Category Archives: Actors

Gena Rowlands to Receive 2015 Governors Award

The announcement just came in that the 2015’s Governor Awards will be going to Gena Rowlands and Spike Lee (what a pairing – although it seems to me Spike Lee is damn young for an Honorary Award. Strange.), and the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Tuesday Weld

From the great “Pretty Poison” (1968) with Anthony Perkins. And below you can see her as the creepily blank and heart-achingly gorgeous teenage majorette in the fantastic opening sequence of the film. See Pretty Poison if you have not. Don’t … Continue reading

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“She would always say, ‘People have to make sense.’” – Ingrid Rossellini on her mother, Ingrid Bergman

This year is the centenary of Ingrid Bergman’s birth, and there is a huge retrospective happening at MoMA and BAM here in New York, programmed by her three children, Isabella and Ingrid Rossellini, and Pia Lindstrom. My friend Dan Callahan … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Robert Mitchum

Robert Mitchum, Cannes 1954, photograph by Leo Mirkine Excerpt from Are You Anybody? An Actor’s Life, by Bradford Dillman For the past fifty years Robert Mitchum has been captivating filmgoers with his sleepy demeanor. He was the first actor to … Continue reading

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Kerry Ellis: “As Long As He Needs Me”

I thank my friend Alex for sharing this clip of Kerry Ellis (a wonderful actress and singer) as Nancy in Oliver!, singing “As Long As He Needs Me”. The song is so famous and it has been done by everyone. … Continue reading

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Duke, O’Hara, and Ford

I finished Scott Eyman’s magnificent biography of John Wayne (John Wayne: The Life and Legend), and could not recommend it more highly. While the book deserves only praise for its delving into Wayne’s filmography, the true strength of the book … Continue reading

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Hondo (1953) at MoMA: John Wayne in 3D

Perfect timing: I’ve been absolutely loving Scott Eyman’s biography of John Wayne: John Wayne: The Life and Legend. It’s so good, people. It’s the biography that this icon deserves. I’m not done with it yet, and I’ll post more on … Continue reading

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Happy 85th to Gena Rowlands, Living Legend

Here’s a brief clip from the video-essay written/narrated by me about the work of Gena Rowlands, included in the special features on the Criterion release of Love Streams. If you haven’t seen this masterpiece yet, what are you waiting for? … Continue reading

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“You Seem Really Really Bitter. I’m Still Talking.” – Alexandra Billings

Things Are Going Great For Me with J. Claude Deering: Alex Billings (Transparent) – watch more funny videos “This seems very … frail.” Dying …

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Happy Birthday, Judy Garland

It is interesting that earlier today I posted on Bjork’s gestures in her “Black Lake” video. Because today is Judy Garland’s birthday, and (along with Elvis Presley and John Wayne), she is the Master of Gesture. Every moment full, every … Continue reading

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