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Thoughts on an Emmys show that was all “Bad.” And an Australian hockey player with the weirdest goal celebration you’ve seen

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While trying to forget that I ever saw Lena Dunham’s dress, I thoroughly enjoyed Monday night’s Emmy Awards. Sure, there weren’t a ton of surprises, and it seemed like just being a movie star made you royalty at the Emmys, but I thought it as a real fun show.

As usual, my wife joined me in the peanut gallery and so some of these reactions/comments are hers.

—  So glad “Breaking Bad” was so successful: Anna Gunn was amazing in the final season of BB, and despite everyone in the world saying McConnaughey was going to win Best Actor,  Bryan Cranston so deserved it. As so many implored me to do a year ago, if you haven’t watched “Breaking Bad” yet, it’s really time to start.

— Was waiting to see who would do a Robin Williams tribute,  and how sweet it would be. Billy Crystal hit it out of the park. You could tell how choked up Billy got at times, and he was warm, funny and terrific.

— Biggest upset of the night? I think it was Julianna Margulies beating Claire Danes, Lizzy Caplan and Robin Wright for best actress in a drama. And Margulies’ speech was sweet, too. (Wife’s comment: “Damn her husband looks young.”)

— Shouldn’t Stephen Colbert be hosting the Emmys or Oscars sometime soon? He’s fantastic. And his bit with Jimmy Fallon after Colbert won was pretty hilarious.

— Aaron Paul’s acceptance speech = perfection. Classy, humble, appreciative, just great. Man, I’m going to miss Jesse Pinkman.

— Seth Meyers, who I don’t normally think is all that funny, did a really good monologue. His jokes about HBO being the friend you should’ve been nicer to as kids was really good, and I loved the “Duck Dynasty” is the most VCR-taped joke, too. Thought it was a little weird that he seemed to keep trying to justify that the Emmys and TV are important; sounded a little needy.

— Wife and I were both completely puzzled by Alison Williams’ dress. No idea what the hell was going on there with the “Girls” actress, but it looked like a white animal had strangled her body.

— “The Normal Heart” thankfully got its kudos by winning Best Movie, and I love that Larry Kramer, sick as he looks, got to go on stage for that moment. The movie got totally hosed in the acting department, though; definitely  Matt Bomer and Mark Ruffalo should’ve won in their categories.

— What the hell was that mustache on Cranston? But his full-on makeout session when Julia Louis-Dreyfus won was hilarious.

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— Sarah Silverman winning over Amy Poehler/Tina Fey and Billy Crystal? Yeah, that was a shocker.

— Is there a reason we need to have the accountants announced at these awards shows? I mean, are we really in need of reassurance that these things aren’t fixed?

— Tweet of the Night came from Huffington Post, attached to this photo: “Who wore it Better?”

— Apparently red was the color every actress agreed to wear, my wife said. Hey, every woman looks good in red.

— Umm, what was under Kerry Washington’s dress? It looked like black metallic underwear.

— Yay Allison Janney winning for “Mom.”   It’s really a wildly funny show you should check out if you haven’t yet. What an awesome career Janney has had.

**Finally today, it’s late August so of course you’re looking for an awesome hockey highlight: This is Australian hockey player (a phrase I’ve never written before!) Ric Del Basso, scoring a game-winning shootout goal and then trying to skate backwards on his head.

I think the announcer said it best: “Win the game and try to give yourself a brain injury!”

 

“The Normal Heart” a near-perfect HBO movie. The Chilean miners film a moving commercial. And “Billie Jean” played on beer bottles

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It’s very easy, from the year 2014, to think about how many incredible advances that’ve been made in the treatment of, and prevention of, HIV and AIDS in the past 30 years.

Breakthrough medicines, a much greater awareness of how the disease is contracted and spread, and just plain smarter thinking have, at least in America, led to a much longer life span for AIDS patients and a reduction in the number of positive tests. (At its peak in the 1980s, 130,000 new AIDS cases were diagnosed each year; now we’re at 50,000 per year.)

But recent movies like “The Dallas Buyers Club” and now,  HBO’s awesome adaptation of Larry Kramer’s groundbreaking 1980s play “The Normal Heart” very, very quickly bring you back to the reality of the early ’80s, and how incredibly scary and helpless it was to have AIDS.

I finally watched “The Normal Heart” last weekend, after not having seen either version of the play on Broadway, back in 1985 or the 2011 adaptation starring Jim Parsons of “Big Bang Theory.”

It was… superb. The tale of Ned Weeks, an openly gay man in 1981 New York City screaming, shouting, pounding his fists on the table trying to get anyone to care about all of his friends dying of this grotesque disease all of a sudden, is beautifully acted by Mark Ruffalo, Parsons and Matt Bomer, among others (Julia Roberts, in a small but pivotal role, is sensational).

It’s truly remarkable storytelling, with one of many fantastic moments coming when Weeks and others berate a member of NYC mayor Ed Koch’s staff for not funding AIDS treatment at all, all the while Koch was known to be a closeted gay man (I know that sounds like an oxymoron, but trust me, everyone in New York in the ’80s thought Koch was gay.)

This plague wrecked so many lives, and in “The Normal Heart” those lives are portrayed tenderly, and bitterly, as the disease takes its course.

In 2014, with gay marriage becoming legal everywhere at once, it seems, and a gay NFL player and so many other breakthroughs, the horrible dark period of the ’80s fear seems so long ago. But it’s really not ancient history.

“Thank God for activists like Kramer who fought tirelessly for this cause. “The Normal Heart” achingly, beautifully, harrowingly tells their story. I expect Emmys for Ruffalo and Bomer; the movie, and their performances, are that good. Definitely see it if you can.

**Next up, this is an incredible commercial filmed by the Chilean miners who were rescued two years ago, created to inspire Chile’s World Cup soccer team, which starts play as a big underdog in two weeks.

The translation of the commercial is posted below; it’s really pretty great. (“Group of Death” is an old soccer term referring to the preliminary group each country is put in; the “Group of Death” is always considered the hardest one, though every country thinks they’re in it.)

We were trapped in this place for 70 days. The earth had swallowed us and it was there, where we had to prove what we were made of. We knew that outside, there were millions of Chileans waiting for us, and this dirt, was witness to it all. Thats why we will take this dirt to the pitch where OUR team will practice to fill it with hope and courage. And to show the world, that for a Chilean nothing is impossible. Spain is difficult, Ireland is difficult, the group of death does not scare us! We do not care about death! Because death has not beaten us before!”

**And finally, because why not, the Michael Jackson classic “Bille Jean,” played on beer bottles. Very cool…