I don’t remember the first time I saw the actor Tom Hardy on the big screen.
After consulting imdb.com, I’m tempted to say it was for supporting roles in either Star Trek: Nemesis or Marie Antoinette. But after Inception, I knew his name.
And after This Means War, the action rom-com with Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine, I liked him.
But after seeing the pics of Tom with his dog at the London premiere of his new film Legend, our relationship is taking a turn for the serious.
He brought this dog to the red carpet.
I think I’m in love.
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Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 85th birthday of acting and philanthropic legend Audrey Hepburn.
This is remarkable, since today is also Star Wars Day.
I can only imagine the bloody light-saber duels back at Google HQ over the focus of today’s Doodle. And yet Audrey still came out on top.
Apparently she has friends in high places…
Posted in Celebrities, Entertainment, Holiday, Humor, Movies
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For those of you following up on yesterday’s post, I played a prank on my best friend this weekend that was 30 years in the making.
She tricked me into believing that she was dating John James, star of the TV drama Dynasty, when we first met in college. We have laughed at the memory over the years, but I finally found the right moment — and resources — to give her a little payback.
Her family planned a surprise birthday party for her on Friday, and I flew in as part of the festivities. Bad weather delayed the actual party, which meant my little surprise became the appetizer.
I told her I was dating someone new — ‘John’ — but was purposely vague on details.
Then my phone rang.
The actual John James was the on the other end of the line. I had found his manager’s number, and John graciously agreed to be a part of my “wonderful, evil plot” to get back at Caroline.
John and I chatted briefly to establish our relationship, and then I passed the phone to Caroline, speaker on so I could listen to her ‘pass judgment’ on the new guy.
She soon complimented him on his ‘radio voice’ and asked if he had worked in media. He ‘fessed up to being a producer and an actor, cleverly mentioning he once performed in the musical Promises, Promises near her hometown (where their photo was taken oh-so-many years ago).
She soon realized they knew the same musical director who conducted the same show at the same theatre…Wait a minute, who did you say you were?
She believed he was the real John James quickly enough, and even thought we were dating for a moment.
To the victor go the spoils!
A huge thanks to John James for making my redemption possible.
Posted in Celebrities, College, Entertainment, Friends, Humor, Life, Television, TV
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I see a lot of movies for different reasons.
Usually it’s because of a favorite actor or genre. Sometimes the movie has Oscar buzz…or the subject matter is ‘good for me’ (meaning it’s gonna feel like homework, so I have to talk myself into going).
The Best Man Holiday is none of these.
It’s a sequel of a movie from 15 years ago that I didn’t see. I just thought the promos looked light and fluffy and fun, and that’s what I was in the mood to see.
By now I should know to never trust trailers.
The plot was exactly what I expected — best friends reuniting for the holidays — but the film deals with some very real issues. It’s saved from being throwaway by the quality of the cast who deliver genuine laughter and tears — lots and lots of tears.
I loved seeing Terrence Howard in this kinda role and movie–Taye Diggs and Morris Chestnut, too.
Rumor has it they are already talking about making the third movie. No 15-year wait this time.
I’ll be there.
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Tagged actor, celebrities, commentary, entertainment, Holiday, Humor, laughter, life, mood movies, Morris Chestnut, movie cast, movie genre, movie plot, movie promo, movie sequel, movie trailer, Movies, Oscar buzz, review, Taye Diggs, tears, Terrence Howard, The Best Man Holiday
Earlier this week, my friend Caroline re-watched The Way We Were after many years away from the film, and was blown away by two things:
- Robert Redford the actor; and
- Robert Redford the amazingly good-looking human being.
The latter is an area of universal agreement. No man has ever looked better than Redford did in this film.
See how Barbra Streisand is gazing up at him in the still from the movie? Insert any woman — or man of that ilk — and they will have the same look of stunned appreciation on their face.
Perfection does that to a person.
Redford’s acting, on the other hand, has not always received the same level of appreciation. But his upcoming movie, All is Lost, has generated Best Actor Oscar buzz at film festivals.
Take a look at the early trailer below.
Perhaps now that Redford is craggy instead of captivating, audiences are better able to focus on his performance.
I’ll be there!
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You can take the girl out of Kentucky, but you can’t take Kentucky out of the girl.
A scene from last Sunday’s The Newsroom on HBO — which took place in March, 2012 — had on a television set in the background playing footage of a UK Wildcats NCAA tournament game.
So of course, I had to mention it on Facebook. And my friend Dennison posted the quote at the top of this post in the comments section.
March Madness, baby.
That same quote came to mind just moments ago when Kentucky native (and UK grad) Josh Hopkins, who co-stars with Courtney Cox on Cougartown, tweeted:
Anybody in the Atlanta airport? 3 hour layover. Bored.
Only a Southerner would forgo his ‘star status’ and reach out to his followers on Twitter for some company.
‘Cause we’re friendly like that.
(And we win championships.)
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By now you all know that His Royal Highness has been born to William and Kate. His name, though, they say “may take some time.” Don’t worry —
I’m all over it.
It’s a worthy name; the Greek translation is “venerable.” It began to be widely used in the third century after it was the name of a Christian martyr…so it’s certainly manly enough.
Sebastian also has British ties. It’s in the Top 100 list of boy’s names. Sebastian Cabot is a British actor; Sebastian Faulks, a British writer. And there are characters named Sebastian in popular British fiction, including Sherlock Holmes and Brideshead Revisited.
Most importantly, I like it.
Look, I’m only trying to expedite the process. Princess Diana and Prince Charles took seven days to name William; William and Kate took three weeks to name their dog, Lupo; and Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip took a month to name Charles.
Let’s not give the child an identity crisis!
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I have made no secret of my love for The Americans on FX.
I lobbied for viewers upon its debut.
I celebrated its second season pickup and increased episode order.
And now I’m gonna whine on the show’s behalf —
Bitch, moan and complain.
Because The Americans did not receive Emmy nominations for Best Drama Series, Best Actor or Best Actress…and my brain simply cannot wrap itself around this egregious snub.
Kudos to my Upper West Side neighbor Margo Martindale, who did receive a Best Guest Actress nod for her role as a KGB agent. She deserved it. She’s amazing. Everyone on the show is…
And I burn at the injustice.
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If today’s announcement of the Dancing with the Stars All-Stars celebrity/pro pairings was on your entertainment radar —
You’re at the right blog.
When DWTS earlier revealed the celebrities for the season — all past winners, runners-up and audience favorites — I knew I would be torn between three:
- Actor Giles Marini
- Olympian Apolo Ono
- Race car driver Helio Castroneves
They danced in different seasons — the latter two winning DWTS with pro Julianne Hough, who is not returning — but head-to-head? How will I choose?
The pro dancer pairing, of course.
And based on today’s announcement alone, I am prepared to predict the winner of Dancing with the Stars All-Stars:
Actor Giles Marini and dancer Peta Murgatroyd…and here’s why:
- Giles should have won Season 8, but Olympian Shawn Johnson — who is also dancing in All-Stars — secured the popular vote. He deserves redemption.
- Peta won DWTS last season — her first as a pro — so she clearly has the chops.
- Just look at the two of them. Together, how can they lose?
Can’t wait for the season to start and be proven right!
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