Bruce Dern
American actor
Bruce Dern
Bruce MacLeish Dern is an American actor. He frequently takes roles as a supporting character actor, often playing villains of unstable nature. Dern has appeared in more than 80 feature films, and was nominated for an Oscar for his work in Coming Home. Dern is the father of actress Laura Dern (1967) by his ex-wife Diane Ladd; married 1960–1969. He married his current wife, Andrea Beckett, in 1969.
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Talking With Tarantino: The Sight and Sound Excerpt
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The new Sight & Sound features my ten-page interview with its February cover star, Quentin Tarantino, and they have graciously allowed me to excerpt a portion of the extensive Q&A here. This is a nice chunk of it, but there's so much more in the magazine, from getting to know his characters, to the Roadshow appeal of The Hateful Eight and themes in the movie, to movie violence, to Leonardo DiCaprio's character in Django, to shooting on Ultra Panavision, to his own theater in Los Angeles, The New Beverly (shout out to Clu Gulager in the issue), to his love of old film prints, to interesting thoughts and facts about his past movies, and much, much more. Dig in and read it all via the magazine. For now, check out these choice moments from the interview. "There was a whole lot of speculation from some people about this whole 70mm thing, as in, that's really great, but it's just this set-bound parlor piece, so isn't it just a big old fucking waste of time and money? And, I thi ...
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The Hateful Eight
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Today, December 30th, with just two days left in 2015, I saw the worst movie of the year. I don't usually do Worst Movies of the Year lists, but if I did, I would put The Hateful Eight at the top. And, not just for this year, but as the worst movie of the first fifteen years of the 21st Century. With a high degree of confidence that its status will be unshaken during this century's remaining 85 years. It is a misogynistic, racist, misanthropic, rather disgusting, unlikeable movie. The latest product of an increasingly bizarre, though well funded, racially perverse imagination. An imagination that once made interesting, unique movies, filled with odd, though compelling dialogue, fun homages to older films, and fresh takes on Alex and his droog-ish ultra vi. Now, that imagination seems demented, woman hating, eerie in its emphasis on racial violence, and one that revels not just in violence, but in ISIS quality cruelty. An utterly self indulgent ego-pic with no one telling, whoe ...
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Reasons to Hate 'The H8teful Eight'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The H8teful Eight(The Weinstein Company) There are numerous reasons you should hate Quentin Tarantino's The H8teful Eight. The first is it is full of racist characters who use the N-word excessively. The second is it portrays brutality to women. The third is its excessive violence in general, and its blood-drenched scenes. Fourth, there are crude stories that roll off the lips of the characters. Yes, Tarantino pretty much says and does it all and wallows in the lack of political correctness. But then Tarantino is the Donald Trump of moviemakers. Political correctness does not attach itself to him. If other people had made this movie, they would have been drummed out of the Hollywood community. Quentin just gets stronger and stronger. He loves to shock and he loves the truth. If his story calls for nudity then the movie is going to have nudity. If it calls for blatant racism in its characters then those characters are going to be as racist as they can be. Whatever it takes to satis ...
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How 'Hateful Eight's' Bruce Dern turns on the switch that makes his characters shine
LATimes - about 1 year
A few days before the opening of his latest film, Quentin Tarantino's wide-screen western "The Hateful Eight," Bruce Dern was holding court at a famed Hollywood eatery remembering the time Alfred Hitchcock got stuck in his director's chair. Dern, now 79, had a small part in Hitchcock's 1964 thriller...
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ReThink Review: The Hateful Eight</em> -- Reservoir Cowboys
Huffington Post - about 1 year
As its promotional material is fond of telling us, the Hateful Eight is only Quentin Tarantino's eighth film in his more than twenty-year career. However, few if any other filmmakers have had as much of an impact on film and television as Tarantino has. And his films are so distinct, singular, and uniquely Tarantino-esque in their use of dialogue, violence, and genre that they're in a category all their own, making it nearly impossible to compare his work to any other director's. Tarantino's films can only really be compared to each other, and the Hateful Eight serves as an excellent progress report for how Tarantino has and hasn't evolved as a filmmaker, since not only does it find Tarantino revisiting the themes and conventions that define his work, but also bears similarities to his 1992 film that started it all, Reservoir Dogs. Watch the trailer for the Hateful Eight below. The Hateful Eight takes place in the middle of a Wyoming blizzard sometime shortly after the Civil War. ...
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The Hateful Eight: Quentin Tarantino's Intriguing But Bloated Latest Film
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Warning: Spoilers ahead. I am usually a fan of Quentin Tarantino's films, in spite of a host of sometimes unnecessary violence, but I found The Hateful Eight to be a victim of the writer/director's prior success. He's an intriguing writer, who creates characters different from many we've seen and imbues them with personalities and fascinating incidental dialogue that gives three dimension to what they're all about. The problem with this film is that there is so much attention paid to each character and their interactions with each other that it becomes like an overwritten stage play, static where it should have been exciting. Almost every one of them appears to have an individual moment to assess one of the others, with the rest sitting idly by in the background until their turns come. This is not always the case, of course, but it slows the pacing down, not to mention the fact that we are well over an hour into the movie before the shit starts to hit the fan. Then, a little af ...
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'Nebraska' and 'Getting On' actress Angela McEwan, a Hollywood late bloomer, dies at 81
LATimes - about 1 year
Though her role in Alexander Payne's 2013 dramedy "Nebraska" was small, Angela McEwan was singled out for her wistfully sweet turn as a small-town newspaper editor who had long loved Woody (Bruce Dern) and regretted losing him to the feisty Kate (June Squibb). McEwan, who had recently turned to...
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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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Bruce Dern Shares Hilarious Memory Of A Girthy Alfred Hitchcock
Huffington Post - about 1 year
With an acting career spanning more than 50 years, Bruce Dern has his fair share of incredible Hollywood stories, and he delightfully shared a few of them from the set of Alfred Hitchcock's final film with HuffPost Live on Tuesday. During a conversation about his role in Quentin Tarantino's new film, "The Hateful Eight," Dern discussed shooting 1976's "Family Plot," on which he worked closely with Hitchcock. Dern, who slipped in and out of his impression of Hitchcock's legendary voice, recounted anecdotes including why the iconic director purposely mispronounced Al Pacino's last name and this hilarious moment of helping Hitchcock remove himself from a director's chair: He gets up, and because of his girth, his sides and hips are going out the slats on the side [of the chair], where your hands go. ... So when he got up, the chair goes with him. I mean, he just gets up, and the legs of the chair are sticking straight out. He never turned around to me, he just sai ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bruce Dern
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  • 2013
    Age 76
    On May 26, 2013, he also won the Best Actor award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival for Alexander Payne's Nebraska, and was nominated for the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Actor. Dern married Marie Dawn Pierce in 1957, but divorced less than two years later. In 1960, Dern married Diane Ladd.
    More Details Hide Details Their first daughter, Diane Elizabeth Dern was born November 29, 1960 and died at eighteen months from head injuries, after falling into the swimming pool on May 18, 1962. Their second daughter, Laura is also an actress. Together, they were presented their stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 1, 2010.
  • 2011
    Age 74
    He won a Legend Award at the inaugural Gold Coast International Film Festival on June 1, 2011.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1983
    Age 46
    In 1983, he won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival for That Championship Season.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1972
    Age 35
    He appeared in four films in 1972, including The Cowboys as Asa Watts, a serial killer of Wil Andersen.
    More Details Hide Details John Wayne warned Dern, "America will hate you for this." and he wryly replied, "Yeah, but they'll love me in Berkeley". He played a psychotic Goodyear Blimp pilot who launches a terrorist attack at the Super Bowl in Black Sunday and Captain Bob Hyde in Coming Home, in which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
  • 1969
    Age 32
    After his divorce from Ladd in 1969, Dern married Andrea Beckett.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1964
    Age 27
    In 1964, he played the sailor seen in flashbacks with Marnie's mother for Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie in a short role and had a small crucial one in Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte.
    More Details Hide Details Dern played a murderous rustler in Clint Eastwood's Hang 'Em High (1968) and a gunfighter in Support Your Local Sheriff!
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1936
    Born
    Born on June 4, 1936.
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