Reliable, fair-haired stage actor, noted for his starring performances in Edward Albee's "American Dream" and "The Zoo Story" in the early 1960s. Piazza made his film debut in Sidney Furie's "A Danger...
It was the trickle of pee heard around the world. Cannes attendees were aghast and/or amused an infamous scene from The Paperboy that shows Nicole Kidman urinating on Zac Efron; this is apparently a great salve for jellyfish burns which were covering our Ken Doll-like protagonist. (In fact the term protagonist should be used very loosely for Efron's character Jack who is mostly acted upon than active throughout.)
Lurid! Sexy! Perverse! Trashy! Whether or not it's actually effective is overshadowed by all the hubbub that's attached itself to the movie for better or worse. In fact the movie is all of these things — but that's actually not a compliment. What could have become somethingmemorable is jaw-droppingly bad (when it's not hilarious). Director Lee Daniels uses a few different visual styles throughout from a stark black and white palette for a crime scene recreation at the beginning to a '70s porno aesthetic that oscillates between psychedelic and straight-up sweaty with an emphasis on Efron's tighty-whiteys. This only enhances the sloppiness of the script which uses lines like narrator/housekeeper/nanny Anita's (Macy Gray) "You ain't tired enough to be retired " to conjure up the down-home wisdom of the South. Despite Gray's musical talents she is not a good choice for a narrator or an actor for that matter. In a way — insofar as they're perhaps the only female characters given a chunk of screen time — her foil is Charlotte Bless Nicole Kidman's character. Anita is the mother figure who wears as we see in an early scene control-top pantyhose whereas Charlotte is all clam diggers and Barbie doll make-up. Or as Anita puts it "an oversexed Barbie doll."
The slapdash plot is that Jack's older brother Ward (Matthew McConaughey) comes back to town with his colleague Yardley (David Oyelowo) to investigate the case of a death row criminal named Hillary Van Wetter. Yardley is black and British which seems to confuse many of the people he meets in this backwoods town. Hillary (John Cusack) hidden under a mop of greasy black hair) is a slack-jawed yokel who could care less if he's going to be killed for a crime he might or might not have committed. He is way more interested in his bride-to-be Charlotte who has fallen in love with him through letters — this is her thing apparently writing letters and falling in love with inmates — and has rushed to help Ward and Yardley free her man. In the meantime we're subjected to at least one simulated sex scene that will haunt your dreams forever. Besides Hillary's shortcomings as a character that could rustle up any sort of empathy the case itself is so boring it begs the question why a respected journalist would be interested enough to pursue it.
The rest of the movie is filled with longing an attempt to place any the story in some sort of social context via class and race even more Zac Efron's underwear sexual violence alligator innards swamp people in comically ramshackle homes and a glimpse of one glistening McConaughey 'tock. Harmony Korine called and he wants his Gummo back.
It's probably tantalizing for this cast to take on "serious" "edgy" work by an Oscar-nominated director. Cusack ditched his boombox blasting "In Your Eyes" long ago and Efron's been trying to shed his squeaky clean image for so long that he finally dropped a condom on the red carpet for The Lorax so we'd know he's not smooth like a Ken doll despite how he was filmed by Daniels. On the other hand Nicole Kidman has been making interesting and varied career choices for years so it's confounding why she'd be interested in a one-dimensional character like Charlotte. McConaughey's on a roll and like the rest of the cast he's got plenty of interesting projects worth watching so this probably won't slow him down. Even Daniels is already shooting a new film The Butler as we can see from Oprah's dazzling Instagram feed. It's as if they all want to put The Paperboy behind them as soon as possible. It's hard to blame them.
The Speed star donned a checked shirt and manic stare as Travis Bickle while Moretz dressed as child prostitute Iris to pose for a special Scorsese tribute photoshoot for Harper's Bazaar magazine.
Other actors taking part include Michael Pitt, Vincent Piazza and Ben Kingsley as Joe Pesci, Ray Liotta and De Niro's characters in Goodfellas, Emily Blunt as Ellen Burstyn in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, and Christina Hendricks and Jack Huston as Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz in Gangs of New York.
The magazine shoot was held to celebrate Scorsese's groundbreaking movie career, coinciding with the release of his new biopic, George Harrison: Living in the Material World.
The remake of the 1997 Norwegian film "Insomina" has awakened Al Pacino's curiosity.
The actor has committed to star in the Warner Bros.' psychological thriller, which is being directed by Christopher Nolan. Principal photography is scheduled to begin April 12 in Vancouver.
Adapted by Hillary Seitz, the story revolves around a police officer (Pacino) who accidentally kills his partner during a murder investigation in a small Alaska town. The suspect in the murder case blackmails the officer into pinning the murders on an innocent person, but another female police officer begins to unravel the truth.
Pacino is currently shooting the indie feature "People I Know" with Kim Basinger and Ryan O'Neal.
GOING CRAZY: Ralph Fiennes ("The English Patient") is set to star as a brillant paranoid-schizophrenic in "Fear Itself," a psychological thriller produced by Wolfgang Petersen ("The Perfect Storm"). In the story, Fiennes' character uncovers a that leads to the White House, but he finds it difficult to get anyone to believe him.
Because his latest film, "Beyond Borders" co-starring Angelina Jolie, was brought to a halt by the production company, Mandalay Pictures, Fiennes is one of the few A-list actors available for work before the potential Writers Guild and Screen Actors Guild strikes this summer.
BLAMING PIAZZA: Universal Pictures has bought the comedy spec script, "Go To Hell, Mike Piazza," from first-time writers David Rotman and Ryan Oxford. Ben Stiller ("Meet the Parents") is attached to star and produce with his production company, Red Hour Films.
The script is about a hot dog stand owner, Remy Thompson, a childhood friend of baseball great Mike Piazza. Thompson blames the sports star for everything that has ever gone wrong in his life, and when a game show gives him the opportunity to try out his impressive slider in a charity game against Piazza, Remy has a chance to even the score with his longtime rival.
Stiller will be seen in the upcoming Paramount Pictures film "Zoolander," which he also directed.
Last TV acting role in "Never Forget" (shown on TNT)
Stage debut, "Othello", at the Theatre Intime in Princeton NJ
Played Dr. Mike Rogers on "Ben Casey" TV series
Played "Young Man" in Edward Albee's "The American Dream" at the York Playhouse, later (1962) in repertory with Albee's "The Zoo Story" at the Cherry Lane Theatre, New York
Featured as Walt Driscoll on nighttime soap-opera, "Dallas"
Wrote plays "Lime Green" and "Khaki Blue", performed at the Provincetown Playhouse, NY
Broadway debut in "Winesburg, Ohio"
Film debut, "A Dangerous Age" (director, Sidney J. Furie)
Reliable, fair-haired stage actor, noted for his starring performances in Edward Albee's "American Dream" and "The Zoo Story" in the early 1960s. Piazza made his film debut in Sidney Furie's "A Dangerous Age" (1957) and portrayed studio chief Darryl F. Zanuck in "Guilty by Suspicion" (1991). Piazza also wrote plays and a novel, "The Exact and Very Strange Truth", which was published in 1964.