10 Times Actors Have Been Seriously Injured on Set

I get easily obsessed. Though I have not posted in a long time, I have not given up on my crazy, media mania, quirks. A recent example of this is that I have watched the same film every day this week. Yes, I am that level of media crazed. While viewing films over and over again, something that often crosses my mind is “they have to sometimes get hurt doing this crazy shit.” On a whim I looked up instances of actors getting hurt during filming. I have compiled a few times the show really did have to go on.

1. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
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Fire caused several serious injuries on the set of the classic film “The Wizard of Oz.” The actress who played the Wicked Witch of the West, Margaret Hamilton, and her stunt double were both seriously burned on set. In a scene where the Wicked Witch of the West was skywriting with her pyrotechnic broom, Margaret Hamilton’s stunt double badly burned her legs, landing her in the hospital for several weeks. Hamilton herself had over a months stay in the hospital after being burned on the hands and face after flames were triggered to soon. Continue reading 10 Times Actors Have Been Seriously Injured on Set

Genetics Kick Ass: Celebrities Who Look Better As They’ve Aged

In the movie industry, the popular theory is that your career starts to go downhill when you hit 35. Your looks are starting to go, if they haven’t already, and the newer hotter crop of A-list celebrities are on there way up, and taking the parts. Though this applies to both men and women, women tend to take the unfortunate brunt of this stereotypical decline, (unless you are a freaky exception to the rule like Meryl Streep who only gets more famous the older she gets). There might be a token crazy, but lovable, grandparent or older relative role out there for these older actors. But as far as the juicy roles are concerned, Hollywood has moved younger.
     Of course, all of those ideas are total crap! By the time the age of 40 rolls around, some of these fantastic actors are just barely starting to hit there stride. Looking better and better every day that goes by. In honor of the slightly older acting generation I wanted to pay homage to them by compiling just a few actors who look better now, (and still killing it with awesome acting) then they did when they first started.
     1. Helen Mirren — Age 69

The famous British actress has been honing her craft for several decades now. As someone who has seen her work, both older and current, I must say that I much prefer modern day Helen Mirren. No offense to young Mirren, but older Helen Mirren kicks her ass.
2.Robert Downey Jr. — Age 50
Downey Jr. is on top of the acting world once more. He is the highest paid actor in Hollywood, and was the whole reason that making the Avengers was possible. Downey Jr. is turning 50 in just a few months and is one of the sexiest men alive regardless of age.
     3. Kate Winslet — Age 39
Though I think most people would agree that Winslet is beautiful and has been for a long time. I have to argue that modern day Winselt far outshines her “Titanic” younger self.
     4. Leonardo DiCaprio — Age 40
Thinking along the Titanic vein, Leonardo DiCaprio has filled out into a far more attractive man than I would have thought possible when he was 23 years old and starring in “Titanic.” I would never have thought such a gawky looking young man would hit is stride in his later 30’s.
     5. Diane Keaton — Age 68

The always quirky Keaton has put on a master class of aging. Not only has she aged like a champ, but modern day Keaton far outshines her younger self.

  6. George Clooney — Age 53
The newly married Clooney has been a heartthrob for many years. However, as a younger man he doesn’t quite stack-up to his modern day counterpart.
     7. Nicole Kidman — Age 47
The Australian beauty has earned her title. Several decades and a couple kids later, current day Kidman puts her modeling days to shame.
     8. John Stamos — Age 51
There is not much to say about John Stamos other than the fact that several months ago I accidentally drooled when his yogurt commercial came on. 20 years younger Stamos in “Full House” has never elicited such a reaction from me.
Final Thoughts–
In this day and age we are all so obsessed with aging, reversing the clock and doing everything we can to stay young. Why? Aging is not something to be afraid of. And some well earned laugh lines look a whole hell of a lot better than skin stretched so tight that you have to cross your legs in order to blink.

At Least It Doesn’t Suck: Taylor Swifts New Single

 

For a young teenage girl who started out as a country singer, Taylor Swift has done a whole lot of moves outside the “genre box”. She started out country and has slowly moved over to being a purely pop artist. The new album Taylor Swift will be releasing “1989” is due to premier October 27th, has been officially declared her first 100% pop album. 

     A solo track from the “1989” album was released today and has already hit at #1 on the iTunes chart. The song is called “Shake it Off.” Even for a person like me, who doesn’t actually listen to the lyrics in songs very well even when I am singing them, could not miss the point of this song. It was like with the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, you say the exact same 3 words the entire 4  minutes of the song, and even I am going to get the point.

I just realized she looks a lot like Nicole Kidman in this picture…Freaky

In this song she departs from the usual love song or break up song… shocking.
     But the message of “Shake it Off” is that people are going to love or hate you. They are going to say
whatever they want, but you just have to let it fall behind you as you keep going. You have no control over what they say, but that doesn’t make it true, just be you. She gets this point across with deep lyrics such as “Playa’s gonna play, haters gonna hate- but i’m just gonna shake it off.” –deep stuff. But at least this hip hop song is not like a lot of them, about smacking ass, making “bitches” crawl for your money or “getting with” strippers.
     A lot of people are going to like this song. It is catchy, upbeat and easy to sing. The message is good, the song is peppy and it is Taylor Swift so she already has a built in and loyal fan base. It is going to be one of those songs that the radio will play to death.
     I am feeling a little bit of the growing pains here with this full transition into hip hop and pop. In the music video there is a little bit of a disjointed quality to it. The song was a little off for me, but I did not think it was necessarily bad by any means. But feel free to judge for yourself.

Just Plain Weird- Celebrity Pre-Nups That Are Ridiculous

I was asked by a friend what my “Part-2” blog post would be about, (as I mentioned in my last post, there would be a “part-2”). Though I had already planned out what this post would be about, she asked if this part-2 would be about celebrity marriages that succeeded long term. Though a nice idea, that is no fun, and I could only think of one long term married couple anyway. So, here is PART 2 – If you  missed part 1 click HERE. Celebrity marriages are generally short lived, and those involved often know this fact going into the marriage, and they make sure that they get the most out of it. Nothing is sacred in Hollywood, especially not marriage. So this post is going to look at some of the more ridiculous celebrity Prenups.
1. Khloe & Lamar Odom

     -Well, this is embarrassing, I am just not sure for which member of the party. Both, lets just say both. I do not watch their idiotic reality t.v. show, but even I know, that everyone in that family is two things: 1. bat-shit crazy. 2. High maintenance. These girls seriously must be amazing in bed, because otherwise I have no idea how they get married. Khloe’s prenup calls for 500,000 for every year the two are married, their house, a brand new car at the end of each car’s lease term, 6,000 dollars a month for shopping and beauty upkeep (what the hell does “beauty upkeep” even entail… Seriously?) and 25,000 a month in support. And on top of all of that, she wants lifetime passes for her entire family to Lakers’ games. Good thing Lamar Odom doesn’t play for them anymore and that the Lakers are a terrible team.
2. Beyonce & Jay-Z

     -This one is just kinda ratchet and weird. For every child of Jay Z’s that Beyonce squeezes out, she gets a $5 Million dollar payout. And should the two super stars ever get divorced, Beyonce gets $1 Million for every year the couple was married. I am still just grossed out by the $5 Million dollar “push present.”

3.Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman
     -Keith Urban is a well known ex-party boy and drug addict. A little weird for a country music star. And in their prenup Nicole wanted to ensure that his drug addict habit didn’t return. Keith gets 640,000 (such a random number) for every year that the Aussie power couple are married. However, there is one stipulation to this agreement. If Urban does drugs again, he doesn’t get a penny of the money. (I still just find it hilarious that if they divorce, he is the one who gets the money support)

4.Tiger Woods & Elin Nordegern

     -Tiger and Elin initially had an agreement that stated if the two were married at least 10 years at the time of divorce, then Elin would get 20 million dollars. The two were only married 6 years when they separated, but since the divorce was because Tiger stuck his business in more places than he could even remember, Elin demanded a re-write of the prenup. Elin ended up with 100 Million dollars and the written promise that Tiger would not bring any of his girlfriends near their children. (Fun side note, since their split Tiger has been total crap at golf. I attribute this to, the more than likely, fact that he probably has multiple STD’s causing him troubles).
5. Katherine-Zeta-Jones & Michael Douglas 

     -Katherine is 25 years younger than Michael Douglas (ew) which should give Katherine some marital and financial security. After all, she will out live him, and she will always be the younger, hotter, member of the two. However, just cause she can, she put a cheating clause in their prenup, should they ever split, she gets 2.8 Million dollars for every year that they are married. If Douglas cheats on his wife in the process, she gets a $5 Million dollar bonus. (This almost sounds like rules in Monopoly)
6. Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan

     -I know these two are not technically celebrities, but he has more money than God, so I am counting it. Before she was Mrs. Zuckerberg, Chan had Mark sign a dating pre-nup (is that even a thing?) where he is required to take her on one date per week, a minimum of 100 minutes of alone time, not in his apartment and “definitely not on Facebook.” Apparently when they were engaged, this clause was also included in their marital pre-nuptial agreement.  

     With some of these prenup agreements (oh, there were so many more, I just got depressed and stopped writing about all the failed marriages) it is just nuts how business like they are. Almost like they know that the marriage wont last and they want to squeeze all the money they can out of it. This “squeeze” part is apparently very literal in Beyonce’s case. Ew.