Monthly Archives: October 2009

Jennifer Coolidge: ‘Schmoozing Has Never Been My Thing’

Jennifer Coolidge seems resigned to forever being known as Stifler’s sultry mom after her outrageous breakout role in American Pie. But she’s gotten plenty lots of laughs in other hits, ranging from Legally Blonde to Best In Show.

Now, Coolidge is going over-the-top as another mother in Gentlemen Broncos, from filmmaker Jared Hess, who scored with 2004’s Napoleon Dynamite.

Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf found out that Coolidge’s character came from Hess’ real life.




“Jared said my character was based on his mom. Even though I’m supposed to be playing her, let’s just say I don’t look fashionable, I design nightgowns for modest women. I don’t think I’ve ever worn so many lame outfits in a film. Then Jared’s mom actually came to visit the set and she’s, like, real hot…”




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Sandra Bullock: ‘I’m Aware That I Can Be Annoying’

Sandra Bullock is one of Hollywood’s most popular and successful stars. But don’t let the romantic-comedy sweetheart fool you, she’s as tough as she is sweet. In her newest film, The Blind Side, due out Nov. 20, Bullock plays Leigh Anne Tuohy, a flamboyant well-to-do Southerner who makes a life-changing decision to adopt a disadvantaged African-American boy who goes on to become a star football player.

Sandra Bullock told Jeanne Wolf that she didn’t have to look very far to find the inspiration to play such a strong woman. Check out the excerpts below, then visit Parade.com on Friday (Oct. 30) to read the full interview from Sunday’s issue of PARADE.




“I like to iron. Ironing is comfort. It’s control. I’m a nutty person who likes to make sure everything is in its place. I am a big ball of high energy and organization and structure. Don’t forget, I’m half-German…”




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Milla Jovovich: ‘It’s Really Easy to Blame Hollywood For Violence’

Milla Jovovich is no stranger to confronting zombies and aliens with roles in films like The Fifth Element and Resident Evil. In her latest creepy thriller, The Fourth Kind, the model-turned actress plays a psychiatrist investigating the very real possibility of alien abductions. How real? Well, the producers insist the story is based on actual events.

Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf discovered where Milla first perfected the shattering scream that she unleashes onscreen.




“I would come on set feeling the incredible pressure to become a historical icon. So before every take I would scream, just the most heartrending, from the bottom of my uterus, sort of scream, which would sort of embarrass me in front of the whole crew, but in a way, made me more comfortable. I was like…”




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Kenny Ortega: ‘Michael Was With Me Every Single Step of the Way’

From the first moment that Michael Jackson appeared on the screen at the Los Angeles premiere of This Is It, the audience adored him–and so did I.

Director Kenny Ortega made it possible for MJ to dance his own eulogy. What I found amazing was not just Michael’s power to dazzle with his talent, but the strength and confidence he projected in the film of a string of rehearsals for what would have been the biggest comeback of his career. As Ortega put it, “The concert that never was.”

If this was a man who was suffering physically or mentally, there is not a hint of it as he bounds across the stage with his trademark moves. It makes his tragic end even more perplexing. What Michael has left behind is a classic tribute to what made him the King of Pop, from “Thriller” and “Billie Jean” to “Beat It” and “Black and White.”

There are behind-the-scenes moments that give you a glimpse of the Michael Jackson I spent time with in recording studios and on location, the man who quietly and firmly took charge of every detail of music and choreography. I left wanting more, and as the applause and cheers echoed over the closing credits, I shared the joy that I know Michael would have felt at giving the audience what they wanted…and a little more.

Kenny Ortega took on the monumental task of distilling hours of rehearsal footage for Jackson’s planned concerts in London into a big-screen tribute. He revealed to me that it was the most demanding challenge he’s ever faced as a director.




“At first, I pulled back and thought, ‘I’m too emotional, I’m hurting too deeply, I’m confused, I’m lost, I’m afraid.’ Then I went, ‘Get it together man, the journey’s not over. This is your responsibility.’ It was heavy. I’m telling you the weight I have felt through all of this has been enormous, but I just brought Michael into the room with me. Michael was in the editing room with me…”




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Tim Daly: ‘I Like Stirring Things Up’

Tim Daly is going from doctor hottie to doctor dad. He sizzles on ABC’s Private Practice as Dr. Pete Wilder, the sexy alternative medicine specialist who just found out that the baby born to Violet (Amy Brenneman) is his own.

Now, you can get a triple dose of Daly by tuning in to the return of two of his popular series, Eyes and The Nine, on Direct TV’s 101 Network. Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf found out that Daly is reluctantly ready to take on a baby in primetime.




“Dr. Pete started out as this classic kind of cad who’s sleeping with sort of anything that moved. I think his attitude has been that sex between consenting adults is good clean fun. Nobody gets hurt, everybody has a good time, and it doesn’t always have to be especially meaningful…”




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