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POP INTERVIEW: Amy Lyndon, Actress and Hollywood Booking Coach

Responding to the VMAs backlash, Miley Cyrus told MTV “it was a calculated hot mess.” According to actress, acting coach and booking consultant Amy Lyndon, landing an audition in Hollywood is precisely like everything that happened at the 2013 awards show.

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Responding to the VMAs backlash, Miley Cyrus told MTV “it was a calculated hot mess.” According to actress, acting coach and booking consultant Amy Lyndon, landing an audition in Hollywood is precisely like everything that happened at the 2013 awards show.

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Does your booking system work for real life professions, like applying as a new lawyer at a prestigious firm?
Yes. When you interview for any job, one has the propensity to wonder what the interviewer/company is looking for in their candidate. If you truly believe that you are that special prize and do your research to understand where you believe you could fit into their company, then you can tailor your interview answers to suit their needs without them even knowing. Preparation is key.

What amount is self taught and what percentage of your lessons are learned from others in the acting field?
My “15 Guideline Map To Booking” Technique was inspired by Harry Mastrogeorge’s philosophy that the writer is the master of the universe – the story always comes first. I also studied with Stella Adler and I agreed with her teaching regarding the use of imagination – we are limited by our own experiences and that our imagination is endless. Both of their philosophies encompass a small fraction of my technique. The other 98% is taken from my own trial and error throughout the 20+ years working as an Actress and as a former Personal Manager in Hollywood. Believe me, I fell on my face more times than I can count.

A couple days ago, Miley Cyrus, who I just mentioned, was quoted as saying she didn’t want an “old Jewish man” guiding her career. Ignoring the anti-Semitic portion, she has a point. How do you change your advice so it retains a current pop culture/business value?
It’s not about being old or young. It’s about who has the capacity to take your career to the next level. When I was managing, it didn’t matter whether I was in a huge building in Beverly Hills or in a small office in a run down part of town. Your excitement regarding your client’s careers transfers over the phone. And in those days, it was over the fax machine. It doesn’t matter who or where you are if you work hard and smart to get your client opportunities.

Since you do career consultations, we should pretend you are advising some celebrities. How do you feel about Lindsay Lohan?
I feel bad for Lindsay Lohan because she wasn’t given a stable environment when she was first building her career. Actors are empathic artistic creatures and they pick up energy and it can oftentimes affect them on a deep personal level and hit their self-esteem in a negative way. During our consult I would advise her to detach herself from anyone or anything that was in the way of her dream. I would also help her rebuild her dream and encourage her to remember why she became an actress in the first place.

A model turned actress…like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who has to work on turning critics into fans? Picked apart for “Transformers 3,” she hasn’t acted since.
She should have been advised of all the issues regarding the public and press. She also should have coached with me on her script. Sometimes actors don’t ask for help. They think that just because they booked the job, they’ve got it all down. Actors need to consider that you are only as good as your last job. They always have to be at the very top of their game whenever they are in the public’s eye. Consider the big picture. A career is not a job. A career can span a lifetime.

Robert Pattinson? Can he outlast the teen idol, short lived career cliche?
Unfortunately Robert Pattinson is not Leonardo DiCaprio. As of right now it seems like he doesn’t have the chops to get to the next level. He has been given many chances to break out of that mold, but he’s not choosing the right projects. Maybe he should shoot an edgy drug and alcohol addicted character that is independent of a studio. He needs a role that moves his audience to a deeper visceral level.

Mischa Barton? Can she make a comeback?
I’m not so sure that this career is for her. She would need to find out what it means to be an artist first. The jury is still out on that one.

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The Last Blockbuster Store In Existence Is Now Listed On AirBNB

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Netflix could never.

Remember how exciting it was to take a trip to Blockbuster back in the 90’s? You’d try to get there early enough to rent one of the latest “new releases” before everyone else in the neighborhood got to them. You’d beg your parents for some popcorn and candy which were conveniently placed on the checkout line. And if it was a whole family outing, you’d wander off to look at all the films and games that you were never going to rent but found comfort in knowing you could rent someday. Gosh, it felt like you could spend days inside one of those movie meccas. Well good news, now you can because the last Blockbuster in existence is now listed on AirBNB!

The retailer, located in Bend, Oregon is offering up three one-night stays for up to four guests for folks who want an “end of summer sleepover.” The store has added an adorable living room set up which includes a pull out sofa and a big screen tv so guests can binge all their favorite films. Oh and there’s snacks! Along with providing ideas for a perfect 90’s night the ad also suggests that you should “help yourself to some NERDS, Raisinets and popcorn (heavy on the butter), but make sure you save room for a couple slices.”

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There is a catch to the whole experience though, the listing is only available to Deschutes County residents. Is it too late to move!?! Manager Sandi Harding explained that the publicity stunt is a response to the newfound economic uncertainty due to the pandemic. “Not much has changed at our store – not even our prices – and that’s just how we like it! We think of ourselves as a family, and that includes everyone from the global travelers who come to visit, to the lifelong friends and couples who first met as Blockbuster employees. The Covid-19 pandemic has been a test of our community unlike any other, so we decided to list this stay to keep this tradition alive during these uncertain times.”

Such a clever way to keep this iconic 90’s treasure trove alive! To check out the AirBNB listing, click here!

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Disney+ Series ‘Muppets Now’ Reveals Shocking Detail About The Swedish Chef

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Bork, Bork, Bork?!

If you haven’t taken the time to check out the new Disney+ series Muppets Now, stop reading and start streaming! The improv sitcom is an unscripted, segmented series in which our favorite fur-covered friends put together a digital show. Think The Muppet Show meets millennials. I watched the first episode, which became available for streaming as of July 31st, and I smiled through the entire thirty minutes. It’s cute and campy and reminds us all why we love The Muppets so much. I was enjoying the childhood nostalgia of seeing Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy and the rest of the gang when suddenly our favorite gibberish-spewing chef came on the screen to partake in a cooking challenge. Of course I was prepared to giggle at the Swedish Chef’s horrendous attempt at cooking but I was immediately distracted and could only focus on one shocking detail!

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Did you see it? Can you see what I was distracted by?! The stached Swede is wearing a wedding ring on his left hand! The Swedish Chef is married?!?!

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I mean, sure, it’s not surprising with the sexy foreign accent and killer eyebrows but still, I would have never guessed the chef had someone waiting at home for him! Since the chef is one of the few Muppets to actually feature human hands, I first thought the ring might have belonged to a neglectful puppeteer who forgot to take off their ring. But I did a quick Wikipedia search and apparently the Swedish Chef has been donning the gold ring since 2010 and is known to be married!

I guess there truly is a lid for every pot.

Muppets Now is now available for streaming on Disney+.

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Giant Asparagus Stalk Causes Quite The Stir On Social Media

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Who would have asparaguessed?

Over the weekend, photos of a giant asparagus plant began circulating Twitter with many users stunned to learn that the plant can grow to be the size of a small tree. I was one of those users because I’ve never seen an asparagus stem longer than a fork…I’ve never seen a bunch that wasn’t ridiculously overpriced either, might I add. The sad reality is that most of us eat things everyday with absolutely no idea as to how they are  grown and farmed. I can honestly say I was always more preoccupied by the thought of the funny smelling, post-asparagus-eating pee that it never occurred to me that these plants could become overgrown. And overgrown is a bit of an overstatement.

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The stem in the picture looks to be over 8 feet tall. My pee would smell funny for a whole year after eating that. The photos have sparked a debate on Twitter with some saying the plants showcased are not asparagus but agave plants instead. While asparagus stems can grow to be about 5 feet tall, agave plants can grow much taller and even bloom flowers. I have zero interest in horticulture but plenty of interest in what’s funny so I just collected a few of the funniest reactions to the asparagus/agave photo here:

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