We know school is important to you, James Franco, but we think you’re going to regret not attending your high school reunion—at least the reunion of the Freaks & Geeks and Undeclared casts that went down this weekend at the Paley Center. After all, if Jason Segel and Linda Cardellini could both make it, despite everyone knowing Forgetting Sarah Marshall was inspired by their break-up, then anyone could could risk an awkward moment or two. Then again, maybe they wouldn’t have been so open about Franco’s “method” acting, including a crew-scaring moment where he threw on-screen lover Busy Phillips on the ground (in character). “He is the only one among all of you to be nominated for an Academy Award,” noted show creator Judd Apatow.
See photos of the cult comedy casts in the gallery below—We almost forgot that Amy Poehler was Undeclared‘s Head R.A.!
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Well, we have our top 24 American Idol hopefuls now, and while we’re happy that these early rounds are over, we can’t say we’re thrilled with all the talent. A few contestants are worthy (the obvious talent like Andrew Garcia and Crystal Bowersox who can arrange tired pop songs into new versions we love), but then you get the head-scratchers like skinny jeans and 70s-hair guy Tyler Grady and wonder why we let this show waste our time. At least they didn’t let hipster glasses girl Maddie Penrose through. We wouldn’t be able to live with her for another week.
Jon and Kate Gosselin are apparently headed for divorce court, but you wouldn’t know it from these pictures of the pair, snapped hanging with their kids on July 4th. The Gosselin clan came together over the weekend to cuddle and watch their Dad set of fireworks in the yard of their Pennsylvania home.
You gotta admire Jon and Kate for putting the craziness behind them for a day to focus on their eight kids. They almost look happy to be together! Almost. [Photo: Splash News Online]
“Tonight it’s about us, believe it or not,” Simon Cowell told Jesse Langseth, the first contestant in the Wildcard Showdown last night, after saying her song was self-indulgent. We just thought it was boring, not self-indulgent, but Simon had a point, these Wildcards had better bring it because their Idol futures were in the judges’ hands. Those who didn’t got the old see ya later — including Ricky Braddy, Von Smith, Tatiana del Loco and Jesse “Self-Indulgent” Langseth. The four — yes, they let an extra one through! — contestants selected as wildcards are Jasmine Murray, Megan Joy Corkrey, Anoop Desai and Matt Giraud.For the first time ever, Idol has a Top 13 instead of a Top 12. Here are five moments we loved from last night’s show.
5. We Be Jamsy
“I’m doing one of the jamsiest songs around,” Megan Joy Corkrey said of “The Black Horse & The Cherry Tree” by KT Tunstall. (Side note: Our friend calls her KT Turnstyle, which is all we can ever think about when we hear this song). If there’s one way to describe Megan’s dancing it would be jamsy, so even though she made that word up, it actually worked for us. Simon is a big fan of Megan and he professed his love to her, as did all the other judges. She has a very Hollywood smile. Even if she isn’t the next American Idol, we can see her playing Kirsten Dunst‘s sister in a movie, if Kirsten Dunst ever makes another movie.
90210 star and rumored on-set diva Shanae Grimes took to her blog to fight back media attacks on her weight and smoking habit.
The actress says, “Now, as you all know now probably, I graced my first major magazine cover, only to be called “too skinny” alongside my co-star Jessica Stroup. I would like to say once again that neither me or Jessica have issues with our weight or bodies. I happened to be very small built, and ive always been skinny. So I personally think that people need to stop criticizing everyone in the media these days about their issues. Im sure you wouldnt like it if someone pointed out all of your flaws and all of your mistakes… but thats what the media does to us.”
In related news, Shanae, who was recently spotted buying six packs of cigarettes, said of her smoking habit, “I can’t say that I’m proud of it, but there are so many people struggling with the addiction nowadays. I started smoking at about 16, and 1 in 5 teenagers smoke. I’m not really going to go into the issue, but my hope is that you will all stop hating and get on with it. I smoke. My choice. I’m sorry if you don’t like it, but this is who I am.” [Source:MySpace; Photo:Getty]
Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester appears on the cover of Us Weekly and reveals “Her Untold Story.” The 22-year-old actress, who plays spoiled, conniving Upper East Sider Blair Waldorf, actually began life as a jail baby, born to her incarcerated mother who was just beginning a ten year sentence for her involvement in a drug ring that smuggled tons of marijuana into the United States. Leighton talks to the mag about how her role on Gossip Girl sharply contrasts from her modest upbringing, being made fun of in high school, and her ex-con mama.
On playing a pampered princess:
“It’s hard for me to relate to people who were born with silver spoons in their mouths.”
On her mom Connie, who got pregnant with Leighton while out on bail:
“I swear, that woman knows everything. Every question I’ve ever asked her – life questions, personal stuff like boyfriend advice, she’s always had the right advice for me.”
Financially devastated Ed McMahon is getting into the rap game to solve his troubles. The 85-year-old, who in June revealed he was fighting foreclosure after falling $644,000 behind on his mortgage payments, will star in two viral videos for financial web site FreeCreditReport.com.
In the first video, Ed, the former face of the American Family Publishing sweepstakes, and a bodyguard are cruising through a neighborhood looking for sweepstakes winners to ask for some money back, but McMahon doesn’t actually go through with it. In the second video, McMahon dons a new suit after undergoing a financial and emotional makeover.
Although Brody Jenner and 2008 Playmate of the Year Jayde Nicole were spotted getting hot and heavy at the 2008 MTV VMA’s, the Hills star insists, “She’s a great girl both inside and out, but she’s not my girlfriend-at the moment.” Brody says he and Jayde have been good friends since her pre-Playmate days. Although Brody, who stars in the new MTV reality show Bromance, maintains they are merely “really good friends,” he doesn’t rule out the possibility of moving further with the curvaceous bunny and claims that having a girlfriend who bares all would not be a problem. “I would have no problem with knowing people can see her nude pics,” he said, “because anybody can look, but to actually be with that person is what counts.” [Source: E! Online; Photo: Getty]
Although reported salary disputes kept Tori Spelling from appearing on the new Beverly Hills 90210, the mother-of-two reveals she still hopes to reprise her role as Donna Martin. Tori said, “I’m a big believer in what’s meant to be will be, so if it’s meant to be, it will work out.” Tori added she thinks highly of the new version of the series that brought her fame in the 90s. “I watched it and I think it’s so cute. I think the new cast is so cute.” It would be a lot cuter though if Brenda, Kelly, and Donna could meet up at the Peach Pit and gossip over milk shakes. [Source:OK!;Photo:Getty]
Britney Spears‘ mama Lynne Spears appeared on Today this morning and chit chatted with Meredith Viera and Al Roker about how her family went from “there to here.” There being when daughters Britney and Jamie-Lynn were young, fresh-faced starlets and here being a distraught, disturbed mother-of two shaving her head and a pregnant teenager, respectively. Lynne blames the turmoil surrounding Britney’s life on her absence, but claims it wasn’t possible to be there. “Did I want to be there? Of course!” she said. “Was it feasible? It wasn’t.” Lynne equates sending Britney off into the shark infested waters of celebritydom as just like when, “Our kids go to college…Britney set off two years earlier to be a star.” At one time, Lynne claims when Britney wasn’t speaking to her, she considered resorting to scaling the fence of her gated community.