When it comes to Hollywood people on Twitter, there are basically four different types:
1. Those who just think they're way too cool for tweet school before setting virtual foot onto the platform in the first place (here you have your Megan Fox-style fails);
2. The ones that are obviously controlled by some P.R. lackey receiving triple-filtered fluff to post (lookin' at the noob, Liam Hemsworth);
3. Those other guys who totally should have had someone buffering their tweets and/or should altogether just avoid typing while under the influence of alcohol, anger or any other inhibition-lowering stimuli (most recently, Alec Baldwin);
4. And, mercifully, the select few elite who actually give a hoot and have bothered to figure out what in H is going on with the social networking game. There are many different subsets of Type 4, but they all share one thing in common, and it's very simple: Personality.
We here like to celebrate when celebs are doing it right, so here goes a little highlight-age of our favorites from across Tinsel Town's Twitterverse. Go ahead and get your mouse ready to click away 'cause these 25 movie dudes and dudettes are hereby certified followable.
1. Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47)
Consider her adorably self-deprecating bio line:
Sometimes her little nuggets get lots and lots of attention (ahem). As she explained it, "I attempt to make jokes on Twitter, and sometimes I think what I think is going to be really funny, like, nobody likes it, nobody responds to it. But apparently, I use the word 'vagina' and people go crazy." Even when she's not making national headlines with her wit, she still finds little ways to entertain followers — mostly by being clever about sharing her first world problems, like phone data buffering and a being shorted red and purple Skittles.
2. Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen)
Admit it, nerds, you totally wish you were real-life pals with Ian McKellen because obviously. And with the Sir's Twitter page, he's able to dangle even more examples of his awesomeness over our heads on a regular basis. Like this little note about a recent encounter with his equally twittastic (see below) best bud Patrick Stewart.
Patrick Stewart joined us in Montreal the other day and we had lunch in my apartment. Then we read out loud Act One of "No Man's Land"
— Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) April 16, 2013
Even more impressive, though, is how he once recognized and seized the social networking opportunity to personally put the kibosh on a media rumor about himself which was so very point-set-matchish of him.
3. Joss Whedon (@JossWhedon)
4. Emma Watson (@EmWatson)
Add Twitter prowess to the list of ways that we love thee, Emma Watson. Whether it's her being Brit-style cutesy about how many zillions of people heart her or posting awesome throwbacks from the "Harry Potter" days or letting herself be cat-bearded, "Em" knows what's up.
— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) June 23, 2013
5. Seth Rogen (@SethRogen)
To be Seth Rogen on Twitter, you'd better come guns blazin', cause the world's gonna expect stuff. And he was clearly up to the task of bringing that R-rated chuckle wit to the table (e.g., this). But he's also managed to be creatively promotional with the thing which, you know, is kinda the whole point right?
I used the power of god to kill Twitter's staff: https://t.co/0EqkNfmXki
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) May 30, 2013
6. Ricky Gervais (@RickyGervais)
A man doesn't become one of the biz's most reviled and revered cats by playing coy, and Ricky Gervais is a habitual button-pusher by trade. At this point, it's his bread and butter-maker to get under peoples' skin. So, naturally, his Twitter feed follows suit and he has no qualms about testing out sensitivities and issuing public challenges to commonly held beliefs (yes, even Santa).
One day we'll all be dead
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) July 3, 2013
As he himself phrased it, "Twitter to me is like having a big wall, millions of cats & a laser pointer. Such fun. And the biggest gorps get a lot of exercise. Haha." The guy wrote an entire bleeding essay about it.
7. Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger)
Director Bryan Singer has effectively transformed his Twitter feed into a go-to resource for the comic faithful, as he's kept a running pictorial tally of who's who among his "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) June 5, 2013
Clearly he's not afraid of being spoiler-y, which is what gives him a slight edge over fellow awesome set diary tweeter Mark Webb (whose day-by-day chronicle of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" was far more reserved).
8. Damon Lindelof (@DamonLindelof)
When the hip screenwriter isn't on the feed swatting away lingering "Lost" buzzers, he also likes to orchestrate a little savvy wordplay, like with this tongue-in-cheek commentary on the recent news regarding Michael Douglas (yeah, that story). Also, he has no problem deriding that other social network for all its, er, photo-tagging faults.
Goddammit Facebook. pic.twitter.com/rNrYN7akrF
— Damon Lindelof (@DamonLindelof) July 1, 2013
9. Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew)
In addition to confounding everyone with the distinction between having pizza and having a slice (seriously, this caused quite a scene for about 5 minutes), Sir Patrick Stewart's fun Twitter picture journeying frequently results in things like this.
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) June 11, 2013
10. Kevin Smith (@ThatKevinSmith)
One hardly needs to look past Kevin Smith's byline to know that he's not giving the Twittersphere any semblance of the Silent Bob treatment. Smith's actually sort of established himself as a go-to for current events commentary, at least with regard to geeks and geekery.
11. Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH)
Neil Patrick Harris was kind of a tweeter before Twitter was a thing. Think about it ...
So he definitely knows what to do. Like the baby M.D., Mr. N.P.H. is a frequent commentator on the human condition and seems to be pretty easily impressed.
Santa Fe is filled with middle aged people who don't care what they act like. The good kind of mid life crisis. It's oddly inspiring.
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) May 19, 2013
12. Channing Tatum (@ChanningTatum)
Channing Tatum's working that Twitter feed harder than his "Magic Mike" G-string. Bottom line, he''s trying to get you to go see his movie. But, apart from all the self-marketing involved, Tatum's feed is also totally followable for the same reason that he is: He's willing to laugh at himself.
I got some Channing for your Tatum! Thanks to the fan who created this... pic.twitter.com/bvtr17kv3J
— Channing Tatum (@channingtatum) June 29, 2013
We rest our case.
13. Chris Pratt (@PrattPrattPratt)
You can definitely count on Chris Pratt to get weird on his Twitter feed ... but then again, what else did you expect?
14. Rainn Wilson (@RainnWilson)
If you want to absorb a very unhealthy dose of sarcasm, look no further than Rainn Wilson's Twitter feed. Here's a pretty good sample of what you have to look forward to from the guy:
If my balls had a butthole, that's how hot NYC is. Or vice versa.
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) July 7, 2013
Need we say more?
15. Nathan Fillion (@NathanFillion)
How stinking cute is Nathan Fillion's feed? The man definitely gives responding to followers his best effort and tries to imbue a little cheek into his humor. That said, he's also not afraid to call somebody right on out for the world to see.
Dear Talks Too Loud, Is it that you want everyone to hear your business, or that you honestly only care about yourse… http://t.co/PMBSI4mOI7
— Nathan Fillion (@NathanFillion) May 13, 2013
16. Edgar Wright (@EdgarWright)
Like pretty much everyone else in the biz, a good chunk of director Edgar Wright's tweets are promotional in nature, but recognizing this, he also does a daily series of declaredly "non-promotional" tweets of the day to supplement. Not to mention, he whips out stuff like this on gloriously random occasions.
Big news guys. I'm getting married again soon. Haven't met her yet. Here is her letter. Wish me luck. pic.twitter.com/jhrmu15Mdk
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) June 25, 2013
17. Amanda Seyfried (@AmandaSeyfried)
If animal fare is your favorite type of Twitter flair, then Amanda Seyfried is most definitely your girl. Lots and lots of pet-centric humor on deck with this one.
— Amanda Seyfried (@AmandaSeyfried) June 29, 2013
18. Ewan McGregor (@McGregor_Ewan)
Ewan McGregor's Twitter feed is totally worth a follow even if solely for the sake of not missing out on pictures of him decked in gothy "Matrix"-wear and showing off his skillz with heavy machinery.
Meetings all over town today. Razzing around on the 'Sh** Storm' 73 Guzzi Eldorado. Yeehaw! pic.twitter.com/wVdbwpb5
— Ewan McGregor (@mcgregor_ewan) June 15, 2012
That's "Hot" with a capital H, folks.
19. Steve Carell (@SteveCarell)
Steve Carell is what we like to call a sparse tweeter. But when he does deign to join us, he definitely tends to whip out that signature dry humor we all know and love so well.
20. Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau)
You'd think the mind of man behind the lens of the wildly successful "Iron Man" series would be pretty super. And, well, you'd be right about that. Thanks to Twitter, though, we can also know that actor-director Jon Favreau is totally a big showoff, too. Check out his recent "research" session for his next movie "Chef."
— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) July 5, 2013
Lucky son of a gun.
21. Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey)
Kevin Spacey is kinda sorta the Twitter king of random selfies right now. Which is pretty bada** since it's totally not what you'd expect from the guy who's outright cornered the market on screen villainy.
Bet you got a chuckle out of at least one of those images.
22. Evan Rachel Wood (@EvanRachelWood)
Okay, so Evan Rachel Wood does often tweet about important society stuff (mini-yawn), but when she's not e-ranting about separation of church and state and gender politics the woes of being a former child star, she can be pretty entertaining and tends to hit the nail right on the head with sharp life observations such as this:
That horrible moment when another show comes on after you have been watching a block of "friends" and just snaps you right out of it.
— Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) June 22, 2013
23. Michael Caine (@TheMichaelCaine)
As you might very well expect, Michael Caine keeps it classy even on the virtual stage. Pretty much every single one of his tweets is some kinda show of gratitude, well-wishing or other form of pleasantry.
Who says you gotta be snarky to be cool? The web world could do with a few dozen more Michael Caine-ish Twitter feeds to counter all the sass and cat videos now and again, really.
24. Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks)
Tom Hanks Jr. Colin Hanks is one quirky gent, and he can deadpan like no other. Annnd, he's completely, awesomely self-aware and uses his social networking platform(s) for some playtime. His oddball Vine videos are becoming rather legendary.
— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) June 15, 2013
25. Matt Bomer (@MattBomer)
Yeah, yeah, so he's got no actual tweets, and he's following less than a dozen people. But when it comes to Matt Bomer, people, that profile picture speaks ten thousand words. He may just be J.K. Rowling it up to deal with the common celebrity impostor situation, but even so, he's ... gotten our attention.
It's okay, Matt (we can call you Matt, right?). We'll wait 'til you're ready. Until then, readers, is there anyone you'd like to add to this must-follow list?