Amy Poehler and Jane Aronson - A host of stars were photographed as they attended the 2nd Annual unite4:humanity event which was presented by Alcatel OneTouch and held at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States - Thursday 19th February 2015
Amy Poehler - A host of stars were photographed on the red carpet as they arrived at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards which were held at the Shrine auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 25th January 2015
Amy Poehler - A host of stars were photographed on the red carpet as they arrived at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards which were held at the Shrine auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 25th January 2015
Amy Poehler - A host of stars were photographed on the red carpet as they arrived at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards which were held at the Shrine auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 22nd January 2015
Amy Poehler - A host of stars were photographed on the red carpet as they arrived at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards which were held at the Shrine auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 26th January 2015
Amy Poehler - A host of stars were photographed as they took to the red carpet at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards which were held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 12th January 2015
Amy Poehler and Norman Lear - Shot of celebrities as they took to the red carpet for the 24th Annual Literary Awards Festival which were held at the PEN Center in Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 11th November 2014
Amy Poehler - Celebrities outside the Ed Sullivan Theater as they arrive for the 'Late Show with David Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 27th October 2014
Amy Poehler - A variety of Hollywood stars attended the 21st Annual Elle Women in Hollywood Awards held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States - Tuesday 21st October 2014
Amy Poehler and Adam Scott - Star of 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Saturday night live' Amy Poehler was photographed as she was filming for 'Parks And Recreation' in Woodland Hills, California, United States - Tuesday 14th October 2014
You could say "Late Night" was off to a slow start in comparison, but that might just be how Meyers works.
It looks like Seth Meyers is going for the “start slow and build up from there” approach with his move to Late Night – that’s if his first show is any indication, at least. Taking over from Fallon, who started his Tonight Show run with a rooftop performance by U2 and more celebrity cameos than we could count last week, Meyers struck a completely different note. His hosting style seems to be much more about sharp one liners and crisp delivery, than anything else, really. He did mimic Fallon in one respect though – Meyers used the long-running Late Night segment “Thank You Notes” to send his predecessor a message of gratitude. Seated at his desk, Meyers wrote a letter to Jimmy Fallon, promising to treat Late Night "with respect and dignity and to only use it to do completely original comedy pieces … starting now.” Ha.
Meyers' first Late Night set a completely different tone.
His guests for the night were carefully chosen, obviously to pay homage to Meyers’ SNL roots. For his first guest, Meyers welcomed "Parks and Recreation" star Amy Poehler. Friends since they both joined the cast of "SNL" in 2001, the two shared an easy rapport. Poehler had nothing but encouragement for her former colleague. Mostly.
Meyers will replace Jimmy Fallon as the host of Late Night.
This week’s Saturday Night Live was hosted by Melissa McCarthy and featured some great sketches with her, but it was really Seth Meyers who stole the show. And rightfully so – it was Meyers’ last episode at the Weekend Update desk. Joined by former SNL co-stars Bill Hader (as Stefon) and Amy Poehler, Meyers was given a proper Weekend Update sendoff.
Seth Meyers said "so long" to SNL and moved on to greener pastures (and a premium time slot.)
Meyers is moving on to the next step of his career – replacing Jimmy Fallon as the host of Late Night – but that doesn’t mean there weren’t some emotional goodbyes. "This is the job I always wanted, and I had the best time," Meyers said in lieu of a witty closing line at the end of his last Weekend Update.
The network has been very vague in regards to what shows are being given another season and which aren't
NBC have teased at what shows they are due to renew and which they are likely to drop from their schedules at the TCA press tour this weekend. Given how vague the network executives were at the press meeting, we can't exactly confirm anything, but what we can say is that Parks & Recreation will more than likely be getting a seventh season, everything else might not be so lucky.
Star Amy Poehler and the rest of her Parks & Rec. castmates celebrate the show's 100th episode
“I’m going out on a limb: Parks and Recreation is going to have a 7th season,” was the word of the NBC's entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt at the TCA event, giving the closest thing to a solid confirmation regarding the future of a NBC show. The only other shows that held a similar kind of certainty were two popular comedies: Parenthood and Community.
The comic and actress loved her 'Elle' cover, and is a little hurt with the criticism
When Elle presented their four-cover edition of their latest edition, their 'Women in TV' issue, it featured four of the most prominent female TV stars working today. Among the four was The Mindy Project star Mindy Kaling, whose cover caused an unwarranted amount of controversy and conversation over how the majority of her body was cropped out of the cover image, unlike the other, mostly full-body other three.
Mindy outside the Ed Sullivan Theatre before appearing on Letterman
White, skinny actresses Allison Williams, Amy Poehler and Zooey Deschanel all feature from the knee up and in full colour on their respective cover photos for the February issue of the magazine, whereas Kaling's image is in black and white and her picture is much more close up than the rest, with her chest, face and one arm only seen in the picture. For some, this looked way too suspicious to be a coincidence and the online crusaders stood up for Kaling in their droves. Trouble is, Kaling didn't really want standing up for and the arguments her so-called supporters were crusading for were actually a little hurtful.
Continue reading: Mindy Kaling Feels As Though 'Elle' Cover Critics Are "Insulting" Her
The NBC vehicle is a joint effort from Fey, Ellie Kemper and producer Robert Carlock
Tina Fey has been handed a follow-up series to 30 Rock, with NBC handing her a deal to begin working on an all new series alongside her 30 Rock co-producer Robert Carlock. The comedy pairing have been handed a 13-episode straight-to-series order for a whole new premise, one that stars The Office actress Ellie Kemper.
Kemper (L) will star in the upcoming Tina Fey (R) series
The show, which is currently untitled still, follows Kemper as she frees herself a doomsday cult and begins life anew in New York City. The series falls in line with Fey's four year contract with Universal Television (who are producing) and will be co-written and run by Fey and Carlock, with the pair also serving as executive producers. Fey's long-time manager David Miner will also serve as an executive producer, and Little Stranger will be producing the series alongside Universal.
The comediennes will return to hosting duties for at least the next two years.
Television comedy supremoes Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have signed up to host the annual Golden Globe Awards not just next year, but the year after that too, announces The Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The talented duo hosted the 2013 Golden Globe Awards to much acclaim and calls for the SNL alumni to be given another shot at hosting.
Tina & Amy Proved A Popular Choice This Year.
Their popularity at this year's awards is a key factor cited in the ceremony's ratings success with the biggest Golden Globes ratings in six years in both the 18-49 demographic and total viewers, meaning the show was also the second highest-rated Golden Globes in nine years.
Continue reading: Tina Fey & Amy Poehler To Host Next TWO Golden Globe Awards
Fey and Poehler will return for the 2014 Golden Globes, but Fey doesn't fancy an Oscars gig.
According to popular opinion, the powerhouse comedy duo of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey did a fantastic job of hosting the Golden Globes. Fortunately the women, who coined the lyrics “I dreamed a dream of dadada/And then I went to make a sandwich” and the “Neil Patrick Harris, take off your pants!” sketch, have been approached for another turn at the event and have even been invited back for a third time in 2015, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The ladies will be back at the 2014 and 2015 Golden Globes.
As for hosting the Oscars, however, that’s a whole other story. In a recent interview, Fey spoke about what is arguably the biggest, most publicized award show in the business, to the effect that she and Poehler would not be interested due to the more restrictive nature of the Oscars. It is a widely known fact that the Golden Globes give their hosts, as well as the writers, a higher degree of creative freedom. In fact, for the 2013 Golden Globe, Fey and Poehler brought in a team of writers and actors, who made the entire affair resemble a Saturday Night Live reunion, enlisting Seth Meyers, writer Robert Carlock (who also worked with Fey as showrunner on "30 Rock") and "Saturday Night Live" producer Mike Shoemaker for help.
Could anyone else live up to Fey and Poehler other than... Fey and Poehler?
Two of the biggest voices in modern comedy have landed another two slots at one of the biggest award ceremonies in the business. Having successfully helmed the Golden Globes, Tina Fey and are set to do it again, and again!
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have enjoyed a fruitful comedy partnership
"Tina and Amy are two of the most talented comedic writer/performers in our business and they were a major reason the Golden Globes was the most entertaining awards show of last season," said Paul Telegdy, president, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. "We're elated they wanted to host together again and that they committed for the next two years."
NPH's opening speech definitely held a few surprises, but not from whom you'd expect.
The Emmys came and went and brought with them a plethora of funny, embarrassing and just plain meh moments. Neil Patrick Harris’ opening speech never fails to win a few laughs, as it did again this time, but it was really the golden duo – Tina Fey and Amy Poehler – who stole the show. About five minutes into Harris’ speech, Poehler and Fey, clearly inspired by recent events at the VMAs began hollering at the host. But of course, the bit – hilarious in our humble opinion - didn’t come without some proper build-up.
Though the stage was populated by men, it was the ladies who mostly dominated the opening bit.
Two things became clear during Harris’ showdown with a flock of past Emmy presenters – Jane Lynch, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and of course, the omniscient Conan O’Brian. Number one: in 2013 more than ever, broadcast television has some major competition in the media landscape and two: everyone is perfectly aware. While the presenters battled it out on stage, in the audience, Kevin Spacey turned to the camera for his own nefarious monologue.
Rashida Jones will be leaving the show Parks and Recreation, the series' creator Mike Schur confirmed on Wednesday (31st July). She is not the only actor to be bidding Pawnee farewell as her on-screen boyfriend Rob Lowe is also leaving.
Rashida Jones is leaving the show Parks and Recreation during season 6. She will be joined by Rob Lowe, according to an announcement made by creator Mike Schur. The pair will exit by the middle of season 6, definitely before episode 13.
Rashida Jones at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar party, L.A.
In his statement, Schur said the actors were "wonderful, funny" and "committed". He went on to say their absence would be felt strongly by the Parks and Recreation cast and crew.
Continue reading: Rashida Jones Leaving NBC's Show 'Parks And Recreation' With Rob Lowe
Parks & Rec loses a two actors at the end of this season.
Parks and Recreation – Amy Poehler’s masterpiece of an ABC comedy is set to lose a pair of castmembers after its current season. Rashida Jones – who plays the conscientious nurse-turned-Pawnee-city-council member and Rob Lowe – the council’s extremely health-conscious city manager – are both leaving the show at the end of its current 13-episode run. The lineup change has been confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter. It will happen sometime in February 2014. Tears will be shed.
No explanation was given for the actors' departure.
Jones and Lowe’s characters have been dating on and off for some time in the series, so this could at least provide an easy way for the writing team to tie up the loose ends around their departure. Fans might find additional comfort in the numerous cameos, already announced for this upcoming season. During the premiere, on September 26 this year, the action will take place in London and it will reportedly involve appearances from Heidi Klum and the Happy Days icon Henry Winkler.
Continue reading: Say Goodbye To Rob Lowe And Rashida Jones On 'Parks And Recreation'
A year of surprise contenders alongside old favorites.
Emmy nominations are in and with that the season for speculation is open. There’s no question about one thing though: for a newcomer, Netflix is taking the awards by storm. Although the major networks are welcoming the two productions by the online TV provider – Arrested Development and House of Cards, there’s no doubt that Netflix’s move on the original programming market should be making traditional media giants just a tiny bit nervous. But what exactly are the Netflix shows nominated for? Well, they got the big ones, for Lead Actor, Actress and Directing in a Drama Series and of course, for Outstanding Drama Series overall. Arrested Development also received a big nod, with Jason Bateman being nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
Bateman is getting some recognition this year.
Fans of shows generally underappreciated by awards committees, such as Parks & Rec, for example, also have a reason to celebrate. Amy Poehler was nominated for Lead in a comedy, as was Tina Fey for the now cancelled 30 Rock. Behind the Candelabra is ahead of the pack, while HBO’s Game of Thrones and FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum follow close behind. Mad Men is also bowing out on a high note, with several nominations, before it returns in the fall for one final season.
Continue reading: What Do The Emmy Nominations Tell Us About The 2013 TV Landscape?
Chelsea Handler mocked Taylor Swift for dating so many men and commented that the singer is "probably a virgin" during a recent interview.
The ladies of Hollywood – or some of them anyway – seem to be unusually interested in one topic lately – Taylor Swift’s love life.
After Tina Fey and Amy Poehler sent a couple of jabs her way during their turn hosting the Golden Globes, Swift took offence and commented with the infamous Madeline Albright quote “There’s a special place in hell, reserved for women who don’t help other women”.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler don't seem too bothered that they have ruffled Taylor Swift's feathers
Taylor Swift may have thought she was being smart when she quoted Katie Couric, in a Vanity Fair interview, saying “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” That was pretty smart, but Taylor will never be as smart as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the women that she was directing it at. Not only are Pohler and Fey, no doubt, every inch the feminist that Taylor is, but they’re a whole lot smarter and funnier; that’s why they’re two of America’s most revered comedians right now. And that’s why everyone fell about laughing at their Golden Globes dig at Taylor Swift.
Taylor Swift did not take kindly to Tina Fey and Amy Pohler mocking her love life at the Golden Globes
Continue reading: Battle Of The Wits Rages On For Taylor Swift VS Tina Fey And Amy Poehler
Are Taylor Swift and Amy Poehler heading for a media war? Probably not.
It all started when Poehler and her comedy cohort Tina Fey took a wee dig at Swift at the 2013 Grammy Awards. "stay away from Michael J. Fox's son” they quipped, making the country-pop singer one of the only people not to enjoy their work that night. "You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people," Swift told Vanity Fair when they asked about the joke. "Because she said to me she had heard a quote that she loved that said, ‘There's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women.'" Poehler’s response was humble, though, as she clearly doesn’t want another #1 hit being written about her. "Aw, I feel bad if she was upset," she said. "I am a feminist and she is a young and talented girl. "That being said, I do agree I am going to hell," the comedian added. "But for other reasons. Mostly boring tax stuff."
Continue reading: Taylor Swift And Amy Poehler Start Newest Celebrity Feud
Tina Fey will not helm the Oscars in 2014, despite overwhelming public support.
The comedienne told Letterman that she had a 'sweatpants mandatory Oscars party' but admitted that while she enjoyed watching it, she wasn't willing to host the show at any point despite having hosted the Golden Globes ceremony earlier this year with her 'Mean Girls' and 'Baby Mama' co-star Amy Poehler. 'I'll tell you what - for a woman, just the amount of dresses that you would have to try on. It's a dealbreaker. I'm out', she told Letterman, reiterating what she first told Huffington Post in an interview after the ceremony.
Asked how she felt about William Shatner's comment that she and Amy should 'host everything', she told the publication 'It's an honor to be 'Shatnered' before explaining, 'I just feel like that gig is so hard. Especially for, like, a woman - the amount of months that would be spent trying on dresses alone ... no way.' Even after she was asked if there was any possibility at all, she was quick to disappoint her interviewer. 'I wish I could tell you there was', she said.
Parks and Recreation writers come up with a 'series finale' every season, fearing they could be cancelled at any time.
Parks and Recreation aired the first of its double episode special last night (February 21, 2013), though it felt strangely like a SERIES finale. The thing is, it was a designed to be just that, given the episode was the last of the season's initial 13-episode order. As HitFix.com explains, the last few season finales of NBC's hit comedy have functioned as series finales because nobody really knows when the show is going to be hauled off the air.
Though regarded as one of the finest television series for many years, Parks continues to deliver fairly average ratings and as such plays a dangerous game with network bosses. Co-creator Mike Schur, quite sensibly, approaches each season finale as if it will be the show's finale episode and therefore aims to wrapping up the stories of Leslie, Ron and Ben over and over again. Schur spoke of his unconventional writing technique, explaining, "The way we operate every year is we that don't know what our future is. So we try to tell the juiciest, most interesting stories we can tell," adding, "And at the end of the year, we write a series finale. Something that, if this is it, we go out the way we want to go out. And we try not to close it off so completely that if the show comes back for another year, that we have nowhere to go." This week's two episodes were supposed to be the final episodes of season five, though NBC ordered 9 more for the season and are keen on renewing the whole thing for season six.
It looks as though Schur and his teams will be writing a couple more 'series finales' yet.
After Tina Fey mocked Taylor Swift at the Golden Globes, is she worried that Taylor will write one of her trademark cutting songs about her? “I hope so,” Fey told Access Hollywood, “I would love it!” She insists that she meant no harm to Taylor, either. “I just feel like it was just a little joke, like two of your aunts, two of your old lady aunts teasing you at the Thanksgiving table, that’s all it was.”
Fey was speaking at the Screen Actors Guild awards, where she took home a trophy for Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In a Comedy Series, for 30 Rock. Fey told Access Hollywood that she was glad to be out celebrating with her 30 Rock crew, before the show ends, saying “Our whole ensemble’s here and our show’s ending this Thursday, so this is our, maybe our last trip out all together, so we’re just so thrilled to be here.” The series finale of the NBC show will be aired this week.
No doubt it was easier for Fey to be on the receiving end of the award, than taking on the more challenging task of hosting the Golden Globes, which she did with aplomb, alongside her sidekick Amy Poehler. When asked if she would take the role on again, she said “Oh my gosh, we’ll see, we’ll see. It certainly was fun, we did have a good time. We’ll see, we’ll see if they want us back.”
Continue reading: Will Taylor Swift Ever, Ever Ever Write A Song About Tina Fey?
We won't know who'll walk away with the top prizes on offer at this year's Screen Actors Guild until Sunday (Jan 27), but there are a few people who might know already as the deadline for the final ballots for this years awards ceremony is today.
At noon (PT) the members of SAG will have their final say in who wins what at the 19th annual awards show at the weekend and it really is anyone's race to take home the top prizes (except for Best Actor, because Daniel Day-Lewis does not lose these awards).
Feel-good Brit-hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the surprise entrant to the Best Picture Category, facing stiff competition from Lincoln, Argo, Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook. Meanwhile, Day-Lewis is against Denzel Washington (Flight), Hugh Jackman (Les Mis), Bradley Cooper (SLP) and Oscar-snub John Hawkes (The Sessions), whilst the Actress section looks a little more familiar, with Jessica Chastin (Zero Dark Thirty), Helen Mirren (Hitchcock), Jennifer Lawrence (SLP), Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone) and Naomi Watts (The Impossible) are battling it out for the top acting prize.
Continue reading: Final Ballots For Screen Actors Guild Awards In Today
Michael J Fox and Taylor Swift are unlikely to be sharing any cosy family get-togethers any time soon. After Tina Fey mocked Taylor’s recent string of short-lived romances, at the Golden Globes last weekend (January 13, 2013), by saying “Taylor Swift, you stay away from Michael J Fox’s son,” Fox senior told Vulture that he’s really not keen on the idea of his son, Sam Michael Fox dating Taylor Swift.
Speaking at a book party for Ann Leary’s The Good House, Fox was asked what he thought about the idea of Taylor dating his son and he replied “No. No ... Just back off… I don’t keep up with it all," he said. "But Taylor Swift writes songs about everybody she goes out with, right?" Right! "What a way to build a career.” When asked what he’d do if she turned up at a family dinner, he replied “I wouldn’t even know who she was.” Ouch. Bit of a blow for one of the biggest stars on the planet. It seems as though Taylor Swift’s reputation for getting through men and trashing them in song form is getting bigger than her bank balance.
Tina Fey joked that Taylor needed a bit of “me time,” to get to know herself a little better again. And you know what? We think she might have a point. Taylor recently had a very brief fling with One Direction’s Harry Styles and before that, it was Conor Kennedy. And before that? Listen, we could be here for days. At least Sam Michael Fox is off the list though, thanks to his dad.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were widely hailed as successful hosts of last night’s Golden Globes, keeping it clean but funny. So much so that it caused the Guardian to remark that it was something of a ground-breaking moment in awards history. “Something rather important happened last night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Something groundbreaking. Something record-setting,” they wrote. “Tina Fey and Amy Poehler proved that hosts of an awards ceremony can actually be funny.” Now, of course, all eyes are turning to Seth Macfarlane, who – somehow – has to try and do the same at the Oscars. No pressure, there Seth… no pressure.
MacFarlane was clearly taking notes last night, ahead of his Oscars moment and he was quick with the praise for the duo. “Please give Tina and Amy high marks because they did great,” he told the press and explained that he’s well aware of the pressure that he’s under, as the Oscars host and said “Oscars hosts always get thrashed.” Of course, Tina and Amy had the benefit, you could argue, of having each other to bounce off and work with. Seth won’t have the luxury of a comedy partner but what he will have is the eyes of the world upon him. The Golden Globes are a mere precursor to the international weight of the Oscars.
Poehler and Fey were careful not to cause the kind of barrel-scraping outrage that Ricky had done before them and it seems that the raciest thy got with their jokes was probably in relation to Kathryn Bigelow, when Fey said “I haven't been following the controversy about 'Zero Dark Thirty,' but when it comes to torture, I'll trust the lady who was married to James Cameron for three years.” They ended the evening by announcing that they were going home with Jodie Foster who had just been on the stage confirming that, as the world kind of knew anyway, she was definitely gay. If we were Seth MacFarlane, we’d be worried; seems like Amy and Tina got to all the good jokes first, huh?
Though the Oscars is undoubtedly the big one, there’s traditionally been a lot of love for the Golden Globes among the Hollywood fraternity, with the event being seen as a generally looser, less formal affair than its prestigious counterpart – even if the actors have had to cope with the barbs of Ricky Gervais in recent years. The jibes still came from Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, but they were delivered with far more good grace than those thrown by the British comic.
Continue reading: The Golden Globes 2013: Who Were The Winners And Losers?
They were big on jokes and low on facts but we guess that’s what you’d expect from comedy’s leading ladies. According to USA Today, the conference was more like a stand-up routine than your average promotional chat but it certainly makes for entertaining reading.
When they were asked how their background in improv will come in handy during the broadcast, Tina answered “If a drunk person wanders onstage, we'll know how to handle it” and when they were pitted against each other to see who was asked to do the job first, Poehler answered “One of us and the car from Transformers,” whilst Fey backed her up by saying “there was not a door large enough in the venue to get the car in there.” Their casual approach to their hosting gig continued when they were grilled about how much preparation they’d put into it, with Fey saying “we just a really long nap and now we’re, ‘Oh my God, it’s Sunday.’”
Former Saturday Night Live-ers Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will helm the third biggest night (according to viewing figures) in the film calendar, as they aim to be less offensive but just as memorable as Ricky Gervais when they host The Golden Globes.
Talking to The Hollywood Reporter about saying yes to The Globes as opposed to other ceremonies, Fey passed the buck to Poehler, saying, "Well, Amy, you've been asked to perform at the Super Bowl a bunch of times."
Picking up the baton, Amy concurred, "That's right. But I told them my show is too big for that venue. And I was actually one of the people carrying stuff at the Olympics Opening Ceremony, but nobody noticed. [Laughs.] No, we've fortunately been to a few of these awards show things now, and we've had some fun while we were there. And then the Golden Globes is just quirky and weird enough, I think that it's up our alley."
Continue reading: Comedy Duo Tina Fey And Amy Poehler Open Up On Golden Globes
The Hollywood Reporter have exclusively announced that Tina Fey is eyeing up a role in the new Muppets movie sequel. Just days before she’s due to host The Golden Globes with Amy Poehler, it’s been revealed that Fey is a likely contender to star alongside Ricky Gervais in the part-puppet, part-human caper.
The sources that revealed the news to The Hollywood Reporter did not give away the details of the script, which will be kept under wraps a little while longer, but the character descriptions have given away hints of a ‘caper,’ it seems. Tina Fey will play a Russian gulag prison guard, apparently, if the deal gets the go-ahead. Meanwhile, Ty Burrell, the Modern Family star will also have a role in the movie, as a lazy Interpol inspector. James Bobin and Nicholas Stoller, are co-writing the script and David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are back in production roles, hoping to recapture the success of the 2011 movie starring Amy Adams and Jason Segel.
Tina Fey, known for her work on TV comedies such as 30 Rock, last featured in a movie in 2010, when she starred in Date Night. She’s also due to star in Admission, alongside Paul Rudd – that one’s due out in March.
Continue reading: Tin Fey Said To Be Eyeing Up Muppets Sequel Role
Rebel Wilson, the comedy actress currently starring in Pitch Perfect, will host the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, the network announced in a first look trailer on Thursday (December 20, 2012). Set to air on April 14, Wilson will become the first woman to host the event since Sarah Silverman emceed in 2007.
Female comedians are taking over next year's awards' ceremonies, with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey tasked with hosting the Golden Globes. The MTV Awards sometimes get it right with their hosts (Russell Brand, Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman, Will Smith), though often get it very, very, wrong. Lindsay Lohan hosted in 2004, while Jessica Alba didn't exactly set the show alight in 2006. Anyway, Wilson - as the comedy actress of the moment - seems a pretty solid choice. The Australian played Brynn in the smash-hit Bridesmaids and went on to star in A Few Best Men, What To Expect When You're Expecting, and Pitch Perfect. She's currently writing a comedy named Super Fun for the ABC Network, and stars alongside Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson in the action-comedy Pain & Gain.
The 2012 MTV Movie Awards was held at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles in June. It was dominated by The Hunger Games, Twilight and Bridesmaids.
Continue reading: Pitch Perfect Star Rebel Wilson To Host MTV Movie Awards 2013
Excuse us while we jump up and down and squeal in a fangirl-ish manner. Fey and Poehler’s first promo for the Golden Globes has been released as well and it’s fairly safe to say that we’ll be enjoying the actresses’ trademark comedic chemistry. The pair have been working together on Saturday Night Live for a while now and creating some of the show’s most memorable sketches, so at least we know what to expect – “girl humor” at its finest.
Fay and Poehler are also both nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy Series - 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation, respectively. With the two competing in the same category, some reviewers are already wondering if tensions will be running high on show night. The phrase “Are you kidding?” comes to mind. It may be friendly competition, but, if at least one sketch in the show isn’t based on that, personally, we will be very disappointed. The Golden Globe Awards are set to air on January 13 on NBC, promising “Hollywood’s most unpredictable party of the year.” While that title is probably more suited to a Playboy Mansion binger, the award show certainly looks worth tuning in.
Continue reading: Golden Globe Hosts Announced: Tina Fey And Amy Poehler To Take The Stage
The November 15, 2012 episode of Parks and Recreation will feature a very special guest, Entertainment Weekly has revealed! Vice President Joe Biden, who recently got re-elected for a second term in the White House is going to make an appearance in the comedy series.
Ben Wyatt (played by Adam Scott) takes his fiancée (and city councilwoman) Leslie Knope (played Amy Poehler) to the White House to meet Biden and it’s no secret that Knope has a crush on Joe Biden – she’s previously stated that her ideal man would have “the brains of George Clooney and the body of Joe Biden”).
When the show travelled to Washington DC to film the Season 5 debut, they managed to bag some time with the VP, in addition to the appearances from Barbara Boxer, Olympia Snow and John McCain. The executive producer of the show joked “[Leslie] has a lot of social figures that she considers heroes, but the funniest hero is Joe Biden. There’s an episode last season where she says, ‘Joe Biden is on my celebrity sex list — well, he is my celebrity sex list’… It was amazing to have her meet Olympia Snowe and Barbara Boxer because that meant something to her politically. But this transcends that. She’s meeting the man that she’s in love with on some deep level. It was a bigger deal to us in some ways that she meet Joe Biden than it was that she meet Barack Obama.”
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How does Ricky Gervais feel about Amy Poehler and Tina Fey hosting the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards next year? Ricky has hosted the awards for the last three years, getting himself in a fair amount of hot water along the way, it has to be said but now he’s handing the reins over and – in true Gervais style – he’s made a few barbed comments, mainly aimed at E! for failing to include him in the annual Golden Globes best dressed list.
In a statement he gave exclusively to Entertainment Weekly, Gervais said “Good luck to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes. After failing three years in a row to make E! Channel’s Best Dressed list, I decided to hand over the reins,” said Gervais, adding, “Let me know if you run out of Scientology gags.” Gervais became known for sailing a little too close to the wind during his Golden Globes hosting stints. His 2011 opening monologue, for example, went like this: It's going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking. Or as Charlie Sheen calls it – breakfast. Wow, so let's get this straight, so what he did was, he picked up a porn star, paid her to have dinner with him, introduced her to his ex-wife – as you do – went to a hotel, got drunk, got naked, trashed the place while she was locked in a cupboard, and that was a Monday. What does he do New Year's Eve?” And it didn’t really let up from thereon in. Is he genuinely angry about losing the job though, or just having fun?
On Monday (October 15, 2012), NBC announced that Fey and Poehler would take on presenting duties, with their “unparalleled comedic timing” cited as the reason for landing the job.
Among arrivals at Comedy Central's 'Night Of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together For Autism Programs' event were popstar Carly Rae Jepsen, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, talk show host Jon Stewart and comedian Seth Rogen with his wife Lauren.
Our shocked laughs had all eventually been turned down to a gentle titter over three years of Ricky Gervais' Golden Globes, and the British comic and some-would-say actor has finally been given the year off from heckling his own audience for the 2013 Golden Globe Awards. In his place, Sky News are reporting that the role is to be split between co-hosts, with two of the funniest comic actresses on the planet at the moment taking over the reins.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have been announced as the hosts for the 2013 event by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Fey has been winning over fans sine 2006 for her role on the hugely successful comedy '30 Rock', whilst Poehler has come into real acclaim as part of the cast on 'Parks and Recreation'. The Globes is traditionally one of the biggest awards shows of the spring heading into the Oscars, with many of its winners going on to find success at the Academy. As such, hosting is sure to give them a further profile boost even beyond their current popularity.
When the Globes asked Gervais to host in 2010, it marked the first time the event had had a compere since 1995. Given his outrageous success in the role though, it looks like it'll be a position around for a while to come.
The Emmys: a renowned rewards show, recognising the very top talents in contemporary television, or a chance to showcase some cutting edge prank work? Hmm.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus certainly thinks the latter applies, as she got a touch of the Kimmels and played a prank in front of the live studio audience. Accepting her award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy, Dreyfus started reading a speech from a crumped piece of paper, before her and Amy Poehler ‘realised’ they’d switched speeches. A quick turn around, a spot of acting and plenty of laughs later, the speech was nearly given, but not before the pair squeezed another gag in, with the former Seinfeld star saying, "Isn't it a shame that Amy Poehler didn't win?" It was a joke in good tact, and a showed a refreshing level of self-awareness from the comedy pair. Well done, we say.
Jimmy Kimmel would have been watching from the wings, snarling that his prank, which involved a fake collapse of Tracey Morgan had to play second fiddle. "OMG, Tracy Morgan just passed out at the Emmys. Turn on ABC right now!" he implored fans to share on their social media accounts. Sure, Morgan was in on the joke, and it was a clever touch to involve fans in interactive social media, but it wasn’t the best prank in the history of awards’ shows. Looks like Kimmel will have to work a bit harder in order to maintain his mantle as Hollywood’s prank king.
When the sickly young Sho (voiced by Kamiki) goes to live with his aunt (Takeshita) in the country, he spots a tiny girl in the garden, just like his mother remembered seeing when she was young. But housekeeper Haru (Kiki) denies they exist. Indeed, the girl was Arrietty (Shida), who lives with her parents (Miura and Ohtake) in a small home under the floor full of things that are borrowed unnoticed from the house above. But being seen has consequences, and even though Sho is clearly friendly, Arrietty's world is about to change.
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The film essentially exists to take fabulously talented female comedic presences like Amy Poehler, Parker Posey, and Rachel Dratch and make them mug for the camera while acting like tired Geeky Spinster caricatures. These actresses have made caricatures work before -- Dratch did it regularly on SNL, Posey brilliantly skewered archetype after archetype in Christopher Guest's wonderful mockumentaries, and Poehler is currently the world's foremost female comedic performer, capable of turning any tired formula into comic gold simply by her very presence. If there is one sad message sent by Spring Breakdown, it is that even Amy Poehler can't always rise above the material.
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In the Mesa high school in Tucson where Fleming sets his gonzo theatrics, culture is either alive-and-well or being beaten to death with a sack full of cantaloupes, depending on who you talk to. The drama department has just finished a stage production of Steven Soderbergh's Erin Brockovich, under the tutelage of Dana Marschz (Steve Coogan). An actor who hit his peak on commercials for herpes medication and Jack LaLanne's Power Juicer (two products that aren't always mutually exclusive), Marschz has moved his wife (Catherine Keener) and random friend Dave (David Arquette) to Arizona to teach acting. It's the first day of the new semester when Marschz finds out that his class has grown from a closeted homosexual (Skylar Astin) and a goody-two-shoes (Phoebe Strole) to an entire class made up mostly of Latino outcasts and some white dude who has a jones for rave culture. It's no small wonder that Marschz's dementia, once goofy and lovable, becomes unstable and leads concurrently to the attempted dismantling of the drama department and the writing of Marschz's titular brainchild, Hamlet 2.
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Super career-woman Kate Holbrook (Fey) has it all -- the ear of her wingnut organic foods tycoon Barry (Steve Martin), a cushy vice-presidency, and a fab-o apartment in Philadelphia. All she lacks is a genetic duplicate of her own professional perfection. Sadly, her internal lady parts can't supply a womb with a view. After trying every available procedure, she resorts to hiring a surrogate. After some bun in the oven bartering with baby broker Chaffee Bicknell (Sigourney Weaver), Holbrook meets Angie Ostrowiski (Amy Poehler), a working class gal with a white trash persona and a heart as large as a Big Gulp. When things go awry in her relationship, she moves in with Holbrook. Middling hijinx ensue.
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Theodore Geisel, under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss, often buried messages in his prose and Horton slips many of them just below the surface of this exquisite animated adventure. Faith in the presence of an unseen being dominates most of the story about a curious elephant (Jim Carrey) who believes he hears voices emerging from a speck on the surface of a flower. In fact, the minuscule speck contains the entirety of Whoville, and Horton promises the village's skittish mayor (Steve Carell) that he'll find the community a safe location to rest.
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Pushed back and up for almost a year now, Woodcock comes from a lineage of productions so misguided that studios eventually release them just to wash their hands of them. Originally slated for a late spring/early summer release, the film was tossed back to November to allow for re-shoots and new edits. Ultimately none of it mattered and they pushed it back up to September. The fact that Wedding Crashers ace David Dobkin was brought in for the aforementioned re-shoots makes the absence of even the lightest chuckle even more profound.
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Blades begins with the backstory of figure skating prodigy Jimmy MacElroy (Jon Heder). Plucked from an orphanage and given his last name by creepy entrepreneur Darren MacElroy (William Fichtner), Jimmy is groomed to become a champion. His only competition is the exquisitely named Chazz Michael Michaels (Ferrell) who brings the swagger only a self-proclaimed sex addict can to the sport.
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When I watch certain actors paint such vivid and animated characters across the silver screen, I am almost reach a state of pure cinema bliss. I came close to that bliss when I watched the riveting Richard Gere is his latest film, American Gigolo 2, Male Gigolo. Gere has such a powerful presence in a number of memorable moments that draw from him an almost frightening realism that seems to reach out from the screen to the audience. Richard Gere's performance in the film--oh, wait a minute--let me retract that last statement. Did I say Richard Gere? Sorry for the confusion. I meant Rob Schneider, and his new film Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigolo. Gere and Schneider, I tend to mix up the two so often.
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There is a sub-genre of comedy that Saturday Night Live alumni seem to specialize in which I've decided to dub the "wouldn't it be funny if" movie. The defining characteristics are as follows:
1) Begin with flimsy, 25-words-or-less premise. (Wouldn't it be funny if Will Ferrell wore a bad wig and a bushy mustache to play a phony-baloney male chauvinist news anchor in the 1970s?)
2) Expand on this premise and explore its comic possibilities only to the extent of creating an endless supply of sophomoric sex jokes. (Wouldn't it be funny if Christina Applegate played the country's first female news anchor, who threatens Ferrell's insecure manhood?)
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One of the indications that a screenwriter has been living in Hollywood too long is when he start writing stories in which gorgeous, intelligent women fall in love with homely, chauvinist trolls like Rob Schneider and David Spade.
In a city where real-life Barbie dolls are only one phone call to Heidi Fleiss away for anyone who can afford them, such plots stop seeming so fantastic after a while, which is how we get movies like "Lost & Found," in which 98-pound pig Spade bagged French beauty Sofie Marceau, and this week's "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo."
Rob Schneider, late of "Saturday Night Live," is laughably cast as a romantic lead -- and a male prostitute -- in this occasionally funny fantasy for the "Beavis and Butthead" set.
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Never before have I seen a movie try so hard to be deliberately awful -- and succeed so wildly -- as "Wet Hot American Summer," a nickel-budget sketch-comedy spoof of early '80s teen sex-at-camp romps like "Little Darlings" and "Meatballs."
Created by veterans of cable "Saturday Night Live" knock-offs "The State" and "Upright Citizens' Brigade," it's a loose jumble of too-obvious jabs at the genre through stock characters in grossly under-rehearsed vignettes that are absentmindedly filmed and edited together without rhythm and apparently at random.
You've got your dorky virgin (Michael Showalter) making an ass of himself for the unattainable girl (Marguerite Moreau). She prefers the inimical, self-styled stud in the jean jacket (the under-appreciated Paul Rudd in the movie's only truly funny performance). He, in turn, prefers the company of your ubiquitous pubescent sluts in tube tops.
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The stinging wit of first-time screenwriter Tina Fey -- acerbic co-host of Weekend Update on "Saturday Night Live," and the show's head writer -- gives "Mean Girls" a zest and zing few high school comedies ever muster.
An outwardly stereotypical teen movie about the new girl in school (Lindsay Lohan) being torn between arty out-crowd real friends who initially welcome her and the catty, curvy, callous queen bees of the campus, who covet her knockout looks to bolster their ranks, it's a flick with a surprisingly subversive nature: Cady (Lohan) begins socially canoodling with the elitist "plastics" not because she wants to be popular, but because she wants to help bring them down.
Invited into the "cool" clique by Barbie-doll blonde Regina (Rachel McAdams, "The Hot Chick") and her clingy cohorts (Lacey Chabert and Amanda Seyfried), Cady reports back on their "Heathers"-like cruelty to her outcast pals, Janis the coal-eyed punker chick (Lizzy Caplan) and Damian the big, burly, proudly queeny teddy bear (Daniel Franzese).
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