Matthew Perry covers People: I can help people because ‘I screwed up so often’

A scruffy, smirking Matthew Perry covers this week’s People Magazine with the tagline “My Life as an Addict.” Perry, 43, has been sober for years after publicly battling addiciton during the height of his fame in the late 90s and early aughts. We last heard him talk about his addiction issues during interviews he did a little over a month ago, when he was discussing his advocacy work. Perry was honored at the White House a few weeks ago for his work advocating for drug courts, which attempt to use rehabilitation for addicts instead of incarceration.

He’s really put his money where his mouth is, and donated his entire house in Malibu to be used as a men’s sober living facility called Perry House. So it’s kind of heart-warming to see Perry cover People this week, and to see him him get the recognition he deserves. He’s not even promoting anything so kudos to People. Here’s a preview of their upcoming story:

For a decade, Matthew Perry was living an actor’s dream: he had an iconic role as sardonic Chandler Bing on the beloved No. 1 sitcom Friends and a salary that reached $1 million an episode.

But behind the scenes, Perry was struggling. “I had a big problem with alcohol and pills and I couldn’t stop,” he tells PEOPLE in an exclusive new cover story. “Eventually things got so bad that I couldn’t hide it, and then everybody knew.”

After a harrowing, years-long battle with addictions to alcohol and Vicodin, Perry, 43, finally got sober. “Something clicked,” he says. “You have to want the help.” And he’s now dedicated to helping other addicts. He turned his former Malibu beach home into a men’s sober living facility called Perry House, and he’s becoming a passionate advocate for drug courts, through which non-violent substance abusers receive treatment instead of incarceration for their offenses.

Perry, who recently starred on the sitcom Go On and appears in recurring role on The Good Wife, says that sobriety and helping others have led him to finally find “true happiness” in his life. “The interesting reason that I can be so helpful to people now is that I screwed up so often,” he says. “It’s nice for people to see that somebody who once struggled in their life is not struggling any more.”

[From People]

Several of you commented on our last Matthew Perry story that he’s been with actress Lizzy Caplan since 2006. I didn’t know that! I really liked her in Hot Tub Time Machine and “True Blood.” The make a cute couple, but they’re not attention seeking in the least. I’ve never seen a photo of them together on a red carpet or anything. (There are photos of them at sporting events together, but I didn’t notice until now.)

Perry was so good in “Go On” and I’m bummed that the show was canceled. Decent sitcoms are rare, and he really has the comedic chops to carry his own show, he just needs the right vehicle. Maybe Perry could find a home on cable. He would be awesome in a raunchier comedy I think.

While I’m psyched that Perry is getting some love I can’t help but think that Melissa McCarthy over on the right sidebar there could have earned a full cover. The Heat is a big hit and she’s a bona fide movie star now. Maybe she didn’t grant People an exclusive interview though.

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SANDRA BULLOCK ‘The Heat’ Star Is A Beauty In Blue

Sandra Bullock may be promoting her movie ‘The Heat,’ but she looked cool in blue! Sandra posed for pictures at a photo call for ‘The Heat’ Down Under in Sydney, Australia. Doesn’t she look happy? She should: ‘The Heat’ is blowing up the box office.

‘The Heat’ came in at #2 at the US box office last weekend, just behind family friendly movie ‘Monsters University.’ The big surprise was ‘The Heat’ outperforming ‘White House Down,’ which stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. Sandra and Melissa McCarthy showed the big boys what girl power is all about!


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‘The Heat’ review: a solid box office and a solid female-driven comedy

The final weekend box office numbers haven’t come out yet, but the early numbers suggest that Channing Tatum might have his first “flop” in years. White House Down is underperforming while The Heat and Monsters are both on target to make more than $40 million each. Monsters will likely win the box office, I’m assuming. But the real surprise is The Heat, which analysts really didn’t know what to do with. It’s so rare to have an action-comedy film starring two women opening in the summer, analysts didn’t know what to predict, so they low-balled it and now the film is exceeding expectations. Which means three things: one, Sandra Bullock really is America’s Sweetheart and moviegoers still love to support her films; two, Melissa McCarthy is a bona fide movie star; and three, SEQUEL! Here’s my review for The Heat:

SPOILERS – possible SPOILERS for The Heat.

I went to see The Heat yesterday! I enjoyed it. I think your perception of whether or not it’s a good film depends on what kind of scale you’re using. It’s a better, funnier comedy than most of the insipid, gross-out comedies made these days, but that’s setting a really low bar. Like, one of my favorite films of all time is Beverly Hills Cop – go back and watch that movie and notice how the film works on every level. It works as a cop movie. It works as a drama. It works as a comedy. If the scale is [horrible comedy] to Beverly Hills Cop, The Heat is better than average but still a way’s to go before it reaches the “classic” status of a film like Beverly Hills Cop. It’s more like a funnier, dirtier version of Feds. Do you remember that one? I love Feds.

What The Heat has going for it is two charismatic, talented, funny women who are both giving wonderful comedic performances. Sandra plays the “straight woman” – the uptight, hyper-focused FBI agent. Melissa plays the wild-and-crazy one, the kamikaze Boston cop with an absolutely filthy mouth and many, many loaded guns. Which isn’t to say Sandra doesn’t have her funny moments. Sometimes her reaction shots to Melissa’s craziness were the funniest things in the movie, and Sandra is always good for physical comedy and pratfalls.

Several things pleased me immensely. One, this is R-rated and it’s mostly because of language. They didn’t pull any punches with the language at all. It’s absolutely filthy, even delightfully so. There was some violence (mostly people getting shot), but I suspect that they could have shot those people and still managed to get a PG-13 rating if not for Melissa’s profane and hilarious F-bomb-laden riffs. I also liked that it felt like everything was about supporting Melissa’s improvisational riffs, which were often absurd, hilarious and comedic gold. I also loved that there weren’t very many “fat jokes” nor was Melissa’s weight ever really discussed in the film.

Another thing that pleased me: the supporting cast was FULL of comedic talent, from Marlon Wayans to Jane Curtin to Michael McDonald to Tony Hale. Demian Bichir was also in there and my God, that man is handsome. I have no idea how he got cast as an FBI chief, but I suspect that Sandra had seen him and she thought, “I want to work with that guy!” He speaks with his accent throughout the film, and Melissa’s character refers to him as “Puss ‘N Boots”. Love it.

Of course there were some weak moments and while they tried to keep up the momentum of the crime story, at various points the audience is expected to simply forget about why these two characters were put together in the first place. That being said, it was so refreshing to see two strong comediennes in one film together. They are both the leads and they both owned their roles. I think this is a better film (and a better comedy) than Bridesmaids and it’s better than most of Judd Apatow’s films. I would definitely recommend it – don’t go into it thinking you’re going to see the best comedy ever made, and you’ll end up enjoying it more than you expect.

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Sandra Bullock Drops F-Bomb on Tonight Show, Just ‘Cause It’s Cool

Sandra Bullock appeared on The Tonight Show this week, where she dropped the f-bomb basically ’cause she can. And ’cause it makes her cooler.

The context? Her new movie The Heat and its profanity – there are 190 f-bombs in total, Bullock said, though most of them come from Melissa McCarthy.

“At the end I sort of learn how to,” the 48-year-old actress said, explaining that “when you drop them you’re just cooler, I’m cooler when I drop them.”

Sandra adds that she doesn’t talk that way in real life, at least not in front of kids, at which point Leno asked if there were any kids in the audience.

He set ‘em up, and Bullock gamely knocked ‘em down:

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Rex Reed won’t apologize: ‘I stand by my remarks about Melissa McCarthy’s obesity’

These are photos from The Heat premiere in NY last night. I love the photos of Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock together especially. Their faces just light up when they’re around each other, and they look genuinely thrilled to see each other. That bodes well for their on-screen chemistry, and I’m hoping that this movie is big hit for them. Here’s a link to the red band trailer if you haven’t seen it yet.

Sandra wore a sexy lace and black leather dress, which is a recent trend and she’s rocking it. I’m not fond of her gladiator-type strappy heels, but they’re not bad. I love her messy waves. She rarely wears her hair like that and it suits her.

Melissa was in a navy blue modern pantsuit and matching heels. She also wore her hair down and loose with very subtle ombre tips. It’s so pretty, I’m going to try and copy Melissa and Sandra’s hair with those casual curls. These two look like they had the same stylist.

Do you remember, back when Identity Thief was out, how an elderly male critic named Rex Reed bashed Melissa McCarthy’s weight? He called her a “female hippo” and “tractor-sized” among other things. Melissa finally addressed that a couple of weeks ago, in an interview with the NY Times. Melissa said that the comments didn’t affect her so much as younger girls who “are not in a place in their life where they can say, ‘That doesn’t reflect on me.’

Well Rex was asked again about his original nasty review, probably in light of the fact that Melissa finally acknowledged it. Is it surprising to anyone that he doubled-down and was even more of an a-hole this time?

“I can only repeat what I have said before — that I do not have, nor have I ever had, anything personal against people who suffer from obesity,” [Reed] wrote to Us in an email. “What I object to is the disgusting attempt to pretend obesity is funny. It is not remotely humorous, and every obese comedian who ever made jokes about the disease are now dead from strokes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.”

“As a critic whose opinions are constitutionally protected by law, I stand by all of my original remarks about Melissa McCarthy’s obesity, which I consider about as amusing as cancer, and apologize for nothing,” he concluded.
In February, the film critic slammed McCarthy, calling the Bridesmaids actress “tractor-sized, a “female hippo,” and a “screeching, humongous creep.”

Reed’s comments immediately outraged fellow industry insiders and fans alike, many of whom criticized Reed for being unabashedly mean-spirited.

[From US Magazine]

Melissa McCarthy is an hilarious actress who happens to be large. Her weight was not relevant to criticism of the role. Reed was just being nasty and bitter and then couching it in concern-trolling. Melissa is entertaining as hell and we’re laughing because she’s funny. We do the same with Kristen Wiig, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Their sizes don’t come into play when we decide whether they’re good actresses or not, Melissa’s shouldn’t either.


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Melissa McCarthy on being called a ‘female hippo’: it can hurt younger girls

Back when Identity Thief first came out, an elderly movie critic named Rex Reed made a bunch of mean, sizeist comments about Melissa McCarthy, as if her size was at all relevant to her performance. He called Melissa a “female hippo,” wrote that she was “cacophonous, tractor-sized,” and claimed she was “a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success.” Melissa didn’t deign to respond to that, and she of course had the last laugh when the movie went on to be a big commercial success.

Countless people expressed outrage at Reed’s comments, and in a new NY Times interview, a full four months after the controversy, Melissa has finally addressed it. This is how you respond to some bullsh*t like this – you wait a handful of months and then you address the larger point and the real meaning of those hateful comments. Melissa is as classy as she is funny.

When Ms. McCarthy was asked about the review over lunch in April, her characteristically cheerful tone evaporated. In a softer voice, she said her initial reaction to reading it had been “Really?” and then, she said, “Why would someone O.K. that?”

Without mentioning the name of its author, Ms. McCarthy said: “I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate. I just thought, that’s someone who’s in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot. I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids who are mooning me and singing me songs.”

Had this occurred when she was 20, Ms. McCarthy said, “it may have crushed me.” But now, as a mother raising two young daughters in “a strange epidemic of body image and body dysmorphia,” she said articles like that “just add to all those younger girls, that are not in a place in their life where they can say, ‘That doesn’t reflect on me.’ ”

“That makes it more true,” she said. “It means you don’t actually look good enough.”

Ms. McCarthy was about to say more when the restaurant began a long and very loud test of its fire alarm.

“I imagine that’s my publicist,” she said after a tension-breaking laugh. “The gods didn’t want us discussing this.”

[From The NY Times]

I really hope that The Heat, Melissa’s buddy cop movie with Sandra Bullock, is a success. The trailer makes it look hilarious, and it’s a real step forward in the new trend of female-oriented comedies. I’m going to do my part to support it and will try and see it on opening weekend in a couple of weeks. It’s out June 28th!

One thing I learned from this profile is that Melissa is working on a comedy with Susan Sarandon. I love it. Melissa plays “an irresponsible woman on a road trip with her tough-as-nails grandmother.” They’re filming this summer and the movie was co-written and is directed by her husband, Ben Falcone. We’re going to see a lot more of the very talented and funny Melissa. Anyone who has a problem with that is going to get shot down by public opinion pretty quickly.


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SANDRA BULLOCK Beautiful In Black At ‘The Heat’ Premiere

U.K. film premiere of 'The Heat'

Oooh la la!  Sandra Bullock looked super hot at the U.K. premiere of her upcoming buddy comedy film ‘The Heat’.  The actress walked the red carpet in a long, belted black dress with an open, strappy back.   Check out those shoes too! I love them!

Sandra stopped on the red carpet to sign autographs for fans and pose for pictures before making her way into the Curzon Theatre.  I love her hair here too – she’s sort of rocking the ombre look with her loose waves.  Have you seen the trailer for The Heat yet? It looks like it should be pretty funny!

U.K. film premiere of 'The Heat'
U.K. film premiere of 'The Heat'
U.K. film premiere of 'The Heat'
U.K. film premiere of 'The Heat'
U.K. film premiere of 'The Heat'
U.K. film premiere of 'The Heat'
U.K. film premiere of 'The Heat'
U.K. film premiere of 'The Heat'

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Man of Steel Sequel: Already a Go!

Just how super is Superman?

He’s faster than a speeding bullet… he can leap over buildings in a single bound… and he can receive the go-ahead for a sequel before he even graces the big screen!

Man of Steel Promo Pic

Indeed, with Man of Steel not opening until Friday, Deadline confirms that Warner Bros. has already ordered a follow-up.

The studio has also signed Zack Snyder back up as director and David S. Goyer as screenwriter for the next installment.

Man of Steel is receiving rave early reviews and stars Henry Cavil as the iconic superhero. The VERY impressive cast also includes Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Russell Crowe.

Take a look below at a number of trailers, clips and featurettes regarding the blockbuster:

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“Jennifer Garner steps out with an adorable duck-lipped baby” links

I love that Samuel Garner-Affleck is so blonde & duck-lipped. Does Jennifer Garner look pregnant again? [Celebrity Baby Scoop]
Recap for the Game of Thrones season finale. [LaineyGossip]
Miley Cyrus won’t stop twerking. [Dlisted]
Brad Pitt & Pax hung out in Sydney. [Pop Sugar]
Melissa McCarthy got majorly Photoshopped. [Buzzfeed]
There’s polling data on who will be the new Dr. Who. [Pajiba]
Mad Men was pretty good last night. Not excellent, but decent. [A Socialite Life]
Someone threw a bra at Justin Bieber. Ugh. [The Blemish]
I just realized that Dakota Johnson was the chick on Ben & Kate. [Go Fug Yourself]
Linda Cardellini is an engaged vampire. [Evil Beet]
I forgot that Giovanni Ribisi has a daughter. [I’m Not Obsessed]
Is The White Queen the new GoT? [Moe Jackson]
Kate Upton’s boobs are magical. [Celebslam]
I think this NSA-leaker Edward Snowden sounds like a douche. [Gawker]
Some days, I can’t believe OK! Mag is in business. [Amy Grindhouse]
Some Bey-stan got a nice shot of Beyonce at the playground. [Bossip]
Brandi Glanville’s puppy was stolen (or lost). [Reality Tea]
This is what Deryck Whibley looks like now. [IDLYITW]

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The Hangover Part III Stills: Galifianakis, Jeong, and More!

A whole bunch of new stills have dropped for The Hangover Part III.

Check out a few of them below, then head over to our friends at Movie Fanatic to view all the new The Hangover Part III stills:

  • The Hangover Part III Ken Jeong
  • The Hangover Part III Zach Galifianakis

The Wolfpack returns for the third installment of the comedy franchise. This time, they are stopped by a criminal on their way to rehab and forced to return to Vegas to find Chow.

Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Jeffrey Tambor, Gillian Vigman, Sasha Barrese, Jamie Chung, Mike Epps, and Melissa McCarthy star.

Catch The Hangover Part III in theaters May 23.

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