Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Jared Leto

Photo by me.

Not many can balance a succesful acting and music career, but Jared Leto does just that. Leto acts, directs, produces and leads the rock band 30 Seconds to Mars. His role as Jordan Catalano on My So Called Life thrust him into the spotlight. Leto has been featured in many movies including Prefontaine, Girl, Interrupted, Fight Club, Urban Legend, and Requiem for a Dream. Leto recently lost a lot of weight to play transvestite Rayon in the movie The Dallas Buyer's Club which is currently filming.

Jared is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist, and songwriter of 30 Seconds to Mars. 30 Seconds to Mars have released three studio albums which have produced many hits including "The Kill," "From Yesterday," "This is War," and "Kings and Queens." 30 Seconds to Mars also launched www.abeautifullie.org  which shares information and tips concerning the environment.

On Jared's website, you can purchase an exclusive book of photos taken by Leto during his trip to Haiti a year after the 2010 earthquake. All net profits go to charities to help those affected by the quake.

What is Jared Leto reading?

Jared tweeted a few days ago, "On the plane re-reading one of the best American novels ever written called FINN by @jonclinch."

From barnesandnoble.com:
"Jon Clinch takes us on a journey into the history and heart of one of American literature’s most brutal and mysterious figures: Huckleberry Finn’s father. The result is a deeply original tour de force that springs from Twain’s classic novel but takes on a fully realized life of its own."

You can find out more about Jared at www.jaredleto.com and follow him on Twitter.

Yep, that's me with Jared and Tomo.

Check out one of my favorite 30 Seconds to Mars songs, "Closer to the Edge." You can see for yourself what an amazing frontman Jared is.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Jackson Rathbone

Of course you are aware that handsome Jackson Rathbone played Jasper Hale in the five Twilight blockbuster films. Among his movie projects, Rathbone was also featured in The Last Airbender as Sokka. You may remember him interviewing Disney celebrities on Disney 411, too.

Multitalented Jackson is a musician and used to perform with indie rock band 100 Monkeys. Rathbone recently released songs from his new solo endeavor. You can purchase Rathbone's  new solo single "Indian Drum" along with another single, "Billy Badass," on Itunes. Jackson's official website also offers a free download of "Indian Drum" here.

I recently asked Jackson what his favorite book was and what he was reading.

What is Jackson Rathbone reading?

Jackson tweeted, ""The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho might just be my favorite book... Right now reading Russell Brand's "My Booky Wook"- great read."

Thank you, Jackson, for the great book recommendations!
You can find out more about Jackson at  www.jacksonrathbone.com and follow him on Twitter.       
Photo from @jacksonrathbone.      

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper reports news stories as anchor of the CNN program Anderson Cooper 360 and hosts syndicated daytime talk show Anderson Live. Cooper is also a correspondent for the 60 Minutes on CBS.

Anderson writes articles for various magazines including Details magazine. His memoir, Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival, was published in 2007 by Harper Collins.

What is Anderson Cooper reading?

Anderson recently tweeted, "Just finished really moving, inspiring book The End Of Your Life Book Club by Will Scwalbe. About a man and his ill mom. I recommend it!" He then corrected the spelling of the author (it's Schwalbe) and added, "Poignant, moving, inspiring book."

Anderson next tweeted, "I'm trying to read Wolf Hall but am having a hard time getting into it. But I'm told it's really good."

You can follow Anderson on Twitter.
Photo from @andersoncooper.