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After 2010’s underwhelming “Can’t Be Tamed” left Miley a free agent, parting ways with longtime label Hollywood Records, the opportunity to further expand her pop sound into new and edgier places became quite appealing to the 19-year-old artist formerly known as Hannah Montana. As she told Billboard at September’s IHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas, Cyrus booked studio time with hip-hop producers like Pharrell Williams, Hit-Boy and Da Internz, the latter of whom helmed Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake” and Big Sean’s “A$$.” Cyrus was still talking to labels around IHeartRadio time, but Billboard has since learned that the singer has signed with RCA for a release later this year and that Dr. Luke will be among the album's collaborators.
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Actor Jim Nabors, who played 'Gomer Pyle' in the classic 60's sitcom of the same name, has come out of the closet after years of speculation, in an announcement that he married his partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, in Seattle on Jan 15, Hawaii News Now reports:
Nabors declined an on-camera interview but spoke to Hawaii News Now by phone.
"I'm 82 and he's in his 60s and so we've been together for 38 years and I'm not ashamed of people knowing, it's just that it was such a personal thing, I didn't tell anybody," Nabors said. "I'm very happy that I've had a partner of 38 years and I feel very blessed. And, what can I tell you, I'm just very happy."
Nabors said he and Cadwallader traveled to Washington state, where gay marriages became legal in early December 2012. They were married at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle.
A judge performed the marriage ceremony in the privacy of their hotel room with a couple of friends who live down the street from them near Diamond Head as witnesses, Nabors said.
Before they were married, Nabors said, "It's pretty obvious that we had no rights as a couple, yet when you've been together 38 years, I think something's got to happen there, you've got to solidify something. And at my age, it's probably the best thing to do."
Nabors indicated that he plans to continue living a very private life and would not become a marriage activist.
Nabors was the subject of a longtime rumor that he had 'married' Rock Hudson. Hudson said that the urban legend was started by "middle-aged homosexuals who live in Huntington Beach" who sent out a joke invitation to their marriage, which blew up into something that a few people started to take seriously. It reportedly damaged their relationship forever.
Even untouchable old Hollywood is coming out.
Director Bryan Singer keeps delivering Uncanny casting news! Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore and Ellen Page are reprising their roles in X-Men: Days of Future Past Stars from the original three films will join stars of X-Men: First Class including Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence The film will be based on the classic storyline in which mutants from the future try to change the past My geeky brain starting thinking of what else would make this sequel even more Astonishing X-fans:
X1 ugh Jackman leading the real Last Stand! In the classic Days of Future Past storyline Logan leads the underground resistance in a future North America ruled by Sentinels. Magneto, Storm, Colossus and Kitty Pryde (now Kate Rasputin) are the only surviving X-Men. The heroes eventually break out of their concentration camp and join Logan on a suicide raid on Sentinel headquarters. Hugh Jackman is set to return so he could play the aging Logan on his last mission.
X2 Rachel Summers! The daughter of Scott and Jean is the key to the story. Rachel is telepathic and telekinetic like her mother and uses her psionic powers to send Kate’s mind into the present day body of a younger Kitty Pryde who must convince the X-Men to prevent an assassination that will lead to this dark future. Bryce Dallas Howard (yes I know she’s already been in a Spidey movie) would be perfect as tragic daughter of Scott and Jean. Rachel was forced to be a “Hound” and track down fellow mutants. In the comic books Rachel escaped the future and went into the past became the new Phoenix and joined the X-Men. She currently teaches as the Jean Grey School.
X3 Franklin Richards! The last surviving member of the Fantastic Four is in love with Rachel. The son of Reed and Susan Storm Richards is in the camp with the surviving X-Men and I won’t reveal his final fate. Mark Millar’s new role as Creative Consultant for the Fox controlled Marvel franchises includes the upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four. This film could serve as a reboot point for both franchises similar to J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek.
X4 Kitty Pryde/Kate Rasputin! Ellen Page is back so will she play the future Kate? Kitty is married to Colossus (as it should be!) but agrees to have her mind travel into the past to rally the X-Men to stop a chain of events leading to the dark future.
X5 renzy! I think the movie version will still have a Brotherhood of Mutants attempting to assassinate a Senator. The killing leads to the creation of the Sentinels. Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) will need new members of their Brotherhood. Why not have the gorgeous and formidable Frenzy aka Joanna Cargill on the roster? This would be a good way to have an African-American character in this retro time period as a way to explore race relations and the human/mutant conflict. In the comics Frenzy is a former mutant terrorist (who followed Apocalypse and Magneto) but joined the staff of the Jean Grey School.
X6 Polaris! Before I knew the X-Men: First Class sequel would be Days of Future Past I was hoping Magneto’s children (Polaris, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch) would appear in the sequel. Polaris aka Lorna Dane is a green haired mutant with magnetic powers and falls in love with Havok (played by Lucas Till.) Polaris is one of the most tragic characters in X-history and having her could lead to romantic scenes with Till and powerful scenes with the men who would be revealed as her father (Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen.) I think maybe Lorna would be the mutant sent back to save the future instead of Kitty. Fassbender is such an amazing actor I would love to see him act out scenes involving one of the most tragic family dynamics in comics.
X7 Halle Berry returns as Storm! Ororo joins Logan in his assault on the Sentinel HQ in the future. I would love to see Berry (and Daniel Cudmore as Colossus) join Hugh Jackman in what is one of the most gripping scenes from the comic book series as the older broken heroes go on a suicide mission to save humanity one last time.
X8 James Marsden as Cyclops and Famke Janssen as Jean Grey? If the time travel twist works it could turn out that Scott was never killed by the Dark Phoenix and Logan never took out Jean. If Patrick Stewart is back could the other “deaths” of The Last Stand be rewritten?
Fuck Yes #5 and Big Fat No to #7! It would be amazing to have Suicide Mission-like sequency. What are your wishes, ONTD
Tegan & Sara’s new album Heartthrob is now available! Check out the girls trying to explain to Andy Samberg what it means to be a heartthrob.
Lindsay Lohan is making a mad dash to appear in court this morning ... hoping to dodge an arrest warrant.
TMZ broke the story ... Lindsay planned on being a no-show today when her case is called at 8:30 AM, claiming she had an upper respiratory infection.
But her excuse didn't fly because ... Lindsay was shopping up a storm and smoking the day she got the doctor's note ... and TMZ got the pics of LiLo in action.
So Lindsay is racing to court with her layer Mark Heller, who may have his own problems getting permission to represent Lindsay in Lohan's "lying to cops" case.
Judge Stephanie Sautner may kick some serious butt ... and we'll be there Livestreaming when court begins.
8:39 AM PT -- Lindsay just arrived to court with her mother Dina and her new lawyer Mark Heller. We're hearing that court will begin at 9:00 AM sharp.
9:27 AM PT -- Heller is currently inside the courthouse and is exected to come out to address the media ... because he can't help himself.
Judge Stephanie Sautner couldn't help herself during Lindsay Lohan's hearing this AM, quipping, "I'm glad to see you're feeling better" -- referring to the fact that she was almost a no-show because her doctor said she had an upper respiratory infection -- which apparently didn't get in the way of her shopping spree last Saturday.
Lindsay reluctantly told the judge in her criminal case she's down with saying goodbye to longtime lawyer Shawn Holley ... and put her fate in the hands of New York attorney Mark Heller.
A sleepy Lindsay hesitated when Judge Sautner asked if she was comfortable with the change. Lindsay qualified her answer by telling the judge she was OK with it today, but the judge wanted to know about today and tomorrow ... Lindsay said it was.
Judge Sautner gave Heller permission to rep Lindsay in the lying-to-cops case and Heller then tried to turn on the charm, telling the judge they had a NYC connection since she was once a Big Apple detective. The judge fired back that flattery would get him nowhere fast.
The judge also laid down the ominous fact -- that Lindsay could be found not guilty in the lying case, and her probation in the jewelry case could still be violated since the standard of proof is lower.
The Judge set March 1 as the next hearing.
FYI -- for whoever cares, Lindsay wore Chanel to court today with Celine shades ... and Louboutins on her feet, obviously.
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The meteoric rise of Lady Gaga may have taken a precipitous turn, according to AccuraCast. London’s leading search engine marketing agency has named Mother Monster “2012′s Fallen Star.”
Noting that Born This Way has sold 4 million fewer copies than her debut, The Fame, and the decline in her internet search volume — visualized in the above graph — AccuraCast writes:
When we consider how busy Lady Gaga has been over the course of 2012, her fall in online popularity is astonishing and even more so if we consider the influence of the internet in launching her career. In April 2012 she commenced the Born This Way Ball and then in August she launched her own fragrance, appearing in cities across the globe to promote this. She also lost and gained weight controversially, after admitting to suffering from an eating disorder, openly discussed her use of drugs and appeared at London Fashion Week.
The declining number of searches, which is lingering dangerously close to the level it was when she burst onto the scene in 2008, indicates that we are all a little bored with Lady Gaga’s antics!
Well, they may have a point there. Gaga’s concert sales have been disappointing and Born This Way got its Ball handed to it by Madonna’s MDNA Tour. Justin Bieber has eclipsed the Lady as the most popular person on Twitter and thanks to some YouTube housecleaning, she lost some 156 million views. And Jennifer Lopez toppled her from the top spot on Forbes‘ Celebrity 100 last year.
Take a note, kids. This is what happens when you hang out with Lindsay Lohan. Those frequent failure miles are transferable.src
Soundgarden have unveiled the video for their new single 'By Crooked Steps', which was directed by none other than Dave Grohl. Scroll down and click 'play' to watch it.
The video shows the so-called 'Crooked Steps gang', aka Soundgarden, tearing around LA on Segways while being pursued by a cop who turns out to be Deadmau5. Grohl also came up with the concept for the video.
Discussing what drew him to the project, Grohl said: "I had an idea. I got a copy of the record and the third song 'By Crooked Steps' was a signature, instantly recognisable Soundgarden song."
Speaking to Rolling Stone about his new movie Sound City and the way the film tackles the issue of digital versus analogue in modern production, Grohl said that modern day drumming has lost its personality and that he enjoys listening to drummers who may not be technically proficient but have made great music nonetheless.
"You listen to John Bonham, and his feel was not metronomic, but it was legendary. Keith Moon played like he was on fire. He was a wild drummer. He was sloppy and he was fuckin' frenetic and manic, but that's The Who. Stewart Copeland, his tempo would fuckin' blast off like the space shuttle, but that's The Police," Grohl said.
"Nowadays, I think it could be hard for a kid to find a favourite drummer, because a lot of that personality is being robbed from these musicians for the sake of perfection, and it's kind of a drag. It's nice to hear drummers like Meg White – one of my favorite fucking drummers of all time. Like, nobody fucking plays the drums like that. Or the guy from The Black Keys. Watch that guy play the drums – it's crazy. The dude from Vampire Weekend. Like, if any of those people went to the Berklee School of Music they'd never be accepted, because they're not considered technically proficient. But their music has totally changed the world."
The feisty American Idol judge‘s longtime music producer beau reportedly propositioned a number of young ladies recently during a party at a friend’s house in Los Angeles.
After being repeatedly being turned down flat, Star reports that Samuels eventually got lucky after finding a girl that agreed to fulfill his sexual desires – in return for a sum of cash!
“[The party] was really wild,” a fellow reveler tells Star. “It was packed with women, some of whom were doing Ecstacy, and Safaree was ogling all the girls from the moment he arrived.
“Everyone recognized Safaree the moment he walked in, and all the women also recognized the fact that he’s Nicki Minaj’s man.” lol I wouldn't recognize his ass
Star reveals that the woman Samuels eventually got lucky with is former porn actress Beauty Dior.
“She agreed to give Safaree oral sex – but for a price,” a source at the party told Star.
For the full outrageous story, including on the record witness accounts, how much money changed hands and details of Samuels’ steamy sex tryst, pick up the new issue of Star magazine – on newsstands Thursday.
Whatever. I think she's gay. Kick the merkin to the curb Nicki!
After seven seasons and 136 episodes, 30 Rock comes to an end with a two-part finale this Thursday, making Friday the first time in 16 years that Tina Fey won't be on TV. I'm not sure if I'm ready for this. We've dedicated dozens, if not hundreds, of posts to Liz Lemon, Jack Donaghy, Jenna Maroney, and the rest of the NBC/Kabletown crew over the years, and now that it's concluding, it's time to look back at what made the show so great.
This post collects a mere 20 of the thousands of things I'll miss the most about 30 Rock — amazing examples not mentioned include Grizz and Dot-Com, Lutz's homosexuality, Tracy's lizard, Liz's hoodies, learning more and more about Stone Mountain, Georgia, guessing where Danny was every episode — and now I'm emotional all over again, knowing that we'll never hear another business talk from Jack or Angie Jordan "HAM." DON'T LEAVE US, TINA.
#1. The many, many, many fake movies and TV shows.
#2. Liz Lemon encouraging my relationship with large amounts of food.
#3. The terrible Girlie Show sketches that I so wish were real.
#4. Jenna Maroney's egomania
#5. The lines it got away with.
Six years ago I met Liz Lemon, a woman with brown hair, glasses, a love of sandwiches and a penchant for blazers.
This is our story.
When I was a sophomore in college, I started writing for my student-run newspaper and taking journalism courses. One of the first things I decided to write was the state of women in the then current TV landscape. A professor I spoke with was telling me all sorts of things about "30 Rock's" Liz Lemon and he handed me the first season DVD set.
I had heard of the show, even seen an episode before, but never truly latched on. Soon, that changed. My friend Meag and I sat down and quickly devoured the first season DVD set. Blerg became part of our lexicon. We developed a "30 Rock" friendship that our other floormates didn't quite understand. The humor of Liz Lemon, Jack Donaghy, Jenna Maroney and Tracy Jordan is not for everyone -- the ratings for the series have proven that -- but for those who did jump into the wild world of "30 Rock," it was a very special experience. To this day, right up until the last episode, "30 Rock" is something Meag and I discuss and dissect. It helped further cement our friendship, something I'll always be grateful for.
I grew with the show. I went from a college student fan to a professional journalist getting the chance to meet and interview the stars along the way. Of course, they did not disappoint. As a journalist, I've gotten the chance to interview a lot of really awesome people, but the first time I even went to a "30 Rock" press event I felt like I was going to puke.
"30 Rock" was like nothing I had ever seen on TV. From the cast of characters to the absurd, recurring jokes, the show was truly something special and should be treated as such.
When you think of great TV comedies, it's going to be "I Love Lucy,""Seinfeld" and "30 Rock." Mark my words: In 15-20 years, "30 Rock" will be up there with those comedies in retrospectives about shows and creators that changed the landscape of TV. And nothing will ever be like "30 Rock." I'm not saying Tina Fey and the writers and producers of the series won't go on and create more great shows, but the magic that everybody brought to the table at "30 Rock" can't be replicated.
There is one episode that truly stands out as the moment I officially got "30 Rock": "Episode 210." From Liz Lemon's epic drunken meltdown over the apartment she was trying to buy to the closing "Midnight Train to Georgia" musical number, everything was so absurdly perfect. That's the standard the show set and it met it week after week.
In Liz Lemon, Tina Fey created a character that could appeal to pretty much every kind of audience and not just man/woman. Liz was overworked, looking for love, incredibly nerdy, sweet, lazy in some aspects, a lover of food and so much more. She made a sort of misfit into a hero and surrounded her by characters that redefined the word outrageous. Those characters, coupled with the comedy "30 Rock" threw at its viewers on a weekly basis, is why this show will be studied in TV and media courses in colleges.
When I sat down to watch the finale earlier this week, tears instantly filled my eyes. It's tough to say goodbye to friends you've been with for seven years. Yes, I called TV characters my friends because that's what Liz, Jack, Tracy and Jenna have become. It's a testament to what Tina Fey, the writers, producers, actors and everybody else at "30 Rock" created.
Tracy Jordan: Hi, I'm Tracy Jordan, and I'm bringing the black back to NBC. And I'm proud as a peacork, baby.
Liz Lemon: That's great Tracy, but it's peacock.
Tracy Jordan: What I say?
Liz Lemon: Peacork.
Tracy Jordan: Peacock. Think peaCOCK. Right, Jenna?
Stage Manager: In 3, 2 ...
Tracy Jordan: Hi, I'm Tracy Jordan, and I'm bringing the black back to NBC. And I'm proud as a peaCOCK, baby.
Liz Lemon: OK. That time I think you may have hit it a little bit too hard. Also can you throw Jenna's name in there for me?
Stage Manager: In 3, 2 ...
Tracy Jordan: Hi, I'm Tracy Jordan, and I'm bringing the black back to NBC. Right, Jenna Malvangany?
Liz Lemon: Maroney, rhymes with baloney.
Stage Manager: In 3, 2 ...
Tracy Jordan: Hi, I'm Tracy Jordan, and I'm bringing the black back to NBC. And I'm proud as a peacock. Right, my baloney?
Liz Lemon: Nope.
Stage Manager: In 3, 2 ...
Tracy Jordan: Hi, I'm Tracy Jordan. I'm black NBC. Very proud, like peacocks. Right, Janet?
[end of take]
Tracy Jordan: I think we got it! I think we got it!
Jack: Yep, I think we did.
Though I honestly do not think there will be another show like "30 Rock," I'm OK with that. And as much as I will miss Jenna Maroney -- it's going to be very hard to watch TV on Thursdays knowing I will not see her on camerah -- I do not want to see her in a "Joey"-like spinoff. I'm going to miss the heck out of the characters and this show, but thank you, "30 Rock" for the laughs, the new words in my vocabulary, the tears (usually from laughter) and the friendships.
The "30 Rock" series finale airs on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.
Jim Jarmusch has made a vampire movie, and if that's not enough to get you seriously stoked, then how about this cast? Tom Hiddelston, Anton Yelchin, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt and Tilda Swinton. Yeah, damn, right? Well, feast your eyes on this.
The first image from the movie has arrived on IndieWire and it's Swinton looking fierce as usual, with Hiddleston wrapping his arms around her, because who wouldn't? In the movie, Loki (Newsflash: his name isn't actually Loki) plays Adam, an underground musician who reunites with his centuries long lover Eve (Swinton), but finds their relationship interrupted by her wild sister, Ava (Wasikowska). So, an indie music vampire movie or something? Whatever it is Jarmusch is cooking up, it's likely to be far different than your average movie about bloodsuckers.
We'd place a pretty firm bet on this one premiering at the Cannes Film Festival in May. No distribution yet, but that will be sorted soon enough.
This sounds stupid as hell, and Tom looks ridiculous. However, I love Tilda and Tom. So, I will see this.
Set in a not-too-distant future where Earth has been turned into a desolate, postapocalyptic landscape and most of the human race has been wiped out by parasitic aliens, "The Host" revolves around Melanie (Saoirse Ronan), who is captured and implanted with an alien wanderer, Wanda. The alien isn't strong enough to fight off Melanie, so the two coexist, eventually form a bond and attempt to prevent the total annihilation of the human race. Oh, and of course, there is a love triangle between Melanie's first love Jared and newcomer Ian, whom she meets as Wanda not Melanie.
Now, we are happy to unveil a chat with actor Jake Abel, a.k.a. Ian O'Shea, who opened up about his intimidating audition and why everyone should want to work with Ronan.
"I didn't know too much about 'The Host' until I heard about the audition, so before I went in to read with Saoirse, I ran into Stephenie [Meyer] out in the lobby," Abel revealed. "As if that wasn't intimidating enough, I hadn't seen Saoirse in four years. The last time we worked together [on 2009's 'The Lovely Bones'], I was 14, and now I had to go in and have a romantic scene with her."
Abel said he felt honored and very lucky to work on the film, in large part due to his likable co-star.
"She makes my job so much easier," Abel said of Ronan. "And as far as her playing two different people, for me, all Ian is concerned about is Wanda. She's just Wanda. He'd never met her before when she was Melanie. So I haven't really been able to see Saoirse's transitions, which will be exciting to see in the theaters," he said, adding that the film's New Mexico desert setting made for especially exquisite scenery during the filming of one key scene. "My favorite scene to shoot was the one in our hideout," he said. "The other day we were standing up on one of those high ridges, and it was one of the most fantastic things I've ever gotten to see."
Leading lady Ronan has always been extra enthusiastic about the film. Most recently, she gave a shout-out to co-star William Hurt, who plays Melanie's eccentric Uncle Jeb.
"It's great to just see it all put together and see how it looks and how certain scenes turned out," she said. "There are some nice moments in there. I loved working with everyone on it, but I really loved working with William Hurt, just because he was a great leader really for all of us. He raised questions that some of us might not have if he wasn't there, so it was lovely to see the scenes that we did together."
"The Host" hits theaters March 29.
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I'm definitely going to be seeing this if only for my favorite's favorite.
“I wasn’t sure I wanted to be in the movie,” Uma Thurman tells Vanity Fair contributing editor Mark Seal of Pulp Fiction. Thurman explains that it wasn’t just the obscenity, or her character’s drug habit—it was also the rape of her crime-boss husband. “Pretty frightening,” she says. Referring to the boarding-school environment she was coming from, Thurman says,“I was 23, from Massachusetts.” It took a lot of work on Tarantino’s part to convince her. “He wasn’t this revered demigod auteur that he has grown into. And I wasn’t sure I wanted to do it, because I was worried about the Gimp stuff,” she adds, referring to the leather-clad character who emerges from a cage, set to have his way with the bound-and-gagged Marsellus Wallace. “We had very memorable, long discussions about male rape versus female rape. No one could believe I even hesitated in any way. Neither can I, in hindsight.”
Thurman says that, of all the scenes she was nervous about, it was dancing with John Travolta that intimidated her the most,“because I was so awkward and embarrassed and shy.” Travolta also remembers the scene: “Quentin recommended the Twist. And I said, ‘Well, Little Johnny Travolta won the Twist contest when I was eight years old, so I know every version. But you may add other novelty dances that were very special in the day.’ He said, ‘What do you mean?’ I said, ‘There was the Batman, the Hitchhiker, the Swim, as well as the Twist.’ And I showed them to him, and he loved them. I said, ‘I’ll teach Uma the steps, and when you want to see a different step, call it out.’”
In retrospect it’s hard to believe that Quentin Tarantino would have had trouble getting a script developed, but every major studio passed on Pulp Fiction. It was Harvey Weinstein, then running Miramax under Disney, who couldn’t close the deal fast enough. “When I read the Pulp Fiction script, I went to him [then chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg] and said, ‘Even though I have the right to make this, I want to clear it with you.’ He read it and said, ‘Easy on the heroin scene, if you can, but that is one of the best scripts I have ever read. Even though you don’t need it, I am giving you my blessing.’”
Casting proved to be one of the biggest challenges in making the movie. Harvey Weinstein was dead-set against giving the role of Vincent Vega to John Travolta. “John Travolta was at that time as cold as they get,” says Mike Simpson, Tarantino’s agent at William Morris Endeavor.“He was less than zero.” Simpson had given Weinstein a “term sheet” of Tarantino’s demands, which included final cut, a two-and-a-half-hour running time, and final choice of actors.“One of the actors I had on the list was John Travolta,” says Tarantino. “And it came back: ‘The entire list is approved . . . except for John Travolta.’ So I got together with Harvey, and he’s like, ‘I can get Daniel Day-Lewis, Sean Penn, William Hurt.’” By then, according to Simpson, “Daniel Day-Lewis and Bruce Willis, who was the biggest star in Hollywood, had both gotten their hands on the script and wanted to play Vincent Vega.”
The negotiations for Travolta came down to the wire.“At midnight our time, three in the morning in New York, Harvey said, ‘Let’s just close the deal, and we’ll address that tomorrow in good faith,’” Simpson recalls. But Simpson told him, “You’re going to agree to it right now, or there’s no deal.” Later, when the Weinsteins saw the finished film in Los Angeles, Harvey announced facetiously, 20 minutes into the screening, according to Richard Gladstein, then head of production at Miramax, “I’m so glad I had the idea to cast John Travolta.”
Bruce Willis’s interest in the project relieved Weinstein’s concerns that the movie lacked bankable stars. With the main role of Vincent Vega already cast, the only option for Willis was Butch, the boxer—which Tarantino had promised to Matt Dillon.“So he gave Matt the script,” Simpson tells Seal,“and he read it and said, ‘I love it. Let me sleep on it.’ Quentin then called me and said, ‘He’s out. If he can’t tell me face-to-face that he wants to be in the movie—after he read the script—he’s out.’” So the role went to Willis.“Once I got Bruce Willis, Harvey got his big movie star, and we were all good,” says Tarantino. “Bruce Willis made us legit. Reservoir Dogs did fantastic internationally, so everyone was waiting for my new movie. And then when it was my new movie with Bruce Willis, they went apeshit.”
The role of Jules Winnfield proved difficult to cast, mainly because Samuel L. Jackson was under the impression the part was his, until he found out he was in danger of losing the role to Paul Calderon. Jackson flew out to L.A. for a last-ditch audition with Tarantino. “I sort of was angry, pissed, tired,” Jackson recalls. He was also hungry, so he bought a takeout burger on his way to the studio, only to find nobody there to greet him. “When they came back, a line producer or somebody who was with them said, ‘I love your work, Mr. Fishburne,’” says Jackson.“It was like a slow burn. He doesn’t know who I am? I was kind of like, Fuck it. At that point I really didn’t care.” Gladstein remembers Jackson’s audition:“In comes Sam with a burger in his hand and a drink in the other hand and stinking like fast food. Me and Quentin and Lawrence were sitting on the couch, and he walked in and just started sipping that shake and biting that burger and looking at all of us. I was scared shitless. I thought that this guy was going to shoot a gun right through my head. His eyes were popping out of his head. And he just stole the part.” Lawrence Bender adds,“He was the guy you see in the movie. He said, ‘Do you think you’re going to give this part to somebody else? I’m going to blow you motherfuckers away.’”
Last summer's The Amazing Spider-Man was commercially successful, but met with a mixed response from critics and, to some degree, fans, many of whom couldn't get past the fact that the reboot retread so much territory covered by Sam Raimi's earlier trilogy.
Well, one of the stars of those previous Spidey films, James Franco, shares those less than enthusiastic feelings. When asked by MTV about his thoughts on the reboot, Franco didn't pull any punches, saying "I mean, they could have strayed a little bit more from the original. It was like, ‘Why?’ I guess they made a lot of money. Congrats. Good for them. Sam and I moved on. We made Oz."
lol james...remember tho that u made spider man 3. that travesty...
During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, co-stars Shawn Ashmore and Annie Parisse talked about how they each came to be a part of the show, simultaneously learning about their characters in both the past and present, working on instinct, how excited they are to read each script, the respect that their characters have for each other, and how they hope viewers will enjoy the roller coaster ride. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Collider: How did you each come to be a part of this show?
ANNIE PARISSE: I probably have a little bit different story than most of the cast because my character joins in the second episode. They sent me the pilot and the scripts, asking if I would be interested in joining it. So, the opportunity to watch the pilot before I made a decision about whether or not I wanted to be a part of the show was just so awesome. That never happens in television. You’re always going, “Well, I’m just going to try to imagine what this might be.” But, I couldn’t put the script down, when I was reading it, and then, I immediately put the pilot on to watch. From that moment forward, I have not read one script that I wasn’t surprised by and that wasn’t a total page-turner. Every time I get a script, I’m as excited to read it as I was. Half-way through that pilot, I was like, “Oh, my god!” It’s been fantastic to get involved with the show.
SHAWN ASHMORE: I was going out for pilot season, so I was reading a bunch of scripts. This came along, and I loved it and pursued it as hard as I possibly could. There were a few scripts that I really liked, but this one was, by far, the best. It was the kind of show where I was like, “I would watch this. This is something that I would watch.” Sometimes, as an actor, when you’re trying to get that job, you don’t have that luxury. It can be an interesting part or something that you want to pursue, but it doesn’t necessarily all come together to be something that you would be a fan of. So, I read the script and the twists and turns made me go, “Holy shit, this is awesome! I didn’t see that coming! This is something that I would tune in for!” As soon as that happened, I was like, “I need to be on this show. I need to get this part.” So, I just went for it and attacked it. I actually had worked with Marcos Siega, who directed the pilot, before. We did a Miramax movie, years ago, called Underclassman. It was an action comedy, and that was fun. I didn’t actually talk to him prior to getting the role, but at least I knew that we had worked together and we got along, and we had hung out, over the years, after that. At least there was that understanding, so he would know if I was right for the part or not. I’m glad that it worked out ‘cause now I get to be on the show.
When you do a show like this, that’s so layered, and you’re simultaneously learning about your character’s past and present, do you have to just give yourself over to the scripts and not worry about backstory?
PARISSE: We really do get the scripts as we go, and we don’t know what’s coming next. Sometimes that’s totally scary because you’re like, “Well, I hope I’m playing this right.”
ASHMORE: You worry about missing out on opportunities to really play a beat that you haven’t been able to think about.
PARISSE: But most of the time, to be totally honest, I look back on stuff and think that it’s actually great that I didn’t know about some of the things that were coming up because there are some things that, once you know them, you can’t un-know them. So, being able to have a blissful ignorance of some of the stuff allows you to have a really pure take on this moment, right now. You really commit to just bringing everything from your past to this circumstance, right now. There’s something very immediate and instinctive about that, and that’s what people do. We don’t know what’s coming, so it’s a great way to work.
ASHMORE: I agree. This show lends itself to working like that because of its immediacy. This show moves so quickly that you’re not really dwelling on certain aspects. Sometimes you get information and you’re like, “Oh, that would have been nice to play in that scene, two episodes ago.” But, the immediacy of this show, the movement of this show and the drive of the thrill ride that we’re on allows you to go with the flow and just react, as you’re getting it. Once you’re a few episodes in, and you understand your character and know where you want to go with him, you don’t have to necessarily know where the story goes. Kevin Williamson will spin the story for you and give you those pieces, but if you know how you’ll react, no matter what is given to you, then you just go along for the ride. I think it’s really satisfying to get a scene, sometimes the day before, and just be like, “Okay, I know how to do this. All I have to worry about is getting the lines down, but I know how I want to play the scene. There’s not even a question in my mind.” That’s cool.
PARISSE: Marcos and Kevin have been really great, at least with me, in terms of, if there is a scene that’s leading somewhere, they’ll let me know if I’m playing something that won’t make sense, three episodes from now. In those moments, where we’re like, “What’s this all about?,” Marcos and Kevin have both been like, “You know, try this.” That helps. They have a bigger idea of the whole picture.
How do your characters feel about each other, and how will that develop?
ASHMORE: The way that I look at it is that Parker is Weston’s superior, so Weston respects Parker and he knows that she’s great at her job. I also think that Weston’s willing to take Ryan’s side and break the rules sometimes. That’s just his mind-set. Because he’s been there before, whatever Ryan wants to do, even if it’s a little crazy, Weston is willing to go along with. I don’t think that there’s any animosity or that he doesn’t want to not listen to Parker, but in certain circumstances, Weston’s instincts take over and he goes with Ryan, even though he knows it’s wrong and that he might get in trouble. He’s willing to take that leap with Ryan Hardy. I guess, in that sense, it is a little complicated, but we’re a team. We have the same goals.
PARISSE: I think Parker really admires Weston. He’s very young, and to have gotten this far and this stage of the game is very impressive. That also makes Parker feel very protective of Weston. She’s like, “Don’t throw your career away because you’re following this guy who’s going to drag you down. There are only so many lines you can cross before it’s going to be a problem for you.” With Weston it’s like, “I understand and I want to let you go as far as you can go,” but at the same time, I feel protective of him. Parker can see a little further and doesn’t want Weston to ruin his career. I think there is a little bit of protectiveness there, as Parker sees the relationship developing between Weston and Ryan.
How do you feel about the criticism of the violence on this show, when it really is so much more than that?
ASHMORE: To be honest, I suppose it’s violent, but it’s a thriller. The show, to me and all of us, is much more than the violence. That’s the capsule that it’s delivered in, but you need the drama and the thrills to enhance your experience. People love to be scared because you get that physical sensation. I love going to a movie theater and having my heart pound and my palms sweat. That’s fun because you’re in safety, but you’re pushing your boundaries with the possibility of what could happen. I enjoy that, and that’s what I love about this show. I hope that’s what everyone else will love, as well.
The Following airs on Monday nights on Fox.
So does this interview disprove or help prove any theories you have about if either of these characters are followers? In other news The Following is the only new series this year to not suffer a second episode slump and build on its premiere in its second airing. <3 Once again this post has been brought to you by actual fanboy Mike Weston.
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