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Gloria Estefan - We Know How To Party
Following the release of her album Gloria, pop diva Gloria Estefan threw a wild party in Miami Beach; fans danced in the streets and watched videos on giant screens. "Forget that Studio 54 thing," Estefan later declared. "We know how to party here in Miami!"  Ironically, Estevan herself was scarcely seen by her fans. Where was she? She had scooted off to a different, private party.  [Fun fact: Estefan once worked as an interpreter at Miami International Airport.]
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Harland Williams & Rich Little
During a guest appearance on the "Martin Short Show" one evening, comedian Harland Williams did an impersonation of famed impressionist Rich Little. His effort was met with little more than blank stares from the puzzled audience. "Come on," he protested. "That could have been him. We don't know what he sounds like!"
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Michael Bay: Plane Stupid?
On the set of Pearl Harbor, drector Michael Bay stationed a group of actors in a tower and asked the pilots to fly "as close as they felt comfortable." The pilots' comfort zone, however, never seemed wide enough for the men in the tower. "I had to calm down a couple of guys who got really nervous," actor Tom Sizemore recalled. "One asked me what would happen if the plane crashed into the tower. And I said, 'We would all die. But it's not going to happen.'"Sizemore was very nearly proven wrong when one of the planes crashed into an empty field after grazing a palm tree. Though no one was seriously injured, special-effects coordinator John Frazier was terrified."One of ...
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How Emeril Personalized A Television Camera
When he first began hosting a televised cooking show, Emeril Lagasse found speaking to the camera oddly distracting. One day he hatched a solution: He simply hung a picture of his beloved dog beneath the lens and spoke to him instead.
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Rene Russo Behind The Scenes.. In The Line Of Fire
During the filming of In the Line of Fire, John Malkovich often entertained Rene Russo in the makeup trailer, cracking her up with a creaky Midwestern imitation of his mother. One day, Russo had to leave the trailer. Why? Explained Russo: "I was peeing in my pants!" [Fun fact: In a bid to address California's water shortage at the turn of the millennium, Russo lead a campaign to promote hardy native shrubs in place of lawns.]
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Why Judi Dench was Shaky at the 2002 BAFTA Awards
When Dame Judi Dench was named best actress for her performance in Iris (trumping Kidman, Spacek, Tautou and Zellweger) at the 2002 BAFTA Awards in London, she was rather surprised—and rather unpleased."I was very shaky onstage," she later explained. "I made a million pound bet with my agent five minutes before that I wouldn't win, so I was very shocked... If you lose a million pounds five minutes before, it is very shaky."[While hosting the 2001 Oscars, Billy Crystal jokingly read the minds of several of the assembled guests. And what was Dench supposedly thinking? "This thong is killing me!"]
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Bob Costas Razzes Rhythmic Gymnastics
NBC sports commentator Bob Costas occasionally put his foot in his mouth. "Yes folks," he declared after the rhythmic gymnastics competition at the Olympics one year, "their gold medal looks the same as everybody else's."
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Duran Duran Reunion
In 2004, Duran Duran bassist John Taylor explained why the band had decided to reunite. "There are difficult bastards everywhere in life," he said, "so why not just stick with the ones you know?"
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When Al Franken Was Mistaken For His Daughter's Husband
One day Al Franken and his daughter (then a senior at Harvard) were approached by a nosy politician who, having recognized Franken, asked where the "couple" had met. Franken's reply? "In the delivery room!"
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Marlon Brando: Godfather of Bellies
So much did Marlon Brando's weight balloon during the production of One-Eyed Jacks that the costume designers had to make his costumes with elasticized material. Even so, Brando managed to split eighteen pairs of pants during production.Indeed, cast members were eventually prompted to post signs on the set reading: "Please Don't Feed the Director."[Brando certainly liked to eat. "The Screen Actors Guild announced a hunger strike," Craig Kilborn once quipped, "and Marlon Brando announced his retirement from acting."][Brando once shocked a group of his students by arriving for an acting class dressed as a woman—a very fat woman—just for the hell of it. Among his famous clients? Michael Jackson.]