Editors at Moviefone.com compiled the list of Tinseltown's least desirable leading men, following People magazine's recent decision to name Johnny Depp Hollywood's top hunk.
Busey tops the unsexy list, "because he's outrageous and he has gigantic teeth".
Long, Drew Barrymore's on/off beau, came in third, because Moviefone editors decided "he is a 31-year-old man that (sic) looks like a 13-year-old boy."
"Ageing rock star" Rourke finished eighth ahead of Joaquin Phoenix, whose unkempt beard won him ninth place.
Moviefone's top 10 unsexy actors are as follows:
1. Gary Busey
2. Kevin Spacey
3. Justin Long
4. Paul Giamatti
5. Philip Seymour Hoffman
6. Randy Quaid
7. Michael Moore
8. Mickey Rourke
9. Joaquin Phoenix
10. John C. Reilly.
More than a year has passed since the last Entourage episode (thanks, writers’ strike!), but in season five (premiering Sept. 7 at 10/9c on HBO) it feels like the boys never left. Which is a testament to Doug Ellin and Co.’s sorely underappreciated writing, because a lot has changed and, in fact, some of the boys have left.
Last we saw Vince Chase (Adrian Grenier), he was poised to become the toast of the Cannes Film Festival before his movie Medellin flopped miserably. Season five opens with film critic Richard Roeper simultaneously recapping Vince's Cannes demise and voicing his disgust with Medellin--which, by the way, was relegated to a straight-to-DVD release. Ouch!
Ever since, Vince has been in self-imposed exile on a Mexican beach inhabited by supermodel-ish servants who attend to his every need--a few of which aren’t sexual. He has also grown an I-don’t-give-a-f*** beard that’s reflective of his six months of inactivity.
Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), being the caring and loyal mooch, er, friend he is, has tagged along to watch after Vince--and pounce on any of his female leftovers.
Meanwhile, back in L.A., Vince is never far from the minds of his other entourage members, who have more or less gotten on with their lives since the Medellin debacle.
Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon) is still the oldest cast member on his Edward Burns-created TV show, still vain as is humanly possible, and still dating Jacqueline, the Frenchwoman with whom he was caught frolicking on the beach in Cannes. They’re trying to make their intercontinental relationship work via Webcam, which is both difficult and hilarious for obvious reasons.
Then there's Eric (Kevin Connolly) and Ari (Jeremy Piven), who, despite their continued hatred for one another, have almost become interchangeable. Yes, sadly, E is a genuine “suit” nowadays with a fledgling talent-management company (and even a receptionist!) whose non-Vince client roster consists of one person: a rising actor named Charlie, played by Shad Moss, aka Bow Wow, aka Lil Bow Wow.
Early in the episode, Eric and Ari come across a script for Danger Beach, which they both agree is atrociously titled but would be perfect for Vinnie’s proverbial comeback movie. But there’s one problem: Vince is in full-on stubborn mode. (OK, two problems: That beard makes him unemployable!)
So E and Ari private-jet down to Mexico to persuade Vince to consider the movie, and Vince’s reluctance to accept the deal is mirrored by the movie industry's reluctance to accept him post-Medellin.
Thus season five exists in heretofore uncharted territory, whereby Vince is genuinely at the top of Tinsletown’s s**t list (or at the bottom of its in-demand list).
The themes of redemption and vulnerability are such a welcome change from one of constant invincibility--or more aptly put, inVince-ibility.
And while it’s a safe bet that Vince will at some point this season rise again to A-list status (that’s a guess, not a spoiler), it’s nice to see that he is, at least for now, not immune to the hot-cold dynamic that is Hollywood. Indeed, this might be Entourage’s peak in terms of realism.
Elsewhere, everyone’s favorite aspects of the show are still in place--including but not limited to Ari’s vulgar one-liners hurled at his beleaguered assistant Lloyd (Rex Lee), and the bevy of cameos and guest stars.
The latter is in full swing in the second episode, during which Tony Bennett and (Entourage exec producer) Mark Wahlberg have cameos, Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) and Carla Gugino reprise their roles, and Giovanni Ribisi and Lukas Haas become the latest guest stars.
If there is one thing I like about Seth Rogen, it’s that he never takes himself or his work too seriously. So it was no surprise that a press event about his new film Zack and Miri Make a Porno quickly digressed into somewhat of a comedy routine for the actor who took every question in stride, even the one about his own porn preferences. Check it out …
Hollywood.com: What did you do to prepare?
Seth Rogen: Not much, I watch a lot of porn in general so I was set. I grew a beard that was it.
HW: Is there a genre of porn you particularly find yourself drawn to?
SR: POV Gonzo [laugh].
HW: Kevin Smith likes to write long passages of dialogue about his favorite films, what did he choose for this one?
SR: There was a big chunk where I talk about Clerks for like three pages. [laughs] We make fun of a lot of movie titles. There is a Sleeping with the Enemy moment.
HW: Does he have a certain insight into this genre as opposed to sci fi?
SR: Of the porno genre you mean? Kevin seems like he’s familiar with porn.
HW: So he did a lot of research?
SR: He wrote the script with one hand [laughs]
HW: What was the first Kevin Smith movie you watched?
SR: I liked Clerks a lot. I saw that one when I was pretty young…I thought “Wow you can make a movie where people just talk about blow jobs for 10 minutes straight?” And that’s what I do now.
HW: Why do Zack and Miri need to make a porno?
SR: The same reason most people need to make a porno, money I assume. It is strictly out of a financial situation. They figure porn makes a lot of money in this world, quick money and that’s where it all comes from…[it’s] because its Pittsburgh in the winter and we have no heat in our apartment.
HW: How does getting into the porno business change Zack and Miri?
SR: I turn into a Werewolf three quarters in - no I think it helps them with their ambition issues in life. They find a drive and emotions and werewolfisms and lycanism [laughs].
HW: What was it like going from kids voiceover work to rated R or NC-17 comedy.
SR: I do all my voice work naked anyway. Next time you watch Spiderwick Chronicles think of that.
HW: Since we are at the Con, what’s the geekiest thing about you?
SR: My Sailor Moon costume I’m wearing underneath this [laughs].
Zack and Miri Make a Porno opens in theaters October 31, 2008
Although she showed up in court ready to testify, Jennifer Aniston didn't have to bare her soul--or anything else, for that matter--on the witness stand in the lawsuit she filed against a men's magazine publisher that ran photos of her sunbathing topless in her backyard.
Instead, the sexy sitcom star relied on her Friends with law degrees, who suddenly settled the matter just as it was about to be heard by a federal judge. Husband Brad Pitt also showed up to provide moral support and a victory hug.
Dressed in a shiny, striped white blouse, khaki pants and wedge-heeled sandals with her hair pulled back in a ponytail, a tense-looking Aniston arrived sans Pitt in a media-jammed fifth-floor courtroom in Downtown Los Angeles' federal court building shortly after 9 a.m., flanked by an assemblage of attorneys, bailiffs and private security guards.
As her security guards took positions at opposite ends of the courtroom, the 33-year-old actress sat quietly for about 15 minutes with her attorneys until they and the defense legal team were suddenly summoned into a private conference in the judge's chambers, a meeting that lasted over two and a half hours.
Meanwhile, the media waited in the courtroom, occasionally getting a glimpse of the defense's potential exhibits. Several large poster boards featuring glamorous images of Aniston published in popular magazines such as US Weekly were assembled, along with dozens of black three-ring binders appearing to bear similar photographs.
In August 2000, Aniston sued Man's World Publications and Crescent Publishing Group, claiming the publishers had no right to publish a photo of her, according to court documents, "reclining topless in her back yard, wearing only her panties." The photo was allegedly taken by a "stalkerazzi" who climbed a neighbor's wall to snap the shots with a telephoto lens on Feb. 28, 1999.
Aniston's suit says the actress first saw the topless shot published in the September 1999 issue of Celebrity Skin and later in the December 1999 issue of High Society. She sued after the publishers (who teased the photos with headlines reading "Friends Stars X-Posed" and "Rachel Gets Raunchy--Her Shocking XXX-Rated Vacation") allegedly ignored a "cease and desist" letter sent by her legal team.
The photo--in which, despite being shot through backyard foliage, Aniston is clearly recognizable sunbathing nude from the waist up--first appeared in the April 1999 issues of the Italian magazine Eva Tremila and the English newspaper Daily Sport, as well as the May 31-June 6 issue of French magazine Voici and the December 1999 issue of Celebrity Sleuth.
Aniston has already settled with Eva Tremila and Celebrity Sleuth, was awarded $1,000 in a judgment in her lawsuit against Voici, and has suits still pending against the Daily Sport and the photographer, Francois Navarre.
Because of the prior publication of the photo, Judge Ronald S.W. Lew threw out Aniston's claim on publication of private information, but agreed to hear her lawyers' arguments on counts of common law misappropriation of the right of publicity, constructive trust and punitive damages.
Although he allowed the case to go forward, Lew denied Aniston's bid to have the case heard before a jury, telling her to produce any and all images in which she has appeared "partially nude" to see how revealing they actually are. She was also ordered to produce TV and movie contracts to determine if she'd ever employed a "no nudity" clause.
Despite the possibility that a barrage of scantily clad images of herself could be entered into evidence by the defense to dispute the invasion of privacy claim, the actress--through her attorney Jay Lavely, who represented Pitt in his 1997 nude photo lawsuit against Playgirl--publicly announced her intention to testify in the case a week prior to her court appearance.
During the hastily assembled legal conference, Lew made a brief appearance in the courtroom. "Why are you here?" he asked the press jokingly. "I don't understand all the pandemonium."
The judge, best known for presiding over the highly publicized "Mexican Mafia" case in 1997, had previously ruled on another case involving a naked "celebrity." In 2001 he decreed that artist Tom Forsythe was within his constitutional rights to photograph Barbie (yes, the doll), in the altogether for his offbeat parodies on consumer culture after toymaker Mattel filed a million-dollar copyright infringement suit against him.
Around noon, Aniston re-entered the courtroom accompanied by her attorney and Pitt, wearing a sleek, gray designer suit and an open-collared white short and sporting the long, shaggy beard he's grown over the last several months for an upcoming film. Lew took the stand and announced that both sides had "perfected a settlement that is confidential on the record...The matter will be dismissed and is dismissed at this time."
A beaming Aniston and clearly pleased Pitt thanked their legal team and were escorted to a private chamber off the courtroom. Minutes later, flanked by security guards, Pitt wrapped an arm over his wife's shoulders as the couple, who celebrate their second wedding anniversary on July 29, was allowed to leave the federal building.
Outside the courthouse, Lavely met the media but insisted he was unable to provide any specifics of the settlement, as per the confidentiality order. "It's best for both sides, and it's an amicable settlement," he said. He did confirm that both Aniston and Pitt personally took part in the settlement proceedings.
When asked if Aniston planned to continue sunbathing topless in her Beverly Hills backyard, Lavely's co-counsel Kevin James laughed and said, "You'll have to ask her."