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Holly Hunter’s career is so vast and sprawling that chances are even her biggest fans have turned a blind eye to one or two of her greatest roles. Love “The Piano” and “Raising Arizona” but have never seen an episode of “Saving Grace”? Did you forget she did voice work in “The Incredibles”? Don’t worry, with Holly Hunter, these things happen to the best of us.
Luckily, the award-winning actress recently had an hour to speak at the Hamptons International Film Festival, wherein she handily reminded us of all the (many) highlights of her career. She was at the festival promoting her latest turn in “Strange Weather,” the newest Katherine Diekmann-directed indie that deals with the struggle of profound loss in a trying time, a theme especially prevalent throughout the films at Hiff.
Here are four takeaways from Hunter’s talk.
- Bryn Gelbart
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Holly Hunter is worried you can’t hear her.
“The reception in the place I’m staying is really terrible, so we’ll just have to figure this out together,” says the Oscar-winner (“The Piano”).
But her voice — slightly flinty, a little smokey, distinctly Southern, and so uniquely her own — comes through strong. This is a woman who will not be undone by spotty signals or dropped calls.
And her indomitability is deserved. After all, Hunter has just delivered one of her richest, most lived-in performances, playing a mother struggling to come to terms with her son’s suicide in “Strange Weather,” which premieres next week at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival. In it, she’s sexy, willful, and admirably, at times, infuriatingly self-possessed. The kind of woman who pulls on a Marlboro while sitting next to a no smoking sign. It was a part she jumped at and one »
- Brent Lang
Saving Grace alum Leon Rippy has booked a recurring role on the fourth season of NBC’s hit drama series The Blacklist. Rippy will play Hunter, a mysterious survivalist who stumbles upon a secret that will have dire consequences. He's an enigmatic character whose unhinged behavior makes him hard to pin down as friend or foe. Rippy, who starred in HBO’s Deadwood, most recently was seen on Hulu miniseries 11.22.63. He is repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency. The Cosby… »
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Goosebumps' Dylan Minnette has been cast as Clay in the 13 Reasons Why TV show at Netflix. Based on the 2007 novel by Jay Asher, the series comes from from producer Selena Gomez, writer-creator Brian Yorkey, director Tom McCarthy, Anonymous Content, and Paramount TV. Fans of the Lost TV series on ABC will recognize Minnette as Jack Shephard's son with Juliet Burke (Elizabeth Mitchell) -- David Shephard -- in the "sideways" reality of the sixth and final season. His other TV series work includes Scandal, Agents of Shield, Awake, and Saving Grace.
Katherine Langford, a new Australian actress, has been cast in the role of Hannah Baker -- she of the 13 reasons. The 13 Reasons Why TV series cast also includes: Brandon Flynn, Christian Navarro, Alisha Boe, Justin Prentice, Devin Druid, Miles Heizer, and Ross »
Showtime recently announced its remake of “Twin Peaks” will include a cast of 217 actors. I pity whoever has to assemble that call sheet.
It’s hard enough these days for shows to stand out from the pack. Best of luck to the actors. The larger the cast, the harder it is for an actor to get any attention. And this year’s supporting actor and actress races are shaping up to be even more competitive than many of the lead races.
With A-list talent flocking to TV, the rise of the star-studded ensemble has certainly benefited TV fans, who get to see an incredible caliber of talent in choice roles. But what’s even more satisfying — and surprising — are the breakout performances from those names you might never have heard of before.
- Debra Birnbaum
Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis this weeekend! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con April 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!
Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. St. Louis show hours are Friday, April 1st, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, April 2nd, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, April 3rd, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor »
- Tom Stockman
7 items from 2016