5 items from 2010
Dennis Hopper, whose pot-addled Billy in Easy Rider and psychopathic Frank Booth in Blue Velvet helped put the icon in iconoclastic, has died after a decade-long battle with prostate cancer. He was 74. The legendary actor died about 9 a.m. Saturday surrounded by family in his Los Angeles home. Taken ill with flu-like symptoms last September, Hopper later said he was suffering with prostate cancer. Family members told People that the disease had spread to other organs in his system. Early Rebel RoleBorn in Dodge City, Kansas - his father, Jay Hopper, reputedly was an intelligence officer in the pre-cia Office of Strategic Services, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
With the Cormac McCarthy adaptation The Road coming out on DVD on Tuesday (I'm eager to give it another look) I thought we should focus on one of the best actors working: Viggo Mortensen also known as "Aragorn"
Viggo at twenty-two
Aragon's filmography is super odd. Or maybe not. In many professions if you do good work, your career very gradually swells but there's plenty of detours and error along the way as you feel your way up the ladder. I guess it just feels odd in the context of the movies. When we think of leading players in Hollywood don't we tend to think of them in terms of overnight sensations, has beens, or stars that have always been and will always be with us and seem to have arrived fully formed (Streep, Pacino. That type)?
Viggo fits none of those categories but he's very much a leading actor. »
- NATHANIEL R
An ailing Dennis Hopper shocked fans when he turned up to unveil his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday - he was sporting bandages on his head and hand.
The Easy Rider star is suffering from terminal prostate cancer and reportedly has just weeks to live, but he made an appearance outside the Egyptian Theatre, where he was honoured with the 2,403rd star on Hollywood Boulevard.
But it was Hopper's new injuries which drew the most attention - the actor reveals he fell outside his home after confusing a paparazzo for a friend.
He says, "I thought I recognised the voice, so I kept walking and turned around but I didn't see the little ridgeline in the road and I took a terrible fall because I have no muscle.
"So I fell directly on my face, and I had my glasses in my hand. I got pretty screwed up."
Hopper, 73, has been battling other personal issues on top of his health problems - he filed for divorce from his wife Victoria Duffy in January and received a restraining order against her in February, after his doctor insisted her presence in the marital home was "hampering his cancer care". »
Hollywood bestowed an honor upon the ailing Dennis Hopper on Friday, as the veteran Easy Rider and Blue Velvet leading man received the 2,403rd star along Hollywood Boulevard at a midday celebration in front of the landmark Egyptian Theatre. Viggo Mortensen, who costarred with Hopper in 1991's The Indian Runner and 1993's Boiling Point participated in the ceremony for the legendary rebel, 73, who appears thin from his debilitating battle with prostate cancer. Hopper, who is also currently going through a bitter divorce with his wife of 14 years, Victoria, was said by his attorney to be too weak to participate in »
- Stephen M. Silverman
As part of its plan to expand in the U.S., Endemol has tapped Philippe Maigret as evp of acquisitions in North America. In his new role, Maigret will be responsible for expanding the format specialist's portfolio on this side of the Atlantic, with a focus on scripted shows. This will include developing distribution, financing and co-production partnerships with U.S. producers in collaboration with Endemol USA, Endemol Worldwide Distribution and Endemol's global format operation.
Maigret was formerly senior vp of business strategy and development at Disney ABC Espn International where he was responsible for expanding the business globally and also led the Mouse House's move into the international production of reality and scripted TV formats. He also had stints at Centropolis, DreamWorks and StudioCanal.
- By Elizabeth Guider
5 items from 2010