"I’ll tell you about the best time at an awards show I ever had. The year I was up for the Oscar for “Affliction,” Ian McKellen was up for “Gods and Monsters” and Ed Norton was up for “American History X.” We kept running into each other at all these awards shows and got to know one another. And the night of the Academy Awards, Ian said, “Nick, I don’t care if you get it, or if I get it, or if some kid with a bald head and tattoos gets it, but if that little fucking Italian guy gets it, I’m going to have a shit fit tonight.” I said, “Okay, that’s good; I’m with you on that.” And then we’re sitting there, and they go “Roberto Benigni!” And he’s doing his bit, walking over the chairs. I look over, and I saw Ed was gone and Ian was gone, so I got out of the chair, I walked off, and I knew they’d be at the bar. As I walked up to Ian he said, “Nolte, I don’t know why you thought you’d get an award; you only play yourself.” And Ian was playing a gay guy, so I said, “Look who’s calling the kettle black.” And we both turned on Ed and said, “What, did you think you’d win just because you shaved your head and got tattoos?” And Ed said, “Well I’m just proud to be here with you guys.” And we laughed and had a great time, a great time."
— Nick Nolte’s 1999 Oscars story. (via SAG Award Nominees on Breaking In and the Art of Having Fun)
"I was the first of the Potter actors to learn to drive. I passed my test at the second time of trying. On the set, there’d always be a lot of talk about cars among the cast, although Daniel Radcliffe never joined in. He’s never been into cars at all. My first ambition was to become an ice-cream man, which is why I bought the Bedford van. Not long after I first got it, I pulled into a pub to do a U-turn and there were eight kids with their pocket money out, hoping to buy a 99 or whatever. But I had nothing to give them. I’ve learnt my lesson since then. I keep my van well stocked. It’s got a proper machine that dispenses Mr Whippy ice cream and I buy my lollies wholesale – 50 for a tenner – so I never run short. I’m not allowed to sell my merchandise. I’d need a licence for that. I tend to avoid July and August, but the rest of the year I’ll drive around the local villages and if I see some kids looking like they’re in need of ice creams, I’ll pull over and dish them out for free. They’ll say, “Ain’t you Ron Weasley?” And I’ll say, “It’s strange, I get asked that a lot.” The van often comes in useful. I drove it up to the set on the last day of filming on Harry Potter. The cast and crew were having a barbecue and I supplied the lollies and ice creams.’"
— Rupert Grint. This man is better than you. (via theuncultured)
“Miyazaki taps a cigarette from a silver case. The Disney deal suits him, he explains, because he has stuck to his guns. His refusal to grant merchandising rights means that there is no chance of any Nausicaa happy meals or Spirited Away video games. Furthermore, Disney wields no creative control. There is a rumour that when Harvey Weinstein was charged with handling the US release of Princess Mononoke, Miyazaki sent him a samurai sword in the post. Attached to the blade was a stark message: “No cuts.”
The director chortles. “Actually, my producer did that. Although I did go to New York to meet this man, this Harvey Weinstein, and I was bombarded with this aggressive attack, all these demands for cuts.” He smiles. “I defeated him.””
Looks like Miyazaki and his producers are fully aware of the U.S. and Disney’s business of meddling with the works of foreign production.
This is the most beautiful thing I have ever read.