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David Carr Remembers the Time Philip Seymour Hoffman Wrestled Rainn Wilson

DavidCarrMediumLogoIt happened at the 2008 Independent Spirit Awards, MC-ed under the Santa Monica big top by Rainn Wilson. As New York Times media critic David Carr recalls via a medium.com blog post, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman displayed a lack of vanity that is unusual among Hollywood types.

Reading the following passage, we thought also of Jack Nicholson on-screen in Terms of Endearment, letting his belly hang out as astronaut Garrett Breedlove. From Carr’s piece:

A gauntlet was thrown and the two men collided mid-room, rolling under tables, grappling for their lives in a ferocious, spontaneous death match. Hoffman had a belly, but the man was not soft — he gave as good as he got, huffing and puffing the whole time.

Somewhere in there, his pants slipped, and he was selling a fair amount of crack. It was not his best feature, but he did not seem to care, instead concentrating on the matter at hand, which was fighting Wilson to a joyous and crowd-pleasing standstill.

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James Lipton Puts a Bow on Boxing Day

Shutterstock_BruceLauraDernCannesThis is pretty cool. On December 26, fans of Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio will get to enjoy a very special holiday treat – the first-ever episode featuring a father and daughter.

Bruce Dern, gathering momentum each day for a second Oscar nomination for his role in Nebraska, was joined on stage by his Oscar nominated daughter Laura. Set your DVR for 7 p.m. From today’s announcement, which followed the exclusive tip to THR‘s Scott Feinberg:

Viewers will learn what it was like for Laura to grow up with both her father and mother, Diane Ladd, in the industry, and to be the first and only family to each have a star side by side on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Nicholson, Dern Compare Cannes Ovations

Shutterstock_BruceDernIf Bruce Dern wins an Oscar next March, he might have to include in his acceptance speech a callback to this great exchange. As in, ‘Not bad for a kid from Winnetka…’

The details come to us courtesy Vulture contributor Mary Kaye Schilling. For Nebraska, she spoke to the actor recently in Pasadena:

After Nebraska screened at the [2013 Cannes Film] festival, “We had an enormous ovation for three minutes,” says Dern. As he was preparing to leave the theater, he noticed his face up on the screen. “And then the people started really clapping,” he says. “[Director] Alexander [Payne] said to me, ‘Where are you going? The other ovation was for all of us, but make no mistake, this one is for you.’

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Internet Reacts to Jack Nicholson Retirement Report

Some, like breakingnews.ie’s Dave Molloy, felt the best way to go was a gallery of Jack GIFs. Others, including al.com’s Madison Underwood, have sparked up dialogue with readers, under what will surely be an oft-repeated headline: “We Can’t Handle the Truth…“.

All because of today’s exclusive report by Radar Online EIC Dylan Howard that Nicholson has quietly decided to stop acting. According to Howard’s source, the issue – or at least, one of the issues – is that it has become too difficult for Jack to memorize dialogue.

As one commenter on Radar points out, Nicholson could always go the Marlon Brando route and start using an ear piece on set. But somehow, given the unwavering commitment to the craft of acting that Nicholson has always displayed, that seems like a fallback he would never be comfortable with.

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Who Should Ellen Dance With at Next Year’s Oscars?

There are so many show-open possibilities that come to mind for Ellen DeGeneres March 2 under the tutelage of telecast producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. And since Billy Crystal recently reminded just how tense the room is when the host first walks out, FishbowlNY would like to float out the following three options.

1) OPTION ONE – Dance With Everybody: Ellen could get the whole crowd into it, in the same way that Tilda Swinton did this spring at EbertFest in honor of the late Roger Ebert. Ellen dancing up and down the aisles would loosen the Dolby Theatre up, fast.

2) OPTION TWO – Dance With Jack: Nicholson would probably never go for it. But is there a more iconic audience member from the era when Academy Awards broadcasts were watchable? We don’t think so. A brief on-stage jig with the sunglassed one would get things off to a gold-standard start.

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Jack Nicholson’s Fall PR Assignment?

As we all know, Jack Nicholson likes to keep his media mystique at full twinkle by steering clear of talk shows, Hollywood red carpet interviews and all but the rarest of print profile pieces. Still, it’s surprising to find the actor absent from the upcoming feature documentary Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction.

The 86-year-old Stanton is one of Nicholson’s oldest and dearest friends, right up there with Robert Evans and Warren Beatty. Given that the movie’s two show-stopping scenes are casual filmed conversations between Stanton and repeat collaborators David Lynch and Kris Kristofferson, we wondered what efforts were made to secure Jack’s participation.

“Harry personally asked Nicholson to be in the film,” director Sophie Huber told FishbowlNY following a Sunday afternoon screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival attended by Stanton. “But… I’m going to try and get Nicholson to do PR for the film when it comes out later this year as sort of a revenge for not being in it.”

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Kenneth Turan Remembers When Cannes Was a Much Easier PR Ride

Those were the days. At the top of his reminiscence piece about covering the Cannes Film Festival, LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan paints a delightful, junk-the-junket picture:

Cannes was more casual back in 1971, of course. You could hang out with Italian director Luchino Visconti without much planning or go see Jack Nicholson in his hotel room and spend the afternoon discussing his first directorial effort, Drive, He Said, with no more preamble than running into a friend of his on the street.

There were 800 credentialed journalists back then; today, there are around 4,000. Turan cites the 1999 Greek sci-fi parody Attack of the Giant Moussaka as one of his all-time favorites from the less carpeted Marché side of the annual event.

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Two Old Pros Come Together for Saturday Evening Post Q&A

When you’ve been in the entertainment journalism game as long as Jeanne Wolf, there is no longer any doubt about a preferred professional approach. As the veteran reporter’s personal website About page makes clear, she’s in it to have fun.

That breezy M.O. imbues Wolfe’s Q&A with Anjelica Huston for the March/April issue of The Saturday Evening Post. The interviewer and Smash star are each in their own way grand dames of Hollywood, freely and comfortably chatting be the topic Jack Nicholson or the actress’ in-progress autobiography:

Q: You’re writing a memoir. How is that going?
AH: I’m kind of in the midst of it, and it’s daunting, but on the other hand, it feels quite cathartic. Since I’m in the process, it’s a bit hard to talk about. I remember quite a lot, I have to say. Sometimes I wish I remembered a bit less.

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Where Does Jodie Foster Speech Rank in the Golden Globes Pantheon?

The most miraculous aspect of last night’s Golden Globes Lifetime acceptance speech by Jodie Foster is that it put forth the same level of ballroom and telecast entertainment as Ving Rhames‘ hand-off of his Don King: Only in America 1998 acting statuette to Jack Lemmon. With Mel Gibson providing the throw-to audience celebrity extra flavor rather than Jack Nicholson and Jim Carrey.

Seriously. We watched the above clip before last night’s 70th Golden Globes and told ourselves how lucky we and everyone else would be if something came close. Well, thanks to Foster’s remarkable six-and-a-half-minute speech, that’s exactly what happened.

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Radio Documentary Revisits the Quiet Santa Monica Life of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger

Last night, screenwriter and playwright Gideon Brower debuted his half-hour radio documentary “The Couple in 303” on KCRW’s Unfictional. It’s all about the experiences of those, including himself, who shared a stretch of 3rd Street in Santa Monica with a Princess Eugenia apartment building couple that turned out to be James “Whitey” Bulger and Catherine Greig.

“When the media tsunami descended last June, I started interviewing my own neighbors about ‘Charlie and Carol Gasko,’” Brower tells FishbowlLA. “They told me some remarkable stuff.”

This is a must-listen for anyone interested in the clandestine odyssey of the FBI fugitive channeled by Jack Nicholson in The Departed. Brower talks to the managers of his building and various residents to capture what it was like to know the kindly couple and then suddenly be caught up in an FBI and media fire storm. Among the revelations are details about Bulger’s subsequent correspondence from prison with one of his former unsuspecting acquaintances.

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