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Golden Globes: Jim Parsons is getting physical

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Question: People talk about your physical comedy -- when you see a script, are you choreographing those crazy moves?

Jim Parsons: I tend to be an awkward mover in real life as I have my hand on my head like that. Who does that? From a very young age, I have been a pacer and a memorizer but for this show a lot is really created in the moment and during rehearsal and sometimes in performance.

-- Jessica Gelt

Photo: Jim Parsons backstage after winning his award. Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

Golden Globes: Al Pacino won't talk right-to-die ... much

Pacino Looking rumpled and slightly wizened but pleased, Al Pacino fielded questions in the press room after his win for his portrayal of Jack Kevorkian in "You Don't Know Jack."

He gingerly sidestepped a question about his thoughts on right-to-die issues by saying, "I am going to stay away from that controversy. It's not my policy to speak about that. I'm sorry, I don't mean to be unbelievably dull."

Later, when a similar question was rephrased as, "In your opinion, is Jack the good guy or the bad one?" Pacino opened up a bit and revealed his true feelings.

"Jack, in a strange way, represents a kind of hope and that gives [patients] enough control over their lives. 'I can do it. I don't have to go through this. I can go out with dignity,'" he said.

The mood in the room was lighter when he was asked which movie in his career he would redo if given the chance.

"I can't possibly give away that many movies. I guess for most of the movies, I would say maybe not redo them. Maybe never have done them."


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-- Jessica Gelt

Photo: Al Pacino in the press room at the Golden Globes. Credit: Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times

HBO leads Directors Guild nominations for television [Updated]

HBO led the pack with 14 nominations in the Directors Guild of America’s awards for television and commercials for 2010, including nods for "Boardwalk Empire," "Entourage," "The Pacific," "Temple Gradin," "You Don't Know Jack" and Bill Maher's "But I'm Not Wrong." DGA President Taylor Hackford announced the nominations Tuesday.

Nominations for dramatic series included ABC's "Lost" (which was ignored by the Golden Globes and the SAG awards) and AMC's "The Walking Dead" and "Mad Men," while comedy nods went to ABC's "Modern Family," NBC's "30 Rock" and Fox's "Glee."

Some prominent film directors are among the nominees, such as Martin Scorsese for "Boardwalk Empire," Barry Levinson for "You Don’t Know Jack" and Frank Darabont for "The Walking Dead." [Updated at 12:15 p.m. to add full list.]

The winners will be announced at the 63rd annual DGA Awards dinner on Jan. 29 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.

-- Melissa Maerz

A full list of nominees follows after the jump: 

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SAG nominations: Chris Colfer on 'Glee'

Chris colfer Sometimes, repeating yourself is a good thing, even if it means being awakened at an unforgivable hour. For "Glee's" Chris Colfer, coming off a Golden Globe nomination on Tuesday to an early-morning phone call on Thursday wasn't such a bad thing when he learned of his Screen Actors Guild nomination for outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series.

"Its been a pretty good week. It was hard sleeping last night and the night before, because I was on such an adrenaline high. But waking up early for this is never a bad thing. I figured the show might get nominated, but this was a complete shock. At 5 oclock, my publicist called, and I thought maybe it was a phone call waking me up from the Golden Globes dream. Everyone was just shocked to hear it."

But enough reveling, he has to go to work today. "Were filming a sleepover scene. Everyone is really supportive," Colfer said. "It doesnt matter if we were performing at a country fair wed be there for one another. The music is what brings everyone together. Im excited. Im so shocked that I was nominated for an Emmy this year. I have no words. I guess its changed everything. Its definitely changed my life from day to night. Ive just gone from being a no one from ... Clovis, Calif., and now Im nominated for all these things."

-- Amy Kaufman

Photo: Chris Colfer. Credit: Associated Press

Golden Globes nominations: Kelly Macdonald of 'Boardwalk Empire' needs a dress

If you watch "Boardwalk Empire," chances are you can't take your eyes off the beautiful and compelling Kelly Macdonald.

Looks like the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. agrees. Macdonald was nominated for her supporting role in the HBO series that stars Steve Buscemi, who also was nominated.

"This is a total surprise," she said. "I'm not sure what the Golden Globe voters responded to but the writers do such a really amazing job with this character. She's had a really amazing arc."

Macdonald says the recognition makes her tense because she's got to figure out what to wear.

"That will be more stressful than anything," she said.

--Maria Elena Fernandez

Photo: Kelly Macdonald in Beverly Hills. Credit: Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times

Golden Globe nominations: Chris Colfer celebrates by tackling neighbors and animals

Getprev-2 No way, no how will Chris Colfer of "Glee" ever get tired of being nominated for awards. He received a Golden Globe nomination on Tuesday to go with his Emmy nomination from last year.

"It's just so damn exciting," Colfer said. "I was totally an award show junkie when I was growing up, so I don't think it will ever get old. And Golden Globes was my favorite because it combined movie stars with TV stars. I think they celebrate the art aspect of what we do. I love watching TV. I love watching movies. So it's perfect. I would print out the ballots and make my mother fill one out for me."

Colfer told his Twitter followers early Tuesday that he was going to deal with his recognition by tackling as many people as he could. How was that working out for him?

"I'd say about 40," he said of the tackled. "It's mostly my neighbors who didn't know I lived next door. And a couple of animals ... a few cast members."

In case you were worried about his health, Colfer told us he does not have tonsillitis and he's confused about the reported tonsillitis epidemic on set.

"I've been filming at other schools," he said. "I don't think it's as bad as people think it is. Suddenly, we all have the bird flu."

Maria Elena Fernandez and Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Chris Colfer arrives at the Emmys in August. Credit: Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times.

Golden Globe nominations: Eric Stonestreet wonders who will stand next to him at the urinal


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and Sofia Vergara were the only two actors nominated for Golden Globes from the terriffic ensemble comedy, "Modern Family."

That was not lost on Stonestreet, who won an Emmy for his hilarious turn as Cameron.

"This is bittersweet," he said. "We are all an ensemble and a nomination or award for one is a nomination and award for all. My part is not possible without [Jesse Tyler Ferguson] and none of us would be where we are without the writers."

Stonestreet said he is looking forward to attending the show on Jan. 16, especially to find out who will stand next to him at the urinal.

"Last year, I was standing at a urinal next to Robert DeNiro and I thought, 'I'm really at the Golden Globes.' Maybe this year someone will say, 'Hey, I'm peeing next to Eric Stonestreet."

--Maria Elena Fernandez and Greg Braxton

Photo: Eric Stonestreet in Los Angeles in August. Credit: Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times

Golden Globe nominations: 'Zombies are just cool'

AMC's new big hit, "The Walking Dead," received a Golden Globe nomination for best drama on Tuesday. Based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, the show about a zombie apocalypse was only six episodes long but broke basic cable viewing records.

Kirkman said he had no idea it was nomination morning when he received congratulation calls from AMC and an e-mail from his publicist. The show, shot in Atlanta in June, was rushed to air in October, which Kirkman called a "ridiculous, completely unreal process for me."

"It's always good drama to see real human characters responding to absolutely horrible situations," he said, trying to explain the show's phenomenal success. "There is no more horrible situation than the end of the world. And zombies are just cool ... I never in a million years thought this comic book would get made into television. Zombies eat people. You don't see that on television every day."

Kirkman said he's pleased with the way the writers of the series have adapted his story and changed it along the way because "it keeps it interesting for me."

The writers use the richness of the comic book as its source but depart from it because of the difference in the two mediums, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd said.

"I think there's a global zeitgeist about pending catastrophe, whether it's global financial collapse, natural disasters, H1N1 flu," Hurd said. "People are consumed by a sense of when is the other shoe going to drop. The zombie apocalypse is about finding hope and overcoming despair. ... Plus, zombies are a lot of fun. That's why this show has connected in a way that people didn't expect."

The show's second season begins shooting in the spring. AMC has ordered 13 episodes.


Maria Elena Fernandez and Scott Collins


Photo: Zombie invasion on "The Walking Dead." Credit: Scott Garflied/AMC.


Golden Globes nominations: Bryan Cranston wants the world to love 'Breaking Bad' as much as he does

After winning three consecutive Emmys for his outstanding and complex performance on AMC's "Breaking Bad," Bryan Cranston was nominated for his first Golden Globe for that role on Tuesday.

"I'm very pleased to get this, though I was really hoping that the show would be recognized," Cranston said. "But these are nice problems to have."

Indeed, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. is known for discovering edgy, off-the-beaten-path types of shows. So it may seem odd that it has never recognized a quality basic-cable drama like "Breaking Bad."

"This will hopefully open up a more global spyglass for the show," said Cranston, who plays a chemistry teacher who gradually becomes a criminal to secure financial independence for his family after he's diagnosed with cancer.

"We would like the world to look and see the nature of this man's plight. It's a universal condition that he finds himself in -- it's not just an American story. We would love it to be exposed to the international public."

-- Maria Elena Fernandez and Greg Braxton

Photo: Bryan Cranston in Los Angeles. Credit: Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times


Golden Globe nominations are out: Are you paying attention, Emmys?

Golden Globe nominations are out: Are you paying attention, Emmys?

The Golden Globe nominations are out Tuesday morning, and that celebrating that you hear -- that would  be the folks at Showtime who scored a number of recordbreaking nominations and landed the most nominations for episodic, original series of any network. Yes, that's including broadcast TV.

Showtime's offbeat comedies "The Big C" and "Nurse Jackie" and its fifth-year drama, "Dexter," were all recognized, as were actresses Laura Linney ("The Big C"), Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie"), Toni Collette ("United States of Tara") and Julia Stiles ("Dexter") and actor Michael C. Hall ("Dexter").

The nominations, handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., are known for recognizing work and talent that the Emmys often overlook. To that end, a few little messages were delivered:

In the age of "Glee" and "Modern Family," both nominated again for outstanding comedies ("Glee" won last year), there is a CBS comedy of note: "The Big Bang Theory." Actor Jim Parsons, who won an Emmy for his turn as the lovable if weird Sheldon, also was nominated.  It is the first Golden Globe nomination for a Chuck Lorre-produced show.

There are all kinds of interesting, complex, flawed men and women on TV these days, and they usually do get recognized. But the Globes finally got hip to Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad," after he'd won three consecutive Emmys for his lead role on that AMC drama. (No recognition for his show, though? Really?) He's competing against Steve Buscemi ("Boardwalk Empire"), Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), Hugh Laurie ("House"), and Hall ("Dexter"), who won last year.

And then the Globes noticed the critically praised Scott Caan of "Hawaii Five-0" for supporting actor. Nice.

Piper Perabo of "Covert Affairs" landed an unexpected spot in the category for actresses in a drama alongside Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife"), who won last year; Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men"); Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer") and Katey Sagal ("Sons of Anarchy"), one of the Emmys most notable snubs last year.

In the comedy category, Linney unseated Courteney Cox ("Cougar Town"), who was nominated last year but was ignored this year. The rest of that category remained intact, with nods to Falco, Tina Fey ("30 Rock"), Lea Michele ("Glee") and Collette, who won last year. Parsons took David Duchovny's ("Californication") spot from last year. The rest of that catgory also remained intact:  Thomas Jane ("Hung"), Matthew Morrison ("Glee"), Steve Carell ("The Office") and Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock").

The female supporting category, which is a mix of drama, comedy and miniseries, included nominations for Jane Lynch ("Glee"), Hope Davis ("The Special Relationship"), Kelly Macdonald ("Boardwalk Empire"), Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family") and Stiles. Chlo Sevigny of "Big Love" won last year.

The men recognized for supporting roles were: Chris Colfer ("Glee"), Chris Noth ("The Good Wife"), Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family") and David Strathairn ("Temple Grandin"). It seems weird that HFPA watches "The Good Wife" and seems to like it but doesn't recognize Alan Cumming, doesn't it? John Lithgow won this category last year for his superb turn on "Dexter."

And that leaves us with one final thought: Only Vergara and Stonestreet, who won an Emmy last year, were recognized for "Modern Family," a true ensemble comedy. All of the actors on that show easily could have taken over the entire comedy category, and most people would be OK with that. Maybe next year there should be a special "Modern Family" category?

-- Maria Elena Fernandez


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