The True Blood star was attempting to carve out a career in Hollywood after moving to Los Angeles from his native Australia in the early 2000s when he landed a coveted meeting with the legendary moviemaker.
The actor cycled to the offices of Spielberg's DreamWorks production company, but the day went horribly wrong when he realised he had committed the embarrassing error of leaving his bike in the director's parking space.
He tells the Sydney Morning Herald, "There were no poles at DreamWorks. It's a very ergonomic place. I just remember wrapping this huge bike chain around this bamboo post, then I ran inside. Two seconds later, an assistant comes running in. 'Someone's parked in Mr Spielberg's spot! Is it anyone here?' And I'm looking around the room going, 'Wow, somebody's really in trouble.'
"Nobody owned up. Two seconds later he runs back in and yells, 'Who's got a bicycle?' I said 'It's me.' He grabbed me by the wrist, ushered me outside, and who should be sitting in his big SUV but Spielberg. I've actually wrapped the bike chain over the top of the 'S' on Spielberg's name, which is plastered on the bamboo post. Needless to say, I did not get that audition with him."
This weekend was a really big weekend for celebrities. Instead of doing their usual shopping at Home Depot and stiffing the guy who helps them put their bamboo trees in their car, they were having babies and getting married! Can you imagine? There isn't a worse time to do either one when there's a garden sale at Home Depot!
Let's start with who got married this weekend. Katy Perry and Russell Brand wed at a luxury tiger resort, Rambagh Palace, in India. 85 guests attended the ceremony, and obviously, a few tigers (one of whom was so interested in crashing the party that he got within 50 feet of the festivities and probably had to be lovingly jammed in the neck with a blow dart because "he had killed before"). Brand rode into the ceremony on an elephant, even though a white horse would have done just fine. As a wedding gift, Brand bought Perry a Bengal tiger named Machli, after he heard some cat keepers at the Ranthambore National Park call the animal "the epitome of beauty." Machli will continue to live in the national park, which will be fine for him, as long as he never knows what the alternative is.
On the baby birthing front, we have two new mothers. One is Celine Dion, who gave birth to fraternal twin boys on Saturday at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. In addition to unnecessarily and irreversibly revealing they were delivered by c-section, Dion's doctor relayed the boys were born with a considerable amount of hair. The twins were born about a month early, and they weighed 5 pounds 4 ounces and 5 pounds 10 ounces. No names have been revealed yet, but it's Celine Dion...so something French and smooth that everyone will mistake them for champion French bulldogs.
Then we have Matt Damon's wife, Luciana, who gave birth to the couple's third daughter. They named her Stella Zavala Damon. She was actually born last Wednesday here in New York, but the news only broke on Saturday, so it is still relevant here. The Damons have already been parents for quite some time now, so there's nothing really interesting here to report because we know this child will be fine. However, this poor child will certainly spend the rest of her life trying to get her groove back.
Sources: EW, People, Radar Online, Showbiz Spy
S2:E7 Last night's Jersey Shore began with a second viewing of the fight between JWoww and Sammi, where they pulled off each other’s fingernails and ripped out each other’s extensions, which landed on some carefully product placed Wonderbread. The scene continued when Vinny pulled Sammi off of JWoww, and Ronnie attacked him for muscling her around. Everyone blamed Angelina for playing both sides, Sammi wiped spit from her mouth onto the bleeding bridge of her nose, and JWoww seemed unaware of the stain on her dress was an indication that Sammi had punctured her implant, and this fight should stop, drop and roll while she goes to the hospital and gets it fixed. Snooki, who’s been deemed incapable of fighting because of her statue of limitations, told Sammi she and JWoww wrote the note because they were trying to be her friend and do the right thing by telling her Ronnie was cheating on her. In case you missed it, or replaced the spot in your brain it occupied with how to set up a wee-wee pad for your puppy, here it is:
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The next morning, Sammi walked around and prepared to go to work with Ronnie, puffed up as a floatie, because she managed to land one punch in her fight with JWoww. JWoww was also supposed to go to work with them, but she called out and said she had to go to the nail salon instead to repair the damage that was done the night before. During the afternoon shift, Angelina’s moment of enjoyment, José, came straight from a Francis Ford Coppola convention and gave her a white Fossil watch in hopes of getting her to sleep with him…which she won't (even though he just came from a Coppola convention!).
That night, Sammi went to play pool with Ronnie, Pauly and Vinny, and everything was great until Snooki and JWoww walked in. You, if anyone, should know how annoying it is when you’re trying to learn how to shoot a ball into the corner pocket from your boyfriend and in walk the girls who wrote you a note that explains why there’s hook juice around his collar. Then Angelina showed up, wearing the watch that was given to her by a guy she has no intention of sleeping with. Poor Fossil's going to tank now.
Later, Angelina threatened Vinny by saying she’d go back to Staten Island and trash his name. Vinny replied that it was Angelina, NOT HIM, who gossiped to Sammi and Pauly a few nights ago that JWoww was on the phone with her boyfriend and talking about how Pauly was drunk, I SHOULD BE HELPING FIND ENOUGH BAMBOO FOR ALL THE PANDAS OUT THERE AND AN USHER-SIZED OMG I DON’T CARE THE REASONS WHY THESE PEOPLE FIGHT, IT ONLY MATTERS THAT THEY DO. Then, Vinny called her ugly and the “Rob Kardashian of Staten Island,” which is quite the insult to someone who put in her audition tape for the show that her nickname was really the Kim Kardashian of Staten Island.
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When everyone went to the club again (believe me, I WANT to tell you what night it was! But there’s no timekeeping device in Miami!), Snooki and JWoww decided to stay in because Dennis (Snooki’s manfriend) was going to come over and, hopefully, bring a friend for JWoww. So under the assumption Snooki was going to get laid, she and JWoww wrapped themselves in plastic and cleaned the shmush room. Also, Vinny and Angelina came home drunk that night and slept together. Even though they hate each other! Mothers ALWAYS lie!
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Unfortunately for JWoww, the guy Snooki’s guy brought for her was not at all what she was looking for, and he was sent to go smoke his cigarettes in someone else’s MTV-provided garden. Oh well, we can’t live in a world where MTV caters to the uglies, now can we?
The 74 year old rents a property in the British capital's exclusive Knightsbridge, but was not home during the festive season.
Police were called to the address over the holidays after squatters in a neighbouring building spotted a man allegedly attempting to gain access to the property through the front door.
Documentary maker Mark Guard, who is making a film about the squatters who have taken up residence in the up-market neighbourhood, says: "He (the alleged burglar) broke off some shoots from a bamboo plant, then he waited until the coast was clear and spent three or four minutes poking the bamboo through the letterbox. By this stage we'd already rung the police. They sealed off the square and searched with dogs for half an hour before they arrested a man."
Jarvis Ojofietimi, 31, has been charged with burglary and is due to appear at Isleworth Crown Court later this month (Jan10).
The Clueless star will launch her new products in America later this year.
She says, "They're these beautiful make-up bags and brushes... completely cruelty free and made from recycled materials, bamboo and hemp."
Cameron Diaz is fuelling reports that she and longtime boyfriend Justin Timberlake have secretly got engaged by sporting a sparkling gem on her ring
The actress insists the band is just "a gift" but she's happy to show it off
as she promotes her new MTV travel show Trippin'.
Diaz wore the sparkler on March 24 when she was a guest on
Jay Leno's Tonight Show, but made no mention of any impending
The Charlie's Angels star was formerly engaged to actor Jared Leto. Her and
Timberlake have been dating since 2002.
Meanwhile, Diaz is hoping her pal Eva Mendes never sees her promotional interviews
for the MTV travel show--because she'll realize Diaz lied to her about toilet spiders in Nepal.
The Hitch star joined Diaz for one episode of the show, but only agreed to go to Nepal with the Shrek 2 star if she accepted the role of spider
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Mendes was so terrified of spiders, she'd wake Diaz up in the middle of the
night and ask her to check out the toilet for creepy crawlies before she
Diaz says, "She couldn't get up in the middle of the night to go to the
bathroom because she was afraid she'd run into a spider. She can't even see a
But Diaz admits she wasn't completely honest with her friend: "There's bamboo
on the wall and there's about 10 spiders on the wall and I'm like 'Oh God.' I'm
hitting the wall... and she's like, `What's going on in there?' and I'm like, 'Nothing.' She's like, `Is there spiders in there?' and I'm like, No.'
"All the spiders are running back behind the bamboo. I never told her... the
whole time I made her think there were no spiders, meanwhile, like, inches away
from her were like 10 huge spiders.
"I was being a friend at the time. She had to pee."
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Ozzy Osbourne's pink-haired, 17-year-old daughter Kelly will sing on stage for the first time at the MTV Movie Awards, The Associated Press reports. Kelly will sing her cover version of Madonna's 1986 hit "Papa Don't Preach," which she recorded with members of Incubus for The Osbourne Family Album, due out June 11. The awards show, which will be hosted by Jack Black and Sarah Michelle Gellar, will take place Saturday at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and will air on MTV June 6.
Malcolm in the Middle's Jane Kaczmarek is expecting a third child with her husband, Brad Whitford. The baby is due in November. According to the AP, the couple is expected to return to their respective television shows in the fall. Whitford plays Deputy White House Chief of Staff Joshua Lyman on NBC's The West Wing.
The woman who claims she was raped by Celine Dion's husband, René Angelil, was released without bail from jail after she agreed to repay more than $550,000 to a Las Vegas casino, the AP reports. Yun Kyeong Kwon Sung, a Pasadena, Calif., resident, was accused of signing four markers promising to pay the casino in a case in 2001.
DreamWorks Pictures is developing a fully animated, computer-generated feature based on writers Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff's original pitch, Master P: Kung Fu Panda. The story is about a gang of snow leopard bandits that come down from the highlands to invade a bamboo jungle in China, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Kevin Spacey is developing a remake of the Norwegian drama Elling, about two misfits who become friends after a two-year stint in a state home, Variety reports. The original film was nominated for the foreign-language Oscar this year. Spacey does not plan to star in the English-language remake.
Stephen Chiau, who starred in and directed the Asian blockbuster Shaolin Soccer, is planning an action/comedy for the international market. Chiau told Reuters in a recent interview that the film would be based on a story that happened in Hong Kong in the 1940s and '50s and that a script was in the works.
John Leguizamo will make his directorial debut with the HBO drama Infamous, about a young Latino boxer, Variety reports. Leguizamo will co-direct the film with Enrique Shadyac, as well as executive produce and star in the pic. Shooting begins in Gotham Aug. 5.
Actor/comedian Jamie Foxx will star as former Washington Mayor Marion Barry in the HBO biopic Livin' for the City: The Marion Barry Story. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the pic will be executive produced by Chris Rock, who poked fun at Barry in his 1996 HBO stand-up special Bring the Pain.
Following the abrupt departure of longtime chief Michael Greene last month, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which organizes the Grammys, is setting up a committee to find a new president, Variety reports. Jive Records West Coast chief Neil Portnow is rumored to be a frontrunner for the position.
California rockers Alien Ant Farm have cut short their European tour and canceled all shows in the United States through September following a bus crash last week in Spain in which their driver was killed, the AP reports. Frontman Dryden Mitchell suffered a broken vertebra in the accident, while guitarist Terry Corso broke his ankle.
Well, the 1999-2000 TV season is finally, officially over. But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you have to go out into the sunshine or pick up a good book to read at night. There’s no need to panic. TV has not deserted you. Just think of summer as your chance to watch all the shows you missed while watching “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” or “The 10th Kingdom.”
Here's a look at the tube the week ahead:
Showtime comes aboard the miniseries train with “On the Beach” (8 p.m.-midnight EDT/PDT, Sunday). Armand Assante (“Odysseus”) stars as the commander of a nuclear submarine left to wander the planet after a catastrophic nuclear war in the near future. Based on the novel by Nevil Shute, “Beach” is not just scary scfi-fi fare. It also grows into a love story, as Assante’s sub picks up some Australian survivors (including Rachel Ward), and they all head off for the less contaminated shores of Alaska to go about the business of repopulating the species. The film is not rated, but it’s Showtime, so at the minimum expect "strong language."
Network television may not have abandoned you, but it has abandoned 16 other people, as CBS presents “Survivor” (8 p.m. EDT/PDT, Wednesday). The premise of this death-defying-docu-gameshow features eight men and eight women who actually asked to be marooned on a real desert island for 39 days. They are given only a few coconuts and bamboo shoots, with which they must build spacious homes, fully functional golf carts and a stage so Ginger can put on her little skits. Oh, wait … that’s the wrong show. The difference is, “Survivor” is “Gilligan’s Island” for real. And it’s a competition. As a well-fed, well-rested camera crew documents their struggle to survive on this genuine desert isle, contestants vote each week on which of them should leave. After 13 weeks, it will come down to one person walking away with a million dollars. That’s quite a concept. Seriously… Wow.
Also on Wednesday: "A Supernatural Evening with Santana" (9 p.m. EDT/PDT, Fox). The title kind of says it all, but if you’re wondering, it’s a solid hour of live performances featuring virtuoso rock guitarist and Grammy darling Carlos Santana, as joined by fellow Grammy darlings Lauryn Hill and Sarah McLachlan, Everlast and Rob ("Smooth") Thomas of Matchbox 20.
It’s a Wednesday-heavy week, as yet another potential little gem, "Clerks," debuts on ABC at 9:30 p.m. (EDT/PDT). This is an animated series based on the 1994 film of the same name by director/writer/comic-book-aficionado Kevin Smith. Smith (who also lends his voice to the character of Silent Bob) has griped that the network is dumping this long-in-the-works toon, but if the network is ready to get in the animation game, Smith might just be the guy to get the ball rolling for them.
And, finally, for you folks who like your sci-fi with a heart to go along with the form-fitting outfits, you might want to give "Farscape" (8 p.m. EDT/PDT, Friday, Sci-Fi Channel) a look. Produced by Robert Halmi Jr. (yes, the son of the guy who brings you network mega-spectacles such as "Gulliver’s Travels"), "Farscape" is not only a visual smorgasbord of otherworldly images, but also it's unexpectedly well written. For fans of the genre, this is the show that "Star Trek: Voyager" wants to be. Give it 15 minutes to hook you, and you’ll see that there is nothing cookie cutter about "Farscape." The characters are all well defined, and the plots are unique. This week, Capt. Crais (a cool recurring villain) kidnaps the "child" of the intelligent biomechanical spaceship Moya, which will one day grow to be a mighty Leviathan warship. See what we mean? Cool, huh?
HOLLYWOOD, May 31, 2000 – Maybe they should have called it "Who Wants To Be A Sun-Stroked, Malaria-Stricken, Snake-Bitten, Unbathed, Humiliated Millionaire?" Instead, they called it "Survivor," and in case you haven't heard, it's a new "gameshow" in which 16 strangers are deposited on a tropical island near the equator, where they fend off disease, diarrhea and deadly animals for 39 days (with cameras in tow, of course). It premieres tonight at 8 p.m. (EDT/PDT) -– surprisingly, not on Fox, but on CBS.
Here's the fun part: The object of the game is to win $1 million, and to do that, you have to be the last one standing when the supply of rats runs out. You pretend to like your castaway teammates, but every three days there's a vote to kick one person off the island, and you're sure as heck not gonna kick yourself off. Bickering and back-stabbing ensues. It's "Gilligan's Island" meets "The Real World" meets "Jerry Springer."
"Gilligan's Island" Except that Gilligan had the Professor, who kept the castaways happy with makeshift creature comforts. And he had Mary Ann and her coconut-cream pie. But this ain't no three-hour tour, and these guys are lucky if the producers throw them a can of dog food, or maybe tuna. Otherwise, it's bugs and snakes and rodents.
One contestant tells Newsweek that he made varmint traps out of bamboo.
"I ate a couple of rats. You just skin them, gut them, put them on the stick. They were pretty good. I was surprised. They tasted like chicken. ... I lost 15 to 20 pounds. You could just see it in everyone's faces, bones sticking out where they shouldn't be."
There are rules, of course. It's against the rules to form a secret pact with the other contestants to choose a winner and split the prize money.
It's also against the rules to eat an endangered animal (not that they'd taste better than rats anyway).
What kind of person would subject themselves to such a challenge? The first group of contestants includes a 30-year-old neurologist, a pre-school teacher and mother, and a basketball coach, all of whom are in their 30s. There's also a 72-year-old ex-Navy SEAL who, according to what we've been reading, spends a lot of time whipping his gutless compadres into shape.
It's too bad the (still-alive) members of the "Gilligan's Island" cast won't be reassembled for a celebrity edition of "Survivor," just like they did on "Millionaire" a few weeks ago. If he were stuck on this island, odds are the Professor would use his smarts to make a boat and get the hell off.