Besides a handful of episodes of Parks & Recreation and a failed TV pilot titled Dumb Prince, Amy Poehler hasn’t done much directing in her career. That’s about to change in a big way as she steps behind the camera—and travels back in front of it—for the new Netflix original comedy film Wine Country.
Poehler’s bringing along a bunch of her friends from SNL including Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer, and Rachel Dratch for a story about a group of old friends reuniting for their friend’s 50th birthday. Needless to say nothing goes as planned, but this looks a bit more on the serious side than one might expect from all the funny ladies involved. And Jason Schwartzman.
Of course, there’s that worry in the back of your mind that Fey and Poehler have yet to make a funny movie together—both Baby Mama and Sisters were horrendously unfunny considering the level of talent on display—but with all of these talented ladies on board, and Jason Schwartzman, I think this has got a better than average chance at success. Plus it’s on Netflix, so if it sucks, you can just stop watching it.
Wine Country debuts on the streaming platform on Friday May 10.
Tina Fey was on a stand-alone version of SNL‘s Weekend Update last night and the Internet seems to be divided on whether the point she made about the growing white supremacist movement was pure genius or pure idiocy. Having watched her appearance, which you can see below, I’m inclined to say it was a bit of both.
During the course of her appearance, Fey made some great points about the state of American politics. Tina Fey is a very funny person and she has a gift for blending humor and political discourse. My personal favorite line of the night, delivered with her trademark timing and wit, was when she compared the police reaction to the Nazi protesters to that of the NoDAPL protesters at Standing Rock.
“Next time when you see a bunch of white boys in polo shirts screaming about taking our country back, and you want to scream, ‘It’s not our country; we stole it from the Native Americans, and when they have a peaceful protest at Standing Rock, we shoot at them with rubber bullets, but we let you chinless turds march through the streets with semi-automatic weapons!’ When you want to yell that, don’t yell it at the Klan, Colin—yell it into the cake. Then when Ann Coulter crawls out of her roach motel and says, ‘Antifa attacked Republicans in Berkeley,’ and you’re like ‘O.K., yard-sale Barbie, but the other side is Nazis and Klansmen.'”
However, the main thing most people took away from the segment was Tina Fey’s advice to stay home and stress eat sheet cake instead of counter-protesting. This message was seemingly tailor-made for the champagne liberals that made up Hillary Clinton’s support base, the rich elites of the Democratic Party who look down their noses at the activist left. I’m talking about people like J.K. Rowling, who calls herself left-wing but spent more time attacking Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn than Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May during the June snap election in the U.K.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 18, 2017
— The Hill (@thehill) August 18, 2017
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 18, 2017
Left Twitter, however, wasn’t having it, pointing out that Fey was advocating slackitivism in the face of an actual threat to actual people. This is an excellent point, especially considering that these Nazi chucklefucks have already actually killed someone. Some people, specifically marginalized people, don’t have the luxury of locking themselves in the penthouse of their high-rise and hoping these people just get bored and stop trying to create a white ethno-state.
guys tina fey is a comedian not an activist
eating a cake is not enough to end racism eating cake is just a fun thing to do
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) August 18, 2017
leftists: we must organize a mass movement of solidarity to defeat the literal nazis/KKK marching in our streets
liberals, led by tina fey: pic.twitter.com/Xs1VgXUzDp
— Lana Del Raytheon (@LanaDelRaytheon) August 18, 2017
"How can you judge the Tina Fey on SNL bit if you haven't watched it?" Buddy, I don't need to contract Ebola to know it's bad
— Pixelated Boat (@pixelatedboat) August 18, 2017
tina fey: eating cake and not paying attention is actually a form of activism!
white feminism: YASSSS QUEEN!!
— jack wagner (@jackdwagner) August 18, 2017
The question is who is actually right on this? Should we let Nazi marchers yell into the void unchallenged or should we meet them head-on and counter-protest, even if that means we’ve got to wash some blood out of our clothes the next day? I strongly believe that it’s the latter. While the less intelligent people among us, such as President Donald Trump, will use any violence that may happen as an excuse to equivocate and say that the left are the actual violent ones, they’re going to do that anyway, no matter how much of a stretch it is. Before the violent protests at Berkeley this year, whataboutism usually brought up Bill Ayers and the Weather Underground, the 1970’s era left-wing terrorist group.
Another thing to remember, and I can’t stress this enough, these racist little manlet pricks are gigantic pussies. Look at Chris Cantwell, one of the Nazis at the Charlottesville rally. When interviewed by Vice News, he showed off his arsenal of weapons and said “We’re not non-violent, we’ll fucking kill these people if we have to.” When reports came in that there might be a warrant out for his arrest, he uploaded a video of him pissing his pants and literally crying, saying how scared he was. Oh, and he got kicked off of OK Cupid.
Before the news broke that Steve Bannon was leaving the White House to spend more time with the other three Horsemen, the biggest political news of the day was Tina Fey's Cake Sketch from SNL's Weekend Update.
We'll be honest -- we watched it more than once this morning.
In the video, Tina Fey devours a sheet cake in a frighteningly messy manner while roasting Trump over his horrendous response to the Nazi rally and terrorist attack in Charlottesville that left one dead and dozens more injured over the weekend.
Trump's initial weak response was bad enough, but to double down on saying that maybe some Nazis are decent folks days later was monstrous.
Personally, I responded to that bewildering press conference by walking to get ice cream with my roommate. According to this bit of sketch comedy, Tina Fey had a similar idea -- to cope by devouring an entire cake.
The video has received a mixed reception, however, as some perceived Tina Fey's skit as suggesting that people shouldn't counter-protest when Nazis come to town. Tina does basically say that, but it's part of a skit and some aren't convinced that we're supposed to read that as genuine advice.
Others see the entire skit as a parody of people choosing to be inactive in the face of evil. Satirizing people who just "sit out" of conflicts isn't the same as promoting that way of thinking, right?
Twitter was pretty divided, but here's what people had to say:
1. First, someone who worked with Tina
2. High praise ...
3. More cake talk ...
4. Lady Gaga spoke up
5. Grilled cheese is nice
6. Tina Fey got some criticism, though
It's the grand finale to Awards Season 2016, and what a delight the red carpet was tonight in Hollywood.
Nominees who passed for Disney characters! Gowns that resembled loofahs! That bear that nearly ate Leo!
Let's thumb through some of tonight's looks, shall we? Those most pleasing to the eye, and those who - according to one tweet - look as though their owners "went HAM at Michael's."
1. Jennifer Garner: 2016 Academy Awards
2. Leonardo DiCaprio: 2016 Academy Awards
3. Cate Blanchett: 2016 Academy Awards
4. Tina Fey: 2016 Academy Awards
5. Kerry Washington: 2016 Academy Awards
6. Reese Witherspoon: 2016 Academy Awards
It’s easy to think of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as sisters. Since they’ve been in the spotlight, their names have been synonymous with each other. In their 20 plus year friendship they’ve been in comedy troupes together, have enjoyed a long run on Saturday Night Live, and managed to create a large body of work together on screen in comedic films. In between that Amy and Tina became one of America’s most beloved duos as they took on the Golden Globes three times as masters of ceremonies.
So, it isn’t that much of a stretch that they’re now starring in the movie Sisters together as, well, sisters. In the comedy, directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) and written by Paula Pell (SNL), the pair play Maura and Kate Ellis, two sisters who have absolutely nothing in common with each other. Maura (Poehler) is a straight laced reserved divorcee, who’s still recovering from her heartache, while Kate (Fey) is a bit of a wild child, who doesn’t really have it all together.
During the film they find out that their parents are selling their childhood home, when they’re asked by their parents to clean out their room. Realizing that they’re both stuck in their childhood persona’s the two decide to throw an “Ellis Island” party at their old home to say bon voyage to their former lives in an attempt to grow and break out of the confines that they’re held in. As you might have guessed, a bunch of funny hijinks ensue.
Actors Amy Poehler and Ike Barinholtz and director Jason Moore stopped by AOL to chat about the upcoming comedy, out in theaters on Friday, December 18.
On the basis of the movie Sisters:
Amy Poehler: This is based on Paula Pell’s journal, who is a writer for Saturday Night Live, among many other things, and is a comedic genius. She has a sister who was a lot wilder than she was growing up. Paula kept a very detailed almost serial killer like journal.
On meeting Tina Fey and writer Paula Pell:
Poehler: Tina ad I met in 1993 in Chicago and we were improvising together. I moved to New York with the Upright Citizens Brigade. She came to New York with an actual job, which was writing for Saturday Night Live — it’s always better to get paid. It’s nicer. But now kids don’t get paid with money, right? You get free app space and swag.
I met Paula when I arrived at SNL, and Paula was already writing the most famous sketches that you guys know and love, including Cheerleaders, and she went on to write Debbie Downer, and Gilly, and a million other great sketches. She and I became fast friends.
Ike Barinholtz on his connection to Amy Poehler and Tina Fey:
Barinholtz: I’m from Chicago and I performed at Improv Olympic. I started very soon after Amy went to form UCB, and she would periodically come back and teach workshops. Tina was in Second City on the main stage and I was a bus boy [...]
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Christmas is fast approaching, and Tina Fey still hasn’t decided whether her younger daughter will make Santa’s naughty or nice list.
“My older one is really sweet and really easy going and my little one is rough,” Fey told Ellen DeGeneres of her daughters, Alice, 10, and Penelope, 4, on Wednesday.
Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.
When DeGeneres asked if Fey used holiday presents to try to dissuade her daughter’s behavior, the actress admitted that she is cautious to bring the big man in red into it.
“I struggle because I worry she will be on the naughty list,” she said, laughing. “There’s a lot of times where I feel she should be on the naughty list, but then if that happens then there will be hell to pay for Mommy. I don’t want to be the one there on Christmas morning like, ‘Guess what happened? Coal, you got nothing.’ ”
Fey, 45, said she’s never actually taken her girls to visit Santa, but now might reconsider it.
“I remember it being a very clarifying experience when I was a kid,” she shared, adding, “Going to sit on Santa’s lap, it was just a trailer that was parked in the J.C. Penney’s parking lot … In hindsight, I’m like, ‘Was that guy even affiliated with the mall?’ ”
The solution might be easier than that, though. Hey Tina, ever heard of Elf on the Shelf?
— Lindsay Kimble
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are undeniably comedy’s best power duo. They’ve co-starred in some of our favorite and funniest movies (Baby Mama, anyone?) and have proven they can co-host award shows with grace, aplomb, and a huge helping of belly laughs. Because they’re the shining stars of comedy and can basically do no wrong, the two SNL alums will return to the show for this season’s holiday episode, one that anyone can safely predict will be an instant classic.
According to Vanity Fair, this season’s holiday episode will air on December 19. The show has a short history of bringing back old SNL alums for the holiday episode in an effort to draw a wider audience. The show, according to many, has suffered in terms of quality over the past few years, so bringing in ringers for a high-profile episode is a good way to appeal to old viewers. Something similar occurred when 2013’s holiday episode featured fellow SNL alum Jimmy Fallon.
SNL is also bringing out the big guns with their musical guest for the same episode. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform on December 19.
SNL has booked some other excellent audience favorites for the holiday season. Ryan Gosling will make his SNL hosting debut on December 5, while Chris Hemsworth will appear for the second time on December 12.
That’s all well and good, but I personally just can’t wait to see Tina and Amy back in action!
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Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are probably the world’s most sought-after and well-loved celebrity combination, and their new film Sisters is shaping up to be everything the world needs right now.
In the film, which is slated for released on Dec. 18th, 2015, Poehler and Fey play sisters who want to throw one last blowout in their childhood home before their parents sell the house.
A new poster released this week shows just how much the world wants to see Tina and Amy together—and as close as possible. The awesome new poster show the funny women in a bathtub together, reading from what look like teenage Composition book diaries, and giving each other sly looks. I can only imagine the hilarity this movie is sure to bring.
Even the tagline, “They don’t get any closer than this,” proves that this film is a fan-driven endeavor. It seems like we’ve all been begging for this funny celebrity duo to team up in whatever capacity since their hysterical 2008 movie Baby Mama, and who could forget their matchless co-hosting at the Golden Globe Awards for three consecutive years?
Is it too early to buy a ticket to see Sisters?
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From exposed nipples to dropped pants, celebrities often suffer some wardrobe malfunctions.
It has happened to a member of the Royal Family. And also to multiple members of reality TV's royal family.
It has happened to athletes, singers, actresses and everyone in between... and it resulted in a permanent change to Super Bowl halftime shows after a certain nipple made a certain brief appearance.
Relive the most memorable celebrity wardrobe malfunctions below!
1. Kristen Bell Wardrobe Malfunction
2. Janet Jackson Wardrobe Malfunction
3. Tina Fey Nip Slip
4. Kim Kardashian Boob Leak
5. Selena Gomez Wardrobe Malfunction
6. Lindsay Lohan Wardrobe Malfunction
It started with Britney and Madonna, but the trend has only accelerated in recent months.
We're talking girl-on-girl action, of course, and we're talking lip locks between such A-listers as Tina Fey and Amy Schumer; Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry; and plenty of other well-known females.
Which of these same-sex smooches has been the most sizzling?
Try to keep your keyboards and your computer screens clean, fellas, and check them out below:
1. Britney Spears and Madonna
2. Sandra Bullock and Scarlett Johansson
3. Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock
4. Britney Spears and Rihanna
5. Madonna and Christina Aguilera
6. Denise Richards and Neve Campbell
David Letterman's 33-year reign as the King of Late Night has officially come to an end!
On Wednesday, the TV host signed off from his show, The Late Show, for the last time. We knew his farewell would be one to remember -- but we didn't realize we'd have to hold back tears!
The 16-time Emmy winner made sure his send off was both star-studded and incredibly touching! AH-Mazing!
So, let's take a moment to honor the top FIVE moments from the 68-year-old's FIERCE last episode!
1. A farewell to one of TV's best bromances: A lot of late night hosts have solid chemistry with their band leaders -- but David and Paul Schaffer's bromance is one for the books. Their witty back-and-forth banter was always more than just scripted word play -- they finished each other's sentences! So we weren't shocked when the late night icon paid tribute to his longtime friend.
"My good, good friend – as good a friend as you can have on television, as good a friend as you can have in life, absolutely a musical genius."
When Dave joked that he and Paul would be headlining in an white tiger act in Vegas next month -- we kind of hoped he wasn't kidding!! LOLz!
2. As we previously reported, Dave pulled out all the stops for his final show -- including a star filled list of celebrities to take part in his final Top 10 List. The theme: Top 10 Things I've Always Wanted to Say to Dave. He had Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chris Rock, and Jerry Seinfeld, just to name a few!
Our favorite zinger probably came from the VEEP star who poked fun at both the retiring TV personality and her former Seinfeld co-star!
"Thanks for letting me take part in another hugely disappointing series finale."
3. Letterman laughs at himself: What's probably the most charming thing about the controversial celebrity is that he's always been able to laugh at himself! Before he went off the air, Dave made digs at his teeth, the fact that Elián González wished to return to the states now that he's left television, and even made one last side comment about never booking The Tonight Show hosting gig.
"I'll be honest with you, it's beginning to look like I'm not gonna get The Tonight Show."
You may have never hosted The Tonight Show, but you'll always be one of the most iconic hosts of late night television!
4. The Foo Fighters rocked out in the name of Dave: One thing we were shocked at was how BIG of a Foo Fighters fangirl Dave was! Apparently, the rock band helped the stand-up master get through a particularly rough health crisis. The band appeared on his show when he returned from his medical leave -- and again to play him off one last time!
5. #ThanksDave thanked his fans: He might've been trending worldwide yesterday on Twitter -- but David made sure to thank all of the fans who have been with him throughout the MANY years!
"There's nothing I can ever do to repay you. Thank you for everything, you've given me everything, and thank you again."
In his final segment, he even remembered to praise his hard working crew and named EVERY SINGLE PERSON who was a part of his work family.
"It's so obvious again tonight, and every night, that they are so much better at their job than I am. I have been blessed and lucky to work with men and women who are smarter than I am and funnier than I am."
We're certainly going to miss you Dave but we're definitely excited to see what Stephen Colbert will do to try and fill your shoes!
We hope retirement treats you well -- let us know if you want to go fishing sometime soon!
[Image via CBS.]
President Barack Obama, Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & More Show Up For David Letterman’s Very Last Episode Of The Late Show!
What an amazing send off!
David Letterman has been a staple of late night TV ever since he took the desk back in 1993, and now he's being honored in the best way possible.
For Dave's final episode on CBS, we got to see the best bits of his 22 years as host, including an excellent opening monologue and some of his most famous interviews.
But not only was the episode about remembering his best moments, it was also about creating some memorable TV!
A ton of famous faces came out to support Dave; including President Barack Obama and the three POTUSs before him, as well as Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Barbara Walters, and Chris Rock, just to name a few.
It was such an amazing way to celebrate Dave, and we're really going to miss him in late night, but we're excited to see what Stephen Colbert and his team can do in the slot!
Ch-ch-check out Dave's final monologue and Top 10 (above & below)!!!
Tina Fey Dons Her ‘Last Dress Ever’ on David Letterman Before Showing Up to All Talk Shows in a Slanket
“Should I hug you in this?!” questions Tina Fey after stripping off her self-proclaimed “last dress ever” gift to David Letterman.
After 20 Letterman appearances thanks to “living near by” and “people canceling a lot”, Tina Fey stripped down to her festively decorated Spanx during her interview with her respected friend.
“I’m never gonna wear a fancy dress on a talk show again. It’s very hard work. I don’t know if you’re aware of the contraptions there is under here; it’s almost medical.”
Tina went through the Rolodex of late night talk show hosts to help Letterman understand the prestige of her disrobing.
“What am I gonna do, put a dress on for Jimmy (Kimmel)? That’s creepy. He’s like my brother.”
“I’m gonna wear like, special underwear for James Corden? That’s not gonna happen!”
With that Fey clipped her mic to her bra, slinked right out of her dress and into a Spanx comfort zone. “Bye Dave!” and “#last dress ever” adorning her nearly medical body shapers, she modeled for the audience and exclaimed “the next time you see me I’ll be playing charades in a slanket!”
Touched by the hilarious heartwarming moment, Letterman left his desk proclaiming “Oh my god, I don’t know what to say” and joked that he was told they had time for another segment. Through the fanfare Letterman told Fey, “forget me, you look lovely; this looks like something Kate Middleton would show up in.”
And in that moment no two celebrities were more beloved. Good night everybody!