Eric Stoltz

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This is another edition of Short Starts, where we present a weekly short film(s) from the start of a filmmaker or actor’s career. This weekend sees the release of two major films directed by former child stars. There’s Rush by Ron Howard, who got his true start as a boy on TV shows like Dennis the Menace and The Andy Griffth Show, and Don Jon by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who got his true start as a boy on TV shows like Family Ties and Roseanne. So, given the link, I thought it would be worth it to double up on the latest column. Both actors eventually became directors (Howard made the full switch while Gordon-Levitt is actually still a rising screen star), and before the made features they directed a few shorts. Howard’s are more like home movies made with his brother Clint and friends. Gordon-Levitt’s are mostly animated collaborative works produced through his hitRECord company. Let’s look at Howard’s first. In 1969, he shot three amateur Westerns, which he also appears in. Maybe he directed others in those teen years, but we only know about Old Paint, Deed of Daring-Do and Cards, Cads, Guns, Gore and Death because they were included on the DVD of The Missing. Because of the genre. Cards, etc. is the only one I can find online, and man is it adorable. And very bloody. The plot is your basic cliche card game that get out of hand when someone is accused of cheatin’. Young Ronny […]


No, this isn’t a reboot announcement wherein a middle-aged actor will be playing Marty McFly to spice things up. Yet. A few scenes of Eric Stoltz during his 5-week-long acting turn as McFly before being let go have made their way onto the 25th anniversary Blu-ray of the trilogy, and of course, onto the internet. Now if only they had shots of Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones.



All in all, Caprica held steady with another satisfying episode. Lacy persuades a friend of the Mag-Lev bomber to help her transport Zoe’s avatar and its massive, metal Cylon shell to Gemenon, showing that she isn’t as timid and oblivious as she may have seemed in the past; snooty Daniel Graystone is roughed-up and emasculated in an alley by the Adamas, something that brought great joy to my life, even though the guy didn’t “technically” deserve it; and Patton Oswalt plays Braxton Samo, a talk show host, cracking wise at the expense of the disgraced Graystones.



The first episode of SyFy’s Caprica, begins in medias res, which is Latin for, “in the middle of a debaucherous virtual nightclub where teens get their jollies by watching the ritualistic sacrifice of their peers.



The email attached to the press release for the following clips had this to say: “Thank the gods. Just when you thought you were running low on BSG awesomeness…” No, anonymous publicist who wrote this press released, I am not thanking the gods. This does not make me happy.



I’m a huge fan of the Sci-Fi Channel’s Battlestar Galactica reboot… as should be anyone with a taste for quality action, drama, character development, and eye candy.

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published: 01.28.2015
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