Monday, October 31, 2011

Robert Englund

Happy Halloween! Do I have the perfect actor to feature today or what?

Robert Englund plays one of the most recognizable characters in horror movies. Yes, Freddy Krueger of the Nightmare on Elm Street film franchise. Englund has an extensive list of film and television roles spanning over thirty years. You can see him tonight in a guest-starring role in a spooky episode of Hawaii Five-0 on CBS. Despite his frightening character's persona, Robert is known to be a congenial, fan-friendly man.

What does Robert like to read?

Robert's wife, Nancy, was kind enough to ask Robert and emailed me with his favorites.
Robert's favorite recent books include Jennifer Egan's A Visit From the Goon Squad and Three Junes by Julia Glass. As a kid he loved Kidnapped and Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson and A European Education by Romain Gary.

You can find out more about Robert at
Photo from Wikimediacommons.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Johnny Depp

I first noticed the handsome Johnny Depp when I saw A Nightmare on Elm Street. Can you believe that movie is over 25 years old? Johnny, of course, became a major movie star after that. He has created such unique, memorable characters like Willy Wonka, Edward Scissorhands, and Captain Jack Sparrow. It seems he can play any type of role and own it. His latest film, The Rum Diary, premiered this month. The movie is based upon the novel of the same name by Hunter S. Thompson. Depp also played the lead in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas which was also based on a Thompson novel.

According to a recent article in the Speakeasy section of the Wall Street Journal, Depp has been reading an eclectic list of books lately.

He is quoted as reading The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson and re-reading Ulysses by James Joyce. Johnny also mentioned he was reading poetry by Dylan Thomas. Find out more about the movie premiere and what else Johnny is reading in the Speakeasy article here.

View the impressive list of movies that Johnny has appeared in here.
Photo from Pina90.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Gavin Rossdale

Gavin Rossdale is the British lead singer of alternative rock band, Bush. I've seen Gavin Rossdale live after his solo album came out and recently with Bush. Gavin is very energetic frontman and makes the women swoon while he's singing onstage. Some of Bush's biggest hits include "Machinehead" and "Comedown." Gavin also achieved success with his solo hit, "Love Remains the Same."

What is the last book that Gavin loved? He answered, Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton in the October 17, 2011 issue of People magazine.

He added, "I would have been a cook if I hadn't been a musician."
What? He's handsome, talented, AND he cooks? Gwen is one lucky gal!

I also recently asked Gavin what his fave book to read was and what he reads to his two young sons. He tweeted, "Paul Auster-Moon Palace- books every night for the boys."

Good to hear that rockers read to their children!
You can follow Gavin on Twitter and check out Bush's website.
Photo by me.

Bush's latest album was released last month. Here is "The Sound of Winter."

Monday, October 17, 2011

Nikki Sixx

Nikki Sixx is one of my all time favorite musicians. He is bassist and song writer for three awesome bands: Motley Crue, Sixx: A.M., and Brides of Destruction (who are no longer together). I've seen all three bands live, and they are amazing. My fave Crue songs? "Wild Side" and "Afraid." I also love Sixx: A.M.'s newest single, "This is Gonna Hurt."

Besides being a rock star, Nikki is also an author. He co-authored The Dirt with the four members of Motley Crue. It's shocking, entertaining, and interesting to see each band member's view of the same ole situations. Nikki also wrote The Heroin Diaries and most recently This is Gonna Hurt which also showcases his photography. Sixx:A.M. released a killer album of the same name to go along with the book. Nikki also has a clothing line with Kelly Gray called Royal Underground which I have a few cool items from. You can listen to his radio show, Sixx Sense, on select radio stations or online nightly. Yes, he is one busy man.

What is Nikki currently reading? Sixx tweeted yesterday that he is reading Guns 'n' Roses/Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan's autobiography It's So Easy: And Other Lies. Nikki went on to say that the book is "Well written, honest and extremely interesting....Nice to read a book by an artist who doesn't slag his ex band too."

Nikki is very active on Twitter and Facebook, follow him!
Oh, and looky here! Here's me and Nikki before a Crue concert!


Friday, October 14, 2011

Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch plays the hilarious Sue Sylvester on the popular tv show, Glee. This talented comedian, singer, and actress is featured in many movies including Julie and Julia, Role Models, and Best in Show. She was well received as the host of the Emmy's last month and won a Golden Globe for her role in Glee.

Jane recently released an autobiography titled Happy Accidents detailing her journey to fame. Jane revealed what she is reading in last week's Us Weekly column, "What's On My Nook."

Some of the books currently on Jane's Nook are Bossypants by Tina Fey and John Adams by David McCullough. To find out more of her book picks, check out the October 10, 2011 issue of Us Weekly.
Photo from Greg Hernandez .

You can follow Jane on Twitter.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Billy Corgan

Billy Corgan is the lead singer of alternative rock band Smashing Pumpkins. The Smashing Pumpkins created such hits as "Today," "Bullet With Butterfly Wings," "Perfect," and "Tarantula." This rock band formed in Chicago over 20 years ago and will release their next album titled "Oceania" in 2012. They just kicked off a new concert tour last week. Check here for concert dates.

Last week I asked Billy what he is currently reading during a Live Nation Q&A.
Billy answered that he is reading Valis by Philip K. Dick. Valis will be released to the public on October 18.
Corgan also mentioned that he is writing a book right now titled God Is Everywhere from Here to There when asked if he would ever release a book.

You can find out more about the Smashing Pumpkins Record Club here.
You can also follow Billy on Twitter.
Photo from
Here's my favorite Smashing Pumpkins song, "Disarm." (My second fave is their cover of "Landslide.")

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker's "Last Book I Loved" will come to no surprise to SATC Carrie Bradshaw fans. According to the September 19 issue of People magazine, this stylish actress loves Diane: A Signature Life by Diane von Furstenberg.

"Diane is the frank and compelling story of an extraordinary woman and her adventures in fashion, business, and life. 'Most fairy tales end with the girl marrying the prince. That's where mine began,' says Diane Von Furstenberg."

SJP's most recent movie, "I Don't Know How She Does It" came out last month. You can also explore her signature fragrances here.

Photo by David Shankbone.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Josh Wolf

Josh Wolf is funny. Very funny. You may have seen him at the round table on Chelsea Lately or on the now defunct series My Name is Earl. This comedian/actor is also a writer for sitcoms and for Chelsea Lately.

Wolf also contributed to Chelsea's latest book, Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me. I was able to see him on tour with Chelsea and her peeps in the spring. He was hilarious!

I recently asked Josh what he was currently reading. Josh tweeted that he is reading Slash's autobiography (aptly titled Slash). I also asked him if he puts his books down his pants before reading them. His answer was no. And unless you watch Chelsea Lately, you are going to really wonder why I asked that!

You can follow Josh on Twitter.
Photo from @joshwolfcomedy.