Elisabeth Moss has credited her Mad Men co-star Jon Hamm with helping her avoid embarrassment at a Chicago Cubs baseball game in 2012 after recruiting the sports fan to coach her before throwing out the first pitch. The actress reveals she was wracked with nerves when she was invited to Wrigley Field for the honour, so she turned to Hamm, who was once considered for the Major Leagues and still plays the sport in his spare time, to help perfect her throwing skills.
He took her to New York's Central Park and Moss is still surprised no one spotted them during their sporting sessions.
She says, "The only sporty thing I've ever done was I threw out the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game...
"It's terrifying and it's a long way (to throw the ball)... I got Jon Hamm to coach me. He's a baseball player, so we went to Central Park and he coached me and nobody saw us, which is weird because it's like, (their Mad Men characters) Don and Peggy playing baseball in Central Park! No one cared.
"He tried to teach me how not to bounce it... It was a lot of follow through... stepping through... It was all about the preparation..."
Moss suffered a knock to her confidence shortly before her big moment, but she managed to overcome her nerves and didn't end up red faced.
She adds, "Before I went up (to throw the pitch at the game), this 10-year-old boy was doing a pitch as well and of course he goes to the top of the mound and pitches perfectly, doesn't bounce it, and it's like, 'Oh come on! Now I have to follow this 10-year-old kid?' and so I did... I went to the top of the mound and I threw it and I didn't bounce it...! It was very scary!"
The Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg has recreated his courtship for his directorial debut. The actor and his wife Jocelyn Towne teamed up to make We'll Never Have Paris and he admits the movie brought back mixed memories for both of them.
Helberg says, "The movie is obviously really personal and does delve deeply into the perverse psyche of me... The monumental f**k-ups are all true to life. I did self-destruct and throw my whole life away and immediately ran back and tried to fix it and compulsively confess to my wife, who I was split up with at the time, every nuance, every impulse I had, every feeling I thought I might have or could have some day.
"It just kept ruining my perfect relationship, so by the time I was really ready to repair it, she had gone to Paris and I thought, 'Well, this will be romantic; I'll surprise her' - or invade her privacy or stalk her, which is another way to put it!
"I was in a bit of a fog. Every time I would think, 'This is crazy', I would replace it with, 'This is romantic', or, 'This is chivalrous', or, 'This is gonna knock her socks off!' It wasn't until I got there and I will never forget when she opened the door, her look said, 'I should go'.
"She had met a Frenchman and sent me back to the States. I was 25 and in the middle of that quarter-life crisis coming out of this strange cocoon. I did try to propose multiple times after that because I was a murderer of romance at the time. My proposal to her was an act of romantic bullying which somehow paid off.
"My point in this movie was to make a buffoon of myself and I think I succeeded!"
And the making of the film was just as trying as Helberg's attempts to woo his wife.
He adds, "It was an insanely, tedious, strenuous process to get the movie made... For some reason weather was not on our side. We had the worst heatwave in New York when we were shooting. We shot in Brooklyn in a 500-square-foot apartment with no air-conditioning and all the air conditioners were sold out, with a crew of 15 guys in there. There was probably, at a certain point, 110 degrees (Fahrenheit) in this room, and our first assistant director got heat stroke and Melanie Lynskey, who plays my girlfriend, almost fainted.
"We couldn't get through a take without sweating so much... Then when we went to do post-production in New York it was the polar vortex, where it dropped 50 degrees in one day, like negative 10 (Fahrenheit)! My wife was pregnant with our second baby and we were going across the country and my wife is shipping breast milk and carrying it in dry ice! There were moments when the funding dropped out and we were in Paris scouting locations, and my wife is pumping to get milk and we're sitting in the hotel in the middle of the night and I'm eating a stale sandwich from the airplane.
"There were many points where it felt, 'Is this really worth it?'"
Actress Ashley Williams has given birth to a baby boy. The Something Borrowed star and her producer husband Neal Dodson welcomed their first child, Gus Williams Dodson, at their home on 5 October (14).
The new mother tells People.com, "He's gorgeous and healthy. So far he's soothable and calm. Knock on wood!"
The proud parents wed in 2011 at the Tennessee home of her sister Kimberly Williams-Paisley and her country singer husband Brad Paisley.
R&B star Jordin Sparks has signed on as the new face of migraine medication Excedrin after revealing she suffers from blinding and debilitating headaches, just like her mum. The Battlefield singer appears in new ads for Excedrin Migraine and admits she can now understand what her mother went through when she was a child and she was told to go out and play in the yard so mum could sleep.
Sparks, who recently split from boyfriend Jason DeRulo, says, "They (migraines) used to knock her (mum) out. She had to be on the couch with the lights off and we had to go play way out in the yard. It was really scary because mommy couldn't get up... You just didn't know what was happening and it was hard for her to explain.
"Then, after my world kind of turned upside down some eight years ago with American Idol, from being a 17-year-old kid to trying to navigate life as a recording artist... The stress was really overwhelming and I suffered my first migraine and it was really frightening.
"My equilibrium was off, I couldn't walk, I was dizzy, nauseous, light and sound bothered me... and Excedrin worked for my mom, so naturally that's what I grabbed.
"A migraine will kind of knock you down and I really don't have time for that."
Rocker Keith Richards has completed work on his first solo album in 22 years, but refuses to release it until he wraps up his current tour commitments with the Rolling Stones. The 70-year-old guitarist, who has only released two albums of solo material over the years, reveals he has been quietly working with his longtime songwriter and producer Steve Jordan and the follow-up to 1992's Main Offender is pretty much done.
However, Richards has no timeline for its release.
He tells the Associated Press, "I have a solo record finished, but I don't want to put it out while the Stones are working. (We've) got South America lined up in February, Buenos Aires, Peru. And after that, I know what the Stones tours are like, they tend to get extended."
And Richards admits he has enjoyed not having to work to a deadline this time around.
He says, "We had no rush. Every month or two we'd come down here (to New York's Germano Studios) and... knock off a couple of tracks... Nearly every record I've made is, 'You've got another five days'. But, this one, we're taking our time."
Newlywed R&B star Kandi Burruss is determined to get pregnant this year (14).
The singer, who is also a cast member of hit U.S. reality TV show The Real Housewives of Atlanta, wed TV producer Todd Tucker in April (14) and she's already planning a family with her new husband.
She tells In Touch magazine, "I want to get pregnant this year! Knock it out by 39! I just don't want to keep waiting. At first, we thought it would just happen, but it hasn't yet. So now we're clocking days and making an effort. We really want to start a family together." Burruss, who is already mum to daughter, Riley, and stepmum to Tucker's daughter, Kaela, adds, "I always wanted to have a son! "We're even open to in vitro fertilisation. The cool part about that is we could guarantee a boy."
Life can be tough, whether you're dealing with a few "light treason" charges or getting used to your new hook hand. But no matter what your worries, there are little tricks you can use to make things run a little more smoothly. You can find some nifty tips most anywhere, but no family is more rich with life hacks than the Bluths. Yes, Arrested Development has plenty of lessons for dealing with your everyday qualms. Just check out a few below!
1) Have an embarrassing poster hanging up in your room? Worry not! Just cover it up with another, more socially acceptable piece of wall art! Sure, you can’t see the poster you really love, but at least you know it’s there!
2) Training for an exhausting physical competition and worried about your bodily functions! No reason to fret! Just pop a few Oxy-Incontinent pills and you’ll be fit as a fiddle for game day!
3) Constantly throwing parties to which nobody shows up? Forget about it! Just wrangle a few old dolls from the attic and have a pleasant — or invigoratingly contentious — group dinner!
4) Hoping to impress the apple of your eye but don’t have the time to get in shape? Don’t sweat it! Just stick a plush muscle suit beneath your knit polo shirts and you’ll convince everyone you’re truly buff!
5) It’s your kid’s birthday but you don’t have time to run to the toy store? Forget about it! A ball of foil will do in a pinch!
6) Have a big date tonight but don’t have anything planned? Put your fears to rest! A simple shopping cart race will impress anyone seeking a good time!
7) Attending a big business conference and afraid you’ll come off unimpressive? Come on! Just keep reminding everyone how expensive your new suit is! And don’t worry about being consistent with the price, just so long as it’s high!
8) No idea how to get your kids to stop fighting? You’re looking at this all wrong! People will pay big money for video recordings of ad hoc grappling matches!
9) Too many chores, too little time? Never you mind it! Just manipulate a needy, recently estranged family member or in-law into donning the role of a British nanny so he’ll be forced to do them all for you!
10) Has some pesky interloper stumbled upon a heap of financial felonies you may or may not (that’s for the jury to decide!) have commited? No biggie! Just knock him out at an elaborately staged bachelor party, make him believe he is guilty of murder, and you’re in the clear!
11) Can't afford lunch due to your criminal family's recent bankruptcy? No problem! Parmesan cheese and mustard makes for some satisfying cuisine!
12) For that matter, are you light on ingredients for a hearty dinner? Just grab a few old chicken bones or discarded meat chunks, throw ‘em in a pot with some broth and potato… baby, you’ve got a stew going... But you already knew that one.
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I was humming a tune from Robert Altman's Popeye, a terribly underrated feat of Robin Williams' comedy (and his first cinematic role), when I read the news of the actor's passing. Hastily, I diverted attention to the public sphere, rushing through the social media posts of friends, colleagues, and strangers, hoping for a taste of which Williams roles most touched the lives of each and every individual vocalizing grief. I knew there would be no shortage of reference to Williams' dramatic work — his Good Will Huntings and Dead Poets Societys — but of course my expectation was to find the principal focus on his comedy. More than an actor was Williams a comedian, whether he be playing on stage, on television, or on the big screen.
So it was an especially jarring turn to discover, when I launched back from the tributes to ingest more information, just how Williams died: authorities had begun calling the incident a suicide. Only for a moment, though, was I so rattled in surprise. Williams' endeavors with rehab for drugs and alcohol, both this summer and earlier on in the 2000s, were no secret. But more significant than this is the fact that nobody is or isn't "the type" to take his own life; nobody should be a more surprising victim of suicide than anybody else. Stigmas to the contrary are a large part of why depression is such a treacherous epidemic in our world and country.
Upon learning of Williams' death, some are bound to consider the dichotomy between the man we knew — the one who'd dress in drag and howl in a Scottish accent, who'd roar through the radio waves of the Pacific Rim — and the man in earnest. Some might doubt that the Williams we met as Mork, loved as Patch Adams, played with as Alan Parrish, and wished upon as the Genie, was anything whatsoever real. Anything more than "for the cameras."
It certaintly was. It was a Williams for us. From him.
Upon perusing Facebook and Twitter and speaking with friends, I found something you don't often see when a beloved actor dies: variety. Every other voice had a different Williams role to celebrate, ranging from the wacky Aladdin, the sweet and schmaltzy Hook, the stern and sincere The Birdcage, the dark and severe Insomnia, and the esoteric The Fisher King. The constants were affection and familiarity. More than a few folks who grew up in the '80s and '90s likened Williams to a distant family member, or even a surrogate father. Clearly, the man had fostered an incredibly, unprecedentedly intimate presence with a generation of film and television watchers.
And each of those "types" of Williams is just as valid as the next. As such, the "type" of Williams we — the public — all collectively know is as valid, as palpable, as real as anything that he might be beyond the limelight.
A friend of mine expressed consternation over the proper decorum in situations like these: is it tacky to expose your grief for a passing friend whom you've never met, who never knew you? It doesn't seem to be — although it would be tacky to presume that I know anything of what Williams might or could or should want, we can rest assured that he brought his talents, his hobbies, his self into the world in the way he did in the hopes of making us laugh. Few comedians, and even fewer actors, of our generation could be deemed so potently invested in the happiness and enjoyment of their audiences. In every one of his movies, Williams was giving us a very big, powerful, important part of him. That, and all the laughter that came with it, was for us. So it doesn't seem all that off base to think that we couldn't share every feeling of love and sorrow we might have about him.
Finally, we return to the question of authenticity — what about the man behind the laughter? The man so stricken with pain? The "real" Williams?
That's where the danger comes in: the thought that only the morose can be depressed, that anyone so capable of earning a laugh must be riding a permanent cloud nine. That Williams' humor was the result of a chemical reaction with celluloid, and would dissipate immediately upon production wrap. Williams, like many depressed men and women, was a man who liked to, maybe even lived to, joke. A man who could command any room, nail any impression, or knock out any punchline. Granted, Williams can probably do this a lot better than the vast majority of folks out there, depressed or otherwise. But he's not a unique breed. There is no discernible breed. Depression and the turmoils that come with it can inflict anyone: the funny, the mopey, the angry, the brawny, the silly, the sensitive. From your Sean Maguires to your Daniel Hillards.
It often takes a stride to learn that the depression living within any of these people can be real. And for those who suffer with the disease, it is just as difficult, if not more so, to understand that the rest of you — the funny, the sweet, the strong, the "Seize the day!", the "Beee yourself!", the "Hellooo!" — is, too, very much real. No matter which side of the equation you might be on, you have one more lesson here to learn from John Keating:
We did know the real Williams. We just didn't know every part of the real Williams. We might not have known the real pains, the tragedies that too many people face alone and don't have to. But we knew something just as real: his ability and his drive — no, his insistence — to make the world laugh. And yes, he made the world cry plenty. When he battled for a soul in Bicentennial Man or delivered special peace to a hospital of sick children in Patch Adams or dragged Matt Damon out of his own carnivorous guilt in Good Will Hunting, he made us cry. But the Williams that made us laugh... the one who splashed his face with pie frosting, babbled around Sweethaven in a feverish stupor, and doled out life lessons to a wannabe prince via obscenely anachronistic pop culture references... well, that's my real Williams. And he's just as real as anybody else's.
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Norwegian pop stars Nico & Vinz have made music history in the U.K. by climbing to the top of the singles chart with their catchy tune Am I Wrong. The track soars 51 places to knock Rude by Magic! from pole position, making the duo the first all-Norwegian band to hit number one since A-ha achieved the same feat in 1986 with their song The Sun Always Shines on TV.
The highest new entry on the singles countdown comes from OneRepublic, who debut Love Runs Out at three.
Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran continues to dominate the U.K.'s albums chart as X claims a seventh consecutive week in first place, with another non-mover, Blue Smoke - The Best Of by Dolly Parton, sitting at two.
Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour is at three, while Coldplay's Ghost Stories and Wanted On Voyage by George Ezra round out the top five at fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Tough guy Mickey Rourke threatened to knock out his Ashby director's teeth if the film's cut-price fight co-ordinator messed up his new $100,000 (£59,000) dental work. The Wrestler actor had the work done after his Sin City: A Dame to Kill For co-star Dennis Haysbert dislodged an implant during a fight scene in the new Robert Rodriguez movie.
He explains, "He caught me, first punch - and he's a big dude... He did a great job and it was just an accident... We finished it out and a couple of months after the movie was over, I went to my dentist and he said... 'You have to have the surgery... because it's been 20 years (since the implants were fitted) and your teeth are gonna fall out in your soup'."
Rourke showed off his new teeth during an appearance on U.S. late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday (07Aug14) and explained he feared he'd have to revisit the dentist as he prepared to square off with actor Nat Wolff while filming Ashby in North Carolina.
He said, "I was watching him shaping up and I'm going, 'I'm gonna get hit in my new teeth' - $110,000 worth of teeth... I thought the guy they hired (to co-ordinate the fight scene) was a hack, so I said to the director, I made him a deal, I said, 'Here's the deal... he hits me in the mouth, I'm not gonna hit him in the mouth, I'm gonna come over and I'm gonna knock seven of your teeth out.'
"He (director Tony McNamara) brought in my guy and it went great."