I’m not a reality-TV kind of guy. But it’s almost like we’re living in a reality show. Every day in this country, everybody keeps worrying about the deterioration of America and it’s like a big reality show.
Clint Eastwood on Obama, the Death Penalty, and More
Cooper was still carrying on with Lupe Velez — he wanted to marry her, but Cooper’s mom (recall, she was right there in L.A.) thought her too “vulgar” and “tasteless.” We might attribute her verdict to good ol’ fashioned racism, but Lupe was a bit of a hot mess. Or at least that’s how the press chose to portray her, most likely in keeping with her onscreen image as a fiery Latina. She loved acting “low-class,” and threw parties with cock fights and “stag films,” a.k.a. thinly veiled porn. She got in fights, especially over men, and was prone to extreme jealousy. To wit: angry over Cooper’s close friendship with Anderson Lawler, known, in the time’s parlance, as a “swisher,” or flamboyant homosexual, Velez supposedly “unzipped Cooper’s fly at a social gathering and started sniffing his crotch, claiming to smell Lawler’s cologne.”
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With pop culture apparently suffering from a retro epidemic lately, today’s 60th anniversary of Singin’ in the Rain provides a chance to look back at a film that was ahead of its time in the way that it, too, looked back. Still fresh and charming in present-day viewings, Singin’delivered a sophisticated take on a tremendous transition in moviemaking that had happened decades before its release. But unlike the recent Oscars’ slate of history-fetishizing films—The Artist, Hugo, and Midnight in Paris among them—it didn’t romanticize the past but rather voyaged happily forward. […]
Beyond the actual backdrop of an industry in flux, Singin’ in the Rain’s jokes and light parodies of actors and Hollywood culture are still surprisingly insightful and effective. There’s the dopey screen siren thinking that she’s in a relationship with her co-star because she read it in a gossip magazine. There’s Kathy Selden’s (Debbie Reynolds) attempt to insult the cocky movie star with her emphatic declaration that “if you’ve seen one movie, you’ve seen ‘em all.” And there’s the brilliant segment where Don Lockwood recounts his rise to fame, telling his fans that he was trained at Juilliard and brought up on Shaw and Molière, while we in the audience are treated to an amusing simultaneous montage revealing that he actually cut his teeth through thankless beer-hall performances and dangerous stunt work.
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Esquire: I think so. Does that mean you’re a religious or spiritual man?
William H. Macy: No, no, I’m not. I’m not religious. It’s an issue now, ‘cause I’ve got two little kids, and I feel you can’t grow up without knowledge of religion. There was something in National Geographic about the number of phrases we use every day that come from the King James Bible. It’s really had a huge effect on us. It’s right up there with Shakespeare.
ESQ: I’m Jewish, so I really only know the Old Testament, but I remember reading the Book of Job in a college course, and it’s a completely secular sort of reading.
WHM: It’s our culture. It’s the foundation of our culture. So anyway, I try to be a good guy. I try to tell the truth, but I’m not religious.
Critics are always complaining “This doesn’t challenge me.” Well, most people don’t want to be challenged. They had to work all day, and they’re tired. They want to see something that they enjoy. And they tune in because they know they’re going to enjoy it.
Jon Cryer Interview - Esquire
A pickup attempt? I’m offended! I have very little time to get to the gym and so I have to sculpt my guns at the office!
AV Club: Do you have any method-actor preparation to play a drunk?
Stephen Root: No, I lived through my 20s. I recall it very easily. [Laughs.]