Why does Samuel L. Jackson do Capitol One commercials? Why did Shatner do Priceline ads? And I just saw Mario Lopez in a toe fungus treatment spot. Do they really need the money? Especially Shatner, who I imagine has tons of residuals from Star Trek. Other specific examples appreciated, the more ridiculous the product and well-known the celebrity the better.
I need some Dutch-speaking actors for a multi-media, animated, science fiction (?), art project I'm working on. Complications: very little money, and I (sadly) don't speak Dutch. [more inside]
I am half remembering an interesting fact...please help me remember the whole thing. I seem to remember their was a business (a bar maybe, or a store chain?) that had a policy of allowing actors without a permanent address to receive mail at their business. I think it is/was a long tradition, can't remember if the business was related to theatre or not. Thanks!
Super vagueness coming up but would be so worth it if anyone knew the answer. About 10(?) years ago, my husband took me to see a production of Shakespeare's Richard III, in Oakland. The troupe - or possibly just the way was written? - had only 3 actors, who did all the different characters. The actor who played Richard was a black man. [more inside]
Is there a term among stunt actors for the primary actor they are doubling for? The actor can say, "That's my stunt double." But what does the stunt actor call the other actor?
This Halloween, I'm going to bake myself a Halloween cake, light some candles, turn the lights off, and listen to recordings of classic horror stories read by masters of the form. Need to beef up the story list! [more inside]
I'm always fascinated by once-noted musicians or actors who have disappeared from the spotlight into a "straight" job. Do you know interesting tidbits about what so-and-so is doing now, 15 (or whatever) years later? [more inside]
Who are the 4 actors playing the boy band members in Amy Schumer's "Girl, You Don't Need Makeup" video?
In the last episode of the new Cosmos series, (someone portraying) Fritz Zwicky appears briefly, to sort of stare and blink and then make a gesture like this. He died in 1974. What is the source of this footage? Is it an actor (with an oddly non-speaking role, and no acknowledgment yet on IMDB), some sort of CGI magic from photos, or archival footage? Our household is unreasonably curious about this.
Help me impress my 14-year-old daughter (for once). Who is the young actor portraying the college student in this Southwest Airlines commercial? She thinks he might have been in one of the Harry Potter movies. [more inside]
I've become obsessed with the TV show "Justified" and I'm curious to know whether the accents the actors use on the show are at all representative of how a person from the Harlan, KY area actually speaks. Thanks
For our 10th anniversary, I'd like to present movie buff Gnik Nus with a list of sweet songs sung by the actors in modern (say, the last 30ish years) comedy movies. So far I've come up with "Tonight You Belong To Me" from The Jerk, "I Was Born To Love You" by Chevy Chase in Caddyshack, and "I Wanna Grow Old With You" by Adam Sandler, and Steve Buscemi singing 'This Much Is True" in The Wedding Singer. Bonus points for sweet moments and then something funny happens, like when Bernadette Peters pulls out the trombone while they're softly singing on the beach.
Yes, I can Google, and I see there are a lot of websites for casting calls out there. Some of the more polished ones charge for making posts. I don't mind paying to post an ad. But which websites have a lot of actors looking at them and are likely to get results? My production is in Seattle. [more inside]
CompleteWasteofQuestionFilter: Who's the fortyish, extremely lanky, English or English-accent-assuming male actor who has a prominent nose and long teeth, and wears his dark hair in a ponytail? I think he has worn a lab coat and/or black trenchcoat in an American television show in the past decade, but I cannot remember which Nerdy Scientist Guy he might have portrayed.
I'm looking for advice and resources on how to use improv to flesh out a written scene. I'm not looking for freestyle improv where you're trying to create a new situation, or general theater games, but a more targeted form of improv, where you already have a scene and characters and backstory and dialog, but you want to get the actors to exercise their imagination and flesh out the relationships rather than just play the dialog that's already on the page. What are some parameters? How involved should an improv scenario be in this situation? Should you tell the actors where to end up? How far do you let it go?
Quick, blush-inducing question: remember the diner scene in Silver Linings Playbook? I would like more scenes from movies/TV like that (basically, a conversation which plays out like an impromptu tango, and in which one/both parties finds themselves unexpectedly/uncomfortably/obviously aroused).
Can someone identity the MALE actors in these [NSFW] videos? [more inside]
Is there, anywhere, a website or database of actors and actresses who appear in commercials? [more inside]
I'm working on a project featuring actors and actresses playing the role of the villain and I need some help. [more inside]
If you had to write down a list of the people you'd expect someone else to know by sight, who would be in that list?
What public figures (actors, actresses, politicians, etc) should I be able to recognize by sight? [more inside]
Tell me about films in which the actors use real drugs, or are under the influence of real drugs. Caffeine and nicotine don't count.
Where can I find volunteer aspiring actors in London (UK)? [more inside]
Does anyone remember the name of that TV and Movie character actor from 60s comedies who played fussy types and his catchphrase was "We-eeell!"? (I don't know how to spell it phonetically.) It was useless trying to Google this as I can't remember which movies or shows he was in, though it seemed like a lot. Thanks!
Who is the actor in this Microsoft Windows 7 "To the Cloud" Windows 7 tv commercial?
I LOVE movies where the villian is played by an actor who is typically cast as the good guy hero in their roles in other films. Off the top of my head I can think of Harrison Ford in "What Lies Beneath", Robin Williams in "One Hour Photo", and John Travolta in "The Taking of Pelham 123" Can you give me more examples? Preferably good movies :-D
I am haunted by a recollection of televised play that I believe I saw on Showtime sometime during the early to mid 1980s. One of the lines involves something to do with formaldehyde and no matter how hard I Google, I can't turn anything reliable up. [more inside]
I need inspiration for a playlist - all songs about actors [OR by movie stars that don't normally sing]. So - Gorillaz - "Clint Eastwood", works well, as does Clint Eastwood - "I talk to the trees". I prefer songs about the stars, but by is acceptable too.
How do I find what actors appeared in a video if they are uncredited? I'm trying to track down all the models that appeared in the morphing sequence for Michael Jackson's "Black or White" video. (It's for a blog post - sort of a "Whatever happened to...?" story.) [more inside]
Looking for movies that evoke how it is to live in the time in which they are set. [more inside]
I am wondering how Hollywood movies that end up being complete failures both critically and commercially end up getting all the way through the process of being made and released into cinemas? Why isn't there more quality control? [more inside]
Is there a resource that lists and explains the various effects one can use to accessorized speech, such as altering pitch, speeding up, slowing down, etc.? [more inside]
What do actors in nationally televised commercials typically get paid? Do they get paid each time it airs or a flat fee up front? [more inside]
What are the best Old Hollywood (auto)biographies? [more inside]
Casting calls for hired goons? Counter-intuitively, I may have a 'look' for movies/TV. Do I? If so, what do I do with it? [more inside]
How do I get someone to focus and pay attention more? [more inside]
Ross Kemp on...... condoms and STDs? [more inside]
What do you consider to be the best or most important movies of the past 20 years, whether Hollywood or international? I'm rebuilding much of my movie collection in 720p H.264 (approx 5GB each) or 1080p and want to be sure I don't miss anything. [more inside]
Something I've wondered about for many years: how do actors get through love scenes? [more inside]
Ciaran Hinds is an Irish actor who played one of the Israeli operatives in Spielberg's Munich. I saw a snippet of a movie in which he played a bald literature professor. There was a red-haired woman who was his co-star. Does anyone know the name of the film? Thanks.
Where can I hire actors and actresses in Chicago to play flappers/gangsters for a prohibition era party? [more inside]
My Google-fu is weakening with age, and I can't seem to find a web site that will let me type in two movies (and/or television shows; ideally, both) and get a list of cast members shared between the two entries. Does such a thing exist?
Why do some actors use their own names in TV shows? [more inside]
If Steve Guttenburg never, ever worked again, how much money would he earn yearly? [more inside]
Does anyone know where can I find information on the internet about unknown actors(even though you recognize their faces) that appear on certain commercials on national TV spots? [more inside]
What are some examples of actors "playing themselves" (not someone purposefully featured as themselves, but someone whose personality is so powerful that it overwhelms the character he/she is supposed to be playing)? For instance, some people say that no matter what movie he's in, Jack Nicholson always plays "Jack Nicholson." Other people say the same for Robert DeNiro or Clint Eastwood. I'm looking for some actors and roles that are the embodiment of this notion.
I'm trying to host an open casting call for actors/models in NYC. Any ideas for somewhere professional, yet cheap or free? [more inside]
In a browser-based game, am I allowed to use the real names of actors and actresses, or do I need to use similar sounding names so as not to get into legal trouble? [more inside]
What is this 'live photograph' called? I'm forgetting what this experience/event is called. The basic idea is actors posing in a scene - they're not moving, and I believe the 'audience' can move around and through these posed people. It is kind of like a real life diorama; I believe it was from the late 19th century; the term itself may be French; I'm making myself crazy trying to find this. [more inside]
Hi, All, Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated..What type of jobs would I be qualified for? For the last 8 years I've worked as a talent agent (representing actors, models, voiceover talent for commercial projects) and seek a job/career move into a different area/field. Side note: My prior experience is in the music business (primarily as a lyricist/songwriter/musician). [more inside]
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