Jane Lynch

50 Great Pre-Fame Performances by Famous Actors

This week, the Criterion Collection is releasing a double bill of the mid-‘60s Westerns The Shooting and Ride the Whirlwind, a treat not only for fans of revisionist Westerns and director Monte Hellman, but also for those who admire Jack Nicholson, here seen in two terrific performances that predate his breakthrough in Easy Rider. There’s a specific kind of pleasure in revisiting the early work of actors who would later become famous — not the roles that made them stars, but their earlier, quieter gigs, in which we glimpse an actor just trying to do good work, yet already exhibiting the spark that would mark them for fame. Here are a few of our… Read More

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Hilarious Portraits of Comedy Legends From Matt Hoyle’s ‘Comic Genius’

Celebrity photographer Matt Hoyle’s wonderful new book Comic Genius: Portraits of Funny People (out today from Chronicle Books) gathers over 130 of comedy’s biggest legends for portraits that are funny, clever, and downright gorgeous. Of his desire to create the project, Hoyle told Flavorwire, “I love comedy and decided to do the book to make a sort of photo album of all the times I’ve laughed in my life. So I naively made a wishlist and we spent the last year and a half begging, bugging and shooting as many of those names that said yes.” Some of our favorites from the book are collected after the jump. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in October

October is upon us, and the race whose name we dare not speak is getting competitive: this month sees the release of such awards bait as 12 Years a Slave, Captain Phillips, The Fifth Estate, All Is Lost, and, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. (What? It could happen — they love it when actors age up.) Meanwhile, it’s a quieter month for indie releases, but there are still several smaller pictures worth seeking out; our recommendations for the month are after the jump. … Read More

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15 of the Greatest Celebrity Commencement Speeches

We’re almost through the month of May, and you know what that means: it’s college commencement speech season! While some of us had boring academics speak at our college graduations, there are a lot of other people who get to listen to folks like Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, or Meryl Streep. So if you’re like me and are still annoyed that the creator of Joan of Arcadia was the celebrated guest who spoke while you baked in your black polyester cap and gown, take a short break and listen to these famous (and, generally, hilarious) people give advice to 22-year-olds. … Read More

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The Embarrassing Early TV Commercials of Your Favorite Comic Actors

Last week, the folks at Gawker did a bit of celebrity archaeology, discovering a 1993 TV ad for the NRA that featured a very young Molly Shannon. The soon-to-be Mary Catherine reached out to the site, emphasizing that she appeared in the spot when she was — direct quote, with emphasis — “A STRUGGLING ACTRESS,” and while we understand her taking pains to separate the spot from her own views, she’s hardly the first future famous funny person whose early work was only humorous in retrospect, and unintentionally. After the jump, we’ve got early commercials by several of our favorite comic actors — all equally embarrassing. … Read More

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12 Celebrities on Their First Crushes

If we remember anything from elementary school, it’s that there’s nothing quite like a first crush. It’s a truly inexplicable and unforgettable feeling… and who has more feelings than celebrities? Click through to find 12 actors and musicians discussing the somewhat bizarre apples of their childhoods’ eyes. Julia loved Abraham (yes, that one)? Janet loved Barry? Scarlett loved Jareth?! (Okay, we’re secretly with her on that… Read More

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Watch an Interview with the Cast and Director of Sundance Award Winner 'Afternoon Delight'

How does a well-off but totally disconnected married couple living in Silver Lake spice up their marriage? By taking in an exotic dancer as their nanny, of course. As Jason Bailey mentioned in his Sundance 2013 recap, Jill Soloway’s debut feature, Afternoon Delight, which stars Parks & Rec fave Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor, and the inimitable Jane Lynch as a crazy shrink, won a directing award at Sundance, but is still seeking a distributor. Thanks to our friends over at Sundance Channel, we’ve got dibs on an exclusive interview with the entire cast, as well as the award-winning filmmaker herself. Click through to hear their juicy stories about life on set in the “womb space,” as well as Radnor’s surprising connection with his character. … Read More

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James Franco, Backstreet Boys and Jane Lynch To Join the Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced the 24 honorees who will be bequeathed a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this year — if, of course, they shell out that $30,000 celebrities are asked to pay to, er, cement the honor. Some of the choices make sense to us — Javier Bardem, Helen Mirren, Jane Lynch all definitely deserve stars, even if the whole thing is a racket that ends up with gum trod into your name — but some seem a little bizarre. After all, if the HCC was going to give the Backstreet Boys and NKOTB stars, why do it in 2012 at the peak of their irrelevance? And you’re only just noticing Janis Joplin now? Click through to check out the complete list of honorees, and let us know what you think in the comments. … Read More

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Flavorpill’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week

Welcome to Flavorpill’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, we’ve got the likes of Matt Damon, Clint Eastwood, Warren Beatty, Alec Baldwin, Mila Kunis, Jason Bateman, Edward Norton, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Jane Lynch, Paul Rudd, Kristen Stewart, Jessica Alba, and Jesse Eisenberg; check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More

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