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Nick Offerman reads profound Shower Thoughts from Reddit

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Call them Deep Thoughts for the Reddit generation.

Channeling his inner Ron Swanson in a video created by Mashable, Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman reads simple yet great truisms from the best of Reddit’s Shower Thoughts.

In his signature deadpan, Offerman gazes off into the distance and shares knowledge that can only be summed up as pure Swanson genius. Because technically, he’s right—we’re all half centaur.

But the subreddit isn’t just a depository for readers’ soapy musings—Shower Thoughts is currently trying to raise money for Charity: Water, a non-profit organization seeking to provide clean water resources in every country. Maybe Offerman’s video will kick off the next Ice Bucket Challenge?

13 revelations from Sean Bean's Reddit AMA

Sean Bean went on Reddit yesterday to promote his new TNT show, Legends, but he mostly talked about his role as Ned Stark on Game of Thrones, his role as Boromir in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and getting mixed up with Rowan Atkinson. Here’s what we learned.

1. He broke Nicolas Cage’s prehistoric bear skull. “There was one where I went back to Nic Cage’s house, and we’d had a few drinks, we were playing pool and he accidentally knocked over his prehistoric cave bear skull and smashed it. And he was really upset about it, and the next day went and buried it in a field.”

2. He’s a foodie. Whenever someone asked a question about food, Bean often posted several answers in a row. His favorite comfort foods include chocolate, tomato soup, tinned custard with bananas, milk, milkshakes, mashed potatoes, an meat and potato pie with gravy with Henderson’s relish. When asked about his favorite flavor of ice cream, he first said strawberry, then changed his mind and said “raspberry ripple.”

3. While filming Lady Chatterley’s Lover, he accidentally walked onto the Enchanted Garden set and didn’t know the difference. After a lunch break, he tried to go back to the film set and accidentally ended up on the set of another period piece. “everybody was dressed in the same clothes, I sort of realized I was on the wrong set and wandered off. I was a little bit tired. I just saw all these actors that I didn’t know, and I was like ‘wait a minute’—because it all looked the same, except it wasn’t my film.” READ FULL STORY

Gillian Flynn's Reddit AMA: Author calls reports of 'Gone Girl' movie changes 'greatly exaggerated'

At ease, Gone Girl purists: According to author Gillian Flynn, there’s no need to fear David Fincher’s upcoming adaptation.

In EW’s Gone Girl cover story — published this past January — Fincher made waves by implying that Flynn’s bestselling story of a (very) twisted marriage had been dramatically altered during its journey from page to screen. What’s more, Flynn herself was the one doing the butchery. “Ben [Affleck] was so shocked by it,” Fincher said, describing how his star responded to Flynn’s Gone Girl screenplay. “He would say, ‘This is a whole new third act! She literally threw that third act out and started from scratch.'”

Perhaps, however, we shouldn’t have taken those words so literally. During a Reddit AMA posted Tuesday afternoon, a participant mentioned that his girlfriend was a big fan of Flynn’s novel — then added that she “was disappointed to hear that you were changing the movie up a little when compared to the book.” Here’s Flynn’s response in full:

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Nick Offerman's AMA: From 'Parks and Recreation' to woodworking, 10 things we learned

Ron Swanson basically is Nick Offerman, the actor who portrays the old-school bureaucrat on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. From their shared talent for woodworking to a mutual appreciation for simple living, the two have much more in common than impressive facial hair. Offerman once again proved this point in a Reddit Ask Me Anything session on Friday, held to promote the April 10 episode of Parks and Rec, which he directed. Here’s what we learned:

Bo Burnham, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, and Sam Elliott guest star in the episode.
“Through mere luck of the draw, I was handed an incredible episode, in story and location and guest stars,” Offerman wrote, admitting that he is “openly in man-love” with Elliott, who is reprising his role as grizzled hippie Ron Dunn. “Some BIG s–t goes down in this ep, and Adam [Scott] plays one of the most hilarious and original drunks I’ve ever seen.”

And though he enjoyed his time behind the camera, Offerman says he’s an actor at heart. “I will always prefer the actual clowning in front of the camera, as ‘falling down’ seems to be the arena in which I display the most acumen,” he wrote.

The man knows his whisky.
A fan asked if Offerman had ever tried Balvenie Doublewood 17 year old scotch. Of course he had! READ FULL STORY

Jerry Seinfeld's Reddit AMA: 12 things we learned

First things first: Don’t refer to the AMA that Jerry Seinfeld just did as a “chat about nothing.”

“The pitch for the show” — Seinfeld, that is — “was we want[ed] to show how a comedian gets his material,” Seinfeld explained to fans on Reddit this afternoon. The whole “show about nothing” thing, he continued, “was just a joke in an episode many years later.” To this day, Seinfeld and Larry David don’t get why it’s a phrase people keep using to describe their classic sitcom — “because to us it’s the opposite of that.”

Lesson learned! And this, of course, is just one of the many tasty nuggets of information Seinfeld dispensed during his wide-ranging “Ask Me Anything” event. (See the full text here.) What else did we learn from him? See below to find out — unless you’re Newman. Newman is not welcome here.
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RedditGift participant gets Bill Gates as her Secret Santa

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A user who participated in this year's Reddit online holiday gift exchange got the surprise of a lifetime when she opened up her package only to find out that Bill Gates was her Secret Santa this year.

RedditGifts participant Rachel posted a detailed account of the events online in which she notably confessed that she "did not realize [her] santa was Mr. Bill Gates himself until very far into [unwrapping]

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Arnold Schwarzenegger recorded himself saying all your favorite Schwarzenegger quotes

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Escape Plan disappointed at the box office, but Arnold Schwarzenegger won’t let that stop him. In a bold move to capture the nostalgia vote — and a shameless bid to reset the current standings in the Stallone/Schwarznegger eternal rivalry — Schwarzenegger took to Reddit and took requests from internet citizens, promising to recite some of his most memorable lines. READ FULL STORY

Tom Hanks on Reddit: 'Captain Phillips' star on his favorite movies, best-smelling co-stars, and the 'Friend' he would've liked to play

Thank Captain Phillips producer Scott Rudin and Tom Hanks’ children for suggesting that the two-time Oscar winner spend an hour on Reddit for an Ask Me Anything session on Monday afternoon. His new movie, which chronicles the tense real-life drama surrounding the 2009 kidnapping and military rescue of Richard Phillips, the skipper of the Maersk Alabama cargo ship that was raided by Somali pirates, opened this year’s New York Film Festival and arrives in theaters on Oct. 11.

Not surprisingly, most of the questioners bypassed the relatively unseen movie, and opted to probe for details from their favorite Hanks films: His best-smelling co-star? His favorite recent non-Hanks movie? And the scene of his that always makes him weep like a baby? Click below for the 10 most revealing, fascinating, or simply silly revelations from his AMA. READ FULL STORY

'Drinking Buddies' Olivia Wilde and Joe Swanberg Reddit AMA: Beer, bisexuals, and 'House'

Actress Olivia Wilde has a few things in common with her faux-surname inspiration, Oscar Wilde, as we learned from today’s Reddit AMA with Wilde and her Drinking Buddies director, Joe Swanberg. She’s rather funny. She was raised by writers. And she’s far from shy about discussing politics.

Drinking Buddies, a comedy about co-workers at a Chicago brewery, is currently out in theaters, iTunes, and On Demand. The tone of the AMA stayed on an even keel with the film, mostly focusing on light-hearted, lusty, first-date-y conversation topics like favorite things and dream superhero roles. Wilde, who starred as Dr. Remy ”Thirteen” Hadley on House from 2007 to 2012, was virtually pelted with questions ranging from her time on popular the medical drama, but also answered questions on the awesomeness of Drinking Buddies co-star Anna Kendrick, her favorite beer, and what it takes to parallel park (hint: a paired anatomy). Sadly, I don’t think we’ll ever get to know what her fiance, SNL‘s Jason Sudeikis, smells like.
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'Breaking Bad' star Aaron Paul's Reddit AMA: Our nine favorite answers, bitch!

Aaron Paul has been acting since the late ’90s, so there was a lot of ground to cover during his Reddit AMA (“ask me anything”) on Tuesday. And his dedicated fans were out in full force, asking about everything from his 1999 Corn Pops commercial to his appearance on The Price Is Right.

But let’s be honest: The bulk of the conversation revolved around his breakout role as Jesse Pinkman on AMC drama Breaking Bad, which kicked off its final eight-episode run on Sunday. And Paul was happy to give BB fans what they wanted, calling each questioner “bitch” (often by request) and mourning the end of the series alongside them.

We picked our favorite revelations from the chat below. (Fair warning: Paul’s likability skyrockets even further with this adorable chat — even more so than when he surprised this celebrity bus tour.)
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