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.





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.


You stay classy, SDDC! Yup, Vudu went to Comic-Con!

So, how was your weekend?


We came, we saw, we Con-quered SDCC. And by we, I mean two lucky guys – both of whom were not me. Like most of you, the rest of us didn’t get to go to the Con (wah, wah). They did actually do so some work, but they also had a great time and took some great pictures so we could live vicariously through them.


Since you probably weren’t able to go (like us), we thought we’d share the experience with you guys as well. Behold, through the wonders of technology you can experience SDCC like you were there! So, let’s get this (post) Comic-Con party started! And stay tuned for more pictures of a slew of epic collectibles and other sights from their trip later this week!


Ding. You are now free to fly around the Con. – “It was clear it was Comic-Con as soon as we got to San Diego. First thought: Yeah Southwest (not a plug), you do you. Second thought: ‘You stay classy San Diego.’”



The car maketh the Con – “Arriving in style. JK. But we are pretty excited about Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The first one was a surprise hit, and we’re expecting big things from this second installment and the addition of Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal, and Jeff Bridges as Statesmen.”


“Hey, we’re finally here. Oh, wait….”



“And wait…”


“Still waiting…”



“And we’re in! Kinda…”


What is this? A Con for ants? – “The sheer size and scale are hard to comprehend if you haven’t been. It’s literally wall to wall people, booths, toys, and just so much cool stuff it’ll blow your mind.”



They do exist! Vudu users in the wild – “These two guys overheard us talking and asked ‘You work for Vudu? We totally love Vudu. It’s the best service and we totally will never, ever, ever, use anything else.’” Ok so we may have paraphrased the last part, but the sentiment is accurate. And yes, it was unsolicited. And, yes, it happened for real.


Brains talking about brains – “Our first panel of the year – Fear the Walking Dead! And look there’s Chris Hardwick (he’s everywhere. all. the. time.)”



Come with me, you’ll float too – “Creepy, dude, just creepy. Guess we’re not sleeping tonight.”



Bringing the heat – “Anyone here speak Targaryen?”



Do or do not. There is no try.


Does Con stand for congested? – “Ok, time to get to workOMG-this-hall-is-packed-how-are-we-going-to-find…”



“…Oh, wait. Never mind. Come and find us, we’re at the Fox Fanfare booth this weekend.” (FYI – We’re not really there anymore.)



Free is a big deal (shameless plug for our free movies) – “If you were there and swung by the Fox Fanfare booth, we had some pretty cool fidget cubes for you. If you didn’t get one, sorry, it’s going to be worth a lot of money someday.” (Not really, but it was cool)



The theme of the day is lines – “Look at all these fans in line to learn about Vudu.” (Or they wanted free swag. JK guys, great job.)


Now we have something to phone home about – “Hey look, it’s Steven Speilberg! He totally looked at us when we yelled his name. We’re breathing the same air.” Excited for Ready Player One? We are. They released a special trailer at SDDC and it gives more context around this 80’s smorgasbord of nostalgia that we can’t wait to watch. Check it out and see how many 80s references you caught. We counted about a dozen.


That’s it for now. Check back later this week and we’ll post pictures of cosplay, collectibles, and much more!





Watch Logan, Fist Fight, and pre-order The Lego Batman Movie on Vudu. Plus new rentals, more pre-orders, and free trips to the beach.

Back in black, a different kind of afterschool special, and Back in black x2


Own Logan in HDX and get Logan Noir included!


One word – Logan! He’s always had a dark side, but now it’s just black – and white – as he goes art house in Logan Noir (extra broodiness included). Find it in your Vudu Extras when you buy Logan in HDX, available today.


Own Fist Fight today on Vudu.

And while Ice Cube just says no to black and white, he does say yes to black and blue in Fist Fight. Let’s get ready to rummmmbleeee – schoolyard style. Available today. (Get it or we’ll be seeing you by the flagpole after class.)


The Lego Batman Movie drops on Friday! Pre-order it now on Vudu!

But he’s not our only hero in black. Na-na-na-na-na-na Batman is back and he’s as blocky as ever. Because he’s a Lego (holy jointless appendages). The Lego Batman Movie drops Friday exclusively on Vudu. Boom. (And zap, biff, and pow!) Pre-order is available, so get it now and watch it Friday.


New rentals to watch now, and pre-orders to watch later


Starting today, you can also add the undead and death wishes to your rental wish list with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and xXx: Return of Xander Cage. Extreme death-dealing or extreme everything, your choice. (Or be extremely xtreme and watch both.)


Own Alien: Covenant this Friday! Pre-order today on Vudu.


And starting this Friday you’ll be able to pre-order Alien: Covenant, Annabelle 2, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (one of these things is not like the others) – the same day they’re released in theaters. Pre-order any on Friday and we’ll drop it off in your My Vudu when it’s released.


Suns out, beach bums out – for free


Summer’s almost here, and you can get beach ready for free, with Movies On Us. Get beaches, bikinis, and nuclear weapons (seems legit) with Into the Blue 2: The Reef (Unrated), or sand and screams (not from chafing) in The Last Resort, or get indie with Fort Tilden, a stylish and funny, modern satire (poor Millenials and their first world problems. #sadface).


So pack up your beach bag and head to the Beach Bum collection on Movies On Us – or any of our other collections – and watch free, with limited commercials.



63 New Free Movies for the New Year

Watch The Running Man free on Movies On Us

New to Movies On Us – January Update


It’s 2017! Year of The Running Man.


That’s right, the movie that’s set in the not so distant dystopian future of, well, now, is free with limited commercials on Movies On Us. And it’s as good, and wonderfully cheesy, as you remember.


Watch The Running Man for FREE on Movies On Us


We’ve also added a ton of other great titles for the New Year – 63 to be exact – so we’ve got a little something for everyone. Especially if you like free.


We’re talking classics like The Bad News Bears (warning, these bears swear), The Black Stallion, Stand and Deliver (what’s calcoolus?), and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. And cult classics like An American Werewolf in London and Tank Girl (you go girl) too!


Animation fans can enjoy titles like Doctor Strange, Ultimate Avengers: The Movie, The Invincible Iron Man, Plant Hulk, and more.


For even more childhood nostalgia, watch the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (I like turtles!), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze (go ninja, go ninja, go), and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 (time travel turtle power).


If you’re feeling more intellectual, we’ve added March of the Penguins (just in time for winter) and IMAX films To the Arctic (ice is free too!) and Under the Sea (#science).  We’ve also added Good Hair (a hilarious documentary from Chris Rock), and The September Issue (Vouge! The magazine, not the dance).


Browse these and all our new additions to Movies On Us today!


As always, Movies On Us is completely free with limited commercials. Watch Movies On Us on your iOS and Android devices, smart TVs, gaming consoles, streaming devices, and more.


Sign in and watch on us. Or sign up for a free a Vudu account if you don’t already have one – no credit card needed!

Find out about Finding Dory

Finding Dory animation Q&A session. Watch Finding Dory at www.vudu.com now

Ask an artist: Q&A session on animating Finding Dory


Recently, we gave Vudu viewers the opportunity to ask Jason Deamer, Character Art Director at Pixar, their questions about animating Finding Dory.


From animation technology to deciding how Dory’s parents looked, we had plenty of great questions. We’ve got a couple of the questions below, and you can check out the complete question and answer session here.


Q: Did you have to watch fish swimming in slow motion to figure out how to make their swimming so accurate and to capture all the details?


A: Yes. That’s exactly what we did. But we also combined that with what we learned from our fish expert, who also happened to be an expert in hydrodynamics. He explained to us exactly how fish move their fins and locomote through liquid.


Q: Do you get the script before you work on the design or do you just get a rough plot overview of the story?


A: It happens both ways. Sometimes I’ll get lucky and get script pages, and sometimes I’ll even have an audio performance from whomever they’ve had do the voice. In some cases, like say on “Ratatouille,” I just had the premise, which was – it’s going to be a rat in a kitchen, so draw rats.


Feeling inspired? You’ve still got time to draw your best Dory and win some great prizes. Enter by tweeting your drawing with #VUDUdoodle before 10/31/16. Learn more here.


Watch Finding Dory on Vudu now!