There’s something almost too accurate about Drinking Buddies, the new film from mumblecore king Joe Swanburg. The movie does a wonderful job exploring the simmering (and sometimes awkward) sexual tension between two brewery co-workers, played by Jake Johnson and Olivia Wilde. All the drunk conversations and inebriated, awkward moments just felt a bit too authentic, too close to conversations we’ve had after tossing back a pint or 10. And now we know the reason why!
Sorry if you haven’t watched this week’s New Girl yet, but Fox has been promoting this thing all week long, so get out of your cave already! Just halfway into season two of the Fox comedy, Zooey Deschanel’s Jess and Jake Johnson’s Nick shared a super-steamy lip lock at the end of the episode, deceptively called “Cooler.” At first, I screamed, “Noooooo!” — worried that it meant an early resolution to the will-they-or-won’t they tension between the roommates, which can sometimes be the kiss of death for a show. But after reading executive producer Liz Meriweather’s interview with the Hollywood Reporter, my fears are mostly allayed. She felt like a drawn-out tease wouldn’t work in this situation. “I just think it doesn’t correspond to real-life relationships, especially for people the ages of the characters on New Girl, because they are so complicated these days,” she explained. “And I don’t think a kiss means a relationship is going to happen. I don’t think bringing two characters together takes away story possibility; I think it adds a lot of story possibility. Keeping them apart, at this point, felt more fake then bringing them together for me.”
After watching Spider-Man: The Animated Series in 1997, we decided Venom and Mary Jane Watson were actually a better couple than Mary Jane and Spider-Man, and we haven’t looked back since. In case you’re new to the Internet, pretty much every TV show, movie or otherwise fictional couple has a huge fan base swooning over their relationship. It might be a well-established couple or the characters might have met once to sign for a UPS package, it doesn’t matter. Someone is obsessed with them declaring their eternal love. This is a phenomenon known as shipping, and it is 75% of the reason anyone even knows about Twilight.
Maybe we just spent too much time on Tumblr over the last twelve months (we really, really did!), but 2012 seemed like a year where shipping was front and center. From New Girl to Sherlock, everywhere we looked shippers were building onto the fictional universes they loved, mostly with smooching. So we decided to pay homage to the most passionately shipped relationships of this year as part of our Best of 2012. Don’t see your favorite couple? We probably just didn’t know about them yet, so inform us in the comments! 2013 is almost upon us and we want to feel that Venom/Mary Jane feeling again!
For some reason, being on a hit comedy series does not necessarily prepare you to be the host of an awards show — at least that’s what New Girl’s Lamorne Morris fears when he and co-stars Jake Johnson and Max Greenfield host the Do Something Awards, which air tonight on VH1 at 9 p.m. ET.
“I’m not gonna lie, I might go to the bathroom, like, on myself, onstage,” Morris told VH1′s Kate Spencer.
“I’ll give you 500 bucks if you do it during the show,” Johnson offered.
“500 bucks is not enough,” Morris said. “You would legitimately have to give me everything you’re being paid and what you’re being paid, double it, and then I’d do it.”
Well, that would make for a very different kind of show, wouldn’t it?
Like the rest of us, the guys were excited about all the celebrities set to appear — from Justin Bieber to their own castmate Zooey Deschanel. But Greenfield saw a big opportunity with one particular guest:
“We’ll be hosting — will we also be auditioning for Ben Affleck?” he asked. Oh, we certainly hope so. Or even vice versa — Affleck would make a great fling for Jess!
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You should be very excited to watch the Do Something Awards next Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET. Besides the fact that it’s a nice chance to see celebrities celebrated for more than just who they’re dating or what they starred in, the show is hosted by three of the most charming men on TV these days, New Girl stars Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield and Lamorne Morris. And when VH1 News’ Kate Spencer had a chance to sit down with the guys on recently, she couldn’t resist to make this very astute observation about the will-they-or-won’t-they dynamic of Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Johnson): They are just like Niles and Daphne from Frasier.
“Niles and Daphne is a great reference! Yeah, but I think I’m a little bit more masculine than Niles. No disrespect to Niles,” Johnson responded. Though he was quick to add: “Do not compare Zooey Deschanel to Daphne. You can call me Niles.”