When Wrestler Turned Actor Dave Bautista Bashes Other Wrestler Turned Actors Talent

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Am not a huge fan of Dwayne The Rock Johnson, but he’s become the most bankable wrestler turned actor ever. John Cena has been trying to scratch his way into some decent movies. Hulk Hogan never made a splash, and then there’s Dave Bautista rolling around somewhere in the middle.

Bautista gave an interview and made sure to reference what he though of these other wrestler turned actors.

In fact, in a recent interview, he was asked for his opinions on former in-ring adversaries Johnson and Cena, and he wasn’t shy about letting it be known that he doesn’t rate either of them partcularly highly.

Dave Bautista Blasts Dwayne Johnson, Says He’s Not A Good Actor

In support of Bautista, his last movie we enjoyed more than Cena’s (Playing with Fire) and Johnson (Jumanji: The Next Level) but overall, we’ve been most entertained by Johnson’s films to date.

It’s true that none of these guys are amazing actors, but Johnson at least seems to have more charisma to go along with his big, tough guy frame. Haven’t seen that much range from the other two. It’s interesting to see the competition and trash talk has carried over from wrestling, however. Maybe we need a movie with all three co-starring and see who steals the scenes?

Robin Williams helped homeless with stipulation in his contract

Who doesn’t miss Robin Williams? He passed away too soon from suicide on August 14, 2014. Even with his health worsening at the end, he was always thinking of others in his work as evidenced by his contract.

Prior to his death, Robin Williams had a stipulation in his contract that for any movie or event he did, the company hiring him also hire a certain number of homeless people and put them in work.

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My favorite Robin Williams comedy is Mrs. Doubtfire, but have enjoyed several movies he’s starred in. Mork and Mindy, the TV show with Pam Dawber was my introduction to him. That was a fun show, too. Williams didn’t only star in comedy movies though, showing he had range far beyond his comedic roots. His energetic voice acting was top notch.

Michael Winslow The Man of 10,000 Sound Effects Deserves Bigger Stardom

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If you’ve seen any of the Police Academy movies you’re familiar with Larvell Jones, The Human Sound Machine. He’s a standup comedian who seemingly can imitate any sound effect, including the raging guitar sounds of Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin and Eddie Van Halen once traded guitar licks with him in 1987.

Still, the biggest surprise was Winslow, the comedian best-known as Larvell Jones a.k.a. the human sound machine from Police Academy. Winslow and Van Halen traded riffs, with Eddie wailing on his axe while Winslow provided impressively realistic guitar-like vocals. “They were dueling,” Plastik recalled, “with Eddie playing a lick and Michael voicing it back.”

See Eddie Van Halen Jam With ‘Police Academy”s Sound Effects Guy

But this performance is nothing compared to Winslow’s Jimi Hendrix “Purple Haze” imitation.

This “Purple Haze” imitation will blow you away

Winslow’s filmography is not commiserate to the otherworldly vocal talents he possesses. Why hasn’t this guy broke through bigger than he has? The cliche “criminally underrated” easily applies here.

The One Where Jennifer Aniston Was Considered Overweight

There are overweight, unhealthy people in America, but at no time has Jennifer Aniston been one of them. At least while she was on Friends, anyway.

Wait, she was?!

Apparently, at one time during her tenure on Friends, she risked losing her job on Friends because of — no way — her weight.

“My agent gave it to me straight. Nicest thing he ever did…. The disgusting thing of Hollywood — I wasn’t getting lots of jobs ’cause I was too heavy. I was like, ‘What?!’ But my diet was terrible. Milk shakes and French fries with gravy,” she recalled.

Jennifer Aniston almost lost her iconic ‘Friends’ role because of her weight

Wow.

For those familiar with Friends (who isn’t?), they had a unique naming schemes for their episodes (see examples below).

This “Rachel is overweight” is the episode we should have seen, because when I think of obesity portrayed in the show, it was the younger Monica (Courteney Cox) that was fat. It was obvious she was in a fat suit, too. I don’t remember any storyline involving Rachel being overweight, but maybe some diehard fan that has memorized the story of each episode can cite a specific episode(?).

Rachel (Jennifer) just wasn’t overweight. I had to look up Aniston’s Wikipedia to see her height. Aniston is 5’5. Her “healthy” body mass index (BMI) range is 115 – 140 pounds. She would be considered overweight from 150-175 and obsese over 180 pounds. Maybe she struggled to be under 150 pounds, but it sure didn’t look that way on camera.

And to think they say the camera adds 10 pounds? It could have added 25-30 pounds and I still don’t think Rachel would have looked overweight. Certainly not overweight enough to lose her job.

Jane Fonda at 80 on dating, “I’ve closed up shop down there!”

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Say it isn’t so, Jane. We’d enjoy watching a well-written romcom with Jane Fonda at 80+with .. some suave elder statesman (Sean Connery?). Why doesn’t Hollywood give us more senior citizens getting the love on?

I know, I know, it’s always got to be about the younger ones. They think we only want to see youth, no sagging or bagging. Fonda looks pretty darn good for 80 and there are male actors who clean up at that age.

Anyway, Jane Fonda is making news again, this time for telling more about her personal life and making some personal admissions like she could have slept with Marvin Gaye, but was married at the time and “fell in love” with Robert Redford. This further cements that actors and actresses do really fall in love in films. That chemistry we see and feel on the screen is sometimes not acting.

But sounds like Fonda is done with men.

“I’m not dating anymore, but I did up until a couple of years ago,” she told Extra in May 2018. “I’m 80. I’ve closed up shop down there!” The Grace and Frankie actress has however a history of long-term relationships, beginning with her first marriage to Roger Vadim in 1965.

Jane Fonda’s Dating History

Fonda isn’t done with acting, just don’t ask her about plastic surgery like Megyn Kelly.

I’m not a fan of Fonda’s politics or activism, especially her activity during Vietnam, but, a little like Mike Tyson (see: The Mike Tyson Dilemma – does promoting those who’ve done bad in the past imply support for their misdeeds?) I have enjoyed some of her work.

Barbarella? Oh, yeah. It’s just so crazy and warped and different, well, it made me a fan. For those who just want to see Fonda nude, well, her first husband and the filmmaker made sure we got to see that in the dizzying opening scene that made Fonda so nervous she needed to get drunk on vodka.

Come on, screenwriters, get Fonda in some sexy 80s senior romcom. Crazy? lol, you must not have seen Barbarella yet. Go watch and return.

Most Liked Tweet Ever – 7.1+ million likes – is Chadwick Boseman Death Announcement

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Some (most?) of you have heard by now about actor Chadwick Boseman’s death from cancer at the very young age of 43. You may not have heard that the Twitter tweet announcing his death has set a record number of likes.

At press time Saturday afternoon, the tweet from Boseman’s account had 5.6 million likes. The previous record-holder was a tweet from former president Barack Obama, which currently has 4.3 million likes.

Chadwick Boseman Tweet Announcing His Death Most Liked Ever

What makes Boseman’s youthful passing stand out even more is his dedication to his craft up until his death, In between treatments for his condition, he kept working.

Something good happening on Twitter? Yes. You can like it and add to the 7.1 million and counting Twitter love below.

Click the heart icon to join the love

See Boseman’s filmography and/or if you’re a Netflix subscriber, check out Da Bloods. He also starred in Black Panther, the Avengers films (Infinity War, Civil War, Endgame), Draft Day, 42 and more.

Rest in peace, Mr. Boseman.

Brutal reminder we’re all aging – Macaulay Culkin turns 40, Sean Connery 90

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Mortality sucks. Immortality can have its drawbacks, too (The Bicentenniel Man, anyone?). Can we just have somewhere in between? Maybe we live 150-250 years instead of 77 or so?

The SSA Actuarial Life Table shows I’ve statistically got like 30 years left on this earth. How are you doing? I know, I know, who wants to pay attention to this stuff? It’s important to remember this to keep your perspective about using the time we have — however limited — not sweating the small stuff.

This past week, we’ve seen articles covering the first and best James Bond, Sean Connery, turning 90 and now Home Alone Macaulay Culkin turning 40.

Culkin was 10 years old when his hit film “Home Alone” was released, and the public has never really stopped seeing him as his Kevin McCallister character.

Macaulay Culkin turns 40 just to freak us out – CNN

I’m not comparing the acting chops of the two because that would be ridiculous. Culkin was inarguably a one trick pony child actor, while Connery was in a bunch of classic films. Besides Bond, he was Indiana Jones dad, just to name one. And then there were a string of not amazing, but good films like Presidio with a young Meg Ryan, opposite Wesley Snipes in Michael Crichton’s Rising Sun and the criminal broke out of prison to help break into Alcatraz and face Nicolas Cage overacting in Michael Bay’s Picasso (no, not Transformers!) The Rock,

Both these actors off screen have had personal issues, just to be clear about the off camera stuff, simply talking about them getting older here being a reminder of what’s happening to all of us.

This morning on the way to work, Kara and I were talking about how your muscles don’t bounce back like they did before once you reach your 50s. Aches, pains, they linger. You have numbness in your hands and it takes days instead of hours. In your 40s it’s hours and when you’re in your 20s and 30s you bounce back in minutes. Enjoy your youth, because, physically at least, your body slows down.

Happy birthday to Sean Connery and Macauley Culkin. One of them stands a good chance to be remembered 100 years from now for his work (at least as Bond), I’m not sure the other anybody will know. Home Alone was a fun movie, the sequels not so much, but I don’t think it has much in the way of lasting power. No offense to Culkin, but he’s got another 45-50+ years to do something even more noteworthy. Plenty of time.

What do you think? Will they still be watching James Bond 100 years from now? Will there be a new Bond that takes over the #1 slot from Connery? Will there be a female Bond?

LOL – Gwyneth Paltrow admits to having a “dirty sense of humor”

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I love it when stars be themselves. Keep it real. This makes me like them even more and want to see more of their movies.

Enter Gwyneth Paltrow. First, she has a very cool first name. A little hard to spell, yes, but a great name. She seems genuine to me. Maybe, I’ve got it wrong, but she just seems like the type of actress you want to root for.

Am a fan, definitely, of her talent and how she’s handled her career. She was great as Pepper Potts in the MCU slate of films — the pictured and linked Iron Man which put Jon Favreau on my radar — as Tony Stark’s assistant and friend. When she’s in a film, it definitely increases my interest.

It’s always refreshing seeing movie stars being honest and self-deprecating.

“What people are surprised about me, when they meet me or work with me or hang out with me, is I have a really, really, really dirty sense of humor,” Paltrow once quipped. “People think I’m pretty buttoned-up and prim and proper, but just tell me a joke about balls or something.”

Gwyneth Paltrow reveals the sex tip she picked up from Rob Lowe’s wife

Trading sex tips with Rob Lowe’s wife? lol. You go, Gwyneth!

Will we see Tony Stark and Pepper Potts together on screen again? I read earlier this past week a few stories suggesting that they are trying to get Robert Downey Jr back in some way. If that happens, they better not forget about Gwyenth/Pepper!

Jennifer Aniston seems to get more press love than Paltrow, but I think Paltrow has more diversity than Aniston (agree/disagree?). I like both their work, but in my opinion, Paltrow has gotten out of typecasting more with a certain type of role. I’d like to see Aniston step out a bit more like she did with Horrible Bosses. Be something more than lovable, slightly dim-witted Rachel Green from Friends.

Paltrow’s filmography reveals a fair amount of movies and TV she’s starred in that I haven’t seen. The last five years of movies have been documentaries and MCU mostly except for Mortdecal (2015). The Politician is her most current TV lead role on Netflix. Anybody reading watched? What do you think? Let me know in the comments, spoiler-free, of course. Or feel free to chime in on what you think of Paltrow’s acting chops?

Stars Doing Good: Reynolds and Lively Donated $1 million to Feeding America and Food Banks + Poker For Charity

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More good deeds by stars stories, and less unrealistic “Imagine” covers, please.

Am starting to see more positive news, talk of “flattening the curve” (COVID-19 cases leveling off or receding in some areas of America), as well as states considering plans of how they will reopen businesses and get people back to work. Stimulus checks are showing up in bank accounts. Getting a feeling that good news is at least beginning to spread.

On that front, today I’m going to try and highlight some positive stories and news, especially if they involve actors, movie/TV-related businesses, etc.

Last month Blake Lively and her husband Ryan Reynolds made a seven figure food bank donation.

“Covid-19 has brutally impacted older adults and low income families. Blake and I are donating $1 million to be split between Feeding America and Food Banks Canada,” the Canadian-born actor shared in a statement on Instagram. “If you can give, these orgs need our help. Take care of your bodies and hearts. Leave room for joy. Call someone who’s isolated and might need connection.” 

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Speaking of Feeding America, a group of stars and celebs played poker for the same charity including: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Tom Brady and Tobey Maguire.

The article quoted above goes into the sweet social media interplay between the couple, particularly on Instagram. I have spent a very tiny amount of time and energy on Instagram, so don’t know much about the site beyond that a lot of people, especially celebrities, enjoy hanging out there, sharing pictures and short videos and playing the social media celebrity follow game.

We have a local food bank just down the street from our house that is doing all kinds of great things right now. Always makes me smile when I’m coming home from work and seeing the cars lined up and people out there handing out food packages.

Kara and I used to be Eagles members and we spent a ton of time volunteering and helping to raise money for charities. They are shut down right now, too, as I understand some of the members have COVID-19.

Have you seen other Hollywood actors and actresses donating to good causes? How about movie/TV-related businesses doing something positive and good during these very hard times? Please share whatever you come across in the comments below. Let’s keep the GOOD NEWS spreading!

Katherine Heigl – Talented, Problematic and Rebranding?

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Katherine Heigl is an enigmatic offscreen talent. Some might dispute her talent onscreen, but I think she’s been plagued by taking on more bad than good film projects. She has fared better in TV overall but she has this aura which suggests she’s just one film away from super, super stardom.

Or maybe that time has passed? Am curious what others think.

She’s also produced, even executive produced, some substandard films which have scuffed up her reputation.

It’s like she has never risen to her talent on screen because of various things she’s said or done offscreen. It’s weird and a bit unfortunate. Some actors and actresses should just learn to say “no comment” when the media comes knocking. She seems to be one of them.

I mean, what is the deal with dissing Grey’s Anatomy? Her character Izzie Stevens was deep, complex and had some wonderful character arcs. Throwing Shonda Rhimes and company under the bus, if that’s what she did (I get lost in the details of some of these dustups) doesn’t seem like a wise career choice.

After leaving Grey’s Anatomy, Heigl didn’t work in television for another three years. But just as she overcame the Knocked Up movie drama, Heigl managed to re-build her TV career through starring roles in NBC’s State of Affairs, CBS’ Doubt, and USA’s Suits. She still starred in movies and TV throughout the 2010s, but they weren’t as notable as her roles in the 2000s. With Firefire Lane, a Netflix adaptation of Kristin Hannah’s 2008 novel, Katherine Heigl could potentially solidify herself once again as a major TV star in 2020 and beyond.

What Happened To Katherine Heigl | Screen Rant

On screen, I’ll admit enjoying many of her performances, whether it be opposite Seth Rogen in Knocked Up or Josh Duhamel In Life As We Know It. To date, I’ve only written reviews for one of her movies (pictured above).

Haven’t cared as much for her weirder, edgier thriller movies. She is an entertaining actress with a great talent for sardonic wit, both with dialogue and her facial expressions. For those reading that hate her, sorry, I’m a fan.

Now, has she been in any movie that has just been over the top amazing for me? I can’t think of one. I don’t know anything about Firefly Lane TV series on Netflix. I just had to Google it for this post. Based on a novel, and doesn’t seem like the type of series that will interest me in any way whatsoever, but sometimes these are the ones that surprise and entertain me, so I’m keeping an open mind.

What are your thoughts on Katherine Heigl? Do you like her acting? Has she been in a film you’ve thought that was amazing? Or do you think she’s been most successful in various TV roles and hasn’t had that major breakout hit … yet?