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Stephen Merchant: In the Limelight - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 4th 2007 5:21PM
Steve MerchantThe other day, I watched the latest season of Extras again and laughed just as hard as I did during my first viewing. It was also during this revisitation that I realized Stephen Merchant, who plays Andy's annoying agent, is still seriously under-appreciated. So, I did the only thing that a little blogger like I can do... Dedicate an "In the Limelight" profile to him.

Merchant was one half of the writing and directing team behind the original The Office. He appeared in the show as the Oggmonster only one and a half times (once during the Red Nose Day episode and another time as a voice over Gareth's speakerphone), so it was only natural that his writing and directing partner, Ricky Gervais, got all the attention as the star of the show.

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Amaury Nolasco: In the Limelight

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Apr 2nd 2007 10:19AM
Prison BreakI don't know if it's the same for you, but I didn't know who Amaury Nolasco was before his break on Prison Break. Looking at his filmography on IMDb, I did watch him on the small screen in Early Edition and ER. I guess he had small roles which is why I didn't notice him. I also saw him in 2 Fast 2 Furious but since it's not my type of movie, I only half watched the thing.

But since Prison Break premiered on the FOX network, people recognize Nolasco more and more and he even landed a role in the upcoming Transformers movie.

Who is the man who also was named one of the 26 men to watch in 2004 by USA Today?

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Richard Ayoade: In the Limelight

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 29th 2007 3:02PM
Richard AyoadeLast year, after multiple recommendations from my English friends, I got around to watching a few episodes of The IT Crowd. Unfortunately, it failed to live up to all the wild hype generated by my buddies, but something did stick in my mind... The crazy-haired, nasal Moss character, played by Richard Ayoade. There was something wonderfully weird about him and, since I was so intrigued by his strange voice, I decided to look him up. Well, as it turns out, his usual voice is really that weird and nasal, which just made him a million times more better in my mind. In fact, Ayoade's the only cast member who has been carried over from the original version of The IT Crowd to the American adaptation, reprising his role as Moss.

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Rodrigo Santoro: In the Limelight

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Mar 22nd 2007 12:40PM
Rodrigo SantoroI could start Rodrigo Santoro's In the Limelight as I did for Kiele Sanchez's post and only change a few words: Since [his] first appearance on Lost as plane crash survivor [Paulo], fans of the show have not been embracing the [actor]. Part of it may be because [his] character, as well as [Kiele Sanchez's Nikki], sort of appeared out of nowhere (even though [Paulo] was supposedly in the background since season 1). Part of it may also be because the writing for [his] character has not been stellar. Part of it is surely also because fans do not know who [Rodrigo Santoro] is.

The Brazilian actor, nicknamed "The Brazilian Tom Cruise" by some media, has officially been in the acting business for almost 14 years now. This not-that-known-in-the-US-yet actor has been part of some 30 movies and television series, mostly in his home country.

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Kiele Sanchez: In the Limelight

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Mar 20th 2007 12:05PM
Kiele SanchezSince her first appearance on Lost as plane crash survivor Nikki, fans of the show have not been embracing the actress. Part of it may be because her character, as well as Rodrigo Santoro's Paulo, sort of appeared out of nowhere (even though Nikki was supposedly in the background since season 1). Part of it may also be because the writing for her character has not been stellar. Part of it is surely also because fans do not know who Kiele Sanchez is.

Now that Nikki (and Kiele) is about to be put front and center in episode "Exposé" airing on March 28 at 10 p.m. on ABC, it's time fans get to know who Kiele Sanchez is.

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Rashida Jones: In the Limelight

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 14th 2006 1:10PM
rashida jonesIf the previews are correct, it looks like tonight's new episode of The Office will officially kick off the Pam vs. Karen battle. Some of you who favor Pam may look at Karen and say, "Who is this chick?!?" First of all, don't call her a chick. Second of all, I thought this was an ideal time to meet Rashida Jones, the actress who plays Karen on The Office.

Rashida Jones has some pretty amazing genes. She is the daughter of legendary music producer Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton. Yeah, I know. I'm jealous, too. So, of course this beautiful woman (named one of People's 50 Most Beautiful in 2002) can both act and sing. And she's some sort of piano genius who could play classical concerts at the age of five. She is one of the back-up singers on three songs by Maroon 5's breakthrough album, Songs About Jane. And she's wicked smart, graduating Harvard University in 1997. And, even though I haven't seen it, she apparently does a great job of putting Tupac Shakur in his place during an interview in the documentary Thug Angel (Life of an Outlaw). She didn't like some things Tupac had to say about her famous dad.

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Nate Corddry: In the Limelight

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 18th 2006 10:24AM
Nate CorddryAfter growing accustomed to razor-sharp wit and perfect delivery by the likes of Stephen Colbert, I found that some of the newest Daily Show correspondents weren't quite up to par. I was extremely disappointed when newbies Dan Bakkedahl and Jason Jones both only garnered weak laughs when they were not facing icy silences (Bakkedahl has yet to improve, Jones is doing slightly better). But then, what came my way? A correspondent worthy of joining the ranks of the TDS elite! Of course, I am speaking of my favorite TDS new guy, Mr. Nathan Corddry.

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In the Limelight: John Swartzwelder

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 3rd 2006 7:09PM

bart simpsonWho in the world is John Swartzwelder? Trust me, if you watch The Simpsons, you know who John Swartzwelder is. He has been a writer for the show since the first season, and has penned more episodes than anyone else. You know all those references to old time America and obscure, antiquated sayings? You can blame Swartzwelder for at least part of that.

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In the Limelight: Tom Kenny

by Annie Wu, posted Feb 23rd 2006 9:07PM

Tom KennyTom Kenny... Ever seen him? Maybe not. Ever heard him? Probably. This guy isn't really a familiar face, but he's definitely a familiar voice, most notably as Spongebob Squarepants, the little sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea. Some of you that were born before 1990 and lean more toward the less-animated comedies might know him as a guy from Mr. Show with Bob and David (Tom was neither Bob nor David).

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In The Limelight: Mindy Kaling

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 10th 2006 7:16PM
Mindy Kaling of The OfficeOne of the more obvious differences between the American and British versions of The Office is that the "background" characters, who were mosly silent in the British version, have started to develop personalities themselves, to the point where their portrayers are now considered to be full cast members. This is something that Greg Daniels and the writers of the show -- many of whom are some of those newly-minted cast members -- needed to do; faced with an open-ended set of 22-episode seasons, other characters besides the main five had to be developed, giving the writers more room to explore the Dunder-Mifflin world.

One of the office drones that is developing rapidly is Kelly, played by Mindy Kaling. Until a couple of episodes ago, all we knew about her was that she was the one around whom Michael would make inappropriate Indian jokes. But we're finding a lot more about Kelly in short order; first of all, she's chatty, extremely chatty, as Jim has been finding out. She also really digs Ryan, who is the most permanent temp in history. We also know that she's a little mischevious, as we found out when she innocently asked Michael's boss Jan about what the term "second base" meant, right before winking to the camera.

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I want a date with Stacy Keibler

by Ryan j Budke, posted Feb 10th 2006 4:15PM
stacy keibler; ryan budke; heartI was one of the millions who were completely obsessed with Dancing with The Stars this past summer. I remember seeing the previews and thinking "This is the worst idea in the history of ideas," but much like my current obsession with Skating with Celebrities, I was hooked after only an episode. That said, I haven't watched a single episode this season. I mean, it's on on Thursday nights! I've got Smallville, Survivor, The O.C., and Everybody Hates Chris. What was ABC thinking? Well, they were apparently in their right minds, because the ratings have been going through the roof considering the stiff competition. As with Kelly Monaco last season, there's been a huge breakout star so far this year, and her name is Stacy Keibler.

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In the Limelight: Kerri Kenney-Silver

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 5th 2006 12:02PM
kerri kenney-silverI have a thing for funny girls. I don't mean girls with a sense of humor, though I think most girls have one, but girls who are "funny" because there's something not quite right with their brain. A cute girl is a cute girl, but mix in a bit of mental imbalance and I'm over the edge. Oh, my proclivity for insane chicks.

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In the Limelight: Danica McKellar

by Ryan j Budke, posted Jan 6th 2006 8:39AM
Danica McKellarFor just about every guy growing up in the late eighties and early nineties, Winnie Cooper was your dream girl. She was gorgeous, intelligent, funny and always kind of had that "damsel in distress" aura about her. She was one of the best parts about tuning into The Wonder Years, and so was the actress who portrayed her, Danica McKellar.

Danica started acting early, with a couple of guest appearences on The Twilight Zone, before landing the role of Winnie on The Wonder Years. The show had a great, award winning five year run, but once it ended, Danica did what many child stars fail to do: bow out gracefully. Besides doing a few voiceovers for cartoons, Ms. McKellar spent the next couple of years at UCLA. In 1998, she graduated from there Summa cum Laude, with a degree in Mathematics. Remember the next time you use the Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem, because she actually discovered that! Yea, I've never used it either and I have no idea what it means.

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In the Limelight: Scott Grimes

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jan 5th 2006 8:31AM
scott grimesScott Grimes is actually one of the few famous people I can say I knew somewhat well at one time. Back sometime around 5th grade or so, Scott was in my class in a small grammar school in Dracut, Massachusetts. I remember his first forays into the acting world, as he sang and performed well beyond a young kid's talents in school plays, then public television talent shows and eventually commercials. I remember at one point, he'd gotten a gig with a popular (at the time) toy car company, and how jealous we were that they gave him a bunch of the cars for doing the commercial. Times sure have changed for Mr. Grimes since those days.

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Celebrity smackdown: Shirley MacLaine and Shirley Temple-Black slam Paris

by Kim Voynar, posted Dec 24th 2005 7:33PM

You can relax--you're not the only one who finds Paris Hilton annoying as hell. Shirley Temple-Black and Shirley MacLaine have both come out lately slamming the pet-rotating heiress. First MacLaine stepped up to the mat when someone suggested she is an icon. "Oh, hell, they're calling Paris Hilton an icon", MacLaine shot back. "It doesn't mean a thing to me."

MacLaine went on to blast Hilton for having the audacity to call herself an "actress", pointing out it took seven years for screen legend Bette Davis to earn the cred to have her name above the title on the screen. Damn straight, Shirley.

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