UNFORGETTABLE EMMY® MOMENTS

TV’S BIGGEST (AND BINGE-IEST) NIGHT

 

 

There’s been a TV takeover over in the past few years, with more unique stream-able content than ever before. Prestige dramas like Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Americans have become appointment viewing, and the upcoming 70th Primetime Emmy® Awards are their time to duke it out for small-screen supremacy.

 

Now that this year’s nominees have been announced, here’s a look back at some of the most celebrated selections and memorable mishaps from winners past, and the work that got them there.

 

STAR-STUDDED STORIES

 

 

While not really as scatter-brained as her I Love Lucy persona, Lucille Ball (Yours, Mine, and Ours, The Long, Long Trailer) had an IRL Lucy moment in 1975 when she forgot to bring her glasses onstage and was unable to read the winner for Outstanding Comedy Series (it was The Mary Tyler Moore Show).

 

 

While already the proud owner of multiple Emmy awards from his acting work on M.A.S.H., Alan Alda (The West Wing, The Aviator) was so ecstatic over his 1979 win for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy or Comedy-Variety or Music Series that he pulled a Bring It On and busted out a sweet cartwheel on the way to the stage.

 

 

In 2007 Ricky Gervais (Ghost Town, The Invention of Lying) was sadly absent from the Emmy award ceremony and thus unable to accept his win for The Office, but Steve Carrell (Little Miss Sunshine, Battle of the Sexes) was more than happy to accept on his behalf. At the following year’s event, Gervais triumphantly arrived and tickled Carrell into submission, reclaiming his rightful award.

 

 

The Emmy award ceremony isn’t exactly a pageant, but it can be made into one if enough stars decide to make it so. Best Lead Actress in a Comedy nominees Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Martha Plimpton, Melissa McCarthy, Edie Falco, and Laura Linney broke with tradition in 2011 by storming the stage together and anxiously awaiting the results Miss-America-style, complete with tiara and roses for winner McCarthy (Mike and Molly, Life of the Party).

 

 

2015 was a landmark year in Emmy representation, with Viola Davis (Fences, Suicide Squad) taking home the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series award for her role in How to Get Away With Murder. As the first African-American woman to win in her category, Davis brought the house down with a rousing speech calling for more opportunities for women of color in Hollywood.

 

For more Emmy history in the making, tune in to the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards at 5:00 p.m. on September 17th on NBC.

 

PRE-ORDER ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, PLUS NEW MOVIES AND RENTALS

WE’RE BUGGIN OUT

 

 

Just when you thought it was safe to leave crumbs on the carpet, Paul Rudd is back as Ant-Man, the hard-to-spot hero with full-power fists. In Ant-Man and the Wasp he’s joined by more than just his usual crew of critters; Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp is ready to shrink, sting, and take names against the mysterious, phase-shifting Ghost.

 

If you’ve been picking up on the buzz (86% on Rotten Tomatoes), you can pre-order now to get all the ant-astic action and laughs in eye-popping 4K + HDR first in your MyVudu library.

 

TURN UP THE TENSION

 

Push the coffee table away from the couch, because these pulse-pounding new releases will have you on the edge of your seat.

 

 

Scared straight programs are rarely fun, especially when the officer you’re riding with ends up in the crossfire of a deadly, drawn-out bank robbery. Bullets fly, bodies fall, and Nic Cage dials his signature yell-acting to 11 in 211.

 

 

How far will you go to help a perfect stranger? Traffik takes on the real-world horrors of modern-day human trafficking in a twisty thriller with danger at every turn.

 

 

It’s all fun and games until someone gets ritually dismembered by restless spirits. The social media ghost hunters of Before Someone Gets Hurt have bitten off more than they can chew, and it’s biting back.

 

 

Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams get a second chance at forbidden love in Disobedience, but taking it will mean risking family, friends, community, and thousands of years of tradition.

 

HOT NEW RENTALS

 

 

They don’t go bump in the night, but if you do they just might eat your family. Beware the sound-seeking, farm-crashing alien abominations of A Quiet Place.

 

 

One bad decision can last a lifetime, or end a life. Revisit the tragic events that grabbed headlines and forever changed the Kennedy name in Chappaquidick.

 

 

If you thought King Kong was bad, imagine he had a same-sized wolf and crocodile to pal around with. Now imagine the three of them facing off with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Now stop imagining, and watch Rampage.

 

STILL IN THEATERS

 

 

 

A genetically-enhanced cyborg kidnaps a special agent’s daughter to harvest the girl’s heart for evil purposes. One problem: the agent is played by Jackie Chan. No need for tickets to the sci-fi scuffle of Bleeding Steel; you can catch every punch, kick, and explosion from the comfort of home.

 

CURRENT TV SEASON

 

 

Ghosts have the Ghostbusters, bad guys have Superman, and the world’s nastiest zits have Dr. Pimple Popper. Catch every episode of this gross-out guilty pleasure within days of it airing, or treat yourself with the whole season.

 

 

DON’T MISS A THING WITH READY PLAYER ONE

And our Ready Player One #VuduViewingParty

 

Besides eye-popping action, next-level effects, and a killer 80s pop soundtrack, Steven Spielberg’s sprawling sci-fi epic, Ready Player One, boasts a treasure trove of nerd-stalgic pop-culture shoutouts that anyone who grew in the last three decades is sure to enjoy.

 

You can even experience the pulse-pounding, player vs. player action as it was meant to be seen, in full 4K + HDR (Dolby Vision and HDR10).

 

If you want to discuss the amazing homages to your favorite films with other eagle-eyed fans, we’ve got the party for you. Tune in tonight at 7pm PT (10pm ET) to our #VuduViewingParty and tweet along for the chance to win prize packs loaded up with iconic gear from your favorite franchises (including a few actual props from the set of Ready Player One). Click here to RSVP.

 

 

 

To fully appreciate the layers of meta mashup madness (which may require multiple viewings), snag our exclusive Disc + Digital Collector’s Set complete with a digital copy you can watch instantly (HDX) – you know, in case you had a #VuduViewingParty to attend, a Blu-ray to collect (shipped from Walmart.com on 7/24), a Ready Player One Rubik’s Cube, and sticker sheets.

 

 

CHECK THOSE REFERENCES

 

Ready Player One brings the 80s and 90s heat with Easter eggs from some of the most beloved animated classics, caped crusades, sci-fi smash hits, and horror hall-of-famers from geekdoms golden age. Check out some of the most unexpected and awesome appearances, complete with movie links for some of the characters’ (and sweet rides’) most iconic outings:

 

*SPOILERS* abound, so proceed with caution!

 

 

The Dark Knight, The Clown Prince of Crime, and the Maid of Mischief are all present and accounted for in the Oasis (Ready Player One’s virtual adventure-scape). Batman can be seen scaling Mount Everest while Harley and the Joker appear as playable characters within the game

 

 

 

Between a Star-Trek-themed funeral and a discarded bat’leth (blink and you’ll miss it), the Oasis may very well be the REAL final frontier.

 

 

 

They may not need roads, but time-travelling The DeLorean from Back to the Future handles them just fine with Wade behind the wheel.

 

 

 

That;’s not just any T. Rex terrorizing the racetrack with King Kong. Fans will immediately recognize the noble beast from Spielberg’s other larger-than-life Sci-Fi thriller: Jurassic Park.

 

 

 

The Iron Giant is admittedly hard to miss, playing a huge role in the climactic fight of good versus evil, and deservedly so given the warm place he holds in every 90s kid’s heart.

 

Check out Vulture’s fully comprehensive list here, and we’ll see you at the #VuduViewingParty!

 

 

THE CHALLENGE IS ON WITH READY PLAYER ONE

The Adventure You’ve Been Waiting For

 

In case you haven’t heard, Ready Player One has everything – like, literally everything – you loved as a kid all rolled up (like Fruit Roll-Ups) in one jaw-dropping movie.

 

Post-apocalyptic wasteland? Check. The dark side of cutting-edge technology? Check. More 80’s pop-culture references than you can shake a Snarf at? That’s a big, Voltron-sized check.

 

Adapted from Ernest Cline’s genre-splicing hit novel, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One is serving up all the nostalgic and sci-fi epicness your flux capacitor can handle, and we’ve got it in up to mind-blowing 4K + HDR. So if you’ve got Dolby Vision and HDR10-capable devices, your favorite Easter eggs will be easier to spot with the richer and more vibrant colors of HDR.

 

HE’S GOT GAME

 

Ready Player One tells the story of Wade Watts, an elite gamer on the hunt for a hidden Easter egg that controls the fate of the Oasis, the virtual world where he and the rest of humanity spend all their time.

 

Like any life-or-death scavenger hunt worth its loot, Wade’s quest involves puzzles within puzzles like the time-traveling (and suspiciously familiar) Zemeckis Cube. You can get your own limited-edition cube (non-time traveling, unfortunately), stickers, a digital HDX copy, Blu-ray, and DVD with our exclusive Disc + Digital Collector’s Set.

 

With Disc + Digital you get the best of both worlds. Stream the movie immediately (in HDX), and get a collectible physical copy shipped to you free on 7/24. Disc will be shipped by Walmart.com; free shipping offer expires 7/24 – so don’t wait. Snag some extra goodies for your collection and solve the puzzle – IF you’re up to the challenge. Who know’s maybe your Rubik’s Cube will be a time machine. (But it won’t.)

 

MASSIVELY MULTIPLAYER ONLINE

 

And just like Parvizal (Wade) and Atr3mis (Samantha) team up with the rebellion, why quest alone when you can join a party? Join our guild of superfans this Friday at 7 p.m. (PT) for our Ready Player One #VuduViewingParty. We’ll have live behind-the-scenes facts, trivia questions, and game-changing prizes – including actual props from the movie. Joining is fun and easy.

 

 

Your mission is as follows:

1. Purchase Ready Player One on Vudu
2. RSVP to the event and follow @vudufans on Twitter
3. Join us on Friday, 7/6, and start your movie with us at 7 p.m. PT
4. Be part of the conversation using the hashtag #VuduViewingParty

 

We’ll see you in the Oasis.