Category: Amy Poehler

Hugh Jackman, Carol Burnett to toast Betty White's 90th birthday


Betty White's 90th birthday special gets several celebrity guests
Betty White, everyone's biggest senior sweetheart, is commanding plenty of star power for her upcoming 90th birthday special — including current Broadway force Hugh Jackman and legendary funny lady Carol Burnett.

On Jan. 16, NBC plans to air "Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl," with celebrity testimonials, musical performances and a look at White's long career.

Jackman and Burnett are slated to stop by, says TV Guide, as well Mary Tyler Moore and Ed Asner, White's costars from the classic "Mary Tyler Moore Show." NBC family member Amy Poehler will pop in, as will Joel McHale — White's costar for her stint on the network's "Community."

The special won't be all nostalgia, as it reportedly boasts a first look at White's new hidden-camera comedy project targeting the elderly, "Off Their Rockers."


Betty White voted America's 'most trusted' celebrity

Betty White to host senior NBC comedy 'Betty White's Off Their Rockers'

Like Betty White, Scarlett Johansson declines Marine Corps Ball invite, sends bubbly

— Matt Donnelly

Photo: Betty White in June 2011. Credit: Christopher Polk / Getty Images  

Amy Poehler: Tina Fey and Seth Meyers are dead to me

Amy Poehler is upset with Tina Fey and Seth Meyers

Has funny lady Amy Poehler really written off her "Saturday Night Live" pals Tina Fey and Seth Meyers? 

Yes. But no. Yes, Poehler cracked a joke that both were off her Christmas card list. But, no, she wasn't serious.

It was all to get a few laughs while accepting her Variety Power of Comedy award Saturday. In its second year, the awards show went off in Los Angeles, where comedy fans got some top-tier talent in return for purchasing tickets that benefited the Noreen Fraser Foundation.

"To everyone who came in person, thank you," Poehler said of the tributes that had come her way. "To everyone who made a video, you're dead to me. We all know how easy it is to make a video." 

Both Fey and Meyers, in New York working on their own comedy projects, had sent along recorded testimonials on their experiences working with Poehler.

Fey reflected on their time together at Chicago's Second City improv theater and later "SNL," all the way up to their half-hour comedies "30 Rock" and "Parks and Recreation."

"We even have shows on the same night in what will be known as the last great days of NBC," Fey cracked.

Other highlights from Poehler's big night included a video message from 2010 winner Russell Brand, a tribute from her husband, Will Arnett, and a musical performance from Maya Rudolph, who dedicated R. Kelly's "In the Kitchen" to Amy. 


It's another boy for Amy Poehler and Will Arnett!

Jessica Simpson, Amy Poehler pick up Gracie Awards in Beverly Hills

Emmy Awards: Jon Hamm, Maya Rudolph pre-party with host Lorne Michaels

— Matt Donnelly

Photo: Amy Poehler arrives at the second annual Variety Power of Comedy awards, sparkling in Tiffany, at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday. Credit: Valerie Macon / Getty Images

Emmys: Jane Lynch, Heidi Klum and a happy 'Family' at Governors Ball

Guy Pearce at the 2011 Emmy Awards governors ball

Perhaps it was the big "Modern Family" sweep that had everyone on their best behavior: The 2011 Emmy Awards Governors Ball was one of the most efficient the Ministry has ever seen.

Host Jane Lynch was swept in just after 8:15 p.m., gliding from the Nokia Theatre to the Los Angeles Convention Center, where she screamed she was excited for "dinner time!"

Pictures: The scene at the 2011 Emmy Awards Governors Ball

Amy Poehler and husband Will Arnett came hand-in-hand for the black-and-white gala, which featured trippy color-blocked carpets and a touch of "Clockwork Orange" face paint on service staff.

Harlequin dancers in checkered body suits performed for winners Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen, as well as their costars Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara.

Heidi Klum and Seal at the 2011 Emmy Awards governors ball We tried to shout out a compliment to Melissa McCarthy, who designed her own dress, but the winner for outstanding actress in a comedy was too inundated with well-wishers.

Kathy Griffin and Seth Meyers shared a chat outside around several golden trophies, while reality show host Heidi Klum sneaked in in a gorgeous flounced beige gown with floral detail. Husband Seal was her best accessory.

"Glee" didn't make it to the main stage, but McKinley High students including Lea Michele, Dianna Agron and Chris Colfer munched on tomato salad and gabbed. As did most of the crowd -- it was a rarity to find bottoms in seats just after the telecast.

Although eyes were peeled for Kate Winslet, the best actress in a miniseries victor, her winning costar Guy Pearce did just fine accepting kudos from the HBO crowd. The big winners from "Mad Men" stuck to themselves, as Jon Hamm, John Slattery and creator Matthew Weiner all conversed in tailored suits.

Pictures: Best and worst of the 2011 Emmy Awards

Christina Hendricks, curvy as ever, slipped gracefully in with Elizabeth Moss on her heels. And speaking of heels: Nominee Kristen Wiig of "Saturday Night Live" had a partygoer nail the train of her brown silk gown with a stiletto heel. She smiled it off.


Brett Ratner reigns over CAA pre-Emmy party

Sofia Vergara, Zachary Quinto and more toast Emmys at Boa

Kate Winslet, Lea Michele have us seeing red on the Emmy carpet

-- Matt Donnelly

Upper photo: Guy Pearce arrives at the Governors Ball with his 2011 Emmy Award award for outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries for "Mildred Pierce." Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Lower photo: Heidi Klum and Seal slip into the party. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Reuters

Emmys: Jon Hamm, Maya Rudolph pre-party with host Lorne Michaels

Emmy Awards: Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Paul Rudd and Jennifer Westfeldt at Lorne Michaels' party.

Lorne Michaels is no stranger to weekend productions, though for the Saturday night before the 2011 Emmy Awards he put on a different kind of show in Los Angeles: an Emmys pre-party welcoming his famous friends and former employees.

On the terrace at the Sunset Tower Hotel, "Saturday Night Live" executive producer Michaels greeted husband and wife Will Arnett and Amy Poehler and Jon Hamm, all nominees, plus Hamm's partner, Jennifer Westfeldt, Paul Rudd, Andy Samberg and Maya Rudolph.

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Aziz Ansari joked with Jimmy Fallon and Bravo's Andy Cohen in the company of Melissa McCarthy, Maulik Pancholy, Jack McBrayer, Rashida Jones, actress-director Penny Marshall and Bryan Cranston, last year's Emmy winner for best actor in a drama for "Breaking Bad."

Ana Gasteyer and her Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls Guests sipped novelty cocktails including the "Liz Lemonade," a nod to Tina Fey's "30 Rock" character, and the "Saturday Night Imbibe" by 42 Below.

For comedy diehards, a fun fact: Former cast member Ana Gasteyer turned up and was quite amused by the passed desserts: mini containers of Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls ice cream, a product inspired by the skit that she, Molly Shannon and Alec Baldwin made famous on "SNL."


Brett Ratner reigns over CAA pre-Emmy party

Aaron Sorkin breaks his own nose -- while writing

Sofia Vergara, Zachary Quinto and more toast Emmys at Boa

-- Matt Donnelly

Top photo: Amy Poehler, left, Will Arnett, Paul Rudd and Jennifer Westfeldt cuddle up at Lorne Michaels' pre-Emmy party at the Sunset Tower Hotel. Credit: Associated Press

Bottom photo: Ana Gasteyer flashes some Schweddy Balls ice cream. Credit: Associated Press

Katy Perry uses 'Saturday Night Live' to bounce back from 'Sesame Street' flap [video] [poll]

Katy Perry hit the "Saturday Night Live" season premiere this weekend, bouncing back from her recent Elmo issues in a big way. Those of "Sesame Street" viewing age might want to, um, skip the video above. Past your bedtime and all that.

"It looks like today's show is brought to you by the number 38 and the letter double-D," Amy Poehler quipped in the "Bronx Beat" sketch with Maya Rudolph, about a young volunteer whose over-the-summer blossoming has gotten her into some trouble at the library.

(See the "Sesame Street" video of Perry with Elmo here.)

Perry was the musical guest on the show's season opener, performing "California Gurls" and "Teenage Dream."

Watch the video and tell us in comments if you think the comparison of Katy's cleavage with the gory visuals on shows like "CSI" is a valid one.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

In the Katy Perry 'Sesame Street' scandal, is Elmo the real villain? [poll]

PREACH IT! Don't cry, Katy Perry — 'Sesame Street' would boot Miss Piggy too

It's another boy for Amy Poehler and Will Arnett!

Amy-poehler-new-baby-will-arnett Thankfully, the firstborn son of Amy Poehler and Will Arnett wasn't named Cain -- because the couple welcomed their second baby boy, Abel James, on Friday morning.

The Poehler-Arnetts, including 2-year-old Archie, are "happy and resting comfortably" according to her rep.

In a recent chat with the Hollywood Reporter, Poehler mentioned that her plans for the upcoming Emmy Awards included delivery.

"I do it every year. I get my hair and nails done, I get a facial, I have a baby and then I go to the Emmys," she said.

Poehler is nominated for a best actress comedy Emmy for her work on "Parks and Recreation." Arnett also scored a nom for his role as Alec Baldwin's adversary on "30 Rock."

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Amy Poehler and Will Arnett at the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

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Jessica Simpson, Amy Poehler pick up Gracie Awards in Beverly Hills

Jessica and her mom So have you heard who Jessica Simpson's date was Tuesday night?

OK, it was her mom, Tina. It was that kind of evening at the Alliance for Women in Media's 35th annual Gracie Awards Gala, honoring programming "for women, by women and about women." And after all, mom culture helped Simpson land her honor. Remember those mom jeans that caused such a media frenzy? Simpson's answer was her VH-1 series, "The Price of Beauty," which scored her the 2010 Dove Real Beauty Award.

Gracies-gallery Actually, the roots of her series about the personal costs beauty standards exact from women in different cultures go back even further, as she told the crowd at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

"I grew up as a preacher's daughter and ... when I was 13, I remember being at church camp, and I remember the pastor saying, 'Someone in this room is chosen to make an impact on this world. Someone is being called into the ministry.' And I remember walking down the aisle and being like, 'Pick me, pick me!'

"I called my parents and I was like, 'Dad, mom, guess what? I'm being called into the ministry.' And they were like, 'Whoa! Did you sign anything?' "

And so the pop and country singer/fashion entrepreneur/actress/reality show producer could thank

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