When James Garner died last weekend, most of us were familiar with the lengthy, laudable entertainment career of the 86 year-old actor. It’s clear from his more than 50 films and unforgettable TV roles that Garner holds a prestigious place in the pantheon of Hollywood.
But perhaps even more noteworthy is the impact Garner’s had on many males and how they view themselves as boys and men. Mass media serves as critical building blocks of our culture’s gender role behaviors. In that arena, James Garner was more than an actor; he was an influential male role model.
Television’s Saturday Night Live is comedy’s premier prestigious launching pad into stratospheric show business success. The legendary list of movie superstars the show has produced is too luminously long to list here. To be included in SNL’s clever cast is to have your comedic resume branded with the gold standard, a future surely set with inestimable fame and fortune.
Unless you’re Brooks Wheelan. The 27 year-old comedian announced via Twitter that he’s been fired from the show after only one uneventful season.
What’s the next step for a relative newcomer whose show biz dreams have been unexpectedly, unceremoniously shattered?
Last week, when actor Shia La Beouf made headlines for his outrageous public behavior at a New York theater, it was no surprise to those who have followed the career of the 28 year-old actor.
La Beouf is probably best known for his leading role in the first three “Transformer” films. He rose to prominence as the title character in the Disney Channel series, “Even Stevens”.
His meteoric rise in Hollywood notwithstanding, La Beouf‘s name has emblazoned the headlines fairly regularly over the last few years. It hasn’t been with rave reviews; the gossip rags have routinely fed on his fairly obvious public disdain for rules and laws.
Some of you will remember, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died from a heroin overdose in February 2014.
I wrote about his death, expressing my sorrow (especially because he’d been doing so well, or seemed to be, last year), and it sparked an interesting conversation about how we react to celebrity drug overdoses compared to how we react to “Regular Joe” overdoses.
(By “we,” I mean the public — not the media.)
The new Jimi Hendrix biopic, Jimi: All Is By My Side, premiered at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2014, apparently to rave reviews.
Actually, its star — Andre 3000 of Outkast, who reportedly practiced the guitar six hours a day to prep for the film — is receiving most of the glory.
Guess which blogger has two thumbs and went to see Kings of Leon this past weekend?
That’s right: this girl.
(UPDATE 2/5/14: Four individuals have been arrested in relation to Hoffman’s drug overdose, according to The New York Daily News and CNN. Authorities found more than 350 bags of heroin in three different apartments. (Upon further investigation, 70 bags of heroin were found in Hoffman’s apartment. Currently, police aren’t certain whether those four individuals sold the heroin to Hoffman or if they’re part of a larger drug ring.)
(UPDATE 2/3/14: CNN reports Hoffman failed to pick up his children Sunday, as was scheduled, and law enforcement found Hoffman surrounded by eight empty bags, the type of which generally contain heroin. The bags were labeled “Ace of Spades” and “Ace of Hearts.” Both are known street names for heroin.)
Celebrity Psychings has sad news to report today: actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died.
The 46-year-old Oscar-winning actor, famous for his roles as Truman Capote in Capote and Lester Bangs in Almost Famous, was found dead in his New York City apartment at noon (February 2, 2014).
At the time of this post, a cause of death is unknown or has not been released; however, police do suspect a drug overdose due to a needle in his arm:
The official cause of death is still unknown at this point, however, the police confirm to “The Insider With Yahoo” that he may have died of a suspected overdose, as he was found with a needle in his arm.
Hearing about Seymour’s death is especially tragic because — less than one year ago — the actor had completed rehab and was on a seemingly strong road to recovery. He’d wrapped up his role in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and, at the time, was working on indie film God’s Pocket.
I’ll update as news becomes available.
In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers go out to Hoffman’s three children Tallulah Hoffman, Cooper Alexander Hoffman, and Willa Hoffman, and his partner Mimi O’Donnell.
Seems like things are looking up for Jonathan Rhys Meyers!
Thanks to Netflix, The Tudors isn’t exactly long gone; however, the 36-year-old Meyers is filling another swoon-worth role as Alexander Grayson, the lead in NBC’s new fall drama, Dracula.
Aside from Albert Nobbs (written by and starring Glenn Close), we haven’t seen much of Meyers, who’s reportedly struggled with substance abuse and alcohol addiction and entered rehab on several occasions.
Starting October 25, though, we’ll see him every Friday night!
(Unless you’re in the UK, in which case you have to wait until Halloween–which, let’s face it, is way cooler.)
Just a quick heads up, sweet readers:
Oprah’s Next Chapter: Lindsay Lohan airs tonight, and if you’re wondering what the 60-minute sit-down’s going to be like, here are just a few of the questions we see Oprah ask Lindsay in the preview:
Clearly, Oprah’s not pussyfooting around. Unfortunately, we don’t get any sneak-peek answers from Lindsay.
(Sort of unrelated note: I always thought the point of Oprah’s Next Chapter was to interview folks about their next chapter; however, Oprah.com tells me the idea for the show came after Oprah “moved into the next chapter.” So…okay.)
Oprah’s Next Chapter: Lindsay Lohan airs tonight at 9 p.m. EST. Check OWN and your local network listings for details.
Gwyneth Paltrow is dipping her acting toes in the addiction pool once again, film lovers.
The Country Strong actress stars in the upcoming Thanks for Sharing, a film about three people who are undergoing a 12-step program for sex addiction.
However, this time around Paltrow doesn’t play the addict like she did in Country Strong; instead, she plays Phoebe, a woman who becomes romantically involved with Adam (Mark Ruffalo), a sex addict.