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10 Pairs of Celebrities That You Probably Didn't Know Were Cousins

By Dustin Rowles | Box Office Round-Ups | February 11, 2013 | Comments ()


As folks who have been reading Pajiba for a long time know, our box-office reports typically only use the weekend box-office grosses as a springboard for another discussion. How that works is that, each Sunday, I look over the top films of the weekend and try to see how the movies fit into box-office records, how they compare to other movies released on the same dates, or how the relate to movies of similar genres. If I can find nothing in that respect, I typically move on and try to find something interesting about one of the stars of the weekend's top grossing films, and see if I can extrapolate a list from there. This week, Identity Thief opened at the top of the box office with a surprisingly strong $36.5 million, far higher than expectations and all the more surprising given the blizzard in the Northeast. As our colleage William Goss noted on Twitter about its performance, "$35 million opening weekend for Identity Thief. Good news: moviegoers ignored Rex Reed's review. Bad news: they ignored EVERYONE'S reviews." That about sums up my feelings on the matter, but I really do have a strong affection for both McCarthy and Bateman. Also, I had no idea -- although I guess I should have known -- that Melissa McCarthy was cousins with that wackadoo Jenny McCarthy, nor did I know that the other 9 sets of celebrities below were cousins.

Jenny McCarthy and Melissa McCarthy


Tom Cruise and "Lost" star William Mapother


"Three and a Half Men" star Angus T. Jones and "That 70's Show" star Danny Masterson

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Richard Kind and Barbra Streisand

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Randy and Dennis Quaid and Gene Autry


Three-time "Survivor" contestant Jonathan Penner and Jason Alexander

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Hilary Duff and Katie Couric


Lenny Kravitz and Al Roker


Bruce Campbell and Billy Campbell

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Katherine Moennig and Gwyneth Paltrow

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Elsewhere at the box office, Warm Bodies held on to the second spot, falling only 43 percent and grossing another $11.5 million. Steven Soderbergh's "final" film, Side Effects made a solid showing, too, earning $10 million over the weekend, which was higher than expectations. Meanwhile, Silver Linings Playbook seems to have gotten the biggest boost from all of its Oscar nominations, as its hovered in the top five since nominations were announced. This week, it held on to number four, adding another $6.9 million to bring its total to $90 million. AT number five, in its third week, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters added another $5 million, to bring the $50 million film to $43 million overall, although worldwide its $127 million has made it a success. The only other film of note was the 3D rerelease of Top Gun ahead of its Blu-Ray release, which opened at number 10 with $1.9 million.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Seriously?

    Billy Campbell looks remarkably alike to Barbra Streisand in that picture

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    Rex Reed, guh. I could menstruate something better than the the garbage he spews. Is there such a thing as a retroactive abortion and does this all mean that now it's Armond White's time to shine?

    One defenestration, please.

  • dizzylucy

    I only knew about the first 2.
    Oh the horror of having Goop for a relative.
    Jason Alexander's cousin looks like Robin Williams.

  • e jerry powell

    Particularly when you're ninety-nine million kinds of badass like Kate Moennig.

  • I knew about William Mapother from when he showed up on Lost. He was already a pretty creepy dude, but knowing that he was cousin to Xenu, Jr. raised his creepiness level by like, a bajillion. The dead eyes run in the family, y'all. DON'T LET HIM NEAR YOUR BAYBEE, CLAIRE.

  • gareth bale(a british football player) and Christian bale (a british Batman) are distant cousins

  • lowercase_ryan

    F the spurs.

  • logan

    Godtupos help me but I just want to bitch slap Paltrow.

  • e jerry powell

    Get in line.

  • duckandcover

    Danny Masterson has a brother, Chris Masterson, who was Francis on Malcolm in the Middle. I figured we were going for the "unknown" brother when you mentioned Randy Quaid to Dennis.

  • e jerry powell

    And both of the brothers Masterson are Scientologists.

  • Seriously?

    This was more interesting when Cracked did it about five weeks ago.

  • Anna von Beav

    WHAT?! A similar story on two different entertainment websites?! THE HELL YOU SAY. Surely this has NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE IN THE HISTORY OF THE INTERNET!!

    Pajiba should ROT IN HELL.


  • e jerry powell

    I'm never not sitting. It's why my ass is so big.

  • Jt

    Lenny Kravitz and Al Roker... Yes I Bahamas!!!!

  • Fredo

    I wonder what family reunions are when the Campbells get together.
    Could you imagine?

    "Billy, pass the mash potatoes, please."

    "Here you go, Bruce. What's that next to you?"


    "Dammit, Bruce."

  • e jerry powell

    Well, given that the biracial Lenny Kravitz's mother is the late Roxie Roker (of "The Jeffersons" fame)...

    So Zoe Kravitz (daughter of Lenny and the equally biracial Lisa Bonet) is also cousin to Al Roker.

    Hmmm. What is it? Thomas Cruise Mapother IV?

    Not surprising that batshit-crazy Angus Jones is only two hops from being a Scientologist himself.

    And yeah, I knew that Paltrow and Moennig are cousins. Moennig is a different line of royalty, because the violin maker that sired Moennig is Blythe Danner's half-brother. Being gay and a musician is good for random Hollywood trivia.

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