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Posterized Sissies

30 July 2010 4:28 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Let's talk Sissy Spacek. My friend Matt has been highlighting her something fierce over at Pop Matters, but why should he have the Sissy all to himself?

The great actress, everyone's favorite telekinetic murderess, is finally in a buzzy film again (Get Low opens today). And though I don't much care for the new movie, it's always nice when a frequently absent major actress wins Oscar buzz and praise again.

She's a big name but what does that name mean to today's moviegoers? For people born in the late 80s or 1990s, maybe her stint on TV's Big Love comes immediately to mind (Emmy nominated this year). But I'm guessing if it's not the cross-generational popular Carrie, it's mainly In the Bedroom that takes over the imagination: Sissy breaking plates, Sissy slapping Marisa Tomei, Sissy taking weird drags on her cigarette that manage to be both furious and catatonic simultaneously. »


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Gibson Out For Good?

19 July 2010 6:27 AM, PDT | Screen Comment | See recent Screen Comment news »

By Ali Naderzad - July 19, 2010

We’re a long way from 1984’s “The River” (dir. Mark Rydell) in which Mel Gibson played Tom Garvey, the head of a farming family in a battle to save its estate. Gibson's Garvey showed steadfast human values: moral rectitude, love, and a will deadset to get him and his family past lousy circumstances. What happened? The Peekskill, N.Y. stud has turned into the butt of late-night jokes, his undoing is his own. He's become more like Martin Riggs, his unpredictable and wild character in "Lethal Weapon."

Whether he suffers from a bipolar disorder or character-fed flashbacks, I would infer from his most recent stunt that Mel Gibson has been 86’d from the game of showbiz for good. His agent dropped him the day after the infamous call to his former girlfriend and I'm guessing certain associates and colleagues have distanced themselves from him. »

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Veteran Director Mark Rydell Will Answer Your Questions About Filmmaking

14 July 2010 10:45 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

If you’re among the massive group of Fsr readers that aspires to create films yourself, draw a giant X on your calendar for Thursday, July 15th. That’s tomorrow for those of you keeping score. At 4:30 Pst, Oscar-nominated director Mark Rydell (who helmed On Golden Pond, For The Boys, The River and The Rose) will answer your questions about acting and directing, and he’ll do it on the internet. For more information about how to get in on this live chat, read on! … [visit site to read more] »

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