Michel Hazanavicius Funded ‘The Artist’ with his Smile: Late Last Night

Michel Hazanavicius knows the secret to getting a silent, black and white movie made in this day and age: a charming smile. The The Artist director shares his charming, Frank Capra-like story of getting his movie made through the whimsy of his magnificent French smirk, something his producer could not resist. Now it seems a little suspicious that his movie took so many awards at the Oscars this year…
It takes a good deal of bravado to hit on an attractive celebrity. You need a sell, something in the holster that nobody could possibly resist. Megan Fox recalls a guy who had what he thought was one of these folks when he approached her with what turned out to be a disastrous excuse for a pickup line. Needless to say, he flew home alone. Yes, flew.

Being a stand-up comic isn’t easy. Sometimes, you have to deal with having a bad act. And sometimes, with a bad act, comes a heckler in the audience. But that’s where it should end. Stand-up comedians shouldn’t have to face enmity from other stand-up comedians. But Ed Helms recounts an experience in his early days of being followed up by a comic who dedicated his entire performance to making fun of Helms’. Low blow, man.

Seann William Scott had a particularly uncomfortable experience watching American Reunion with his mother, who seemed to have a strange infatuation with a naked Jason Biggs. By the way, everyone out there who is anticipating American Reunion, prepare for a naked Jason Biggs. 

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.