, and Genevieve Marquez help salvage and clean property after days of flooding in Hygeine, Colorado, on September 16.Local residents, from left, Levi Wolfe, Miranda Woodard, Tyler Sadar, and Genevieve Marquez help salvage and clean property after days of flooding in Hygeine, Colorado, on September 16.

Floodwaters surround a home in Jamestown, Colorado, on Sunday, September 15.Floodwaters surround a home in Jamestown, Colorado, on Sunday, September 15.

Chickens take refuge on the roof of their coop to escape floodwater in the backyard of a home in Longmont, Colorado, on September 15. Chickens take refuge on the roof of their coop to escape floodwater in the backyard of a home in Longmont, Colorado, on September 15.

Railroad tracks are washed out in Longmont, Colorado, on September 15.Railroad tracks are washed out in Longmont, Colorado, on September 15.

Water pours out of a parking lot, overwhelming a culvert heading under the roadway, in Estes Park, Colorado, on September 15.Water pours out of a parking lot, overwhelming a culvert heading under the roadway, in Estes Park, Colorado, on September 15.

A road crew works on a stretch of highway washed away by flooding along the South Platte River near Greeley, Colorado, on Saturday, September 14.A road crew works on a stretch of highway washed away by flooding along the South Platte River near Greeley, Colorado, on Saturday, September 14.

Parked vehicles sit partially submerged near Greeley, Colorado, on September 14.Parked vehicles sit partially submerged near Greeley, Colorado, on September 14.

Eli and Noe Sura play in the mud around their Boulder, Colorado, home on September 14. Eli and Noe Sura play in the mud around their Boulder, Colorado, home on September 14.

A National Guardsman stands at South Main and Missouri streets in Longmont, Colorado, on September 14. A National Guardsman stands at South Main and Missouri streets in Longmont, Colorado, on September 14.

Floodwaters swamp Longmont, Colorado, on September 14. Floodwaters swamp Longmont, Colorado, on September 14.

Dave Jackson closes a mailbox with his foot after delivering the mail to a home surrounded by water from the flooded Cheyenne Creek in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Friday, September 13.Dave Jackson closes a mailbox with his foot after delivering the mail to a home surrounded by water from the flooded Cheyenne Creek in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Friday, September 13.

Rescue personnel search for flood victims near Fort Collins, Colorado, on September 13.Rescue personnel search for flood victims near Fort Collins, Colorado, on September 13.

Chris Rodes helps Fred Rob salvage a friend's belongings after floods left homes and infrastructure in shambles in Lyons, Colorado, on September 13.Chris Rodes helps Fred Rob salvage a friend’s belongings after floods left homes and infrastructure in shambles in Lyons, Colorado, on September 13.

During a break in the rain, a woman walks over a footbridge past the raging Boulder Creek in Boulder on September 13. Boulder County is one of the hardest-hit areas.During a break in the rain, a woman walks over a footbridge past the raging Boulder Creek in Boulder on September 13. Boulder County is one of the hardest-hit areas.

Suzanne Sophocles hugs her dogs after they were rescued from her flooded home on September 13 in Boulder. Thousands of people stranded by the flood waters in Colorado were finally able to come down by trucks and helicopters, two days after seemingly endless rain turned normally scenic rivers and creeks into coffee-colored rapids that wrecked scores of roads and wiped out neighborhoods. Suzanne Sophocles hugs her dogs after they were rescued from her flooded home on September 13 in Boulder. Thousands of people stranded by the flood waters in Colorado were finally able to come down by trucks and helicopters, two days after seemingly endless rain turned normally scenic rivers and creeks into coffee-colored rapids that wrecked scores of roads and wiped out neighborhoods.

Residents look at the flood damage along Topaz Street in Boulder on September 13.Residents look at the flood damage along Topaz Street in Boulder on September 13.

Will Pitner gets rescued by emergency workers and neighbor Jeff Writer on September 13 after he spent a night trapped outside above his home at the base of Boulder Canyon.Will Pitner gets rescued by emergency workers and neighbor Jeff Writer on September 13 after he spent a night trapped outside above his home at the base of Boulder Canyon.

Water rushes where a bridge collapsed in a flash flood in Lyons, on September 13. Water rushes where a bridge collapsed in a flash flood in Lyons, on September 13.

A man runs through the floodwaters in a yard in Boulder on September 13. A man runs through the floodwaters in a yard in Boulder on September 13.

Topaz Street resident Jake Koplen stands at the edge of his driveway after the street in front of his home was washed away in Boulder on September 13.Topaz Street resident Jake Koplen stands at the edge of his driveway after the street in front of his home was washed away in Boulder on September 13.

Siblings Patrick Tinsley and Mary Kerns head to Boulder from the mountain community of Magnolia, Colorado, on September 13. Siblings Patrick Tinsley and Mary Kerns head to Boulder from the mountain community of Magnolia, Colorado, on September 13.

Samantha Kinzig of Longmont, Colorado, and her 5-year-old daughter, Isabel, take a closer look at the damaged bridge on Weld County Road 1 on September 13.Samantha Kinzig of Longmont, Colorado, and her 5-year-old daughter, Isabel, take a closer look at the damaged bridge on Weld County Road 1 on September 13.

Highway 7 is completely blown out from the South St. Vrain River as a torrent of raging water rips through it about 12 miles west of Lyons on Thursday, September 12.Highway 7 is completely blown out from the South St. Vrain River as a torrent of raging water rips through it about 12 miles west of Lyons on Thursday, September 12.

A woman looks at the flooded Boulder Creek on September 12.A woman looks at the flooded Boulder Creek on September 12.

Three vehicles crashed into a creek after the road washed out from beneath them in Broomfield, Colorado, on September 12. Three people were rescued.Three vehicles crashed into a creek after the road washed out from beneath them in Broomfield, Colorado, on September 12. Three people were rescued.

Nicky Toor, 15, floats on the flooded lawn of North Boulder Park in Boulder on September 12.Nicky Toor, 15, floats on the flooded lawn of North Boulder Park in Boulder on September 12.

Joey Schusler rides through flooded Canyon Boulevard in Boulder, on September 12.Joey Schusler rides through flooded Canyon Boulevard in Boulder, on September 12.

Residents view a road washed out by a torrent of water after overnight flash flooding near Left Hand Canyon, Colorado, on September 12.Residents view a road washed out by a torrent of water after overnight flash flooding near Left Hand Canyon, Colorado, on September 12.

A city worker talks on his phone while surveying high water levels from Boulder Creek after flash flooding in downtown Boulder, Colorado, on September 12.A city worker talks on his phone while surveying high water levels from Boulder Creek after flash flooding in downtown Boulder, Colorado, on September 12.

Flash flood waters rush over a walking path in downtown Boulder on September 12.Flash flood waters rush over a walking path in downtown Boulder on September 12.

A police officer blocks off a road in Boulder on September 12.A police officer blocks off a road in Boulder on September 12.

A man walks past the swelled Boulder Creek in Boulder on September 12.A man walks past the swelled Boulder Creek in Boulder on September 12.

People stand at the edge of floodwaters in Boulder on September 12.People stand at the edge of floodwaters in Boulder on September 12.

A dive rescue team moves toward floodwaters in Boulder on September 12.A dive rescue team moves toward floodwaters in Boulder on September 12.


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Colorado reels from flood devastation

“We’re about to embark on a rebuilding effort that is truly epic in scale,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday.

This includes oil and gas that leaked in lakes, rivers, streams and more as the floods rolled in.

Colorado’s Oil and Gas Association, the industry’s trade association, said no fracking operations were underway when the floods hit — meaning “no fracking fluids, no chemicals associated with fracking, nor equipment were on sites at the time of the flooding.”

Yet as of Friday morning — at which point about 70% of the impacted area still hadn’t been assessed — state authorities were tracking 11 locations with a sheen or other evidence of leaked oil and gas.

This is in addition to at least five sizable releases of oil, including two recently confirmed into the South Platte River near Evans, state Department of Natural Resources spokesman Todd Hartman said Friday.

Four of these instances (the other is still being assessed) involved the release of about 22,000 gallons of oil, according to Hartman.

Moreover, production equipment at one PDC energy location was “largely washed away,” though authorities don’t yet know how much fuel went with it. And a Colorado Oil and Gas Conversation Commission aerial survey conducted on Thursday found as many as two dozen fuel tanks overturned.

Tap water has been turned off for Lyons, a town of about 2,000 people located some 17 miles north of Boulder that was decimated by the floods, after tests showed the bacteria Escherichia coli, better known as E. coli. While most E. coli strains are harmless and live in healthy humans and animals’ intestines, the bacteria can cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections, pneumonia and other illness when passed through contaminated water or food, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“There has been a breach, and we don’t want you using any of the water,” Lyons town administrator Victoria Simonsen said at a public meeting Thursday. “… It’s critical we get that back up and get it disinfected before we would … want any of you to be back.”

Such environmental issues, as well as the personal impact on thousands of families, stem from a torrential rains that fell September 12 in mountainous areas north of Denver — more than nine inches, in some places. Such downpours persisted for several more days, adding up to 18.1 inches in parts of Boulder County and 15.6 inches in Adams County, Hickenlooper’s office said.

The heavy rainfall spurred flash floods that turned picturesque canyons into funnels that deluged towns downstream and left hundreds stranded.

More than a week later, many remained marooned Friday — cut off from the rest of the world thanks to floodwaters that wiped out roads and bridges.

Rescuers resumed airlifts Friday to pluck out those stuck in their homes, according to Schulz. He didn’t have a number of those flown out for the day. But on Thursday, Nick Christensen — also with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office — said nearly 1,200 people had been airlifted out of the mountains, with nearly 200 more choosing to stay put.

More than 5,300 people total have been evacuated by floods that impacted nearly 2,000 square miles across 17 countries, Colorado’s emergency management office announced in a Friday update.

And, according to preliminary estimates, nearly 1,900 homes have been destroyed and another 16,000 suffered damage. Floods also taking a toll on 50 bridges and 200 miles of road; the cost to start repairs on these have been estimated at $135 million.

Hickenlooper signed an executive order Friday authorizing $20 million in state funds — on top of $6 already OK’d — to help deal with the many issues brought about by the floods.

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CNN’s Matt Smith contributed to this report.


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