Last night was the final episode in one of the greatest shows we've ever watched. We said goodbye to Parks and Recreation after 7 incredible seasons. We're still drying our eyes after that finale. Watching the cast tell each other how much they love each other on Late Night With Seth Meyers didn't help with the tears.
What's even cuter (and made us ugly cry hard) is that they all sang "Bye, Bye Li'l Sebastian" together:
Featuring Chris Pratt on guitar! We'll miss them even more than we miss Li'l Sebastian.
We're not alone in our sadness after saying goodbye:
If you need me today, I'm probably crying about Parks. #ParksFarewell
— Alice Z. (@_thebookthief_) February 25, 2015
So many tears last night and today and every day without Parks and Rec:
Here we go...About to start #ParksFarewell #OneLastRide I'm in a public venue, which will help with the crying.
— Eric D. Ramsey (@EricRamseyToGo) February 25, 2015
The Stages of Grief As I Watched @ParksandRecNBC's Series Finale. #ParksFarewell http://t.co/vuIu12Os0l pic.twitter.com/V1wu51UP6M
— Kristina Uriegas (@TweeValleyHigh) February 25, 2015
IM CRYING IM WATCHING PARKS AND RECREATION FINALE I AM LITERALLY #ParksFarewell pic.twitter.com/38H5aydWqn
— Faezrin (@faezrin) February 25, 2015
Other celebs/show creators showed their respect and are sad to see it end as well:
Life without Donna Meagle will never be the same. Congrats on an unforgettable character, lady. @unfoRETTAble #ParksFarewell
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) February 25, 2015
Wrapped and just got home, gonna watch some #ParksandRec like everyone should. Congrats to the writers, cast and crew. #PawneeForever
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) February 25, 2015
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The Leslie Knope quotes are in full force to handle the pain:
"Everything hurts and I'm dying" #ParksFarewell
— Space Oddity (@dontbeasquare_) February 25, 2015
Anne, your rainbow infused space unicorn. Anne, you beautiful sassy mannequin come to life. Anne, you opalescent tree shark. #ParksFarewell
— Laura Simons (@lo_simonsx11) February 25, 2015
As sad as everyone may be to see it end, we can all agree it was an great run and the best ending we could have hoped for:
Teared up several times, it was fantastic. So sad it is over but so thankful for such a great show! #ParksandRecFinale #ParksFarewell
— brittany♔ (@ainodino) February 25, 2015
Parks showed us how beautiful life and humanity really are. We're sad it's over but so grateful it happened. #ParksFarewell @parksandrecnbc
— Alex Hanna (@alhanna92) February 25, 2015
I don't think I've ever cried and laughed harder in a single hour than in the Parks finale. An unbelievably perfect goodbye. #ParksFarewell
— Alex Hanna (@alhanna92) February 25, 2015
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So Mindy dropped a bomb on us last week during The Mindy Project. Our favorite, fashionable OBGYN is preggers! With Danny’s baby! While we’re all for a baby Castellano (can you imagine the tiny red reading glasses?!), we couldn’t help but feel this “twist” was a little…too obvious? The surprise pregnancy plotline has been done in countless other TV shows – sometimes as a jump-the-shark moment (read: the writers have run out of ideas) and other times as a way to write an actress’ real-life pregnancy into the show. Either way, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. And fans generally love it or hate it - no inbetween.
Mindy’s situation is unique because, as Mindy Kaling told EW.com, the writers have been talking about this pregnancy storyline since season one. The unplanned pregnancy was indeed planned. And, Kaling said, it will only motivate Mindy more in her career. Smart, successful, ambitious Mindy isn’t going away, folks! We’re tentatively hopeful it’ll all work out – that is, as soon as she tells Danny.
On the flip side, another Fox comedy, New Girl, has decided not to write Zooey Deschanel’s real-life pregnancy into the show. Thank God for small miracles. Can you imagine all of them in that loft with a BABY? Though we have to admit Schmidt would make an amazing godfather.
And now we present some shows that have handled the pregnancy twist with varying degrees of success.
Bones: Hate It
After years of sexual tension buildup, we didn’t even get to see the Brennan/Booth hookup. We weren’t even sure they’d done it, until Brennan suddenly announced she was pregnant. HUHWUH?
Parks & Recreation: Love It
Here’s how to completely call out the ridiculousness of the pregnancy plot twist and play into it at the same time – at the end of last season, Leslie Knope revealed she was pregnant…with TRIPLETS.
Mad Men: Love It
When January Jones became pregnant in real life Mad Men didn’t write it into the show, instead they made Betty get fat. It was hilarious – and also a really elaborate way to hide an on-screen pregnancy. We kinda miss Fat Betty.
Nashville: Love It
Nashville wrote Hayden Panettiere's pregnancy into her character's storyline. It definitely made Juliette's life more complicated and more drama on Nashville can only be a good thing, we suppose.
King of Queens: Hate It
Probably one of the worst instances of trying to hide a pregnancy on television. It was so obvious Leah Remini was preggers that they should have just written it into the show. It's almost like they didn't even try to conceal it!
The Office: Love It
It took Jim and Pam forever to get together, but once they did, they sure didn't waste any time! It only made sense for these two to start a family.
Hart of Dixie: On the Fence
The show turned Rachel Bilson's pregnancy into an unexpected life change for her character, Zoe. We're still waiting to see how this one plays out.
So what do you think? Pregnancy twist: love it or hate it? Which shows did it well and which shows didn't? Let us know!
Director Paul Feig has teased fans with his latest Ghostbusters casting coup, hinting that Melissa Mccarthy and Kristen Wiig will star in the highly-anticipated revamp. The Bridesmaids filmmaker took to Twitter.com on Tuesday (27Jan15) and simply posted a photo collage of his leading ladies and Saturday Night Live stars Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, with no caption explaining the tweet.
The mysterious post came shortly after news suggesting the quartet is in final negotiations for the all-female remake of the sci-fi classic.
McCarthy has long been rumoured to be a frontrunner for the film, and this will mark her fourth collaboration with Feig, who directed her in The Heat, upcoming movie Spy, and Bridesmaids.
Meanwhile, McKinnon has been a Saturday Night Live regular since 2012 and she was nominated for an Emmy Award last year (14), while Jones joined the SNL cast in 2014 and recently appeared in comedian Chris Rock's film Top Five.
Feig has reteamed with The Heat screenwriter Katie Dippold for the Ghostbusters project, which Ivan Reitman, who directed the original 1984 Ghostbusters and its 1989 sequel, will produce.
The movie is expected to start shooting this summer (15), with original Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd slated to return.
Parks & Recreation begins it’s seventh and final season Tuesday (January 13) and we can’t help but already feel a little nostalgic for all the things Leslie Knope and the citizens of Pawnee have given us over the years. We’ll never hear the name “Tammy” and not think of Ron Swanson. We’ll forever use “treat yo’ self” as an excuse to go shopping. And we’ll always ship Leslie and Ben. To use Chris Traeger’s favorite word, we will LITERALLY miss this show so much.
1. Ron Swanson’s mustache.
We’re convinced it contains the secrets to the universe.
2. Jean-Ralphio singing things.
No one was better at setting random sentences to melody.
3. Treat Yo Self.
The best way to justify unnecessary purchases.
4. Jerry being Jerry…or is it Gary?
Wait no, it's Larry, right?
5. Leslie Knope’s love of waffles.
6. Ben Wyatt’s butt.
Leslie was right, it is a cute butt.
7. Donna’s sass.
At least we still have Retta’s live tweets.
8. April’s sarcasm.
Deep down we know she really did care.
The most successful of Tom’s many business ventures. R.I.P Entertainment 360.
10. Scenes at the Snakehole.
11. LITERALLY every time Chris Traeger said LITERALLY.
Because it was literally the best.
12. The Tammys.
Never was there a more terrifying twosome.
13. Andy’s slapstick.
Chris Pratt will always be loveable dimwit Andy to us, no matter how many big blockbuster movies he stars in.
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15. Leslie’s crush on Joe Biden.
Because we’re pretty sure she’s the only one with a crush on Joe Biden.
Apps, tray-trays, and zerts forever.
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The final season of Parks and Recreation is about to premiere, and we're not ready for the beloved comedy to end. We're going to miss the residents of Pawnee so much, it's going to take a huge amount of breakfast food to console us. Season 7 is set in 2017, but before we head to the future, we're taking a look back at our favorite episodes from seasons past. It was literally the hardest decision ever to narrow it down, but we channeled our inner Leslie Knope and powered through.
20. "Woman of the Year" - Season 2
Our introduction to the best recurring character, Jean-Ralphio.
19. "End of the World" - Season 4
A touching episode about what the characters would do if this was their last day on Earth.
18. "Flu Season 2" - Season 6
We learn that there are Knope-Wyatt babies on the way!
17. "Halloween Surprise" - Season 5
Tears of happiness from Ben's proposal, and tears of laughter from Jerry's fart attack.
16. "Moving Up: Part 2" - Season 6 finale
It would have been the perfect series finale, but we're so thankful that there's more to come.
15. "Media Blitz" - Season 3
This episode features Ben Wyatt at his most awkward, which is saying a lot.
14. "The Debate" - Season 4
Leslie's moving speech made us wish we could actually vote for her.
13. "Telethon" - Season 2
When Leslie is sleep-deprived, she is even more zany than usual.
12. "Harvest Festival" - Season 3
The episodes where the whole team comes together to accomplish something are the most heartwarming.
11. "Win, Lose, or Draw" - Season 4
We get to see Leslie achieve her dream of being elected a city councilwoman.
10. "The Trial of Leslie Knope" - Season 4
Ben and Leslie decide they don't want to hide their love anymore, and it's adorable.
9. "Li'l Sebastian" - Season 3
When we sadly had to say goodbye to our favorite miniature horse.
8. "The Comeback Kid" - Season 4
Watching the whole gang slip on the ice is hysterical.
7. "Hunting Trip" - Season 2
The funniest gun safety lesson we know of.
6. "Ron and Tammy" - Season 2
We see a completely different side of Ron when he rekindles an extremely dysfunctional relationship.
5. "Leslie and Ben" - Season 5
We can't imagine a more perfect wedding for an amazing couple.
4. "Pawnee Rangers" - Season 4
Our lives were never the same after learning about "Treat Yo Self" day.
3. "Fancy Party" - Season 3
April and Andy’s relationship might have moved fast, but it ended up working out great for them.
2. "Flu Season" - Season 3
Delirious Leslie is hilarious, but she still gets the job done.
1. "The Fight" - Season 3
The Snake Juice scene is iconic, and shows why Parks and Rec has one of the best comedic casts on TV.
New Year's Eve always proves to be the most stressful night of the entire year. Between deciding who to spend this monstrously important evening with, formulating a plan for an actual activity, and, someone help us, what to wear, the night ends up being destroyed by stress before it even begins. In our experience, the pain of preparation outweighs the fun we have, so this year, we're decidedly ringing in 2015 with a bottle of wine and movies about people having a worse time than we are.
Everyone on board the Poseidon (The Poseidon Adventure & Poseidon)
No matter what your NYE plans are, they will not end as disastrously as these people's. They board a luxury ocean liner heading across the Atlantic Ocean that encounters a rogue wave, capsizing the ship. Water floods through the windows, and most of the ship's passengers die in the fabulous ballroom where they were partying just moments ago. We bet that $500 open bar is looking pretty good right about now.
Michelle Tanner (Full House)
Queen of Speaking Truths, Michelle Tanner is understandably frustrated as she tries to grasp the appeal of this blasted holiday. Stay up way past your bedtime just to feel alone and make out with your dog? Whhhhyyyy?????
Bridget Jones (Bridget Jones's Diary)
Bridget may not be having a worse holiday than you are, but she's at least having one that's just as bad. Her booze-soaked Celine-Dion-singing evening is exactly how we envision our New Year's Eve going down (don't judge!), and for that, we love her. Plus, when your resolution involves losing 20 pounds (obviously), properly discarding last night's panties, and avoiding romantic attachments to alcoholics, workaholics, commitment phobics, peeping toms, megalomaniacs, emotional fuckwits, or perverts...you're an ideal NYE BFF.
This sledge hammer (Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest)
Though not technically a person, we still would not trade places with this construction tool under any circumstances imaginable. Only Jenny McCarthy could make us envy the unfortunate sledge hammer Miley licked.
"Little" Bill Thompson (Boogie Nights)
William H. Macy's character in Paul Thomas Anderson's Golden Age of Porn drama is often embarrassed by his porn star wife engaging in public sexual acts with other men, usually asking him to just let her do her thing. At a NYE party marking the year 1980, Bill walks in on his wife and her lover, calmly procures a gun, and then shoots both of them before turning the gun on himself. While we may have wanted to "shoot ourselves" from the stress of the night, we think he's having a much worse night than most of us.
Chandler Bing (Friends)
Your favorite sarcastic Friend, Chandler, is openly desperate where most of us just silently suffer. As midnight rolls around, he so pines for affection and validation that he jumps up and down demanding some action. NYE lesson to be learned: be careful what you wish for.
Ted (Four Rooms)
Tim Roth plays a hotel bellhop on his first night of work as he navigates through four different stories, directed by Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez, and Quentin Tarantino. He deals with witches who need his semen (Anders' segment), reluctantly becomes a part of a married couple's hostage fantasy (Rockwell's), is stabbed with a syringe by children he's forced to babysit who set the room on fire before discovering a dead prostitute in the bed (Rodriguez's), and is finally paid to chop off a man's finger (Tarantino's). Needless to say, your night is looking a bit better.
Miranda Hobbes and Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City: The Movie)
These usually fabulous ladies had a bummer of a New Year's Eve. After learning that Steve cheated on Miranda and a disaster of a wedding attempt by Carrie and Big, the ladies opted for a depressing night in, each alone (though Miranda was with one of our best friends, Chinese food, while Carrie as with our other bestie, bed). Their nights may start out depressing, but they helped us realize that you're never alone as long as you have a best friend and a fiiiieeerce pajama/mink outfit combo.
Monica (200 Cigarettes)
Monica is determined to throw an amazing party, but when nobody shows up at first, she becomes upset and a bit desperate. She does the only logical thing a person can do in that scenario: she gets so drunk that she passes out. Everyone ends up coming to her party, including Elvis Costello. She wakes up with a bunch of strangers on her floor and is thrilled, but her night positively sucked, if we do say so ourselves.
The entire cast of New Year's Eve
No matter what happens on New Year's, at least you didn't star in this awful movie. Just be thankful for that.
British actor Martin Freeman revisited his comedy roots this weekend (13-14Dec14) by combining his characters from TV sitcom The Office and blockbuster movie franchise The Hobbit for an hilarious sketch on America's Saturday Night Live. The 43 year old, who served as SNL's guest host, reprised his role as paper salesman Tim Canterbury in the original U.K. version of The Office, but gave his character a Tolkien twist by donning his shaggy wig and pointed ears from The Hobbit films in a segment titled The Office: Middle Earth.
The flashback sequence featured other SNL regulars dressed up as Middle Earth characters, including Bobby Moynihan as wizard Gandalf to portray company boss David Brent, who referred to Freeman as "Dildo Baggins", and Taran Killam, who played Gollum, complete with a high-pitched voice.
Other sketches involved Freeman playing a red-headed saxophone player, and a groom who attempted to wed a professional female basketball player, portrayed by Leslie Jones, much to the objection of the wedding party.
Freeman's appearance on SNL occurred in the lead up to the release of the final film in The Hobbit franchise, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, in which he plays Bilbo Baggins, the protagonist of author J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy books.
Actress Lena Dunham has recruited celebrity friends including Amy Poehler and Ellen Page to wear a T-shirt supporting America's Planned Parenthood campaign. The Girls star/creator teamed up with the women's rights group earlier this month (Oct14) as she went on a tour promoting her new book, Not That Kind of Girl.
The limited edition pink shirt that was sold during the tour is printed with the message 'Lena loves Planned Parenthood', and is available for purchase online, with all proceeds going towards the nonpartisan advocacy and political arm of the organisation.
With midterm elections looming in the U.S. on 4 November (14), Dunham called on some of her fellow female celebrities to share their support of sexual and reproductive health services to women across America.
Dunham took to her Instagram.com account on Thursday (30Oct14) to share photos of her friends posing for 'selfies' while wearing the shirt, including actresses Poehler, Page, Leslie Mann, Rashida Jones, Mindy Kaling, Gabrielle Union, America Ferrera, Girls co-star Jemima Kirke, and singers Sara Bareilles and Sara Quin.
Dunham even shared her own take on the snap by posting a topless photo of herself with the logo of 'Lena loves Planned Parenthood' covering her breasts.
It isn't Dunham's first collaboration with Planned Parenthood - last year (13) organisers handed her the Maggie Award for Media Excellence for promoting frank conversation about sexuality through her TV series, Girls.
In Hollywood, it’s not uncommon for the stars to meet on set and fall in love. Usually, it’s the leading man making the leading lady swoon. But actors and actresses aren’t the only ones who wind up together. Sometimes, it’s the director who gets the girl.
Kate Beckinsale and Len Wiseman
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Prior to her marriage, Beckinsale had been in a relationship with actor Michael Sheen for 8 years. But on the set of Underworld in 2003, she fell for her then-married director, Wiseman. The following year they were married. All parties involved, except Wiseman’s first wife, have said there was no infidelity. The couple have remained friends with Sheen, who starred alongside Beckinsale in Underworld. Aside from that franchise, Wiseman has also cast Beckinsale in his film, Total Recall.
Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann
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These two met on the set of the 1996 comedy film, The Cable Guy, which Apatow was producing. Since their 1997 marriage, Apatow has cast his wife in: The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Drillbit Taylor, Funny People, and This Is 40. Not only has his spouse appeared in his films, but their two daughters, Maude and Iris, have made it into a few films as Mann’s on-screen children.
Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson
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This couple met on the set of Jovovich’s most popular film, Resident Evil, in 2002 which Anderson was the director and producer for. The two dated first then had a child in 2007, before getting married in 2009, all while continuing to work on the franchise that brought them together. Anderson isn’t the first director Jovovich has wed. In 1997 she married her The Fifth Element director, Luc Besson, but divorced him two years later.
Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg
This Texas-born actress met Spielberg when she was cast as the female lead in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark, in 1984. The two married in 1991, after Spielberg’s controversial and costly divorce from his first wife, Amy Irving.
Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton
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The pair first connected during filming Planet of the Apes in 2001. While they’ve never actually gotten married, they’ve been a couple for the last 13 years and have 2 children together. Burton is not shy from having his partner in his films; Carter has appeared in: Big Fish, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland, and Dark Shadows.
British actor Timothy Spall has been tipped as an early Oscars contender after wowing critics at the Cannes International Film Festival with his portrayal of 19th century painter J.m.w. Turner in director Mike Leigh's new biopic. Mr. Turner, which documents the British artist's rise to prominence from the mid-1820s, premiered at the annual French festival on Thursday (15May14) and it opened to rave reviews, with The Hollywood Reporter's Leslie Felperin feting the Harry Potter star for his "masterful performance", branding the role one he was "born to play".
Awarding the film five out of five stars, The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw writes, "Every scene in this film is expertly managed; every comic line and funny moment adroitly presented and every performance given with intelligence and love. It is another triumph for Mike Leigh and for Timothy Spall."
Time Out's Dave Calhoun also gave Mr. Turner top marks, declaring it "an extraordinary film, all at once strange, entertaining, thoughtful and exciting", while The Telegraph's Robbie Collin hailed Spall for giving what is probably "the finest performance of his career", and Variety's Scott Foundas predicts the "exquisitely detailed, brilliantly-acted biopic" is "a natural awards contender".
The high praise for Mr. Turner, Leigh's first feature film in four years, has made the movie a hot favourite to win Cannes' prestigious Palme d'Or award, which will be handed out later this month (May14). Other movies in competition include Ken Loache's Jimmy's Hall, David Cronenberg's Map to the Stars and The Homesman, directed by actor Tommy Lee Jones.