The Bachelorette might make you chuckle, but that doesn't mean the contestants are being intentionally funny. But this week, contestant Sean mixed things up by playing a practical joke on Emily — and the audience at home — during his hometown date. He sat Emily down with his whole family and broke the news to her that he lives at home. Emily did her best to remain polite, but in the confessional interviews, she admitted that having your parents as roommates is a dealbreaker for her. Then Sean showed her his bedroom, which was worse than Emily could have imagined. Of course, it was all a joke! Watch now as Emily goes from horrified to slightly amused while Sean punks her.
Mark Wahlberg stopped by Conan last night to promote his new movie, Ted. Much like his inappropriate teddy bear costar, Mark doesn't always say or do the grownup thing around his four kids. For example, when preparing for the role in the Seth MacFarlane movie, Mark, who had never watched Seth's Family Guy, decided it would be a good idea to watch it with his kids. It's a cartoon, after all. Still, his wife, model Rhea Durham, wasn't too happy with that. He's also gotten in trouble with her thanks to his reaction to the Patriots losing the Super Bowl and for letting his kids run wild with a paintball gun. Watch Mark share his hilarious family stories now.
People Like Us comes out today, and I chatted with the film's leading lady, Elizabeth Banks, about her role in the dramedy. She describes her character Frankie as "a struggling single mom with an alcohol addiction who really needs a break in her life." And adds, "The break comes in the form of Chris Pine's character Sam, who as it turns out, is a brother that she never knew she had." Although this role is serious, Elizabeth's comedic roles from movies like the recent What to Expect When You're Expecting and cult favorite Wet Hot American Summer seem more aligned with her fun-loving personality, which came out during the interview and fans get a glimpse of on her personal blog. Read what Elizabeth said on everything from her Girl Scout days to who she could see as the first female US president now. And watch the video of the interview at the end!
TrèsSugar: What drew you to People Like Us?
Elizabeth Banks: I just loved the characters, and it's a character-driven movie. It's really a story about connecting with your family. I went on an emotional journey when it first came to me and I really loved it — people have been watching it and saying to us, "Gosh this movie inspired me to call my mom or text my brother, or call my dad." I think it's a great message. We don't have a lot of time with each other on this earth together and let's make the best of it.
TS: You've said that you're not as badass as Frankie, but are there ways that you can relate to her character?
EB: Absolutely, I saw a lot of myself in Frankie. She's just trying to hold it together, and I think a lot of women who carry the weight of the world on their shoulders every day, especially working moms, can relate to this character. There's never enough money, there's never enough time, there's never enough reliable help around, anything you plan always goes wrong — it's just hard to be human, isn't it?
TS: Do you agree with director Alex Kurtzman when he said that you and Chris Pine look like siblings?
EB: If you mean are we two good-looking white people who live in Hollywood, yes, but I think there are probably a lot of us out there. I just love that people think that about us. We're both blondies with blue eyes . . .
TS: Is there a past costar that you have a sibling-like relationship with?
EB: I have sibling relationships with a lot of my costars, but probably Paul Rudd. He and I have made a lot of movies together. Also Tobey Maguire and I have made about six movies together.
TS: Do you have an example of a sibling moment with one of those two?
EB: We just are constantly giving each other crap back and forth. Like any good little sister, I'm constantly making fun of them. They dish it right back out to me. It's a one-ups-manship contest 24/7 with those guys.
TS: You've played a wide variety of female types: Effie Trinket, Avery Jessup, Laura Bush, and my personal favorite Lindsay in Wet Hot American Summer. Who was the most fun to play?
EB: There's a lot of fun being had. I really loved Beth the bookstore clerk in The 40-Year-Old Virgin. I thought she was really fun. I just thought, "Oh, I know this girl. She lives in the valley in LA, goes to community college, and is just looking for a good time. She'll probably never make much of her life, but she'll marry and have kids." I just saw her whole life laid out in front of me. I really loved Beth; I just loved how much fun she wanted to have.
TS: What funny actresses inspire you?
EB: I'm really inspired by the classic actresses. Rosalind Russell is an all-time favorite of mine — I think she's fabulous — I based a lot of my Effie Trinket character on Rosalind Russell. I'm a huge Lucille Ball fan, and I was a huge Carol Burnett fan, May West, Marilyn Monroe. Anybody I felt really paired a comedic sensibility with a vulnerability with sort of a pathos, those are the ladies I loved.
TS: On a sad note, I saw your tweet about Nora Ephron's passing, which was such a loss. How did she inspire you, and do you have a favorite film of hers?
EB: Well, I love When Harry Met Sally, of course. I loved Julie & Julia, I thought that was a great movie. Nora Ephron, in my opinion, was one of the great wits of our day. She's compared a lot to Dorothy Parker, and I think she was even a brighter woman than Dorothy Parker and inspired me because she was not only an amazing writer, but she was a director in Hollywood. There are not many female directors in Hollywood. She was always very passionate about what she did, she was a passionate woman, she loved being a woman. I think she advocated for women and I was just so inspired by her. I was very lucky to meet her and hang out with her, and I just thought she was a great broad. I hope someday I can even come close to her essence.
Former stripper Channing Tatum gets back to his ab-tastic roots in tomorrow's Magic Mike, complete with sexy dance moves and a bevy of stripper-approved costumes. But Channing's first onstage experience involved a not-so-hot stripper ensemble — a Boy Scouts uniform — which he called the most embarrassing moment of his life on the Late Show With David Letterman last night. It was bad enough that he had to don the kiddie camper outfit, but Channing recounts that to add insult to injury, he also had to sing during the bit . . . with his sister and her friends in the front row. Watch him bare all to Letterman now!
The guys on The Bachelorette followed their Southern Belle to Eastern Europe this week, bringing the roses and one-on-one date cards to Prague. Arie, the race car driver, seemed like he was pulling away with Emily's heart, but he hit a road bump in Prague. Emily found out that Arie has a secret: he once dated a producer of her show. But apparently that's not the only secret he has. When Emily confronted Arie on their date, asking him if there was anything he wanted to come clean about, he did confess — but not to dating the producer. He told her that he has a tattoo of another woman's name. Watch how it went down now.
In Rielle Hunter's new memoir about her affair with former presidential candidate John Edwards, she alluded to the fact that she's still in a romantic relationship with the father of her daughter, Quinn. But this morning on Good Morning America she admitted that the publicity (brought on by her book) and media scrutiny caused complications in their relationship. She says on the show, "As of the end of last week we are no longer a couple." Rielle also opens up about whether or not she looks back on the affair as a mistake, contradicting herself as she says, "Would I do that again? No way," before adding, "I don't regret loving him." Watch the interview now.
Rielle Hunter went on 20/20 last Friday to discuss her new book all about her infamous affair with former senator and presidential candidate John Edwards. At one point, Rielle talked about what happened when she found out — in the midst of the 2008 presidential campaign — that she was pregnant with the politician's baby. Rielle and John never used birth control, and athough John was married to Elizabeth Edwards, who was battling cancer, and running for president at the time, Rielle called the pregnancy "the best surprise ever." Watch Rielle recount the experience, and see how John reacted (he renewed his vows with Elizabeth) now.
Bob Harper has been instrumental in transforming hundreds of overweight contestants into their slimmer selves on NBC's hit show The Biggest Loser. Now Bob's showing us what his essential moves are for making weight loss a reality. From a lateral burpee to a squat variation that'll work your entire body, see which exercises Bob says are a must if you are looking to drop weight. You'll learn some great tips about form and technique and see exactly why we can't help but love working out on Team Bob!
On the season finale of Lifetime's new interview show, The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet, Gwyneth Paltrow opened up with the show's host about female sexuality. She talked about the repercussions of young women and girls being overtly sexual and what female sensuality means to her. In the interview, Gwyneth describes female sexuality as an "intensely private thing," and says that if it's outwardly expressed in public it's "fake." She says, "These girls are denying themselves real sexuality by trying to conform to something." Watch the clip now, and check out some of our other favorite quotes from The Conversation here.
"It's such an old adage that the damsel needs to be saved," says Brave codirector Mark Andrews. We agree and are happy that Pixar has released its first female-driven movie with Brave, out today. On a recent trip to Scotland, I got to speak with the stars and makers of the film. Why now? What made Pixar decide to finally have a heroine at the center of its popular animated films? Find out what John Lasseter, the chief creative officer of Pixar, as well as stars like Kelly Macdonald and Kevin McKidd, told me about Merida and the message of Brave.