Happy New Year! Apparently a fun new year activity for many Gawker readers is uploading pictures of famous people from their yearbooks or Google Images. Therefore, we have compiled yet another compendium of all-star yearbook photos for you to peruse. Look at all these shining little faces before they made it big. Some of them look the same because they only graduated high school two years ago. Lol.
At some point in their lives, most young women have to decide whether to become an internationally renowned women's rights activist or star in their own primetime sitcom. Unless they look sufficiently ethnic-y, that is, in which case they're free to take credit for both. That's the lesson Mindy Kaling learned earlier this month at the New Yorker Festival, where "a tipsy man in his 80s" mistook the comedian for Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.
It wouldn't be the Emmys without someone getting snubbed, but at least most Emmy hopefuls get to decide where they'll be when they find out whether they got the nomination. "Fucking Indian woman who has her own fucking network television show" Mindy Kaling co-hosted this year's noms, so she had to remain on stage and keep reading announcements after she was passed over for Lead Actress in a Comedy.
Whitney Cummings' new E! talk show, Love You, Mean It, debuted last night and her first guest was Mindy Kaling. They gnawed the air at each other, swapped compliments and said "like" collectively over 40 times. I strung together all of the latter instances for the reel above. Many of us are guilty of this, myself included. Every time I catch myself doing this, I grind my teeth and one day soon I won't have any teeth and pronouncing a word like "like" will approach impossibility. I'm just saying, like, let's all be more aware of it.
Emmy-nominated writer and actress Mindy Kaling (of The Office fame) and curator of a celebrated Twitter feed (@mindykaling), has written a book. It came out yesterday. You may have encountered an excerpt from it in the New Yorker, or seen a cool-looking person reading it on the subway. It's not titled "There Has Ceased to Be a Difference Between My Awake Clothes and My Asleep Clothes" (though that one made the shortlist, according to MK herself). Instead, she settled on Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).
Can't say we blame Mindy for breaking while filming scenes with Will Ferrell. So what does she channel to fight off the giggles? An awful YouTube video of a woman throwing a cat into a bag and then a river.
Socialite Fabiola Beracasa turns 33 today. Model Petra Nemcova is turning 30. Former New York Governor George Pataki is 64. Former labor secretary Robert Reich turns 63. Actress Minka Kelly is 29. Beyonce's kid sister, Solange Knowles, is 23. Longtime newspaper columnist and author Pete Hamill is turning 74. Actress Sherry Stringfield is 42. Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood is 62. And The Office's Mindy Kaling turns 30 today.
Our hearts go out today to Mindy Kaling, the Office co-writer/producer/star who last night confronted the indignity of Indian-American typecasting in a wrenching appearance on Letterman. That said, to the extent we acknowledge her Emmy-nominated prime-time offerings over the last few years, we also think it best for everyone's sake that her call-center appearance in Baby Mama — complete with accent admittedly lifted from The Simpsons' Apu — found its way to history's dustbin with no more damage than it caused during last night's broadcast. We guess we can all laugh about it now, but hear the full, traumatizing story after the jump. Stay strong, Mindy. [CBS]
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