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Steven’s Golden Globe Picks- Television

Check out Steven’s Picks for the TV portion of tonight’s Golden Globes

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67th-golden-globeIt’s Golden Globe time and with the Oscar Nominations announced, it’s also time to see which movies, actors, etc have the best chance to come away with golden statues in February. Take a look at my picks for both TV and Movies at tonight’s Golden Globes.

check out my TV picks here. Follow me on Twitter @StevePanzarella for live updates and opinions on each and every winner and loser.

 

 

 

Best Drama-

Breaking Bad

Boardwalk Empire

Downton Abbey

Homeland

The Newsroom

This one gets complicated, HBO’s controversial hit The Newsroom was my favorite show of last year but Homeland is by far the most critically acclaimed program on television. Holding a Heavy advantage in being beloved by any and all fans make Homeland the favorite.

Best Performance by An Actrees: Drama-

Connie Britton-Nashville

Glenn Close-Damages

Claire Danes-Homeland

Michelle Dockery-Downton Abbey

Julianna Margulies-The Good Wife

This always seems like the one award that gets the same few names yearly but again, holding the distinct advantage is “Homeland” Claire Danes week in and week out performance as a somewhat psychotic CIA officer makes her again the lead for this award.

Best Performance by An Actor: Drama-

Steve Buscemi-Boardwalk Empire

Bryan Cranston-Breaking Bad

Jeff Daniels-The Newsroom

Jon Hamm-Mad Men

Damian Lewis-Homeland

The question is can Damian Lewis help Homeland sweep? I believe it’s an absolute possibility but i will pick this one with Jeff Daniels who was awesome as Will McAvoy, the brash, journalist and anchor of News Night in The Newsroom.

Best TV Series: Comedy Or Musical

The Big Bang Theory

Episodes

Girls

Modern Family

Smash

You actually can’t go wrong in this set of shows. Modern Family is the juggernaut of the group for it’s consistency but Girls, Smash, and The Big Bang Theory all have high hopes. Big Bang took home the peoples choice award earlier this week and for me that could be enough to make it one of the nights big upsets. I’m taking Big Bang over the overqualified field of comedies.

Best Performance by an Actress: Comedy/Musical

Zooey Deschanel- New Girl

Julia Louis-Dreyfus-Veep

Lena Dunham-Girls

Tina Fey-30 Rock

Amy Poehler-Parks and Rec

While i love the idea of the two hosts competing for the same award, and the fact that this is 30 Rocks last season has many people picking Fey. I actually think this is between Louis-Dreyfus for Veep and Dunham for Girls. While Dunham does an excellent job  in the very awkward HBO comedy that she also writes, I am an even bigger fan of the former Seinfeld vet Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She is hysterical, as an uninspired, under worked Vice president and my pick for best actress.

Best Performance by an Actor: Comedy/Musical

Alec Baldwin-30 Rock

Don Cheadle-House Of Lies

Louis CK-Louis

Matt LeBlanc-Episodes

Jim Parsons-The Big Bang Theory

It would be cool to see Alec Baldwin take home one final award for his great work on 30 Rock and my rooting interest goes with Jim Parson’s who is perfect week in and week out on the Big Bang Theory. Can Matt LeBlanc repeat? Maybe but I’m picking Parsons.

Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TV

Game Change

The Girl

Hatfields and McCoys

The Hour

Political Animals

I was a huge fan of almost all of these miniseries, especially The Hour which I thought felt more like Britain’s version of Mad Men. Led by an excellent cast, The Hour is the program I would love to see win the golden globe. HBO has two well acted movies on here as well, with the political Sarah Palin film Game Change and the Alfred Hitchcock-Tippi Hedren biopic The Girl . I thought Hatfields was excellent as well, with History showing that they can produce some very well done product this is a close one. I have to take The Hour, a 6 episode mini series with a sequel that came out this year, it’s deserving of some recognition.

Best Performance By An Actress: Mini Series or Motion Picture made for TV

Nicole Kidman-Hemingway and Gellhorn

Jessica Lange-American Horror Story: Asylum

Sienna Miller-The Girl

Julianne Moore-Game Change

Sigourney Weaver- Political Animals

The level of performances we saw this year in Mini Series and Made for TV movies was astouding. We saw Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin, Sienna Miller as the Birds star Tippi Hedre, Jessica Lange as the tough Sister Jude on American Horror Story Asylum. Lange won the award last year for American Horror Story and she is my pick to win again this year. Her character is just too twisted, on such a crazy show, and she is consistently the reason why most people watch week in and week out.

Best Performance by An Actor: Mini Series or Motion Picture made for TV

Kevin Costner-Hatfields and McCoys

Benedict Cumberbatch-Sherlock

Woody Harrelson- Game Change

Toby Jones- The Girl

Clive Owen- Hemingway and Gellhorn

This year was the year of two Alfred Hitchcocks and Toby Jones turn as the oddball horror icon was one of the best performances all year. It’s nice to always see older faces like Kevin Costner who was excellent in Hatfields but my pick again goes to what i thought was the best performance of the year in a Mini Series, and that is for Benedict Cumberbatch who in my opinion is the best Sherlock Holmes we have seen in a long time.

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini Series or Motion picture made for TV

Hayden Panettiere-Nashville

Archie Panjabi-The Good Wife

Sarah Paulson-Game Change

Maggie Smith-Downton Abbey

Sofia Vergara- Modern Family

Really, is there anything better then what Dame Maggie Smith does weekly on Downton? I believe it’s time we gave Dame Maggie her due.

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini Series or Motion Picture made for TV

Max Greenfield-New Girl

Ed Harris-Game Change

Danny Huston-Magic City

Mandy Patinkin-Homeland

Eric Stonestreet-Modern Family

With the likes of Ed Harris and Eric Stonestreet in for this award, and Mandy Patinkin repping Homeland, wouldn’t it be great to see Max Greenfield win for New Girl? He is one of the most likable characters on TV as the oddball Schmidt. One of my favorite characters on all of television, and in the somewhat irrational world of me and the Golden Globe voters, I think Greenfield has earned it.

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LISTEN: Britney Spears Wants Her Life Back – Full Testimony Details Claims Of Prolonged Abuse

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For the first time, Britney Spears is speaking publicly about the conditions surrounding her conservatorship. In a powerful 23 minutes, she claimed the conservatorship does way more harm than good, detailing punishments and bullying from her father and a team of people on her payroll.

The full testimony is below.

In one instance she referred to her previous statements to her social media following where she claimed she was ‘okay’ and ‘happy,’ revealing that the statement was a lie.

“Now I’m telling you the truth, OK? I’m not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m so angry it’s insane.”

Another hearing is scheduled for July, but the exact next steps remain unknown.

Watch the full clip:

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Get The Look! A Buyer’s Guide To Brian Balthazar’s Philadelphia Home Redesign

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As the world was forced to spend more time at home, Brian Balthazar found himself in a position where he had sold a house before the lockdown and had to find a new one.

“We sold our home with all the furniture in it, so not only did we find ourselves struggling to find a new place, once we found one we didn’t have any furniture to put in it.”

And so, Brian and partner Dennis got resourceful, turning to refurbishing and buying store floor models. They were inspired to make bold, fun choices in color and style when they started shopping around for wallpaper.

Below is the segment as it appeared on the Today Show, and further down, a rundown of where you can find the pieces or ones with a similar look!

THE DINING ROOM

Let’s start with the Dining Room!

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Brian saysThe dining room was the first space we wanted to do. I haven’t had a true dining room since I was a kid, and I’ve always wanted a big table for dinner parties! There were no tables within the price range we wanted, so we found a floor model at one of our favorite go-to stores, Arhaus. We easily saved 75 percent on this table by getting the one that they weren’t going to carry anymore. The chairs are from Wayfair.  On each side of the fireplace (not seen in the photo, but visible in the Today Show video) are two black tall lanterns flanking the fireplace. I got them at Target. I can’t currently find them on their app, but similar versions pop up every year. Get thee to Homegoods! Homegoods and Homesense (same parent company) are my go-to spots for home accessories for virtually every room in the house. You never know what you’re going to find, which is part of the fun.

But let’s focus on the real WOW element to this room – the wallpaper! This pattern is called Bellewood, by RebelWalls.   As you will soon see, I’m sort of obsessed with their patterns. To me, this room is magical with the added whimsy of this forest pattern. (They also have a more muted version with grays and even one with blues.) I also love that by hanging the paper from the chair rail up, you almost get the feeling that you’re standing on a balcony overlooking the forest. I surrounded the whole room with this paper, which I love, but you could easily add the same magical feeling by just doing one feature wall. Their website shows how it can translate to a bedroom or office. You might be intimidated by hanging wallpaper but don’t be! This pattern has so much going on that it really looks perfect when it goes up!

ON TO THE GUEST BEDROOM!

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Brian says: The guest bedroom is on the top floor of the house, so it’s got roof lines on two sides that make it a tricky space to navigate if you’re not careful. The planning of this space alone resulted in a few bonked heads. On the upside, the wall where the bed goes is tall, so it was an obvious place to create some visual pop. Again, the wallpaper takes the spotlight.  Called “Nude Roses,” also by RebelWalls, I love this design. Floral wallpaper was ‘big’ in popularity back in the 1920s when this house was built, but the patterns at that time were smaller, repeated more often, and were often really bold in color. This interpretation is so fun to me! Gone are the small roses in favor of oversized blooms, and the bold colors are more subdued pink and gray hues, with touches of dark green and creamy whites.

While roses can inherently feel feminine, the plaid bedding (30 dollars for a queen set from Target) are a surprising complement that keeps everything from feeling a little stereotypical. The side tables are mismatched – partly because we didn’t want to go too “matchy=matchy” – but also to save some money – the one on the left side (hard to catch here) was from West Elm. Normally $199, we got it for half off as the floor model. The one on the right we found in the trash. It was perfectly fine, clearly someone had just gotten tired of it! Nothing some disinfectant can’t fix. That gave us some extra money to spend – To reduce the softeness we went with industrial lamps and edison bulbs. The lamps  are called “Ginyard,” from Wayfair. The headboard was on sale at Arhaus. The dark gray takes balances out the pink hues well. The pillows are from Target and Homegoods.

For the 360 degree view of this room, watch the Instagram reel below!  You’ll see the dresser, on sale for $599 from Arhaus, a lamp from Homegoods, and mobiles from Amazon which we fashioned into a ‘piece of art’ that keeps you from hitting your head on the angled wall opposite the bed. Watch the video to check it out!

 

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THE GAME ROOM

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Brian says: The idea for the basement game room was to create a space that feels like a lounge you might find if you went out with friends. When you go into this basement it definitely feels like you’ve gone someplace unique! Believe it or not, I found out the Today Show had invited me to to record my house tour just a few days in advance, and so we turned around this spot in just THREE days! There was literally no pool table at the time, (although it had already been scheduled to come on Friday, the wallpaper came on Saturday, (as well as the floor tiles!) and by Sunday we were covered in paint and glue and drinking wine to celebrate it’s completion! I recorded the final video that Monday.

Some people might not think to take a bright basement and make it dark, but that was our first instinct. Clubs are dark and moody, and we wanted this to feel like that. We painted the walls Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore, which is a very dark gray that seems to take on different hues based on where you paint it and the light that shines on it. We painted the ceiling black. This was Thursday night! Then Friday the pool table came. The floor tiles (“Tweed Indeed” in black by Flor) hadn’t arrived until the next day, so when they did arrive I meticulously trimmed four tiles to fit around the pool table legs so it looks like they were there the whole time. I had ordered the pool table online weeks before from PoolTables.com and by sheer coincidence it was scheduled to arrive in time for me to shoot the redesign. This was the second time I have ordered a pool table from them (which was initially scary because you’re not even seeing it beforehand!) but it always arrives in perfect condition to your specific selections. I love that the felt jet black and keeps things dark and moody. In the time that has passed since this photo was taken, I’ve added more of the carpet tiles to make the carpeted floor area darker and bigger.

But once again, the wall mural steals the show in a marvelous way! This mural is called “A Priori” from Rebelwalls, and is inspired by The Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power, a famous fresco by Italian artist Pietro da Cortona. Fitting, because this house is Italian in style on the outside. You can’t see it from this photo but the wallpaper runs up part of the ceiling as well. It truly gives the room a wow factor when you enter it. The lamps are from Homegoods, (we’ve since added some industrial floor lamps for extra mood lighting) and the piano was something we brought with us. The bar tables are from Amazon ($72 each) and the stools we brought with us – they were discards from someone who didn’t like their original bright colors and thought they were dated! We covered them ourselves with gray plaid fabric and they’re better than they were new!

 

So there you have it! Hope you enjoyed the rooms and find something you like!

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Well Sh-t, Leslie Jordan Has Shared Three Videos Of Himself Dancing In One Week And They’re All Perfect

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Doing much better now, Leslie.

If you’ve never believed that “good things come in small packages” then you’ve never seen Leslie Jordan’s instagram. The 4’11” actor known for his iconic roles in shows like Will & Grace and American Horror Story has recently developed a whole new fanbase who loves him for his viral Instagram videos. Usually starting each video by greeting fans with “Well shit, how y’all doing?”, viewers have grown to anticipate Jordan’s hilarious recounting of stories from his time in show biz or growing up in the south. This week, however, the Tennessee native has shared 3 videos of himself dancing within 5 days and honestly it’s precisely what we all need right now.

The first video was posted on August 12th and shows Jordan taking part of the “Git up and dance challenge” which swept the internet about a year ago. Even though he is a little late, the video is still perfection.

On August 13th, Jordan does a dance to “You Can’t Stop The Beat” from Hairspray a with special guest dance partner Katie Couric!

Finally, on August 15th, Jordan does an epic “tootsie roll” and challenges Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills star, Lisa Rinna, to do the tootsie roll herself. Of course Rinna commented with a big “ON IT ❤️😂.” Who could say no to the viral star?!?

The moral of the story here is that the world is going through some tough times right now but maybe, even for a few seconds, we could all feel better if we’d just dance it out. Thanks for the inspo Leslie Jordan!

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