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What Becomes of an Unbeautiful William Shatner?

“What is not talked about often are the intricacies of the decision of staying in acting over the years when it’s a game for the young and the beautiful. When you’re young and beautiful and talented, you have a real shot. When you’re a little bit older and you’re not as beautiful and the next beauty is coming up, more often than not you’re starting to see the end of your career. What do you do with the rest of your life? When do you make the decision: Should I try something else, or do I hang on and hope for the best? It’s a critical, life-changing decision, and it has to be made clear-eyed and not with an emotional point of view. And that’s difficult because you’re already emotional.” —William Shatner [Hero Complex/LAT]

“I like a little gum beforehand, but it’s a balancing act. You don’t want to have too minty breath because that can be distracting. I prefer kissing on an empty stomach. I like to kiss right before lunch because I get a little nervous, and if it’s right after lunch, I tend to overeat and I get belchy and bloated.” —Sex and the City 2’s John Corbett [Parade]

“I think Kanye is trying to take it into a new realm and he’s sort of putting the artistry back into it and sort of taking it in that direction. I was having a conversation about Jay-Z and Nas and how it was really crazy how they were having this Nas vs. Jay-Z moment 10 years ago and no one really talks about it now. … Jay became the biggest representation of rap music who’s still alive, started dating Beyoncé — everything was so much bigger and better with Jay-Z. I hope people don’t think that that wins. The fact that Nas didn’t become all this sort of stuff changes people’s perception about the music and the work he achieved in his lifetime. I don’t wanna say Jay-Z sold out, but I just feel like we have to wait another 10 years to see what happens. Jay-Z’s ambition was to become like Frank Sinatra, a household name all over the planet, and own a casino in Vegas and stuff like that. And I think Nas was really sticking to knowledge. I still think the biggest point about hip-hop is in there somewhere, what happens to those two artists.” —M.I.A. [Complex]

“Remember. Let go. Move on. I will miss it more than I can ever say.” —Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof [DamonLindelof/Twitter]

“Chris Brown and I did a record together. … I judge Chris on his talent. I think people forget that they weren’t there and who the hell are they to judge anybody. That was something that happened between them and the people that they’re around. It has nothing to do with us.” —Kelly Rowland on Chris Brown and Rihanna [PinBoard]

“Morrissey. The lingering touch of the frosty fingers of Steven Patrick are in every word that I utter. The Flight of the Conchords, too. The songs they write are such good songs that you almost realize later on that they’re a little bit silly. Jack Black and Kyle Gass from Tenacious D were also important for me.” —Russell Brand on his comedic influences [Spin]

“I’m not gonna go to college right now. I am a firm believer that you can go back at any age you want, because my grandma went back to college at 62 years old. … No one ever wants to see someone grow up. It’s like when Hilary Duff started growing up off the Disney Channel. Everyone thought she was anorexic and she did this and that. It’s just because she grew up! She didn’t look like a 12-year-old anymore.” —Miley Cyrus [Q100’s Bert Show via Us Weekly]

“I don’t have the instinct to record an album or anything, but I do really love musical theatre. There is a deep, dorky part of me that jams in the car to any and all musical theatre possible. I really try to stay involved with it. I’m working on a musical of Heathers with Andy Fickman who director You Again. It’s really funny and dark and awesome.” —Kristen Bell [Total Film via Music Rooms]

What Becomes of an Unbeautiful William Shatner?