Amy Poehler was interviewed by the Los Angeles Magazine the morning after the Oscars but the interview was published today to promote ‘Wine Country‘. Amongst many things, she talked about her love for Judge Judy (which she just gave an award to last night), rap battles, Galentine’s Day and much more. The interview is really funny and there’s a lot of different questions, so click the button below to read it!
The red carpet at the Oscars is always a cacophonous scene, what with bleachers full of bystanders shrieking at the famous people below. This year, though, there was a moment when the crowd managed to focus its attention: As Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Tina Fey glided in, the din reached a decibel level usually reserved for things like early-era Justin Bieber concerts, rendering all other celebrities present instantly insignificant (sorry, Henry Golding and Trevor Noah).
This is the power of Poehler et al.: They are an A-list clique whose brand of comedy says, “Yes, you can sit with us,” which has resulted in universal adoration. It’s a neat trick, but as Poehler would tell you, there are no smoke and mirrors involved. Her onscreen relationships—be they on SNL or Parks and Recreation—pulse with verisimilitude because they also happen to be her real-life relationships.
This is the secret sauce she brings to Netflix’s Wine Country (May 10), a movie about seven women who reunite in Napa for a 50th birthday. It’s Poehler’s directorial debut, and it stars a fantasy league of her SNL compatriots (Rudolph and Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Emily Spivey, and Rachel Dratch). “Often in film, women are fighting over a man or a job,” Poehler says. “I don’t see enough of the female friendships that are in my life—mine keep me sane.” The morning after the Oscars, we asked her to muse on rap battles, wine making, and her ultimate Galentine’s Day luncheon.
Amy Poehler made a surprise appearance at the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards tonight (May 5) in Pasadena, California. She was there to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to one of her heroes, Judge Judy! Our gallery has been updated with high-quality photos from the event and you can watch videos below.
Amy Poehler was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal to talk about ‘Wine Country‘, female friendships, her production company ‘Paper Kite’, being in charge, and much more. You can read the full article below!
In mid-career, Amy Poehler has just directed her first film, “Wine Country,” a comedy about six middle-aged women who take a trip to Napa to celebrate a 50th birthday. The story was inspired by birthday trips she has taken with friends. “It’s not like we got chased by a bear or picked up by a drug lord,” Ms. Poehler says. “I like exploring female friendship at this age.”
The women who play her friends in “Wine Country” are all alumnae of “Saturday Night Live”: Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer and writers Paula Pell and Emily Spivey. Tina Fey also appears in a smaller role in the film, which premieres on Netflix May 10.
For 20 years, Ms. Poehler’s performing career has had steady momentum, from “SNL,” to movies including “Baby Mama,” to the NBC television series “Parks and Recreation.” In 2001, she started a production company, Paper Kite—working with five other women, though not the ones in the movie—and lately has been doing more behind the camera than in front of it.
Amy and Maya are gracing the cover of the May issue of Parade magazine, where they talked about ‘Wine Country‘. Check out pictures in our gallery, watch a behind the scenes videos and read the full interview below!
It’s hard enough to plan a weekend getaway with friends—and even harder when those friends are moms. That’s why longtime pals Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph have only been on two trips together.
One was a jaunt to Palm Springs, California, where Rudolph was bitten by a black widow spider and EMTs needed to be called. The other was a gals’ getaway to wine country in California’s Napa Valley that Poehler, Rudolph and a few other fellow female Saturday Night Livealums took for Rachel Dratch’s 50th birthday three years ago.
And the minute they all got on the plane together, “it was simply right back where we left it, the last time we were together,” says Rudolph, 46. By the end of their trip, they’d had so many laughs, running jokes and robust conversations, they started bouncing around the idea of making a movie about it. The result: this month’s new Netflix film Wine Country (in select theaters May 8; streaming May 10), directed by Poehler, 47.