There’s a first time for everything, and Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs are about to make their debut as awards show hosts.
The 2 Broke Girls costars and off-screen BFFs are preparing to take center stage on Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS at the People’s Choice Awards.
“I don’t know how I feel,” Dennings, 27, tells PEOPLE. “I’m excited. I’m a little scared. I’ve presented with Beth at awards shows, but we’ve never hosted. Michael Patrick King is writing all of our stuff for the actual awards show and he’s such a brilliant mind. He gave us a little taste of some of the stuff we’re going to be doing. He’s so funny.”
Adds Behrs, 28: “I feel the same way. I feel like it’s a little different because it’s me and Kat up there, as opposed to a character. It’s a whole different kind of thing. You can’t hide behind someone else. At least we have each other, or else I’d be way more nervous.”
The actresses provided a guide of how they will get through the fateful day.
First and foremost, says Dennings, “Don’t throw up on stage.”
Now, with that out of the way, she believes they are lessening hosting nerves by refusing to throw their celebrity peers under the bus.
“I don’t want to make fun of anybody,” Dennings says. “I think being our first time hosting, we’re going to be pretty tame and making fun of ourselves more than other people.”
Gaining influence from another famous BFF hosting pair could also help things run more smoothly.
“I saw a promo for Amy [Poehler] and Tina [Fey] where they were singing at a piano,” Behrs says. “I just think they’re so genius. We could learn a lot from them. They’re so funny.”
Leading up to the big show, Behrs plans to meditate because it “definitely calms my nerves.”
And while many stars eat less on awards show days, such will not be the case for these ladies.
“I feel like we have to eat, otherwise we’ll pass out,” Behrs says. “If I have low blood sugar, I won’t be able to be funny.”
Adds Dennings: “You have to eat. It’s almost like being an athlete. If you have nothing in your system, you’re just going to start slowly crashing and burning.”
Spending money on show preparations doesn’t sound like an issue because Dennings says, “Hopefully our network will be paying for everything.”
But, as Behrs points out, “We’ll be spending money on lots of champagne for afterwards to celebrate.”
At the end of the day, having each other by one’s side will make all the difference for the duo.
“Our [bond] has just gotten [closer] as we’ve gone on with the show,” Behrs says. “I couldn’t live without that girl. I had the flu on set and I could not have gotten through it without her. She protects me.”
Echoes Dennings: “When you spend every day for years with somebody, it’s hard to not be like family. Like when Beth was sick, I was ready to punch anyone who came near her.”
Marvel Studios and Disney’s Thor: The Dark World thundered its way to a $86.1 million domestic launch as it continued its global assault, finishing the weekend with a sizeable $327 million in worldwide ticket sales.
That’s an impressive start considering the first Thor, which debuted to $65.7 million domestically in May 2011, grossed $449.3 million globally all in. The sequel nabbed one of the top November openings of all time in North America, although it couldn’t quite match the $88.4 million earned by Skyfall on the same weekend a year ago.
The 3D tentpole — returning Chris Hemsworth as the hammer-wielding superhero — has grossed $240.9 million internationally, where it began rolling out last weekend. It is pacing a whopping 90 percent ahead of the original title, which topped out at $268 million internationally (Thor 2 has already eclipsed the $192 million earned by Captain America: The First Avenger). Russia leads with $24.1 million, followed by the U.K. with $22.6 million and China (where it opened Friday) with $19.6 million.
The movie is doing big business in Imax theaters, which generated $11 million in global ticket sales.
Thor 2, like Iron Man 3, is benefiting from 2012 global blockbuster The Avengers, the crown jewel of Marvel’s superhero film empire. The Avengers, which features Hemsworth as Thor and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, among other Marvel characters, earned $1.5 billion worldwide to become the No. 3 film of all time behind Avatar and Titanic.
For the first time in Marvel’s The Avengers series, Thor 2 grossed slightly more domestically on Saturday than on Friday ($31.7 million versus $31.6 million) in a major victory for Marvel and Disney’s marketing operation. Usually, Friday is by far the biggest day because of fanboys.
“It played in an unconventional way,” said Disney’s distribution chief Dave Hollis. “The franchise is moving away from just fanboys and crossing into the mainstream in a way that makes out-of-school, out-of-work Saturday shows super lucrative. The combination of storytelling and very successful, inspired marketing campaign made it appeal to the broadest possible audience.”
Thor 2 played to all quadrants of the moviegoing audience and quickly transformed into a date-night movie, with couples making up 62 percent of the audience. Families made up 21 percent of those buying tickets, and teens, 17 percent. All told, 39 percent of ticket buyers were under the age of 25, and 61 percent over. The sequel nabbed an A- CinemaScore, compared to a B+ for the first Thor.
Females made up an impressive 48 percent of Friday’s audience — a larger percentage than usual for a superhero pic — but by Sunday, males made up 62 percent of the overall weekend audience.
Thor 2 takes place one year after the events of The Avengers, as Thor reunites with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and tries to save his planet from a mysterious enemy. Thor also forms an uneasy alliance with his adoptive brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston).
Kenneth Branagh directed the first Thor, while the sequel is from filmmaker Alan Taylor.
Most films shied away from opening opposite Thor 2, but in a counterprogramming move, both 12 Years a Slave and About Time are making major expansions this weekend.
2 Broke Girls Season 3 begins on Monday, September 23. The show airs in the 9 – 9:30 PM slot.
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FROM HER BREAKOUT ROLE as an angry teenager in The 40-Year-Old Virgin to her angst-y turn as Michael Cera’s hipster dream girl in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Kat Dennings has always been one of the more fascinating young actresses on the big screen. And now, as Max, the smart-aleck waitress with a heart of gold on 2 Broke Girls, she’s proved another thing, too: She can headline a TV show.
Although Dennings, 26, couldn’t have predicted the show’s huge success—2 Broke Girls is the top-rated new series of the season—it became clear early on that she was part of something special. “I knew instantly that we all had great chemistry,” Dennings says while driving home from work. (She lives in the Valley, eschewing all things Young Hollywood; “I would rather die” than go to a Hollywood club, she says.) “And I absolutely loved [show creators] Michael Patrick King and Whitney Cummings. Beth [Behrs] and I are literally best friends now. We text each other all day, every day.”
If it all sounds like a lovefest, that’s because it is. But don’t mention all of the media hoopla about women in 2012 being funnier than ever, or Dennings will show just the slightest bit of (adorably imperfect) fangs. “I always feel like it’s kind of a sexist thing to even bring up,” she says, “because it’s not like women just happened, you know? Women are some of the funniest out there. Carol Burnett, Cher, Fran Drescher—these women are comedy icons. Funny women are not a trend. It’s definitely not something new.”
Case in point: In any given episode, her chemistry with Behrs—which she says was “absolutely instant”—is palpable and the rapid-fire parade of vagina jokes and political incorrectness they dish out is some of the funniest repartee on TV. Which brings us back to those aforementioned texts: What hilarious and naughty topics do these two talk about? “I can’t tell you!” Dennings says with a laugh. Then she reconsiders. “Well, OK, the last text I got from her was asking me if I wanted a Jamba Juice because she had gotten to work first,” she says. “Not very exciting.”
As for her work on 2 Broke Girls, Dennings is happy to have settled into a routine. “I’d be lying if I said it’s not exhausting,” she says, “but I’ve done some very exhausting small films that never get seen. Looking back [at some indie films], I don’t know how I’m still alive. Shooting night shoots in the middle of winter, playing a crack-addicted prostitute, with no money, no budget, no sleep. Toward the end of almost every shoot I get very, very sick. That’s been my trend. While this show is demanding, the schedule is remarkably human.”
In other words, Kat Dennings is not only still alive, she’s thriving.
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Kat Dennings is hammering home that she’s a weirdo the way other actresses cake on their down-to-earthness and frequently indulged desire for In-N-Out burgers. “I don’t think I’m a weirdo in a bad way, there’s just a lot going on in my head,” she says. To be fair, she’s fielding a question as to why she’s called herself “weird” in just about every medium available—there was her recent tweet (“People are weird. Boys are weird. Men are weird. Love is weird. You are weird. I am weird. Life is weird. Weird is weird. Look, a MINOTAUR!”), multiple posts on her blog proclaiming her oddball status (“As you are undoubtedly aware from reading this endless omnibus of redonkulousness, I am kind of a weirdo” and then, just minutes into in our phone conversation, she labels herself “a weird one” yet again. Now she’s talking like she almost has it: “Maybe it’s a movie thing? I want to see as many movies as I can and I covet a lot of weird influential movies. I have a lot of favorite authors…Douglas Adams and Charlotte Bronte and Richard Brautigan. I get obsessed. That could be it—how I get obsessed with things. Though I think if I could put my finger on my exact weirdness I’d be able to change it.”
Change it? That would be a mistake. The 25-year-old star of CBS’s uncharacteristically lascivious 2 Broke Girls is swooned over for her deadpanning anti-ingénue persona as much as her anime sextoon proportions. Dennings was a natural fit to play Broke Girl Max, a tough, quick-with-the-quip diner waitress who charms with brassy lines like “Hey, when you get a second, stop looking at my boobs.” (True to form, Dennings sees Max as “a cross between Danny Zuko and Cartman.”) Michael Patrick King, the show’s co-creator and more famously the man behind Sex and the City’s epic run, pretty much molded the character specifically for Dennings. “I don’t think there’s anybody else like her so we basically hunted her down for this,” King says. “She has a kind of amazing outsider edge. It made everything else fall into place.”
Actually it wouldn’t seem illogical to assume that Dennings’s biggest roles—the wisecracking, indie-rock-loving teenage outsider in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist; the caustic maneater with many a piercing in The House Bunny—were custom made for her, too. Dennings genuinely seems to be the brashly cool, funny girl she’s constantly cast to play, the type of girl for whom the term “girl crush” was invented. Just don’t call her quirky. “I hate that damn word!” Dennings shouts. “Quirky is what a guy would call a girl he doesn’t understand.” Noted. We’ll stick to weird.
Not to be outdone by Fox’s New Girl and NBC’s two favored freshman comedies, CBS has granted a full-season pick-up to its brand-new Monday-night hit, 2 Broke Girls.
Starring indie darling Kat Dennings and bubbly newcomer Beth Behrs, Broke Girls debuted three weeks ago in the most boffo of showcases — the 9:30 slot following Two and a Half Men‘s well-watched season opener, where it drew 19.2 million samplers and a 7.0 demo rating.
Most understandably, as it settled into its regular 8:30 home the numbers have leveled, yet at last tally they were a still robust 11.4 mil/4.4 — even building on the reenergized How I Met Your Mother‘s audience.
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CBS picks up ‘Two Broke Girls’ with Kat Dennings and J.J. Abrams’ ‘Person of Interest’ Read more at ONTD: http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/?skip=80#ixzz1MNTtvaUe
CBS has picked up two new series for next season as it readies its fall schedule announcement next week.
“Two Broke Girls,” from former “Sex and the City” writer-producer Michael Patrick King, is a multicamera sitcom starring Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings as two young women trying to make it in New York with very little money. James Burrows, who most recently oversaw “Mike & Molly” for CBS, is slated to direct.
“Person of Interest” is a crime drama from mega-producer J.J. Abrams. It’s about a ex-CIA agent who works with a mysterious billionaire to fight crime in New York. It stars Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel.
While both series have been ordered, it’s unknown when they will premiere or where they might land on the schedule. CBS will reveal its fall schedule on Wednesday.