FORD GETS INSPIRED: Tom Ford can soon add to his list of industry accolades, including CFDA Womenswear and Menswear Designer of the Year and Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, when he receives the Award of Inspiration at amfAR’s fifth annual Inspiration Gala Los Angeles on Oct. 29. At the Inspiration Gala, a celebration of men’s style, amfAR will recognize both his contributions to men’s wear design and his commitment to combating the AIDS crisis.
Ford has been a longtime supporter of amfAR and an outspoken advocate on behalf of people living with AIDS. The event, to be held at Milk Studios, is chaired by amfAR chairman Kenneth Cole, Bryan Lourd and Aileen Getty, and cochaired by Simon Halls and Matt Bomer. Proceeds from the black-tie gala will benefit amfAR’s life-saving AIDS research initiatives. [wwd.com]
Question: I was wondering what White Collar‘s final-season storyline will be about. —Michael Ausiello: Sounds like a Q perfectly tailored to the show’s perfectly tailored leading man Matt Bomer. “It revolves around the greatest crime ring in the world, which is a group that actually exists that’s called The Pink Panthers,” he explains. “Neal is trying to become a mole in their organization in order to get his freedom from the FBI. Old characters come back and new characters are introduced. Drama ensues.” [tvline]
The haul primarily came through big showings from FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven,” with 17 noms, and HBO’s “The Normal Heart,” with 16. “Glee” contributed a comedy directing nom for Paris Barclay.
Murphy’s tally helped 20th Century Fox TV and its affils lead the studio pack in Emmy tonnage with 44 bids for its various banners — and that’s not including the 16 for “Normal Heart,” which Murphy produced through HBO.
Noms for Murphy productions were typically plentiful in the longform acting categories. Mark Ruffalo (pictured right), Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Joe Mantello, Alfred Molina and Julia Roberts are up for “The Normal Heart.” “Coven” landed bids for Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett (pictured left).
What accounts for Murphy’s Midas touch with thesps? It’s simple, he explains: Cast actors you admire and give them the chance to do something completely unexpected.
“Everyone of the actors who are nominated are friends of mine people I’ve always wanted to work with,” Murphy told Variety. “I always approach people by saying ‘I love you and I’m a big fan of your work and I want the world to see how deep your talent is. … I’m just proud the trust they place in me has paid off in this way. It’s an amazing gift to be recognized by your peers.” [Variety.com]
At first, Bomer admitted he couldn’t even grasp the gravity of an Emmy nomination.
"I couldn’t even speak for the first minute," he said. "I was overcome with gratitude, just the moment was so profound for me. I’ve been working in TV for 13 years and to have this moment, I was completely overwhelmed and had to collect myself for a bit. Simon knew firsthand how hard I worked on this role, how much we put into it, myself as an actor, and us collectively as a family. it was just really great to get to share that moment with him.”
The three children Bomer shares with Halls aren’t old enough to understand what their father is doing and the walls he’s breaking down, but that doesn’t mean they can’t share in a joyous moment like this.
"I do want to share with them a moment like this because all they see is me getting skinny and having to go away [to film]," he said. “I want to make sure they know there are great moments to be shared as well. That is something I think they can understand.”
As for his husband, Bomer added, "I’m sure we’ll find a proper time to celebrate," even though he’s in Los Angeles right now. [full article at abcnews]
Any word on White Collar Season 6? —Linda Series boss Jeff Eastin told me that while he was at first a “little disappointed” by the six-episode order, “What we ultimately realized was we had just enough time to do one really good story, so this year there’s really no ‘Case of the Week.’ This year it’s really going to focus on character, and the relationships, and moving that forward in a real nice sort of ‘limited series.’”
Please tell me Hilarie Burton will come back for final season of White Collar. One episode is all I need. – Simona I’m sticking by my previous reportage — that Sara is not set to resurface during the USA series’ farewell run. That said, Matt Bomer teases that within the last six episodes, “There is a little [time for romance], but I’m not going to tell you too much about it!” P.S. Thanks for the Jack Wagner /”All I Need”earworm, Simona! [TVLINE]