With Parks and Recreation's annoying and surprising hiatus, the actors have had some time to mess around on Reddit. Last week, we had Aziz Ansari's AMA, and this week, his on-screen BFF Retta told Reddit to ask her anything. The actress is internet savvy and endlessly entertaining, and she seems to at least share her character's affinity for snappy answers and Twitter. If you like her answers to this AMA, check out her live tweets of her favorite shows, from Sherlock to Scandal.
The difference between herself and Donna: "I'm much goofier than Donna. Donna does not suffer fools and sometimes I do because I'm more polite."
The Parks and Rec cast member with the best butt: "I would have to say Chris Pratt, now that he's all buff and cock diesel."
Her favorite piece of classical music: "Vivaldi's Gloria."
On Fitz and Olivia from Scandal: "I can only say that the writing of that relationship is so well-done that I root for it, even though I know it's an adulterous relationship. The actors do such a good job, and Shonda and company did such a good job writing it, that I can't help but want them to be together even though I know it's f****d up that he's married."
Her comedic inspirations: "Chris Rock, Tina Fey, honestly right now I'm really into Mindy Kaling, Lena Dunham, Amy Poehler."
Her favorite characters from Orange is the New Black: "Hmm! I'm torn between Crazy Eyes and Tastee. Tastee makes me laugh at every turn, but Crazy Eyes has some depth that I'm dying to get to know about."
Whether the actor (Jim O'Heir) who plays Jerry on Parks and Rec is like his character: "Absolutely not. Jim is the most crass person, dirty-joke telling person I've ever met in my life. Jerry would blanch at anything Jim O'Heir says."
On the absence of Ann (Rashida Jones) on Parks and Rec: I think it will change the dynamic behind the scenes because Amy and Aubrey are so close to Rashida, and then obviously it will change onscreen in that Leslie doesn't have her best friend there so you will lose those interactions but I know the writers will find a way to fill that void. I do think they will come back for future episodes. I don't know but I wouldn't be mad if Idris Elba got added to the cast.
How she treats herself: "With mani-pedis, designer handbags, and online shopping."
The last time she treated herself: "Ha! It was Wednesday, and I bought myself the new Louis Vuitton black vernis Alma bag with the matching zippy wallet. I've been waiting six months for it to come in, and it finally came in. And I bought that bitch."
The Parks and Rec cast member who "can get it":"I can't think of my castmates in that fashion! They are family. But if I had to answer… Rob Lowe."
On BBC's Sherlock: "The Reichenbach Fall f****d me up. I'm dying to see how it's resolved. And I really, really need to know if he's dead or if he is showing up in Watson's imagination. And I love the show. Cumberbatch can get it."
Her favorite Parks and Rec episode: "Well the "Pawnee Rangers" episode. I particularly like the scene where Ben comes out in the Batman suit, because seeing Adam Scott in that Batman suit brought so much joy to every molecule in my body it was unreal."
On Aubrey Plaza: "She can be as awkward as she seems, but I think she does that because she loves to see people's response to it. But she is also a very sweet girl. And I think people would be surprised by that. I probably should not have told you."
Here are some of this week's highlights from Flavorwire, VH1, Celebuzz, and Hollywood.com, ranging from Celine Dion to World War II.
Celine Dion defends Miley Cyrus, amuses the internet. In a moment of endearing French Canadian-ness, Celine Dion went viral in a kind attempt to defend Miley Cyrus. Though Dion had a lot of nice and insightful things to say about Miley, the internet has latched onto one sentence. And you'll see why. Check it out at Celebuzz.
Find out who the female celebrity breadwinners are. In any celebrity coupling, you have to wonder whether there's any bitterness. Do married celebs aggressively compare their number of Twitter followers? Does each try to prove that he or she is the busiest? Do non-celebrity boyfriends get angry about reading about his partner's net worth on the internet? Well, you can read which women are out-earning their men at VH1.
Check out these amazing Banksy GIFs. If you've been in a Banksy craze ever since his New York exhibition, or ever since you saw Exit Through the Gift Shop, you're probably wishing for more Banksy. There isn't really a way to track the mysterious graffiti artist, and you know he won't be appearing in a gallery near you any time soon. Luckily for all of us, the internet has created some very artsy GIFs of famous Banksy works. See the graffiti come to life at Flavorwire.
Find out what's going on on the set of The Book Thief.The much-anticipated young adult Holocaust film looks like it's going to be pretty fantastic–it might even satisfy those who've read the amazing book it was based on. The adorable and charismatic protagonist Sophie Nelisse gives us a tour of the set. Check out the exclusive video on Hollywood.com.
Reddit can be something of a boys club, so it's nice to see an actress like Hannah Simone rock an AMA. The gorgeous actress who plays Cece on New Girl was funny and gracious in her answers. Here are some of the highlights.
Her favorite subreddit: "I am obsessed with AMAs. The level of honesty you get is so rare."
On the friendship between Cece and Jess: "Anytime Jess and Cece get together I love it! One of my favourite moments is from season one where they hide from their dates in the bathroom and eat cookies and avoid confrontation."
Answering the question: "Is Schmidt Schmidt outside of being Schmidt?""Only Schmidt would know how to be at Schmitty as Schmidt but that being said there is only one true Schmidt and an actor can't be Schmidt since Schmidt is Schmidt which leaves us with Schmidt being Schmidt inside and outside of Schmidt."
What the New Girl Ben and Jerry's flavor would be: "Caramel Miracle. What else?"
What she would buy if she had to spend $5000 in Walmart in 20 minutes: "5000 dollars worth of Walmart gift cards so I can decide on my own time. Ain't nobody pressuring ME."
On the hairstyle she shares with Zooey Deschanel: "Pure coincidence. Our best friends in real life are all banged up too though so art... life... you know what they say."
How she gets her bangs to stay straight: "I tell them to behave and they know well enough to listen."
On True American:"Cece has never been involved in a True American game! Maybe this year it will happen and if it does we will do another AMA...."
On the return of Damon Wayans Jr:"It is great to have Coach back on board and back in the weirdness!"
The New Girl scene when she couldn't stop laughing: "I have to stop myself laughing all damn day long but there was one time I couldn't keep it in and I laughed so hard that we had to cut and give me time to learn how to breathe like a normal person again. That time was with with Schmidt in the old folks home where he gets turned on and starts screaming. I had no idea he was going to scream in my face that loud and I just broke down into hysteria."
On the amount of fans who ask her to get back together with Schmidt: "I have legally changed my name to: Cece Pleasegetbacktogetherwithschmidt"
Her best life advice: "Stop talking."
On working on Oldboy with Spike Lee: "Incredible. Spike is the best. New Orleans is perfection. And the story is... welll you know..."
One word to describe this week's New Girl episode: "COACH."
As an internet aficionado, both as Tom on Parks and Recreation and in real life, it makes sense why Aziz Ansari would be eager to do a Reddit AMA. The comedian was predictably hilarious as he discussed his new standup comedy on Netflix and much more. Here are his best answers.
The funniest non-comedian he knows: "My brother Aniz makes me laugh harder than almost anyone."
On his childhood dreams: "People always ask whether I dreamed of being a comedian, but I grew up in a really small town in South Carolina and you just don't dream that big there. When you're growing up in Bennettsville, your dream is to just get out of Bennettsville."
The show he's love to guest star on: "I'm gonna start lobbying to play a corrupt Indian senator on House of Cards. Really want to film a scene at Freddy's Ribs."
His Halloween costume: "I was Idris Elba dressed as Thomas the Tank Engine. I dropped in as Thomas at the Comedy Cellar and did standup too. It was super fun."
Why his fake twitter account for Homeland's Sgt. Brody has been inactive: "Lost the password for that account!"
His favorite up-and-coming standup comedians: "Chelsea Peretti, Hannibal Buress, Michael Che, Moshe Kasher, John Mulaney."
On the representation of Indians on TV: "I made the decision early on not to take roles whose sole source of humor is ethnic stereotype humor. And I think over the years, that trend of staying away from that is obviously taken off between myself, Mindy Kaling, Danny Pudi, and many others. As an Indian American, I'm proud because I don't ever remember seeing Indians represented on television or film growing up and now we are. Just think 25 years ago, Fischer Stevens PLAYED an Indian guy in Short Circuit 2!"
On whether he'd ever do white face: "I'm gonna play a white guy in the reboot of Short Circuit. Bring things full circle."
His most memorable scene on Parks and Rec:"Very easy. Ben and Tom are having lunch with a drunk Joan Calamezzo who is creepily hitting on Tom and we have this exchange...Probably the hardest scene I've ever had to get through without breaking. Adam and I just had to skip doing it for the first few takes. It's on the blooper real I believe. Also, props to Mo Collins, who always brings it as Joan."
On voicing DRL on Bob's Burgers: "Getting to do Bob's Burgers is so fun. The next DRL episode is NUTS. I can't give away what they did, but its a great idea and anyone that is a fan of Terminator 2 is going to be VERY pleased."
On why Jerry from Parks and Rec is so disliked: "Get off of reddit Larry"
His favorite Game of Thrones characters: "Tywin Lannister is pretty amazing. Also Hodor."
His favorite on-set experience with Nick Offerman: "When that little puppy licked his mustache."
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It isn't just Saturday Night Live who has thought to parody Wes Anderson. The Grand Budapest Hotel director's signature style, with its distinct color palette and long silences, is easy to imitate. Most of the satires are affectionate, more parody than mockery. Anderson himself even gets in on the game. Check out the best ones below.
This long and brooding, Elliot Smith-scored ad demonstrates that there's no wrong way to eat a Reese's, even if that way involves a haircut.
A fantastic mashup between Moonrise Kingdom and Men in Black 3:
Though not much happens, whoever thought to make Wes Anderson's John McCain ad is genius.
Props to the cast of this Spider-Man spoof for getting the acting just right.
What Anderson would have made as a film student:
The Life Gallactic: Conan's take on how Anderson would handle a Star Wars audition.
Here's Anderson's own take on himself in the form of a real American Express commercial.
Before there was SNL's The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders, there was this other horror spoof, this time a take on the Scream movie.
And here's SNL's video, if you haven't seen it.
Happy Day of the Dead everyone! Here's some entertainment news from the scariest week of the year, some of it spooky, some of it just bizarre.
Katy Perry and Robert Pattinson drunkenly sang Boyz II Men together. Watch the hilarious video at The A.V. Club.
Of course there will be a TV show about sloths. It is called Meet The Sloths, and Animal Planet promises it won't be as slow as you'd expect. Kristen Bell is psyched! Read more at Variety.
There is a figure skating tribute to Breaking Bad. Read what that entails at Hollywood.com.
Olympus Has Fallen gets a far too obvious, stupidly-titled sequel. Read what it's called at The Hollywood Reporter.
Britney Spears can recite Vincent Price's opening to "Thriller."It's kind of goofy and adorable. Check it out at Vulture.
Fittingly, Jon Hamm sometimes requires three shaves a day. Read what the Mad Men makeup artist has to say about the rest of the cast's cosmetic requirements at OK!.
A Star Wars blooper reel emerges. See how embarrassing it is at Hollywood.com.
As if that Kanye proposal wasn't weird enough, here's some other weird, though less publicized, entertainment news from this week.
CBS is going to air colorized, festive I Love Lucy episodes. Because colorizing always turns out so well. Read more at The A.V. Club.
Tom Hanks and Ken Burns are recruiting celebs to record audiobooks. Find out what classic war story Bryan Cranston will be reading at The Verge.
The long rumored Beetlejuice sequel is happening. According to Rolling Stone, Tim Burton and Michael Keaton seem to be on board.
Bob Barker gets sentimental about baby elephants. Read the cute story at Hollywood.com.
North West will not stoop to wearing "typical baby pink," says Kim Kardashian. Find out the colors that the budding fashionista does wear at The Huffington Post.
Glee releases awesome/strange promotional photos for an episode that looks to be about both Lady GaGa and Katy Perry. Check them out at MTV.
Apparently, Owl City created some of the iOS7 ringtones. According to Stereogum, Apple decided the cloyingly sweet sounds of Owl City were still relevent.
It makes sense that the majority of celebrity selfies are taken by reality TV stars, those whose primarily talents are marketing their looks and outrageous personalities. This and other data was recently revealed in an infographic by Ebay Deals. Here are some of the crazy things we learned about the new and ubiquitous art of the celebrity selfie.
Kylie Jenner is wayyy in the lead in Instagram selfies, with 451 total.
Six Kardashians are in the top 25 Instagram selfies.
LeBron James has posted 51 Instagram selfies.
Miley Cyrus posted the most Twitter selfies: 121.
Russell Brand is the popular male celeb with the most Twitter selfies, but his number is only 12.
Out of 1,463 total tweets containing photos and video, Barack Obama, had O selfies.
11% of celebrity Instagram posts are selfies.
Oprah, though an active user of Instagram, posted 0 Instagram selfies.
Learn a whole lot more about selfies here.
As though a Michael Fassbender/Penélope Cruz sex scene, the first original screenplay by The Road and No Country for Old Men author Cormac McCarthy, and a drug-trafficking plot wasn't enough, Ridley Scott's The Counselor has now enticed us further with this sensual clip. Though it won't appear in the film itself, we have to wonder what the context of this scene could possibly be.
In it, Game of Thrones's Natalie Dormer sells Fassbender some lingerie, and the conversation is both intensely serious and flirty. It's presented as backstory, but it leaves us with more questions than answers. Is Dormer's knowing smile more than just polite customer service? Why is Fassbender so knowledgable about lingerie? What's even going on at the end? Make your own guesses after you watch the clip below, and maybe the movie, which comes out October 25, will provide some answers.
With the return of Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.), absent from New Girl's loft since the first episode, one of the roommates is leaving. Not leaving the show, but the loft that Winston, Schmidt, Nick, and Jess have shared since episode two. E! dropped the hint, but have not revealed who the ousted roommate will be. We list the reasons why each character could be leaving, and why he or she might stay.
Jess (Zooey Deschanel)
Why she might leave: If Nick and Jess break up, it would make sense for one of them to move out.
Why she might stay: The whole premise of the show was Jess being the "new girl" in the loft. Removing her would destroy the premise of the show.
Nick (Jake Johnson)
Why he might leave: Again, if Nick and Jess break up, he might be so distraught as to leave. Also, from what we learned in last week's episode, does he even pay rent?
Why he might stay: Would Nick actually be able to survive in the real world?
Schmidt (Max Greenfield)
Why he might leave: Schmidt has recently realized that he is sort of evil, so maybe it's time for him to leave and do some soul searching. He also seems pretty bummed by Nick and Jess's relationship, so maybe he needs a PDA-free zone.
Why he might stay: Schmidt is the reason why the loft is always so spotlessly clean, so what would happen to the set in his absence?!?
Winston (Lamorne Morris)
Why he might leave: The New Girl writers have really struggled with the character of Winston, so maybe they are trying to phase him out a bit and try something new.
Why he might stay: E! hinted that the booted roommate wouldn't be the person you'd expect. Since Winston was Coach's replacement, he's who we'd expect, so maybe he'll stay and continue to make do with Ferguson the cat.