In case that 15 second clip last week was insufficient, the full trailer for Breaking Dawn: Part 1 is now on the web and it gives us a bit more of a tease. Jacob gets the wedding invite! Edward and Bella get married! They have so much sex he breaks a window sill! And Bella figures out that sex can lead to babies! This movie really does have it all.
Stop everything. No, I mean it. Stop watching Hulu in the top right corner of your screen, stop commenting in your friend's Facebook, close your email -- you can read those messages later. This is a Twilight wedding, okay? Okay, well this is just the teaser for the scene from Breaking Dawn: Part 1 that MTV will reveal during the MTV Movie Awards this Sunday at 9 p.m.
For now, you'll have to cherish the 15 seconds comprised mostly of Bella's (Kristen Stewart) super pretty, cubic zirconia-encrusted fairy barrette and Edward's (Robert Pattinson) old man suit.
Did you already see Bridesmaids...twice? And you still can't get enough? Well, that's how we feel. Luckily, Funny or Die loves us all very much. They just posted an outtakes reel from the riotous anti-chick flick so we can enjoy a bit of the improvised hilarity that didn't quite make it into the film, a great deal of which we can thank Jon Hamm for. Also, if you're at work in the type of environment where saying, "No, it's cool. I'm just watching outtakes from a Judd Apatow movie. No biggie," I should warn you that there is quite a bit of sex in this short video, so I guess it's slightly NSFW. Though, if your job is that uptight, I'm sorry.
Bridesmaids Outtakes - watch more funny videos
Source: Funny or Die
There are a few people whose presence on SNL is almost always a guaranteed great episode. People like Alec Baldwin, Steven Martin, Bill Murray and Christopher Walken always mean an hour and a half of good comedy. They're also all part of a little thing called the "Five-Timers Club" which is an elite group of funny people, musicians, and actors who've been on the show five or more times. With last night's hosting gig, not only did Justin Timberlake send this SNL season out with a bang, he sent it out with his fifth time on the show, officially joining the long line of five-timers that includes the comedians mentioned up top and even some people like Dave Grohl, Tom Hanks, and Drew Barrymore. What better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than with a rundown of the best sketches from last night? There were quite a few good ones, but we've boiled it down to the best of the best.
No, JT didn't use the monologue as an opportunity to announce his official return to music as I've been hoping he would for a few years now, in fact, he put his foot down. He's done with that. He's not going sing. He really isn't. Stop asking him to sing. He really won't. Unless you keep asking. Then he might have to sing. But he won't like it. Okay, maybe a little.
Now, this also doesn't count as singing because it's in character, okay? From the duo that brought you the hit Christmas song, "D*ck in A Box," and the Mother's Day classic, "Mother Lovers," comes the brand-new, equally tasteless single, "3-Way (the Golden Rule). It features an ultra trashy Lady Gaga, a bed, and the aftermath of some Mother Loving. Enjoy.
Continuing on in our recap of excellence, Jimmy Fallon stopped by towards the end of the evening to give Justin a hand in reviving one of my favorite old sketches, The Barry Gibb Talk Show. And it was glorious because he's Barry-EFFING-GIBB.
Finally, because it's the finale and because a Justin Timberlake-hosted episode can't be boiled down to just three must-see videos, I'd like to end on a video you won't find on the Hulu or NBC online versions of the episode, probably due to a song-rights issue. This time, the recurring store mascot skit featured Kristen Wiig, Lady Gaga and copious jokes about tea-bagging. Apparently, with JT in the picture, this never gets old.
I don't usually like to lead off with political commentary, you know, important topics and such. No, I usually like to lead off with some hot celeb talking about how they taught their kids to say "shit" or how their dog is like, the funniest person they know. But not today. Nay. Today, we shall start with something political and, frankly, epic. Newt Gingrich released a statement this week regarding his future and our nation's, but nothing is quite as epic as the rendition that John Lithgow gives the Newty overture. (If you can't stand listening to Colbert's great intro, the Lithgowy goodness starts at the 3:25 mark, but you should just watch the whole thing.)
The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cJohn Lithgow Performs Gingrich Press Releasewww.colbertnation.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical Humor & Satire BlogVideo Archive
Jack Black stopped by to chat which Jay Leno about his new house. Everything seems great until Jack mentions that he leaves his cars outside and uses his garage as an art studio. THE HORROR.
Have you been wondering who that adorable Irishman is in Bridesmaids? Well, his name is Chris O'Dowd and apparently he hasn't yet realized how cute he is. Alright ladies, I guess that means now is the time to pounce, right?And if you like him now, wait until you hear his story about his life as a seductive 9 year-old. Also, in Bridesmaids, he totally did it with Kristen Wiig. Totally.
One of the most lovable comedic actors around, Ed Helms, hosted SNL this weekend and while I'd normally complain to the ends of the earth that, once again, NBC removed his monologue from their online videos of the episode, I can't do that. I still love Mr. Helms, that has not changed. However, his monologue, for those of us who saw it, was about as painful as the growing pains story it aimed to turn into comedy. It's a little strange that it was so incredibly awkward because Helms is no stranger to standup; it should have gone down without a hitch. Unfortunately, Helms was just a little flat and awkward in his monologue and throughout the episode. We still love him though!
On the upside, there were a few moments that as a human being who likes to talk to other human beings about awesome things famous human beings have done, you should really know about. (Oddly, most of them don't feature that much Helms.)
First, we have the return of Robert Smigel's Ambiguously Gay Duo cartoon, but this time it got just a little more absurd with a little bit of help from Jon Hamm, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell. Fun fact: two of these guys were the original voice actors for The Ambiguously Gay Duo. Really big hint: it's probably not Hamm or Fallon.
Then we've got yet another edition of the ridiculously overused "What Up With That" sketch, which I am only noting because after months and months of Bill Hader's silent Lindsey Buckingham impression, the real Lindsey stopped by to drop a little Fleetwood Mac action on the set. (He played guitar, you weirdos.)
Finally, it was a bit of a weak episode, but in honor of my latest addition to my list of funny lady heroines (seriously, go see Bridesmaids; it's great), Kristen Wiig busted out her usual awesome schtick as Ann Margaret trying to throw something in a wastepaper basket. The reference is probably lost on a lot of people, but Wiig makes it work.
Last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Maya Rudolph gave him the exclusive scoop about her new baby and boy, was it a shocker! We are proud to announce that Maya is definitely having a... human. Good to know!
Also on Fallon, Nick Offerman delved right into the Ron Swanson Burger. Now I’m hungry.
And then on The Daily Show, Kristen Wiig stopped by and made the one observation that no one else had: part of the audience for the show is right behind the guest so the audience can’t see their face. I hope most of the guests have their shirts tucked in or else those audience members are getting a moon view, if you know what I mean. No, you can’t see Kristen Wiig’s butt crack.
The Daily Show - Kristen Wiig Tags: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook
I’m not about to rail on you like a cartoonishly angry mega-feminist right after she’s burned her bra and refused to shave her armpits or wear makeup. I’m not about to write you a long, whiny complaint about women not getting enough credit in the comedy world, and you know why? Because it’s simply untrue. What is true is that women in comedy are often relegated to a sort of side stage where only women dare to venture and only some women really find the content funny. What is also true is that time is coming to end. There are a few folks whose hilarious work is taking us into an age when the term “female comedian” or “comedienne” doesn’t send the menfolk running for the hills; an age when a romantic comedy can actually be universally funny; an age when women’s comedy doesn’t have to suck.
Take a look at today’s comic landscape: many of the famed female standups, comedy writers and actresses are only famous for girl-friendly comedy. Folks like Chelsea Handler or Whitney Cummings, TV characters like Carrie Bradshaw and every girl in a rom-com in the last 10 years make jokes that only women (and sometimes only bitchy women) would find funny. Don’t get me wrong, we need a little comedy thrown our way too, but we don’t always have to alienate the other sex to do it and luckily, we’ve got a crop of funny ladies who agree and more and more often, they’re getting the chance to prove it.
Granted, most of our favorite, more universal comediennes have all seen plenty of screen time and they’ve tickled men and women alike, but often it’s only been as the secretary or assistant or girlfriend to the front-and-center funnyman – or in some cases funnymen. In fact, I remember seeing Mike Judge’s Extract in the theater with two girlfriends because we were so excited to see one of our favorite funny ladies – Kristen Wiig – in a bigger movie role outside of SNL. I also distinctly remember leaving the theater and shaking my head. She’d been completely wasted; the funniest thing she did was dramatically tie her sweatpants to signal that Jason Bateman wasn’t getting any that night. I couldn’t believe they’d use someone as talented as Wiig for such a basic part. Hadn’t they seen her on SNL or in Knocked Up? Everyone remembers her small role as the judgmental assistant to Katherine Heigl’s boss at E!. She was so obviously talented. It prompted me to wonder, why don’t folks like Wiig get to properly showcase their abilities more often?
Well, this week, I got an answer. Wiig and the film she co-wrote with Annie Mumolo, Bridesmaids, brings comedy by women into the Apatowian boys club – an Everest-like set of comedies oft accused of being a wee bit sexist. This lady coup sees Wiig getting some well-deserved time in the spotlight as a flawed, goofy woman who, much like 30 Rock’s Liz Lemon, allows her normalcy to comfort us and her absurd humor to keep us in stitches. Wiig’s Annie fills the likeable everywoman role, but the film also carries a decent ensemble. We find Rose Byrne as the woman every girl loves to hate; Ellie Kemper takes a break from The Office to show us that she can be funny outside of Dunder Mifflin antics; Wendy McLendon-Covey shows us that her Reno-911 humor translates to the big screen; Melissa McCarthy offers up the unladylike lady; and Maya Rudolph aims to remind us why we loved her so much when she was on SNL.
This universal romantic comedy didn’t just get a chance because Wiig is hilarious, or we would have seen something like it years ago. Bridesmaids can thank one woman in particular for its existence as a blockbuster: Tina Fey. Sure, we knew she had talent when she was head writer for SNL, but I certainly didn’t realize she’d write one of the best teen comedies ever, Mean Girls, and not only make us laugh, but transcend the genre and hit every nail on the head. And of course she went on to create, write and star in one of the best comedies on television, 30 Rock, where Fey’s Liz Lemon makes up for the fact that Carrie Bradshaw’s cosmopolitan style amid lame puns unfortunately stood as the shining beacon of female comedy throughout her reign while people like Fey and Amy Poehler were honing their crafts on the SNL stage and in various improv groups. Be honest, Liz Lemon eating “night cheese” in a Snuggie or throwing back slices of ham in a wedding dress and sneakers is, now and forever, heaps more hilarious than Bradshaw-isms like "When you’re tired you take a napa, you don’t go to Napa."
Liz Lemon and Poehler’s Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation lead their ensembles with laughs, and while both of those shows rely heavily on the male cast members, they don’t cave to making Leslie or Liz bear only girl humor. They don’t separate jokes into comedy and comedy for women like the genre tends to do. Just look at the aforementioned Handler or Cummings; droves of women love everything they say, but men might tell you differently. Conversely, Fey’s got her past SNL work, 30 Rock, her brand new book, Bossy Pants, and even Mean Girls, and I can’t think of single guy I know who doesn’t appreciate any of that. You’ve also got folks like Mindy Kaling (The Office) who plays heavily on female stereotypes, but in an intelligent way that lets all of us in on the joke. Women like Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy) and Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Concords, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) take advantage of their tiny girl voices to bolster their ridiculously insane yet well-written jokes.
People like Wiig, Fey, Poehler, Schaal, Sedaris and Kaling don’t ignore the fact that they’re women, but instead use it to add weight to their comedy without allowing it to dictate it. They separate themselves from characters and comediennes who use stereotypes or man-bashing to get a laugh. I’m looking at you, Lisa Lampanelli and Sarah Silverman; the sex-crazed-love-handled-cougar act and the I’ve-got-pigtails-so-I-can-sing-about-poop act aren’t funny and they only work because of things we’ve decided over time are funny about women instead of working because the jokes are well-written or the women telling them are actually witty, hilarious people.
Of course, I must play devil’s advocate and note that it wasn’t always this way. Yes, some comediennes of the past weren’t always creating content that only women would enjoy. I Love Lucy and The Carol Burnett Show were aimed at both sexes; Cloris Leachman isn’t remembered for making women laugh in films like Young Frankenstein, she’s remembered for making us all laugh; Lily Tomlin and Phyllis Diller are widely regarded as generally hilarious on both sides of the gender barrier. However, for every influential comedienne, there are droves of men who were just as influential, if not more so.
But these things take time. It’s because of all of these women that we can now see a summer blockbuster that focuses on a wedding, a group of bridesmaids and even a little romance that won’t be condemned to the tortuous rom-com doldrums. We have a set of contemporary, intelligent and hilarious women that can lead films that you won’t have to trick your boyfriend into seeing; that don’t make you think you curse too much or that acting goofy or making silly faces makes you look fat; that don’t teach you to wait for your knight in shining armor while your desperate/single/overweight friend makes jokes about eating or not eating or dying for any man who’d have her; and that don’t insult your intelligence.
They lead films that use the feminine perspective to produce universal comedy that is genuinely funny. The result is just another group of people who’ll continue to make funny movies, plain and simple; and that’s one great happily ever after, if you ask me.
I'll be the first to admit that Gossip Girl is a little off its rocker recently, but I like this decision. Now, I'm not normally one to root for someone's demise or failure, but we're talking about Gossip Girl here, so it's kind of the name of the game and today's result is: down with Vanessa and Little J. Thank God. Kristen Bell's creepy, all-knowing voiceover has been getting my letters.
According to TV Line, Jessica Szohr and Taylor Momsen will be axed as series regulars. No, they're probably not dying or being sent to Siberia, though that would hardly stop the characters on this show from making a return. And honestly, is anyone really that surprised? Not only are their characters THE WORST because they've got that whole "I'm from Brooklyn so I'm above all this drama" superiority, but as soon as everyone else is scheming, they're sneaking around messing everything up and then feigning innocence when the truth comes out. At least Blair knows she's evil.
Then we've got the fact that Momsen is hardly ever on the show as it is and she's not exactly been quiet about wanting to focus more on her band, The Pretty Reckless, than the show. Plus, didn't she already quit once? As for Szohr, her character already revealed that she's going to study abroad, so there you have it. The ladies may return for a cameo here or there -- you know, just to mess everything up and then skip town -- but their time as the annoying pseudo-Brooklynites is over.
Source: TV Line
Fox's knack for shameless self-promotion continues on the May 24 season finale of Glee. Matthew Morrison's Mr. Schue will sing Morrison's real-life single, "Still Got Tonight" in the New York episode.
Of course, Morrison pitched this idea himself -- big surprise there. Originally, the idea sparked another idea to present it as a big dance number, but someone talked some sense into Ryan Murphy, because now the song will be performed my Morrison alone on a stage in an empty theater. It looks like those Broadway dreams that Kristen Chenoweth's April Rhodes awakened in Schue will play a big role in future episodes after all.
Murphy and even the Fox television chairman, Dana Walden, are insisting that they only allowed it because it worked "organically" for the series, but there's not much that works "organically" for Glee, especially this season, the way they unnaturally burn through plot lines, but I guess we'll wait to see how it fits into the episode itself.