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From Gregory Peck's low-key Atticus Finch in the iconic 1962 film "To Kill a Mockingbird" to Jim Belushi's turn as Nick on the TV show "The Defenders"—not to mention the never-ending "Law & Order" franchise, now shooting in Los Angeles as well as New York—actors have plenty of opportunity to observe the way their colleagues have portrayed lawyers over the years. But while acting skills and legal skills are not completely interchangeable, there is nevertheless plenty that actors can learn from watching real lawyers in action.They Have ConfidenceIs there any one rule that applies to creating most lawyer characters? Celeste Walker believes so. She's a Philadelphia-based actor and acting teacher who also coaches lawyers in acting techniques in a course she created called Courtroom Drama. "There's a definite personality trait among litigators," she says. It's found mostly in men, she adds, as what she sees as the old-boys' network still exists, »
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola in the fourth of a five-part feature... read parts one, two and three.
“[Preston Tucker] developed plans for a car way ahead of its time in terms of engineering; yet the auto industry at large stubbornly resisted his innovative ideas,” remarked moviemaker Francis Ford Coppola who wanted to do a musical on the life and times of the post-World War II maverick car designer with Leonard Bernstein composing the music. The project was stalled with the financial collapse of Coppola’s studio. “I thought it was the best project Francis had ever been involved with,” stated filmmaker George Lucas (American Graffiti). “No studio in town would touch it; they all said it was too expensive. They all wanted $15 million Three Men and a Baby  movies or Crocodile Dundee, Part 73 sequels.” Lucas agreed to provide the funding for the $24 million budget which »
Got plans on Sunday, Nov. 7, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fans? Cancel them Asap because Chiller is about to give you a day-long marathon of your cult favorite TV show.
Starting at 6 a.m. Et, the horror channel will be airing Season 1 in its entirety and on Monday, Nov. 8 Chiller will begin airing the series in its regular time-slot, weekdays at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Better start clearing those DVRs, Scoobies!
Never ones to give up the chance to write about one of our all-time favorite shows, we decided to use this most awesome-st of awesome news to countdown our favorite Season 1 moments. So, in the immortal words of Andrew Wells: "Come with me now, if you will, gentle viewers. Join me on a new voyage of the mind. A little tale I like to call: Buffy, Slayer of the Vampyrs."
Favorite Moment No. 10: Xander to Cordelia in "Angel »
Craig with this week's Take Three
Today: Deborah Kara Unger
Take One: (Fear) X marks the...Game
‘A lone man searching for answers to a troubling mystery – assisted by a mysterious and wilfully tricksy woman – whilst on the run from a seemingly shadowy organisation’. This could well describe, in loose terms, the basic plot of two higher profile Unger films: The Game (1997) and, to a lesser extent, Fear X (2003). Both feature Unger as everyday femme fatales. She’s mysterious and ordinary at the same time: unheimlich with a handbag. Both characters – waitress Christine in the former, housewife Kate in the latter – are channelled via Unger’s almost otherworldly ability to remain glacially poised on demand.
Two-player game: Unger desperately tries to ignore Douglas in The Game
- Craig Bloomfield
We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.
We here at The Scorecard Review love every color in the rainbow, especially when those colors are in a movie title. With Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren starring in Red (yes, the title is All Caps), which comes out October 15, it’s the perfect time to release Tsr’s Top 7 Movies with a Color in the Title. This is the first “color” film for Willis. Sure, he came close with Color of Night. But color isn’t a color people, so it doesn’t count. Unfortunately, neither does The Color of Money. I was never seduced by Juliette Binoche and the Three Colors trilogy (Blue, White, Red). I think we can all agree Eddie Murphy had an amazing decade in the 80s, but that doesn’t mean Golden Child earned a place on this list. Even Tom Hanks »
- Jeff Bayer
Before the now rebranded SyFy channel (what does that even mean? Answers on a postcard) got the world to sit up and take notice over the majestically remodeled Battlestar Galactica, the network effectively kept the lights on through re-runs of various incarnations of the seemingly inexhaustable Stargate universe. Born out of a pulpy, military tech-trash movie from the nineties (starring James Spader!), this little-franchise-that-could went on to spawn four Dtv sequels, countless novels and comics, two video games, and a slew of small-screen spin-offs. At the end of it's tenth and final season, Stargate Sg-1 (starring MacGyver!) surpassed The X-Files as the longest running sci-fi show in the United States.
The latest chip-off-the-old-chevron is Stargate Universe, the pilot of which followed a group of scientists, military types, and bureaucrats fleeing through a Stargate from an alien attack. On the other side was The Destiny, a gigantic leviathan hurtling through space at faster-than-light, »
- Neil Pedley
DVD Playhouse September 2010
The Girl Who Played With Fire (Music Box Films) Follow up to the hit The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo finds Lisabeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) and Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) joining forces once again as Blomkvist is about to break a story on Sweden’s sex trade, which leads unexpectedly to a dark secret from Elizabeth’s past. Starts off well, then quickly nose-dives into sensationalism and downright silliness, with a pair of villains who are straight out of a Roger Moore-era James Bond film. A real letdown for those of us who felt Dragon Tattoo had finally breathed life into the cinema’s long-stagnant genre of the thriller. Bonuses: English language track; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby 5.1 surround.
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Based on the popular Twitter feed by Justin Halpern, the new CBS comedy S#*! My Dad Says follows Ed Goodson (William Shatner), a forthright and opinionated dad who relishes in expressing his unsolicited and often wildly politically incorrect observations to anyone within earshot. His own children – Henry, a struggling writer-turned-unpaid blogger, and Vince, the meek half of a husband/wife real estate duo – are often on the receiving end of his verbal assaults, so when Henry finds he can no longer afford to pay rent and he moves in with his dad, he knows there will be no escape.
In a recent interview to promote his first sitcom, actor William Shatner talked about the appeal of this character, trying something he’s never done before and what gives him the desire to continue to act, when so many of his peers have retired. He also mentioned that he plans to continue releasing music and books, »
- Christina Radish
“Greed is good” and “Lunch is for wimps” became the two catch phrases that helped turn Oliver Stone’s Wall Street into a smash hit. The feature film also debuted at just the perfect moment as Wall Street blazed across the headlines with a serious financial collapse. The film cemented Michael Douglas as the leading man of the decade and gave us a stellar cast of newcomers, most of who have gone on to do other good work.
In time for the unexpected sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has released Wall Street: Insider Trading Edition and it’s a greedy cash grab without delivering the ultimate edition for fans. Several features found on the standard DVD, 20th anniversary edition, and the Blu-ray release are absent, which is a shame since "Greed is Good", the nearly one hour documentary is worth seeing.
On this standard DVD set, »
- Robert Greenberger
He may have been off on whatever he's been off on for some time now, and did declare his retirement from acting, but as the title of Casey Affleck's bamboozling documentary I'm Still Here attests, Joaquin Phoenix is still here. And he's still taking meetings for acting jobs.According to the Hollywood reporter, Phoenix is firmly attached to the next project from Steven Shainberg, who made Secretary with James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal in 2002. Big Shoe would see Phoenix play "a foot and shoe fetishist who is also an amazing footwear designer", in a comedy drama described as "out there but cool". It's an indie affair with no financing in place yet, so it may never happen. But Phoenix a) returning to proper acting and b) taking weird James Spader-type roles, are Things We Would Like To See.Apparently Phoenix has also taken meetings, although they came to nothing, »
If you have Netflix and are a horror fan in need of something to watch this Labor Day weekend, one look at this gargantuan list I compiled of the new terror titles Netflix has added for instant streaming in just the first three days of this month should keep you busy until Labor Day next year. You'll find something for everyone, from older titles to recent releases, famous to obscure, classic to not-so-classic, monsters to maniacs - you name it.
For the record, I considered compiling this list in alphabetical order or by year of the film's release, but then I realized I had already spent well over an hour just sorting through the massive catalogue of titles Netflix has now made available for instant streaming and realized Labor Day would be over by the time I finished arranging this list in any kind of order. Ready? Here you go. »
Later this month, Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps arrives in theaters marking the return of Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko and introduction of Shia Labeouf as the boyfriend of his daughter. To coincide with the sequel's release, Fox Home Entertainment is releasing the original Wall Street in a new Insider Trading Edition DVD on September 7 and we have fiveDirected by two-time Academy Award winner Oliver Stone, the film provides a fascinating look at corruption and deception set in the money-hungry world of the New York Stock Exchange. Earning Michael Douglas (The Sentinel, Traffic) the Best Actor Oscar in 1988 for his performance as Wall Street Legend Gordon Gekko, the film takes a behind-the-scenes look at big business in the 1980s as an ambitious young broker Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen; 'Two and a Half Men') is lured into the illegal, lucrative world of corporate espionage. Seduced by the power, »
Chicago – With the Emmys almost upon us on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, it’s the right time to take one last look at the nominees for the last television year and do what all awards watchers love to do best: predict who will win, who should win and lament the snubs. Take notes and win your office pool.
Outstanding Drama Series
Will Win: “Mad Men” (AMC)
Should Win: “Lost” (ABC)
Should Have Been Nominated: “Justified” (FX)
Photo credit: AMC
AMC’s “Mad Men” has won the prize for the first two seasons that it was on the air, making it the prohibitive favorite to three-peat. The fact is that the Academy likes legacies. “The West Wing” won four years in a row. “L.A. Law” won three. When the voting body latches on to something they think is the best, that opinion takes time to change. Or it takes a remarkably »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
of the '80s Move over, young John Cusack. Creeps. They just don't make 'em like they used to. Every decade has its bad guys (and girls), but the '80s were the Golden Age. Was it something in the New Coke that spurred such adolescent disregard, or an ongoing callousness brought on by excess Rave Extra Hold hair-mousse inhalation? Pop your collar, put on some overpriced Ray-Bans, and get ready for a tour of some of teen cinema's greatest. 1) James Spader as Steff McKee in Pretty in Pink Yes, buying into the existence of high-school boys who drive Porsches, wear linen suits to Algebra, and proposition girls for sex with the brazenness of men twice their age requires a certain suspension of disbelief. But Spader nails the role of the arrogant prick out to ruin Andie and Blaine's happiness so well you find yourself rooting for him to succeed. »
- Erin Bradley
Eddie Izzard is best known as a transvestite standup comic. He is also a film, television, and Tony-nominated dramatic actor. He's a political activist for Britain's Labour Party; within 10 years he expects to run for mayor of London. Also an endurance athlete, he recently completed 43 marathons in 51 days to benefit Sport Relief, a charity that benefits the poorest and most vulnerable populations in the U.K. and across the globe.Currently he is performing on Broadway, replacing James Spader in David's Mamet's "Race," and as Izzard sees it, all the pieces of his life inform one another, incongruous as they may seem. "In politics you have to pay attention to detail and be precise, and that's especially useful for Mamet's language," Izzard says in his dressing room before a performance. "My own diction had gotten sloppy, which works for me in my standup act. But in politics you have to articulate, »
Judging from a historical perspective, Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights"), Matthew Fox ("Lost") and January Jones ("Mad Men") are long shots to win Emmys, according to our contributor Chris "cking33" Hine. He sent an alert to Gold Derby noting that these stars scored their first nominations in the middle or end of their shows' runs and adds: Never has an actor received a nomination under such circumstances and won. Winners have always either: 1. Been nominated before and 2. Won for the first year of their show. Even James Spader, while he was nominated and won for the final year of "The Practice," that was his first year on the show, so »
Robin Lippin on Gerard Butler: I was casting "Attila," the miniseries, and it was an extremely hard role. We had to find someone who could carry the mini and have charisma and yet be able to exude leadership and a barbaric quality. He also had to have an amazing body and good looks (it is TV, after all). Gerry had been referred by the CD in London, and I brought him in. I felt he had it all, but the executive at the time wasn't convinced. He wanted me to keep looking and told me to go to Crunch, the gym where all the hotties worked out. I wanted to die. I mean, this was a powerful role and needed an amazing actor. I think the exec was worried about his accent.I fought really hard for him, and luckily the director and producers were behind him. I even offered to »
The British comic took over the lead role in the production, previously played by James Spader, last month.
Broadway's notoriously tough critics panned his performance on his opening night for forgetting his lines and stumbling through his first show.
But Izzard doesn't think he deserves the harsh comments he received - because he only had three weeks of rehearsals and one week of previews before the press weighed in on his performance.
He tells New York Magazine, "What do they expect? I came in very fast. Do they think that no one ever gets a line wrong on Broadway, ever? There should come and try and do it for a weekend."
But Izzard is refusing to let the bad reviews get him down - he's using them as motivation to perfect his lines and redeem himself.
He says: "I'm a determined little bugger." »
Happy Tears has all of the ingredients for a smart, witty, quirkfest, including a cast of wall-to-wall indie darlings the likes of Parker Posey, Rip Torn, and Ellen Barkin. It features humor and inspiring moments that would be successful, were they not book-ended by trippy, stylized dream sequences and disjointed editing that leave the viewer bored or confused and the film ultimately falling flat.
Bubbleheaded shopaholic sister, Jayne (Posey), and down-to-earth environmentalist, Laura (Moore), must go back to their hometown of Pittsburgh to take care of their ailing father. Jayne has become wealthy through her marriage to Jackson, the son of a famous artist, and lives in San Francisco. She finds refuge in shopping sprees, which help her to cope with the lack of connection to her husband, who is himself a failing artist. Laura is a mother who taken on more of the burden of their father, and secretly resents Jayne’s financial freedom. »
- Marissa Quenqua
Eddie Izzard and Dennis Haysbert disappointed theatre-goers with a shaky start to their stint on Broadway - reportedly forgetting their lines and stumbling through their first performance of Race.
But the New York Post reports the actors failed to impress the audience when they took to the New York stage for their first performance on Monday night.
A source tells the publication, "(They) seemed unsteady and most forgetful of their lines. Doing any Mamet play is no easy task and the dialogue is unwieldy. It was their first performance, hopefully things will improve as they get into the roles." »
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