Bollywood Actress: "Sameera Reddy" cheers for KKR

Sameera Reddy

Bollywood Actress Sameera Reddy flew into Kolkata on Wednesday evening to watch the crucial IPL match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) & Delhi Daredevils at Eden Gardens.

Says Sameera: “I’m a big fan of Shah Rukh Khan, and when he invited me to Eden Gardens to cheer for KKR, I was overjoyed. Though I don’t know much about cricket and T20, I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.”

Sameera also turned out to be KKR’s “lucky mascot”, when they won a hard fought battle against Delhi Daredevils by 14 runs. Sam was the cynosure of all eyes and was repeatedly shown on television.

World Actress News: Jennifer Coolidge coming to Springfield comedy club

Jennifer Coolidge

Life changed for actress Jennifer Coolidge, who performs four shows this weekend at Donnie B’s Comedy Club, when she connected the Groundlings, the legendary Los Angeles improv-comedy troupe.

“The minute I started with the Groundlings, the seas parted and so many cool things happened,” Coolidge said Monday in a phone interview.

That included her first television appearance, on “Seinfeld,” playing a masseuse who refused to give on-screen boyfriend Jerry Seinfeld a massage. Then there was “SheTV” and, eventually, the teen sex comedy “American Pie” (more on that later).

“I think I would still be waitressing today if it hadn’t been for the Groundlings,” Coolidge said.

Instead, she’s had what appears to be a steady career as an actor on television and in movies. Now she’s taking an act on the road.

Coolidge said she began performing at stand-up comedy clubs relatively recently, in Provincetown, Mass. At first, she was just reading from a notebook, but since then her show has evolved into something between a traditional standup act and a one-woman show.

“It’s my commentary on living in Los Angeles — and my disappointment with it lately, with all the weird ‘reality’ world that’s happening” Coolidge said.
She also talks about sex, the odd experience of dating after having been attached for a long time, and some of the stranger auditions she’s had since the economy tanked.

“It’s all really story format — it’s not line, laugh, line, laugh — more the Kathy Griffin style,” Coolidge said.

She and Griffin were in the Groundlings together in the 1990s.

“I happened to be there at a really great time: it was Lisa Kudrow, Kathy Griffin, Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan, myself, Cheri Oteri, Ana Gasteyer, Will Forte — some really good people,” Coolidge said.

That reads like a who’s-who of “Saturday Night Live” alumni. But comedy was not the first career choice of the 48-year-old actress.

Brilliant crying
“I tried to be a dramatic actress for a very long time,” Coolidge said. “It just wasn’t working out.”

She was in an acting class and doing imitations of some of her more overwrought peers — “there was one girl in the class that, no matter what scene it was, she would cry. … And then our acting teacher would applaud her and tell her that her crying was so brilliant,” Coolidge said, the contempt evident in her tone of voice.
One of her classmates suggested she try improvisational comedy, so Coolidge first joined the Gotham City Improv before moving to L.A. to take up with the Groundlings.
“American Pie,” released in 1999, was arguably Coolidge’s biggest break. She’s still identified with the character known as “Stifler’s Mom” — a boozy, attractive, middle-aged woman who found mutual attraction with the movie’s high-school-aged protagonists.

The character was a harbinger of today’s “cougar” phenomenon — middle-aged women taking up with younger men in movies (“The Proposal”), on TV (ABC’s “Cougar Town”) and in real life (Hollywood couple Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher).

But Coolidge has done a lot since first playing “Stiffler’s Mom” more than 10 years ago.

She’s acted in the Christopher Guest comedies “Best in Show,” “A Mighty Wind” and “For Your Consideration”; had a supporting role in “Legally Blonde” and its sequel; and had guest roles on the TV programs “Sex in the City,” “Nip/Tuck” and “Friends.” She also had a regular spot on the “Friends” spin-off “Joey.”

Escape from L.A.
In the past few months, Coolidge has become a regular on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and appeared alongside Nicolas Cage in the film “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call, New Orleans.”

“I loved doing that — that was a really cool job,” Coolidge said, adding that Cage is one of her favorite actors.

Coolidge said the last couple of years have been among the most interesting of her career, letting her do the kind of work she hadn’t previously been able to pursue.
“When you live in L.A. and it really is almost a beautiful day every day, and you get on a show or you get into a routine, sometimes it really does seem like you’re living the same day over and over,” Coolidge said.

“This stand-up thing is so different for me: traveling around the country, going to these states I’ve never seen, staying in these hotels and interacting with people I would never get to hang out with. When you live in L.A., you have an isolated life — all I meet are actors and directors and people in the movie business or TV business.
“In other cities, you have to remember it isn’t about the film business,” Coolidge said.

“I’m meeting everybody, and it’s really cool. I have to say, I didn’t know it would be this cool.”

Brian Mackey can be reached at 747-9587.

World Actress News: “Ginnifer Goodwin” The Good Girl Goes Bad


Tarlet and Los Angeles social fixture Ginnifer Goodwin be a New York girl for now. Over the next three months, the actress and ballet fanatic is filming the romantic comedy “Something Borrowed” about Manhattan and the Hamptons.

On Tuesday night, Goodwin made what was likely one of many future party appearances when she cohosted a celebration for Vionnet at Saks Fifth Avenue with Ron Frasch, Matteo Marzotto and Virginia Smith. “I would be very happy to be their international spokesman,” Goodwin said of the brand, which custom made her vegan over-the-knee boots.

Combined with her cutout velvet dress, the overall effect was pretty spicy. Which may be appropriate considering her character in “Something Borrowed” is a woman who, as Goodwin puts it, “is schtupping her best friend’s fiancĂ©.” Kate Hudson plays said best friend, and John Krasinski stars as Goodwin’s confidante.

WWD got the first dish on the flick.

WWD: Tell me about your character, Rachel.
Ginnifer Goodwin: She’s a consummate good girl who has always defined herself by the things she would and wouldn’t do, and she finds herself doing something that’s always been on the “I do not do this” list. She’s trying to come to terms with that and decide if she follows her heart at the risk of ruining a 30-year friendship.

WWD: So what about her appealed to you?
G.G.: Well, I am fascinated that the author of the book [Emily Giffin, who wrote the novel on which the film is based] was able to make me root for this woman doing something that is so off of my own moral compass.

WWD: Did you try to imagine what you would go through, were you in the same situation?
G.G.: Yes, well, I relate to it only in that I certainly have made decisions in my adult life that I never thought I would make — in good ways and in terrible ways. I’ve certainly gone through periods where I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror because I was so ashamed of some of the decisions I was making. In that way, I was very eager to explore a character like this, who ultimately decides she will be a happier, healthier person if she continues along this path.

WWD: I would imagine most reporters will be asking you if you’ve ever screwed over your best friend.
G.G.: Oh, surely that is going to be our entire press junket. But I have to say I’m a consummate good girl.

WWD: Had you read the book before you got the part?
G.G.: I read and fell in love with the script. I have to preface this by saying, disclaimer, I’m not even a chick lit reader. I’m a high school reading list fan. I want my Jane Austen, my Charles Dickens and Harry Potter. I do read my fair share of “Harry Potter.”

WWD: What are you reading now?
G.G.: I just finished [the incredibly popular young adult fantasy trilogy] “The Hunger Games” and [the sequel] “Catching Fire.” Oh my gosh, obsessed. It’s about a postapocalyptic world where children are thrown into the arena to fight to the death. I finished that two days ago.

Bollywood Actress Priyanka Chopra: has a new boyfriend?

Priyanka Chopra has a new boyfriend

Priyanka Chopra, who is one of the leading actresses of Bollywood, has always been in the news for her off-screen relationships. She has been linked with Harman Baweja, Shahid Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor in the past. This, time she herself wrote something that caught our eyes.

“Off for an anonymous holiday with my bff.. Shoot got cancelled for a day!! Yay I love secrets.. Bye world!! C ya soon!!,” wrote the actress on the social networking site, Twitter.

Just as we were wondering who it could be, Priyanka posted, “Arre u guys... bff means best friends forever!!!,” putting an end to our speculative minds.

Well, we have to say Priyanka surely has the talent to keep her followers intrigued. That’s precisely the reason why she is one of the most popular celebrities on Twitter with 2,58,925 (and counting) followers. Way to go, PC!