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Actor Dylan Baker has been tapped to play former U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation director J. Edgar Hoover in the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma.
The Spider-Man 2 star will portray the government official who famously wiretapped the civil rights leader's office in a failed bid to prove he was a part of the Communist party, according to Deadline.com.
Baker will join a cast that includes David Oyelowo as King, Cuba Gooding, Jr. as American civil rights lawyer Fred Gray, British actor Tom Wilkinson as former U.S. president Lyndon B. Johnson and Tim Roth, who will portray controversial U.S. governor George Wallace.
Oprah Winfrey, who will play civil rights protester Annie Lee Cooper in the film, and Brad Pitt are among the producers of the project.
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Bryan Cranston is going to be appearing on Broadway for the first time ever in his career - he'll be playing President Lyndon Baines Johnson in All the Way - and I can't wait. He already looks like him in the commercials, doesn't he? I'm sure he studied a lot of his mannerisms and refined it as he went along performing it in Cambridge, MA over the fall.
He's shown that he's more than capable of inhabiting a role. He was so believable as the hapless father on Malcom in the Middle and then his slow change in Breaking Bad from a frustrated man who was facing unfair events in his life to someone who was pure, malevolent evil was something to behold. When you're watching a show or a movie that he's in, you are not thinking, "I'm watching Bryan Cranston act right now." No, he becomes the person on the screen and adds so much nuance to each role, it's really amazing to see him talk so differently when he's not on set.
Sure, Cranston won't have what actors on movies and television shows have: a safety net. If he flubs a line, he won't have a chance to stop, laugh at it and then do the scene over again. No, it'll be the theatergoers who exit chuckling and saying, "Can you believe Walter White forgot his lines?" Not that I'm worried about that happening, since the veteran actor is a consummate professional. The Great White Way won't intimidate this man. He's also got one of the masters of ad-libbing in Michael McKean, who will be playing J. Edgar Hoover (who would have thought the Spinal Tap actor would be right for this role?). So if things go sideways, they'll be able to pull it off.
The only thing that might pull me out of the play is if he suddenly tells someone, "What? Do you think I'm just some ordinary president who cowers when danger knocks? No. I'm the leader of the free world ... and I am the One Who Knocks. I. Am. The. Danger!" Or if Aaron Paul bursts on to the stage and blurts: "Veto? But you're the President, b---h!" Then there might be people there demanding some kind of re-write.
Chances are good that this will do very well, since Cranston is still an extremely hot commodity given the popularity of Breaking Bad. It wouldn't be surprising to see him add Tony awards to his ledger.
Leonardo DiCaprio is heading to the White House to portray America's 28th President Woodrow Wilson in a new biopic. The Titanic actor will star in and produce a big screen adaptation of A. Scott Berg's recently released biography of Wilson, who was elected in 1912, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
It is not known which aspect of Wilson's life the film will focus on, but the former governor of New Jersey and president of Princeton University was most famous for guiding the U.S. through World War I and suffering a stroke during his time in office.
He was also the last president to marry during his time at the White House. Wilson's first wife Ellen died in 1914, and he married Edith Galt in 1915.
DiCaprio is no stranger to portraying legendary Americans in film - he played eccentric tycoon Howard Hughes in 2004's The Aviator and won acclaim for his turn as longrunning FBI director J. Edgar Hoover in 2011.
Bryan Cranston is to move on from his role as a drug kingpin in Breaking Bad by playing former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson on stage. The actor will portray Johnson in Robert Schenkkan's new play All the Way, after wrapping up his role as meth dealer Walter White in Breaking Bad when the hit U.S. TV drama goes off the air in September (13).
The play follows Johnson as he enters the White House following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and depicts him as "alternately bullying and beguiling," according to TheWrap.com.
Cranston's castmates will include This Is Spinal Tap's Michael McKean, tackling the part of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director J. Edgar Hoover, as well as Brandon J. Dirden, who will star as civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
Performances begin on 13 September (13) at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University in Massachusetts.
Bob Hoskins, the English actor likely known best for his roles in the films Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Hook, has announced that he will be retiring from acting, following a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. "Bob is now looking forward to his retirement with his family, and would greatly appreciate that his privacy be respected at this time ..." Hoskins agent said in a statement according to BBC. "He wishes to thank all the great and brilliant people he has worked with over the years, and all of his fans who have supported him during a wonderful career."
Although Hoskins' performing career dates back to the early 1970s, including classic pieces like Pink Floyd's The Wall and Brazil, modern audiences are likely most familiar with the actor for his starring role in 1988's groundbreaking melding of live action and animation, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Hoskins played gruff, embittered, toon-hating detective Eddie Valiant, who turns over a new leaf when he teams up with the titular cartoon character to solve a murder mystery. Hoskins was also a fan favorite in the '91 Peter Pan flick Hook, taking on the lovable, oafish pirate sidekick Smee.
Some of Hoskins' other cinematic roles in the past two decades include the video game hero in the goofy Super Mario Bros. '93 movie, J. Edgar Hoover in '95's Nixon, and Nikita Khrushchev in 2001's Enemy at the Gates. Hoskins also appeared in the 2002 rom-com Maid in Manhattan and the 2005 surreal thriller Stay. Most recently, Hoskins played the role of Muir, one of the princess' dwarf allies in the Kristen Stewart picture Snow White and the Huntsman.
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The actress auditioned for the role of secretary Helen Gandy in the movie about former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover on the same weekend she was offered the opportunity to star as CIA officer Carrie Mathison - and she opted for the TV drama because the part was so "compelling".
Danes has signed up for seven seasons of Homeland and is convinced she made the right decision about the roles.
She tells Britain's GQ magazine, "Seven years, it's a long-a** time. But I was thinking about it, like, I could think of it as a prison sentence, or I could think of it as an insurance. Every year I'm going to have something really compelling to do.
"I remember, it came up on the same weekend that I had read for the secretary role on that J. Edgar movie and I was like, 'Do I want to play the secretary to some really compelling person, or do I just wanna play the f**king compelling person'."
Naomi Watts landed the role of Gandy in the film, which starred DiCaprio as Hoover.
Time flies when you're having fun — or filming a scene for a movie. Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig look almost unrecognizable while on the set of their new movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which tells the story of a shy photo manager (Stiller) whose life is turned into an adventure when an important negative goes missing. Check out the old Stiller and old Wiig image here:
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Seriously, it looks like this comedy duo has aged nearly 30 years. Of course, at this point we should be used to Wiig's ability to transform into any/all characters she deems necessary, thanks to her numerous SNL impressions. But it's still an impressive sight to behold. And for his part, Stiller looks so different it'd even be difficult to pick him out of a lineup.
However, this isn't the first time Hollywood celebs have aged to almost epic proportions in the name of cinema. Grey hair, wrinkles — you name it, these stars have flaunted it. Behold: the power of makeup!
Leonardo DiCaprio in J. Edgar
Though he's only 37-years-old, DiCaprio managed to successfully transform into an elderly version of J. Edgar Hoover. Though in our eyes he will always be the dreamy Jack Dawson from Titanic.
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Watching a man age is one thing, but to watch him age backwards is quite the spectacle to behold. Pitt's ability to morph into a variety of different age brackets proves just how great of an actor he really is. And there's nothing curious about that.
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Michael J. Fox in Back To the Future II
Who needs a time machine when you have a bevy of talents makeup artists at your disposal? Watching poor Marty McFly encounter his future (soon to be unemployed) self was not only entertaining, but also highly convincing.
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This 1997 comedy was kind enough to provide a dream sequence set 70 years in the future, where both Romy and Michele try to make amends for their decades-long feud. As you can see, worrying really will give you wrinkles. What would Phoebe think?
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Michelle Pfeiffer in Stardust
When an actor/actress is able to go from a purrfectly sexy Catwoman to a decrepit old witch, you know they're bound for greatness. Enjoy youth while you can kids because, as Pfeiffer (middle) shows you, aging isn't always a graceful process.
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Though she's always been known for her rather eccentric roles, Bonham Carter outdoes herself in the fright department in this Tim Burton classic. Be careful folks — she's got her eye on you.
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We've seen her covered in whip cream and watched her boobs burst into flaming fireworks, but here Perry showed her fans a part of her we won't see for another 50 years or so. It just goes to show, though, that we'll love this girl at any age.
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If your biggest problem with My Week with Marilyn was that it didn't feel "big" enough, Grace of Monaco might be your wheelhouse.
Consider everything about Simon Curtis' 2011 biopic. The subject matter: Marilyn Monroe. The star: Michelle Williams. The time frame: one week. The subtext: the icon's emotional turmoil. Up the ante on all four, and you get Grace of Monaco — a film about Grace Kelly, as portrayed by Nicole Kidman, over a period of six months, covering an international dispute between Monaco and France. Your move, Curtis.
The biggest question that likely comes to mind when considering this project is whether or not Kidman is the right fit for Kelly. At first glance, everything seems on point. Both women are larger than life presences who exemplify glamour and regality. The problem with this is, however, that actors of such presence sometimes find difficulty in effectively selling biopic roles. Did you really forget that it was Meryl Streep behind Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, or Leonardo Di Caprio behind J. Edgar Hoover in J. Edgar?
This is not to say that Kidman can't handle the role; her Kidman's capabilities regularly amaze. But hopefully, the public will be able to look past the Kidmanity and focus wholeheartedly on the Grace.
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When tinsel town titans and Oscar-winners Brian Grazer and Clint Eastwood last teamed up the result was a bleak period piece centered on a solid headline-making performance from star Angelina Jolie in 2008’s Changeling. Their next cinematic pairing was J. Edgar a decades-spanning chronicle of the titular American icon of justice and it shares much in common with the aforementioned film. Both feature a color-drained aesthetic are set largely in the United States of yesteryear and as stated are anchored by a rousing portrayal (this time courtesy of three-time Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio). But while the deeply dramatic material helped audiences connect with Changeling it hinders J. Edgar in a few instances. From its very first frames J. Edgar feels like an old-fashioned spy thriller. That’s an inherent observation given the subject matter but it’s portrait-like visual style – including era-appropriate costume designs low-key lighting and contemplative framing – bring to mind classic noirs of the Hitchcock variety and further justify the claim. However the film sadly lacks the suspense that made Secret Agent and Notorious among others such revered time-honored pieces of work. Eastwood is not totally at fault; screenwriter Dustin Lance Black’s choppy script – which jumps back and forth between periods of the infamous FBI director’s life – kills whatever momentum his director and editor drum up throughout the movie. There’s also the oft alluded-to romance between Hoover and his confidante Clyde Tolson a taboo topic that is delicately handled until an explosive showdown between DiCaprio and Armie Hammer. The former handles the sequence humbly; the latter overacts right into ridiculousness and makes the scene uncomfortable and unintentionally hilarious at once. At best J. Edgar is an exhibition of DiCaprio’s ability to inhabit a role. Though the make-up effects leave little to be impressed by his characterization of Hoover through diction body language and facial impressions is pretty astounding and a testament to his talent. I’d go as far to say that J. Edgar could’ve been more effective as a simple one-man stage-play than a movie since it’s essentially all about Hoover/DiCaprio anyway. As a home entertainment release J. Edgar is as singular as the film itself. The 1080p high-definition transfer looks astounding despite the lack of colors and breathes life into the otherwise comatose narrative but there aren’t many scenes that can properly utilize your booming surround sound system. Aside from a DVD and UltraViolet digital copy there’s a sole special feature in the combo pack – “J. Edgar: The Most Powerful Man in the World” – which gives the filmmakers including Eastwood Black DiCaprio Grazer and various experts a chance to dish on Hoover in their own words and discuss their findings and opinions on the man that came to light through their research. Sadly it’s not enough to warrant a repeat view which is how most felt about the movie and that’s why despite its pedigree J. Edgar falls flat in almost every sense.
Leonardo DiCaprio will miss his chance to pick up a prize at Sunday's (29Jan12) Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards due to prior filming commitments in Australia for Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby. The Titanic star is nominated in the category for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) boss J. Edgar Hoover in J. Edgar, going up against stars including George Clooney and Brad Pitt.