Dear Ken: I thoroughly enjoyed Brad Pitt as Billy Beane in the movie Moneyball. Whats his next movie?
Pitt, who also produced Moneyball, is the voice of Will the Krill in Happy Feet Two. He should star in two films next year: Coogans Trade and World War Z, and a couple of more flicks are in pre-production. But he recently said he plans to retire from acting in three years and move on to other things. I am really enjoying the producing side and development of stories and putting those pieces together, stated Pitt, who turns 48 Dec. 18. The dad of six children also said he is being more careful about the roles he picks because of his kids. If Im choosing a film now, I want it to be maybe less immature than things I have done in the past. Im very conscious, when theyre adults I want it to mean something to them. I want them to think, Dads alright. Pitt has hinted there could be more children coming into the life of he and partner Angelina Jolie.
Dear Ken: Tell us about Jason Segel, who plays Marshall Eriksen on How I Met Your Mother.
Segel, 31, was born in Los Angeles to a Jewish father and Christian mother. At 6-feet-4 he was the backup center on his high schools 1996 state champion basketball team. The actor, puppeteer and musician previously starred in the TV series Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared and in the movies Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You, Man, Gullivers Travels, Bad Teacher and Despicable Me. Plus, he co-wrote the screenplay and stars in the current film The Muppets. The Muppets were my first comic influence. Kermit was the first version of Tom Hanksthat I got to know. Hes Jimmy Stewart the idea of the Everyman, which is what I try to do, said Segel.
Dear Ken: How old is Margaret OBrien, the child actor who played the little sister of Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis?
The major child star of the 1940s, who played Tootie in Meet Me in St. Louis, is 74. Among her credits are Jane Eyre, Little Women, The Canterville Ghost, Our Vines Have Tender Grapes and The Secret Garden. Nominated for four Oscars, Meet Me in St. Louis debuted on Blu-ray by Warner Home Video last week.
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