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Celebrity Buzz: Billy Crystal's Robin Williams Emmys tribute a high point

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Today's pop-culture roundup includes an emotional Emmys moment, a tongue-in-cheek skit that some believe fell flat, Young Jeezy in hot water, our mystery music video and much more.

FLASHBACK: Of sorts, per the Los Angeles Times, “At the 2013 Emmys, Robin Williams paid tribute to his recently departed friend, mentor and costar Jonathan Winters, lauding Winters for his "comedy at the speed of thought." At this year's ceremony, Williams was tragically on the other end of such an homage, as Billy Crystal offered a poignant ode to the late comic and actor — a sad passing-of-the-torch of sorts.

“ "The brilliance was astounding; the relentless energy was thrilling," Crystal said. "I used to think if I could just put a saddle on him and stay on for eight seconds I'd be all right." He added, "It's very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in all of our lives for almost 40 years. He was the brightest star in the comedy galaxy." ’’ http://lat.ms/1pCQHUT

NOT EVERYONE LIKED THE JOKE: Same as it ever was, per People, “Lots of people put Sofia Vergara on a pedestal. But when the Emmy Awards did so literally Monday night, it rubbed some people the wrong way.

“The Modern Family actress, 42, was placed on a rotating platform during a speech by Bruce Rosenblum, president of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, who explained with a wink: "We never forget that our success is based on always giving the viewer something compelling to watch." Vergara, who looked dazzling in a white Roberto Cavalli dress, was hamming it up during the segment. But many viewers weren't laughing.” http://bit.ly/VLWds5

MEANWHILE: Sofia responds, per Us Weekly, “. . . Even Katie Couric voiced her distaste for the number, tweeting, "I love @SofiaVergara but did anyone find that schtick somewhat offensive?"

“ "I think it's absolutely the opposite," Vergara told Us Weekly following the backlash. "It means that somebody can be hot and also be funny and make fun of herself and enjoy and work and make money. So I absolutely think it's ridiculous and somebody who started — and I know who she was — has no sense of humor and should lighten up a little bit." ’’ http://usm.ag/1p72BRn

NET LOSS FOR FLIX: This despite high hopes, per Variety, “Despite high hopes and 31 nominations, Netflix went home empty-handed at 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.

“The digital video giant did capture seven wins at last week’s Creative Arts ceremony. But on Monday night, acclaimed shows “House of Cards,” nominated for acting and directing and drama series, and “Orange is the New Black” lost in all categories, in addition to the Ricky Gervais-starrer “Derek.” ’’ http://bit.ly/1rxwyC3

RATINGS: Just the facts, per Deadline, “. . . The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards (10.9.18 in households from 8-11 PM in the 56 markets) clocked the second-highest Emmy rating in eight years in metered market household ratings, trailing only last year’s telecast.

“Minus last year’s Emmycast, which benefited from that big NFL lead-in — instead of the traditional mind-numbing Red Carpet Orgy Of Who Are You Wearing — it was the best MM showing for an Emmycast since the 2006 Emmys on NBC earned a 13.1 on Sunday, August 27.” http://bit.ly/1lu0Ov2

THE RUNDOWN: The complete list of nominees and winners. http://bit.ly/1rxo3a8

YOUNG JEEZY: Busted, per Entertainment Weekly, “According to the Mountain View Police Department of California, gunshots were fired during a Wiz Khalifa concert on Friday, Aug. 22 at Shoreline Ampitheatre, which resulted in the death of 38-year-old Eric Johnson.

“The following Sunday, the Mountain View Police, along with the Irvine Police Department, executed search warrants at the Verizon Ampitheatre in Irvine, and as a result of that search, six individuals, including rapper Young Jeezy, were arrested on firearms-related charges.” http://bit.ly/1tFSMQ2

PRINCE: New discs on the way, per the Los Angeles Times, “Prince is set to release not only the long-promised “Plectrumelectrum” album on Sept. 30 with his new ThirdEyeGirl band, but a second new studio collection called “Art Official Age,” which is being described as “a classic Prince album.” Both efforts are the first reeleases under his new contract with Warner Bros. Records, the label that brought him to prominence in the late 1970s.” http://lat.ms/1p6TwrQ

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video: http://bit.ly/1tzWTOo 

--Skip Wood


swood@wjla.com

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