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Posts Tagged ‘Jessica Ravitz’

In Praise of Susan, Siri, Scarlett and Samantha

There’s plenty of sibilance in the above headline. But fear not; both Susan C. Bennett (a.k.a Siri) and Scarlett I. Johansson (a.k.a Samantha in Her) can handle it.

It’s always nice to review the year with a category that requires only a Top Two. Such is the case with this pair of astounding female voices. One, from the past (endless recording sessions in 2005), was finally revealed this fall to be the ubiquitous voice of Siri. The other, enacting the near future in limited NY/LA theatrical release, has led journalists like Daily Beast culture writer Kevin Fallon to bang the drum for 2013 Best Actress Oscar consideration:

Scarlett Johansson has never been more alluring than she is in Her.

Her coy sexuality has never been so tantalizing. She’s as vivacious and gregarious as she is sensual and deep. She both gives her most nuanced performance yet and sears her status as one of the most desirable actresses working in Hollywood today.

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One-Time Struggling Actor is Now ‘Santa to the Stars’

This Santa has a rap video, a beard insured by Lloyds of London and a long list of Hollywood celebrity clients. The story of Brady White–a.k.a. “Santa to the Stars©” (pictured)–never gets old and thus is part of a look at seven different North Pole specialists by CNN religion reporter Jessica Ravitz.

White has copyrighted the term “Santa to the Stars” and generally insists that journalists and others make sure to append all print mentions with a ©. It’s a long way from where this guy found himself in the 1970s:

White first entered the Santa game about three decades ago out of desperation. He was an unemployed actor in Los Angeles and nine months behind in his rent when he took a job as a mall Santa in Beverly Hills. That season the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner polled children to find the best Santa around. Guess who won?…

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