July 14, 2016 |
IT'S HARD NOT to think of Breaking Bad while watching The Infiltrator . And not just because Bryan Cranston stars in both - as Walter White, the chemistry teacher-turned-mad-meth-king in the groundbreaking series, of course, and as Robert Mazur, an undercover G-man who burrows deeply, dirtily, into the world of drug cartels and international money-laundering in Brad Furman's true-crime pic. Cranston was iconic, a walking tornado of moral crisis,...
May 15, 2016
Bryan Cranston may be more comfortable in Lyndon Baines Johnson's skin than the late president himself was. Which is saying something, because it took more than two hours a day of hair and makeup work to transform the Breaking Bad star into the charismatic and sometimes confoundingly insecure character he plays in All the Way , which premieres at 8 p.m. Saturday on HBO. Because he'd already played LBJ on stage, "that character...
April 1, 2016 |
WHEN IS Kevin Hart going to be too busy, even for Kevin Hart? The Philadelphia native, who seems to make more films than a major studio, is in talks with The Weinstein Company to star with Bryan Cranston ( Trumbo , Breaking Bad ) in a remake of the French hit The Intouchables . How about Hart in a spoof of Breaking Bad as Walter Black? Deadline.com also reports that Paul Feig (director of Bridesmaids and the new Ghostbusters ) has written a version of the script.
November 30, 2015 |
TORONTO - Bryan Cranston had to play it big in Trumbo because, well, Dalton Trumbo was big. The Hollywood screenwriter, blacklisted in the late 1940s but determined to keep his family fed and clothed by cranking out screenplays under a cloak of pseudonyms, was a force to be reckoned with. He was bullish and voluble. He smoked. He drank. He was not shy with his opinions. "He was a very flamboyant man," Cranston said, "and I was concerned, because of the cigarette holder, because he had this lilt to his speech - he would go up and then he'd go down - and because of the bird on his shoulder.
November 28, 2015 |
Dalton Trumbo spent a lot of time in the bath. However, unlike most people who spend time in the bath, the industrious screenwriter wasn't lolling in dreamy requiescence, or blowing bubbles in the steamy mist. He was sitting upright in the water, puffing cigarettes, drinking booze, pumped on Benzedrine, and banging out page after page on a typewriter propped on a board. In Trumbo , the oddly jolly cautionary tale based on the true-life political and professional ostracism of one of Hollywood's most talented scribes, even a congressional committee's fiercest condemnation can't keep our hero from producing reams of dialogue and action, romance and intrigue, shootouts and space voyages.
November 25, 2015 |
At some point, the new movie about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo has to deal with his Communist beliefs, and that's when things get cheesy. Trumbo's daughter asks: Gee, dad, what's a Communist? Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) explains: If you have a cheese sandwich, and you give a hungry classmate half your sandwich instead of charging him for it, you're a Communist. And that's it - the extent of the movie's interest in Communist ideology. You wait in vain for a scene in which the girl says, "Dad, when did Josef Stalin's half a cheese sandwich turn into labor camps, starvation, relocation, collectivization and 20 million dead Soviets?"
April 3, 2015 |
IT'S TEMPTING to suggest Jon Hamm may already have done what he most needed to do to move on from Don Draper, a character whose passage through the '60s may not have been conducive to living into his 60s. But I've never confused Hamm with Draper and when the "Mad Men" star met with reporters in January to talk about the AMC drama's final seven episodes, we didn't know he'd be checking into a rehab facility the following month for treatment of...
July 22, 2014 |
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Kobe Bryant is thinking about his legacy. Not to mention his marketing. As the Lakers star - and Lower Merion High alum - approaches his 36th birthday next month, he's at work on "Kobe Bryant's Muse," a documentary that will air on Showtime this fall. Bryant, who arrived late for his session Friday at the Television Critics Association, joking, "I was out looking for a head coach," said the idea for a film "about who or what has inspired me" grew out of his lying in bed one night, thinking of, "What's going to be the next Nike campaign and what the story's going to be. " (It was his wife, Vanessa, who supplied the word "muse," he said.)
May 16, 2014 |
POP CULTURE'S most terrifying creature returns to the screen in "Godzilla. " But it's not Godzilla, it's Bryan Cranston, walking around a lab in a white coat and safety glasses, and wouldn't it be fun to see what Godzilla would do after ingesting a large amount of Walter White's crystal blue? Cranston, though, is Walter by association only. Like most of the overqualified actors in the movie (Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe), he is mostly around to stare, agape, at some unnamed Thing of Awe. There's a snarky movie term for this expression - the Spielberg Face.