How many of your (gay) friends break up and get back together and break up and get back together and break up and “stay friends” only to get back to mother-freaking-gether again? Yeah, it’s a pandemic. In the vein of that annoyance (yes, I can judge, I’ve never done it but have been “the friend” to many a reuniting buddies and roll my eyes every time), I choose to recommend this comedic pick o’ the week starring to B-listers giving a pretty good demonstration of what a modern funny couple looks like in today’s world.
While Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones don’t exactly scream leading roles, they are nonetheless consummate comedians and every scene of this movie is executed to make you smile… even the sad parts. Short synopsis: boy and girl date forever and are best friends and break up but remain inexorably intertwined and drive their friends absolutely insane with their are they/aren’t they facade. It’s a pretty original storyline that strangely enough has really been done too much and because it’s so relatable, you’re captured by the plot. No, the movie isn’t going to win awards or sky rocket any careers but it’s mos def worth a view to anyone who’s been in this situation or laughs at friends who have. Andy is very good at being the boner, aloof mess that I’m sure he method acts through his live when the camera is off and Rashida shines brightly for me in this one as the Type A comedic bitch-lite who just can’t get her life straight.
A week after the Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, two videos from very opposing camps hit the internet. First you have celebrities asking in a PSA, “How many more colleges? How many more classrooms? How many more movie theaters? How many more house of faith? How many more shopping malls? How many more street corners?” Demand A Plan is a grassroots initiative to mobilize Americans to DEMAND a plan to end gun violence from Congress and President Obama. Reese Witherspoon, Beyonce, Michelle Williams, Selena Gomez, John Hamm, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and many, many more lend their voices to the PSA.
Coincidentally on the same day, National Rifle Association president Wayne LaPierre, held a live press conference. LaPierre claims the media is to blame for the shootings and not guns. He explains that the entertainment industry makes “the filthiest form of pornography,” citing violent music videos and films Natural Born Killers and American Psycho. He further goes on to say that “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” His most controversial comment that has celebrities on Twitter in a tizzy is his claim that had armed guards been at Sandy Hook, innocent lives would’ve been spared that day. Check out both vids below.
Last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the Thanksgiving holiday was celebrated in an awesome parody of several of the top songs of the year in a one big holiday medley. The song was performed by Jimmy Fallon and special guest Rachida Jones (Parks & Recreation). The two combine today’s biggest hits with various holiday themes to come up with one instant classic. Here are the songs that they parody (in order):
For example, “You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful” lyrics become, “You don’t know you’re really full” and “Call Me Maybe” becomes, “Pass the gravy,” etc. One of my favorites was “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” modified into, “We are never, ever, ever, wearing ugly sweaters.” LOL. Watch the hilarious segment below.
This movie looks so good! Rashida Jones and Andy Samburg star in a new romantic comedy called ‘Celeste & Jesse Forever‘ and we’ve got your first look at the trailer. Aside from the stellar cast, this movie seems to tell a very honest story about relationships, breakups, and heartbreak.
Jones & Samburg play two people that met in high school, married young and are now growing apart. At 30-years old, they decide to get divorced and try to stay best friends while they pursue other relationships. Needless to say, this is easier said than done. Celeste (Rashida Jones) is pretty certain that divorcing the Jesse (Andy Samberg) is the right thing to do. Even though he is still in love with her, Jesse accepts her decision and transitions into being “best friends”. When reality sets in, Celeste starts to realize that maybe she had a good thing and is making the wrong decision. Unfortunately, this revelation is bad timing for Jesse.
Supporting cast include Elijah Wood, Emma Roberts, Chris Messina, Ari Graynor, and Will McCormack. The film hits theatres on August 3. Check out the trailer below!
FINALLY a new ‘7 Minutes In Heaven‘ with host Mike O’Brien. I feel like I’ve been waiting forever. Thankfully, this hilarious new segment with Parks & Recreation star Rashida Jones makes up for it.
O’Brien doesn’t waste any time making things awkward in the closet, kicking off the interview with a series of scenarios where Jones must decide whether or not the scenario makes her “horny” or “super horny”. LOL. Next, for the first time ever, Mike introduced a game that he calls “Tell Lawyers About The Movie ‘Hangover’ On Their Voicemail“. Best game name ever.
Rashida Jones is also going to be on NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” where celebrities find out things they didn’t know about their ancestors. Well, O’Brien decided to share some of his own findings that he learned about Rashida’s family. Watch the video below to find out what he told her and to see how the token closet kiss goes down.
As we draw nearer to Thanksgiving (the American one – we just had ours here in Canada), The Muppets are teasing us with their second official trailer for their upcoming movie. To refresh your memory, essentially it’s about Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan and newest addition to the cast, and friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) who find out about the plan to tear down the Muppet Theater. Awful right? Well, they decide to help Kermit reunite all the Muppets to help save the place. The first problem they come across is realizing that they aren’t famous anymore (thanks to Rashida Jones telling them like it is) – so they’re starting from scratch.
Together, the cast works to stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the whopping $10 million needed to save the theater. There are several celebrity cameos in the film shown in this trailer, including: Neil Patrick Harris, Jack Black, Sarah Silverman and the adorable “Manny” (Rico Rodriguez) from Modern Family. We’re also introduced to the “Moopets,” which are essentially the evil versions of the Muppets we love or like “The Misfits” to “Jem & The Holograms” – LOL. Check it out!
Elijah Wood is one busy boy. Wood is about to head into his first ever TV series, FX’s Wilfred which will begin airing on June 23rd. Then later this summer, he will reprise the role of Frodo in Peter Jackson’s rendition of The Hobbit. Not to mention Elijah also have Happy Feet 2 coming out shortly and will be voicing a character in Tron: Uprising for Disney.
But Elijah’s newest casting has got me really excited. He will star alongside funny man Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones in a new romantic comedy titled Celeste and Jesse Forever. The film tells the story of a couple going through a divorce but trying to maintain their friendship while pursuing new relationships. Sounds tricky and complicated. So where does Elijah fit in?
He will be playing Celeste’s saucy gay friend although according to the actual script, the character isn’t actually gay, rather a metrosexual business partner trying to fill the shoes of one homo with snarky remarks. This role should do wonders for the many gay rumors floating around for Mr. Wood. We’ve all wondered “is he or isn’t he” for years.
One of the magazine covers I look forward to most during Awards Season, is Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood Issue. Since 1995, the cover has highlighted Hollywood and the big players, fresh new faces or the “It” actors currently generating buzz. For their 17th annual issue, Vanity Fair has gone back to basics and to old school glamor. To be specific, the glamour of 1930s Shanghai, an era of smoky, alluring elegance.
“We had the gentlemen looking dashing in black tie, whilst the ladies were radiant in spring’s gowns—from Gucci to Yves Saint Laurent—and glittering with diamonds from Chanel and other arbiters of glamour.” – Style director Jessica Diehl
In the past, they’ve sometimes featured teenagers, nudity and even penguins. Yup. penguins made it in 2007. This year, they’ve focused on the most exciting actors and actresses of the moment. Taking stage front and center (or in this case the left side) are Oscar co-hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway. Joining them on the coveted section are Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal. Traditionally, Annie Leibovitz has taken the group picture, but this year photographer Norman Jean Roy shot the cover. The whole process took two days and was shot in New York and Los Angeles.
Others included on the cover include Jennifer Lawrence, Anthony Mackie, Olivia Wilde, Jesse Eisenberg, Mila Kunis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Andrew Garfield, Rashida Jones, Garrett Hedlund, Noomi Rapace and Robert Duvall. WTF? What is he doing there? On a side note, I’m glad Noomi Rapace, the star of the Swedish version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and Mila Kunis made the cut. Check out the full cover, along with all previous Hollywood Issue covers below.