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    Kevin Spacey in new reality show -- Goin' Hollywood

    Oh no, one of my favorite movie actors has fallen victim to the reality show host level

    Kevin Spacey will be the mentor in an 8-part reality series on TLC this fall. And to be associated with Robert Evans, on top of that. Ick!

    Oh well.... I wish Kevin hadn't stooped to this level, but I still love the guy


    Kevin Spacey to Appear in Reality Show

    NEW YORK - Kevin Spacey has played Bobby Darin and one of "The Usual Suspects." Now the actor-director will take on the role of mentor to showbiz interns in "Going Hollywood," a new eight-part TLC reality series.

    The series, slated to premiere this fall, promises to go beyond the velvet rope and document the business of being an A-list celebrity.

    "The Hollywood featured in `Going Hollywood' is a place few have seen, and is a refreshing take on what we all believe constitutes `celebrity,'" David Abraham, TLC executive vice president and general manager, said in a statement Tuesday. "Beyond the glamorous premieres and jet-set travel is a world where grit, ambition and, above all, hard work, are the stuff that dreams are made of."


    Spacey will be joined by producer Robert Evans and rapper-actor Method Man. During each hour-long episode, the interns will be featured working for Spacey's Trigger Street Productions, The Robert Evans Co. and Method Man Enterprises.

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    Oh, good. Maybe we'll finally learn how Spacey went from being one of my favorite actors of the late 90's (The Usual Suspects, Se7en, The Negotiator, American Beauty, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil are all personal favorites ) to a self-parody (K-PAX, Pay It Forward).

    Then again, the American public tends to be overly harsh on actors who make one or two bad choices, but Spacey has made a few now. (Lex Luthor on Superman Lives??)
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    Quote Originally Posted by phat32
    Oh, good. Maybe we'll finally learn how Spacey went from being one of my favorite actors of the late 90's (The Usual Suspects, Se7en, The Negotiator, American Beauty, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil are all personal favorites ) to a self-parody (K-PAX, Pay It Forward).
    Absolutely. Perhaps Mr. Spacey will lecture his "interns" on how to balance the need for artistic integrity with the need for even more and more $$$ and promote the 'sell-out.' That would be fun to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phat32
    Oh, good. Maybe we'll finally learn how Spacey went from being one of my favorite actors of the late 90's (The Usual Suspects, Se7en, The Negotiator, American Beauty, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil are all personal favorites ) to a self-parody (K-PAX, Pay It Forward).
    Don't forget that dreadful David Gale movie and the ultimate in self-parody, The Big Kahuna (which, regretfully, I actually paid to see).

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    I loved him in The Shipping News, the movie got terrible reviews, but I recently saw it on television and thought it was very well done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lotuslander
    I loved him in The Shipping News, the movie got terrible reviews, but I recently saw it on television and thought it was very well done.

    I thought he was excellent in "The Shipping News" as well. Certainly not the cheeriest movie in the world...but he was good.

    I am sure I'll watch this show. *sigh*.....I am addicted to "reality" tv.
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    I wonder how real this new reality TV star will be.

    Whenever I hear of Kevin Spacey I think of the debacle that unfolded last year after he was "robbed" in a London park last year. An interesting article about Kevin Spacey came out after that controversial incident.

    Read All About it HERE

    Kevin Spacey's Family Secrets Are Out

    Wednesday, April 28, 2004

    By Roger Friedman

    Kevin Spacey's Family Secrets: Dad Was an American Nazi, Rapist and Abuser

    Years ago I was told by a confidant of two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey that his father, Thomas Geoffrey Fowler, had been a member of the American Nazi party.

    "He had Nazi memorabilia everywhere, and was completely devoted to the party," said the source.

    Spacey, the source said, had made this shocking revelation during his early years on Broadway when he appeared in "Lost in Yonkers."

    It was fascinating because close-mouthed, secretive Spacey ó whose premiere party for "American Beauty" was composed of dozens of angular young men in dark, expensive suits ó never discussed his father or his personal life in interviews.

    Now my old friend, journalist Sharon Churcher, has published an interview with Spacey's older brother Randy Fowler about their father in the British newspaper the Mail on Sunday.

    I have to give her credit for handling the story with sensitivity, because it is quite awful and a definite betrayal of family secrets. But there is also a shocking bit buried at the end: Spacey's mother, Kathleen, whom he regularly took to the Oscars and premieres as his "date," apparently died last year. Spacey has never spoken a word about this monumental event.

    Indeed, the last time Kathleen Fowler was in public, as far as I know, was at the premiere of "The Shipping News" in December 2001 at the Museum of Natural History. She was wearing a large wig, glasses and a bulky sweater.

    When I spoke to her, Spacey freaked out. He refused to give any interviews with any press and carried on in a very unpleasant way.

    According to Randy's interview, his mother died in March 2003. There is nary a mention of it on the Internet, either, with the exception of a short obituary on Variety's Web site that was put up three weeks after her death.

    In that write-up, Spacey's father is said to have passed away in 1993. According to Randy's interview, Thomas Fowler died on Christmas Eve, 1992.

    Of course the big scandal in London concerning Spacey's "mugging" in a park two weeks ago no doubt inspired all parties to this commerce. But what a story it turned out to be.

    Randy, shockingly, tells Churcher that he was regularly raped by his own father, whom he also recalls as a pornographer. It sounds like living torture from the descriptions.

    Randy insists, however, that his father never touched Spacey, who nevertheless shut down emotionally. When he became an actor, Spacey took his mother's maiden name and dropped all connections to his father. You can see why.

    According to Randy, Thomas Fowler ó or Geoff, as he calls him ó was a Holocaust denier who railed against Jews at the dinner table and never held a full-time job. He collected Nazi memorabilia, was a full-time member of the American Nazi Party, and even made Randy quit Cub Scouts because the troop leader was Jewish.

    "He began to abuse a teenage girl who was a relative," Churcher writes of Thomas Fowler.

    There is also a graphic description of the first time Thomas Fowler raped his eldest son. Spacey and Randy nicknamed their father The Creature.

    I've no doubt money was exchanged between the Daily Mail and Randy. He and his wife Trish live in Boise, Idaho, where he is a Rod Stewart impersonator. I guess he decided to finally trade off his family misery while Spacey is in London getting ready to run the Old Vic theatre.

    When I called the Fowlers for comment the other day, Randy's wife said, "We have no comment." Randy told me last night he's precluded in his deal with Churcher from speaking any further until next week. And of course he's writing a book.

    How all this will affect Spacey's acting career is hard to say. He has no need to worry about his status in Hollywood. After all, he has two Oscars and a Tony award. His next film is the Bobby Darin story, which doesn't seem promising ó but you never know.

    Of course, Spacey was never much of a leading man; his real business is as an outstanding character actor. In a way, these revelations may actually be a relief to him. The secrets are all out at last.

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    Robert Evans

    Quote Originally Posted by Nemeses
    And to be associated with Robert Evans, on top of that. Ick!
    The Robert Evans? That guy is fascinating. Did anyone else watch the short-lived animated Kid Notorious on Comedy Central? Good times.

    http://www.tvtome.com/tvtome/servlet.../Robert_Evans/

    P.S. just read the post above this one. How sad
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harvest
    The Robert Evans? That guy is fascinating.
    Yup, the same one you're thinking of, Harvest. A long-time Hollywood producer and personality with many ups and downs in his career, characterizes both the best and the worst of Hollywood history. His book "The Kid Stays In The Picture" details both the good and the bad of his life, including his cocaine addictions, many drug arrests, his prosecution for aiding and abetting in importation of cocaine from Mexico to the US, his version of his involvement in a murder as a result of a drug-deal-gone-bad (the police suspected him of being the murderer, but could never find enough proof to prosecute).

    He's battled addictions of various drugs, alcohol, sex (his favorite addiction, he says), depression, isolation and financial problems, and been involved with many famous women back in his heyday (married to Ali McGraw before losing her to Steve McQueen). He was married to Catherine Oxenburg for 10 days (never consummated), and had other wives, lovers, mistresses, and strange liaisons. He's said to be one of the most self-critical men around, at the same time being the most egotistical, so he's quite a character.

    He's been indirectly or directly involved in some of the best movies and some of the biggest stinkers of all time. He claims a lot of credit for many more of the best of 1970's-1980's movies (The Godfather, Rosemary's Baby, etc), though his involvement in those movies is peripheral only. He's also infamous for turning down projects he felt had no chance for success, like Jaws, French Connection, 10, and Airport, to name a few.

    In short, he's one of the sleaziest post-1970's Hollywood movers, yet also has the ability to come up with good ideas and projects when he's sober, and/or in one of his 'good phases'.
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    Can Spacey pleeeese play his "mentor" role like his Buddy Ackerman character is Swimming with Sharks? Is that too much to ask?
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