Monday, 29 April 2013

Prior to Their Name and Fame

Some of today's most well known actors have had some unusual or crappy jobs. Either they had finished acting school but didn't actually manage to work as actors, so they started working crappy jobs, or they had started out with the crappy jobs and they became actors afterwards. Now, when I say crappy, I might even exaggerate a bit, what I'm saying is that those jobs paid them a lot less, than the ones they have right now.

Bruce Willis

Before getting his big break, the German born actor, Bruce Willis used to work as a bartender (Ha! I bet most of you didn't even know he was born in Germany). He had some minor roles, then he starred in Moonlighting, but he became famous as John McClane in Die Hard.

Evangeline Lilly

Evangeline Lilly worked as a flight attendant. Good thing she did that before becoming an actress, I can't imagine many passengers would want to fly on the same plane as her, after watching Lost.

George Clooney

George Clooney was just a regular women's shoes salesman, then boom! He becomes a movie star, and all the women go nuts when they see him. If only he had given a few pointers to Al Bundy.

Tom Cruise

This one might not even be a surprise. Tom Cruise, before dancing in his tidy whities on the big screen, wanted to become a catholic priest. What do you know? He succeeded more or less, becoming a major Scientology player, but let's not get into too much details.

Sean Connery

Can you imagine Sean Connery delivering milk? That is exactly what he did, before acting.

Daniel Craig

Keeping it between the Bonds, Daniel Craig used to be a waiter. I'm not a big fan of him, so I think he should have pursued that career instead of becoming an actor.

Danny DeVito

Before making a name for himself as one of Hollywood's biggest (pun intended) and most handsome actors, Danny DeVito used to work as a hairstylist. Yep, that Danny DeVito!

Hugh Jackman

This is a good one, forget everything you know about Hugh Jackman and try to imagine him working as a clown. A freaking clown, jeez!

It turns out researching is hard work. And I'm pretty much doing this for fun, so no more researching today. I do have a conclusion though. You don't need to settle for your lousy job. If you are determined enough and with a bit of luck (or with the face of George Clooney) you could even become an actor in Hollywood.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Favourite Drama Series

I have no idea why I didn't start the blogging thingy with these two. The two TV series that I currently enjoy the most are: The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.

In the last 10 years there have probably been at least one low budget zombie movies each month. I got fed up with them. Some of the zombies moved a bit faster, than the others, but basically they were all the same. They sucked!

Then came The Walking Dead. Now it's true, it is about zombies, but it is a whole lot more, than that. The series focuses on a group of people who try to survive after the zombie apocalypse. You begin to care for these characters and slowly, you even forget about the zombies lurking around every corner. That is why I think it is one of the best series out there.

Image from AMC

Game of Thrones, is probably the most complex series ever made. It is based on George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels. I remember I became hooked, right after the first episode. It is a fantasy series, but it had taken the time to introduce characters and locations first, and only later did it take a turn and started exploring the mystical elements of that world. It was an instant success and hopefully it will have many, many seasons, and it will cover all of the seven books. I don't think I've ever seen a more versatile and detailed world portrayed. There are so many characters, that it is hard to keep track of all of them. There are multiple story arcs, and the cast is simultaneously filming on more locations, just to create a believable icy north or a sandy south.

Image from Pop Cults

If you haven't seen these two series yet, I suggest you don't waste any more time and take a few days off from work, because if you start watching them, you won't be able to stop.

How to Become a Movie Director

I've looked up a couple of videos for those of you, who might choose movie directing as a career. Personally I think it would be a really hard job to do and I'm not just referring to the fact that I couldn't read a whole script. Seriously, after reading like 5-10 pages, I fall asleep. I am incapable of reading an entire book. My motto is: wait until they make a movie out of it.

So here are the two videos:

Intersting Jobs in TV Series and Movies

A friend of mine had heard that I started blogging and suggested I should make a post about the most interesting jobs in TV series and movies. Now this one's a though cookie, but here goes.

Lets just start with one of my favourite movies, Ali G Indahouse. What is there to tell about Ali G Indahouse? Well basically any idiot can become a Member of Parliament. I really enjoy Sacha Baron Cohen's work, except for Bruno, that was an overkill.

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National Treasure… I'm not saying that this was a great movie, but wouldn't it be nice to be a modern Indiana Jones, finding treasures and stuff?

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Hugh Laurie in House M.D. was awesome. His job wasn't really that interesting, a medical diagnostician, but the way he played it. Well it was really entertaining. A doctor who was smarter, than everyone else combined, sarcastic, always speaking his mind, not giving a damn about what everyone else thought about him. It was just great. Too bad the series ended after its 8th season.

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There is another great drama series called Person of Interest. Jim Caviezel's John Reese kicks everyone's ass all by himself. He is the new Jack Bauer out there. But John isn't the one I envy. Harold Finch, played by Michael Emerson is the one who's loaded. Of course he is always in hiding, limping a bit, but all he does all day is identify social security numbers. He kinda does get in danger a few times, but what the heck? If I had billions, I wouldn't mind.

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One of my current favourites is The Big Bang Theory. Almost all the characters have cool jobs, what they like to do. Howard Wolowitz though, has the coolest one. He is an aerospace engineer and he gets to build crazy stuff using the equipment meant for NASA.

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Probably the most interesting and intriguing job is the one that Barney Stinson has, in the series called How I Met Your Mother. What is there to tell about Barney's job? Actually not much. It's a mystery. No one knows what the hell he does for a living and that's the beauty of it. Every time Barney is asked what his job actually is, he just laughs and says “Please!”. There is a slight chance we might find out at the end of the series, together with the identity of Ted's wife. Then again it could remain a secret, for instance, we've never found out where Fes came from, in That 70's Show either.

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Need a tip? Wait for it…

So here's the deal, a waiter pissed me off a few days ago. Yeah, you know who you are! I didn't mind the crappy food, or the bad service, but the attitude now that's when I decided it would be a great time to try out the dine and dash thing. At the end I chickened out and paid for the food, but I didn't leave any tips.
The whole situation got me thinking and I came up with a few things, that you should do the next time you wait for a table. By the way I really hope there won't be a next time, and they'll fire you!
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Be a good actor.

Are you fed up, with all the annoying customers, who talk rudely, never seem to appreciate what you do and always find something to complain about? Well tough luck, pal! You need to suck it up, and pretend, that you are grateful for their arrogance, because you know, “the customer is always right”. What I'm trying to say is, that you need to make the customers believe, that you love what you do, even if you don't, and that this is the perfect place for them to eat. Be polite, friendly and don't forget to smile.

Dress and look appropriately.

No one will tip a hobo, they probably won't even order from one, so try to look nice and clean. Keep in mind that you're not at a rock festival, so change your outfit regularly and wash your filthy hands.

Know what's on the menu.

Customers tend to like those waiters, who know their stuff. Not like some waiters who seem, that they have no idea what day of the week it is, let alone what's on the menu. You should know every meal and drink tha's available, I mean prices, ingredients, the whole thing.

Don't mess up the order.

If you mess up the order, you can probably kiss your tip goodbye. I personally don't like to send back the food, in case they mess up my order, because I'm afraid I might get something “extra” in my food, out of the goodness of their hearts, but rest assured most customers will. Not only will you loose your tip, but the price of the food might even come down from your salary.

Be as quick as possible.

When people are hungry they don't like to wait and they can't seem to understand, that preparing food takes time. So when the chef says, the food's ready, you best make haste and serve it as soon as possible.

Visit the tables often.

Checking back from time to time, might earn you some points with the customers, giving them the illusion that you care. Also they might order something new.
So these are the most important things you, waiters should keep in mind, if you are hungry for some tips.

If you do get fired I won't lose any sleep over it. But since I'm such a nice and helpful guy, I even looked for a site that has job listings on it, for waiters. Make sure to check it out Cylex Jobs.

I hope you'll learn from all of this, you and the rest of the lousy waiters out there! I'm out!

And The Journey of Blogging Begins

Hi there,

Since by some miracle you've stumbled upon my fresh and crispy new blog, you might as well hang out a bit. Let me just start by saying a few things about me without wasting too much of your time.

My name is Adam and I'm an addict! An addict of movies and TV series. (Not saying that I'm not into alcohol or anything, but let's keep it casual.) So there, now you know me.

Although I mentioned my addiction before, that doesn't mean I'll only blog about movies and stuff. It depends on what mood I'm going to be in. I know, I know some of you might ask me, why am I keep repeating myself, and why am I using the word movie, when it is actually called a film? Well movie just sound a whole lot better, so deal with it!

There are a few movies I'm looking forward to seeing this year. Got to admit, they are mostly sequels such as Iron Man 3, Thor 2, The Hangover Part 3, Fast & Furious 6, Star Trek Into Darkness or The Wolverine, but there are some new ones as well, Pain and Gain for instance. I've seen the red band trailer, it was funny as hell. Elysium hmm, now there's a sci fi I'll definitely watch. And they've made a couple of reboots as well. Evil Dead, I haven't seen it yet, though it's on my list. I really hope this will finally break the long line of crappy horror movies. I haven't seen a good one in ages.

Also let's talk a little bit about the Superman reboot, the Man of Steel.

Image from FilmoFila

I have high hopes for this one (still a Marvel fan though), I mean it certainly can't be worse, than Superman Returns, I threw up a little bit just by thinking of it. What a poor excuse of a Superman sequel that was! One of my favourite actors used to be Kevin Spacey, until 2006 when this crap came out.

If I could pick only one movie to see this year, I'd have to go with The Wolverine (told you, Marvel fan).

Image from FilmoFilia

I've seen the trailers, Hugh Jackman is ripped, but let's face it, that's how Wolverine should look like. Now the last time we've seen Wolverine (and I'm not referring to the cameo appearance) it was in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. To tell you the truth, I liked it, but it could have been a lot better. So here's the chance to blow everyone's mind with this one. I can't wait to see it. Here's one thing I don't really understand though. Plot spoiler ahead: a Japanese chick called Yukio tracks down a worn out, homeless looking Logan, who is moping over the events that happened in X-Men: The Last Stand. The chick says, that Logan saved her father once, and he would like to thank him for it, by offering him a chance to become “mortal”. So here's what I don't get: if he was so fed up with life and he wanted to die, why the hell hadn't he taken that “cure” from X-Men: The Last Stand?

Anyways, if you would like to be kept up to date with the latest trailers, film clips or whatever, you should check out The Movie Box.

I guess that's it for now. In the near future I might even try to do some reviews and stuff. Hope you've enjoyed at least a little bit reading my post. Talk to you later.