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Some actors are best known for an iconic TV character they've played. But most of them have had at least one other notable role to be remembered by. Jackie Gleason isn't just Ralph Kramden, he's also Minnesota Flats and Buford T. Justice. Henry Winkler isn't just The Fonz, he's also Barry Zuckerkorn. (And, to acknowledge one who recently left us, Larry Hagman's legacy isn't just J.R. Ewing, its also Major Nelson.) But so far, no matter how many other gigs he's had before, during and since, James Gandolfini is pretty much just Tony Soprano. This isn't to say Gandolfini isn't a great actor. He's delivered many terrific performances in many films. But he isn't known for playing any other stand-out characters. Right now, Gandolfini occupies an interesting middle ground: He's not exactly a movie star, and he's not exactly a character actor. With his girth and his bald »
- Christopher Campbell
This month, Turner Classic Movies is putting a spotlight on politically themed films. A mere coincidence as the presidential election season reaches its peak? Not a chance.
In the TCM special "A Night at the Movies: Hollywood Goes to Washington," debuting Friday (Oct. 5), writer-producer-director Laurent Bouzereau -- whose documentaries about the making of films appear on the home-video releases of many classics, from "Lawrence of Arabia" to "Jaws" -- compiles scenes from numerous movies with political bents, from James Stewart in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" to Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman in "All the President's Men."
"It's not so much to make a statement, but to really tie in with the political season, absolutely," Bouzereau confirms to Zap2it of the program's timing. "Some of the people I've interviewed say, 'Everything is political.' Costa-Gavras, the great director of movies like 'Z' and 'State of Siege,' »
Jackie Earle Haley may have been off the acting map for over a decade but in the past few years he has certainly found his feet once again. After appearing in Steven Zaillian's 'All the King's Men' and Todd Field's 2006 drama 'Little Children' the actor was soon landing roles in all sorts of mainstream cinema once again such as becoming the new-look Freddy Krueger in the subpar remake of 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'. Now already with Zack Snyder's 'Watchmen', Martin Scorsese's 'Shutter Island', Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows', and the upcoming Steven Spielberg biopic 'Lincoln' under his belt the 51-year old star has landed another notable role in Jose Padilha's new 'RoboCop' reboot. The back in form Haley will join Joel Kinnaman ('The Darkest Hour'), Gary Oldman ('The Dark Knight Rises'), Samuel L. Jackson »
All the King's Men couldn't put John Edwards' presidential campaign together again. But the disgraced former senator and onetime vice presidential nominee did out seek the advice of several Hollywood pals, most notably among them Sean Penn, as to how to come clean about having a child out of wedlock with mistress Rielle Hunter. Per local station Wral, the revelation surfaced today during proceedings in Greensboro, N.C., where Edwards is on trial for allegedly using more than $1 million in illegal campaign contributions to hide his extramarital affair and then lying about it to authorities. According to testimony from a star witness for the prosecution, Wendy Button, a former speechwriter for the »
4 items from 2012
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