Orange is the New Black is the show to be talking about this summer, and its cast is the hottest group of performers in Hollywood. If you’ve been a diehard fan since season one, this is nothing new; you probably feel like a proud relative as you’ve watched this relatively unknown ensemble command the spotlight. They’re winning awards! They’re on late-night TV! They’re riding floats!
Orange Is The New Black is a show that tows the line between hilarious and heavy, but off-camera its actors always seem to be having a ball. And usually said ball involves dancing around in between takes a la Laverne Cox (Sophia) or watching Danielle Brooks (Taystee) take selfies.
On the one hand, we could definitely get used to showing up at work everyday in what is essentially pajamas, without having to do our hair or makeup. On the other, we wondered if the stars of Orange Is the New Black feel they need to try extra hard to dress up off-screen just to remind us that they’re very pretty ladies.
As head chef and matriarch of Litchfield prison, Galina “Red” Reznikov runs (ran?) quite a tight ship. And it’s no wonder: She had all that experience as captain of the Voyager. Oh, sorry, we’re conflating Kate Mulgrew’s two most iconic characters, from Orange Is the New Black and Star Trek Voyager. We know it’s a stretch, but given the chance, we had to ask her: Could a show like OITNB ever inspire Trekkie-like fan loyalty?
Fact: The Netflix hit Orange Is the New Black is based on a memoir of the same name, by Piper Kerman, on whom Taylor Schilling’s character Piper Chapman is based. Fact: Piper Kerman is married to writer Larry Smith. Fiction: This is a spoiler for the show’s love triangle. Or maybe it is. On the red carpet of their PaleyFest: Made in New York panel last week, we asked show creator Jenji Kohan and stars Schilling, Jason Biggs and Natasha Lyonne whether they’re Team Alex or Team Larry — in the time honored tradition of reducing complex relationships to sports analogies.
It’s a testament to the engrossing nature of Orange Is the New Black that it basically never occurred to us that the show features TWO American Pie stars. Jason Biggs, as incarcerated onetime drug mule Piper’s (Taylor Schilling) fiance Larry, and Natasha Lyonne, as the prison’s junkie philosopher Nicky Nichols, didn’t have any scenes together in season one, and it’s hard to imagine why they would so far. But after we saw them interact on the red carpet of the PaleyFest: Made in New York OITNB panel on Wednesday night, we are starting a petition to make Jenji Kohan contrive to put them together.
The cycle of celebrity? Toil away in obscurity, make it big, ride the wave for a good decade, and then fall off. But some celebs come back — either because their talent is too amazing to be denied (hello, Mariah Carey, Natasha Lyonne and Michael J. Fox), or they’re just lucky as hell (oh hi, Andrew Dice Clay). These 10 comeback kids are either in the middle of amazing career resurgences, or on the verge of bouncing back. You heard it here first!
After becoming something of a cult teen princess, Natasha Lyonne sort of disappeared. (Sadly, we know it was more to do with personal problems than lack of work.) However, the actress is back in a big way with two new movies, G.B.F. and Girl Most Likely, and the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. And now that her career has come full circle (with her playing a teacher in the teen comedy, G.B.F.), it’s time to look back on all the life lessons Lyonne taught us growing up.
American Pie lovers (all both of yous) will be happy to hear the news that most of the film’s stars have signed on for one more sequel called American Reunion. It’s not that we hate the movie—we actually quite enjoyed it when it came out—but any goodwill toward the film was lost with each subsequent sequel (American Pie 2, American Wedding) and spinoff (American Pie Presents Band Camp, American Pie Presents The Naked Mile, American Pie Presents Beta House, American Pie Presents The Book Of Love) that came out of the franchise. But now, there will be (at least) one last hurrah.
American Reunion has signed every major actor from the film (though Alyson Hannigan is still a maybe) to reprise the roles they played in the 1999 film, with Jason Biggs, Eugene Levy, and Seann William Scott among them. If you weren’t really paying attention back then, this movie was a phenomenon, a must-see blockbuster that was unprecedented for its raunchiness, which explains the star-studded turnout at its premiere twelve years ago. We unearthed some amazing photos from that hot summer night in 1999 of some serious A-listers at the premiere and it made us wonder: Would these people be caught dead at the premiere for American Reunion? Probably not, but check out the gallery and see for yourself.
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