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Avatar Just Another Art-House Gig for Sam Worthington

“If you’re going to do blockbusters, you have to find the human in them or else you’re just making a video game. I’ve always said if I’m going to make these things, I’m going to do the thing I can do in a $4 million Australian film — a dramatic piece — and bring that into the action film. If you do that, the audience feels it and then they’ve got a way in. They see themselves up there on the screen.” —Sam Worthington on Avatar in all of us [LAT]

“What I’m trying to prove now is that I still have it, I’m still around — I still am Pee-wee Herman, and Pee-wee Herman is still funny. So I’m feeling very Bob Hope — hoping I don’t see a parallel.” —Paul Reubens [Details]

“They wanted me and Chace [Crawford] to kiss in the ‘I Will Be’ video. But I said ‘No way.’ I’d just have been too embarrassed, he’s my friend! He’s so beautiful, I mean, look at him — he could be a girl. He’d be a really pretty girl. But I just don’t think of him like that. And it wouldn’t be fair to Lou to kiss other guys.” —Leona Lewis [Contact Music]

“I don’t want to make this about the latest blond but I think about what I would wanna give to my younger self and it’s something a bit more complicated than what I’m seeing in pop music. This vapid-eyed, manufactured doll of polished desire, I am the antithesis of that. To me I could not see anything less progressive or more boring. This is something you can package up like pancakes and sell. It’s very much the same in hip-hop, where you have the machismo of medallions and girls’ asses all around and this brooding oppressive thing of putting women in their place, like dogs. My goal as an artist would be to break those clichés, rip the faces off those models, and actually be a force of vitality and complexity and spirituality. My mantra is to be loud and proud. The artists that I look up to, like Tina Turner, Grace Slick, Janis Joplin, Chrissie Hynde, there’s an agelessness to their sensuality, a raw, gorgeous dignity to it. They were sexy, but you can’t reduce them to their sexuality.” —Juliette Lewis on ripping the faces off today’s pop stars [Telegraph UK]

“It was fatigue. The first year we were up against American Idol. The second year was the writers strike. The third year we get cut down to 13 episodes. I just assumed that while we had a solid base, the numbers wouldn’t go out the roof. I just didn’t expect that we would overcome a network’s desire for something fresh.” —Friday Night Lights’ Kyle Chandler [LAT]

Avatar Just Another Art-House Gig for Sam Worthington