Broadway's Patrick Page Shares His Personal Struggle with Depression The night I heard that Robin Williams died, I slept very little. And it wasn't just grief keeping me awake. It was fear. I know my depression is lurking just around the corner-waiting. As Harvey Fierstein says, "All it wants to do is get you alone in a room and kill you."
DA Hamilton Burger may be the best-known loser of early TV, but his portrayer William Talman's life
(content excerpted from the Perry Mason TV show book) was far more interesting. At the height of his fame in 1960, Talman arrested
at a nude pot party, and was fired and blacklisted as a result. It took Raymond Burr, the cast, and the fans to eventually get him his job back. At the end of his life, on the verge of dying, he made a powerful anti-smoking PSA
(the PSA itself
Bob Hoskins, legendary British actor, has died aged 71
. He is perhaps best known for his roles in Who Framed Roger Rabbit
), Mona Lisa
and The Long Good Friday
, where he delivered one of the best movie endings ever
. [more inside]
offers an extensive variety of free online courses
and tutorial videos
for aspiring filmmakers. Their image
gallery is also fun to browse through. [more inside]
James Rebhorn, an actor often playing a man in a suit, Dies at 65 after a 12-year struggle with skin cancer.
Mr. Rebhorn had memorable supporting roles in major films and worked consistently in television and theater. He appeared in more than 50 films, including “Meet the Parents,” “Independence Day,” “My Cousin Vinny” and “Cold Mountain.”
He penned his own obituary which can be read here
Photographer Victoria Will
took some fantastic tintype portraits
of celebrities at Sundance.
Richard Pryor moved to New York City in 1963
, where he performed regularly in clubs alongside performers such as Bob Dylan and Woody Allen. He even opened for singer and pianist Nina Simone, who talked of his early nervousness, when she put her "arms around him there in the dark and rocked him like a baby until he calmed down." You can see something of that young man in this clip of Pryor singing a bit of jazzy blues in 1966
. The performance is also available on YouTube
with slightly better quality, but faded in from different scene. [more inside]
Lois Weber was an important early American film-maker who pushed the boundaries of film-making so she could better tell the stories she wanted to tell. Several of her early silent films are on youtube: Suspense
(1913; ~10 minutes) (she directs herself, experiments with the split-screen view and unusual and effective camera angles including shots from above and using the car's side mirror); Hypocrites
(1915; ~4 minutes) (featuring dual roles, nudity, and a strong use of techniques like multiple exposures and complex editing - as well as a strong moral message); and
Where Are My Children
(1916, ~1 hour, 10 minutes) (a complex and controversial film even then about birth control (pro) and abortion (anti)). [more inside]
In 2008 the actor Rupert Everett hosted (seemingly from his apartment) a rather strange documentary: The Victorian Sex Explorer
( 2 3 4 5
), an attempt to follow in the footsteps of famed Explorer, translator, and author Sir Richard Burton
and convince us of Sir Burton's passion for sexual experimentation while laying in lots of bathhouses and visiting brothels. [more inside]
What Does D-Day, MLK JR and Tennessee Williams have in common?
NO, not that D-Day.
The other D-Day. [more inside]
"Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice — pull down your pants, and slide on the ice." - Dr. Sidney Freedman, M*A*S*H.
Allan Arbus, actor, photographer, and amateur clarinetist, passed away last Friday
. He was 95. [more inside]
"Oh, Anne! With your small head and pert nose and oversized, ready smile and glossy pixie cut and squeakily tuneful speaking voice, uttering lines like “It came true!” as you gaze at your newly won Oscar with moistened doe-eyes, wearing a powder-pink Prada gown adorned with diamonds and bows: Why are you so annoying?
Behold, terrible drawings of British actors
. (Note: the blog was originally called Terrible Drawings of John Finnemore, but there weren't enough pictures of John Finnemore on the internet
, and, so, yes.)
James Lipton interviews Dave Chappelle
. Dave Chappelle interviews James Lipton
. And while we're at it.... [more inside]
Every Thursday, Film School Rejects
posts things "learned from the commentary tracks of an iconic movie": Commentary Commentary [more inside]
'TV historians will tell you that “Felix the Cat” was one of the first images ever broadcast on television (when RCA broadcast a Felix doll in 1928 on experimental station W2XBS) — but it wasn’t until the late ’40s that the first animated character was created expressly for TV. Crusader Rabbit
appeared for the very first time on KNBH (Los Angeles) on August 1, 1950, and featured a Don Quixote-like title character aided by his friend Ragland T. “Rags” Tiger as they pursued adventures in serial (i.e. cliffhanger) installments.' On November 8th, the voice of Crusader Rabbit, Lucille Bliss, passed away
at the age of 96. Ms. Bliss may be more familiar to younger fans as the voice of Smurfette
, from The Smurfs
, or as Ms. Bitters
on Invader ZIM. [more inside]
Actor Clive Dunn, best known for his role as Lance Corporal "Jonesy" Jones in Dad's Army, has died aged 92.
A veteran comedy actor, Dunn
was famous in the UK for his signature appearance in Dad's Army
. Thanks to the BBC
and endless repeats, he became well known outside the UK for his portrayal of the doddering Lance Corporal pressed back into service to defend Walmington-on-sea
from an impending German invasion during WW2. The Home Guard
based comedy had a large fan base
There are a wide range
of clips of his performances on the internet. Don't miss the Dad's Army movie which
showed Dunn in his element.
Dunn was well known before he even set foot on the Dad's Army set from his work in the classic comedy series Hancock's Half Hour
and The Tony Hancock Show
. We also shouldn't forget his time as a pop star
or a potato loving alien
. But most importantly, don't panic
Alex Karras, N.F.L. Lineman and Actor, Dies at 77 [NYTimes]
"Alex Karras was one of the National Football League‘s most feared defensive tackles throughout the 1960s, a player who hounded quarterbacks and bulled past opposing linemen. And yet, to many people he will always be known as an actor — the lovable father from the 1980s sitcom “Webster” or the big cowboy named Mongo who famously punched out a horse in “Blazing Saddles.”
Everyone loves mac and cheese
, one person perhaps too much
. Sometimes this causes drama
Director and/or star of many of the greatest films ever made including The Great Dictator
(2:05:16) [Globe scene
and the eternally goosebump providing Final speech
], The Immigrant
(20:01), The Gold Rush
(1:11:49), City Lights
(1:22:40), Modern Times
(1:27:01), and Monsieur Verdoux
(1:59:03), Charlie Chaplin's
movies have entered the public domain in most countries. Below the fold is an annotated list of all 82 of his official short and feature films in chronological order, as well as several more, with links to where you can watch them; it's not like you had work to do right? [more inside]
Sherman Alexander Hemsley died today at the age of 74.
Perphaps best known for his role as George Jefferson
on All in the Family
and its spin-off, The Jeffersons
, Hemsley's career spanned over four decades, including working on stage, in films, and of course, appearing (or starring in) in many
Louis C.K. on eating pressure and providing an alternative to The Man
- "I ask him to think about what he really needs; when he tells me, I give him a little more. It buys me goodwill with this person; I feel good about what I'm paying them. I like to give people a little more than they want, and I like to ask people for a little less than they're willing to give." [more inside]
The Band singer and drummer Levon Helm is in the final stages
of cancer, according to a note posted on his website
Tuesday by his wife, Sandy, and daughter, Amy. [more inside]
"Fahkin' hate green screen. Pay significant amounts of money never to do it again. You cannot fake adrenaline." - The man, the legend, Jason Statham.
The 100 Best Nicholas Cage Quotes
(NSFW-language). Makes Andy Samberg's SNL impersonation seem even more authentic.
Although many fine divas stamped their mark on early recording, it was the tenor voice of Caruso which was the defining voice of the early twentieth century. His reputation was due to the fact that people could not only hear him in their own homes, but that his success could actually be measured in record sales; he was the first global superstar of the gramophone era.
Enrico Caruso was the first recording artist with a million-selling record
("Vesti la Giubba
," from Pagliacci
), and his recordings of 10 songs 'made the gramophone' in 1902
. He went on to make about commercial 490 recordings, and there is even more unreleased material
. [more inside]
New York Mag presents the balance sheets of an A-List actor
for our perusal.
SI has written an oral history about the making of the movie "Major League".
Charlie Sheen was also interviewed for this piece.
Why should you be watching HBO's Game of Thrones?
In two words: Peter Dinklage
At 41 and expecting his first child
, actor Peter Dinklage may finally be coming into his own. Though his breakout role in the indie movie Station Agent
might not have made it onto your Netflix queue, Dinklage is winning accolades for his performance as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones
, the HBO series based on George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy series, A Song of Fire and Ice
. [more inside]
"The Duke in His Domain"
- a profile of Marlon Brando by Truman Capote, published in The New Yorker
, November 9, 1957
He told me his gorilla suit had been taken by his landlady in Pensacola, Florida because he could not pay his back rent. She kept his trunk with all his possessions as well. So his movie days were over...
A brief, thoughtful recollection of the last days of the elusive Emil Van Horn
, who, with pioneers like Charles Gemora
, Ray "Crash" Corrigan
, Steve Calvert
, George Barrows
, Janos Prohaska
, and Bob Burns
, established the golden age
of Hollywood gorilla men
Nouveau Shamanic: The Nicolas Cage Method.
"I had realized that I’d developed my own style and process and school of acting which is called Nouveau Shamanic..." — Nicolas Cage, 1964-
Perhaps you remember him as the esteemed author of sure-fire flop Springtime for Hitler
, or as an inspector with an artificial arm in Young Frankenstein
, or maybe even for his impersonation of Henry Kissinger singing Bachman-Turner Overdrive's Takin' Care of Business
( I must hear this. I must.
Maybe you don't remember him at all, as he was a prolific voice actor and character actor
. A That Guy.
But if you do remember him, you probably remember him making you laugh really, really hard, which is a wonderful thing to be remembered for.
I am sad to report that Kenneth Mars passed away on Saturday, February 12th, from pancreatic cancer.
British actor Pete Postlethwaite has died
at the age of 64, after a lengthy battle with cancer. A renowned veteran of the Royal Shakespeare Company (he held the leading roles in both The Tempest
and 2009's King Lear
among others), Postlethwaite is perhaps best known worldwide for his roles in The Usual Suspects
), The Constant Gardener
and The Lost World: Jurassic Park
. Steven Spielberg supposedly described him as "the best actor in the world", although Postlethwaite himself often denied this