Friday, October 30, 2009

Music Video Of The Day: Get Down Goblin

Halloween isn't complete without this classic Jan Terri spooker.




Melissa A. was kind enough to point me to this Daily Show segment on Jan.

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WTF? Commercial Of The Day: Dog

I'll be having nightmares about this thing. And ventriloquist dummies. Seriously - how the hell does this sell cars?


Church Sign Of The Day

I bet it was the same guys who stole the Shriners' mini-cars.


10 Ways Musicians Piss Off Fans

A great list/article from Spinderfella and MuchMusic.com.

I don't necessarily agree with all of the examples.



We've all come in contact with that drunken guy at the party (hell, perhaps you've been that drunken guy) who corners you and makes you listen to a song that's "changed his life." Because music has this ability to affect its listeners, its creators of said music are often idolized. This fan worship can often go straight to the musicians' heads, and can cause them to do things that suck.

Here are some of the things that musicians have done to cause outrage and scorn among listeners, and which, if you get right down to it, are pretty asshat things to do.


CANCELING SHOWS

Listen, we get that crap happens, and that the odd show cancellation is unavoidable and completely understandable. But, if Kanye West can perform a show ONE WEEK after his mother died, we don't want to hear any of your hangover/laziness excuses. (I'm looking at you Justin Timberlake. Clearly, the Smirnoff Ice has, once again, proven to be too much for you.) See also: Avril Lavigne.


REFUSING TO PLAY OLD HITS

There's a reason that you're popular, and it's because you've written some songs that make the people's hearts sing. So, really, most of us don't care how many times you've sung that same old song, if we want to hear "Like A Virgin," then dammit Madonna (shown above), you best be playing it. See also: Radiohead - "Creep."


LETTING RECORD DISTRIBUTORS CONDUCT PISSING WARS WITH YOUR MUSIC

Digital Rights Management (DRM) is content protection software used to lock up digital media. Instead of stopping pirated copies, it interferes with the legal usage of your purchased music. So, really, although this isn't technically the artists' fault, the only losers in the whole scenario are the fans. If we want to have the CD and the mp3 we have to buy the music twice. Screw that noise. Musicians should be putting the kibosh on this whole situation, and figure out a new way to distribute their music so their fans stop getting the short end of the stick (like Pearl Jam did with Ticketmaster...ah love). Thank God the music industry is now offering some DRM-free options. See: Nickelback.


RETIRING EVERY YEAR

Often fans pay a lot more money to see a show when they know it's the "last" tour. If you continue to have a "last" tour every two years, frankly it gets to be a little annoying. It gives the impression of being a tad money-grubbing, and let's face it, most of the time you aren't improving your sound at all (In fact, it might even be on the decline). Sometimes, it's a better idea to just put the horse out to pasture. See: Celine Dion, Cher, Jay-Z, 50 Cent.


BEING RIDICULOUSLY EGOTISTICAL

Thinking that you're the greatest thing since sliced bread is fine. Continually reminding anyone who will listen is not. When Noel Gallagher from Oasis said, "With every song that I write, I compare it to the Beatles. The thing is, they only got there before me. If I'd been born at the same time as John Lennon, I'd have been up there," I think we all grow a little purple with rage. See also: Kanye West, Axl Rose, P. Diddy, Brandon Flowers.


BECOMING WUSSIES

Can I just ask what the hell happened to Aerosmith? I mean, "Dream On," "Sweet Emotion," "Same Old Song and Dance"...genius. Then we get "Don't Want to Miss a Thing." What the hell is up with that? Listen - experiment with your sound, do what you got to do to mix it up a little, but don't become complete and utter wussies. How might you know if you've become wussies? When your biggest fan base switches to soccer moms and wedding singers, you just know that something has gone horribly, horribly wrong. See also: Bon Jovi, Rob Thomas.


IGNORING WHO YOUR FANS ARE

Nothing pisses your fans off more than when you say or do something that is contrary to some of the cores of their beliefs. For example, whether or not Natalie Maines from the Dixie Chicks was correct in what she said about George Bush, the fact is that a huge number of her fans were southern, Republican and extremely patriotic. Sooo, of course they were going to get riled up. Musicians have just as much right to free speech as anyone else, but if you want to keep your album sales up, do a little research into the likes and dislikes of your fans. See also: Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears.


GRABBING MONEY

Everyone should get paid for their work, but there's no need to be obscene about it. There are some artists that charge ridiculous amounts for tickets to see them in concert (i.e. Barbara Streisand has charged $2,500 for certain shows). Hello? That's the price of an old car or a mortgage payment or two. See also: Madonna, Miley Cyrus.



BECOMING USELESSLY WASTED BEFORE A SHOW

As Amy Winehouse has proved time and time again, it's not a great idea to get so inebriated before a show that you can't perform. Fans tend to get a little angry when they've paid a lot of money to see a show, and the musicians in question makes a fool of themselves on stage. We're not there to watch a drunken ass grope blindly around the stage, cause if we wanted that we could have gone to any bar and seen that show for free. See also: Pete Doherty.


BE METALLICA

If there's one thing Metallica knows how to do really well, it's raising the ire of their fans and of music lovers everywhere. Metallica is considered to be mostly responsible for the shutdown of the beloved Napster, and in fact printed out a 60,000 page document of all users sharing their songs. Lars Ulrich became the spokesperson for the RIAA, and frankly, annoyed the crap out of people everywhere. Metallica now plans to sell some of their music on the internet, but it's not really receiving a very positive response as people have long memories.

Awkward Online Dating Conversation Of The Day

From an LOTD regular who wishes to remain anonymous. She says, "Silly me didn't fall in love at first sight." I dunno, I think they had some nice chemistry.


HIM: I just wanted to say I think you're a lovely lady,seem like you're very funny, have a great life with your son, and even know what you want out of life, which is a hard thing to find these days!!! lol I'm *****, and would love if you would take the time to read my profile as well and look @ my pix, and respond if you would like hun!!! Thanx!!

ME: Hi *****. Thank you for the kind words. I read your profile, like the pictures of you and your home and appreciate your service to our country. However you are 15 years younger than me and I don't know what in the world we would have in common. I appreciate a handsome man but I am certainly not a "cougar."

HIM: But if you really read, and i mean put your mind into all that you read and see about me in my pix, im an older man trapped in a 26 yr olds body is basically what it all means....I am far beyond my age as far as in maturity.....

ME: I really did read and I sincerely meant what I said in my response. But if there is something else you want me to know, go right ahead...

HIM: well if by reading that I dont drink, smoke, do drugs, or party, own my own home and pay all my bills, have a paid for vehicle, have an AA and workin on my BS degree, and an honorable discharge from the marines doesnt kinda make you interested then you're gonna have a hard time findin a man on here sweetie....not being conceited, but they dont get much better than this, and I must say all that i have and have accmplished in my young years is nice to say i have done and done all alone, and I think it kinda proves a bit about my character and my maturtiy!!!!!

ME: 
For me to send you a polite response and then for you to lecture me on character and maturity is exactly my point. Perhaps you should learn to accept a compliment graciously instead of turning it around into a character attack against me.

HIM: Im not trying to, just wanted to assure you that youre passin up a good friend!

ME: "you're gonna have a hard time findin a man on here sweetie...."
is what you said.

HIM: yes but i didnt mean it to the that extent......i know you can find a man, you're gorgeous, but what I meant was one that would treat you well and not run round on you, and even the simple fact that most men on here are boys and still do the lil kid stuff like partying and everything!!!

ME: I have met a lot of nice people on here, most that I consider friends more than anything. And yes there are some bad apples, too, but you get that anywhere.

HIM:
 I agree completely

ME: OK then!


WTF Vid Of The Day: Yesterday

Yeah. Ok. Anyhoo, the one at 1:12 looks like Frances Fisher.

From Wendy in RI.




Thursday, October 29, 2009

QOTD: Physical




What's your best physical feature? Eyes? Boobs? Feet? Legs? Uvula?

Your worst?

Out with it.

Commercial Of The Day: Gucci

Funny stuff from James Franco and FunnyOrDie.com. Don't miss the ending. Hilarious.


Music Video Of The Day: I Like Chicken

Me so hungry.



40 Greatest Movie Soundtracks Of The Day

From Moviefone. They've excluded "music documentaries, concert films, musicals or movies whose soundtracks are mostly (or entirely) scores." They also excluded some of my favorites, including Boogie Nights, Something Wild and The Wall. How dare they not consult me before making this list.

I'm only listing some of the 40. Follow the link at bottom to see the rest.



40. The Wedding Singer (1998)

Highlights: 'Somebody Kill Me' and 'Grow Old With You' by Adam Sandler, 'How Soon Is Now?' by the Smiths, 'Private Idaho' by the B-52's

Why It's a Hit: Spanning '80s pop, rock, alternative and pure cheese, it's a comprehensive, jubilant compilation spread across two volumes. But it's Sandler's two originals and the 'Rapper's Delight' medley featuring the Sugarhill Gang and Ellen Albertini Dow (Rosie) that make it worth the purchase price.



37. Quadrophenia (1979)

Highlights: 'I'm the Face' by High Numbers, 'The Real Me' by the Who

Why It's a Hit: Although it was released after 'Tommy,' this soundtrack, at its best, chronicles the glory days of Mods and rockers, when Pete Townshend and the rest of his peers were still popping pills, smashing guitars and listening to American R&B.



31. Shaft (1971)

Highlights: 'Theme From Shaft,' 'Shaft's Cab Ride' by Isaac Hayes

Why It's a Hit: We all know Richard Roundtree's Shaft is a bad mutha (shut yo mouth!), but it was the late Isaac Hayes who provided the soul power on this 15-track album that mixes "baby-making" grooves with funkier, more upbeat toe-tappers.



30. Almost Famous (2000)

Highlights: 'America' by Simon & Garfunkel, 'Tiny Dancer' by Elton John

Why It's a Hit: With classics from the Who, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Rod Stewart and David Bowie -- and, of course, fictitious Stillwater's fictitious hit 'Fever Dog' -- this album achieves what all soundtracks set out to: It takes you back through the music-filled scenes of the movie, every time you play it.



24. Mystery Train (1989)

Highlights: 'Mystery Train' by Elvis Presley, 'Memphis Train' by Rufus Thomas, 'Mystery Train' by Junior Parker

Why It's a Hit: Together with its soundtrack, Jim Jarmusch's 'Mystery Train' captures the uniquely American landscape of Memphis, a place where black and white cultures combined to create an obscure musical genre known as "rock 'n' roll."



22. Pretty in Pink (1986)

Highlights: 'If You Leave' by OMD, 'Pretty in Pink' by the Psychedelic Furs

Why It's a Hit: Based on a song of the same name, the film boasted OMD hit 'If You Leave,' and songs from '80s staples New Order ('Shellshock') and INXS ('Do Wot You Do'). Even though 'Try a Little Tenderness' never made it on the official soundtrack, Ducky's endearing lip-sync performance made some of us wish Andie ended up with him and not Blane.



20. Dirty Dancing (1987)

Highlights: 'Hey Baby' by Bruce Channel, 'Love Is Strange' by Mickey & Sylvia, '(I've Had) the Time of My Life' by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

Why It's a Hit: It may have been the era of synth-pop and power ballads, but 1987 was the summer we went to Kellerman's ... and fell in love with '60s pop all over again. (C'mere, lover boy!) Even with the, um, charitable inclusion of Patrick Swayze's foray into music, for a few glorious months, this album was the one thing we couldn't get enough of.




19. The Harder They Come (1972)

Highlights: 'Pressure Drop' by the Maytals, 'Many Rivers to Cross' by Jimmy Cliff, 'Draw Your Breaks' by Scotty, 'Shanty Town' by Desmond Dekker

Why It's a Hit: Though the UK was already enjoying an influx of Jamaican culture at the time, this soundtrack and film were one of the first introductions of reggae to the U.S., and as such it's still a beloved favorite amongst fans and tourists of the genre. It might be the most enjoyable end-to-end listen on this list.



17. The Big Chill (1983)

Highlights: 'What's Goin' On' by Marvin Gaye, 'My Girl' by Smokey Robinson, 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' by Procol Harum

Why It's a Hit: The definitive collection of Motown musts, this album rocks everything from the Temptations to the Rascals to Three Dog Night and Aretha Franklin -- and it hit No. 17 on the 1983 Billboard 200 as a result. If ever we gather with old college buddies in a posh winter house after a funeral, this is the soundtrack we're bringing.



14. Rushmore (1998)

Highlights: 'Making Time' by the Creation, 'Ooh La La' by the Faces, 'Nothing in This World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl' by the Kinks

Why It's a Hit: Wes Anderson always seems to do a good job of digging up mod classics that radio forgot, and this soundtrack is no exception. The standout may be the track by the Creation, the band first credited for playing a guitar with a violin bow (later popularized by Jimmy Page). Keep that in mind for when Alex Trebek calls.



12. Dazed and Confused (1993)

Highlights: 'School's Out' by Alice Cooper, 'Love Hurts' by Nazareth, 'Cherry Bomb' by the Runaways

Why It's a Hit: Director Richard Linklater's paean to teens embarking on their freedom from the daily grind (i.e., school) is a bicentennial blast from the past, and the songs he chose to accompany their adventures perfectly capture the highs of last day ('School's Out') to the lows -- the pangs of teen heartbreak ('Love Hurts').



8. Garden State (2004)

Highlights: 'New Slang' by the Shins, 'Such Great Heights' by Iron & Wine

Why It's a Hit: Zach Braff felt so strongly about the songs that would work in his writer-director debut that he actually wrote them into the screenplay. The result is a melancholic, hopeful masterpiece of a soundtrack that helped make indie music mainstream, propelled the Shins to stardom and won Braff a Grammy for Best Compilation for a Motion Picture. Not bad for a Jersey boy.



6. A Hard Day's Night (1964)

Highlights: 'A Hard Day's Night,' 'Can't Buy Me Love,' 'If I Fell' and 'I Should Have Known Better' by the Beatles

Why It's a Hit: So iconic is this album, many people forget that it's a soundtrack at all. But indeed, all eight original songs (plus four instrumentals) on the U.S. version are from the Beatles' first movie, and every single one remains a classic, from that memorable opening chord to the wistful harmonies of 'If I Fell.'



3. Purple Rain (1984)

Highlights: 'When Doves Cry,' 'I Would Die 4 U,' 'Purple Rain,' 'Let's Go Crazy' by Prince

Why It's a Hit: It was Prince's brilliant film debut -- and we're not referring to his acting. Though the movie was a hit, it was nowhere near the sensation of the accompanying album. At once funky, sexy and totally rockin', the LP, billed to Prince and the Revolution (except 'Take Me With U,' which included Apollonia), was nothing short of revolutionary and regularly ranks as one of the best albums of all time.




2. Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Highlights: 'Staying Alive' by the Bee Gees, 'Disco Inferno' by the Trammps

Why It's a Hit: This epic collection defined the Bee Gees as they ushered in the disco era, and it quickly became the best-selling album of all time, only giving up the throne to Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' in 1984. Three decades and hits like 'Staying Alive,' 'Night Fever' and 'Disco Inferno' later, the double LP remains a commercial goldmine.

See the rest here at Moviefone.com


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Vid Of The Day: Sexual Harrassment And You

It'd be great to be Tom Brady -- until Sunday.

From Felipe.



Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Proust Questionnaire Portraits Of The Day

From VanityFair.com.

The Proust Questionnaire Portraits

What is your greatest regret? On what occasion do you lie? In an excerpt from the magazine’s latest hardcover effort, Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire, 10 of our age’s most recognizable luminaries submit to Marcel Proust’s favorite parlor game. Plus: Answer your own Proust Questionnaire using your Facebook account. (And if you do, send it to me and I'll post them.-CM)

Illustrations by Risko.


DAVID BOWIE
(August 1998)

What is your greatest fear?
Converting kilometers to miles.




WALTER CRONKITE
(January 1997)

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
A seagull—graceful in flight, rapacious in appetite.




BRIGITTE BARDOT
(December 1994)

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Nothing about me, everything about others.




EDWARD M. KENNEDY
(May 2006)

On what occasion do you lie?
When I tell each of my sisters that she’s the prettiest of them all.



RAY CHARLES
(February 2003)

What is your motto?
“God helps those who help themselves.”



ARTHUR MILLER
(March 1999)

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
I. Tremendous. Stupid. Idiot. Dream.



BETTE MIDLER
(August 2008)

Which living person do you most despise?
The Bluetooth-wearing S.U.V. driver who idles in front of my building.



FRAN LEBOWITZ
(November 1994)

How would you like to die?
Vindicated.



JOAN DIDION
(October 2003)

On what occasions do you lie?
I probably lie constantly, if the definition of lying includes white lies, social lies, lies to ease a situation or make someone feel better.…



ARETHA FRANKLIN
(November 2003)

What is your greatest regret?
Not learning to read music. However, Juilliard is still on my mind! I’ve come within two blocks of the building, and my schedule would not allow for me to enroll at the time.


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Questionable Happy Meal Toy Of The Day (NSFW-ish)

From Adria, who writes, "More found porn -- my kid's Astro Boy Happy Meal toy from McD's. He was really angry with me because I was playing with it and wouldn't share."

Astro Boy? More like Astroke Boy. Hey, McDonald's, they'll learn about this soon enough. Must you rush it?


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Classic Music Video Of The Day

Confession time: I had this 45 as a kid. Don't ask me why; I sure as shit didn't ask for it. Probably another lousy Christmas gift from my cousins. But then, the more I listened to it, the more I liked it. Before long, I loved it and played it non-stop for weeks. There's something wrong with me.

Ok, what the fuckedy hell is happening at :52? I always thought that was a woman singing, and I still think that's a woman singing. I guess they couldn't get a woman to come in and lip-sync with them, so they drew straws and that poor bastard got stuck doing the girly part. Not me. I'd have said, no effing way, and stormed out of the Soul Train studios. Even Don Cornelius couldn't stop me. As I passed him backstage, he'd say, "Where ya going, my soul brother?" and I'd reply, "This is BULLSHIT, Don Cornelius! I'm outta here."



That Guy/Gal: Hollywood's Underrated Actors Of The Day

From EW.com.

Hollywood's underrated players talk about being recognized on the street (at least some of the time), which other actors they admire, and the roles that got away.

Bob Balaban

BEST KNOWN FOR: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Seinfeld, the Christopher Guest mockumentaries

THE ROLE THAT GOT AWAY: American Graffiti. ''I remember saying to my agent, 'Oh, I just played a bunch of teenagers, and I'm already 25 years old. I shouldn't really try to be a teenager anymore.'''

FIRST MOVIE ROLE: Midnight Cowboy, the lone X-rated Best Picture Oscar winner. ''I was the gay kid who picks up Jon Voight on 42nd Street and gets sick in the bathroom afterward. So I was the X rating!''

Bobby Cannavale

BEST KNOWN FOR: Third Watch, Will & Grace, The Station Agent

AN ACTOR HE ADMIRES: ''John Turturro. He's very close to my heart because I saw him on stage when I was a teenager. I was blown away by his forwardness. There's nothing that's not engaging you all the time.''

THE ROLE THAT GOT AWAY: ''Family Guy may be my all-time favorite show. And I met Seth MacFarlane, and he said, 'You gotta come on and do a voice!' And then he never called me.''

Lynn Cohen

BEST KNOWN FOR: Sex and the City, Law & Order, Munich

MOST RECOGNIZED FOR: Her role as Miranda's no-nonsense cleaning lady, Magda, on SATC. ''People come up and hug me. It's a wonderful thing! I met an 85-year-old woman on the street the other day who said, 'Oh, I'm obsessed with Sex and the City. I watch it every single day.' She relates to Magda — she has the answer to all the problems in the world if you just listen to her.''

Kim Dickens

BEST KNOWN FOR: Hollow Man, Deadwood, Lost

HER FAVORITE ROLE: Sherry in Things Behind the Sun. ''She was struggling with addictions, she was a rape survivor, she was a rock star. And we shot it in, like, three weeks on a very indie budget in Cocoa Beach, Florida. It was an all-around great experience. My close second would have to be Joanie Stubbs on Deadwood, because that was like walking around in a novel. Fans feel sort of affectionate toward those Deadwood characters.''

Anne Dudek

BEST KNOWN FOR: House, Big Love, Mad Men

MOST RECOGNIZED FOR: ''If I'm in Starbucks, it's White Chicks.'' Outside the coffee mecca? ''House. People feel awkward because my character's known as 'Cutthroat Bitch.' They don't want to say that to me.''

WHAT SHE LOVES ABOUT HER CAREER: ''When I came home from this shoot, my husband said, 'Annie, I'm so proud that people care about what you're doing.' It's such a rewarding feeling to think, 'Oh, wow, someone likes what I've done!'''

Beth Grant

BEST KNOWN FOR: Donnie Darko, Little Miss Sunshine, No Country for Old Men, The Office

BEST ADVICE EVER: ''I started out wanting to be a movie star, like Joan Crawford and Marilyn Monroe. I kept trying to do all these glamorous roles. But I had this great acting teacher who said, 'Why do you keep trying to be a Rolex watch? You're the salt of the earth!' Once I embraced myself as a character actress, I never looked back.''





Tina Majorino

BEST KNOWN FOR: Waterworld, Napoleon Dynamite, Veronica Mars, Big Love

MOST RECOGNIZED FOR: ''Surprisingly, [the 1994 girl-meets-seal kiddie film] Andre. Even though I'm 23. Most of the time, people look at me kind of funny and then say, 'You know, you really resemble that little girl who was in Andre. Has anyone ever told you that before?' And I'll be like, 'Yeah.' Unless they straight-out ask, I don't say, 'Well, I am that person.' That's a little awkward.''

Romany Malco

BEST KNOWN FOR: Weeds, The 40 Year-Old Virgin

MOST RECOGNIZED FOR: Virgin — but the recognition came in waves, starting with some ''thuggish dudes'' who complimented him three weeks before its release. ''I realized what it was: The gangsters saw the bootleg before it came out.''

HIS PREVIOUS LIFE: Malco worked as a rapper and music producer before John Leguizamo encouraged him to try acting.

Jayma Mays

BEST KNOWN FOR: Heroes, Ugly Betty

HER FAVORITE ROLE: Cynthia, the stressed-out hotel clerk in her first movie, Red Eye. ''Everything was new and fresh and I was nervous. And [Cynthia] was nervous. So it worked.''

THE NAME GAME: Mays played a character named Charlie on both Heroes and Ugly Betty. ''It's just so weird. I told my manager, 'Look, if there's a role that opens up called Charlie, just send it to me. I'm gold. I don't care if it's a man.'''

Larry Miller

BEST KNOWN FOR: Pretty Woman, The Nutty Professor, Best in Show

AN ACTOR HE ADMIRES: ''Gene Hackman. He brings a little heroism and innocence to the worst people, and a tired darkness to the best.''

ON PLAYING THE JERK: ''[People say], 'Gee, you so often play —,' and I say, 'Annoying, horrifying people? Someone who, if you ran into the guy, would be just awful?' To me, that's hysterical. It's been years [since] it dawned on me that I was playing a lot of parts like that.''

Sarah Paulson

BEST KNOWN FOR: Jack & Jill, Deadwood, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

THE ROLE THAT GOT AWAY: ''I really wanted [Claire Danes' part in] Shopgirl. It spoke to me a lot more than playing so-and-so's wife in a disaster movie. [Pause] Although... don't get me wrong, I wouldn't sneeze at that, either!''

WHAT SHE LOVES ABOUT HER CAREER: ''That I've got all my fingers in all of the different pots — theater, movies, and television. I feel very lucky that I can do all three.''

James Rebhorn

BEST KNOWN FOR: Scent of a Woman, Independence Day, Meet the Parents

PLAYING THE PART: ''Generally, the character in Scent of a Woman is the character I play — a buttoned-down, stern taskmaster.'' So is he like that off screen? ''You'd have to ask my wife and kids!''

UP NEXT: A play called Saturn Returns. ''For a creative industry, [Hollywood] is not that creative. They tend to hire me based upon what I last did. I enjoy theater because it's not quite that rigid in its interpretation of your skill.''

Lance Reddick

BEST KNOWN FOR: Oz, The Wire, Lost

AN ACTOR HE ADMIRES: ''Maybe three weeks ago, I'm walking by this cafĂ© [in New York] and I hear, 'Good actor!' I turn around thinking it's some fan — and it's Philip Seymour Hoffman. I freaked out. I was thinking, 'I can't walk up to him, but I have to walk up to him!' So I walked up and said, 'I'm so honored.' And that was it. I left and got on the subway. I've never made such a fool of myself in my life.''


Krysten Ritter

BEST KNOWN FOR: Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars

AN ACTOR SHE ADMIRES: ''Isla Fisher's career is pretty remarkable. She's been doing it since she was 13 years old, and she's really come into her own comedically. I'd love to be where she is in five years.''

BIZARRE SIDE EFFECT OF FAME: ''A die-hard fan of Veronica Mars made a lunch box covered with pictures of [my character] Gia Goodman. So I have a lunch box with me on it, which is pretty hysterical.''

Matt Servitto

BEST KNOWN FOR: The Sopranos, Brotherhood, Sex and the City

THE ROLE THAT GOT AWAY: ''Last week I auditioned for 30 Rock, and I so wanted it. It's my favorite show in the world. One of my best friends got the job instead.''

HIS LUCKY BREAK: Servitto played Agent Harris, Tony's FBI contact, for The Sopranos' entire run. ''I auditioned for the pilot as Father Phil, the priest that Carmela has a little flirtation with in season 1. Thank God I didn't get it!''

Celia Weston

BEST KNOWN FOR: Alice, Dead Man Walking, Junebug

AN ACTOR SHE ADMIRES: ''Max von Sydow. We were on Snow Falling on Cedars for months. He was so committed. I guess I have a little crush, all due respect to his lovely wife.''

THE ROLE THAT GOT AWAY: Dolly Pelliker in Silkwood. ''For weeks I thought I had a very strong shot. And, of course, it went to Cher. We found out when it was announced on Entertainment Tonight.''

(More at EW.com)


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