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Mark Hamill Reveals Inspirations Behind His Portrayal Of The Joker

A lot of people didn’t have a clue who was voicing the Joker for so long until Mark Hamill was revealed to be the voice of the iconic villain. His inspirations for this character however are kind of interesting in an odd sort of way. He cites The Invisible Man along with Jay Leno and and Howard Cosell, which might sound a little strange until you learn how he incorporated their manner of speech and the edginess that was brought into the voice. He’s been playing the voice of the Joker now for well over two decades and few have

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Mark Hamill says his Joker was partly inspired by Jay Leno

Mark Hamill’s beloved version of the Joker was apparently inspired partly by Jay Leno.

There have been many a memorably version of Batman’s arch nemesis on both big screen and small, but one of the absolute favourites of fans has to be Mark Hamill’s spin on the character in Batman: The Animated Series.

Hamill’s Joker voice is instantly recognisable and apparently he was influenced and inspired by comedian Jay Leno and classic horror actor Claude Rains:

“I would imitate the old Universal horror films and I realize, in retrospect, I wasn’t doing it consciously, but Claude Rains as The Invisible Man…[imitates Rains] ‘Crazy? You think I’m crazy? I’ll show you who’s crazy!'” Hamill revealed to Sway’s Universe. “So he had sort of the grit that I incorporated into it and I said to voiceover people later, I would do a character,
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Mark Hamill Reveals The Inspirations Behind His Portrayal Of The Joker

General audiences know him best as the heroic Luke Skywalker from the Star Wars saga, but DC fans idolize Mark Hamill for his turn to the Dark Side. The actor has played Batman’s nemesis the Joker across numerous media for over 25 years now, beginning with the acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series in 1992. To many, his vocal performance perfectly captures all aspects of the supervillain: his charm and humour, yet also his monstrous, murderous side.

In an interview with Sway’s Universe, Hamill talked about where exactly his portrayal of the Joker comes from. The star revealed that, back when he started doing B:tas, he was influenced by a strange mix of inspirations, including classic black-and-white horror The Invisible Man and TV personalities like Howard Cosell and Jay Leno.

“I would imitate the old Universal horror films and I realize, in retrospect, I wasn’t doing it consciously, but Claude Rains as The Invisible Man
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Bill Murray movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Rushmore,’ ‘Lost in Translation’

Bill Murray movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Rushmore,’ ‘Lost in Translation’
The spring movie “Isle of Dogs” marks the eighth pairing of actor Bill Murray and filmmaker Wes Anderson. In fact, Murray has participated in all of Anderson’s films except for his first project “Bottle Rockets” which he made with longtime friends Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson.

Murray first came to national attention when he joined “Saturday Night Live” in its second season to replace the departed Chevy Chase. Like many of his SNL colleagues of the era (Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd) Murray was able to parlay his television success into a film career. He first made his film mark in comedies but in later years would take on increasingly dramatic films as well. Murray would return to TV in 2015 for the HBO limited series “Olive Kitteridge,” for which he won an Emmy as Best Supporting Actor a suicidal man who becomes involved with the title character (Frances McDormand
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Bill Murray movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Bill Murray movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
The spring movie “Isle of Dogs” marks the eighth pairing of actor Bill Murray and filmmaker Wes Anderson. In fact, Murray has participated in all of Anderson’s films except for his first project “Bottle Rockets” which he made with longtime friends Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson.

Murray first came to national attention when he joined “Saturday Night Live” in its second season to replace the departed Chevy Chase. Like many of his SNL colleagues of the era (Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd) Murray was able to parlay his television success into a film career. He first made his film mark in comedies but in later years would take on increasingly dramatic films as well. Murray would return to TV in 2015 for the HBO limited series “Olive Kitteridge,” for which he won an Emmy as Best Supporting Actor a suicidal man who becomes involved with the title character (Frances McDormand
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Oscars flashback: Denzel Washington wins 2nd Oscar from gleeful Julia Roberts [Watch]

Oscars flashback: Denzel Washington wins 2nd Oscar from gleeful Julia Roberts [Watch]
A gleeful Julia Roberts could hardly contain her excitement when announcing the Best Actor Oscar winner at the 2002 ceremony. After opening the envelope she declared, “I love my life” before saying the name of Denzel Washington for “Training Day.” Watch the video above.

Washington had presented an honorary Academy Award earlier in the ceremony to his acting idol Sidney Poitier. When accepting his second Oscar he said that he had been chasing Poitier for the past 40 years and he would “always be following in your footsteps.”

SEEOscars flashback: Denzel Washington beams in front of his mother winning Best Supporting Actor for ‘Glory’ [Watch]

Following his Oscar win for “Glory” at the 1990 ceremony, Washington went through the 1990s as an A-Lister making one hit movie after another. He added two more Oscar nominations to his record for the title role in “Malcolm X” (1992) and for playing wrongfully imprisoned boxer Rubin Carter in
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Review: Woody Allen's "Bananas" (1971); Twilight Time Blu-ray Release

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“There Are No Bananas In It”

By Raymond Benson

Woody Allen’s second feature film as director/writer/actor is ranked #69 on AFI’s 100 greatest comedies list… and it is indeed a very funny, zany picture (arguably one of Allen’s funniest) that today says more about the early 1970s than perhaps was intended at the time. But would millennials find Bananas funny in this day and age? Would they get the jokes? Can an audience that hasn’t “grown up” with Woody Allen movies get past what has been said about his personal life since the 1990s? I can’t answer those questions. But I can place Bananas within the context of when it was released and attest that it still makes me laugh.

At this point in his career, Allen was mostly interested in making low budget movies with little substance, but with lots of gags. He was
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Battle Of The Sexes – Review

If you’re over age 50, you likely recall the Billie Jean King-Bobby Riggs tennis match from 1973, a feminist landmark and time-capsule of male chauvinist history that attracted one of the biggest audiences ever for a sporting event at that time. Over 100 million worldwide watched the 29-year old Number 2 ranked women’s champion take on the 55-year old former men’s champ in a $100,000 tournament that’s now been dramatized in Battle Of The Sexes, a flawed but mostly entertaining look at a repressive time when women athletes weren’t taken seriously and ‘lesbian’ was a dirty word.

Loudmouth hustler and gambling addict Bobby Riggs (Steve Carrel), was a self-confessed ‘male chauvinist pig’ even though he lived off the family money of his second wife Priscilla (Elizabeth Shue). Riggs had been a tennis champ decades earlier and was still active on the senior circuit in the early ‘70s. He
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Battle of the Sexes movie review: totally ace

MaryAnn’s quick take… An essential history lesson with a smart smack of relevance for today (because feminism always has to be relitigated). It’s also warm, funny, and hugely entertaining. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies about women

I’m “biast” (con): not a sports fan at all

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

That saying about those not remembering the past being condemned to repeat it? Of course it’s true… but sometimes it’s not an accident that the past gets forgotten. Sometimes the squashing of history — and the continuation of history into the present — is deliberate. Feminists know this: Women are constantly having to reinvent feminism, refight the same battles, because they don’t stay won. A brief moment of small triumph very quickly gets drowned out by major cultural pushback; women may savor victory only long enough
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'Battle of the Sexes' Review: Imagine Hillary and Trump Swinging Rackets

'Battle of the Sexes' Review: Imagine Hillary and Trump Swinging Rackets
What does a movie about a 1973 tennis exhibition match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs have to say to millennials when everyone knows the war between so-called women's libbers and male chauvinist pigs ended last century? Ha! Starring a top-form Emma Stone as King and a perceptively flamboyant Steve Carell as Riggs, Battle of the Sexes is not an overtly political movie; it's a blast about two tennis champions going over the top to make a point. But in speaking to the marginalized, the movie comments bluntly on the here and now.
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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the New Battle of the Network Stars

Fans of the popular “Battle of the Network Stars” show that ran in the 1970s and 80s are getting a dose of nostalgia with a reboot of the series that premiered on June 29th, 2017. While the new show is based on its original, it will have a new look and will definitely feature different stars. For those of you who caught the first episode and are not familiar with the fact that this is a resurrection series, here are five things that you didn’t know about the show. Howard Cosell was the host of the original show Most sports

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Battle of the Network Stars Reboot Brings New Blood, Upgraded Dunk Tank and a Hulk With Something to Prove

Battle of the Network Stars Reboot Brings New Blood, Upgraded Dunk Tank and a Hulk With Something to Prove
The obstacle course of red, white and blue tires is the same, but the dunk tank is a bit more extreme as ABC wages a new Battle of the Network Stars starting Thursday, June 29 at 9/8c.

RelatedBattle of the Network Stars Cast Announced: The 10 Celebs We’re Most Psyched to See Throw Down

For the unfortunately uninitiated of you, gather ’round as I spin a yarn about the original intra-network “field day” competition that aired on ABC during the 1970s and ’80s, pitting the Alphabet network against CBS and NBC and… well, that was it, kids. PBS and the
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Starting off the Day with Better Off Dead’s My Two Dollars

Better off Dead is far and away one of the most random and incredibly funny movies of the 80s. It came to us from Savage Steve Holland who also directed One Crazy Summer and How I got Into College. However I think most would agree that Better off Dead was his crowning achievement. The movie starred John Cusack but I think all the highlights went to guys like Curtis Armstrong who played Charles DeMar and characters like Ricky Fitts and the Asian Guy who talked like Howard Cosell (who also played the villain in Karate Kid II). It was just

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The Best TV Guest Stars Ever — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best TV Guest Stars Ever — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who has been the best guest star on a scripted show?

Tim Surette (@timsurette), TV.com

Wayne Brady showing up in body armor and riding a horse on Syfy’s post-apocalyptic disaster disaster “Aftermath” needs to be mentioned somewhere in this critics’ roundup, so here it is. But I’ll point out two from intentional comedies that come to mind. Timothy Olyphant’s short run on “The Grinder” as himself was fantastic and if I didn’t mention this my coworker Kaitlin would kill me. But my pick goes to David Duchovny, also as himself, on “The Larry Sanders Show.” We’d largely known Duchovny for
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Doug Adler and 6 Other Sportscasters Who’ve Been Accused of Racism (Photos)

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Doug Adler and 6 Other Sportscasters Who’ve Been Accused of Racism (Photos)
Tennis analyst Doug Adler found himself out of a job at Espn earlier this year after describing Venus Williams’ “guerrilla” style of playing at the Australian Open. Adler, who’s suing Espn over the termination, isn’t alone. Read on for other sports personalities who’ve been accused of racism. Legendary sportscaster Howard Cosell was accused of racism after referring to Washington Redskins wide receiver Alvin Garrett as “that little monkey” in 1983, though Cosell denied being racist and Garrett later said that he didn’t feel like it was a demeaning comment. Kelly Tilghman received a two-week suspension from Golf Channel after suggesting that.
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‘Battle of the Network Stars’ Reboot in the Works at ABC (Exclusive)

ABC is preparing to add “Battle of the Network Stars” to its roster of primetime game-show revivals.

The network is developing a rebooted version of the ’70s and ’80s television classic, which pitted teams of TV stars against one another in athletic competitions. ABC has begun a casting search for what would be a new event series airing this summer. According to a casting announcement obtained by Variety, the series will shoot in May.

The revival hails from ABC and Img, which owns the program and will produce with Glassman Media. It will feature stars from across multiple television genres competing to raise money for charity.

The original “Battle of the Network Stars” aired on ABC from 1976 to 1985 and featured teams representing ABC, CBS, and NBC competing in events such as kayaking, golf, three-on-three footbal, and tug of war. The show was hosted for most of its run by Howard Cosell. Among
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Michael Mann on Political New 'Ali' Cut: 'He Was a Symbol of Resistance'

Michael Mann on Political New 'Ali' Cut: 'He Was a Symbol of Resistance'
When Muhammad Ali passed away on June 4th, 2016, those who knew him, admired him, fought him and loved him attested to his singular skill as a boxer, his fleet footwork and his way with words (especially of the trash-talking variety). What was often emphasized the most in these tributes, however, was how Ali was as much a political firebrand as a gamechanging pugilist – both the 20th century's consummate athlete and a social activist willing to sacrifice his career by standing up for what he believed. This was the heavyweight champion
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Third Time’s a Charm for Michael Mann’s ‘Ali’ Commemorative Edition Cut

Third Time’s a Charm for Michael Mann’s ‘Ali’ Commemorative Edition Cut
“Times change,” director Michael Mann says of what prompted him to revisit his 2001 Muhammad Ali biopic “Ali” for a “commemorative edition” Blu-ray. The new cut hits shelves today, on what would have been Ali’s 75th birthday. “What I was interested in, particularly now, was making more tangible the forces that were raised against him, all his adversaries, and linking them in a strong way.”

A director’s cut of the film was released in 2004, injecting eight-and-a-half minutes of material that both amplified the political strife of the times and deepened Ali’s kinship with sports journalist Howard Cosell, among other things. For the new release, Mann has pulled some of those Cosell elements back while keeping the political material in tact, shaving and trimming elsewhere for the shortest cut yet — though one still clocking in at a robust 151 minutes.

“It’s a combination of expanding certain things and compressing others,
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Inside the Convention ‘Circus’ With Bloomberg’s Halperin and Heilemann

With 15,000 credentialed media members looking for a story, a political convention is a frenetic mob scene. Journalists and their crews outnumbered delegates almost five to one last week at the Republican gathering, but in muggy Cleveland the result wasn’t clarity — it was more like a fog.

Prominent among the media masses were John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, Bloomberg Politics’ managing editors, hosts of “With All Due Respect” and stars of Showtime’s political documentary series “The Circus.”

“For four days, we all come here and do theater criticism, and it’s based on our instincts, our sense of things, our fingertip feel, our history of watching these things,” Heilemann said. “It is not based on anything that is, like, real. A week from now, there will be data, and we will know how successful the convention was.”

Not that anyone was waiting. As the week unfolded, there was one story after another of convention missteps and
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