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Jason Bateman Not Very Discriminating

"[Jason Reitman] said, 'The character's name is Craig Gregory.' And I said, 'That's all I need to know!'" —Jason Bateman on agreeing to star in Up in the Air [MTV]

"Me, alone in a room, working it out. Someone would have locked me up if they'd seen me preparing for this. I went to Oklahoma, where I could be alone, because if I stayed in New York, they'd have seen me walking down the street muttering to myself." —Edward Norton on preparing for his dual roles in Leaves of Grass [MTV]

"The only way I can describe writing an opera is that when you start out, you're on the moon, you think it's going to be great. Then in the middle of the whole process, you go, 'What the hell was I thinking? I'm never doing this again. I hate everyone in my life. I might as well kill myself.' Then it premieres, and it's almost like a type of amnesia takes over. You think, 'I can't wait to do it again! Show me to the next cliff!' Actually, I think I want to do a musical next. That way, I can sing and star in it." —Rufus Wainwright [LAT]

"So I have officially been diagnosed, by a real doctor, with the swine flu. I know everyone will suggest that fucking a pig is how this disease was obtained. However, the doctor said my past choices in women have in no way contributed to me acquiring this mysterious sickness. Unfortunately, I am going to survive." —Marilyn Manson's swinelike explanation for contracting swine flu [Female First]

"Jennifer's an evil, evil person who tortures kittens and sells smack to children — that's your Jennifer Garner — no she's Miss Goody Two Shoes, we cast her to undermine her image a little bit. I saw her on a chat show. I'd worked with her before, on Alias, and she's always happy and always pleasant to everyone, really, and when she swears, she says thing like darnit and darn — now even The Waltons go a bit further. Her favorite swearword is rats — that's not a swearword! Rats isn't a swearword." —Ricky Gervais [Showbiz Spy]

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