I grew up watching The Today Show with my mom every weekday morning as I got ready for school. It was a special routine we shared to ease the pain of early mornings; watching these lighthearted news anchors deliver (often) sweet stories and greet fans outside. I yearned to be one of those people holding signs with messages for loved ones back home.
Katie Couric and Matt Lauer were like the mom and dad of this on-air family, Ann Curry and Al Roker their responsible and goofy neighbors.
Lauer was the wholesome dad, the Danny Tanner of news. He seemed warm, casual, and reliable. Ever since I was a kid, that’s what Lauer has represented to me. The most wholesome man in TV news. That is, until Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2017, when we learned the story of the lewd life he was secretly leading.
As the stories of his sexual misconduct unfolded, something within my perception of him began to change. I had always thought of Lauer as wholesome, professional, good looking. But over the course of last week, that same crooked smile, that buzzed head, those warm eyes took on an entirely different image: He looked creepy.
“Sh*t gets really messy when it gets real.” That statement can be applied to pretty much anything in the world … but in this context, actress, writer and director Lake Bell is talking about marriage. “When it does, you have a choice to do the work and stick with it, and I think that’s a very brave path,” Bell told Paste when we spoke with her about her new film, I Do … Until I Don’t.
That’s pretty much the story of this flick in a nutshell: finding the strength to work through the tough times of a marriage when all these outside forces—including a documentary filmmaker—are encouraging you to bail.
“If you’re in a vortex and were married and focused solely on that person, then marriage wouldn’t be as hard,” Bell, who wrote, starred in and directed the movie, told Paste. “But nowadays there are so many distractions from apps and advertisements and media peppered all over the place that it becomes really hard to stay focused. So you have to work even harder.”
It’s officially the age of the reboot. But, what happens when the casts of the shows everyone most desperately wants to see reunited refuse?
Well, we keep begging. Which is exactly what we did when we had the chance to sit down with Mad About You’s Paul Reiser just a few days after the 25th anniversary of its debut.
And, to our sweet surprise, he wasn’t as against it as he has been in the past!
Lady Gaga better watch out, it looks like Tony Bennett might have a new leading lady.
"I like Beyoncé so I'd like to do something with her," Bennett told PEOPLE at his 90th birthday celebration at NYC's Rainbow Room when we asked who he wants to work with next.
"I think we're going to do that because I'm doing a major special for NBC about three months from now," he said. "She's a wonderful performer and a great person."
As incidents across the nation shed light on the complexities of race in America today, Oscar-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe is sharing her own experience with racism.
"As a black actress, I have a few social media accounts and every single day I deal with racist comments," Sidibe told PEOPLE at Monday night's New York City premiere of the second season of Hulu's Difficult People.
"Not a day goes by that I don't have to block someone from calling me a fat n----," the actress revealed. "So I have to say, I'm not surprised by some of those bad reactions [to what happened last week]."
Sidibe, 33, reveals she received backlash when she responded to the police shootings of two black males in one week.
While Mike Birbiglia's new movie, Don't Think Twice, about a struggling improv group, fits perfectly in sequence with the first semi-autobiographical film he wrote/directed/starred in, Sleepwalk With Me, Don't Think Twice is "oddly not autobiographical. It is fictional," Birbiglia told PEOPLE at the NYC premiere of the film.
At the same time, it is extremely factual for one of the stars of the film, Keegan-Michael Key. "It's pretty accurate," he told PEOPLE when asked how close the storyline came to his real life.
It was love at first sight for Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson – or at least for one of them.
Hanks, 59, revealed that the first time he laid eyes on his future wife was when she guest-starred as a cheerleader on The Brady Bunch in 1972.
"I was actually at a friend of mine's house when it aired and I remember thinking 'that girl's cute,'" Hanks told reporters at the N.Y.C. premiere of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, which the couple co-produced.
Alzheimer's and dementia are no laughing matters, but if anyone knows how to find a smile in a serious situation, it's Seth Rogen, which is exactly what he did at the Hilarity for Charity event this Wednesday in New York City.
Hilarity for Charity is a movement led by Rogen and his wife, Lauren Miller, to raise funds for and awareness of Alzheimer's disease.The couple founded Hilarity for Charity in 2012, shortly after Lauren's mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. Throughout the year they throw events during which comedians and musicians entertain to help raise money to fight the disease.
Rogen, 34, a self-proclaimed lazy man-child, readily admits he's the last person anyone would expect to run a charity organization.
Her character on Younger might have a soft spot for glamorous soirées, but in real life, actress Hilary Duff much prefers casual parties at home.
Duff joined Stella Artois to kick off their summer hosting campaign — “Host One to Remember” — in New York City, and talked to PEOPLE about her entertaining habits.
“I do love to entertain at my house and I like it when it’s a little casual,” she says. “I live in LA so I like to throw all my doors open and do indoor/outdoor.”
When Oprah Winfrey goes to church, opens the door and sees all the people – she sees some people with flaws.
Not everyone of course, but Winfrey is the first to admit that just because someone's Christian doesn't mean they're perfect.
"Do you not think people in the church are flawed?" Winfrey told PEOPLE at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of her new show Greenleaf. "That's why they're going."
Brad Pitt is mad – but don't worry, not at you.
He's mad at the finance industry.
"I'm angry," he tells PEOPLE at the New York City premiere of the upcoming film, The Big Short, which Pitt produced and plays a supporting role in. "I'm angry that so many people lost their homes," he adds.
If you insist on seeing every Oscar-nominated film before award night and also happen to be known for the legendary viewing parties you threw in high school, the thought of not hosting 2015's show might be scarier than Steve Carell's character in Foxcatcher. This story can have a happy ending, though: The fact that your dorm room is short on space shouldn't keep you from commemorating Hollywood's biggest night of the year. From easy apps to sneaky seating arrangements, here's how to plan an in-dorm Oscar party that will rival any Tinseltown shindig.
Jane Fonda pointed out more than 30 years ago that women can be feminists and into exercise, but Lena Dunham is restating that idea when she talks about her new fitness routine.
"I don't think anyone's gonna be like, 'You look so good it's ruined my life,' " she told PEOPLE of her recent exercise kick. "There's nothing anti-feminist about being healthy."
Dunham, 28, was at a special screening at The Plaza Hotel in New York City for the HBO documentary she produced, It's Me, Hilary.
What do clogging and playing the saxophone have in common? They're both among Jennifer Garner's slew of hidden talents.
And those aren't the only secret skills the actress and mom of three has up her sleeve.
"Besides saxophone? Besides playing spoons? Besides clogging?" Garner responded when pressed about her hidden talents at the N.Y.C. premiere of her new film, Danny Collins, on Wednesday. "My cup runneth over with hidden talents," the 43-year-old promised.
"Anything hillbilly I can do," she offered.
Legendary Oscar winner Al Pacino has no doubt left many fans in awe, but the actor is himself not immune to getting starstruck.
He had what would prove to be a prescient encounter.
"I met John Lennon once – it was great," Pacino revealed to PEOPLE Wednesday at the N.Y.C. premiere of his new film, Danny Collins, about a washed-up musician who finds a long-lost note from none other than Lennon himself. "I'll never forget that moment. You can't say that about many people," he added.
After her husband Jay Monahan died of colon cancer in 1998, Katie Couric has dedicated her life to keeping his memory alive in the work she continues to do for cancer research and education.
On Tuesday, Couric – the co-founder of Stand Up 2 Cancer, the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance and the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health – attended a preview screening in N.Y.C. of the PBS documentary Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, where she spoke out about her husband's legacy and her ongoing fight to prevent other from succumbing to the disease.
Lisa Vanderpump says she and her fellow Housewives have "turned a corner," but that doesn't mean The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star has forgotten what happened last year.
"I had a horrible season last year," the veteran reality star, 54, tells PEOPLE at the launch of EVINE Live Friday in New York City. "They threw everything at me last year, the other women. It was nasty and it was mean-spirited."
Hollywood marriages often crash and burn, but rocker Jon Bon Jovi's has been soaring for 25 years.
What's his secret? It's simple.
"I got it right the first time," Bon Jovi told PEOPLE at Common Thread: An Acoustic Collection Music Series, an event he is curating with designer Kenneth Cole in New York City.
For Rosie O'Donnell, leaving The View was just what the doctor ordered.
The comedian suffered a near fatal heart attack in 2012 and has kept a firm eye on her health ever since. "My doctors were noticing that there was an uptick in my numbers since I started on the show," the co-host of ABC's The View told PEOPLE while premiering her new documentary Rosie O'Donnell: A Heartfelt Standup at the Athena Film Festival in New York on Saturday.
Sisterhood fans, rejoice!
Amber Tamblyn and America Ferrera more than hinted at there being a third Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie at Friday night's New York City launch of Ferrera's husband Ryan Piers Williams's art exhibit, "Monsters and Landscapes."
"It's actually very much in the works," Ferrera, 30, told PEOPLE. "There's a fifth book, and what's wonderful about it is, and the series to begin with, is that it's really raw and honest about friendship and how hard it can be and how it changes as you grow up."
Blake Lively might be a new mom, but she is clearly a seasoned trickster.
"That bitch! She tricked me!" Amber Tamblyn told PEOPLE about how she found out that her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants costar had given birth.
Kristin Chenoweth is newly single, but she's not sweating it. She and her former boyfriend, movie producer Dana Brunetti, recently broke up “And I'm fine with saying it,” the Emmy-winning actress told REDBOOK in an exclusive interview.
Kristin, who after the split, was her same, notably chipper self, isn't mourning over the breakup. “It's a good thing, we're friends,” she told REDBOOK.
Channing Tatum says his wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, is his rock.
"She keeps us all sane," the actor, 34, told reporters Tuesday night at a screening of Sony Pictures Classics' Foxcatcher in New York City. "Jenna puts everything in perspective for me, always."
Just a week after attending pal George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's wedding weekend, Bill Murray hit up the Big Apple to promote his new film, St. Vincent.
As for the funnyman's highlight of the star-studded Venetian nuptials?
"My favorite part of the wedding was that those two people found each other in life," Murray told PEOPLE at the comedy-drama's New York City premiere Monday. "That was my favorite part of the wedding."
Millennials are arguably the most talked about generation ever. People are quick to group all twentysomethings into one category, frequently discussing everything from our failure to secure employment to our distaste for traditional corporate gigs to our tendency to hop from job to job. But, how does being a creative young person living in New York City impact the experience of trying to launch a career?
Heather Hamilton, founder of the film production company Pennigan Productions, became particularly curious about the difficulties that emerging New York artists face. What did she discover about the lives of those working their asses off to make it? Simply: It's hard.
Four hundred might be one of the only numbers that has a place in the dictionary. Its definition reads: “The social elite of a community.” But it wasn’t until the late 1800s that 400 had any real value.
The details about Eric Johnson and Jessica Simpson's wedding keep rolling in! So far we've reported onSimpson's dress and hair, plus the couple's vows and venue, but we've recently found out even more scoop about the pair's California nuptials. From a wardrobe malfunction to the song that played while the couple exited the ceremony, let's recap the new tidbits we've learned.
If you’re a mom, you know that Mother’s Day is the single 24-hour period when everyone’s actually out to make your life easier—and maybe breakfast in bed if you’re lucky. But really—does this day have to be such a one-off? Of course not. This year, we’re giving you moms a long-term Mother’s Day gift: 10 routine-streamlining apps that make every day easier, year round.
Chick flicks: The term that was once a cinematic put-down now speaks to a beloved genre. Nowhere in film is there such a celebration of female friendship, and this bonding and sisterhood is often depicted with a classic girls' night out scene. But, come to think of it, pretty much every girls’ night out movie moment is glamorous — yet painfully unrealistic. (Who's paying for all those drinks? How have these ladies danced on six-inch stilettos for the past six hours?) Our girls’ nights out involve way more wiping away wine mustaches and time spent hailing cabs.
An epic night out, according to Hollywood, sounds like a hilarious hot mess, as seen here. Warning: We don’t suggest you try this at home…it probably won’t go as well as it does in the movies.
Connie Britton might have a real cowboy Casanova on her hands!
The Nashville star was recently named a Goodwill Ambassador for poverty eradication and women’s empowerment by the United Nations, and has no fears that her 3-year-old son will help her pave the way.
“Oh my gosh, he’s surrounded by loudmouthed women all the time. He’s always learning about women,” Britton jokes to PEOPLE of teaching her son Yoby about female empowerment.
“I am actually really proud, I think he’s going to grow up with a real strong sense of how to treat women because he’s around them so much — especially powerful, strong women.”
It might not be an 'NSYNC reunion tour, but we're getting closer!
One former member of the boy band – JC Chasez – is hitting the road this summer in the North American arena tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar.
Chasez, 37, will play Pontius Pilate in the resurrected '70s rock musical, along with Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams as Mary Magdalene, former Sex Pistol "Johnny Rotten" Lydon as King Herod, Incubus's Brandon Boyd as Judas, and Ben Forster, winner of the U.K.'s Superstar competition, as Jesus.
Matt McGorry is a triple threat. He’s a bodybuilding champ, a fitness writer, and also…a very talented actor. Random, right? You may have noticed his absence from Men’s Fitness over the last few years. That’s because he’s taken on a new role, that of Officer John Bennett in Orange is the New Black, Netflix's new hit TV series. Fitness to acting might seem like a big jump, but the former personal trainer made it look easy—and we had to learn how. Whether or not you’re interested in fitness or acting, follow Matt’s advice on changing careers if you’re ready to make a leap yourself.
On February 12th, Men's Fitness attended a special NYC screening of the latest film in the Die Hard franchise, A Good Day to Die Hard. The fifth in the franchise, this film sends John McClane to Russia where he reconnects with his son, played by Jai Courtney.
The franchise is now 25 years old but Bruce Willis is as fit as he was in 1988 (not surprising), and we had to find out how he does it. We managed to tear this wisecracking action hero away from the die hard fans for a few minutes to discuss staying in shape, stunts, and women. Plus, we caught up with Jai Courtney, to find out what it was like to step into this iconic franchise. See what they have to say in our video from the red carpet.
If you could perform one amazing trick, what would it be? For the master illusionists in the new movie Now You See Me, pulling a rabbit out of a hat or slicing a girl in half just won't, uh, cut it.
These money-minded impresarios (played by Isla Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, and Woody Harrelson) are pulling off the impossible: Robbing a bank at each of their performances and showering their audiences with cash. FBI agents Mark Ruffalo and Morgan Freeman would shut down their act...if they could only figure out how the trick actually worked.
The 2013 TriBeCa Film Festival is underway and Men's Fitness is front and center on the red carpet to interview some of your favorite stars. One of the films featured, Ramin Bahrani's At Any Price, stars Zac Efron, Dennis Quaid, and Heather Graham and centers around a longtime farmer and his racecar driver son who don't see eye to eye. In fact it seems the only thing this constantly feuding father and son can agree on is their taste in women—both of them are sleeping with the drop-dead-gorgeous character played by the one and only Heather Graham. And who can blame them? The Boogie Nights star is still as smoking hot as she was when she rolled onto the big screen and into our hearts.
Like many men, actor and comedian Steve Howey's weight has always fluctuated. But unlike most men, Steve basically has sex for a living. No, he's not a porn star. He's on the Showtime series Shameless, in which he plays one-half of a somewhat sex-crazed couple—and it isn’t as easy as you might think.
The last time we saw Gerard Butler, he was begging Jessica Biel to take him back in a movie that made our girlfriends cry. (Yeah, we miss Leonidas, too.) But fear not! It seems the badass Butler, whose abs we envied in 300, is back with his latest film, Olympus Has Fallen. Butler plays secret service agent Mike Banning, who's in the midst of a White House takeover. As the only living agent left after a massacre—and of course the only one who conveniently knows almost all of the White House passwords—it's up to him to save the president, the president's son, and Morgan Freeman's ass (Freeman has to step in as acting president once POTUS is taken hostage).
You probably know Jake Johnson as Nick Miller, the grumpy bartender from FOX's hit show, New Girl. But in real life, it's a completely different story. Johnson is actually a grumpy actor and a former bartender, who now plays one on TV. See the difference? Yea, we didn't either.
While our preteen years were filled with wonderful events, they couldn’t quite make up for all the scary ones. First kisses, secret clubs, and boy-band concerts were often overshadowed by puberty, bullies, and FOMO. At the time, it seemed like one of the only people who understood that was author Judy Blume. Somewhere in between after-school play dates and choosing a college, we were supposed to figure out how to, well, grow up. And it's safe to say that without her guidance, we probably would be a lot more messed up.
The only thing that may have made those earlier years easier would have been seeing Blume’s relatable characters deal with prepubescence on the big screen. Luckily for the next generation, they can. This July, the first film based on a book written by the fairy godmother of adolescence,Tiger Eyes, will hit theaters nationwide. It might be a little late for us, but for the preteens of the future, Hollywood is doing them a solid.
Former Men’s Fitness cover guy and Two and A Half Men star Ashton Kutcher took the time to talk to us about his latest movie and his fitness routine at a New York screening of JOBS , the biopic about the life of iconic tech giant Steve Jobs. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern and co-starring Josh Gad as Jobs’ partner in crime Steve Wozniak, the movie depicts Jobs’ career from his early days at Reed College up to the launch of the iPod.
When a movie opens with an elaborate comb-over and a hairy beer belly, you know you’re in for something…interesting. American Hustle completes director David O. Russell’s trilogy of films illustrating struggle, defeat, and re-invention, specifically his. Before The Fighter, Russell was considered the enfant terrible Hollywood directors. After on-set fights with actors including George Clooney (Three Kings) and Lily Tomlin (I Heart Huckabees), he was down-and-out. That was, of course, until Mark Wahlberg came around and saved the day — as one does — suggesting that Russell take on the director role for The Fighter. Of course, that film was such a critical success that it consequently erased much of his murky past.