Jason Bateman and wife Amanda Anka have had a baby, and Alicia Silverstone and Mariah Carey should be jumping up and down.
Now people can talk about the Bateman choice of baby name — Maple Sylvie — and give poor Bear Blu and Moroccan a rest.
The baby was born Feb. 10, according to multiple news outlets. The couple, both 43, have a 5-year-old daughter, Francesca Nora. The girls' grandfather is, of course, Paul "Havin' My Baby" Anka.
As the Momformation blog points out, the new little Bateman could be named not for anything linked to Aunt Jemima but for the tree itself, a beautiful fall favorite. Many beloved baby names, after all, are inspired by trees and nature: Ivy, Aspen, Olive, etc.
Willow Sage, daughter of Pink and husband Carey Hart, was voted the best celebrity baby name in a 2011 poll. There's also that other tree: Apple. Gwyneth Paltrow likes that tree.
The baby news was noted on Twitter on Thursday. As for Bateman himself — star of "Horrible Bosses" with Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey and of the hilarious, cult-favorite TV comedy "Arrested Development" — one tweet really said it all:
Jason Batemen's life is so cool, first he's JASON BATEMAN, second his sister was MALLORY in fam ties, third his father in law is PAUL ANKA!! (Leelee)
Congratulations to the family on the new addition.
Photo: Jason Bateman and Amanda Anka, making maternity wear look good, attend the 50th anniversary celebration for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at the Beverly Hilton on Jan. 7. Credit: David Livingston / Getty Images
Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman switched on the charm at Monday's premiere of "The Change-Up," their upcoming take on one of Hollywood's classic genres: the body-switching comedy. In the tradition of "Freaky Friday" or even "13 Going on 30," Reynolds and Bateman hit theaters Friday as two buddies who trade lives.
"The Change-Up" has Bateman playing a family man who puts in long hours at a law firm and comes home to change dirty diapers, and Reynolds cast as a slacker playboy who picks up women at Lamaze classes. In a totally believable turn of events, the two wish for each other's life -- while urinating in a fountain, no less -- and presto, change-o, bodies and lives are swapped.
When it came to learning one another's tics and mannerisms to sell the switch, Reynolds said of costar Bateman, "I got a few of the mannerisms down ... the slow-burn eyebrow raise that he does."
Bateman, however, said he and Reynolds were careful not to "do impressions of one another."
"Because we're not that talented, really," he joked. "So we just tried to play our versions of an idiot and a straight guy. It was easy. The script was so funny, we didn't want to distract from that by trying to do impersonations."
Talk about distracting: The two would later be joined on the red carpet by Sandra Bullock, Reynolds' costar in "The Proposal," who turned up to support her friend's most recent summer effort.
Olivia Wilde -- cast as a tempting love interest in the movie -- said she thinks audiences love goofy body-switching films because "it's a fantasy most people have had."
"The thing about body switching is the stakes are inevitably always really high, because you're gonna find yourself in awkward situations, and that's what people like to watch -- or what I like to watch, at least," she said, smiling.
Meanwhile, Leslie Mann -- real-life wife of Judd Apatow and onscreen wife of Bateman's "Change-Up" character -- was rather distressed over having to miss the "The Bachelorette" finale for the sake of the red carpet.
But if Mann had the opportunity to switch bodies with anyone, who might that be?
Jennifer Aniston looked tan and sleek in Balenciaga at the premiere of "Horrible Bosses" on Thursday at Grauman's Chinese Theatre — a look that served her well in the film, which has her playing a sex-crazed dentist, often wearing lingerie or just a white dentist's jacket and underwear.
The only other person caught onscreen in underwear is funnyman P.J. Byrne, who plays an Ivy League graduate so down on his luck that he convinces the film's protagonists, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis, that it is better to kill their horrible bosses than to quit their jobs during a recession.
The aforementioned stars jovially ambled down the red carpet alongside their "murder consultant" Jamie Foxx and costars Julie Bowen and Lindsay Sloane, as well as screenwriters John Francis Daley, Michael Markowitz and Jonathan Goldstein, and the film's director, Seth Gordon. (Click the pics for more photos from the red carpet.)
Aniston said her racy role, in which she relentlessly sexually harasses Day, "was incredibly fun to play, especially since it's the kind of role that a guy would normally play."
The screenwriters said they had her in mind when they wrote the role. "Isn't that incredible?" Aniston said. "I love a man with an imagination."
Many questions were asked about the cast and crew's worst bosses, but most refused to answer them since a lot of those bosses are presumably still working — and powerful — in Hollywood. Byrne, however, did reveal a story about a man he called "the starer," who stared at his employees in a really creepy way. But Bateman said he'd never had a bad boss, having been lucky enough to work in film and TV most of his life.
"Obviously I have no complaints," he said. "There are people with real jobs or looking for real jobs."
Foxx said he's a good boss. "There are only a few things that I get particular about." With "songs dropping," Foxx has his plate full writing "Damage Control," a new show for HBO.
Gordon is similarly busy with work on a remake of the 1980s thriller "War Games."
"We're gonna update it," he said. "Politics have changed a lot, technology has changed a lot, hacking has changed a lot."
After the film, folks decamped to SBE's glitzy, nautical-themed Colony for short ribs, truffle mashed potatoes and blueberry martinis. Byrne, palling around with actor Nicholas D'Agosto, whom he worked alongside in the upcoming "Final Destination 5," revealed there that he calls his underwear in the film his "tighty reddies" — and that he may or may not wear said underwear regularly.
Photos: Jennifer Aniston, top, and Jamie Foxx with model Britt Loren, left, at the "Horrible Bosses" premiere in Hollywood on Thursday. Credits: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press, top; Robyn Beck / Agence France-Press / Getty Images.
Ryan Reynolds might have been only one star in a huge constellation of celebrities at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards, but Monday found the actor headlining the night at an exclusive celebration of his new magazine cover.
At LosAngeles Italian joint Dominick's, plenty of Reynolds' famous pals came to toast the "Green Lantern" star and his Details magazine cover -- including Olivia Wilde, Leslie Mann and Jason Bateman, his costars in the August release "The Change-Up."
Mann brought along her husband, producer and director Judd Apatow, who gazed upon another star couple: "True Blood" hunk Joe Manganielloand fiancée Audra Marie.
Guests mingled with Details editor Dan Peres over cocktails before a sit-down dinner for 30 commenced.
Reynolds dished a bit in the cover story about his split from Scarlett Johansson. Well, dished that their divorce had no business being discussed publicly.
"The media was not invited to my marriage, and they're definitely not invited into the divorce," he said.
Though exclusive, his Monday gathering certainly looked more inviting.
Alien-friendly actors Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost abducted the red carpet for the Monday premiere of "Paul," their genre-mixing, extraterrestrial-and-a-road-trip movie.
Written by and starring "Hot Fuzz" masterminds Frost and Pegg, the film follows two British friends who visit Comic-Con International before roadtripping to visit famous UFO hot spots around the U.S. But on their journey, they encounter a real-life, wise-cracking alien, voiced by Rogen.
"We came up with the idea for 'Paul' on the set of 'Shaun of the Dead.' It was a way of making a movie somewhere the weather wasn't British," Pegg said in a live chat with Hero Complex on Tuesday. "It was kind of a joke but it struck a chord. We thought we might have something here."
"Paul" pokes fun at the alien/sci-fi genre in the same vein that "Hot Fuzz" spoofed cop movies and "Shaun of the Dead" knocked zombie flicks.
The buddy comedy also stars Jason Bateman as Agent Zoil, who tries to capture Paul, and Kristin Wiig, who plays Ruth, a conservative Christian enlisted to help protect the animated alien. At the premiere, Wiig stepped out in a gorgeous black ruffled number.
"Glee's" Jane Lynch and "Saturday Night Live's" Bill Hader joined Rogen and Bateman on the red carpet at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. The two make appearances in the film as a diner owner and federal agent, respectively. Joe Lo Truglio, who reteamed with his "Superbad" director Greg Mottola in "Paul," and plays federal agent O'Reilly.
Liev Schreiber, who also previously worked with Mottola, in 1996's "The Daytrippers," joined Naomi Watts, Jeffrey Tambor, Blythe Danner, David Koechner and the rest of the comic-studded cast at the premiere. Click the pics for more photos from the red carpet.
In her new movie, “The Switch,” Jennifer Aniston plays a woman who decides to take her fate into her own hands. Approaching 40 and without a husband, her character, Kassie, feels her biological clock ticking and decides to find a sperm donor so that she can have a child.
While promoting the film, which opens Friday, Aniston has made it clear she supports her character’s choice — a sentiment that has enraged right-wing pundit Bill O’Reilly.
On the red carpet at the film's premiere in Hollywood on Monday night, the actress seemed proud to be part of a movie that is inspiring debate about the so-called traditional family structure.
"It’s about defining family in today’s society, I think," she told us. “Because it’s not — society sort of has us believing it's this one option. And I think that’s being more and more seen today in terms of how we’re opening up our minds and our hearts to couples of all sorts."
Costar Jason Bateman seemed less interested in talking about O’Reilly, saying only ...