Is the Capeside crew headed back to the creek? Michelle Williams wouldn't mind.
In a conversation with Vulture at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of "Take This Waltz," Williams joked that she's waiting for current "Don't Trust The B---- In Apartment 23" star James Van Der Beek to call her to get a "Dawson's Creek" reunion going.
"He [Van Der Beek] could totally ask!" Williams, who played Jen Lindley on the show, said. "I've always said, I'm totally up for reunion tours, reunion shows, so we can do that."
This isn't the first time Williams has suggested a reunion for "Dawson's Creek," which chronicled the dramatic lives of a group of teenagers on The WB from 1998-2003. This past November, the actress said she would do it "in a heartbeat."
"I would have to go back as a ghost though," Williams told Ryan Seacrest. "Because poor Jen Lindley died. But yes!"
Williams isn't the only one pining for the days of "Dawson." Van Der Beek, Dawson himself, isn't opposed to the idea of revisiting his not-so-humble beginnings. "I mean, if somebody came up with a brilliant idea how to do it, why not?" Van Der Beek told Entertainment Weekly in March. "I always love that Michelle is like, 'I definitely wanna do it! I'm in!' which is so easy for her to say because her character is dead. I always smile when I see that."
And while chatting with Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America" in November 2011, Katie Holmes, who played Joey Potter, admitted she like the idea of a reunion. "I had so much fun working on that show and I loved everyone so much and I think about it with such fond memories, a really great group of people," she said.
Though curent "Fringe" star Joshua Jackson, who played Pacey Witter, joked about his love of his to "Dawson's Creek" character in a 2010 Funny or Die video called "Pacey-Con," would he still want to head back to Capeside? "Pacey's done his time, though. I want first billing! I'm done with this 'Dawson's Creek' bull----," Jaskson told MTV around the same time.
Cue the "I don't wanna wait" jokes!
If you are wondering what led to "New Girl" losing so many viewers while it was a part of Fox's two-hour comedy block early this month, we may now have an answer for you: people...
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Confession time -- I love network television. Love. Lurrrrve. I know it's not super-sophisticated, and because I write about all kinds of TV shows, I should be more turned on by what cable offers, but I just don't. I like being able to watch a show, enjoy it, and not have to take it so seriously. Reading that back, it sounds like a backwards compliment, but there's something so ... I don't know, comforting about the longing between Castle and Beckett, the banter between the "Big Bang" nerds, and the singing on "Smash."
But I'm not a total cable snob. While I hate blood and gore and nudity, two of my favourite shows are "The Walking Dead" and "House of Lies" (aside: I can't explain why walkers don't freak me out, but Freddy Krueger still lives in my basement; nor am I Prudence McPrude, mayoress of Prudytown when it comes to seeing Don Cheadle's ass), but still, for some reason, I can't get into "True Blood," "Spartacus," "Sons of Anarchy" or -- gasp! -- "Game of Thrones." I know, clutch those pearls.
So after not loving "Girls" last week (don't hate me; I just didn't relate to any of the depressing characters -- though it did make me thankful I was not a single, miserable twenty-something living off my parents in NYC), I was wary of "Veep," HBO's latest offering. But I needn't have worried, and it's all thanks to former sitcom queen Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
To the millions of "Seinfeld" fans -- and the considerably fewer millions who followed her to "Watching Ellie" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine" -- Louis-Dreyfus is top-tier stuff, and only a handful of other comedians can rival her knack for unbridled goofiness and well-timed, near-slapstick delivery. Elaine Benes was the hardest, most jaded and bitter of the fab four on "Seinfeld," and her clueless self-satisfaction and smugness as Christine Campbell are brought together as one character: Selina Meyer, vice-president of the United States. Ahhh, the best of both TV worlds.
"Veep," created by Armando Iannucci, follows Selina and her staff as they tackle various disasters thrown the second-in-command's way. But in no way is this "The West Wing," nor can it be viewed as a political series. This is a workplace comedy to its core, in the same vein as "The Office" and "The Larry Sanders Show."
Like a bad "American Idol" audition, you don't know if you should root for or against Selina, but there's something so mesmerizing about watching JLD do her thing. My absolute favourite moments are watching her explode with quiet rage (very Elaine-like), or unleash a flurry of expletives that would make the "South Park" boys blush. (Another confession: I love the F-bomb. There's something so fantastic and free about it, especially delivered by Louis-Dreyfus, who we're not used to hearing curse, and it only makes the moments in "Veep" that much funnier.)
Really, though, JLD isn't particularly believable as a vice-president, even a bumbling one who isn't in on the joke that she's the joke. But in typical form, Louis-Dreyfus is wonderful to watch and her almost-constant eye rolls and looks of exasperation are a delight. In last night's premiere, there's a scene where she loses it after a series of blunders, and her entire body spits out a "What! The! F--k!" that may be the debut's highlight (though it's topped by the halfway point of the second episode, where Selina is unable to hide her glee upon learning the president -- whose lack of communication with his vice-president is a running gag ---may be at death's door).
Despite a stellar supporting cast (including Anna Chlumsky from "My Girl"), "Veep"s success rests solely on Louis-Dreyfus' shoulders -- and despite her small stature, she's more than capable of doing the job. The premiere may have started innocently enough, but just like a spectacularly bad game of Jenga, the pieces start to fall around Selina and we soon realize who the vice-president really is: a political dolt with good intentions who isn't taken seriously, no matter how hard she tries and no matter how many missteps she bounces back from. In its own way, "Veep" could have been as bleak as "Girls," but the workplace comedy is saved by its offensive, outrageous hilarity. And the great Louis-Dreyfus, of course.
Over the past few months "The Office" has managed to be in the headlines quite a bit, but not always for the best reasons. The ratings for the show have suffered as of late following the departure of...
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Before speaking to Rich Sommer -- best known to the world as Harry Crane on "Mad Men" -- I was a bit concerned. Concerned because his role in the Tribeca Film Festival offering, "The Giant Mechanical Man," isn't a very big one, and we had a lot of time to fill. Fortunately, Sommer was in a talkative mood and the lack of topics to discuss was not a problem. In fact, things got so talkative, that, after our interview, Sommer had to call his publicist to warn her about some inflammatory remakes that he made about the New York Post (which, yes, you can read below).
In "The Giant Mechanical Man" (premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival on Monday night), Sommer plays Brian, the well meaning brother-in-law of Jenna Fischer's Janice -- a wide-eyed and innocent woman who can't seem to maintain steady employment, but becomes infatuated with a street performer who dresses like a mechanical man.
Here, Sommer discusses what he can and can't say about "Mad Men," explains what happened with his abrupt departure from "The Office," and reveals what happens if you accuse Harry Crane of being a racist.
It's very nice to meet you.
Mike, my wife just sent me two texts and I just want to make sure that my kids are still alive. Ah, it's the same text twice, "How are you holding up?"
So, my first question: How are you holding up?
[Laughs] I'm doing OK.
Your wife stole my first question.
You got scooped.
I never like following the journalist who was just in here. Last time, I think the director we were both interviewing liked her a lot better. At least, he really didn't like a question that I asked and it reminds me of that.
I've never complained about a question. Actually, I did complain once about a question that the New York Post asked, which was, "Did it bother you when you found out that your character was a racist on 'Mad Men'"? And I was like, "What are you talking about?" Did you watch the season premiere?
He said, "Well, your character was throwing the water balloons out of the window at the protesters." And I said, "I'm sorry. He wasn't."
That was a different agency.
Yeah, it was a different agency. And he was like, "Well, still, they're all racist." And I was like, "I am really confused by this line of questioning." Finally, during the interview, I stood up and got a cup of coffee. I sat down and I was a little sweaty. And the guy was such a prick. New York Post, fuck those guys! You run the headline of this. You can feel free. I have no interest in ever talking to them again. By the way, I still buy the New York Post when I need something to read on the train. It's cheap and I can't get Huffington Post, there's no signal. It was just awful. It was an awful interview.
Harry Crane sticks his foot in his mouth a lot, but I've never thought of him as racist.
Exactly. And he had seen that season premiere, but it was before it had aired. He says, "So your character switches offices." And I said, "Well, when is this piece running? On the day of the premiere? Then I can't answer that." And he was like, "Aw, come on." And I said, "What do you mean 'aw, come on,' there are people right over there that will get my ass fired if I answer that question. And, P.S., you're not supposed to be asking me that question." It was bonkersville. Anyway.
Matthew Weiner is quite notorious for not wanting any spoilers out there.
Exactly. It may seem like a simple thing, switching offices, but that was a big plot point for Harry. I remember somebody once asking me, "Does Harry still wear bow-ties?" This was between season three and four. The answer was, "no." But I said, "If you care about it, then I can't answer it. That means that it's something that's meaningful to you and, so, you have to wait. I'm sorry." Basically, if there's something worth answering a question about, I can't answer it. It seems simple, but Matt was like, "Oh, God, no, don't ever tell them that you're not wearing bow-ties anymore." And with my new glasses, we were shooting on location and there were a top of paparazzi and he told me, "Take off your glasses. Don't let them see your new glasses." It's detailed -- which I love.
I do think one of the reasons that the show is so popular is because of the secrecy.
Absolutely. Matt always says, "The secrecy is the currency of the show." And I totally agree.
And I think people think they want to know, but they don't want to know.
Absolutely not. I'm a fan of "Breaking Bad" and if somebody blew that for me, I would be really upset.
During the sixth season of "Lost," I did weekly interviews with the cast and -- during one -- an actor accidentally spoiled a big scene. Which turned out to be misdirection from the showrunners, anyway. But we decided not to spoil the scene.
Absolutely. Of course, that's the right decision. I imagine that you're in that position a lot. I'm sure there are times when you're like, "Should I really say that Rich Sommer said, 'Fuck the New York Post'?"
Oh, we're printing that.
[Laughs] "That one's going up!"
Oh, that one is definitely going up.
[Laughing] Oh, good. My publicist, ah, she's gotten mad at me before. This will be a new one. This will be good. She got mad at me when I was naked on the Internet at one point. This will be a whole new thing. But I imagine that sometimes there are ethics and morals, obviously. And there's common sense and being a good person. And there's your job. Which, obviously, you have to do ethically anyway. But you have to think, "Will it hurt this show or this person if I run this?" And it goes both ways sometimes. With that thing with "Lost," as a viewer, seven years invested in that show -- and even though it would have been wrong information, but let's say it was right -- if you had ran it, I would be bummed. To have had all of that buildup and then to have it sort of blown. You're in an interesting position with that kind of stuff, I would think.
I'm going to get in trouble if I don't mention "The Giant Mechanical Man." I've seen it twice now. I wish you were in it more, though.
[Laughs] Well, I'm happy to be in it at all. I wish that I was in everything more. But, no, no, I think I'm in it just enough. The story is about those guys. And you don't need a ton of Brian to tell that story. But I was glad to throw in the little bits that I could.
I'm glad that we can at least pretend that we got the resolution to the Jenna Fischer-Rich Sommer storyline from "The Office" in this film.
Exactly, it ends up where I'm her brother-in-law.
What did happen with that particular "Office" plot? It felt like something was going to happen between Pam and Alex, then it just endedt.
I mean, look, I have never gotten full confirmation of this. I heard a rumor that it was an aborted storyline. That it was meant to go one way, but the audience reaction was so strong against me -- not necessarily as an actor ... well, probably. But I think that it was probably because the year before was the whole Rashida Jones-and-John Krasinski thing had happened. And, now, Pam and Jim were together. And, then, as soon as they're back together, they introduce this guy, who could fuck it up from the other side. And I think the audience was like, "Oh, boy, this again. No! We just want Jim and Pam together." I literally had a guy on an airplane -- I was holding my baby -- the first of those episodes had aired and I guy leaned into the aisle and said, "Hey," and he meant this, "don't fuck with Pam and Jim." And I was like, "That's a make-believe story and I'm a real person with a baby who you are threatening on an airplane. I just want to make sure we all understand the facts of this situation." So, I think that's what happened.
If you were allowed to choose your own perfect ending for Harry Crane, what would that be?
My own perfect ending for Harry. That's a really interesting question. I mean, I have so many answers floating around my head. Wow, that's a really tough question. Any answer that I'm actually thinking gives away some things, so I'm having trouble trying to navigate getting out of that. I mean, I'd love to see Harry be successful. I'd love to see, maybe, Harry unwedge his head firmly planted between his ass cheeks. I mean, that would be nice. Although! That would feel false if Harry did get his head out of his ass. As far as a button goes, I would love an ending moment of Harry where we say that he's going to be successful, but we know he's never going to change. Maybe that he says something cool, then he turns around and walks into the door and breaks his nose, or something. Something like that -- that would be nice.
I do wish Harry was in the room for the fight between Lane and Pete. I feel there would have been a good one-liner.
Absolutely. I couldn't dream of coming up with one that would fit into it. I love when Harry just pops up to comment on something. "My mother made that."
Or "Don and Dawn."
Oh, God, that was so fun.
[The publicist enters the room and announces that Sommer's next interview will be with a reporter from New York Magazine.]
Oh, I'm so happy it's not the New York Post.
Mike Ryan is senior entertainment writer for The Huffington Post. He has written for Wired Magazine, VanityFair.com and GQ.com. He likes Star Wars a lot. You can contact Mike Ryan directly on Twitter
Documentarian Morgan Spurlock took on the country's growing health epidemic in Super Size Me and the expansive advertising industry in The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, but now he's tackling an even bigger issue: manscaping. In the trailer for Spurlock's new film, Mansome, Will Arnett and Jason Bateman work with Spurlock to get to the bottom of why men's maintenance has become more important than ever in recent years, with the help of some celebs as well as everyday guys.
Clearly this movie isn't as serious as the director's previous projects, but it does look kind of hilarious. Arnett and Bateman have perfected their bro-chemistry (thanks to Arrested Development), and I definitely got a kick out of them in mud masks. While I'm still not sure about the balance between funny and fact, I'm happy to listen to Zach Galifianakis wax poetic about facial hair any day. The flick premiered this week at Tribeca, but it won't be open in theaters until May 18. Take a look at the trailer after the jump.
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Among the highlights: Will Wheaton guest stars this week on CBS' "The Big Bang Theory," "Desperate Housewives" returns with new episodes and "The Good Wife" meets its season finale.
Ann Curry addressed the "Today" show's recent ratings difficulties during an awards luncheon in New York City on Monday.
Curry was a recipient of a New York Women in Communications 2012 Matrix Award. The awards recognize eight women "whose leadership and achievements have helped change the world of communications."
Curry spoke of her passion for reporting and respect and admiration for her team at "Today." She noted that she was not praising her bosses in an attempt to suck up to them, but joked that "recent ratings events might dictate that I should."
For the first week in 16 years, ABC rival "Good Morning America" brought in more total viewers than the "Today" show, breaking the longest running ratings winning streak in morning television history.
"Today" hosts including Hoda Kotb, Natalie Morales and Al Roker were in attendance at the Matrix Awards to support Curry and former "Today" host Meredith Vieira, who presented Curry with the prestigious award. Vieira was a recipient, herself, in 2007.
During her introductory remarks, Vieira discussed some rather personal moments she has shared with her former "Today" colleague. Vieira said that Curry can't hold her Limoncello and that she once "butt-dialed" Vieira's husband while she was "under the influence."
On Sunday night, Ryan Seacrest oversaw a 25th Anniversary special on Fox that featured some of the best moments in the history of the network. With this in mind, it certainly should not come as much of a surprise that...
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If you watch The CW's "Hart of Dixie" (Mondays at 9 p.m. ET), then you know that George Tucker, played by "Friday Night Lights" alum Scott Porter, is the perfect man and the nicest guy in Dixie. No wonder Zoe (Rachel Bilson) fell for him.
But on Monday night's all-new episode, "Destiny & Denial," that's all about to change after the you-know-what hit the fan when George found out about Lemon's (Jaime King) affair with Levon (Cress Williams) in last week's episode. Now, good ole' reliable George is going through somewhat of an identity crisis, and be prepared to see him trade in his sweater vests for a leather jacket and motorcycle.
However, for fans of George and Zoe, don't worry too much about last week's blow-up. He won't stay mad the Bluebell doctor for long. In fact, the two even take a spontaneous trip to the Big Easy, which then leads to George breaking out into song -- yes, that's really Scott Porter singing -- and they'll grow closer than ever before.
HuffPost TV chatted with Porter about George and Zoe's excellent adventure, his tribute to "Community," singing in front of a live audience and that one time he and co-star Wilson Bethel went after the same Captain America role.
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
After last week's episode, everyone expected George to be really depressed and angry, but the first time, when we see George, he's dancing through the town square, acting like everything is just dandy.
It's a bit of a false high. It's George coping, and it's a bit of a dream world in the beginning. He'll go through a couple of emotions before it all really settles on him, and he realizes that what he feels is not going to go away.
That scene when you're dancing around town before meeting up with Zoe and Lemon reminded me of Jason Segel in "The Muppets." I was almost expected Kermit to make an appearance.
[Laughs.] Nice! I was kind of going for a bit of Joseph Gordon Levitt in "500 Days of Summer", when he dances through Central Park. It's a quick nod, but it's a good one nonetheless. What's great about that scene is that George has been so consistent and so steadfast throughout the entirety of the season, so I was very excited about doing that opening sequence. I showed up that morning and David Paymer, the director, said, "I didn't prepare anything. You were on Broadway before, so just do what you do."
So we just had a handful of extras and some of our guest stars and we put together this great little 12-step dance routine. [Laughs.] The one thing that didn't make it in -- that I was crushed about -- was when Ross Philips, who plays Tom Long on the show, and I play patty-cake, and at the end we did the double-tap high-five that Troy and Abed do on "Community." That's another little nod to one of our favorite shows.
That would have been so fun! I'm glad that you're a "Community" fan.
Huge! Huge "Community" fan!
Now, in this episode, we see George buy a motorcycle, take a road trip to New Orleans, sing in front of a live audience and do all of the things that he's always wanted to do, but never had the chance. For a minute, it reminded me of a man going through a mid-life crisis.
If I could pick out one thing that is actually George's biggest flaw, it would be his selfless nature. It's his desire to fix everything and to want everyone to be happy and to make sure everyone is taken care of. You see that in his relationship with Lemon all season long. He knew that something was wrong, and when he finds out that it's this catastrophic, he goes home that night and says, "Everything that I've done for everybody else and everything that I've done for this town and for Zoe when she got here, where did it get me? It got me heartbroken and alone." So he says, "If I'm the only one I can trust, then I'm going to make this guy happy." So that's what he does. It's not so much a mid-life crisis; it's him trying to feel again. Lemon probably told him that he could never have a motorcycle, or maybe in high school, he wanted to join chorus, but his dad told him no. He's tried to make others happy for so long, but this is all about making him happy.
Your performance at the bar was really great.
Thank you! It was nice to exercise that muscle again because it was live. That band was live, I got to sing live in a room full of strangers. It was fresh, it was so freeing and fun for me. It was a great release for me, as well as for George.
You weren't the only one singing. I think everyone in Bluebell sang in this episode.
We keep joking that in Season 7, we're going to have a full musical episode, à la "Scrubs."
I think when "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" did their musical episode, it changed my life.
[Laughs.] Well hang on! We'll do it in a couple of seasons.
I'm holding you to that! OK, so in this episode, Lemon and Zoe both want to help get George out of his funk, so Lemon bakes a cake and Zoe heats up some canned soup. Would George rather have Lemon's cake or Zoe's soup?
Well, George being so selfless and wanting to always try and fix things, it would be very out of character for him -- after the kids have come through and stuck their fingers in the icing -- to not try and make it right again. I think that Zoe and George were like two kids [in this episode]. His connection to her has almost been like a window into a different life for both of them. He's the first person that she feels like she can really trust. She doesn't seem so hellbent on being a doctor anymore when she's with him. She opens up, and the same thing goes for George. When he's with her, he sees how his life could have been, but he's been in a relationship for so long that he doesn't know anything outside of that relationship.
For eight hours of their lives, Zoe and George get to be two children in New Orleans, until reality sets back in, and they're both mature enough to say, "This is fantastic, but it's not real, and tomorrow we'll wake up, and everything will be normal." That's what is so special about them. It's not about lust. They just really understand each other. Zoe is really the only one who could get George to admit that the way in which he's dealt with this betrayal is wrong. It's a very bittersweet episode.
At some point, George ends up at Lemon's door to try and get her side of the story. Is the wedding truly off at this point?
It would be way out of character for George not to at least try and repair things with Lemon, but he's going to do it in a much different fashion than he has this entire season. We're going to see level-headed George, and it's all going to have to be on his terms. As selfish as that may sound, it's necessary for him. What the end result is, who know? It's definitely going to be a fantastic payoff for all of our viewers.
We know that George loves his costumes, as we saw in the Thanksgiving Day episode. Personally, I'd love to see him don a Captain America suit to celebrate the release of "Marvel's The Avengers."
Oh yeah. George would definitely be Captain America, and Wade would be Hawkeye, the smart ass ladies man. George's briefcase would be his shield. I think the same thing can be said in real life. I'm more like Captain America than anyone else in "The Avengers." If this were the "Fantastic Four," I'd say that I was The Flash. It's funny because Wilson and I both tested for the role [of Captain America], and we were both in the final four for "Captain America" once upon a time. That's actually how Wilson and I met. He's definitely Hawkeye in real life.
"Hart of Dixie" airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.