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December 12, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
Michael Shannon is riding a bit of a hot streak. His portrayal of a manic survivalist in “Take Shelter” garnered all sorts of acclaim last year. He's a standout in the otherwise somewhat muddled spiritual drama “Grace” on Broadway. He did pretty nicely with "The Iceman" earlier this year. And he'll be reporting for Zod duty in “Man of Steel” this summer.” The 38-year-old still has time for a passion project though. Shannon has signed on to “The Harvest,” a psychological thriller about parents who are forced into a complicated situation involving their ill child.
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June 9, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
Actor Michael Shannon's recent high-profile run of villains turns to Superman's nemesis, General Zod, in Warner Bros.' "Man of Steel," opening June 14. Shannon, 38, lives in Brooklyn with actress Kate Arrington and their daughter, Sylvia. Do you consider General Zod a bad guy? No, I don't consider him a bad guy. He's a general just trying to do his job. Ask any general what their purpose in life is and it's to defend whatever people they happened to be aligned with. He's aligned with Krypton.
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September 2, 2012 | By John Horn
If Michael Shannon was hoping his next film might be a romantic comedy, “The Iceman” could torpedo those plans. After its world premiere in Venice, Italy, the actor's violent hit man drama enjoyed its North American premiere Saturday night at the Telluride Film Festival, cementing Shannon's reputation as one of Hollywood's most terrifying actors. Based on the true story of Richard Kuklinski, who was a contract killer by day and devoted family man by night, “The Iceman” is an operatically violent chronicle of a sociopath that seeks to explain one man's unquenchable rage.
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May 2, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Michael Shannon has basically rewritten the book on how to portray dark, volatile men in film with his unerring way of channeling rage and repression. It was never more chilling, or more fully realized, than his turn as a family man both paralyzed and driven by his apocalyptic fears in 2011's "Take Shelter. " But even Shannon has his work cut out for him in the new crime drama "The Iceman. " Based on the true story of convicted killer Richard Kuklinski, who was arrested in 1986 and later claimed to have carried out 100 hits for the mob over a 20-year span, it seemed to be right in Shannon's wheelhouse.
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January 2, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Michael Shannon stands 6 feet, 3 inches. Big guy. Carries a big, George Costanza-size wallet too, which he plops on the table at the RH Restaurant at West Hollywood's Andaz Hotel with sincere apologies. "It's ridiculous," he says. "My whole life is in here. " A glimmer of Shannon's life can also be seen on screen in "Take Shelter," the critically praised drama in which the 37-year-old actor plays a father worried about losing his family as well as his mind. We talked to Shannon about the film, being a dad and taking on the role of the evil Gen. Zod in Zack Snyder's upcoming "Superman" reboot.
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June 4, 2012 | By David Ng
Paul Rudd and Michael Shannon are teaming up for a Broadway production of "Grace," a play by Craig Wright that is expected to open Oct. 4 in New York. The production will also star 82-year-old Ed Asner, returning to Broadway for the first time in more than 20 years. "Grace" is a comedy-drama about a young religious couple who have traveled to Florida to open a chain of biblically themed motels. The couple (Rudd and Kate Arrington) encounter an embittered neighbor whose life has taken a tragic turn (Shannon)
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November 18, 1989 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michael Shannon has made it. After studying in Los Angeles, Toronto, Budapest and Moscow, the 19-year-old American has become a soloist at the Bolshoi Ballet. A June graduate of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Shannon had hoped to be hired by the parent company. But that was far from certain, for foreign dancers are rare at the Bolshoi, a Russian institution for more than 200 years, and Americans are unprecedented.
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July 30, 1989 | DONNA PERLMUTTER
Michael Shannon stands up as Vladimir Malakhov enters his hotel room in the heart of Hollywood. They smile deeply at each other--like friends sharing a pact in the presence of strangers. A few casual words, Russian words, are quietly exchanged between them. Shannon draws a pack of Camels from his black leather waist purse, handing a cigarette to Malakhov, who then exits. An outsider not knowing either of them would assume they were Soviets.
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June 14, 1990 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
An Angeleno With the Bolshoi: Michael Shannon, the 20-year-old Angeleno who was accepted in the fall as a member of the Bolshoi Ballet, will be on the Bolshoi's seven-city American tour beginning July 10. Shannon is expected to appear in many productions as a member of the corps, and company insiders say that he may be given some bigger opportunities in the company's "Highlights" program.
NEWS
February 18, 2009
What films or performances have stayed with you recently? "I loved Kate Winslet in 'The Reader.' Her physicality, what she did vocally, how the character unfolded. Her sensuality incorporated into this -- Nazi. You don't think of those two things together normally." -- supporting actress nominee Marisa Tomei -- "I'm so happy for Richard Jenkins to get nominated. His performance in 'The Visitor' was the one thing I saw this year that flabbergasted me."
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December 12, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
Michael Shannon is riding a bit of a hot streak. His portrayal of a manic survivalist in “Take Shelter” garnered all sorts of acclaim last year. He's a standout in the otherwise somewhat muddled spiritual drama “Grace” on Broadway. He did pretty nicely with "The Iceman" earlier this year. And he'll be reporting for Zod duty in “Man of Steel” this summer.” The 38-year-old still has time for a passion project though. Shannon has signed on to “The Harvest,” a psychological thriller about parents who are forced into a complicated situation involving their ill child.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2012 | By John Horn
If Michael Shannon was hoping his next film might be a romantic comedy, “The Iceman” could torpedo those plans. After its world premiere in Venice, Italy, the actor's violent hit man drama enjoyed its North American premiere Saturday night at the Telluride Film Festival, cementing Shannon's reputation as one of Hollywood's most terrifying actors. Based on the true story of Richard Kuklinski, who was a contract killer by day and devoted family man by night, “The Iceman” is an operatically violent chronicle of a sociopath that seeks to explain one man's unquenchable rage.
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August 23, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Premium Rush," starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon, is a lot like the ticking-clock thriller of "Speed," except instead of a big bus and a bigger bomb, there's a brakeless bike and a small envelope. Which actually doesn't sound like it would work at all as a tightly wound slice of street action, but it does, and in radically fresh ways. In a sense, the movie has its bomb in Shannon's dirty NYPD Det. Bobby Monday. He's a wired whack job with a gambling habit and rage issues.
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June 4, 2012 | By David Ng
Paul Rudd and Michael Shannon are teaming up for a Broadway production of "Grace," a play by Craig Wright that is expected to open Oct. 4 in New York. The production will also star 82-year-old Ed Asner, returning to Broadway for the first time in more than 20 years. "Grace" is a comedy-drama about a young religious couple who have traveled to Florida to open a chain of biblically themed motels. The couple (Rudd and Kate Arrington) encounter an embittered neighbor whose life has taken a tragic turn (Shannon)
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March 18, 2012
UNDERRATED 'Borgen' on LinkTV : Viewers drawn into AMC's "The Killing" (adapted from the taut Danish import, "Forbrydelsen") should seek out the similar aesthetics of this political drama, a Denmark-born twist on "The West Wing" covering European politics, the media and a cunning prime minister, played by Sidse Babett Knudsen. Plus, with NBC reportedly working on an adaptation, you can get onboard before the series (with English subtitles) shoots itself in the foot in the States.
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January 2, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Michael Shannon stands 6 feet, 3 inches. Big guy. Carries a big, George Costanza-size wallet too, which he plops on the table at the RH Restaurant at West Hollywood's Andaz Hotel with sincere apologies. "It's ridiculous," he says. "My whole life is in here. " A glimmer of Shannon's life can also be seen on screen in "Take Shelter," the critically praised drama in which the 37-year-old actor plays a father worried about losing his family as well as his mind. We talked to Shannon about the film, being a dad and taking on the role of the evil Gen. Zod in Zack Snyder's upcoming "Superman" reboot.
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May 4, 1990 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Shannon to Dance in Moscow: Michael Shannon, the 20-year-old Angeleno who was accepted in the fall as a soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet, will dance Albrecht in the company's production of "Giselle" on June 1 in Bolshoi Theatre. His Moscow debut in a leading role comes after a dozen tryout performances in tour sites such as Tblisi and Tashkent, and perhaps will determine whether the company will bring him--among the youngest dancers to be given a leading role--to Shrine Auditorium in August.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2012
UNDERRATED 'Borgen' on LinkTV : Viewers drawn into AMC's "The Killing" (adapted from the taut Danish import, "Forbrydelsen") should seek out the similar aesthetics of this political drama, a Denmark-born twist on "The West Wing" covering European politics, the media and a cunning prime minister, played by Sidse Babett Knudsen. Plus, with NBC reportedly working on an adaptation, you can get onboard before the series (with English subtitles) shoots itself in the foot in the States.
NEWS
February 18, 2009
What films or performances have stayed with you recently? "I loved Kate Winslet in 'The Reader.' Her physicality, what she did vocally, how the character unfolded. Her sensuality incorporated into this -- Nazi. You don't think of those two things together normally." -- supporting actress nominee Marisa Tomei -- "I'm so happy for Richard Jenkins to get nominated. His performance in 'The Visitor' was the one thing I saw this year that flabbergasted me."
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January 7, 2009 | Susan King
Michael Shannon is a big, imposing guy (whose head may weigh a whopping 15 pounds if one is to believe Internet biographies) who has played a lot of intense, imposing characters in such films as "Bug," "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" and "Shotgun Stories." In "Revolutionary Road," Sam Mendes' film about 1950s angst, Shannon cranks up the intensity to almost uncomfortable levels.
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