This weekend’s season finale of Saturday Night Live was an especially emotional episode, one that saw beloved cast members Bill Hader and Fred Armisen bid the show a fond adieu. Hader’s big farewell sketch was, of course, the epic wedding between Stefon and Seth Meyers, while Fred Armisen was joined by a calvacade of indie rock legends—Carrie Brownstein! Steve Jones! Aimee Mann! Michael Penn! J. Mascis!—for an emotional performance as his punk rocker alter ego Ian Rubbish.
“Oh, oh, oh…it’s [stage] magic…you know…” The Incredible Burt Wonderstone hits theaters today and we couldn’t be more excited to see Steve Carrell and Jim Carrey cast their spell over us. Sure, film and literature is filled with wizards like Harry Potter and Merlin and sorceresses like The Scarlet Witch and Melisandre, but it takes a specific breed of magical showman to do magic tricks (real or not) on a live stage.
We’ve already begun squealing about the return of Jim Carrey in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone after the actor’s virtually acting-free 2012…and, um, those other years before that. That’s when we realized that a ton of our favorite celebs will be all over our big and small screens in 2013 (not to mention our internets, with all their interviews and such) after a dry spell. For example, according to IMDb, this year Carrie star Chloe Moretz and Oz the Great and Powerful lead James Franco return in seven and six film projects respectively. Natalie Portman and Rooney Mara have both been off the scene since 2010′s Black Swan and 2011′s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. And Michael Cera? More Arrested Development means more sweet, sweet George Michael for your eyeballs.
Of course, some of these celebs seemed like they never left the limelight (see also: James Franco). Did you know Melissa McCarthy was in only one film in 2012? In Vanessa Hudgens‘ and Dwayne Johnson‘s case, it was the same film. (We didn’t know if either of them would bounce back from Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, but here we are.) Check the gallery below to find out more about their respective upcoming projects, and what other celebs we cannot wait to see more of this year.
You’ve returned unto us, Jim Carrey! While we love that the trailer for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone contains a variety of delights from bedazzled velvet jumpsuits to Alan Alda to Steve Buscemi in a luxurious blond wig, the most exciting part by far is seeing Jim Carrey back on top of his comedy game as a David Blaine/Criss Angel hybrid. We couldn’t be happier to see him vamping across from Steve Carell‘s earnest magician lead. It’s been a while since Jim Carrey’s been known for anything but that creepy Emma Stone video and disappointing Jenny McCarthy. A long while.
Since 2004, in fact. That’s not say last year’s Mr. Popper’s Penguins wasn’t adorable (Was it? We didn’t even see it), but the last couple years have been a comedic drought for Carrey. While the actor killed it 2009′s I Love You Phillip Morris, other films like Yes Man, Fun With Dick and Jane and that weird CGI version of A Christmas Carol were pretty big misses. As people raised on Liar, Liar, it was a hard time to get through. But now? His wig alone seems worth the price of admission. First Chris Tucker, now Jim Carrey. Welcome back, gentlemen. We really, really missed you and your hysterical high-pitched screams.
If you had to call comedy another name, you could call it “Judd Apatow.” The multi-talented writer/director/producer has dominated the face of funny over the past decade, and he’s responsible for some of the best laugh-out-loud films ever made. From his early features like (our childhood must-see) Heavyweights to small screen gems likeFreaks and Geeks, and all the way through to box office busters like Superbad and Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy, his movies have defined comedy to a generation of people, and we’re thankful for all that laughs he’s given us over the years.
But we’re not the only people who should be thankful. Some of the biggest comedy stars in the world today got their big breaks by featuring in Judd’s movies. From James Franco to Seth Rogen and Jason Segel, Mr. Apatow can spot a career-making hit a mile off. What is the deal with his insane success rate? How is he able to produce such memorable characters that propel the actors into the mega-successful stratosphere?
The answer is simple: The Man-Child. Judd Apatow is the king of the emotionally stunted, delightfully immature, hilariously inept and maladjusted male who just can’t be a functional adult no matter how hard he tries. It’s a hallmark of all of his work. Whether it’s Steve Carell’s wax agony in The 40 Year Old Virgin, Seth Rogen staring down the barrel of fatherhood in Knocked Up, or Jason Segel’s nude and heartbroken misery in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, we laugh so hard at these folks because we see our own faults in their complete and utter dysfunction. So in honor of Judd’s big day, we counted down our 15 favorite man children that he brought to the screen. We hope you enjoy it!
It was a big evening for Jenny McCarthy last night. Not only did she have Halloween to celebrate, but her final moments as a thirty-something as well! Yes, it’s hard to believe that the pin-up turns 40 years old today, but she didn’t let that slow her down as she stepped out at the Gallery Nightclub in Las Vegas to party hearty. Jenny showed off her super bod in a sizzling lingerie catsuit that served as a giant well deserved “F U” to aging.
The beautiful Ms. McCarthy got her start as 1993′s Playmate of the Year, but we were seven when that happened, which is a bit too young for Playboy. So she first caught our attention a few years later as the host of MTV’s classic 90′s dating game, Singled Out. Since then she’s gone on to appear in hilarious movies like BASEketball and The Stupids, and hit TV shows such as Home Improvement, My Name Is Earl, Just Shoot Me, Two And A Half Men and so many more. She did date Jim Carrey for a while, so her judgement isn’t totally flawless. But this isn’t a perfect world, is it?
On top of being a stunning model and a hilarious actress, Jenny has worked tirelessly for charity, and become an outspoken activist for finding better ways to treat autism. She’s written books, appeared in video games…is there anything she hasn’t done?! And Hugh Hefner asked her to pose nude once again for Playboy in July, which just proves that she hasn’t lost any of her sex appeal over the last two decades. In fact, she’s gotten even better! We anxiously await her return to the airwaves with her new VH1 talkshow next year. So in honor of the multi-talented Jenny hitting the big 4-0, we’ve decided to take a look back at her 25 sexiest out fits of all time. Enjoy!
Jim Carrey, how could do this to us? If we didn’t know better, we’d think you were trying to erase any hope we have in your triumphant return to stardom. First you made that weird fan video for Emma Stone, then we find out you haven’t been visitingJenny McCarthy‘s autistic son. We were seriously considering not bringing up those two things all the time as exemplars of our disappointment in you, but now we find out you are bailing out of the Dumb & Dumber sequel? According to ETOnline, Carrey dropped out of the film after growing “increasingly frustrated by New Line and Warner Brothers, who he felt showed a lack of enthusiasm regarding the project.” Plus we find out it was going to be called Dumb And Dumber To? You know how much we would have loved that! There had better be a Liar, Liar 2 on the horizon, or we are going to lose our minds.
“I would have thought Dumb and Dumber To was a no-brainer, after all it’s implied in the title,” Carrey told ET after confirming the story. Without Jim, we’re assuming the movie is a no go. If not, they might as well reuse the cast from the Dumb & Dumberer prequel, which Jim wasn’t even in. Eugene Levy isn’t much of a replacement, Mr. Carrey; we hope you know that. The man is great, but he’s not that great!
Guys, we cannot deal with this Jenny McCarthy/ Jim Carrey drama if it turns into real beef. We cannot. Emotionally, spiritually, mentally, we just do not have it in us. If Carrey’s curt retort to McCarthy’s comments about him failing to visit her autistic son Evan are any suggestion though, that might where this sadness is headed. “I will always do what I believe is in the best interest of Evan’s well being,” Jim claimed early today according to TMZ. “It’s unfortunate that Evan’s privacy is not being considered. I love Evan very much and will miss him always.” Guys, we know it might be hard to believe, but if our jobs have taught us anything…them’s fighting words.
Of course, seeing as how Jenny brought up her ex’s role in Evan’s life after their 2010 split in the first place, it was sort of inevitable that Carrey would feel the need to call her out. “I’ve tried to ask [Jim] numerous times [to see Evan], because my son still asks,” McCarthy told Howard Sternearlier this week. “I tell [Evan] that someday you’ll cross paths, meet again. . . [but] it’s hard. He’s been in therapy. It’s a process, he’s working on it.” We are going to have to enter therapy if two celebs start fighting over an autistic 10-year-old. Wouldn’t a few harsh text messages be more than enough, you guys? A nasty yet still private Facebook message?
We’ve been bummed out by Jim Carrey before, but that was just his creepy attempts to get Emma Stone’s attention. This is sadder. A lot sadder. Like Jim-Carrey-allegedly-won’t-go-visit-Jenny McCarthy‘s-autistic-son sad. “I’ve tried to ask [Jim] numerous times [to see Evan], because my son still asks,” the Playboy bunny and Love in the Wild host explained to Howard Sternabout her ex. “I tell [Evan] that someday you’ll cross paths, meet again. . . [but] it’s hard. He’s been in therapy. It’s a process, he’s working on it.” According to McCarthy, her son says he misses Carrey “almost weekly” since their 2010 break-up, which, unless you’re made of stone, is the saddest thing you’ve heard all week. Possibly ever.
Of course, it’s harder when Jenny isn’t actually speaking to her ex; McCarthy feels she can’t contact the actor directly, relying on other “channels” instead. “I think that sometimes people need to take a real break from each other,” McCarthy mused. “But I still love him. I think you can love people from a distance and respect him. But as a mother, you just hope when you have a relationship with someone, it has nothing to do with the child when you break up.” If you’ll excuse us, we just need to put our head down on our desks and cry quietly for a few minutes now. We’ll go ahead and put our jackets over our heads to muffle the sobs.