Actress Viola Davis is known for starring, as her profile in the latest issue of Time puts it, in the "sassy, soulful and dignified" role, but in real life, it's not quite like that. No, she actually just enjoys learning about the digestive system of a cow (seriously). She admits that she "could watch it for five hours" and that she loves the Discovery Channel. Either way, the fact that she's a big Discovery nerd raises her stock in our book (although, we aren't sure what to make of the interest in cows. Aren't those the animals that regurgitate their own food?).
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This week's Newsweek featured the first sit-down interview with former P.I. and Tony Soprano-wannabe Anthony Pellicano, better known as the Hollywood Phone Hacker. Movie stars better run and hide because this private eye is dishing the dirt on all your favorite celebrities -- well, sort of.
Before he was sentenced to jail in 2008, Pellicano was the make-your-troubles-disappear-guy for the Hollywood elites, employed by everyone from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Farrah Fawcett to Michael Jackson to Chris Rock. But Pellicano is only willing to go so far with his gossip (after all, he says he maintains "omerta -- the mafia code of silence"), declining to elaborate on anything past these semi-juicy gems.
• On Schwarzenegger: "I have personal stuff on Arnold ... If they found that stuff, he never would have been governor.
• On Michael Jackson: "I quit [working for MJ] because I found out some truths ... He did something far worse to young boys than molest them."
Oh, well. At least we can always
In other news, Entertainment Weekly has the six reasons why it's so hard to make a good romantic comedy (and no, lack of Matthew McConaughey shirtless scenes isn't one of them). As EW puts it, most rom-coms are "cliched, contrived and an insult to love." Well, ain't that the truth.
The six tidbits they provide are: Chemistry can't be faked; men don't want to star in romantic comedies -- or go see them; Hollywood romances often struggle overseas, so studios can be skittish about investing in them; Studios dumb everything down; Filmmakers are afraid to get personal; Women love a good fantasy -- but don't want to be treated like idiots.
These sound good to us, but if you don't mind, we'd like to provide a few more to the list:
• Don't cast Paris Hilton as your lead ('The Hottie & the Nottie')
• No one wants to see a rom-com sequel ('Arthur 2: On the Rocks')
• Casting Gerard Butler in a non-ass-kicking role will not win you a male audience ('P.S. I Love You')
If you haven't heard, the new comedy '30 Minutes or Less' is loosely based on a real-life situation where a man was forced to rob a bank after a bomb was strapped to his neck. The man ended up dying, which is why there has been a whole bunch of hubbub whether the movie is offensive or not. But one star of the film isn't buying it: "The truth is, our movie is so different ... Yeah. I didn't know there was a germ of a story attached to it. Um. I don't think anybody did, except the writers," says Jesse Eisenberg in the latest issue of GQ (he plays stoner pizza delivery guy, Nick). As for Ruben Fleischer, the director for '30 Minutes' he wasn't so thrilled when we asked him about the "too soon" potential of the film.