Nora Zehetner's elfin charm and depth of intensity won her a wide range of guest roles on a host of well-known series. Her major recurring roles include superpowered agent Eden McCain on the science f...
There's something about other people's secrets... they can rob us completely of our longstanding apathy for the rest of the human race and instead thrust us into an obsessive need to know exactly what was whispered between two parties. It in Lost in Translation, in The Quiet Man, in Brick — whatever unknown words are passed from the mouths of Scarlett Johansson, Maureen O'Hara, and Nora Zehetner to the ears of Bill Murray, John Wayne, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, we just can't stop thinking about. And those are just normal people! What happens when this sort of ordeal involves the President of the United States of America?
If you watched the first round of the presidential debates, you might have caught an eyeful of Michelle Obama delivering a quiet message to her husband following his faceoff with opponent Mitt Romney. Satisfying the nosy nature of the American public, the First Lady has revealed the truth about the simple, sweet words that she spoke to President Barack Obama that night... at least, what she claims to be the truth.
"I gave him a big hug, and I said, 'Way to go,'" Michelle told Ryan Seacrest during a special interview on Tuesday morning's Today, which aired in honor of the upcoming second round of the debates, which airs tonight at 9 PM.
When asked by Seacrest if her husband ever looks to her during these debates, and in turn what sort of visible support she offers, Michelle responded, "I can never tell, but I'm always primed just in case he is." She continued "I'm perched, I'm looking at him, I'm smiling, I'm giving him a thumbs up if he can see it."
Thumbs up, eh? Smiling? Perched?! Something sounds... fishy.
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We're not completely sold by Mrs. Obama's revelation of what she did, in fact, say to her presidential husband on the night of Wednesday, October 3. "Way to go"? We're supposed to believe that the woman who masterminded (mastermound?) projects like Let's Move! and the White House Kitchen Garden, and her own book American Grown couldn't come up with anything more creative than "Way to go"? We know you've got more up your sleeve than that, Michelle.
Hence all the "signals" she seems to be flashing Barack. These so-called "thumbs ups" and "smiles" ... highly suspicious. But we're not going to stake claims toward a wild conspiracy theory involving the First Lady — that would be ridiculous, idiotic, deranged. No.
We have three conspiracy theories!
Theory #1: She's Pumping In the Answers
Perhaps Michelle is offering her husband some supplementary help with the answering of questions. Could she be wiring in the aid of experts — Cyrano style — and translating them to the POTUS via sophisticated hand motions — The Sting style?
Theory #2: She's Working for the Other Side
Or could she be a double agent, working instead for Mitt Romney? Maybe Michelle has mastered some kind of cerebrally-impeding sign language, unconsciously throwing her poor, unwitting husband off track with her psychological tricks. And that whisper at the end: a cold, threatening layer of icing on the cake.
Theory #3: They're Aliens!
Think about it, this explains everything* — the Obamas are actually ambassadors of an extragalactic species who communicate with their overlords via a series of manual and facial tics, transmitting messages through the vast cosmos to report on the status of their plan for world domination!
So, whatever theory you choose to believe, tune in to tonight's presidential debate to see the mission carried out. The truth is out there...
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Brick’s tale of a missing girl double-crosses galore and murder in a high school setting is more than a little pretentious. It riffs on the film noir genre featuring its own head-scratching lingo that often puzzles more than it entertains. Our Sam Spade stand-in is Brendan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) whose trouble starts when he gets a frantic phone call from his ex-girlfriend Emily (Emilie De Ravin). Seems after they broke up she fell in with a bad crowd and now she’s in over her head. After she disappears Brendan’s investigation has him sniffing out a major drug ring on campus with such curious baroque characters as The Pin (Lukas Haas)--who wears a cape and carries a cane but still lives with his mother--and Laura (Nora Zehetner)--a chic popular waif who offers to help but whom in classic noir tradition is not someone Brendan is sure he can trust. As the obsessive Brendan Levitt (TV’s Third Rock From the Sun) maintains a wry sense of humor as he endures the requisite beatings this kind of story demands. He also has a dogged drive to get to the bottom of things. We believe he’s capable of outsmarting the players involved but foolish enough to want to do it all on his own. Casting Lukas Haas as the mysterious Pin helps ensure that he’s never as imposing as the character thinks he is. Newcomer Nora Zehetner as the willowy inscrutable Nora manages to strike the only real noirish note in the entire ensemble helped in large part by her stylish retro wardrobe. Lost’s De Ravin once again adopts an American accent as damsel in distress Emily. With her long blond hair and enormous eyes she makes a haunting little girl lost. The direction is the real star of the film. Writer-director Rian Johnson has made a stylistically bold movie with some dazzling flourishes (it won an audience award at Sundance for “Best Original Vision”)--but much of the film stagnates due to odd pacing and that maddening lingo. Brick earns some unintentional laughs for poorly faked fistfights and some overenthusiastic Foley artists (the guys who provide sounds effects such as footsteps after the fact) but the film definitely picks up steam as it goes along.
Portrayed Jen opposite Marc Maron on IFC's "Maron"
Breakout role opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt in "Brick"
Portrayed Dr. Reed Adamson on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy"
Portrayed Eden McCain on NBC's "Heroes"
Nora Zehetner's elfin charm and depth of intensity won her a wide range of guest roles on a host of well-known series. Her major recurring roles include superpowered agent Eden McCain on the science fiction favorite "Heroes" (NBC 2006-2010), spunky Dr. Reed Adamson in 'Grey's Anatomy' (ABC 2005- ) and Marc's inappropriately younger girlfriend Jen on "Maron" (IFC 2013-). Her film roles were lower-key, although she appeared in cult director Rian Johnson's acclaimed debut feature "Brick" (2005). Born in El Paso, Texas and raised between El Paso and Dallas, Zehetner originally studied at the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science with an eye on studying math and science to a high level at the University of North Texas, when an advisor at the school suggested the best course for the teenage film obsessive would be to follow her acting dream in Los Angeles. Tiny early roles on "Gilmore Girls" (The WB, 2000-07) and in the raunchy hit sequel "American Pie 2" (2001) led to the proper launch of her career with "Brick," followed by a role in Johnson's fanciful follow-up "The Brothers Bloom" (2007) and a progressively larger succession of television roles.