It’s barely 2017, and Billy Eichner is already owning the year like no other.
Eichner, perhaps best known for pounding the pavements and shrieking at unsuspecting New Yorkers for his television show “Billy on the Street,” has been churning out segment after segment of solid gold comedy since 2011.
The 38-year-old New Yorker takes simple, absurdist concepts and makes them a reality — often lugging A-list celebrities along for the ride.
Ever wonder if the people would have sex with Paul Rudd in exchange for $1? Want to know of Rashida Jones can guess which celebrities changed their last names to sound less Jewish?
Eichner is on the case.
Here’s just a few of his best moments, each of which hopefully provide a bright, often shrill, reminder of the pockets of goodness still left in the world.
That time he wandered the streets asking people if they would have a threesome with himself and Jon Hamm.
When he hit the streets looking for random New Yorkers to answer pop culture questions and he met the delightfully eccentric Elena, who would later become a regular on his show.
When he went around yelling at people about how pretty Olivia Wilde is.
The time he helped Conan O’Brian master the gay hook up app Grindr.
When he hung out with Joan Rivers in bed.
Just keep doing what you’re doing, Billy. We need you now more than ever.
There is nothing worse than the first-date jitters. You are meeting a person you hardly know for an occasion that has a completely uncertain outcome.
One thing you can control? Rocking the perfect outfit for the occasion.
These seven Jewish celebrities mastered a variety of looks that are appropriate for any type of date. Here’s how to copy them on a budget.
Sarah Jessica Parker
If any woman knows how to dress up, it’s SJP. Here, she shows us how a long, romantic maxi dress can work for a celeb-filled event. This look is particular on-trend with its cutout shoulders, and would be great for a more formal event, like a cocktail party. Try your own version of the boho-glam dress. Add some strappy heels and a swipe of lipstick and you will be golden.
Like his O.C. alter ego, Adam Brody dresses equal parts geek and chic. Brody’s cognac V-neck sweater and white oxford shirt are a classic, yet casual combination, and the relaxed khakis, coordinating leather belt, and worn-in converse add the perfect amount of nonchalant polish. Achieve Brody’s look with a J. Crew lambswool sweater, a pair of converse, and a white button-down and khaki pants.
Mila’s sophisticated pantsuit transitions easily from work to play. The sheer top and red heels add just the right amount of sex appeal to the otherwise all-black look. This outfit is perfect for a nice dinner or an art gallery exhibition. Steal Mila’s look with a satin-trimmed blazer, cropped trousers, red pointy-toed heels and a black mesh top.
He may be known for his funny-man roles, but Paul Rudd’s off-screen style is actually quite serious. Rudd’s brown pea coat, plaid button-down, jeans, and dress shoes are casual enough for a stroll in the park, but still sleek enough for a Broadway production. Mimic Rudd’s effortless vibe with a wool-blend pea coat, a plaid shirt and a pair of jeans.
If you’re meeting a prospective date for dinner and drinks, a flirty dress like Dianna’s is always a fail-safe option. Ruffled sleeves and a colorful, whimsical print could potentially be overpowering, but Agron’s black tights and black strappy heels ground the look without detracting from it. Achieve Agron’s look with a printed chiffon dress, a pair of black ankle-strap heels and a coordinating handbag.
Garfield’s clean-cut, minimal look would be perfect for any date-night occasion, from a rooftop bar to a movie. Also, monochromatic black is always an undeniably chic choice. Sport a black sweater, black chinos and a button-down underneath for a swoon-worthy look.
Whitney Port is the queen of downtown cool, so it is no surprise that the fashion designer knows how to dress up a pair of jeans. This crop turtleneck, jeans and heels pairing would be great for a more laid-back event like a concert or a film festival. All you need is a trendy cropped sweater, some distressed denim, and a pair of lux-looking heels to complete the look.
For years, Rob Burnett made audiences laugh as one of the head writers on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Now, he’s tackling something decidedly darker. “The Fundamentals of Caring,” a new Netflix dramedy written and directed by Burnett, stars Craig Roberts as a snarky young man with muscular dystrophy and Paul Rudd, his rookie caretaker.
We spoke with Burnett about turning drama into comedy, directing Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez’s surprise audition.
What was it about Jonathan Evison’s book that made you want to adapt it into a film?
It was love at first sight, the very definition of it. My agents began sending me books with the idea of adapting one into a screenplay. It was actually the first book they sent me and I loved it instantly. On its face its not a particularly commercial movie, there’s so much tragedy in it. But Jonathan did such a lovely job telling the story that I thought there was a way to try to tell such a sad story in a really funny way. I bought the rights to the book, went off to write the script and then amazingly Paul Rudd agreed to be in the movie. Once that happens, everything gets to happen.
As a long-time comedy writer, how did you tackle juggling the humorous parts of the movie with the drama?
The ballet there is to try to balance those two tones. There I give all the credit to the actors. Paul Rudd and Craig Roberts, they had to play everything super real. They couldn’t get too broad. Once you start to lean too much to the comedy or the drama, the whole thing just disintegrates. The drama and comedy was already all there, you never had to lean into it. If you play away from that sentimentality at all times, it’s just there, based on the characters, based on the performances.
Does that mean you used a light touch as a director when working with them?
I would say a light touch for sure. What I found with directing is that the first step is to make sure that you and the actors are shooting for the same target. It’s a problem if people have different takes on the material. In some of the auditions for Craig’s part, we went through probably 250 actors, you could see some of the actors really push the material and I kept directing them down. It’s a fight, you’re going for two different things. In the case of Paul and Craig, we both instinctively were shooting for the same target. It was essential for a movie that was shot in 23 days, which is pretty quick.
I read an interview with Selena Gomez where she said there was some initial hesitation when it came to auditioning her.
Her manager called me up and said she had a great person for the character of Dot. I said fantastic. Then she said that she wasn’t going to tell me who it was. She said, “I’m only going to tell you that she has twelve movie offers, yours is the only one she wants to do. But I don’t want you to have a preconceived notion, so let’s set up a meeting.” I didn’t know who it was going to be, I opened the door and there was Selena. We hit it off instantly. We met for a couple of hours and I found her not only to be delightful but very thoughtful and ego-less. For an actress of her stature, a celebrity of her stature, she [might say] that she wasn’t going to audition for this. But she auditioned three times for the role and got it. I was convinced pretty early that she could do this.
What are the challenges that come with being both the writer and the director of a film?
When you’re directing a movie, for me it’s almost as if I did not write the movie. Sometimes you have things you’ve written that you love, but you realize on its feet it’s not working the way you want it work. I’ve learned that you can only hang onto those things so long. Directing a movie is like painting a giant billboard with a one hundred foot brush held by one hundred people. What you realize quickly is that it will never come out the way it is in your head. It may be better, it may be worse, but it will never be the thing that is in your head.
Have you wondered if food comes alive at night in the supermarket? Or if a potato feels pain when you peel it? And, most importantly, can a hot dog and a bun make love?
Seth Rogen’s answer is YES! “Sausage Party,” Rogen’s upcoming Pixar-quality cartoon, features a who’s who cast of Judd Apatow-film alums voicing all your supermarket favorites as they find out the hard way that the afterlife for food is full of knives, boiling water and very sharp teeth. And if Variety is right, the movie will probably feature the first food-on-food polysexual orgy in film history.
It also might make you never eat again!
Rogen voices Frank, a simple hot dog that goes on the adventure of a lifetime to save his edible buddies and win the girl, who, in this case, is a fluffy hot dog bun with killer eyelashes. And just in case you think it’s all fun and games, if the rest of the movie is anything like the trailer, there are bound to be more than a few jokes poking fun at religious teachings of heaven.
With a comical cast including Kristin Wiig, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Paul Rudd, Salma Hayek and Edward Norton (as Sammy Bagel JR., by the way), this is bound to be a summer hit.
Grab a snack and watch the trailer here:
Paul Rudd beat Stephen Hawking in Quantum chess and changed the world of science forever!
The actor and former Bar-Mitzvah DJ challenges the famous quantum physicist for a dramatic game of quantum chess in this new Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Information and Matter video, narrated by Keanu Reeves (another quantum physics dabbler in “The Matrix” trilogy).
The winner gets to be a speaker at a January 26 event honoring renowned Jewish physicist Richard Feynman.
Quantum chess is a variant of regular chess, where the pieces have quantum properties, making the game a lot more trip-y and unexpected.
What authority does Rudd have on quantum physics, you (and Hawking) might ask? Well, he did spend quite some time in the quantum realm, in the movie adaptation of Marvel’s “Ant Man.”
Hawking is, of course, unfazed by the challenge, “I will crush you like an ant, man,” he tells Rudd in his trademark mechanical voice.
Rudd prepares with an intensive training session, in which he is seen reading “Chess for Dummies” (and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” for some reason.)
As the game starts, Hawking seems to be headed for a sure win, but, well, Rudd has a few tricks up his sleeves.
“Maybe this guy is not the cubic rube I thought he was,” Hawking admits.
As the battle rages on, celebrity twitter is abuzz, Pontifex tweets at Rudd, “You be with God, son,” when it seems he is about to lose. But then, the tables turn, and in a final dramatic move, Rudd wins.
“Can it be!?” Neil DeGrasse Tyson tweets in the video, “The greatest mind in quantum physics was just taken to school by Brian Fantana [Rudd’s “Anchorman” character].”
“Children that would one day revolutionize physics saw the wall fall,” the apparently time traveling Keanu narrates dramatically, “my present and your future were forever changed.”
Watch the entire, wonderfully geeky video below:
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