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An apology

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By now you’ve no doubt heard that John Heard died.

Yesterday my social media feed was full of articles about the actor, all attributing his success to Home Alone.

I know he’s not here to read this — and let’s face it, he wouldn’t if he could  — but I feel the need to apologize.

While the family comedy may have made the most money in his filmography, it certainly did not make the most of Heard.

If you’re interested and willing to do a bit more research than his obit writers, I encourage you to watch Heard in the gripping thriller Deceived, co-starring Goldie Hawn. He also played opposite Tom Hanks in the comedy Big (a great excuse to watch that again). And he was an excellent Arthur Dimmesdale in a TV miniseries version of The Scarlet Letter in 1979.

Let’s hear it for one of the great character actors. He will be missed.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fake Hollywood couples who make me happy

Adam Sandler is a man of extremes.

When his movies are good (The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates), they are very, very good.  And when they are bad (Little Nicky, Jack and Jill, That’s My Boy)…

They’re horrible.

wedding singerMe thinks Sandler has been looking at his filmography and noticed a common thread running through his very best films — Drew Barrymore. Could that be why he’s starring in and co-producing a new film with her?

The Hollywood Reporter says yes!

In the rumored film, the two portray single parents who had a bad first date, but soon after are trapped together at a vacation resort with their kids.  Hilarity ensues.

I loved The Wedding Singer.  It’s my very favorite Adam Sandler film.  And I just re-watched 50 First Dates last weekend and laughed myself silly when Drew Barrymore — to protect Sandler — beats the crap out of Rob Schneider with a baseball bat.

Good times.

Both films made big bucks at the box office, so I know I’m not the only one who loves this duo.  Let’s get excited!!

Let’s roll

Matt Damon films are usually a good bet.

Just look at his filmography on imdb.com.

His breakout role in “Good Will Hunting” (Oscar, Best Original Screenplay)
“The Talented Mr. Ripley”
The “Ocean’s Eleven” franchise
“The Bourne Identity/Supremacy/Ultimatum”
“Stuck on You” — a personal favorite
“Syriana”
“The Good Shepherd”
“The Departed” (Oscar, Best Picture, Best Director)
“The Informant!”

Yeah, Matt brings it.

But based on the trailer for his latest movie “The Green Zone,” I’m afraid the screenwriter didn’t.

The movie is very Bourne-like, which plays to Matt’s strengths. It’s got Greg Kinnear in it, too, which makes me happy. But the trailer is a literal cliche fest.

How are we supposed to get excited about a film that promotes itself with lines like…

“Let’s roll!”

“I came here to save lives!”

“Put your game face on!”

“You’re my prisoner. I’m taking you in!”

“People are dying out here. I want to know why!”

“You have no idea who you’re dealing with!”

Brian Helgeland wrote “The Green Zone.” He won an Oscar for the “LA Confidential” screenplay and also wrote “A Knight’s Tale” (one of my personal favorites).

Maybe this just wasn’t one of Helgeland’s best efforts.

Or the trailer editor wasn’t in the zone…