November 15, 2000 |
It's a typical day around the Hamilton household--kids, cats and assorted neighbors and helpers milling about the cozy Malibu home. It's the kind of peaceful family environment that has typically defined Linda Hamilton on the big screen--before all hell breaks loose. In "Terminator," "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," "Dante's Peak" and even the TV series "Beauty and the Beast," Hamilton was just an ordinary girl who finds herself caught in extraordinary circumstances.
July 13, 1991
The violent sci-fi film "Terminator 2" is drawing considerable criticism over its alleged $100-million cost. On the other hand, celebration and praise continue to be heaped on the very real Gulf War, in which Iraqi men, women, children and babies met violent death from real shells and rockets ($100 million would, incidentally, pay for just two F-15 jet fighters). All of this does not make me feel like facing the future with renewed hope, like Linda Hamilton at the end of "Terminator 2."
April 10, 2000 |
Linda Hamilton would like the world to know that she is not an amazon, though she played one to such good effect in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day." "My greatest strength became my huge Achilles' heel," she complains. "OK, I've done this really invincible character, and I liked what I did with my body and the feeling of power it gave me. But people think I'm going to go in, chew up the scenery and eat them alive. I'm not. I want to be adorable now." That's why she's starring in "Sex & Mrs.
July 24, 2010 |
At a very short (half-hour) panel for NBC's "Chuck," producers announced that former "Terminator" babe Linda Hamilton has been signed to play Chuck's spy mom. For Season 4, Hamilton will play a recurring guest-star role as Mary Bartowski, who vanished mysteriously from the life of Chuck ( Zachary Levi) when he was a boy. "Hamilton will appear throughout the season, leading Chuck to discover that her life was shrouded in secrets," according to a news release. "She was a spy, a CIA agent ... and that's just the beginning."
February 28, 2010 |
Who would have thought James Cameron would turn out to be one of the strongest feminist voices in contemporary cinema, and yet he is. It's not merely that his films are populated by strong women -- they've been saving mankind since his first, 1978's 12-minute sci-fi short "Xenogenesis." What makes him a potent feminist force is the way he rides the mood swings and internal debates of the movement's second and third waves, exploring what women want, how they define themselves and how society values their worth, albeit a bit sneakily and usually in some future world.
June 23, 2002 |
For Lisa Foiles, a dance recital isn't just a dance recital anymore. While waiting for her cue in the wings of a hall near her Riverside home one recent evening, the freckled 15-year-old was taken by surprise: The youngsters she was following skipped offstage--and did a double-take. "You're the girl on 'All That'!" one shrieked. "They waited for me to finish, and then there were 30 or 40 little girls around me [with] pieces of paper for me to autograph," Lisa said.