As the memories and tributes start to pour in for Davy Jones following news of his death earlier today, so do some interesting stories about the former Monkee -- like the one about him turning down the chance to be on Dancing with the Stars just last year.
According to his wife, professional dancer Jessica Pacheco, Jones would've won. "The only problem we would have is me letting him lead," she said.
Jones was very much interested in dancing, just not publicly, thus explaining why we again didn't see his name on the recently announced list of celebrities participating in the upcoming 14th season of the show. And very sadly, we will never get to see just how good of a dancer he was -- or how happy it made him.
Almost lost in the shuffle of Sunday night’s Academy Awards -- and Sacha Baron Cohen's stunt beforehand-- was the fact that Sean Young (you remember her: Blade Runner, the 1980s, Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew) was arrested at an Oscars after-party for allegedly slapping a security guard who tried to kick her out for, unsurprisingly, not having a ticket to the event. It’s just the latest incident for the once-great actress who has basically devolved into the female version of Gary Busey (we would’ve said Nick Nolte if she still got acting gigs) and got us thinking about her craziest moments. With some difficulty, we whittled them down to five …
Heckling Julian Schnabel
In January 2008, at the prestigious, serious-minded Directors Guild of America Awards, Julian Schnabel was giving his acceptance speech for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, but it was a little unexciting for Young, who yelled, “Come on, get to it!” She was escorted out by security, and soon thereafter “voluntarily” entered rehab for alcohol abuse.
Catwoman Craziness, Part 1
A well-known true Hollywood story is the one about Young being cast in Tim Burton’s Batman as Vicki Vale, only to be replaced by Kim Basinger after Young broke her arm during rehearsals. That’s the unfortunate part of the story; the weird part involves Young going to the Warner Bros. lot and pleading to Burton and Michael Keaton for the role of Catwoman in the 1992 sequel … while wearing a homemade Catwoman suit.
Catwoman Craziness, Part 2
In a bizarre (to say the least) appearance on Late Show with David Letterman just last year, Young again donned her own Catwoman suit, this time in a clip in which she essentially begs passersby for working and yells, “I’m not crazy!” Truly a little disturbing.
Riding the Aniston Train
Last night wasn’t Young’s first run-in with the law at an Oscars after-party. That’s right – at the Vanity Fair gathering in 2006, she used the excitement caused by Jennifer Aniston’s arrival to create a diversion that would enable her to sneak in undetected. She only enjoyed a few minutes of glory before security got wind of her successful breach, but … this stunt was actually kinda impressive and in a way the smartest thing she’s done in about a decade.
Sued for Harassment by James Woods
Nobody remembers the fairly awful 1988 romance drama The Boost – but a lot of people probably can’t forget the real-life romance drama that followed it: Stars James Woods and Young shared a passionate-turned-tumultuous relationship whose end was punctuated by Woods’ claims that Young was stalking him and his $2 million harassment lawsuit against her. (Young maintains her innocence and calls the debacle a misunderstanding.)
Most teenagers would take being cast as a popular girl who terrorizes Lindsay Lohan in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen as a sign that they might be kind of hot.
However, in the March issue of MIAMI Magazine, Megan Fox says that when she was younger she had no inkling that in a few short years she'd receive one of Hollywood's highest honors: The title of FHM's Sexiest Woman in the World.
"I was never the pretty girl," Fox, 25, tells the magazine, adding that as a teen she was "abrasive" and "obnoxious."
Fox explains that while growing up she didn't have mainstream interests and felt like a "loner," raising the possibility that there may be some photos floating around of Fox dolled up in a Princess Leia bikini. That may sound pretty enticing if you too lived on the fringes of high school society, but Fox has made some other oddball comments that may give you pause:
1) In June 2007, Fox told FHM: “I’m horrible to live with. I don’t clean. My clothes end up wherever I take them off. I forget to flush the toilet. Friends will tell me, 'Megan, you totally pinched a loaf in my toilet and didn’t flush.'” So if you're planning on shacking up with Fox, be sure you can afford a (non-judgemental) maid.
2) And you'll also need to stock up on Glade. In October 2008 Fox quipped to GQ, “If you eat Chinese food, your farts come out like Chinese food. If you eat Mexican food, your farts come out like Mexican food. And milk, it’s like—you can smell the warmth in the fart. My wardrobe on Transformers always smells like farts, and I have no idea why.”
3) Fox is prone to pot-induced rambling that doesn't sound quite so deep if you're in a sober state. Here's a sample from Esquire: “Ok, well let me tell you what [High School Musical] is really about. High School Musical is about this group of boys who are all being molested by the basketball coach, who is Zac Efron’s dad. It’s about them struggling to cope with this molestation. And they have these little girlfriends, who are their beards. Oh, and somehow there’s music involved. You have to get stoned to watch it."
4) As Fox explained on the red carpet at the Golden Globes in 2009, she looks exactly like Alan Alda. "I am pretty sure I am a doppelganger for Alan Alda. I'm a tranny. I'm a man. I'm so painfully insecure. I'm on the verge of vomiting now. I am so horrified that I am here, and embarrassed. I'm scared." Prepare for sexy time to start resembling a M*A*S*H porn parody.
5) According to Rolling Stone, her vagina may put on a Jason mask and jump out of the closet with a chainsaw: "[My secret is] a powerful, confident vagina. Men are scared of vaginas. [A woman is most powerful when she is] completely in charge of her sexuality."
Of course, by all accounts Fox is happily married to Brian Austin Green, and there's pretty much no chance that she'll be hooking up with a random fan. So for the time being, feel free to keep enjoying your Alan Alda-free Megan Fox fantasies.
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It was fun while it lasted. After nine months of dating, Nick Jonas and his much-older Australian pop star girlfriend, 27-year-old Delta Goodrem, have decided to call it quits. Goodrem's rep confirmed the news in a brief statement, saying, "Nick and Delta have decided to mutually end their relationship. At this point in time, they are both focused on their careers as they go on different paths. They remain friends and wish each other the best for the future."
Jonas, 19, began dating Goodrem shortly after she split from Irish boy band singer Brian McFadden, whom she was with for seven years. For his part, Jonas was romantically linked to to Miley Cyrus from June 2006 to December 2007.
But Jonas has plenty of projects on his plate to keep his mind off the recent breakup. In fact, he's starring in Broadway's How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in a role previously played by actor Daniel Radcliffe and Glee's Darren Criss. Additionally, he's also scheduled to make a guest appearance on NBC's recent hit Smash on Feb. 27. Jonas Brothers fans must be thrilled.
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Here at Under the Radar, our traditional modus operandi is to help spread the word about one up-and-coming actor/actress appearing in one of that week’s theatrical releases with whom you should get better acquainted. This week however, there are a plethora of new releases featuring scores of talented performers all right on the cusp of mega-stardom so it was difficult to narrow the field to just one. We have therefore put together a list of the top five names we think you should know at the multiplex this week.
Justin Theroux (Wanderlust)
Wanderlust is the story of a high maintenance New York couple who, upon losing both of their jobs, decide to move to a hippie commune as a drastic change of pace. With the leads being occupied by Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, it would be easy to overlook one Justin Theroux. But Justin is a wonderful actor, someone you’ll definitely want to get to know even if you don’t immediately recognize him. He’s had recurring roles on Parks & Recreation, the HBO miniseries John Adams, and Six Feet Under as well as appearing in films such as Your Highness, Mulholland Drive, and American Psycho. In addition to his talent in front of the camera, Justin also wrote the screenplays to Iron Man 2 and Tropic Thunder.
Jennifer Carpenter (Gone)
If you find yourself sitting in the theater watching Gone this weekend and trying to place where you’ve seen Jennifer Carpenter before, more than likely you caught her on the wildly successfully Showtime series Dexter. She plays the police officer sister of a Miami forensics expert who also happens to be a serial murderer of…serial murderers (among other criminal elements). Another impressive credit on Carpenter’s resume 2005 film The Exorcism of Emily Rose. The film centers on a lawyer who takes on the case of a priest whose attempt to exorcise a demonic presence from a young girl went horribly awry. Her performance in that film is nothing less than spellbinding.
Brian White (Good Deeds)
Brian White will be lighting up screens this weekend in the latest Tyler Perry film Good Deeds. White is an actor of whom I became a huge fan during his stint on the incredible FX series The Shield. On the show, White plays a hardnosed cop who gets assigned to the dark, morally nebulous strike team headed by Vic Mackey; mixing up the group’s longstanding dynamic and serving as the catalyst for the biggest shocker of the second season. He also appeared in Rian Johnson’s phenomenal neo-noir Brick and is set to co-star in Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods; my most highly anticipated movie of 2012. I am really interested to see where this guy’s career takes him.
Ken Marino (Wanderlust)
As Wanderlust is directed by David Wain, the appearance of actor Ken Marino is not a surprise. The two have been constant collaborators going all the way back to the MTV sketch comedy series The State from the mid-90s. Marino also appeared in Wain’s films Wet Hot American Summer and Role Models (also starring Paul Rudd). But if you really want to get a taste of Marino’s comic genius, I highly recommend a short-lived series called Party Down. On the show, Marino plays the owner of a catering company staffed almost entirely by people who would rather be doing anything other than catering. Marino also co-wrote both Wanderlust and Role Models.
Sebastian Stan (Gone)
One of the best things that can happen to a young actor anymore is landing a role, even a supporting role, in a comic book film. Sebastian Stan, who will be appearing in this week’s kidnapping thriller Gone, managed just such a feat when he played Bucky Barnes, the best friend of weakling-turned-super-soldier Steve Rodgers, in Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger. I loved Stan as Bucky—he made us all fall in love with that character. In addition to appearing in a Marvel film, Stan was fortunate enough to work with world-renowned director Darren Aronofsky in the sinister, but artful Black Swan. He also made the perfect, textbook 80's bully in 2010’s meta comedy Hot Tub Time Machine.
The Talk co-host Sharon Osbourne will guest-star on an upcoming episode of NBC's sitcom Up All Night.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Osbourne -- also a judge on America's Got Talent, which, lest we forget, will feature Howard Stern next season -- will play fellow talk-show diva Ava's (Maya Rudolph) archenemy on a yet-to-be-scheduled episode.
Up All Night, which airs Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. on NBC, stars Will Arnett and Christina Applegate as a married couple trying to navigate the tough terrain that is new parenthood.
It's been a whole month since the last bit of casting news on Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming, controversial Osama bin Laden movie, so it's only fitting that today we learned of another high-profile actor joining the project: Kyle Chandler.
Nothing has been confirmed -- like most of the details surrounding the still-untitled film -- as far as his specific role, but Deadline reports that the Friday Night Lights actor will play a CIA agent in the mysterious drama about the Navy SEALs' hunt for and eventual killing of Osama bin Laden. The film is set for release on Dec. 19.
Since the end of the critically acclaimed football drama series Lights -- for which he won an Emmy -- Chandler has starred in J.J. Abrams' Super 8 and booked a role in Ben Affleck's upcoming Argo.
Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal has landed the lead role in Zorro Reborn, a futuristic reimagining of the title swordsman's tale.
Bernal will play the beloved -- and masked -- Spanish (via California) character as a "vigilante bent on revenge," according to Variety.
Antonio Banderas played the fictional Zorro in two films, the most recent of which was 2005's The Legend of Zorro.
Bernal, meanwhile, has throughout his career starred in smaller fare, including Y Tu Mama Tambien and The Motorcycle Diaries.
Guillermo del Toro has been brought on by Warner Bros. to direct an update of Beauty and the Beast.
Emma Watson is reportedly close to joining the project, which will be written by Bridget Jones's Diary scribe Andrew Davies.
Del Toro famously left The Hobbit, which he was to direct, in 2010, but remains a credited co-writer. His next directorial effort, Pacific Rim, will hit theaters May 10, 2013.
Ellen Barkin appears set to join the cast of Ryan Murphy and Allison Adler's upcoming NBC pilot The New Normal.
The concept of the single-camera sitcom reportedly centers on a gay couple and their relationship with the woman who ultimately becomes their surrogate and helps them become parents -- with Barkin playing the surrogate's mother.
Glee writer-producers Adler and Murphy have quite the TV resume -- including Chuck and the massively popular American Horror Story, respectively. Murphy, no stranger to stepping behind the camera, will direct at least the pilot episode of New Normal.