Unless you hail from Down Under or you’re really into the microscopic subculture of airline industry humor, chances are that you’ve never heard of Pam Ann, the flight attendant alter ego of Aussie comedienne Caroline Reid. Frankly, we had never heard of her either until just last night, when our old friend Michael Hirschorntweeted a link to “Terror at 41,000 Feet,” Pam Ann’s latest viral video. He described the piece as “brilliance” and, we must say, we totally concur. If you are a fan of absurdist British comedy, you’ll flip for this mashup of footage from the Airport series of 1970s disaster movies and the bawdy, cocaine-fueled humor of the queen bee of saucy stewardesses, Miss Pam Ann herself (who, it should be noted, is a potent mixture of Strangers With Candy’sJerri Blank and Ab Fab’sPatsy Stone).
Sample line? During a conversation with ex-flame Charlton Heston, Pam Ann decimates him by describing their bedroom romp thusly: “You mean that sad excuse for a shag? It didn’t even touch the sides!” Click play and tell us if you don’t have a big belly laugh within the first 90 seconds.
Is the beginning of the end near for Justin Bieber? The diminuitive, well-coiffed Canadian pop star attended the big New York City premiere of his new 3D epic, Never Say Never, at Manhattan’s Regal E-Walk 13 theater (which, if we’re being completely honest with you, is NOT exactly the swankiest movie palace in town). For a man with as much star power and juice as Justin Bieber supposedly possesses, the film didn’t draw many A-Listers on opening night. Hip-hop impresarios Russell Simmons and L.A. Reid were there, as were Spike Lee, Deborah Norville and Stephen Baldwin (who, we might add, is also tight with Hannah Montana herself, Miley Cyrus), but the likes of Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian and Jasmine Villegas were nowhere to be found on the red carpet. However, the night only got worse for our boy Biebs.
If I asked you to rattle off a list of actors that you think are hilarious, it would probably take you a long time to drop Jesse Eisenberg’s name. Now, that’s not because Eisenberg isn’t a really strong comedic actor (because he is!); rather, it’s that his mannerisms and delivery are often created with the intent to underwhelm. By that, I mean his wiry frame and nervous energy don’t immediate bowl you over with laughter like comedians with tremendous physical chops or extreme levels of charisma and confidence. Instead, he relies on blending awkwardness with intelligence in order to sell his material.
So, how does someone whose comedic tendencies lean towards the understated perform as host of Saturday Night Live? Quite well, in fact! Seth Meyers and Lorne Michaels made a wise decision and played to Eisenberg’s strengths; throughout the evening, he played a variety of sexually immature teens and physically slight characters, all to great effect. Unlike, say, Jim Carrey, Eisenberg was content to let the hilarious cast lead the way and support the material however necessary. He proved himself to be quite adept at selling small jokes, even if he didn’t have any truly memorable performances.
Speaking of (not so) memorable performances, why did Nicki Minaj lip-sync the choruses of both the songs she performed “live” on Saturday night? Can she not hit those notes in a live setting? We’ll let you guys hash that out in the comments but, for now, let’s get into how the cast performed this week with our SNL Power Rankings.
Well well well, after what can only be described as an out of control week, Carlos Irwin Estevez — aka Charlie Sheen — “voluntarily” checked himself into a rehab clinic late Friday evening. The production of Sheen’s hit CBS show, Two And A Half Men, has been shut down for the foreseeable future while Sheen cleans himself up. During that time, Charlie will surely be reflecting back on the series of events that led him to this place, a spot where he finds himself addicted to porn stars and cocaine.
While we here at TheFABLife can’t exactly trace the exact spot where Chuck Sheen got hooked on Bolivian Marching Powder, we can go back through his history and examine the relationships he’s had with women who make their money by dropping trou. So, won’t you join along with us as we walk through seventeen (!) relationships that Sheen has had with Women of the Night over the last twenty-five odd years? Enjoy…
Those viewers who tuned into President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address this evening noticed that the camera spent a (small) portion of tonight’s broadcast focusing on a young, glamorous blonde woman identified on television only as a High School Student. Curious as to who it is?
Well, according to KRTV.com, Mikayla Nelson, 15, is a freshman at Central High School in Billings, Montana. Just over one week ago, the avid science student got the word that she had been one of only 24 students to earn an invite to sit in proximity to First Lady Michelle Obama during the annual address. She quickly accepted the invite; who wouldn’t?
At long last, the end of the seemingly interminable Awards Season is in sight! This morning, AMPAS president Tom Sherak had the unenviable (and quite dangerous!) duty of waking up Mo’Nique before sunrise to announce the nominations for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, which will air on ABC on Sunday, February 27. Without further ado, here’s the list of nominees that were just announced…
Best Picture: Black Swan
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Javier Bardem, Biutiful
Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
For 10 days or so each and every January, Hollywood takes a brief respite from the relentless pace of Awards Season and trades in their formalwear for thermal underwear. Everyone who’s anyone in the movie industry is currently in Park City, Utah for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. And of all the silver screen icons that are in town right now, there is one young actress who might just end up being the Next Big Thing™. Meet Lizzie Olsen, who is already being labeled with celestial monikers like the “breakout star” (The Wrap) and “new supernova in the Sundance galaxy” (NY Post) by breathless journalists.
If the 21 year-old Lizzie Olsen’s face looks more familiar than her name, it’s most likely because her older sisters are the most famous twins in the known universe. Yes, Lizzie is the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, stars of Full House (and, well, not much else). Although the NYU student Lizzie doesn’t yet have the same name recognition as her sisters, she seems poised for big things. She stars in two movies that have got critics and festival goers abuzz, the one-shot horror film Silent House and the “maximum-creepy” thriller, Martha Marcy May Marlene (say that five times fast!). And although it will likely be a few months before either one of these films makes its way to a theater near you, we figured now would be as good a time as any to introduce you to Lizzie Olsen!
Earlier this afternoon, many a Twi-Hard’s pulse began racing when a site called Geek Tyrant (they don’t deserve a link, trust us) claimed to have gotten their hands on the first photo of child actress Mackenzie Foy playing Renesmee on the set of Breaking Dawn. Shortly thereafter, normally reputable sites like /Film and Vulture passed along the news as fact without bothering to do any actual reporting of their own.
Instead of following suit, we here at TheFABLife reached out to all of our Twilight friends in the Twitter community and quickly determined that the pictures were not, in fact, stills from the highly anticipated Breaking Dawn (Ed. Note: Only 300 more days!). Rather, the pictures of actress Mackenzie Foy are from the Fall 2010 Garnet Hill children’s wear catalog. Don’t worry, Twi-Hards, you can always count on TheFABLife to keep it real with our coverage of any and all things Twilight; there’s no fooling us! That said, when any stills or footage of the rapidly aging half-vamp offspring DO emerge, you can bet we’ll have them up for you lickity split.
Did you forget to watch the 2011 Golden Globes this evening? Well, aside from missing out on Ricky Gervais committing career hara kiri in front of an audience filled with Hollywood’s biggest power players, you missed a whole bunch of acceptance speeches with varying levels of grace and aplomb.
Before we get into the tonight’s full list of winners, we would be remiss if we didn’t call attention to Natalie Portman’s bizarre laugh. As TheFABLife buddy Molly Lambert over at This Recording noted on Twitter, Portman’s guttural guffaw sounded a lot like Charlene Yi in Knocked Up. Practice your laugh game before the Oscars, girl!
As the show closed, we made our way back to the Press Tent in hopes of catching another up close glimpse of Natalie Portman (who utterly transfixed us on the red carpet earlier, to the point where it wasn’t until after she left that we realized we were standing in a shallow pool of drool). As we waited around, we quickly realized that we were actually standing in the exact same place where every celebrity who attended stayed until the end of the show was getting picked up by their limos/Escalades/4-wheelers*. That’s when we saw…
The drop dead gorgeous Mila Kunis standing all by her lonesome, politely thumbing away on her BlackSwanBerry. Was she texting Macauley Culkin? Was she rearranging a reunion with Fez? Was she trying to send your @unclegrambo a DM? Sadly, we’ll never know, as we were far too nervous to actually talk to her and far too respectful of her personal space to peer over her shoulder.
As she was wrapping up her missive — yes, we were probably staring — our ears recognized a familiar, deep timbred voice. We broke our gaze, turned our head and thought to ourself, “Man, that guy looks a lot like Jon Hamm.” And guess what? It was! He and Kunis embraced on the carpet and we immediately began envisioning the future of what almost certainly would be the Best Looking Couple In The Universe™. Sadly, their conversation was interrupted by…