Celebrities like George Clooney and Brad Pitt love to regale us with stories of the pranks they play on their fellow actors when they’re making movies. Let me tell you —
They’ve got nuthin’ on me.
I played a prank on one of my best friends this past weekend that was 30 years in the making.
But let me back up a bit…
It all began when she pranked me only a couple of weeks after we met in college. I was in her dorm room, waiting for her to get ready for dinner and noticed a framed photograph on her shelf —
Caroline with her arms draped around the neck of John James, one of the stars of the then hit drama Dynasty.
When I asked how the pic came to be, she confided that the two were dating, but she was keeping it quiet at his request.
Of course I didn’t believe her at first, but then she started producing a lot of convincing evidence: her father’s pageant and production credits, connections through musical theatre friends and a well-timed phone call from John James.
I spoke to the man myself.
Begrudgingly I had to concede — the two were a couple. He called on two other occasions when I was in her room and said hello. But during our last conversation, ‘John’ confessed that he was really Caroline’s brother.
Why did she do it? Especially to a friend that she barely knew? Because she could? Evil.
It is now a thing of legends, a story that we rehash often, laughing at her nerve and my naive acceptance. But this past weekend, I turned the tables. Now the story has a very different ending.
The satisfying conclusion, here — tomorrow…
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Lately, I have been craving Pringles.
This vintage TV commercial makes them look even better.
You go, Brad.
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Tagged advertising, Brad Pitt, celebrities, entertainment, food, Humor, life, Pringles, snacks, Television, TV, tv commercial
Thank goodness for Facebook and Twitter.
I read them during the Oscars last night, which were boring and predictable.
No disrespect to Billy Crystal intended; it’s not his fault frontrunners won every single gosh-darn award.
I mean, would it have killed Academy voters to give, say, Brad Pitt the Best Actor Oscar? Or maybe Jonah Hill Best Supporting Actor? Just for the drama of it all?
(I’m a Moneyball fan. So sue me.)
But instead we sat through the same people winning the same awards and giving very much the same speeches they have given at all the other award shows that have beaten the Oscars to the punch.
So if you didn’t suffer through the full broadcast like me, you may have missed perhaps the most heartfelt moment of the night — Meryl Streep’s acceptance speech for Best Actress in The Iron Lady.
Her win wasn’t unexpected, but her perspective and sincerity were refreshing…especially at almost three and a half hours in.
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Tagged Academy Awards, Billy Crystal, Brad Pitt, Brian Grazer, celebrities, commentary, entertainment, Facebook, frontrunner, Humor, Jonah Hill, Meryl Streep, Moneyball, Movies, Oscar speech, Oscars, Television, The Iron Lady, TV, Twitter
I was in a meeting this morning when the nominations for this year’s Academy Awards were announced.
It’s like having to work on Christmas Day.
Since I missed the entertainment editors’ reactions immediately following the event, I feel compelled to add my own. As always, it’s a mixed bag of relief and regret.
(Feel free to add your own.)
I’M SO HAPPY TO SEE…
- All the Oscar love for Moneyball (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing). It’s one of the year’s best. Understated. Over-delivers.
- Bridesmaids’ recognition come in the two categories where it is deserved — Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay. It was a funny comedy, but I think we all got a bit overly excited about just how good it was.
- The head-to-head competition between Brad Pitt and George Clooney, both in the Best Actor category and in other categories where their films are nominated together. No two friends enjoy going at each other so much or do it as well. Bodes well for the ceremony itself.
I’M SAD TO SEE…
- Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was not given a Best Picture nod. If you’re going to nominate 10 films, why not the most successful franchise in motion picture history — and its most critically acclaimed final installment? Nods for Art Direction, Makeup and Visual Effects don’t seem near enough.
- Michael Fassbender was robbed of the Best Actor nomination for Shame. I should also complain about Ryan Gosling’s omission from the list, but Fassbender alone is a crime. A crime.
- And, on the flip side, should a movie have to have a certain life in the theatre to earn a Best Picture nod? The Tree of Life was barely there. Try to see it now. Try to remember it if you did.
Okay. That’s all I have right now.
What do you think?
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Tagged Academy Awards, Academy Awards nominations, Academy Awards snubs, Art Direction, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Original Screenplay, Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Brad Pitt, Bridesmaids movie, celebrities, commentary, entertainment, George Clooney, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Humor, Makeup, Michael Fassbender, Moneyball movie, Movies, Oscars, Ryan Gosling, Shame movie, The Ides of March movie, The Tree of Life movie, Visual Effects
I went to see X-Men: First Class Thursday at the matinee.
Not only did I discover I like X-Men films — it was my first and is seriously fun — but I realize the movie gods have officially created a new ‘hot guy duo.’
In my moviegoing lifetime, Robert Redford and Paul Newman were the original dynamic duo. Just look at the two of ’em in this still from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid…
Sorry. Lost my train of thought.
George Clooney and Brad Pitt were the next duo worthy of official status. Seen here in a scene from Oceans 11, they both have the same classic good looks…and the good sense not to take those looks or their celebrity too seriously.
Oops. Drifted off again.
James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender in X-Men are the newest breed of hot guy duo, and possibly the best actors to achieve this honor to date. They may not as be as classically handsome as their predecessors, but the camera loves them.
I do, too.
If you’re not typically a fan of the X-Men franchise or even this movie genre, I encourage you to give this one a look-see.
You’ll be carrying a torch for these two long before the final frame of film has unfurled.
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Tagged Academy Awards, beauty, Brad Pitt, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid movie, celebrities, commentary, entertainment, George Clooney, Humor, James McAvoy, life, love, Michael Fassbender, movie duos, movie matinee, Movies, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, X-Men: First Class
Did ya hear the news?
Singer Jason Mraz got engaged. But no sooner did he slip the ring on fellow singer Tristan Prettyman’s finger than he announced:
“We’re not getting married.”
What a kill joy.
Actually, it was a joint decision. The couple isn’t going to tie the knot until marriage is legal for everyone, namely gay couples.
The two join a growing list of celebrity couples who have made similar ‘we’re waiting until gay couples can marry’ decrees. I believe the first was Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend. But they broke up in 2010 after nine years of dating…so it kinda became a moot point.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have also declared that they will not get hitched until gay marriage is legal. It is a strong public show of support for the gay community from two very public personalities, so kudos to them.
But this tiny little cynical voice deep down inside of me wonders — is that the real story? Is gay marriage the only reason that these couples are choosing to stay single? Or is it just a very good excuse to have a longer engagement…and keep their options open a bit longer?
They know as well as we how long — or should I say short — marriages are amid the stifling scrutiny of the paparazzi. If adopting a popular cause that they truly believe in gives them a bit more breathing room before they take the leap…
Who can blame them?
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Tagged Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, celebrities, Charlize Theron, commentary, engagement, engagement ring, entertainment, gay marriage, Humor, Jason Mraz, legal gay marriage, life, Movies, Music, not getting married, Relationships, Stuart Townsend, Tristan Prettyman, weddings
Is Angelina trying to turn Shiloh into a boy??
That was one of the headlines today after photos online surfaced of Shiloh Jolie Pitt sporting a new, cropped ‘do. Other less vindictive reporters mused that “Shiloh missed her father and dressing like him made her feel closer.”
Poor little rich kid.
I wonder what reporters would have made of the haircuts my mom gave to my sister and me when we were children. Inevitably, our bangs were way too short…or crooked…or simply missing in spots.
I’m sure they turned out that way because we wouldn’t sit still during the trim, but the paparazzi would have assumed much, much worse.
Local mother’s attempts to behead children fail
Strangely, we didn’t get much pap in Kentucky or West Virginia.
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Tagged Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, celebrities, celebrity children, Fashion, hair, hair care, Humor, Kentucky, paparazzi, Shiloh Jolie Pitt, tabloid news, West Virginia
Ya gotta love Popeater.com.
The website that religiously follows all things celebrity — and that I therefore follow religiously — recently polled its faithful, asking “Who is the most overexposed couple of 2009?”
Not surprisingly, Jon and Kate Gosselin, the reality show parents of eight who became even more irritating and media-saturating when they separated and subsequently divorced, were chosen as the number one overexposed couple by 56 percent of Popeater’s voting public.
(They easily beat out last year’s winner of this dubious honor, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who managed a measly 22 percent of the vote.)
Now, online polls are fun. I usually take them — heck, I probably took this one.
But in this particular instance, I have to wonder if the editors of Popeater.com stopped and thought: if our readers already consider these couples overexposed and are sick of hearing about them, should we do a poll that will result in another article highlighting the couple, reviewing their year in the news, and giving them yet another platform for media attention?
Did anyone really think this through?
Of course, you could argue that this very blog is giving these gross offenders yet another few column inches of space…and you would be right.
Damn. They got me, too.
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Tagged Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, celebrity relationships, entertainment, Jon and Kate Plus 8, Jon Gosselin, Kate Gosselin, Popeater.com, realtive television, Television