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The Emmys are on tonight at 5. It’s the first time in decades the show is not being held on a Sunday. Can new(er) shows, like Orange is the New Black or Game of Thrones dethrone the old favorites, like Mad Men and Breaking Bad? Suge Knight got shot at Chris Brown’s VMA party on Saturday night: not the first time that the hip hop impresario has been involved in a shooting. Also: Mad Men creator Matt Weiner talks about his new movie, “Are You Here,”  starring Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis.

Banner Image: Emmy Statuette, photo credit: JKBRASIL

Monday Night Emmys 9 MIN, 39 SEC

The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony is tonight at 5. It’s the first time in decades that the event is held on any day other than a Sunday. Up for awards this year: old favorites like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Big Bang Theory. But can an upstart like Orange is the New Black or Silicon Valley take home the prize?


Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bryan Cranston, and Aaron Paul in Emmy Promo Video: “Barely Legal Pawn”

Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)
Mary McNamara, Staff writer for the Los Angeles Times

Suge Knight Shot, Again 8 MIN, 35 SEC

Singer Chris Brown’s Saturday night VMA party at a Hollywood nightclub turned to chaos when shots were fired. It appears that the target was Suge Knight, the controversial hip hop producer and record executive. He was reportedly hit by several bullets but managed to walk out of the club and into a Sheriff's car. This is not the first time Suge Knight has been involved in a shooting; He was driving the car when Tupac Shakur was gunned down 18 years ago in Las Vegas. We take a closer look at Suge Knight and his role in the music world.

Jake Brown, Music writer and author of “Suge Knight: The Rise, Fall and Rise of Death Row Records.” (@jakebrownbooks)

End of the “Kabubble” 8 MIN, 26 SEC

Four years ago, Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul was known as the “Kabubble.” Diplomats, aid workers and journalists from around the world flocked there for easy money, career opportunities and a decadent social scene. It was a thriving oasis in an otherwise war-torn country. But in the past year and a half, a sudden wave of violence against foreign civilians has killed off or scared away many expatriates. That, along with our ongoing military withdrawal from Afghanistan, has left Kabul a virtual ghost town.

Image: Kabul City

Matthieu Aikins, Harper's

Last Tango in Kabul (article by Matthieu Aikins)

Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner on TV vs Filmmaking 14 MIN, 3 SEC

AMC’s Mad Men is up for three awards during the Emmys tonight -- including one for outstanding drama. The show’s creator, Matt Weiner, is hoping to break a two year losing streak in that category. But Weiner has more on his mind these days than just the small screen. He has a new feature film in theaters now called Are You Here,  starring Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis.

Are You Here Trailer

Matthew Weiner, Emmy Award-winning writer, director and producer

Frustrated Space Efforts 7 MIN, 50 SEC

Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched an unmanned rocket on Friday that blew-up moments after takeoff. It was just one rocket-related mishap to occur in the past few days. Over the weekend, the European Space Agency tried to put two global positioning satellites into orbit. They didn’t blow up, but they did end up in the wrong orbit. And this morning, the US Army tested its new Advanced Hypersonic Weapon, which exploded four seconds after launch.

Photo Credit: SpaceX

Jonathan McDowell, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (@planet4589)

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