Jim Rash with Mike Schur and Amy Poehler of ‘Parks and Rec’ on Sundance Channel’s ‘The Writers’ Room’
Jim Rash’s plate is already pretty full: When he’s not donning ridiculous costumes as Dean Pelton on Community, he’s an Oscar-winning screenwriter (The Descendants, The Way Way Back) and the host of The Sundance Channel’s new talk show The Writers’ Room, where he interviews the folks behind shows like Breaking Bad, Parks and Rec, Game of Thrones and more. Plus, he and writing partner Nat Faxon just got a pilot commitment from Fox for a new comedy next season. Still, we wanted to give him one more job and asked Rash to play blogger for a minute. Here, he told us about his favorite things on TV right now:
Halloween means candy corn, haunted houses, and your dad wearing that musty vampire outfit yet again. But it also means Halloween specials on TV! Throughout the years, the small screen has captured the fun of dressing up for the holidays. It’s a time for our favorite characters to get creative and just a tad inappropriate as they sport costumes from the topical, the slutty, or other clever ideas that perfectly reflect their own personalities. Here’s a list of some of our favorite Halloween costumes from TV over the years that may give you some inspiration of what to do…and what not to do.
Best Mystery Costume – The Slutty Pumpkin (How I Met Your Mother): It was that crisp, autumnal night on Halloween when Ted Mosby thought he met the love of his life…in a costume that has become the show’s famed “Slutty Pumpkin.” Though her face was veiled, this mystery woman became the object of Ted’s harvest-filled fantasies. Many years later, we discovered that the woman was none other than Katie Holmes! Even though the costume doesn’t have much originality, we give them props for mocking the “slutty fill-in-the-blank” outfit. Read more…
Man, if you thought shooting Season 4 of Community was going to be awkward already, you were totally right! But now even more so! While cohosting Live! With Kelly this morning, Community star Joel McHale put in his two cents about the ongoing potty-mouthed voice mail feud between Chevy Chase and the show’s creator Dan Harmon. “And as I’ve said before, we said it on The Soup, it’s impossible because there’s no way Chevy could figure out voicemail,” McHale cracks to Kelly Ripa. “He hibernates for nine months out of the year, and when you wake someone up, they’re very disoriented and a lot of the time they don’t know what they’re saying.” Oh no, that’s bears, Joel! You’re thinking of bears!
And this after all those f-bomb-laced rants Chevy left on Harmon’s phone. Because Donald Glover was going to have to break the icy silence around the craft services table anyway, Joel took the opportunity to get in few more completely unnecessary digs at Chase’s behalf. “Maybe I should bait him into it.” McHale joked after Kelly suggested he get himself some fame off the feud. “‘Come on, you wuss, leave me a message.’” Chevy is probably fumbling confusedly with an iPhone as we speak! If someone tells him how to get to Contacts, Joel, you better watch your back.
Looks like Chevy Chase is hoping to secure his legacy in the hollowed ranks of our favorite celebrity ranters. You got it, Chevy! After the Community star was caught cursing out the show’s creator Dan Harmon on voicemail (and after Harmon sort of apologized for playing it in public), Clark Griswald is back with a few editing suggestions and a whole truckload of f-bombs. “It’s just a f—ing mediocre sitcom! I want people to laugh and this isn’t funny. It ain’t funny to me because I’m 67-years-old and I’ve been doing this a long time,” Chase gripes on the recording. Man, what a diva. No…you know what? “Diva” is too flattering a term for these two. You have done nothing to earn your divadom, Chase and Harmon! Nothing!
Concludes the comedian, “I’ve been making a lot of people laugh a lot better than this.” So we have to ask: why is Chevy still on Community anyway? Seeing as how he apparently dislikes both the show and it’s creator, why doesn’t he just hang out at his mansion drinking mai tais and driving his hovercraft around the polo fields instead? Or whatever else it is that rich people do? We doubt Dan Harmon would mind, and Chevy could even write his character Pierce a spectacular exit from the show. For example, maybe rocketing off a cliff in a hovercraft while drinking mai tais. Now that is comedy!
In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, James Wolcott points out what a great time it is for female characters on TV. From Downton Abbey to 30 Rock, our screens are filled with complex, strong, flawed women that reflect real life as much as they entertain us. And also, as the VF cover and photo spread demonstrate, a lot of the actresses portraying those great characters also happen to be smoking hot. We at the Fab Life pride ourselves on being solid feminists as much as we love being shallow, so this is the perfect way to combine those interests: Making you (seriously, we’ll put toothpicks in your eyelids if you disobey) look at the 10 brainiest beauties, or the 10 most beautiful brainiacs, on TV right now, and then forcing you to vote for your favorite. Are you an avid follower of Kalinda Sharma’s ass-kicking investigative techniques on The Good Wife? Were you rooting for Lady Sybil to ditch her parents AND her chauffeur suitor and run off to become a doctor? Aren’t you sure that Sterling Cooper Draper Price would crumble without Joanie’s capable guidance? Peruse the gallery, add to your DVR queue, and get to voting. Poll ends on Monday at 2 p.m. ET.
When we heard the profanity-laced, creatively insulting voicemail Chevy Chase left for Community boss Dan Harmon, we were slightly torn: On the one hand, Chase is pretty mean to Harmon in the message; on the other, this supposedly came after Harmon led a chant of “F— Chevy” at a party in front of the actor’s wife and daughter. Also, the audience laughter accompanying the voicemail seems pretty humiliating for Chase. Apparently, a whole lot of people on the Internets agreed, and Harmon took to his Tumblr yesterday with a sort of apology for allowing the whole thing to leak to the world.
“[A]s a guy who blogs or tweets every time he wipes his butt, hugs his cat or hurts his girlfriend, it’s conspicuously weird of me to say nothing at all about the giant fart with my name on it that you’ve been inhaling,” Harmon wrote, explaining that he played the voicemail for a monthly live show he does at a comic book store in L.A. “It was in that venue, months ago, that I made the horrible, childish, self-obsessed, unaware, naive and unprofessional decision to play someone’s voicemail to me. He didn’t intend for 150 people to listen and giggle at it, and I didn’t intend for millions of people to read angry reports about it.
“That was a dumb, unclassy, inconsiderate move on my part. I’m very sorry it’s reflecting poorly on the show,” he continued. Read more…
So, the audio of Chevy Chase’s voicemail message for Community executive producer Dan Harmon is making the rounds today, complete with the sound of people laughing as they listen to the actor calling the showrunner a “fat f—,” “sh– stinko” and “g–damn bad writer.” This was reportedly in response to Harmon leading chants of “f— Chevy” at a wrap party, after Chase walked off the set before finishing the last episode. Such antics, by both Chase and Harmon, would have seemed a whole lot more shocking a few years ago. Before Charlie Sheen. And Christian Bale. And… well, let’s just go through our favorite examples of celebrities telling off their bosses is a way none of us would ever dare. Then vote and tell us which you think was the most outrageous.
Bill O’Reilly: At some point during his tenure on Inside Edition (1989-95), O’Reilly took issue with the TelePrompter cues for him to throw to a Sting video. And thus, “F— it! We’ll do it live!” became his most infamous catch phrase.
Lily Tomlin: A whole new generation got to know the comedian after videos surfaced of her various fights with director David O. Russell on the I Heart Huckabees set in 2004. “F– you, mother—-er. F— you, f— you, f— you,” she says as Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Huppert and Mark Wahlberg sit quietly in the car with her. Read more…
The FABLife is playing March Celebrity Madness this month, putting 64 of our favorite stars into brackets and having you vote to decide our ultimate FAB icon. First we’ll be pitting four similar celebs against each other in the divisionals, with the winners pairing (and squaring) off in our Sweet 16 until only one is left standing. It’s just like the NCAA, except…ok, it’s nothing like the NCAA.
Our fourth category concerns the cult smash Community, clearly one of the coolest comedies on TV, containing one of the cutest casts as well (that’s called “alliteration,” fyi). While it pains us to leave the rest of stars off the poll (especially the exceptionally alliterative Gillian Jacobs and Chevy Chase), we had to go with Soup server Joel McHale, Mad Men minx Alison Brie, shoulda-been-Spider-ManDonald Glover and darling Danny Pudi for our featured four (it never gets old, folks). The polls don’t close until Friday, March 25th, so vote early and vote often!
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