Thursday, April 29, 2010

Most Beautiful' Cover..........

When People Magazine publishes its yearly "Most Beautiful People" issue, the magazine spends a lot of time debating which star will land the coveted big cover photo. This year, it would have been Julia Roberts, who would be appearing on the “Most Beautiful” cover for the fourth time. But something happened between the cover decision and the magazine going to press: Sandra Bullock gave People an exclusive interview and photos revealing that she secretly adopted a baby boy in January.

It must have been chaos as the magazine tried to figure out a fix (they went with a "special double issue" to give both stories their due). While the "Most Beautiful People" issue -- and any cover featuring Roberts -- is a consistent hit at the newsstand, the Sandra Bullock story, with its element of surprise and uplifting message is a surefire mega-seller. So poor Julia -- who is currently promoting “Eat, Pray, Love” -- was relegated to a small photo in the top right corner of the cover while Sandra and baby Louis took center stage.

The famously down-to-earth Roberts most likely doesn't even mind the change of plans. In the interview accompanying her feature in the magazine, Roberts credits professionals for making her look good, and friend George Clooney praises her inner beauty, telling People: "There's a reason Julia is a timeless beauty, and it has nothing to do with her looks. It has everything to do with who she is.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Amanda Michelle Seyfried is an American actress, singer-songwriter....

Amanda Michelle Seyfried born December 3, 1985, is an American actress, singer-songwriter and former child model. She began her career as a child model when she was eleven and when she was fifteen she began her career as an actress; starting off with an uncredited role and going on to have a recurring role on a television series, which expanded into her having a successful television career.

In 2004, Seyfried made her film debut in Mean Girls playing Karen Smith, the ditziest of the so called 'plastics'. She then went on to other films including Nine Lives (2005) and Alpha Dog (2007). In 2008, after landing a lead role on a popular television series (Big Love in 2006) Seyfried appeared as Sophie Sheridan in the musical feature film Mamma Mia!. Other recent notable appearances include lead roles in Jennifer's Body and Chloe in 2009, and one of the two lead roles in Dear John the following year. She currently has three films in production.
Early life
Seyfried was born Amanda Michelle Seyfried in Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, United States on December 3, 1985. Seyfried's mother, Ann (née Sander), was an occupational therapist, and her father, Jack Seyfried, was a pharmacist. Seyfried has one older sister; Jennifer Seyfried, who is a musician in the Philadelphia organ-driven rock band Love City. Amanda graduated in 2003 from Allentown's William Allen High School.

Early Work
In 1995, Seyfried began her acting career at the age of nine. In Allentown, she took classes at Civic Theatre of Allentown, and eventually signed with Image International Agency (IIA) in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where she lived at the time, before switching over to work at Bethlehem's Pro Model Agency and eventually signing with Wilhelmina agency in New York City, New York. Seyfried's modeling career ended when she was seventeen. During her modeling career she appeared in print ads for clothing companies; including Limited Too with Leighton Meester.

While modeling, Seyfried took voice lessons from eleven to seventeen. She trained with a Broadway voice coach for nearly five years. From there she began acting as an extra in the daytime drama television series Guiding Light; her role on the show was uncredited. In 2000, she originated the role of Lucinda Marie "Lucy" Montgomery #2 on the television show As the World Turns; appearing on the show as a recurring character, her role on the show lasted until 2001. After appearing in twenty-seven episodes, Seyfried left the show as a result of creative conflicts. From 2002 to 2003, Seyfried played the recurring role of Joni Stafford on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) broadcasted show, All My Children.

In 2003, Seyfried auditioned to play the mean-girl role of Regina George in the Mean Girls; the role eventually went to Rachel McAdams, but the producers of the film picked Seyfried to play one of Regina's two dim-witted "plastic" friends and sidekicks, Karen. The film, in which Seyfried co-starred alongside McAdams and Lindsay Lohan, centered on Cady trying to 'take down' the "plastics" at her high school. Mean Girls was a block-buster box-office success, making over $129 million in its theatrical run. Seyfried's performance in the film earned her, along with Lohan and McAdams, an MTV Movie Award in the category of "Best On-Screen Team." Mean Girls was Seyfried's feature film debut.

Continuing her television career in 2004, Seyfried auditioned to play the title character on UPN's popular television show Veronica Mars. Although the role eventually went to Kristen Bell, Seyfried portrayed the title character's murdered best friend, Lilly Kane. Although her character was only shown in flashbacks, Lily was vital part of the first season's plot and made Seyfried one of the show's 'familiar faces'. Seyfried appeared in ten episodes from 2004–2005. In 2005, she played the lead character, Samantha, a role written specifically for Seyfried, in one of the nine parts in the film Nine Lives, comprised of nine short films with different themes and an ensemble cast. For her performance in the film, Seyfried won an award from the Locarno International Film Festival, for Best Actress, which she shared with the film's other female leads. The same year she played supporting character Mouse in American Gun. In 2006 Seyfried appeared in five episodes on Wildfire as Rebecca and had lead role as Chrissy in Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves as well as a minor role as Julie Beckley in Alpha Dog. From 2004 to 2006, Seyfried made multiple guest appearances on television series, including House, M.D., Justice, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Personal life
In 2006, Seyfried began a relationship with actor and musician Jesse Marchant; the relationship ended after two years in 2008. In 2008, Seyfried began dating her Mamma Mia! co-star, Dominic Cooper. In 2008, Seyfried was ranked #65 on the list of "The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Famous Faces From Around the World" and was also placed #5 in Moviefone's "25 Under 25: Hollywood's Hottest Young Stars". The following year the British Glamour.com (of Glamour magazine) ranked Seyfried at the #17 spot as one of the "30 Hottest and Sexiest Stars Under 30".[38] In 2009, People Magazine ranked Seyfried #4 in the Most Beautiful 2009 - Beautiful at Every Age.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Vanessa Hudgens Cast As Mimi In LA Run Of Rent........

Now that she's graduated from "High School," it's time for Vanessa Hudgens  to start paying "Rent."

The tween star has landed the role of Mimi in the upcoming three-night only Hollywood Bowl run of "Rent" in Los Angeles, according to several online reports, including The Los Angeles Times and BroadwayWorld.com.


Although no other castings have been announced for the shows, which will run August 6 - 8, Neil Patrick Harris was previously announced as the show's director.

NPH starred in the 1997 LA run and national tour of the play as Mark.

"She came in for a work session, and I must say, Vanessa really impressed," Neil said, according to BroadwayWorld.com. "She looks amazing, has great vocal chops, and seems really committed to honoring the somewhat iconic role of Mimi. I look forward to audiences seeing a dark, edgy, and very different side of Vanessa Hudgens  this August."

Mimi - the HIV-positive exotic dancer and drug addict who inspires the raucous "La Vie Boheme" and solos in the racy "Out Tonight" - has been played by numerous actresses over the years, including Daphne Rubin-Vega (who originated the role), Rosario Dawson (who played her in the 2005 film), and even Spice Girl Mel B.

Hudgens, who starred as Gabriella Montez in Disney's "High School Musical" franchise, will also be seen in the upcoming films "Sucker Punch" and "Beastly," the latter of which also co-stars NPH.

Neil Patrick Harris is an American actor...

Neil Patrick Harris (born June 15, 1973) is an American  actor. Prominent roles of his career include the title role in Doogie Howser, M.D., the womanizing Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother, a fictionalized version of himself in the Harold & Kumar series, and the title role in Joss Whedon's Emmy Award-winning musical web series Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. He also hosted the 63rd Tony Awards on June 7, 2009,  and the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20, 2009. On March 7, 2010, he made a surprise appearance at the 82nd Academy Awards, delivering the opening musical number.

Early life
Harris was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and grew up in Ruidoso, New Mexico. His parents, Sheila and Ron, ran a restaurant.  He has an older brother named Brian, and it was by following his brother to an audition in fourth grade that he first began acting—as Toto in a school production of The Wizard of Oz. He attended La Cueva High School in Albuquerque and was active in school plays and musicals there. Harris was an honors student and graduated with honors in 1991. He was three years ahead of fellow La Cueva student, Freddie Prinze, Jr.

Career
Harris began his career as a child actor, and was discovered by playwright Mark Medoff at a Drama Camp in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Medoff cast him in his 1988 film Clara's Heart, a drama with Whoopi Goldberg based on the novel (of the same name) by Joseph Olshan, that won him a Golden Globe nomination. In 1988, he also starred in Purple People Eater, a children's fantasy. The following year, he won the lead in Doogie Howser, M.D., for which he was again nominated for a Golden Globe. After Doogie Howser's four-season run ended in 1993, Harris played a number of guest roles on television series such as Murder She Wrote, before taking his first film role as an adult in 1995 in the little-seen shocker Animal Room. Since then, his film work has included supporting roles in The Next Best Thing, Undercover Brother and Starship Troopers. In the Harold and Kumar stoner comedy films, (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay) he plays a drug-crazed, lecherous version of himself.

From 1999 to 2000, Harris starred with Tony Shalhoub in the sitcom Stark Raving Mad, which lasted 22 episodes. He has taken lead roles in a number of made-for-television features, including Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story in 1994, My Ántonia in 1995, A Christmas Wish in 1998, Joan of Arc in 1999, The Wedding Dress in 2001, and The Christmas Blessing in 2005, as well as series guest roles.

Harris has worked on Broadway in both musical and dramatic roles. He played Tobias Ragg in 2001 concert performances of Sweeney Todd. In 2002, he performed on Broadway beside Anne Heche in Proof. In 2003, he took the role of the Emcee in Cabaret, alongside Deborah Gibson and Tom Bosley. As a result of his critically acclaimed performance in Cabaret, Harris was named the top-drawing headliner in the role of the Emcee by GuestStarCasting.com, topping fellow celeb stars John Stamos and Alan Cumming.

In 2004, he performed a dual role of the Balladeer and Lee Harvey Oswald on Broadway in the controversial musical revival of Stephen Sondheim's Assassins. He also sang the role of Charles (first played by Anthony Perkins) on the Nonesuch recording of Sondheim's Evening Primrose. He has also portrayed Mark Cohen in the touring company of the musical RENT, a character who he mockingly reprised on the January 10, 2009, episode of Saturday Night Live, which he hosted. Since fall of 2005 Harris has played Barney Stinson, a serial womanizer reminiscent of his Harold and Kumar role, in the CBS ensemble sitcom How I Met Your Mother. The Stinson role earned him 2007, 2008 and 2009 Emmy nominations (for best supporting male actor in a comedy series).

In 2007, Harris worked with Mike Nelson on an audio commentary for RiffTrax. The two riffed on the film Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory. Harris is a big fan of the cult TV series Nelson worked on, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and was interviewed for a 1992 Comedy Central special hosted by Penn Jillette, who did voiceovers for Comedy Central's programming at that time, about the series and its fans, This Is MST3K. In 2008 Harris took the title role in Joss Whedon's musical web series, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, alongside Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day. The first episode of the series debuted July 15, 2008. In 2008 Harris also guest-starred on Sesame Street as the Sesame Street Fairy Shoe Person.

On April 26, 2009, Harris hosted the 7th Annual TV Land Awards.

After a highly successful preview at the San Diego Comic-Con, a musical episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, featuring Harris as the villainous Music Meister, premiered on October 23, 2009, on Cartoon Network. As a character who could make anyone do his bidding by singing, he spent most of the episode singing several original songs.

Harris stars in the upcoming movie Beastly, alongside Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens. He plays a blind tutor named Will. The movie is set for release on July 30, 2010.

He also plays the lead in the upcoming indie comedy The Best and the Brightest as a carefree father who uproots his family from Delaware to move to New York City's Upper East Side.
Harris appeared as a guest judge on Season 9 of American Idol in August 2009 auditions taped in Dallas, Texas.

Harris recently hosted a US Pilot for the hit UK game show The Cube in London, England, for CBS.
English stage producer Cameron Mackintosh has voiced interest in producing a Broadway revival of the musical Barnum (which originally starred Michael Crawford and Jim Dale) with Harris in the title role. Mackintosh has been thinking of this idea ever since he saw Harris presenting the 2009 Emmy Awards.

Harris is providing his voice for the role of the adult Dick Grayson (Nightwing) for the animated film Batman: Under the Red Hood.

Personal life
In November 2006, after a report about Harris' romantic relationship with actor David Burtka surfaced online, Harris came out as being gay.

He had been openly gay in his personal life and in the theater community, but stated, "The public eye has always been kind to me, and until recently I have been able to live a pretty normal life. Now it seems there is speculation and interest in my private life and relationships. So, rather than ignore those who choose to publish their opinions without actually talking to me, I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love a lot."

Neil and David Burtka have been together since April 2004. Harris and Burtka attended the Emmy awards in September 2007 as an openly acknowledged gay couple for the first time, an appearance which Harris discussed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and which was reported in various media outlets.

Harris is a fan of magic, and is a magician himself like his character on How I Met Your Mother. He serves on the Board of Directors of Hollywood's Magic Castle. Harris won the Tannen's Magic Louis Award in 2006 and hosted the 2008 World Magic Awards on October 11, 2008. Additionally, Harris was the celebrity guest of honor for Top Chef Masters, which took place at the Magic Castle, and included Burtka as a fellow guest.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Kalpen Suresh Modi stage name Kal Penn, is an American film actor and politician

Kalpen Suresh Modi (Gujarati,born April 23, 1977), best-known by his stage name Kal Penn, is an American film actor and politician.

As an actor, he is known for roles on the television programs House and 24, and for the Harold and Kumar comedy films. Modi also taught at the University of Pennsylvania as a visiting lecturer in the Cinema Studies Program.

On April 8, 2009, it was announced that Modi would join the Obama White House as an Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement. This necessitated that his character Lawrence Kutner be written out of the TV series House.

Early life
Modi was born as Kalpen Suresh Modi in Montclair, New Jersey, the son of Asmita, a fragrance evaluator for a perfume company, and Suresh Modi, an engineer.  Both of his parents are Gujarati immigrants from India.  He has stated that stories of his grandparents marching with Mahatma Gandhi for Indian independence were a significant influence on his interest in politics.  Suresh is a vegetarian.

Education
He attended middle school at Marlboro Middle School in Marlboro, NJ and played baritone saxophone in the jazz band there. Modi attended The Fine and Performing Arts Academy (a magnet program) at Howell High School for freshman, sophomore, and junior years; he transferred to Freehold Township High School for senior year; both schools are part of the Freehold Regional High School District. He was active in the schools' theater productions. He attended UCLA, where he double majored in film  and sociology.

Acting career 
Modi's feature film debut came in 1998 in Express: Aisle to Glory. He has since appeared in American Desi, National Lampoon's Van Wilder, Malibu's Most Wanted, A Lot Like Love, Dude, Where's the Party?, Love Don't Cost a Thing, Superman Returns, National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj, Epic Movie, The Namesake, the Harold and Kumar series, and an uncredited appearance in Deck the Halls. Penn was featured in the The Lonely Island's rejected MTV comedy pilot for Awesometown.

Modi says that he derived his acting name, Kal Penn, as a lark: “Almost as a joke to prove friends wrong, and half as an attempt to see if what I was told would work (that anglicized names appeal more to a white-dominated industry), I put ‘Kal Penn’ on my resume and photos." His audition callbacks rose by 50 percent. Modi has stated that he prefers his birth name and uses "Kal Penn" only for professional purposes.

In January 2007, Modi appeared in the first four episodes of the sixth season of 24 as Ahmed Amar, a teenage terrorist. Modi says he nearly turned down the role due to personal ethics, stating, "I have a huge political problem with the role. It was essentially accepting a form of racial profiling. I think it’s repulsive. But it was the first time I had a chance to blow stuff up and take a family hostage. As an actor, why shouldn’t I have that opportunity? Because I'm brown and I should be scared about the connection between media images and people's thought processes?"
Also in January 2007, he appeared in the spoof comedy Epic Movie as well as the television show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In May 2007, Modi received the Asian Excellence Award for Outstanding Actor for his performance in The Namesake.
In fall 2007, Modi joined the cast of the Fox medical drama House as a fellowship applicant. E! reported that Penn had signed on as a regular on the show along with Olivia Wilde and Peter Jacobson and this was confirmed in the plot of the episode "Games". Modi continued with the series through to the episode "Simple Explanation", which aired April 6, 2009. He made an additional appearance as Kutner on the fifth season finale, "Both Sides Now", that aired on May 11, 2009. However, due to his new job at the White House, Kal Modi could not be present for the filming of this episode. The clip of him saying "Too bad it isn't true" was taken from a previous filming.

Political interests
Modi was an advocate for Barack Obama's presidential campaign  in 2007 and 2008 and a member of Obama's National Arts Policy Committee.  He appears in the Barack Obama video "Sí Se Puede Cambiar" by Andres Useche  and appeared with comedian George Lopez on January 18, 2009, at "We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial".

In early 2009, Modi was offered the position of Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement in the Obama administration, which he accepted. This necessitated his character Lawrence Kutner being written out of the TV series House. In his new role with the Obama administration, Modi serves as a liaison with the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities. He has gone back to using his birth name, Kalpen Modi.
In April 2010, it was confirmed Modi would leave his post as Barack Obama's associate director of public engagement to return to his acting career.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

'The Last Song' Miley's Mixed Reviews....

The reviews are in for Miley Cyrus's down-South melodrama "The Last Song," and they're nothing if not mixed. In her serious-acting big-screen debut, Miley plays a rebellious teen shipped off to a Savannah, Georgia beach town for a summer with her estranged father. She finds sandy-shored romance with a local do-gooder, played by Cyrus' real-life beau, Liam Hemsworth. Nicholas Sparks wrote "The Last Song" especially for the Disney superstar, and its musical theme allows Miley to show off her powerful pipes.

While the critics all agree she nailed the singing, it's her acting abilities that split the reviews.

"Acting, for the moment at least, seems almost entirely beyond her," writes New York Times film critic A.O. Scott, who adds, "Most of the time she seems to be mugging for the camera, play-acting rather than exploring the motives and feelings of her character." Glenn Whipp of the Associated Press shares the sentiment, claiming Miley's "dramatic abilities largely consist of two moves - scrunching up her face and staring wistfully into the distance." And the New York Post slammed the film, calling Cyrus' performance "the most dubious 'dramatic' debut of any singer since Britney Spears," insisting that Miley has "approximately 1 1/2 expressions."

On the other side of the fence is veteran critic Roger Ebert, a fan and champion of Miley's talent and charisma. "Her acting is unaffected, she can play serious, and she works easily with a pro like Greg Kinnear," Ebert writes, anticipating a future where Cyrus takes on "free-standing, engaging heroines." Roger Moore of the Orlando Sentinel picked up on the real-world romance between Miley and her handsome costar, writing "there's real chemistry between the young lovers." And Time Out New York claims, "Director Julie Anne Robinson does the best she can with what she has, coaxing competent performances from the two leads."

Is this silver-screen effort Miley's last song, or are there encores in the actress's future? One thing the critics agree on is Cyrus' work ethic and dedication to her craft. And no one can dispute that Miley Cyrus has legions of fans who will give her a positive review no matter what.
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