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Of the many questions I had following a screening of "Tron: Legacy," the foremost in my mind was not whether or not I believed Jeff Bridges' digital agelessness or wondered about the curious lack of action, but rather -- was that really Cillian Murphy in the first ten minutes of the film? Murphy isn't credited for his work, but then again, he doesn't have much to do, except to act smug as a board member of Encom, who like the hero of "Tron: Legacy" is the son of one of the key characters from the original 1982 film, Dillinger (David Warner). Since the film is about Flynn's kid instead, we never see Murphy again, though one suspects Disney signed him to a contract that will guarantee his participation in the event there are sequels.
The problem is there may not be a sequel, or at least an opportunity to fulfill »
- Stephen Saito
In their Wednesday debuts, Little Fockers was a far cry from its predecessor, and True Grit (2010) was solid for a Western. Little Fockers collected an estimated $7.2 million on approximately 5,000 screens at 3,536 locations, which wasn't much better than Tron Legacy's $5.6 million sixth day. More importantly, it paled in relation to predecessor Meet the Fockers, which offered an apples-to-apples comparison because it opened on the same day and date with a similar release pattern in 2004. Meet the Fockers grossed $12.1 million, and, in estimated attendance, it more than doubled Little Fockers. If Little Fockers were to follow Meet the Fockers' pattern, it would wind up with $42 million by Sunday (Meet the Fockers had $70.5 million or over $90 million adjusted for ticket price inflation) and would ultimately gross less than the first movie, Meet the Parents (and trail much further in attendance). Meet the Parents' final gross was $166.2 million ($245 million adjusted) and Meet the Fockers »
- Brandon Gray <email@example.com>
For years, there was no sign that the public loved Jeff Bridges. Yet he developed into maybe the best mature actor in America
Some of us have revered Jeff Bridges for decades – since his good-natured young studs and chumps: Duane in The Last Picture Show; the boxer who keeps getting knocked out in Fat City; and, with Barry Brown, as drifters and small-time thieves in Bad Company. It was said that Bridges was a natural, the closest we had to a second Robert Mitchum – a world-weary, handsome presence, who declined to fall for the lofty values thrown around in American stories. It was important to Bridges that he didn't seek important parts. He was seldom caught acting or breaking a sweat. He was happy to play off situations and other characters. The films were not all good or demanding, but Bridges was building a consistency all the more admirable in »
- David Thomson
American character actor known for his tough-guy roles in westerns and on television
With a voice that sounded as if it were strained through gravel chipped from his craggy face, James Gammon, who has died of cancer aged 70, had a memorable presence as a character actor in crime films, rural dramas and especially westerns, from A Man Called Horse (1970) to Urban Cowboy (1980), Silverado (1985), Wyatt Earp (1994), Wild Bill (1995) and Appaloosa (2008). Ed Harris, who directed and starred in Appaloosa, said of Gammon: "If he'd been born 20 years earlier he'd have been in every other western ever made."
Gammon had a perpetual squint that could be interpreted as crazy or wise – or both. His best-known role was as the unflappable baseball manager Lou Brown in the comedy Major League (1989). On television, he played Don Johnson's father in the series Nash Bridges from 1996 to 2001. Gammon's ability to reveal an essential weakness, and the »
- Michael Carlson
Charles Bronson was the unlikeliest of movie stars. Of all the leading men in the history of Hollywood, Charles Bronson had the least range as an actor. He rarely emoted or even changed his expression, and when he did speak, his voice was a reedy whisper. But Charles Bronson could coast on presence, charisma, and silent brooding menace like no one.s business and he wound up the world’s most bankable movie star throughout most of the 1970’s. Bronson did not rise quickly in the Hollywood ranks. His film debut was in 1951 and he spent the next two decades as a solid character actor with a rugged face, muscular physique and everyman ethnicity that kept him busy in supporting roles as indians, convicts, cowboys, boxers, and gangsters. It wasn’t until he was in his late 40’s, after the international success of Once Upon A Time In The West »
- Tom Stockman
The cast for Jon Favreau’s upcoming film, Cowboys & Aliens was already impressive with the likes of Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford and Sam Rockwell to name a few. Now comes word that Keith Carradine (Dexter, Dollhouse), Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood) and Clancy Brown (Lost, The Shawshank Redemption) have joined the cast.
Deadline reports that Dano and Brown are both set to play cowboys while Carradine is set to play the town sheriff. The film is currently expected to start shooting in 2D this June, but director Jon Favreau stated via twitter that they are testing 3D for the film.
1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, »
- Jason Moore
Veteran Hollywood stuntman and actor Michael Gene Adams has died after suffering a stroke. He was 60.
Adams, a former president of the Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures, died at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Newhall, California on 18 April.
He served as a stuntman or stunt co-ordinator on more than 80 films, including City Slickers, Thunderheart, Wild Bill and Shaughnessy. He was also stuntman for several U.S. TV shows, including soap opera Days of Our Lives, and acted in films including The Legend of the Lone Ranger and Pale Rider
He is survived by his sister, Kris Stevens. »
Jeff Bridges is outstanding as a washed-up country singer desperate to achieve personal and professional redemption, writes Philip French
Jeff Bridges, with his big, open, all-American face, has been a major presence on the screen for 40 years now, ever since becoming a star at the age of 22 as a small-town high-school senior in The Last Picture Show, a role for which he was Oscar-nominated as best supporting actor. In The Last Picture Show, Hank Williams figures prominently on the soundtrack and the film ends with Bridges seeing John Wayne in Red River before leaving for military service in the Korean war. So it's appropriate that the 60-year-old Bridges should have received an Oscar nomination for his ageing country singer in first-time writer-director Scott Cooper's Crazy Heart and is soon to play "Rooster" Cogburn in a remake of True Grit, the role that eventually brought John Wayne his only Oscar. »
- Philip French
Winter is upon us in full swing and though I personally can not wait until the warmer seasons the Winter of late 2010 can not get here fast enough. Why you ask? Well come the end of this year, Disney releases Tron Legacy, the long awaited sequel to their 1982 cult hit Tron. There's little buzz amongst the general movie public about this film, but just like the recent smash success Avatar, I'm sure Disney's marketing strategy involves revealing more about the sequel bit by bit. I'm pretty sure that by this summer's end, it will be a greatly anticipated movie event among audiences. For die-hards like me, there is a wealth of information and even back-story to be found about the film's plot. (See for yourself and visit Flynn Lives.com.) The official synopsis reads:Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), looks into his father »
9 items from 2010
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