You were probably too busy looking up the big words, or screaming at Dawson's bangs to notice these celeb cameos the first time you watched Dawson's Creek, but now that we're 15 years passed the original air date, let's take a look back at all the famous folk who walked the hallowed halls of Capeside High and hooked up with Katie (err, Kate?) Holmes. Michael Pitt as Henry ParkerBefore he was all gangsta on Boardwalk Empire, Michael Pitt was featured on season three as Jen's sappy, budding, young boyfriend. He allegedly left the show because he felt the role wasn’t challenging enough.Ken Marino as Professor WilderYou know him for his deadpan humor in We’re the Millers, Wanderlust, Party Down and Children's Hospital, but before hitting his comedic stride, Ken Marino waxed poetic as Joey's naughty English professor during season 5. They may have made out.
Seth Rogen as pot-smoking college kidIn a role he was born to play / has only ever played, he “porks” (his word, not ours) Joey’s roommate, Audrey (Busy Phillips – his former Freaks and Geeks co-star) during the show’s last season.Scott Foley as jock Scott Foley shines as a dim quarterback who took Jen on a date – forcing Dawson – who was also pining for her - to do some epic soul searching (for the seventh time that episode).Ali Larter as Kristy
Best known for her bangin' whipped cream-covered bod in Varsity Blues, (also Heroes and Legally Blonde), Ali Larter steals Pacey's heart as a popular chick who's out of his league (poor thing). Rachael Leigh Cook as Joey’s proxyThe She’s All That star (seriously, where has she been since then?) plays Joey in one of Dawson’s masturbatory movies (Season 2, Episode 13). He’s so meta.Jane Lynch as Mrs. WitterAs Pacey’s uber-religious, disparaging mother (we don't see the resemblance either) the incomporable Jane Lynch got practice for her role on Glee. (Season 4, Episode 12).Chad Michael Murray as Charlie Todd
This soapy darling's dimples had already appeared on Gilmore Girls and would go on to star in One True Hill after his stint on the fifth season of Dawson's. He plays a collegiate cad who sleeps with Jen and then has a miniature affair with Joey after she performs with Charlie's band “Aggressive Mediocrity" in a moment that's almost as cringey as when she performs "On My Own" during season one.
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Nora Wilder (Parker Posey) is depressed. She's a lonely single thirty-something New Yorker whose job as the VIP facilitator of a chic boutique hotel is boring her to tears. Her mother (Gena Rowlands) is no help nor is her best friend Audrey (Drea de Matteo) who is actually having problems of her own in her seemingly perfect marriage to Mark (Tim Guinee). Nora is drinking too much dating cute but crappy men and still mourning the death of her father despite years having past since that sad event. When she meets Julian (Melvil Poupaud) a gorgeous Frenchman her life changes in a series of unexpected ways. With her role in Broken English Parker Posey reminds us of what a talented actress she is. Her portrayal of Nora is dead-on right down to the sadness in her eyes and the slump in her shoulders. You can just feel her need for love and emotional connection; it leaps off the screen right at you. Yet Posey is (as always) so likeable her innate personality shines through the sadness a fact that works perfectly with the character she plays. With her best-friend role Drea de Matteo shifts far away from her now iconic portrayal of Adriana in The Sopranos revealing a very different sort of person a privileged woman doubting her life choices—and she does it in a completely believable way. But it is Melvil Poupaud who is the big surprise here. The French actor has been in numerous films in his native country since he began his career at age 11 yet is still a face unfamiliar to American audiences. And what a face it is! The strikingly handsome 34-year-old is a revelation bringing a natural charm and ease to his performance that is sure to make every woman who sees the film dream about him that night. Director Zoe Cassavetes has movies in her blood. The daughter of legendary actor-director John Cassavetes and actress Gena Rowlands and the sister of Nick who directed The Notebook and Alpha Dog she has clearly felt the influence of her famous family. Broken English her first full-length feature film (which she also wrote) follows in the tradition of her late father's best work. He too wrote and directed personal films (Faces Husbands A Woman Under the Influence) which explored the intense human need for love without sentimentality or sappiness. With Broken English Zoe accomplishes the same difficult feat making her protagonist a very real woman whose life journey is at times sad yet ultimately uplifting--and always fascinating. In fact she has fashioned an excellent film which speaks to the human condition of countless single women in their 30s and beyond. Anyone who is one of those women should make sure to see this movie as should any man who would like to understand them just a little bit more.
Billy Wilder, who wrote and directed Hollywood classics like Some Like It Hot and The Seven Year Itch, died Wednesday night of pneumonia at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 95.
A writer at heart, Wilder became a director to protect his scripts, having frequently stormed onto a set to express his frustration at their misinterpretation in the hands of others.
With the help of co-writer Raymond Chandler, he produced a masterpiece of film noir, Double Indemnity in 1944, followed a year later by The Lost Weekend.
In the 1950s, Wilder alienated Hollywood with the cruel and haunting Sunset Boulevard (1950), but he also created a wealth of comedies, including Sabrina (1954), Love in the Afternoon (1957) and Some Like It Hot (1959).
Wilder's legacy in the film industry continued throughout the '60s and '70s; his last film Buddy Buddy (1981) starred Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.
Wilder is survived by his wife of 53 years, Audrey.
There will be no funeral, but a memorial is planned for later this year.
Click here for a complete biography of Wilder.