“Not Hosts” Tina Fey, Amy Poehler & Maya Rudolph Open the Oscars, Poke Fun At Awards Controversies & Nominees: Video

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Since the Kevin Hart debacle, when it became clear that the Oscars will have no host this year, ABC and The Academy zeroed in on securing a big-name musical act and A-list comedians to open the ceremony. They got them with Queen, which was ABC’s …

Oscars 2019: Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Best Jokes

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The Oscars were supposed to go hostless this year, but the first set of presenters — “Wine Country” director Amy Poehler and co-stars Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph — ended up delivering what seemed a lot like a traditional opening monologue.

After introducing the show, the trio of “Saturday Night Live” alums delivered a string of jokes poking fun at the confusion surrounding this year’s Oscars, including comparing since-reversed plans to award a Popular Film category and the Kevin hart hosting drama to Donald Trump’s promise that Mexico would pay for a border wall.

They also lightly razzed a few of the nominees, including “A Star Is Born” director Bradley Cooper and “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman.

Their performance followed the show’s true opening, a Queen medley and Freddie Mercury performed by the band’s surviving members and “American Idol” alum Adam Lambert.

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Read Rudolph, Fey and Poehler’s best jokes below:

“Good evening and welcome to the one millionth Academy Awards. We are not your hosts, but we’re going to stand here a little too long so the people who get USA Today tomorrow will think that we hosted.”

“Just a quick update for everybody in case you’re confused, there is no host tonight, there is no popular movie category, and Mexico is not paying for the wall.”

“We won’t be doing awards during the commercials, but we will be presenting commercials during the awards. So if all the winners could please say, ‘Helmann’s Mayonaisse, we’re on the side of food,’ instead of your speeches, that would be great.”

“Hey Chadwick Boseman, Wakanda plans you got later?”

“These Spanx are so tight, they’ve entered my Spider-Verse.”

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“Roma’s on Netflix, what’s next? My microwave makes a movie?”

“Don’t worry Bradley, after four kids, I too have peed myself at the Grammys.”

“Now everyone look under your seats, you’re all getting one of those cheese sandwiches from the Fyre Festival.”

“We’re here to present the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress, although in my experience, all actresses are outstanding supporting actresses because women naturally support each other. For example, I support both of you financially.” “And I hold your boobs while you jog.” “And, Tina, I dub all your dialogue internationally.”

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Who needs a host when the Oscars can open with Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, and Queen?

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In the lead-up to this year’s Oscars, the only story bigger than who might win the awards was the mountain of drama surrounding the Academy’s difficulty finding a host. Kevin Hart was happy to take the job when nobody else wanted it, but it turned out …

Awkwafina, Melissa McCarthy Rock Pantsuits at 2019 Oscars (Photos)

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The comedian went all black in her pantsuit, and added a ruffled shirt and embellished brooch to the ensemble.
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The “Crazy Rich Asians” actress made quite the statement with her sparkly pantsuit and giant bow.
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Amy Poehler to Direct Punk Rock Riot Grrrl Film ‘Moxie’ at Netflix

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Amy Poehler is going to rock out in her next film, planning to direct “Moxie,” a story about a teenager who discovers the feminist punk rock movement Riot Grrrl and leads a feminist revolution at her high school, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Poehler will direct the film for Netflix, which will be both her second directed-feature and also her second for Netflix following “Wine Country,” which is set to debut on the streamer this May.

Tamara Chestna wrote the screenplay based on Jennifer Mathieu’s novel of the same name. Poehler’s banner Paper Kite acquired the novel last year.

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“Moxie” tells the story of Viv Carter, a 16-year-old girl fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment and gross comments from guys and the belief that the football team can do no wrong. But when she discovers that her mom was once in a tough-as-nails Riot Grrrl band in the ’90s, Viv createsa a feminist zine and eventually starts a movement in her school once other girls respond.

“‘Moxie’ kicks ass. It’s a sweet, funny and fierce exploration of how a few young women band together and start a movement. Read this and then join the fight,” Poehler said about the book in its promotional materials.

Riot Grrrl was a movement of underground, feminist punk rock that grew in the late ’80s and early ’90s behind bands like Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill, Bratmobile and L7.

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Poehler also stars in her next film “Wine Country” alongside Maya Rudolph, Maya Erskine, Tina Fey, Jason Schwartzman and more. Her Paper Kite is also behind the Netflix hit show “Russian Doll.”

Poehler and Paper Kite are repped by WME and 3 Arts Entertainment. Chestna is repped by Verve, Industry and Felker Toczek.

Deadline was first to report.

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Netflix’s ‘Russian Doll’ Trailer: Natasha Lyonne’s Stuck in a Deadly – But Hilarious – Loop (Video)

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Is there a limit to the number of insane ways one person can die? Natasha Lyonne attempts to find out in the first trailer for Netflix’s new comedy, “Russian Doll,” from co-creators Lyonne, Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland.

Starring the “Orange Is the New Black” alum, who also serves as writer on the series, alongside “Bachelorette” writer-director Headland, the eight-episode series follows a young woman named Nadia (Lyonne) on her journey as the guest of honor at a seemingly inescapable party in New York.

And based on the two-minute preview that the streamer dropped Wednesday, when we say “inescapable,” we mean it looks like Nadia can’t get out of this shindig alive — no matter how hard she tries. She’s seemingly stuck in a loop where she goes to the bash, dies in bizarre some way, wakes up, and does it all over again — unable to figure out what is happening to her or how she might exit more safely next time. (Please don’t try the stairs one more time, we beg of you.)

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Along with Lyonne, the cast includes Greta Lee, Yul Vazquez, Elizabeth Ashley and Charlie Barnett. Guest stars include Chloë Sevigny, Lyonne’s “OITNB” co-star Dascha Polanco, Brendan Sexton III, Rebecca Henderson, Jeremy Lowell Bobb, Ritesh Rajan and Jocelyn Bioh.

Poehler, Lyonne and Headland all serve as executive producers on the project, which hails from Universal Television, Poehler’s Paper Kite Productions, JAX Media and 3 Arts Entertainment. Jamie Babbit, Headland and Lyonne direct.

Watch the trailer above.

“Russian Doll” launches Feb. 1 on Netflix.

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‘Russian Doll’ Trailer: Natasha Lyonne Relives Death On An Endless Loop In Netflix Comedy

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‘Russian Doll’: Premiere Date & First-Look Photos For Netflix’s Natasha Lyonne Comedy

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Natasha Lyonne Comedy ‘Russian Doll’ Gets Premiere Date From Netflix

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Netflix has given a premiere date to the comedy “Russian Doll,” from co-creators Amy Poehler, Leslye Headland and “Orange Is the New Black” alum Natasha Lyonne.

Starring Lyonne, who also serves as writer on the series alongside “Bachelorette” writer-director Headland, “Russian Doll” follows a young woman named Nadia on her journey as the guest of honor at a seemingly inescapable party one night in New York.

The eight-episode series will debut on Feb. 1, the streamer announced Friday.

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Greta Lee, Yul Vazquez, Elizabeth Ashley and Charlie Barnett will also star. Guest stars include Chloë Sevigny, Lyonne’s “OITNB” co-star Dascha Polanco, Brendan Sexton III, Rebecca Henderson, Jeremy Lowell Bobb, Ritesh Rajan and Jocelyn Bioh.

Poehler, Lyonne and Headland all serve as executive producers on the project, which hails from Universal Television, Poehler’s Paper Kite Productions, JAX Media and 3 Arts Entertainment. Jamie Babbit, Headland and Lyonne direct.

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5 Things You May Have Missed in Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ Video

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On Friday, Ariana Grande blessed her fans with the music video for her latest single “Thank U, Next.” The video pays tribute to classic films like “Mean Girls,” “Bring It On” and “Legally Blonde.”

“Thank U, Next” already has 500,000 views in the first two hours of being uploaded to Youtube. That’s partly due to all that’s going on in those five minutes. To make things easy, TheWrap has broken down everything you may have missed while you blacked out from excitement.

Kris Jenner does her best Amy Poehler

Jenner makes an appearance during the “Mean Girls”-inspired Christmas show while Grande and co. dance on stage. Like Poehler in the movie, Jenner is having a little too much fun with that camcorder.

Singer Troyé Sivan gets bullied

Sivan, who starred in the new movie “Boy Erased,” plays one of the high school students gossiping about Grande in the beginning of the video. “I heard she’s a lesbian now and dating some chick called Aubrey. It’s fucking sick,” he confesses to the camera.  Sivan is later shoved by Grande as she struts through the school hallway. Ugh, so fetch!

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“Pete, I Love You Always” is written in her scrapbook. 

When the music finally kicks in during the beginning of the video, you can see Grande scribbling in her scrapbook. Look closely and you can see a direct reference to ex-fiancé and SNL star Pete Davidson.

That’s not the only heart you can see on the page. A heart for a “Ricky,” for her ex and back-up dancer Ricky Alvarez, can also be seen in red marker too.

Ariana gets her packages shipped by “BDE” 

Earlier this year, right around the news that Davidson and Grande were dating, Grande made a comment on Twitter about Davidson’s penis size. Twitter took this and ran with it, coming up with the term BDE (it stands for big, uh do we need to say it, energy) to describe a man with a cool vibe who also might be well endowed.

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Toward the later half of the music video Grande is at a salon, recreating a scene in “Legally Blonde.” She confesses to the lady in front of her Paulette that her ex was “really big.” The person she’s talking to is actress Jennifer Coolidge, who is in not in one but two classic turn-of-the-century movies, “Legally Blonde” and “American Pie.”

Paulette either didn’t get the message or has a really weird way analogy for male genitalia, because she tells her she dated a guy once with a really big “front tooth.” Um, okay then.

But the bigger (no pun intended) nod to BDE comes when someone who is dressed like a UPS driver starts dancing in the salon toward the very end of the film. The man actually has a “BDE” on his shirt where the UPS would be. Very clever.

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Many, many more merry cameos

Grande has friends in all the right places. Not only does Sivan and Jenner show up for “Thank U, Next,” but many of Grande’s former co-stars on Nickelodeon’s “Victorious” and actors from some of the movies she pays tribute to show up to the party.

The obvious ones are Coolidge of “Legally Blonde” and Aaron Samuels of “Mean Girls,” but you’ll also see former “Victorious” actresses Elizabeth Gillies and Daniella Monet, and actor Matt Bennett playing Grande’s boyfriend in a scene.

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17 Stars Who Flexed Their Right to Vote in the Midterm Elections, From Taylor Swift to Justin Timberlake

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Show-business notables including Jeff Goldblum and Mindy Kaling took time out from their entertainment duties on Tuesday to cast their votes in the midterm elections, and to encourage others to do the same.

From tweets boasting poll selfies to the classic “I Voted” sticker pose, these stars have shared their voting status and their reasons to vote.

Posing in a suave black leather jacket and hat, actor Jeff Goldblum proudly wore his “I Voted” sticker on Instagram. In his post caption, Goldblum included an inspirational quote from the fictional President Thomas J. Whitmore from the 1996 film “Independence Day.”

Though “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon lost to fellow Democrat Andrew Cuomo for the New York gubernatorial race in the November primaries, she still voted “because the patriarchy isn’t going to dismantle itself.”

#IVoted because the patriarchy isn’t going to dismantle itself pic.twitter.com/A7e6sdurwC

— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) November 6, 2018

In a short Twitter video, Zendaya showed off her sticker, asking followers if they’ve also fulfilled their civic duty.

I voted, you? pic.twitter.com/ZBPIBytYyx

— Zendaya (@Zendaya) November 5, 2018

Comedian John Mulaney, known for stand-up specials like “The Comeback Kid,” stood alongside his wife Annamarie Tendler in an Instagram post showing off their “I Voted” stickers.

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We voted! And we agreed on this photo!

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Reese Witherspoon proudly sported her “I Voted” sticker.

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I Voted! ???????? How about you?!

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“Jack Ryan” star John Krasinski and Emily Blunt shared a quick picture of their absentee ballots on Instagram with the simple caption, “#Vote.”

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#Vote

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Seth Meyers Instagrammed this post-voting pic with his wife and son. Though his son though they were going to a “boat” instead of vote, the family was all smiles.

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Kerry Washington shared on Instagram a message saying voting felt “soooooo good.”

Amy Poehler sported her “I Voted” sticker in an in-your-face fashion for this round of elections.

“I just voted. Get out there New York, vote today!” – #AmyPoehler#ElectionDay #GoVote #IVoted #VoteToday #MidtermElections2018 pic.twitter.com/sJbyoR6MWg

— AmyPoehlerSmartGirls (@smrtgrls) November 6, 2018

Justin Timberlake threw up deuces with his absentee mail ballot.

Taylor Swift, once politically elusive, also shared a message on her Instagram story: “I promise it feels so wonderful to exercise that right that you have.”

Voting is still voting even if it’s two days before election day. Camila Cabello boasted not one, but TWO “I Voted” stickers after voting early.

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I JUST VOTED IN MY STATE OF FLORIDA!!!!!!!! ELECTION DAY IS NOVEMBER 6 AND EARLY VOTING GOES TO NOVEMBER 4. GO TO VOTE.ORG TO FIND YOUR NEAREST POLLING PLACE, THIS WEBSITE’S INFORMATION IS SO CLEAR AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND. I AM SORRY FOR THE CAPITALS, I JUST FEEL REALLY EXCITED THAT I JUST VOTED BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE IM TAKING MY FRUSTRATION AT THE INJUSTICES THAT HAPPEN IN OUR COUNTRY AND TURNING IT INTO ACTION!!! EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US CAN TURN THOSE FEELINGS INTO ACTION WHEN WE SHOW UP TO VOTE. ONE VOTE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WE CAN CONTRIBUTE AND HELP WRITE THE STORY OF OUR COUNTRY JUST BY TAKING A FEW MINUTES OUT OF OUR DAY TO VOTE!!! ALSO ITS MY GRANDMAS FIRST TIME VOTING IN THE UNITED STATES AND SHE DID HER RESEARCH AND PREPARED HERSELF AND WE ARE ALL FEELING SO GOOD !!! LETS. GOOOO. LETS VOTE! VOTE.ORG.

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W. Kamau Bell posed with his official vote-by-mail ballot.

Hold onto your butts! #IVoted #ElectionDay pic.twitter.com/JOSVJ1dv5q

— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) November 6, 2018

Even an ocean away from her New York home, Madonna managed to vote in the midterms.

Just Do It! ???????????? ! I Just Did From Across the Ocean!! ???? People Do your part!! We Got This!! ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? #vote pic.twitter.com/fMcwL342Iw

— Madonna (@Madonna) November 6, 2018

Mindy Kaling thanked the 14th and 19th Amendments for giving her the chance to vote.

Musician Conor Oberst posed in front of the polls in a Tuesday Tweet. “Hope lives,” added Oberst to his Tweet.

Please go vote! Preferably against all Trump allies complicit in his Racist, Misogynist, Xenophobic, Homophobic, Transphobic and all around fear based agenda. Hope lives! ???????? ???? ???? pic.twitter.com/vzCm6laAKO

— Conor Oberst (@conoroberst) November 6, 2018

And for those of you who are still questioning whether your vote truly matters, Jennifer Garner had a message for you.

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Every #vote counts. ????????

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