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The Emmy Awards will be ‘live, live, live,’ and expect things to go wrong

The Emmy Awards will be ‘live, live, live,’ and expect things to go wrong

The virtual Emmy Awards will be “live, live, live,” with the producers fully anticipating that there will be foul-ups and planning to roll with that as best they can.

The first major entertainment industry awards since the pandemic struck will be broadcast on ABC and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who told the Hollywood Reporter that he enjoys “putting myself in difficult situations. So if the worst happens and it all breaks down, there will definitely be a part of me that is amused by it.”

Having watched other award shows that have focused on taped elements — including the BET Awards and Daytime Emmys in June — the primetime Emmys have gone in a different direction, with 130 cameras being dispatched to 20 cities and 10 countries.

“None of us have ever done anything on this scale before,” said producer Reginald Hudlin, with his partner on the show, Ian Stewart, likening the process to “trying to watch 130 sports matches at the same time.”

The expectation is that not everything will go smoothly, and that Kimmel will be available throughout the night to “jump in as soon as anything goes wrong,” Hudlin said. “We’re essentially going to be making things up as they go along. …We are open to the X factor, being in partnership with all these nominees.”

Having the nominees participating from home — in some instances surrounded by family — will add a degree of intimacy to the proceedings. As Hudlin noted, people invite these programs into their homes to consume them, and “Now we get to go into their houses.”

During a Zoom call with reporters, the producers also acknowledged that they were mindful of the tone, wanting to celebrate the best work done in television while recognizing the unorthodox nature of this year’s awards and what’s going on in the world. That includes fires that have clouded the air in Los Angeles, from which the awards will originate.

“The fire crisis that we’re facing is bigger than our little awards show,” Hudlin said, to which Stewart added, “We’re not tone deaf. We’re trying to make the show in the backdrop of a lot of things going on in this country.”

Newly announced talent participating in the telecast will include Jason Bateman, Sterling K. Brown, Laverne Cox, “Sesame Street”‘s Count Von Count, Morgan Freeman, Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, D-Nice, Randall Park, RuPaul, Patrick Stewart and Jason Sudeikis. H.E.R. will also present a live performance during the “In Memoriam” segment.

The 72nd Emmy Awards will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET Sept. 20 on ABC.

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Elton John is getting his own Barbie doll

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Elton John is getting his very own Barbie doll. And while the doll won’t look like the Rocket Man, it will be styled in his likeness.

The limited-edition Barbie doll, which was released on Mattel’s website on Thursday, will have a glittery top and flared denim complete with the singer’s initials.

Her multi-colored “Elton” bomber jacket has stars on its sleeves and rainbow stripes on its hem. She will also have rainbow-patterned platform boots, a purple bowler hat and Elton’s signature sparkly pink sunglasses.

“The Elton John Barbie doll is a bold collaboration that personifies two cultural icons and honors the extraordinary artistry and musicianship of a stellar performer,” the doll’s description on the Mattel website reads.

So, what’s the occasion?

The doll, which retails for $50, was released to mark the 45th anniversary of the singer’s record-breaking two-day performance at the Dodgers Stadium in October 1975.

At the time, the 100,000 attendees made it the largest concert ever for a single artist.

“Barbie is an icon in her own right, so having her pay tribute to my work and personal style is a real honor,” Elton John told Rolling Stone. “I hope that she inspires fans everywhere to fearlessly pursue their own dreams and limitless potential.”

The Elton John Barbie doll can be bought on the Mattel website or on Walmart’s online store.

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