- Daily Shot | Daily Shot | Wed, Aug 21, 2013 11:20 AM EDT | Comments
If you’re an American, you may not have heard of Jessica Beinecke, but if you’re a Chinese teen, she’s pretty much a household name. Jessica is the host and brain behind OMG! Meiyu, a wildly popular video series that teaches Chinese students the most important words in American English—the slang.
The 26-year-old started studying Mandarin when she was 19 years old, after hearing so many people say, "Learn Chinese, you'll get a job."
"But you actually need to speak Chinese AND have some other skill," she eventually found out.
After graduating from college, she got a job as a translator with Voice of America, and was quickly asked if she wanted to try television. Eager to do something that could connect with Chinese youth, she developed OMG! Meiyu, which focuses on Western nuances and topics that might not be taught in the classroom – everything from idioms like “sick as a dog” to popular acronyms like “BFF.”
“That’s not in textbooks,” Jessica...Read More »
- Daily Shot | Daily Shot | Wed, Aug 21, 2013 10:12 AM EDT | Comments
John Gallagher Jr. recently wrapped season 2 of The Newsroom, but he’s keeping tight-lipped about what’s going to happen between Jim and Maggie. “This season, there’s a lot of push and pull,” he says.
The actor did confess that he frequently tries to get Jeff Daniels to do Dumb and Dumber impressions on set. “He’s not having it,” John says. “But he is really excited about the sequel. He talks about it regularly.”
Ali reflected on her own acting experience with Jeff Daniels, otherwise known as her imaginary husband, in the comedy Trial and Error. “We had to make out, and the next day I had lunch with him and I thought, ‘Well, now we’re in a relationship,’” she says. “And he had to explain to me that when the director says cut, it’s all make believe. It was really a harsh lesson for me.”
Aside from The Newsroom, John is passionate about this latest project, the movie Short Term 12, where he plays an employee at a group hom...Read More »
- Daily Shot | Daily Shot | Tue, Aug 20, 2013 10:45 AM EDT | Comments
You knew Sara Gilbert as Darlene Connor, the sarcastic middle child on the long-running sitcom Roseanne, and you know her now as the co-host of the daytime show The Talk. But the actress has another major passion outside of the ‘biz: the environment. She stopped by Daily Shot to discuss some surprising things she learned while writing her new book, The Imperfect Environmentalist.
Sara was motivated to get green when she started learning about the surprising effects of chemicals. “Kids are going through puberty five years earlier than they were 100 years ago,” she says. “That’s from endocrine disrupters in our environment, probably from pesticides.” The discovery led her to create a go-to guide filled with easy tips to green your life.
So what’s one of the least eco-friendly things in your home? It’s in your living room. “Watch out for couches,” Sara says. “People put flame-retardants on couches. That stuff can lead to lower IQ, infertility…” What...Read More »
- Daily Shot | Daily Shot | Mon, Aug 19, 2013 10:52 AM EDT | Comments
As the host of Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible, Anthony Melchiorri has seen just about every hotel horror. The hotel-fixer stopped by Daily Shot to share his wisdom about how to have the most pleasant – and most sanitary – hotel stay.
Everyone wants an upgrade, but not everyone goes about it in the best way. Anthony’s top tip is to use social media and post on a hotel’s Facebook wall about why you’re coming and why you’re excited. “They will see that and they will typically automatically upgrade you,” he says. “Or call the front desk, let them know before you get there that it’s your birthday or anniversary.”
When you get in your room, Anthony says it’s important to make sure everything’s up to par. There are certain things he will always clean himself. While it's common knowledge that a TV remote rarely gets cleaned, he says an even germier item is the handle of the toilet. “People wash their hands AFTER they use the toilet, so that to me is...Read More »
- Daily Shot | Daily Shot | Fri, Aug 16, 2013 2:17 PM EDT | Comments
You could say Tom Green was the pioneer of reality TV. In the 90’s, “The Tom Green Show” became notorious for Tom's shocking behavior.
If you're not familiar, he's known for humping a dead moose on the side of the road and releasing a single called “Lonely Swedish (The Bum Bum Song).” That’s right, the ridiculous song with the addicting lyrics like, “my bum is on the cheese.”
So, why does Tom think reality TV is worse now than it ever was? “When I was doing my show, we’d be fighting to do outrageous stuff on air and meeting a lot of resistance," he says. "Now you see how the networks embrace and really reward bad behavior, and that wasn’t really what my show was. We weren’t a reality show – we were doing all that stuff on purpose."
Tom was briefly married to actress Drew Barrymore in 2001, and Ali asked if they were still in touch. “No hard feelings there," he says "I’m happy for her, she’s obviously married again and doing w...Read More »