Maya Rudolph, Steve Carell, Allison Janney, Toni Collette, and Sam Rockwell joined the rest of their cast for their Sundance Film Festival premiere of The Way, Way Back on Monday. The movie, which is directed by the team who wrote The Descendants, immediately became one of the most buzzed-about debuts of the festival. The Way, Way Back has already been reportedly picked up by Fox Searchlight. The movie's title refers to the rear-facing back seat in older station wagons, and it takes place at a water park. On the red carpet, we spoke to Maya, Steve, and Sam about some of their best and worst Summer jobs ever. Maya revealed that she lied about her age to get a job at a cool clothing store when she was only 14. Steve, who was rocking a more salt-and-pepper look than we've seen before, joked that he actually dyes his hair gray. Check out lots more from our red-carpet interviews on today's PopSugar Rush!
Oliver Platt and Allison Janney play a happily married couple living in a quaint town in New Jersey in the new release The Oranges. It's a comedy, but listening to them describe it, you'd think it was a horror movie. I talked to Platt and Janney about why they'd call the story — in which their onscreen daughter has an affair with a much older man — "sort of a nightmare." Platt also regaled me with stories of his cage-fighting days, and the pair discussed the "taboo boundaries" that their new movie pushes. Watch to get the scoop on The Oranges, opening Oct. 5.
George Clooney stepped out in the LA sunshine to support friend John Wells at his Walk of Fame ceremony this afternoon. John is the Emmy-winning producer behind ER, The West Wing, and others, and he's being recognized after 25 years in the business. Also on hand for the special event were actresses Emmy Rossum and Allison Janney. It's a big day for George since he'll soon hit the red carpet for the Critics' Choice Awards, where he's up for best actor and his The Descendants and The Ides of March are both nominated. We're going LIVE on the Critics' Choice Awards red carpet and in the press room, so be sure to watch for all the latest action as it happens!
The Hollywood Film Awards took place last night at LA's Beverly Hilton Hotel, and once the famous guests like George Clooney and Stacy Keibler left the red carpet, the show began inside the ballroom. George was onstage to accept his Hollywood Actor Award from his Descendants costar, Beau Bridges, and humbly told the audience of his award, "I am very lucky. I'm a lucky man." My Week With Marilyn star Michelle Williams, meanwhile, won the female counterpart with the Hollywood Actress Award. Ben Affleck, sporting his long Argo locks, made a special appearance to honor Hollywood Cinematographer Award recipient Emmanuel Lubezki. The men worked together on Terrence Malick's still-untitled upcoming picture.
The many ladies of The Help, including Emma Stone, Allison Janney, Viola Davis, Cicely Tyson, Ahna O'Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Mary Steenburgen were together to accept the Hollywood Ensemble Award and to pose with their new statues backstage. Further nods went to Diablo Cody with the Hollywood Screenwriter Award, Moneyball's Bennett Miller with the Hollywood Director Award, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt with the Hollywood Breakthrough Actor Award. Joseph was handed his prize by his Dark Knight Rises costar Anne Hathaway, who was decked out in a floral Erdem dress.
Eva Longoria, Demi Moore, Lea Michele, and Olivia Wilde were decked out in red and white at today's third annual Variety's Power of Women luncheon in Beverly Hills. Among the ladies being honored were Eva, Lea, Olivia, Mary J. Blige, and Annette Bening. It's been an exciting week for Lea, who kicked things off in a beautiful Marchesa gown at Sunday's Emmys and kept the fun going during Tuesday's season three premiere of Glee. There was a big premiere night for Demi's family as well with Ashton Kutcher's record-breaking debut on the opener of Two and a Half Men. Eva's also bracing for the final season of her drama Desperate Housewives, which kicks off on Sunday. Meanwhile, Olivia doesn't have a TV project debuting, but there's a possibility she might be jumping into a new relationship. Olivia was spotted on a stroll with Ryan Reynolds following their romantic lunch in NYC.
Sunday was ABC's turn to bring out their new crop of shows at the TCA in Beverly Hills. Matthew Perry's midseason comedy Mr. Sunshine was one of the first of the day and although it's not planned to premiere until midseason it's one of the most anticipated series — Matthew was hilarious on stage and artfully answered any prying questions about his Friends costars. Perhaps the most talked-about panel was for My Generation, which brought out its extremely attractive cast including Jaime King. The afternoon was time for comedies like Better With You starring adorable Joanna Garcia. She and her onscreen sister Jennifer Finnigan have been friends for years, in fact, Joanna was there when Jennifer met her husband. Joanna joked about planning a wedding in real life and on TV — stay tuned for our exclusive one-on-one interview! Elisha Cuthbert is another welcome addition to the new comedy lineup, thanks to Happy Endings. Follow all the updates on PopSugar and BuzzSugar on Twitter!
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When a movie has a foreboding title like Life During Wartime, you kind of expect it to be a little dark. But that's just par for the course for Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollhouse). This time around, the director takes us into the lives of three sisters (played by Allison Janney, Shirley Henderson, and Ally Sheedy), as they try to escape secrets of their past and get a fresh start, preferably in Florida. Oh yeah, and it's a comedy.
The trailer doesn't reveal much, other than showing the women moping about, along with a very sullen Paul Reubens who looks like he's just been crying. Someone give that man some Clear Eye. The film comes to theaters July 23, but get an early peek when you read more
The final Aspen Food & Wine event is the Classic Quickfire, a timed cooking competition between the most recent Top Chef winner and an acclaimed chef (such as Jacques Pepin). This year, Top Chef champion Michael Voltaggio was up against stiff competition: Top Chef Masters winner Rick Bayless!
Host Sissy Biggers announced the theme was "sexy vegetables." Just like on the show, the two contenders drew knives to determine their main ingredients: Rick drew "surf," which meant whole lobsters, while Michael took "turf," which equated to rack of lamb.
They were also given leftover ingredients from previous cooking demos to work with and one sous chef each (Michael's was the fun and feisty actress Allison Janney). Rick Bayless stunned the judges with a roasted tomatillo salsa-topped lobster and potato course; meanwhile, Michael Voltaggio wowed the crowd with his frozen sangria starter and seared lamb loin and eggplant crostini with tomato seed "caviar."
See the two chefs in action — and find out the winner of the quickfire! — when you read on.
Adam Brody made his way around the New Rochelle, NY, set of The Oranges yesterday with the help of a scooter, while his costar Leighton Meester was content to walk. In the movie, Adam's character falls in love with Leighton's, but in real life, both stars are single. She's fresh off a breakup from Sebastian Stan, though you guys don't think their split had anything to do with Robert Pattinson. Adam and Leighton are stars of two of our favorite teen shows of all time, and we're already excited to see their chemistry up on the big screen.
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Away We Go starts with a sex scene. There's no nudity, it's not overtly graphic, but it's unexpected and a bit jarring. It's certainly not the overture I was predicting. But just as I was starting to get uncomfortable, the moment becomes quite humorous. The hilarity of the scene is grounded in the screenplay (which was written by Dave Eggers and his wife Vendela Vida), but brought to life by John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph. Known for their respective work on The Office and Saturday Night Live, the duo's comedic chops may not come as a surprise, but here these two are playing it pretty straitlaced. It's this juxtaposition that makes the film so good — seeing funny people playing serious roles with serious situations that end up being funny.
It's a formula that's worked before. As I guessed from the trailer, the film is very similar in tone to Garden State and Juno. All three are quirky little gems with heavy subject matters and great soundtracks (seriously, check out Alexi Murdoch if you haven't already). If I had to fault the film with anything, it would be that it didn't feel particularly fresh, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable.
To learn more about the film, and its cool costars, read more