Thank you, Gene, for being a bright light and making us smile. Not only did I enjoy your performances in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, YoungFrankenstein,and Blazing Saddles, but I really enjoyed your small stint on Will and Grace as Will’s boss Mr. Stein. The world will be a little less bright without you. Gene was 83 and died from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Sunday night was the live broadcast of the Billboard Music Awards. Posted originally at Variety, here is a full list of the winners. Much congrats to Taylor Swift; it was great seeing Molly Ringwald; and the tribute to B.B. King was short but sweet.
Billboard Music Awards Winners 2015: Full List
The 2015 Billboard Music Awards aired live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on ABC. See a complete winners list below.
TOP ARTIST Taylor Swift (WINNER) Ariana Grande
TOP FEMALE ARTIST Taylor Swift (WINNER) Iggy Azalea
TOP RADIO SONG
John Legend, “All of Me” (WINNER)
Nico & Vinz, “Am I Wrong”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy
TOP MALE ARTIST Sam Smith (WINNER) Drake
TOP DANCE/ELECTRONIC ARTIST Calvin Harris (WINNER)
TOP BILLBOARD 200 ARTIST Taylor Swift (WINNER) One Direction
Looking on to the show’s eighth season, I was surprised to read a headline claiming Jim Parsons may be leaving the show–especially within the same breath as his recent Emmy nod. (And a double-whammy for my Jim, because he’s also being nominated for his role in The Normal Heart (HB0).) However, it turns out that none of the cast has negotiated a contract for season 8, yet. Though, “Warner Bros. Television is confident the cast will have deals before season eight starts” according to The Hollywood Reporter article linked above.
UPDATE (as of 6 Aug 2014 5:13 AM CST): From Yahoo! News and Variety, the cast have finished negotiating their contracts and production has resumed!