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Cory Monteith sure looks healthy and happy!
In these exclusive photos, the 32-year-old Glee star was seen on Friday out of rehab where he had checked in for substance addiction. A source tells E! News that he flew out of Antiqua and to New York City solo and later reunited with girlfriend Lea Michele in Los Angeles.
On Friday morning, the real-life loves were seen at LAX, checking in for a departing flight. Lea, 26, was spotted carrying her passport, so it looks like the duo might have been going on a vacation together.
A witness tells E! News both Lea and Cory seemed “very happy, smiling the entire time.” When security asked Cory how he was doing, he said “good.” Both Lea and Cory were “friendly” to those around them, says a witness, and appeared in great moods and excited to get out of town.
They certainly deserve a little R&R! We wish Cory and Lea both the very best.
Regine Chassagne, Win Butler, and baby make three!
Arcade Fire founders and front-people Win Butler and Régine Chassagne are the proud parents of a seven-pound baby boy. French-language paper Le Journal de Montréal reports that the singers' son entered the world on Sunday, April 21. Their source was Barry Mack, friend of the family and pastor of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Saint-Lambert, Quebec.
Butler met Chassagne shortly after moving from New England in 2000 to attend Montreal's McGill University. The pair began playing together under the Arcade Fire banner in 2001, and were wed in 2003. The band's debut album, Funeral, was released in 2004. On the titular song of 2010's The Suburbs, Butler sung of his desire to have a child while an idyllic vision of the West still exists:
"So can you understand why I want a daughter while I'm still young / I wanna hold her hand, show her some beauty before all this damage is done / But if it's too much to ask, if it's too much to ask, then send me a son."
Hopefully he can crank out a song about how great sons are before the kid is old enough to scour daddy's lyric booklets. Revisit the video for "The Suburbs" below, and if you see anyone who looks like they speak French, be sure to shout, "Un bébé pour Arcade Fire!"
"It was a mutual call," another insider says of their breakup. "They both needed their space. She has been very busy with her modeling work and traveling. He's got Star Trek and his other projects keeping him busy."
Pine -- whose exes include Olivia Munn and Audrina Patridge -- began romancing the South African stunner in the fall of 2011. Prior to dating the actor, Piek was linked to professional baseball player C.J. Wilson.
Now that they're both single, the exes are focusing on their careers. "It's hard for two people at their age and on their level," a source tells Us. "They'll both be just fine, though." E! News was the first to report the couple's split.
I broke up with my boyfriend last night, so this (in a sick and twisted way) made my day.
As she embarks on a small world tour, will Beyoncé finally reveal something of her real self?
A decade ago, Beyoncé Knowles looked like she was on the verge of becoming Generation Y’s Diana Ross. Blessed with lustrous manes, secure families, a taste for flashy fashion and innately haughty bearings, each spent a decade of their youths in incredibly successful girl groups.
Both played music that borrowed from the underground but simplified and heightened the narrative dramas to seduce the mainstream – in Ross’s case with Motown, in Knowles’s gilding, gritty r&b with pop sheen. Both stood, too, at the centre of their girl gangs and were accused of enjoying preferential treatment from their Svengali managers, Berry Gordy and Matthew Knowles (Beyoncé’s father).
Ross’s early solo hits, including Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, created a high-water mark she spent the rest of her career trying to return to, just as Knowles’s debut album, which included the transcendent classic Crazy in Love, is still her bestselling.
No wonder, then, that when Knowles branched into film (in Dreamgirls, just as Ross had done in Lady Sings the Blues) it was to play a character who was Ross in all but name.
But as the younger diva is about to embark on her fourth solo tour, it is noticeable how much she tries to deviate from actually being a child of destiny. Whereas Ross was possessed of a doll-like frame within which raged the unbending ego of a giant, Knowles’s leonine physicality appears to disguise a less strident, more uncertain character.
From Mrs Carter to Sasha Fierce, from the respectable perfectionist afraid to let a bum note out at the US President’s inauguration to the potty-mouthed sensationalist behind the recent Bow Down, Knowles may be a force of nature on stage but underneath appears to be a work in progress.
Which is what makes her so compelling. There is no doubt her latest stage show will be as jaw-dropping as her Glastonbury turn two years ago, but who knows what facet of Knowles’s inner life will be hiding behind those sequins?
Martha Stewart: I Almost Signed Up for Match.com to Find a Boyfriend
Martha Stewart's professional life has never been better. But her personal life is another story. Having already mastered the art of homemaking, the once-divorced domestic diva is now looking for someone to share that home with. And she's game for anything -- even online dating!
In a new interview with TODAY show anchor Matt Lauer to promote her latest book, Living the Good Long Life: A Practical Guide to Caring for Yourself and Others, the 71-year-old media mogul confessed that she nearly signed up for Match.com to find a partner. "I had a longtime boyfriend," she explained. "That ended a couple years ago. And I haven't found the next Mr. Right."Thinking he might exist somewhere on the great wide web, Stewart started the process of signing up for the matchmaking site. But she didn't get very far.
"I started to laugh halfway down the page," she said of filling out the online application. "It was, like, impossible." Had she gone through with it, though, she told Lauer she wouldn't have used an alias. "I want to do my real thing," she insisted.
The businesswoman was previously married to Andrew Stewart -- with whom she has a daughter, Alexis Stewart, 47 -- from 1961 to 1987. After they split, she dated actor Sir Anthony Hopkins for a time, and then computer software exec Charles Simonyi. Neither turned out to be "the next Mr. Right," but Stewart isn't calling off the search just yet.
"I love dating!" she told Lauer.
Do tell ONTD. Have you ever tried online dating? If so horror stories? Good stories- I met my bf/gf/husband/wife...
The Hound is alive and well in the North. At least for now.
Rory McCann, known to fans of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, strolls into the parking lot of a popular climbers’ haunt in the heart of town. The large Scotsman looks every bit the rugged outdoorsman coming in from a Highland winter, dressed in layers of wool, goose down and tweed. Yet his demeanor warms when he smiles, explaining the morning’s adventure in his native Scottish brogue.
“My car won’t start. I had to park it back there on a hill so I can get it going on the roll,” he said. “I may need a push.”
Born and raised in Glasgow, McCann, 44, is home in the northern Scottish Highlands, even mooring his sailboat in a region known as Wester Ross — almost the identical name of the fictional continent, Westeros, at the center of HBO’s hit fantasy series. Yet beyond his size, a nomadic lifestyle and solitary tendencies, he doesn’t see many parallels with his fearsome character, long a fan favorite of the popular genre drama based on the writings of George R.R. Martin.
“The Hound is a tortured soul, bullied as a child and forced to be a bodyguard for someone he doesn’t like. I can’t say I relate, much,” he said and laughed. “Though it was meant to be. You know, my name McCann actually translates from ‘canis,’ or ‘canine.’ I am a hound.”
McCann’s path to bad-boy sworn shield is the stuff struggling actors envy. Broke and hitchhiking through Llanberis Pass, Wales, in 1987, he came across the “Willow” movie set and an extra casting call for two tall men to play drunks. At 6 feet, 6 inches, McCann got a spot.
"Unfortunately, I didn’t understand how serious the whole business was and I kept laughing during takes,” he said. “I was eventually chucked off the set.”
Still, McCann was inspired by the experience, and he sought an agent in Glasgow. But acting work was hard to come by for a then-untrained actor, and he spent the next several years working as a forester, tree surgeon, bouncer and even a painter on the iconic Forth Rail Bridge.
Finally, he got a call from Scott’s Porage Oats, which was looking for an actor to portray the man on its package in a series of television commercials. A dead ringer, McCann soon found local fame as the strapping Porage Oats man, strutting around wintry scenes in a kilt — and sometimes less — kept toasty by his porridge.
A few years later he landed his first real break, a role in the BAFTA-nominated Scottish comedy “The Book Group.” The show was the brainchild of American filmmaker Annie Griffin, whom McCann once took climbing. While in the mountains with Griffin he shared tales of his outdoor adventures, including the dramatic story of his near-fatal accident in 1990.
Climbing solo, he’d gotten stuck on an overhanging rock face in Yorkshire, holding on until his strength gave out. He dropped more than 70 feet, breaking both ankles, an arm, a wrist and fracturing his skull. With the help of a friend who saw the fall, he lived to tell the tale.
Months after their climb, Griffin sent him a script for the newly developed show, inviting him to play the part of Kenny McLeod, a former climber who became a paraplegic in a fall.
“Reading the script, I couldn’t believe it. Those were my stories, my experiences, my fall, but with an alternate outcome,” McCann said. “Of course I took the part.”
A self-described man’s man, he chooses to live a mostly lone, transient lifestyle, a choice that allows him to fully enjoy the stunning hills, glens and lochs of the region. He says one acting job can sustain him for a year or more as he moves between his sailboat and trailer, hiking, climbing and camping wherever the mood takes him.
“This place feeds my soul,” he said, leaning forward to look up at Buachaille Etive Mor, covered in a fresh coat of January snow. “I’m blessed.”
As for “Game of Thrones,” most of what happens in Season 3 remains shrouded in mystery. While his character is in one of many story threads slowly unspooling this season, McCann hints the Hound’s role is just getting going and will later include an action-packed fight scene that required daily practice for nearly three weeks.
“You’ll be seeing a lot more of the Hound, big time,” he said of the series, which airs the season’s fifth episode Sunday. “They’ve developed him a lot slower and made him a bit softer on the show than in the books, but I quite like how it’s all unfolding. There’s a good story now, and it definitely gets more exciting with big fights and a lot more horse riding. These are the Hound’s biggest scenes yet, and you’ll definitely get to know him a bit more.”
In a hint about a climactic flaming sword fight with Beric Dondarrion, he added: “Let’s just say I end up slightly singed. Not great. A big, angry, singed dog.”
McCann began reading Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series around the time of his audition, taking the first book into the woods where “you’re meant to read it, around a fire, at night, in the drizzle,” he said. “It’s a wonderful, magical, epic series, and I’m totally honored to be a part of it.”
He’s read as far as book four, “A Feast for Crows,” and suggests there will be several more surprises for fans.
“I see the show peeling away from the books,” he said. “I don’t think you really know who will go now or what will happen. There are whole new extra scenes that don’t exist in the books.”
One thing he readily acknowledges is there will continue to be suspense. “When [the cast] sat down to read the scripts this season we were on the edge of our seats,” he recalled. “Each episode ends with a cliffhanger, and after reading a couple of episodes they’d ask if we wanted a break. We would all say, ‘No, no, let’s keep going!’ It’s that intense.”
As for his part, McCann says he’s happy with the scope and development of his character, and he’s optimistic the Hound will hang around a little longer.
“I’ve got a feeling they’ll write additional scenes for the Hound in the next seasons,” he said. “Or at least the next season since you never know, people do have a way of disappearing on this show.”
Elton John and David Furnish say they apologized personally to Madonna for the harsh comments they made (as if it was only one time!) at a restaurant last year, even telling her they'd understand if she chose not to accept or decided not to speak to them. Madonna said "No, no, let's move on."
Shakira is here to tell Beyonce that she's not the only woman who can run the world, as not only has the Columbian star popped out a baby, but she's also starring on The Voice AND she's still managed to pick up three Billboard Latin Music Awards last night.
The Hips Don't Lie singer may have been smooching with her boyfriend Gerard Pique at a Spanish basketball match last night, but there was a party going on - and she should have been there!
Shakira managed to win Social Artist of the Year, Songs Female Artist of the Year as well as Latin Pop Songs Solo Artist of the Year, despite having faced stiff competition from Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez, the late Jenni Rivera, and Enrique Iglesias.
Picking up Grammys is like second nature for Shakira, as she straddles both mainstream and Latin music.
Other stars who managed to pick up awards last night included Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias managed to pick up tour of the year, while Rihanna claimed Crossover Artist of the Year.
the Queen never stops!hopefully we'll get new music soon!
Fresh off her 2012 self-titled debut album and Owl City duet “Shine Your Way” from the soundtrack to The Croods, Yuna is giving us the gift of her bright and breezy pop once again in the form of her Sixth Street EP, due out on May 7. The five tracks on the digital-only release are wrapped in a certain kind of warmth — and there’s a reason for that! “All of the songs were written in my apartment where I’m most comfortable, and at that point I understood who I was and knew what I was feeling about life,” Yuna says of Sixth Street.
Today Idolator is premiering “Let Love Come Through” off the EP. Jazzy, smooth and with just the right infusion of summertime cool, the song kicks off with a rap by Kyle before Yuna’s soothing vocals and thick, retro synths take over.
Head below to hear Yuna & Kyle’s “Let Love Come Through,” as well as charming Sixth Street single “I Wanna Go” (produced by Mike Einziger from Incubus).
Love her. <3 That verse by Kyle is meh though.
He's a Los Angeles native, so he's more than used to the balmy temperatures and lack of rain in the city.
But it seems Leonardo DiCaprio isn't taking the LA sunshine for granted.
The 38-year-old actor was seen looking blissfully happy as he opened the window of his limo and soaked up the sunshine as he was driven along in Beverly Hills.
With a wide smile on his face, Leonardo closed his eyes as he was bathed in the warm sunlight, clearly keen to top up his tan in the process.
Getting the chance to spend some time appreciating his surroundings would have been a rare treat for the hard-working A-list actor after having spent most of the last 18 months shooting a trio of blockbuster movies.
DiCaprio announced he would be taking a 'long, long break' from acting in January, admitting he was completely 'worn out' after shooting three intense movies, Django Unchained, The Great Gatsby and The Wolf of Wall Street, back-to-back.
'I love to have friends over, but I haven't really been home for a year and a half so I don't even remember the last time I did that.
'I've just done three movies back-to-back, so I'm looking forward to getting back to my house.'
The Great Gatsby is due for release in the UK on 16th May.
He looks just like my grandma's dog, Big Time lmao
The Great Gatsby is fast becoming the film equivalent of Daft Punk'sRandom Access Memories, and short of announcing an international premiere in rural NSW, Baz Luhrmann's interview with the The Hollywood Reporter further confirms why Gatsby is one of 2013's most anticipated pop-culture events. Luhrmann's passion and enthusiasm has always been infectious (who wasn't totally psyched for Australia, right?), but his candid discussion about the friendship and workplace chemistry with his Romeo + Juliet star Leonardo DiCaprio, and the revelatoryCarey Mulligan IS Daisy Buchanan moment have us feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. Thanks Baz.
CAREY Mulligan sealed her role as the enigmatic Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby with a kiss.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter,Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann shared that the Drive actress stunned Leonardo DiCaprio with an unexpected smooch while they acted out a scene.
Luhrmann said, "So she does the scene, grabs him and kisses him" much to DiCaprio’s surprise.
After the scene, Luhrmann revealed that "she went out the door and I was just thinking, 'My God, that is Daisy Buchanan. I wonder what (DiCaprio) thinks'."
"He said, 'The way Carey manifests Daisy is like something Gatsby would never have met in his lifetime, something so delicate that he would want to protect her to an obsessive and impossible level."
"And it was done,” Luhrmann concluded about his leading lady.
The 27-year-old British ingénue reportedly beat out Blake Lively, Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams to win the role.
Also in the interview, Luhrmann heaped praise on Dicaprio, who he also directed in 1996’s Romeo & Juliet.
"I have known Leonardo since he was 19, he is a friend. When I met him he was a gifted boy," he said. "He is now a man, and he is a man completely in control of his powers. And he only has two things he takes incredibly seriously: the environment and acting."
Click the image for the video (Baz is kind of funny).
source | 1& 2
There’s something very odd about Mrs Gillyflower’s Sweetville mill, with its perfectly clean streets and beautiful people. There’s something even stranger about the bodies washing up in the river, all bright red and waxy. When the Doctor and Clara go missing, it’s up to Vastra, Jenny and Strax to rescue them before they too fall victim to the Crimson Horror!
Executive produced by Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner
Directed by Saul Metzstein
Written by Mark Gatiss
Produced by Marcus Wilson
io9 reader Chris sent us this pic from the set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Among the props being delivered to the set was this Stark Industries motocycle. Intriguing.
Chris sent this message along with the photo:
I live in Brooklyn and they're shooting Spider-Man 2 a few blocks away. I walked by as they were unloading some costumes and noticed this motorcycle with a Stark Industries logo. Looks as if Marvel might be trying to bring these characters into a shared universe.
Could we end up seeing this motorcycle onscreen?
Update:Commenter fortytwooftwelve claims to have the answer:
It has nothing to do with Spider-Man. I live in the neighborhood and that motorcycle belongs to a guy who lives around here.
So move along, nothing to see here, just a fan with a nice paint job on the tank of his bike.
Jessica Alba went to extreme measures to lose weight after giving birth to her second daughter Haven in August 2011. "I wore a double corset day and night for three months," the 31-year-old tells Net-a-Porter. "It was sweaty, but worth it." Calling her weight loss method "brutal," Alba adds that "it's not for everyone."
The Honest Company founder and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For actress also speaks about her marriage to Cash Warren, whom she wed in May 2008 following a four-year courtship. Between their busy careers and the responsibilities of parenthood, the star and her movie producer hubby were forced to put their relationship on the back burner. After taking a recent trip to St. Barts -- sans daughters Honor and Haven -- the couple feels closer than ever. "It was our first trip in six years that wasn't a work trip," Alba says. "I didn't realize how important it was until we got home and I was like 'We like each other! We really are best friends.'" Alba adds, "I knew we were rooting for each other every day and we'd made these two people who are my favorite things on the planet, but having that time just us, it was cool to connect. We both chose the right person."
Emily Blunt says Tom Cruises fans constantly ask him to autograph their breasts.
The Hollywood stars worked together on the upcoming movie All You Need is Kill and were reunited as they appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Wednesday. Emily couldn’t help teasing Tom about his heartthrob status, claiming female admirers regularly approach him with raunchy requests.
When Jay asked Tom what body parts fans have asked him to sign, he was reluctant to answer.
However, Emily quickly interjected and replied: “Their boobs!”
A rather sheepish-looking Tom then nodded in agreement.
Emily and Tom clearly formed a close friendship while working on All You Need Is Kill and happily laughed and joked together for their TV interview last night.
Emily revealed she was thrilled to meet up with Tom again and praised his boundless energy levels.
‘I haven’t seen him [Tom] since the daily wrap, where we like kind of crawled toward the finish line… we were so tired,’” she recalled with a laugh. “I was like ‘Tom, you actually have colour in your cheeks!’”
When asked what it was like to work with the film icon, Emily couldn’t help but gush about her co-star.
“He’s the worst!” Emily joked. “He’s the greatest. I’ve never actually met anyone with more enthusiasm and passion.”
Tom, who is currently enjoying box office success with Oblivion, is renowned for performing his own stunts in action movies.
Emily quipped that while the 50-year-old remained nonchalant about taking part in dangerous scenes, cast and crew feared for his safety.
“Actually, what happens is he get up [from a crash] and he goes ‘I’m good.’ And everyone else goes, ‘Oh my god!’ Everyone freaks out,” she teased.
All You Need Is Kill is due for worldwide release next year.
And Tom being cute while sharing his best movie lines:
Ready to party with the Mushroom Kingdom crowd again? Today Nintendo revealed a new entry in the Mario Party franchise coming to 3DS this winter. Like previous Mario Party titles, board and mini-games will be featured. However, the seven boards in this game will each feature a set of unique gameplay challenges.
For instance, one board will have players collecting items that can be used to either interfere with their opponents or to progress. Another board will have players scrambling to nab dice boosts, which could help a player in last place catch up to the rest of the pack. Yet another will tests player luck as they choose whether to hide from Bullet Bills or risk it out in the open to move ahead.
Nintendo was quick to note that gameplay can change dramatically from one board to the next. Some will move along quickly for players who don't have a lot of time, while others will test your luck and concentration.
The new Mario Party for 3DS, which doesn't seem to have an official title just yet, will feature 81 new mini-games that use the 3DS's unique features to spice things up. Nintendo mentioned that AR Cards and SpotPass will also be supported. No information on a release date has been revealed.
Source: Don Hatfield @ MTV Multiplayer
Everybody knows a Jonah—the obnoxious, cocky, little runt of a man (though actually quite tall) that serves as White House liaison to the vice president's office on HBO's "VEEP." The comedy, a satire of dysfunctional Washington politics, returns this weekend, and so does Jonah in all his foul-mouthed, imbecilic glory. Timothy Simons—who is far more pleasant than his character—talked to U.S. News about Jonah's style evolution, meeting a real-life version of his character, and where the show came up with the term "pencil f--k."
How did you shape your character?
I talked to somebody who worked on the Obama campaign leading up to the pilot and one of the things I talked to him about was position is capital, position is currency – your position next to power is the money that you can spend, and what would you spend it on? I think it's pretty clear what Jonah would spend it on, generally. So I just tried to think of what somebody who so wants to be considered important – even if they aren't important at all - I think he understands that, now matter how important, 'I am close to power so therefore I am powerful.' It's been fun in the second season to see who has the power throughout the season, whether it be Selina [the vice president played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus,] or Gary Cole's character [who plays a member of the president's staff ] or our other characters from the White House. You can kind of tell who has the power because Jonah is then sucking up to them or following them around or making himself subservient to them somehow. Powerless as he is, he's going to find a way to always be in a room or close to someone who has power.
Did you ever dream of working in politics?
My parents were definitely cut from that cloth of "you can do anything if you put your mind to it," so I probably said that when I was six. I look at working in politics now and absolutely not. I would never, ever want to work in politics at this point. I used to be very interested in it, in that I would follow it day-to-day, but I found that it was just flat out ruining too many of my days to stay on top of it, moment-to-moment. I want to be a part of an educated electorate, but I just thought it was ruining my days. So I'm now sort taking a larger view. I want to know generally what's going on, but not so much that I am just going to be angry, because that doesn't help anything.
What kind of research do you do?
We would take staffers out for drinks and you really got into the truth around midnight, at least four or five beers in, where all the stuff came off, all the walls came down and it's just, "You know what man, this is off the record, but this [job] f--ing sucks." You actually got some truth out of them.
One of the things we found out in taking people out to drinks is that everybody has two phones, little prop things like that, some of the vernacular, some of the terms. We picked up "pencil f---ed" [a term used when the vice president's speech is heavily edited at literally the last minute] from that meeting. Somebody was like, "Oh yeah, a guy had a speech today, I totally pencil f---ed him." And we were like, "I'm sorry, what? I'm sorry, what?," and we wrote stuff down and that ended up making it into the pilot. The process is pretty collaborative one, so we always come in with stuff like that and we'll pitch it.
What we will learn about Jonah in the second season?
You see him in his element a little bit more. You see how other White House people respond to him. It's pretty clear that the VP's office hates him, but up until this point, you don't know how the White House staff feels about him, so you start to see that a little bit more. As comfortable as he is going into the Eisenhower [The Eisenhower Old Executive Building, which holds the VP's office] and just being a total c--k, you get see him in his element, where he is even more comfortable being a c--k.
What's been the feedback you get from people who work in politics?
I would say 99 percent of the feedback we've gotten back from people in D.C. has been positive and it's all been geared toward, "Yes, it's absolutely just like that," and that's a really flattering thing to hear, because that's what we're going for.
There was an article that came out last year about how there's a Jonah in every office. That's definitely been something that I've talked [about] to everyone I've met in D.C. If we're going out to drinks with a friend, they have a Jonah in their office. I'll get stopped while I'll be in D.C. and people will tell me about their Jonahs. But I've never actually met one. I've never actually met a Jonah, because if you are going out for a drink or getting dinner in D.C., nobody is going to invite the Jonah out. I would really like to meet one. No one would ever admit to being one. Nobody is ever going to actually bring one out to the bar, so I don't know if I ever will.
Anything else we should talk about?
You're going to see Jonah's style is elevated a little bit this year – his actual clothing choices. He's such a suck-up chameleon. I was pretty excited just to get a suit that fits this year. Last year we always had this discussion of that he probably sleeps in his car most of the time – never really leaves [Capitol] Hill. He's got suit pieces that if you're walking by his desk, it looks like a suit, but on closer examination it's definitely three disparate pieces of clothing. This year, you'll notice he has to up his game if he is going to be hanging around the chief of staff and senior strategist. So I am excited that Jonah actually has a suit that fits, but also kept his ridiculous sweater vest collection. I'm taking that s--t back from Santorum.
VEEP premieres Sunday, April 14 at 10 p.m. on HBO.
Anna Chlumsky stopped by to talk about playing Amy Brookheimer, the Vice President’s Chief of Staff on the HBO series VEEP.
Anna says that she actually got a lot of pointers on the job from Barbara Boxer’s Chief of Staff. Ali, who grew up in DC, said Anna’s portrayal of the character is spot-on, “Constantly on the blackberry, a little frenetic, and your life is gone.”
Ali also asked about Anna’s background as a child actor, and while you may think “My Girl” was her first role, she actually scored her first job—a modeling gig--at ten months old. In the years after her hit movie, she went to college and then tried some non-acting gigs. She worked in an entry-level job for Zagat guides, which, “was really a step above telemarketing,” and then worked as an editorial assistant in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy division of Harper Collins, where she says she developed her geeky side. “Reading about princesses and mages…the wizardly cover art, it’s pretty fun for a 9-5 job."
Ali also asked six-month pregnant Anna, “What’s the grossest thing that’s happened since you got pregnant?” To hear her hilariously adorable answer, check out the video.
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“Parks and Recreation” may have heart, but HBO’s “Veep” has an even greater trick up its sleeve: it doesn’t have a heart.
Like at all.
That may sound like an indictment. It’s not.
The heartlessness of “Veep” is what makes it so funny.
Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, HBO’s original comedy follows the adventures (but mostly misadventures) of Vice President Selina Meyer and her staff.
Like most television shows, “Veep” struggled in its first season when it came to finding what exactly it wanted to say.
With the last few episodes of season one and Sunday’s season two premiere, however, the show has finally found its footing.
The show’s season two premiere sees Selina at a rare high: after trekking around the country to advocate for candidates during midterm elections, Selina received some positive news.
She learned that her approval rating was higher than that of the president, even though her candidates’ ratings were low. This information immediately went to her head, and she began some painfully comedic angling for greater responsibility in the administration.
None of this would seem out of place on a political drama. To be honest, it seems rather boring written out like it is above. But trust me: this show is funny.
“Veep” is actually a lot like a dark mirror of “Parks and Recreation” — it centers on a female politico and her cohorts, but it’s nowhere near as sweet.
Instead, it’s deliberately dour, and it positively overflows with constant (and terrific) swearing.
And that’s what makes the show so wonderfully unique. “Veep” never tries to tug at your heartstrings.
It would rather punch you in the gut with its intricately-crafted jokes.
The series’ greatest strength is, without a doubt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Tackling her third major sitcom role (Remember “Seinfeld” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine”?), Louis-Dreyfus is as fresh and funny as ever.
She’s especially funny in “Veep” because her character is so deliberately unfunny.
Selina Meyer is a bumbling, misguided idiot, but Louis-Dreyfus imbues her with humanity. Selina is not a funny person, but Louis-Dreyfus’ portrayal of her is absolutely hysterical.
It takes a true comedic champion to tackle a role like this, and Louis-Dreyfus makes it look absolutely effortless.
The show’s ensemble cast has also grown tremendously over the course of the show’s short run.
Whereas the first few episodes of the series made every character seem like they were trying too hard to be funny, the end of season one and the beginning of season two show marked improvement.
Sufe Bradshaw, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons and Matt Walsh have all blossomed into their roles, with Hale being a true standout as Gary Walsh, Selina’s personal aide.
“Arrested Development” fans will remember Hale as Buster Bluth, and that’s essentially who he plays in “Veep.”
Picture Buster as the vice president’s lapdog and you’re on the right track. Sunday’s premiere includes a hysterical scene where Gary scrubs Selina’s lipstick out of the carpet of the Oval Office.
Despite its initial struggles, the cast, writers and producers have found a tone for “Veep” that makes it unique.
Don’t watch this show if you like your TV shows to be cloying and sentimental — “Veep” bypasses the heart and goes straight for the funny bone.
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Can't wait for Veep tomorrow night!
Amanda Bynes has made no secret of her disdain for certain media outlets that do negative stories about her. But Friday she took to her Twitter account and unloaded on the writers at one particular magazine. And she let them know that her life of wealth and not having to work is far better than their professional lives.
She started out “@ComplexMag you’re ugly writers. I just read an article saying I’m having a break down on twitter. I tweet like every person on the face of the earth. I’m not making empty threats on twitter. “
She went on to say “I don’t need your advice thanks! Are any of you multimillionaires? I highly doubt it! Because I’m loaded! Millionaires do things less desperately than average folks like you. You are pathetic writers and a lame excuse for a magazine. “
And near the end of her tirade she let them know that the life of a retired teen actress is far better than one of a working magazine writer, telling them “I have so much money that I’m giddy all day, every day. Not needing to work again is far more impressive than any of your ugly writers careers.”