"I was there for a year but it wasn't supposed to be a year; it was supposed to be, like, a weekend, and I just kind of somehow... hustled myself one or two days at a time and then the days really add up and before I knew it, I was just a fixture in the corner of the house... We just had a great time watching movies." Actor Emile Hirsch on the year he spent living with pal John Goodman.
"We're definitely going to make him look like himself in the movie, no matter what. It's not gonna be a biopic where suddenly he's on Weight Watchers." Emile Hirsch will be piling on the pounds in order to play larger-than-life funnyman John Belushi in a new biopic.
Actor Jim Belushi is urging producers behind an upcoming biopic about his brother John to reconsider casting Emile Hirsch as the tragic funnyman, insisting his son is better suited to portray his late uncle. Into the Wild star Hirsch was confirmed to lead the cast of Steve Conrad's new movie last month (Oct13), but John Belushi's own sibling is convinced his comedian son could do a better job than anyone else - because the young How I Met Your Mother actor resembles the Blues Brothers icon in both looks and humour.
Jim Belushi tells TMZ.com, "I think he (Hirsh) is a terrific actor but I think they should have got (sic) my son, Robert Belushi... My son is 33, same age as John when he passed, and he looks like him... He's a comic actor and he's really good. He would nail it..."
The biopic has the full backing of Belushi's widow Judy and his Blues Brothers and Saturday Night Live sidekick Dan Aykroyd, who is expected to be portrayed onscreen by TV actor Nelson Franklin.
John Belushi died in 1982.
Actor Judd Hirsch's neighbours are urging him to reconsider his plans to install a wind-turbine electric generator on his New York property over fears the machine will ruin the scenic area. The Independence Day star is looking to reduce his energy costs for his home and believes the turbine is his best option.
However, his neighbours are worried the towering blades and sounds from the installment will ruin the serene environment of the Catskills area.
Resident Richard Benkwitt says, "I bought property up there, built a house, because it's beautiful... (It) would ruin the beauty of the location. Once you put it up, you can't take it back."
However, Hirsch insists his neighbours' complaints are out of jealousy and not about preserving the quiet environment.
He tells The New York Times, "Their fears, in my estimation, are baloney. Behind it, I believe, is the pollution of jealousy and the pollution of stupidity.
"This one annoys the hell out of me because these people are making up stories that don't have any relevance to anything in this world. You can't hear it, and it can't harm you, and you can't see it, and if you did it would be beautiful."
If Hirsch moves forward with the plans, the turbine would be the first in the area and would cost him $132,000 (£88,000) to build.
Mark Wahlberg has blasted pampered actors who compare shooting war films to fighting in real combat zones, insisting they have no idea how difficult life in the armed forces really is. The actor is on the promotional trail for his new film Lone Survivor, the big screen adaptation of soldier Marcus Luttrell's account of his Navy SEALs mission in Afghanistan in 2005.
Wahlberg plays Luttrell, while Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster play his comrades, but The Fighter star is adamant their experiences on set were nothing compared to the reality of being at war.
Speaking at the AFI Fest film festival in Los Angeles on Tuesday (12Oct13), he said, "For actors to sit there and talk about 'Oh, I went to SEAL training'? I don't give a f**k what you did. You don't do what these guys did. For somebody to sit there and say my job was as difficult as being in the military? How f**king dare you, while you sit in a make-up chair for two hours.
"I don't give a s**t if you get your a** busted. You get to go home at the end of the day. You get to go to your hotel room. You get to order your f**king chicken. Whatever the f**k it is... I've done the movies where I talk about...'God, I trained for four and a half years and I was The Fighter' and f**k all that. It really means nothing. I love Marcus (Luttrell) for what he's done and I'm a very lucky guy to do what I do and I'm proud to have been part of it, but it's just so much bigger than what I do."
Wahlberg later apologised for his rant, adding, "I'm sorry for losing my s**t."
Actor Emile Hirsch has broken his silence after becoming a father for the first time, branding the experience "incredible". The notoriously private star welcomed a son, Valor, last month (27Oct13) with an unnamed former lover.
He has remained tight-lipped about the arrival of the tot, but spoke briefly to E! news to describe his excitement.
Hirsch, 28, simply said, "(It's) incredible. Incredible."
When asked how it felt to hold his child for the first time, he added, "There's not really words for that kind of stuff."
Actress Tori Spelling insists she won't even consider the sale of a sex tape she made with her husband Dean Mcdermott on St. Valentine's Day in 2009, despite receiving big money offers from porn companies. The former Beverly Hills, 90210 star opened up about the saucy footage in her new book, and her husband has since revealed they had to fight a former friend's bid to get rich quick when he stumbled across the film McDermott had as a kinky keepsake on his computer.
The story prompted porn movie mogul Steve Hirsch to offer Spelling a lucrative deal for the sex tape - but she insists she's not interested in letting fans watch her and her man making love.
Appearing on U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live on Friday (08Nov13), she said, "I read about that (offer)... That's crazy... I am a mum of four beautiful babies; two (of them are) girls that I want to grow up and feel, like, strong, empowered women. I would never sell a sex tape."
And she admits even she hasn't really seen the footage, adding, "I think we saw it once after we did it. We never even watched it again."
Actor Emile Hirsch has become a first-time father to a baby boy. The Into The Wild star welcomed baby Valor, who weighed in at six pounds and two ounces (2.7 kilograms), last week (27Oct13) in Florida, with an unnamed former lover who he reportedly met at an Oscars party.
A source tells E! online, "The baby was born at a Florida hospital... It is boy. His name is Valor and he was six pounds and two ounces. He is a beautiful, healthy baby boy. Everyone is so excited and happy... Emile showed up after the baby was born and he is spending time bonding with his new child."
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It’s hard to believe, but this Halloween marked the 20th anniversary of River Phoenix’s death. The actor had yet to reach his peak when he died of a drug overdose outside The Viper Room in Hollywood at only twenty-three years old. Phoenix was often referred to as the new James Dean, and as hyperbolic as that may sound, it was actually very true – Phoenix displayed a truthful and raw intensity in all his roles that projected a maturity beyond his years, which is impressive considering that he had grown up having never seeing a film in his life. His short career inspired a legion of actors and his death allowed actors such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp to have the careers they had. The troubled actor was also heavily involved with environmental organizations: he had famously bought a section of the Amazon rainforest after receiving his first big check, just so that portion of the forest couldn’t be cut down. Sensitive and intelligent, Phoenix was more than just a pretty face – he was a one-of-a-kind performer that brought authenticity to every role he played. (But damn, that face sure was pretty.)
Explorers Ok, so Explorers isn’t exactly award-winning material, but it's Phoenix’s first feature film and is adorably weird. The film is a dorky sci-fi fantasy that has a chubby-faced Phoenix (who looks like the stereotypical image you get when you hear the words “President of the AV Club”) starring alongside a young Ethan Hawke (bonus point of greatness: Phoenix’s character is named Wolfgang). The boys somehow come up with a magic machine out of a Tilt-A-Whirl cart and cruise around different galaxies, so the film is obviously awesome. Though it didn’t fare well in box office sales, the film went on to acquire a cult following.
Stand By Me Truly one of the best coming-of-age films, Stand By Me was only Phoenix’s second feature film. The movie was well-acted by all the leads, but Phoenix showed a maturity beyond his fourteen years. Stand By Me was also when he began his trademark trend of being able to steal the entire movie he was in with just one scene. For the famous scene by the fire in which Phoenix’s character breaks down after sharing his disappointment of a teacher betraying him, director Rob Reiner reportedly told the actor to think of the saddest moment in his life – once the scene was over, Phoenix was still crying uncontrollably. The depth that Phoenix brought to the role was effortlessly translated on the screen and immediately turned him into a star, full on with both critical acclaim and Tiger Beat covers.
Running On Empty A storyline that had similarities with the actor’s own life, Running On Empty had Phoenix starring alongside Judd Hirsch, Christine Lahti, and Phoenix’s then-girlfriend, Martha Plimpton. The film finds Phoenix living as the son of two fugitives on the run from the FBI for an anti-war protest bombing of a napalm lab. The family had to constantly move around and change their identities, harking back to Phoenix’s own nomadic childhood during his family's days in the controversial Children of God cult. The scene of Phoenix’s confession about his identity to Plimpton’s character in the garden was hands-down the best scene in the film, and his performance ended up getting him an Oscar nomination at the ripe young age of seventeen.
Dogfight Dogfight is such an overlooked and underrated film, not only in Phoenix’s filmography, but just in general. The Nancy Savoka–directed flick is set in Vietnam War-era San Francisco and has a deceptively simple storyline: Phoenix plays an eighteen year-old Marine who takes Lili Taylor out on a date the night before he’s shipped off to Vietnam – what Taylor’s character doesn’t know is that Phoenix is taking her to a “dogfight,” a pretty evil game the other Marines play in which the soldiers compete for cash for who can bring the ugliest date. Taylor finds out and leaves, Phoenix follows, and voila – sappy rom-com, right? Except Dogfight somehow manages to be a wonderfully profound movie that avoids stereotypes and predictability, instead illuminating the nature of human relationships. Both Taylor and Phoenix’s performances are brilliant, and their adorably awkward bedroom scenes are so realistic, you’ll be cringing in your seat along with them. Plus, the film gives Musical Bingo some cred by making it spark some serious foreplay, so that’s totally awesome, too.
The Thing Called Love Though it’s definitely not the best film in his catalogue, The Thing Called Love is a great movie just for Phoenix’s crazy chemistry with Samantha Mathis, who he was wooing during filming (spoiler: he succeeded). It also has a charming Dylan McDermott and a young Sandra Bullock, just before she broke through with Speed. The film revolves around country music, but even if country isn’t your thing, the songs are still enjoyable and, making it even better, the actors actually sing their own songs. Phoenix initially wanted to be a musician and had a band called Aleka’s Attic alongside his sister Rain, so getting to see/hear Phoenix’s musical chops is a treat. The film is also Phoenix’s last completed film, and despite the fact that Phoenix was obviously strung out during filming, the charm and complexity he brought out in his character makes the film worth it.
My Own Private Idaho Considered to be Phoenix’s magnum opus, My Own Private Idaho has Gus Van Sant directing in all his weird, ethereal glory. The film is essentially an entanglement of two stories, one of Phoenix on a mission to find his long-lost mother, and the other revolving around Keanu Reeves in a loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV and Henry V. Phoenix plays a narcoleptic street hustler who’s in love with Reeves, his wealthy best friend who is really just playing gay-for-pay to rebel against his father. The film is notable for its Shakespearian dialogues and dreamy sequences symbolizing Phoenix’s character’s narcolepsy, but it’s Phoenix who makes the film the treasure that it is, serving as the heart and soul of the entire movie. The famous campfire scene where Phoenix professes his love to an uncomfortable Reeves was mostly rewritten by Phoenix himself, and the result is one of the most heartbreaking and well-acted scenes in film. My Own Private Idaho is when Phoenix allegedly began using drugs, and the character he played is eerily similar to perceptions of Phoenix – sadly conflicted, passionate and generous, jaded and tired, yet idealistic and innocent.
Tori Spelling has been offered a big money deal to release a sex tape she made with husband Dean Mcdermott. The Beverly Hills, 90210 star reveals in her new memoirs, Spelling It Like It Is, that she and her partner decided to film themselves in the bedroom on Valentine's Day in 2009.
The tape almost became public knowledge when one of McDermott's pals found it on his laptop and threatened to publish it.
The pair scared the man off by setting their lawyers on him, but now they have been offered a deal by porn mogul Steve Hirsch to release the tape for real.
In a letter to Spelling, Hirsch writes, "This is a serious offer for a real tape and it could yield significant returns to help you through your difficult financial situation."
Spelling, whose father was multi-millionaire TV producer Aaron Spelling, recently admitted she has had to cut back on luxuries after a dry patch in her and her husband's careers.