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March 20: Happy Birthday William Hurt and Spike Lee


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William Hurt is turning 67 today.  After studying at Tufts and Juilliard, he spent several years with the Circle Repertory Company.  He was a Tony nominee for his Broadway debut in David Rabe’s Hurlyburly.  He made his film debut in Altered States in 1980 and received a Golden Globe nomination.  His next film roles were in the romantic thriller Eyewitness with Sigourney Weaver, as a classic film noir sap in Body Heat, with yesterday’s headliner Glenn Close, among others, in The Big Chill, and in the lead role in Gorky Park.  And then he starred in an adaptation of a novel by Manuel Puig:

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Spike Lee Does Not Bite


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Joe Queenan interviewed Spike Lee for the October 1996 cover story of Movieline magazine.  If you have been reading the Movieline articles posted here, then you know that Queenan is a divisive figure.  He can be funny.  But he can also come across as arrogant and abrasive.  You could say the same about writer-director Spike Lee.  Both men come away from this interview clearly annoyed with one another.  I will be interested to see who readers side with, so let me know in the comments section.

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