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Lavish Oscar Week Gifting to the Stars — How Suite it Is

Wendi McLendon-Covey

There are about a dozen gifting suites handing out swag to Oscar nominees, presenters and other stars this week.  Perhaps the most popular destination for prestige pampering — certainly one of the busiest — is the Roger Neal Style Hollywood Oscar Suite at the L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills.

As of yesterday (2/23), some 200 stars and 10 nominees had already visited the suite, including Wendi McLendon Covey, Oscar presenter and “Bridesmaids” star, with her friend, Oscar nominee for Best Screenplay honors for “Bridesmaids,” Annie Mumolo.  We’re told they loved
their Raju Rasiah Beverly Hills rings, and their GM Collin SKincare Paris kit.

Richard Middleson, “The Artist’s” executive producer, came with his wife Katherine.  She fell for a Shekar Rahate gown, saying she felt it was perfect to represent the movie.  Shekar customized the dress just for her in 24  hours.

Oscar nominee Eimear O’Kane, (Live Action Short Film), found her jewelry and handbag for the Oscars at the suite from Timmy Woods.

Penelope Ann Miller from “The Artist” came away with a stay at Belleek Castle in Ireland, as well as a collection of Classified Cosmetics

Stars ranging from Rene Taylor to Lorenzo Lamas to Eric Roberts enjoyed their Bob Marley Coffee and Lorimar Winery wine.

The pampering offered to stars at the RNSH suites ranged from manicures to waxing, facials, “instant eye lifts” and massages.

The gifting suite practice, which took a hit a few years ago when the IRS decided to demand its share, is in full-swing again this awards year.  All this giving out of designer clothing, luxury trips, expensive gadgets and myriad edible and drinkable goodies are a win-win for the stars and companies involved.  The celebs get to load up on fabulous freebies, while product makers and designers get valuable celebrity endorsements at relatively low cost.  It’s also standard to see a charity or eco-minded tie-in for the suites.  In the case of RNSH, it’s The Andy Transplant Foundation.

Wendi McLendon-Covey Talks ‘Bridesmaids 2’ Prospects, ‘Rules of Engagement’


Wendi McLendon-Covey, David Spade CBS photo by Ron P. Jaffe

Since the female raunchfest “Bridesmaids” became a runaway hit, can “Bridesmaids 2” be far behind?  “I know there’s talk of it, and I know people would like to see that,” says funny lady Wendi McLendon-Covey.  “But I think Kristin (Wiig) and Annie (Mumalo), the writers, don’t want to do it just to do it.  They don’t want to grab the money and run.  If they do it, they want it to be amazing.”

As far as imitators now in the works?  “I’m sure there’s a rush to put out all kinds of things,” she says of the coming onslaught of female gross-out humor.  “But something ‘Bridesmaids’ had going for it was the casting.  People have called it the female ‘Hangover,’ but I see it more like the female ‘Swingers,'” she says of the 1996 film with real-life friends Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Ron Livingston and Patrick Van Horn.  “Putting them all together was like a dream situation.  And that’s how I feel ‘Bridesmaids’ was.  It wasn’t all about the disgusting bridal show scene.  It was the cast, that was lightning in a bottle.  Something clicked,” she says.  The “Bridesmaids” company was full of former members of the Groundlings improv troupe who were friends — including McLendon-Covey, Wiig, Mumalo, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy.

McLendon-Covey is at the forefront of “Rules of Engagement” viewers’ minds right now, with her Liz character having wound up as the unwanted wife of Russell (David Spade).  “Their being together is just so wrong, it’s right,” opines the actress, who is doing the first five “Rules” episodes of the season, then heading to Canada to film “White Trash Christmas” with Jennifer Love Hewitt.  After that, she will likely return to “Rules.”  The schedule is being worked out now, she says. 

As for what will happen to Russell and Liz, “I only know a little bit of it.  He is just begging for an annulment and I want nothing to do with it.  Then a situation arises where it really is for the best that we do part — but I don’t know if we do it.  Maybe it will end up like, okay, we’re divorced but we can’t stop seeing each other.  I don’t know.”  She does know, “I just had the best time working with him, and I’m so proud of this.  It’s laugh-out-loud, disgustingly funny.”

She also knows that she wants to keep the painting, seen in last week’s episode, in which Liz is naked except for strategically-placed cats.  But, surely such a gem should go to the Smithsonian?  “It’s too good for the Smithsonian,” she replies.  “It belongs on my bathroom wall, or maybe in my closet.”

Can Females Succeed in Raunchy Comedy?

Kristin Wiig, Rose Byrne, Maya Rudolph, Wendi McLendon-Covey Universal photo

Can women pull off doing a raunchy big-screen comedy?  Kristin Wiig’s “Brides Maids” was previewed at the recent SXSW Film Fest to a chorus of agitated reviews, horrible to ecstatic, and attendee applause.  Sounds like the kind of response that’s greeted other comedies with gross-out moments that sell lots of tickets despite critical loathing.

“I hope that other studios will start taking a gamble on funny girls, because we’re interesting,” declares the movie’s Wendi McLendon-Covey. “There are a whole lot of girls out there who aren’t afraid of making themselves look stupid, who aren’t vain, who can do what the boys are doing.”  She adds, “We’re always seeing the same funny boys in the same types of movies, the manboy movies.  Okay, but girls are funny, too.”

Some of those manboy comedies are, of course, the work of moviemaker Judd Apatow, who happens to be producing “Brides Maids,” which was cowritten by Wiig and Annie Mumolo, and directed by Paul Feig (“Freaks and Geeks,” “the Office”).  It has Wiig, as a put-upon maid of honor, teamed with Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, McLendon-Covey, and Jon Hamm as a hateful boyfriend.  The flick (the late Jill Clayburgh’s last) is due for May 13 release from Universal.

McLendon-Covey reports that when she and her castmates first got together for a table read of the script it was 2007.  The delay in getting it before the camera “might have been because of the reticence to finance anything female-driven that wasn’t ‘Sex in the City,'” she surmises.

“Brides Maids,” she stresses, “is not a chick flick.  There is no shoe shopping montage, none of that.”  And there were no cat fights on set.  “People ask me that, but no.  What’s to fight about?  A bunch of nerdy girls who like to be funny, supporting each other.”

McLendon-Covey plays a character named Rita who is “very, um, damaged and thinks she’s so much smarter than her life.  I love playing the weirdos.  She’s a fly in the ointment, the one telling the bride, ‘You’re making a big mistake.'”

With “Brides Maids” on the way, the “Reno 911” alumna says she’s gone out for a few pilots, but nothing that has her excited.  “I hate to say this, but when I read for pilots a lot of times I can’t tell one from another.  I’m happy with my nice little recurring gig on ‘Rules of Engagement.'”