Who is Joe Cocker? What is he best known for?

John Robert “Joe” CockerOBE (20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014) was an English singer and musician. He was known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in performance, and definitive versions of popular songs.

Cocker’s cover of the Beatles’ “With a Little Help from My Friends” reached number one in the UK in 1968. He performed the song live at Woodstock in 1969, and at the Party at the Palace concert for the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2002. His version also became the theme song for the TV series The Wonder Years.

His 1974 cover of “You Are So Beautiful“, reached number five in the US. Cocker was the recipient of several awards, including a 1983 Grammy Award for his US number one “Up Where We Belong“, a duet with Jennifer Warnes.

In 1993 Cocker was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male, in 2007 was awarded a bronze Sheffield Legends plaque in his hometown, and in 2008 he received an OBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music.[1][2] Cocker was ranked number 97 onRolling Stone‘s 100 greatest singers list.[3] From wikipedia: Joe Cocker

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Joe Cocker at Woodstock 1969

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RIP, Joe Cocker!

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Is it true that actors or future actors face anxiety or stage fright during acting classes or auditions?

Stage Fright is common among Actors and us non-acting folks.
These noted performers (and many more) have publicly discussed their stage fright:
  • Barbara Streisand
  • Megan Fox
  • Jonathan Knight (New Kids on the block)
  • Brian Wilson (the Beach boys)
  • Annie Lenox
  • Adele
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Stephen Frye
  • Carly Simon
  • Cher
  • Fiona Apple
  • Sir Laurence Olivier

Acting classes and extensive public speaking help get past Stage Fright.  While many performers indulge in meditation, alcohol, massage, etc.,  Sometimes they need to perform enough to relax in front of their fans.  Performance anxiety, like forgetting lines, creates and sometimes increases stage fright and the “jitters”.
Performance Anxiety Cure: How To Overcome Performance Anxiety And Stage Fright In All Aspects Of Life Forever (anxiety recovery, panic attacks, anxiety management, anxiety attacks) by [Underhill, Larry]
When you get “into character”, you have license to be someone other than yourself, and that often gives us – as performers –  the ability to be that person, without stage fright or exposing our personal anxieties.
Before an audition, practice relaxation exercises, learn your script really well, and “break a leg”.
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Do Celebrities always act mean to Paparazzi?

In the start of their careers, many actors want the paparazzi to capture them, to add to their fame and marketability. Their agents and even friends “leak” their locations to tabloids and paparazzi just to increase their exposure. (Ask anyone who dated a Kardashian).

When (or “if”) they become famous, and seek any amount of privacy, it is hard to stop the location leaks, drone pictures, sidewalk ambushes, etc. from the paparazzi. Smart celebrities almost always give the paparazzi an opportunity to take some shots before their meeting or event, giving them what they want, in exchange for leaving them be (for a little while). Others can be downright mean to the photographers, especially if they are overly intrusive.



There are many incidents where paparazzi have been overly zealous about taking pictures, and have been assaulted by actors. (take a look at When Celebrities Attack: Top 10 Paparazzi Confrontations, on zimbio). Many times the paparazzi “egg on” the celebrities, to get more salable pictures – even if they risk arrest or jail time. In many cases, the celebrity can be arrested for assault, or the paparazzi can get a restraining order.

Alec Baldwin run-in with paparazzi

 

There is a fine line between the tabloids need for fresh pics of famous people and the safety of actors and their families; many actors and actresses work hard to keep their locations and family (children, siblings, parents) away from the spotlight. They don’t want their children to grow up hiding from photographers or being exploited in the tabloids. It is also a safety issue, and bodyguards frequently intervene when paparazzi take unwanted pictures.

 

Daniel Radcliffe on Amazon

 

Today we are bombarded with cell phone cameras, long zoom cameras, drone cameras, easily hidden body and handbag cams – not to mention businesses that have surveillance cameras for their establishments. Even the average person is photographed often and discreetly. When you add the paparazzi into that mix, they can behave like a pack of rabid dogs or polite professionals as part of the publicity game.

Today almost anyone can be a paparazzi, just make sure you have a cell phone with a good camera.  And I hope no celebrity will take offense at your taking their picture!

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Building Your Paparazzi Business, from Amazon Books

 

Who is classier and more refined; Katie Holmes or Anne Hathaway?

Both actresses, Katie Holmes and Anne Hathaway, are adept at conveying a sophisticated and refined image.  
It is both their calling and profession to act with class and sophistication when their role calls for it.  You have two excellent examples of poise and refinement.  You may have a personal preference of one or the other, but they both have serious acting chops – and a decent resume of work.
Katie Holmes, 2015
Anne Hathaway at the Oscars
Katie Holmes – IMDB Bio
Anne Hathaway – IMDB Bio
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Where can you spot celebrities in Hollywood?

It’s exciting to see celebrities.  Here are some sites that have some suggestions.  Don’t be a stalker, but do have fun! 

Top 50 Places to see Celebrities in Los Angeles

Celebrity Spotting in West Hollywood

Hollywood unposed book

Hollywood Unposed (Hollywood celebrities caught in the act of not acting Book 1) (from Amazon)

Keep in mind that not all celebrities are “in character” when on their own time.   Some are accommodating to fans, others guard their privacy and shun the spotlight.   So be respectful, and if asking for a selfie or autograph, move on so your idol can have his or her privacy.
May you be fortunate to have wonderful encounters with your heroes of film and stage.

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Did Liam Neeson receive weapons training for the film Unknown?

Former Special Air Service (SAS) soldier Mick Gould trained Liam Neeson in combatives and weapons handling skills to prepare him for his role in TAKEN. Source: Taken (2008).  Lutz Zeidler provided the arms used in Unknown. Source: Lutz Zeidler (IMDB). I do not know if Mick gould gave him additional training for Unknown.

Trailer for Unknown (2011) available on Amazon

 

Neeson is a critic of the proliferation of firearms in the US and has made calls for gun control.[Wikipedia] In January 2015, he repeated his views, calling US gun laws a “disgrace” in an interview with Dubai newspaper Gulf News when replying to a question about the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris earlier that month.[Wikipedia] In response, US gun manufacturer Para USA, which provided the weapons used by Neeson in the Taken film series, expressed regret at working with him, saying: “We will no longer provide firearms for use in films starring Liam Neeson and ask that our friends and partners in Hollywood refrain from associating our brand and products with his projects”. (From Liam Neeson -Wikipedia)

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Liam Neeson Movies – Amazon

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Liam Neeson Posters – Amazon

Sadly, Liam Neeson’s wife passed away during the filming of Unknown.

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Where do you begin when you want to be an actor?

Most actors are “average Joes”.  The key to their successes is desire (which I sense you have), a strong drive to succeed,  and learning the craft.  (You also need to learn the business as well).   There is plenty of work for extra’s and up-and-coming actors.  However, you need to start somewhere.
So you must get out there!
Take acting lessons (at school or informal)
Read all you can, Audition whenever you can, and talk to other people who want to be actors.
Develop that drive and believe in yourself.  YOU HAVE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.
I hope that you act on your dream to become a performer, and one day you will not be anonymous- but a serious and hardworking actor!
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Is Nicolas Cage an Overpaid loser?

Nicolas Cage is living his authentic life. It may infuriate many fans and followers to see him “wasting” his money (it is HIS money, after all), but it is his to waste. I would not call him a “loser”.  He has choices, but clearly he makes the ones that are important to him. He takes on a lot of mediocre roles because he can get them, and he has bills to pay. He may not be the greatest actor of all time, but I find most of his movies entertaining to watch, even if some people don’t.

Some actors are in pursuit of fame and becoming superstars, and hardly turn down a role. Think of Nicolas Cage, who will do almost any film. Cage is a hard working actor that delivers a lot of performances that reward him with a large fan base and the compensation to pay his bills and support his causes.

Actor Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage

I would be more disenhearted with Nicolas Cage if he drank himself to death like his character in leaving las Vegas

As for managers, well, most celebrity managers have difficult clients or wind up fired or in litigation; Johnny Depp and 11 other celebrities who have badly mismanaged their money
This is not unique to Hollywood performers or actors, Squandering fortunes is a sad component of the human condition.  Sometimes publicists get their clients to buy outrageous items – houses, pets, furnishings, etc, – to get more publicity!   Even if they have a good manager, they may not listen to practical advice, fearing they will be ordinary and not in the trades and scandal mags!

Personally, I am a fan.  Nicolas Cage is a seasoned actor who shows his versatility with numerous roles.  While some may have other ideas of what he should be doing,  I think he is pursuing a long career with an enviable body of work.

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Here is where you can get movies for free!

I do like to watch movies, and I have a 60″ LED TV at home and a surround sound system. My home is like a movie theater, and I get “free admission”. In my area, a movie date can cost upwards of $25 for two people, with the cost of tickets, popcorn, drinks, etc. You can see that free movies (even if I watch them on my tablet) are a big deal, and a money saving proposition!

Youtube.com has many movies (many low budget and artsy ones too) for free. That would be my first choice. There are other sites, but you have to google the type of movie you want to watch, and focus on the ones that come up.

If you are a fan of Torrents, you can download a lot of movies for free, although it may be illegal because of copyright infringement.  In addition, many sites fool you into thinking you are downloading a movie for free, then charge you for the key or software to view it with.  I am not a fan of torrents, but if you have patience and good malware protection, you can get some very watchable content from a Torrent site.

 

In the US, Public libraries have movies for free as well – some for download, some as DVD’s, and some for “movie nights” at a local library. It really depends on the library, as not all libraries have all these features available. The only cost is a library card (almost always free).  Modern libraries have computers, viewing rooms, a cafe or coffee bar, and are supported by donations.  Donating to your library is a good cause, and will ensure they will be around for a long time.

As we move more into streaming, people are abandoning their movie libraries – even giving away their DVD’s. Keep an eye out on sites like freecycle and Craigslist for “free dvd’s” and “free movies”. Most of them may be older, but free is awesome, and you can give them away after you watch them. If you have a VCR, even more people are giving away movies in VCR format because it is an older format, and very few new movies are coming out on VCR tape.

Best of luck and enjoy new movies and ideas!

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What happened to Brendan Fraser, and why has Hollywood stopped casting him in movies?

Brendan Fraser had some great hits in the 90’s, and was a bona-fide leading man and movie star.  After a few films that were not received well at the box office, and his personal financial troubles (Divorce, Alimony) he has had a tough time getting starring roles.
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Personally, I am a fan of Brendan Fraser’s work, and hope he gets some choice roles again!
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