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November 6: Happy Birthday Michael Cerveris and Ethan Hawke


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Today is Michael Cerveris’s 57th birthday.  His best know screen role may have been as the Observer known as September on Fox’s Fringe.  He has also been a regular on Fame for one season and a recurring character on Treme, and he is currently appearing as the recurring character of Lazlo Valentin/Professor Pyg on the fourth season of Gotham.  He has had supporting roles in films such as The Mexican and last year’s Detours, and starred with recent headliner Adam Pascal, among others, in the movie musical Temptation.

Cerveris is one of the leading stage actors of the past three decades.  He began working in regional and Off-Broadway theater almost immediately after graduating from Yale.  He made his Broadway debut in 1993 as the title character of The Who’s Tommy, and received the first of his six Tony nominations for his work in musical theater.  Cerveris has starred as the title character in a revival of Sweeney Todd and played Juan Peron in a revival of Evita.  He has also done some straight stage drama, appearing on Broadway in Shakespeare’s Cymbeline and Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, and in a Public Theater production of King Lear as Kent.  He has won two Tonys, as John Wilkes Booth in the original production of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, and as Bruce Bechdel in Fun Home, adapted from Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel.

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Ethan Hawke: Rich or Famous?


These days, Ethan Hawke is a respected actor with a long filmography filled with interesting choices.  Sometimes a leading man and sometimes a supporting player, Hawke has outlived most of his contemporaries.  Twenty-five years ago, Hawke was just a snot-nosed kid getting hand-me-down scripts from his famous former costar, River Phoenix.  Looking towards his future, a 21-year-old Hawke was nervous, fidgety and indecisive.  When Martha Frankel interviewed Hawke for the March 1992 issue of Movieline magazine, his insecurities seemed to drive her crazy.

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November 6: Happy Birthday Sally Field and Emma Stone


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Two-time Oscar winner Sally Field celebrates her 70th birthday today.  She began acting over 50 years ago, starring as the title character in the short-lived but well-remembered (by some, at least) ABC series Gidget.  A second ABC comedy followed, with Field playing Sister Bertrille in The Flying Nun.

By the late 1970s Field was moving into feature films, starring in the #2 film of 1977, Smokey and the Bandit.  At the same time she was working hard to break away from being typecast as a plucky ingenue.  A first step was her Emmy-winning role in the 1976 miniseries Sybil, but she really made a break with her past when she starred in a 1979 film based on the experiences of a textile worker and union activist named Crystal Lee Sutton:

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Le Show: Best Supporting Actor


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Daffy and I are back with new episodes of our podcast, Le Show.  As we did last year, we’re tackling the Academy Awards.  Rather than ramble on for an hour about all the major categories, we decided to split things up.  So instead of one long show, we’ll be putting out several shorter installments.  In the second episode, we run through the five Best Supporting Actor nominees, who we think will win and who we think should win.

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Sinister Review


Sinister

Grade: B-

Directed by: Scott Derrickson

Starring: Ethan Hawke

From the makers of the better-than-expected Insidious comes Sinister, another better-than-most scary movie, that while not truly traumatizing or revelatory, is a welcome addition to the much maligned state of modern horror. This follows the same setup as Insidious and relies more on suspense and mood, rather than gore and shock (currently in vogue (e.g. Evil Dead, Saw)). Adding a solid thespian front and center (Hawke, in his first foray into the genre) helps ground the picture and get it away from teeny bopper slasher mode.

Young Hollywood Hit Lists – 1996


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“A treasure trove of top tens to help you make your way through the booby-trapped jungle of Tinseltown’s younger stars, comers and soon-to-be-goners.”

I had a lot of fun revisiting predictions made by Movieline magazine in their 1991 Young Hollywood issue.  So naturally, I went back for more.  The format of the magazine changed every year.  Future issues didn’t include the same “Who’s Who”-style article I covered last time.  But, the 1996 issue included some fun top ten lists.

Here are some of my favorites along with some modern-day commentary of my own.

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Who Was Who in Young Hollywood 1991


young hollywood cover I was doing some research when I came across an article in an old Movieline Magazine.  The article was about the hot young Hollywood stars of 1991.  Who did they pick as the stars of the future?  And were they right?  Let’s take a look. Read the rest of this entry

What the Hell Happened to Uma Thurman?


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Uma Thurman

Uma Thurman has been a Batman villain, Robin Hood’s girlfriend, an Avenger (the English kind) and Quentin Tarantino’s muse.  She’s worked with Robert DeNiro, Bill Murray, John Travolta and George Clooney.  But these days, she’s shifted gears into supporting roles.  What the hell happened?

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Was I Wrong?: Reality Bites


When Reality Bites was released in 1994, I was part of its target demographic of Gen Xers.  So it’s probably not surprising that the movie really spoke to me in a way few movies ever have.  At that point in my life, I could strongly relate to Ben Stiller’s slacker romantic comedy-drama.  But almost 20 years later, I wondered if it would still hold the same appeal.

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