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What's so funny about 40? 'Bridesmaids' director Paul Feig's tips for turning 40

Everywhere my pop-culture lenses look, Hollywood is feeling 40. From Megan’s surprise party for Don on Mad Men a few weeks back (zou bisou bisou!) to the recently released trailer for Judd Apatow’s second fortysomething comedy This Is 40. (One can only assume Apatow is working towards a complete trilogy). Tina Fey’s Bossypants, the crescendo of which has the 30 Rock creator and star grappling with what turning 40 means in terms of motherhood and career — and whether or not she needs to immediately take her pants off when she gets home now — is still hovering near the top of the New York Times best-seller list.

Then again, having just turned the big four-oh myself, maybe it’s just me?

“It’s sort of like when you buy a new car and then you suddenly start to notice all the cars are similar to yours,” says Bridesmaids director Paul Feig of turning 40. “And you go, ‘Wow, we all bought the same car!'”

When Paul Feig was staring down 40, Freaks and Geeks — the cult-favorite TV show he created and was executive produced by Apatow — had already been cancelled (prematurely, it should be noted), and he made a conscious decision to do away with childish things and begin viewing life through the eyes of a full-fledged adult. (Granted, an adult who would years later win the hearts of America with a movie in which a woman poops in a sink.) READ FULL STORY

How does 'The Five-Year Engagement' stack up to 'Bridesmaids'?

Not every raunchy romantic comedy needs to be compared to Bridesmaids, but when the tag “From the producer of Bridesmaids” is proudly slapped onto every piece of marketing for The Five-Year Engagement, the studio is practically begging us to draw parallels. Judging from so-so reviews and disappointing box office returns, The Five-Year Engagement didn’t even come close to connecting with audiences the way Bridesmaids did last year. Personally, I liked Engagement quite a bit and thought it was a solid showing from the Jason Segel-Nicholas Stoller writing team and far from Judd Apatow’s worst movie. Here’s how I thought the two wedding-themed movies stack up in a few key areas. (I’ll throw up a SPOILER ALERT! even though you should pretty much know by the title how this love story ends up). READ FULL STORY

'Crazy, Stupid, Love,' 'Bridesmaids,' 'Modern Family,' '30 Rock,' lead Comedy Awards nominations

The nominations for the second annual Comedy Awards were announced today. Television series Modern Family and 30 Rock and films Bridesmaids and Crazy, Stupid, Love all lead the pack with five nominations apiece, while Louis C.K. also picked up five nods, three of which come from his FX series Louie.

Nominees for the awards were selected by the Comedy Awards Board of Directors, which include high-profile comedians like Conan O’Brien, Stephen Colbert, Carol Burnett, Ray Romano, Jon Stewart, and Lily Tomlin, according to Deadline. The Comedy Awards will be presented on April 28 in New York City and will air May 6 on Comedy Central. Choice nominees are below. The full list is available on the Awards’ official site. READ FULL STORY

Maya Rudolph hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live': Talk about it here!

It’s going to be awfully sweet to hear Don Pardo’s voice call Maya Rudolph‘s name once again. Tonight the Saturday Night Live vet is returning to Studio 8H to host the show for the first time since her departure as a full-time cast member. Of course, that doesn’t mean the funny lady hasn’t been seen around SNL in the years since she left to take on the world of movies (Away We Go, Bridesmaids) and sitcoms (Up All Night). Rudolph popped up to sing a Mother’s Day duet with fellow alum Tina Fey when she hosted last year and returned a few months later to do her famous impression of Whitney Houston during Steve Buscemi‘s episode.

Of course, both of those appearances raise two big questions about the actress’ hosting gig tonight: Will her former SNL cast members/pals like Fey (and Amy Poehler and Rachel Dratch) swing by for a surprise visit? And will Rudolph actually impersonate the late singer one last time? (To answer both in order: Let’s hope so, and let’s be honest, probably not.)
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Shira Lazar of 'What's Trending': Can social media predict the Oscar winners?

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For the past few years, social media has become the watercooler for online chatter surrounding any big televised event, and awards season is no exception. Every show has its own hashtag, winner trend, and surprise on-air moments that get shared and go viral more quickly then ever before. But can online chatter reveal who the winners may be?

The Meltwater Group, which measured online buzz last year, predicted two of three big Academy Award wins: The King’s Speech, which won Best Picture, had the most Twitter mentions, as did Best Actress Natalie Portman. James Franco, however, who seemed to win in terms of Web engagement, lost to Colin Firth for Best Actor.
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Best Picture: No 'Bridesmaids' or 'Harry Potter'?! Which film should have been the 10th nominee?

Always a bridesmaid. While it would be unfair, and quite frankly untrue, to say that Bridesmaids got ignored by the Academy (Melissa McCarthy‘s hilarious, star-making performance earned her a deserving Best Supporting Actress nod, while Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo landed rightfully among the Best Original Screenplay nominees for their relatable, infinitely quotable smash comedy), there’s still one big rejection hanging over the film’s head: A Best Picture nomination for the 84th Academy Awards.

Because of the Oscars’ new rule, anywhere between 5 and 10 films could have filled the Best Picture slots. (A movie could only get a nomination if it secured a minimum 5 percent of first-place votes.) This year’s Best Picture race has nine nominees in total, and, unfortunately, the comedy — which will likely be heralded as this year’s Dark Knight, the hit tossed aside for the likes of The Reader and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close — just missed its shot. But that’s just my opinion. Which film do you think deserved the 10th spot on the Best Picture list? READ FULL STORY

This year's pop-culture time capsule: What will be your 2011 keepsakes?

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, PopWatchers, is to help me put together a 2011 pop-culture time capsule. It’s been a year of change that swept from the lowest brow (Two and a Half Men) to the highest (the Arab Spring). We saw many great people pass on and many more step into the spotlight. With all this in mind, what cultural relics would you pick to communicate this strange and marvelous year to the future? Check out my picks, then add your own ideas to the mix. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2011 (Behind the Scenes): 'Bridesmaids' co-writer Annie Mumolo on the airplane scene that took off with audiences

As 2011 comes to a close, EW.com wanted to honor some of the hardworking names and faces from behind the scenes for their outstanding achievements. Here, Annie Mumolo, co-writer of this year’s runaway comedy hit Bridesmaids, discusses what it was like writing — and briefly appearing in (as writing partner Kristen Wiig’s jittery seat mate) — the other big moment that had everyone in stitches: The airplane scene. For more behind the scenes access to the year’s best TV and movie scenes, click here for EW.com‘s Best of 2011: Behind the Scenes coverage.

As told by: Annie Mumolo

When we wrote [Bridesmaids], we originally had a different sequence where they all go to Las Vegas. It was in the [script] for years. We began writing the film in 2006 and as time passed, other movies came out that involved Las Vegas. So when we were coming close to shooting the movie, [producer] Judd [Apatow] said, “There’s too much Las Vegas. It’s in every movie now. We have to come up with something more original and think of something different.” READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' host poll: Katy Perry is in, Alec Baldwin is out

Katy Perry was a sparkly treat of a host on this week’s Saturday Night Live, but she was forced to share the spotlight with the likes of Matt Damon, Val Kilmer, and “national treasure” Alec Baldwin. Still, the “I Kissed a Girl” singer, who we now know wrote that song based upon her old volleyball coach, was more than game, nailing a Florence Welch impression, flashing a Jewel of a breast tattoo, and standing up to the Queen as a potty-mouthed Pippa Middleton. But was it enough?

How does she compare to the best of this season’s Saturday Night Live‘s hosts? Melissa McCarthy remains the frontrunner in EW’s season-long contest, with 40.3 percent in the most recent poll. Her steady support seems solid. Last week’s host Steve Buscemi jumped into second place with 27.0 percent. Jason Segel (and the Muppets) bled more than half his support but still finished third with 16.9 percent, and Emma Stone held tough with 10.7 percent of voters. Baldwin’s cameo on last night’s “Weekend Update” proved too little too late, and the all-timer was eliminated (5.0 percent) after hanging around since the season premiere.

Will Perry have staying-power? Below, I’ve embedded one clip for each of the five surviving hosts, as reminders of their recent performances. Vote below, and the host with the least popular support will be sent packing, and the other four will advance to compete next Saturday against… Jimmy Fallon! Ultimately, we’ll crown the Saturday Night Liveliest host at the end of the season. Watch and vote below. READ FULL STORY

Is 2012 going to be the Year of the Dude Movie?

According to the results of a poll just released by Fandango, the most anticipated blockbuster for women in 2012 is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn; Part 2. I would imagine that the first instinct of many moviegoers, upon hearing that information, is a forehead-slap followed by a long groan. But when you look at the list of big movies next year, it’s hard to blame the female population for returning to the glowy-skinned arms of the Twilight franchise. The Hollywood blockbuster season is always male-dominated, but it’s striking just how many dude-centric movies dominate the schedule next year. READ FULL STORY

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