Summer may be over, but the celebrity weddings are still in full bloom. Longtime funny guy, Seth Rogen, may have just had his movie 50/50 recently hit theaters, but the Hollywood star had one other very important thing going on this past weekend -- like his wedding! The hilarious actor got married to his longtime girlfriend, Lauren Miller, in Sonoma, California on Sunday. The wedding took place in front of close family and friends overlooking a vineyard. Celebrity guests included Jonah Hill, Adam Sandler, Paul Rudd, and a source described the celebration, stating, "The wedding was more laughs than anything else. Every other line was a joke and the crowd couldn't contain their laughter. It was nonstop fun!" Not that surprising given the comedy all-stars who were in attendance.
Rogen and Miller have been together since 2004 and became engaged September 2010. In the past, Rogen has recalled the wacky details of how he proposed, commenting, "I felt like someone had given me like a truckload of heroin to hold onto, I felt like the feds were going to kick in my door at any second. I couldn't have a conversation with my girlfriend. All I could think of was this ring. Like, 'Don't say 'Lord of the Rings!' Don't mention anything about a ring!" But like the characters he normally plays, Seth didn't stick to any traditional method of popping the question. He proposed to her out of the blue while she was changing in the closet and admitted, "I didn't picture it like this, and I know she didn't picture it like this. No little girl is like 'It'll happen in a closet with my [chest] out.'" But that's why we love him. Congrats to the happy couple!
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Conan is back! And he's, um, a little bitter?
Last night former Tonight Show host Conan O'Brien premiered his new TBS late night show, Conan. (Check out our live blog from the event right here). And overall, despite a lot of other sources calling the premiere average, I thought it was pretty successful. And, it was exactly what I expected. Nothing more, nothing less.
Don't get me wrong, I don't think that's a bad thing. I just think people were expecting a little too much from the tall and lanky funnyman. During his hiatus (which spawned his Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television tour this summer), the buildup for this moment was tremendous. People -- some who probably didn't even watch Conan while he was on NBC -- had such high expectations for Conan that they weren't even possible to meet. Seriously. If Steve Martin, Jon Stewart, and Bill Murray teamed up with Tina Fey, Jerry Seinfeld, and the reincarnation of John Belushi, they wouldn't have been able to reach audience's expectations.
So anyway, despite about a million jokes about cable television, Conan was funny. Hopefully, it gets funnier, but overall, it was a solid performance. But I feel like I have to note one thing. Did anyone else see him as a little bitter? Yeah, he made a few planned cracks at NBC, but underneath that, I got the sense that he's still really upset that he lost The Tonight Show. But then again, maybe it was just the cynical TV critic in me trying to find something wrong with the show.
And one more thing. TBS, if you're reading, MAKE THE EPISODES AVAILABLE ONLINE. HOLY CRAP. WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?
The cold opening: Conan can't get a job.
Oh man, the jokes about NBC will never get old.
And the masturbating bear returned! Yes!
Seth Rogan talked about getting engaged and his disappointment with California not passing Proposition 19.
Glee star Lea Michelle talked about how her dad told her once that she couldn't sing and addressed that whole GQ incident from a month ago, to which Conan did his Conan thing and made it even more awkward.
And then, to top off the exciting night, we got to see Conan rock out! He joined Jack White as they covered Eddie Cochran's 1957 hit "Twenty Flight Rock," also featured on Conan's Live at Third Man LP, out now on White's label.
Meanwhile, Conan's successor who's older and less funny, Jay Leno, sat down with California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and talked about the Tea Party and political ads.
And then they talked about weed.
Scarlett Johansson and Jimmy Fallon talked about their night of partying in Baltimore a few years ago. (Sidenote: I want to party with Scarlett Johansson.)
And since everyone couldn't stop talking about Conan, Letterman got in on the action and made a few observations himself.
Jon Stewart responded to the Rally to Restore Sanity pundits by announcing another rally.
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Stephen Colbert pointed out FoxNews' brilliant source of President Obama's $200 million per day trip to India -- the internets! And he used the board game Battleship as a source, too.
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It's not like Andy Stitzer (Carrell) hasn't attempted to lose his virginity. It just never worked out so he stopped trying. It hasn't really bothered him though. He's got a cushy job stamping invoices at an electronics superstore rides a bike has a nice apartment with a proud collection of action figures and comic books--and above all has an upbeat attitude. You know a regular guy except for that one itty-bitty thing. But that's all about to change. Once his co-workers--lovelorn David (Paul Rudd) womanizer Jay (Romany Malco) and horny Cal (Seth Rogan)--get wind of Andy's predicament they take it upon themselves to get the man laid. But nothing seems to work--until that is Andy meets Trish (Catherine Keener) a 40-year-old mother of three and sparks fly. Although Andy and Trish decide to take things very very slowly with a mutual no-sex policy (at least for awhile) the deed may finally be at hand. Or not depending on whether Andy can get over his hang-up with women.
Carrell's star is definitely on the rise--and with just cause. Getting his first real break on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart the Second City alum has basically been stealing scenes from bigger comic stars--such as Jim Carrey in Bruce Almighty and Will Ferrell in Anchorman--ever since. Now it's Carrell's turn to take the lead and oddly enough he chooses to play a big old dork. Imagine that. But honestly if anyone can play a sweet lovable if slightly peculiar 40-year-old virgin it's Carrell; he's just got one of those faces. The other great thing about Carrell is how well he plays with others. He's really not at all a showboat and is definitely at home in an ensemble situation especially when the ensemble is just as hilarious as he is. The 40 Year-Old Virgin's eclectic supporting cast holds true to this theory. Rudd has moved away from that pretty-boy persona he perfected in his earlier movies (The Object of My Affection Clueless) and is delightfully twisted as the self-destructive David. Rogan (Donnie Darko) too does a nice spin on Cal's frat-boy qualities. Even Keener gets to hang with the guys and mix in her own eccentricities. Only Malco (Showtime's' Weeds) as the brash Jay seems a little out of place but he holds his own when he has to. As does the string of wacko women Andy is paired up with including Leslie Mann as one of Andy's very drunk prospects and Elizabeth Banks as one who can get her freak on. Which of course scares Andy to death.
Director-writer-producer Judd Apatow creator of the stellar but short-lived TV series Freaks and Geeks as well as the producer of several hit comedies such as Anchorman just further enhances the camaraderie on the Virgin set. It really seems like a big boys' club. Apatow and Carrell go way back; Rudd and Carrell worked together on Anchorman; and Rogan starred in Apatow's Freaks and Geeks. In other words these guys know each other pretty well. Maybe that's what keeps us interested while Virgin's sketchy plot plays out. Sure we've seen guy flicks before plenty of them in fact. But not from this particular group. The film is at its best when they are sitting around rifting off a particular subject or razzing each other. Rudd and Rogan's "You know how I know you're gay" one-upmanship is hilarious. But Virgin starts getting a little long in the tooth waiting for our hero to get to pleasure town. It's like we are getting a bird's-eye view on what these boys think about sex--and if truth be told Andy is the one who comes out looking the most normal after all is said and done.
In its first major move under new entertainment president Susan Lyne, ABC has picked up seven drama pilots and four comedy pilots. According to The Hollywood Reporter, nine of the 11 projects come for ABC's sibling studio Touchstone Television, but Lyne said she didn't even look at the name of the studio when reading the scripts. The Touchstone-heavy slate could be a welcomed addition for ABC, considering the success of recent Touchstone-produced shows like My Wife and Kids, According to Jim and Scrubs. The network's ratings hit the skids this season after Who Wants to Be a Millionaire's downfall and a decline of most of their established comedies.
Richard Linklater, who directed the original cult classic Slacker in 1991, believes the new film Slackers directed by Dewey Nicks, will damage the long-term value of his first movie. He told PageSix.com, "No one ever asked for my permission...because they know I would have said, 'Go to hell!'"
A study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism reports that while the media did a terrific job of covering the events of Sept. 11 in a factual way, TV news got worst once the bombing in Afghanistan was underway. "Analysis and opinion swelled--so much so that the level of factualness declined...journalists often seemed to luxuriate in sounding not like knowledgeable experts on TV stages, but like anybody else standing in a barroom," the reports states.
Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellweger will star in the comedy Down With Love helmed by Bring It On director Peyton Reed. The film is set in New York during the 1960s and pays homage to the Doris Day-Rock Hudson capers Pillow Talk and Love Come Back, Variety reports.
Wearing biker clothes, Ray-Bans and a longshoreman's hat, Bruce Willis fronted a band of bluesmen at B.B. King's Tuesday night. According to PageSix.com, Willis, 46, sang his heart out for 2 ½ hours and covered hits such as "Kokomo Blues" and "Who Do You Love."
NBC has ordered up a full season (22 hour-long episodes) of Fear Factor, Variety reports. The reality show, hosted by Joe Rogan, proved a surprise summer success and drew big ratings on Monday nights. The network is airing a special Playboy Playmates episode of Fear Factor opposite Fox's Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 3.
U2, Paul McCartney, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and Marc Anthony are just some of the acts lined up for this year's Super Bowl. In fact, the lineup is so long it makes the football game look like a sideshow. The celebrity overflow is due in part to the events of Sept. 11 and the game's patriotic theme.
Michael Jackson, who in 1994 paid a multimillion-dollar settlement to resolve a child molestation case, thinks there should be a global holiday for children. The idea was one of the cornerstones of Jackson's Heal the Kids charity, which he launched in 2000, but it never gained momentum with U.S. lawmakers Reuters reports. The charity is now on hiatus.
U2 has backed down from its fight to save its Dublin recording studios from being demolished. While the Irish rockers had initially opposed the idea of the redevelopment of the Honover Quay site, the band said Thursday they would join in talks with the Dublin Docklands Development Authority, the AP reports.
Alan Jackson, Creed and Linkin Park held on to the top three spots in the album sales chart, Variety reports. According to SoundScan figures, country crooner Jackson's Drive sold 23,000 units for the week that ended Sunday.
Former pro wrestler and current Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is providing input for the script and songs of a Broadway musical about his life, Reuters reports. The musical will explore Ventura's upbringing and his relationship with his wife Terry. No one has been cast in the role of Ventura yet.
Eddie Murphy's wife Nicole gave birth Tuesday to the couple's fifth child. Bella Zahra, who weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces, was born at an undisclosed Los Angeles hospital. Both mother and child are doing fine, the couple's publicist said in a statement.
Andy Garcia and his wife Marivi Lorido Garcia welcomed their fourth child, a boy, at a Los Angeles area hospital on Monday. Andres Antonio Garcia joins three sisters and weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces at birth.
The good, the bad and the ugly on the tube last week:
"Glick" in 2002!
Call me crazy--many have--but Comedy Central's decision last week to renew Primetime Glick in 2002 comes as very, very good news. The series, starring Martin Short as fictitious, overweight talk show host Jiminy Glick, deftly skewers the late-night talk show genre, poking fun at such conventions as ethnic bandleaders, hosts who know nothing about their guests, and guests who know even less about the host. Mix in brilliant commercial spoofs, a deranged "storytime" break for children and a monologue that veers off into the utterly twisted, and you're left with a gem of a show that cleverly finds a way to insult just about everybody. Good stuff.
CNN: Where's the newscaster?
Perhaps you've tuned in to CNN's Headline News recently. You certainly got a ton of information, but could you even see the anchor? The network's recent decision to throw every scrap of information on the screen has backfired, without question. Sure, you get stock quotes, flashing headlines, weather updates, sports scores, logos and other tidbits, but half the screen is taken up. It's like hearing the news from Wilson on Home Improvement. Knock it off, guys. A scrolling headline telling us who grew the biggest eggplant in Idaho this year really isn't essential news. And WNBA scores? Now that's ridiculous.
"Fear Factor"'s No. 1
After two months of tearing up the Nielsens, NBC's Fear Factor finally reached the No. 1 spot in the rankings last week. It's about time. This is certainly the best new show of the summer season (but then again, the summer's been limp with quality new content). Audiences seem to have latched on the idea of overconfident twentysomethings puking up earthworms. Very good. And the everyman quality of host Joe Rogan is quite comforting--none of the "I'm Batman!" cheesiness of Survivor's Jeff Probst.
Why should it come as a surprise that actress Rebecca Gayheart's being sued for wrongful death? She reportedly hit and killed a kid with an SUV last month. Gayheart has not been criminally charged, nor is she expected to, and the child's family sued the former Beverly Hills 90210 actress seeking unspecified damages plus medical and funeral expenses. If that had been you or me in that Jeep--gabbing away on a cell phone, as Gayheart allegedly was--we'd be sent to the slammer in a heartbeat.
"Emeril" cooking/sleeping with the fishes
Sopranos actor Vincent Pastore (who played mobster Big Pussy) will return to the small screen in the fall on NBC's new sitcom Emeril. Producers on the show are getting it right. While the sitcom originally started out as a sticky sweet family comedy, modifications to the show seem to be making it much, much more appealing than first conceived. Pastore will be playing himself in an early episode.
TBS: Bye, bye, Bond
After recently interviewing TBS execs, I unfortunately learned that the Turner network will not be continuing its annual 30 Days of Bond marathon, which usually airs in October. Instead, they'll be airing a Clint Eastwood marathon in November. Nothing wrong with the Eastwood stint, but it's too bad viewers who've not been introduced to classic James Bond fare will be deprived of cool gadgets and decent womanizing.
Reality television bites. But all the networks have jumped on the bandwagon.
(Author's note: I continue to be baffled by the concept of "reality TV" since it is TV that has very little to do with reality. I mean, how often do you spend 40 days in the Australian Outback climbing obstacle courses and eating nothing but rice?)
Survivor is CBS' silly soap opera in which 16 people are stranded somewhere for more than a month and act as if they're on The Young and the Restless. Fox's Temptation Island, MTV's Jackass and UPN's Chains of Love are bottom-feeding shows meant for the lowest common denominator of American society, which seems pretty low at this moment.
Though it originally passed on Chains of Love, NBC finally entered the reality fray in June with Fear Factor.
Now, executives at NBC love to boast about how their high-quality shows--The West Wing, ER and Law & Order--lure television's most elusive and desirable audience: people under 50 who make more than $75,000 a year. (I admit I watch and enjoy those shows, but fall only into the former category, not the latter. Though I'd like to join that group as well.)
It seems NBC schedules quality programming only during the ratings season. Come summer, all bets are off and the network will find out whether its quality-seeking audience also has lowbrow taste.
Sadism, masochism, voyeurism, exhibitionism, network terrorism. There may not be enough "isms" to fully characterize Fear Factor, a show that practically begs critics to condemn it for all kinds of cultural ills.
Contestants compete in a series of elimination rounds, trying to endure such challenges as being dragged by a horse, attacked by a dog or asked to jump from one moving truck to another. The winner is the one who doesn't fall down, fall off or chicken out.
Some of the stunts have a gross-out twist: In the first episode, contestants were strapped down one by one inside an elevator shaft where 400 rats crawled over them while fellow players shouted encouragement.
The grand prize is $50,000. Losers get nothing.
The price of torture and humiliation on TV has, apparently, come down.
Host Joe Rogan might comment about how the contestants are trying to be brave, but don't buy it. They want fame, money, or both.
Given my statements about other reality shows, you might expect me to join the chorus of critics who have almost unanimously panned Fear Factor, but I can't.
I really like it.
There's something incredibly compelling about watching the average Joe or Joanne perform stunts that people normally only dream of. And by "people," I mean 14-year-old boys and girls who have too much time on their hands and too little fear in their heads. I used to be one of those.
Rogan is a great host, making jokes at contestants' expense when they're in the middle of a stunt. You get the feeling Rogan himself could and would do every stunt on the show.
I have always wanted to jump from one speeding vehicle to another, climb across a rope from one building to the next, and even--now that they've put the thought in my mind--wanted to climb from a speeding jet ski to a helicopter hovering overhead.
Bugs, worms, and other creepy crawly things are certainly not my forte, and yet I still wonder if I could force myself to eat beetles or worms or sheep's eyes.
Of course, all of it sounds easy if it's not right in front of you, and I haven't even managed to fill out the application form to join in on the action.
Couch potato heroes such as myself will continue to enjoy watching people squirm and freak out from the comfort of our living rooms.
Although advertisers are questioning whether NBC's summer reality shows Fear Factor and Spy TV are drawing upscale audiences, NBC West Coast President Scott Sassa maintains that viewership is "consistent with the kind of audience we've had." As reported by Friday's Wall Street Journal, Sassa told reporters Thursday at the semiannual critics tour in Pasadena that, although the two shows have performed well with high-income viewers, "It is not as easy as selling The West Wing and Law & Order." NBC Entertainment President Jeff Zucker, who appeared with Sassa, and, as a joke, wore a bulletproof vest, also suggested that the two reality series appeal primarily to 18- to 34-year-olds. "I'm not sure that that segment of the audience is necessarily represented in this room," he remarked. Lisa de Moraes, the Washington Post TV critic who was present, asked Sassa how old the top execs were at NBC in Burbank, and when he replied that he didn't know, de Moraes took it upon herself to research the matter herself. In Friday's column she publishes the ages of each of the top NBC execs, noting that only one, primetimes series development chief Karey Burke, falls into the demo at age 34. The average age of the others is 45.