Jennifer Aniston is all caught up in planning her wedding to Justin Theroux, she sure isn’t letting it show.
In fact, the former Friends star says she still needs to find a dress.
“No, I don’t,” she exclusively told me at the premiere of Call Me Crazy—the new Lifetime movie about mental illness that she coproduced—when I asked if she had picked out a gown yet.
Aniston cracked that the wedding planning “might make me crazy.”
For now, she’s is concentrating on promoting her latest project, which premieres on Lifetime on April 20.
The movie, a series of five shorts dealing with various mental illnesses, is a follow-up to 5, a similar movie Aniston produced for the network about five women affected by cancer.
“Mental illness seemed to be [a topic] that a lot of us felt was an important one and touched a lot of our lives, a lot of our families lives,” Aniston said.
“That seemed like one that needed attention because all of the stigma around it and the sort of shame around it.”
The all-star cast of Call Me Crazy includes Brittany Snow, Jennifer Hudson, Melissa Leo and Sarah Hyland, among others. Guest directors included Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Ashley Judd and more.
Could the Friends reunion rumor be any more false? (Said in our best Chandler Bing voice.)
The show’s co-creator Marta Kauffman tells E! News exclusively that there’s no truth to the latest rumor of the cast coming together for another season of the show.
“I’m going to clear this up—it’s not happening!” she said at last night’s red carpet screening of Call Me Crazy, Lifetime’s movie about mental illness premiering on the network on April 20.
Kauffman also said a movie reunion will never happen. “Friends was about that time in your life when your friends are your family and once you have a family, there’s no need anymore,” she said.
Funny enough, Kauffman said she learned of the new rumor when she overheard some people at a bar talking about it.
Earlier today, the internet was lit afire by a rumor that Friends would be coming back for a reunion season. Though reps for NBC and Warner Bros. studios have yet to respond to request for comment, a source at NBC told us the rumor was “not true.” And now we have exclusive confirmation from Kaufman that not only is it not happening now, but we shouldn’t hold our breath for anything in the future. A sad day or Friends fans indeed.
Stand by for more exclusive info directly from Kauffman, and be sure to tune into E! News on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. for more from the Call Me Crazy premiere!
Alas, the rumor that had Friends fans jumping for joy yesterday is not true—and Jennifer Aniston has an idea as to who may have been toying with our emotions.
The actress told Ellen DeGeneres today, in an interview airing Thursday on Ellen, that she hadn’t even heard about the gang supposedly getting back together until her host broke the news.
“I’m responsible for the entire Friends reunion that’s gonna happen,” DeGeneres informed her guest (cue the applause from all corners of the audience).
A confused Aniston said, “Well, you’re hearing it here first. As am I!” Ellen added, “No, I just heard, before you came out here—like an hour ago—it’s all over the internet. There’s a big rumor. It started in Oklahoma.”
Jen, who was shocked by the news, cut in and said, “Did Matthew Perry start that? Cause he’s getting some good airtime on this show. I’ve been watching.”
DeGeneres then revealed that Perry will be guest cohosting her show—and she extended the invitation Aniston’s was as well!
Now, all she needs to do is call up Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc and—boom—Friends reunion.
Make it happen, Ellen.
We wish we could tell you that we were cool, calm and collected professional journalists when we first heard the rumors and reports about NBC reuniting the Friends cast for a reunion and/or a whole comeback season. We were not; we freaked out just like Ross (David Schwimmer) did when he found out someone ate his leftover turkey sandwich.
We also wish we could tell you that this report (that started with a random story from the site StarMedia), was true and that Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry and the rest are headed back to Los Angeles to personally help rebuild the Central Perk set, but alas…we cannot.
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An NBC source tells us that despite mini-Friends reunions happening with Courteney Cox on Perry’s Go On and Matt LeBlanc appearing on Lisa Kudrow’s Web Therapy, this story is “not true.” But (and it’s a good but!), it’s not the craziest idea the Internet has ever had.
Another NBC insider reveals to us that a Friends reunion is something the network has “talked about,” but there has been “no forward motion” on the idea.
Back in November of 2012, Matthew Perry took to Twitter to response to a photo of the famous orange couch floating around the Internet, touting a Friends reunion scheduled for Thanksgiving of 2014. “There is zero truth to this rumor,” he tweeted.
Our own Marc Malkin will be seeing Jennifer Aniston tonight at the premiere of Call Me Crazy, and you bet your Smelly Cat mixed tapes that we’ll be asking her all about this.
Friends fans, do you want a reunion and/or comeback season? Or do you think it ended perfectly and should be left alone?
Selena Gomez has revealed an embarrassing run-in with Jennifer Aniston.
In an interview with Radio Disney, the Spring Breakers actress revealed that she was once face-to-face with Aniston at a Hollywood event.
Gomez recalled: “I ran away from Jennifer Aniston when she said, ‘Hi’, I was terrified of her… I was scared, so I ran away and I’m really embarrassed about that.”
The 22-year-old star admitted that she was starstruck by Aniston, who she had been a fan of growing up and watching Friends.
She joked: “I didn’t know what to do – it’s Rachel.”
After splitting from boyfriend Justin Bieber earlier this year, Gomez is set to release her new single Come & Get It, which is the lead track from her forthcoming album.
Brooklyn Decker has claimed that she was “awestruck” on seeing Jennifer Aniston in a bikini.
Decker told Women’s Health that she was impressed by the Friends star’s body when they worked together on 2011 comedy movie Just Go With It.
On whose body she would like, Decker said: “It’s got to be Jennifer. She’s so active and had to be in a bikini for Just Go With It – she just had this glow about her.
“I was a bit awestruck! I was invited to do yoga with her on set but they had so many good yogis I was intimidated and chickened out.”
She added: “I hate watching myself on screen! It’s like when you hear your voice on an answering machine, but worse.
“I watch every mannerism, every facial expression. I find myself going, ‘Do I really make that face? Is that really how my voice sounds?’”
Asked about how marrying tennis star Andy Roddick had affected her self-image, Decker said: “For me it’s taken the emphasis off my looks and appearance – the emphasis modeling ingrained in me – and given me a healthier outlook on the female form.
“Being married to an athlete has changed my perception of women and what my body is capable of.”
The full Brooklyn Decker interview appears in the May/June issue of Women’s Health, on sale today (April 3). Also available as a digital edition.
Jennifer Aniston hasn’t appeared onscreen in over a year, but the actress could have her biggest role coming to theaters soon enough.
Aniston, who last led the 2012 flop “Wanderlust,” stars in the untitled upcoming film based on the Elmore Leonard novel “The Switch.” (The book is the first Leonard novel to feature Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara, characters made famous by Samuel L. Jackson and Robert De Niro in Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown,” itself based on Leonard’s “Rum Punch.”) Aniston plays an abused housewife in adaptation and her performance is so powerful that it made the film’s director emotional.
“It’s the best work she’s ever done and she’ll blow people away,” director Daniel Schechter told THR in a new feature on the New York indie film scene. “I don’t think people will see it coming, she’s so talented and I was crying while watching it.”
Schechter, who directed the well-received indie “Supporting Characters,” amassed quite a cast his take on “The Switch”; Isla Fisher, John Hawkes and Mos Def also co-star.
“I’m enormously proud,” Schechter told HuffPost Entertainment about the film. “John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey [Mos Def's real name] are incredibly deep thinkers. They read the book. They have their own personal life perspective. I don’t think they’re going to study what De Niro and Jackson did [in 'Jackie Brown']; they don’t want to be doing any kind of imitation of those characters. But I cannot wait to see them together. I think it will be worthy of the amazing performances that De Niro and Jackson gave, for sure.”
For more on the indie film and Schechter’s contemporaries, head over to THR.
Jennifer Aniston and her fiancé, Justin Theroux, have remained tight-lipped on their impending springtime nuptials, but now Life & Style can reveal Jen has already told friends and family to address her as “Mrs. Theroux.”
A pal of Jen’s confirms to Life & Style, on newsstands now, “She’s trying it on for size, and she loves the sound of it!”
Jen is taking her man’s surname so seriously that she’s thinking about ditching her maiden name — forever.
“She wants a fresh start,” the insider dishes to Life & Style. “She couldn’t be happier. Jen simply wants the world to know just how madly in love she is with Justin Theroux.”
Justin popped the question last August, and while the couple haven’t announced a date, the insider tells Life &Style, “The wedding is soon, and Jen is very happy about it.”
The latest Alliance for Audited Media data is out, and as is almost always the case, Jennifer Aniston proved to be the one of the most valuable cover stars around. Aniston, who is rumored to be marrying actor Justin Theroux within the next couple of weeks, was InStyle‘s best performing cover of 2012, helping the magazine to sell 793,588 newsstand copies of the March issue.
As Fashionista previously reported, other big newsstand winners were Lady Gaga and Adele (both on the cover of Vogue, fronting the mag’s most important fall and spring fashion issues, respectively–which typically tend to be the biggest and best-selling issues regardless of cover girl). But those two pop stars were anomalies in the group. Their peers, including Rihanna and Taylor Swift, performed poorly on the newsstands. Swift, for instance, covered five magazines and not one of them was a best-seller (some were certifiable failures).
It’s easy to suggest that recognition and familiarity has something to do with Aniston’s ongoing success over newcomers like Swift. But then you look at Lauren Conrad, who was Glamour‘s top seller last year. Conrad is inarguably a less-recognized celebrity than Swift, and she’s got way less going on right now. (Or ever, really.) But for some reason, she sells magazines.
On the surface, Aniston and Conrad have little in common. One is a comedic actress who has been married to one of the most famous men in the world, suffering plenty of heartbreak for the world to see. The other is a former reality tv star devoid of any type of real scandal–even when she dates a celebrity, no one really seems to care. (Though, to be fair, LC did suffer some very public heartbreak on Laguna Beach and The Hills.)
But they are both likable and relatable, at least to the majority of women who buy magazines on the newsstand. That “likability factor” is the key to both women’s cover success, says Robert Thompson, a pop culture professor at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. “People find them both likable and comforting,” says Thompson. “There are people who are really good at acting, people who are really good at singing and performing, people who are good at being kooky. It is a unique skill to be someone who is really good at living a life that is interesting to people who like to read about celebrities in magazines.”
Of course, there are other factors involved in why a magazine sells well or doesn’t: Cover art is a big one, as is cultural equity. “Jennifer Aniston is associated with a lot of famous people, and she’s been famous for a long time,” says Thompson. But when it comes down to it, the most important thing is that people can relate to you. While Taylor Swift may be beautiful and young and willing to say crazy things, women aren’t connecting with her the same way they do Aniston, or even Conrad. That may say little about her ability to entertain, but it does say a lot about her ability to sell a product when her true talent (singing and songwriting) isn’t on display. Maybe Keds should hire Conrad next time.
Simmer down, y’all: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are not planning some secret Hawaiian wedding.
Perez Hilton claimed Monday that the engaged duo was getting married somewhere in Hawaii “any day now” to “avoid any crazy media hoopla” in L.A. But Jen’s rep told the New York Post the report “is all made up.”
“There are no plans for a wedding in Hawaii,” Jen’s rep reiterated.
Of course, that doesn’t mean the 44-year-old actress isn’t excited to say “I do.” In her first post-engagement interview with Chelsea Handler, Jen teared up when her BFF said Justin is “the greatest guy ever. You guys make the best couple together.”
We’d have to agree! So while Jen and Justin won’t be exchanging vows in Hawaii, we have a feeling this ceremony—wherever it may be—will be a beautiful occasion.