04:23 PM EDT 08/29/2014
Originally posted 07/06/2013 03:05PM
At 24, Matthew Perry landed a role that would utterly change his life – and help define a generation: Chandler Bing on Friends.
Along with his five castmates, his face was suddenly on everything from calendars to coffee mugs, and his salary ballooned to $1 million an episode. As his sardonic alter ego might have put it, "Could he be any more famous?"
But behind the scenes, Perry struggled with a serious alcohol problem. Then, after a 1997 Jet Ski accident, a doctor prescribed him Vicodin and said, "'Here, take this.' I did, and I felt better than I ever felt in my entire life," Perry says. "I had a big problem with pills and alcohol, and I couldn't stop."
Originally posted 05/22/2013 11:30AM
A little too friendly?
That was the scene for Jennifer Aniston when she sought some impromptu hosting advice from her former Friends costar Matthew Perry in a funny new skit to promote her Wednesday gig as co-host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
In the clip (watch it below), Aniston knocks Perry's door to get some tips from her former castmate, who also has co-hosted the show.
"We haven't actually seen each other in like a really long time, 8 years. ... You really should have called," said a nervous Perry, who looked on sheepishly as their mutual pal and former costar Courteney Cox emerges from his house after an obvious sleepover.
Originally posted 04/30/2013 06:00AM
The cast of Friends isn't reuniting on the small screen, but Courteney Cox and former costar, Lisa Kudrow, held a little reunion of their own on Thursday night.
Making their way to P.S. Arts' LA Modernism Show at the Baker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., the ladies shared a hug when Kudrow – who came with hubby Michel Stern – found Cox in the crowd, an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
The hug seemed "obviously genuine," the source says. "After talking for a few minutes, Lisa got really excited and tapped Courteney on the shoulder and said, 'Look, my sister's over there!' Then they walked over to see her sister, who it appeared Courteney was also very close with."
Originally posted 07/03/2012 01:15PM
Great TV show theme songs have a tendency to sneak up on you when you least expect it. Often times, you'll find yourself humming one while taking a shower or walking down the street – and soon enough it'll be stuck in your head for the entire rest of the day!
But that's what makes a theme great. It worms its way into your brain and stays there for as long as you can remember, just like a decent Top 40 hit. Sometimes, if it's good enough, it'll even stick around after a show has ended.
Originally posted 02/23/2012 01:15PM
Pop quiz: What annual awards show airs this Sunday night? If you're as into the Oscars as we are, you likely just yawned and said, "Easiest. Question. Ever." And you'd be right.
Now, let's try a few more challenging questions. Which of the current crop of Best Actress hopefuls honeymooned at George Clooney's Italian villa? The Help's Jessica Chastain earned a scholarship to Julliard funded by which Oscar-winning comedian? War Horse composer John Williams's son sang for which classic rock band?
Originally posted 06/07/2011 01:15PM
Courteney Cox has a secret to tell. All those years when Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow were racking up the Emmy nominations for Friends, and Cox was left out? Yeah, that was a little painful.
"The only time I was like, 'Whoa!' was [in 2001, when Kudrow and Aniston] were both nominated and not me. That's when it's like, 'I have a lesson to learn here,' " Cox, 46, tells TVLine. "I had a hard time not taking it personally when it was both Lisa and Jennifer at the same time … Both girls and not me? It hurt. I'm very sensitive, though."
In all, Kudrow earned six nominations for Friends, Aniston five. They both won once.
Meanwhile, Cox, who now stars on Cougar Town, will have another shot at exorcising those old demons when the 2011 Emmy nominations are announced July 14.
Originally posted 06/09/2010 03:30PM
Those seeking a body like Jennifer Aniston's should perhaps take a nutrition lesson from Courteney Cox. The Cougar Town star says that for an entire decade she took meal cues from her Friends bestie.
"Jennifer and Lisa [Kudrow] and I ate lunch together every single day for 10 years," Cox, 45, tells the Los Angeles Times. "We always had the same thing – a Cobb salad. But it wasn't really a Cobb salad. It was a Cobb salad that Jennifer doctored up with turkey bacon and garbanzo beans and I don't know what. She has a way with food, which really helps."
Originally posted 07/15/2004 09:00AM
Friends went out with a whimper, not a bang, in the 56th annual Emmy nominations, announced Thursday.
Originally posted 05/13/2004 03:00PM
Just four months before Friends debuted on NBC in September 1994, an internal research report gave the fledgling sitcom – which would go on to become one of the most popular shows of the decade and a financial pillar of the network – a less-than-passing grade, PEOPLE reports in its new issue.
Originally posted 05/07/2004 9:00AM
Ross and Rachel got each other, Chandler and Monica got twins, Phoebe and Michael got the idea to start a big family and Joey will move to L.A. – for his own spinoff series next fall.
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