‘Game of Thrones’ earns 19 Emmy nominations

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 11 July 2014 18:15

The sprawling and bloodthirsty saga “Game of Thrones,” defying the Emmy Awards’ grudging respect for such fantasy fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations announced Thursday with 19 bids, including best drama series.

Other top nominees included a pair of ambitious miniseries, “Fargo,” with 18 bids, and “American Horror Story: Coven,” with 17.

Review: No monkey business in 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 11 July 2014 10:58

Digital characters have by now long populated our movies like unwanted house guests. Some of these CGI inventions, like Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings," have been pleasant, even precious company. But most have disrupted our movie worlds - and not just as monsters tearing our cities apart, but as awkward distractions to our cinematic realities. The name Jar Jar Binks will forever be followed by solemn head shaking. Never forget.

But in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," the tables have turned, and not just because apes now rule a world where all but 1 in 500 humans have been wiped out by a so-called simian flu virus. No, the biggest uprising in the sequel to 2011's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is by those digitally created, nonhuman characters which have finally and resoundingly come of age.

David Hyde Pierce shares his theatrical experience and wisdom at Ten Chimneys

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 14:21

Tony- and Emmy Award-winning actor David Hyde Pierce is coming to Ten Chimneys. — Photo: Ten Chimneys

Although he didn’t know it at the time, David Hyde Pierce’s path toward acting began when he was 6 or 7 years old and living in his hometown of Saratoga Springs, New York. 

Madison Art Gaze: Madison art fairs on, and off, the Square

Contributing writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 12:08

The scene at Madison’s Art Fair on the Square, the single largest annual fundraiser for the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo: Wisconsin Department of Tourism

Madison’s Capitol Square and its environs play host the weekend of July 12 to the city’s two largest annual arts events. Both provide great opportunities for purchasing original art and supporting Wisconsin artists.

Hard Choices: Publisher's Weekly's bestselling books

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 11 July 2014 12:08

Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton. - PHOTO: Courtesy


‘Old lion’ Kathy Bates still roaring

Written by Mike Cidoni Lennox,
AP writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 20:49

Sandra Oh and Kathy Bates play a lesbian couple in Tammy. - PHOTO: Courtesy

Kathy Bates calls herself “an old lion.”

David Hyde Pierce: ‘This just didn’t seem like America’

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 14:17

Actor David Hyde Pierce, right, and husband Brian Hargrove attend the Broadway opening of Evita, starring Ricky Martin, in 2012. — Photo: AP/Starpix, Amanda Schwab

Actor David Hyde Pierce first came out as gay in 2007 after winning a “best actor” Tony Award for the musical Curtains. During his acceptance speech, Hyde Pierce thanked Brian Hargrove, his partner of 24 years and a television writer, producer and director. 

Milwaukee Art Gaze: Art Shay: Working, Jews Who Rock, Gesture

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 12:02

Jody dePew McLeane’s “Chorus Dancers,” on view at Katie Gingrass Gallery. - PHOTO: Courtesy

‘Art Shay: Working’ 

Heads Up! — top apps for the iPhone, iPad

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 11 July 2014 11:54

Top Paid iPhone Apps:

1. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.

Red Star offers craft cocktails in intimate setting

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 19:43

The interior of Red Star Cocktail Club, above Trocadero at 1758 N. Water St. The bar opens at 8 p.m. Thursdays–Sundays. Call 414-272-0205 or visit redstarcocktailclub.com to make reservations or for additional information. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Red Star Cocktail Club faces an unusual conundrum. In order to be successful, the bar must draw clients. But drawing too large a crowd could distract from the desired ambiance of an exclusive and intimate craft-cocktail lounge.

Natalie Merchant coming to Pabst to support her first album in 13 years

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 13:11

Natalie Merchant. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Nearly 13 years ago, Natalie Merchant released Motherland, her last album of all-new material until this May. Motherland was released in the wake of 9/11, and, although recorded before the attacks, it was dedicated to the victims of the terrorist attacks that day. Merchant’s latest album, simply titled Natalie Merchant, is a sequel of sorts.

Off the Wall Theatre takes on homoerotic aspects of the classic thriller ‘Rope’

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 11:54

The strangulation that begins Off the Wall Theatre’s production of Rope. - PHOTO: Courtesy

Gay-themed erotic thrillers are rare enough in 2014, so audiences in 1929 must have been shocked at the premiere run of Patrick Hamilton’s play Rope, about two college-age male lovers who murder a fellow student in an attempt to commit the perfect crime.