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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Harry Dean Stanton

Harry Dean Stanton Earlier this summer, I was delighted when the great Harry Dean Stanton turned up in “Twin Peaks: 25 Years Later”, recreating the part he played in TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME. A longtime favorite of David Lynch ’s (who co-stars in LUCKY - Stanton’s last starring vehicle), there’s a great line where he, looking...
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Tobe Hooper

Tobe Hooper Tragedy struck the horror community last week when director Tobe Hooper passed away. We’ve lost many icons recently, including Wes Craven (almost exactly two years ago), and George Romero earlier this year, and Hooper’s another major loss. I have a nice memory of Hooper, having been present at the Fantasia Film Festival where he unveiled...
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee Last year, at the Toronto International Film Festival, I was among the visiting journos who caused a bit of a commotion after watching the purported Bruce Lee biopic, BIRTH OF THE DRAGON, with many of us complaining that Lee was unnecessarily sidelined in his own movie. Instead, it became about the journey of Lee’s white sidekick, a part...
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard Sam Shepard ’s death was a major blow. His struggle with ALS was fought outside the public eye, and most of his fans never knew he was sick. In fact, Shepard’s career seemed to be going better than ever, thanks to a fruitful series of collaborations with Jeff Nichols (including MUD and MIDNIGHT SPECIAL). It’s a shame as Shepard was one...
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Powers Boothe

Powers Boothe Powers Boothe never really got his due. A character actor par excellence, I’m sure that for awhile there it looked like he would become a full-fledged leading man. He made a big impression playing Jim Jones in “Guyana Tragedy”, for which he won an Emmy, and later starred in one of the first ever HBO series, “Philip Marlowe:...
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Michael Parks

Michael Parks I was very sad to hear, last week, that veteran character actor Michael Parks had died (and don’t even get me started on Powers Boothe , who’ll be this column’s next subject). I actually saw Parks once, at a screening of RED STATE at Sundance, where he did a Q&A for the audience with director Kevin Smith , and he seemed very...
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Jonathan Demme

Jonathan Demme Jonathan Demme ’s death is a huge loss – both to us film fans, as well as those who knew him personally. In the days since his death, former colleagues, assistants, friends, family, etc, all came forward with tales of how Demme was among the most gracious of Hollywood power players, with none uttering an unkind word about him. By all...
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Scott Glenn

Scott Glenn Scott Glenn has been in some pretty outstanding films. One of his earliest was Robert Altman ’s NASHVILLE, and he also turned up in a small (but important) part in Francis Ford Coppola’s APOCALYPSE NOW, leading to his break-out turn as John Travolta ’s rival in URBAN COWBOY. At this point, Glenn got the star build-up, but for...
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren With a career going back nearly fifty years, it's no exaggeration to say Helen Mirren ranks among one of our most iconic living actresses. Always known for her sharp wit, which has decimated many a poorly prepared chat show host (see her own a leering Michael Parkington during this famously sexist interview ), and even, recently, a theater attendee...
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox Being a bad ass is about more than just brawn. Courage is a lot more bad ass than muscles, and Michael J. Fox, who’s struggled publicly with Parkinson’s Disease for twenty years, is an inspiration to anyone who’s ever faced adversity - all of us. But, as fits this column, he has made some great friggin’ movies. Fox, a...
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton While the flub heard around the world dominated headlines the morning after Oscar Sunday, earlier that day the news broke that Bill Paxton , one of Hollywood’s most beloved character actors, had passed away. At only sixty-one, this was unexpected, as there hadn’t been any rumors of ill health. In fact, Paxton was particularly prolific over the...
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Laurence Fishburne

Laurence Fishburne Laurence Fishburne has been a badass for longer than I’ve been alive. I mean, as far as subjects of this column go, it doesn’t get much cooler than the fact that Fishburne, at fourteen, lied about his age to get hired for APOCALYPSE NOW. The fact that he came of age while working in the jungle on a drug-fueled, wildly unpredictable set...
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