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You see them all the time: the sort of actors that pop up, are amazing, and then disappear. Sometimes they get a bit part in a big picture; sometimes the Academy throws them a bone with a conciliatory Best Supporting nod.
More often than not, they toil in obscurity, until they’re either plucked out and made famous, land a sweet lead role on an AMC or HBO drama, or end up getting a Lifetime Achievement Award and a contrite handshake at the Oscars when they’re 70 years old.
Here, I’ve put together ten whom I consider to be among the most deserving, and underutilized, actors currently working. Maybe someday they’ll get the recognition they deserve.
10. John Hawkes
You’ve Seen Him In: “Deadwood” (2004-2006)
John Hawkes is one of the all-time “that guy”s; he’s been working consistently since the mid-80s in both film and television, »
- Kyle McCormick
In order to mark the occasion viewers will be able to watch again the battle of wits between Sheriff Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) and saloon owner Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) who views the town to be his own private enterprise; the speciality channel will be airing all 36 episodes back-to-back commencing Saturday March 15, 2014 @ 10 a.m. (Et/Pt) and finishing Sunday, March 16, at 10 p.m..
Also on April 2, 2014, HBO Signature will be running one Deadwood episode every weeknight, Monday to Friday at 8 p.m. (Et/Pt) starting Wednesday, April 2, 2014. The Western featured historical characters such as Wild Bill Hickok, Sol Star, Calamity Jane, Wyatt Earp, George Crook, E. B. Farnum, Charlie Utter, Jack McCall, and George »
The pilot, from "12 Years a Slave" Oscar winner John Ridley, is about a racially charged murder trial in California's Central Valley and its effect on those involved. Hutton, formerly of TNT's "Leverage," will play the father of the murder victim. His character is a gambling addict who has managed to turn his life around.
Felicity Huffman ("Desperate Housewives") is in talks to play Hutton's wife, and Penelope Ann Miller has signed on to play the mother of the victim's wife, who was badly beaten when her husband was killed. The cast also includes Benito Martinez ("The Shield"), W. Earl Brown ("Deadwood"), Caitlin Gerard, Elvis Nolasco and Richard Cabral.
Other pilot casting:
“Rectify” will return for its second season on June 19, Sundance announced Thursday. The acclaimed, slow-burn drama follows Daniel Holden (Aden Young), a man set free after spending half of his life on Death Row. The show was created and written by Ray McKinnon (“The Accountant,” “Deadwood,” “Sons of Anarchy”) and executive produced by Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein, the Emmy Award winning producers behind “Breaking Bad” and the upcoming “Halt and Catch Fire.” Also read: Art by Killer, Serial Sex Offender Used in ‘Rectify’ Golden Globes Campaign (Exclusive) Season 1 of the show found Daniel trying to find his place »
- Tim Molloy
Created and executive produced by David Milch (NYPD Blue), Deadwood is one of most acclaimed dramas on television nominated for 22 Emmys® (winning 7) and earned a Golden Globe® Award in its first two seasons for Ian McShane. The outlaw camp of Deadwood marches slowly towards civilization, facing its first elections. But the power struggles continue over everything in Deadwood-influence, money, and whores-as the founding camp members form strategic alliances to face down the threat of a powerful newcomer, seeking to remake Deadwood in his image. To mark the tenth anniversary of the debut of the acclaimed HBO series Deadwood, HBO Zone will present a marathon of the show, running all 36 episodes back-to-back beginning Saturday, March 15 at 10:00 a.m. (Et/Pt), and concluding Sunday, March »
- Pietro Filipponi
Exclusive: HBO has opted not to proceed with The Money, its drama pilot written by David Milch, directed by Justin Chadwick and starring Brendan Gleeson. The project was about wealth and corruption among the super elite, focusing on American mogul and patriarch James Castman (Gleeson), who wields power and influence to expand his media empire and control his family. Nathan Lane, Patrick Kennedy, Dominique McElligott, Laila Robins, Billy Magnussnen and Morgan Spector co-starred in the pilot, with Ray Liotta, John Carroll Lynch, Rosemary Harris and Mamie Gummer playing recurring roles. Milch executive produced with Art Linson and John Linson. The Money marked Milch’s fifth consecutive pilot at HBO in one of the longest collaborations between a network and a creator. Of the five, three – Deadwood, John From Cincinnati and Luck – went to series. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Another day, another round of actors joining pilots for the next TV season. "Mad Men" star Rich Sommer is among a few actors to land new pilots, hoping they'll go to series in the fall. Deadline has all the details.
- Sommer has been cast in CBS comedy "Good Session," as the best fiend of a couple who learn quite a bit from a trip to the therapist. His character lives in the suburbs with his wife and kids.
- Formerly of "Treme," Rob Brown has joined NBC's "Salvation" pilot. He will play the adopted son of Ashley Judd's Jennifer Strickland, the widow of a mega-church pastor who is trying to save the church.
The Shield alum Benito Martinez and Deadwood‘s W. Earl Brown have been cast in American Crime, ABC’s drama pilot written and exec produced by John Ridley, fresh off winning an Oscar for 12 Years A Slave. It centers on the racially charged murder of a war veteran and the subsequent trial, which are examined through the personal lives of the players involved. Martinez, repped by Sdb Partners, will play Alonzo, a hardworking, middle-class widowed father whose son is accused of the crime. He previously recurred on Sons Of Anarchy and is coming off an arc on House Of Cards. Brown, repped by Greene & Associates and manager Lynn Rawlins, will play Tom, the emotionally distraught father of Lily, widow of the murdered war vet. He next will be seen in Draft Day and Wild. Related: 2014 ABC Pilots »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
That night, my brain conjured up not one but two separate imaginary season finales in dream form. In one, Rust Cohle and Marty Hart tracked the killer conspiracy to an oily Louisiana politician (played, in the dream, by Deadwood veteran Zach Grenier, proving that my brain and True Detective's casting director have a similar attitude about raiding past great HBO dramas for talent). Content they'd gotten their man at last, they didn't notice the hulking, »
Review Michael Noble 17 Feb 2014 - 06:58
The new season of Netflix's House of Cards sees Frank Underwood wielding even greater power. Here's our review...
From its very beginning, House of Cards was assured of our attention. It was a remake of a fondly remembered parent show, boasted a brace of A-list Hollywood talent and was the first major release in Netflix’s multimillion dollar bid to be taken seriously as a producer of content. It succeeded on each of those terms. The story translated brilliantly to Washington, Kevin Spacey’s reimagining of the central character was superbly realised and the producers picked up a raft of well-deserved awards. Such success means a couple of things. Firstly, that Netflix now has to be treated just the same as any of its production rivals and secondly, that House of Cards must succeed in its own right.
This new series proves that it can and does. »
The actress plays Democratic congresswoman Jackie Sharp on the programme, which returned for its second season on Friday (February 14).
Speaking to The Guardian, Parker says of Sharp: "She is a strong woman. She came up through the military, she came up through a patriarchal system and she knows how to be in a room full of powerful men and demand respect."
"I don't think that this character is a sociopath, I think that she has a conscience."
Parker, whose previous credits include Dexter and Deadwood, added: "I think that she's a principled woman in terms of her point of view, her perspective as a soldier. That comes into play a little bit as the season goes on."
On the downsides of playing such a powerful character, she said: "It's almost like you can't then play a woman in power without addressing that, »
Formerly an 'unstoppable salsa machine', with 'fire in [his] heels' and fruitful dance partnership with his sister, Bruce Garrett's lost the Latin verve and piled on the pounds after stumbling into adulthood and a dull industrial engineering job. But when a beautiful and endearing American (Rashida Jones) with a passion for the dance floor becomes his new boss, Bruce is determined to ignite his inner salsa flame.
Predictable throughout, this Studio Canal/Film 4/BFI Film Fund production is, crucially, likeable as well. Its talented supporting cast – including Utopia's Alexandra Roach, Sightseers' Steve Oram, Deadwood great Ian McShane and the magnificent Olivia Colman – deserved slightly more from the script than has been delivered by Miranda and Fresh Meat contributor Jon Brown.
But there are enough pithy one-liners, »
Is anyone in Washington strong enough to bring Francis Underwood down? We won’t find out for sure until Friday, when new episodes of House of Cards debut on Netflix — but one new character might just be the woman for the job.
The Emmy-winning drama’s second season introduces another political player with serious potential: Jacqueline Sharp, a young congresswoman poised to rise in the ranks after Frank ascends to the White House. She’s played by Deadwood alum Molly Parker — a savvy operator well-versed in both prestige TV and keeping a show’s surprises under wraps. (Parker is so »
- Hillary Busis
The Overlooked Hotel is a new column in which we throw the spotlight behind the front line, champion those unfairly lost in the shallow focus of fame and feed the hungry underdogs.
Our maiden guest in the Hotel is character actor and master storyteller Stephen Tobolowsky.
There are plenty of superstars out there. The Tom Cruises and Brad Pitts and George Clooneys of this world who, with a sprinkle of their magic pixie dust, can get a film made, with their name above the title on the poster and a big cut of the profits to boot. Likewise, hundreds of films (deservedly or otherwise) have their moment in the sun, awards and box office success lavished upon them as they are admitted to the ranks of “The Acclaimed”.
Then there are the other guys. The other films. Actors who always add something great to the films they appear in, but »
- Dave Roper
• Tom Hardy (Inception) is in early talks to join Johnny Depp (who is now officially signed on again) in the Whitey Bulger pic Black Mass. Hardy would play FBI Agent John Connolly, a childhood friend of Bulger’s who gets in trouble when he reveals inside information to Bulger about an impending indictment. Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart) recently agreed to direct the film. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Atlas Independent, the affiliate company of Charles Roven's Atlas Entertainment, announced today Ian McShane (Sexy Beast, Deadwood), will star opposite Patrick Wilson in The Man on Carrion Road. McShane will play the role of Leland; an aging retired Sheriff of a small border town with violent tendencies. Gonzalo López-Gallego (Apollo 18, Open Grave) will direct the film based on Nils Lyew's script. William Green, Aaron L. Ginsburg, and Andy Horwitz of Atlas Independent will produce. Mica Entertainment is financing with Relativity International selling the picture overseas. The film is slated to being production in April.
Ian McShane was recently seen playing King Brahmwell in Jack the Giant Slayer for director Bryan Singer and as Beith, the leader of the dwarves in Rupert Sanders' Snow White and the Huntsman. In 2012, McShane did a memorable turn as Leigh Emerson, a sadistic Santa serial killer on Ryan Murphy's »
I wasn’t the only one disappointed by Apollo 18, a found-footage horror flick that posed an interesting setup but forgot to infuse its narrative with tension, scares or even the most basic of intrigue. So, it’s safe to say that director Gonzalo López-Gallego didn’t make the greatest first impression. However, his next project, a thriller called The Man on Carrion Road, is shaping up into something far more intriguing than that half-hearted Paranormal Activity rip-off. Today, supervising studio Atlas Independent succeeded in getting the film on my mental checklist of projects to watch by announcing that Deadwood actor Ian McShane has joined the cast.
McShane will star as a retired lawman with violent tendencies who’s called back into action by the sheriff who replaced him (Patrick Wilson). They team up in order to track down those involved in a botched cartel deal and find themselves hunting »
- Isaac Feldberg
“Deadwood” star Ian McShane is set to join Patrick Wilson in Atlas Independent’s thriller “The Man on Carrion Road,” the company announced Friday. Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego (“Apollo 18″) will direct from a script by Nils Lyew. William Green, Aaron Ginsburg and Andy Horwitz of Atlas Independent will produce the film, which is slated to start production in April in Utah. Mica Entertainment is financing “Carrion Road,” with Relativity International selling the picture overseas. Also Read: ‘Tron: Legacy’ Star Garrett Hedlund to Join Oscar Isaac in William Monahan’s ‘Mojave’ Movie “The Man on Carrion Road” is the visceral story of »
- Jeff Sneider
Howdy daddy! Raising Hope welcomes star Martha Plimpton's real-life father Keith Carradine (Dexter and Damages) in tonight's episode, airing at 9:30 p.m., and we've got your exclusive first look at the father-daughter duo in action. But did you know he and Plimpton's co-star Garret Dillahunt also have a surprising connection: they worked together on Deadwood, and Dillahunt's character actually killed Carradine's! Oops! "My fake husband on this show fake-murdered my real dad," Plimpton jokes in our exclusive sneak peek at tonight's outing, which takes place at a dude ranch, naturally. In the episode, Virginia (Plimpton) and Burt (Dillahunt) decide to »
Amazon put up ten new pilots yesterday: five kid shows, two dramas, and three comedies. We already tackled the comedies, so let’s take a look at the two dramas up for vote: The After, the long-awaited apocalyptic thriller from The X-Files creator Chris Carter; and Bosch, a noirish cop show starring Deadwood’s Titus Welliver.The AfterThe setup: In this new fantasy drama from The X-Files’ creator Chris Carter, a group of Los Angelenos are trapped in a luxury hotel after a mysterious cataclysm, then escape to discover that civilization has apparently collapsed and some uncanny evil is afoot in the land. Plus, they all seem to have lost a whole day and none of them can remember where it went. Coincidences abound, and none of them seem like coincidences. You could say Carter is taking a page from Lost if Lost weren't so heavily indebted to the specific »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
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