Q&A

Q: I remember seeing a documentary about the women from the songs "Peggy Sue" and "Donna." How would I see it again? 

It depends a little bit on which one you mean, but regardless, you're going to have to settle for lower-quality online versions.  The stories of Peggy Sue Gerron (famous for inspiring Buddy Holly's hit "Peggy Sue") and Donna Ludwig Fox (who inspired Ritchie Valens' "Donna") were told on film a few times, but you're most likely looking for ...

Q: Who played the doctor in "Death on the Nile"? He looked really familiar. 

For once, it's possible the actor wasn't recognizable because he was done up to look like a regular person. That was outlandish British comedian Russell Brand playing Dr. Windlesham.  Brand is as known for his goth-inspired, androgynous fashion choices as he is for his over-the-top comedy style. But in the Agatha Christie mystery adaptatio...

Q: How do TV shows decide what order the cast is named in? Some shows change it up by season but others are always the same.

I've got a disappointing answer for you: Credit order on TV is the result of nothing more — and nothing less — than constant, painstaking negotiation between producers, actors and, of course, their agents. "You would be stunned by how many hours I spend arguing about things like this," one anonymous agent said in an article for Backstage ma...