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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Marcia Gay Harden Really Was Hit With A Bat By Diane Keaton In ‘First Wives Club’

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Marcia Gay Harden Really Was Hit With A Bat By Diane Keaton In ‘First Wives Club’
By JAMIE SAMHAN
1 Feb 2019

Bette Midler and Marcia Gay Harden at Arbor Day  Celebration

Marcia Gay Harden revealed that things don’t always go as planned when filming, like the time Diane Keaton hit her with a foam bat in “First Wives Club.”

In an episode of “Couch Surfing,” the “Code Black” actress said the Keaton was “supposed to just kind of fake hit me in the head.”

“She really hit me,” adding, “I don’t think I was supposed to take [the bat] away from her, and I did.”

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Seeing double: 10 actors who played identical twins

USA Today Seeing double: 10 actors who played identical twins Hoai-Tran Bui, USATODAY October 2, 2015 1516523_1426085494291895_194780083_n   Sometimes there aren’t enough twin actors in the world to star in a movie together. Or sometimes, the temptation of playing two different people who look alike is just too strong (or Oscar-baity). Tom Hardy is tackling the long-lauded tradition of playing twins on film with his newest movie Legend — a practice that has become even more common in movies and television thanks to the powers of split-screen and CGI. Heck, Tatiana Maslany plays like seven versions of herself in Orphan Black. And don’t even talk to us about the numerous soap opera storylines where an evil twin comes to town to take over the main character’s life. Here are 10 actors who have tackled the dual roles of identical twins, and held their own against, well, themselves. Lindsey Lohan, The Parent Trap Lindsey’s best movie after ‘Mean Girls’ tbh. Lindsey’s best movie after ‘Mean Girls’ tbh. (Photo: LOREY SEBASTIAN, XXX WALT DISNEY PICTURES) Lindsey Lohan’s most iconic role to date (we loved Mean Girls, but come on, that movie belonged to Rachel McAdams) was one of her first ones — as the couldn’t-be-more-different twins who met at camp after they were separated by their divorced parents. The Parent Trap was a 1998 remake of the 1961 film (also with star Hayley Mills pulling double duty), about Lohan’s twins getting into shenanigans as they clash at camp, then deciding to impersonate each other to bring their parents back together. Armie Hammer, The Social Network The Social Network is littered with great lines, but one of the best ones is uttered by one of Armie Hammer’s Winklevoss twins: “We can do that ourselves. I’m 6’5″, 220, and there’s two of me.” We honestly couldn’t really tell the difference between them other than their hair parting, but that was probably the point — why else would Mark Zuckerberg keep referring to them as the Winklevii? Nicolas Cage, Adaptation This movie was peak Nicolas Cage. This movie was peak Nicolas Cage. (Photo: NONE, XXX COLUMBIA PICTURES) In a not-so-true movie about Charlie Kaufman’s writer’s block, Nicolas Cage plays Kaufman and his fictional twin brother. This is one of those few times that an actor actually got nominated for an Oscar for portraying two twins, and Cage is pretty brilliant in it. It’s like his wacky, over-the-top acting actually got divided into two people for Adaptation, and he becomes incredibly fascinating to watch. It also helps that it’s a Kaufman-penned, Spike Jonze-directed movie also starring Meryl Streep. Bette Davis, A Stolen Life and Dead Ringer You know you’re a great actress when you get hired to play twins in two separate movies. Iconic Classic Hollywood actress Bette Davis is brilliant as a pair of twins in both A Stolen Life and Dead Ringer — the first about two twins who get entangled in each other’s love affairs and the other about an estranged twin who kills her sister and takes over her life. Freddie Highmore, The Spiderwick Chronicles Remember this movie? We don’t really either… Remember this movie? We don’t really either… (Photo: Andrew Cooper, Paramount Pictures) Before he played a severely creepy Norman Bates in Bates Motel, Freddie Highmore was a precocious British child actor. In the height of his pale, doe-eyed popularity, he played identical twins Jared and Simon in the adaptation of the Spiderwick Chronicles fantasy series. Not only did he have to act against himself, he had to react to CGI fantasy creatures who were trying to attack him and his sister (played by Sarah Bolger). It’s a fun, silly fantasy romp that Highmore is probably the best part of. Christian Bale, The Prestige (spoilers!) The twist at the end of The Prestige (because it’s a Christopher Nolan movie, and those are probably required by law to have a twist) was that Christian Bale’s ambitious magician Alfred Borden was actually two people. The reason that he could perform his physics-defying tricks (and drive Hugh Jackman’s Robert Angier to madness) was because twins Alfred and Freddy masqueraded as one person their entire lives. And the biggest magic trick of all was that this was actually a great twist ending to a weird sci-fi-saturated magic movie. Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin, Big Business What’s better than one actress playing twins? Two! Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin are hilarious as two sets of twins who were switched at birth (yeah, this is a common plot), with one set going to a rich family and the other going to a poor family. It’s a classic 1980s slapstick comedy — an era which, for some reason, was obsessed with doppelgangers — and Midler and Tomlin are perfect. Leonardo DiCaprio, The Man in the Iron Mask Two Leo’s? Swoon. Two Leo’s? Swoon. (Photo: ETIENNE GEORGE, XXX UNITED ARTISTS PICTURES) Poor Leo. This was early in his career and he was not yet at full Oscar-bait power, but man, he was awful in this movie. Probably the only actor to go for the dual roles and walk away with a Razzies Award (the parody awards ceremony that rewards the worst in film), Leonardo DiCaprio played King Louis XIV and Philippe in the adaptation of one of Alexandre Dumas’ Three Musketeers stories, but without any of the fun of a Three Musketeers movie.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Lily Tomlin Has First Leading Role Since Big Business!

GayStarNews In Grandma, Lily Tomlin has first leading role in a film in 27 years – and she’s playing a bisexual poet Comedy legend was last above title in 1988’s Big Business opposite Bette Midler in 1988 30 JANUARY 2015 | BY GREG HERNANDEZ 454472709 The last time Lily Tomlin had a starring role in a film, the Berlin Wall was still standing, Ronald Reagan was president of the US and it still would be 16 more years before the launch of Facebook. But the 75-year-old comedy legend is back above the title in the comedy Grandma which premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. In her first leading role since 1988’s Big Business with Bette Midler, Tomlin plays a feminist poet who is breaking up with her far younger girlfriend and still dealing with the death of her longtime partner. The poet’s granddaughter shows up needing money for an abortion and Tomlin’s character takes her around LA trying to get the money for it. ‘I know I’m putting myself on the line, kind of,’ Tomlin tells the Los Angeles Times. ‘But I trusted (writer-director by Paul Weitz) and I liked the material. First of all, he had written it with me in mind, and he wanted me. Then as we worked through the material, it just seemed like a good thing to do.’ Sony Pictures Classics picked up distribution of the film shortly before its Sundance premiere so the independent movie will make it into theaters. Leading up to Big Business 27 years ago, Tomlin had been a frequent lead in movies including All of Me with Steve Martin, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, and 9 to 5 with Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for her feature film debut in 1975’s Nashville. In more recent decades, Tomlin has been part of many ensemble casts in such films as Short Cuts, I Heart Huckabees, Flirting With Disaster and A Prairie Home Companion.

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

BetteBack: Romping With The First Wive’s Club

KEATON, MIDLER AND HAWN HAVE A ROMP IN ‘FIRST WIVES’.(TIMEOUT) Article from:The Cincinnati Post (Cincinnati, OH) Article date:September 19, 1996 Byline: Bob Campbell Newhouse News Service Women over 50 don’t often get to kick up their heels in American movies. In ”The First Wives Club,” however, six of the nimblest half-century-old heels in Hollywood can be seen kicking all the way to the bank. ”There isn’t that much for older women,” Diane Keaton says in her lilting voice. ”So this is a great, amazing chance.” She, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn cut loose with pratfalls and tears in this blissfully funny adaptation of Olivia Goldsmith‘s somewhat more somber fable about misused women getting even with the husbands who dumped them for younger women. Opening Friday, ”The First Wives Club” looks set for broad popular success. Galvanized by the suicide of a college friend (an unbilled Stockard Channing) who’s been dumped by her Trump-ish husband, the film’s three heroines band together to punish their own faithless exes. They become heroines to Manhattan‘s divorcees. The plot is clever, the dialogue (by playwright Robert Harling) scintillating. And the chemistry among the three stars is unmatched this side of the Bronte sisters. Ms. Keaton happily sums up the trio as ”The Three Stooges.” Ms. Keaton and Ms. Midler, both in New York for interviews, agreed that it was the chance to do an all-out comedy that attracted them. It was the women who rebelled when director Hugh Hudson tried to shade the movie into a more solemn feminist statement. ”Hugh did his own draft that was closer to the book,” said Ms. Midler, rolling her eyes. ”But we wanted to do the Harling script. We wanted to do a romp.” Ms. Keaton concurred: ”We wanted to cut loose in a farce and do some really ridiculous things.” Notwithstanding their mutual star status, the three apparently were happy to share the screen. Ms. Midler considered the possibility that they might have felt more competitive a decade or two ago, when they were all in contention for leading-lady roles, but concluded: ”We’re grown-up now, and, anyway, we’re not men.” ”The First Wives Club” finds Ms. Midler in fine brash form as Brenda, whose garment-center husband (Dan Hedaya) has traded her in for a high-decibel bimbo (the hilarious Sarah Jessica Parker). Ms. Midler’s earthiness grounds the flightiness projected by her co-stars. Ms. Keaton beautifully details the swirl of timid gentility and pent-up hysteria within the WASP-y Annie (as in Hall), who suffers the nastiest betrayal: Her dreamboat advertising-executive husband (Victor Garber) ditches her for their marriage counselor (Marcia Gay Harden). The third of the film’s ”First Wives,” Ms. Hawn’s Elise is a new and improved version of her youth-fixated diva from ”Death Becomes Her.” Elise is a movie star whose producer husband (Stephen Collins) climbed to success on her name, then threw her over for a sweet young ditz (Elizabeth Berkley, on the road to recovery from ”Showgirls”) who innocently suggests that Elise could play her mad mother in the ex’s new production. Enhanced by Zemanta
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