While it's amusing and sometimes very funny, there's an air of desperation about this sequel to the 2014 breakout hit comedy. The main problem is that, instead of pushing the characters forward in any way, the plot is basically a rehash of the exact same series of events. So the cast and crew rush through it in the hopes that audiences might not notice, throwing in issues like girl power and gay marriage to make it look like they noticed the criticisms of the first movie.
It's been a year or so, and now Mac and Kelly (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) are selling their house to move to the suburbs before the birth their second child. But just as the sale is agreed, a sorority moves in next door, founded by Shelby (Chloe Grace Moretz) in defiance of the usual frat-house rules. They get help from former fraternity leader Teddy (Zac Efron), who's aimless because his best pal Pete (Dave Franco) has just agreed to marry his boyfriend. So Mac and Kelly are worried that the loud parties are going to jeopardise the sale, and when talking with Shelby fails, the stand-off escalates into all-out war. And when the girls turn on him, Teddy swaps sides to help take them down.
The dialogue is packed with hilariously wrong humour, mainly adult gags that are spoken around very young children. The idea of a little girl who chooses a pink dildo as her favourite toy is good for one laugh, but perhaps not the next 10 the filmmakers try to wring from it. Meanwhile, there's a strange exhaustion in the air, as both Teddy and Mac seem tired of all of this nonsense. Efron and Rogen play the roles with impeccable timing, but both seem aware that they've already pushed these characters as far as they possibly can. Byrne has a lot more spark, and provides most of the best laughs. And Moretz shows some skill at spiky silliness.
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We're not joking. 'Friends' is coming back for one more episode.
It's finally confirmed. If you thought you would never see the cast of 'Friends' on screen again, you're in for a very pleasant surprise. For a one-off event, all the actors will re-unite on NBC for a two-hour long special episode 12 years after the network aired the very last episode.
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The duet even managed to eclipse guest spots by Selena Gomez and Justin Timberlake during the fifth of her five nights at the Staples Center.
Taylor Swift ended her five-night run at the Los Angeles Staples Center on Wednesday night by inviting yet another clutch of guest stars onstage to perform with her – including ‘Friends’ actress Lisa Kudrow for a totally awesome rendition of ‘Smelly Cat’. Yes, really.
Swifty may have also invited A-lister BFF Selena Gomez on stage as well as Justin Timberlake, but the evening was unquestionably stolen by Phoebe Buffay, at last getting her big break at the massive L.A. arena. It did really happen, if you want to check out this amazing fan video on Twitter, with the crowd joining in to help belt out the classic ditty.
Taylor Swift's guest stars on her 1989 World Tour have been some of the highlights
Over a decade since it ended ‘Friends’ is still as popular as ever.
London-based ‘Friends’ fans are in for a special treat next month as four-day festival celebrating the sitcom hits the capital. 'FriendsFest', which will take place at Brick Lane’s Boiler House will run from Wednesday 16th to Sunday 20th September and include original props and replica sets from the series.
Courteney Cox starred as Monica Gellar in the 90s sitcom.
The festival will feature a full scale replica of Monica’s apartment as well as a Central Perk themed cafe which will include its very own orange sofa for fans to get their groups photos on. There will also be a pop-up hair salon were you can go right back to the 90s with a Rachel Green inspired blow-dry
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Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox and Lisa Kudrow reunited briefly on Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform a Friends-based sketch.
Fans of Central Perk were given a treat on Wednesday night when Rachel, Monica and Phoebe reunited for a very special sketch on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Aniston at the Los Angeles premiere of her new film Life of Crime
Jennifer Aniston was appearing on the show to promote her new film, Life of Crime, but couldn't escape her role as Rachel Green on 'Friends'. In a hilarious sketch, she pretends to be completely surprised when Kimmel reveals a replica of the famous kitchen from the show. Kimmel plays Rachel's boyfriend, Ross, originally portrayed by David Schwimmer, in a script apparently written by Kimmel. She feigns irritation at Kimmel's bad writing and attempts to make her wear a Rachel wig he has hidden in the freezer.
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10 years on we look at what it was that made TV series 'Friends' so special.
We’re feeling pretty nostalgic (and old) because it’s been ten years since the final episode of Friends aired. We’d sort of been getting by on the hope that a reunion episode would take place, but mean Matt LeBlanc ruined that dream. The actor, who played Joey, recently said: “That show was about a finite period of time in life, after college and before your relationship and family starts and where your friends are your support system. That’s what the magic of the show was - everyone goes through that and can relate to that.”
The cast of Friends with Jay Leno [Photo: Getty images]
That wasn’t the only magic that Friends had. The reason that the show was so popular for so long was a combination of a dozen or so factors that just worked. The chemistry between the cast was palpable, you could just tell that Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox were best friends in real life and that translated onto their onscreen friendship.
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Meet the 'Modern Family' cast that the producers had originally wanted. We're pleased they didn't get their own way, because we can't imagine a better lineup than the one they have!
We can’t imagine a more perfect cast that the one that Modern Family already has. Every single of one of them has made the roles their own, almost like they were written with them in mind. So you’ll be surprised to hear that hardly any of them were the first choice for the parts! But who did the producers have lined up before the perfect cast finally came together?
Craig T. Nelson was first choice to play Modern Family patriarch Jay Pritchett
Family patriarch Jay Pritchett was originally pegged to be played by Emmy Award winner Craig T. Nelson. Best known for his role as Hayden Fox in Coach and as the voice of Mr. Incredible in the 2004 animated film The Incredibles, producers originally approached Nelson although his pay expectations were too high. Ed O’Neill, who the role eventually went to (and who just IS Jay) explained, “When I read [the script] I thought, ‘Oh boy, this is pretty good.’ And I called my managed and he said, ‘Well, they’re out to Craig T. Nelson.’” We’re grateful that they couldn’t afford Nelson because no-one plays grumpy good guy Jay Pritchard quite like Ed O’Neill. We're also sure that Nelson is kicking himself since Sofia Vergara could have been his onscreen wife! We wonder if he'd known that to begin with it would have made a difference?
There's a blast of raucous energy to this lively comedy that sets it apart from the pack; aside from a willingness to get deeply rude and incorrect, the movie is actually very funny. It helps that it's packed with snappy characters and witty dialogue, and that the cast makes the gratuitously vulgar humour come to life in surprising ways.
It opens with happy couple Mac and Kelly (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne), whose idyllic life with their ridiculously cute baby is interrupted when a frat house moves in next door. They want to be cool about it, so introduce themselves and nicely ask the fraternity leaders Teddy and Pete (Zac Efron and Dave Franco) to keep it down. They even indulge in a bit of partying themselves. But the noise only gets louder, and when Mac and Kelly call the cops in a moment of desperation, they spark a war that escalates into a series of crazy practical jokes. This also gets the fraternity in trouble with their university administrator (Lisa Kudrow), which only fuels the battle.
Director Nicholas Stoller (The Five-Year Engagement) keeps things moving briskly, packing every scene with shamelessly coarse humour. For every joke that falls flat (like a breast-feeding set-piece), there are five more gags immediately following that generate gut-busting laughter. While the plot is little more than a series of elaborate pranks, there's an unstoppable momentum that builds to a riotous party climax. Even more important is the way the actors are allowed to twist their stereotypical characters to add some meaningful subtext.
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Lisa Kudrow's 'The Comeback' is...coming back.
Lisa Kudrow is making her latest comeback in, uh, The Comeback. The show that aired for 13 episodes on HBO in 2005 will be back for a six-episode run this fall, according to The Wrap. HBO announced the surprise news just days after reviving another of its older shows, Project Greenlight, which last aired 11 years ago.
Lisa Kudrow Will Star In 'The Comeback', Again
Created by Kudrow and 'Sex and the City' executive producer Michael Patrick King, The Comeback stars the Friends actress as sitcom star Valerie Cherish, who is plying her trade in modern-day Los Angeles, California. Cherish is very much a D-grade actress best known for her starring role in the sexually charged sitcom I'm It!
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'The One Where They Reunite': will there ever be an end to the rumour of a 'Friends' reunion?
The rumour of the Friends 2014 return is doing the rounds again and seems to be as unfounded as ever. Fake reunion movie and episode posters are once again circling the internet and simultaneously driving hardcore Friends fans wild as well as provoking a collective cry of "just let it go already!!"
The 'Friends' Reunion Rumours Seem To Be Unfounded For Now.
Fans of the show are divided into two camps: those who salivate at every tidbit of reunion gossip, ready to jump back on the sofa for those first jangly strains of 'I'll Be There For You,' and those who for whatever reason, feel the franchise is best left at its rather neat finale which aired in May 2004 and are perfectly content with their Burj Khalifa-rivalling skyscraper of all ten Friends box sets.
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Kelly and Mac Radner are a young married couple with a baby daughter who are starting to feel a little claustrophobic inside their family home and are desperate to get back into the party spirit. However, the phrase 'be careful what you wish for' couldn't be more apt when they watch a college fraternity move into the house next door. In a bid to get their new neighbours to keep the wild partying to a minimum, they attempt to welcome the seemingly friendly new arrivals. To no avail, however, as they end up having to call the police when one party gets out of control and find themselves subsequently being terrorised in all areas of their lives by the frat boys. Determined not to be victimised by a group of college kids, the Radner's respond with their own revenge tactics - but who will have the upper hand in the end?
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Funnyman Arsenio Hall is ready to reclaim his title as the king of late night chat with his new show for syndicated TV.
Arsenio Hall is back! It's been 19 years since the comic last dominated the late night viewing slot with his popular combination of chat and music and after a hiatus lasting nearly two decades, he is back to reclaim his place among the elites of the chat show circuit.
Arsenio Hall is back on late night TV
The 57-year-old former TV regular, whose late night shows famously included a sax-playing Bill Clinton and Magic Johnson's revelation that he suffers from the AIDs virus, will get a second chance at becoming a talk show mainstay again this Monday, 9 September, when he begins his run on The Arsenio Hall Show on syndicated television. It's been a lengthy stay away from the front of a camera, but it is a break that Arsenio has no regrets over and one that he feels he can return from with a bang.
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Seth Rogen and Zac Efron could have something decent on their hands.
We've been waiting on this one for a while, and it looks as though Seth Rogen's latest movie Neighbors may be worth it. According to HitFix.com, Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Nicholas Stoller wanted to make a "stunningly dirty and wildly funny film" - and with Neighbors, they may well have succeeded.
Originally titled Townies, the move follows young couple Mac (Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) - a young couple who have just gone through two extremely stressful experiences, having a baby and moving home.
Of course, when a fraternity run by a hard-partying teenager (Zac Efron) moves in next door - things get a little more difficult. At first, the couple - who appear to still consider themselves relatively hip - reach out to the frat guys, though it quickly becomes apparent that it's going to be all out war.
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The 'Friends' alum will star alongside Kerry Washington in hit political drama, 'Scandal.'
Friends actress Lisa Kudrow has been picked for a recurring role in ABC's smash-hit drama Scandal and it is being speculated that she will play a politician in the White House. In other words, it's safe to say we won't be hearing any 'Smelly Cat' renditions coming from the serious political series' new recruit.
Expect To See The Friends Actress Gracing TV Screen Once More This Fall.
Scandal's third season will debut on 3rd October on ABC and will further follow the story of political fixer Olivia Pope, who is played by the Emmy-nominated Kerry Washington. The show focusses on Pope's crisis management firm and its involvement in White House government affairs.
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If Lisa Kudrow & Matthew Perry had their way, 'Friends' would be making a return to our screens.
Filling in for British host Piers Morgan on Piers Morgan Live on 26th July, Friends star Matthew Perry, AKA Chandler Bing, took over hosting responsibilities, showing off his natural talent for comedy in an interview with Friends co-star, Lisa Kudrow. In Perry's opening monologue during which he assesses how he and Morgan are different, he introduces his rather familiar first interviewee: "she beautiful, she's intelligent, she's hilarious and if memory serves she owes me, errr...47 dollars[...]you may remember her as being the second funniest cast member on Friends" as Kudrow's laughter filters through from offscreen.
Kudrow: Could She & Perry Form Their Own Splinter Version Of Friends?
The pair joked and bantered like old times, having spent ten seasons on the popular sitcom which charted the lives of a group of friends living in Manhattan. The pair also revealed that, if it were up to them, the show that broadcast its final episode in 2004 wouldn't have ended as soon as it did. "If I had a time machine, I would like to go back to 2004 and not have stopped," admitted Perry who has been seen most recently on the now cancelled 2012 NBC comedy, Go On. The unofficial Friends. The One With The Reunion Image has been floating around for months on Twitter, stirring up a frenzy but it's pretty clear no sneaky efforts are being made to produce more episodes under the radar.
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Well, the 'Friends' reunion was a pipe dream, but at least there's still Veronica Mars.
Did someone say “Friends reunion”? Technically, loads of people, but no one official. Sadly for all the devoted fans of the series (and there are definitely still a bunch of those around), the show’s co-creator Marta Kaufman has not only dismissed the current rumors, but she said a reunion of the 90s sitcom is never going to happen, Fox News reports. Well, that was a harsh letdown for everyone.
The buzz started earlier this week when reports surfaced that not only was a Friends reunion likely, but NBC had already confirmed the deal. There was even a photoshopped poster thrown into the mix, advertising “The One With The Reunion”, due to hit screens on Thanksgiving 2014. Kaufman, however, had this to say: “’Friends’ was about that time in your life when your friends are your family, and once you have a family, there’s no need anymore.”
According to her, now that the characters have families of their own, Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Monica, Joey and Chandler are past their coffee shop days. Even the most devoted Friends fans can probably see how that makes sense, but the nostalgia still lives on. Warner Bros. also dismissed reports that a “Friends” movie was in development, telling Zap2it there is no “Friends”-related project being worked on by the studio. Harsh. But hey, maybe that means it's time for a re-watch.
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Olive is a straight up girl, she works hard in classes, she isn't one of the most popular kids in school but she's happy enough being herself and hanging with her true friends - one of which is called Brandon. Olive is the only person he's confided in and told that he's actually gay but that doesn't stop the homophobic school bullies from laying into him every day. Brandon propositions Olive with an idea, a fake fling. Go to a party, lock themselves in a bedroom and let all hear what they want to think is going on.
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The film is a sloppy pastiche of four portraits of depressed souls in dire circumstances. Jessica Biel plays a stripper who leaves sweet phone messages on her comatose young son's hospital room phone. Ick. She is essentially one of those indie-chic characters who talks fast, snorts coke, and talks nonsensical platitudes to herself in a mirror. Ray Liotta is a guy who walks around town in a dirty suit and rides the bus a lot. From what must be intended as a clumsy flashback (hard to tell, since the movie is so stylistically bankrupt), we know that he is dying, so that gives him license to be as morose as possible for the entire movie. Eddie Redmayne is a mortician who can't get a girlfriend so he bonds with dead people. He looks like he's 12 but is intended to be about 30 from the way the film has him act. Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker fills in the final quadrant, playing a character with absolutely no relation to the others, except for that he is depressed and wants to kill himself. Rather, he wants to give someone else $50,000 to shoot him in the heart. Why? Because it's quirky.
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A pair of sisters (Nora and Delia) collectively control the purse strings of many a woman and hold they keys to the heart of the modern romantic through two movies: Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail. Nora Ephron (along with Meg Ryan), redefined delis and male-female interaction with 1989's When Harry Met Sally.... Both are the daughters of a screenwriting duo, children of The Industry, and have become higher-level powerbrokers than their parents ever were with a string of well publicized hits and soon forgotten misses that formed a winning streak that lasted up until now.
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Lisa Kudrow's current husband was originally dating a friend of the star, causing her to begin a six year waiting game before meeting and marrying him later.
Lisa Kurdow, best known for her role in 'Friends', met her current husband while he was dating one of her own friends, and had to wait six years to being her own relationship with him. Michel Stern, a French advertising executive, and Kudrow, will be celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary on 27th May, 2005.
Kudrow apparently fell for him at first site, stating in an interview that "I was living with French girl and he had just moved here and they were dating (when we first met). But I'm freakishly polite, so I saw him and went, 'Well, he's the perfect man and it's all ruined because now they're together and I can't (make a play for him). That's not nice to flirt.' The minute I saw him I went, 'Well, that's it, there he is.'
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