Saturday, May 31, 2014

Upside Down You Turn Me

The tradition is that if a flag is flown upside down it is a sign of distress.

So what does it mean when Austy tweeted Chi-town upside down

And don't say he didn't know or have his phone upside down when he took it.  The guy's a director he knows what he's doing, he can fix that before posting,  it was done with purpose. 

Is he saying that he had to go and didn't want to?

Friday, May 30, 2014

Tweety Tweet Tweet

Austin's been the quite the Texas Tweeter this week:

He's helped a friend sell a single:

My old buddy Jana Kramer has a new single. Get this quick------>

Showed the future:

 This is the future. Check it out.

Talked about the past:

THE SIXTIES on . Gather your family and friends. This is so cool.

And then got windy:

 On my way to Chicago. Where's the dirtiest sandwich in town?

Oh Austin, you know where that is - Priamanti's in Pittsburgh.  You even used the Terrible Towel to wipe your face.

Two hub airports (CHI and PIT) and a sandwich  You might say you're on your way - but there's a lot of ways to get there.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Pulling some more punches

There are more castings happening for Southpaw over the next few weekends.  They are still looking for more people to play the fight crowds and background extras. It looks like they are filming from mid June through mid August - so it will be a PA Summer for Jake.  (Look out for the Pirates pics - no no Austin as pirate but Jake at the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game)

One more thing the cast call sheets have given is more information about the movie.

"Cocky, aggressive, volatile middleweight champion Billy Hope (Jake) fully expects to ride out his career with his massive winnings, adoring fans, beloved wife, Maureen, and their 10-year-old daughter, Leila. 

When Billy’s temper triggers a fight and then a shootout that leaves Maureen dead, Billy finds his life spiraling out of control. After he loses his house, money and then, Leila, to a group foster home, he begins to find his way back to some kind of balance with the help of amateur trainer Titus “Tick” Willis.  

Tick has his own demons but he proves to be the perfect trainer to make Billy a better fighter, man and father." 

We have heard Forest Whitaker has been rumored for Tick but nothing has been confirmed as of late.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Decade After Tomorrow

It's been a decade since TDAT's opening weekend.

It is interesting that ten years ago, they were the only ones of the cast that were not photographed together

 Yet Austin's eyes were on Jake and not his "date"

Just like on the set

And for two people who spent so much time together and who Austin gushed about

From YM magazine

Hardest part to film: His scenes with Jake. "He was always making faces at me, trying to crack me up," says Austin. "It usually worked too. I was trying to be all serious and I'd see him sticking his tongue out and I'd lose it."

Fave on-set pastime: Cooking with Jake. They usually make Mexican food, but Austin's most proud of their make-it-up-as-you-go-along chicken dish. "We put three full chickens in a huge pan with shallots, garlic, onions, radishes, and seasoning." Sounds tasty.

"Jake and I played tennis a few times when we were filming in London," said Austin Nichols, (filming Wimbledon)"I've learned a ton from Jake. He's a really sharp guy. He told me everything about acting, the business, girls, life.' " - Paper Magazine April 4 2006

"He's taking some time off," pal Austin Nichols tells Us. "He's just trying to relax. He just finished doing a movie." - US Weekly May 23, 2006

He makes really smart choices.
He knows what works for him. And the kid can sing!"
  People Magazine 2007

"I have had three incredible teachers along the way; Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Bettany, and Markus Flanagan."  - website No Bitter Actor

They are just as careful then as now

Hmmmm....wonder why?

Hello people... have you figured it out yet.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Texas Hospitality

It's one heck of a way to make a first impression.

Well he's got practice for when he answers the door in a few years.  He's totally the kind who will love to scare off their dates, by letting them think he's the Bad Ass Dad from Texas.

Photos: AustinNicholsFan

Monday, May 26, 2014

Manga.... Manga?

When Jake's Prisoner co-star (and Austin's Beautiful Boy co-star) Mario Bello visted the show The Chew she talked about having the cast over to her apartment during filming for family dinner.

Bello a great cook, talked about making chicken and her mom's pasta for everyone. She mentioned that Hugh could eat anything he wanted and as much as he wanted for 8 straight hours.  When Mario asked about Jake, she mentioned that he was on a diet for another role.

Was Jake working to slimming down for Nightcrawler during production for Prisoners?  If so the dramatic weight loss was not as much of a crash plan but a long range one.

Remembering the sacrifices of some for the rights and freedoms of all.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Out Spotlight

Today's Out Spotlight is an American actor and singer. He may be best known by his iconic TV character's trademark expressions, "Gah-lee!" and "Sha-zam!". He is also well known for singing "Back Home Again in Indiana," prior to the start of the Indianapolis 500, held annually over the Memorial Day Weekend. Today's Out Spotlight is Jim Nabors.

James Thurston "Jim" Nabors was born June 12, 1930 and raised in Sylacauga, Alabama, with his parents Mavis and Fred Nabors. Growing up in Alabama he sang for his high school and church. He went to attend the University of Alabama, where he branched out into acting. After graduating, he moved to New York, where he worked as a typist for the United Nations;after a year, he moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he got his first job in the television industry as a film cutter.

Because of his asthma, he moved to Los Angeles and worked as a film cutter for NBC. He also worked at a Santa Monica tavern, The Horn, singing and acting in cabaret theater. His act featured him as a character similar to the Gomer Pyle character he would later portray: he would sing in a baritone and sometimes speak in his higher-pitched comedic voice. At the club, comedian Bill Dana saw Nabors' act and invited him to appear on The Steve Allen Show. Nabors signed on to the show, but it was soon canceled.

While working at a Santa Monica nightclub, he was discovered by Andy Griffith and later joined The Andy Griffith Show, playing Gomer Pyle. The character proved popular, and Nabors was given his own spin-off show, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C..

Though best known for his portrayal of Gomer Pyle, Nabors became a popular guest on variety shows in the 1960s and 1970s, which showcased his rich baritone voice. He subsequently recorded numerous albums and singles, many romantic ballads but pop, gospel, and country songs as well.

He hosted The Jim Nabors Hour (1969–1971), a variety show which also featured his Gomer Pyle co-stars Ronnie Schell and Frank Sutton. While not a critical success, the show proved popular with the public. After the show's cancellation, Nabors embarked on a nationwide roadshow.

Typecast from his role as Gomer Pyle, he found his subsequent roles mostly comedic. In the 1970s, he appeared in the children's television programs Krofft Supershow and Buford and the Galloping Ghost. He also appeared in every season premiere of The Carol Burnett Show because Burnett considered him a "good-luck charm".

However, on a 1973 episode of The Rookies, he played his first "serious" role, a man called on to be an assassin after the death of his sister. Also in 1973, Nabors sang the Star Spangled Banner before Game One of the Major League Baseball World Series.

From 1977 to 1978, he hosted another variety show, The Jim Nabors Show. Though the show only lasted one season, he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk, Service or Variety Series.

Growing tired of the "prime-time TV grind" and he abandoned television jobs for nightclub and concert gigs and a role in a touring production of Man of La Mancha. However, Sid and Marty Krofft persuaded him to star in the Saturday-morning children's television show The Lost Saucer, about two bumbling androids, Fi (Ruth Buzzi) and Fum (Nabors), who traveled through time with two children. (Raise your hand if you remembe.)

After moving to Hawaii from Bel Air, California with his partner Stan Cadwallader, in 1976, he launched a show, "The Jim Nabors Polynesian Extravaganza" at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, which ran for two years. Nabors eventually experienced "bright light burnout" and disappeared from the stage, save for an occasional performance. In 1984, after a five-year hiatus, Nabors returned to performing, starring in the "Moulin Rouge" show at the Las Vegas Hilton and other shows in Reno and Las Vegas. He made his theatrical debut as Harold Hill in The Music Man with Florence Henderson at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre.

In the 1980s, he appeared in three feature-length films starring his friend Burt Reynolds, at the latter's request. In The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Nabors played Deputy Fred, a character similar to Gomer Pyle, to Reynolds' sheriff. Though the film was pan, Nabors received some positive comments for his performance. However, not only was 1983's Stroker Ace panned, Nabors earned a Golden Raspberry Award for his performance as the title character's mechanic. In Reynolds' star-studded Cannonball Run II, about a cross-country car chase, Nabors made a cameo appearance along with a wide-array of celebrities.

In 1986, Nabors returned to television, reprising his role as Gomer Pyle in the television movie Return to Mayberry, in which the cast of The Andy Griffith Show reunited. Also in 1986, Nabors starred in the half-hour comedy pilot "Sylvan in Paradise" as the title character, Sylvan Sprayberry, an accident-prone bell captain at a Hawaiian hotel. The series was not picked up by NBC.

In 1994, Nabors suffered from a near-fatal case of hepatitis B. According to his account, he contracted the disease while traveling in India; he shaved with a straight razor and "whacked [his] face all up." The disease caused liver failure, and he was given a dim prognosis; however, his friend Carol Burnett made an arrangement with the transplant division of UCLA and secured Nabors a transplant. He later became involved with the American Liver Foundation as a result of his experience.

Nabors began vacationing in Hawaii in the 1960s, and in 1976, moved from Bel Air, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii. For 25 years, he owned a macadamia plantation on Maui before selling it to the National Tropical Botanical Garden, a conservationist organization, though he still retains farming rights to the land and owns a second home on the property.

On January 29, 2013, Hawaii News Now reported that Nabors married his partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, at Seattle, Washington's Fairmont Olympic Hotel on January 15, a month after same-sex marriage became legal in Washington.

An urban legend maintains that Nabors married Rock Hudson in the early 1970s, shortly before Nabors began his relationship with Cadwallader. At least publicly, the two were never more than friends. According to Hudson, the legend originated with a group of "middle-aged homosexuals who live in Huntington Beach" who sent out joke invitations for their annual get-together. One year, the group invited its members to witness "the marriage of Rock Hudson and Jim Nabors," at which Hudson would take the surname of Nabors' most famous character, Gomer Pyle, becoming "Rock Pyle." Those who failed to get the joke spread the rumor. Because the urban legend had raised the risk of both of them getting legitimately outed, Nabors and Hudson never spoke to each other again.

For more than 30 years, Nabors has sung "Back Home Again in Indiana" with the Purdue All-American Marching Band before each Indianapolis 500. In March 2014, Nabors announced that the 2014 Indianapolis 500 would be his final appearance singing "Back Home Again in Indiana" at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, explaining that his health was limiting his ability to travel.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Wheel of Wisdom

Sitting on a bike - Helmet on

 Riding a bike - Helmet off

Hand are for turns

But not for phones

Streets are for strolling

Sidewalks are for rolling

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Wave Wave Back

 Back to the Ocean(a)

As if we needed to be reminded how much Austin loves the Ocean.

 “Ever since I can remember I’ve always wanted to be in the water,” Austin shared during the event. “I grew up waterskiing all over the country, and then I moved to California and started surfing. Now my obsession is free diving and that’s brought me face to face with all the beautiful things the ocean has to offer.”

Austin and Miranda Cosgrove hosted the Oceana party last week at the The Marion Davies Guest House, a white 1920s Georgian formerly built for William Randolph Hearst’s mistress/silent film star Marion Davies.

 Joining supporters of Oceana includedTed Danson, Drake Bell (of Nickelodeon's Drake and Josh, who performed), Jenna Ushkowitz, Angela Kinsey, Sam Trammell , and the FauxChlo. Connor Cruise (yup you know that last name) dj'd a set.

And what's a host without fun facts.

And he was on a roll

"You’re more likely to get struck by lightning than be attacked by a shark,”

 “You’re more likely to be killed by a jellyfish. My favorite is, you’re more likely to be killed by a vending machine than killed by a shark!”

Once everyone got a chance to mingle, give, and filled up on finger foods and fun facts they  got  beach totes and towels and were asked not to crash the neighboring wedding.

But before they left The Bumbys, masked performance artists who tap out fashion-centric notes on typewriters, offered guests “A Fair and Honest Appraisal of Your Appearance.”

An example of their work

What would they say about the big Tall Texan

 A true Southern gentleman with an infectious smileand a funky style.  A consummate host, who wants to make every comfortable yet but has moments of total geekitude.

 A waterbaby who's one with the water, the wave and the board

Tender  for sharks
yet tougher with "dates"