Pop culture, entertainment & all things Fresno

‘Girls’ just wants to have realistic fun

GirlsLena Dunham often gets asked by viewers of her HBO series, “Girls,” how they are suppose to sympathize with the characters since many of them are not the most likeable people on the planet.

Her answer is simple. Dunham just says, “You seem to like Walter White.”

She’s right. If viewers can sympathize with the drug-dealing character that Bryan Cranston played in “Breaking Bad,” then a few big city snotty people should be a piece of cake. Besides, it really hasn’t been easy for the “Girls” writers to add a character that would be more likeable but still fit with the tone of the show.

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Emma Thompson not big fan of Audra McDonald (wink, wink)

THOMPSON NICHOLSEmma Thompson says she has a deep dislike for Fresno’s own Audra McDonald. I find this out while talking to Thompson — England’s answer to Meryl Streep — about her upcoming movie “Beautiful Creatures” that opens Valentine’s Day. She plays a witch who has gone the dark side, not much of a stretch by the way she talks about McDonald.

The source of the discord started when the pair filmed the 2001 cable movie “Wit.” Thompson turns in a brilliant performance as a professor who’s forced to reassess her life after being diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. McDonald is equally as wonderful as the nurse who helps her deal with the terminal illness. Both picked up Emmy nominations that year.

“I’m quite bitter about working with Audra,” says Thompson in such a sarcastic tone it becomes clear that she doesn’t really have any dislike for her former co-star but is a big admirer. This is just an example of the Thompson sense of humor that all of her co-stars in the movie say made the filming process so much fun.

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Entertainment this weekend

118573_D_2345_ful.JPG Here are a few viewing suggestions for the weekend:

“The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards,” 5 p.m. Sunday, KSEE (Channel 24.1): Make sure you notice that this year’s awards will be airing live on the West Coast. You don’t want to tune in late and miss the best supporting actor in a comedy category that includes Clovis native Chris Colfer.

“Avatar: Special Edition”: If you are one of the three people who hasn’t seen this film, it’s being re-released. The film, that includes nine minutes of new footage, is at the Edwards Fresno Stadium 22 and the Sierra Vista Cinemas 16 in Clovis.

“Lost: The Complete Sixth and Final Season”: Debates started as soon as the finale of this network show aired. Some thought the ending perfectly wrapped up the mysterious network series starring Matthew Fox. Others ended up just being lost. Now you can rewatch the last season and check out all the extras. It will either clear up the debates or start more.

Bullard grad wins two Emmys


Congratulations to Bullard High graduate Marina Zenovich, who picked up two Emmys Saturday during the “2009 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.” The statues were for Outstanding Directing For Nonfiction Programming and Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming.

What earned her the awards was her “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” a documentary about the infamous movie director. Polanski was found guilty in 1977 of having sex with Samantha Geimer, who at the time was 13. Zenovich spent five years collecting archival footage and doing interviews with the major players in the case that became a legal circus.

The movie was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2008 and released theatrically in July of the same year. It became eligible for the TV awards because the documentary aired on HBO in June 2008.

Academy offers unique gift ideas


It is never too early to start your Christmas shopping for that person who has everything.

I bet they don’t have memorabilia from TV shows like “House,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Breaking Bad” or “Greek.” Imagine the look on that little one’s face when the package is opened and the gift is a visit to the set of “Melrose Place,” “Medium,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” or “The Jay Leno Show.”

Those are a few of the 40 items gifts up for auction in connection with the “61st Primetime Emmy Awards” at

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Television Academy Foundation. The foundation’s educational and preservation programs include student internship programs, the College TV Awards, the Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship and the Archive of American Television which chronicles the stories of TV’s pioneers, innovators, artists and legends.

“This online auction is a great way for TV fans everywhere to bid on a piece of television magic while supporting a wonderful cause,” says Terri Clark, Executive Director of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation. “We’re so pleased that top television producers have supported the Television Academy Foundation by providing A-List, one-of-a-kind items and experiences that TV fans can enjoy.”

Don’t delay. The auction closes Sept. 3. The Emmy telecast is Sept. 20.

Daytime Emmy presenters announced


Presenters for the “36th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards” have been announced. The ceremony will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Aug. 30 on KFRE (Channel 59). Vanessa Williams is the host.

The presenters include: Kristin Alderson (“One Life to Live”), Bradford Anderson (“General Hospital”), Tyra Banks (“The Tyra Banks Show”), Brandon Buddy (“One Life to Live”), Patrick Duffy (“The Bold and the Beautiful”), Melissa Claire Egan (“All My Children”), Colin Eggelsfield (“Melrose Place”), Jennie Garth (“90210″) and Anthony Geary (“General Hospital”).

Other presenters include Van Hansis (“As the World Turns”), Elizabeth Hendrickson (“The Young and the Restless”), Bindi Irwin (“Bindi the Jungle Girl”), Jay Kenneth Johnson (“Days of Our Lives”), Katherine Kelly Lang (“The Bold and the Beautiful”), Lori Loughlin (“Melrose Place”), Susan Lucci (“All My Children”), Gilles Marini (“Dancing with the Stars”), Kyle Massey (“That’s So Raven”) and Chris Massey (“Zoey 101″).

And finally there is Cameron Mathison (“All My Children”), Dr. Phil McGraw (“Dr. Phil”), Billy Miller (“The Young and the Restless”), Ronn Moss (“The Bold & the Beautiful”), Robert Newman (“Days of Our Lives”), Sandra Oh (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Rachael Ray (“The Rachael Ray Show”), James Scott (“Days of Our Lives”), Jake Silbermann (“As The World Turns”), Kirsten Storms (“General Hospital”), Dr. Travis Stork (“The Doctors”), Alex Trebek (“Jeopardy”), Betty White, Montel Williams and Kim Zimmer (“Guiding Light”).