Since last week’s tragedy at the Boston Marathon, a number of celebrities and other notable stars have come together to lend a hand in their own way to support the city, from both near and far.
Former New Kid on the Block, Joey McIntyre was running in the marathon to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association and in honor of his mother who suffers from the disease. He finished the race mere minutes before the bombs went off. he’s since tweeted messages of love and support, along with Cambridge native Minday Kaling.
As a touching sign of solidarity, New York showed their love for Boston by singing Neil Diamond’s hit song, “Sweet Caroline” at Yankee Stadium. On Saturday, Diamond surprised the Red Sox fandom at Fenway, just hours after a citywide lockdown, by showing up to lead Red Sox fans in the song traditional sung a the top of the eighth inning. Diamond apparently flew to Boston before he even arranged the performance, and also told Rolling Stone, “I’m writing now and obviously affected by this situation in Boston, so I’m writing about it just to express myself.”
Victims of the bombings that are still recovering in local hospitals were surprise when actor Bradley Cooper stopped by the Boston Medical Center on Friday. Cooper is currently in town filming David O. Russell’s upcoming movie American Hustle.
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman made sure to visit Jeffrey Bauman during his visit. Bauman, lost both of his legs in the bombing, but awoke from surgery and was able to provide the the FBI with important information for their investigation. Other NFL stars, Danny Amendola and Jermichael Finley (of the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers, respectively) have both pledged to give portions of their 2013 season salaries to the One Fund. Amendola will be donating $100 per catch and $200 per drop, while Finley promised $500 for both every dropped pass and touchdown to the relief efforts. “Now fans can cheer & boo me @ the same time!” Finley said on his Twitter page.
Late-night E! talk show host Chelsea Handler pledged her support to bombing victims in the form of a $25,000 donation to gofundme.com, an online recovery fund for Celeste and Sydney Corcoran, a mother and daughter from Lowell, Massachusetts, who were both severely injured at the marathon bombings.
Newton, Massachusetts, native Amy Poehler addressed the audience of her Smart Girls YouTube channel Friday by answering a viewer question on violent imagery. “It’s been tough, hasn’t it? Doesn’t it feel like we’re just bombarded with stuff now? That everywhere we go there’s just some picture that’s worse than before. I kinda feel like my eyes need a break.” She ended the video with a very simple message: “I love you Boston.” Poehler is a graduate of Boston College.
Other stars lent their support more simply. On Monday morning, “The View” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck wore a red Boston jersey. The conservative member of the talk show panel attended and also graduated from Boston College. Likewise, Olympic gold medalist gymnast Aly Raisman was seen wearing Boston t-shirts in her aired rehearsals for “Dancing With the Stars.” The 18 year old lives in Needham, saying “It was really difficult,” of performing live on TV shortly after learning of the bombings. “I just want to say that I love everyone back home from Boston. You’re all in our thoughts and prayers.”
The 64th primetime Emmy award nominations were announced late last week, and as is the norm these days, Hollywood East is well-represented. With both former and current residents of Massachusetts and Connecticut in particular racking up a ton of nominations—a lucky few even accumulating multiple nods, spanning categories both in front of and behind the camera.
Newton native Louis C.K. heard his name a few times the morning of the announcements, as he earned himself nominations in the categories of Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series, and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Likewise, Burlington’s Amy Poehler was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for her role on “Parks And Recreation” on NBC, and will compete against her fellow statesman in the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series category.
In the Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series category, Elizabeth Banks was nominated for her role as Avery Jessup on “30 Rock.” Banks was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Canadian born actor but current Connecticut resident Michael J. Fox was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series for his work on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” as well as Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series on CBS’s “The Good Wife.”
Greenwich, Connecticut born Glenn Close was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series category for her role on “Damages” as Patty Hewes.
Boston born Uma Thurman was nominated in the Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series for her musical turn as Rebecca Duvall on the NBC series “Smash.”
The awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and air live on Sunday, September 23 on ABC.
Sunday night, the 63rd Emmy Awards were presented by first time host Jane Lynch of Fox’s “Glee.” While New England was well-represented throughout the show, the big winners of the evening was ABC’s “Modern Family,” winning a total of five awards, including the first four awards of the evening.
Massachusetts men, Steve Carrell and John Krasinski were both spotted on the red carpet, speaking individually to E’s Ryan Seacrest. Krasinski remarked on how he had not seen Carrell since he left, and how he was enjoying working with James Spader, a new addition to “The Office” family. Carrell likewise said how he was looking forward to catching up with his former cast.
Boston’s own Leonard Nimoy helped open the show, appearing as the ‘President of Television’ in the opening gag/musical number with Jane Lynch about the world of TV. The skit featured Lynch making her way through an apartment building where all of the current TV shows “live.” At one point, Lynch happened upon the “Mad Men” set, and sang to the characters about how women “in the future” can marry other women. Lynch married her partner in Sunderland, Massachusetts, in 2010. Many television stars made appearances throughout the skit; even the “Can you hear me now?” guy from the infamous Verizon commercials, Paul Marcarelli, a native of North Haven, Connecticut, made a brief cameo.
As for the awards, Matt LeBlanc, a Newton native, lost to Jim Parsons from “Big Bang Theory” for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy and “Downton Abby (Masterpiece)” beat “The Kennedys” for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie. Barry Pepper, who played Robert F. Kennedy in the controversial miniseries “The Kennedys,” won the best supporting actor award.
Burlington’s Amy Poehler, along with winner Melissa McCarthy helped present the award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie. Poehler was up against McCarty earlier in the evening for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy. The funny lady nominees each scrambled to the stage as their names were called and assembled in a row, pageant-like, and stood holding hands, before McCarthy was announced as the winner, and presented with her trophy, along with a tiara and bouquet of roses.
Mark Wahlberg was spotted in the audience when Lynch introduced the cast of “Entourage,” who presented the award for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special. Actor Jeremy Piven even joked about his former boss, remarking about how “HBO, also known as the Mark Wahlberg Channel.” Wahlberg served as executive producer of the show up until its last season earlier this year.
Also appearing during the telecast, Connecticut’s Michael Bolton reprised his role as Captain Jack Sparrow from his wildly popular viral digital video with the SNL guys who make up the Lonely Island music group.
Actress Jill Clayburgh, who died in early November of last year, appeared in the annual “In Memoriam” reel; she was a native of Connecticut.
On Thursday, July 14, the 2011 Emmy awards were announced, and more than a few New England connections were found, proving once again that Hollywood East has become a powerful force in the entertainment industry.
In the Outstanding Comedy Series category, “Glee” was once again nominated. The musical series was co-created by Newton native Brad Falchuk. The show will compete against the likes of “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” which stars Concord’s Steve Carell and Burlington’s Amy Poehler, respectively. Each were nominated for their own individual awards for Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Comedy. Poehler will compete against Laura Linney from “The Big C”, and series that has been shooting in Connecticut. Carrell will compete against fellow Massachusetts native, Matt LeBlanc, for his role on “Episodes”. The former “Friends” star originally hails from Newton.
On the drama side, Kathy Bates was nominated for Outstanding Actress for her role in the new “Harry’s Law”, yet another lawyer-themed show from the Boston-educated David E. Kelley.
“Glee” star Jane Lynch was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy. The funnywoman got married in Massachusetts in 2010.
Connecticut resident Tom Bergeron was nominated for Outstanding Reality Host in his role “Dancing With the Stars” ringleader.
The controversial Reelz channel miniseries, “The Kennedys” racked up a number of nominations, including Greg Kinnear and Barry Pepper for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie and Tom Wilkinson for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.
Brookline’s Conan O’Brien earned himself a little redemption, getting a nomination for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series for his TBS talk show, “Conan”. The late-night funnyman found himself hoisted from a short stint as host of the “Tonight Show” only to be replaced by its former host, Jay Leno in early 2010, only to reemerge on basic cable this past November. Leno and the “Tonight Show” did not receive any nominations this year.
For a complete list of the nominations, check out the official Emmy website. The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 18th, at 8 p.m. on Fox.
★ Connecticut native, Michael Bolton, makes a surprise appearance on “Saturday Night Live” and follows with a performance on “Dancing with the Stars.”
★ Kristen Wiig talks about working with Jill Clayburgh on her last film before she passed away in Connecticut late last year.
★ Brighton-based band Gentlemen Hall amidst the gossip at the Billboard Music Awards.
★ Rhode Island filmed “Body of Proof” earns high ratings in its first run.
★ Burlington, MA’s Amy Poehler to speak at this year’s Harvard graduation.
★ Bridget Moynihan talks about her past relationship with New England Patriot Tom Brady.
★ Boston-born Mario Cantone joins cast of new NBC show.
★ Kate Middleton is a distant cousin of Ellen DeGeneres, as uncovered by the New England Historical Genealogical Society.
★ Leno leads in ratings once again, but no one looks for him on the ‘net.
★ Check out the yearbook photos of some New England stars Ellen Pompeo, John Mayer, and “Bachelorette” Ali Fedotowsky.
★ Boston Common Magazine talks to twice Emmy-nominated Samantha Harris.
★ Kings Back Bay hosts an Oscar viewing party on February 27th.
★ Newton’s John Krasinski stars in a new movie with Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin.
★ Connecticut’s John Mayer sports a new goatee at the Grammys.
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