Would Harrison Ford’s career have been different had he taken the role of Meathead on “All in the Family?”How about Rosie O’Donnell as Elaine on Seinfeld?
A new book, “Mickey Rooney as Archie Bunker and Other TV Casting Almosts” by Eila Mell, reveals hundreds of weird casting would-have-beens.
The Screen Actors Guild is continuing to insist that it’s still engaged in contract talks with the majors — while the congloms have countered by saying SAG’s all wet.
Up-and-coming comic actor Craig Robinson was arrested June 29 in Culver City, California, and charged with three felony drug counts.
The charges include possession of MDMA (commonly known by its street name, ecstasy); possession of methamphetamine; and being under the influence of cocaine, amphetamines and cannabinoids (most likely marijuana, although possibly other medications).
Cohen doesn’t look much like one of the creative forces behind the summer’s bloodiest, raunchiest and most politically incorrect comedy. When he was working on the character of Kirk Lazarus, an actor played by Robert Downey Jr. in “ Tropic Thunder,” he asked himself: What is the most offensive thing an actor can do to get a part?
Have Lazarus, an Australian Method actor, try to become an African American character by undergoing a pigment procedure and then speaking street slang around the clock. “It seemed about the vilest thing you could do,” Cohen said, laughing.
Although we told the actor Alan Rickman that we liked his new film, “Bottle Shock,” we also had to admit to him that we knew less than nothing about its subject matter, the making of wine. Rickman admitted that, having now done “Bottle Shock,” he still knows very little about the art and science of viticulture. But that’s not to suggest that he simply walked away from the movie, either.
Christian Bale will not face charges over an alleged attack on his mother and sister, prosecutors said Thursday. The 34-year-old star was arrested last month, the day after appearing at the film’s West End premiere, over an alleged assault in his suite at London’s plush Dorchester Hotel.
Tom Cruise’s producing partner Paula Wagner said Wednesday she will leave her job as chief executive of United Artists to produce projects independently. Wagner will continue to co-own the studio with Cruise and “be attached to UA’s most exciting film properties,” UA and its parent company Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. added in a joint statement.
Airing on AMC Sundays at 10 p.m. EDT, the Peabody Award-winning “Mad Men” now is in its second season. Vincent Kartheiser and Elisabeth Moss, who star in the splendid ’60s-era drama talk about the show in a joint interview.
RD Laing, a noted celebrity shrink, talks tales of Sean Connery in this new biography.