June 15, 2008
A VETERAN of stage, screen and television, David Paymer has appeared in more than 90 films in his career. This reliable character actor may be best known for playing smarmy businessmen and wretched criminals in "Quiz Show" and "Get Shorty." In 1993 he received an Academy Award nomination for supporting actor in "Mr. Saturday Night." He's hot off a monthlong run of David Mamet's "Two Unrelated Plays" at the Kirk Douglas Theater.
April 30, 2007 |
Actor Bruce Campbell and director Sam Raimi have been friends for more than 30 years, since they attended Wylie E. Groves High School in Beverly Hills, Mich. "We met in drama class," Campbell recalls. "He was doing what I thought was a bad pantomime. I thought he was way overdoing it, and I think he felt my pantomime kind of blew because I wasn't doing much of anything."
July 9, 2012 |
After all the debate, the questions and the cage-rattling about whether Marc Webb's "The Amazing Spider-Man" was a good idea, audiences this holiday weekend spoke. People (a lot of people, $140 million worth of people) bought tickets to "The Amazing Spider-Man. " And the great majority of them enjoyed it. Like, A- CinemaScore enjoyed it. None of that will be enough to move most skeptics from their position that the Sony movie should never have been made in the first place.
November 14, 2012 |
The newest trailer for Sam Raimi's upcoming "Oz: The Great and Powerful" has just debuted, promising viewers a journey down the yellow brick road that will include a breathtaking array of dazzling visual effects. The Disney film stars James Franco as the man who will become the Wizard of Oz, and takes place well before Dorothy arrives in the faraway fantasy land somewhere over the rainbow. The clip opens in black-and-white, a homage to the 1939 classic, with Franco's Oscar Diggs wishing for greatness, just before he's blown into the eye of a storm that sends him into another world.
August 29, 2012 |
Filmmaker Sam Raimi has been in the news recently, talking about the coming remake of his classic cult horror film "The Evil Dead," but the man best known to mass audiences as the maestro behind the three "Spider-Man" movies starring Tobey Maguire is also talking up a spooky new thriller, "The Possession. " Opening Friday, the film stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick as a recently divorced couple grappling with the increasingly erratic behavior of their youngest daughter after she purchases an ornate cabinet box at a yard sale.
July 11, 2004 |
Most fledgling actors dream of seeking fame and fortune in New York or Los Angeles. That wasn't the case with versatile character actor J.K. Simmons, currently in "Spider-Man 2" as the gruff, fast-talking newspaper editor J. Jonah Jameson. "The possibility of going to New York or Los Angeles didn't occur to me," says the 49-year-old father of two. So after graduating from the University of Montana, he decided to test the theatrical waters in Seattle.