Lena Dunham and Famous Pals <3 Planned Parenthood

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In what is sure to go down in history as some excellent utilization of social media, Lena Dunham and 15+ of her most fabulous, influential friends posed in Lena’s special edition Planned Parenthood t-shirt designed to support Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s 2014 Women are Watching campaign. Obviously, being in the public eye means being subject to a-whole-lotta crazies, so we salute these brave, beautiful women for supporting Planned Parenthood and helping to get out the vote.

The Lovely Ladies All Together

These dream women stand for equality and justice. And they encourage you to vote November 4th.

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Amy Poehler

The angel known as Knope #amypoehler #womenarewatching #weheartplannedparenthood

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Jenna Lyons

Oh excuse you Jenna Lyons!!! #womenarewatching #weheartplannedparenthood

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Jemima (and babies!)

Mindy Kaling

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5 Celebrity Friendships We Wish Were a Little Less Platonic

The Supreme Court didn’t technically edit the constitution like a rough draft and deem same-sex couples all over the United States the right to marry. Buuut, it did decline the prospect of ruling it unlawful. Couples in the five states immediately affected were rushing to the courthouse to officially unite their love.

In honor of the growing triumphs in the gay community, we put together a collection of same-sex celebrity best friends that should take advantage of the ruling.

1. Cara Delevingne & Rihanna BFA_10052_1212416Photo: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

If these two tied the knot it would be the ultimate it-girl power couple. Rihanna’s killer vocals along with amazing personal style combined with Cara’s model-status and eyebrows make these BFFs the ideal couple. The pair have tendencies to run around in bikinis on yachts together and that’s a site we’d never get tired of seeing.

2. Matt Damon & Ben Affleck Screen-Shot-2014-10-06-at-9.15.43-PMPhotos: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFAnyc.com & Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

There are two milestones a couple accomplishes in their life. One is winning an Oscar together and another is getting married. These two obviously have already won the Oscar together for “Good Will Hunting” so naturally it’s time to tie the knot.

3. Tina Fey & Amy PoehlerScreen-Shot-2014-10-06-at-9.24.32-PMPhotos: Reed Blackwater/BFAnyc.com & Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

If Tina Fey and Amy Poehler got married and had a child it would be the next Joan Rivers. These two funny ladies pack so many laughs and talent, their holy matrimony would be truly historical.

4. Kanye West & Jay-ZBFA_2381_254916Photo: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com 

I know the marriage of sir Jay-Z and Queen Beyoncé brings a whole new meaning to the term power couple, but could you imagine if Jay decided to tie the knot with long time BFF Kanye West? They could easily drive to Illuminati meetings together and even share Givenchy tees.

5. Beyoncé & Gwyneth Paltrow Screen-Shot-2014-10-06-at-9.46.42-PMPhotos: Billy Farrel/BFAnyc.com & Julian Mackler/BFAnyc.com 

You didn’t think we’d leave Beyoncé in the dust, did you? Of course it only makes sense that she and kale-loving BFF Gwyneth Paltrow do the world a favor and unite as what would clearly be the world’s most powerful and gorgeous couple. Maybe Gwyneth is saying sayonara to Chris Martin in hopes of getting closer to Queen Bey. One can dream.

 

 

FASHIONS OF THE EMMYS 2014: Star-Maker Gowns, Beach-y Babes + Duds

Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier. Photo courtesy of Getty Images

I paid a lot of attention to the red carpet last night. It was an emotional journey–one that I live-tweeted my way through (are you following @BlackBook!?) and, in the process, became really flustered by how many women wore red gowns. The Emmys being a bigger event than the humble VMAs, there were a lot of looks to take in, and a lot of reactions to process.

If you didn’t watch, feel free to trust my sartorial judgment, and if you did, feel free to tweet me and tell me how wrong or right I am! Cool? Here goes!

The Winner: Lizzy Caplan
That Donna Karan Atelier dress was a starmaker. Caplan’s long been on the rise, but a look like this one is iconic, and she wore it with perfect grace.

 

Reds on the Red Carpet: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
I got in a bit of a tizzy when I realized just how under-utilized half the rainbow was on this year’s red carpet, but Julia looked flawless in Carolina Herrera. Some people are lucky enough to work wonders in the simplest of garments and this was a lovely example of that. The crowd was practically a sea of red, but Uzo Aduba also looked radiant in Christian Siriano’s design in the bright hue.

 

The Object of the Male Gaze: Sofia Vergara
Sofia Vergara both embraces and laughs at her own overt sexuality and is pretty lovable in the process. Her strapless, curve hugging Roberto Cavalli was gorgeous in spite of her declaration that she couldn’t bring boyfriend Joe Mangienello because he is too hot.

 

The Can-do-no-wrong-in-my-book: Lena Dunham
Was it a dress? Was it a top and a skirt? (It was the latter and it was by Giambattista Valli). Who knows but I love Lena Dunham so much that I will let her wear whatever she damn pleases. Though proportionally speaking the Peter Pan collar pink blouse was too much fabric in conjunction with that ombré-d wedding cake of a skirt, I loved seeing Lena explore new color palettes to complement her new bleach-blonde ‘do. I think she would have stunned in a strapless top with all that skirt going on, but like I said, in this case, my fandom supersedes my critical ability and I will be the first to admit it! Theoretically speaking, Sarah Hyland’s was probably the better of the cake-invoking skirts, but Lena’s comes out on top for its loud personality.

 

The Minimalist Bride: Kristen Wiig
This dress would make a very pretty wedding gown (it’s Vera Wang after all), but oh well, white is a nice color, it’s August, and many celebs choose longer lengths for the red carpet. It fit her well, but in a casual way, and in some pictures she almost looked like an edgy Jen Aniston. Very chic.

 

Sleekest: Robin Wright
Ralph Lauren suit, androgynous hair– the whole thing was so simultaneously effortless and polished. Absolutely love.

 

Best Departure: Julie Bowen
The Modern Family star usually sticks to solid colors that accentuate her killer body. They look good and that’s cool. But last night’s ‘70s-inspired Peter Som gown was the definition of a pattern done right. It’s not easy, so major kudos to Bowen for owning it.

 

The Secret Beach Goddess: Amy Poehler
It’s easy to forget that Amy Poehler is kind of a bombshell underneath the barrage of suits Leslie Knope wears on Parks and Recreation. But then the Emmys (or the Globes) come around and there’s Amy with The OC-worthy beach waves in a silver Theia gown.

 

Bland but Beautiful: Taylor Schilling
Taylor Schilling, that’s Piper to anyone with a Netflix account, wore a beaded nude Zuhair Maurad gown that hit in all the right places. Props, too, to the gorgeous racerback.

 

Undecided: Kiernan Shipka
Kiernan Shipka is a red carpet favorite, and objectively speaking, this Antonio Berardi dress (put on hold by Rachel Zoe’s styling team minutes after it hit style.com) is a stunner. Still, Shipka is still just 14 and I thought a little more color and youthfulness would have been lovely on the young starlet.

 

The Makeover: Gwen Stefani
OK, so it wasn’t quite a makeover, but I don’t think I was alone when it took me a moment to recognize Gwen Stefani tonight. Clad in metallic Versace and pin straight blonde hair, Stefani looked sleek and semi-futuristic.

 

The Try-Again-Next-Year Crew

Debra Messing: Honestly, if I had that red hair I would put on an emerald colored gown and never take it off. Sometimes you just shouldn’t mess with perfection. This black sheer thing was shapeless and did nothing for Messing who is a beaut!

 

Sarah Paulson: #Sorrynotsorry that this is the stuff of nightmares. It looks, quite frankly, like Paulson had an accident in a tulle factory, or got caught in a swarm of ladybugs.

 

Laura Prepon: She could have looked so good, and yet, she looked like she got stuck in the prom department at a Midwest department store. Sigh.

Talking ‘A.C.O.D.,’ ‘Parks and Rec,’ & ‘Walter Mitty’ With Adam Scott

Dealing with the strain of divorce can be pretty psychologically ravaging territory. Not only for those whose marriage has come to an end, but for the children, friends, and relatives left in its wake. Whether you’re five, fifteen, or thirty-five divorce creates a schism in your foundation, and although those wounds may mend themselves with time, it can certainly be a life-altering experience to undergo. And when it comes to cinematic portrayals of divorce, the relationships shown usually tend to be on the brutal side of things, exposing the heartbreaking and painful aftermath of a family broken apart. But with Stu Zicherman’s directorial debut A.C.O.D. we get an entertaining glimpse at divorce on screen, with a comedy about a man who thinks he’s put his parents strange past behind him and has his life totally in control, only to find himself back in the chaos of it all.

Starring the always enjoyable to watch Adam Scott, the film focuses on Carter an A.C.O.D.—“Adult Child of Divorce”—and seemingly well-adjusted guy with a great job, lovely girlfriend, and his life totally in check. But when his younger brother rushes into a engagement, Carter is forced to reunite his bizarre parents (played by Catherine O’Hara and Richard Jenkins)—after not speaking for 20 years—and set them on an amicable path to appear at the wedding. But upon returning to his childhood therapist (played by Jane Lynch) he soon learns that the sessions the two shared as a child were used as a case study in a book about child of divorced families. From there, Carter is forced to reexamine everything that’s happened since his youth and begins to unravel his controlled exterior and become a child again amidst the whirlwind of his family. Co-starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead as his girlfriend and Amy Poehler as his evil stepmother, A.C.O.D. proves a perfect film for Scott to helm, and a refreshing new comedic voice from Zicherman.
 
So between A.C.O.D., his role on as Ben Wyatt on Parks and Recreation, and his upcoming role in Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Scott certainly has his hands full. But last week, I got the chance to sit down with him to talk about what drew him to this movie, the pleasure of working with friends, and taking on new challenges.
 
I’ve got to admit, for all the people I’ve interviewed, it’s really bizarre meeting you, consindering I fall asleep to Parks and Rec almost every night. It’s probably the only show I’ve watch more than Frasier.
Oh, I think it’s a good show for that. It’s comforting. I do the same thing with Friday Night Lights.
 
So do you cry as you fall asleep?
Yeah, that show, man, it kills me. It’s so great.
 
So how did you first get involved with A.C.O.D and what attracted you to the script?
It was sent to me and I read it and just loved it. It reminded me a little bit of Flirting With Disaster, which is one of my favorite movies. So I said yes right away because I loved it and it was the opportunity to be a lead in a movie; so I kind of just jumped at the chance.
 
What I enjoyed about it was that it had a similar tone to a lot of really great other comedies but tackled a topic that really hasn’t been explored too much in the comedy.
Yeah, it’s a little unmined. I also liked how the lead character starts as this grownup who feels like he has everything wired and is taking the grownup position—perfect job, perfect girlfriend, has everything in control—and then slowly as things unravel throughout the movie he becomes a kid again and loses control and needs someone to take care of him a little bit. I thought that was interesting because it’s usually the other way around. 
 
Did you find he was an easy person to tap into?
My experience with divorce in my family was completely different, but I understood it. I understood the control thing, because as you get older you want more and more control in your life so you don’t lose your mind.
 
It was interesting to watch because my parents got divorced when I was 15 and I thought that I was fine and then now I look back and see I was a total mess.
Absolutely. Mine divorced when I was five, but it was so nice, we had a great childhood and there was no animosity whatsoever. So I didn’t relate to that part of it, but I think we’re all curious about our childhood as we get older and it gets more and more interesting to unravel what was going on.
 
And it’s nice to see a movie about divorce that’s light and enjoyable.
Rather than Kramer vs. Kramer, right?
 
When I was first starting college, I remember taking film classes and getting really snobby about what I watched, so my roommates made me watch Stepbrothers with them. And of course, I fell in love. So when I first found out about A.C.O.D. I was excited to see you and Richard Jenkins reunited as father and son. How is he to work with?
Yes! Oh, he’s the best. He’s such a lovely guy. It’s so fun doing scenes with him because you have no idea what he’s going to do.
 
I love seeing him get really worked up.
Yes, it’s hilarious. That dude is the best, he can do everything.
 
In the comedy world, you tend to work with a lot of the same people frequently—whether it’s Lizzy Caplan or Amy Poehler, etc.—does that create a really easy and trusting atmosphere on set and just make the process that much more enjoyable?
It’s really fun because you’re just making stuff with your friends, and that’s the best—I love that. It makes everything really easy and fun. But that being said, I had never worked with Catherine O’Hara before. It was always a dream to, so that was really great to be able to do that and now, I’m not going to call her a friend because that would be a little presumptious, but we have worked together since and I hope to work with her many, many times. 
 
How was it working with Amy in this film where you two have such a contentious relationship and aren’t the perfect couple we’ve come to know and love as Ben and Leslie.
It was really fun—and really easy because we really do hate each other in real life. But it’s super fun doing anything with Amy, so it was great.
 
When you first started on Parks and Rec, did you know you were going to be there long-term?
I knew I was going to be on the show permanently, but I didn’t know that we would get married. I knew there was going to be some sort of romance down the road, but it was not formed just because they didn’t know how we would get along or how our chemistry would be or whatever. But I never would have guessed we would get married; it’s really great. I remember when we were making A.C.O.D. Amy and I were talking on set and I said I thought they should get married, we liked that idea. And so we were theoretically talking about it, and then six months later we were shooting the wedding episode.
 
Have you seen any of the fan-made Ben and Leslie videos online? They’re pretty ridiculous.
I saw one. Yeah,  it was pretty intense. They’re all very sweet though.
 
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As someone that navigates between television and film, how do you go about choosing projects?
I have a finite amount of time when the show isn’t shooting, so I just try to find something interesting to fit in there. I got lucky the summer before last, I got to do A.C.O.D. and Walter Mitty during hiatus—which was really great. Sometimes the timing works out and then sometimes it just doesn’t and you miss out on stuff because the show’s happening, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. The show is so fun and everyone is great and everyone is friends. It’s the best.
 
I’m seeing Walter Mitty this Saturday.
Oh, me too!
 
For the first time?

Yeah, I haven’t seen it yet.
 
Can you tell me a little bit about the experience of working on that?
It was really fun and just fascinating. It’s such a big, epic movie. Watching Stiller direct was just amazing. We did a bunch of stunts and stuff with wires and all that, which I hadn’t done before. So that was a blast. I loved every second of it. It was just an experience.
 
Are you always looking for things you haven’t done before?
Yeah, and Mitty was definitely one of those experiences. It was lots of stuff I hadn’t done before.
 
And with A.C.O.D., how was the task of taking on the lead role?
It was fun, but the two times I’d done it before I at least had a day off here and there. But with this one, it was just like all day everyday on camera, which was really, really a blast and exhausting but in a good way. We shot it in 24 days, which was really quick, so by the end I was super tired, but you have eat breakfast and get plenty of sleep or you will crater in on yourself. Halfway through shooting I freaked out a little bit, just because the pressure of, if I suck in this the movie will suck kind of got to me. But Stu talked me down and it was fine.
 
I’d imagine with the people in the cast there was a lot of improv going on? Or was it a really tight script?
A little bit here and there. We were moving so fast that there wasn’t a whole lot of time and the script was in such good shape that we didn’t really need it. 
 
You’ve been working on writing and producing for yourself, what’s next for you with that?
I’m not totally sure. We’re still working on The Greatest Event in Television History. We have one that airs November 7th and another one coming up. Those are really fun to do and hopefully we’ll do more of those down the road. We’re looking to make a movie sometime in the next couple years. It just feels really great to create something from the ground up and just make something, again, through friends— it’s really satisfying. 
 
Are there any favorite roles you’ve played or experiences that you’ve enjoyed the most working?
Party Down will always have a special place in my heart. Stepbrothers too. And Parks. Those are the three things that really kind of always just stick with me. I miss the Party Down folks, but Parks is just such a perfect, perfect job; I hope it never ends. I love it. But I loved Vicious Kind too. 
 
Between TV and film you really do seem to pop up everywhere. Do you enjoy that constant state or working and being in motion taking on different projects?
Yeah, I like to stay busy. But I have two kids, so I like to stay busy but I also like to have time to let them get to know me a little bit. So I try to work and be with them and other than that I don’t really do anything. I just like to work and then hang out with my wife and my kids.
 
Well that sounds nice.
Yeah! I mean, it’s plenty, right?
 
Do you enjoy the dramatic roles just as much as the comedy?
Yeah. I haven’t done that in a while, but I’m hoping to find something else dramatic to do soon.

Full ‘Anchorman 2’ Trailer Voids Any Hope For Funny Sequel

In the pantheon of somewhat amusing things run into the ground by an appalling fan base, the first Anchorman film certainly has a place of pride. Its admittedly enjoyable premise—satirizing the sexual mores of the 1970s with three-degrees less subtlety than Mad Men employs when mocking the 1960s—became something for fratty, Family Guy-watching bros to quote without the slightest sense of irony. Anchorman 2 should almost definitely make things worse.

Even for a sequel, the set-up here is drab: instead of the 1970s, it’s the 1980s, because times change and also they ran out of 1970s jokes in the first movie. The original news team—Ron, Champ, Brian and Brick, and maybe the newswoman played by Christina Applegate, if they remember—set out to create a 24-hour news channel, so expect lots of potshots at CNN. Thankfully, the network fully deserves them.

The flip side to this plot is Will Ferrell’s terminally-oblivious Ron Burgundy is dating a black woman, which gives him the opportunity to spout racist commentary at dinner with her extended family. Humor! What remains to be seen is which of the seemingly hundreds of cameos will be worst: the cast, according to IMDb, includes Nicole Kidman, Liam Neeson, Kirsten Dunst, Sacha Baron Cohen, Harrison Ford, Kanye West, Greg Kinnear, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler, none of whom exactly need to lend their name to trash like this. Okay, maybe Kanye. 

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Amy Poehler Offers Advice on Coping With the Week and Sends Love to Boston

This week has been terrifying. Last night, while glued to local news streams and Twitter feeds at 2:30AM, a friend who was awake doing the same asked how she was ever going to fall asleep. I felt that way as well but eventually dozed off after putting on an episode of Parks and Rec in an attempt to feel a bit lighter. And speaking of the show, wonderful human being Amy Poehler has now provided a few wise words of her own on just how to cope with everything that’s been going on in the last few days. 

On her weekly web series Ask Amy, she responded to a question about dealing with the bombardment of images and videos we’re presented with everyday on the internet and knowing just when its okay to turn away. And although no one has a clear answer for that, she offered up the suggestion, to first, "think what these images are doing to our brain and our heart," asking how we can deal with wanting to stay informed and connected without exploiting people. She gives the advice to "get out eyes a break" and to "be okay with letting some things rest in peace."

Take a look at her full response below.

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey Respond to Taylor Swift

I imagine that Amy Poehler and Tina Fey typically ignore the things that other people say about them, in print no less, but I suppose when a 23-year-old suggests that you’ll burn in hell, it’s time to make a statement. "Aw, I feel bad if she was upset," Poehler told The Hollywood Reporter. "I am a feminist, and she is a young and talented girl. That being said, I do agree I am going to hell. But for other reasons. Mostly boring tax stuff." Meanwhile, Fey spoke to Entertainment Tonight, and her response to Swift’s notion that she was a woman-hating monster from hell was as follows: "If anyone was going to get mad at us, I thought it would be James Cameron. I did not see that one coming. It was a joke. It was a lighthearted joke." Meanwhile, no one has bothered asking Michael J. Fox’s son how he feels.

[via THR / ET]

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Amy Poehler and Tina Fey Are Probably Laughing Into Their Copies of ‘Vanity Fair’

"There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women," Katie Couric apparently told Taylor Swift once, which Swift reveals in this month’s Vanity Fair cover story while giving a metaphoric side-eye to Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. This is, of course, in response to Poehler and Fey joking about Swift’s love life at the Golden Globes back in January (when they told her to stay away from Michael J. Fox’s son). Can’t you just imagine those two fortysomething mean girls Tina and Amy calling each other this morning, giggling and scribbling over Taylor’s face in their burn books? I bet one of them will call to apologize, but the other one will be listening in on a sneaky three-way call. It’s kind of a shame, huh, that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler care so much about Taylor Swift. Ugh, they are probably JUST JEALOUS. 

[via Vanity Fair]

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There’s a Pinterest Wedding Album for Ben Wyatt and Leslie Knope and It’s Adorable

It’s another gloomy Wednesday and as you sit at your desk attempting to post-pone your existential crisis until 7pm some delightful distraction is indeed needed. And what better way to warm your cold heart than with the adorableness of your favorite fictional couple? Yes, last week on Parks and Recreation we saw the indefatigable Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and her perfect soul mate Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) finally tie the knot. As they said their vows of “I love you and I like you,” we all wept at our own romance-less lives but were also overwhelmed with the charmingly cute nature of everyone in Pawnee.

And now, to compliment the episode, there is a Ben and Leslie “wedding album” on Pinterest. Not only do we see the delightful couple gazing lovingly into one another eyes but we’ve got some meaty shots of Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) strumming away on guitar, Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) giving a toast, and Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe) sitting beautifully with dog, Champion to complete the precious piece of promotional genius. Take a look, try not to shed and tear, and maybe listen to "5000 Candles in the Wind" while doing so. Enjoy.

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