Actor Jason Biggs is facing a backlash on Twitter.com after he made a joke about a U.S. reality show contestant who died in a paragliding accident last month (Apr14). The American Pie star is renowned for tweeting humorous commentaries while watching hit programmes The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, in which singletons search for love.
The latest season of The Bachelorette kicked off in the U.S. on Monday night (19May14), when viewers were informed that Eric Hill, one of the men vying for a romance with brunette beauty Andi Dorfman, had died after filming wrapped.
During the broadcast, Biggs took to Twitter to write, "Crazy rule change - instead of voting off the contestants, this season #TheBachelorette gets to kill them off."
He then added, "Here's what I can tell you without watching - 8 of the 20 guys are in the closet, all of them work out, and 2 can do simple division. And 19 of them are still alive. #TooSoon."
Fans began bombarding the actor with tweets criticising him for mocking Hill's passing, but the star refused to apologise.
After re-tweeting a number of negative posts about his remarks, he wrote, "Don't forget to keep checking my Twitter feed for all the latest in controversial celeb news!"
"What I've learned from fatherhood is that having a son cannot, did not, change my love for The Bachelor. I thought that having a son would make me grow up when it came to my TV viewing habits, but I love The Bachelor even more after having a child." American Pie star Jason Biggs admits he's still hooked on the U.S. dating show, despite becoming a dad for the first time last month (Feb14).
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Hollywood is cyclical. People shift in and out of importance all the time. Orange Is the New Black is responsible for the return of Natasha Lyonne, Kate Mulgrew, and Jason Biggs. It’s also set to bring back Point Break star Lori Petty. Betty White and Joan Rivers are also having a major career resurgence. Peter Scolari is on Girls. Angela Bassett is on American Horror Story. People are popping back into the limelight all the time. Here are a few nominations of actors that need to step back into center stage.
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New dad Jason Biggs celebrated the birth of his son on Wednesday (26Feb14) by holding a Jewish circumcision ceremony. The American Pie star and his wife Jenny Mollen became first-time parents to son Sid on 15 February (14) and they held a brit milah at their Los Angeles home this week.
Mollen shared photos of the event with fans on her Instagram.com blog, including one shot of her cradling the baby and kissing his forehead.
In the accompanying caption, she writes, "Today was not a good day to be Sid's penis. #babybiggs #circumcision".
American Pie star Jason Biggs and his wife Jenny Mollen have taken steps to store their newborn son's stem cells in the hope they can one day be used to save a life. The couple became first-time parents to baby Sid on 15 February (14) and Biggs has since revealed they have teamed up with medics at the Cryo-Cell blood bank facility to store the umbilical cord blood from their child's birth.
They have provided a testimony for the company's website, on which they state, "We may joke a lot in life, but all kidding aside, when we learned the facts about how stem cells from cord blood and cord tissue can be used to possibly save lives, hell yeah we stored.
"And knowing that our baby's stem cells might be used for our whole family made the decision that much easier. We hope we never have to use them, but it is a definite relief to know it's there and stored safe at Cryo-Cell."
Stem cells can be used later in life to help treat the child and possibly their relatives for certain illnesses where they can be used to repair faulty cells or organs.
Actor Jason Biggs has become a father for the first time after his wife Jenny Mollen gave birth on Saturday (15Feb14). Mollen announced the baby news on Instagram.com on Tuesday (18Feb14), after posting a series of videos documenting the birth of little Sid.
She wrote, "February 15th, 2014 5:00 pm babybiggs."
The American Pie star and Mollen wed in 2008 and they announced the pregnancy in July (13).
It appears the baby was over a week late as Biggs revealed last year (13) the tot was due on 4 February (14).
He told chat show host Conan O'Brien that he was concerned the baby's birth might interfere with his Super Bowl plans.
Biggs explained, "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.
"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 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.