Sharing Steve :: New Stuff
Friday, June 25, 2004
Steve's home in New York
Steve lives in the San Remo, the twin towered building fronting Central Park. What a rough life.
Steve Went to a Garden Party...
On June 7, 2004, the Museum of Modern Art held it's annual garden party, this time it seems honoring Steve... or so one account held. And here he is.
Friday, June 18, 2004
Steve in the Forbes 100 top celebs.... the whole story
Interestingly, Steve was above Tom Hanks in the pay ranks (by 2) but was way way down on the tv ranks, so his overall power ranking was lower. See Steve, you need to be out there more. Our vcrs are waiting.
Sunday, June 13, 2004
Thursday, June 10, 2004
Picking and a-grinning on the Pink Panther
Texting Ashton Kutcher.(Insider)(Beyonce and Steve Martin in "The Pink Panther")(Brief Article)
People Weekly; 6/14/2004; Kit, Zorianna
Costars Beyonce and Steve Martin have different ways of passing the time on the set of The Pink Panther. "In one scene when we cut, Steve whipped out his banjo and started riffing," says the film's director Shawn Levy. Beyonce, meanwhile, uses her downtime to go over lines and instant message her friends on her Sidekick. She even gave one of the gadgets to Levy as a gift. "Ashton Kutcher gave me my first two-way," says Levy, who worked with the young actor on Just Married and Cheaper by the Dozen. "We still check in with each other once a week, so I'm happy to bring Beyonce into our technological circle."
First a note on Steve and the song contest
i posted the recent article about steve and possible teenage song writing just because it was odd and kind of interesting. i didn't really believe it because it seemed farfetched to me that at 14 (1959) he would send anything in to england for a contest. still, since it specifically identified him i threw it in the pot.
check it out for yourself. just know i'm not endorsing it per se.
Monday, June 07, 2004
Beyonce and Steve on each other
Good Morning America
Behind the Scenes of the New Pink Panther Movie
June 4, 2004 — On the set of the new Pink Panther movie, Beyoncé Knowles has grown to admire the ability of co-star Steve Martin to both star in the movie and make changes in the script as he goes along.
"You know, his mind is always working," Knowles said.
Martin plays the starring role of Inspector Clouseau and is co-writing the script of the new movie, which comes out next summer. Beyoncé plays — surprise — a pop singer and Clouseau's love interest.
Even off the set, she sounds a bit enamored with Martin.
"First of all he, he's so professional," Knowles said. "And he clicked into his character, and it's amazing to watch that before your eyes."
During rehearsals, Martin would change from actor to writer.
"We would do certain things, and he would change it just on the spot and pull out his computer and that's amazing, because I love writers, and I would love to do that one day," Knowles said.
When Martin watches Knowles perform, he is also taken back.
"I see incredible freshness," Martin said. "And I don't mean freshness, forwardness. I mean freshness like a flower. And a great spontaneity and great youth, energy and charm."
Then, in the middle of his gushing, Martin can't resist making a wisecrack.
"Wait, I was talking about myself," he joked.
For his latest role, Martin morphs into the distinctively French — and decidedly mustached — Inspector Clouseau, on the hunt for the infamous Pink Panther diamond. Knowles plays pop superstar Xania, who is set on capturing Clouseau's heart and always dressed to kill.
"They did a great job, the best costumes," Knowles said. "It's one of the things that attracted me to this. They brought some of the sketches and I was like, 'Oh my God!'"
Lighting Up the Screen
Both say they have natural on-screen chemistry.
"Well I think she's nuts about me," Martin joked.
"Yes, yes, yes," Knowles said, laughing. "You're very, very sexy."
In addition to being a pop star, Knowles' character is also a possible murder suspect — but an attractive one.
"She's very sexy, very fashionable, very well-traveled," Knowles said. "And she has a huge crush on Clouseau."
The bootylicious Beyoncé said she has had a crush on a dorky guy herself.
"Everyone has," she said. "Yes. Yes, absolutely, yeah."
When she wants to be herself, Knowles says she turns to writing music and some favorite leisure activities.
"I guess when I write songs, it's kind of like therapy," Knowles said "And it's kind of like you know I'm telling my heart. And probably when I'm at home with no makeup on, with slippers on and watching television and eating chocolate ice cream."
And Knowles admits she eats the whole tub of ice cream, even though she worries about maintaining her curvy, but toned, physique. She reportedly has worried that her legs and waist weren't quite right.
"I mean we all have our imperfections," Knowles said. "But I'm human, and you know, it's important to concentrate on the other qualities besides outer beauty."
Friday, June 04, 2004
And now for some REALLY obscure information
I'll give you the website URL and you can go check it out for yourself, but I'll summarize.
Apparently, in 1959 when Steve was 14, he entered a song contest in Europe called the Eurovision contest. Somehow he entered for Great Britain, and was one of 4 finalists for his song "One Lonely Heart".
Now I would not have thought this was OUR Steve, but if you click on the link of his name there, it gives a complete bio/filmography.
Who'd a thunk it?
Wednesday, June 02, 2004
Insight into the making of All of Me
Seducing the Stars
Writing the Movie the Star Wants to Make
The Writers Education Committee hosted "Shop Talk: Writing the Movie The Star Wants to Make," the second in a series of panel discussions with stellar Hollywood writers. Co-chair of the Writers Education Committee David Balkan welcomed the panel, featuring Ron Bass (Snow Falling on Cedars), Callie Khouri (Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood), Phil Alden Robinson (Freedom Song), Randall Wallace (Pearl Harbor, The Man in the Iron Mask), and Audrey Wells (Under the Tuscan Sun, The Kid), with praise of their collective accomplishments. "We are really blessed this evening with a luminescent group of people. I think it's fair to say that they represent among the best and the brightest that our industry has to offer."
Balkan continued, "The committee's mandate is to provide writers with "practical, inside knowledge about how the industry works and helpful pragmatic tools about how each of us can accomplish the things that brought us to this industry: primarily, our dreams, our aspirations, our ambitions," before handing over the mic to the event's moderator, Lawrence Kasdan (Dreamcatcher, The Bodyguard).
Robinson: It's a series of relationships you just have to feel your way through. The first film that I wrote that got made was called All Of Me. I turned it in on a Monday, on Tuesday they sent it to Carl Reiner, on Wednesday Carl Reiner said he'd do it and a week later Steve Martin signed on. I thought, "Boy this screenwriting stuff is simple." [LAUGHTER]
Bass: How long has this been going on?
Robinson: You know, then Carl said, "Hey let's get Lily Tomlin." I said, "Yes, why not?" Next day I walk in the office and there's Lily Tomlin sitting on the floor in the office. Carl was great. Carl from the very first day, he said, "I want you standing next to me from today through the end of post-production."
Khouri: He's a writer.
Robinson: He's an extremely nice man and he understands how a writer can help. Lily said to me, "There's some things in the script I'm not sure about. Give me your number. Can I call you?" I said, "Sure." She called me up and said, "Can I come over to your apartment? I want to talk about some things." I said, "Sure." I talked to Carl and he said, "Absolutely, talk to her and tell me what she said." That night she showed up with a six-pack of a beer and a loaf of bread and we sat and we sat for hours and just talked about stuff. She's great; she's so wonderful. And then she said, "You know what would be really helpful? Tomorrow can you and I just read the script out loud together?" I said, "Sure." She said, "Here's my address." I show up the next day and there's two chairs, a couple of lights, a video camera and an audience of thirty-five people. [LAUGHTER] Just before we began I said, "Only one of the people before you tonight is a professional actor." And we divvied up the roles and she was brilliant at every role except her own because she was still unsure of that role so she wasn't free with it. With everything else she was free and funny and inventive and it was great. And afterwards, she still wasn't sure. I called Carl the next morning and I said, "Oh my God, there were 35 people in the room and I thought I was really good and she was good except for this part." [LAUGHTER]
Bass: And he cast you.
Robinson: And she finally called me and she said, "Okay. I've been wrestling with this and I can only do it... I've got three conditions you just have to do." And we went, "Okay, what is it?" She said, "Can we change my character's name?" Yes. "This line on page 57." Yes, we'll change it. And there was one other, I forget what it was. She, like many actors, want to be heard. They want to know that you're listening and often their changes are not that difficult. Now, Carl said, "Let's get in a room. We'll read the script out loud with Steve." We go over to Steve's house and it's just Carl, and Lily and Steve and me sitting at this round table. And I keep thinking the cops are going to show up any moment now and throw me out. [LAUGHTER] Steve read a line--a line that I was most proud of--and he said, "I don't think that's very funny." And went on and everybody else continued to read, they're now on the next page. I said, "I'm sorry. Can we go back? I think that line is funny." And Steve said, "No, it's not funny," and they kept reading. [LAUGHTER] And no one else is defending my line and it's like it's Carl Reiner, Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, they kind of know what's funny. And I said, "I'm sorry," this was like a page later. I said, "I'm really sorry, but I really think that's funny." I guess it pissed Steve off because he said, "Look, I've been in front of live audiences." I said, "Hey pal, I've been IN live audiences." [LAUGHTER] I wanted to die and there's this long pause. The only sound in the room was Lily going, "Ooohhh." And Steve laughed and he said, "All right. Leave it in." I said, "Okay." And he was totally cool with it. I remember at the premiere he came over to me and he said, "That got one of the biggest laughs in the movie. Nobody knows anything." And that is of course, it's William Goldman's line, but it's really true. Really smart, creative, talented people like Steve, and Lily and Carl understand that they don't have all the answers.
Wallace: But didn't you say, the hell they don't, I knew and I told you and you said it wasn't funny. [LAUGHTER]
Robinson: I know. But as those words came out of my mouth, I wanted to just crawl in a hole.