This week's casting news is fun, with Game of Thrones star Richard Madden (better known as Robb Stark) signing on for Disney's live-action Cinderella, Jessica Alba boarding an indie romantic comedy, and Andrew Garfield signing on for a Martin Scorsese film. Click through to get the scoop on the new jobs of your favorite stars and keep checking back through the week for more updates!
Adam Scott (no, not that Adam Scott) won the Masters Sunday, winning over a slew of women who normally wouldn't be caught dead watching a golf game. Why the interest, you say? For starters, the 32-year-old Australian golfer is beefy, he's got a megawatt smile and curly locks, and, most importantly, he's single — what's not to love? The former University of Nevada frat boy also has some famous exes in his past, including tennis world champ Ana Ivanovic and Kate Hudson. We find the Aussie quite adorable, so much so that we'd even consider watching a game of golf to catch a glimpse of his well-toned bod and dimpled grin. If you're not convinced, take a look back at his hottest moments on and off the greens now!
Amy Poehler went to work on the set of Parks and Recreation yesterday in LA. She was joined by her costars Adam Scott and Rob Lowe for a scene taking place at what will be the Founder's Week Carnival in an upcoming episode. Taylor Swift's issue of Vanity Fair recently threw Amy into the headlines when the singer called her and her Golden Globes cohost, Tina Fey, out for their jab at her love life. Amy responded to Taylor's remark that there's "a special place in hell for women who don't help other women" by saying, "I feel bad if she was upset. I am a feminist, and she is a young and talented girl. That being said, I do agree I am going to hell. But for other reasons. Mostly boring tax stuff." Tina also responded to the comment at the NYC premiere of Admission earlier this week, saying she "did not see that one coming." Tina added, "It was a joke. It was a lighthearted joke."
This Thursday, wedding bells will ring for Parks and Recreation's beloved couple, Leslie and Ben. Amy Poehler and Adam Scott, who play the pair, chatted with a few reporters, along with show creator Mike Schur, to talk about this week's hour-long dose of Parks and Rec. Read on to find out a few things to expect, like who will be performing at the ceremony and why you should have seen this day coming long ago.
- Everyone in the gang will play a special role at the wedding. Schur said, "Everybody has a job to fill, of the main cast. Part of the fun of the episode is that the wedding was originally planned for May, and at this black-tie gala that happened last week, they basically decided to do it that night. So they have two hours to throw it together, so everybody has a role to play. Tom Haverford becomes the officiant, and has to get ordained online in like an hour. Donna plays a role. We're, for the first time, going to feature her beautiful and professionally trained singing voice. We let Retta (who plays Donna) pick which aria she wanted to perform. In the opening moments of the episode, in order to pull this thing off in classic Parks and Rec fashion, everyone has to chip in, so there's a part for everybody to play."
- If you watch Adam Scott's first episodes, Ben and Leslie's wedding destiny was foreshadowed. Scott saw the marriage potential between Ben and Leslie early on, saying, "I recently went back and re-watched 'The Master Plan,' which was the first episode that Rob Lowe and I were on. Looking at Leslie and Ben in our first couple of scenes together, it really speaks to the quality of writing of this show that there's a lot of foreshadowing of their relationship, in the sense that these are two three-dimensional characters that really sort of fit together, and they see things in each other that no one else really sees. They hit these buttons with each other right off the bat. From the very start, there was more to it than a simple will-they-or-won't-they. I think that being married now fits in naturally with that."
Find out two more tidbits after the jump.
Jessica Chastain showed her support for Hollywood writers at the Writers Guild of America Awards in LA last night, while Lena Dunham snagged an award at the WGA's ceremony in NYC. The WGA Awards take place on both coasts — at the JW Marriott in LA and the B.B. King Blues Club in NYC — and each event was full of big winners.
Lena and her Girls writing team walked away with best new TV series, while Jessica's film Zero Dark Thirty won best original screenplay for Mark Boal. Meanwhile, Ben Affleck's Argo continued its award season sweep by picking up best adapted screenplay for writer Chris Terrio. Other big winners for the night included Fred Armisen, who won the best comedy/variety series award for Portlandia, and the writers of Breaking Bad and Louie, who won best drama series and best comedy series, respectively.
The award season fun isn't over for Jessica and the rest of the film industry as they prepare for the upcoming Oscars, which take place Sunday, Feb. 24. Click through to see Jessica and Lena along with Amy Poehler, Tobey Maguire, and Julie Bowen at the WGA Awards, and don't forget to fill out our Oscar ballot for a chance to win $1,000 and an iPad!
Burning Love, the popular web series that spoofs The Bachelor, is back for a second season, and this time there will be plenty of male comedians in the dating pool. After being rejected in season one, June Diane Raphael stars as the bachelorette. Alongside season one veterans like Ben Stiller and Adam Scott, funny newcomers Adam Brody and Michael Cera will be vying for June's attention, hoping to "hold her box" after each "box ceremony." Fans of the series can expect the same hilarious, ridiculous brand of drama — everything from puppet shows to tap dancing, from spanking to bad hair extensions. As June says, "Every feeling that there has been to feel, I have felt."
The series premieres on Valentine's Day, but you can catch a sneak peek from the trailer below.
The Sundance Film Festival is coming to an end on Sunday with Ashton Kutcher's jOBS premiere closing out the festival tonight, but there's already been plenty of action. Jessica Alba goofed around with her A.C.O.D. costar Amy Poehler during a portrait session, while Michael Polish and Kate Bosworth celebrated their project, Big Sur. Earlier in the week, Jessica Biel posed with Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes costars Alfred Molina, Kaya Scodelario, and director Francesca Gregorini at a party while Jake Gyllenhaal flew in to support his mom Naomi Foner's directorial debut, Very Good Girls. Click through for more highlights from this year's Sundance!
The ladies of Bachelorette, Lizzy Kaplan, Kirsten Dunst, and Isla Fisher, gathered for their LA premiere last night. They had company on the red carpet from their leading man James Marsden, as well as their movie's director Leslye Headland and costar Rebel Wilson. Isla, Kirsten, and Lizzy coordinated in a patriotic range of red, white, and blue — who's your pick for best dressed at the Bachelorette premiere? Isla's red number was from Reem Acra, and Kirsten's blue was designed by Jean Paul Gaultier. At the film's ArcLight Cinemas afterparty, Ali Larter showed her tummy in a striped outfit, paird with an Edie Parker clutch, and made the rounds alongside husband Hayes MacArthur. Bachelorette hits theaters Sept. 7, but is available on demand already.
The comedy Friends With Kids explores the question of whether two friends can have a baby, raise it, and stay friends. The movie follows BFFs Jason and Julie (Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt, who also wrote and directed the film) as they try to pull off platonic babymaking, despite the fact that their friends think it's a terrible idea. Besides the central couple, the movie also depicts several other relationships — that of Jason and Julie's married friends, as well as the friendships between everyone in the tight-knit group. It's more cynical than your standard romantic comedy, so while you might not get swept off your feet, there are still a few reasons why it's worth seeing.
- The hilarious ensemble: Four of the cast members of Bridesmaids appear in Friends With Kids: Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and Chris O'Dowd, and if you liked them in that movie, you'll eat up their reunion in Friends With Kids. This time, you get to see Wiig and Hamm's chemistry reworked as a committed couple rather than friends with benefits, and where O'Dowd and Rudolph had no screen time together in Bridesmaids, here they're playing a longtime married pair. O'Dowd, who broke out in Bridesmaids, is even more of a delight, using an American accent to play a sweet but somewhat dopey husband. Not only is it fun to see these actors reunited as the supporting cast, the main couple is great too, especially Scott. Though his character Jason is kind of a womanizer, Scott's as irresistible as ever.
- The great script: The funny script is worthy of its gifted cast, and the humor goes from goofy to downright raunchy, if the situation calls for it. But beyond having plenty of laughs, it's also very real. The characters are very blunt about relationship realities, and sometimes the dialogue is so honest that it's painful to watch, like when Hamm's character ruthlessly criticizes Jason and Julie for their casual attitude about raising a child. It might feel awkward, but it also feels refreshing.
- The thought-provoking plot: Westfeldt (who also wrote Kissing Jessica Stein) has a knack for posing interesting questions about relationships in her films, and here, she really examines every aspect of the situation, like what happens when they date other people. Plus, each character has an opinion about Jason and Julie's arrangement, so you hear so many arguments that you get to figure out for yourself what you think about the situation — and what you'd do if it were your friends (or you) with this unconventional idea.
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There was more than one wedding-themed movie at Sundance this year, and Bachelorette was one of the most buzzed-about. The comedy features a ton of familiar faces, but serves up something a little different from what we've seen in the genre before.
- Who's behind it? Kirsten Dunst, Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher, and James Marsden lead the funny cast. First-time director Leslye Headland also penned the script.
- What's it about? A group of high school BFFs reunite for the wedding of their friend Becky (Rebel Wilson). There's uptight, prissy Regan (Dunst), who begrudgingly accepts her role as maid of honor despite her bitterness that her less-attractive friend is getting married before her; cynical Gena (Caplan), who's determined to confront her high school ex (Scott) at the wedding; and ditsy Katie (Fisher), who is actually depressed beneath her bubbly exterior.
- What did I think? Comparisons to Bridesmaids are inevitable, but the movies really are quite different. For starters, Bachelorette is darker, edgier, and has a lot less slapstick (think coke binges instead of food poisoning). Some of the more dramatic undercurrents go a bit too far, particularly Katie's downward spiral through the course of the night, which don't exactly jive with some of the cheesier, warm-and-fuzzy scenes. Though it's a bit uneven, the stellar cast makes the film entertaining, even if it's not worth a standing ovation.