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'Friends': A definitive and completely objective ranking of Phoebe's original songs

Yes, I’m a day late to observe the 10th anniversary of Friends‘ series finale. However! It’s always the right time to celebrate the song stylings of one Phoebe Buffay, the best/worst singer/songwriter of the mid-late ’90s and early-mid ’00s. (Tough luck, Lisa Loeb.)

Looking at this list, you may be surprised to see that Phoebe sang as often as she did. (I certainly was after I agreed to write this post!) Given that, I had to set down some ground rules: I’m only counting original songs that Phoebe intended to perform, which means both her “Endless Love” duet with Chandler and the two impromptu ditties she improvised in the finale are out. Even so, Friends‘ 10-year span gave us nearly 40 Phoebe songs to contend with — which is why I’ll cut the introduction here and get right down to the ranking. Oh, and spoiler: “Smelly Cat” ain’t No. 1.

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'Breaking Bad' spin-off, 'Fantastic Beasts' -- what big fan bait might be next?

We gasped when AMC all but ordered a Breaking Bad spin-off featuring slimy Saul Goodman. We squealed in delight when Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling announced their new collaboration: a film series set in Rowling’s wizarding world and based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

And now we’re waiting with bated breath, because if we’ve learned anything, it’s that big news often comes in threes. (Even if, uh, it doesn’t really.)

So! Let’s spend a few minutes speculating about what tantalizing, fan-baity reunion/reboot/release announcement could follow the news about Saul and Beasts. If nothing else, maybe we can harness the power of positive thinking to make them so. Here’s a list of possibilities to get the ball rolling:
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Jennifer Aniston also wishes 'Friends' was still on ... so wait, why did it end again?!? -- VIDEO

When Matthew Perry guest-hosted Piers Morgan Tonight last month, he and guest Lisa Kudrow waxed nostalgic about Friends, the sitcom that made them TV megastars and went off the air in May 2004.

“I find myself sort of reminiscing about how much fun the show was,” Perry said at one point. “If I had a time machine, I would like to go back to 2004 and not have stopped, you know?”

Oh, we know! And, surprisingly, so does Jennifer Aniston — the most famous and consistently employed member of the Friends sextet. When asked by Access Hollywood about Perry and Kudrow’s second thoughts, Aniston said she, too, is sorry the sitcom came to an end.

“We’re all sorry,” she admitted on the We’re the Millers red carpet, while also acknowledging, “I think it ended at the right time, and it ended when people still wanted more.” But would she go back in a time machine? “I would too, probably.”

See the interview below:
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Lisa Kudrow: 50 things she taught us for her 50th birthday

It’s strange but true: Lisa Kudrow, forever immortalized as 20-something (and, later, 30-something) Phoebe Buffay on Friends, enters her sixth decade on Earth today.

And while it’d be easy to mark this golden jubilee by, say, somberly contemplating the ravages of time and our own mortality, we’d rather be a bit more celebratory.

So here’s to you, Lisa Kudrow — and, more specifically, everything we’ve learned from you and Phoebe over the years. (Michelle Weinberger and Valerie Cherish deserve some special recognition as well.) How have your lessons enriched our lives? Let us count the ways:

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Matthew Perry and Lisa Kudrow wish they were still making 'Friends'

Friends: they’re just like us!

Okay, so the unwashed masses usually don’t spend their Friday nights guest-hosting Piers Morgan Tonight. But they do spend their time wishing that modern history’s greatest sitcom — yeah, Seinfeld partisans, I said it — had never gone off the air.

Matthew Perry filled in for Morgan late last week, giving him a golden opportunity to reunite with guest and ex-costar Lisa Kudrow. Though Kudrow’s long since moved on to another series — Web Therapy, which began its third season on Showtime last week — the conversation naturally turned to their shared history, and, more specifically, their nostalgia for the Friends era.

“I find myself sort of reminiscing about how much fun the show was,” Perry said at one point. “If I had a time machine, I would like to go back to 2004 and not have stopped, you know?”

Evidently, Kudrow feels the same way. “Oh, I would keep going,” she said in response — adding, “There would have come a time anyway when someone would have said we’ve had enough, but why not have fun until they do?”

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'Friends' reunion alert! Matthew Perry has some advice for Jennifer Aniston -- VIDEO

Jennifer Aniston appears on today’s episode of Ellen, but not just as a guest — she’s co-hosting the show. Naturally, this gig carries more pressure than a simple guest appearance… which is why Aniston thought it’d be a good idea to stop by her old Friend Matthew Perry’s house and ask him for advice, since he recently co-hosted alongside DeGeneres himself. (Jen: “You’ve got to give me something to go on!” Matthew: “Don’t say Go On.”)

Unfortunately, the rap session doesn’t go completely as planned. It turns out Aniston and Perry haven’t really stayed in touch since Friends went off the air in 2004… and things get even more awkward when Rachel Jen realizes that Chandler Matthew is sleeping with another one of their former co-stars. (Cue “The One Where Everybody Finds Out.”) Thank you, Ellen DeGeneres — by making this video possible, you’ve done us a great national service.

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The Bings reunite! -- PHOTOS

As the great Chanandler Bong would say: Could these photos BE more amazing?

Answer: Nope. Because my definition of pure bliss is acting like Friends never ended, and if anything is going to help me live in denial, it’s a steady stream of photos featuring random pairings of Friends cast members.

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Jennifer Aniston gets 'verklempt' while talking engagement on 'Chelsea Lately' -- VIDEO

Jennifer Aniston will always be America’s sweetheart. Just look at the way her face scrunches up in glee when Chelsea Handler asks her about her engagement to Justin Theroux — it’s downright adorable. And how many 43-year-old women can legitimately claim to be adorable? When she gets teary, you just want to give her a hug, then invite her over to watch season 3 of Friends with you. Even tart-tongued Handler broke character to celebrate her pal last night: “He’s the greatest guy ever, and you guys make the greatest couple ever, and I’m so happy for you too.” So are we! Hooray! Let’s get yogurt!!

Of course, the host did also call Jen out for tending to wear shirts that show off her nipples… so maybe the praise party only goes so far. Check out both moments in the videos below. And for the record — yeah, you can kinda see some headlights in the second clip.

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The Moondance Diner is alive and well and living in Wyoming -- sort of

For any hardcore fan of the 1996 musical Rent, Manhattan’s old Moondance Diner is a sort of holy site. Composer/lyricist Jonathan Larson worked there while penning his Tony and Pulitzer-winning opus; Larson also immortalized the restaurant in a song from his lesser-known musical Tick, Tick… Boom! And even those who aren’t familiar with Rent have probably seen the Moondance onscreen: Monica worked as a cook there during a few seasons of Friends. The Sex and the City gals used to stop by the diner for weekend brunch. Their table may have been waited on by Kirsten Dunst’s Mary Jane Watson, who also worked at the Moondance in 2002′s Spider-Man.

Alas, pop culture notoriety isn’t enough to keep a restaurant in business. In 2007, the institution closed — but was saved from demolition by a group of rabble-rousing preservationists and neighborhood residents. (Just like the people on the subway in Spider-Man 2!) Later that year, the restaurant was donated to the American Diner Museum. The museum subsequently sold it to Cheryl and Vince Pierce, who transported the Moondance — walls, moon sign and all — to their hometown of LaBarge, Wyoming.

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Matthew Perry's 'Go On': Deja vu on NBC?

There’s something familiar about Go On, a new sitcom NBC previewed after tonight’s Olympics coverage — and I’m not talking about star Matthew Perry’s latest variation on Chandler Bing.

The show centers on Perry as Ryan King, a slick sportscaster who’s just suffered a devastating loss. Though Ryan wants nothing more than to bury his feelings and get on with his life, his bro-y boss (John Cho) insists that Ryan get help before returning to work full-time. Ryan is resistant — “Therapy? It’s not in my blood. I go see a shrink, my dad will roll around in his grave. At least, I think he’s dead. We don’t talk about that kind of thing” — but eventually relents. He joins an ethnically and generationally diverse therapy group that meets in a dingy classroom — an assembly that also includes an uptight, shiny-haired Tracy Flick type, a middle-aged, motherly nurturer, an older gent, and an antisocial weirdo with a wide-eyed stare.

See what I’m getting at? From its premise to its characters to its very set, Go On contains more than a whiff of NBC’s Community — which seems odd from a business perspective, given that show’s notoriously low ratings.  READ FULL STORY

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