Ever wondered why your favourite movie star is now in straight-to-video hell? What the hell happened?
is a series of articles about the career ups and (mostly) downs of contemporary actors, actresses and directors who were once Hollywood stars (but who stumbled at one point) or serious contenders for stardom (but who did not make it). While the articles are made of known material and rather-matter-of-fact ("...but it got terrible reviews and bombed at the box office
"), they offer a singular perspective on what it takes to reach the A-list and stay on it. [more inside]
posted by elgilito
on Aug 30, 2014 -
Bloodletters and Bad Actors
Mefi's Own Max Sparber looks at the early days of Omaha theater, back when it was a frontier town, its amusements were questionable, and vice was rampant, with occasional forays into more recent performing arts misbehavior. [via mefi projects
posted by The Whelk
on Jun 11, 2014 -
Neil Patrick Harris and Jason Segal sing
"Confrontation" from Les Miserables
on Inside the Actors Studio
. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Mar 29, 2014 -
In a series of sixteen advertisements screened in Japan, Tommy Lee Jones plays extraterrestrial 'Alien Jones', who has taken the form of a man to check on the world of humans, all the while drinking a Japanese brand of coffee named BOSS
. I have no idea how Tommy Lee Jones got talked into doing these advertisements, or why. And after watching them for yourself (1
), you probably won't either.
posted by Effigy2000
on Nov 23, 2008 -
Bollywood in a nutshell: Bollywood is the name given to the Bombay (Mumbai)-based Hindi-language film industry in India. Bollywood films are colorful, crammed with singing
, loads of costume changes
. In the past there were often absurd and hilarious take-offs on Western films or superstars, such as the Beatles
, Michael Jackson
music and hair styles
. Spectacular collection of Bollywood posters
and vintage original poster art for sale
. The history
of Bollywood, brief chronology
[pdf]. The main actors
. The main actresses
. Some of the renowned songs
and the singers
who sang them. Bollywood song lyrics and audio
at the excellent Music India Online. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye
on Jan 27, 2007 -
RIP Eddie Albert.
As Mr. Kimball might have said, he was an actor
. Well, not really an actor, but a war hero. He was awarded a Bronze star...well, it wasn't really bronze, more like a...anyway, for his efforts at Tarawa
. But maybe he was more of an environmentalist
...oh, anyway, dig into some hotscakes
and remember Mr. Douglas.
posted by Oriole Adams
on May 28, 2005 -
"Me, I fart loud - I can't be a hypocrite. I get these parts, but I never get to play 'em because I fart out loud. Why can't we all fart together? Let thy arse make wind!"
It is my pleasure
the late, great Timothy Carey
, possibly the weirdest
of all Hollywood character actors. A follower of Salvador Dalí
and Le Pétomane
, Carey was a Method actor
who was pals with John Cassavetes
, a muse of sorts for Stanley Kubrick
, alleged discoverer of both Frank Zappa
and Ray Dennis Steckler
, and one of the dedicatees of Reservoir Dogs
. Not only that, he wrote, directed, and starred in one of the all-time strangest American films
, The World's Greatest Sinner
, and wrote and directed the world's only Dalí-inspired play about death by flatulence.
Against all odds, Timothy Carey has a website
, and if you're interested, you can buy his movies, posters, and other odds 'n' ends
(warning: doesn't appear to have been updated particularly recently).
Truly, in the words of his tombstone
, "A Super Nova of Original Thespian Talent."
posted by Dr. Wu
on Dec 29, 2004 -
Cleveland Press Shakespeare Photographs
Er, no, not photographs of
Shakespeare--that would be difficult--but of Shakespeare's plays in performance, 1870-1982. Covers productions in all media; photographs can be browsed by dramatic genre (tragedy, comedy, etc.). On a related note, see also Harry Rusche's Shakespeare Illustrated
(outstanding and extensive site devoted to nineteenth-century paintings of scenes from Shakespeare's plays).
posted by thomas j wise
on Sep 27, 2003 -