Rashida Jones has recruited her real-life mother and father, Peggy Lipton and Quincy Jones, to play her on-screen parents in her new TV sitcom. The actress recently left her role on hit U.S. comedy Parks and Recreation, but she already has a new project lined up with a part in a police sitcom titled Tribeca.
The show will be a family affair as Jones' actress mum and music mogul father will reunite to make a guest appearance her character's parents.
Lipton and Jones were married for 16 years before their split in 1990, and have two daughters, Rashida and Kidada.
The new venture reunites Jones with her former The Office co-star Steve Carell, who co-wrote the pilot episode with his wife Nancy.
Jones played Karen Filippelli in The Office from 2006 to 2011.
Rashida Jones may have left NBC's Parks and Recreation, but we'll be seeing plenty of her (and her work) in the coming year. Not only does she have her own series coming to HBO (and Claws sounds awesome), but she's just been cast in the lead for Steve Carell's new sitcom, Tribeca. Folks, this is a very good thing.
So here's what you need to know. First off, Carell created the show with his wife, actress Nancy Carell (formerly known as Nancy Walls), and the two will write and executive produce the series for TBS. Tribeca will be a single-camera comedy (you know you love those), and it sounds like a Law & Order: SVU parody of sorts. Jones will be playing Angie Tribeca, one of a group of police in the LAPD's elite RHCU -- Really Heinous Crimes Unit. Yup. You know you want to see what this is all about.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series "explores an eccentric but brilliant group of people who investigate crime, reveal way too much personal information and refuse to rest until justice has been served ... sort of." That description alone is enough to make you LOL, so we're expecting some seriously good stuff. Throw in Carell as the director and the fact that Jones's character is a solo rider who suddenly gets hit with a new partner (we can't wait to find out who's taking on that role), and you have one highly-anticipated series. Has it been done before? Sure. But has it been done before with the incomparable Rashida Jones and Steve Carell, who is also quite awesome? No. No, it hasn't.
Rashida Jones is reuniting with her former The Office co-star Steve Carell in a new sitcom. Just days before she makes her final appearance on hit TV show Parks and Recreation, the actress has signed on to star in a new programme called Tribeca.
Co-written by Carell and his actress wife Nancy, the comedy centres on Jones' character Angie Tribeca, an outspoken veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department's Really Heinous Crimes Unit.
Jones and co-star Rob Lowe, who is also departing Parks and Recreation, will make their final appearances in an episode airing in the U.S. next Thursday (30Jan14).
The actress played Karen Filippelli in The Office from 2006 to 2011.
Well, that was tremendously satisfying.
That's what she said.
After nine seasons on NBC, the American adaptation of Ricky Gervais' beloved British series of the same name, The Office was given an absolutely lovely, sincere, and near-perfect send-off. No, not everything in the episode worked. But what did work — those heartfelt reunions and goodbyes — are what really stood out and what mattered and what made this 75-minute finale so very special.
But, that's almost fitting in a way. The past few years of The Office were pretty bad, but the finale erased all of that. This is exactly what the conclusion was about: redeeming yourself, making peace with something, remembering the good over the bad, and finding the beauty in imperfections. Everyone had their happy ending, including The Office itself.
Picking up a year after the airing of the PBS documentary about them, and a day before Dwight and Angela's wedding, we found our favorite characters at different places in their lives. But the employees of Dunder Mifflin were — and still are — at their core, a family. But, you can't have a family unit without it's papa bear, which in their case is Michael Scott. Yes, the rumors were confirmed and our wishes came true: Steve Carell returned for the finale, and it was just perfect.
After Jim was named best man for Dwight's wedding — or, as the Schrute's call it, Bestest Mensch — and he went above and beyond the call of duty (aw, remember the episode when Jim was terrible at Call of Duty?) by pulling off the Best... Prank... Ever... and surprising the groom with a new Bestest Mensch: one Michael Gary Scott. And their first exchange in nearly two years went as follows:
Dwight: "I can't believe you came." Michael: "That's what she said."
Oh, Michael, you haven't changed a bit. Well, he did a little, in that he now has gray hair and is blissfully happy with a wife and their kids. But at the core, he's still the same old Michael. He still can't dance and he still says things that come out wrong ("I feel like all my kids grew up and married each other... it's every parent's dream!"), but his heart is still in the right place. Please, please let the Emmys at least give Carell one for a guest appearance.
Michael wasn't the only one who got a happy ending so richly deserved. Pam finally made a big, romantic gesture to Jim and decided to move their family to Austin so he could pursue his dream; Dwight and Angela got married; Kelly and Ryan (that's right, Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak returned, too) got back together (even if they did so in the most terrible way possible: by ditching a baby... though would you expect any different from those two?); Andy went from a laughing stock to a hometown hero; Darryl enjoyed his continued success; Toby enthusiastically got invited to hang out; Oscar enjoyed a senatorial campaign (but sadly no showcase of his origami skills) and, in the most touching happy ending of them all, Erin finally got to meet her birth parents (played by Joan Cusack and Ed Begley Jr.).
But, really, even if they didn't have a big goodbye, all the characters walked away with something: wisdom. Lucky for us, they all got to share a few pearls (major kudos to The Office writing team for this episode, it was some absolutely beautiful stuff):
- "I wish there was a way to know you're in the good old days before you've actually left them." Oh, Nard Dog. Someone should write a song about that.
- "I worked for a paper company all these years, but I never wrote anything down." Phyllis just destroyed me in this episode (she was so concerned about Andy, and she carried her old nemesis Angela down the aisle, and was so genuinely happy to receive her gift of a cute bird statue of herself from her grumpy pal Stanley) and this little snippet was a reminder to us all to take more pictures and write down your memories — you'll really cherish them someday.
- "Yes, I'd say I have gotten along with my subordinates." Dwight, referring to his wife Angela, best man Jim, and his best friend (aw!) Pam, among others.
- "Everything I have I owe to this job. This stupid, wonderful, boring, amazing job." Jim, TV's best crush, always and forever.
- "There's a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn't that kind of the point?" Pam, who grew into her own and allowed herself to find happiness over the course of nine years. As she simply put it, "Be strong, trust yourself, love yourself, conquer your fears, go after what you want." And thank goodness that The Office saw the beauty in ordinary things and ordinary people who were capable of extraordinary things.
Other finale highlights:
- Bringing back characters like Carol the realtor (Carell's wife in real life, Nancy Walls), Elizabeth the stripper, and of course, Mose. - Cameos by Seth Meyers and Bill Hader as themselves. Hey, we'll take as much of those guys on SNL as we can while we can get 'em. - Dwight carrying/dancing with Angela. - The group shot in front of Pam's mural calling for "everyone from the office." Judging by the cameo by Greg Daniels, it was likely everyone from The Office. - Creed's beautiful guitar serenade in the office. - Reminscing about the Office Olympics. - Pam getting in one last "Dunder Mifflin, this is Pam" and taking her painting of the office building with her. - Just. All of it, really. Goodbye old friends. And thank you.
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The trailers for Hope Springs might lead you to believe it's a romantic comedy about a couple trying to jumpstart their sexless marriage but it causes more empathetic cringing than chuckles. Audiences will be drawn to Hope Springs by its stars Meryl Streep Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell and Streep's track record of pleasing summer movies like Julie & Julia and Mamma Mia! that offer a respite from the blockbusters flooding theaters. Despite what its marketing might have you believe Hope Springs isn't a rom-com. The film is a disarming mixture of deeply intimate confessions by a married couple in the sanctuary of a therapist's office awkwardly honest attempts by that couple to physically reconnect and incredibly sappy scenes underscored by intrusive music. Boldly addressing female desire especially in older women it's hard not to give the movie extra credit for what writer Vanessa Taylor's script is trying to convey and its rarity in mainstream film. The ebb and flow of intimacy and desire in a long-term relationship is what drives Hope Springs and while there are plenty contrived moments and unresolved issues it is frankly surprising and surprisingly frank. It's a summer release from a major studio with high caliber stars aimed squarely at the generally underserved 50+ audience addressing the even more taboo topic of that audience's sex life.
Streep plays Kay a suburban wife who's deeply unsatisfied emotionally and sexually by her marriage to Arnold. Arnold who is played by Tommy Lee Jones as his craggiest sleeps in a separate bedroom now that their kids have left the nest; he's like a stone cold robot emotionally and physically and Kay tiptoes around trying to make him happy even as he ignores her every gesture. One of the most striking scenes in the movie is at the very beginning when Kay primps and fusses over her modest sleepwear in the hopes of seducing her husband. Streep makes it obvious that this isn't an easy thing for Kay; it takes all her guts to try and wordlessly suggest sex to her husband and when she's shot down it hurts to watch. This isn't a one time disconnect between their libidos; this is an ongoing problem that leaves Kay feeling insecure and undesirable.
After a foray into the self-help section of her bookstore Kay finds a therapist who holds week-long intensive couples' therapy sessions in Good Hope Springs ME and in a seemingly unprecedented moment of decisiveness she books a trip for the couple. Arnold of course is having none of it but he eventually comes along for the ride. That doesn't mean he's up for answering any of Dr. Feld's questions though. To be fair Dr. Feld (Carell) is asking the couple deeply intimate questions so if Arnold is comfortable foisting his amorous wife off with the excuse he had pork for lunch it's not so far-fetched to believe he'd be angry when Feld asks him about his fantasy life or masturbation habits.
Although Arnold gets a pass on some of his issues Kay is forthright about why and how she's dissatisfied. When Dr. Feld asks her if she masturbates she says she doesn't because it makes her too sad. Kay offers similar revelations; she's willing to bare it all to revive her marriage while Arnold thinks the fact that they're married at all means they must be happy. Carell's Dr. Feld is soothing and kind (even a bit bland) but it's always a pleasure to see him play it straight.
It's subversive for a mega-watt star to play a character that talks about how sexually unsatisfied she is and how unsexy she feels with the man she loves most in the world. The added taboo of Kay and Arnold's age adds that much more to the conversation. Kay and Arnold's attempts at intimacy are emotionally raw and hard to watch. Even when things get funny they're mostly awkward funny not ha-ha funny.
The rest of the movie is a little uneven wrapped up tightly and happily by the end. Their time spent soul-searching alone is a little cheesy especially when Kay ends up in a local bar where she gets a little dizzy on white wine while dishing about her problems to the bartender (Elisabeth Shue). Somewhere along the line what probably started out as a character study ended up as a wobbly drama that pushes some boundaries but eventually lets everyone off the emotional hook in favor of a smoothed-over happy ending. Still its disarming moments and performances almost balance it out. Although its target audience might be dismayed to find it's not as light-hearted as it would seem Hope Springs offers up the opportunity for discussion about sexuality and aging at a time when books and films like 50 Shades of Grey and Magic Mike are perking up similar conversations. In the end that's a good thing.
The British beauty admits she would be willing to team up with The Klaxons star after being inspired by Steve Carell, who worked happily with his actress wife Nancy on their apocalypse movie Seeking A Friend For The End of the World.
Knightley says, "I've never worked with a significant other but I should imagine it would be lovely. When you get together I don't see why you shouldn't get on when you are working together."
But despite preparing to marry a singer and keyboardist, Knightley insists she has never been a huge music fan.
She adds, "It's weird because a lot of my close friends and relatives are totally obsessed by music and even though I'm not, I've always, for some reason, been attracted to people who are."
Instead of following a ragtag team of brutes hired for a suicide mission to destroy an Earth-bound meteor Seeking a Friend for the End of the World plays out the apocalyptic "what if?" scenario from the everyman vantage point. Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist) the film pairs average joe Dodge (Steve Carell) with wallflower Penny (Keira Knightley) for a journey across the east coast a hunt for Dodge's college sweetheart. Scafaria takes a character-first approach to her anti-blockbuster examining the end of the world with a pitch black sense of humor. But the road trip loses steam as it chugs along with the film's insistence to avoid Hollywood disaster tropes taking a toll on the entertainment value. Dodge and Penny are so normal they aren't that interesting to watch. In turn neither is Seeking a Friend.
Worse for Dodge than the whole "destruction of humanity" thing is the fact that he's facing it alone; his wife leaves him he has no real family and he hates nearly all of his friends. While everyone he knows is either hooking up or shooting up in hopes of going out on a high note Dodge buckles under the weight of an existential crisis that feels all too familiar. To his rescue is next-door neighbor Penny who insists the two hit the road together to go find Dodge's one-that-got-away. They don't have much of a choice as New York City is quickly overrun by Malatov cocktail-hurling riots.
When the catastrophe and societal chaos is seen through Dodge's eyes and Carell's complex interpretation of the straight man Scafaria hits all the marks. Watching Dodge tell his cleaning lady to go home because "What's the point?" is heartbreaking while his good friend's descent into frat boy madness for the same reasons nails mankind's vile tendencies. And through it all it's funny thanks to Carell's impeccable timing. When Dodge is eventually paired up with Penny the film meanders the two never unearthing what it is about each other that keeps them sticking together. The duo run into a kindly truck driver (who's hired an assassin to off him when he's unaware) a TGIFriday's-esque restaurant full of zany drugged up waiters and even one of Penny's ex-boyfriends whose locked down with automatic rifles and Ruffles chips in anticipation of the end. But Dodge and Penny's quest is mostly about the in-between moments the quitter grounded human reactions to the apocalypse. Even with great performers at the helm Seeking a Friend doesn't organically shape those moments so much as contrive them. In one scene Penny fondly recalls the wonders of listening to music on vinyl Dodge listening carefully and learning. It's a soft and low key discussion perfect juxtaposition against the big-scale problem at hand but when a twenty-something is explaining records to a guy nearing 50 it comes off as twee instead of truthful. The problem infiltrates most of Seeking a Friend's character moments.
Scafaria has an ear and eye for comedy but Seeking a Friend boldly reaches for something more. Sadly ambition doesn't translate to success a messy tonal mix that fail to make it all that engaging or emotional. Carell and Knightley serve the material as best they can but this is the end of the world an even that requires a little weight a little sensationalism and a little more than a casual road movie.
The 40 Year Old Virgin star's actress wife Nancy plays his partner, who leaves his desperate character at the beginning of the movie.
Carell tells Parade.com, "They used the take where her shoe came off in the car, and she bolted across that field with one shoe on. I don't think I've ever seen her run that fast."
The actor admits it was the worst day to film the break-up: "We shot the scene on our 17th anniversary. (The director) got us a cake and the crew sang Happy Anniversary to us."
From her very first scene as Sue Sylvester on Glee, Jane Lynch established herself as one of television’s greatest powerhouses. She demanded that we acknowledge her existence whenever she marched into a scene, and that’s no easy feat when you consider how much eye candy and over-the-top theatrics that is on that show. Within the first few episodes it was obvious that even though Glee is a show about how difficult it is for teenagers to discover and express their own identities, Lynch skillfully managed to portray the important message that sometimes, adults don’t really have life figured out that much, either. And so because her witty and enthusiastic personality translates so well on television, Lynch was chosen to host the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards.
Jane Lynch was born in July of 1960 and raised in Dolton, Illinois. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in theatre from Illinois State University, she then went pursued her Masters in Fine Arts in theatre from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Afterwards, she moved to Chicago and spent the next ten years performing at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and traveling with the world famous improvisational group, The Second City. But it wasn’t until 1988 that she got her first film role, playing Ms. Lindstrom in Vice Versa. And then in 1993 she played a doctor who knew Harrison Ford’s character in The Fugitive. Over the course of the next ten years she appeared on countless television shows, including Friends, Felicity, Two and a Half Men, Weeds, Boston Legal, The L Word, Gilmore Girls, Psych, Monk, Arrested Development, Dawson’s Creek, and The New Adventures of Old Christine.
However, Lynch’s popularity soared once Judd Apatow’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin came out in 2005. In the movie she played SmartTech’s manager, Paula, who takes a particular liking to Steve Carell’s character of Andy, and offers herself up as his “fuck buddy.” In an NPR interview, Lynch explained how she became a part of the movie, and she said, “I have Steve Carell’s wife, Nancy Walls, to thank for [getting me the role]. It was a man’s part and she said, ‘Steve, you have too many men in your movie – you should audition Jane for the part.’” Lynch’s profoundly hilarious scene of serenading Carell’s character lead to her appearing in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, For Your Consideration, Role Models, and Julie & Julia.
Lynch expanded upon her esteemed career in television when she appeared on the first season of Starz's Party Down in 2009. The show revolved around a catering company in Los Angeles and depicted a group of six people who unenthusiastically served food at rich people's parties to earn money so they could pursue their other agendas. Though it developed a cult following, critics panned it and it was ultimately canceled after its second season. But luckily enough for Lynch, she only witnessed the good times because shortly after she finished filming the first season, she was cast as Sue Sylvester on Glee (which, of course, we all know was a tremendous hit). The first episode premiered on May 19th, 2009, and the season went on to earn nineteen Emmy nominations, four Golden Globe awards, and fifty-seven other awards. Two of those honors went to Lynch herself, and she capped off the year with both a Golden Globe and an Emmy.
And with that's how Jane Lynch finds herself with the duty of hosting this year's Emmy awards. In fact, she's double-booked herself! In addition to making sure all the show's transitions are smooth and all the music cues are adhered to, she's also nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Emmy! Which is good because either way, she'll be a winner on Sunday night.