Chris Lilley is bringing our favorite Summer Heights High character back with Ja'mie: Private School Girl. This time, she's left public school and back on her old stomping grounds, Hillford Girls Grammar School, where the lawns are more manicured and the trash bins are less random. We love Ja'mie for her brutal honesty, her words of wisdom, and her tireless goal of helping others. She's such a strong character that sometimes we forget that she's played by Australian actor Chris Lilley, who makes playing a schoolgirl look so natural and believable. We tip our hats to Mr. Lilley for creating one of the best female characters played by a man in comedy history. To celebrate Ja'mie's triumphant return, we're taking a look back at the best cross-dressing moments in comedy. (And of course, a feathered hat must be tipped to Eddie Izzard, one of the few real-life out transvestites in comedy.)
Dustin Hoffman's gender-bending role as Miss Dorothy Michaels is one of his most memorable. Out-of-work actor Michael Dorsey (Hoffman) dresses up as Dorothy and auditions for a female part on a popular soap opera. He lands the part and becomes a famous actress, but soon faces complications with his new identity, as he falls in love with his costar Julie and is courted by Julie's father. Tootsie earned 10 Oscar nominations, one of which was won by Jessica Lange as Julie, and the American Film Institute ranked it as the second funniest film of all time.
The Kids in the Hall (1988-1994)
The boys of The Kids in the Hall made playing girls a regular thing on TV. In fact, playing women was one of their trademarks, but they weren't in drag, they were just playing regular women. They made cross-dressing and playing the opposite sex seem normal, natural, and comfortable, paving the way for characters like Ja'mie. Two of our favorite characters are secretaries Cathy and Kathie, whose sketches often feature all five of the members playing women.
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Robin Williams was born to play Mrs. Doubtfire. After his character, Daniel, loses custody of his kids in his divorce, he finds a way to stay in their lives by applying to be their housekeeper. With the help of his makeup artist brother, he transforms into hefty Scottish matriarch Mrs. Doubtfire. His family has no idea that Mrs. Doubtfire is actually Daniel, and he is able to fully take on the role of their housekeeper, learning to be a better parent to his kids along the way.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
Terence Stamp, known for playing villains and intimidating types, steps out of his comfort zone and into gorgeous gowns as Bernadette in this critically acclaimed Australian comedy. His stage partners are played by equally unlikely actors, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce. The trio travel in a purple school bus named Priscilla through the Australian outback to reach their gig in Alice Springs. They encounter many interesting characters along the way, and Bernadette questions her path in life.
To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)
Coming off the success of Priscilla, To Wong Foo is a similar twist on the buddy-movie genre. Three professional drag queens, Vida Boheme (Patrick Swayze), Noxeema Jackson (Wesley Snipes), and Chi Chi Rodriguez (John Leguizamo) take a road trip from New York to LA and get into several mini adventures in the small towns along the way. In their encounters, the three ladies teach the townspeople valuable life lessons on self-confidence, chivalry, and love.
The Birdcage (1996)
This remake of the Franco-Italian classic La Cage aux Folles stars Robin Williams as Armand, the owner of a South Beach drag club, and Nathan Lane as Armand's domestic partner and star drag queen. When Armand's son, Val, gets engaged to Barbara, whose father is an ultraconservative Republican senator, Armand must create the illusion that he is a straight man when he invites Barbara's parents over for dinner. The ruse gets complicated — but hilarious — when Albert (Lane) uses his talents for cross-dressing and pretends to be Albert's wife.
Sorority Boys (2002)
It's definitely not the most eloquent example of cross-dressing in cinema, but Sorority Boys is proof that the tactic can been used in any genre, even teen sex comedies. Three mysgonistic playboys are accused of embezzlement and get kicked out of their frat, and their only option to stay on campus rent-free is by dressing up like women and joining the sorority Delta Omicron Gamma (D.O.G.). Not the best message, but their past mistreatment of women does come back to bite them in the ass, and they learn a few lessons in the process.
White Chicks (2004)
In this movie, not only do Shawn and Marlon Wayans have to become a different sex, but also a different race. The premise is ridiculous, but that's part of the film's appeal. Brothers and FBI agents Marcus (Marlon) and Kevin (Shawn) Copeland must pretend to be socialite sisters Brittany and Tiffany Wilson (this was when the Hilton sisters were still relevant) in order to catch a serial kidnapper. The movie might not go down in film history, but pop culturalists will forever be haunted by those faces.
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Sports and celebrities can make some strange bedfellows. Being a pro football player means that there are often some choice celebrities who might want to spend...ahem...time with them. These pairings, though, left us way beyond scratching our heads and propelled us into "WTF?" territory.
1. Brian Urlacher/Paris HiltonThis giant of a football player and a heiress who generally preferred to date Greek shipping tycoons. Yeah, I think even the paparazzi were left generally confused. Fortunately for everyone involved, it fizzled quite quickly.
2. Tony Romo/Jessica Simpson
Cowboys fans still howl at this pair, especially since Romo blew off team workouts in a playoff bye week to go to Cabo with Simpson. Yes, Dallas then lost, but if you had a chance to go to a beach with someone like Simpson, you'd do it. Don't lie. At least Romo avoided the Tuna/Chicken question.
3. Tila Tequila/Shawne MerrimanA raucous party girl and a violent-minded NFL player. Where could it go wrong? Well, there were domestic violence incidents. Yeah, we could see that coming a mile away.
4. Jamie-Lynn Sigler/Mark SanchezThey didn't last too long. Maybe the late James Gandolfini threatened to whack Sanchez if he didn't treat her right. Remarkably, around the time they broke up, Sanchez's football game went to sleep with the fishes.
5. Carmella DeCesare/Jeff GarciaFormer teammate Terrell Owens called Garcia gay. He sure showed Owens by marrying a former Playboy Playmate and WWE Diva. Garcia showed that he probably liked getting bodyslammed on the football field and at home.
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Every week, Hollywood gives us something to whine about, and the week of June 17 was no different. We could make a drinking game out of this week, but that would be too dangerous. Instead, we'll stick to the usual formula: varying levels of alcoholic respite depending on how bothersome the week's issues are. Is your biggest complaint this week a flimsy one? How about a light cocktail to take the edge off? Got a real bone to pick with a celeb or entertainment entity this week? Go ahead, grab a drink that'll put hair on your chest. Here are the week's entertainment stories that are forcing us to seek a bubbly or boozy refuge. And maybe an idea or two about how you should wash them down.
LIGHTEN UP WITH A WHITE RUSSIAN
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West name their daughter North West. Her parents are obviously setting her up to be a fan of One Direction, but that baby will always be Kimye to me.
Jimmy Kimmel releases the suggestive R&B ballad “(I Wanna) Channing All Over Your Tatum." According to new father Channing Tatum's rap section, "Going Channing on your Tatum makes the babies be born." But has anyone actually figured out what this means yet?
50 Shades of Grey gets a director. As if summer wasn't hot enough already...
James Franco jumps on the crowdfunding bandwagon and will let you pay $5,000 for a line in one of his new movies so that he can tell you he would have done it better.
WASH THIS WEEK DOWN WITH A RED BULL & VODKA
Andrew W.K. breaks the world record for longest drum session in a retail store before we can even process that this is even an existing record to break.
Director of Spring Breakers is remixing the film to make a whole other movie. And like every good remix, T-Pain will probably make an autotuned cameo, shawty.
Rihanna whacks fan with a microphone proving once and for all that she is a Good Girl Gone Bad.
HIT THE HARDER STUFF WITH A BLUE LAGOON
Katy Perry says Russell Brand asked for a divorce via text. All he had to say was "I kissed a girl (who isn't you) and I liked it."
Rihanna is considering entering a woman's love and sex addiction rehab facility because, apparently, "chains and whips excite her" too much.
Paula Deen issues an apology after being outed for racial discrimination and simultaneously reminds us of the dangers of not wearing sunscreen.
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Hooray for Horrible Bosses! No, not mean managers, but the 2011 hit film.
After ages of negotiations, New Line has announced that Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis will be back for the sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The comedy — which watched three friends as they plotted to kill their respective bosses, only one of whom was successful — will feature a new set of bosses. Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey —the two bosses who made it out alive in the first film — could come back for a cameo.
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In addition Jamie Foxx, a.k.a. Dean "Mother F--ka" Jones is also in talks to return to his role as the trio's murder consultant. The movie is said to start filming at the end of the summer.
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The NAACP Image Awards might be "what black people is about," according to the show's Entertainer of the Year, Jamie Foxx . But they were also about the ratings. And last night's award show had its largest audience in four years. The event — which was hosted by comedian Steve Harvey — drew 3 million viewers overall.
Some of the highlights from the show included Foxx's moving speech at the end of the night, as well as his Django Unchained costar Kerry Washington's three wins. Have a listen to their acceptance speeches below and tell us your thoughts in the comments section.
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Bradley Cooper and Kate Hudson handed the shocked star the accolade for his work as Dr. King Schultz in Quentin Tarantino's controversial new Western, which also features the Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx.
Accepting the night's first prize, he said, "Thank you so much... It's extraordinary. Quentin you know that my indebtedness to you and my gratitude knows no words. You entrusted me with this character and you took me on this journey."
The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, are underway at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
The director, who won the Best Screenplay Oscar for his cult hit Pulp Fiction, will be honoured with the Hollywood Screenwriter Award for his work on the star-studded western, which features Jamie Foxx as a freed slave who sets out for revenge against an evil plantation owner, portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Event director Carlos de Abreu tells The Hollywood Reporter, "We are delighted to have this opportunity to celebrate Quentin for his unique and exceptional creative vision."
Tarantino will join Judd Apatow (Hollywood Comedy Award) and Robert De Niro (Hollywood Supporting Actor Award) as honourees at the Los Angeles ceremony, which will take place at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles on 22 October (12).
Django Unchained will be released in December (12).
The celebrity mugshot is the ultimate truth-teller: no Photoshop magic, no special lighting, no fancy makeup trickery.
But every once in a blue moon, a celebrity manages to crack the code and doesn't look like a hot mess. The latest? 'Iron Chef' Cat Cora.
No bloodshot eyes here. Instead, we've got lipgloss, camera-ready hair, mascara, even gorgeous catchlights in her eyes.
Although she did have an advantage. The 'Around the World In 80 Plates' star was cited for one count of DUI and one count of driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher on June 17. But she didn't take her mugshot that day.
Cora, 44, returned to the Santa Barbara police station 11 days later for a make-up photo. Hey, no fair!
She's certainly not the only celeb to look surprisingly hot in her mugshot. Remember Lindsay Lohan's pretty mugshot, Paris Hilton's and Nicole Richie's?
So the lesson here is: Always. Be. Prepared.
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Quentin Tarantino recently released 10 minutes of footage during the Cannes Film Festival from his new Western, currently in production, Django Unchained. But on June 8 his troubled flick will reach a wider audience when the trailer is rumored to play before Ridley Scott's Prometheus, the eagerly anticipated prequel to his classic 1979 film Alien. Moviegoers will be treated to an early look at Tarantino's slave drama starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Samuel L. Jackson.
The film has been a casting carousel, and it looks as if the rotating roster is about to spin again. Reports are that Prometheus' own Michael Fassbender is in talks to land a role in the film. The actor has already appeared in a Tarantino film, playing a small, but instantly memorable part in the 2009 film, Inglourious Basterds. But as the movie is slated to be released on Christmas Day, they may need Santa's helpers to get it wrapped on time.
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The all-star cast of Quentin Tarantino's new Western Django Unchained just lost another star. Actor Kurt Russell — who was set to take over the role of slave trainer Ace Woody after Kevin Costner quit — has opted out for unknown reasons.
Django Unchained, which boasts an impressive cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, and Samuel L. Jackson, has had a rotating roster from the start. Initially it was reported that Tarantino was courting Will Smith for the lead role. It eventually went to Foxx. Other casting changes have included Sacha Baron Cohen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, both of whom were unable to participate due to scheduling conflicts.
The movie is currently filming in New Orleans and stars Foxx as the lead role of Django, a slave who sets out to free his wife from the barbarous plantation owner played by DiCaprio.
The movie is slated to be released on Christmas Day. Assuming that doesn't change too.
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