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Dennis Hopper's Fascinating But Ultimately Tragic Life

31 July 2012 10:39 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In his new book, "Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel," author Peter Winkler writes that during his childhood Dennis Hopper's love of the arts stemmed from staring at the flat horizon in Kansas. Hopper's first wife, Brooke Hayward. recalls, "His mother was a nightmare. She talked endlessly. You couldn't stop her." In 2004 CBS reported, "Dennis' mother was wild, very emotional, a screamer and a yeller." "I had total sexual fantasies about my mother," Hopper said. These fantasies remained fantasies. "Hopper viewed anything less than unconditional love and total compliance »

- Carole Mallory

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Jack Nicholson Movies: Rating The Actor's Best And Worst Films

21 April 2012 10:54 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

What's Jack Nicholson's secret? Maybe it's the eyebrows, hovering like ironic quotation marks over every line reading. Maybe it's the hooded eyes, which hold the threat of danger or the promise of joviality -- you're never sure which. Same with that sharklike grin. Or maybe it's the voice, which has evolved over the years from a thin sneer to a deep rumble, but is always precisely calibrated to provoke a reaction. Put them all together, and they say: "I am a man to be reckoned with. Ignore me at your peril." Nicholson, who turns 75 on April 22, is often criticized for relying on his bag of tricks, for just showing up and doing Jack Nicholson (though indeed, he often seems to have been hired precisely for that purpose). But he's also capable of burrowing deep into a character, finding his wounded heart, and revealing the ugly truth without fear or vanity. »

- Gary Susman

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