We love finding out that some of our favorite celebrities are best buds. What we love even more, is learning they were best buds BEFORE they had paparazzi following them and Twitter followers hanging on their every character. From Gwyneth Paltrow and Maya Rudolph to Tyra Banks and Kimora Lee, you probably never would have guessed that some of these superstar best friends have been confiding in each other since before they were ever in the limelight.
Two Best Week Ever favorites, our former host Paul F. Tompkins & Up All Night‘s Maya Rudolph, got together to sing the web’s all-time most favorite twee-soaked heartbreaker, “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros for The Paul F. Tompkins Show 9th Anniversary Special. Synchronized whistles and all, the two even mimic the song’s spoken word love ode. Alas, it’s no Jorge & Alex Narvaez, but we’ll take these two performing a duet wherever the location.
Grown Ups 2 is set…to have the most ridiculous cast list that we could ever imagine, that is. Paulina Gretzky has been added to the list and we cannot wait to see what she has in store for us (in a nervous kind of way)! She recently made an appearance on our list of The 25 Most Scandalous Celeb Twitpics of 2012 but as if that wasn’t enough, she just posted a pic of her and her friend on the set of Grown Ups 2 rockin’ that bikini bod that we’ve become all too familiar with. Funny folks Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Samberg, Maya Rudolf, and Chris Rock are teaming up with a whole grab bag of celebrity wildcards. Twilight heartthrob Taylor Lautner, Hunger Games hottie Alexander Ludwig, Steve Buscemi, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and Salma Hayek are just a few of the other outrageous cast members that Gretzky will be working side-by-side with in Grown Ups 2. We think she will fit right in to this zany list.
Some major television star power showed up at the NBC Upfront preview party in New York on Monday, representing a fair amount of our favorite shows and new ones we can’t wait to see. One of those would be Parks and Recreation and the shows lead, Amy Poehler looked like a stone cold fox in a Nicole Miller dress, House of Lavande jewelry and an All Saints leather jacket. Other funny ladies, Up All Night co-stars Maya Rudolph and Christina Applegate also represented. Eva Longoria was glam in a deep red Alberta Ferretti dress with Brian Atwood pumps. She probably made sure not to stand right next to Jenny McCarthy, whose sexy fuchsia shift would have clashed horribly next to it!
Other glam ladies included Law & Order: SVU‘s Mariska Hargitay wearing a white Victoria Beckham dress. She happily posed with co-stars Ice-T and Kelli Giddish. Katharine McPhee wore a floral Dolce & Gabbana dress, repp’ing Smash. Jamie-Lynn Sigler looked fine in a red Nonoo jumpsuit and posed with her Guys With Kids producer Jimmy Fallon. That was just the tip of the iceberg at this Upfront, so head on to the gallery for the whole deal. Of course, the Fox Upfront happened on the same day in the same city, and we know that Britney Spears and Demi Lovato were officially presented as the newest judges on The X Factor there. Did the rest of that network’s star power match up? Click over to our Fox gallery and compare!
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Well, obvs, they hand out SAG Awards for both men and women — but with the big movie ensemble Actor going to the ladies of The Help, our memory of Sunday night’s ceremony might be skewed toward how much the ladies dominated the stage. This is, after all the organization that sticks to the old-school feminist “female actor” designation rather than “actress.” There was Mary Tyler Moore receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award, as we were reminded that people doubted there’d be an audience for a show about a single woman. Representing that other awesome female cast, Bridesmaids stars Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy livened up an otherwise too-sincere evening with their “Scorsese” drinking game (do they have to take a drink every time someone blogs his name, too?) And even the In Memoriam montage featured a great sendoff from Elizabeth Taylor, winking at us from beyond. It was enough to give pause to anyone who’s been rooting for The Descendants or The Artist to take home the big prizes come February 26 — do you really want to stop the momentum of all this amazing girl (lady) power? Do we want to be deprived of the sight of Octavia Spencer dancing around as Viola Davis makes us cry? Well, when the alternative is a good George Clooney speech or tricks by Uggie, that’s a tough question. Good thing we’re not voting on these things.
By the way, you can catch all the winners’ speeches here.
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The legacy of Country Strong lives on: Glee‘s Ryan Murphy is planning a Gwneth Paltrow musical movie, costarring Bridesmaids star and SNL alum Maya Rudolph. “We want to do a musical together — an original,” Murphy told E! at the Emmys, “For Gwyneth and Maya Rudolph, both of whom I’m great friends with.” Um, we all saw Maya doing the damn thing at the Emmys on Sunday, right? Give Paltrow a prop mic, stick her in the back and you’re half-way to the first curtain call as we type this.
We’ve long known that the Gwyneth Paltrow is Ryan Murphy’s muse for the work he does with those lovable kids at fictional McKinley High, but Murphy first worked with Paltrow on the 2006 film Running With Scissors. “That’s all I will say,” Murphy said, before clamming up about his new film, though he did admit, “I loved Country Strong. I love it when she’s drunk and on the floor spitting up pills.” Okay, we can see that. It’ll be like Rent with a splash of GOOP. We can get on board that.
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People is reporting that Maya Rudolph’s baby boy was born July 3, thus ending the Bridesmaids star’s 12-year-long pregnancy. At least, it sure seemed like it. Correct us if we’re wrong, but didn’t Maya appear just a tiny bit pregnant in the Bridesmaids movie itself? And then massively with child when the film was released in May? And has just this Independence Day weekend popped the kid out? A little while longer and it would have started to look like a ruse to cover up some sort of basketball-smuggling operation.
Rudolph and director husband Paul Thomas Anderson named the baby Jack, joining their two other normally-named children Pearl and Lucille. “The exciting part is not knowing who’s coming,” Maya told People during her pregnancy, about waiting to find out the sex of her child. “You have to wait nine months for a surprise, but then it’s a good payoff because it really is a surprise.” The even bigger surprise must have been when that kid came out able to talk and with a full set of teeth.
We’ve done press junket interviews before and they are never, ever this fun (eep, maybe it’s us!). Bridesmaids stars Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph sat down with a stout little giggle machine of an interviewer, and they spent the entire time talking about farts, poops, and farts. Also, homeless farts. The best part of this video? EVERYTHING. Kristen and Maya are precious as they lose it laughing, but the breakout star is the french reporter, whose obsession with “zee pooping scene” is just straight up scat-dorable.
Let’s just cut to the chase: Bridesmaids is as good as you’d hoped it would be. Feel free to stop reading this review, slip into one of the half dozen chartreuse and/or peach numbers you’ve collected from the many weddings you’ve gotten drunk through, and proceed immediately to the nearest movie theater. Kristen Wiig’s hilarious star turn, great cast chemistry and excellent dialogue lift what could have been a perfunctory rom-com plot into a movie that’s going to have you spitting out your Cherry Coke like a sugary geyser. The only surprising thing part of all this? That anyone would find any excellent lady-lead movie surprising.
We don’t get it. Scheduling the release of Bridesmaids for the weekend after the Kate-William wedding would have made perfect sense. Instead, the film doesn’t come out until the 13th, while the red carpet premiere in LA went down last night, immediately before the royal ceremony—guaranteeing galleries of the gala won’t be today’s most gawked-at. Ooh wee, what’s up with that? What’s up with that?
Nonetheless, stars like Kristin Wiig, Jon Hamm, and Rose Byrne looked terrific outside the Mann Village Theatre, with Maya Rudolph bringing along one hell of a baby bump (why Jack Black was so proud of his belly we’re not quite sure). See more photos from the scene in the gallery below.
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