In Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Susan Sarandon plays a woman trying to get her grown son out of her basement. In real life, the actress is devoted to bringing an age-old basement sport, ping-pong, out into the open. She’s already the co-owner of the Manhattan ping-pong club SPiN, and last year she donated $98,500 to bring the sport to New York City public schools. But what about melding the pastime with her day job and making a movie?
“I have a script that might be done in September that someone came to me with, that I’m looking into,” she told VH1 News, describing the story as “The Karate Kid with ping-pong.” But this doesn’t sound anything like the last ping-pong movie to bounce off the screen, the critically panned Balls of Fury.
If there’s one man who really needs folks to come to his defense, it’s George Clooney. In some weird alternate universe, maybe. But anyway, we were a tiny bit surprised (but also nodding in half agreement), by what his Descendants co-star Judy Greer had to say about him losing the Oscar to Jean Dujardin. She was promoting her role in Jeff, Who Lives at Home, and though it was already weeks after the Oscars, we wanted to ask what she enjoyed most about the whirlwind of red carpets and interviews and fancy-dress parties that is awards season. And her answer was refreshingly frank.
“I thought I was going to say the Oscars were the highlight, but I was really disappointed that George didn’t win,” the Arrested Development alum told VH1 News. “I was disappointed that the movie didn’t win and Alexander as well, but I don’t know, I really thought George was going to win and thought he should have.”
Fans of NBC’s The Office were cautiously optimistic when star Steve Carell departed the series last spring. Although quite clearly the heart and soul of the show, many hoped that the incredibly strong ensemble cast would carry the series through at least a few more successful seasons without the hapless Michael Scott at thte helm. But sadly, it already looks as though the remaining Dunder Mifflin crew is starting to splinter. James Spader has announced his exit after a year on the show as office jedi Robert California. Show writer and actor Mindy Kaling has an uncertain future on the show, depending on whether her her pilot is picked up over at Fox, and head-writer Daniel Chun has signed a deal with rival network ABC.
VH1 News caught up with current Dunder Mifflin boss Ed Helms while he was promoting Jeff Who Lives At Home last weekend. In addition to talking about his new film, Helms opened up about how he’d like the see The Office wrapped up when the time finally comes. “I hope whatever it is — I hope it’s after a nice long run and has a real celebration of the amazing cast.” We have to admit, even as the cast starts to pursue other opportunities, we’ll still be sad to say farewell to the prime-time mainstay that’s been bringing laughter to homes (and offices!) for nearly seven years. Even without Carell, The Office has always left us smiling and satisfied.
That’s what she said.
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The Muppets took Manhattan, sorry, the world, by storm again last year, thanks in part to Jason Segel’s tireless efforts to bring them back to the big screen. The movie even garnered an Oscar — Best Original Song for Bret McKenzie’s “Man or Muppet.” So why are we hearing that he won’t be involved in a sequel?
“My goal was to bring the Muppets back, and I think we’ve achieved that,” Segel told VH1 News over the weekend, while promoting his upcoming comedy, Jeff, Who Lives at Home. “So, I’m really confident that they’re in good hands now, and I’m very happy to let them walk on their own two legs.”
(Pause a minute, so you can enjoy the fact that he is still making corny puppet jokes.)