Bill Paxton
Actor, director
Bill Paxton
William "Bill" Paxton is an American actor and film director. He gained popularity after starring roles in the films Apollo 13, Twister, Aliens, True Lies, and Titanic. Paxton starred in the HBO series Big Love (2006–2011) and was nominated for an Emmy Award for the Miniseries Hatfields & McCoys.
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Despite Paxton's best efforts, CBS' 'Training Day' doesn't live up to the standards of its film predecessor
LATimes - 22 days
“I know, the rogue cop and the Hollywood madam. Sounds like a sitcom, right?” says rogue cop Frank Rourke (Bill Paxton) to a Hollywood madam in one of the more self-aware moments of the new CBS series, “Training Day.” This film-to-television adaptation takes place 15 years after the demise of depraved...
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Tarantino Rides Again: The 'Hateful Eight' Premieres
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The eight gunslingers in Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight really are hateful, so why do we like watching them so much, and so long -- 3-and-a-half hours -- give or take, including an overture and intermission. Not only can't you take your eyes off them, you want to catch every word of Quentin Tarantino's clever script. Utilizing the tropes of Westerns -- he claims The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was a big influence -- Tarantino's Western borders on horror, as the eight come together in a cabin in a snowstorm. Act I features a stagecoach: John Ruth (Kurt Russell), a bounty hunter, wants to bring his charge, Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), to Red Rock for hanging, and for the reward. Another bounty hunter, Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), wants a ride. He wisely advises, better to bring her in dead. Driving past a Christ on the Cross, this company arrives at a storm hounded pit stop, and the rest of the bearded group: Bruce Dern, Tim Roth, Demian Bichir, Michael Madsen ...
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Bill Paxton and Daniel Radcliffe bring Grand Theft Auto to TV in CNET UK podcast 430
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Marvel's mightiest heroes are back with a-vengeance in "Age of Ultron", and there's a new mobile network in town.
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Might Turn Bill Paxton Into a Cyborg
Boom Tron - about 3 years
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn’t quite lived up to its lofty expectations, but there’s still time for the series to turn itself around and truly make a name for itself. Part of it has to do with fully embracing its comic book roots and distancing itself from the boring, seen-it-already aspects of its procedural format. Part of the problem lies in the hands of the writers, who seem to be afraid to pull the trigger on some of the more insane aspects of a comic book adaptation. Take, for instance, the recent casting of Bill Paxton. Paxton is a great actor who could bring a lot to SHIELD, but if the character wants to stand out then there needs to be a greater commitment to the source material. According to TV.com, Paxton will be playing Agent John Garrett, a rough-and-tumble former cohort of Agent Coulson who’s got a bit of an attitude and a cigar-smoking swagger. He winds up working alongside Ward and May and “comes into the fold in a very surprising way,” said executive produc ...
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Ginnifer Goodwin On 'Killing Kennedy' And Playing Jackie O
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Playing an iconic figure like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis certainly isn't easy, especially when she's been depicted on the small screen so many times. Ginnifer Goodwin ("Once Upon A Time," "Big Love") boldly accepted the challenge, and plays Jackie O in the National Geographic TV movie "Killing Kennedy." Rather than just a straight-up biographical depiction of the legendary political couple, "Killing Kennedy" instead focuses on the two couples -- John F. Kennedy (Rob Lowe) and Jackie, along with Lee Harvey Oswald (Will Rothhaar) and his wife, Marina (Michelle Trachtenberg) -- as they navigate their way through the rise of JFK and his tragic, sudden death. HuffPost TV spoke with Goodwin about taking on Jackie, how she dealt with the pressure of the role and how she approached that final, harrowing death scene. HuffPost TV: A lot of people are obsessed with the Kennedy assassination, and it's one of the most recognized historical events to take place in the United States. How familia ...
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24 Hours That "Broke The Back Of The American Century"
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Bill Paxton To Narrate New National Geographic Channel Documentary JFK: THE FINAL HOURS, Retracing Final Day of President John F. Kennedy's Life Through First-Hand Accounts from Those Who Were ThereTwo-Hour Documentary Premieres Friday, November 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT in Advance of the National Geographic Channel Global Television Event KILLING KENNEDYWASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Few events have been more scrutinized than the minutes and hours following the fatal bullets fired by Lee Harvey Oswald on Nov. 22, 1963. The assassination of President John F. ...
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Review: 'The Colony's' gravest threat is a lack of distinction
LATimes - over 3 years
Jeff Renfroe's sci-fi thriller doesn't quite stand out in a post-apocalyptic future. Compassion and survival are made to duel once more in the unambitious sci-fi thriller "The Colony." In a post-apocalyptic future, Everyman Sam (Kevin Zegers) stands by while Mason (Bill Paxton), the ruthlessly practical leader of their Arctic settlement, executes anyone with a cough or a sniffle. "Nothing personal," shrugs Mason, looking about as remorseful for the corpse at his feet as he would for the bacteria he killed while washing his hands.
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Jackie K. Cooper: "2 Guns": Two Pros In Action
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Movie Review Jackie K Cooper "2 Guns" (Universal Pictures) "2 Guns" is an action movie starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. And if you can't count on those two pros to entertain you, well who can you trust? These are seasoned actors who can take some good dialogue, improvise it a little and have you smiling from ear to ear. Then they can take the heroic action sequences and have you almost believing they can outsmart and outshoot a whole passel of bad guys. For summer popcorn entertainment it can't be beat - even if they don't have superpowers. Washington plays Bobby Trench, an undercover DEA Agent who is trying to get the goods on Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos), a Mexican drug lord. Working with him is Michael "Stig" Stigman (Wahlberg), a Navy guy also undercover. Neither knows the other is anything other than the small time ...
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'2 Guns' review: An off-putting, violent mess
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
"2 Guns" is a lighthearted action movie with a high body count, including a few dead chickens. The chicken scene comes about 10 minutes in, and it either depicts a scene of animal cruelty in a jolly way - or it's an example of genuine animal cruelty on its own. The bullets are missing them by inches, and they're flinching, though with computer graphics these days, who knows what's real and what's not? [...] Mark Wahlberg, who has been berating the other men for animal cruelty, demonstrates his skill with a gun by quickly blowing off the head of each chicken - and that last dead chicken? [...] after about an hour, every last ounce of audience goodwill evaporates, and the actors are left stumbling through the arid desert of the screenplay. [...] they walk away with 47 million, a troubling sum of money. Bill Paxton plays a lethal, evil CIA agent - he's the best thing here, all-American and twisted. Kormakur tries to cover over the plot deficiencies by making the violence just a lit ...
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Bill Paxton Brings 'Head Smash' Graphic Novel To Life
MTV News - over 3 years
FROM MTV GEEK The graphic novel that's already been featured in Variety and Entertainment Weekly now has a new trailer featuring the vocal talents of the one-and-only Bill Paxton. The "Head Smash" trailer, from the story by Vlad Yudin and Erik Hendrix, focuses on ex-Horde soldier Smash and his attempt to get revenge on his former bosses. The property's already in development with "The Twilight Saga" producers Mark Morgan and Imprint Entertainment-chief Michael Becker, who are working alongside the graphic novel's creators and publisher—Arcana—to bring the project to the big screen. For more info on "Head Smash," check out the article over at MTV Geek and watch the Paxton-filled trailer below!
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Tom Cruise's sci-fi movie 'All You Need Is Kill' gets new title
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Jeff Sneider LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Tom Cruise has announced on his Twitter feed that Warner Bros. has retitled his sci-fi thriller "All You Need Is Kill" to "Edge of Tomorrow." Director Doug Liman and WB will be hyping the movie at this weekend's Comic-Con with an early look at footage from the film, which doesn't hit theaters until June 6, 2014. Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton co-star in the movie, which is based on the novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Several screenwriters had a hand in the script, including Christopher McQuarrie, Dante Harper and the Butterworth siblings. ...
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What To Watch This Memorial Day Weekend
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Whether you need a break from the sun, the relatives or the traffic this Memorial Day weekend, your trusty TV has the escape you crave, with a number of marathons and specials and premieres to fill your time off. We've rounded up some of the highlights from the next three days if you feel like riding the couch, including everything from "Arrested Development" to "Veronica Mars." (Note: All times ET/PT. Listed marathon start and end times include first airings of each episode, not episodes that are repeated over the course of the marathon -- we figured you don't want to watch the same thing twice!) SATURDAY, MAY 25 The Elvis Collection (5 a.m. to 5:05 a.m. Sunday, Encore) Revisit 14 of The King's cinematic hits from "Blue Hawaii" through to "This is Elvis," with classics like "Jailhouse Rock" and "Viva Las Vegas" thrown in for good measure. "Arrested Development" (6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, IFC) Prepare for the triumphant Netflix return of the Bluths with a mar ...
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18 Reasons Why This Movie Looks Awesome
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are two of the most dependable box office stars in Hollywood, so it goes to reason that, eventually, some studio would have the idea to pair them up for one rock-solid movie. That studio? Universal, which is set to release "2 Guns" in August. The first "2 Guns" trailer arrived on Friday. Directed by Baltasar Kormákur (Wahlberg's "Contraband"), "2 Guns" stars Washington and Wahlberg as undercover law enforcement agents from different government agencies who get roped into a conspiracy plot involving drug money. Here's the official synopsis: Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg lead an all-star cast in 2 Guns, an explosive action film that tracks two operatives from competing bureaus who are forced on the run together. But there is a big problem with their unique alliance: Neither knows that the other is an undercover federal agent. For the past 12 months, DEA agent Bobby Trench (Washington) and U.S. naval inte ...
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Spike TV 'Savage Family Diggers': Bill Paxton Joins The Dig (VIDEO)
Monsters and Critics - almost 4 years
Tune in alert for Spike TV - as Bill Paxton is on "Savage Family Diggers" Saturday March 23rd at 10:00
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Liz Smith: Michael Douglas Aglow in the 'Candelabra' of his Golden Years -- Charlize Theron's Denim Dream -- The Bible'sControversial Samson
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
"This is one of the wonderful things about this business. There are still parts for old people. I never think about retirement." That's Michael Douglas in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly. Michael and Matt Damon sat down to talk to EW about their hotly awaited HBO film Behind the Candelabra. This tells the story of entertainer deluxe Liberace and Scott Thorson, his much younger lover. What touched me about Michael's quote is that it reminded me of the premiere of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps several years back, when Michael was battling cancer. The supermarket tabloids had written his death sentence -- and they are usually 90 percent correct, unfortunately. Michael himself appeared frail and ravaged by the illness and his treatments. This was especially so in contrast to his gorgeous wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones. She was more subdued than usual the night of the premiere, but Zeta-Jones, even worried, can't ever look too subdued. I recall it was one of the m ...
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Martin Newman: Jack Reacher Is Kicking Ass at the Box Office but What Are the Best Ever Movie Punch-Ups?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
In new action blockbuster Jack Reacher, Tom Cruise is surrounded by thugs when he gives a calm, chilling appraisal of their situation: "Remember, you wanted this". What comes next is a predictable staple of just about every Hollywood action flick made today. And in a market crowded with such franchises, making these fight scenes bigger and badder than anything before is a continual challenge for writers and choreographers. But what really makes a memorable movie punch-up? The James Bond films set a standard for the tough-guy butt-kicker and since the advent of Hong Kong martial arts movies the model has been refined and reiterated over the decades. New film franchises like the Die Hard, Mission Impossible, Matrix, Batman and Bourne series have kept the box office ticking over. But they have also become dangerously generic. Whether it's Daniel Craig or Matt Damon you always know the brutal outcome. They are heroes who don't break a sweat enroute to battering ...
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Artifacts help pinpoint key Hatfield-McCoy battle
Fox News - about 4 years
The Hatfield clan New Year's attack on Randolph McCoy's cabin marked a turning point in America's most famous feud -- the homestead was set ablaze, and two McCoys were gunned down. Hatfield family members and supporters were soon thrown in jail. Artifacts recently unearthed appear to pinpoint the location of the 1888 ambush in the woods of Pike County in eastern Kentucky. Excavators found bullets believed to have been fired by the McCoys in self-defense, along with fragments of windows and ceramic from the family's cabin. "This is one of the most famous conflicts in American history, and we've got bullets fired from one of the key battles. It doesn't get any better than that," said Bill Richardson, a West Virginia University extension professor who was part of the recent discovery. The property is owned by Bob Scott, a Hatfield descendant who has suspected for years that the hilly land was the site of the brutal attack. He grew up listening to stories from his parents and gr ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bill Paxton
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 58
    In 2014, he played the role of the villainous John Garrett in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He stars alongside Jon Bernthal, Rose McGowan, and John Malkovich as a playable character in the 2014 video game Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (downloadable "Exo Zombies" mode).
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1988
    Age 32
    In 1988, he and vocalist/guitarist Andrew Todd Rosenthal formed a short-lived rock duo Martini Ranch.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1982
    Age 26
    He was cast in a music video for the 1982 Pat Benatar song "Shadows of the Night", in which he appeared as a Nazi radio officer.
    More Details Hide Details He appears in the Limp Bizkit video Eat You Alive.
  • 1980
    Age 24
    He directed a number of short films, including Fish Heads, which aired during Saturday Night Live's low-rated 1980–1981 season.
    More Details Hide Details He directed the feature films Frailty (2001), in which he starred, and The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1963
    Age 7
    Paxton was in the crowd when President John F. Kennedy emerged from the Hotel Texas on the morning of his assassination on November 22, 1963.
    More Details Hide Details There are pictures at the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, where an eight-year-old Paxton can be seen being lifted above the crowd. Some of Paxton's earliest roles include a minor role as a punk thug in The Terminator (1984) and a supporting role as the lead protagonist's bullying older brother in John Hughes' Weird Science (1985). He also appeared in Aliens (1986) as the sarcastic Private Hudson: Except for Lance Henriksen, Paxton is the only actor to play characters confronted by a Terminator (The Terminator), a Xenomorph (Aliens), and a Predator (Predator 2). Paxton collaborated with director James Cameron on True Lies (1994) and Titanic (1997), which was the highest-grossing film of all time at its release. Four years after appearing in Titanic, he joined James Cameron on an expedition to the actual Titanic. A film about this trip, Ghosts of the Abyss, was released in 2003.
  • 1955
    Born
    Born on May 17, 1955.
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