Actor Jason Biggs has taken aim at staff of a Los Angeles coffee shop for literally cashing in on the death of his Eight Below co-star Paul Walker. The American Pie star was not impressed when he spotted tip jars reading 'Fast and Furious' and 'Varsity Blues' at his local Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf cafe, inviting customers to vote for their favourite Walker film with cash.
Posting a picture of the tip jars online, he tweeted, "Umm, am I crazy, or does this seem exploitive (sic) and in poor taste? CoffeeBeanLA."
Walker died on 30 November (13) after the Porsche Carrera GT he was a passenger in hit a lamppost and burst into flames. He was 40.
Before the huge success of the Netflix original series, Piper Kerman had to live Orange is the New Black. Kerman wrote the memoir upon which the show is based, and she's the inspiration for Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), the star of the show. In her Reddit AMA, Kerman answered many questions about her experiences on the set of the show and in prison.
The difference between onscreen Piper and herself: "...a big difference is that my family (& Larry's family) were amazing supports, and that I maintained strong ties to my friends & co-workers while I was in prison - this really reinforced that I was not alone. Those lifelines were everything to me, and to all prisoners. I made a lot of mistakes when I was locked up, but not quite along the lines of Chapman :)"
Her favorite original character from the TV series: "It is very hard to pick favorites - but I really like Gloria, who is not based on anything in my book."
An unspoken prison rule: "You really don't ever ask someone what they're in for. Some people choose to talk about it, and some people never do."
On prison reform: "I am optimistic. If you look at polling numbers, [many] Americans say that we have too many people in prison, and more and more people support specific ways to change that (reduce drug sentencing, public health approaches to addiction, public defense reform, etc). more and more people now know that 40-60% of people in prison are there for non-violent offenses. I think when people remember that the 2.3 million prisoners in this country are people just like them, we are more likely to see reform."
On the back stories on the show: "The backstories are amazing, and the creation of Jenji and her team of writers - they are all fictional and not drawn from the book."
On the differences between the show and the book: "Readers of the book will probably agree that there is a lot of internal conflict depicted there - and that I definitely avoided conflicts with COs and other prisoners (as is only sensible). TV really needs external conflict, and that's one of the big differences (other than storyline differences) you'll see between the book and the show. A show that was very introspective would be boring to watch. A book with as much conflict as a TV show has would be unreadable."
The similarity between women's college and women's prison: "Food obsessions."
On the accuracy of the show's portrayal of prison: "I am a consultant on the show, which means I answer questions and provide feedback to Jenji. It is her decision whether to take it or leave it. But the production team did a lot of other research as well, met with many other former prisoners (for example transgendered people who have been through the system) and they continue to do so."
Some life advice: "My best life advice is to know that you can learn more from your failures than your successes."
On the show's portrayal of her fiancé Larry (Jason Biggs): "The real Larry is a good sport about the not-real Larry. He knows that it is fiction."
On the difficulties of publishing a book with lesbian and criminal themes: "During one meeting with a publisher she said 'We really like it, except for the lesbianism, and the crime.' Huh? I was very lucky to have an editor who really understood the book I wanted to write, and helped me write it. I think it's very important to tell a unique and surprising story in your writing, with an eye on how it connects back to a large number of people. In other words, a very unique story that yet has relevance to many others."
On the possibility of Piper being written off the show: "I would be totally comfortable with that. From my POV the show does not have to be about Chapman. It's ultimately Jenji's decision what will happen next."
Read the rest of her AMA here.
James Mcavoy made his Broadway debut on Monday (18Nov13) when he took on The 24 Hour Plays challenge. The X-Men: First Class star was joined by a number of big names for the charity event, during which writers, actors and directors attempt to put together a series of short plays in just a day to raise money for charity.
However, McAvoy, who played an over-sexualised version of himself in one of the plays at New York City's American Airlines Theatre, took the daunting assignment in his stride, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "It's not really a challenge. You've got an audience who are willing to go with you, you've got writers who are writing stuff that's easy to learn, you've got great people who are good at improvisation. If you mess up, the audience will like it even more."
Proceeds from the 13th annual 24 Hour Plays event will go to education charity the Urban Arts Partnership (UAP), which helps underprivileged New York schools, and the Scottish actor claims he feels a personal connection with the organisation's goals.
He adds, "I grew up in a place where people didn't have a lot of dreams, and I know 24 Hour Plays reaches out to people who are in a similar position... That's what 24 Hour Plays does. It reaches out to people who don't even have a dream, and that's really sad, so giving people the ability to project and hope and have a dream, whether they f**king achieve it or not is up to them, helping people develop hope and imagination is an incredible thing. And that's what art education does more than anything else, I think."
Scottish movie star James Mcavoy is set to make his Broadway debut next week (begs18Nov13) when he takes on The 24-Hour Plays fundraising challenge in New York. The Wanted hunk will join actors including Jason Biggs, David Cross, Gina Gershon, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Zachary Levi, Julia Stiles and Rosie Perez as they attempt to write, direct and perform six original short plays in just one day.
And Perez cannot wait to team up with X-Men: First Class star McAvoy onstage.
She tells the New York Daily News, "As a big X-Men geek and fan of James' acting, I'm doubly excited about meeting him."
The annual event will take place on Monday (18Nov13) and will benefit the Urban Arts Partnership, the Big Apple's largest arts education organisation.
Jason Biggs has sparked a Twitter.com feud with his American Pie co-star Tara Reid after referring to her as a "hot mess" on a TV chat show. The actor was promoting his new Netflix TV hit Orange is the New Black on a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live in America, when he was asked for a suggested prison nickname for Reid, as part of a game devised by host Andy Cohen.
Biggs offered up "Shark Killer" and "Hot Mess", much to the delight of the host and his audience - but the actress wasn't laughing and she has since taken aim at the actor via Twitter.
Taking to her blog on Sunday (20Oct13), she wrote, "@JasonBiggs it's really sad I just landed in LA and the first thing I read about you (is) that you are calling me a hot mess. I've supported u (sic)!"
Feeling awful, Biggs responded hours later, tweeting, "@TaraReid I love u Tara, it was a joke! Didnt (sic) mean to offend, Totally kidding around! it was a game!"
American Pie star Jason Biggs has gone shirtless on U.S. TV in a bid to raise thousands of dollars for his favourite charity. The 35-year-old actor's spoof of male stripper movie Magic Mike went viral last year (12), and he recreated his fake audition tape during his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday (24Sep13).
Biggs participated in a topless game of charades with host DeGeneres, pledging all his winnings to the animal rescue group Tails of the City.
Whipping off his shirt, Biggs quipped, "You guys are into flab, right? I'll be honest, I think there's a lot of fans who were disappointed that I didn't get Magic Mike... I made that tape. Now it's available for public consumption and I'm also available for hire for parties and stuff."
Biggs proceeded to show off his moves in a variety of dance styles from ballet to an Irish jig to twerking and the tango. For every dance he performed that DeGeneres guessed correctly, he earned $1,000 (£667) for the charity.
Biggs ultimately generated $8,000 (£5,330) for Tails of the City.
The Star Wars origin story films are a go, whether we're on board or not. So we might as well keep positive and hope for the best. We don't know for sure which Lucasfilm characters we'll see get individual treatment — beyond rumors about Han Solo, Boba Fett, and Yoda — but we can muster up a list of which denizens of that Galaxy Far, Far away would be most compelling. And, just to conflate our Star Wars nerd-dom with our general film industry nerd-dom, we can toss in a list of directors we'd like to see take on these projects. How likely are any of these creations we've come up with? Not at all. But this is a land for dreaming. Behold the Star Wars origin story movies we'd very much love to see...
Han SoloGreedo Shooter, a twisted account of the pilot's young days of skirting the law and living it up. Written and directed by Harmony Korine.
Boba FettThe Man with No Face, a vivid, heavy dramatic thriller. Written by Luc Besson and directed by Kathryn Bigelow.
YodaMaster, a weighty drama about the dark depths to which a Jedi's mind can plunge. Written and directed by Werner Herzog.
Princess LeiaThe Princess' Revolution, a politically-charged drama about ascending from royalty to righteousness. Written by Emma Thompson and directed by Joe Wright.
ChewbaccaThe Growl of Man, a wordless epic about the Wookiee's journeys through the forests of Kashyyyk. Written and directed by Terrence Malick.
C-3POJust the Droid You're Looking For!, a verbose comedy about one droid's neurotic self-sabotage. Written and directed by Woody Allen.
R2-D2(beep!), a charming Pixar film about a whistling robot who changes lives everywhere he goes. Written and directed by Brad Bird.
Jabba the HuttPorcelain Palace, a dark, perverse nightmare about the goings-on in a crime lord's den of sex and violence. Written and directed by David Lynch.
Lando CalrissianHead in the Clouds, a sardonic farce about the Cloud City kingpin's moral decay. Written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman.
Admiral AckbarCalamari, a sweeping exploration of the waterlogged planet of Mon Calamari. Written and directed by James Cameron.
Figrin D'an and the Modal NodesA Kloo Horn Melody, a pithy mockumentary about the longstanding rivalry of the Mos Eisley Cantina's house musicians with the Max Rebo Band. Written and directed by David Guest.
Jar Jar BinksGungan Man, a disturbing mission to latch onto one of the universe's most vile, deplorable creatures. Written and directed by David Cronenberg.
Uncle Owen and Aunt BeruMidtown Tatooine, a dry dramedy about a loveless pair's decision to raise their ungrateful young nephew. Written and directed by Wes Anderson.
Grand Moff TarkinAbandon Ship, a wily, haunting adventure about a crew of Stormtroopers who want out of their dead-end business. Written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar.
Biggs Darklighter, Wedge Antilles, and Jek Tono PorkinsFly, a dreamy navel-gazer about three Academy students who'd rather soar through space than think about the future. Written and directed by Richard Linklater.
Ponda Baba and Dr. Cornelius EvazanWe Don't Like You, a subversive buddy crook comedy about two wanted men who only love each other. Written and directed by Edgar Wright.
Mon MothmaCenter of the Universe, a political satire about the deafening bureaucracy behind the curtains of the Galactic Republic. Written and directed by Armando Iannucci.
Mace WinduThe Mighty Purple, a bloody exploitation film about a no-mercy warrior who takes justice into his own hands. Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.
General GrievousSo I'm a Robot Now, a screwball comedy about a man-turned-cyborg who must adjust to life in his new form. Written and directed by David Wain.
WicketFluff, a wondrous ballad about a delightful creature trying to find beauty in times of fear. Written by James Schamus and directed by Ang Lee.
What else can you come up with: a John Waters film about Bib Fortuna? A slow-burning Coen Bros drama about a young Qui Gon? Paul Thomas Anderson's take on pod racing? We're intrigued by all and any ideas. Sound off!
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American Pie star Jason Biggs and Rainn Wilson will be showing off their tennis skills on Thursday night (05Sep13) when they take on former professionals Chris Evert and Monica Seles at the U.S. Open. The TV and movie stars will team up in a "battle of the sexes" clash against the former champions at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.
American Pie star Jason Biggs is beginning to regret impregnating his wife when he did - because the couple's first child is due around the Super Bowl. The baby is actually scheduled to arrive on 4 February (14) - two days after the big game, which Biggs is hoping to score tickets to.
He says, "The Super Bowl is in New Jersey this year, it's right where I grew up and I'm on the host committee... I don't know what the hell that means but I know that it comes with two tickets to the Super Bowl."
He jokes, "I'm a little nervous. I'm curious to see... Obviously I'll still love the kid whenever it's born... I hope he's not an a**hole and is born right before the Super Bowl."
Actor Jason Biggs and his family faced a customs headache during a recent vacation trip to Turkey after their passports were improperly stamped upon their arrival. The American Pie star and his wife were preparing to leave Istanbul a day after his brother and sister-in-law when he received a startling call from the airport explaining they had been detained.
He explains, "We came into the country via boat... and for whatever reason they didn't get our passports stamped properly... and my in-laws left first, so they're leaving the airport and they are getting their passports stamped and there's no stamps. They are taken to a holding cell in Istanbul Airport... They're getting into all sorts of trouble.
"They're calling me and my wife, because we're supposed to leave the next day, and they're like, 'You need to handle this. You don't have a stamp in your passport'.
"I'm freaking out. We go down to the harbour, where we came in and we're trying to talk to the harbour master. I never wanted to be recognised so much in my life. We're trying to talk to these guys and they're so scary looking... Clearly they wanted some money but I didn't want to give them money.
"I was like hat off, sunglasses off... I was, like, looking for a pie to f**k in front of them (like his character in American Pie)."