Hilarious and high-spirited aptly described one of Hollywood's more endearing starlets, Eliza Coupe. The blonde-haired beauty first gained widespread notoriety for her portrayal of the mega-driven Den...
Actress Eliza Coupe had a very special reason to celebrate Christmas - she became a wife on 24 December (14). The Happy Endings star wed fiance Darin Olien in New Zealand on Wednesday.
The 33 year old broke the news to followers, fans and friends on Instagram.com by posting a photo of her hand clutching her new husband's with both of their bands clearly visible.
She captioned the shot, "Why not get married on Christmas Eve in New Zealand? Happy Holidays! Love, The Oliens."
Coupe announced her engagement to Olien over the Thanksgiving holiday in November (14).
This is her second marriage - she was previously wed to Randall Whittinghill from 2007 to 2013.
"I was probably approaching 15 or 16... I was actually like... 'I'm gonna be an actress... This is gonna happen!' I've since moved on... It's gonna be hard for him." Actress Eliza Coupe used to carry around a laminated photo of her teenage crush Leonardo DiCaprio.
Actress Eliza Coupe celebrated Thanksgiving Day (27Nov14) by becoming engaged. The star's boyfriend Darin Olien proposed on Thursday (27Nov14) and she said yes.
She took to Twitter.com to share the happy news, writing, "I am thankful to have found someone with bigger hands than my mammoth man mitts. It's a rare thing. I love you @darin_olien #thanksgiving (sic)."
The 33 year old later added a photo of herself and her new fiance.
Coupe was previously married to acting coach Randall Whittinghill from 2007 to 2013.
It might not be as glamorous as Cannes or as cool as Sundance, but the Los Angeles Film Festival has just as much to offer as its larger counterparts. Between high-profile premieres of blockbuster films, international competition entries and some of the most exciting indies around all premiering at LAFF every year, there's plenty to pay attention to. But if you were unfortunate enough to let the this year's fest — which ran from June 11 to 19 — we've got you covered with a rundown of the most talked-about films to premiere at LAFF, and what the critics are saying about them. Now you can make all of your friends think you're cooler than you actually are.
They Came Together The Amy Poehler/Paul Rudd romantic comedy you’ve been waiting for is less about the relationship between the central couple, Joel (Rudd) and Molly (Poehler), and more about skewering every last trope of the genre. Written and directed by Wet Hot American Summer’s David Wain, the film lovingly parodies the traits, characters, conversations, and comically large apartments that appear in every rom com ever made, while allowing two funny, good looking people to fall in love in an entertaining way.
“The script’s on-the-nose descriptions of each character (as described by the characters themselves) actually works to frame them as self-aware people forced to play out roles we have seen before and allows the hilarious cast to play within those lines. Poehler and Rudd have a natural chemistry that makes them believable as the two leads in love, but their comedy also blends well making it clear they are having fun with each other and the characters they are playing.” – Allison Loring, Film School Rejects
"Wain leads his well-known cast through spoofs of such classics as When Harry Met Sally, Annie Hall, The Graduate and the sharp-elbowed comedies of Tracy and Hepburn. Each gag makes you wish you were watching the original, although a clench between Joel and his grandmother (Lynn Cohen) that almost leads to incestuous coupling deserves credit for sheer audacity. Most of the time, however, the actors on the screen seem to be having much more fun than the audience will." - David D'Arcy, Screen Daily
Cut Bank A small town crime drama set in Cut Bank, Montana that centers on a former high school football star (Liam Hemsworth) desperate to find a way out of his town. After he accidentally films the murder of the town mailman, he is offered a reward that would give him enough money to leave for good, but things aren't a simple as they seem, and he finds himself caught in a tangled web of deception and danger.
"...Shakman lets the scenes unfurl with a clunky pace and little verve, simply exaggerating the irony and naivety in the town as his main go-to points. It only makes sense that [John] Malkovich’s sheriff has never fired his gun and carries an aversion to violence; likewise with Palmer, who itches non-stop after a Miss Cut Bank pageant title even while she wants nothing more than to skip town. Thankfully humor seeps in through the edges of the film and its characters, sometimes on purpose and other times not." - Charlie Schmidlin, The Playlist
Dear White People A satire of college movies that tackles race relations and privilege in society, Dear White People follows four students as an Ivy League university — golden boy Troy (Brandon P. Bell), activist radio host Samantha (Tessa Thompson), Colendra "Coco" Conners (Teyona Parris), who has dreams of being a reality TV star, and shy misfit Lionel Higgins (Tyler James Williams) — after a planned "African American"-themed party thrown by a group of white students starts a riot on campus.
"If it ultimately feels modestly edgy rather than shocking or dangerous, 'Dear White People' nonetheless provokes admiration for having bothered to ask some of the hard questions without pretending to know any of the answers. It also works as a fine showcase for its actors: Fleshing out characters that could have been little more than one-note mouthpieces, Williams, Thompson, Parris and Bell all make strong, distinctive impressions, with Thompson perhaps the standout as the film’s sharpest and most enigmatic figure." - Justin Chang, Variety
The Last Time You Had Fun With a cast full of comedians and sitcom alums, The Last Time You Had Fun puts a grown-up twist on the standard "wild night out" comedy. After Ida (Eliza Coupe) forces her sister Alison (Mary Elizabeth Ellis) to blow off some steam with her, they find themselves bickering and partying with Clark (Kyle Bornheimer) and the sweatpants-clad Will (Demetri Martin), as the four of them attempt to have the most fun that four older, dysfunctional adults could possibly have.
"Granted, the excesses of Bridesmaids or The Hangover are not essential to sparkling relationship comedy, but Fun lacks an edge, or even much of an attitude. Blandly risqué situations, featherweight banter and a hint of implied sexual impropriety have all the heft of an extended cable sitcom episode. Or maybe it’s the casting, which draws extensively on the TV comedy background of the four leads, who all acquit themselves adequately but can’t achieve sufficient character differentiation within the ensemble. Undistinguished locations, flat lighting and primarily static setups perpetuate the small-screen aesthetic, which at least bodes well for the film’s transition to home entertainment formats." - Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter
Echo Park The debut film from photographer Amanda Marsalis, Echo Park is a story about two people who come together "across cultural, economic and racial boundaries." Sophie (Mamie Gummer) is an unhappy housewife who moves from her Beverly Hills home to the up-and-coming neighborhood of Echo Park in order to shake up her predictable boring life, who finds herself drawn to Alex (Tony Okungbowa) after she buys his couch. But their burgeoning relationship might have to be put on hold, since he's about to leave for London...
"It’s Marsalis’ direction, and the fine performances from Gummer and Okungbowa that elevate the film above what it might have been, given the issues with the script and story that hover around the edges of cliché and stereotype (the worst offender: Sophie’s mother). While the dialogue, especially the scenes between Sophie and Alex, works well, the story beats are oddly laid out, rushing through some important character and relationship establishing moments, and dwelling too long in moments where the characters are making frustrating, selfish choices. Still, the end of the film avoids falling into the traditional romantic film trap, leading to a message that’s a bit more complicated and nuanced than expected." - Katie Walsh, IndieWire
Actress Casey Wilson has tied the knot with fiance David Caspe. The former Happy Endings actress and her new husband, show creator Caspe, wed on Sunday (25May14) at the Ojai Valley Inn in Ojai, California.
The couple exchanged vows in a traditional Jewish ceremony in front of 170 guests, including her former co-stars, Elisha Cuthbert, Eliza Coupe, Adam Pally, Zachary Knighton, and Damon Wayans Jr., as well as her former Saturday Night Live castmate Abby Elliott.
Wilson and Caspe shared the happy news with Us Weekly in a statement which reads: "David and I couldn't have been more excited to celebrate our special day with all of our closest friends and family. Oprah (Winfrey), sadly, was a no show. (Probably because we've never met. Maybe next time?)."
This autumn (14), Wilson stars in a new U.S. sitcom, Marry Me, which is loosely based on her relationship with Caspe.
Actress Eliza Coupe has agreed to hand her ex-husband $306,000 (£191,250) plus a monthly payment of $7,000 (£4,375) as part of their divorce settlement. The Happy Endings star's partner of five years, Randall Whittinghill, filed for divorce in July last year (13), citing irreconcilable differences.
He demanded spousal support from the funnywoman, and editors at TMZ.com report the former couple has now come to a financial agreement.
Couple has reportedly agreed to pay a lump sum of $306,000 plus a monthly spousal support payment of $7,000 for two years, or until Whittinghill remarries.
Now that The Neighbors has finished its second season run, fans are all a bit nervous about its propensity to return to ABC in the fall. The problem is that the show is on a network that is not known for being patient in terms of letting shows, particularly sitcoms, get past its growing pains.
The list of ABC comedies cut down before their due runs pretty long: Better Off Ted, Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23, Man Up!, Mr. Sunshine, and Happy Endings. While there are dramas that met the early axe, it seems like sitcoms have a much harder time sticking on the network. The main reason that ABC gives for getting rid of these shows is low ratings. That may be true, but they also seem to never take into account the fact that the landscape has shifted since the original three-network format. As such, other programs that proved to be formidable hits in their day might not even get the chance to blossom under this new regime. Would ABC have even let Family Matters reach the Steve Urkel stage with its present mentality?
To be fair, the other networks have been sometimes hasty on the trigger as well. Poor Matthew Perry was on an NBC show that didn't fare well either. CBS pulled a Cop Rock move on How to Be a Gentleman, sending it to the showers after only two episodes. But it just seems that the suits at ABC are the most impatient out of all of them.
The final answer to the question about why these sitcoms seem to be so short-lived: as someone once said, "Dying's easy. Comedy's hard!" It's such a broad spectrum and people have a wide range of senses of humor. What might send one person into fits of near-paralytic bouts of laughter might only elicit a chuckle from another. It's hard to cater to everyone, and it may explain why smartly-written shows like The Neighbors are living on borrowed time whereas Two Broke Girls keeps getting renewed.
So, soon we will find out what happens with The Neighbors. Hopefully this will not be its swan song and that ABC can let it flourish and grow more while showing itself to be a more patient entity. Otherwise, it may find itself continuing a bad trend of cultivating fans who are afraid to follow a show lest it get prematurely canceled. That's no fun for anyone.
In a piece of truly "amahzing" news, VH1 has attained all three seasons of Happy Endings and will air all 57 episodes in a New Year's marathon. The marathon will begin on New Year's Eve at 8 PM and run through the night and deep into New Year's Day before the show starts its regular scheduled time slot on Wednesday nights at 7 PM. This is great news for fans, but even greater news for people who never got the chance to see what all the fuss is about.
So instead of spending the last couple of hours of 2013 in a boozy stupor at some crowded bar, or snoring into a champagne glass as the calendar rolls anew, why not ring in the New Year with one of the most joyful and energetic comedies of the past few years. Here are five reasons to ditch the parties and watch VH1's Happy Endings marathon.
It's the easiest New Year's resolution ever!Forget the gym membership or trying to learn a new language or whatever other New Year's resolution you have cooked up. Instead of actually trying to better yourself this year with actual goals, why not spend New Year's watching 30 straight hours of television? Sitting on your couch for a full day and finishing Happy Endings in one comedy-filled binge will be the easiest New Year's resolution you’ve ever completed. You can worry about the bed sores later.
People will finally stop telling you to watch Happy EndingsIf you've been regularly hounded by rabid Happy Endings fans to watch their favorite show, now’s your chance to shut them up for good and finish the show in one fell swoop. You'll finally understand what all the fuss is about while also learning why exactly it's the Year of Penny, and why all your TV watching friends have spontaneously forgotten how to pronounce the word "Amazing". Unfortunately you’ll also probably become one of those people hounding everyone else to watch Happy Endings. It’s a vicious cycle.
It’s not on NetflixSince Happy Engings went off the air earlier this year, there’s been precious few ways to watch it. The show’s not on Netflix which makes binging opportunities pretty scarce. The VH1 marathon is your safest and easiest bet in watching the show.
It’s Damon Wayans Jr.’s best roleWhile Damon Wayans Jr. is consistently putting in great work as Coach on New Girl, his best work by far is his stint as the effeminate and energetic Brad Williams on Happy Endings. Happy Endings also has the added benefit of pairing up Wayans with Eliza Coupe, and the two actors have an incredible amount of comedic chemistry.
You’ll get two years worth of holiday episodes in one nightWhat better way to punctuate the 2013 holiday season than by sitting back and watching the Happy Endings go through two years of holiday episodes (The first season was a mid-season replacement so it doesn’t have any holiday episodes). Happy Endings always had consistent holiday episodes and now you’ll get two Thanksgivings, two Halloweens, and two Christmases all in one 30 hour period. It’s a New Year’s miracle.
Maybe there are a few happy endings after all.
Eliza Coupe, who played the uptight and competitive Jane Kerkovich on the dearly departed ABC show Happy Endings, will star in a new comedy series on USA called Benched. In the new show, Coupe will play a successful corporate lawyer who has a mental breakdown after being passed up for an expected promotion. Coupe sounds like a perfect choice for the character, who sounds suspiciously similar to Jane, who too exuded control but was really only a hair away from a complete manic break.
The half-hour comedy will be written and produced by Michaela Watkins and Damon Jones, while John Enbom, co-creator of Party Down, will serve as showrunner. While it sometimes feels like cable TV is comprised of about 95 percent courtroom shows these days, the comedic talent behind Benched gives us hope that the show will add something fresh to the sameness of the doldrums that comprises most legal programs.
Coupe's previous show lies in the quiet graveyard of sitcoms that ended way too soon. The little comedy was a bright and shiny beacon of laughs that got shuffled in the confusing mish mash of ABC's scheduling. The frantic and quick-witted comedy gave the network a healthy injection of fun and unpredictability, but the show was sadly canceled after its third season, even after fans and other networks launched desperate campaigns to save it from termination.
Maybe Benched is USA's attempt to give fans a little solace after Happy Endings met its demise. The network obviously liked what Coupe brought to Happy Endings, and though that she had what it took to carry her own show. It won't be the show we wanted, but maybe it will be the next best thing.
Landed a recurring role as a medical intern on "Scrubs" (ABC); also co-starred on the series' Web spin-off "Scrubs: Interns"
Made feature acting debut in "I Think I Love My Wife," starring Chris Rock and Kerry Washington
Appeared in Sofia Coppola directed drama "Somewhere"
Premiered her one-woman sketch show "The Patriots" at New York's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
Grew up in Plymouth, NH
Co-starred as control freak Jane on ABC comedy series "Happy Endings"
Appeared in the comedy "What's Your Number?" with Anna Faris and Chris Evans
TV debut, HBO's "The Flight of the Conchords"
Toured France playing a soldier in an all-female production of "King Lear"
Joined the cast of HBO series "12 Miles of Bad Road," starring Lily Tomlin
Hilarious and high-spirited aptly described one of Hollywood's more endearing starlets, Eliza Coupe. The blonde-haired beauty first gained widespread notoriety for her portrayal of the mega-driven Denise "Jo" Mahoney on the hit medical comedy series "Scrubs" (ABC, 2001-2010). The actress-comedienne continued to pop up on the silver screen and on numerous popular television shows, including the film "I Think I Love My Wife" (2007), the HBO series "12 Miles of Bad Road" (2008) and the movie "Somewhere" (2010). It was her next project that put her on the map. Coupe and her fellow cast mates from the hit comedy series "Happy Endings" (ABC, 2011-13) created a huge buzz with audiences and critics following the show's 2011 premiere. As Jane Williams, Coupe played one of the close friends and a wife on this updated version of the popular comedy series, "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004). Although über-motivated Jane's happy ending involved having two high-brow children who grow up to become world leaders. It was harder to determine what Coupe's own happy ending would be, but based on her comedic skills and track record as a dependable, engaging ensemble player, Coupe's future in Hollywood seemed limitless.