American Pie star Jason Biggs had an awkward first encounter with Jodie Foster on the set of new Netflix show Orange Is The New Black because he was pretending to pleasure himself at the time. The actor's lonely character Larry attempts to perfect the solo sex art of 'edging', which brings an individual to the brink of orgasm, in the storyline and Biggs was perfecting his odd scene when director Foster walked onto the set.
He tells Nylon magazine, "Here's Jodie coming in, and I'm masturbating the first day we're working together.
"She's like, 'Um, OK, so... I don't know much about what (you're doing)..., and I was like, 'I've made a career of this. Don't worry. I got this'."
The day made for an interesting anecdote when Biggs, who famously pretended to have sex with a pastry in teen comedy American Pie, phoned his wife, Jenny Mollen, from the set.
He says, "(I said), 'Today I jerked off in front of Jodie Foster. What'd you do?'"
This summer, two exhaustingly male-dominated subgenres of comedy film are given the fresh take of female leads: The Heat, which rebranded the buddy cop shtick with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy at the lead, and The To Do List, the new release that hands young (but playing younger) star Aubrey Plaza the sex comedy milieu. Playing a long-repressed high school graduate, Plaza's Brandy Klark takes a page from the American Pie book and "vows" to complete a list of sex acts prior to leaving her sleepy suburban hometown for college. This was an undertaking that many appreciated when handled by Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, and the other two. But when it's handed to Brandy, we can't help but squirm all the way through.
The first question we have to ask: is that because she's a woman? Are those of us who have a hard time with The To Do List anchored down by our shameful discomfort with female sexuality? Although it's necessary to entertain the possibility of our own prejudices, the blame here really lies with the character. Jim Levenstein and his band of merry idiots were not without their ethical shortcomings: they were a selfish, childish, vain, and inconsiderate bunch. But Brandy, and the very spirit of The To Do List entirely, is just plain mean.
Actively casting out the well-being of her friends and coworkers, Brandy turns what might have been a joyful albeit raunchy screwball comedy into a vindictive mission for self-gratification. So steadfast in her narcissistic ploy is the character that she destroys her closest relationships — those with lifelong pals played by Alia Shawkat and Sarah Steele, and more substantially, that with Cameron (Johnny Simmons), the friend who pines quite openly for her. Without any real interest in rectifying the latter turmoils, Brandy affixes herself to a new found "live for the now" mentality, not really recognizing that this passionate maxim is hardly a free pass to be a jackass to the people who care about her.
The film's saving grace, as one might expect, is Bill Hader, who enjoys his own story of abandoning his suspended adolescence to become a more "appropriate" version of an adult. Although we might roll our eyes at the film's intention to have us root for his perpetual party-boy attitude, we can't help but laugh at his usual charming delivery. That, and a couple of laughable gags from bit players Donald Glover, Andy Samberg, and Adam Pally, are what make The To Do List a passable hour-and-a-half of entertainment. Otherwise, the film's would-be fun-loving, youthful spirit crumbles under a misanthropic attitude and bitter disregard that no teen movie (or teen, for that matter) is duly entitled to.
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"My wife is pregnant. My sincerest apologies to Kate Middleton for stealing all of her thunder. America's Baby." American Pie star Jason Biggs is overjoyed his actress wife Jenny Mollen is pregnant with the couple's first child.
American Pie star Jason Biggs is set to become a father - his actress wife Jenny Mollen is pregnant with the couple's first child. The actor announced the happy news during an interview on U.S. TV show Chelsea Lately on Wednesday (17Jul13).
He showed off a picture of his wife and crudely commented on the size of her breasts, saying, "Her breasts are very big these days. Would you like to know why? Cause I put a baby in her belly!"
The actor later retweeted a sonogram image of their unborn child, which Mollen had posted on Twitter.com.
The pair wed in April 2008 after meeting on the set of My Best Friend's Girl.
"I proposed to my wife with a pair of earrings. I'm so nonconformist." Actor Jason Biggs decided against popping the question to actress Jenny Mollen with a traditional engagement ring. The couple wed in 2008.
American Pie star Jason Biggs is set to become the latest celebrity aviator - he's training for his pilot's licence. If he passes the test, the actor will join a special group of high-flying stars, including John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie.
As you prepare to enjoy the 4th of July weekend, SSN gives you a preview of good TV to look out for in the coming weeks.
We hope you tuned in to Showtime last night for the final season premiere of Dexter and the premiere of Ray Donovan. Dexter is back in fine form as his sister Debra has quit the police force and is mentally going off the rails. This is the show’s final season and you should be on the lookout for Charlotte Rampling in upcoming episodes as a neuro-psychiatrist who knows a lot about Dexter even though he doesn’t realize who she is at first.
Ray Donovan stars Liev Schreiber as a very effective Hollywood fixer with personal problems of his own, starting with his ex-con father Mickey (Jon Voight). Ray tries to protect and take care of his family and his two brothers, Bunchy (Dash Mihok) and Terry (Eddie Marsan), but as soon as Mickey shows up in L.A., it all starts to go south. Be sure you make time each Sunday night for Dexter and Ray Donovan.
Upcoming shows we’re looking forward to:
INTERIOR THERAPY WITH JEFF LEWIS SEASON PREMIERE Tuesday – July 9th, 2013 at 9:00pm on Bravo
Reasons To Watch: Say what you will about Jeff Lewis: his OCD makes him extra-particular about everything, his eye for detail sometimes borders on the insane but the man knows how to make a home livable and beautiful. Lewis and his right-hand gal Jenni Poulos are back to help troubled couples and families with home decorating issues that also affect their relationships.
THE BRIDGE SERIES PREMIERE Wednesday – July 10th, 2013 at 10:00pm on FX
Academy Award nominee Demian Bichir (A Better Life) and Diane Kruger star in this new drama from writers Meredith Stiehm (Homeland, Cold Case) and Elwood Reid (Hawaii Five-O, Cold Case). Based on the Danish/Swedish series Bron, which was set on the border of Denmark and Sweden, The Bridge is set on the border between El Paso and Juarez. It centers on two detectives, one from the U.S., Detective Sonya Cross (Kruger), and one from Mexico, Marco Ruiz (Bichir), who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border. The Bridge co-stars Ted Levine, Annabeth Gish, and Thomas M. Wright. Gerardo Naranjo (Miss Bala) directed the pilot.
Reasons To Watch: Bichir never gives a bad performance. We loved him as a drug kingpin on Weeds a few seasons ago and we know he’ll be equally compelling as a lawman. We also loved Stiehm’s writing on Homeland, especially the pivotal season one episode “The Weekend.” If The Bridge adheres to the FX drama brand, it will be worth watching.
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK SERIES PREMIERE Thursday – July 11th, 2013 at 12:01am on Netflix
Reasons To Watch: Jenji Kohan (Weeds) adapted Piper Kerman’s memoir of an executive’s time in a minimum security women’s prison for drug charges. Kohan excels at writing women in unusual circumstances and combining humor and pathos. We’ve seen the first two episodes and we’re in for the run. Taylor Schilling is cast well as Piper Chapman, the yuppie gal who goes to prison for a crime she committed ten years ago. Jason Biggs plays her loving fiancée Larry, Laura Prepon is a woman from Piper’s past (no spoilers here) and look for Kate Mulgrew in a very different kind of role.
HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT SERIES PREMIERE Thursday – July 11th, 2013 at 10:00pm on NBC
Reasons To Watch: Jane Lynch and games! Jane Lynch hosts this fun, light show that has celebrities like Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Jason Alexander, Josh Gad, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Allison Hannigan, Kristen Bell, and Daniel Dae Kim teaming up with civilians to compete in party games.
THE NEWSROOM SEASON PREMIERE Sunday – July 14th, 2013 at 10:00pm on HBO
Reasons To Watch: This Aaron-Sorkin-penned drama is far from perfect (don’t get us started on how Sorkin writes female characters) but the combination of fast wordplay and Jeff Daniels make the show worth watching. We also think Thomas Sadowski and John Gallagher Jr. are great and we hope they both get meatier storylines this season. We also hope to see more of Jane Fonda, though we haven’t heard how many episodes she’ll turn up in during this second season.
What will you be watching? Do you have any summer TV favorites? Let us know in the comments.
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Actors Jason Biggs and Taylor Schilling's new comedic drama series Orange Is The New Black has been renewed for a second season before the show has even premiered. The programme, an original series for online streaming service Netflix, is based on the memoir by Piper Kerman and stars The Lucky One beauty Schilling as a woman jailed for her connection to an international drug smuggler, played by Laura Prepon. Biggs stars as Schilling's onscreen fiance.
Orange Is The New Black, from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan, is due to launch on 11 July (13) and Netflix bosses are so impressed by the first series, they have already ordered a second cycle.
Netflix representative Cindy Holland says, "Jenji and her team have produced a phenomenal series and we're eager to get a second season to our viewers."
The show is the latest Netflix offering to be renewed - Kevin Spacey's political drama House of Cards and Eli Roth's horror Hemlock Grove have both been picked up for second series.
Melanie Griffith, Jason Biggs and Samantha Barks were among the stars who pushed themselves to the limits for The 24 Hour Plays in Los Angeles on Saturday (22Jun13). The stars were among a group of actors, writers and directors challenged to come up with a script and prepare it for the stage in just 24 hours as part of the popular charity theatre project, which has also taken place in both New York and London.
The Los Angeles event on Saturday also involved Seth Green and Wilmer Valderrama.
After the event, Les Miserables star Barks gushed about her involvement in a series of posts on Twitter.com, writing, "Had one of the most creative days of my life!! 24 Hour Plays is amazing and... is such a great cause!!"
Hollywood stars George Takei and Jesse Tyler Ferguson have saluted Boy Scouts of America bosses for changing the organisation's rules to allow openly gay youths to be members. Star Trek legend Takei previously pushed for the youth group to change the restrictive policy, and was delighted when it was announced on Thursday (23May13) the ban would be reversed.
In a post on his Twitter.com page, Takei writes, "The Nat'l (National) Council of Boy Scouts just voted to lift the ban on gay scouts. A great step forward," while Modern Family actor Ferguson also praised the decision.
However, American Pie funnyman Jason Biggs took aim at Boy Scouts heads for refusing to vote on whether openly gay adults can work as leaders.
He tweeted, "Boy Scouts will start accepting gay youths, but keep banning gay adult leaders. That's not at all a confusing message to these kids. 'You're OK to be gay while you're a kid and clearly don't know what the f**k you're talking about, but you better grow out of it!' - The Boy Scouts. It's a shame my son will never join the Boy Scouts. Where else is he gonna learn how to sew patches and discriminate against people?"
Actress Jenna Dewan-Tatum added, "Well... you almost did something great Boy Scouts... Equality 4 (for) all... get with the times..." while Eliza Dushku wrote, "1/2 way there!"