It's never too early to start celebrating the Emmys.
Actors Kyra Sedgwick, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Julia Ormond, Chris Colfer and Kathryn Joosten toasted their Emmy nominations three weeks before the big show at a party Wednesday hosted by the television academy.
Past winners and first-time nominees said their excitement for the ceremony was already mounting.
"This year I am determined to pick a comfortable dress, because often I pick these really form-fitted, boned kind of things where I just want to die because they're so uncomfortable," said Sedgwick, nominated five consecutive years for her work on "The Closer." "But it's great, it's a celebration."
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Performers Peer Group held a celebration of its own at Chakra restaurant in Beverly Hills. Stars and TV academy members drank wine, ate chicken tikka masala and other Indian nibbles and cheered for one another at the intimate gathering.
Colfer, a first-time nominee for his work on "Glee," already picked his date for the Aug. 29 ceremony. He's bringing his mom —"because she informed me that if I don't take her she will disown me," he said.
Six-time nominee (and two-time winner for "Breaking Bad") Cranston said multiple nominations are like multiple marriages.
"You're still excited about the marriage, but you're not really like, wow, I'm getting married," he said. "You love her, you do, but you don't have that wide-eyed innocence as you would when you're getting married to No. 1."
Two-time winner Joosten of "Desperate Housewives" had an even more grounding Emmy experience.
"At the time, the network I was working for didn't even know I had gotten it," she said. "Nobody bothered to tell the show."
Springsteen documentary in the works
An Emmy Award-winning filmmaker has collaborated with Bruce Springsteen on a documentary that chronicles the recording of the Boss' 1978 album.
The film, "The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town," will premiere Sept. 14 at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Filmmaker Thom Zimny gained access to never-before-seen footage of rehearsals and recording sessions shot from 1976-78.
The "Darkness" album featured many songs recorded with a full band immediately after being written. Tracks covered the plight of average Americans, from the everyday hero in "Badlands" to hopelessness in the title track.
Penn-Wright divorce final
There won't be an encore for Sean Penn and Robin Wright's marriage — court records show the couple are officially divorced.
A judgment ending their 14-year marriage was entered July 22 in Marin County, Calif. The filing was first reported Wednesday by People.com.
The couple's marriage has been an on-again, off-again affair. Wright filed for divorce last August, the third time the couple petitioned to either separate or divorce.
The filings show Penn and Wright will share custody of their 16-year-old son. They also have a 19-year-old daughter.
Another year older
Today's birthdays: Actress-singer Abbey Lincoln , 80... actress Catherine Hicks , 59... rhythm-and-blues singer Randy DeBarge , 52... movie writer-director M. Night Shyamalan , 40 ... actress Soleil Moon Frye , 34.