Discuss: McQueen calls Fassbender “most influential actor of his generation.”

In a recent interview for press on 12 Years a Slave, director Steve McQueen had some kind words for his go-to actor Michael Fassbender: [H]e’s the most influential actor of his generation. He’s like a Mickey Rourke or a Gary Oldman. Other actors want to work with him and people want to hang out with him — people want to be an actor because of...

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Survey: Anna Faris

Reading this NYMAG article on Anna Faris reminded me just how much I like this particularly fearless comedienne. As the focus is on mainstream appeal, I believe the author fails to register that Faris is very much a cult item, even if she is best known as the lead from the Weinstein Brothers’ self-cannibalizing Scary Movie Franchise; itself a parody of...

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Jean Harlow: The Original Smart Blonde

If Hollywood luminaries’ lives lasted a length commensurate with the brightness of their stars, Jean Harlow would have been blowing out her own candles for her 100th birthday yesterday. As it is, the opposite is often true, and Harlow died much before her time at the age of 26, leaving behind a timeless legacy in her brief nine years as a Hollywood...

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A Tribute to Peter Dinklage

“Peter’s a quintessential leading man,” director Thomas McCarthy once said of actor Peter Dinklage. “He’s cool, he’s funny, he’s modest, he’s self-deprecating, and it makes the audience want to follow him through a film.” McCarthy, of course, directed Dinklage in the beautifully unsentimental The Station...

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Shout Out: Ray Winstone and 44 Inch Chest

Despite all of the negative reviews and a lousy 6.0/10 on IMDb, there was no way in hell I was going to miss 44 Inch Chest. When I first heard about it, I almost didn’t believe it. Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Ian McShane, and Tom Wilkinson all starring in a movie written by the two guys that wrote Sexy Beast, the brutally awesome gangster flick that also...

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The Life and Times of Ben Affleck

There was a time when Ben Affleck was the joke of Hollywood. From his tabloid-heavy relationship with Jennifer Lopez (we all remember Bennifer, right?), to a long string of laughably bad movies and hokey performances while his buddy Matt Damon’s career took a more successful route, it seemed like the guy couldn’t catch a break and to many, the blame...

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A Change of Face for the Leading Man?

With Hollywood’s once fresh, young faces aging with wisdom, experience and (for the most part) honorable careers, it’s safe to say there are limits to the roles Leo Dicaprio, Matt Damon, Ethan Hawke, Ben Affleck, Tobey Maguire and their seasoned comrades of this attractive graduating class will be able to snag. This inevitable ‘passing of the...

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Zoë Bell in “Angel of Death”

So I suppose right off the bat I should admit I haven’t actually watched this entire first episode of “Angel of Death.” But let’s be honest; does it really matter? I promise I’m going to; based solely on the cast. One of the biggest surprises from Quentin Tarantino’s 2007 Grindhouse film, Death Proof, was the charming and...

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