The Imagine Ball benefiting Imagine LA - Inside

James Tupper, Anne Heche and Friends - The Imagine Ball presented by John Terzian & Randall Kaplan benefiting Imagine LA - Inside at House Of Blues - West Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 4th June 2015

Anne Heche and James Tupper
Anne Heche and James Tupper
Anne Heche and James Tupper
Anne Heche and James Tupper
James Tupper, Anne Heche and Guests

Paul McCartney Almost Guest Starred In 'Friends'!

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An extraordinary piece of might-have-been casting news has emerged: the people behind the smash sitcom ‘Friends’ came close to getting Sir Paul McCartney to guest star in an episode!

In a new interview with The Huffington Post, the NBC show’s casting director Leslie Litt revealed that she tried extremely hard to get the ex-Beatle to star as Ross’ would-be father-in-law in a 1998 episode, but it conflicted too much with his recording and touring schedule for him to fit in.

Litt envisaged McCartney as playing Ross’s (David Schwimmer) English fiancée Emily’s (Helen Baxendale) father in the two-part finale to season 4.

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Face Forward Gala Supporting Victims Of Domestic Abuse_Inside

Bonnie Somerville, Family and Friends - Stars attended the 5th Annual Face Forward Gala in support of victims of domestic abuse in Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 13th September 2014

Bonnie Somerville
Bonnie Somerville
Bonnie Somerville and Deborah Alessi
Bonnie Somerville
Bonnie Somerville and Holt McCallany

Graham Norton leaves Chiltern Firehouse

Graham Norton and Friends - Graham Norton leaves Chiltern Firehouse with two other friends - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 16th July 2014

Graham Norton and Friends
Graham Norton and Guest
Graham Norton and Guest
Graham Norton and Friends
Graham Norton

Long Beach Grand Prix ProCeleb Race Day

Brett Davern, Family and Friends - Long Beach Grand Prix ProCeleb Race Day - Long Beach, California, United States - Saturday 12th April 2014

Brett Davern, Family and Friends
Brett Davern, Family and Friends

Long Beach Grand Prix ProCeleb Race Qualifying

Brett Davern, Family and Friends - Long Beach Grand Prix ProCeleb Race Qualifying - Long Beach, California, United States - Friday 11th April 2014

Friends Movie? "There Was Never a Friends Movie" Says Lisa Kudrow

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Fans of hit U.S comedy Friends (or F.R.I.E.N.D.S because, why not?) were either horrified or gasping with excitement when rumours of a Friends (F.R.. alright fine) movie were bandied around. A Friends reunion, though, is not on the cards, according to everyone’s favourite kooky New Yorker, Phoebe Buffay (although she’s a real person and she’s called Lisa Kudrow.

Lisa KudrowToo old? Kudrow thinks the time has passed for a reunion

Talking to CNN about her current work, Kudrow was dragged back into a Friends chat, as she so often is.

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Jennifer Aniston Cupping Marks Reveal Chinese Treatment

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When we first heard of these Jennifer Aniston cupping marks, we thought it was another prank, played by her playful finance, Justin Theroux. But as it turns out, the ancient Chinese practice helps circulation to neck, shoulder pain, and detoxes the body.

So when the 44-year-old Friends star hit the red carpet for the Los Angeles screening of Call Me Crazy in a backless dress, the ‘cupping marks’ were there for all to see. And despite their ample health benefits, they’re not pretty to look at. She’s not the only one though; Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, Jessica Simpson and David Arquette are all fellow celebrity cuppers. Sounds weird. Given Theroux’s penchant for ‘trickery’, we were justified in thinking it was a prank. Well, he calls it trickery. But he’s constantly hiding behind drapes. And I’m constantly scared. It’s like it doesn’t get old on me…’ explained Aniston to Ellen DeGeneres on her show.

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90s Kids Look Away Now: There Will Be No Friends Reunion.

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Did someone say “Friends reunion”? Technically, loads of people, but no one official. Sadly for all the devoted fans of the series (and there are definitely still a bunch of those around), the show’s co-creator Marta Kaufman has not only dismissed the current rumors, but she said a reunion of the 90s sitcom is never going to happen, Fox News reports. Well, that was a harsh letdown for everyone.

The buzz started earlier this week when reports surfaced that not only was a Friends reunion likely, but NBC had already confirmed the deal. There was even a photoshopped poster thrown into the mix, advertising “The One With The Reunion”, due to hit screens on Thanksgiving 2014. Kaufman, however, had this to say: “’Friends’ was about that time in your life when your friends are your family, and once you have a family, there’s no need anymore.”

According to her, now that the characters have families of their own, Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Monica, Joey and Chandler are past their coffee shop days. Even the most devoted Friends fans can probably see how that makes sense, but the nostalgia still lives on. Warner Bros. also dismissed reports that a “Friends” movie was in development, telling Zap2it there is no “Friends”-related project being worked on by the studio. Harsh. But hey, maybe that means it's time for a re-watch.

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Is Seinfeld The Greatest Sitcom Of All Time?

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You can’t quantify levels of comedy of course … or can you? A poll ran by Vanity Fair/60 Minutes has attempted to, all so it can give out a gong (we’re not sure if anyone will get an actual physical gong) to its winner of the best TV sitcom of all time.

According to the New York Daily News, the poll took on a pretty standard structure of getting Joe Public to vote on a load of sitcoms and totting up all the answers to find out which had received the most votes. Now, there was a slight problem with this, given that voters were given a choice of just seven sitcoms to choose from (and imagine our disappointment when we found Joey hadn’t made the cut). This suggests that the top seven are already pretty much objectively the best, which is nonsense, so we’re not taking this too seriously. And the seven? Arrested Development, Cheers, Friends, The Honeymooners, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Seinfeld and 30 Rock. So no Frasier either. Like we said, nonsense.

The winner of all this, then, was Seinfeld! It took 22% of the vote to just edge The Honeymooners, which sat pretty on 20%. Friends was back in third on 16%, Cheers fourth with 14%, Arrested Development fifth with 7%, The Mary Tyler Moore show sixth with 6% and 30 Rock propping them all up with just 5%. There were some other polls ran too, but frankly we’ve lost heart in reporting them after realizing how narrow the choice was for this one. Jay Leno was the chat show host most likely to make us laugh, whilst men were apparently more funnier than women. We bet there wasn’t enough choice in that one either.

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Friends, Manifest! Album Review

How good must you have to be? How much faith in your own ability must you have? How long before you're the default that pops up on any search engine? If you're a relatively new band with a name synonymous with popular culture of an entirely different nature, you must be brilliant, extremely confident and have an enormous belief in yourself and your material. Rather than taking a more traditional route and naming your band something completely individual and unambiguous, some newer bands, namely Fun and now Friends (Having decided against Perpetual Crush) seem to have chosen a more challenging route to market. Having formed, practiced and gigged within six days and recorded within a calendar month, Friends clearly have a will and desire whose example would leap off the page of any self-development 'How To Be ...' management book. So are Friends (incidentally not named after a Beach Boys album or an Elton John song) the real deal, all smoke and mirrors, over-hyped and over here or justifiably acclaimed?

The momentum with which the Friends phenomenon has moved since they formed back in September 2010, has not yet reached terminal velocity but it is gathering pace. If Samantha Urbani, singer-song writer of the band, had had her way it may have moved even quicker. 'It's best to get shit done when you're inspired', she says. Samantha is not one to be over picky, preferring instead to act in the moment. Having been inspired to act after returning from Berlin to a trashed sub-let apartment and feeling quite depressed, Samantha and Friends have hardly had time to look back. 'Manifest!, the Brooklyn 5 piece's debut album release, represents another major milestone and, what's more, it is brim full of top ('Ex-Pop) tunes. She may be right when she says, 'Pop gets a bad wrap', but there is nothing manufactured, plastic or artificial about 'Manifest!' and, subsequently, nothing that could be conceived as bad.

Friends - Manifest! Review

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Friends, Video Interview

Video interview with Friends

Brooklyn quintet Friends have received a brilliant response with their three singles prior to the release of their debut album 'Manifest!' on Lucky Number record label earlier this month. The band, made up of singer Samantha Urbani, drummer Oliver Duncan and multi-instrumentalists Lesley Hann, Nikki Shapiro and Matthew Molnar, self-produced the album which included their third single 'Mind Control' - dubbed the Hottest Record in the World by Zane Lowe on Radio 1.

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