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Glenn Close will be honored December 5th, 2008 by The Hollywood Reporter for her outstanding film career as it unveils its 100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment feature, done annually in the publication. The Sherry Lansing Leadership Award is named after the former CEO of Paramount Pictures, who was the first woman to head a major movie studio, and celebrates Hollywood’s most successful actresses. This year will mark the 17th year The Hollywood Reporter has held this award ceremony. Close has earned five Oscar nominations throughout her 33 year career for her roles in Dangerous Liaisons, Fatal Attraction, The Natural, The Big Chill and The World According to Garp. She won two Golden Globe awards, two Emmys (one of each for her [...] »
By Michael Atkinson
Supercool and desperate and retroactively magnificent though it is, American film noir rarely had -- film for film -- very much deliberate philosophical torque; they were too busy being fast-moving, medium-to-low-budget programmers. In the American psyche, westerns always held more self-consciously ontological cachet: here were portraits of the American soul reckoning with evil, with fate and with itself. Noir came by its resonance more circumstantially, collectively and after the fact, although the catalogue of '45-'60 noirs still constitutes the most culturally expressive chunk of Hollywood films ever made. It took the French to recognize noir for what it was, and, in the personage of pulp archangel Jean-Pierre Melville, to transform the noir paradigm into a full-on dark night of existentialist tribulation. The two Melvilles to get newly, ravishingly Criterionized, "Le Doulos" (1962) and "Le Deuxième Souffle" (1966), are studies in the famous genre's evolution from haphazard Zeitgeist to »
- Michael Atkinson
William Hurt is reuniting with his The Big Chill co-star Glenn Close for the second season of FX's legal drama series Damages, while D.B. Sweeney, Nick Tarabay and Michael Fairman have joined the ensemble cast of Starz's upcoming drama series Crash.
In Damages, Hurt has signed on for a season-long arc as a new client of attorney Patty Hewes (Close), with whom he shares a a professional as well as personal past. Damages, from Sony and FX Prods., is scheduled to go into production June 24 and return to air in early 2009.
The role marks Hurt's first onscreen reunion since 1983's Big Chill and his first role as a series regular. The Oscar winner, repped by CAA, is currently on the big screen in The Incredible Hulk.
Crash, from Lionsgate, is based on the feature film of the same name but features an entirely new cast of characters. Sweeney (Jericho, Spike Lee's upcoming Miracle at St. Anna) plays Peter Emory, a successful pre-bust real estate developer living in Brentwood with his frustrated wife (Clare Carey) and their teenage daughter. »
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