Burning Man and Celebrity attendees

Burning Man, the annual festival in the Nevada desert, attracts many people – known as “Burners”.  In the past, Celebrities have made the pilgrimage to see the man burn.

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This is Burning Man, From Amazon Books

While some celebrities quietly attend the festival, others treat it as a media experience.  Movie star Susan Sarandon stayed in a celebrity camp at Burning Man in 2015.  Her visit was showcased in This Insider.

 

Susan Sarandon is a fan of Burning Man

Elon Musk, Sergey Brin, and Mark Zuckerberg erect fancy luxury camps in advance, many others arrive to the playa with no plan and pitch their tents where they find space.

There is even a concierge service, to provide elite burners services and facilities above and beyond what mere attendees are offered.  See the website, Burners.me .

 

Google maps created the unofficial 2018 map of Burning man.

Among attendees in the past, Paris Hilton, Miley Cyrus, Diplo, Katy Perry, an assortment of Victoria’s secret models (Sara Sampaio goes every year), Leonardo DiCaprio, and many others.   Burning man requires some preparation,   and burners need to bring a weeks worth of food, bottled water, funky and practical clothes, Goggles, face masks (for dust storms), and items for giving and exchanging.  Diplo comes in a huge “Art Car”.   If you are not handy, you can buy Burning man outfits on Amazon and eBay.

Here is the wikipedia entry on Burning man.

Books and memorabilia from burning man, on eBay.

Getting around the Playa is done by foot, tricked out bicycle, and Art cars, which are the only vehicles allowed.  (RV’s  and cars are parked for the entire week).

 

If you are a Burner or just fascinated with Burning Man, take note of who attends – This may be one of the coolest festivals on the Planet!

IF you are reading this after attending burning man, please attend a “decompression event”.  Note this article from the NY Post.

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For the movie Cake, how did Jennifer Aniston prepare to play a chronic pain sufferer?

To get into character for her new film Cake, Jennifer Aniston had to ditch her healthy lifestyle. Jennifer is known for her lean diet and trim figure. Jennifer’s character, Claire Simmons, suffers chronic pain after a car accident that left her scarred. Aniston quit exercising and eating as well as she usually does.

Us Magazine reported that Jennifer spoke about gaining weight for the movie at the American Cinematheque screening of Cake. Aniston and host Jason Bateman talked about the difficulties of her transformation. Not only did she gain weight, but Jennifer wore no makeup except for the character’s scars and dark under eye circles.

Manipulating your appearance is one of the most difficult things for an actor to do.  If successful, the actor can improve their role by molding themselves into character.  kudos to Jennifer Aniston for having the chops to do that!

Matthew  Mcconaughey lost weight for the Dallas Buyers club.  Here is my take on it:  How do actors get so lean for certain movies? 

This is an article on her transformation from inquisitr.com

 

Jennifer Aniston bio
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I am a fan. Ms. Aniston is a good performer with a considerable body of work!

What is Javier Bardem’s best role?

As the psychotic hit man in “No Country for Old Men”.
I am amazed at how Javier Bardem can re-invent himself in a persona completely different in each movie, as a Bond villain, or passionate artist.

The actor is a credit to his craft, whether you like the role or not.

No Country For Old Men, from Amazon Movies

Javier Bardem movies
Javier Bardem posters
Javier Bardem autographed items

In my opinion, a good actor can assumes a role that is believable to the audience, even if it is markedly different from previous roles.  As the hitman in “No country for old men”, I found Bardem to be psychotically creepy – intentionally so – because that is how the character is written.

I confess that I am a fan, and did not realize some of the other roles I have seen him in; most recently in the James Bond Movie, Skyfall.  Bardem was also in Woody Allen’s “Vicky Christina Barcelona” (2008).

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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 Autographed Items for sale

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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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The Last Word:

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.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.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

 

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.

The Guide to Spotting a Celebrity in L.A. | Discover Los Angeles …

Feb 13, 2018 … their favorite public haunts. If you’re eager for a celebrity sighting in Los Angeles, check out some of the best paparazzi star-stalking spots in the city. … 113 N Robertson Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90048 · More Information →.
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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)

Liam Neeson Movies – Amazon

Liam Neeson Autographed items – Amazon

Liam Neeson Posters – Amazon

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

I hope this answer is not too snarky and has some good background on Mr. Neeson’s skill with weapons and his personal feelings on guns in America.
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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 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.

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.