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Jennifer Coolidge Waitressed With Sandra Bullock in the ’80s: ‘Sandra Really Had Her Act Together’

Before The White Lotus star Jennifer Coolidge scored her first significant role, she was a cocktail waitress in the same restaurant where Sandra Bullock was a hostess.

Coolidge reflected on their time together in that industry, sharing how Bullock nabbed her prime waitressing shifts and how she knew the Miss Congeniality star was going “so f***ing far” in Hollywood.

Jennifer Coolidge is a ‘great example’ of beating the odds

While speaking to Ariana Grande for Entertainment Weekly, Coolidge reflected on having a career upswing in recent years. “… What I want to say is that it’s so hard to go through life and have hope when your life has been going a certain way that you don’t really approve of,” she said.

“I think of these jobs that you just can’t make it through the day and stuff, and I feel like this unexpected moment that happened to me can happen to anybody,” she went on. “Where you’re going along in the car, and you’ve been going the same speed all these years, and then all of a sudden this cool thing happens.”

“I think I’m a great example of ‘What are the odds?’ And this can happen to anybody,” she offered.

Jennifer Coolidge said Sandra Bullock was the reason she eventually left a job she ‘couldn’t get fired’ from

Coolidge spoke about working in a restaurant as a cocktail waitress before she found success in acting, revealing she once had a job she “couldn’t get fired” from. Even though she regularly bailed on her shifts to party, management didn’t terminate her.

Notably, Bullock also worked there as a hostess. “Sandra really had her act together,” Coolidge said on Jimmy Kimmel Live before noting she was vastly different and “partying a lot in those days.”

She told Conan O’Brien that Bullock eventually got her weekend cocktail waitressing shifts because she “stopped really showing up” for part of them. She was forced to quit the job, but she wasn’t holding it against Bullock. “I was so mad Sandra got the shifts,” she recalled. “But I wasn’t showing up.”

Jennifer Coolidge predicted Sandra Bullock would make it in showbusiness

Coolidge recalled feeling that Bullock was going places back then. She thought, “She’s going so f***ing far,” and noted she was also “incredibly nice” (per IndieWire).

The American Pie star said Bullock “had a much better idea of the business” than her. “She was much more savvier,” Coolidge explained. “She was running the show at 30.”

Bullock “got out early and had it figured it out,” according to her former co-worker, who added, “She really thought she could have her own thing.”

Unlike The Lost City star, Coolidge didn’t realize that to succeed in Hollywood, “you have to know the business.”

“I never really asked those questions. It never occurred to me to get my own thing going,” she shared. “I was waiting for people to give me my opportunities rather than create them.”

‘Bullet Train’ Moves A Week Later This Summer

‘Bullet Train’ Moves A Week Later This Summer

The Brad Pitt original action movie, Bullet Train, is moving from July 29 to Aug. 5.

Exhibitors got a look at the David Leitch directed movie’s opening montage at CinemaCon last month.

The movie based on the Kôtarô Isaka novel Maria Beetle follows trained assassin Ladybug (Pitt) who wants to give up his career, but is pulled back in by his handler Maria Beetle in order to collect a briefcase on a bullet train heading from Tokyo to Kyoto. Once onboard, he and other rival assassins learn that their objectives are connected.

Previously, Bullet Train moved into Black Adam‘s old date. However, now it’s facing off against Paramount’s Owen Wilson comedy Secret Headquarters and Universal’s Jo Koy family comedy Easter Sunday.

Why the move? We hear Sony is positioning Bullet Train as the last big event film of the summer in that first August weekend slot.

Leitch’s Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw debuted in that frame to $60M back in August 2019 and legged out to $174M stateside.

‘Ocean’s 8’ Press Conference

On May 24, Sandra attended the official ‘Ocean’s 8’ press conference, our gallery has been updated with the first HQ images. Enjoy!

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The Ladies of Ocean’s 8 chats with Access Hollywood & play Never Have I Ever with Buzzfeed

Cate Blanchett, Awkwafina and Sandra Bullock talk with Access about how much fun it was shooting “Ocean’s 8” & the cast play Never Have I Ever with Buzzfeed.

Ocean’s 8 Press Conference and Photocall

On May 22, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, and Awkwafina gathered together at the Temple of Dandur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) for a press conference to promote the film Ocean’s 8. Ou gallery has been updated with high quality images, take a look!

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The Ocean’s 8 Cast Never Thought A Movie With So Many Women Would Get Made

At an Ocean’s 8 press conference Tuesday at the Temple of Dandur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sandra Bullock confessed that, when she first heard of Ocean’s 8, she didn’t think it would get financed.
“I thought it was a fun idea. I didn’t at the time think the movie would get made,” Bullock told reporters.

Seven of the eight cast members of the film appeared at the conference alongside director Gary Ross and screenwriter Olivia Milch. They discussed the novelty of an all-women heist movie, and what it feels like to have eight of Hollywood’s biggest names on the same bill. Blanchett, who plays the Brad Pitt to Bullock’s George Clooney in this iteration of the Ocean’s franchise, added that just a few years ago, this movie seemed like an “impossibility.”

“Isn’t it interesting — two or three years, this seemed like an impossibility. Like, how could we possibly get this made? And it’s so great that it’s being released now, and you go, ‘Well, of course.’ A lot has shifted,” Blanchett revealed.

Gary Ross, the film’s director, added, “There are more ‘of courses’ now than there were then.”

Rumors about an all-women Ocean’s movie emerged in late 2015, years after Steven Soderbergh stated that he would not be making an Ocean’s Fourteen. Given the historically male format of the movies — Frank Sinatra starred in the original, and Clooney dominated Soderbergh’s remakes — this seemed like a pipe dream. But by summer of 2016, the rumor earned credibility with the news that the movie had a fully stacked cast. (Elizabeth Banks was initially reported to be in the film, but she later dropped out.) The movie’s titular 8 are as follows: Mindy Kaling, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Awkwafina, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, and Anne Hathaway.

“I’m really excited for the moment that this doesn’t feel special anymore,” Hathaway said of the film. In the movie, she plays a fame-crazed celebrity who’s wearing the necklace Sandra Bullock’s character plans to burgle.

The massive cast did manage to bond during the film, Bullock added, even though their schedules didn’t really allow for it. “I think we managed to connect on a level that we never ever would have been given a chance [to connect on] because we — women, you know, there’s five roles [in Hollywood] and we’re all looking for them, and they’re all lone little islands, and here we were, Hawaii, and all the other islands,” she said, talking her way through the metaphor. In case you’re wondering, the cast does have a group text.

“You guys all know about the Bechdel test,” Kaling said, referring to the Bechdel-Wallace test, which asks if a film contains two female characters who talk about something other than a man. “This passes it with flying colors. I mean, the fact that we’re orchestrating a crime as opposed to fighting over a man. There’s isn’t even a specter of a man.”

It’s rare — indeed, maybe unprecedented — that an action film would feature eight women collaborating on one massive heist. Much less eight women who are funny, glamorous, and not in the midst of romantic turmoil. It’s a mark of a greater cultural shift that sees value in telling interesting female-driven stories.

Hathaway added, “You can’t underestimate the power of visual representation. So, to an 8-year-old girl, we’re not trying to say, ‘Go have a life of crime,’ but we’re saying, ‘Go do what you want. Go do what you want [because] there’s space for you. There’s space for you to do it with your friends. And there’s room for all of you.’”

And to think — two or three years ago, this might not have been greenlit.


Ryan Reynolds baby-sitting for Sandra

Ryan Reynolds is the cover boy for the most recent issue of Details magazine, and Sandy is quoted on his interview:

Sandra Bullock says her longtime friend and costar has a complexity beyond the friendly face that draws an audience in: “It makes you want to watch more of him to figure it out. As his friend, any dark secrets that I may or may not know are forever safe with me. Unless he doesn’t do something I want him to do, like babysitting. When that day comes, I’ll be sure to hold a press conference.” The rest of his success she credits to his comic timing, height, and Canadian-ness. “He constantly talks of the healing powers of maple syrup,” Bullock says. “I don’t know if that’s a Canadian trait, but it’s always uncomfortable when it comes up.