Actor Jonah Hill has been made an honorary Best Buy employee after boasting about calling customer care representatives at a store in Hawaii as part of his preparation for The Wolf Of Wall Street. The Moneyball star chatted to workers at the U.S. electronics store over the phone for hours a day as he attempted to perfect his fast-talking, drug-taking Donnie Azoff character - and he reveals employees would always make time for him as he rambled on about products and payment options with no intention of buying anything.
Hill told radio host Howard Stern he spent a lot of time on the phone, calling Best Buy stores as he struggled to speak clearly with the fake teeth he had to wear for the role.
He explained, "I had this really difficult accent and lisp and I had these big fake teeth and I couldn't talk... You couldn't understand what I was saying, so, for a month and a half beforehand, our accent coach was like, 'You've got to talk with these things in for two hours every day'.
"No one from my life is gonna sit with me (to do this), so I would call (department store) Target and Best Buy as Donnie, and just talk about different products for an hour and a half every day."
And the big reveal has impressed Best Buy bosses.
He explains, "I've told this story before and the other day Best Buy sent me a blue Best Buy shirt, so I'm an honorary employee there, so if this (acting) doesn't work out... don't worry about me, man, I'm taken care of."
Ghostbusters' Ernie Hudson is adamant there can never be another movie installment in the franchise following the death of star/writer Harold Ramis. Fans of the 1984 movie and its 1989 sequel were plunged into mourning on Monday (24Feb14) after it was announced that Ramis had lost his battle with a rare blood disease at the age of 69.
The Ghostbusters team, which also included Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, had spent years trying get a third film off the ground, and Hudson is now convinced plans for a new movie will have to be scrapped.
He tells TMZ.com, "Harold was the glue - there wouldn't be a Ghostbusters without Harold... There can't be another Ghostbusters without Harold... My fear was always that something would happen before we all got together (again)."
Hudson also pays tribute to his late friend, who he credits with handing him his Hollywood career by hiring him for Ghostbusters.
He adds, "He was a great guy and it's a great loss. (He was a) great director, great producer, writer, actor - I mean he did it all...
"I knew I probably wouldn't be in the business had I not had the chance to work with Harold at the start of my career. He taught me a lot... He was a good friend, he'll be missed."
Television is really ripe for parody, and web series like Burning Love and Children's Hospital are rising up to satirize all of our network staples. Rob Corddry creates a hilarious send-up of medical drama that pokes fun at the likes of Grey's Anatomy, ER, Scrubs, and Patch Adams.
The doctors at Children's Hospital spend more time focused on their love lives and personal problems than on the juvenile patients in their care. Sound familiar? Dr. Cat Black (Lake Bell), later replaced by Dr. Valerie Flame (Malin Akerman), gives a Grey’s Anatomy-style narration that pokes fun at the pretension and self-absorption of medical drama leads. Corddry plays Dr. Blake Downs, a surgeon who only uses "the healing power of laughter." The best character is by far Megan Mullally as the Chief, whose crutches and walker parody Dr. Kerry Weaver (Laura Innes) of ER.
Each episode is comprised of one or two "episodes" of the web series. They include a "Previously On" reel of random intercut scenes that escalate a lot of the soap operatic plotlines of these shows. For example, Dr. Black gets into a relationship with a child with advanced aging disease played by Nick Kroll.
Corddry proves his real genius by penning a series that blends parody but still has its own unique spin. Not only does it borrow heavily from the genre, but it also manages to incorporate a blend of irreverent humor, the occasional offensive joke, and a lot of physical gags. There also is a meta-fictional element, with the characters occasionally breaking out of the hospital reality to reveal themselves as actors on the series Children’s Hospital. Corddry, for example, gives interviews before and after episodes as actor Cutter Spindell, and even gets his own spin-off that subsequently fails in enough time for him to return to CH.
A bonus: there are tons of cameos on the series. Quite a few members of The State pop up on the show. Ken Marino and David Wain are regular cast members and Joe LoTruglio (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Thomas Lennon, and Kerri Kenney have made cameos as well as other comic actors like Jason Sudeikis, Michael Cera, and John Hamm.
Not only is the series funny and addictive, it's also short. You can get away with watching an episode or a few episodes when you have some time to kill. Luckily the first two seasons are available on Netflix.
The cast of TV musical Glee remembered their late colleague Cory Monteith on Monday (24Feb14) as they celebrated the show's 100th episode. The cast, crew and network executives behind the hit TV series gathered on the show's set in California to mark the occasion.
Dana Walden, chairman of 20th Century Fox Television, gave a moving speech at the event and paid tribute to Monteith, who died of a drug overdose last year (13).
Walden said, "We've celebrated so many milestones on this stage and most recently we celebrated the life of our good friend and colleague, Cory Monteith. I miss Cory a lot today. He was always front and center at an event like this; he really loved them and was always smiling in the front row. He was so proud of this show. He was blown away by the talent that surrounded him - and he had very good reason to be proud."
Former cast members Dianna Agron and Amber Riley returned to film appearances in the milestone 100th episode alongside Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Naya Rivera.
The show's two-part 100th episode is set to air in the U.S. on 18 March (14) and 25 March (14).
U.S. soap The Bold & The Beautiful is set to make TV history by becoming the first American daytime drama to shoot in the United Arab Emirates. The hit show will shoot in Abu Dhabi and Dubai next month (Mar14) with leading actors Thorsten Kaye, Don Diamont and Katherine Kelly Lang making the trip with the crew.
The episodes shot in the Middle East will air in the summer (14), according to TV Guide magazine.
Show producer Bradley Bell says, "This is a great opportunity for us. B&B (sic) is really popular on the Dubai One network and that's opened up a lot of doors. We don't quite know what to expect but that's always the most fun part of this job - going off and trying things we've never done before. It's very exciting."
Actress Lang will compete in a triathlon in Abu Dhabi during filming.
Bell explains, "Kelly asked me for time off to take part in the event and I said, 'Well, how about we all come with you?', so we're going to back up the station wagon and all pile in!"
American Pie star Jason Biggs and his wife Jenny Mollen have taken steps to store their newborn son's stem cells in the hope they can one day be used to save a life. The couple became first-time parents to baby Sid on 15 February (14) and Biggs has since revealed they have teamed up with medics at the Cryo-Cell blood bank facility to store the umbilical cord blood from their child's birth.
They have provided a testimony for the company's website, on which they state, "We may joke a lot in life, but all kidding aside, when we learned the facts about how stem cells from cord blood and cord tissue can be used to possibly save lives, hell yeah we stored.
"And knowing that our baby's stem cells might be used for our whole family made the decision that much easier. We hope we never have to use them, but it is a definite relief to know it's there and stored safe at Cryo-Cell."
Stem cells can be used later in life to help treat the child and possibly their relatives for certain illnesses where they can be used to repair faulty cells or organs.
"I liked it because it taught self defence and discipline. We had a lot of troubled kids that were wrestlers and it really changed their lives; it changed mine." Actress Jaimie Alexander was a wrestler at high school.
Rapper Soulja Boy is a free man again after serving a few days behind bars on a gun charge. The Crank That (Soulja Boy) hitmaker, real name DeAndre Way, shocked fans earlier this month (Feb14) by revealing he was heading to jail, less than a month after he was arrested in California for illegal possession of a loaded gun.
The 23 year old did not elaborate on the specific reasons for his sentence or the length of his punishment.
Speaking before he turned himself in to authorities, he insisted he wasn't afraid of jail, saying, "I ain't scared (sic). It just is what it is. I done been to jail before (sic), but not for this long of a time... So, it is what it is. I gotta deal with life...I've had a lot of success. I just look at this as a minor bump. I'll get focused back on the music after it's over with."
Soulja Boy checked into a detention centre on Thursday (20Feb14), but it appears he was granted an early release as he was back on his Twitter.com blog on Sunday (23Feb14).
He shared a photo of himself in a hotel room and, in a series of subsequent tweets, he wrote, "We Made It. Keep working."
He also retweeted a message from his rap protege Young Ayers, who celebrated the star's release by posting, "They let my n**ga out time to get back to work and turn the streets up".
As WENN went to press, there was no information available surrounding Soulja Boy's brief jail term or the reasons for his release.
Way previously spent time behind bars following a 2011 arrest for felony drug and gun charges, while he was charged with obstruction of justice in 2009 after running from Georgia police during a video shoot in an abandoned building.
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s daughter is urging her brothers not to sell the civil rights icon's "sacred" possessions following a court ruling earlier this month (Feb14). Bernice King was ordered to hand over her father's treasured Nobel Peace Prize and his copy of the Bible in an ongoing legal fight with her brothers Dexter King and Martin Luther King III.
The possessions will be placed in a safe until the case is settled, but Bernice has spoken out to urge her siblings not to part with the items if she loses the lawsuit. The brothers launched the action to win ownership of the keepsakes so they can be sold on to a private buyer.
Bernice tells TMZ.com, "I don't think these items should be sold. They're very sacred, not just to me, but to a lot of people... Both of them represent the heart and the soul of what he did. They are rare and precious and very sacred... I just don't believe, morally, that you sell them.. I think they properly belong where they already are - with our family."
Alec Baldwin "felt sorry" for his former Broadway co-star Shia Labeouf when he saw the troubled actor walk a red carpet with a paper bag over his head. The Transformers actor has grabbed headlines over the last few weeks with his increasingly bizarre antics, which included donning the paper bag for the premiere of his film Nymphomaniac at a film festival in Germany, and launching himself as part of a live art show in Los Angeles.
Baldwin fell out with LaBeouf while they were working on Broadway play Orphans last year (13), and the young actor was subsequently fired from show, but the former 30 Rock star admits he feels bad about his current troubles.
In an article published in New York Magazine, Baldwin writes, "Shia LaBeouf went to a film screening recently and he wore a bag over his head and the bag says 'I Am Not Famous Anymore'. And there was truly a part of me that felt sorry for him, oddly enough."
Baldwin adds of his difficulties working with LaBeouf, "I'd heard from other people that he was potentially very difficult to work with, but I always ignore that because people say the same thing about me... LaBeouf seems to carry with him, to put it mildly, a jailhouse mentality wherever he goes... I think he was shocked (when he was fired). He had that card, that card you get when you make films that make a lot of money that gives you a certain kind of entitlement. I think he was surprised that it didn't work in the theatre".
After a global search, sixteen finalists are brought to Hollywood, divided into four teams and will engage in elimination-style competitions to produce a short film. Each week the short films will be critiqued by a studio executive, film critic and guest judge with the viewers voting on their favorite. The final winner gets a meeting with Spielberg, an office at Dreamworks and $1 million to fund their next project.