Yes, This Is Where I Leave You is another family dramedy, but it’s definitely worth catching this weekend. Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, and Jane Fonda star in an ensemble film that makes us reflect on our own lives and families (and wish they were a tad bit crazier).
Adapted from a best-selling novel, the story takes familiar story lines — wacky moms, old flames, a cheating ex, and frustrating sex lives — to new levels, while also incorporating struggles we all go through, like finding one’s “purpose” in life. As this oversized family prepares to hunker down for some long overdue family time, there’s a genuine tone we can get behind — plus, a tremendous cast.
If you can’t decide whether or not it’s worth the .25 (give or take a few dollars), allow these notes to help you out.
1. You will fall in love with Adam Driver. If you haven’t already.
In a departure from his somewhat douchey Girls character, Adam plays the youngest brother of the clan, Phillip, who gives zero fucks about anything — but still has undeniable charm. In one of his prouder moments he uses a baby monitor to listen to his brother and sister-in-law having sex in a house full of guests. For some reason, we could see him being this way in real life.
2. Connie Britton rules as the ultimate cougar.
Britton’s character, a therapist named Tracy, dates Phillip, even though he’s clearly much too young and immature for her. You’ll love seeing Britton as this uncertain character who can’t seem to take her own advice (ironic, since she’s a therapist) — a sincere departure from the strong females we’ve seen her portray on Friday Night Lights and American Horror Story.
No matter what kind of character Britton plays, we’ll always have extreme hair envy. Watch her reveal her own hair-spiration, below.
Tanqueray Has Your Cocktail for the Weekend, Kim Kardashian Will Be on American Dad + More in Today’s Last Lap
Tanqueray wants you to get sassy this weekend, Kim Kardashian is ready to put her acting skills to the test, Ryan Gosling is already an amazing dad, and more in today’s Last Lap.
- Kim Kardashian will guest star on American Dad this weekend. [Naughty but Nice Rob]
- Ryan Gosling is reportedly a “very hands on” dad, changing diapers and videotaping precious moments with his daughter. [E!]
- Kendall Jenner got a dose of model Mean Girls during New York Fashion Week. [InTouch]
- Disney’s official website for Into the Woods has removed the published character names since reports claim names have been altered for the movie. [Playbill]
- FX‘s gives us a peak of what makes it the “Best Network of the Year.”
- Honey Boo Boo‘s parents call it quits. [People]
- Rosie O’Donnell slams Mayim Bialik for criticizing Frozen. [US Weekly]
- Start your weekend right with the simple yet refreshing Sassy Stepsister, a combination of Tanqueray and Once Upon a Vine Sauvignon Blanc. Here’s what you need and how to make it:
5 Basil leaves
1 oz Lime juice
1 oz Tanqueray gin
3/4 oz Simple syrup
2 oz Once Upon a Vine Lost Slipper Sauvignon Blanc
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and strain into a glass full of ice.
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It’s been a strange week for Nick Cannon. Ever since the tabloids revealed — and then he later confirmed — that he and Mariah Carey were headed for a divorce, the actor and one time singer has been subject of a lot of press. Among the highlights: his plan to make Amber Rose a star, questions about his net worth and million shoes, and rumors about hanging with Toni Braxton.
Let’s break down all the drama, shall we?
Nick Cannon’s New Daydream: Amber Rose
Causing a stir this week was news that Cannon is Rose’s new manager and responsible for landing her a new TV series and book deal. Kanye West’s former muse and Wiz Khalifa’s baby mama was recently signed to Cannon’s management company, NCredible Entertainment.
“I’m putting Amber on TV,” one headline screamed, as if to suggest Cannon was focused on one incredibly arduous mission to make the former model a star.
According to the Daily Mail, this is all part of Cannon’s plan to stay focused on his career amid his split from Carey. He’s has to make the deals if he plans to pay the bills.
Those Shoes Aren’t Made of Glitter, They’re Made of Diamonds
Speaking of bills, it looks like Cannon is much more savvy than we realized. The America’s Got Talent host’s financial set up is now under scrutiny thanks to the impending divorce from Carey. And Cannon didn’t do himself any favors by showing off a pair of million custom Jason Arasheben diamond shoes during the AGT finale.
With Carey’s most recent album sales stalling, you know her divorce lawyers are going to go after every last diamond on those slippers.
Does Cannon Have Emotions for Toni Braxton?
I hear Cannon has been hanging out with Braxton. The two were seen laughing at Get Lucky for Lupus’ charity event. They’ve been inseparable ever since — well the last part’s not totally true. The singer presented Cannon with an award, and all eyes were on Braxton as she showed some skin in a strapless, leather bustier. (Thanks for suffering through that rough Mean Girls reference.)
Talking about making an unlucky impression on Cannon. No way to explain that one to Mimi.
In other Cannon news, the star returns to VH1 with the original film, Drumline: A New Beat, premiering in October.
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New York Times television critic Alessandra Stanley wasted no time addressing Shonda Rhimes‘ race in a piece on the upcoming ABC series, How To Get Away with Murder: “When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called ‘How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman.’”
Stanley writes that Murder, starring two-time Oscar nominee Viola Davis, is the latest Rhimes vehicle to feature a “powerful, intimidating black woman” as its central character. While executive produced by Rhimes and Betsy Beers, the series was created by Peter Nowalk (a white man).
With her hand in yet another prominent television series, Rhimes — who created Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Scandal — is one of the most powerful women in Hollywood. As many were already scratching their heads at Stanley’s piece, she responded directly to the article in question on Twitter Friday morning:
Confused why @nytimes critic doesn't know identity of CREATOR of show she's reviewing. @petenowa did u know u were "an angry black woman"?
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) September 19, 2014
@shondarhimes Maybe there’s a class we can take. So much to learn. Sigh.
— Pete Nowalk (@petenowa) September 19, 2014
Final thing: (then I am gonna do some yoga): how come I am not “an angry black woman” the many times Meredith (or Addison!) rants? @nytimes
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) September 19, 2014
Wait. I’m” angry” AND a ROMANCE WRITER?!! I’m going to need to put down the internet and go dance this one out. Because ish is getting real.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) September 19, 2014
Rhimes’ cast members also shared thoughts on Twitter.
Wow. Did I just read a @nytimes piece that reduced my brilliant, creative, compassionate, thoughtful, badass boss to an “angry black woman?”
— Joshua Malina (@JoshMalina) September 19, 2014
Dance it out, @shondarhimes. Dance it out.
— Katie Lowes (@KatieQLowes) September 19, 2014
Dear @nytimes http://t.co/20dzCSLKsx AND http://t.co/VJQ7n0Ujdn You're welcome. Love, K-Dub
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) September 19, 2014
For those who are keeping score, Stanley has a history of controversial opinions and notable public missteps.
ABC’s ShondaLand Thursdays kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 25 with the season premieres of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, and the series premiere of How To Get Away with Murder.
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Angelina Jolie Helps Raise Breast Cancer Awareness, Kendra Wilkinson Confronts Hank Baskett About Cheating Scandal + More of Today’s First Dibs
Angelina Jolie‘s own experience with breast cancer has inspired women to get themselves tested, Kendra Wilkinson cries to Hank Baskett about his affair, Amy Adams is already getting Oscar buzz, and more of today’s First Dibs.
- Since Angelina Jolie went public with her preventive double mastectomy, the number of British women getting breast-cancer gene tests has doubled. [Marie Claire]
- A sobbing Kendra Wilkinson confronted husband Hank Baskett about his affair on camera. [Radar Online]
- The Big Eyes trailer has people talking about another Oscar nomination for Amy Adams. [Huffington Post]
- A post promoting the iPhone 6 appeared briefly on Joan Rivers‘ Facebook page, resulting from a pre-negotiated deal with Apple. [TMZ]
- The first person to make the iPhone 6 purchase in Australia accidentally dropped it during an interview.
- Are The View co-hosts Rosie O’Donnell and Nicolle Wallace off to a rocky start already? [E!]
- Gwyneth Paltrow‘s method of bringing her kids to school is under scrutiny. [NY Post]
- Prince Harry makes us swoon yet again by being adorable with a five-year-old girl. [Today]
- Watch Jason Segel freak out over a “naked” man on Ellen. [Gossip Cop]
Why so scared, Jason? When it comes to his own nudity, the Sex Tape star is fearless, having dropped trou in numerous films. Watch him talk about getting intimate on camera, and reveal his favorite sex position, below.
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Following eight years on Saturday Night Live, Bill Hader is stepping out on his own with his first leading role in the Sundance hit, The Skeleton Twins, which opens nationwide in theaters on Sept. 19. In the film, Hader plays Milo, a depressed gay man who attempts suicide and later returns home to stay with his twin sister played by Kristen Wiig. The film is the first time the two have shared a screen since both appeared on SNL and the result is a mix of belly laughs, twisted humor, and tender moments only shared by two actors who have worked together for nearly a decade.
The former sketch artist — most famous for the snide Weekend Update Correspondent Stefon — talked to VH1 about taking on a more serious role, finding joy in such dark material, and forming a deeper bond with Wiig.
VH1: How would you describe your portrayal of Milo in The Skeleton Twins?
Bill Hader: I don’t know — that’s an interesting one — I don’t know how to do it. You just do your homework and you do a lot of research. You want to make it feel like someone who’s lived in character and that goes into the wardrobe, my haircut, and the band t-shirts I’m wearing. If I’m in a movie, what kind of music does he listen to? And take in little things in people that I know in my life and you do all this kind of research and you get there and you put all this stuff on. You know, you wear the wardrobe and you get on set and whatever Kristen’s doing or what [Luke] Wilson’s doing or like what’s Boyd [Holbrook]’s doing — I’m just reacting to them. So once you’re doing it, it’s not like a conscious thing if that makes sense, you just kind of react to the person.
The role has been described as serious but it’s not a serious part. It’s still funny.
Yeah it is funny and it’s much more grounded. But it is still very funny, which is a surprise to be quite frank, cause we were working at Saturday Night Live. And when you work there it’s all very kind of hard jokes and there’s a different type of tone. It was interesting.
You actually filmed this movie while you were still a cast member on SNL. Was this a reaction to what you were doing on the show at the time?
It wasn’t any sort of reaction to SNL, it was more of just wanting to expand your horizon and try something different. And I definitely was performing comedy and it was sketch comedy but I will say that while I was doing The Skeleton Twins, it was just all new work and it was very rewarding. My wife said that was the happiest she’s seen me coming home from a job because it was just all new stuff and it was a new way of working. And to get to work with Kristen, and to let our actual relationship over lay the relationship between Maggie and Milo was really fun — but it was very smart and very shrewd.
Since you mentioned the relationship between you and Kristen, and being on SNL together, was there a discussion to make sure it didn’t feel like you two weren’t just acting out one long sketch?
I mean it was all in the script. There was no way we could do that ’cause the script was so good. And the tone of it was so much implied in the script that Craig [Johnson] and Mark Heyman wrote. That was never a concern. And from meeting Craig too and just getting an idea of what kind of movie he wanted, what kind of movies he was talking about and that he liked and he kind of compared it to the different types of performance.
You’ve worked with Kristen now a number of times. How has your dynamic changed over the years?
It doesn’t change. You just get to know someone better. It’s nice because you’re comfortable failing in front of each other, and you can be vulnerable around each other, and that grows the longer you know each other and the more you work with each other. We got very close doing this movie, just by the nature of the part and playing siblings. It was a very short shoot — there wasn’t a lot of money — and it was a million dollar movie shot in 20 days. Because of that, you’re in the trenches and you only have two or three days to nail things and there are a lot of emotional things in it and you’re really there for each other to help each other out.
After Kristen left SNL she took on a lot of darker roles. Was there any discussion about her post-SNL career and what she was doing to move beyond the show?
No, not really. I mean, it all just kind of boils down to movies we would want to see. And Kristen and I have very similar tastes, I think and just the kind of movies we like. She was in Loomis Fargo — Lorne Michaels is producing it with Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson, and Jared Hess is directing it — it’s a big comedy. This is not to say I don’t like comedy anymore or any of those things, it’s just would I go see this? And Kristen’s an actor and she’s very excited about the role and I feel the same way — it’s just kind of whatever the part is. I think some people — after you get the lead role in something, you know, this is the biggest role I’ve had in a movie — it’s like now you have the lead, you only do lead roles now. That’d be nice but sometimes something comes around that’s more of a supporting role but it’s just too good of a movie and too good of a part — you want to go do it.
Up Next: Hader on the biggest challenge when making The Skeleton Twins and his SNL characters.
Like any good origin story, Fox’s upcoming series Gotham is tasked with showing viewers how many iconic DC Comics characters that they know and love came to be. In addition to good guys like Detective James Gordon (Benjamin McKenzie) and a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), the mysterious metropolis is filled with plenty of villains-in-the-making. Meet Edward Nygma, the quirky Gotham police department employee who has a tendency to turn every task into a riddle. Working as a coroner gives him a close proximity to heinous crimes, but actor Cory Michael Smith swears he’s just trying to help — initially. “Edward is helping Gotham City — he’s just a guy trying to do his job,” Smith says, describing Edward’s transition to the darker side as a process. “These people are human and how they get to be evil and villainous and do horrible things, there’s like actual humanity behind it and there’s something that drives people to these places.”
While he always seems to have a goofy smile on his face, his colleagues are less enthused by his behavior. Get to know more about Edward, Gotham‘s future Riddler, from Smith and the cast before the series premieres on Monday night.
[Photo Credit: FOX]
Matthew McConaughey Won’t Return for Magic Mike Sequel, Khloe Kardashian May Be Getting Back with Lamar Odom + More of Today’s First Dibs
Magic Mike XXL director confirms the absence of Matthew McConaughey, Khloe Kardashian may be reconciling with Lamar Odom, Saturday Night Live gets a familiar face to announce the show, and more of today’s First Dibs.
- Sorry, ladies, but we won’t be seeing Matthew McConaughey (or his delicious abs) in Magic Mike XXL. [Time]
- Is Khloe Kardashian thinking about reuniting with Lamar Odom? [Naughty but Nice Rob]
- Saturday Night Live‘s longest tenured cast member, Darrell Hammond, will return to replace the late Don Pardo as the show’s announcer. [Just Jared]
- Melissa Rivers will give a tribute to her late mother Joan Rivers on Fashion Police. [Harpers Bazaar]
- Kate Middleton cancels a trip to Malta due to morning sickness. [Access Hollywood]
- As his days playing professional baseball are dwindling, Derek Jeter ventures around the Bronx to the sounds of Frank Sinatra in this new Gatorade ad.
- The 7th Heaven cast reunited for the first time in eight years. [TV Guide]
- Robin Williams‘ Dead Poets Society co-star Ethan Hawke opens up about the star’s depression on set. [Breathe Cast]
- Aubrey Plaza will voice Grumpy Cat in Lifetime’s Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever. [MTV]
- Ben Affleck admits to counting cards at a Las Vegas casino. [Details]
Even though he won’t be reprising his role as Dallas, McConaughey’s performance in Magic Mike will always have a place in our hearts. Watch the Oscar winner talk about some of his most memorable roles, in the video below.
[Photo Credit: Warner Bros.]
A middle school math teacher won big on Wheel of Fortune Wednesday night, taking home million in prize money. Sarah Manchester, a 42-year-old Takoma Park Middle School teacher from the D.C.-area, correctly solved the final puzzle, becoming the third person in the show’s history to win the top prize money. And as you can see from her face above, she was stunned.
While there have been many epic game show struggles throughout the years, Manchester was completely calm while delivering the correct answer of “Loud Laughter” in the bonus round. She only lost her cool when host Pat Sajak opened up an envelope to reveal her million prize. Luckily, her surprise face is on par with that of Taylor Swift. Watch it all go down, above.
Ryan Gosling Cried After Seeing His Newborn Daughter, Peyton Manning Has Benefited from Legal Marijuana + More in Today’s Last Lap
Ryan Gosling teared up after the birth of his daughter, Peyton Manning isn’t fighting the legalization of marijuana anytime soon, Jennifer Lawrence is Chris Martin‘s number one fan, and more in today’s Last Lap.
- Ryan Gosling was reportedly “in tears” when he saw his baby for the first time. [Hollywood Gossip]
- Peyton Manning says his pizza business has benefited from Colorado legalizing marijuana. [Bleacher Report]
- Jennifer Lawrence supported her man Chris Martin by “singing every song” at a Coldplay concert. [E!]
- Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith joins the film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. [THR]
- New posters for Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar starring Matthew McConaughey have been released. [The Film Stage]
- The Grey’s Anatomy cast channel their inner Orange Is the New Black characters. [The Wrap]
- Tom Brady posts his pre-NFL resume when he attended University of Michigan. [College Spun]
- Seth Rogen, Adam McKay, and Ben Schwartz join forces for a new comedy. [EW]
- Ellen Page talks about castration in W‘s “New Royals” issue. [Naughty but Nice Rob]
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- There Are Only 5 Things You Need To Know About This Is Where I Leave You
- Tanqueray Has Your Cocktail for the Weekend, Kim Kardashian Will Be on American Dad + More in Today’s Last Lap
- This Week in WTF: Nick Cannon and His Emancipation from Mimi
- Shonda Rhimes Does Not Appreciate Being Called an “Angry Black Woman” by New York Times TV Critic
- Angelina Jolie Helps Raise Breast Cancer Awareness, Kendra Wilkinson Confronts Hank Baskett About Cheating Scandal + More of Today’s First Dibs