Jennifer Westfeldt
Actress, screenwriter
Jennifer Westfeldt
Jennifer Westfeldt is an American actress and screenwriter known for the 2001 hit independent film Kissing Jessica Stein, her 2004 Tony nomination for Wonderful Town, and her 2012 film Friends with Kids.
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Annette Bening: Honored at New York Stage & Film Gala/ Mother Writ-Large in Mike Mills' Twentieth Century Women
Huffington Post - 3 months
"If I were a woman," Rob Reiner said in a video of congratulatory messages for Annette Bening at the Plaza Hotel where this sublime actress was feted at the New York Stage & Film Gala, "I'd be jealous." Even those of us attending, with so many who worked with her or want to work with her, including Billy Crudup, John Patrick Shanley, Peter Gallagher, Julianne Marguiles, Jennifer Westfeldt, Greta Gerwig, a who's who of stage, television, and screen including her co-honoree David Rockwell, admired Bening's stellar career on stage and in movies-- some favorites include American Beauty, The Grifters, and The Kids are All Right. Next up she is Irina in Chekhov's The Seagull. With her husband Warren Beatty who was also present, she is Hollywood royalty. But to hear her speak, she's all about the work, and incredibly grounded. The next day at Bistro Milano, Bening joined Greta Gerwig and Mike Mills, her director in the new movie Twentieth Century Women, for a panel discussion. As was hi ...
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Bill Pullman Honored at the New York Stage and Film Gala: It's Good to Be King
Huffington Post - over 1 year
On screen, Bill Pullman is that guy, rarely first choice for the girl, but you spend a lot of watching wondering exactly why not: see Sleepless in Seattle, or While You Were Sleeping; he comes late, back from the war, in the movie A League of Their Own, and Geena Davis leaves baseball for his shy winsome character. Perfect for the romantic comedy genre, Bill Pullman was also a brilliant fit for David Lynch in his Lost Highway, an observation made by Greil Marcus in his The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice, in which he could trace the American landscape across Bill Pullman's face: "I always saw something in his eyes," Marcus quotes Lynch, and it's that quality that makes him a tender American icon on film. And theater, too. Most memorable for me was seeing him in Edward Albee's Sylvia, or The Goat, in which he has to tell his wife that he is in love with another, eh, female, that is, eh, another species -- eh, a goat. Last week at the Plaza, in front of a cr ...
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5 Perfect Quotes From HBO's 'Girls' Season 3, Episode 5
The Huffington Post - about 3 years
Here at HuffPost Women, one of the things we love most about Lena Dunham's HBO show, "Girls," is the incisive, witty and hilarious dialogue that Dunham and the rest of her writing team come up with every week. So instead of simply recapping Season 3, we decided to pick five quotable gems from each episode. Episode 5: "Only Child" Any emotional capital Hannah earned at the end of last week's episode was pretty much obliterated this week. In perhaps our favorite cameo so far, Jennifer Westfeldt plays the grieving wife of Hannah's presumed-gay (and definitely deceased) editor, David. His widow accidentally reveals to Hannah that her book probably won't come out. "My book is dead?" she exclaims -- yes, at a funeral. Meanwhile, Ray's invective-turned-seduction leads to an awkward, tabletop hook-up with Marnie. Another publisher offers to print Hannah's memoir in a hilarious exchange between a high-powered female publisher and her hapless assistant. But what would our favorite m ...
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HBO's 'Girls' Adds 'Spider Man 2's' Felicity Jones
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Jethro Nededog LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - elicity Jones ("The Amazing Spider Man 3," "Like Crazy") and Richard E. Grant ("The Iron Lady," "Gosford Park") will appear on the third season of HBO's "Girls," a network representative told TheWrap. Director Jesse Peretz broke the news on Twitter. The HBO rep did not provide information on the actors' characters. Jones and Grant join Season 3 additions "Boardwalk Empire's" Michael Zegen and "Friends With Kids" actress Jennifer Westfeldt. In April, series regular Christopher Abbott announced he was exiting the series after Season 2. ...
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Are The 'Girls' Finally Coming Into Some Money?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The ladies of "Girls" are many things, but financially stable isn't one of them. But according to "Girls" writer-executive producer Jenni Konner, their money troubles may be less of a problem come Season 3. "This year, there is a ... focus on financial stability," Konner told The Wall Street Journal. "I can’t say much more. It’s an age thing. There’s only so long you can say you just graduated college." Konner's words come as a relief to "Girls" viewers, who have watched Hannah (Lena Dunham) struggle to pay the bills as a barista and e-book writer, Marnie (Allison Williams) lose her job at an art gallery only to become a hostess, Jessa (Jemima Kirke) wander aimlessly around the globe and live off her now-ex-husband, and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) live off her (presumably wealthy) parents. So what else can viewers expect from Season 3? Although the show lost series regular Christopher Abbott (Charlie), it will see a slew of new guest stars including Jennifer Westfel ...
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Steven Suskin: Aisle View: Exploring the Empire, with Laughs
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Seriously demented fun is on display at The Explorers Club. That is, the new play by Nell Benjamin at the Manhattan Theatre Club's Stage 1 at City Center. Benjamin -- best known hereabouts as co-composer/lyricist of Legally Blonde -- has set her tale in one of those scientific gentleman's clubs of the Victorian Era, similar to the Royal Geographical Society. But a second-tier club, very much outclassed by its superiors. Lucius Fretway, our hero, is a botanist; he has just discovered a new species -- Phyllida venusti, he calls it -- which when smoked causes euphoria and happiness. (Fretway rolls cigars from the leaves, and yes -- the Explorers do inhale.) Professor Cope is a herpetologist who has discovered an especially poisonous cobra, Professor Walling a zoologist who has documented the intellectual abilities of the guinea pig. His experiments have proven that the critters can teach themselves to open the latches on their cages. Only now he can't find them. Pro ...
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Scott Porch: Hot in Hollywood: Producer Lynda Obst on Tentpoles, Tadpoles and TV
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Film producer Lynda Obst's career has had more twists and turns than a big-budget action movie -- which is not the sort of movie she makes. (Not yet anyway, but more on that later.) Obst started her career as associate producer on Flashdance and made a film every year or two from the early 1990s through the early 2000s -- One Fine Day with George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer, Hope Floats with Sandra Bullock, Contact with Jodie Foster, and iconic romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Podcast Powered By Podbean In 2001, Paramount Pictures greenlit her rom-com How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey. It opened No. 1 at the box office in February 2003, was Paramount's second-highest grossing movie that year, and is one of the 25 highest-grossing romantic comedies of all time. Obst continued to read scripts and develop budgets for the kinds of films she had always made --- smart, character-drive ...
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Nell Benjamin and Jennifer Westfeldt on ‘The Explorers Club’
NYTimes - over 3 years
Nell Benjamin, the author of “The Explorers Club,” and Jennifer Westfeldt, who plays the lead role, say their own experiences with male condescension helped them shape the play’s heroine.     
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Nell Benjamin and Jennifer Westfeldt on ‘The Explorers Club’
NYTimes - over 3 years
Nell Benjamin, the author of “The Explorers Club,” and Jennifer Westfeldt, who plays the lead role, say their own experiences with male condescension helped them shape the play’s heroine.     
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Meet The Latest Boy On 'Girls'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Michael Zegen is the new boy on "Girls." HBO has confirmed to The Huffington Post that the "Boardwalk Empire" actor is currently taping an episode of the show's third season. According to Deadline, Zegen will also return to "Boardwalk" as Benny "Bugsy" Siegel when the show returns to HBO this fall. Zegen's other TV credits include several episodes of "The Walking Dead," "Rescue Me," "How to Make It in America" and "Late Show with David Letterman." Zegen isn't the only newcomer for "Girls" Season 3 -- Jennifer Westfeldt was spotted filming a scene with Adam Driver earlier in May. But when the third season of "Girl" premieres, it will be without one very familiar face. Christopher Abbott left the series due to "creative differences."
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HBO's 'Girls' adds Jennifer Westfeldt for Season 3
Yahoo News - almost 4 years
By Tim Kenneally LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - HBO's "Girls" is getting a little extra oomph for its third season, in the form of Jon Hamm's gal. Jennifer Westfeldt, known to jealous women everywhere as the gal who's romantically attached to "Mad Men" star Hamm, has booked an appearance on the HBO series, the premium cable network told TheWrap on Tuesday. News of Westfeldt's appearance on the show first broke when the actress - whose own acting credits include 2011's "Friends With Kids" - was photographed shooting a funeral scene with "Girls" star Adam Driver in New York. ...
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Jon Hamm: Crotch Pictures, Talk About My Private Parts Are "Rude"
US Magazine - almost 4 years
Jon Hamm's Endowment for the Arts! At long last, the Mad Men hunk, 42, has opened up about a literally below-the-belt topic: Frequent paparazzi closeup shots of his, er, impressive crotch, most of them suggesting that the actor prefers not to wear underwear. "Yeah, I'm familiar," Hamm tells the new issue of Rolling Stone regarding snapshots (and ever-evolving online memes) of his nether regions. PHOTOS: Hollywood's hottest, shirtless hunks "Most of it's tongue-in-cheek, but it is a little rude. It just speaks to a broader freedom that people feel like they have — a prurience," complains the award-winning AMC star, who has been dating Jennifer Westfeldt since 1997. (Talk of Hamm's genitals accelerated last week, when the Daily News claimed that the actor was asked to wear undergarments for season six of Mad Men due to "tight" 1960s-era pants.) PHOTOS: LOL! Find out what Jon's first job was Continued Hamm of the X-rated scrutiny on his underwear-less excursions: "They're ca ...
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'Mad Men' Goes Modern
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
At the "Mad Men" premiere on Wednesday in LA, the cast of the beloved AMC drama celebrated the launch of Season 6 in style. Jon Hamm brought his real-life partner Jennifer Westfeldt to the "Mad Men" premiere and posed with his TV wife Jessica Pare. Christina Hendricks and her "Body of Proof" star husband Geoffrey Arend also attended. Rich Sommer ditched his Harry Crane mutton chops in favor of a sleeker look on the carpet. Check out your favorite stars on the red carpet at the "Mad Men" premiere below. "Mad Men" Season 6 premieres with a two-hour episode on Sunday, April 7 at 9 p.m. ET before moving to its regular timeslot of 10 p.m. ET on AMC on April 14.
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Yvonna Russell: Money Bomb for Filmmakers: Crowdfunding Platforms
Huffington Post - about 4 years
" target="_hplink"> Hopefully gone are the days when filmmakers raised funds for their films by any means necessary -- medical experiments (El Mariachi, Robert Rodriguez), credit cards (Hollywood Shuffle, Robert Townsend) and family and friends (Kissing Jessica Stein, Jennifer Westfeldt and Heather Juergensen). Now, crowdfunding platforms are the way to finance film projects through individuals on the web. There are two types of crowdfunding platforms for film: equity investment and donations. President Obama signed the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act, which contains provisions for filmmakers to raise up to a million dollars in equity on the Internet. But, according to Filmmaker Magazine, the crowdfunding platforms created for equity film investment still has a few kinks to work out. The most lucrative crowdfunding platforms are through established web companies Kickstarter, Indiegogo and newcomer Seed & Spark enabling indie filmmakers to raise funds through ...
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Jon Hamm, 'Mad Men' Star, Steps Out In Clingy Pants
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
Once again, a "Mad Men" star's anatomy is getting attention, but this time it isn’t Christina Hendricks. It’s the show's leading man, Jon Hamm. And it’s not the first time the actor has been caught without underwear and in very clingy pants. “He doesn’t know this, but we used to have to airbrush it out of pics sometimes,” a show insider tells me. “Jon is a big boy but sometimes it can be distracting.” Last week, revealing photos of Jon were taken while he was shopping in New York City -- presumably not for underpants -- with his longtime girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt. This was not the first time pictures of the actor’s privates have been on display. Read More... More on Video
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Meet The Busiest Actor Of 2012: Chris Messina
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Chris Messina is everywhere. Not literally, but almost: He makes an appearance in six films this year ("Ruby Sparks," "Celeste and Jesse Forever," "The Giant Mechanical Man," "Fairhaven," "28 Hotel Rooms" and the upcoming "Argo"), while also co-starring on three television series ("Damages," "The Newsroom" and the new Fox show "The Mindy Project"). He's so ubiquitous, in fact, that HuffPost Entertainment even made a chart to help new fans tell the difference between Messina and Mark Duplass, another hilariously busy actor in 2012. "That was really nice of you guys to do that," Messina, who was sent the chart by Duplass, told HuffPost. "I love Mark, and it was flattering that you guys thought of us." It's hard not to think of Messina, especially with two of his films in theaters right now: "Ruby Sparks" and the just-released "Celeste and Jesse Forever." In that latter film, about a couple navigating the waters of a divorce, Messina plays Paul, a yoga aficionado with eyes ...
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'Singin' In The Rain,' 'Lockout,' And More: This Week On Video
MTV News - over 4 years
Pick of the Week "Singin' in the Rain" (1952) Director: Stanley Donen Cast: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds Story: Hollywood, 1927: the silent-film romantic team of Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) is the toast of Tinseltown. While Lockwood and Lamont personify smoldering passions onscreen, in real life the down-to-earth Lockwood can't stand the egotistical, brainless Lina. He prefers the company of aspiring actress Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds), whom he met while escaping his screaming fans. On the Disc: The 60th anniversary edition comes with all the special features included on earlier releases, plus a new documentary on how the choreography of the film changed dance forever. Reviews: Rotten Tomatoes: 100% Metacritic: N/A Where to get it Amazon: Blu-ray - $13.86, Digital Download - $9.99, Digital Rental - $2.99 Apple: Digital Download - $9.99, Digital Rental - $2.99 (HD: $3.99) Netflix Instant: Not available "Lockout" (2012) Director ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jennifer Westfeldt
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 45
    In September 2015, Hamm and Westfeldt announced they were ending their relationship.
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  • 2011
    Age 41
    In 2011, she wrote, produced, starred and made her directorial debut in Friends with Kids.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Age 39
    In April 2009, Hamm and Westfeldt formed their own production company, Points West Pictures.
    More Details Hide Details Hamm and Westfeldt are advocates of animal rescue and have adopted a mixed breed dog named Cora from the Much Love Animal Shelter in California.
  • 2007
    Age 37
    In 2007, she was cast as the lead of ABC's Notes from the Underbelly, directed and executive produced by Barry Sonnenfeld.
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  • 2006
    Age 36
    Westfeldt wrote, produced, and starred alongside Chris Messina in Ira & Abby, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2006, and was released by Magnolia Pictures in September 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Westfeldt won Best Actress at The HBO US Comedy Arts Festival for her performance as Abby, and the film won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Jury Prize for Best Feature at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival, and the Audience Award at The Boston Jewish Film Festival.
  • 2004
    Age 34
    She made her 2004 Broadway debut in a revival of Wonderful Town.
    More Details Hide Details Her performance won her a Theatre World Award, a Drama League Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut and a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. Her stage work includes the world premiere of Joe Gilford's Finks at the Powerhouse Theater, opposite Josh Radnor (2008); the world premiere of Cusi Cram's A Lifetime Burning at Primary Stages (2009); Three Sisters at LA Theaterworks (2011) and the world premiere of Stephen Belber's The Power of Duff at the Powerhouse Theater, opposite Greg Kinnear (2012).
    In 2004, Westfeldt starred opposite Paul Schneider in the film How to Lose Your Lover.
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  • 2002
    Age 32
    In 2002, Westfeldt starred as Jessica in Kissing Jessica Stein.
    More Details Hide Details The film was an extended version of one of the sketches Westfeldt and Juergensen had written for Lipschtick. For her role, Westfeldt won the Golden Satellite Award for Best Actress in A Comedy, an Indie Spirit nomination for Best First Screenplay with Juergensen, and a Special Jury Prize for Writing and Acting at the Los Angeles International Film Festival. The film also won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Los Angeles International Film Festival, the Audience Favorites Award at the Chicago International Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Miami Film Festival, Best Feature at the Louisville Jewish Film Festival, and the GLAAD Media Award.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Age 27
    In 1997, Westfeldt began a relationship with actor Jon Hamm.
    More Details Hide Details They owned homes in Los Angeles and the Upper West Side in New York. In an interview discussion about his relationship with Westfeldt, Hamm said: "We may not have a piece of paper that says we're husband and wife, but after 10 years, Jennifer is more than just a girlfriend. What we have is much deeper and we both know that. To me, people should get married when they're ready to have kids, which I'm not ruling out."
    She first came to Hollywood in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details That year, she co-wrote and starred in an Off-Broadway play with Heather Juergensen called Lipschtick: The Story of Two Women Seeking The Perfect Shade that caught the attention of Hollywood studios. It was optioned by Radar Pictures and made into Kissing Jessica Stein, in which Westfeldt and Juergensen starred.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1970
    Age 0
    Born on February 2, 1970.
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