Could Adam Scott (no, not that one) be The Bachelor's newest ace in the hole? If Chris Harrison and producer Robert Mills have any say in it he might. The recently-crowned King of the Holes — isn't that what they call golf champions? — beat out Tiger Woods for the green jacket of Masters glory, and also the hearts of American women everywhere when it was revealed that the Australian may in fact be single. Single, wealthy, and handsome?! Someone get this man a reality show, stat!
Well, that's exactly what Mills is hoping, especially after the response he received to his tweet about the idea. The Bachelor Nation has spoken (yes, sorry, that is a thing), and they want you, Adam Scott. If you'll have them!
So......Adam Scott as the next #Bachelor??What say you, #Bachelornation?
— Robert Mills(@Millsy11374) April 14, 2013
From there, the idea took off, with Harrison adding fuel to the fire — and possibly holding out hope that he'd one day get to play a couple holes in Augusta with the pro, no doubt — in typical Bachelor fashion, only to be one-upped by Mills' nice little jab at former Bachelor wannabe/Jeah-enthusiast, Ryan Lochte:
Rumors this will be settled in a hot tub instead of replaying 18th #Masters
— Chris Harrison (@chrisbharrison) April 14, 2013
The Adam Scott as #Bachelor idea has exploded. Will try and meet. And Ryan Lochte-this is what it means to have interest in you as #Bachelor
— Robert Mills(@Millsy11374) April 15, 2013
It's all still just a big ole hypothetical at the moment, but this wouldn't be the first time The Bachelor sourced outside of its incestual pool of contestants for a potential suitor: Byron Velvick (a pro-bass fisherman) and Charlie O'Connell (actor) were both plucked from the pseudo-celebrity world to participate in the televised wooing competition. Hollywood.com has reached out for comment from ABC, but had yet to hear back at the time of publication.
What do you think of the prospect of Adam Scott as the next Bachelor: hole in one or a total bogey? Let us know in the comments!
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Academy Award winner Kate Winslet. Academy Award winner Halle Berry. Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman. Academy Award nominee Greg Kinnear. Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts. Academy Award host Seth MacFarlane. Definitely Nowhere Near The Academy Awards Johnny Knoxville and Snooki. All together on the big screen, at long last. Well, kind of.
The only thing more baffling than trying to make sense of what exactly Movie 43 is about (we'll get to that), is figuring out how in the hell they assembled half of Hollywood to be in a no-holds-barred raunch fest that was made for just around $6 million. Peter Farrelly (the other half of the Farrelly brothers behind comedy classics such as Kingpin, There's Something About Mary, and their masterpiece Dumb and Dumber, as well as its in-the-works sequel) is a producer and one of the dozen directors to contribute to the comedy, which opens in theaters today. Farrelly a simple explanation for all of this: fellow producer Charles Wessler, who has worked with the Brothers Farrelly on all their films.
"It's the brainchild of Charlie Wessler. He'd been talking about this for years, basically what he wanted to do was a Kentucky Fried Movie thing," Farrelly says. After receiving hundreds of submissions and scripts, Wessler settled on roughly forty and then set his sights on some of the biggest names in the business to star.
As Farrelly put it, "The world doesn't know Charlie Wessler, but Charlie Wessler knows everybody. He was a P.A. on Star Wars, he was the assistant to the director on Empire of the Sun. He's done a million things. So he would call actors like Richard Gere and say, 'Hey Richard, you wanna do this short film?' We have no money. You're working for one day for scale, but there's gonna be a lot of laughs."
If that didn't sell the sizzle enough to the all-star cast (which also includes the likes of hot commodities Emma Stone, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, and Jason Sudeikis, to name just a few), the various directors whole filmed segments of Movie 43 over the span of two years (with different writers and crews, as well), catering to when and where the actors could film. Production even waited a full year for Gere, whose conflicts kept him unavailable for this extended period of time.
While it seemed like a pretty convenient deal for the busy stars participating, there was one A-lister who wasn't swayed by the lure of working on the mysterious Movie 43. "[George] Clooney told us to f**k off," Farrelly admits.
As such, everyone but Clooney (and Colin Farrell, and South Park's Matt Stone and Trey Parker, who each reportedly dropped out of the project along the way) was on board. So what exactly did the stars who stayed put get themselves in to?
Movie 43, a series of short films connected by a wrap-around featuring "Dennis Quaid as a down-and-out producer" pitching crazy ideas, is a very different breed of the big ensemble movie. "My fear with that is people will think it's like a Valentine's Day-type movie," Farrelly says.
Anything but. Movie 43 features a series of gross-out jaw-dropper shorts, including the Farrelly-directed sequence about a woman on a blind date (Winslet) whose suitor (Jackman, pictured above) has it all: good looks, charm, money, and…a pair of testicles that hang from his chin that no one else but her seems to notice. While Farrelly doesn't expect the Oscar-nominated Les Mis star to be out stumping for Movie 43 ("You're not gonna see him at our premiere, he's got things to do"), he and Winslet were all-in for their shoot.
"Hugh and Kate were just sensational because it's such a ballsy little piece." (Get it?!) "They embraced it so much and they were so committed and so into it. There was no hesitation. In fact, it was the other way. Both of them were going off the page doing insane things. They got into the swing of it," Farrelly says of his time with the stars, calling the shoot "two hilariously fun days."
Even with A-listers going, ahem, balls-out, this is a moviegoing generation living in the age of Funny or Die. Nowadays, celebrities taking part in outrageous, image-shattering shorts is not only the norm, but free of charge. "Funny or Die is sensational, I wish I'd started it," Farrelly says, "but they do have restrictions to what you can say and do. We wanted to do something that you can't do on Funny or Die. We wanted to push it past the Funny or Die ceiling."
Farrelly, along with the various directors and producers, also realized that coming up with a Kentucky Fried Movie (which came out in 1977) or Groove Tube (from 1974, which Farrelly cites as another influence as an ensemble sketch comedy movie) for a new era provided another challenge with today's breed of moviegoers. "Things have changed since Kentucky Fried Movie in that attention spans have shortened. You can't just have one short after another. Because then you just have people looking at their watches, like 'All right, I don't know if I want to start another short,'" he says.
Alongside Wessler, fellow producer John Pennotti, and Relativity, Farrelly and co. narrowed down which of the shorts would make it into Movie 43. "There were a couple that didn't make the final cut, we knew that would happen. The reasons they didn't make it is they were either redundant, in that there had been a short that was similar, or it just felt like overkill or trying too hard in trying to shock people. We really tried to find the right rhythm so people wouldn't feel manipulated," Farrelly explains, adding, "It gives us stuff for the DVD."
Movie 43 opens in theaters today.
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S4E14: Most sitcom episodes drawing on whatever time of year we're in as a theme (Halloween! Christmas! Hannukah! St. Patty's Day! Arbor Day!) usually fall flat for me. That said, I'm not sure Parks and Recreation has ever missed a beat for me when they've tackled the holidays. So when I realized the show was dabbling in the most romantic of days, Valentine's Day...well, my heart was aflutter. I do love the show, after all. Thankfully, they didn't break my heart, tonight's episode "Operation Ann" delivering on the laughs.
"Ann's not totally hideous, why does she need our help?" - April
February 13. Gal-entine's Day. The day where all the lady's can share their stories and hug it out. This year, most everyone in Leslie's life has a significant other—including herself. But for the first time in recent memory, Ann is sing and, frankly, not dealing with it well.
In an effort to cheer up her BFF, Leslie tasks everyone in the office with finding an eligible bachelor to bring along to the Valentine's mixer, as a potential hook-up for Ann. The results are as disastrous as you might expect: April brings her goth friend Oren; Tom recommends himself; Jerry accidentally hires a male gigolo. Even Leslie's picks are lackluster—Jeff, for instance, had to admit his sister was more beautiful than Ann. But in true Knope spirit, there was no resting until a suitor could be found.
Although earlier this season I was dying to get to the actual Knope 2012 election, after three episodes of solid campaigning, I am happy to see Parks take a break in favor of a little character TLC. I think the show is at its best when it's peppering its scenes with non-regular Pawnee citizens, and all of Ann's potential dating options were hilarious. A goofy episode, sure, but a welcome change of pace.
"Did you try f***?" - Ron
There's no surprise that celebrating Valentine's Day with Leslie Knope is not your run-of-the-mill romantic celebration, and Ben gets a full serving of crazed holiday traditions when he's sent on a V-Day scavenger hunt. With the help of Andy and Ron, Ben cracks the code of a cryptex ("from The Da Vinci Code, the first movie we watched on Starz HD), which sends the trio down a rabbit hole of riddles, a race across every familiar location in town. From the gay bar The Bump to J.J.'s Diner to a Snowglobe museum (which included a sweet cameo from Adam Scott's Party Down co-star Martin Starr!), the gents sweep Pawnee to find the final clue leading Ben to his epic date. The real winner of the chase? Ron. Boy, does he love riddles. Like a lot.
This episode more than others is a fury of jokes, almost all of them killing. Whether Ron is suffocating from enjoyment, Andy's picking up sticks that look like deer or the writers are throwing us Party Down fans a nice inside curveball, the show is sharp and on fire. One of the funnier half hours of the new year.
"Millicent Gergrich has literally torn my heart from my body, and replaced it with a thick slab of sadness. I may never smile again." - Chris
In last week's episode "Bowling for Votes," we saw Chris have his heartbroken by Jerry's daughter Millicent, and now Valentine's Day is slowly destroying the generally-chipper man. To cope, Chris volunteers to DJ the Valentine's social (plus he doesn't think Tom's recommendation of a DJ who wants to get everyone "wet with sound" is appropriate), and spends a majority of the mixer moping and playing music from the end of a movie where a monk kills himself. Not that danceable. But as Leslie notices as the night tapers off, Chris mysteriously slips away...
"How is your night unfolding? In terms of the conversations you're having with men." - Leslie
Realizing she doesn't have much of a chance, Ann takes off the from the dance, followed intently by a suspicious Leslie. Is her best friend sneaking away for a date? And with who? Could it be Chris!?
Putting two and two together (albeit against the discouraging words of April, who finally appears to be looking out for Ann), Leslie takes off to meet Ben at the final location (Lil' Sebastian's grave, how romantic!), then tracks Ann at her romantic rendezvous. The goal is to catch Chris and Ann in the act, an inner-office relationship Leslie and Ben can rub in Chris' face, but what they do find is even more shocking. Ann...and Tom...on a date.... April catches up with the two Peeping Tom's to clue them in. April set them up it seems, as Tom was really the only guy making Ann smile—so why not?
The episode concludes with Ann and Tom making small talk ("Go back to my place and snuggle up like little bunnies?" "No."), but what we have here might be potential for a new arc, a ripe Tom/Ann romance ready to blossom. Does our favorite loud-mouth and Pawnee's resident nurse/Parks Dept part-timer have a future, or is this going to fizzle out like the rest of Ann and Tom's relationships?
I'm crossing my fingers that love's in the air.
Based on the bestseller by co-writers Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus The Nanny Diaries paints a pretty dim picture of the wealthy Upper East Side folk who are too busy with their professional and/or social lives to raise the children they think they needed to have. As seen through the idealistic Annie Braddock (Scarlett Johansson) a 21-year-old New York University grad who has dreams of being an anthropologist being a nanny to a rich kid isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Annie takes the job of looking after the precocious 6-year-old son of a super-wealthy couple she calls “The X’s” as a way to clear her head before moving on with her life. In fact as she finds herself immersed in this elite and ritualistic culture she considers it a field study much like living in an Amazonian tribe. But Annie quickly learns that life is not very rosy on the other side of the tax bracket as she must cater to the every whim of Mrs. X (Laura Linney) and attempt to avoid the formidable Mr. X (Paul Giamatti)—and try to comfort a lonely little boy who just wants to be loved by his parents. With that Annie breaks the cardinal rule in the science of humans and their works: She goes native. Just as The Devil Wears Prada had Meryl Streep to raise it above its frivolity The Nanny Diaries has Laura Linney. Her Mrs. X is a brilliant case study in duality: On the one hand Mrs. X is carefully manicured an uptight high society dame planning fund raisers attending “Nanny Cam” seminars and ignoring her little boy; on the flipside she is just as lonely and wanting of love as her son. Linney’s vulnerable moments are the most heartbreaking especially when she sits through Annie’s chastisement about her parenting skills on a nanny-cam tape in front of a group of her high society friends. This performance probably won’t give Linney an Oscar nod but someday the actress should win that damn thing. Giamatti--as the distant hands-off husband--makes his presence known but it’s pretty much a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it performance. As for our leading lady Johansson fares well among the upper classes as the kindly Annie but doesn’t really do anything above and beyond the call of duty. And for the ladies there’s Chris Evans (Fantastic Four) as Annie’s would-be suitor whom she dubs “Havard Hottie.” Hottie indeed. Actually the comparisons between The Nanny Diaries and The Devil Wears Prada are numerous: Both are adaptations from bestsellers written by women; both skew Manhattan’s highfalutin upper class with a Sex and the City sensibility; and both incorporate idealistic female college grads who face tough women and get caught up but somehow manage to ground themselves eventually. The difference this time is that Diaries is co-written and directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini the same wife-and-husband team who gave us 2003’s American Splendor the ultra-quirky but innately mesmerizing biopic of comic book creator Harvey Pekar. Talk about a change of pace. Maybe Berman and Pulcini were feeling romantic when they picked Diaries as their follow-up. The couple doesn’t use as much cinematic flair as they did with American Splendor but there is a certain charm to Diaries’ anthropological look and feel especially as Annie analyzes Manhattan’s denizens in their natural habitats. Still there’s some oomph lacking. As a Prada wannabe Diaries doesn’t quite make the cut.