Wellington screenwriter misses out on Emmy

Wellington writer Neil Cross has missed out on an Emmy award.

In today’s television awards ceremony at Los Angeles’s Nokia Theatre, Cross was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding writing for a mini series, movie or dramatic special for his writing of Luther, a BBC crime drama he created.

The Bristol, England-born author and screenwriter faced stiff competition, with American Horror Story: Coven, Fargo, Sherlock, The Normal Heart, and Treme also nominated in the same category.

Sherlock writer Steven Moffat won the Emmy.Cross has previously said the idea for his obsessive, possessed Detective Chief Inspector John Luther, who first appeared on TV screens in the form of Idris Elba in 2010, came from a life of reading, watching and writing crime fiction.

In 2011, the Booker Prize nominee was named among Variety magazine’s Ten Screenwriters to Watch.

In 2012, he was also nominated for an Emmy for Luther.

Cross, who lives in Wellington with his wife, Nadia, and sons, said he now thought of New Zealand as home despite writing for American and British television.

”Kiwis as a culture have certain attributes that I really admire, a confidence without arrogance, enormous acceptance without being superior or smug. I’m the most English man ever. I spend my life in a haze of embarrassment and self-hatred.”

He has also written for Doctor Who.

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– The Dominion Post


Cersei’s naked Game of Thrones walk ‘banned by church’

Nudity may be normal in King’s Landing, but one Game of Thrones actress has reportedly been banned from showing her breasts during filming on location.

Producers of the hit US TV series have been prohibited from filming a pivotal topless scene at its planned location in Croatia’s capital Dubrovnik, according to TMZ.

The Hollywood gossip magazine says the program’s crew applied to the local film commission to shoot the racy scene in which Cersei Lannister, played by Lena Headey, undertakes a “walk of penance” through the streets of King’s Landing.

But the request was reportedly rejected because the city’s Church of St Nicholas has a hardline stance against public displays of sexuality.

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It’s understood the iconic scene, from George R.R. Martin’s fifth novel A Dance With Dragons, will still be shot somewhere else because of its importance to the storyline.

Filming is well under way for the fifth series of Game of Thrones, which will air in April 2015, with the majority having already been completed in Northern Ireland.

Its last two seasons do not have a release date and will only be filmed once Martin has written his final novels, The Winds Of Winter and A Dream Of Spring.

The HBO fantasy drama series has been nominated for 19 categories at the Emmy Awards taking place in Los Angeles on Monday night (local time).

Martin recently expressed both happiness and frustration at the level of attention he’s received since the small-screen adaptation of his novel first aired in 2011.

“A few years ago I came to Edinburgh with my wife and we were able to listen to the street musicians and go to plays and comedy performances and the military Tattoo,” the author told the Guardian at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this month.

“And in the whole week we were here, maybe three people recognised me, and I was happy to sign an autograph for them.

“Now, three or four people recognise me every block. I can’t go out any more, I can’t walk the streets.

“And it’s great to have all these readers and fans who, for the most part, are very nice people, saying they love the books and the TV show.

“But there are so many of them and it just doesn’t end. Oh, and selfies. If I could clap my hands and burn out every camera phone in the world, I swear I’d do it.”

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– Sydney Morning Herald


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Cirque du Soleil surprises passengers

Visitors flying into Las Vegas got more than just their luggage when they stopped by baggage claim.

Cast members from Cirque du Soleil danced on the carousels, did handstands on the moving sidewalks and rode a vintage Volkswagen Beetle into the terminal at McCarran International Airport.

The unannounced, three-song shows marked the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas.

The band’s two-show gig in 1964 was the only time the Fab Four performed in Sin City.

Cirque du Soleil has a Beatles-themed resident show at The Mirage casino called “LOVE.”

The cast’s re-creation of the Beatles’ journey included a pre-flight performance at San Francisco International Airport, and cast members gave prizes to Southwest Airlines passengers who flew with them to Las Vegas.

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Cyrus yielded her acceptance speech spotlight to Jesse Helt, a homeless teen currently residing in Los Angeles, California, who Cyrus brought as her date to the awards show.

Helt shared his moving story with the audience.

“I have survived in shelters all over this city,” he said. “I’ve cleaned your hotel rooms. I’ve been an extra in your movies. I’ve been an extra in your life.”

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