“That’s why the character was named Rudy — it was intended to be a boy. That’s my tragic auditioning story. We were all packed up and ready to go to New York and my agent had told my parents that they needed to start looking for places to live out there. Next thing you know, there was one more audition and that was supposed to be a formality at the network. And a little girl comes walking in, and I’m like—even at eight years old—’Who’s she?’ And they’re like, ‘She’s auditioning for Rudy, too.’ So I’m like, ‘Oh, it’s not as much of a formality as I thought.’ That was my first time walking into a room of 30 people staring at you going, ‘O.K., make me laugh.’ They were in such a hurry to get to New York and start filming that they came out and picked the kids one by one right in front of all of us. Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Tempest Bledsoe … The rest of us all went home crying. It was amazing. Obviously I’m grateful that things worked out the way they did; I think it put a little more money in my pocket. … Let’s get something straight: all of these rejections resulted in me making a s**tload of money elsewhere.”
— Let’s revisit 1995 for a second and let this piece of information blow my mind: Steve Urkel almost wasn’t Steve Urkel! Jaleel White told Oh No They Didn’t! Vanity Fair he was thisclose to playing Rudy Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” until Bill Cosby cast a little girl for the role instead. It doesn’t sound like the “Family Matters” geek has any hard feelings.
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“So during take three, I stand up — and there [are] a hundred extras and the crew people — and, as [co-star] Breckin [Meyer] likes to say, it was ‘Screech, Slater and Mr. Belding.’ They came out to play on the third take.”
—Mark-Paul Gosselaar talks to “Access Hollywood” about filming a hot tub scene in his new TV show “Franklin & Bash.” Mark-Paul had tape over his nether-regions, but apparently it wasn’t enough to keep his member in check. Ahhh, to be a fly on that wall. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Jessica Simpson has decided to give reality TV another chance. She’s signed on to be the celebrity mentor on NBC’s new series, “Fashion Star,” a “Project Runway”-esque design show hosted by Elle MacPherson. This will be Jess’ third attempt at a reality series — “Newlyweds” ended in divorce and “The Price of Beauty” ended in cancellation — so we hope she’s learned a thing or two. [US Weekly]
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Confession: I can quote large chunks of dialogue from far too many episodes of “Saved By The Bell,” mainly because I’ve seen them at least three times a piece. If you were a preteen in the ’90s, you probably wished you went to Bayside, too—the school where football stars did ballet and main characters could freeze time, just because. Who can forget the episode where Jessie Spano gets hooked on caffeine pills? Or where the gang becomes a superstar band thanks to their hit “Friends Forever”? So I was pretty excited that today BuzzFeed brings us “13 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Saved By The Bell.’” After the jump, my five favorite bits of info. Well, besides the tidbits Dustin Diamond released about all the hooking up that went on behind the scenes. Keep reading »
has managed to hijack Ashley Hebert
‘s season of “The Bachelorette
” so far. The reason he gave for being so miserable with Ashley? That he was hoping “The Bachelorette” would be Emily Maynard
, the beautiful Southern belle who Brad Womack
chose in the final episode last season. Well, now the woman of Bentley’s dreams has weighed in on his behavior in a video blog. “I’m not totally convinced that had the ‘Bachelorette’ been me, he wouldn’t have said, ‘Oh, I wish it was Ashley.’ He clearly had an agenda for being on the show and it wasn’t to fall in love,” Emily said. “What goes around, comes around. If I were Bentley, I would certainly be sleeping with one eye open.” True dat. [People
But what if Emily was “The Bachelorette”? According to one tabloid, she may just have a shot … find out more, after the jump!
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Ramona Singer has not always been shown in the most positive light on “The Real Housewives of New York City.” So you know that if she lobbied producers to pull a scene from the show, it must’ve been really bad. In last night’s episode, the ladies were still on their group vacation in Morocco. which has been filled with drama from beginning to end. But we didn’t see a scene where Ramona “offended an entire country in five seconds,” according to a source. Ramona apparently put on a full burqa and did a dance, while making lewd gestures with a glass of Pinot Grigio. Well, LuAnn does awesomely refer to her strange mood swings “Pinot Polar Behavior.” Keep reading »