South Austin Popular Culture Center
"...This meta-movie about the making of movies packs on layers of meaning, but merely stacks them up in an attempt to knock them down. It’s an intriguing proposition, yet Actor Martinez is not nearly as witty and disruptive in its execution as it thinks it is...."
"...There actually isn’t much of a plot or direction to Andreas Horvath’s Dalian portrait of actor, Austrian film icon and Luchino Visconti muse/lover Helmut Berger...."
"..."[I] was the 26th most popular actor there at that time, according to Japan's Screen Magazine," he says. "I used to have this hilarious cardboard fold-out from the magazine with my smiling face sandwiched right between Charlton Heston and Richard Dreyfuss..."
"...In the often thankless life of an actor, it's a long way from making $35 a week as a theatre performer to traveling the world as an ambassador for a multiple award-winning indie movie. But eight years after graduating with an MFA in acting from UCLA, that's the happy situation Tishuan Scott now finds himself in, as the face of The Retrieval, Texas writer/director Chris Eska's critically acclaimed second feature..."
"...As we noted in the intro to this preview issue, this year's Festival is chock-full of busy people. Dozens of actors are double-dipping in multiple features and shorts, with some tackling as many as seven projects simultaneously..."
"...Sad news for fans of Austin film and stage: The body of local actor Lou Perryman was discovered in his home on Thursday by Austin police, working off of information provided by a man who is now being held in custody. According to News 8 Austin, 36-year-old Seth Christopher Tatum turned himself in Thursday morning, confessing to attacking Perryman and also stealing his car:..."
"...In a recent issue, the Chronicle made mention of Harry Knowles looking to bring back some of the older character actors, like Tarantino has done. May I suggest the likes of Harry Dean Stanton, Eli Wallach, Ernest Borgnine, George Kennedy, and Miss Angie Dickinson to name but a few..."
"...That scene was played out at Synergy Studio in January 1995, late in the run of The Public Domain's production of Sherlock Holmes. I was the Holmes on the receiving end of that look and the actor who nearly caused me to lose it was Michael Stuart..."
"...In a nutshell, Bruce Almighty is about a funny guy named Bruce – a reporter covering quirky "special interest" issues – who dreams of becoming a respected anchorman, not realizing that he does the most good, brings the most joy, as the funny guy doing man-on-the-street interviews about the world's largest chocolate chip cookie. OK, in the middle somewhere, he becomes God for a while, but put that aside for the moment, and you see the parallel: Jim Carrey is an actor – a funny actor – who wants to be taken seriously as a dramatic actor, when really what the man-on-the-street wants is to see Jim Carrey talking out of his ass again..."
"...For your last film, you deserved better than this pale shadow of Blazing Saddles and a character that gets more screen time to look serious than to be funny. I suppose it's silly, this desire for an actor's last film role to be somehow an embodiment of what that actor meant to the movies, a summing up of his most magnetic qualities and bits, as if the actor had an inkling that he'd die before making another film and could work up an apropos screen farewell..."
"...On Sunday, Jan. 24, while more than 16 million viewers were getting their first look at Walter Skinner in more than seven years, the actor who's played that redoubtable FBI assistant director since The X-Files' first season back in 1994 was languishing in the ninth circle of theatre hell..."
"...Starring: Mark Webber, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Laura Linney, Sonia Braga, Michelle Williams and Ethan Hawke. The actor Ethan Hawke directed and adapted this movie that’s based on his 1996 novel, so it’s not surprising that there appears to be very little distance between the artist and the material..."
"...If the notion of an actor getting drunk before the play seems odd, then it's time you met Shit-faced Shakespeare, a theatrical enterprise in which an actual work of Shakespeare's is performed by a small troupe of players, one of whom is, as advertised, shit-faced. Which means said actor is likely to disrupt the otherwise straightforward presentation of this play with, say, dropped lines, made-up lines, interruptions, personal commentary that has nothing whatsoever to do with the story being told, impromptu dancing, or even nudity – in short, anything a person giddily under the influence might do in life...."
"...Uzumasa Limelight focuses on a particular type of actor/stuntman key to the genre: the kirare-yaku or “sliced actor” who specialize in the ballet of violent death by sword. Director Oichai has crafted a heartfelt tribute to these intensely physical yet widely unsung men (and the occasional woman) that’s long overdue and well-deserved...."
"...You may not recognize his name, but his hardscrabble, hangdog visage is a beautiful and mesmerizing pockmark on the visual history of cinema. Harry Dean Stanton: actor, mystic, lover of women, and ultimately enigma in extremis, is instantly recognizable from his culty breakout performances in Alex Cox’s Repo Man, Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas and, earlier, in Monte Hellman’s Two-Lane Blacktop and Stuart Rosenberg’s Cool Hand Luke..."
"...The pair made five films together -- Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Fitzcarraldo, and Nosferatu are the best remembered of them -- but Kinski's oeuvre includes 150 more made for other directors. It's strange that such a tiny slice of an actor's output would link him forever to one director, but Kinski was always a special case..."
"...If you ever need a case study in multiple personalities, talk to an actor. Your average thespian has at least a dozen folks swirling under his or her skin..."
"...Commie fifth columnists, Red dupes, and the Cold War are in full swing and the first hydrogen bomb has recently obliterated a sizable chunk of the Bikini Atoll. Over at Capitol Pictures, however, life is even more complex for overworked but relentlessly efficient studio “fixer” Eddie Mannix (Brolin), a sturdy Catholic family man whose full-time job is keeping the studio’s nonstop parade of egocentric, narcissistic, and just plain lunkheaded actors, directors, and extras in line and out of the gossip columns..."
"...For an actor to see a play and say, "I want to do that play" is the most common thing in the world. What's uncommon is for an actor to say, "I want to do that play" and then go on and produce it himself...."
"...Marlon Brando was a bundle of infinite contradictions: sinner and saint, recluse and icon, glutton and stud, charlatan and genius. The utterly remarkable documentary Listen to Me Marlon charts the actor’s life through Brando’s own words, using public domain materials and never-before-seen or -heard video clips and audio tapes from his personal archives to reveal a complicated human being who defied simple categorization by design..."
"...Although the film sounds like a sure bet on paper, Saint John of Las Vegas sadly comes up solid snake eyes. Written and directed by first-timer Rhodes, this comedy evidences little narrative logic or coherence, zero chemistry among the actors, and most sinfully, a scarcity of genuine humor..."
"...Starring: Paul Giamatti, Dina Korzun, David Strathairn, Emily Watson, Katheryn Winnick and Lauren Ambrose. An actor named Paul Giamatti (played by the actor Paul Giamatti) smells different, and his skin feels somehow scaly to his wife, Claire (Watson)..."
"...Starring: Michael Caine, Jude Law and Harold Pinter. It takes something really special to bring together a Nobel Prize-winning writer, a director renowned for his Shakespeare adaptations, a two-time Oscar-winning actor who also happens to be a knight of the British realm, and the reigning No..."
"...1408 is Cusack and Swedish-born director Håfström’s (Derailed) movie all the way. Sure, the fact that Cusack appeared just a few years ago in Identity, another horror hotel movie, raised fears that the actor might have overdosed on one too many Gideon Bibles..."
"...But there's something different at Winedale this summer. In a departure from the program's custom of casting students with little or no stage experience, the title role in Lear is being played by Matthew Radford, an actor who's been performing Shakespeare professionally in the UK for 15 years..."
"...This is the second floor of BookPeople, and it's packed, overflowing, with people waiting to hear Perella read excerpts from his new book, Adventures of a No Name Actor, comic tales from the life of a featured player. The reading begins with this reel of a few of his finer screen moments...."
"...It's the loaded question that has titillated libidinal teenage males since time immemorial: What if you were invisible? Wouldn't that be cool? Well, yeah, but you wouldn't know it from Hollow Man, an effects-heavy take on that old standby that wallows in the more prurient aspects of the mini-genre like a pig in slop (or, more pointedly, like a 15-year-old in a women's locker room) and is impressive only for the too-frequent glimpses of Bacon's Flashdancing bare bottom. I suppose we're lucky to see much of the actor at all, though..."
"...Starring: Steven Soderbergh, Betsy Brantley, David Jensen, Eddie Jemison, Scott Allen, Mike Malone and Katherine Lanasa. Who knew that deep inside the soul of Steven Soderbergh beat the heart of a great comic actor? In Schizopolis, we find Soderbergh working both sides of the camera as actor, writer, and director in the creation of this most personal of all his projects..."
"...At the film’s beginning, young Jake (Taplitz) and his parents – Brian (Kinnear), a barely-working actor, and Kathy (Ehle), a psychotherapist shouldering the family’s bills – move into a Brooklyn brownstone inherited from Brian’s late, estranged father. The first floor is rented out to a struggling dress shop owned by Chilean émigré Leonor (García), a longtime tenant and close friend of Brian’s dad..."
"...Bennett’s appropriately named bad guy, Dick, is a ball-busting preppy whose constant state of agitation perks up the movie on more than one occasion. (It’s hard to believe this is the same actor who calmly sits at the little kids' table in those AT&T commercials.) Rutherford’s scrawny outsider with the Seventies porn-star mustache (a character hilariously describes him as “a young, skinny Burt Reynolds”) is a hoot, a well-meaning but socially awkward guy whose idea of a scrimmage-line diversion is to drop trou and yell in his underwear..."
"...Everyone is familiar with John Turturro, the actor, who’s become a dramatic staple in the films of Spike Lee, the Coen Brothers, and many other independent-minded filmmakers of the last two decades. Yet John Turturro, the writer/director, is a less widely known quantity, even as his fifth film Fading Gigolo, in which he also co-stars with Woody Allen, fans out across American movie screens..."
"...It’s a pileup of confessional monologues and confrontational encounters, leaving you to wonder whether there’s a story somewhere in all the dramatic wreckage. Perhaps, not surprisingly, the worst offender is director/co-screenwriter/actor Thornton, whose droning delivery can make minutes seem like hours..."
"...Its star, Jean Dujardin, was a revelation, playing up the zany farce at the heart of that film, laughing like a maniac but wearing a tux as well as Sean Connery ever did. Certainly Dujardin, an actor so adept at intellectual, culturally specific comedy that he can express a character's inner life via absurdly graceful physical movements that are near-poetic in their exactitude, was a rare find..."
"...Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre, Anders Ahlbom, Georgi Staykov, Annika Hallin, Jacob Ericksson, Sofia Ledarp and Niklas Falk. I do not envy American actor Rooney Mara, who, amid much speculation and consternation, was finally named as the luckless actor cast to play Lisbeth Salander, the heroine and titular "girl" of the Swedish action/conspiracy/psychological trilogy that exploded into global pop-cultural zeitgeist with the posthumous publication of Stieg Larsson's phenomenal clutch of paranoiac Svenska-noir novels..."
"...In flashbacks, there are flickerings of an old boyfriend (played by Krasinski) who has since jilted her; later he’ll show up to deliver the final, killing interview. Curiously, Krasinski, the actor, is one of the least effective at wrapping his mouth around Wallace’s distinctive, almost stilted-sounding rhythm and diction, but he does have an eye for casting: Charles, as a serial monogamist going through the paces of his exit speech, and Cooper, as one of Sara’s students, make especially jazzy work of their limited time onscreen..."
"...Nighy's best known on this side of the pond as the tentacular Davy Jones of the past two Pirates of the Caribbean films and also to genre fans as Shaun of the Dead's crotchety, doomed stepfather. But he's also a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award-winning West Ender whose ominous frame, piercing eyes, and chilled delivery pretty much define what it means to be a flesh-and-blood character actor in an increasingly CGI world..."
"...It’s a testament to both the enduring power of film and Chaplin’s immediate and seemingly cellular mastery of the medium that his films are currently enjoying a revival of sorts, with a new frame-by-frame remastering of Modern Times currently in theatres and a wealth of other titles given lush restorations on DVD. No other early film star has yet been accorded this fawning treatment (poor Harold Lloyd isn’t on DVD at all), and it is difficult to imagine any current actor, comic or otherwise, maintaining such a remarkable degree of fame ever again..."
"...Starring: Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson, Bobby Cannavale, Paul Benjamin and Raven Goodwin. Fans of independent movies will recall the actor Peter Dinklage from the first time they saw him onscreen as Tito the dwarf in Tom DiCillo’s 1995 film Living in Oblivion..."
"...Despite a title that – for the less jaded among us, at least – recalls one of Bambi's perky forest pals (“You can call me Fluffer, tee-hee!”), this seriocomic look at obsessive love and the pitfalls found therein is for the most part a disarming, charming, and frequently cynical exercise in mordant humor. Across the tracks and one block over from Main Street, USA, the term “fluffer” applies to that person on an adult film set whose sole responsibility is to keep the male actor primed for action and ready to perform at the, um, peak of his abilities..."
"...Watching Brando in The Island of Dr. Moreau, you find yourself wondering: Is he the most brilliant actor who ever lived or the most accomplished charlatan of his profession? In this third film adaptation of H.G..."
"...This second film adaptation of Steinbeck's novel (the first, featuring Burgess Meredith and Lon Chaney, Jr., was released in 1939) about the fraternal bond between two migrant farm workers, the level-headed George and the simple Lenny, is reverentially faithful to its source, seemingly willing to forego making its own mark in favor of enshrining the literary work upon which it is based. (Director/actor Sinise unquestionably has an affinity for Steinbeck: he's staged a successful adaptation of Of Mice and Men at his Chicago Steppenwolf Theatre, as well as an ambitious Broadway production for The Grapes of Wrath, the writer's most famous -- and subversive -- work.) Horton Foote's screenplay is more rhythmic than his other scripts, especially in the reiterations between George and Lenny about the home they dream of, the refuge from their nomadic existence, one with a cottage, a garden, and (to Lenny's delight) lots of rabbits..."
"...Starring: Lenny Henry, Lane, Frank Langella, Anne-Marie Johnson, Andreas Katsulas and Michael McKean. The British comedian Lenny Henry, shows off his abilities as Miles Pope, a young African-American actor in this film that feeds off of one joke..."
"...Sam Elliott has provided the voiceover for countless commercials, plugging everything from Dodge trucks to American beef to cold beer brewed in the Colorado Rockies. So the opening scene in the elegiac The Hero, in which 71-year-old veteran cowboy actor Lee Hayden (Elliott) repeatedly attempts to nail the tagline for a barbecue sauce in a recording studio, is more than a bit meta, a winking nod at the career of the stalwart performer who’s recognized as much by his voice as his lanky physique and droopy horseshoe mustache..."
"...The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, from Vertical Church Films and the Trump-backing, Chicago-based Harvest Bible Church, takes those tropes and runs with them, but not far enough to make much of an impression. Brett Dalton (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) plays Stone, the former actor, now a hard-partying beefcake whose latest escapade lands him back in his hometown working off 200 hours of community service and living with his estranged, widowed father (Flynn)..."
"...His RoboCop was a man – well, a portion of a man – of action who became a savior-hero to a populace terrorized by lawlessness. Here, the lanky Swedish-born actor Kinnaman (familiar to American audiences from the television series The Killing) plays Alex Murphy with a little more angst..."
"...Terry Bellefleur of Bon Temps, La. is all that and more, thanks to actor Todd Lowe's portrayal of the character on HBO's True Blood, which is about to premiere its sixth season on June 16..."
"...(One of the hallmarks of modern-day animation is that it contains jokes aimed at different age groups, which allows kids to grow into the films as they rewatch them in subsequent years and allows grownups the privilege of having their own private laughs while thanklessly serving as movie chaperones on rained-out soccer days.) Perhaps “adult” is too constricting a word to use, as it might conjure up images of the bawdy animation work of Ralph Bakshi, so it might be better to simply say that Rango is not juvenile. Although there are no unsophisticated fart or poop jokes, Rango does contain references to such things as “fecal matter” and “prostates.” Rango is a lizard who imagines himself an actor who then literally breaks through the fourth wall of his terrarium when the hatchback car in which he is riding swerves and sends him careening..."
"...Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Ryan, John Ortiz, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Thomas McCarthy. Oscar-winning actor Hoffman's directorial debut is adapted from a play by Robert Glaudini, who also penned the screenplay..."
"...Directed by: Casey Affleck. In his directing debut, actor Affleck films his Oscar-winning brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix during the period of time Phoenix announced his retirement from acting and the assumption of a career as a hip-hop artist..."
"...Starring: Hal Holbrook, Ray McKinnon, Walter Goggins, Mia Wasikowska, Carrie Preston, Barry Corbin and Dixie Carter. As lovely as it is to see the veteran actor Holbrook working his craft as the lead actor in this Southern-fried drama, it’s not enough to lift the movie from its sodden melodramatic roots..."