Q&A

Q: Can you tell me who plays Valerie in "Berlin Station" and why I might know her?

I can tell you that when I first saw her in the Epix drama "Berlin Station," I said: "Hey, that's Ensign Ro from 'Star Trek,'" but that might be because I'm a great big nerd. There are cooler reasons to know Michelle Forbes. "The Killing" is a pretty cool reason -- Forbes was praised for her performance in the first season of the AMC crime dram...

Q: Someone told me that Adrien Brody did an ad for a clothing company recently. Is that true? I never saw it on TV.

You never saw Adrien Brody's Christmas ad for H&M clothing on television because true art can't be contained to 30 seconds. That's a little sarcastic, but the fact is this was no ordinary TV commercial. Not only did it feature film star Adrien Brody, but it was directed by his frequent collaborator, art-film darling Wes Anderson. The ad cl...

Q: I noticed a similarity between the Quonset hut setting in the Clint Eastwood film "Heartbreak Ridge" and the '60s television sitcom "Gomer Pyle: USMC." Were both filmed at the same location?

You've got sharp eyes -- both the 1986 Clint Eastwood drama "Heartbreak Ridge" and the 1964 to 1969 Jim Nabors sitcom "Gomer Pyle: USMC" were filmed at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California. The two are, of course, very different, but both treat the Corps with due reverence -- "Gomer Pyle: USMC" didn't take its main character very seri...

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