Tuesday, September 19, 2017

69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Winners


The 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards aired Sunday night on CBS. The show was hosted by Stephen Colbert.

It was a historic and politically-charged night. Donald Glover and Lena Waithe both made history with their wins. Glover is the first African-American to win in the best comedy series director category for Atlanta.  Waithe is the first African American woman to win in the best comedy series writer category for Master of None. Waithe shared the award with series star and co-creator.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus also made history with her sixth Veep lead actress win.

Below is a complete list of winners.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

JOHN LITHGOW as Winston Churchill                                                   NETFLIX

The Crown

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

KATE MCKINNON as Various Characters                                               NBC

Saturday Night Live        

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

LAURA DERN as Renata Klein                                                              HBO

Big Little Lies


OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES

DONALD GLOVER, Directed by                                                               FX NETWORKS

Atlanta
B.A.N.


OUTSTANDING VARIETY SKETCH SERIES

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE                                                                        NBC

Lorne Michaels, Executive Producer
Ken Aymong, Supervising Producer
Lindsay Shookus, Producer
Erin Doyle, Producer
Steve Higgins, Produced by
Erik Kenward, Produced by

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
BRUCE MILLER, Teleplay by                                                                HULU

The Handmaid's Tale
Offred (Pilot)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
ALEC BALDWIN as Donald Trump                                                        NBC

Saturday Night Live


OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL

JEAN-MARC VALLÉE, Directed by                                                        HBO

Big Little Lies

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

ALEXANDER SKARSGÅRD as Perry Wright                                                   HBO

Big Little Lies


OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A VARIETY SERIES

KEVIN AVERY, Written by                                                                           HBO
TIM CARVELL, Written by
JOSH GONDELMAN, Written by
DAN GUREWITCH, Written by
GEOFF HAGGERTY, Written by
JEFF MAURER, Written by
JOHN OLIVER, Written by
SCOTT SHERMAN, Written by
WILL TRACY, Written by
JILL TWISS, Written by
JULI WEINER, Written by

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver


OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

ANN DOWD as Aunt Lydia                                                                          HULU

The Handmaid's Tale     


OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
AZIZ ANSARI, Written by                                                                          NETFLIX
LENA WAITHE, Written by

Master Of None
Thanksgiving


OUTSTANDING REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM

THE VOICE                                                                                                NBC

John De Mol, Executive Producer
Mark Burnett, Executive Producer
Audrey Morrissey, Executive Producer
Jay Bienstock, Executive Producer
Lee Metzger, Executive Producer
Chad Hines, Executive Producer
Kyra Thompson, Co-Executive Producer
Mike Yurchuk, Co-Executive Producer
Amanda Zucker, Co-Executive Producer
Anthea Bhargava, Supervising Producer
Keith Dinielli, Supervising Producer
May Johnson, Supervising Producer
Clyde Lieberman, Supervising Producer
Teddy Valenti, Supervising Producer
Ashley Baumann-Sylvester, Senior Producer
Barton Kimball, Senior Producer
Brittany Martin Porter, Senior Producer
Kyley Tucker, Senior Producer
Amanda Silva Borden, Producer
Carson Daly, Producer
Dan Paschen, Producer


OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

REED MORANO, Directed by                                                                        HULU

The Handmaid's Tale
Offred (Pilot)


OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL

CHARLIE BROOKER, Written by                                                                  NETFLIX

Black Mirror: San Junipero
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY SERIES

DON ROY KING, Directed by                                                                      NBC

Saturday Night Live
Host: Jimmy Fallon


OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK SERIES

LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER                                          HBO

John Oliver, Executive Producer/Host
Tim Carvell, Executive Producer
Liz Stanton, Executive Producer


OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

DONALD GLOVER as Earn Marks                                                       FX NETWORKS

Atlanta


OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS as Selina Meyer                                             HBO

Veep

Monday, September 18, 2017

Selina Albright Has Succesful 'Conversations'



It is mid-September yet R&B-jazz singer Selina Albright has already booked her holiday season travel plans thanks in part to a pair of buzzworthy singles at multiple radio formats along with enthusiastic reviews for her debut album, “Conversations,” which was issued on the Golden Rays Music label. Albright was invited to embark upon a 24-city U.S. concert tour as the featured vocalist on the Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour during which the smooth soul singer will share the spotlight with the charismatic saxophonist and his fellow contemporary jazz luminaries David Benoit, Rick Braun and Peter White. The tour kicks off November 24 in Atlanta and wraps December 23 in Cerritos, California.   

Even before “Conversations” dropped, Albright, who co-produced three songs and wrote the album’s candid and confessional lyrics that she describes as “like my own therapeutic diary,” captured attention and charted at smooth jazz outlets globally with the lead single, “Eat Something,” an empowering mid-tempo R&B ode to self-love that celebrates comfort and security in a romantic relationship by packing on a few pounds. The song, bolstered by slick guitar licks from Kay-Ta Matsuno, immediately connects with listeners – especially women – who called radio stations to request the cut that premiered nationally on SiriusXM Watercolors’ Dave Koz Lounge. “Eat Something” has now crossed over to urban adult contemporary (UAC) radio - including at SiriusXM’s UAC programming – and is gobbling up airplay.  

While the first single continues its chart ascent at UAC radio, smooth jazz programmers have embraced the follow-up, “Possible,” another affirmation of self-acceptance. Albright explains, “I wrote ‘Possible’ with hope of finding that one person who would make me feel loved and accepted just as I am. Now that I’m married to that person, I've found that it’s equally important - if not most important - to accept myself. That’s when the light bulb truly came on for me! My heart and mind opened to new possibilities, and I was able to experience the freedom and fearlessness I was put on this earth to achieve. I believe we all have to peel our own layers of doubt away and be true to ourselves in order to live our lives to the fullest. This is why the (accompanying) music is minimal for much of the song. I needed the focus to be on the message so that listeners could celebrate - not suppress - their zest for life.”

The daughter of multiple Grammy nominee and contemporary jazz sax titan Gerald Albright, Selina grew up in the company of her father’s colleagues, but has relied on the power and grace of her vocal gifts to pave her own way. For more than a decade, she has toured and recorded with a wide array of notables in jazz, R&B and EDM. In recent years, she’s been featured on Benoit’s A Charlie Brown Christmas Tour and is fond of touring during the holiday season.

"I really love touring during Christmas because I see nothing but smiles from the stage. It's as if barriers can finally come down for the season, and we can all relax and focus on what's important: friends, family, love and music!” said the radiant and shapely Albright, who continues her Conversations Tour until the Christmas tour commences. "Dave Koz, Peter White, Rick Braun and David Benoit have been part of my adoptive musical family for years. So for me, the Koz Christmas Tour will be a special reunion when we can celebrate each other's talents while on stage together. This is one tour that I know the people will feel the joy and love in the music! And, of course, music aside, the food enthusiast in me cannot wait to enjoy the local cuisine in each city we visit."

“Conversations” was produced by Chris “Big Dog” Davis, James “JRob” Roberson and Albright, and contains performances by Gerald Albright, White, Matsuno, Randy Ellis and David P. Stevens. Below are excerpts from a sampling of album reviews:     
  



Saturday, September 16, 2017

Doris Bergman's Pre-Emmy Party A Huge Hit



By Darlene Donloe

Doris Bergman’s Eighth Annual Style Lounge & Party kicked off the awards season with her patented, star-studded, fun-filled soiree, held at Fig & Olive in West Hollywood.

Doris Bergman

The celebration of the Emmy® season, hosted by BuyWine.com and presented by Skinside, attracted celebrities from television, film, and theater.

The highly-anticipated, invitational-only event is known for attracting luminaries and delivering one of the best gifting suites of the awards season, which included spirits, lifestyle, beauty and fashion products.

Buy Wine.com CEO & Founder Alma M. Callan
Skinside

During the pre-Emmy celebration, those in attendance were feted and lavished with high-end items great gifts, great food, great drinks, fellowship and, of course, lots of fun.

Emmy winner Kim Estes

Maria Conchita Alonso

Judy Tenuta checks out the DryBar

Toks Olagundoye and the rep from Abingdon Co. Timepieces
Sue Wong and actress Kelsey Scott

Actress Denise Boutee

Brigitte Nielson and CJ's Homemade Wholesome Pet Treats

Tristan Rogers
Dee Wallace and Jeanne Vixen of Jeanne Vixen Jewelry


Celebrities on hand included: Kim Estes (2017 Best Actor Short Form (Dicks) Primetime Emmy Winner), Patrika Darbo, 2016 Primetime Emmy Winner, Best Actress Short Form (Acting Dead), Primetime Emmy Nominees, Kevin “The Bull,” Host of Emmy Nominated Series (American Ninja Warrior), Kelsey Scott (Walking Dead), Mo Collins (‘F’ Is For Family), joined multiple Oscar nominee Bruce Dern, Genevieve Buechner (UnReal), Shiva Negar (American Assassin), Deidre Hall (Days of Our Lives), Brigitte Nielson, Denise Boutte, Tony Denison (Major Crimes), Michael Campion (Fuller House), Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story), Nathan Davis, Jr. (Detroit), Gleb Savchenko (Dancing With the Stars), Steven Bauer (Ray Donovan), Lotte Verbeek (Madam Secretary), Marilu Henner,  Dee Wallace, Maria Conchita Alonso, Rosa Blasi (The Thundermans), Toks Olagundoye and more.

Twisted Silver is always a crowd favorite

Chef Elliott brought his red velvet cake 
Nicole Merritt Lester of MarriageMindedOnly.com
Chef Elliott and Emmy winner Patrika Darbo


Jeanne Vixen of Jeanne Vixen Jewelry

Art Lewin

CJ's Pet Staycation

Laura Uboldi (left)

Jamie Lauren and Rebecca Smoyer








Reema
Reema Beauty



Mallory Diekmann and Karen Haines

Jarret Beaudis
Abingdon Co. Timepieces

Sheri Mudge


Amy D'Ambra, Megan Lyne and Madi Myers-Cook
Olympia Luggage



Gifts and services were provided by: Buy Wine.com, Skinside Drinkable Collagen, Abingdon Co. Timepieces, The Dry Bar, Montrose Regenerative Cosmetics & Laser Center, Curlifornia, Hair Swell, Chef Elliott’s Red Velvet Bourbon Bundt Cakes & Signature Spices, Olympia Luggage, USA, Spa Girl Vodka, Hashtag Hooker, Signature Innovation Group Men’s Wear, Art Lewin Bespoke, Hint Water, Sue Wong Couture & Fragrance, Pampered Pets Playhouse Resort & Spa, CJ's Homemade Wholesome Pet Treats, My Saint, My Hero, Twisted Silver, Jeanne Vixen Jewelry, Reema Beauty, Burger Time, Single Dress, Kaya Di Koko, Single Underwear for Men, Mascarpone Cheesecake by Chef Turok, Rock Your Hair, Marriagemindedonly.com, CJ's Pet Staycation, Sunless Beauty, Purad’or, Miradryla.com, “Loaded Dice Films’ “Wheels” DVDs, Astrologer Kelly Surtees, and VIP gift bags provided by Buywine.com. 

Avril Jones of Skinside said the drinkable beauty shots that are said to improve the collagen is enjoying its first year in the U.S. The product was developed in Switzerland four years ago.

Chef Elliott, based out of Atlanta, gifted his signature red velvet cake with bourbon butter cream cheese glaze. Yum!  He sells the three-layer, nine-inch cake for between $45-$60, plus tax and shipping. Chefelliott.com

Nicole Merritt Lester of the dating website, MarriageMindedOnly.com said the company’s purpose is to pull together like-minded people who aren’t interested in hooking up, but rather are looking for meaning relationships.  The company has been around for three months. It costs between $19.95-$29.95 per month.

CJ’s Pet Staycation and CJ's Homemade Wholesome Pet Treats gifted guests with impressive overnight bags filled with everything a dog owner would need.

Art Lewin is always an event favorite. He’s been supporting Doris Bergman’s efforts for years.

“I keep coming back because it’s a great way to spread the word about my business – even though I’ve been a custom clothier for 28 years,” said Lewin, who gifted large garment bags and men’s socks.

Lewin said he has dressed Jon Voight, Elliott Gould, cast members from Ray Donovan and Steven Bauer.

Christine Devine and Wednesday's Child Erianya Amie

Local Fox 11 News Anchor Christine Devine was on hand to highlight Wednesday’s Child, a weekly segment that airs on KTTV Fox 11 News. Wednesday’s Child focuses on placing children in the LA County foster care system in need of adoptive families. This year Bergman hosted Erianya Amie, a local teen who was able to experience VIP treatment.

The Emmy Awards airs Sunday, September 17, 2017.