Canadian Scott Bairstow has played wide-eyed young leads in a number of film and TV projects, first winning attention as Newt Call in the syndicated version of "Lonesome Dove: The Series" (1994-1996)....
Based on the award-winning children's novel by Natalie Babbitt the story is set in 1914 as Winnie Foster (Alexis Bledel) a rich girl on the brink of maturity longs for change in her life. Her domineering mother (Amy Irving) has plans to turn her into a respectable lady but Winnie is one spirited lass who wants nothing to do with the rigid conformities of her time. In fact she'd much rather escape into the woods surrounding her house. Getting lost one day Winnie stumbles upon Jesse Tuck (Jonathan Jackson) a boy unlike any she's ever met before. He and his family--father Angus (William Hurt) mother Mae (Sissy Spacek) and brother Miles (Scott Bairstow)--live hidden away in a little cabin on a lake and they warmly accept her as one of their own. Winnie realizes the Tucks are different ageless somehow but once Winnie starts to experience the Tucks' freedom and simple way of life she contemplates never going home. That and the fact she and Jesse have fallen in love. Still the Tucks harbor a powerful secret no one else must know about--ever--but an evil man (Ben Kingsley) tracks them down threatening to expose them and profit from the "secret." Luckily things have a way of working out for the Tucks one way or another. It is Winnie who ends up making the tough decisions--life forever with her beloved Jesse or a life with a beginning a middle and an end. Sure I could come right out and tell you what the film's big secret is but then that might spoil the fun of finding out for yourself (although I've given plenty of clues).
The fresh new talent of Bledel Jackson and Bairstow adds to the film's youthful appeal while the veteran actors compliment them nicely. Bledel best known for the WB's Gilmore Girls plays Winnie with the right amount of fiery spirit and endless curiosity while Jackson with those full lips and floppy hair plays the love-struck Jesse perfectly. You believe instantly that Jesse has fallen deeply in love with Winnie; however it's Bledel's performance where there is a problem. She is great at being the spunky Winnie but is somewhat stiff and unconvincing as the smitten one which takes away from the film's romantic scope a bit. Bairstow is quite good as brother Miles a character who shows how the Tucks' "secret" has a dark side. When he tells Winnie the truth about his family and how damaging it has been to him it is a moving and powerful scene. Kingsley as the malevolent Man in the Yellow Suit (that's the character's name I swear) expertly plays upon the film's main theme: the wish by most humans to be able to live forever. Kingsley's greedy eyes tell it all. Hurt and Spacek do a nice job as the simplistic elder Tucks while Irving and Victor Garber deftly play the contrast as Winnie's parents. Each however show how they love their children and will protect them at all costs.
Tuck is definitely one of the more beautiful films to watch certainly up there with other such children's stories as The Secret Garden and A Little Princess. Shot in the wooded areas of Maryland the film is full of lush green tones and spectacular vistas. Director Jay Russell is no stranger to heartwarming films having directed the endearing My Dog Skip and knows how to deal with environment. Watching the two young lovers running through tall grass or jumping into pool with a cascading waterfall honestly would make any girl want to go into the woods to find a handsome guy who'll sweep her off her feet. Russell handles the romantic elements as well. Careful not to make it too melodramatic he sweeps you up into the magic of the story while delving into the film's moral dilemmas and life choices the characters must deal with. Unfortunately he can't bring out the best performance from his leading actress but the rest of the film makes up for it.
It's been two years since the end of an era for "Seinfeld," and Julia Louis-Dreyfus" is thinking about returning to the tube.
And thinking is the operative term here.
According to Daily Variety, the erstwhile tube actress has been meeting with top programming execs at some of the major networks of late. And while she is said to not be "dying" to get back to the sitcom circuit anytime soon, the trade paper did say that Louis-Dreyfus is at least looking at scripts and meeting with writers.
JOINING THE BEAT: Variety also says that David Straithairn will join the CBS cop/mob drama "Big Apple," with actors Michael Madsen, Donnie Wahlberg, Kim Dickens, Jeffrey Pierce and Ed O'Neill already on board.
PARTY OF THREE: "Party of Five" co-star Scott Bairstow, "Thirtysomething" actress Patricia Wettig and James Handy will join the cast of "Breaking News," Variety says. Set at a 24-hour news channel, the series will debut on cable's TNT in June.
Directed three productions of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas
Acted on stage, including playing George Gibbs in a production of "Our Town"
Returned to series TV as co-star of CBS' "Wolf Lake"
Cast in one of the leading roles in the Fox drama series "Significant Others"
Was apprentice at Williamstown Theatre Festival; first appeared on stage in "A Study in Scarlet"
Signed to one-year development deal by ABC
Sentenced to four months in jail for second degree assault agaisnt a 12 year old, originally charged with statutory rape, maintains his innocence
TV-movie debut, "There Was A Little Boy" (CBS)
Had featured role in Kevin Costner's "The Postman"
Had leading role in the 2000-2001 NBC midseason replacement drama "Semper Fi"; show cancelled before airing
Returned to New York; did three "Dr. Pepper" TV commercials
Starred as Newt Call in the syndicated "Lonesome Dove: The Series"
Starred in the short-lived Fox series "Harsh Realm"
Joined the cast of "Party of Five" in the recurring role of Ned, a love interest for Neve Campbell's Julia
Returned to Canada
Appeared on the ABC daytime drama "All My Children"
Moved to NYC
Co-starred in "Wild America"
Got first break in Canada when he was 10 years old, performing on "Okay, Let's Go", a children's educational TV show (date approximate)
Moved to L.A. when cast in a pilot that did not go to series
First major film role, "White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf"
Canadian Scott Bairstow has played wide-eyed young leads in a number of film and TV projects, first winning attention as Newt Call in the syndicated version of "Lonesome Dove: The Series" (1994-1996). In 1997, he had a shot to leap into the top rung of youthful leading men playing nature photographer Marty Stouffer who goes searching for "Wild America" with his younger brothers. Although the film failed to connect at the box office, Bairstow went on to a co-starring role opposite Kevin Costner (who also directed) in "The Postman" (also 1997).<p>Bairstow's parents are both musicians with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and he was exposed early the arts. By age 10, he was on the Canadian children's series "Okay, Let's Go" and while in high school took musical theater classes with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Bairstow ventured to the USA for a summer at age 17 to work as an apprentice at the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. A stage acting role in "A Study in Scarlet" landed him a New York agent and he ventured to the Big Apple to work. What he found, instead, were restaurant jobs and a work as a day player on the ABC soap opera "All My Children".<p>After a year, Bairstow returned to Canada where he starred in a Manitoba staging of "Our Town" and directed several Gilbert and Sullivan productions. He was seen by a talent scout and signed for a TV pilot in Hollywood, but the series was not picked up. Nevertheless, Bairstow was signed to a one-year development deal with ABC. In 1992, he appeared in three Dr. Pepper TV commercials, but the ABC deal did not yield work. Bairstow finally made his US primetime debut in the 1993 CBS TV-movie "There Was A Little Boy", playing the son of Cybill Shepherd. Bairstow was in a memorable as a faith healer using his powers for both good and evil in a memorable 1994 episode of "The X-Files" (Fox). That same year, he inherited the role of Newt (originated by Rick Schroder in the miniseries) in "Lonesome Dove: The Series". as well as the lead in his first feature, "White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf" (1994). Again, the young actor replaced a better-known one (this time Ethan Hawke). Bairstow went on to appear as a alienated teen who falls victim to a group interested in the occult in "Black Circle Boys" (1997). On the small screen, he starred as the leader of a group of teens who kidnap and accidentally murder a hated high school teacher in "Killing Mr. Griffin" (NBC, 1997) and as Henry, a confused twentysomething in the unsuccessful series "Significant Others" (Fox, 1998).
reportedly filed for divorce in 1999; reconciled
born c. 1995
born in November 1998
Royal Winnipeg Ballet
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