Celebrity Advice: What Vin Diesel Took from Harrison Ford

Before he was a big Hollywood star, Vin Diesel was just another actor struggling to get parts. You might not believe it now, but in fact, he started as a background extra in New York City!

It might be hard to see him as a nobody, after all, these days, it seems that he’s starring on most of the big action flicks with fast cars and big explosions—and his bald head in itself an icon.

He may seem to have had it easy, but the truth is that Vin Diesel remembers what it’s like to be just another person in a sea of faces, and today, he’s giving great advice for those who are starting to think of giving up on their acting dreams.

In an interview with The Talk, Diesel spoke about his experiences, sharing, “When I was growing up as an actor in New York, they would say don’t ever do extra work, because they’ll never see you as a real actor. But I was hungry, and I needed to get some money. “

He also added that unlike those with a fixed career set for them, being an actor can be difficult. “If you’re a doctor you can go to the hospital, if you’re a lawyer you can go out and seek advice on what that career lane might be like, but if you have aspirations to be a movie star, there’s no one really that you can go to (for advice).”

However, he chanced upon meeting Harrison Ford, one of the Hollywood legends, and decided to ask him advice about how he could Explore Talent and become a movie star at the craft service table on set.

Lucky for him, Ford was friendly and generous and gave him quite a bit of advice that he took to heart. Diesel shared, “He was very generous and he said, ‘Let’s take these apple boxes and let’s sit over there and I’ll tell you how I did it.’ He said, ‘Fifteen years ago, I and 12 other friends went to Hollywood. Three years later, two friends went home. Three years later, five friends went home—I just never left. I never gave up.’”

He took these words to heart, and now, as a big Hollywood star himself, he is sharing the same with younger actors. “That valuable advice is kinda what I would give (to) some youngsters that want to follow their dreams. Just don’t ever give up.”

Diesel certainly didn’t and look where that got him. Today, he is on the list of Forbes highest-paid actors of 2015, earning $47 million for Furious 7 alone—not that it’s going to be a problem for Universal Studios, it was the fifth highest-grossing movie of all time, taking about $1.51 billion worldwide.

Being a big star does not mean that Diesel is throwing much of his money around with glamorous parties, though. When he’s not driving fast cars or voicing adorable tree aliens, he just goes around playing dungeons and dragons—he even celebrated his birthday with an awesome themed cake!

His star won’t go out anytime soon as Universal Pictures already started filming for Furious 8 in Cuba, and it seems that the action is bigger than ever. Not only are there flaming cars involved, there are also more movies to watch! There are plans to keep the franchise going up to ten installments, and spin-offs and prequels are also in the making.

Most of the cast members are going to return for the next film. Alongside Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky, and Lucas Black are said to be reprising their roles, as are Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, and Kurt Russell.

Charlize Theron has been confirmed to play the villain, and Kristofer Hivju will be one of her henchmen. Finally, Scott Eastwood is also said to make an appearance as a protégé of Russell’s Mr. Nobody.

Who would have thought so much stardom can come out of a man who started his career as a background extra? It’s a good thing he took Harrison Ford’s advice to heart—or else we never would have known the man that is as sweet as sugar underneath all that muscle. Besides, could anyone else even play Dom Torreto in the Fast and Furious series?

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Films from the 90s That Deserve Sequels

Reboots and remakes are the entire craze in Hollywood these days, mostly in the TV show business. For movies, they’re more into doing sequels—let’s face it, the last Fast & Furious story drew millions of fans to the cinema for the mere fact that it was Paul Walker’s last film.

There have been one Iron Man film too many, four Bring It On movies that didn’t bring it like it did the first one, and four Step Up sequels that didn’t really step it up past the hip-hop vibes. Also, just how many Bond films does the industry have to make before they cast a black man as 007?

There’s not much that we can say when Hollywood insists on making these stories over and over and over again, but here are movies from the ’90s that they really should have made sequels for.

Ravenous (1999)

The dark comedy and horror of Ravenous opened the concept of cannibalism in Native America, where the legend of the Wendigo showed a man consuming another man’s flesh to gain strength. By the end of the movie, most of the characters are not exactly doing well, which makes it difficult to bring back the original cast; however, the core concept can still be kept despite a different ensemble—that happens in other films like Final Destination and Saw, so why not?

Election (1999)

While the end of the film does not leave too much for a sequel, there is some potential in Tracey Flick, whose fate is still unknown. She was last seen working for a congressman, but it’s still interesting to find out where her idealism will take her. A story about Tracey will seem like a darker version of Reese Witherspoon’s Legally Blonde, but if she can pull off a ditzy blonde, she can face the realities of life in Election 2—if and when the production company finally realizes a sequel would work out great for the character, especially if fans get to find out where she finally lands after all these years.

Muppet Treasure Island (1996)

There have been a lot of versions of The Muppets since Treasure Island, but it’s always good to know where Long John Silver is by now. Would he be taking another young boy to his wing? Would Jim be a pirate? The possibilities are endless. Tim Curry probably can’t reprise his role anymore, but recasting and being able to explore the talent of other actors won’t be too difficult, considering the time jump between the two movies, if ever Muppet Treasure Island 2 could ever come in fruition. Also, if they can keep making Pirates of the Caribbean movies, which many will admit are already played out, so why can’t they make a pirate movie with the Muppets?

The Big Night (1996)

Until recently, films about food and cooking are not really part of mainstream Hollywood. Sure, Chef Gordon Ramsay made a lot of money from all his cooking shows, but when it comes to movies, things are a bit different, which is sad, considering how eating is a universal concept that everyone can relate to.

The Big Night is a film with fantastic cast, and while the premise is simple enough, it was the chemistry between characters that made it a standout. If anything else, bringing Stanley Tucci, Minnie Driver, and Isabella Rossellini together would be the best part about it.

Zero Effect (1998)

This Bill Pullman and Ben Stiller flick is like a modern-day version of Sherlock Holmes in Los Angeles, with Pullman as Holmes and Stiller as his loyal sidekick. Yes, the Sherlock series is overdone—what with Robert Downey Jr. making films out of it and Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller with their own TV shows. However, the dynamic between Pullman and Stiller made the the story good, and it could translate well to stories. Both actors haven’t aged too much since the film’s release either, so there’s no need for a recast. And if Stiller can go back to playing Zoolander, he can definitely go back to being a detective. Maybe soon.

There are a lot of great movies that should get their own sequels, if only Hollywood doesn’t have the tendency of making them badly. There are few movies whose sequels lived up to audiences’ expectations, which, come think of it, may be the reason these directors aren’t too keen in making them.

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Acting Tips from Hollywood A-Lister Robert De Niro

Academy Award–winning actor Robert De Niro does not need an ID to go anywhere in the world—whether or not you are a fan, you know his name and his face, and that’s because he’s established himself as a figure in Hollywood and as a master of his craft.

Recently, he gave a graduation speech at the Tisch School of the Arts, where he gave the fresh graduates an honest, no-nonsense reality check about the real world—and how their arts degree will not get them any nearer to their Oscars, Tonys, or Emmys and that in fact, they just opened themselves up to new doors for rejection.

Still, telling the NYU graduates that they’re “fucked” doesn’t mean he’s telling them to give up on their dreams. He even went on to give them advice about their careers; many of them you can use for yourself as well. Here are some.

Put effort in making choices

In an interview, the actor quoted acting coach Stella Adler, who emphasized on the importance of making the right choices—it is, after all, the starting point of how well you can act. Second comes with the comfortable relationship with the director.

“I’ll work with a director if I think I’m going to get into a comfortable situation, and if it’s someone I respect and who respects me, even if they’re not so well known,” De Niro shared. “Movies are hard to make, and you have to work toward a common ethic and do your best. You don’t want to work with people who don’t care or who are acting out some neurotic, crazy thesis on the set. Who needs it? Life is too short. But I’ve been very lucky in that area.”

Do the part

Most people make the mistake that they are too good for some roles, and according to De Niro, this should not be the case. He shared, “As an actor who’s starting out, you can’t say, ‘Hey, I’m too good for this.’ You gotta do it, because people see you, your name gets around, and it has a cumulative effect. Auditions are like a gamble. Most likely you won’t get the part, but if you don’t go, you’ll never know if you could’ve got it.

Act out of love, not money

At a talk at the Doha Film Institute, De Niro noted that love for the craft is even more important than the money that comes with it. He shared, “I always say—you’ve got to really love what you do. Don’t expect to be famous, do it because you really love doing it and have fun doing it. I’ve always said if I can make a living at it, I’m happy.”

Take feedback constructively

When it comes to your craft, De Niro said that family and friends can never be honest to you about it, which is why you have to rely on the words of your critics. Mean and nasty critics can never be totally off the table, but if you happen to have critics that are constructive in their judgment, you always end up learning about something.

“Those who are with you and know what you went through can never be honest with you. So they’ll always find a positive thing to say,” he said. “So the people who you’ll get real feedback from are critics. Especially good critics.”

Do not judge your characters

De Niro believes that as an actor, you should not judge the character that you are playing. He shared, “In order to be an artist, you have to be able to put yourself in somebody else’s shoes. Only then can you understand their emotions and reasons, even though you do not agree with them. I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to taste the lives of interesting personalities without having to pay the price for it. My advice is to be true to your character and to yourself.”

Bonus: don’t be obdurate

In his commencement speech at Tisch, De Niro shared something that he said he will tell his children if they go on to follow his footsteps: “Do not be obdurate and do not be afraid to fail. Take chances, keep an open mind, look out for new experiences and new ideas. If you don’t go, then you never know.”

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Movies That Could Have Had Better Endings

Alternate endings don’t usually make it into films because let’s face it, most of the time, they’re not as good as the ones that are ultimately chosen in the end. However, there are exceptions—whether lack of understanding for the source material or a lapse in judgment—there are times that production slips and manages to put in the less-stellar ending to the movie.

Here are some movies that would have fared better to critics if they used different endings:


The official ending: Hannibal Lecter tries to escape the clutches of Mason Varger, introduce law official Paul Krendler to self-cannibalism, and with the doctor evading capture by severing his own arm, much to Clarice Starling’s terror. The final scene then sees the one-handed Lecter offering up some of his food to a child, saying that it is always important to try new things—except that the “new thing” he’s given the kid is someone’s brain.

The supposed ending: Based on the books by Thomas Harris, Lecter was supposed to attempt to brainwash Starling into thinking that she is his long-lost sister. He ultimately failed; however, the FBI started falling in love with him, and in the end, he and Starling as a duo run off together.

Why it would have been better: The official ending fell flat, even with someone eating his own brain. With all the morally corrupt scenes already apparent in the series, it is with little sense not to maximize on the horror of the story.

World War Z

The official ending: In the movie, Gerry became the only hope of humanity when he manages to figure out a way to be invisible to zombies. Despite the undead piling up to get into Jerusalem, he was the only one who managed to walk away, unscathed.

The supposed ending: A much-bigger climax was supposed to be seen in a Moscow skirmish—although that part has been cut, along with other references to global politics. There was also the theory that the infection started in China, which, ultimately, was also cut.

Why it would have been better: Max Brook’s novel would have explored a lot of social elements, and fans of the book were disappointed to see it become a simplistic zombie blockbuster that is similar to so many others.


The official ending: The film has always been chilly, and the creepy child that turned out to be a thirty-three-year-old psychopath woman in disguise made the ending a bit of a stalker-murderer type film, with Vera Farmiga’s character fighting her adoptive daughter to the death.

The supposed ending: Esther could have simply reapplied her child-makeup after the initial fight and then walked calmly to the police, ready to continue her ruse, making Farmiga’s character look like the deranged lunatic.

Why it would have been better: It would have made for a perfect ending if the psycho “child”—and the main villain in the story—manages to get away with her crimes. That way, it will feel more in-line with the story instead of depreciating its value.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

The official ending: The final movie is essentially one action sequence, but the epic confrontation between Voldemort and Harry ended quite dismally. For instance, the Dark Lord generally disintegrated and . . . that was that. It’s almost a form of aftermath that Harry explained how he managed to take on the darkest wizard in the world.

The supposed ending: The battle was set on a much grander scale in JK Rowling’s novel, with the great fight set in the great hall, and with everyone looking on as it unfolded. But the biggest difference is the fact that he stated his great speech before he killed the Dark Lord, effectively closing his journey as a child to become the hero of the wizarding world.

Why it would have been better: The ending of the book tied all the pieces neatly together, perfectly rounding off the characters in a neat bow. While the movie seemed grandiose, the nostalgia that came with the series’ many coming-of-age themes would have been an apt ending to the films as well.

As for nineteen years later – let’s not talk about how the films took on the epilogue, shall we?

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Movies to Watch That Feature Fantastical Dragons

GK Chesterton once said that fairy tales tell children the dragons can be beaten.

Traditionally, knights and princes fight them to save damsels and princesses, but these days, dragons are more than just scary creatures that villains use to thwart heroes—they can be friends, allies, and even family. Of course, they’re pretty cool as villains too.

Here are some cool movies that featured dragons and can tell you how magical these creatures can be.

Spirited Away

Often called Hayao Miyazaki’s finest work, this kind of Alice in Wonderland fable is set in the spirit world. It follows the story of a young girl named Chihiro who crosses paths with strange and magical creatures during her journey—one of which is Haku, a young boy who also happens to be a river spirit taking the shape of a dragon.


In the land of Alagaesia, a farm boy named Eragon finds a mysterious stone in the mountains. A dragon, which he named Saphira, hatched from the stone. Because of the power of dragons, an evil king sends his servants to capture them.

Eragon is actually the first book in the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini, who started writing the book at a mere age of 15. The movie did not gather as much love as the series, though, but it’s still a good one to watch.

How to Train Your Dragon

Another movie based on a book series, this time by Cressida Cowell. This is a story about a young Viking boy named Hiccup, who befriended a dragon despite his culture saying otherwise. He and his dragon, Toothless, however, showed friendship and loyalty that eventually gained respect from their different tribes.

The Hobbit

A dragon named Smaug has claimed Erebor in JRR Tolkein’s story, and Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, and the dwarves have been trying to reclaim their land. This prequel to Lord of the Rings is a different kind of adventure but has all the magic of the story just the same.


A dragon-slaying knight, a dragon, and an evil that surrounds them, this is a story of two opposing characters fighting for the greater good. Starring Dennis Quaid, David Thewlis, Jason Isaacs, and featuring the voice of Sean Connery, this film was nominated for several awards, but did not appeal to critics. Still a good watch, though!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Speaking of David Thewlis and Jason Isaacs, they may be supporting characters in the massive Harry Potter series, but they did work together again. Dragons have made several appearances in Potterverse, but they were most relevant in the fourth film, as the first task of the Triwizard Tournament. The scene may be short but definitely action-packed.

Quest for Camelot

Another take on the story of King Arthur’s Camelot, this story tells the tale of a girl, a blind and reclusive aspiring knight, and a two-headed dragon, who all brave the Enchanted Forest to retrieve the magical sword, Excalibur, which was stolen by a brute who killed a knight from the Round Table. It’s not exactly one that will reveal a lot of history about Camelot, but it’s a fun watch, all the same.


The story of Beowulf has been the bane of every high-school student’s existence. However, Robert Zemeckis’s adaptation used motion capture to retell the epic poem, and it has become an exciting, energetic movie that teens will probably watch if they don’t want to read the poem.


If you’re wondering where the dragon was in the film, well, Mushu has been insistent, even though he looks a lot like a lizard. However, dragons are significant in the Chinese culture, and Mushu being Mulan’s guardian makes him a pretty big influence on the story.

Sleeping Beauty

Maleficent becoming a dragon in the animated movie is one of the scariest things a child can watch. The minimalistic design of early animation was terrifying but magical all the same. It’s also the perfect example of a prince on a white horse attempting to rescue a princess from the tower. (Plus, Maleficent is a great villain to fight, in sorceress or dragon form.)

There are a lot of other films that feature dragons, these are just few of them. Did we miss any of your favorites?

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Camera and Chemistry: How to Connect with Your On-Screen Partner

Chemistry, in science class, is said to be the branch of physical science that studies the composition, structure, properties, and change of matter.

In cinema, chemistry is the connection between two or more actors who work together to form a bond that seems believable to the audience.

The relationships on TV—whether familial, friendship, or romantic—should be realistic enough for the audience to believe that they’re real. After all, you can’t tell great stories if the actors are awkward around each other.

However, it is  not always easy to connect with your on-screen partner, especially if it’s the first time that you are working with him or her. Don’t let that hinder you from your performance, though. Whether it’s a cold read, a callback, a workshop, or an improvised commercial audition, a connection is necessary for the scene to work.

If you need convincing, the best romantic films have led actors with amazing chemistry. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet took everyone back in time to the Titanic and broke the hearts of their audiences when they didn’t get to live their happy ever after. Today, years after Titanic graced the big screen, people are still hoping they’d be together in real life.

Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams had chemistry on The Notebook and made people believe in love, even though there have been rumors that they hated each other the first time they worked together on the movie.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger were amazing as gay cowboys in a relationship with each other, and they’re straight in real life!

So if you want to have the kind of connection that that these people had in their iconic movies, remember that chemistry is everything, and it starts with a small connection. Here are a few tips to help you connect with your scene partner:

Be friendly

Breaking the ice is necessary for you and your partner to be able to work together. Don’t focus too much on your lines that you forget there is another person in the scene with you. So go up to your scene partner, smile, and say hi! Once you established a sort of connection in real-life, it is easier for both of you to connect in front of the camera as friends, family, or lovers.

Share information

Being friendly doesn’t stop with saying “hi” or “hello.” Treat your partner as if you’re meeting at a friend’s party and share something about yourselves. Find something in common. When you start connecting with a stranger, he becomes less than just a random person and more of a friend—at least, it could be a real friendship from there. Whether it’s about music or movies, learning something about your partner will give you a connection off-screen that you can bring in front of the camera.

Ask questions

A lot of times when you are in a scene, you have to act as if you are comfortable with your partner, but this isn’t always the case. Sometimes your scenes call for you and your partner to have intimate moments, but it’s not always comfortable doing so with strangers, especially because people can be protective of their personal space. So when you have to do these sorts of scenes, ask your partner if he or she is comfortable with it. It doesn’t have to be a serious talk, but at least it can help build trust.

Pay attention

While practicing for your scenes, you should be doing a lot of preparations. However, you cannot control everything that could happen while in front of the camera, so take your partner into account. Let all that you’ve practiced go, and instead listen to your partner as both of you progress through the scene. You have chosen the direction in which the scene is going, yes, but cinema magic does not happen with practice, it happens with connections; and as much as you can, connect with your partner and be in that moment. Whether or not your partner is ready for your scenes, listen and react accordingly. Even when you think your partner is weaker as an actor, he can still breathe new life into the scenes.

Make connections

Being in the entertainment industry makes it easy to meet different people who can offer different opportunities to help build relationships and even careers. Don’t overlook your on-screen partner – a few years down the road, you might find yourself working with him in another scene for another film, hopefully with a better relationship than the first time you worked together. Even better, this could be the start of a network of friendships that can help you grow and flourish in the business.

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Choosing the Right Monologue for Your Audition

Being able to choose the right piece of audition monologue is one of the most stressful parts of going to an audition. Often, big parts from big productions won’t do you too well in the context of a two-minute monologue in front of a casting director.

True, your monologue should fit well with the type of show or film you’re auditioning for, but for those times that you don’t know where you’re actually in for, how do you choose the right kind of monologue to wow your critical audience? Here are some tips to check out:

Choose material that fits you

Allow yourself to express your own personality. Take a monologue that showcases your strengths—after all, you want to impress the casting people. Monologues should also be age-appropriate—not as your actual age but the age of the character you’re supposed to be playing. Remember that in Hollywood, they usually cast older people as teenagers. Most of the cast of Pretty Little Liars, for instance, are in their 20s even though they had to play high-school girls.

Active monologues are always better

Telling a story or a memory is okay if you are reading to children in the library, but it is not exactly the best thing when it comes to auditioning for a role.  The Bay Area casting director Meryl Shaw shared, “Look for pieces where the action is going on right now, right here, and where the character has something at stake. Pieces where your character wants something from the scene partner or is having an in-the-moment discovery are the most dynamic.”

Don’t do experimental work

While it’s fun to audition using experimental material, it’s not the case for most auditions. Unless the casting call calls specifically for it, it is better to read for a typical character. This is because nonlinear, poetic monologue does not show your actual skillset or type or even what it is that makes you a good actor. Casting directors usually make their decisions depending on how you work with your text, so if you’re going “out there” for an audition, they will have to follow you without context, and that is no way to evaluate your work.

Showcase your acting, not anything else

Most people make the mistake of doing other things while auditioning, such as dancing or movement. While this is good for your versatility as an actor, your skillset is already on your resume and doing things at the audition other than what is required will only distract your casting directors. Don’t worry, if they need anything else from you, there will be separate auditions for that—for your singing, dancing, or any other skill that you might need. When reading a monologue, make sure that it emphasizes on your acting, if that’s what you’re auditioning for.

Previous performances are off-limits

“Using a piece from a production you’ve performed is challenging. You need to start all over again, and the monologue needs to become its own mini-play, as opposed to a moment in time in a larger arc.” Shaw shared. “I discourage this choice; it’s often hard to override the memory cells!”

Self-written monologues, stand-alone pieces, and non-dramatic literature are also off-limits

No matter how well you do with sonnets or performances that helped you win state speech in high school, they are likely not going to give your casting directors the information they will need to cast you for a role—specifically, are you a good a good enough actor to win the role?

It is a good idea to choose a well-written play to prepare yourself for an audition. No matter which one you choose, however, when it comes to reading for your casting director, it is a good idea that you know your material first before you take the mark on stage.

Only use dialect when called for

Maintaining an accent can be difficult, especially if you are not an expert in it. So if the role you’re auditioning for does not require you to speak in a dialect, it is better to steer clear away from it. Accents in general are not impressive, especially if you plan on doing a generic Southern one that doesn’t really have any connection to the real thing. Only do dialects for a second piece, and when you do, make sure that you have the right training for it to perform accurately.

Keep sex, violence, and offensive language out

An audition is essentially a job interview, so a casting director most likely does not know anything about you other than your audition. A piece with a lot of sex, violence, and offensive language is considered to be in bad taste in auditions, and what they learn about you, they can learn by the monologue you present them with.

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Tips for Parents Who Want Their Babies in the Spotlight

So you think you have the cutest baby ever in the world to be born, right? With big blue eyes, pink cheeks, and cute toothless grin, what’s not to like?

On the down side, most parents think their babies are the cutest things to ever smile on the planet, and many times, they’re wrong. However, if you are a parent who honestly thinks that your child has a shot of being on the cover of a family magazine, or print ad for baby clothes and toys, then you just might be able to pull it off.

“We capture every stage of early childhood development,” Fisher-Price spokeswoman Lisa Skorupa told Buffalo News. “From newborns being soothed in our baby gear, to infants sitting up, crawling and walking, to preschoolers using their imagination with a play set,”

With so many baby photos being posted on social media networks like Instagram, however, you have to make sure your baby will stand out. What are the things that your little bundle of joy has to have to succeed? Here is a list:

Good Temperament      

Unlike adults and older kids who have more control over their emotions, babies and toddlers are a little less concerned about what others think of them. This is why temperament is important for a child to be successful in modeling. Speaking with strangers and taking direction are only few of the things that could end up frustrating them, so they have to be more patient and are unlikely to scream their lungs out when on set.


Babies are usually confident, which means that they can strut down the catwalk and earn the cheers of the audience. Babies who are less shy tend to be able to connect more with their audience onstage, so it is easier for you as a parent to coax them to do their job compared to shy children who are uncomfortable in front of people or the camera.

Good Portfolio

Like any other print model, your child should be able to photograph well. To start off, your baby should have three basic photos: a close-up, a full-length shot, and a creative one that shows your child doing something specific that reflects his personality. Tip: use photos with bright and even lighting to avoid having to use the camera’s flash, it will be harsh and unflattering for the baby.

Proper Marketing

Most parents tend to oversell their babies by putting wacky outfits on them. While this is cute and everything, it will not help your child especially if the clients have specific photos in mind. For instance, they can’t really imagine your baby cuddled in a blanket if you had food smeared all over the little tot’s face. In this case, less really is more: agents and clients would prefer to hire babies in diapers or simple, non-frilly getups over made-up ones, unless it’s what their ads called for.

As for the parents, here are some things that you need to remember as you are putting your child in front of the spotlight:

Know the Jargon

Baby models, unlike older ones, cannot help you remember things about the industry, so remember their jargon. While words like casting, recall, and wardrobe are self-explanatory, also take note of the less-common ones like buyout, basic shoot fee, and call time.

Manage Expectations

Not all babies will have the fate of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. You’re setting yourself up for disappointment if you think your little tot can rack up millions during the first few shoots. In fact, that scenario is highly unlikely as most baby models get only about two to three jobs every month. This is why you should adjust your expectations as a parent.

Education Is Essential

While your baby may start to rise in the business, there is no telling how long he can stay as a model—can he transition to a toddler model to a child model? Maybe, maybe not. Soon, your baby will be of age where he has to go to school, and while you may think of modeling as a potential career, it is important to know that it’s not completely feasible at any age, so make sure that your child can still get the proper education he needs, so look for ways to foster learning, even as he is on set.

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Actors Speak: The Top 10 Movies of All Time

There are about as many favorite movies as there are people, so it’s a safe bet that it’s going to be a bit difficult to pick only ten titles to be named the greatest movies of all time.

This list, however, is compiled by a few dozen actors and actresses who picked out their top ten favorites. Among the celebrities who participated in the poll are Stephen Merchant (The Office UK), Zoe Kazan (The Pretty One, What If), Joe Dempsie and Hannah Murray (Skins, Game of Thrones), Robin Lord Taylor (Gotham), and Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later, The Dark Knight) to name a few.

Here are the top ten greatest movies based on the celebrity picks:

10. Taxi Driver (1976)

Let’s start off the list with a Martin Scorsese film. This project that defined Robert De Niro’s career as an actor won the Palme D’or at the Cannes, and until now, it’s still considered one of the best movies to watch. Its elements of noir, vigilante narrative, and psychological thriller make it a good bet for movie night.

9. The Red Shoes (1948)

Inspired by a fairy tale from Hans Christian Anderson, The Red Shoes is about a yet-unknown ballerina who is torn between the demands of her career and the man she loves. Avant garde and classical, this creative film straddles the line between cinema and theater—beautiful, passionate, and mesmerizing.

8. Boogie Nights (1997)

Set in Los Angeles in the 1970s, this drama chronicles a young nightclub dishwasher’s rise in the porn industry, then his fall in the 1980s. The film shows Mark Wahlberg’s acting chops in compassionate and empathetic portraits of the struggles of wounded individuals fighting their own demons.

7. Annie Hall (1977)

This film by Woody Allen is considered as one of his best works, and for good reason. It’s nearly four decades since the film’s release, but it still holds up as a beautiful encapsulation of romantic comedies. Dealing with themes like love, sexuality, and identity, this film is still regarded as one of the best from a master in storytelling.

6. The Godfather Part 2 (1974)

The follow-up to The Godfather is one of the rare sequels that turned out better than the original film. The second part of the franchise continues the story of the Corleone family and serves as both a prequel and sequel. With six Oscars, it’s one impressive and monumental film boasting of talented cast and crew.

5. To Kill a Mockingbird (1963)

The adaptation to Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel is as celebrated as its source. Revolving around the story of a black man falsely accused of a crime in the Depression-era South, the story is a defining work of art both in cinema and literature. To Kill a Mockingbird defined Gregory Peck’s career and is partly to thank for everyone knowing the characters of Atticus Finch and Boo Radley.

4. Cinema Paradiso (1988) 

The Italian drama is the only foreign film to crack the top ten, but it’s definitely lived up to its name. The story of a filmmaker looking back on his younger days, Giuseppe Tornatore’s film is a love letter to cinema as well as an exploration of the mysteries of memory. Beautiful and moving, this 1989 Oscar winner put the Italian movie industry to the map.

3. A Woman Under the Influence (1974)

The poignant story about a dysfunctional family, the John Cassavetes film is a complex and compelling work that painted a believable portrait of mental illness. Deep and moving, it didn’t shy away from dissecting social norms, traditional family dynamics, and even gender roles. With issues regarding equality, it may even be more important today than it is back then.

2. The Godfather (1972)

Sure, the second part could be better than the original, as previously discussed, but the original film shows the transformation of Michael Corleone as a family favorite on the outside, to a reluctant mob leader, to a vicious boss. The Godfather impacted the movie industry in such a way that mob movies have never been the same since.

1. Tootsie (1982)


Perhaps the most surprising film on the list, Tootsie is about an actor down on his luck, dressing as a woman to land a job on a soap opera. Considering that this list was compiled by actors, there could be a reason for this reaching the top spot—it could resonate deeply with people in the film industry. Maybe.

Which of these films do you think did not deserve the title as one of the greatest of all time?

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Want to Be an Actor? Here Are the Top-Paid Stars of All Time

Acting, if done right, pays a lot of money. Of course, you don’t get your millions-per-project until you get your big break, so don’t stop dreaming.

Some people are already living their dream, though. Here are the top-paid celebrities in Hollywood:

Robert Downey Jr. – $80 million

Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist—that’s Tony Stark to you. The actor who portrayed Iron Man is almost as rich as his character. With $80 million in his name in 2014–2015, Forbes named Robert Downey Jr. as the top paid Hollywood actor at this time. With Marvel and Disney releasing a movie almost every year until 2020, RDJ is not going to lose his cash flow anytime soon.

Jennifer Lawrence – $52 million

She’s cute, she’s adorkable, and she’s talented to boot. Who cares if she keeps falling on her face during awards shows, money has been raining down on her since she won the Oscars for Silver Linings Playbook. The 25-year-old actress may be young, but she proved to be great in her craft. At her young age, she’s already gathered awards left and right, so it’s no wonder that she’s getting paid over $50 million a year.

Jackie Chan – $50 million

As an international legend, it not totally unexpected that Jackie Chan is in the list – was he in any big Hollywood movie recently? Not so much, but he did star in a very profitable international franchise called “Dragon Blade” so there’s that.

 Vin Diesel – $47 million

His annual large paycheck came from his role as Dominic Torreto in the Fast and Furious franchise. This actor did not let stardom uproot him either. With 93 million Facebook fans, he is also one of the most-loved actors in Hollywood, and if you ever saw his feed, you can’t help but love him too.

Bradley Cooper – $41.5 million

Whether you’re watching him be part of the wolfpack in The Hangover series or be a serious actor in American Sniper, Bradley Cooper is one of Hollywood’s prime leading men. Besides being an actor, however, he is also dabbling into producing films, so expect to see more of him in Hollywood.

Adam Sandler – $41 million

Have you ever watched an Adam Sandler film that could break boundaries? Probably not. His production company, Happy Madison Productions, usually releases comedy films that people won’t admit are their guilty pleasures. Who cares how he manages his production company, though. In 2016, he has four films signed exclusively for Netflix, so he’s not going to run out of money soon.

Tom Cruise – $40 million

He may have been recently divorced, but money still kept coming, so it can’t be that bad. Cruise’s role as Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible movies has been his butter and bread, and with Rogue Nation being a hit in 2015, his career as an actor is far from being over.

Scarlett Johansson – $35.5 million

Beautiful and talented, Scarlett Johansson proved that girls too can be powerful. While she’s known for her role as a superhero in Marvel films, she also showed she can hold her own in an action flick when she starred in Lucy. Add several endorsements like Dolce & Gabbana and Sodastream, and she’s on the list of top-paid celebrities in Hollywood.

Amitabh Bachchan – $33.5 million

If the name is unfamiliar to you, it’s probably because you don’t watch a lot of Bollywood movies. Don’t underestimate them, though, they make big bucks. Bachchan, for instance, earns top rupees for his films. If you want to check out his acting skills, check out his 2014 film Bhoothnath Returns.

Salman Khan – 33.5 million

One of India’s biggest stars, Salman Khan earns much of his money starring and producing films. However, if you turn in to Indian TV, he also has a hosting stint on Bigg Boss, which is the Indian version of Big Brother. As if that’s not enough money to tide him over, he also has his own clothing line, not to mention a slew of endorsements including India’s Coca-Cola, Thums Up, and Suzuki.

Others on the list of top-paid celebrities include Akshay Kumar with $32.5 million, Mark Wahlberg with $32 million, Dwayne Johnson with $31.5 million, Johnny Depp with $30 million, Leonardo DiCaprio and Channing Tatum with $29 million each, Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Craig with $27 million, Matthew McConaughey with $26.5 million, Shah Rukh Khan and Will Smith with $26 million, and Matt Damon with $25 million.

Whether or not gender pay gap explains the lack of women on the list, we may never know. However, the top players in the field put Melissa McCarthy as the third-highest-paid actress in the world with only $23 million, the same amount as Hugh Jackman is making and he’s already number 21 on the list of the highest-paid actors in the industry.

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