Kate Walsh revealed on ‘The View’ today that she stopped her monologue in the middle of her Off-Broadway show, ‘Dusk Rings a Bell,’ because she thought someone’s cell phone was going off – it turned out to be a hearing aid. Walsh isn’t the first actor to stop a show because of a distraction. Hugh Jackman & Daniel Craig stopped mid-scene in their Broadway show, ‘A Steady Rain,’ because of a cell phone. I have a couple of things to say about this. First, if you cannot continue a scene because of an audience distraction, get your ass off Broadway (or in Kate Walsh’s case – Off-Off-Broadway). I know that you are used to the Los Angeles way of filming, where you get to fart around all day while everyone else does the heavy lifting, but New York is for real actors. And real actors can tune out distractions during a live performance. Second, contrary to the ridiculous cowboy-like attitude of Jackman & Craig in the scene below, you aren’t proving any points by calling people out. Instead, you are ruining the entire show for the other 99% of the audience.
Alexa Ray Joel is seriously annoying me lately. Every time she talks to the press she contradicts herself. First, she responded to the coverage of her alleged suicide attempt by saying that she was suffering from “heartbreak related depression,” and she wanted to be a spokesperson to help others. Initially I thought, what on earth is “heartbreak related depression?” Perhaps you are just depressed in general and the break-up is the scape goat. After all, her father, Billy Joel, admittedly tried to kill himself in 1970 and was subsequently treated for depression. But then I thought – okay! If she wants to help others, I’ll drop it. She then went and got a nose job which was clearly a betrayal of our big-nose-girls club. But I backtracked again, reasoning that if she needs this to feel prettier then fine. I’ll drop it. Now she’s saying she never even tried to kill herself in the first place?! I realize she has it rough, because she’s either compared to her mother for her looks or compared to her father for his music, but here’s my advice: get your story straight before you start doing interviews. The public will embrace you if you’re honest and consistent.
It isn’t like me to kick someone when they’re down, but today I will make an exception. While I was reading about Chris Klein’s DUI arrest, I discovered what can only be described as pure treasure. Klein’s audition tape for ‘Mamma Mia’ surfaced not too long ago, and I would strongly encourage you to watch it. I have no idea how this tape leaked, but who am I to look a gift horse in the mouth? Enjoy!
Chris Noth likes to bite the hand that feeds him. In a recent interview, Noth said that he regrets returning to ‘Law & Order’ to replace Vincent D’Onofrio because the show is a “death to the creative process [of] an actor.” So why did he return? Because they made him an offer he couldn’t refuse, of course. This is not the first time Noth has complained about the show. He has often said in interviews that because ‘Law & Order’ relies so much on the plot and so little on the characters, there really isn’t much room for acting skills. Though I love me some Mr. Big, I’d like to point out that if you do something for the money, be grateful that someone is paying you to do anything at all, and keep your mouth shut. That being said, I hate ‘Law & Order.’
Remember my angry post about how women in the media feel the need to overtly sexualize themselves as a desperate attempt to raise eyebrows? Well, one of the many culprits in my original article is at it again. While promoting her new film, ‘Knight and Day,’ Cameron Diaz felt the need to say that she “can be attracted to women sexually.” Who knew that so many actresses are out-of-the-closet lesbians? Gosh, it’s so refreshing that they can be so open about their “sexuality” in the press. I would like to again point out that I cannot remember one interview with a mainstream male actor where he discusses his sex life. It’s ridiculous. I’m sure Diaz will soon pose naked on the cover of a magazine – because that’s what actresses do when they have successful careers right?
Kathy Griffin appeared on ‘The View’ yesterday, and Elizabeth Hasselbeck was not too pleased to see her. Griffin often makes fun of Hasselbeck in her act, and at one point she even said to the press that “somehow, [she] has snowed American audiences into not knowing that she is a fucking Survivor reject. I am sorry; I am going to listen to the political beliefs of someone who wore wacky scarves on Survivor?” Hasselbeck broke her silent-treatment to ask Griffin if it’s uncomfortable for her to encounter the person that she makes “un-funny” jokes about. Griffin’s response? “Bring it bitch!” My first piece of advice to Hasselbeck is not to go toe-to-toe with a comedian – you’ll always lose. Second, if you are going to act like a pouty four year old every time you see someone on your show that has said mean things about you, it is time to work somewhere else. Watch the exchange below.
ABC has executed quite the casting massacre for their new show, ‘Edgar Floats.’ Apparently, they believe in the writing, but not the actors. As a result, they have recast all of the actors from the original pilot with the exception of the either very talented or very lucky, Robert Patrick. I’m mostly bothered by this because one of my favorite actors, Tom Cavanagh (of ‘Ed’ fame), has been replaced. The other casualties include: Alicia Witt; Derek Webster; Alex Solowitz; and Raoul Trujillo. What a bummer. The show centers around a police psychologist turned bounty hunter. Only time will tell if this was a smart casting decision.