With the release of Zoolander 2, Ben Stiller is right in the news again. How well do you know the New Yorker who doesn’t have to look far for a showbiz connection? After all,his mother Anne Meara was an actress while his father Jerry is an actor comedian, and he’s acted alongside his wife Christine Taylor several times. Do you have a favourite film of his? Does his involvement in a film, either in front of the screen or behind it, make you more likely to see them?
“Some game. If you get on the side where all the hot-shots are, then it’s a game, all right – I’ll admit that. But if you get on the other side, where there aren’t any hot-shots, then what’s a game about it? Nothing. No game.”
The rebellious, lost soul that is Hayden Caulfield in the seminal book Catcher in the Rye (1951) by JD Salinger,which has sold over 65 million copies to date.
Partly inspired by recent conversations with Vinnie H and Zoe who are huge fans of the show, I’ve been reminded just how awesome Desperate Housewives was. I saw all eight series when it was shown but since setting up the blog I’ve been distracted by highlighting other shows, especially in the sitcom sphere. I’m happy to stop that now. Desperate Housewives skilfully balanced between comedy and drama and carefully avoided being melodramatic or unimaginative, things which befall other shows. One of the reasons it did this was the consistent hilarity of the sexy, sharp and sassy Gabrielle Solis, who was happy to challenge all social conventions and authority.
Malcolm: Yeah, it’s the one place no one in my family will ever look.
Craig Lamar Traylor and Frankie Muniz in Malcolm in the Middle (2000 – 2006), which told of a boy genius’ hilarious struggles to interact with his classmates and madcap family. You can find another of the show’s humour here.
As long-time readers will know, I really am a big fan of family-themed sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. And some of my favourite scenes were when the otherwise pompous Marie was brought down to earth by the only person willing to stand up to her, her husband Frank. And if you can’t get enough from Frank, there’s also a previous post here.
It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.
Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) in the famously rebellious film Fight Club (1999). Directed by David Fincher and based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, it was initially a commercial disappointment, but has since become a cult classic. If you are interested in anti-establishment films, you might enjoy this quiz
“How long have you worked here?” she asked Terry. He simply replied: “Your Majesty, I’ve never worked here.”
Broadcaster Jeremy Vine’s anecdote of the Queen visiting the BBC studios, as part of a tribute to legendary radio and TV presenter Sir Terry Wogan (1938 – 2016). The now sadly deceased Irishman was well known in the industry and general public for his wit and genuine warmth.
As everyone here knows I’m a big fan of a sharp and well executed one-liner. So about time I put up some from one of the best in the business, Milton Jones. The Englishman’s deadpan and amusingly neurotic style has won him countless fans and regular success on the comedy circuit. If you find the wonderfully wacky dresser funny, you should definitely check out another fine exponent of the art, Bob Monkhouse