Category Archives: Actors

Two Scenes Where Actors Climb Over Fences: Compare and Contrast

First, we have Liam Neeson jumping over a fence in Taken 3, with a total of 15 cuts in a moment that lasts seconds. (I hope the link to this Tweet works. I could not track down the Gif anywhere … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Cyd Charisse

Legs for weeks, not days. While there are so many classic and unforgettable dance numbers to choose from, the “Girl Hunt” number from Band Wagon is my favorite. Please read this wonderful tribute to Charisse by my friend, Dan Callahan. … Continue reading

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James Baldwin on Bette Davis

From James Baldwin’s The Devil Finds Work, an indispensable work of not only film criticism but cultural commentary and observation. Here is Baldwin on the impact seeing Bette Davis on the screen for the first time made on him as … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Dean Stockwell

Those of you who have read me for a while will remember the Dean Stockwell Year. Today is his birthday. Dean Stockwell is still with us. I treasure his body of work (still in progress). I was so pleased to … Continue reading

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The Muriel Awards 2016: My Entry on Isabelle Huppert in Elle

Every year, the Muriel Awards – an alternate and online award – chooses folks to vote on the best of the year in film. Each voter fills in an extensive ballot. Ballots are tallied. It’s always a wonderful and somewhat … Continue reading

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Conversations with Mitchell, Part 5: Jean Harlow

Yesterday was Jean Harlow’s birthday. Here is a discussion Mitchell and I had about her. Here is the next installment in a long-running conversation-series with one of my best friends, Mitchell Fain. Former installments: Part 1: We discuss Justin Timberlake, … Continue reading

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Alexandra Billings hosts The Ovation Awards

Alexandra Billings is one of my best friends. I am grateful for her presence in my life every day. I feel the same way about her wife Chrisanne. I’ve watched with happiness (and no amazement at all) at all that … Continue reading

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“Come on, Oscar, let’s you and me get drunk!”

To all the Oscar-winners tonight, congratulations! But just remember: chances are at one point in your life you will be like Bette Davis in The Star, talking to your Oscar as you drive drunk through Beverly Hills, wondering if you … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Bill Paxton

This is one of my favorite scenes in Apollo 13. I love how almost shame-faced Paxton’s character is when he admits to Jim Lovell (Hanks) that his wife is pregnant again. Like: “Ooops.” He’s an embarrassed grade-school kid in that … Continue reading

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Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances: An Interview with Sam Schacht About Method Acting

I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time and finally last month it happened. I sat down with my old Actors Studio acting teacher Sam Schacht to get his perspective on “Method acting,” a term I hear bandied … Continue reading

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