Category Archives: Actors

For On Joan Crawford and Sudden Fear

Joan Crawford got her third (and final) Oscar nomination for her performance in 1952’s Sudden Fear, a film I’ve wrote about ad nauseum, here and elsewhere. The film has been restored and is starting a short theatrical run at the … 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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June 2016 Viewing Diary

Homeland Season 3, Episode 4 “Game On” (2013; d. David Nutter) Hey, Nutter, what’s up? Thanks for the Supernatural pilot. Going on 12 seasons now, you set it up real good. I have now watched up until Season 5 of … Continue reading

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Happy 100th, Olivia de Havilland

She’s still with us, physically and mentally. Her birthday is tomorrow. One of the greatest actresses in the world.

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Happy Birthday, Peter Lorre

A letter from Groucho Marx to Peter Lorre (included in the wonderful The Groucho Letters: Letters from and to Groucho Marx), that pleases me no end. October 5, 1961 Dear Peter: It was very thoughtful of you to send me … Continue reading

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“What kind of a filmmaker would this actor, both gentle-hearted and fiery, have made?” – Stephanie Zacharek on Anton Yelchin

Mia Wasikowska, Anton Yelchin, in Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive” I often look to Stephanie Zacharek to hear her take on things. Get her perspective. I’ve been reading her since her days as a music journalist for Boston’s alternative … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Anton Yelchin

Terrible. So senseless. He must have felt so desperate and afraid and alone. I can’t stop thinking about that aspect of it. Tragedy. My condolences go to his friends and family, who must be reeling in shock right now. His … Continue reading

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Alain Delon: Eyes So Deep There’s No Bottom

Alain Delon in Jean-Pierre Melville’s “Le Cercle Rouge” We discussed Le Cercle Rouge here the other day and I mentioned my love for it yet Yves Montand’s horrifying delirium tremens scene was so terrible (the wallpaper alone, never mind the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Marilyn Monroe: “File My Claim” from River of No Return

Of all of the wonderful musical numbers Marilyn performed in her films, this one, from River of No Return is my favorite. I’m not sure I even want to say why. Or break it down. Or analyze the reasons it … Continue reading

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“I’m not interested in money. I just want to be wonderful.” – Happy Birthday, Marilyn Monroe

Excerpt from my friend Kim Morgan’s Playboy cover story about Monroe. Silk and sandpaper. Love and sex. And again sex. As women, may we just have sex without judgment? Marilyn may have been used early in her career (and all … Continue reading

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