And more from our Gossip Girl: Brad Pitt has not saved lives … “Entourage” the movie? … “Downton Abbey” a big hit on DVD… and a special “Julius Caesar” for one night only in New York City
“I SEE the comfort religion brings people, and I just don’t want to deny anyone that. I just don’t like the separatism that comes from religion, and, without fail, the need to put your beliefs on someone else. When you start telling someone else how to live, you should check yourself, man. It drives me crazy, really.”
That’s Brad Pitt, in his long, serious and Jennifer Aniston-free Q&A with Entertainment Weekly magazine.
This is an interesting interview. Brad is a serious guy, and I don’t think he intended to hurt Miss Aniston’s feelings with his remarks about their marriage in Parade magazine. EW interviewer Jeff Giles sticks mostly to Brad’s career. (Jennifer, by the way, looked utterly unconcerned in the hours after the Parade storm broke, strolling through the West Village with her hot new man, Justin Theroux.)
Giles and Pitt do discuss the actor’s fabled good looks, which he (Brad) feels are fading and “mundane” — and he’s glad of it. Internet rumors are also mentioned — such as the tale of Brad heroically saving an extra who fell from a horse during the making of “World War Z.”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about … there are no horses in the movie!” I have not saved any lives, okay?”
Okay, Brad, you’re just an average non-heroic guy.
I wanted to give this interview some space, as I feel that I (among many) perhaps jumped all over Brad too quickly the other day.
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ADORABLE Paul Rudd tells Playboy magazine that he is happy he got a chance to keep his clothes on in his movie “Wanderlust.”
Paul says: “I have been naked in a lot of my movies. There’s something inherently funny about the naked male body, particularly mine. Ryan Reynolds, sure it makes sense why he’d strip down. But not me. I should not be allowed.”
Paul is being too hard on himself. I recall seeing him — pretty much all of him — in production of “Twelfth Night” a few years back at Lincoln Center. He has nothing to be ashamed of.
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“ENTOURAGE” the HBO series has ended — with the participants all flying off to Paris to attend Adrian Grenier’s (Vincent Chase’s) surprise wedding. It seemed an opened-ended finale. Certainly that’s what the show’s producer Mark Wahlberg told “Extra” reporter Mario Lopez on Emmy night. But don’t expect “Entourage” back on the small screen. Just like that band of vixens on “Sex and the City,” Mr. Wahlberg is looking toward a feature film to further the adventures of Vince, Turtle, Johnny Drama, Ari Gold, etc. “We’ve been talking about the movie nonstop. That’s the goal.”
And Mark shares this column’s admiration for Steve Buscemi, the lead actor of his other HBO hit, “Boardwalk Empire.” Mark raves: “Steve is literally one of the greatest living actors. I’m just so glad he finally got the platform to show his talents.”
And I am so glad that Mark Wahlberg, with his early rough edges and hardscrabble childhood, who was swept away by early fame as a rapper and model, settled down and became what he is today — one of Hollywood’s best and most prolific men in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Are you listening, Lindsay or are you too busy crashing parties? My weakening support for La Lohan was given a boost with the latest lurid story of “Lindsay and Her Mother, Drunk and Making Out.” Oh, please. A mother and daughter with heads close together, chatting, obscured by their mutually fried over-blonde locks. But Lindsay invites these misrepresentations — she can’t stay in, stay home, and away from situations fraught with temptation. (And that mother of hers is simply no help at all.)
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BUT FEAR not, civilization as we know it (knew it?) remains alive and kicking. What show on DVD has sold more copies online via Amazon than any other? Will you be surprised to learn it is the first season of PBS’s marvelous “Downton Abbey?” The hit drama has outsold U.S. shows “The Wire,” “The Sopranos” and “Friends.”
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MORE CULTURE: On October 4th, at The Players Club, for one night only, The Frog and Peach Theatre Company present Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” Or as it is advertised here: “The Shockingly Modern Thriller.”
It will star Rip Torn as Caesar, with Shirley Knight, Austin Pendleton , Michael E. Knight, Tom Noonan, Ryan Tramont, and the great Estelle Parsons. The invite says along with The Bard, we’ll have “an elegant evening of cocktails and glamour, on romantic Gramercy Park South.”
For tix info log onto Frog and Peach Theatre.
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JACKIE COLLINS’ Goddess of Vengeance novel, which we mentioned here last week, is out on audiobook, with husky-voiced Jackie reading as her main character, the sexy, dangerous, take-no-prisoners Lucky Santangelo. Jackie is said to be quite convincing. This is available from MacMillan Audio.
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SOME OF you might have noticed that the well-known and well-liked star of “Taxi,” Jeff Conaway, was omitted from the list of those who had passed away, in the (quite moving) memorial segment of the Emmy telecast. There’s always a screw-up. It happens at the Oscars, too.
Now, even though she was never a TV star, never a series performer, I was glad that Elizabeth Taylor was not omitted. Taylor appeared in about 10 made-for-TV movies, from the ridiculous (“Divorce His, Divorce Hers,”) to the fairly sublime (“Malice In Wonderland,” with Liz wickedly funny as gossip queen Louella Parsons.) There were Westerns — “Poker Alice”… melodramas — “There Must Be a Pony”… an adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ “Sweet Bird of Youth.” Not to mention classic stints on “Here’s Lucy” with Richard, a high-camp week-long appearance on “General Hospital” back in 1981, a guest shot on “Hotel,” and numerous Bob Hope specials.