Octavia Spencer won a SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress last night, so you’d think her Google news search results would be flooded with accolades for her acting. Imagine my surprise, then, when the overwhelming majority of headlines focused not on her performance in The Help, but her weight. More
Does this look like the 53-year-old hottie who played Aragorn to you? More
Will playing one of Gossip Girls‘s most hated characters hurt her career? More
This does nothing to dispel the stereotype of French celebrities as rude, chain smoking misanthropes who will pee on carpets that don’t belong to them just because they can. More
Don’t worry, they didn’t fire Gossip Girl hottie Penn Badgley. There are two Jeff Buckleys now. Ain’t showbiz grand? More
You have to admit he walked right into that one. More
Apparently, some guy named David Thorpe wants to travel back in time to the nineties and punch Matthew Lillard circa Hackers in the face. Them’s fightin’ words! More
With all the fervor over Captain America‘s studly star Chris Evans, it would be easy to forget anyone else is in the movie at all. But to do so would be a huge mistake, because the supporting cast includes Dominic Cooper, a great actor (and heartthrob) in his own rite. In this, his Hollywood blockbuster debut, Cooper plays Howard Stark, the brilliant inventor who helps turn regular guy Steve Rogers into a patriotic übermensch. (And who, in Iron Man, grows up into John Slattery and fathers the title character.) Here are some things you might not know about him. More
Actors are known for going to extremes for movie roles – Christian Bale lost a scary amount of weight for his role in The Machinist, and Renee Zellweger famously packed on pounds for Bridget Jones’ Diary. Depending on the star, learning a new language is better than having to gain or lose a bunch of weight. More
I have absolutely nothing against Keith David as a person. The talented, prolific actor lent his voice to one of my favorite animated shows — he was Goliath on Gargoyles — graced us in Coraline as The Cat, and was probably fantastic on the otherwise poor superhero series The Cape. But every time I see him in something, I feel a brief shudder.
I blame Requiem for a Dream. Darren Aronofsky‘s bleak film, something of a cautionary tale about drug use, featured David in a small role as Big Tim, a man who puts Jennifer Connelly‘s character in sex shows in exchange for heroin to fuel her habit. Think Connelly getting it on with another girl while men in business suits jeer above them, all with Big Tim as the perverted gatekeeper. More
Remember Ricky Gervais‘ 2005 series Extras? It was the painfully funny tale of an actor who doggedly paid his dues, always aspiring to break into Hollywood but perpetually falling short. It looks like Gervais has a counterpart in Jesse Heiman, a 33-year-old actor who has appeared in seemingly every movie and TV show. Many of his roles, starting with 2001′s American Pie 2, have been vague — Beer Bong Student, Monopoly Game Piece Thief, Winking Comic Book Nerd — and/or uncredited, but someone has slavishly updated his IMDb page with every appearance. There’s also this great video picking him out of the crowd in Glee, The Social Network, and Arrested Development. (The fact that it’s set to “Lux Aeterna” from Requiem for a Dream makes it all the more epic.) Considering the breadth of his Hollywood career, I think you can assume that he’s havin’ a laugh. More
Big Love star Chloe Sevigny is preparing to play axe murderer Lizzie Borden for an HBO miniseries — which is a great choice, considering her capacity for portraying deadly, emotionless women. Although screenwriter Bryce Kass is only halfway through the script, Sevigny is committed to the project: She’s even staying at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast in Fall River, MA, the town where spinster Borden hacked up her father and stepmother in 1892. (Sing the song with me: Lizzie Borden took an axe / Gave her mother 40 whacks / When she saw what she had done / She gave her father 41…) More
We may know him as the handsome Jason “Dumber than a bag of hair” Stackhouse on True Blood, but native Aussie Ryan Kwanten is more than a pretty face. His latest project has been revealed as The Family, in which he’ll be tackling the role of America’s most infamous cult leader, Charles Manson. You can also catch the 33-year-old blondie in the upcoming nouveau-Western Red Hill, and co-starrred with Mischa Barton in Don’t Fade Away . But what do you really know about Ryan (besides that he looks awesome without his shirt on)? Here are five fun facts you can use to impress your friends! More
It is amazing how quickly time flies. I read in a state of perplexed surprise that Romeo Beckham (the middle child of the Beckham clan) had apparently just signed his first fashion deal – designing sunglasses under the stewardship of his mother, the fabulous Victoria Beckham. He is eight years old. I remember the media furor when he was born.
People are growing up way too fast these days. I know I sound like my mother (although I assure you, I’m not digging an afternoon of bridge and tea just yet). All this talk of young stars in the making led me to think about actors whom I had seen a few years ago, people whom I recall thinking had star quality. As I wondered if these potential actors had ‘made it’, I was pleasantly surprised to discover they have blossomed into bright, intelligent individuals. And they’re easy on the eye too. Here’s my list of top five British eye candy – sorry, I mean actors. More