Michelle Pfeiffer Denies Paying Musicians To Be Mentioned In Current Hit Songs

Los Angeles—A spokesman for actress Michelle Pfeiffer said at a press conference yesterday that the actress is “shocked, saddened and appalled” that the media would assume that she has paid musical artists to include her name in recent radio hits “just to ensure her name is out there and her Q rating continues to be at a level commensurate with her fame.”

Recent hits “Riptide” by Vance Joy, and “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars have been getting significant airplay, and both ditties mention the Oscar-nominated actress, making some cynics in the music and media industries to wonder if she was trying to get a large name-recognition payday, similar to the one Mick Jagger got when he, allegedly, paid for a campaign that began in mid 2009 with a nod in Ke$ha’s debut single Tik Tok and finished strong when Maroon 5 scored a huge hit with “Moves Like Jagger” in 2011. The result was a surge in Rolling Stones music sales to an entire generation of tweens and teens that were previously uninterested.

1979 - Failed Auto Mechanic Career

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One of Michelle Pfeiffer's early jobs was as an auto mechanic. Her undoing was a complete lack of respect for bolt torque specifications. She claimed to have a sixth sense for how tight a bolt should be. We can only imagine where she'd be if she had respected best practices. Possibly a NASCAR engine builder.

“Ms. Pfeiffer’s career is doing just fine, thank you very much,” her rep said. “How many people who are accusing her of giving money or Super Bowl tickets or free DVDs of ‘The Fabulous Baker Boys’ to musicians just to get mentioned in songs, how many of them go home every night to a Golden Globe award for best actress or a BAFTA award? That’s what I’d like to know. Maybe these folks should look themselves in the mirror before they go around saying Ms. Pfeiffer has any reason to send Vance Joy a shoebox full of autographed head shots. It’s ludicrous.” Continue reading

“I Will Be Playing Prince Vito Of House Corleone. He’s Known As ‘The Red Sauce,’ And Wields A Poison-Tipped Ice Pick:” A TDQ Q&A With Actor Chris Caldovino

Chris Caldovino

Chris Caldovino

The Daily Quarterly: Who was your favorite actor growing up?

Chris Caldovino: Robert De Niro

TDQ: What was your favorite HBO original TV show growing up?

CC: “The Larry Sanders Show.” So ahead of it’s time!

TDQ: What made you want to be in show business?

CC: Well, its something I always wanted to do, but didn’t think it was an option when I was growing up. I took some acting classes in NY. Then, one of my best friends, who is a screenwriter, decided to move to Hollywood to pursue his career. I decided to join him and give it a go. And, here we are!

TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

CC: I was just starting out, and was at an audition waiting to go in. I hadn’t gotten my lines down yet, so I was nervously going over my script. An older guy sitting next to me looked at me and said, “Kid, if you didn’t bring it, you ain’t gonna find it here!”

TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?

CC: Can’t really remember. If I did get bad advice, hopefully I didn’t follow it.

TDQ: Who are your influences?

CC: De Niro, Brando, Pacino, Montgomery Clift, Robert Duvall, Daniel Day Lewis, Harvey Kietel, James Gandolfini, Gleason, Cary Grant, Abbot & Costello. I could go on!

TDQ: Besides working on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” you also appeared on “The Sopranos.” What is the best thing about working on an HBO series?

CC: Well, it kind of has the old studio system feel (the good parts of it anyway). It gives you a feeling of community and being part of something great. Also, you get to work with the best of the best.

Chris Caldovino is Prince Vito

Chris Caldovino is Prince Vito “The Red Sauce” of the House of Corleone in Game Of Thrones, Season 5.

TDQ: Since this will be the last season of “Boardwalk Empire,” what are the odds you can parlay your experience at HBO into a gig on “Game of Thrones?” Can we go with an exclusive?

CC: Okay, okay, you got it out of me! Yes, you can go with an exclusive. I will be playing Prince Vito of House Corleone. He’s known as “The Red Sauce,” and wields a poison-tipped ice pick.

TDQ: What other projects do you have lined up?

CC: I just completed a TV pilot called “Dirty Dead Con Men,” which is presently being shopped around to the networks. Also, I’m starring in, and producing a film called “The Nigerian” shooting in Cleveland this summer. Continue reading

TDQ Top Ten List: Top Ten Films That Were Totally Not Worth The Hype

admitnoneWe made the mistake recently of watching “The Deer Hunter” after years and years of hearing how great a movie it was. De Niro, Streep, Oscar for Christopher Walken, it had to be great, right? Wrong. Thus, we were inspired to come up with this list, the Top Ten movies that were not nearly as good as the critics would make you believe. Save yourselves the time and take the advice of this list, not another list compiled by an overpaid film critic. You’re welcome.

1)  “The (aforementioned) Deer Hunter”- The wedding and reception portions of this film took longer than my wedding and a good chunk of my honeymoon. Performances were decent, but get to the point, already.

2) “Django Unchained”- We love Tarantino, and that Austrian guy was really good, but this is another example of a movie being at least a half hour too long.

3) “The Big Lebowski”- Not a fan of dream sequences in most films, and dream sequences in bowling alleys are even worse. Unfunny, unentertaining and a waste of Jeff Bridges’ talent altogether.

4) “Blade Runner”- Sorry Harrison Ford fans, but he set the bar so high with “Raiders of the Lost Ark” that it was a total shame that he made this overhyped mess. By far his worst science fiction flick, and maybe his worst movie not co-starring Anne Heche.

5) “Argo”- Don’t feel bad for Ben Affleck boys and girls. He still got his Oscar when this 2 1/2 hour remake of The Beastie Boys “Sabotage” video won Best Picture.
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