August 6, 2013 |
Back in fall 2003, the producers of the NBC remake of the British hit "The Office" were looking for comic actors to work at their fictional paper company. Eventually, the top roles went to relative unknowns Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski and Steve Carell in the star-making role of Michael Scott. But those actors didn't just waltz into the roles. They auditioned and competed against a large number of other, equally talented performers for the roles. And in the 10 years since those auditions, many of those actors and actresses have gone on to establish successful careers outside of the friendly confines of the Dunder-Mifflin office in Scranton, Pa. Which is probably why the producers of the recently ended hit felt comfortable releasing their original audition tapes.
April 14, 2013 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - In one moment, Adam Scott's fists clenched and his neck tendons went taut and out came forever's worth of frustrations. One ball rolled a long way into a cup across a soggy patch of grass, and he shouted down Australia's enduring failures at the Masters: Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, joy, joy, joy. Through the downpour, Scott carried his country's flag into the scoring area to sign off on it all. But down the fairway lurked an Argentine who...
March 8, 2012 |
In fierce and relentless wind on the TPC Blue Monster at Doral, Fla., Adam Scott kept the ball in play and then hung on for dear life for a six-under-par 66 that gave him a share of the lead with Jason Dufner in the Cadillac Championship. "When you're in the fairway on a day like today, you get a chance to hit it somewhere near the hole, give yourself an opportunity," Scott said. "If you're in the rough, it's very hard to even just hit the green, let alone give yourself a chance.
August 26, 2013 |
Adam Scott may have found a new strategy for winning golf tournaments, while Tiger Woods might not be playing any golf at all as the FedEx Cup playoffs advance to the second round at the Deutsche Bank Championship this week. Scott came from well back to capture the Barclays on Sunday, teeing off more than an hour ahead of the top groups. That gave him the chance to shoot a comparatively stress-free round of 66. Then, he sat around the clubhouse watching the leaders crumble at crunch time, leaving him as the last man standing.
January 25, 2014 |
One nice thing about the contemporary world of comedy is its abundance of small gifts. You can thank the Internet for this; it may have destroyed bookstores and record stores and much else I hold/held dear, but it created the video version of the occasional, even random comic essay (what S.J. Perelman, borrowing from the French, called his feuilletons , "little leaves"). Television, sometimes distinct from the Web, but sometimes in concert with it, has picked up on some of these rhythms; but in the new media egg-basket, and in the minds of your children, America, it is all pretty much the same thing anyway.
November 29, 2013 |
Rory McIlroy continues to show flickers of life at the end of a disappointing season. The golfer from Northern Ireland shot a 7-under 65 during the second round of the Australian Open on Friday, pulling into second place behind hometown favorite Adam Scott. McIlroy has been hoping to grab his first victory of the year either at Royal Sydney or at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge in Thousand Oaks next week. "As 7-unders go, I think it was a pretty comfortable one," he said of his eight-birdie day. "I don't think I did anything really spectacular out there.