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Emmy Red Carpet: The Good, The Bad, and The WTF?!

Yes, ladies and gents, the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards has come and gone and I shall post the winners soon, but first, let’s focus on the most important event before the ceremony: The Red Carpet Arrivals, where today’s hottest TV stars (and some obscure reality stars) braved the hot Hollywood sun and showed us what they’re made of. So how did they do? Let’s discuss!

The Good:

Anna Paquin in Alexander McQueen

Sookie Stackhouse may not have the best taste in fashion (though sometimes she surprised us all, remember the cute Dorothy-esque gingham dress last season?), but Anna Paquin definitely showed she has infinitely better taste than her True Blood alter ego when she, along with new hubby Stephen Moyer, walked the carpet in this gorgeous Alexander McQueen creation. Toto, we’re definitely not in Bon Temps anymore.

Nina Dobrev in Zuhair Murad

These fangbangers totally know how to wow us on the red carpet, don’t they? Dobrev, the leading lady of CW’s Vampire Diaries, looked so beautiful in this champagne one-shoulder Zuhair Murad dress it hurt. Sure, the EOnline fashion police team wasn’t too crazy about this dress, calling it “beauty pageant-y” but I beg to differ. No beauty queen could stand a chance against Mystic Falls’ vampire magnet.

Jane Lynch in Ali Rahimi

It’s weird seeing Sue Sylvester out of her tracksuit, but Jane Lynch definitely cleaned up really well for the Emmys, and she left her pearls at home too. Instead, she looked radiant in this aubergine Ali Rahimi dress while carrying a Swarovski clutch in her hand. Her look might not be dramatic enough to make the couture lovers take notice, but she definitely deserves a mention.

Kim Kardashian in Marchesa

I’m still at a loss as to why this girl is famous, but at least she knows how to work the carpet. This beautiful Marchesa dress she was wearing gave her a Cleopatra-esque effect, if Cleopatra ever released a sex tape and starred in a reality show with her crazy family, of course.

Kelly Osbourne in Tony Ward Couture

Kelly Osbourne has come a long way since her days in The Osbournes. She has ditched her bratty teenage style and her cheating fiance and opted for a sophisticated, fabulous Tony Ward Couture gown at the Emmys. She looked fantastic, but what I’m dying to know is, how did she lose all that weight? I want the number for her trainer!

Best Dressed Of The Night:

Dianna Agron in Carolina Herrera

When I saw this beautiful Gleek walked on the carpet, I literally gasped. She looked AH-MA-ZING! Out of all the Glee ladies, Dianna Agron seems to be the one who knows what works for her right away. She has never been photographed wearing something unfortunate like her on-screen nemesis (but real life bestie) Rachel Berry Lea Michele. Quinn Fabray may have been more famous for her bad choices, but Dianna Agron has made all the right ones so far. Keep it up, girl!

The Bad:

January Jones in Atelier Versace

Proving that one woman’s trash is another woman’s couture, January Jones stepped confidently onto the red carpet in this shiny blue peacock-ish Versace dress and my first reaction was, “Huh?” The Madonna cone-bra effect on the boobs was not flattering, the peacock train nearly swallowed Glee’s creator Ryan Murphy at one point, and her hair looked like she just woke up and ran out to the red carpet without a glance at the mirror. I’m sure she also made the best dressed list somewhere in the blogosphere, but I for one do not care for this look.

Julie Bowen in J Mendel

“J. Mendel fits me really, really well, so he’s always a front runner,” This Modern Family star explained when asked about her choice of dress. Really, Julie? Because I think that dress just looked ill-fitting on you. The ruffled boobies just looked odd, and I’m also not sure about the ruffles on the waist. It’s a little disappointing, since I think we know Claire Dunphy wouldn’t be caught dead in this outfit.

Lauren Graham in a dress so bizarre no designer has admitted it’s their creation just yet

In Gilmore Girls, the much beloved TV show, Graham played single mother Lorelai Gilmore who had mad sewing skills and was able to design beautiful dresses for her daughter/best friend/daughter’s best friend on multiple occasions. But Gilmore Girls was canceled years ago, and Lauren Graham’s sense of style seemed to have stayed in Stars Hollow. This black and white dress she was wearing would definitely make Nina Garcia of Project Runway frown and sigh. Why are you doing this to us, Lorelai?

Rutina Wesley in what InStyle calls “a white and gray strapless gown”

Oh Tara. I know you’ve been having a hard couple of weeks lately, but do you really have to show up on the red carpet looking like this? I mean, really, girl, that dress is doing not working and your red lips looked odd. Fire your stylist, pronto.

Rose Byrne in Gucci

I actually like Rose Byrne’s white Gucci gown, but for the love of all that is holy, what the hell is going on with her hair?? I’m glad she and Jane Lynch didn’t seem to cross paths on the carpet, because I have a feeling Lynch’s Glee alter-ego Sue Sylvester wouldn’t be able to resist to make fun of that hair. In fact, any of Sue’s Schuester hair jokes could work for Ms Byrne’s catastrophic hairdo. “Your hair looks like a briar patch. I keep imagining racist animated Disney animals to come out and start singing songs about the bayou.” Yep, it works.

Worst Dressed of The Night:

Mindy Kaling in what looks to be her old 80s prom dress, dyed in black

I love Mindy Kaling, I really do. I follow her on Twitter, I love and have watched all The Office episodes penned by her, and I can quote all Kelly Kapoor, her Office character, lines by heart. She’s a really funny girl and a great writer so it pains me to have to do this to her but I’m sorry, Mindy, Molly Ringwald called. She wants her prom dress back. However, I am hoping that she dressed this way on purpose, so she could be in the Worst Dressed list and joked about it. Because that’s what every comedienne does, right?

The Men:

Finn Hudson may be a dumb jock, but Cory Monteith sure proves that he’s more than his Glee character when he showed up looking very leading man-worthy. He didn’t tweet who made his suit, but I don’t really care, he looked HOT. I especially loved it when he wore his wayfarer to the red carpet. No wonder Jaimie Alexander, his ex-co star back when he was still a recurring in Kyle XY, tweeted that she was only in the Emmys to support him. When you look that hot, who wouldn’t support you?

Jon Hamm in a tux complete with bow tie. As Tina Fey once said (about him): “I want to go to there”. No one does dapper quite like Don Draper, the snubbed once-again nominee looked super hot at the red carpet. And how can you not love the guy who can impersonate Springsteen? Ryan Murphy, I smell stunt-casting!

I may be a Finn-shipper, but Mark Salling looked absolutely dashing on the red carpet that I found myself looking at bad boy Noah “Puck” Puckerman in a different light. The suit, the tie, the crooked smile and the fact that he easily joked when Ryan Seacrest asked about a certain pesky rumor about an alleged ex-girlfriend egging his nonexistent Lexus, made me rethink my whole position on the Finn vs Puck debate. I’m going to be so screwed come Sept 21st. 🙂

Despite looking awesome naked on the cover of Rolling Stone, these True Blood trio/triangle looked even better clothed at the Emmys. Especially, one Alexander Skarsgard, Sweden’s hottest man alive and True Blood’s most lusted-after undead.  Just look at him in his tux: he towered over Stephen Moyer! His smirk is the best thing since slice bread! I want to drag him to the shower and have my way with him! Okay, I better stop before this officially crosses the line.

Ohh, Neil Patrick Harris, just when I thought I could not love you more, you showed up at the red carpet wearing this fabulous tux and instantly charmed my pants off. This is not good. I’m already telling everyone who would listen that I’m your babies mama, if that’s what it takes to get close to you. Damn you, David Burtka, damn you. You get to wake up next to that? I officially hate you. 🙂

Little Girl, Don’t Grow Up Too Fast…

Guess who this little girl is! No, it’s not JonBenet Ramsey, it’s Kiernan Shipka aka Sally Draper in Mad Men, looking super cute and adorable in a pretty flowery dress and kitten heels. Betty Draper would’ve been proud to see her strutting her stuff on the red carpet, but I personally would’ve liked to see her having fun and being a kid instead of doing a perfect pose for the photographers. Sally Draper, don’t grow up so fast!

And finally, The WTF??

The Situation might have all but confirmed that he’d be doing the tango on Dancing With The Stars, but Rita Wilson sure would love to be one of the contestants this year. At least that’s the only thing I can think of when I saw her posing in this weird Prada chandelier dress with matching shoes that could only be appropriate when she’s doing a dance-off against members of the Jersey Shore. WTF Rita Wilson? And more importantly, WTF Tom Hanks? You let your wife leave the house in that? Shame on you!

And that’s the Emmy Red Carpet for you. Who’s on your Best and Worst Dressed list?

Photos courtesy of Getty Images/Just Jared/New York Magazine

xoxo

Binky Bee

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And The Creative Arts Emmys go to…

The Creative Arts Emmy was just announced on Saturday, and as far as predictions go, I’m one for two. So not too shabby. 🙂 If you are wondering what The Creative Arts Emmy is, it’s basically the Emmy Awards for the lesser categories, such as guest actors/actresses, reality program, children’s program, animated, etc. I only listed Guest Actor and Actress for Comedy in my previous Emmy post, but nonetheless here are the winners:

Guest Actor In A Comedy Series:

My gay husband, Neil Patrick Harris for Glee. Yay! Harris, who recently just announced that he and his partner David Burtka are expecting twins via a surrogate, won two Emmys: one for Glee and one for hosting the Tony Awards. So congrats, my love! And I hope that you forgive me for rooting for Mike O’Malley instead (and thinking that Don Draper Jon Hamm is going to win).

Guest Actress In A Comedy Series:

Everyone’s favorite octogenarian: Betty White for Saturday Night Live. Is it any surprise that she won? I even predicted it. America’s obsession with Betty White has spread to the Emmy voters too. At 88, this is White’s fifth Emmy, and I have a feeling that she would get Tracy Jordan’s coveted EGOT soon. You rule, Betty!

Guest Actor In A Drama Series:

Dexter’s creepy Trinity killer, John Lithgow for Dexter. I didn’t predict this category, but I had a feeling that Lithgow was going to win, since no one in the category could quite deliver the kind of chilling performance he gave in Dexter. Does this mean Michael C. Hall will finally win an Emmy (that he so rightly deserve) for the show this Sunday? We’ll see… Don Draper isn’t going down without a fight. 🙂

Guest Actress In A Drama Series:

Ann-Margret for Law and Order: SVU. I stopped watching Law and Order: SVU a while back and I didn’t see the episode she guest-starred in, so I don’t have much to say about this win except for: Congratulations!

In other categories, Jeff Probst won his third consecutive Emmy for Reality Host, beating out, once again, Ryan Seacrest for American Idol and Heidi Klum for Project Runway. But Seacrest-executive produced Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution won an Emmy for Reality Program, beating out Kathy Griffin’s My Life On The D-List.

Also running for the EGOT race, Anne Hathaway, the Oscar/Golden Globe nominated actress, who won the Emmy for lending her voice to The Simpsons. And the host for Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards, Jimmy Fallon, also scored one for Creative Achievement In Interactive Media – Non Fiction.

HBO’s The Pacific cleaned up in the tech category with seven wins, while ABC’s Modern Family picked up three and both Mad Men and Glee scored two wins each. I expect these shows to win big on Sunday as well.

Finally, the Old Spice commercial, featuring the now uber-famous Old Spice guy, won for Best Commercial. I’m not sure who the agency is, but if it’s McCann, we can be sure Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce wouldn’t be happy about it. 🙂

Congratulations to all the winners, and don’t forget to tune in to the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards to see the outcome for the rest of the categories on Sunday.

And I also want to wish a hearty congratulations to True Blood’s Bill and Sookie, aka Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin, who even though didn’t win an Emmy, did win each other’s love and everlasting devotion last Saturday as they tied the knot in a private ceremony in Malibu. Here’s hoping their relationship is far more blissful and less complicated than their on-screen counterparts. Cheers!

xoxo

Binky Bee

Photos courtesy of EOnline

True Blood Finale: What the what??

Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton and Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse in True Blood

Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton and Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse in True Blood

I was busy writing my novel yesterday, but that didn’t mean I forgot to watch the season two finale of the best vampire shows on television, True Blood. However, I waited until today to write my take on it, since I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen the show, like my friend and fellow Trubie Creepy McCreepster.

If you haven’t seen the finale yet, please refrain yourself from reading the rest of this blog and quickly scour the net for the streaming video or bittorrent. Then, you can return here and discuss the ending of another intense, blood-soaked season.

So are you ready? Let’s dig in!

Spoiler Alert! Read at your own risk!

Spoiler Alert! Read at your own risk!

In the tradition of True Blood, the finale begins right where they left off two weeks ago, with bug-eyed Lafayette catching Sookie in the bedroom with the egg (which was dubbed ‘WTF Egg!’ by True Blood fans on Twitter). Bug-eyed Lafayette was pretty scary alright, demanding Sookie to take off her dress and all, which at first made me think that under Maryann’s influence, Lafayette could actually get it on with a girl. But no, he asked Sookie to undress just so she could put on her maid of honor dress for Maryann’s super creepy wedding with “the god who comes”.

Phew! Thank God Maryann’s powers aren’t that insane she could turn Lafayette straight!

Maryann is truly delusional, just like what Vampire Queen Sophie explained to Bill, she’s hell-bent on conjuring the god who comes and marrying him. In a way, it’s kind of a perverted version of the second coming of Jesus Christ as described in Revelation. Those who have read the Bible for one reason or another would know what I’m talking about. She enlisted Sookie as her maid of honor against her will, despite Lafayette looking fabulous in a one-shoulder goddess dress, because she was truly intrigued with Sookie’s powers. You’d think someone like Maryann would be pissed to find someone she can’t control, but on the contrary, she’s utterly delighted. She even encourages Sookie to tap into her powers and discover just what she really is.

I gotta admit, as much as I was tired with the maenad’s storyline – I absolutely love Maryann Forrester. Michelle Forbes deserves an Emmy or Golden Globe for her performance, in my opinion. She was amazing as Maryann, she perfectly captures the character: Maryann was insane, yet seductive, powerful yet delusional – it was one of the best performances I’ve seen on TV for a long time.

Michelle Forbes as Maryann Forrester in True Blood

Michelle Forbes as Maryann Forrester in True Blood

Anyway, on to the wedding. The bridesmaids (something old, something borrowed, something blue – to which Arlene responds, “Which one am I?”) are set, the maid of honor begrudgingly stands by the ultimate bridezilla and the sacrifice, the perfect vessel, arrives with the help of leather jacket-clad Bill Compton (nice choice of attire, Bill!). There’s even a string-quartet playing the creepiest rendition of Here Comes The Bride (who knew Bon Temps residence were so talented?) while Tara places the ostrich egg in the meat tree. Now we know, when Bill exchanges Sam for Sookie that the vampire has a plan – but still, we are a little worried for Sam, especially when Maryann hands the big bad knife to Eggs, who proceeds to stab him in the chest happily.

Then, the “perfect” wedding comes to a halt, because Sookie – after reading Sam’s mind – runs out of Bill’s arms and uses her “lightning” power to destroy the meat tree. Chaos ensues, but this time it’s the kind that Maryann absolutely detests. The sacrifice has used the distraction to escape with Bill and Maryann is pissed. She decides to just kill everyone in Bon Temps to make sure Dyonisius truly comes.

But then, just as she is about to butcher Sookie yet again with her scary claws, “the god who comes” walks in – yes, he has horns. He’s a white bull and Maryann is ecstatic to see her husband, who proceeds to dig his horns into her, takes her heart out and reveals that he’s not really the god who comes – he’s just Sam, who has shape-shifted into a white bull to trick Maryann and kill her, obviously the plan comes from Bill’s knowledge of the maenad after seeking counsel from the queen.

Again, I have to applaud Michelle Forbes for her amazing portrayal of Maryann. Her reaction, from ecstasy to utter disappointment when she discovers that the god who comes doesn’t actually come, is pure genius. It’s not over-the-top, it’s just perfect. I was kind of sad to see her go, even though I was relieved that the maenad is finally done with.

The first half hour of the finale ends and I was happy. It was a good resolution, it had enough blood and gore to satisfy our carnal desires that prompted us to watch the show in the first place and it was good to see Sam saves the day, yet again, echoing the finale of Season 1.

However, the last half hour of the finale proves to be a bore.

Firstly, I was expecting more of Eric, but no – we only get a few minutes of him during the first half hour, doing nothing but playing Yahtzee with the queen and her minions. Sure, the sexual tension between the two were pretty juicy and the fact that the two stars are rumored to be dating adds to juiciness of the scene, but I was sorta hoping Eric would do something other than playing Yahtzee in the finale. After all, didn’t he come to the queen’s palatial lair to get info on the maenad? Guess my hope for Eric swooping in (or flying in) to save the day officially turns to dust, much like Godric on the rooftop.

Alexander Skarsgard as Eric Northman and Evan Rachel Wood as Queen Sophie in True Blood

Alexander Skarsgard as Eric Northman and Evan Rachel Wood as Queen Sophie in True Blood

But, Alan Ball in an interview with Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello did say he has a reason for Eric’s lack of screen time in the finale, so I’m willing to let it go. Especially since those few minutes revealed a lot: like it was the Queen’s blood that Eric was pushing in the market, the fact that Bill Compton is in love with Sookie because she isn’t entirely human – which makes her blood different – and that Eric, despite being 1,000 years old and amazingly powerful, is only a little bitch boy when it comes to Queen Sophie, which beg the question, why is the Queen so powerful? Eric isn’t afraid of Nan Flanagan, even though she claims she’s powerful enough to fire him as sheriff, and yet, the Queen seems to have him wrapped around her little finger. Now that’s interesting, and I think we’re going to see more of the relationship in the third season.

Second, I find the whole “all’s well that ends well” resolution for the last half hour to be a complete snoozefest. I think it’s forcing it a little bit to get everyone back in Merlotte’s after two weeks of orgies and chaos. Didn’t Terry and the gang practically destroyed Merlotte’s when they were all under the influence? So how could the bar look so clean and chaos-free in just a few hours? And I doubt Jane Bodehouse with her reattached digits could be so calm and happy drinking her jambalaya with the other townsfolk. Let’s put it this way, if you had woken up and found you’re missing some digits, would you be happily drinking and eating a mere hours later? Was the water in Bon Temps laced with Red Bull or something, that even after two weeks of orgies and pure chaos they don’t need to recuperate and sleep off their hangovers?

Third, even though I agree with Alan Ball when he said “normal, happy relationships” don’t make good TV, I am a little disappointed that he chose to break up the cutest and loveliest True Blood couple: Jessica and Hoyt. I’m a sucker for sweet and kind boys, and the relationship between Hoyt and Jessica is something I totally cherish. I don’t really want to see them hitting a rough patch, especially since I think Maxine Foytenberry really deserved to be drained by the baby vamp. I was glad to see Hoyt come to his senses, but I was heartbroken when he showed up on the porch of the Compton residence with a bouquet of red roses in his hands. Yes, I have to admit, it was fun to see Jessica go all Aileen Wournos – but still, I wish she had returned in time to reconcile with Hoyt. I can only hope that Alan Ball finally gives the fans what they want and reunite these two lovebirds in the third season.

And finally, I just don’t understand the proposal. It just feels like a little forced, as if the only inspiration for the scene is the fact that Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin are engaged in real life. Let’s see, how long have Bill and Sookie been dating? Like two months or so? Who proposes after two months? And for someone immortal, you’d think Bill wouldn’t be in such a hurry to commit. Of course, I could be wrong about this since we have no idea what Alan Ball has in store for next season. Bill was abducted before he could hear Sookie proclaim, “Yes, Bill Compton!” so there may be a valid reason for this proposal. The fact that he hurriedly proposed right after they finally shut down the maenad and things are slowly becoming normal, may be a clue to Bill’s insecurity of losing Sookie – which can only mean one thing: he will indeed lose Sookie, most probably to Eric. Those who’ve read the books said that Bill was not being absolutely truthful about his reasons for coming back to Bon Temps, and even though the show doesn’t exactly follow the book, I have a feeling that storyline will make its way to the show, just not as soon as the book fans were hoping. That could be a reason for his seemingly off the left-field proposal, he wanted to make it legit before everything blows up onto the surface, but of course that’s not going to happen since he’s mysteriously abducted and all.

Now to the questions:

1/ Who do you think kidnapped Bill? Some theorized that it may be Eric, because he did tell the Queen that he would “take care of Bill Compton personally”, but it’s a little too easy, don’t you think? Somehow I think Alan Ball is much more clever than that.

2/ Will Sam start having dirty dreams about Bill, now that he has drunk his blood? That would make for interesting television for sure.

3/ Do you think Jessica and Hoyt will be reunited in the third season, or will the whole Aileen Wournos at the truck stop stint break the two for good?

4/ Who do you think are Sam’s parents? Are they shifters or are they something different altogether?

5/ How the hell could Sam shapeshifted into the white bull, when he could only shapeshifted into an animal that has been imprinted on him? Did he find a white bull in the forest before he and Bill came up with the plan?

And finally,

6/ Will Jason try to make up for killing Eggs by hooking with heartbroken Tara? Do you want to see this hookup?

True Blood will take a long hiatus before returning on June 2010, but in the meantime, I recommend checking out the new fall shows to tide you over until Summer rolls around.

Also, Gossip Girl has returned – and yes, I’ll be discussing it soon.

Until then!

xoxo

Binky Bee