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ABC's Fall TV Shows to Feature Monster Enemies – and Monster Laughs | Jimmy Kimmel

ABC Upfronts Bring Monster Enemies and Monster Laughs

Originally posted 05/15/2013 10:10AM

ABC’s upfront Tuesday afternoon was an upbeat affair – not all upfronts are – with shoutouts to breakout hit Scandal and its star, Kerry Washington; to late-night host Jimmy Kimmel; and to now destined-to-retire Barbara Walters.

Kimmel, as is traditional, did a few minutes' worth of jokes at the expense of the other networks (he referred to CBS as "smug @#%&!!!!s") and his own: He suggested that Splash, the diving-celeb reality show, should be replaced by one with an empty pool. To be called Splat.

The clips introducing new shows were, on balance, pretty promising. These are the ones that struck my television tuning fork and filled me with anticipatory vibrations:

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Bridesmaids's Chris O'Dowd Gets Married

Chris O'Dowd Marries Dawn Porter

Originally posted 09/06/2012 08:55AM

He won moviegoers' hearts as Kristen Wiig's love interest in Bridesmaids. And now, Chris O'Dowd has a beautiful bride of his own.

The Irish actor and current Girls guest star, 32, got married Aug. 26 to the British TV presenter Dawn Porter in a three-day party that culminated with a low-key backyard exchange of vows.

"Just married!!!!" O'Dowd Tweeted after the ceremony, along with a photo of himself and Porter, 33, sporting matching full-body sweatsuits.

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Hunger Games vs. Bridesmaids: Who Will Win Big at MTV Movie Awards?

MTV Movie Awards: Hunger Games and Bridesmaids Lead Nominations

Originally posted 05/01/2012 10:30AM

In her role as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence takes on blood-thirsty mutts and killer bees (not to mention the expert Careers with killer instincts and good looks).

But can she take on the funny ladies of Bridesmaids?

Her bow and arrow won't help her much when her film goes head-to-head with the ensemble comedy at this year's MTV Movie Awards, where both The Hunger Games and Bridesmaids are nominated eight times (for movie of the year, best cast and breakthrough performance, among other categories).

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Melissa McCarthy Will Try Not to Swear at Glenn Close at Oscars | Glenn Close, Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy Will Try Not to Swear at Glenn Close at Oscars

Originally posted 01/24/2012 02:30PM

Melissa McCarthy wants a second chance to make a good impression on Glenn Close.

The newly-minted Best Supporting Actress nominee joked that she'll be thinking more carefully about what to say to the Albert Nobbs star – a Best Actress nominee at this year's Oscars – should they cross paths again at the ceremony.

"I hope I can figure out something else to say to Glenn Close other than 'Holy s––– you're Glenn Close,' " McCarthy told PEOPLE after getting her Oscar news Tuesday morning. "I just think she makes beautiful, smart, perfect decisions in her characters and roles she plays. She looms very large to me."

The Bridesmaids star, who won an Emmy earlier this year for Mike & Molly, admits she was flustered when she first encountered Close at the Golden Globes but is planning ahead for Oscar night.

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Bridesmaids Actor Chris O'Dowd Is Engaged

Bridesmaids Actor Chris O'Dowd Is Engaged

Originally posted 12/30/2011 09:50AM

He played the sweet policeman who wooed Kristin Wiig in Bridesmaids, and now Chris O'Dowd is planning to tie the knot with his real-life girlfriend, British TV personality Dawn Porter.

The Irish actor, 32, proposed the day after Christmas, while the couple were on vacation in Guernsey, an island in the English Channel.

"I guess he liked it, coz he put a ring on it. #engaged," Porter, also 32, Tweeted Thursday.

"I'm so bored of all this happiness and sex. I'm getting married," O'Dowd quipped via Twitter the same day, later describing himself as a "very happy & lucky boy."

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Why Judd Apatow Didn't Share His Golden Globe News | Judd Apatow

Judd Apatow: Why I Didn't Share My Golden Globe News

Originally posted 12/18/2011 05:30PM

After working on Bridesmaids for "half a decade," Judd Apatow had every right to be proud that the movie he produced was nominated for a Golden Globe.

But despite calling the acknowledgment a "very exciting thrill," Apatow, 44, held back when it came to boasting about the feat to his family.

"Today was my daughter Maude's 14th birthday, so I didn't tell anyone in my family about the nomination," the doting dad told PEOPLE shortly after nominations were announced Thursday. "I didn't want to distract from our morning festivities. I thought it would be rude to make it all about me."

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George Clooney, Ryan Gosling Lead Golden Globe Nominations | Ricky Gervais

George Clooney, Ryan Gosling Lead Golden Globe Nominations

Originally posted 12/15/2011 08:45AM

Ricky Gervais, start sharpening your tongue – the Golden Globes are off and running.

Among those in the spotlight thanks to Thursday's nominations: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Michelle Williams, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Tilda Swinton, Jodie Foster, Kristen Wiig, Viola Davis, Meryl Streep and Glenn Close.

Also in the running in the leading categories are Modern Family, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey and Homeland, among others.

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The Office's Ellie Kemper Is Engaged | Ellie Kemper

Ellie Kemper Is Engaged

Originally posted 12/08/2011 01:00PM

It looks like Ellie Kemper will need some Bridesmaids of her own.

The actress, 31, who starred in the hit comedy earlier this year, is engaged to Michael Koman, her boyfriend of a few years, she confirmed to Conan O'Brien on Conan Wednesday night.

"I want to mention something," O'Brien said to Kemper, who also has a supporting role on The Office as Erin Hannon. "It's sort of a big deal around this office. You got engaged."

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Melissa McCarthy: Motherhood Helped Me Accept My Looks | Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy: Motherhood Helped Me Accept My Looks

Originally posted 09/29/2011 10:00AM

Melissa McCarthy is no longer just a bridesmaid. She's the bride.

The Mike & Molly Emmy winner and Bridesmaids scene-stealer has some big plans on her plate – from launching her own plus-size fashion line to getting hockey's prized Stanley Cup (for a movie) – during what is already a stellar year for her.

But none of her professional plans can top her favorite pastime, being mom to her two daughters with actor-husband Ben Falcone: Vivian, 4, and Georgette, 1½. McCarthy tells the Hollywood Reporter that being a mother actually helps her feel less insecure about her looks.

"The stupid stuff like what I wear or how I look I can't control, so I just try not to give too much energy to it," she says, calling her body a work in progress after giving birth to Georgette. "At 20, I would have been like: 'Don't they like me? Was it my hair?' At 41, I think the things that define me, I hope, are a lot more than those kinds of petty things." 



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5 Things to Know About Bridesmaids's Chris O'Dowd

5 Things to Know About Bridesmaids's Chris O'Dowd

Originally posted 05/31/2011 10:30AM

Bridesmaids has won over audiences, as has its surprising leading man.

Chris O'Dowd plays Kristen Wiig's love interest, Officer Rhodes, in the hit comedy, which has turned the Irish actor into a breakout star – and reluctant sex symbol. While the 31-year-old is overjoyed by the success of the movie, he's still getting used to all his newfound female fans.  

1. He's shocked by his sex symbol status
Audiences – particularly women – have been falling in love with O'Dowd. Many of his Twitter followers have been expressing their affection for the actor, even going so far as to Tweet marriage proposals. O'Dowd, who has a girlfriend, is baffled by all the attention. "I find it a little ridiculous … particularly women finding me attractive is a new sensation," he said recently on Conan.  

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