The Hot Seat 2009

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Mariah Carey

The diva brings festiveness to the rest of us.

Terry Gilliam

For Heath Ledger's final director, the show must go on.

Emily Blunt

Bluntly speaking, this blunt English rose is probably not smoking a blunt right now.

Malcolm Gladwell

There's a curious brain under all that hair.


The Chosen One reps the south side and helps us celebrate eight crazy nights, mon.

Kristen Bell

This lunachick may be making fake IDs for the cast of Gossip Girl.

Wes Anderson

Mr. Fox is great, but when, oh when, will someone finally film a live-action version of the BFG?

Penélope Cruz

The good news? You get to make out with Penélope Cruz. The bad? It has to be through a sheet.

Bill Thompson

He's running for mayor. (If only so he won't have to hear people mispronounce comptroller anymore.)

Tegan Quin

She shoots you through the heart with both guitar and laser gun.

Michael Palin

Not all Palins are completely awful.


We get Tao with the shogun of the Wu-Tang Clan.


Life is a carnival for the pop singer and her lost-and-found husband.

Michael C. Hall

America's favorite serial killer won't star in a musical episode anytime soon.

John Krasinski

We briefly interview an irreverent man.

Trey Anastasio

The Phish guitarist is super busy, but makes time to talk to a nerdy fan.

Juliette Binoche

The actor turned dancer gets served by her new boss.

André Leon Talley

Vogue's editor-at-large on The Golden Girls and the importance of living outside of the fashion bubble.

Nina Garcia

The ultimate style judge says enough with the leggings.

Vincent Kartheiser

Mad Men's ladder-climbing d-bag proves that he's no corporate tool.

Ashton Kutcher

This practical joker is surprisingly practical.

Rob Riggle

The Daily Show's most intimidating interviewer himself gets interviewed.

Zach Galifianakis

The Hangover star makes the jump from miming baby masturbation to Disney.

Adam Brody

The former star of The O.C. has traded in self-consciousness for confidence.

Rupert Grint

Harry Potter's ginger sidekick speaks softly but carries a big wand.


The guy who stuck his ass in Eminem's grill answers celebrities' burning questions.

Julia Allison

We chat with our erstwhile resident socialite.

Lauren Conrad

Her reality-ish show days are over, but her book career is just taking off (for reals).

Anna Paquin

The onetime wunderkind has turned into a real vamp.

Edie Falco

Television health-care reform is better than none at all.

Ed Helms

He's hungover on life.

Christopher Guest

The director and comedian peels away his characters and faces the music.

James Carville

He's definitely not part of Karl Rove's "permanent" Republican majority.

Simon Pegg

He's giving it all he's got in the new Star Trek (so the whole thing doesn't blow).

Liev Schreiber

Wherefore art thou, Weapon X?

Bret Easton Ellis

Uh, excuse me. I was informed that there would be vampires in this film.

Bernie Williams

He's gone from belting screaming doubles down the third-base line to cranking out dulcet arpeggios onstage.

Neko Case

Like a twister in a trailer park, this dreamy siren has no time for ceilings.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers

The king is reelected for another season.

Bill Hader

The SNL hero's summer job is running an amusement park.

Keira Knightley

Sometimes, the way into a girl's heart is less poetry and more burrito.

Jason Segel

He enjoys show tunes, puppets and bromantic candlelit dinners.

Bryan Cranston

Malcolm in the Middle's dad has a new vocation.

Lauren Graham

The truth comes out-she doesn't actually like belly buttons.

Kathy Griffin

Is this D-lister on her way up to C?

Danny McBride

He's bringing the heat.

Keith David

He's got a voice that could melt diamonds.

Jack McBrayer

Just don't ask him for the frequency.

Brandon Flowers

This Mormon Killer likes his gambling and cigarettes.

Jorge Garcia

He's almost as much of a Lost geek as you are.

Flight of the Conchords

The Kiwi comics are No. 1 in Brooklyn!