Masi Oka’s Radar

Photo: Radar. Milo Ventimiglia, Kristen Bell, Masi Oka and B.J. Novak

Heroes star Masi Oka talks to Radar about being a working- actor, receiving computer science & mathematics degrees from Brown University, working at George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic, and luck. You can’t believe everything you read, but here are some excerpts from Radar:

What brought you into acting?

I wanted to try to be comfortable with who I am. I mean I grew up being your standard geek. I was into math and computer science, and I had friends who thought the same, looked the same, and started smelling the same. I thought, college is a place where I can learn, and not just get an academic education, but a social education. I wanted to learn more about the human condition and to learn more about myself. That’s why I got into theater.

There’s something I’m very curious about. I’m Taiwanese and was raised by a very traditional Asian mother. I was wondering what your mom thought of your career choice. How did she react when you told her you wanted to be an actor?

She was like, “Ummm … okay whatever you want.” She wasn’t overjoyed, but luckily things worked out. My thing was as long as I didn’t put any financial burden on my mother, I figure she’d be supportive of what I did. I always had a great job at ILM [George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic], which supported my acting career, and they were very patient with me while I was pursuing it as well. Which is what I came to L.A. for and I got relatively lucky in the first few years.

Can you at least give us any clues about what will happen to your character this season?

Well, he’ll be in feudal Japan for a little bit. He meets his childhood hero and unfortunately gets disillusioned because it’s someone completely different. So there’s going to be a lot of him trying to right what’s wrong. And with the space-time continuum, whenever you try to right something in the past, well, some things were meant to be and some things aren’t.

Greg Kinnear’s Feast of Love

RR Watch: Greg Kinnear’s Feast of Love

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The Associated Press talks to actor Greg Kinnear about director Robert Benton’s Feast of Love, an adaptation of Charles Baxter’s novel.

Eric Christian Olsen & Eva Longoria Sex Tape

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Will Ferrell’s Funny or Die presents another funny web-clip starring actors Eric Christian Olsen & Eva Longoria. It’s a parody sex tape titled Perry Hilton’s Sex Tape with Eva Longoria.


Heroes Sucked … (Again!)

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I’m getting tired of no real growth in the stories and characters in NBC’s Heroes. We’re given unnecessary cliff hangers segments (before the commercial breaks), instead of providing us with excellent stories that warrants cliff hangers. Last week, I fell asleep watching Heroes’ season premiere. That’s doesn’t say much about the show, and maybe more about me.

So I watched the second episode that aired last night, and then I realized that I didn’t miss anything from the season premiere (episode). I don’t watch a lot of television, but I do try to catch Heroes whenever I can. They need to move the stories along and give these heroes some growth. I’m tired of Claire Bennet (Hayden Panettiere) whining all of the time and having no real connection to three a dimensional character, and I’m definitely tired of (Masi Oka) Hiro Nakamura’s bamboozle presence and voyage through Japan. It’s embarrassing to watch an interesting show turn itself into a self-parody.

Please Tim Kring stop supervising the writers, and dive into the writing ASAP, and give your occasional viewer like myself, real stories with real characters that happen to have super-hero powers.


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Kristen Bell is the latest hero and rumored to be playing villain ‘Elle’ with the power of electricity.

Halle Berry & Benicio Del Toro

Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro sell Danish director Susanne Bier’s Things We Lost In The Fire on The Oprah Winfrey Show under the guise of discussing Halle’s personal life.

Things We Lost in the Fire opens October 19.

Ben Affleck’s Gone Baby Gone

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Ben Affleck directs Gone Baby Gone based on Dennis Lehane’s novel and sells it hard to Details magazine.

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OmniPeace – Jack Coleman. Hayden Panettiere. Kristen Bell.

NBC’s Heroes Jack Coleman, Hayden Panettiere and Kristen Bell give back by participating in the Elevate Hope Foundation’s Bowling For The Arts Celebrity Games.

You can purchase Jack Coleman’s OmniPeace tee-shirt here. OmniPeace is an organization trying to eliminate proverty in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Regina Spektor – Better

RR Watch: Regina Spektor’s Better off her Begin To Hope album.

If you don’t have this album, you’re missing something special. So get your ass over to iTunes asap.

Kanye West Blogs

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Mr. West blogs and attends Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2008 show during fashion week in Paris. And check out the clever spelling of university/universe city in kanyeuniversecity.

Radiohead’s New Album – In Rainbows

According to Telegraph publication, Thom Yorke and his other bandmates from Radiohead are telling fans that they can pay as much or as little as they want for Radiohead’s upcoming album In Rainbows. The album is only available to pre-order from the website, where it can be downloaded on release on October 10.

You can’t believe everything you read, so if it’s true expect Radiohead fans to love them even more.