Even though the third season of HBO’s polarizing portrayal of 20-something shaudenfreude won’t air until next January, don’t despair. GIRLS (which, fun fact, was actually shortened from the original title No, Don’t You Get it, She’s Making a Commentary ABOUT the Awfulness of this Generation’s GIRLS) has already started leaking some of their casting choices, and they look fabulous. We might already have a replacement Charlie, and Jennifer Westfeldt of Kissing Jessica Stein and Friends With Kids fame* will be making a cameo. Let the guessing games begin!
They say if the hope for a distinguished movie career becomes a steep climb in this age of hack directors, lousy scripts and formulaic trash, then do it all yourself. A lovely triple threat named Jennifer Westfeldt is putting this theory into fast-lane action. The cowriter and star of the independent film Kissing Jessica Stein now returns as producer, sole scriptwriter, director and star of Friends With Kids, a snappy and warmly observed film about the contemporary mores of dating hell, marriage and parenthood. She’s obviously been influenced by the candid, full-frontal assault on decency by people like Judd Apatow and the Farrelly Brothers, because the film sometimes borders on pornography, but it has more heart and is more intelligent and mature in every way. And Ms. Westfeldt gets a lot more than show-off obscenity from her actors. The tightly knit ensemble of friends and supporters she has drafted is committed and talented, and the camaraderie pays off.
While we’re anxiously awaiting the March return of Mad Men after its year-long hiatus, we have to admit that the time off has given Jon Hamm the opportunity to show off his comedic side. 30 Rock, Bridesmaids, that time he did a reading for Jon Glaser about The Butthole Surfers, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, Between Two Ferns, and the upcoming Friends with Kids directed by (and starring) Mr. Hamm’s long-time girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt are just a few examples.
Of course, you’ll never know where Jon Hamm might pop up next…like on a PBS Kid’s cartoon, perhaps?
Monday: Jon & Kate Plus 8
Schadenfreude alert! The Gosselin family (Jon, Kate and their eight children, including a set of sextuplets) return to television tonight for the fifth season of the hit reality show that bears their name, just in time to make you realize your life isn’t so bad after all. Read More
We don’t usually get all wrapped up in the comings and goings of celebrity couples, but when it comes to Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt we make an exception. With apologies to Brangelina, could there be a better-looking match? We all know Mr. Hamm as the smooth-as-silk Don Draper, but for those of you who Read More
Last night the Daily Transom ventured out to the premiere of The Day The Earth Stood Still–a remake of the 1951 science fiction classic about an alien who comes to earth to warn the human race about invading super robots–starring Keanu Reeves (as the alien Klaatu), Jennifer Connelly, and Kathy Bates.
"You have to Read More
The New York Stage and Film Company held their Winter Gala at Capitale on the Bowery on Monday, a day of the week when theaters are traditionally dark. Actors gathered to raise money for its residency program—a "safe space," artistically cozy and warm, where actors and directors could go to develop new plays unmolested by Read More
Jennifer Westfeldt, best known for playing the title character in Kissing Jessica Stein, the 2001 girl-loving-girl movie that she co-wrote and co-produced, is currently making her Broadway debut in a girl-loving-girl musical revival, Wonderful Town .
What? you ask? A gay musical?
Well, not really. The Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green “love Read More
The older I get, the more I seem to seek out for my own pleasure kiss-kiss rather than bang-bang cinema, and positive feelings rather than negative vibes. Perhaps I’m a traitor to my gender, but male ego-trips bore me to tears, and I certainly don’t need movies to frighten me even vicariously-CNN takes care of Read More