Betty White Turns 99, Still Great Example Of How To Live Happy, Long and Well

Man, who doesn’t love Betty White? Happy birthday to her, as she turned double 9’s. Just one year to hit the triple threat 100. Will be shocked if she doesn’t make it. Heck, she might just make it 10+ more years. I hope so.

With a career that spanned over eight decades and counting, including roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls, as well as countless talk show and game show appearances, White has become an example of how to live well and live long. “I am blessed with good health,” she said, “so turning 99 is no different than turning 98.”

Valerie Bertinelli Shares Betty White Bloopers on Her 99th Birthday | PEOPLE.com

Like White’s humor, too. Caught her on a Comedy Central roast recently and she was funny without being profane. She has that Bill Cosby (his comedy, not his persona) type of clean comedy vibe. It’s a lot harder to be funny without being profane and Betty White does that well. She’s old school, and I mean that as a compliment.

Can you think of others that are funny and clean?

Fiery $75 Candle That Smells Like Gwyneth Paltrow’s Vagina Bursts Into Flames in UK Home

Wasn’t aware that Iron Man’s right hand lady, Pepper Potts, er, Gwyneth Paltrow who plays the character sells expensive scented candles … of a very personal nature.

But smells like she does.

“This candle started as a joke between perfumer Douglas Little and GP,” reads the website. “The two were working on a fragrance, and she blurted out, “Uhhh..this smells like a vagina’ — but evolved into a funny, gorgeous, sexy, and beautifully unexpected scent. (That turned out to be perfect as a candle.)”

Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘vagina’ candle explodes in UK woman’s home: report | Fox Business

One of those candles smells like her (?) vagina — lol, no, this isn’t a gag . Despite the strangeness, this candle apparently had some kind of chemical malfunction and exploded inside a UK homeowner’s living room.

Who buys candles smelling like somebody else’s private parts? Ok, for those of you who love that smell, do you burn that in your house when you invite friends over. “Hey, what’s that smell? Oh, that’s Pepper Potts? Nice!” Over the family dinner do you remark about the smell of vagina?

Yeah, ridiculous. And priced way outside of what any candle should ever cost. $75?!? You can subscribe to Disney+ for an entire year or spend a few hours enveloped by feminine aroma? Let’s see …

This is familiar territory for Paltrow, see: LOL – Gwyneth Paltrow admits to having a “dirty sense of humor”

Not knocking anybody who wants to buy these candles, of course. Spend your money wherever and however you want. You worked hard for it. Us? Hard, hard, hard, hard — pun completely intended — pass.

Stunts Gone Wrong: Yes, Courtney Henggeler really slapped Martin Kove in Cobra Kai Season 3

The slap was accidental, but we all wanted it to be real, didn’t we?

Oh, that slap, we need to talk about it.

Cobra Kai fans have probably seen it by now. Maybe some non-fans, so I don’t think this is a super-SPOILER, but if you haven’t seen Amanda Larusso, Daniel’s dealership partner wife in Cobra Kai slap Cobra Kai dojo sensei John Kreese, then it’s one of the must watch moments of Season 3. I’m not going to get into the story reasons why she slapped Kreese. You’ll have to watch the show to learn the context, but it’s a juicy dramatic moment.

There are so many must-watch moments in all three seasons of Cobra Kai, but in this post, we’re just going to focus on stunts gone wrong. It happens.

The slap was absolutely intended to be a stunt. Henggeler — who has one of the most difficult to spell last names in show business — was excited that she got to perform a stunt in Season 3. She worked with a stunt coordinator. She was supposed to miss.

Eventually, Henggeler prepared for the slapping scene with both Kove and a stunt coordinator and said things went just fine until the very last take when she missed her mark. “They say if you do [a stunt] and if you make contact with the person you’re doing the stunt with, just to keep going because if you stop, then not only have you just hurt somebody, but you’ve ruined the shot,” she remembered. So when her hand actually connected to Kove’s face, she tried to play it off. “I hit him in the face, hard — not intentionally, obviously — and I was like, ‘Don’t make a face!’ And I think it’s the take they used,” Henggeler said. 

How good is Ralph Macchio at Karate in real life?

The fact that they used the real slap is a statement on stunts being dangerous. Not that a slap couldn’t injure somebody, but let’s remember that Martin Kove is in his 70s. Bones get more brittle. You don’t recover as easily and speedily from bumps and bruises . Stunts gone wrong can kill people. This stunt would not have killed Kove, most likely, but it’s interesting that the real slap is the stunt they used. It’s the one that looked most realistic … because it was.

This made me wonder about other stunts gone wrong that were used in films. Probably one of the most tragic stunts that comes to mind — and the footage of course was NOT used — is on the set of The Twilight Zone movie (see: SXSW 2020 REVIEW: Cursed Films Season 1 – All 5 Episodes Rated and Reviewed) with John Landis where Vic Morrow and two child actors were killed when a helicopter literally fell on them, rotor blades spinning and chopping. There’s some chilling real footage on YouTube if you poke around, but I’m not going to link or embed it here. Argh, it chills me in a Faces of Death way thinking about that footage.

Jackie Chan does a lot of his own stunts. He’s had plenty of accidents and been hurt. Go watch Rumble in the Bronx and then stay with it as the closing credits roll. You’ll see him break a leg — really — and more.

Sarah Connor in T2, played by Linda Hamilton, is almost permanently deaf in one ear because that weapon she wasn’t wearing hearing protection when she fired that gun inside the elevator.

Not that I want to glamorize actors being hurt in stunts in this post in any way, but we need to remember that for all that actors are paid, and some are paid really well (lead actors, particularly), when they’re doing stuntwork there can be real world danger involved. There are safety protocols in place on sets, but they don’t always get followed like they should, just like any other job.

That slap, though? Viewers wanted, needed it to be real. We can be happy that it was because Martin Kove never got hurt. There’s something kind of cool about that stunt gone wrong.

Do you have a favorite stunt gone wrong that made it into the movie or TV show?

Denzel Washington Refused to Play Miles Dyson in Terminator 2 because “all he does is look scared and sweat”

Terminator 2: Judgment Day ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Some quotes from actors make me laugh. When I read why Denzel Washington passed on a role in T2, it shows that actors can limit themselves based on the character portrayal in a script, even great actors like Denzel.

So, here’s a fast fact I didn’t know: that James Cameron wanted Denzel to play Miles Dyson in T2. Washington passed on the role, saying the followingL

“No offense to Jim Cameron, but when I read the script, I thought, ‘All he does is look scared and sweat,’” Washington told the magazine. “I had to pass. I don’t know if I have room to embarrass myself, or people, through my work. A script comes to you. You make a decision on it.”

‘Terminator 2’: The Real Reason Denzel Washington Refused to Play Miles Dyson

Joe Morton ended up playing Miles Dyson in T2. Come to think of it, he did sweat a lot in the movie, but there was more to the role than sweating. Denzel fixated on that role, but can you imagine if he had played Dyson? I’m thinking about his work in The Equalizer and then imagining him as Miles Dyson. Would he have brought more to the role than Joe Morton? We’ll never know.

I think it’s fascinating that he passed based solely on the script. That he didn’t think he could add more to the role than sweating and fear. Joe Morton surely did, and with all due respect, Morton isn’t half the actor as Denzel Washington.

Actors pass on scripts all the time. I wonder if he regrets not working with James Cameron? It’s easy to say after a film is a great success that you wish you’d been in it and I didn’t see Denzel say that.

Maybe they make a TV show about Miles Dyson? Denzel probably wouldn’t play him, but it would be a chance to do a lot more with this pivotal character in Skynet history than be scared and sweat.

Shia LaBeouf and Charlie Sheen Blacklisted in Hollywood?

Why does this last week reading internet articles seem like seeing a bunch of gossip rag magazine titles near the grocery store checkout stand?

Then again, sometimes even those rags get the riches right.

Have never been much of a Shia LaBeouf fan, sort of believing he was overrated. The Transformer movies, let’s be honest, aren’t exactly actor range-stretching roles, but he surprised me in Peanut Butter Falcon. I liked what he did in that film. I tried (briefly) to get into Honeyboy but it wasn’t really my type of movie. Not saying that was a good or bad film, it just didn’t click with me. No harm, no foul there.

Alas, I’ve come across several recent articles citing some serious problems LaBeouf has had off screen leading to him allegedly being blacklisted in Hollywood. He was also fired from Olivia Wilde’s second movie, Don’t Worry Darling before much filming even began, for being difficult to work with — allegedly. Wilde reportedly has a “no asshole” policy on set.

But this stuff with stray dogs? WTH?!?

I suspect, rightly or not, that audiences are able to eventually forgive racism, violence and domestic abuse – but killing dogs for kicks is another matter altogether. As such, scooper Daniel Richtman is reporting that LaBeouf is now fully blacklisted in Hollywood. He’s been dropped from every part he was cast in, isn’t attached to any upcoming projects and won’t be considered for any further high profile roles. At least, not for a long, long time.

Shia LaBeouf Is Reportedly Fully Blacklisted In Hollywood Now

Animal cruelty, seriously? Got to hope this is all BS and not true.

Then there’s Charlie Sheen, Mr. Tiger Blood himself. Apparently he’s living in a van down by the river, er, he is/was/might be major league behind on child support and went to live with his parents for a time being.

At one point, when he moved out of the famed Mulholland Estates, Sheen, 55, moved in with his parents, the source says — Martin Sheen is 80, and Janet Sheen is 76. “Think how inglorious that is: he’s gone from the highest paid person on television to living in Malibu with his father and mother. He could be the oldest son in Malibu living with his parents!” says the insider.  

From Baller To Squalor: Charlie Sheen Moves Into Modest Malibu Apartment After He Was Forced To Live With Dad, 80, And Mom, 76

Like the title of that post, “From Baller to Squalor” — it just doesn’t make any sense for a guy that was once clearing millions from his TV gig. Clearly a sign that excess can destroy anyone.

Will we ever see Shia LeBeaouf or Charlie Sheen in any significant acting roles again? My guess is yes. They both are too talented to keep out of films, but it sounds like whomever takes a chance on a project involving them is going to be taking on some very high risk.

Are you interested in seeing new movies by either or both of these actors?

FIRST LOOK: Let Him Go

I like Kevin Costner’s acting style and his clean-cut look fits. He has a certain regalness to his roles.

Diane Lane has been around awhile and in a few films I’ve enjoyed. I can’t really remember her being a bad actress in anything, but she’s been in some dreadful movies. Most recently she’s played Martha Kent in the Superman movies.

Costner clearly has a better resume of good to great films, certainly he has some stinkers too — it just happens if you’re around long enough and active in the business. He played Clay Shaw in one of my all time favorites from Oliver Stone, JFK. Have seen Costner in Yellowstone, his newest TV show, recently and liked what I saw there. So, Costner’s involvement in any film, regardless the story, has me a little more interested than just random unknown actor. Diane Lane, purely on her many years of experience also ratchets up my anticipation.

So with these two leads, particularly Costner, I’m intrigued by what this film might offer.

Kevin Costner and Diane Lane are starring together in a new thriller titled Let Him Go. It looks like a western version of Taken, with Coster and Lane trying to rescue their grandson from an “off the grid” family being led by Phantom Thread’s Lesley Manville.

Kevin Costner Goes Full Liam Neeson In Let Him Go Trailer

Like the description of a Western version of Taken, but Costner doesn’t give me the same vibe as Liam Neeson, so kind of hoping that’s not what this film is like.

Let’s look at the official trailer:

Uh oh, did Costner’s character in the first few seconds just say, “Don’t start what you can’t finish?”

Yeah, that’s definite Liam Neeson territory. Maybe he can play the heavie, but he just works better casting-wise as less of a heavy type and more polished. Maybe I’m typecasting him, but that’s what I think from his past work. He’s played flawed characters including athletes (Bull Durham!), but I don’t remember him venturing very often into roles like Rutger Hauer or Liam Neeson.

Still looking forward to seeing this based on the trailer. Will try my best to clear my memory and see if Costner surprises. He’s done it before. He’s got the talent to do so. What do you think of this one?

Let Him Go opens wide domestically in theaters on November 6, 2020.

Yes, Man Earned Jim Carrey $35 million for negotiating $0 salary and 36.2% of backend profits + Controversial SNL Biden Impression

If I see another movie star say that we’re facing the end of art culture as we know it, I might just throw up all over the screen.

Maybe grossly overpaid actors and actresses — in fairness, most of them aren’t, it’s just a small subset of movie stars that command large salaries — should wake up and do more like Jim Carrey did when he was in a career slump.

Yes, Man wasn’t a great movie, but performed well at the box office. It’s also an example of how movie stars can earn a bunch of money betting on a movie doing well vs. taking a higher upfront salary.

Following his previous movies such as Fun with Dick and Jane having flopped, Carrey felt that he didn’t need to get paid an upfront salary. He, therefore, declined any payment before filming. He instead chose to negotiate for 36.2% of the movie’s profits. At the time, Carrey’s move was considered a risky affair. However, the risk paid off when Yes Man grossed $223 million worldwide at the Box Office. Carrey eventually had the last laugh and took home $30 million, making it one of his biggest paydays.

Jim Carrey Once Accepted $0 For a Movie Role That Left Him With a $35 Million Paycheck

Now, understandably most actors won’t be able to negotiate that kind of percentage of profits, nor in these current bleak movie sales times generate larger sales, but there is a reasonable salary number between $0 and millions per film for actors to consider so that the film budget can be reduced.

The high paying actors we see crying in the media about the death of art being upon us, when the closer reality is they’ll be seeing the reduction of the giant cash cow they’ve been milking.

Before striking back in the comments below or dismissing what I’m saying, it’s not that I’m against actors and actresses making all the cheddar they can. I’m suggesting if the movie is good that they should enjoy the financial success of it, but if it’s not, they shouldn’t be paid more money than the film earned. For six months work making hundreds of thousands of dollars may not pay the mansion mortgage, but it’s a lot of money to the average family that make like $50-75k a year.

This wage disparity turns off the vast majority of people out there working their tails off to pay the bills.

In other Jim Carrey news, he is under some fire over his current Joe Biden impression.

Carrey is trending on Twitter after the latest episode of the sketch comedy show as SNL fans call for his replacement as Vice President Biden. Carrey debuted in the role in SNL’s high-rated 46th season premiere, replacing Woody Harrelson. Some took instant offense to the casting as part of a recent SNL trend of handing high-profile impersonations to outside celebrities instead of regular cast members. Carrey’s performance has received mixed reviews, but it seems his third episode was the breaking point for many viewers.

Jim Carrey Trends After Saturday Night Live Fans Call for His Replacement as Joe Biden

I was underwhelmed with what SNL did with the fly in Pence’s hair (see: The Shocking, Viral Star of Last Night’s Vice Presidential Debate? The Fly!), and that skit included Jim Carrey as Joe Biden also.

I think the problem with Jim Carrey is his style is too over the top energetic playing Biden. Carrey just overacts all the time kind of like Nic Cage. Some of what Carrey does is funny but often he goes too far. His Biden impression is weak for that reason, in my opinion. The bit above should be funny, but it’s … not.

Robert Downey Jr. Likes To Hide Food On Set + Dolittle will likely be top 10 earner at box office

Iron Man ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Robert Downey, Jr. fans rejoice, this post is for you. I mean, if you didn’t see how cool a guy he can be, then read this: 6-year old boy protects his sister from dog attack, receives accolades from Robert Downey Jr, Tom Holland and Mark Ruffalo

The article linked below is pretty wild, even for the sometimes eccentric actor: it starts with a story about Robert Downey Jr (RDJ, hereafter) being gifted an alpaca — which are like the cutest tiny horses ever — and then digs into his “hilarious quirk” of hiding food all over movie sets.

Downey Jr.’s costars have revealed a hilarious quirk that he has when he’s filming: apparently, he brings his own food onto set and hides it so that he can eat it during scenes! On a live interview with the Huffington Post recently, Downey Jr.’s costar for his upcoming film The Judge, Vincent D’Onofrio, revealed that the Marvel actor continues this quirk even when he’s not playing Tony Stark.

Why No One Ever Stopped Robert Downey Jr. From Eating on the ‘Avengers’ Set

Although I’ve never been on a movie or TV set, my understanding is they have catering services. I don’t know if these services have like a room with food waiting and/or they are catered at only certain lunch and dinner breaks. Apparently, these food breaks simply aren’t enough to keep RJD’s appetite sated.

Love oddball actor stories like these. They help to humanize these mega millionaires.

Iron Man hides food on set … wonder if he had a candy bar or three stashed in his suit? What about in Dolittle ⭐️⭐️⭐️? Did he share his food stash with the animals? Wait, they were CGI … some of them anyway … CGI animals don’t have appetites.

Yeah, I know, silly, absurd. It’s almost more absurd to think Dolittle is still in the top 5 for box office earners in 2020 and there’s less than 90 days left in the year!

It will almost certainly end up top 10 unless there are more new theatrical releases — and assuming there are enough theaters open to generate revenue — added. $245 million worldwide is a lot of box office cash for a movie this year.

Robert De Niro is “far and away the best kisser” says Sharon Stone

Casino ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Talk about serious violation of the no kiss and tell covenant.

Stone worked with De Niro in the movie Martin Scorsese’s epic Casino as a whale (large gambler) hustler who earns De Niro’s eye and affection.

“It was the actor that I admired the most and had, my whole career, was like, ‘I just want to sit across the table from Robert De Niro and hold my own.’ And maybe because I just held him in such extraordinary, high regard, and it was the pinnacle of the kissing moment for me. There was so much attached to it,” Stone said. “But I was just so madly in love with him as an actress to start with, that, you know, he probably could have hit me in the head with a hammer and I would have been like, ‘Oh, yeah!’ You know, but it was pretty fabulous.”

Sharon Stone says there is one co-star who was ‘far and away’ the best kisser [Video]

Considering Stone’s history as a sex symbol and the amount of lips she’s kissed throughout her busy career in Hollywood, this is a curious admission.

Then again, it seems like she was more in awe of De Niro’s talent than other many other actors she’s worked with. Almost like student meets idolized teacher. In that sense, maybe this isn’t a fair comparison.

Saw another story this past week about Gene Kelly deep french kissing Debbie Reynolds to her horror in the famous movie Singing In The Rain.

“The camera closed in. Gene took me tightly in his arms…and shoved his tongue down my throat. ‘Eeew! What was that?,’ I screeched, breaking free of his grasp and spitting.

I ran around frantic, yelling for some Coca-Cola to cleanse my mouth. It was the early 1950s, and I was an innocent kid who had never been French-kissed. It felt like an assault. I was stunned that this 39-year-old man would do this to me.”

Debbie Reynolds Said Her ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ Costar Gene Kelly Was a ‘Severe Taskmaster’ With Dreadful On-Screen Kisses

Debbie Reynolds was 19 at the time. Wouldn’t she want mouthwash? Given this is a long time ago, but Coca-cola as mouthwash?

In some ways, this reminds me of the lecherous doctor portrayed in the soap opera inside the movie Tootsie who delighted in kissing all the new women. It was some sort of creepy initiation.

In TV game shows, Richard Dawson was once the king of kissing

When it comes to kissing, probably nobody does it better than Family Feud host kisser extraordinaire, the late Richard Dawson.

Richard Dawson, Family Feud host kisses 200+ women in 1980 season

Those kisses were all for “good luck” according to Dawson.

I’m having fun with this post, in case you haven’t noticed. So much darkness in the movie-related news lately that we need some levity for balance.

Play along with me. Is De Niro really the best kisser in the biz working today? How could we ever validate or invalidate this statement? Thanks Sharon 😉

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

My Spy ⭐️⭐️½

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?