George Clooney

The Slow Erosion of the TV vs. Movie Actor Class System

I know you’re supposed to let a movie draw you into its narrative without excess baggage, and its characters should exist only as themselves and so on, but I had an odd moment of external realization when I first saw About Alex (which is out this week on DVD, and is pretty good). The scene comes about six minutes into this junior Big Chill, and there’s nothing earth-shattering about it as a scene; Siri (Maggie Grace) meets Josh (Max Greenfield) and Sarah (Aubrey Plaza) at the train station to drive them to the cabin where they and several other old friends are spending the weekend. But as the three characters embraced and reconnected, something in the back of my head whispered, “Look, it’s Schmidt and April Ludgate meeting up with Shannon from Lost.” And no, that didn’t make this scene the culmination of some sort of weird TV fan fiction; it merely accentuated, with a rare bit of clarity, how much the game has changed for actors, in terms of the transition from TV to film (and back). … Read More

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Know Your Righteous Movie Journalists

In the new drama Kill the Messenger (out today) Jeremy Renner stars as Gary Webb, a small-time journalist (easily supporting a family of five in a realllly comfortable home, but let’s put such nitpicks aside) who stumbles upon a giant story of CIA-sanctioned drug smuggling, corruption, and cover-ups, and ends up taking on not only the government, but his bosses. It’s not the first time we’ve heard this story; Renner’s film is the latest in a long tradition of movies celebrating the journalist on a mission, so we’ve assembled the best and worst of those newsmen and women, ranked by righteousness. … Read More

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Watch Trailer for Disney’s ‘Tomorrowland’

Tomorrowland is the Disney theme park, er, neighborhood pictured here, known for its tower of large golden bubbles, and if… Read More

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George Clooney to Be 2014’s Cecil B. DeMille Recipient

George Clooney, the benevolent King of Hollywood and soon-to-be-removed from Most Eligible Bachelor’s lists, will receive the Cecil B.… Read More

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Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, and Tilda Swinton Reportedly Joining New Coen Brothers Film

The good news continues for those who have (rightfully) been championing Channing Tatum as more than just a pretty face… Read More

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