July 19, 2012 |
If Emmys were given out for underdog TV projects that appeared to be an expensive, risky gamble, it would be hard to beat History's "Hatfields & McCoys. " Executive producer Leslie Greif had tried for 30 years to bring his passion project to fruition, with endless rejection from studios and networks. Its miniseries format had been largely abandoned by networks, and its massive scale, historic setting in a remote part of the country and western-movie overtones were considered out of vogue with younger, hip audiences, particularly when juxtaposed against flashier modern fare such as HBO's "Girls" or even the stylish retro flavor of "Mad Men. " In addition, History had little experience with scripted programming, with its first scripted drama, "The Kennedys," derailed after drawing extensive controversy.
December 6, 1998 |
On his copy of the script for the film "A Simple Plan," Bill Paxton has written himself a simple reminder: "You don't know your true character unless it's been tested." This is the truth that the story--which orbits more directly around discovered treasure and the consequences of greed--forced Paxton to confront. He stalks it, obsessively at times, like some great grizzly that is all the while leading him back to its lair. "Everyone asks me, 'Would you keep the money?'
August 16, 1998 |
Almost sent directly to TV, this bleakly amusing and truly moving film by director Carl Franklin proved to be the sleeper of 1992. Dramatic and suspenseful, it charts a collision course involving three losers on the run. They include Billy Bob Thornton, who also wrote the script with Bob Epperson, Cynda Williams (pictured) and Michael Beach. Jim Metzler and Earl Billings play two Los Angeles cops in pursuit and Bill Paxton portrays a naive Arkansas sheriff (Bravo early Tuesday at 1 a.m.
September 13, 1987 |
"Aliens" director James Cameron recently went back behind the camera--but you won't be seeing the latest efforts at your local cinema. He served as "executive creative consultant" on "Reach," a new video by Warner Bros. recording artists Martini Ranch (they had a cult hit last year with something titled "How Can the Laboring Man Find Time for Self Culture?"). Well . . . some sources say Cameron actually directed.
April 26, 1997 |
Actor Bill Paxton is known for his work in big studio films like "Apollo 13" and "Twister," but his new film, "Traveller," which opened Friday, suggests he has other tricks up his sleeve. The story of a clan of Irish grifters who prowl the highways of the rural South, the film casts the 42-year-old actor as a con artist who undergoes a redemption. Evocative of "One False Move," Carl Franklin's nuanced thriller of 1992 that featured Paxton, "Traveller" was shot last year in Wilmington, N.C.
June 20, 2007 |
Now that Tony Soprano sleeps with the fishes (we know in our hearts that it's true, so let's all stop arguing), it falls to Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton) -- father, owner of the rapidly expanding Home Plus chain of stores and recently exposed polygamist -- to carry on HBO's torch as its leading harried patriarch.