Feb. 14, 2013 | 4:47 p.m.
By late 2011, Jai Courtney had given up on trying to take Hollywood by storm and simply wanted to go home. The brawny Aussie actor had absented himself from the Land Down Under for nearly half a year to hustle work in the Northern Hemisphere, spending 3½ months in Pittsburgh to portray an evil mercenary in the romper-stomper Tom Cruise action flick “Jack Reacher.” Less than 24 hours after Courtney auditioned for his most high-profile role to date — costarring in the new installment of the blockbuster “Die Hard” film franchise, “ A Good Day to Die Hard” — his mind was not on his next job. It was on boarding his flight at LAX. “I was not going to gamble on this — I had been away so long,” Courtney, 26, recalled. “I went to the airport and was […]
Jan. 11, 2012 | 7:08 p.m.
Hostess, the maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Suzy Q’s, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday, leaving many to ask the question Bill Murray once posed in “Ghostbusters”: “What about the Twinkie?” While the company says its Ho-Hos and CupCakes aren’t going anywhere soon, we’re already feeling nostalgic. Especially for the Twinkie, which, with its delicious “cream filling” and laundry list of additives, has inspired everything from the Twinkie diet to “Die Hard’s” sweet-toothed cop. Sure, some may consider it a nutritional wasteland, but the Twinkie is bona-fide Americana and a star on TV and in film. The seemingly never-expiring treat has given us “Family Guy’s” dysfunctional Twinkie kid and a different kind of hunger game for Woody Harrelson in “Zombieland.” So let’s take a walk down memory lane and revisit some of out favorite Twinkie moments: 1. If “Ghostbusters’ ” […]