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Friends Since Childhood: Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and More | Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling

Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and More Celebs Who Have Been Friends Since They Were Kids

Originally posted 08/03/2014 07:00AM

If you're a Hollywood star, your childhood friends usually have a limited number of roles available to play. They can be a loyal sidekick, your crew's comical mascot, or maybe the personal assistant who will eventually take you down in a bloodless celebrity coup.

But for a lucky few stars, the people they grew up with became celebrities themselves, with their own fans, their own love interests and their own trending topics.

It must be a welcome surprise. After all, it's lonely at the top, but it's a little less lonely when your childhood friends are there, too.

In honor of International Friendship Day – commonly celebrated on the first Sunday in August – we're rounding up the celeb pairs who have known each other since before they were famous.

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And They Sing, Too: Celebs with Surprise Musical Pasts | Catherine Zeta-Jones, Russell Crowe

And They Sing, Too: Celebs with Surprise Musical Pasts

Originally posted 06/20/2014 03:00PM

Fans of Orange Is the New Black surely remember the scene at the end of the first season in which seemingly mute Norma (Annie Golden) breaks her silence by singing. Golden's sweet voice surprised viewers, and they might be just as shocked to learn that the actress has a history as a singer.

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SNL Season Finale Recap: The Return of Andy Samberg … And Many Others

Originally posted 05/18/2014 10:00AM

Saturday Night Live generally keeps its departed cast members close, unless you've done something to really offend the show. So having Golden Globe winner and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg on to host the last episode of the show's season wasn't a stretch, though the parade of alumni the show brought out at different points felt appropriately momentous for a season-closer.

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Amy Poehler: Female Friends Will Outlast the Men in Your Life

Amy Poehler: Female Friends Will Outlast the Men in Your Life

Originally posted 02/06/2014 08:45AM

It's no surprise to hear that Amy Poehler is all about girl power.

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6 Things to Know About SNL's Newest Cast Member Sasheer Zamata

6 Things to Know About Sasheer Zamata, Saturday Night Live's Newest Cast Member

Originally posted 01/08/2014 11:55AM

After its lack of diversity became a social-media talking point and topic for criticism, Saturday Night Live officially hired comedian Sasheer Zamata on Monday.

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SNL Is Casting at Least One Female African-American – Within Weeks

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Saturday Night Live Is Casting at Least One Female African-American

Originally posted 12/13/2013 12:30PM

Saturday Night Live plans to add one or two black female performers to its cast as soon as January.

A representative for the NBC sketch-comedy show on Thursday confirmed reports it's answering complaints about its lack of diversity by staging showcases to choose at least one black female cast member and to hire her within weeks.

In recent weeks, the show has seen two-dozen candidates in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

The New York Times reported that a special audition for seven or eight finalists will be held Monday on the SNL stage in Manhattan.

It's "100 percent good for the show to have an African-American woman" in its ranks, executive producer Lorne Michaels told The Times.

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VIDEO: Kerry Washington Hosts SNL, Satirizing Its Diversity Issue

Kerry Washington Hosts SNL, Satirizing Its Diversity Issue – See Video

Originally posted 11/03/2013 08:00AM

In a week that saw Saturday Night Live come under the microscope of The New York Times for the program's lack of diversity, specifically where black women cast members were concerned, the show cold-opened Saturday night with a skit starring guest host Kerry Washington, satirizing the situation – and even culminating with a pre-"Live from New York, It's Saturday Night" announcement from the Rev. Al Sharpton.

"What have we learned from this sketch?" Sharpton said, speaking directly to the camera. "As usual, nothing."

In the course of the sketch, the Scandal star played Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey (rather broadly) but drew the line when the name Beyoncé came up.

But the relevant topic was touched upon head on, although mock-seriously.

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Pregnant Maya Rudolph's Family Is Turning Into The Waltons | Maya Rudolph

Pregnant Maya Rudolph's Family Is Turning Into The Waltons

Originally posted 04/18/2013 06:00AM

"This will be number four. This is like a modern-day version at this point," the expectant actress jokes

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Check Out Pregnant Maya Rudolph's Undercover Bump | Maya Rudolph

Check Out Pregnant Maya Rudolph's Undercover Bump

Originally posted 02/20/2013 03:30PM

The Up All Night star kept her growing belly under wraps at an event Tuesday evening

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Maya Rudolph Expecting Fourth Child: Report | Maya Rudolph

Maya Rudolph Expecting Fourth Child: Report

Originally posted 02/19/2013 04:00PM

The Up All Night star and director Paul Thomas Anderson will welcome another baby later this year

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