My friend Dan once explained to me why he likes Jewish people: “In most families, you sit around the dinner table in silence until you absolutely need something from the other end. That’s when you’re forced to speak. But when I eat dinner with a Jewish family, the tiniest comment sets off an entertaining debate. Someone will say ‘I like this pasta’ and it’s immediately followed by controversy. ‘What, you didn’t like what your mother made last week?’ ”
Josh Gad isn’t your typical Broadway star, but The Book of Mormon isn’t your typical Broadway show. The 30-year-old actor is currently one of two leads in the twisted, irreverent, and highly entertaining musical from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The script has enough four-letter words, dirty jokes, and blasphemy to make even the most progressive stalwart in the blue-haired matinee crowd squirm. But Gad feels at home on stage. His credits include a turn in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a comedic role on the short-lived Fox sitcom Back to You, and a stint as a correspondent on The Daily Show. "I went to college for straight acting—they wouldn’t let me into musical theater because I was such a horrible dancer," he says."But I love musicals. They’re the most entertaining form of theater."
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1. I hate watching hospital dramas because they make me feel like I’m going to die of some rare disease. What’s that weird tingling under my foot? It’s probably chronic gout.
When Jean Dujardin was awarded the top acting prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his cocksure performance in The Artist, the 39-year-old Frenchman wasn’t quite sure how to react. “I didn’t want to go up on stage, it was intimidating,” says the square-jawed alpha male. “In the end, it was not a big deal. The room carried me. I saw Jude Law smiling, he looked happy! De Niro, too!”
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When the Coen brothers made Fargo, their big-time paean to small-town crime, they did not anticipate the film would rack up two Oscars.that, they thought, was rarer than a snowball in hell. Little did they know that 15 years later some crazy computer jockey would honor their classic with a compendium of memorable soundbites. All the .Minnesota nice. colloquialisms are here to remind you that .You betcha!. was a catchphrase long before that dame from Wasilla claimed it as her own.
It’s mighty hard to become a real king of the mountain without a social media app to sing your praises. So you can understand our relief when we discovered this modern marvel from the folks at Vail Resorts. Yes, it supplies you with maps, weather updates, road conditions, even live webcam shots from all five of Vail’s resorts, but the big plus is that it lets you locate your pals on the slopes and show them just how many vertical feet you’ve shredded. Better yet, check in at the top of the hill and earn badges as you descend. Second place is first loser.
“If something doesn’t exist, it just makes me want it more,” says 46-year-old self-taught filmmaker Gary Hustwit. The former music promoter (SST Records) turned book publisher (Incommunicado Press) turned DVD label co-founder (Plexifilm) began producing and releasing music documentaries, like the Wilco hit I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, after finding himself unimpressed with the quality of indie cinema.
In 2009, foul-mouthed comedian Sarah Silverman and goofy late-night send-up Jimmy Kimmel publicly ended their six-year relationship. Before they split, the two seemed inseparable. They were the First Couple of Comedy, famous for their rolicking game of viral video one-upmanship, which involved singing about fucking Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, respectively. They appeared in Esquire together. Silverman was a frequent fixture on Kimmel’s couch. They even reunited or a short spell. So to see two people who seemed so right for each other fail to work things out was, in a word, heartbreaking.