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January 30, 2006


Stephen Gallagher

Jeez, you mean that in the long run there's nowhere we can go and be sure that Tom Cruise won't show up?

Alex Epstein

Also, on TV you get to do more acting. Assuming there's something left of the kid who actually wanted to act rather than "be a star," on TV you get to spend more time being someone else. And it's meatier acting -- delving deep into a character, discovering new things about that character... in movies you mostly, as Harrison Ford has it, get to run, jump and fall down.I figured out once that Harrison Ford gets to spend about 20 hours a year acting. (120 minutes per movie, one movie per year, generous 10 to 1 shooting ratio = 1200 minutes = 20 hours.) . It would be nice to get his money, but I would HATE it if I only got to write, say, one month out of the year.

Paul Parducci

I think that more and more the line between Television and Film is blurring. Technology will continue to improve its ability to bring entertainment directly and portably to consumers.(Which lets face it, is more TV-ish than Movie-ish.) As an actor who works in both areas I have always enjoyed the pace of Television work and the "lets get it done" attitude of all involved. In addition, for the past while the Narrative work I've enjoyed as a viewer has been mostly Television ie: Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Sopranos,24, Six Feet Under and Desperate Housewives.

Bill Cunningham

"that today we have so few legitimate “movie stars” (Hollywood’s version of the Great Depression)"You know, as somone who has worked with the LA Times folks before, I am so surprised at their ignoring the history of movies. There has ALWAYS been those few at the top and many more working consistently in the industry.Examples that come to mind are all of the stars of Republic studios, Monogram, PRC, etc -- The B-Movie "Stars" (the TV of their day) who were in series films in theaters across the country. Some actors actually got out of their contracts at the large studios where they weren't being used, and moved over (down?) to actually star in a picture. People like John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Judy Canova (sp?), et al...This is not a new phenomenon this here populist TV thing attracting name talent...

Peter Gibbons

So what does it mean when the only show on TV that will take you is "Dancing With The Stars"?


Does this mean Heather Graham will be on Cinemax anytime soon?


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