Freaks and Geeks was tragically canceled after only 12 episodes had aired -- a mistake many have come to learn throughout the years as the series has found a cult following and a new appreciation. Its cast is filled with some of the most recognizable and lovable faces around today. Here are the audition tapes from those faces, trying to land the roles we'd come to love them for:
Linda Cardellini, Lindsay Weir
We could really never picture any other actor playing Lindsay Weir, and she had it down pat even in her audition. Since playing lead character (and eternal style icon) Lindsay Weir, Cardellini has starred as the perm-getting murderess from Legally Blonde and Velma in the Scooby Doo movies, as well as maintaining a long run on ER and an Emmy-nominated guest role on Mad Men. More recently, she's done voice work with various TV shows.
John Francis Daley, Sam Weir
"So that means she had sex in February." He straight up kills this audition and perfectly embodies the adorable Sam Weir. Best known for his facial expressions throughout the short-lived series, Daley has become well known to fans of the hit show Bones, starring as Dr. Lance Sweets since season 3. He also writes movies like Horrible Bosses and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone nowadays too.
Seth Rogen, Ken Miller
"That's why when some idiot teacher tells me that I'm not living up to my potential, I just smile 'cause I know I am." It seems from this clip, Seth Rogen hasn't changed much, thankfully. Rogen followed his role in Freaks and Geeks with a small role in Donnie Darko and a lead role on the (also tragically short-lived) Judd Apatow-created Undeclared before finding more mainstream success with bigger roles in films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, which he also produced. He's since gone on to write, produce, and star in several other monstrously successful films: Superbad, Pineapple Express, This Is The End, and Neighbors. He's also a known enemy of North Korea.
Busy Philipps, Kim Kelly
Wow, Busy Philipps totally understood just how mean she was supposed to be. After her turn as McKinley High School's resident mean girl Kim Kelly, Philipps guest starred a few times on Undeclared and then had a longer run as a supporting role on Dawson's Creek. Aside from her film roles in movies like White Chicks and Made of Honor, she can be found currently starring in the sixth and final season of Cougar Town.
Jason Segel, Nick Andopolis
Absolutely perfect audition, right? No longer just the awkward, Led Zeppelin-obsessed stoner of McKinley, Segel now has a successful film career acting in Knocked Up, I Love You, Man, Bad Teacher, and writing/starring in movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Muppets, The Five-Year Engagement, and Sex Tape. His TV roles include a memorable recurring role on Undeclared and a lead role on the long-lasting hit series How I Met Your Mother.
Martin Starr, Bill Haverchuck
"It's called the Hitler Punch." It's clear from this hilarious audition why he got the part! Probably our favorite of the entire bunch, Bill Haverchuck, the geekiest of the geeks, was played perfectly by the lanky and awkward Martin Starr. Starr has gone on to enjoy film roles in Superbad, Knocked Up, and This Is The End, along with a TV role on the hilarious-but-unfortunately-short-lived cult comedy Party Down. He can currently be found on the Emmy-nominated Silicon Valley as Gilfoyle.
Samm Levine, Neal Schweiber
Yepp, it seems Samm Levine really is Neal Schweiber, doofy impressions and all. Levine followed up his memorable turn as one of Sam Weir's geek best friends with small roles on every show you've ever heard of: Spin City, Yes, Dear, Just Shoot Me!, The Steve Harvey Show, Boston Public, Undeclared, Raising Dad, What I Like About You, Maybe It's Me, The Drew Carey Show, That's So Raven, That 70s Show, How I Met Your Mother, My Name Is Earl, Still Standing, Entourage, Veronica Mars, Lost, 90210, Modern Family, NCIS, Person of Interest, and most recently, Selfie. His film work includes Sydney White, Inglourious Basterds, and I Love You, Beth Cooper.
While there's no James Franco audition online yet, we're not giving up hope.
Hotly-anticipated erotic drama Fifty Shades Of Grey has met with a slew of negative reviews ahead of its release in cinemas this week (ends15Feb15).
The movie was screened at the Berlin Film Festival in Germany on Wednesday night (11Feb15) but many critics were less than impressed with director Sam Taylor-Johnson's adaption of the E.L. James novel.
It has been branded "gloomy", "ludicrous", "downright creepy", and a "terrible movie", with several commentators singling out male lead Jamie Dornan for particular criticism. Actress Dakota Johnson received some praise for her portrayal as a student seduced by a bondage-loving businessman, but the movie left many reviewers cold.
Kate Muir, of British newspaper The Times, gave it just two stars out of five and branded it "painful to watch", adding, "(It) starts out hilarious, becomes ludicrous and is finally dubious... (The actors) make a decent stab at thinly-written characters.... (and the script and direction) take the... mickey out of the source material... (The film goes) swiftly from ridiculous to downright creepy."
Kaleem Aftab, of the U.K.'s The Independent, wrote, "(It) plays like the opening of a porn movie in which a washing machine repairman will turn up at a house and be met by a bored housewife", and Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian added, "There are no glimpses of a penis in this film, not in any state. It's primly off-camera. Or maybe the smoulderingly sado-obsessed hero does not have a penis."
Writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, Philippa Hawker noted, "Director Sam Taylor-Johnson and screenwriter Kelly Marcel have turned E.L. James' overheated, annoying first-person narrative (the first novel of a trilogy) into a somewhat gloomy vision of expectations and desires, the story of a man's will for control and a woman's resistance."
A.O. Scott, for the New York Times, wrote, "Mr. Dornan has the bland affect of a model, by which I mean a figure made of balsa wood or Lego. What vitality Fifty Shades of Grey possesses belongs to Ms. Johnson, who is a champion lip-biter and no slouch at blushing, eye-rolling and trembling on the verge of tears... Fifty Shades of Grey might not be a good movie - O.K., it's a terrible movie - but it might nonetheless be a movie that feels good to see, whether you squirm or giggle or roll your eyes or just sit still and take your punishment."
New York Magazine critic David Edelstein was among those who praised the film, writing, "It's elegantly made, and Dakota Johnson is so good at navigating the heroine's emotional zigs and zags that you want to buy into the whole cobwebbed premise." However, he also found room to slam Dornan's performance, adding, "(He) cuts a less commanding figure than you'd hope... With his fluffed-up hair and pert, pretty little face, Dornan's (Christian) Grey looks more like a natural bottom than a top. He's a bantamweight. Although I did grow to appreciate his modest, unshowy acting, it's clear he's not sending much heat her way and that she's having to work herself up in a vacuum."
Grease is the best. It's a classic in the world of movie musicals. Everyone has seen it, or at least a scene or two, at some point in their life. But there's a lot more to this 1978 film based on a musical set in the 1950's than you thought. We all know that Jeff Conaway (RIP) played Danny Zuko on Broadway and John Tavolta was Doody, but did you know Elvis was offered a role?
1. Elvis was initially offered a role in the film.
It is believed he would play the Guardian Angel role, but he did not accept.
2. Grease is the highest-grossing film of 1978.
Grease is the word.
3. In "Look at Me I'm Sandra Dee" they changed the reference and it has a freaky coincidence.
In the stage play, the song had a reference to Sal Mineo, who was murdered in 1976. For the movie, they changed the lyric to "Elvis, Elvis, let me be! Keep that pelvis far from me!" In reference to Elvis Presley, who died the same day the scene was filmed. The day was August 16, 1977.
4. There is a little tribute to the Three Stooges in the film.
The boys who played Doody (Barry Pearl), Sonny (Michael Tucci), and Putzie (Kelly Ward) all went to director Randal Kleiser with their idea and got it approved for the film during the bonfire scene.
5. All of the cast members were too old for high school.
John Travolta was 23, Jeff Conaway was 26, and Stockard Channing was 33 (older than Dennis C. Stewart A.K.A. Crater face or Leo, Leader of the Scorpions, who was 30). The two closest to high school age were Lorenzo Lamas (Tom) and Dinah Manoff (Marty), they were both 19.
6. A "Hickey From Kenickie" was 100% real.
Stockard Channing said in an interview that Jeff Conaway insisted on applying the hickeys himself.
7. "Hopelessly Devoted to You" was written after filming wrapped.
The producers felt that Olivia Newton-John needed a huge ballad for the film. This song actually ended up receiving an Academy Award nomination.
8. In the stage production, "Greased Lighting" is not sung by Danny.
It's sung by Kenickie, but John Travolta convinced the producers to let him sing it.
9. Danny's blue wind-breaker was a nod to James Dean.
Like his red wind-breaker from Rebel Without A Cause (1955).
10. Lucille Ball is the reason her daughter was not cast as Rizzo and the part went to Stockard Channing.
Lucie Arnaz was dropped from consideration after Lucille Ball called and said "I used to own that studio; my daughter's not doing a screen test!" But actually, she owned the studio Desilu which was bought by Paramount.
11. Cast members got sick from filming the drag race scene.
When filming near the bridge, the water there was stagnant and dangerous, causing some of the cast to become ill from it's filth.
12. That fight scene between Rizzo and Kenickie would have made sense but...
...the scene explaining it got cut. They filmed a scene, where the couple got into a heated argument, before the diner scene but it was pulled due to it's grittiness. It was compared to something Martin Scorsese might have directed.
13. The first time John Travolta met Olivia Newton-John was at her house.
He was a huge fan of hers (he basically was the #1 supporter of her being Sandy) and was very star struck when he met her, having not reached a huge level of success yet.
14. During the filming of "Greased Lightning" Jeff Conaway injured his back.
And the injury led to his abuse of prescription medication and downward path. He was dropped by fellow cast members during filming. This information was not publicly known until Conaway's appearance on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.
15. Olivia Newton-John's pants were so tight when filming "You're The One That I Want," that the zipper was broken.
She had to be sewn into her pants every morning.
16. John Travolta had to talk Olivia into filming that song.
She admit on the Merv Griffin Show that she was terrified of it.
17. Jeff Conaway came up with the idea of how to blow off Danny and Kenickie's hug.
Conaway said that in 50's, two guys hugging, "forget about it!" So he suggested that after, they comb their hair and pretend it never happened.
18. The film takes place in 1958.
20 years before the actual release date on June 1, 1978 (in the U.S.).
19. In the stage production of the show, Sandy's last name is Dumbrowski.
But because Olivia Newton-John was cast, they changed her background to match her Australian one.
20. One song cut from the film is actually played in the background.
The "Alma Mater/Parody" instrumental from the stage version of Grease can be heard in the office on the last day of school and during the carnival scenes.
21. It took a week to shoot the dance contest.
They were on location in a real school at the time in downtown L.A. Originally Sandy was not intended to dance in this scene, it was meant to be just Danny and Cha Cha. It was reputedly 116 degrees during filming. Several extras suffered heat-related illness.
22. But it took only one day to film "You're The One That I Want"/the end scene.
It was filmed with a traveling carnival that was there only for the day. The next day, director Randal Kleiser wanted to film some extra close-ups, but the carnival had left, so they had to recreate pieces of that set to accomplish it.
23. Olivia Newton-John attended the premiere in a prom dress.
And then for the after party, she changed into her "Sandy 2" look, which was hot pink spandex.
24. That plastic wrap moment in "Greased Lighting" is actually a reference to condoms.
25. There was a planned sequel, by the title Summer School, completely different from Grease 2.
Paramount later nixed the idea and we sadly got Grease 2 in 1982. This orignal sequel plan grew out of Coach Calhoun's line "See you in summer school" to a student before he is hit with a pie in the carnival scene near the end.
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Some people may say it’s too soon to be nostalgic about the 2000s. But for us millennials, the hit songs of that decade were the soundtrack to our formative years. These were the tunes that played during awkward middle school dances, that we listened to while driving around with friends, and that we blasted in our rooms to make our parents angry. Here are the instant classics and the one hit wonders that take us back to those times. Feel free to reminisce.
1. “Complicated” – Avril Lavigne
Avril just gets us, man.
2. “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” – Fall Out Boy
3. “Hollaback Girl” – Gwen Stefani
We never misspelled “bananas” again.
4. “You’re Beautiful” – James Blunt
Remember the weird music video where he sang shirtless in the rain?
5. “Leave (Get Out)” – JoJo
Whatever happened to JoJo?
6. “Since U Been Gone” – Kelly Clarkson
The ultimate breakup song.
7. “Mr. Brightside” – The Killers
8. “Umbrella” – Rihanna
9. “Yeah!” – Usher
You still dance like crazy when this comes on.
10. “Stacy’s Mom” – Fountains of Wayne
So inappropriate, and yet so catchy.
11. “Crazy in Love” – Beyoncé ft. her hubby Jay Z
Bey’s solo debut was epic, and she’s been blowing us away ever since.
12. “I Gotta Feeling” – Black Eyed Peas
The song that was played at almost every wedding in 2009.
13. “Toxic” – Britney Spears
14. “On the Way Down” – Ryan Cabrera
15. “A Thousand Miles” – Vanessa Carlton
Admit it, you love this song.
16. “Beautiful” – Christina Aguilera
17. “She Will Be Loved” – Maroon 5
The moment we all fell in love with Adam Levine.
18. “Hey Ya!” – OutKast
What’s cooler than being cool? ICE COLD.
19. “Poker Face” – Lady Gaga
20. “Gold Digger” – Kanye West
In which Kanye warned us all about the importance of getting a prenup.
21. “Paper Planes” – M.I.A.
Making the sound effects is mandatory.
22. “Everywhere" - Michelle Branch
23. “Ocean Avenue" - Yellowcard
24. “Fergalicious” – Fergie
Never forget the Fergie solo era. We still listen to this every time we work out.
25. “Dirty Little Secret” – The All-American Rejects
British actress/model Kelly Brook has put her broken engagement behind her by moving on with a new man, according to a U.K. report. The Piranha 3D star split from her fiance David McIntosh in September (14) amid allegations he had cheated on her with an ex-girlfriend.
However, she now seems to have bounced back from the break up as she was spotted with model James Crabtree at the launch of a Christmas fair in London on Thursday (19Nov14).
Brook and Crabtree were pictured together at the festive event along with a group of mutual friends.
A source tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "Kelly and James have loads of mutual friends which is how they were introduced. It made sense for a few of their chums to come along to keep it really casual, but Kelly had a real sparkle in her eye. She had loads of fun, which is exactly what she needs at the moment."
British actor Richard Pasco has died, aged 88. The stage and screen star passed away on 12 November (14) in Warwickshire, England. No more details were available as WENN went to press.
He was best known for his theatre work, appearing in London's West End and spending more than a decade with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Over the years he shared the stage with stars including Laurence Olivier, Dame Eileen Atkins and even Grace Kelly at a poetry recital in Scotland which marked one of her rare public performances after her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco.
Pasco also made appearances in films such as Mrs. Brown with Dame Judi Dench, and British TV shows including Inspector Morse and Kavanagh QC, as well a number of pictures for the iconic Hammer Horror studio in the 1960s.
He also appeared with James Bond legend Sir Sean Connery in 1960 BBC drama Colombe, which featured a kiss between the pair that is believed to be the first televised man-on-man smooch.
Flamboyant Spanish aristocrat the Duchess Of Alba has died, aged 88. Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, the 18th Duchess of Alba, passed away on Thursday (20Nov14) after battling a bout of pneumonia at a hospital in Seville, Spain.
She was descended from royalty and became a high-profile figure in Spain and a leading socialite, entertaining guests including America's former First Lady Jackie Kennedy and Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, over the years.
The Duchess also claimed a place in the Guinness World Records book as the most-titled noble in the world, boasting more than 40.
Actresses Ann Reinking and Bebe Neuwirth are heading back to the New York revival of Chicago to help celebrate the show becoming the second longest-running production in Broadway history. Reinking, who also choreographed the musical, took centre stage as Roxie Hart when it first opened in May, 1996, alongside Neuwirth as Velma Kelly, Joel Grey as Amos Hart and James Naughton in the role of Billy Flynn.
Now all four original stars will return to the Great White Way for cameos on 23 November (14) for a special performance to mark the theatre record.
Chicago, which will have racked up 7,486 performances in 18 years by the time the curtain falls on the November show, will take over the second-place title from Cats, which recorded 7,485 shows on Broadway between 1982 and 2000.
However, the 1920s-based musical still has a way to go to claim the top honour - that is held by another Andrew Lloyd Webber production, The Phantom of the Opera, which is still running at the Majestic Theatre after more than 11,000 performances since 1988.
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The Fault In Our Stars and TV series Orange Is The New Black were the big winners at the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards on Sunday (27Jul14), scooping three honours each.
The teen romance film picked up the Favourite Flick accolade at the annual prizegiving, which celebrates the achievements of the entertainment industry's young stars. The movie's main star, Ansel Elgort, won Fan Favourite - Male and was also awarded Best On-Screen Couple with co-star Shailene Woodley.
The prison-based TV series was crowned the most Bingeworthy TV Show while Danielle Brooks, who plays Tasha 'Taystee' Jefferson in the show, won Breakthrough Actress and Pablo Schrieber won the We Love to Hate You trophy for his evil character George 'Pornstache' Mendez.
Troubled pop star Justin Bieber also took to the stage in Los Angeles to be honoured with the Champ of Charity Award, for his humanitarian work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Other winners included Ed Sheeran, Chloe Grace Moretz and British singer Sam Smith. The ceremony, hosted by Kelly Osbourne, will be televised in the U.S. on Monday (28Jul14).
R&B star R. Kelly is expanding his resume by releasing a house music album inspired by his hometown of Chicago, Illinois.
The I Believe I Can Fly hitmaker is working on a new record influenced by the music created in the Windy City in the late 1970s.
Kelly revealed his new project during a concert in Chicago last week (06Jul14), when he was caught on camera saying, "I want y'all to know a secret. I'm working on a house album right now, and I want y'all to know, it's coming."
"And y'all know, I love music and I feel like I can do anything when it comes to music because I am music - just like y'all."
The house music record is just one of many projects the singer is working on - in March (13), he announced he is planning a follow-up to his 2013 LP Black Panties, titled White Panties, and is reportedly also putting together a holiday album called The 12 Nights of Christmas.