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4 items from 2012

Interview: ‘Parenthood’ Star Dax Shepard Strikes with ‘Hit & Run’

21 August 2012 8:49 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – “Parenthood” star Dax Shepard has written, co-directed, and stars in the upcoming “Hit & Run” with real-life love Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Tom Arnold, Beau Bridges and more. The Tarantino-esque comedy/action flick marks a giant leap forward for this often-supporting actor who now finds himself in the spotlight. The Michigan native recently sat down with us to talk about his inspirations, his past, and the hardcore fans of his NBC drama.

Hollywoodchicago.Com: Do you have that specific “I want to be an actor” moment in your memory banks?

Dax Shepard: I never had that “I want to be an actor” instinct when I was growing up. I was into drag racing and thought I was going to be a race car driver. But I was obsessed with movies and certain actors. I loved Nicolas Cage. And I did think, “Wow, if This guy can be an actor, »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Robert Downey Jr. Wanted Bill Murray For 'Iron Man' But, Of Course, He Was Impossible To Get In Touch With

31 May 2012 8:20 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Bill Murray is know for not having an agent, and if you want to get in touch with him, the word is that he's got a 1-800 number where you can leave a message, and if he feels like calling you back, then he will (if you have it, please send it to us, thanks). Thus, every time he stars in a film, there's generally a humorous tale about how the project managed break the communication barrier and/or how there was concern that he might not actually show up. For instance, after months of answering machine messages, Sofia Coppola resorted to cold-calling Al Pacino in the hope that he (who Coppola heard lived in the same region as Murray) could put her in touch with him for "Lost In Translation." Then, even after meeting Murray through Mitch Glazer, Coppola only had a verbal agreement from the actor and didn't »

- Simon Dang

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Roaring success at silent film festival

17 March 2012 4:46 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Second edition opens with crowd-pleasing satire Show People

The Silent Film Festival helped Bo'ness Hippodrome celebrate its centenary in style last night, kicking off a weekend of silent films with King Vidor's comedy Show People.

A cava reception got things off to a refined start, with many of those attending glamming up for the occasion. In addition to several ladies in slinky dresses - including festival director Alison Strauss - there were recognisable characters. Among them was a dapper Charlie Chaplin - although she had a slapstick moment of her own when she forgot »

- Amber Wilkinson

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Five silent films to shout about

2 March 2012 6:32 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Intrigued by The Artist but don't know where to start exploring the silent film archives? Try these five classics, which lead to plenty more…

It doesn't take long for a novelty to be hailed as a trend. Internet film rental service Lovefilm reports that the buzz around The Artist has sparked a boom in curiosity about early cinema, with a 40% rise in the number of people streaming silent films on its site in the week leading up to the Oscars.

The top 10 most-streamed silents include a clutch of Buster Keaton's ingenious comedies, some heady Hollywood melodrama (A Fool There Was, starring Theda Bara, and The Son of the Sheikh, with Rudolph Valentino) and creepy Swedish horror The Phantom Carriage. There are only two films on the list that seem to bear any relation to Michel Hazanavicius's surprise hit: Frank Borzage's mournful romance Seventh Heaven (which inspired the »

- Pamela Hutchinson

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