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Mindy Kaling (born June 24th, 1979)

Vera Mindy Chokalingam (born June 24, 1979), otherwise known as Mindy Kaling, is an American actress, comedian and writer. Most famous through her role as the creator and star of the Fox sitcom The Mindy Project, she is also known for her role as Kelly Kapoor in the NBC sitcom The Office. Kapoor has served as executive producer and writer for both of these shows. 

Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth, Mindy Kaling has a net worth of approximately $15 million.

Personal Life: Kaling was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to a Tamil father (an architect) and a Bengali mother (an obstetrician/gynaecologist), both of whom are Hindus from India who met in Nigeria whilst working at the same hospital. Kaling also has an older brother named Vijay Jojo Chokalingam (anti-affirmative action activist). The year Kaling was born the family emigrated. After graduating from Buckingham Browne & Nichols, a private school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Kaling then went on to attend Dartmouth College. Here she became a member of the comedy troupe 'The Dog Day Players' and a writer for the college's humour magazine. Kaling also worked as an intern on Late Night with Conan O'Brien during her time at college. 2001 saw Kaling graduate from Dartmouth with a bachelor's degree in Playwriting.  She then worked as a production assistant in Brooklyn on the Crossing Over With John Edward psychic show - she has said she found this job depressing. She also began to stand-up around New York at this time.  

Career: An off Broadway play called Matt & Ben, which Kaling created with her best friend from college, Brenda Withers, was first shown in August 2002, with Kaling playing Benn Affleck and Withers as Matt Damon. The story was essentially a playful idea behind how Damon and Affleck collectively wrote the movie Good Will Hunting. The play was given the title of one of Time magazine's 'Top Ten Theatrical Events of the Year'. 

It was 2004 when Kaling was first recognised by The Office producer Greg Daniels. After Daniels looked through one of her spec-scripts, Kaling was recruited as a writer-performer for the show - the only woman on a staff of eight. On the second episode of the series she debuted as the character Kelly Kapoor, and has since written at least 22 episodes and directed The Office webisodes The 3rd Floor. After originally having her contract set to expire at the end of season 7 of the series, when the time came she had it renewed and was also promoted to Executive Producer. The Office was incredibly successful. Kaling and the rest of the team that worked on the series were nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series five consecutive times. 

'The Mindy Project', a single-camera comedy created by Kaling, was pitched to Fox in 2012. Kaling successfully wrote and directed the series, which was first aired that same year. May 2015 saw the series cancelled with Fox but it was then adopted by Hulu for a fourth season. 

Kaling published a memoir, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) in 2011. September 2015 will see her second book, Why Not Me?, published, and will explain the many events that have happened in her life since 2011.

Kaling has also worked or made appearances on a variety of other TV shows, including Curb Your Enthusiasm and Saturday Night Live. Regarding films, she made her debut in The 40-Year-Old Virgin with Steve Carell before later making an appearance in Unaccompanied Minors. Some of her other work includes voice acting for the Disney animated comedy Wreck-It Ralph and playing the role of a tour guide in the 2009 film Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.



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Mindy Kaling - 41st Annual Gracie Awards Gala held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel - Arrivals at Beverly Wilshire Hotel - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Tuesday 24th May 2016

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Mindy Kaling - Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala: Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology at the Met Museum - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 3rd May 2016

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The Night Before Review

Good

This blending of the stoner bromance with the Christmas comedy works surprisingly well, layering gross-out humour with holiday sentimentality. So it's a bit of a shame that the script is thin and ultimately rather pointless. There are observations about the nature of friendship and maturity, but nothing very deep. But along the way, the cast and crew pack in a riotous sense of humour that mainly centres on drugs and genitalia, plus a whiff of Christmas magic.

The movie centres on three best buddies in New York: Ethan, Isaac and Chris (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie). Over the past several years, they've celebrated Christmas together with a series of traditions including karaoke, Chinese food and loudly festive sweaters. But now Isaac's wife Betsy (Jillian Bell) is about to give birth to their first child, and Chris' pro-football career is beginning to take off. So this will be their last Christmas Eve together, and they plan to make it an epic one. Ethan has secured tickets to New York's most exclusive secret holiday party, which he learns that his not-quite-ex girlfriend Diana (Lizzy Caplan) is attending. Meanwhile, Betsy has given Isaac a box of drugs for a last blow-out, and Chris scores a stash of weed from a mythical dealer (Michael Shannon).

The premise is certainly packed with possibility, and the filmmakers have a ball with the druggy excesses as the night unfolds, including wildly anarchic set-pieces that throw these likeable characters into all kinds of messy situations. The three lead actors make the most of their roles, adding layers of complexity that aren't in the script while indulging in rampant silliness at every turn. And the supporting cast are up for it as well, fully committing to the movie's crazed atmosphere. There are also hilarious extended cameos from James Franco and Miley Cyrus.

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Ever since Chris, Ethan and Isaac were young, the trio of friends have always spent the run-up to Christmas together, as the years have gone by their Christmas eve reunion has become harder to manage and this year is no exception, with Chris living the highlife as a celebrity and Isaac soon to become a father, the trio decide that this year they're going to have a huge blowout.

The three guys might be approaching middle age but that's not going to stop them from having fun, this year they're convinced that they're going to find the Nutcracka Ball - piece de resistance in Christmas Parties.

The Night Before was written and directed by Jonathan Levine who also directed 50/50 and Warm Bodies starring Nicoholas Hoult. The film also sees the one and only Miley Cyrus making a cameo appearance.

'The Mindy Project' Season 4 Will Premiere On Hulu This September


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Fans of Mindy Kaling’s sitcom ‘The Mindy Project’ will be happy to know they don't have long to wait before the show’s new season arrives on Hulu. ‘The Mindy Project’ season four has been announced as premiering on the streaming service September 15th, with new episodes being added every week.

Mindy Kaling‘The Mindy Project’ season four will premiere on Hulu next month.

Speaking at a press event on Sunday, Kaling said she preferred to release the episodes one at a time, rather than having them all arrive at once, like many shows on streaming services do. "Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I like the idea of the Christmas episode airing in December," Kaling said.

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Inside Out Review

Extraordinary

Those bright sparks at Pixar have done it again, taking a fiercely original approach to animated filmmaking that connects with both adults and children. Intriguingly, this movie will be a very different movie depending on your age, because it explores the point where childish happiness gives way to more complex emotions. The basic idea may not be completely original, but the way director-cowriter Pete Docter (Up) approaches it is inventive, provoking constant laughter and even a few tears.

It's set inside the mind of 11-year-old Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias), where the control room is run by Joy (Amy Poehler), who struggles to keep the darker emotions in check. Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust (Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Louis Black and Mindy Kaling) aren't easy for Joy to manage. And when Riley's parents (Kyle MacLachlan and Diane Lane) move the family from Minnesota to San Francisco, Riley's difficulty fitting into her new environment causes serious turmoil in her mind. Joy and Sadness find themselves lost in the recesses of Riley's memory, and must team up with Riley's forgotten imaginary friend Bing Bong (Richard Kind) to get back to headquarters, where Fear, Anger and Disgust are making a mess of everything.

As expected, the animation is simply gorgeous, combining bright colours and all kinds of textures to create both the real world and the expansive universe inside Riley's head. These things will provide both laughs and thrills, while grown-ups will also engage with an extra psychological layer of meaning, as Joy and Sadness travel through abstract thought to get to the imagination and ultimately to dreams, which are like a full-on movie studio that uses memories to create sleep-time blockbusters. There's also a brief but freaky visit to the subconscious. Through all of this Joy and Sadness discover that they need each other to function, which adds a surprisingly moving kick to everything that happens along the way.

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Mindy Kaling Reveals She "Loves" Shooting Sex Scenes


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Most actors and actresses will tell you that one of the most awkward parts of their job comes when filming sex scenes. As well as having to reveal most part of their bodies, those cameras hovering around everywhere make it very difficult to make everything seem genuine.

However, Mindy Kaling actually enjoys them, according to her new book! The Washington Post has published some excerpts from her upcoming autobiography entitled ‘Why Not Me’, including from a chapter called ‘I Love Sex Scenes!’, in which she claims that stars who complain about them are not being honest with the public. “I am here to tell you they’re all lying,” she says. “Every last one of ’em.”

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Mindy Kaling Talks Disgust In Pixar's "Inside Out"


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Mindy Kaling has voiced Disgust in Inside Out. No, not in the way you think. Kaling portrays the character Disgust, an emotion felt by the 11-year-old protagonist of the film, released this weekend.

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Kaling found the role fun, but challenging.

 

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Mindy Kaling Confirms She's Writing A Book With Ex Boyfriend BJ Novak


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Mindy Kaling and her ex BJ Novak must be the friendliest of all the friendly exes as the former flames have just announced they’ll soon be writing a book together. The news was revealed when Kaling was interviewed by Novak about her new book, Why Not Me at the BookCon festival on Saturday.

Mindy KalingMindy Kaling is writing a new book with ex BJ Novak.

Careful not to reveal too much, Novak told the excited crowd, "It's very early. We just met yesterday to discuss all the different directions it will go in. It's very early in the creative process.”

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Mindy Kaling Asks What Everyone Thinks In New Book


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Powerhouse comedienne Mindy Kaling has had a killer year so far and she’s topped it off with a brand new book. Kaling follows in the footsteps of fellow funnywomen Tina Fey and Amy Poehler with another memoir. She previewed Why Not Me? at BookCon this week. The panel kicked off the publisher conference and featured Kaling’s Office co-star BJ Novak.

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Kaling's new book is all about growth and coming of age.

So here are some highlights from the panel, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter"The first one is the wistful meaning where I'm at an age where a lot of my friends are getting married, and I have a sense of a feeling of being left out," she explained. "Another side is the ambitious side of me that for my entire life, though no one has ever bared a passing resemblance to me in television or film, why not me? Why can't I do that?"

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Could 'Inside Out' Be Pixar's Greatest Ever Movie?


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Inside Out, the new Pixar movie by Pete Docter, has premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to a wave of strong reviews. It tells the story of Riley (Kaitlin Dyas), an eleven-year-old girl who has to leave behind her friends when her parents move to San Francisco. 

Inside OutInside Out is bound to be another huge hit for Pixar

Riley's father is setting up as an entrepreneur though the move is making her depressed in a way that her parents do not fully appreciate. Her emotions - Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear and Sadness - are plunged into chaos as they compete for control of her mind.

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Pixar's 'Inside Out' Gets The Critics Emotional At Cannes Premiere


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Pixar’s latest animated feature, Inside Out made the Cannes Film Festival an emotional affair on Monday, as the critics were bowled over by unconventional story of a little girl and her emotions. Directed by Pete Docter, the man behind Monster’s Inc and Up, the film could just be the studio’s best offering since Toy Story and maybe even it’s greatest artistic achievement yet.

Inside OutInside Out explores the emotions within the mind of an 11 year old girl.

Set inside the mind of a young girl named Riley, Inside Out gives a voice to the emotions which help guide her through adolescence as she struggles following her family’s cross-country move. Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear and Sadness are all personified with Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling voicing to the five emotions.

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The Night Before Movie Review

The Night Before Movie Review

This blending of the stoner bromance with the Christmas comedy works surprisingly well, layering gross-out...

The Night Before Trailer

The Night Before Trailer

Ever since Chris, Ethan and Isaac were young, the trio of friends have always spent...

Inside Out Movie Review

Inside Out Movie Review

Those bright sparks at Pixar have done it again, taking a fiercely original approach to...

Inside Out Trailer

Inside Out Trailer

Riley is an ordinary young girl growing up, thought she has some very real hurdles...

Inside Out Trailer

Inside Out Trailer

Uku is a volcano living in the isolated tropical beauty of Hawaii and desperate to...

This Is The End Trailer

This Is The End Trailer

When actor James Franco threw a party for his fellow movie stars including the star-studded...

Wreck-it Ralph Movie Review

Wreck-it Ralph Movie Review

Visually ambitious and packed with inside jokes for arcade gamers, this colourful animated adventure is...

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The Five-Year Engagement Movie Review

The Five-Year Engagement Movie Review

Segel and Stoller repeat their duties from 2008's Forgetting Sarah Marshall and come up with...

The Five Year Engagement Trailer

The Five Year Engagement Trailer

The Five Year EngagementTom and Violet met at a New Year's Eve Party and were...

No Strings Attached Movie Review

No Strings Attached Movie Review

An intelligent script and smart direction help lift this romantic comedy above the fray. It...

Despicable Me Trailer

Despicable Me Trailer

Up until recently Gru has always been the number one supervillain until a tremendously nerdy...

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