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In Memoriam: Harve Presnell (1933-2009)

3 July 2009 7:02 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Actor, singer and Broadway star Harve Presnell died July 1, 2009 at the age of 75. Born September 14, 1933, Presnell started his career on stage, playing prominent roles on Broadway in shows such as The Unsinkable Molly Brown, before moving into film work in the late 1960s. Perhaps best known as the domineering father-in-law to William H. Macy's sheepish wannabe kidnapper in Fargo, Presnell enjoyed a career resurgence in the 1990s and became one of the more recognizable character actors of the last two decades.

Presnell's performance in Fargo was one of those that made even cinephiles wonder, who is this guy? Playing Wade Gunderson, the gruff and obstinate father of the film's kidnap victim, he complemented the desperate ambition of Macy's Jerry Lundegaard and the smalltown sensibleness of Frances McDormand's Marge Gunderson. That same year, he appeared in several other movies, including The Whole Wide World, Larger Than Life and The Chamber, »

- Todd Gilchrist

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William Monahan Adapting John Grisham for Shia Labeouf

17 February 2009 2:27 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Of all the John Grisham film adaptations A Time to Kill remains my favorite, The Client was pretty good, The Rainmaker was okay, The Chamber entertained for about a minute as did The Runaway Jury, The Pelican Brief I can't even remember and The Firm I did not like at all. Of that bunch I only read "The Firm" and when it disappointed me sorely I never picked up another Grisham until about five years ago when I read "The Partner" and "The Street Lawyer" but I never picked up "The Associate" but that appears to be the next Grisham novel to be getting a feature film treatment. Variety reports Paramount has brought on The Departed scripter William Monahan to pen the screenplay with an eye for Shia Labeouf to star. As I am sure many online Labeouf haters will scoff at the idea, but I can definitely buy into »

- Brad Brevet

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