June 3, 2011 |
Long before she won her supporting actress Oscar for "The Fighter" at this year's Academy Awards, Melissa Leo was a television veteran. She played Kay Howard on "Homicide: Life on the Streets" for five seasons before largely moving on to feature films — and almost never looking back. But on the set of 2003's "21 Grams," she had an epiphany. "I was working with Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, and it dawned on me that while I was intimidated by working with [top level] film stars, it occurred to me that more eyes had probably seen me on the smaller screen than had seen them on the big screen," she says.
January 7, 2011 |
If you decide, as Showtime executives did, to debut a comedy about how impossible it is to make a good American version of a British television show (because Hollywood is hopelessly corrupt and Americans are morons) on the very same night you premiere an American remake of a hit British drama, you had better be quite sure that the first show is very smart and the second very good. Otherwise you, like Showtime, will find yourself proving with one what you hoped to satirize with the second.
January 2, 2011 |
Oscar-nominated actor William H. Macy, 60, takes on his first regular series role with "Shameless," Showtime's new dramedy also starring Emmy Rossum and Joan Cusack, which premieres Jan. 9. It's based on a British series created by executive producer Paul Abbott that he and John Wells adapted for American audiences. Your character, Frank Gallagher, is introduced with someone saying, "Who the hell is that?" A lot of people would consider him a pretty dreadful dad, but I get the sense that you love him. Am I right about that?
August 21, 2009 |
What would you wish for if you found a rainbow-colored rock that told you to make a wish, then granted every one? Would you go for world peace, a million bucks? Or like the kids in "Shorts," would you wish for a castle and a moat protected by snakes and alligators, not realizing the complications that might crop up? Me, I'd wish that writer-director Robert Rodriguez, who brought us the finely wrought darkness of "Sin City," would set aside the kid stuff and get back to the promise of his earlier work . . . right after world peace and a million bucks.
January 23, 2009 |
William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman make quite the starry couple, but as Bill tells it, they're just plain old Hollywood Hills folks, with two daughters (Sofia, 8, and Georgia, 6) and a dog named Tucker. "We love entertaining and having game nights at our house," Macy says. "Running Charades is the game of choice right now, and there's a group that plays that has gotten quite vicious over the years." Their careers keep them busy too.
November 19, 2004 |
With Christmas just around the corner, the merchants of culture will soon be grabbing for your heartstrings, that they may tug upon them until the tears pour from your eyes and you want to buy their sponsors' soap. (The heartstring's connected to the purse string.) We will have orphans and misfits and crabby old men who won't understand the true meaning of the season until they're scared half out of their wits and/or suddenly touched by the love of a small child.