Jason Segel

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ Is Mostly Delightful, But Needs More Tina Fey

So, how odd is it that a Disney-produced Muppet movie has turned out to be the best cinematic vehicle to date for the considerable talents and charms of one Elizabeth Stamatina Fey? As Nadya, the stern head of a Russian gulag in Muppets Most Wanted, Tina Fey is funny and charming as hell, looks amazing, rocks an amusingly Boris-and-Natasha-esque accent, and shows off a surprisingly lovely singing voice in one of the picture’s best production numbers. That’s the good news for Fey fans; the bad is that she’s also woefully underutilized by the film, where she doesn’t turn up until the 30-minute mark and ends up with far less screen time than Ricky Gervais and even Ty Burrell. But that kind of mixed-bag assessment is typical of Most Wanted, though at least the film owns it, kicking off by lyrically acknowledging, “everyone knows the sequel’s never quite as good.” … Read More

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What Would It Take to Make Jason Segel an Acceptable David Foster Wallace?

As The Awl pointed out, Twitter had a mini-explosion today when the news broke that Jason Segel will be playing David Foster Wallace opposite Jesse Eisenberg’s David Lipsky in a movie version of Lipsky’s Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace. The reasons cited for the freakout tend to vary: some think that a guy who starred in and wrote the Muppets’ latest film doesn’t have any business playing the Infinite Jest author (we call those people snobs); others fall into the “They don’t really look anything alike” camp; and then there are those who would throw up their hands and shriek “Too soon!” in response to a film coming out about an author whose suicide is still very fresh in our minds. … Read More

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The Early Audition Tapes of Your Favorite Comics

Earlier this week, Conan O’Brien’s website commemorated the 20th anniversary of his audition for Late Night by releasing a short clip from it, an abbreviated “mock show” in which he interviewed Mimi Rogers and Jason Alexander in front of a live studio audience. O’Brien is clearly nervous (and can you blame him?), but Lorne Michaels and the Late Night producers saw something in that performance, and gave him a shot. That’s the beauty of the great comic audition — even when a talent is a little rough around the edges, the joy of discovering someone fresh, new, and funny wins out. After the jump, we’ll take a look at that tape and several other killer auditions from very funny folks. … Read More

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10 Great 2012 Movies You Can Watch Right Now

As the year comes to an end, the heavy concentration of movies still in theaters — or, even worse, not yet in them — can get a little frustrating. In preparing our own “best of 2012″ list (keep an eye out for it next week), we wanted to take the opportunity to point out some of the less-discussed films of this very, very good year for movies. These are films that didn’t quite make it on our final list, but runners-up that are not only well-deserving of your time and attention, but available for viewing via Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, Vimeo, or other services — at this very moment, for anywhere from ten to zero dollars. Do some holiday-break movie cramming after the jump, and just follow the link to find out how to watch it now (via our friends at GoWatchIt). … Read More

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The Celebrity Couples We’re Most Inexplicably Attached To

We were very upset this week to learn that one of our favorite celebrity couples of all time, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett, are getting a divorce after nine years of marriage. In fact, we were much too upset, considering the fact that we know neither party personally, and we know nothing about them as a couple other than what we surmise from photos and the odd interview. But some celebrity couples just have that effect on us — we find ourselves inexplicably attached to them, whether they just make so much sense together, or because they seem to represent some little corner of perfection all on their own. After the jump, we’ve put together a list of such couples, both present and (sadly) past. Click through to see who we chose, and let us know which celebrity couples fascinate you to no end in the comments. … Read More

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The Fug Report: Highs and Lows from the Week in Fashion

Editor’s note: Welcome to The Fug Report! Each week our fashion blogger friends Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, the sartorial geniuses behind Go Fug Yourself, will feature some of the most memorable looks of the week in this space. We hope you enjoy it!

This week on Go Fug Yourself, we celebrated the fact that

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The Fug Report: Highs and Lows from the Week in Fashion

Editor’s note: Welcome to The Fug Report! Each week our fashion blogger friends Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, the sartorial geniuses behind Go Fug Yourself, will feature some of the most memorable looks of the week in this space. We hope you enjoy it!

This week on Go Fug Yourself, we worried that… Read More

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Video Essay: “Threequel: Even More Famous Faces in Their Film Debuts”

Well, I’m sorry, but we just couldn’t resist. After our first two “Famous Faces in their Film Debut” video essays took the Internet by storm, we found that with a bit more digging, we could unearth enough new goodies to warrant a third (but final, probably) entry in the series. So check out a squeaky-voiced Tom Cruise, a little tiny Angelina Jolie, an even tinier Robert Downey Jr., and a young (but somehow still old-looking) Tommy Lee Jones, among many other oddities, after the jump. … Read More

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