OnlyOnAOL: Amy Poehler, Ike Barinholtz and Jason Moore share a bond in 'Sisters'

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Amy Poehler, Ike Barinholtz and Jason Moore On "Sisters"

BY DONNA FREYDKIN

In the comedy "Sisters," opening Friday, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey play -- you guessed it -- siblings who throw one last epic bash before their childhood home goes up for sale.

We recently sat down with Poehler, who executive produced the film, director Jason Moore and Ike Barinholtz, who romances Poehler in the comedy, to talk entourages, empty nests, and sequels.

Q: The comedy is so loose.How much did you guys improv on set?
A: "The script was in such good shape. Everything made sense and tracked. (Screenwriter) Paula Pell is such a joke machine. Most of the jokes are ones that Paula wrote. There was a looseness there but it was certainly all in the script. Our biggest acting challenge was having to pretend that we didn't know each other."

Q: So tell me, what's really the biggest challenge of working with Amy?
A: "I have to mime (to communicate with her). I get one word," says Moore. "I usually just choose a color."
A: "It's easy once you get past her entourage -- it's nine people," says Barinholtz.

Q: Wow. Impressive.
A: "It's Mark Wahlberg's old entourage. I bought them. I roll Boston deep," says Poehler.

Q: Amy, you and Tina were in "Baby Mama" together back in 2008 and your "Saturday Night Live" roots go back years. Is it any different working with her now, as opposed to in 2008?
A: "It's not that different. We still work the same, together and separately. We're just better at being on set. We've done more work between the two of us, so we knew how much real estate to give each decision. We were a little more tired."



Q: Ike, what did you take away from working with Amy on this?
A: "I took away a member of her entourage. Hamster. He's like my driver. Watching Tina and Amy on set – they're so in control and so down for whatever. There's no diva behavior. They're grown-ups. They put the work first. Everyone should do a movie with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey," says Barinholtz.

Q: Amy, you have two sons and Ike, you have a daughter, so what's your take on empty-nest syndrome?
A: "The film is about our generation. We were expected to move out of their parents' homes once they turned 18. That's not the case anymore," says Poehler. "The childhood home has become people's adult home."

Q: Do you think -- and I know this question is asked over and over -- that Hollywood is finally more willing to make women-centric comedies?
A: "I think people are open to comedies that make them laugh. Now we have more great writers and stars who get the chance to do their thing and they happen to be women," says Moore. "It's a marketing question. Women have always been funny."
A: "We're going to do a 'Sisters on Ice,' just to keep this going," says Poehler.

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OnlyOnAOL: Amy Poehler, Ike Barinholtz and Jason Moore share a bond in 'Sisters'
Saturday Night Live cast members, from left, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Rachel Dratch pose for photographers during the Directors Guild of America Honors ceremonies, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004 in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Saturday Night Live cast members Tina Fey, left, and Amy Poehler pose for photographs during the Directors Guild of America Honors ceremonies Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004 in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Writer - actress Tina Fey, left, and actress Amy Poehler make an appearance on MTV's Total Request Live at MTV Studios, Tuesday, April 22, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey poses for pictures in the green room at the CFDA Fashion Awards on Monday, June 2, 2008, in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Actors Tina Fey, left, and Amy Poehler attend the opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival with the world premiere of "Baby Mama" at the Ziegfeld Theater, Wednesday, April 23, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Tina Fey, left, and Amy Poehler make the first award presentation at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Tina Fey, left, and Amy Poehler arrive at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Vince Bucci)
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in the audience at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/AP Images)
Tina Fey, left, and Amy Poehler arrive at the 2012 Warner Bros. and InStyle Golden Globe After Party at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon during the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by /Invision for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/AP Images)
Show hosts Tina Fey, left, and Amy Poehler arrive at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday Jan. 13, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
From left, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on stage at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES - From left, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on stage at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision for Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/AP Images)
Tina Fey, left, and Amy Poehler arrive at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Tina Fey, left, and Amy Poehler arrive at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Tina Fey, left, and Amy Poehler attend ELLE's 21st annual Women In Hollywood Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Visit 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on July 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/NBC/Getty Images for 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon')
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