Inside the Actors Studio, hosted by James Lipton, will celebrate reaching 250 episodes with a special 2-hour show on Wednesday, May 29th at 7p.m.
Lipton sits down for brand new interviews with former guests including Actors Studio alumnus Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, Jennifer Lopez, Christopher Walken, Barbara Walters, Dave Chappelle, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Ellen Burstyn and Spike Lee. Read more
Here’s your chance to see how Jason Momoa won the part of Khal Drogo.
The Irish Times dug up a handful of audition tapes from Game of Thrones and whether you’re a fan or the show or not, you definitely should watch them. Watching audition tapes of actors are huge resources.
Check out Momoa (Khal Drogo), Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner (Arya and Sansa Stark) and Rory McCann‘s (Sandor Clegane) auditions and see why they got their roles! Read more
I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting much from Bullet to the Head, the new Sylvester Stallone film about a New Orleans hitman who reluctantly teams up with a detective (Sung Kang) from Washington D.C. to rid the town of its big bad (Lost’s Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje).
The film, based on Alexis Nolent‘s French graphic novel and directed by Walter Hill, is completely ridiculous. You know exactly what will happen and how the film will end. Co-star, Kang is a mediocre actor at best and Christian Slater is doing the best Christian Slater impression ever.
At one point, Stallone is running on a metal railing, high above a pack of men shooting at point blank range and they all miss him. He doesn’t even get a scratch!
Like I said, this movie is ridiculous!
But, you know what? I really liked it. Read more
Jack McBrayer: “It was ten short years in the making before I finally got a break where I could eat three meals a day”
Though a long-time supporting player, comedian Jack McBrayer has since broken through with his starring role on 30 Rock over the last few years. He’s also putting his familiar voice to work voicing Fix-It Felix, Jr. in Disney’s latest animated film, the classic arcade game-inspired Wreck-It Ralph.
McBrayer spoke to NBC New York about his role in the film and about his dedication to becoming a success after years of trying.
While McBrayer has always been working, it’s only recently that he has become successful after all of his hard work. He explains, “I was very hungry right before things came into play. I got my start in Chicago doing Second City, which is where I met Tina Fey. So this is like from 1996 to when 30 Rock started in 2006, between living in Chicago doing Second City, moving to New York, doing the comedy scene there – Conan O’Brien was shooting his show there – and then I moved to Los Angeles. I was still temping and struggling. It was a solid decade. It was ten short years in the making before I finally got a break where I could eat three meals a day. But I was always happy to do the work because I knew what I wanted to do, and I was going to do whatever it took to get there.” Read more
Kellan Lutz goes all out for his auditions, including the one he did half-naked for Tarzan.
“When I auditioned, I wore my Conan wig, because I was testing for Conan the Barbarian at the time,” the Twilight star told Hollywood.com. “So I had this wig that I made for that so I wore that and then I walked into the audition in my underwear.”
It was only after the audition that someone told him the film was going to be animated. So his prized abs were of no use for the project. Lutz recalled, “They’re like, ‘No can you actually slim down so you can fit in the [performance capture] suit.’” Read more
Rebel Wilson Talks ‘Bachelorette’ and Her “Parades of Meetings” with Studios and Networks When She First Came to America
Moviegoers should expect to see a lot of Rebel Wilson in the coming months.
The raunchy Australian actress first caught our attention as Kristen Wiig’s bizarre roommate in last year’s Bridesmaids. Now, Wilson is appearing in another wedding-related comedy, Bachelorette, alongside Kirsten Dunst and Lizzy Caplan.
Although Wilson will be appearing in upcoming movies like Pitch Perfect and Pain and Gain, the actress wasn’t automatically handed roles. “Well, what happened is I first came to America and signed with William Morris Endeavor within, like, a couple of days of coming here,” Wilson told NBC New York. “Then they send you out on these parades of meetings, because of course nobody knew me even though I was well known in Australia and had done 13 TV series there. It’s not like Americans watch Australian TV, and so they had no idea.” Read more
If you’re a numbers person, then you might like this. The Emmy organization has tallied up all of the current and previous nominations and wins that each show and actor has received.
Larry David has 23 nominations, combining his acting and writing turns for both Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Tina Fey comes in at 2nd with 22 nominations. 30 Rock comes in at a total of 90 total nominations with Mad Men at 85.
Check out the entire list below! Read more
I think Stephen Lang is one of the best character actors around and l will watch him in anything. As I told him in the Q & A below, anytime he’s on screen, he is just immensely watchable.
I was in a film, Gods and Generals with Stephen a while back and I was lucky enough to have a scene with him – we even spent some time together in the makeup trailer. He was in character as ‘Stonewall’ Jackson the whole time and let me tell you, he was intimidating. But as Jackson, he had to be. Acting with him was as good as it gets and just that short time we were filming, I learned a ton.
He’s currently guest-starring on the USA Network’s In Plain Sight as James Wiley Shannon, Mary Shannon’s (star Mary McCormack) father and he was happy not to have a green screen behind him. He even joked that the first thing he did when he showed up on set was tell the crew, “Excuse me, where’s the green screen? I can’t work without a grain screen.”
In this Q & A, Stephen talks about his work on In Plain Sight, how theater helps with green screen work and his advice to actors.
In Plain Sight airs on Fridays at 10/9c on the USA Network Read more
Holy Whales Vagina! Ron Burgundy, San Diego’s favorite Anchorman, stopped by the Conan O’Brien show last night to help out the band with his incredible flute skills.
Oh, and he told the world that Paramount is indeed making a sequel to Anchorman.
Will Ferrell (no idea where he was last night), Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner are all set to reprise their roles, with Adam McKay to co-write and direct. No word if Christina Applegate will join in on the fun. Read more
I caught a screening of John Carter the other night, and despite some hookey dialogue I really enjoyed it. It’s the type of action/adventure movie that just isn’t done these days, and I hope the film does a lot better than last summer’s Conan the Barbarian — another pulpy action/adventure movie that was unfortunately ignored by audiences.
But no matter how John Carter does at the box office, Taylor Kitsch, who stars as the titular hero, has definitely made a name for himself and sure seems like he had a lot of fun shooting the movie. In particular, he opens up about the most enjoyable aspects of the production and what it was like acting a movie that involved so many digital effects.
Though much of the special effects-heavy sequences were shot in London, the scenes on the dusty surface of Mars were shot in Utah. Kitsch preferred shooting in the outdoors, saying, “I loved it there. Maybe it was just being outside after being on the stages in London for so long, but it was the first time I really had the feeling that we were making an epic adventure movie. We did some Lake Powell scenes, and the sets were remarkable. That really felt like something special. I think audiences are going to love this movie.” Read more