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Jon Hamm was on the phone today with reporters to chat about hosting the July 17 ESPYs, starring in the upcoming baseball film “Million Dollar Arm” and sports in general. (And even a little “Mad Men.”) Here are some conversational highlights.
“As has been patently clear, I am a diehard Cardinals fan, so hopefully I can get some shoutouts (during the show).
“It’s been my experience through various deals with Espn through the years as well as ‘Saturday Night Live’ that athletes are desperate to crack each other up and make fools of themselves at any time … in a positive way.
“Unfortunately, my work schedule has prevented me from going to see the last few World Series that my Cardinals have been in. I was watching the pivotal Game 6 with Jay Ferguson (from ‘Mad Men’), who’s a pretty diehard Ranger fan, from his trailer, while running back and forth from the trailer to shooting. »
- Jon Weisman
Actor Steve Forrest has passed away at the age of 87. The brother of famed actor Dana Andrews, Forrest had a successful career in films and television. A WWII veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, Forrest was discovered by Gregory Peck and appeared in numerous films including Flaming Star, Spies Like Us, The Longest Day, Heller in Pink Tights, North Dallas Forty and Mommie Dearest. He was also a proficient vocalist and golfer. On TV, Forrest enjoyed his greatest success, starring in the short-lived, but fondly remembered British adventure series The Baron. As the titular character in the 1965 show, Forrest played an American antiques dealer living in London who would secretly undertake dangerous international missions in the service of British Intelligence. Forrest also had the lead role in the 1970s hit TV series S.W.A.T. For more click here »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Alongside Mad Max and Walkabout, Wake in Fright is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal films in the development of modern Australian cinema. Directed by Ted Kotcheff and starring Donald Pleasence, this thriller tells the nightmarish story of a schoolteacher's (Gary Bond) descent into personal demoralization at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts while stranded in a small town in outback Australia. Believed to be lost for decades and virtually unseen in America until now, Wake in Fright returns fully-restored in stunning HD in what the New York Observer says "may be the greatest Australian film ever made."
Wake in Fright is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. To celebrate this home release, we caught up with director Ted Kotcheff to chat about the film's revival and its near destruction. Ted is a luminary in the field of action cinema, »
3 items from 2013
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