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November 5, 2012 - Caught in the Act Bradley Cooper & Rashida Jones’s Fun Friday Night in West Hollywood
Soho House was the place to be on Friday night: Bradley Cooper, Rashida Jones and Molly Sims kicked off their weekends by visiting the West Hollywood hotspot.
Seated on a big comfy couch, Cooper relaxed with three other men – who looked like business associates, an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
“Bradley was beaming with happiness,” the source says of the Silver Linings Playbook actor. “He was very engaged in conversation, but every now and then would look out the large windows to enjoy the amazing view.”
Jones looked “funky and adorable” the source adds. Wearing a high ponytail, black framed glasses, jeans and a sweater, the Parks and Recreation actress was joined by a male friend as she greeted other guests. “She was laughing and joking and really lively throughout the night,” the source says.
Joined by husband Scott Stuber, Sims wore long maxi dress.
“She was posted up on the corner of the table, surrounded by a few girlfriends,” the source says. “They were chatting away and making each other giggle. Molly was just beaming with happiness.”
September 27, 2012 - The 25 Coolest People in Movies
It shouldn’t be any surprise that the daughter of legendary musical producer Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton is talented; we’ve seen her draw laughs on TV’s “Parks and Recreation” and movies like “I Love You, Man,” flex her dramatic muscle in “The Social Network,” and display her writing prowess with this summer’s “Celeste and Jesse Forever.” Apparently she’s also a really good singer-songwriter. What’s mildly surprising is discovering just how incredibly down-to-earth, friendly and just plain cool she is in real life, too.
May 10, 2012 - NBC gives final, shortened seasons to ‘30 Rock’, ‘Community’ and ‘Parks and Recreation’: reports
NBC has picked up a half dozen new shows for next season and multiple reports say the network will give final shortened seasons to its veteran sitcoms “30 Rock,” “Community” and “Parks and Recreation.”
NBC had not confirmed any pickups of returning shows as of early afternoon Tuesday. But the network in the past has embraced all three, despite their relatively low ratings, because they are critical and cult favorites.
And because, frankly, NBC hasn’t found a lot of other shows lately that have shown the promise of doing a lot better.
In the case of “30 Rock,” it has won numerous Emmys and other awards. Creator/star Tina Fey and co-star Alec Baldwin have also multiple awards and both are signed for one more season.
According to reports in the Huffington Post and elsewhere, “30 Rock” would get 13 more shows, giving it a total of seven seasons and more than enough episodes to be lucrative in syndication.
Wrapping it up in 2012-2013 would be consistent with recent comments by both Fey and Baldwin, who have said they see their involvement with the show ending.
If “Community” returns, it could be lacking Chevy Chase, a prominent member of the ensemble cast. Chase has been quoted lately as calling the show “a mediocre sitcom” and saying he can’t wait to be rid of it.
“Parks and Recreation,” which stars Fey’s old “Saturday Night Live” running buddy Amy Poehler, has always gotten rapturous reviews, but has never seemed to bring large new audiences to NBC, which could use some.
Another season would be the fifth for “Parks and Rec” and the fourth for “Community.”
NBC did confirm Tuesday that it has picked up a number of new sitcoms, including Matthew Perry’s “Go On,” Anne Heche’s “Save Me,” Ryan Murphy’s “The New Normal,” Bill Pullman’s “1600 Penn” and Justin Kirk’s “Animal Practice.”
It has also picked up the new J.J. Abrams post-apocalypse drama “Revolution” and “Hannibal.”
This news and these reports from NBC are coming out a week before all the major broadcast networks formally unveil their fall schedules during their “upfront” presentations to advertisers.
January 23, 2012 - Sundance 2012: Rashida Jones Brings Rom-Com to Reality in ‘Celeste and Jesse’
Hollywood.com posted a great review about Rashida’s film that’s screening right now at Sundance:
I have a love/hate relationship with Rashida Jones. When she blew up, after joining The Office as Jim’s coworker-turned-girlfriend Karen, she rubbed me the wrong way (no one steps on Pam’s turf; I don’t care who you are). Then she struck me as charming and adorable, an vibe evidenced by I Love You, Man and Our Idiot Brother. But maybe too adorable? Jones can currently be seen on the sitcom Parks and Recreation where she is simultaneously aggravating (why don’t you do anything but sit around looking cute?!) and hilarious (OK, Rashida, you’re very good at making sitting around funny). Thus, internal conflict.
So imagine how thankful I was when Jones showed up to Sundance to obliterate all of my hesitations and doubts with her new movie Celeste and Jesse Forever. The brainchild of Jones and writing partner Will McCormick, Celeste and Jesse is a romantic comedy that feels perfectly comfortable treading into honest, poignant relationship moments. And it’s obvious Jones co-wrote the movie, as every beat seems tailor made to draw out her best qualities. Celeste (Jones) and Jesse (Saturday Night Live’s Andy Samberg) are longtime friends, a perfect pair who eventually tie the knot, live happily for six years, then decide to file for divorce. Even with their impending separation, the two can’t help but remain best buds. But the critical reactions from their friends and the pair’s interest in getting back in the dating game force the former couple to raise questions about their own lives.
Celeste and Jesse skips the big gags and sappy confessions in favor of grounding its characters and scenarios with honesty. Jones’ and McCormick’s script captures the kookiness ingrained in long lasting friendship, from inside jokes (Celeste and Jesse routinely play a game where they perform sex acts of random objects) to the strange customs of Los Angelenos. Quirk isn’t easy to pull off, but director Lee Toland Krieger keeps the action intimate and restrained, allowing Jones, Samberg and the handful of exceptional supporting actors (including Erik Christian Olsen, Ari Graynor, Elijah Wood and Emma Roberts) to riff and joke without ever going broad.
If the movie was simply a string of hushed, comedic sketches, Celeste and Jesse Forever would fall into the familiar territory of mumblecore, but Jones and Samberg elevate the material with a surprising knack for the dramatic. In one of the movie’s big reveals, a confession from Jesse that solidifies the couple’s dissipating relationship, the normally goofball Samberg reels it back and lest his face do the talking. The film may not land every intentionally heavy moment with perfect grace, but watching two actors play against their established personas gives Celeste and Jesse extra (and exciting) punch.
Wherever you stand on Rashida Jones, Celeste and Jesse Forever is evidence that the actress has a lot to give to eager viewers, both behind and in front of the screen. In the right hands, her talents can be mined to create a performance both daring and sweet. And has Celeste and Jesse suggests, the right hands may just be her own.
December 21, 2011 - Huffington Post: The Best Gifts Save Lives
Joseph’s enthusiasm was infectious. A refugee from Liberia, he was showing me around the International Rescue Committee’s New Roots Community Farm in San Diego and it was clear how much he appreciated the opportunity to grow his own fresh produce so close to home. Joseph, a farmer in Liberia, was forced to flee when his country devolved into civil war. He lost family and friends in that bloody conflict and after many years living in limbo in Ivory Coast, Guinea and Sierra Leone, he finally was given sanctuary in the United States. Resettled in San Diego in 2009, he found out about the farm earlier this year and immediately wanted to get involved.
There are over 14 million refugees around the world — people who have been forced to flee their homes and their countries because of conflict and political persecution. Millions of these people live in refugee camps. Millions more live in a state of perpetual instability, not welcome where they are, not able to go home. They eke out a livelihood for themselves and for their families as best they can, living as they do on the precarious outskirts of the law. A lucky few — less than 1% — are able to resettle in a third country, and of that number, approximately 60,000 are welcomed into the U.S. each year.
Joseph’s plot at the New Roots Community Farm is lush and well-tended. He loves to spend time here and so does his wife, who comes every morning and evening to tend to their crops. Joseph says that being at the farm makes him feel energized, and he is glad to be able to provide fresh vegetables for his family’s table directly from his own plot of land.
I had come to San Diego in my role as an IRC Voice to visit this wonderful project run by the IRC for refugees and other residents in the neighborhood of City Heights. The 2.3-acre farm was a vacant lot before the IRC worked with the city to turn it into what it is now: thriving farmland overflowing with crops like tomatoes, spinach, kale, broccoli rabe, lemongrass, cassava leaves and amaranth.
A lot of refugees, like Joseph, come from an agrarian background. The New Roots Community Farm gives them the chance to reconnect with the land, grow fresh produce for their families, and get to know other members of their community (I’ve heard that refugees from Cambodia exchange growing tips with refugees from Somalia). It also gives refugees the chance to earn extra income at the local farmers’ market in City Heights – another project that the IRC was instrumental in getting off its feet, and which has been of enormous benefit to the entire City Heights community.
Being at the farm, in Joseph’s company, was uplifting.
This was my second trip with the IRC since becoming an IRC Voice earlier this year. My first was to Thailand, to visit the Tham Hin refugee camp on the border with Myanmar (also known as Burma). Here, the IRC provides lifesaving healthcare and clean water to roughly 8,000 people – Burmese refugees who have been forced to flee political upheaval. Many have lived in the camp for decades, unable to go home.
We all know that water is essential to live. At Tham Hin, where water is a limited resource, the IRC has set up a water collection and chlorination system, as well as tap-stands throughout the camp — making water readily available for safe drinking, cooking and washing. Every single drop is precious.
And this is where you come in. The holiday season is here and if you are anything like me, you are scrambling to figure out what kind of presents to give to your friends and family. If you would like to support the IRC’s work around the world and here in the U.S., one good way to do this is to dedicate a Rescue Gift to someone special in your life. Rescue Gifts symbolize and support the IRC’s work around the world. They are a way to give a gift that matters while brightening your loved ones’ holidays. (The IRC will send recipients a personalized holiday card acknowledging the gift.)
Having seen the way that clean water and community gardens have transformed lives in Tham Hin, Thailand and in City Heights, San Diego, this holiday season, I am giving my friends the Clean Water Rescue Gift and Community Garden Rescue Gift this year.
Last year alone, the IRC helped 4.4 million people get immediate access to clean water. The $100 Clean Water Rescue Gift can rush fresh water to 200 people whose lives have been uprooted by crisis, whether war, famine or drought.
The IRC’s farming programs allow hundreds of refugees to plant new roots in their adopted communities in the U.S. The $60 Community Garden Rescue Gift can provide the tools and seeds to start a community garden.
These are just two of the many Rescue Gifts you can choose. I hope you’ll join me in giving Rescue Gifts this holiday season, because I can’t think of a better gift than one that saves lives.
October 13, 2011 - Dove’s “Make Friends with Your Hair” Contest
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Also, thanks to Laura, I received samples of the new Nutritive Therapy line. I had no idea what to expect – I use mostly Dove soap and lotion. I have extremely frizzy and dry hair and I easily get product buildup. I used both the Shampoo and Conditioner (which smelled terrific) and after I blow-dried my hair, it was soft, NOT frizzy, and shiny, which I wasn’t expecting at all. It was easy to comb through as well. I highly recommend this line to anyone and everyone whose hair is their worst enemy! You can purchase the line at any drug or retail store in the country. To see exact locations, visit the DOVE website.
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In this summer’s comedy Our Idiot Brother, there is a hot lesbian make-out scene between Rashida Jones and Zooey Deschanel. This is very likely to be the only fact you will remember from this article. There will be several more facts to come—in due course, we might touch upon Jones’s Harvard degree, her volunteer work with Michelle Obama, her celebrity parents… But after a spoiler alert like that, the rest of this stuff is bound to read the way Charlie Brown’s teacher talks. So perhaps this is a good time to slip in some caveats. To begin with, the make-out scene in question occurs at the family dinner table (not, alas, on the dinner table), and the table is filled with relatives, including one slightly panic-stricken mother. Most distractingly, Jones is wearing a pair of ginormous eyeglasses that look like something a Brooklyn graphic designer swiped off the Unabomber’s face. And yet. Chalk it up to the limitless capacity for the male mind to block out distracting mise-en-scène, but the sequence is still pretty hot. For Jones, it was a personal milestone of another kind: “I feel like I’ve come a long way from my first job, when I had to get mouth-to-mouth resuscitation from Rip Torn.”
In this age of Webby, Jezebel-y mud fights about pretty girls, funny girls, and who belongs inside that supposedly slender portion of the Venn diagram where they intersect, Jones is a rare consensus figure. She is tremendously undislikable. Partly that’s because, at 35, she’s been semifamous for only a few years, meaning she’d had the time to become an actual person first (this despite being the offspring of two very famous parents, Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton). And partly because she has that gift of looking amusingly bemused or agreeably agitated, which comes in handy given the all-star comic ensembles in which she finds herself with staggering regularity. “A question I get asked a lot is ‘What is it like to play the straight guy all the time?’ And I’m totally okay with it,” she says. “I’ll never be the person doing a cartwheel and landing with my skirt over my head. That’s just not who I am.” Her job on Parks and Recreation, which just wrapped up a breakthrough third season, is to provide an occasionally flustered, frequently perplexed center of gravity for the local government lunatics in her orbit. “Every week,” she says, “someone on that show will tickle me in a new and fun way. Wow, that sounds really bad. Please put that next to a topless picture of me in GQ.” Done.
March 23, 2011 - Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg will get married and divorced (in the movies)
Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg each get about one scene in the upcoming romantic comedy “Friends With Benefits.” But they soon could be occupying the same movie for a lot longer, and in a somewhat more dramatic vein.
The “Parks and Recreation” star and the “Saturday Night Live” staple are set to costar in “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” the long-gestating romantic dramedy that Jones has written with actor-writer Will McCormack.
A studio executive who was briefed on the project said Samberg was set to join Jones as the film’s male lead. The actress confirmed the casting and said that the production has also brought on a director, Lee Toland Krieger, who helmed the festival drama “The Vicious Kind.”
“Celeste & Jesse” tackles the story of a couple that’s getting divorced but wants to remain friends — a kind of inversion, perhaps, of the just-hooking-up subgenre of “Friends With Benefits” and “No Strings Attached.”
“Our movie is about two people who love each other a ton but they don’t know what to do with that love, and how do you let that person go,” Jones said. “It’s very different from: ‘I like having sex with this person because I’m so modern but then, ooh, maybe I like them.’ I’m less interested in that story.” She added, “It’s the version of ‘When Harry Met Sally’ 20 years later, or ‘Blue Valentine.’ It’s really about how you break up with someone.’”
Samberg aims to shoot the movie ahead of “I Hate You, Dad,” the Adam Sandler comedy he will make this summer. (Samberg and Jones, incidentally, each had parts in “I Love You, Man,” playing brother and fiancée, respectively, to Paul Rudd’s friend-challenged lead.)
Financing has come together for “Celeste & Jesse,” which previously had an unusual spell of bad luck: It was set up at 20th Century Fox label Fox Atomic before that label was closed down. Overture Films later bought it, only to be shuttered by parent company Starz Media. The veteran producers behind “Memento” and”Prime” are producing.
Jones, who’s starring in the current indie relationship drama”Monogamy” and appears in upcoming comedies including “The Muppets” and “The Big Year,” said she thinks “Celeste & Jesse” offers an antidote to the spate of recent comedies looking at romance from a male point of view.
“It’s hard to find female leads that are flawed and interesting and dynamic. We wanted to write something that was in the vein of Judd Apatow — you talk like you actually talk with your friends — but with ladies,” Jones said. “I want to do that and not just be someone’s girlfriend or wife. I want to be the one to go on the journey.”