When funny people are being funny, it’s best just to get out of their way and let them do their thing.
So when Friends From College stars Cobie Smulders and Fred Savage, as well as series co-creator Nick Stoller, started cracking themselves up while chatting with TVLine at a Netflix press event, we were glad our recorder was rolling: All the better to bring you in on the jokes.
Our topic of conversation: Their upcoming comedy, which is available Friday via the streaming video service. The series, the brainchild of Harvard alumni Stoller (The Carmichael Show) and wife Francesca Delbanco, follows a group of friends who met at the Ivy League university and have stayed close in the decades since graduation. In addition to How I Met Your Mother grad Smulders and Wonder Years alum Savage, the cast includes Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Nat Faxon (Ben and Kate), Annie Parisse (Law & Order) and Billy Eichner (Difficult People).
Read on as Savage, Smulders and Stoller do their thing.
TVLINE | Do we see flashbacks to the characters’ time at Harvard at all?
STOLLER | No. Flashbacks are tough. You either have to cast people who don’t look like them, or you do weird —
SMULDERS | We could look 20 years younger. [Laughs]
SAVAGE | I was going to lose the weight.
SMULDERS | I mean, what the f–k. Just give me a new hairstyle, and I look 21 again. [Laughs]
STOLLER | Correct.
SMULDERS | What are you talking about? Right, Fred? Just give [Keegan-Michael Key] a little bit of an afro, and we’re 21 again.
SAVAGE | I look a lot like my photo when I was 21. [Laughs]
TVLINE | The first few episodes focus on a triangle that includes Keegan’s Ethan, Cobie’s Lisa and Annie’s Sam. Are other characters going to have their own episodes or their own arcs as we move through the season?
STOLLER | Yeah. Everyone has different arcs, and we start with that relationship. But the whole show is just about nostalgia, whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing. And about how when you get together with your group of friends from, old group of friends, friends from college, you regress in a lot of ways… It can be both really helpful and loving to be around those people, and also not great.
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Screen Media Films has acquired the North American rights to Ryan Eggold’s new comedy-drama Literally, Right Before Aaron, slated for a theatrical release later this year. The film, which had its world premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival last month, stars Justin Long, Cobie Smulders, Ryan Hansen, John Cho, Kristen Schaal, Peter Gallagher, Dana Delany, Lea Thompson and Luis Guzman.
The seriocomic Literally, Right Before Aaron follows the aftermath of a love affair between Adam (Long) and his ex-girlfriend Allison (Smulders), when Adam gets word of Allison’s upcoming wedding. Realizing that he’s not quite ready to bid farewell to their relationship, Adam decides to attend the wedding in an embarrassing attempt to convince himself, and those around him, that he has moved on. (Source)
White promoting the DVD release of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Cobie was asked by to Digital Spy about the potential spinoff series, How I Met Your Dad:
“I don’t know much about it. It’s so funny, over the holidays I was hanging out with Carter and Craig, and they didn’t seem to know much about it either.
“I don’t know what the intention is with it, but it makes me happy that people still want to hear that story. I think the way our show was shot, with the narration and the flashbacks, it enabled a lot of freedom in storytelling, and luckily audiences really liked that and I think that’s what they’re trying to recreate.
“I don’t have anything to do with it, I don’t think anyone on our cast does. I remember when they tried to do the other spinoff, there was no conversation about any of us participating. I think it’ll be its own thing, but the way it is shot will be quite similar.”
Taran Killam may be famous for his snarky impressions of Matthew McConaughey and Brad Pitt on Saturday Night Live, but he is now busy taking on his biggest real-life persona: King George III in the hit Broadway musical Hamilton. While speaking with Entertainment Tonight, Taran spoke about supporting Cobie and her upcoming Broadway debut in, Present Laughter:
Your wife [Cobie Smulders] is about to make her Broadway debut in Present Laughter. How have you been supporting each other before taking the stage?
We have a family, so the real support comes in being there for each other to study, memorize and train. My wife moved out here after How I Met Your Mother, and her only creative goal was to do a Broadway show. I am unbelievably excited for her and proud. I can’t wait to see her on the stage with Kevin Klein — it’s going to be really cool.
Are you going to take a day off to go see her?
I am. We overlap for a little bit and then I will be free in time for her opening.
Cobie is heading to Broadway! Cobie will star in the upcoming production of Noël Coward’s Present Laughter which officially opens on April 5th! The production also features Kevin Kline, Tedra Millan, Joanna Lyppiatt, Kristine Nielsen and Kate Burton. Check out the synopsis below:
A self-obsessed actor (is there any other kind?) is having a midlife crisis. This leading man gets led astray by indulging his appetite for wine, women, and sleeping late, not necessarily in that order. A theater favorite, he finds himself caught amid crazed playwrights (is there any other kind?), fawning ingenues, secret trysts, and unexpected twists.
Who better to star in this Noël Coward comedy than real-life theater favorite Kevin Kline? Kline, a Tony- and Academy Award winner, takes on the role once filled by the playwright himself. Under the direction of Moritz von Stuelpnagel, this revival of Present Laughter promises to deliver on its title.
Unstoppable Entertainment have announced that Cobie Smulders and Jessica Hynes are leading the cast of the new British comedy Songbird, which has just commenced principal photography.
Written and directed by Jamie Adams, the film also stars Noel Clarke, Ian Smith, Laura Patch, Holli Dempsey and Emily Atack. The official synopsis reads:
Joanne Sykes is lead singer of once popular 90’s indie rock band The Filthy Dukes. They’ve been on the road since 1996, slowly but surely managing to play 150-capped venues. We find the Dukes at their last ever gig, and as the band falls apart so does Joanne; she’s finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her with just about everyone, and there’s little left for her once the group disband. So, thinking about the next step, she drunkenly applies for university. University isn’t quite what Joanne expected – far less wild partying, and a lot more yoga and kale. Whilst there, she falls in love with a librarian called Pete. It’s far from smooth sailing, but will going back to university be the new start she needs; who knows, maybe she’ll re-discover her love for music.
The latest Netflix series began streaming all 8 episodes of A Series of Unfortunate Events on January 13th — Friday the 13th to be exact. The series stars Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf and Patrick Warburton as Lemony Snicket.
Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” can be a rather complicated show to explain succinctly, but the new Netflix original series is clear about one point at the onset and throughout: You shouldn’t watch it.
Each episode opens with Neil Patrick Harris begging audiences to avert their eyes (via an opening song, aptly titled “Look Away”). Patrick Warburton then cautions, directly to camera, “If you are interested in stories with happy endings, then you’d be better off somewhere else.” Even the musical number closing Season 1 circles around the line, “You might dream that justice and peace win the day, but that’s not how this story goes.”
The new series has received mostly positive reviews from critics and audiences alike.
Viewers were surprised to see two unannounced actors make an appearance — Will Arnett and Cobie Smulders were featured in a special appearance as ‘Mother’ and ‘Father.’
A Series of Unfortunate Events is now streaming on Netflix.
With Avengers: Infinity War set to go into production early in the New Year, a casting call has arrived online which claims to offer up details of the main cast for the Marvel superhero epic.
Now, it should be noted that this is not official from Marvel, and casting calls are often inaccurate; this could just be a case of the agency taking a guess based on who they expect to appear in the film – so any Spider-Man or Falcon fans out there, don’t start panicking just yet!
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Josh Brolin as Thanos
Chris Pratt as Star-Lord
Sebastian Stan as The Winter Soldier
Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow
Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange
Brie Larson as Captain Marvel
Zoe Saldana as Gamora
Karen Gillan as Nebula
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton
Chris Evans as Steve Rogers
Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch
Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Vin Diesel as Groot
Paul Rudd as Ant-Man
Benedict Wong as Wong
Dave Bautista as Drax
Paul Bettany as Vision
Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther
Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark
Adding further weight to this being speculation is the absence of Cobie Smulders, who has already revealed that she’ll be reprising the role of Maria Hill.
Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled for release on May 4th, 2018, and will be shot-back-to-back with the as-yet-untitled Avengers 4, which is slated to arrive on May 3rd, 2019. (Source)
Cobie penned an essay about her journey when diagnosed with cancer for a weekly online feminist newsletter created by Lena Dunham and Jennifer Konner called, Lenny Letter. The essay is incredibly well-written and a fantastic read:
Sometimes working as a television actor, someone who comes into the privacy of your home on a weekly basis, you’re required to share a part of yourself with the public. This is a concept that I understand but am not entirely comfortable with. I am a very private person. My happy place is being tucked away in the Canadian woods, miles from civilization. But something happened a few years ago that made me think that revealing some of my personal life might actually make a difference in the lives of other women.
This fortuity happened when I was asked to appear topless (what the what?!) on the cover of Women’s Health Magazine. I know. Not what you were expecting. Sometimes in this insane industry that I have chosen to be part of, you get these types of requests when you have a project coming out that needs to be promoted. This particular magazine issue was about bodies: how to love your body, how to have body confidence, and how to keep yourself healthy.
Continue reading Lenny Letter: “Showing My Scars”
Cobie says posing topless for the cover of a magazine felt unnatural at first, but ended up being an important way for her to understand her body again after overcoming ovarian cancer in 2008 at age 25.
“It was a very strange day. I was standing in front of a camera lens in my underwear and holding my breasts, all while trying to appear not sexy but confident, not flirtatious but gleamingly positive,” Smulders writes in an essay for Lenny about the 2015 photoshoot.
“It all made me start thinking about this body that I’m in. And what it has been through. And suddenly this bizarre invitation became an opportunity to share some insight from my experience of being diagnosed with, receiving treatment for, and eventually learning to cure my cancer.”
The Avengers star decided reveal her cancer battle at the shoot with Women’s Health last year, and shared more about her cancer journey in the essay Tuesday.
“Just when your ovaries should be brimming with youthful follicles, cancerous cells overtook mine, threatening to end my fertility and potentially my life. My fertility hadn’t even crossed my mind at this point. Again: I was 25,” Smulders writes. “… Now I was being told it was most likely not a possibility to create my own children. It felt grossly unfair.”
“Thankfully, gratefully, cancer did not get the best of me. The best of me now lives on in my two little women, baby girls I was lucky enough to be able to make with my own body,” Smulders says.