To effectively stake their claim in the wild, animals spray their urine on trees, plants, and patches of ground surrounding their desired territory. The acting community uses a similar tactic to nab roles, swapping out pee for a well-timed red carpet quote.
In the jungle of Hollywood, landing a major part is a survival of the fittest competition. Even the men and women at the top of the food chain have to leave their mark.
Bradley Cooper is the latest actor to enter into the tricky world of public role campaigning, connecting himself to an upcoming Lance Armstrong biopic produced by J.J. Abrams. Unlike a cougar tinkling on a nearby bush, slipping casting suggestions into the swirling rumor pool is a subtle art.
Cooper originally told the BBC that he would love to play the controversial biker, only later to state that he wasn't even aware that Abrams was producing a film based on the athlete's life. Unfortunately, the matter complicated itself for Cooper when Abrams revealed at the Producer's Guild Awards that Cooper had sent him a personal e-mail regarding the movie. Cooper may insist he's not chasing the part, but you can bet the other A-List badgers smell his scent all over it.
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When it comes to publicly courting roles, it's all about recognizability. Actors and actresses aren't making a big to-do about nabbing the the lead in a drug addiction indie film or the most recent adaptation of that 18th century novel everyone read in high school. No, they want the part audiences have already heard of; in Hollywood, that's either the biopic or the superhero blockbuster.
Thanks to the wonders of Internet, speculative campaigning can spread like wildfire. Rihanna says she wants to play Whitney Houston in a non-existent biopic instantly begins fueling the idea of Rihanna playing Whitney Houston in a biopic.
Last year, Drake told the NY Post that he'd love to play Obama. He was even preparing for the role, one that no one is asking him to take on. "I watch all the addresses. Any time I see him on TV, I don't change the channel. I definitely pay attention and listen to the inflections of his voice. If you ask anyone who knows me, I’m pretty good at impressions."
The self-campaigning doesn't end at mere suggestion. To put himself in front of F. Gary Gray's eyes in hopes of landing the lead in the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton, up-and-comer Ephraim Benton filmed a 13-minute video where he impersonates the group's frontman Eazy E. Will it work? Or rather, is it good enough to help his chances?
Attempting to spin exposure into a real life audition rarely works. Most memorably was Sean Young's failed attempts at courting Tim Burton to cast her as Catwoman in Batman Returns.
After being cast as Vicki Vale in the original Batman and losing the role after a horse riding incident, it was Young's prerogative to rejoin the franchise. She even dressed up in costume and making the media rounds to catch Burton's attention. Here she is discussing the role on Joan Rivers' talk show in 1992:
With comic book movies dominating the multiplexes, it's no surprise that famous faces continue to publicly declare themselves fans of caped crusaders in hopes of sparking interest in their casting.
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In 2011, at the height of Marvel fever (and a year out from Avengers), Patrick Dempsey told the LA Times he was anxious to take the lead in a proposed Doctor Strange film. “I’ve been lobbying for that. There’s a whole bunch of people [among the Grey's crew] who are into comics and Marvel, too, on the set and they’re like, ‘Doctor Strange, that’s the one you should do.’ It would be fantastic."
The movie has been teased as a potential post-Avengers 2 project — will Dempsey still be marketable by 2016? Joining the actor in his Marvel praise is Friday Night Lights and Hart of Dixie star Scott Porter, who he recently threw himself into the ring for the role of Nova in Guardians of the Galaxy. He may not get his wish, as the character was not even included in Marvel's announced line-up. That's serious display of ambition on Porter's part.
Some actors go the extra step. Isaiah Mustafa, aka the "Old Spice commercial guy," was so driven to bring Marvel's genetically enhanced hero Luke Cage to screen, he went ahead and used his deodorant money to fund a fake trailer for the movie. Now, casting agents know what Mustafa looks like with glowing eyes:
Hung star Thomas Jane was vocal about his diehard passion for comic books and The Punisher character before taking on the role in the 2004 adaptation. So it's not surprising that when he wasn't asked to return for the sequel, 2008's Punisher: War Zone, he left with a chip on his shoulder.
Hoping to prove himself Hollywood's one and only Punisher, Jane reprised the character in a self-produced short film that he premiered under the radar at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. The film boldly tells Hollywood to screw themselves... but also to consider rehiring him for a new Punisher feature.
This isn't to say that publicly campaigning for a coveted role never works. Monday may have been an example of the strategic move blowing up in one actor's face, but it also proved that it can work in the right hands. In 2011, Paul Giamatti told Conan O'Brien that he was dying to star in a Spider-Man movie as the over-the-top villain The Rhino.
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Late Monday afternoon, we confirmed that Giamatti's wish has indeed been granted: the actor will suit up for Amazing Spider-Man 2. Giamatti is one Hollywood wolf who knows how to mark his territory... proving once and for all that rhino urine leaves the harshest stench.
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Griffin, 51, met 33-year-old Randy Bick, a newspaper marketing manager, at the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival back in October (11) and the couple has been dating ever since.
A source tells the National Enquirer, "Kathy liked the fact that Randy was a foodie like her... and he wasn't a star. She's dated a lot of celebrities in the past and was glad to have landed a 'civilian' for a change. Randy and Kathy are taking the relationship slow and easy - and loving it!"
The My Life On the D-List star only recently acknowledged she was in a relationship, but kept her boyfriend's identity a secret, telling now-defunct U.S. talk series The Rosie Show, "He's a really nice normal guy with a nice normal job who doesn't care for the spotlight. I like it that way and he does too."
Since her divorce from Matt Moline in 2006, Griffin has been linked to commercial actor Isaiah Mustafa and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
S1E2: Last week's Charlie's Angels series (reboot) premiere ended with the two Angels, Kate and Abbie, finally, officially welcoming Eve into the group. Tonight's episode sees them collaborating as if it'd always been that way.
Things kick off at a fashion show, with Eve and Abbie working the runway, Kate posing as a spectator in the first row, and bosley posing as a security guard -- and smirking when Eve almost reveals some sideboob. They're undercover investigating a model who's been missing and because they have a suspect in mind who's guaranteed to be on hand, stalking the pretty young things behind the safety of his camera.
They quickly learn that their suspect isn't involved, but it sends them in the right direction, down a trail of suspects that ultimately leads them to their man. The first one to question is Devin, the roommate of the missing girl, Gabriela. The Angels find it odd that Devin is already on the hunt for a new roommate and that she lives in a bona fide mansion on the water. So Abbie volunteers to be the one posing as a desperate, starving (no pun intended) model in need of a house, and even though she has no money for rent, Devin is happy to house her.
While on the tour of the mansion, Abbie notices the yellow tape still on the missing Gabriela's door and assures the other two Angels, who are listening in and tracking her every move, that Devin knows more than she is letting and/or is involved in Gabriela's disappearance.
Devin soon introduces Abbie to her lawyer, Mitch, a clear-cut sleazeball even before he opens his mouth and offers Abbie an easy way to supplement her income, which he promises to explain over dinner. At dinner, Mitch introduces Abbie to his "client," Carlos Obregon, and that's when things start to become a little clearer: Abbie is offered upwards of $200,000 to marry Obregon on paper -- "no intimate contact" -- so he can obtain a green card, which is a scam that all the models, including Gabriela (who is sadly found dead), were doing.
Ultimately, their cover at the restaurant becomes blown by Mitch, but he is apprehended, and the new development forces Devin to start cooperating, or else. And it leads the Angels to the real bad guy: Simon Genks, aka Nikolai Denko, a Czechan war veteran-turned-assassin who blames the Russians for his wife's death and is planning on taking out his anger on the First Lady of Russia ... by assassinating her in Miami (she's in town)!
But of course, that's not gonna happen on the Angels' watch. They learn of his plans and promptly attempt to foil them, and after a couple close calls -- including a slow-motion dive to protect the first lady and a second shooter -- they succeed. All seemingly ends well and peacefully, except for the romance department: Kate's ex-fiancee (Isaiah Mustafa, the Old Spice guy!), for whom she appeared to still have feelings and with whom she'd worked throughout the whole case (he's a Miami police detective), finally shows interest in getting back together, only to be spurned by Kate. At least for now.
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Kate: She poses as a fashion photographer to take pictures of suspect Devin and plays a caricature of the stereotype (uttering nonsensical things like "Smile with your eyes!" and shouting the obligatory "Fierce! Fierce!"), thus meeting the show's quota of one funny scene per episode.
Abbie: After the aforementioned Mitch catches her talking to the other Angels covertly and pulls a gun on her, she roundhouses him to the ground, leading to a toilet swirly.
Eve: Early in the episode, after all the Angels catch the stalker and corner him, it seems as though he's willing to surrender and cooperate. And then Eve tackles him into the Miami River!
Do you remember Old Spice's "I'm on a horse" commercial? Yes. We all do, vividly. It was cinematic fortitude bathed in zealous satire via a jet-fuel delivery reminiscent of the golden age of the burlesques Catskills. But what ever became of the ad's star: Isaiah Mustafa, that pronounced young thespian who drove our energies to hysteria? A few things: he was on Chuck a bunch of times, and a movie here and there, including this summer's Horrible Bosses. And now, the athlete-turned-actor will find his place on ABC's Charlie's Angels.
Mustafa will play ex-fiancee to Angel Annie Ilonzeh and a lawman himself: Detective Ray Goodson. Although both characters will be operating on the "good" side of the law, they will frequently find themselves at odds with one another, due to the nature of their relationship.
Charlie's Angels will debut on ABC on Thursday, September 22 at 8/7c. Mustafa himself will first appear about about four episodes into the season.
It’s a simple enough idea. Three friends with three fiendishly
terrible bosses let a little liquid courage help them down a dastardly
yet not all that surprising road: kill the bastards. And as ridiculous as the idea behind Horrible Bosses is as low-brow as much of the humor
is and as hard as it tries (and fails) to ground itself in real world
issues it still works. And when I say it works I mean it’s just really
At the film’s center we have Nick (Jason Bateman) Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) and their well horrible bosses: Dave
Harken (Kevin Spacey) Bobby Pellit (Colin Farrell) and Dr. Julia
Harris D.D.S. (Jennifer Aniston). In order for any of this potential
murdering to work the film has to truly vilify this trio of bosses and
on that token it succeeds almost too well. Spacey’s terrifying
psychopath of a boss isn’t exactly funny though he did make me want to
crawl under my seat and hide. Farrell’s cokehead kung-fu master is
probably the most surprising of the three though he doesn’t get nearly
enough screen time. And finally we find Aniston the woman who can’t
seem to shake the term “America’s Sweetheart ” as the insatiable
psychotic sexual deviant. I can’t say Aniston will be able to get away
with this sort of thing in the future but the shock factor of seeing
her flip her switch like this garners some laughs this time.
Of course none of this would work without our hapless heroes.
Bateman does his usual shctick as the loveable level-headed straightman
trying to keep himself afloat while the other two can’t seem to stay
out of trouble. Sudeikis brings his deep-voiced frat boy antics to the
screen and while they normally don’t do it for me Bateman and Day
balance him out. Of course when we get down to it Day is the one who
steals the film. He’s not exactly delivering the unbridled insanity
we’ve come to know and love on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia but
that’s only because in this film he actually plays a normal functioning
human being. And when you combine Day’s signature spasms and raspy
high-pitched verbal fits with Aniston’s overdrawn predatory practices
you get a few bursts of hilarity however uncomfortable.
Finally we get a few chuckles out of Dean "MF" Jones
(Jamie Foxx) but the actor himself was completely wasted. The character
simply rests on the idea that we know Foxx as a personality outside of
the film -- much like Aniston’s character does -- rather than actually requiring
any legwork from such a capable onscreen presence.
But there's a little method to this madness; without this giant cast of talented major players the
script itself would likely fall a little flat. A few wayward jokes drag
it down including a desperate attempt to connect this workplace issue
to the financial crisis by including a former Lehman Brothers employee
rendered so desperate by his circumstances that he trolls Applebee’s
offering sexual favors. The movie succeeds as a superficial goofy
comedy – it really has no place trying to nudge its way into real world
Of course there’s one thing I find incredibly refreshing about the flick ; while it certainly has the typical trio formula – the straight
man the smartass and the nutjob – it gives all three equal billing.
Nick isn’t the main character and his two friends aren’t his sidekicks.
Director Seth Gordon opens the film with three segments of equal length
wherein each peg of our trio takes a moment to explain their own
personal slice of daily hell with a particularly hilarious brand of
explicit language before the film gets down to business. It makes Nick
Kurt and Dale a true trio and gives weight to each of their cartoonish
tribulations as the film's punctuated pace eventually descends into complete insanity.
You probably won’t add Horrible Bosses to your list of classic
comedies and it certainly doesn’t merit extensive praise but the bottom
line is that despite a few overreaching elements it’s just a
fast-paced outrageous hilarious summer comedy. And really with a film
like this that’s all we’re hoping for anyway.
Marvel Studios has long been developing a film based on its urban vigilante Luke Cage, and a handful of African American leading men have been interested in portraying the bare-knuckle bruiser, from Terrence Howard to Jamie Foxx to Tyrese Gibson to Idris Elba. The most interesting name thrown into the mix was Isaiah Mustafa, a.k.a. Old Spice Guy, who rose from obscurity to be known nationwide as the face of the product. Since then he's picked up roles in Madea's Big Happy Family and Horrible Bosses, but from the look of this self-made promo video the aspiring movie star REALLY wants to play Cage.
I can't even begin to count the ways in which this is wrong. Number one: It's too over-dramatic; that is, until Mustafa gets his hot, sticky love scene in there. Number two: He's playing the character like every other "dark, gritty" hero on the market these days, and Cage is a bit less wound up than that. And the glowing eyes definitely don't help either. I think I'll pass on Old Spice Guy, and after watching his promo video below I think you will too. Don't get me wrong, it's funny: in all the wrong ways.
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If you don’t know who the “Old Spice Guy” is, you better run home to your apartment and because you probably haven’t watched TV there in a while… so your cat is probably dead, your ferns are probably dead, your neighbors are definitely dead because you used to bring them groceries every night at 8. Think about those catastrophic losses, and reconsider the importance of knowing who the Isaiah Mustafa is. But in the meantime, watch this clip of him on Leno last night.
And Eva Mendez also talked to Leno about her new movie, The Other Guys, with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. In it, she has a love scene with Ferrell, and she explained what it’s like to get freaky in the bedroom with him. Turns out, he’s an Abe Lincoln fan!
Comedian Tommy Davidson told Jimmy Fallon his thoughts on staying in a condominium that was owned by a comedy club in West Palm Beach, that apparently, was haunted by Michael Jackson.
And in case you were wondering what Michael Keaton has been up to these days, it’s recovering from his crazy pet rabbit he had a few years ago.
Jon Stewart pointed out how John Kerry has a $7 million yacht that he hasn’t been paying taxes on. He’s avoided paying them by keeping his boat in Rhode Island, which has no sales tax. So yes, the idea of New Yorkers having to pay taxes on the soda they buy at the grocery store just became a more important issue.
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Former American football star Isaiah Mustafa was a guest on Oprah Winfrey's show on Friday (02Apr10) and during his satellite chat with the media queen, the ad star revealed he had just auditioned for a role in Perry's Colored Women film.
The actor didn't realise Perry was sitting next to Winfrey and was stunned when the TV host invited him to speak directly to the actor/director.
Perry told Mustafa, "You got the part man, you did a great job."