“Succession” and “Ted Lasso” dominated major categories. Reacting to his nod for outstanding lead actor, Jeremy Strong said, “It is the role of a lifetime and an immeasurable gift to be part of making this show. I am so proud of my fellow ensemble members and the whole ‘Succession’ family. A wholehearted congratulations to all of my fellow nominees. And as we are in the midst of filming season 4 right now, I’ll just say this: Dad – It’s On.” While many beamed, shows like “Yellowstone” and “This Is Us” were snubbed, as was Selena Gomez in the acting categories (she was nominated as a producer for “Only Murders in the Building.”) Her co-stars Steve Martin and Martin Short were recognized.
Bad Blood? Mickey Rourke is firmly in the “meh” camp in regard to Tom Cruise and his box office draw. While appearing on “Piers Morgan Uncensored,” Mickey was asked his feelings about “Top Gun: Maverick,” which has raked in more than $1 billion at the global box office. “That doesn’t mean s*** to me. The guy’s been doing the same f****** part for 35 years. I got no respect for that,” Mickey said, dubbing the “Mission: Impossible” actor “irrelevant.” He added, “I don’t care about money and power. I care about when I watch Al Pacino work and Chris Walken and [Robert] De Niro’s early work and Richard Harris’s work and Ray Winstone’s work. That’s the kind of actor I want to be like. Monty Clift and [Marlon] Brando back in the day.”
“Sopranos” staple Tony Sirico was laid to rest on July 13 in South Brooklyn, New York. The funeral was broadcast via livestream. Tony, who played Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri on the hit HBO show, often played a gangster on screen, having done so in “Gotti” and “Goodfellas” too. “The Sopranos” co-stars Lorraine Bracco, Stevie Van Zandt and Joseph Gannascoli all attended the funeral service. Stevie told the New York Post, “Tony was one of my lifelong best friends – and one of a kind, you know? One of a kind. I’m certainly going to home miss him.” Tony passed away on July 8 at 79. He’d reportedly been battling dementia and was under the care of his daughter.
Meghan e: the “Princess of Montecito.” A new report claims the Duchess of Sussex’s neighbors gave her the unofficial title due to her luxurious lifestyle. “There’s a lot more going on in Meghan’s world than people think, she just keeps it very private these days but her royal status gives her a lot of leverage,” a source told the UK’s Closer magazine. “She spends most of her time in Montecito, but she heads into LA every week or so.” Since moving to the Santa Barbara, California, area two years ago, Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry, have spent time at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, hiking the hills or dining at high-end restaurants. “If she’s going into Beverly Hills or West Hollywood for lunch or dinner, she’ll generally call ahead and request a table that is completely secluded,” the source said. Meghan also makes time to schmooze. “She spends a fair amount of time at Oprah [Winfrey]’s palatial house, where they’ll kick back with her closest friend, Gayle King, and talk about everything from Meghan’s future plans to what’s going on back in the UK and how Harry’s coping with everything,” the source said. “Despite her former acting career, she doesn’t go to the movies much but they’ve been known to watch private screenings at Oprah’s place, and other power players in LA have hosted them for dinner parties and spiritual gatherings.”