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HeadScratcher No. 86: Orange juice

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95845__kiss_lSo, what do Amy Adams, Zach Braff, Claire Danes, Rob Lowe, and Paul Rudd have in common? They all help answer the question: Do the now-unemployed stars of The O.C. have a future in movies? In honor of Adam Brody’s starring role in the new In the Land of Women, we rounded up five actors who have costarred with O.C.-ers on film. Adams appeared opposite Benjamin McKenzie two years ago in Junebug. Braff (pictured, right) and Rachel Bilson (left) costarred in 2006’s The Last Kiss. Danes played Peter Gallagher’s daughter in To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996). Lowe played a Hollywood agent — and Brody’s boss — last year in Thank You for Smoking. (Reader Rob Bailey points out that Lowe also starred with Kelly Rowan in a straight-to-video thriller called Proximity.) Rudd is a high school teacher tempted by student Mischa Barton in last year’s The OH in Ohio. (He and Brody also appear in the forthcoming The Ten.)

Many of you thought of creative alternate connections for this week’s quiz. “Each actor listed has the same amount of syllables in his or hers first and last name,” noted Silvia Royer. (Yep. And?) Think that’s a stretch? “They have all appeared in films/productions where one of the words started with the letters ‘St,'” writes Matthew Lingo, citing such projects as Adams’ Standing Still and Braff’s Garden State. (Remind me never to play Scrabble with you, Matthew.) “I’ll tell you what they all have in common,” writes Ben Hanau. “None of them is Natalie Portman. Give me Natalie Portman.” Ben, lots of people would like me to give them Natalie Portman, but I just don’t wield that kind of influence.

Congratulations to this week’s winners: Rob Bailey,Anne Costello,Adria Dobkin,Layla Galise,JJ Jacobs,Merigan Mulhern,Melissa S.,Brandon Ulman, andPatrick A. Yearout.

Thanks for playing, everyone! Come back Friday for another HeadScratcher…

addCredit(“The Last Kiss: Jonathan Wenk”)