Nearly 10 years ago the world was introduced to a stately San Di-ago news anchor who prefers the aroma of rich mahogany and has a healthy taste for scotch (scotchy scotch scotch). Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was released on July 9, 2004, proving that Saturday Night Live alum Will Ferrell could carry a movie, and modern moviegoers enjoy fight sequences that reference West Side Story.
Paul Rudd hosted Saturday Night Live for the third time last night and he not only brought the laughs–he brought what seemed to be the entire cast of Anchorman 2 to the stage. Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell and David Koechner joined Rudd to take on musical guest One Direction in an “Afternoon Delight” sing-off and Kristen Wiig brought her “Doonice” character back in a Sound of Music sketch.
When people talk about “likability” they are generally talking about whatever lightning in a bottle Admission star Paul Rudd has. The man’s got charisma. He’s got talent. But he’s got some sort of hidden secret as to why people just naturally like watching him.
But why? WHY EXACTLY IS PAUL RUDD SO LIKABLE?
Obviously you don’t have to be a woman to enjoy Paul Rudd‘s piercing blue eyes or a tiny giraffe in a spaceship. But considering that there is a large contingent of people who don’t care one way or the other if the San Francisco Fifty Minus Oners or the Baltimore Black Birds win the Big Plate this Sunday (and many of them are female), we like that some Super Bowl commercials are giving us what we want (besides snacks), which would be our celebrity boyfriends and baby astronaut killer whales. We’re only assuming Samsung was thinking of us when they hired Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd for their Super Bowl spot. Do they both have insane hair? Yes. Do we care? Only in as much as they both more adorable this way.
As the 2013 Sundance Film Festival enters its homestretch, we’ve noticed one thing about it: This year seems more about the films than the star-studded, super-sponsored A-list parties. Which, um, we’re pretty sure is what Robert Redford wants from his Utah fest. Lucky enough for those of us living vicariously through our friends (and photographers) in Park City, there has still been no shortage of eye candy. Here, we’re taking a moment to point out the lovely array of actors who put on their best puffy jackets and risked some great hat-hair to premiere their artsy movies. From Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Alexander Skarsgard, Adam Brody to Chris Noth, there were plenty of familiar faces at the festival, along with some relative newcomers like Austenland’s Ricky Whittle. We even gave Matthew McConaughey an honorary spot in this gallery, because even though his drastic weight loss for Dallas Buyers Club has sapped his conventional beauty, he’s looking kinda weird hot as he packs the pounds back on. And if there’s anything that’s appropriate for Sundance, it’s definitely the phrase “weird hot.”
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It’s New Year’s Eve — time to get out the bubbly, steal a midnight kiss, watch the ball drop in Times Square, and hope the pressure doesn’t build too much to have the most epic night ever. Maybe instead you want to leave the partying to the amateurs and spend the night in with one of these great (and terrible) movies about what can be the best or worst night of the year. From all time classics like The Apartment to not so great movies like New Year’s Eve, here are five flicks to get you through to 2013.
When Harry Met Sally – It’s the rom-com that begot all rom-coms of our time, this Rob Reiner classic is filed with so many one liners and memorable moments, I find myself reenacting this scene every time I’m at Katz’s Deli in New York. But seriously, Mindy Kaling isn’t the only one who was fed on Nora Ephron films. Of course, the final New Year’s Eve scene is the climactic moment when Harry furiously runs through the abandoned streets of New York as “It Had to Be You” plays in the background has set the standard for every romantic scene in every movie we’ve seen since then.
The Poseidon Adventure – The classic action film starring a very young Gene Hackman follows the passengers of the SS Poseidon after their ship has been overturned from a massive tsunami. As the clock strikes midnight, guests are drinking, dancing and celebrating the New Year as usual. The next moment, their lives are literally turned upside down, as the guests try to find a way safely out of the capsized ship. Now that’s a way to start the new year!
200 Cigarettes – Even though this film takes place in 1981 in New York City, 200 Cigarettes could not seem more like a ’90s Gen X film. Courtney Love? Check. Janeane Garofalo? Check. Cynicism? Check. Kevin, played by the never-aging Paul Rudd, laments how New Year’s Eve creates “an obligation to enjoy oneself.” We have to admit, this is pretty true. As much as we are excited about 2013, there is always pressure to make the night of the most memorable event as possible. But if Paul Rudd were at our party, we would not be complaining.
We know all know Jennifer Aniston got her start running in terror from a tiny evil leprechaun in, you know, Leprechaun, but did you know that most A-listers have a crappy horror film lurking in their past somewhere? From Paul Rudd to Jack Black, Demi Moore to Amy Adams, the biggest names in Hollywood have at one point been covered in corn syrup blood and chased by a prop chainsaw. So enjoy 10 amazing actors and actresses who had to pay their dues at the business end of a fake meat cleaver. Our personal favorite? Julianne Moore. Can anyone name a dumber movie death than hers? We honestly want to know!
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of our favorite movies of the year, chock full of teen angst, great music and stellar performances from the young cast. We dug deep into the photo archives and grabbed some ridiculously adorable photos of the Perks crew from when they were at their very youngest. Yes, you’ve got Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller and the most precious and wee Emma Watson. But there are more amazing discoveries to be made, like Mae Whitman‘s child star past and Paul Rudd‘s inability to age.
Dig in below, and be sure to catch Perks in the theater — it opens in L.A. and NYC today.
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We hope they have laptops in the afterlife, because Paul Rudd‘s impression of a poltergeist in his 7 Minutes In Heaven interview is almost killing us. He’s so adorable, we can feel our bones turn to dust! We won’t even get into Saturday Night Live writer Mike O’Brien giving Paul soft, ghostly sparrow kisses. Okay, yes we will: squee!
We also like Paul’s spooky character work for another reason besides his handsomeness. For all the Paranormal Activities that arrive in theaters, how come you never see a really friendly, extremely handsome ghost? Do the good-looking and jovial never have unfinished business here on earth? We just hope we don’t pass on from this realm before we watch the video a few more times, or else we will be forced to haunt…well, we guess YouTube. Let’s just stare at Paul Rudd’s ghost impression now to avoid that dire fate:
- It’s not only totally normal for you to fantasize about your spouses death, it’s normal for you to discuss those fantasies with your friends. Feel free to get specific: level of pain, how awesome your second wife will be, etc.
- If you hide in the bathroom to escape your horrible family, be sure you actually poop. If not, your spouse will barge in on you and use the lack of poop smell as a reason to steal your belongings.
- If you have children, Melissa McCarthy will chew through you.
- If your spouse makes you refuse to loan your dad money, he will tell you you were supposed to be terminated in utero.
- It is sort of romantic to describe how you would slowly poison your spouse to death over a matter of agonizing months.