Monthly Archives: December 2009

Bryce Dallas Howard: ‘I’m Desperate for My Dad to Direct Me’

Bryce Dallas Howard, whose father happens to be Oscar-winning directer Ron Howard, is making a bit of film history herself as she gives life to Fisher Willow, a new Tennessee Williams character, in The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond.

Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf found out why Bryce felt a common bond with the enduring women that the legendary playwright has brought to the big screen.




“There are elements of all the female characters that Tennessee wrote in the character I play. All the women he created could probably be in the same family. I always kind of pictured Fisher Willow as, basically, Blanche Dubois 15 years earlier, when she still…”




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Christina Applegate: ‘My Life Is Blessed’

Christina Applegate received a Tony nomination for singing and dancing in the revival of Sweet Charity, but she sounded nothing like she does in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. Applegate voices one of the Chipettes, a singing group that gives Alvin and the guys some competition.

Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf discovered what it took for Applegate to warble like a ‘munk.




“You have to talk really slow like you just kind of had woken up from a nap. It’s really funny because it’s as far away as you can get from that chipmunk…”




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Verne Troyer: Heath Ledger ‘Had Huge Enthusiasm’

Verne Troyer has played some man-sized roles even though he remains best known as Mini-Me for his hysterical scene-stealing performances in the Austin Powers movies. Now, he’s co-starring in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, the film that Heath Ledger sadly never finished.

Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf found out why Troyer will never forget the star who died so tragically–and learns a bit more about the 32-inch-tall actor’s humble (and sweet) beginnings.




“I just think of having dinner with him and being able to talk to him and being surprised that he was really open and down to earth. He was a kind, giving person…”




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