Margo Martindale
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Margo Martindale
Margo Martindale is an American film, stage, and television actress. In 2011, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal as Mags Bennett on Justified.
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These 11 Women Are Vying For Best Supporting Actress At The 2017 Oscars
Huffington Post - 3 months
Of the Oscars’ four acting races, Best Supporting Actress may be the most unambiguous. The category seems to belong to the five women who received both Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations this week: Viola Davis (”Fences”), Naomie Harris (”Moonlight”), Nicole Kidman (”Lion”), Octavia Spencer (”Hidden Figures”) and Michelle Williams (”Manchester by the Sea”). The Critics’ Choice Awards, which issued prizes on Sunday, had only one amendment, spotlighting Janelle Monáe over Spencer, her co-star. Everyone else who has flitted around this contest’s second-tier ranks now seems out of commission. Had I published these rankings a few weeks ago, I’d have included Helen Mirren (”Eye in the Sky”), Margo Martindale (”The Hollars”), Felicity Jones (”A Monster Calls”) and a smattering of others. But the derby is well underway, and there’s no use holding spots for yesterday’s horses. Even listing 11 women is a bit of a stretch, but here we go. -- This feed and its contents ...
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In a career of sinister roles, Margo Martindale shines as a sweet mom in 'The Hollars'
LATimes - 3 months
See the most read stories this hour » In person she has a big, Texas-girl laugh and an agreeable manner, yet Margo Martindale’s splashiest roles, Emmy-winners like backwoods crime boss Mags on TV’s “Justified” and the ex- KGB supervisor Claudia on “The Americans,” are shiveringly sinister. Then...
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Margo Martindale Steals the Show In "The Hollars"
Huffington Post - 6 months
Movie Review - Jackie K Cooper "The Hollars" (Sony Pictures Classics) Sometimes movies you know little about come along at just the right time. That happened to me last year with "Begin Again" and it happened this year with "The Hollars." I had heard people who attend film festivals talk about a new movie by actor John Krasinski. He was said to have directed it and also starred in it. I have long been a Krasinski fan so I kept an eye out for "The Hollars." Now "The Hollars" is in theaters and it is the right movie to transition us into fall. It has just the right blend of comedy and drama, plus it contains some high calibre performances. The movie focuses on the Hollar family. Son John is working in the city trying to write and draw a graphic novel. He has a girlfriend Rebecca (Anna Kendrick) who is pregnant with their first child. John loves Rebecca but he is not ready to commit to marriage. Rebecca comes to the office where he works and tells him she has had ...
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John Krasinski and Margo Martindale Go Way Back and It Shows
ABC News - 6 months
"The Hollars" stars appear on "Popcorn With Peter Travers."
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Margo Martindale Knows Her Way Around Southern Stereotypes, But Here's Where She Draws The Line
Huffington Post - 10 months
Character Actress Margo Martindale will play a bank-robbing animated version of herself, she'll look Meryl Streep in the eyes and reveal she slept with her husband, and she'll seek revenge by serving a dude poisonous moonshine. So where does Character Actress Margo Martindale draw the line when choosing roles? Recently, it was with a particular slur.  In "Mother's Day," Martindale plays a racist, homophobic, redneck grandmother named Flo. The movie, which opens Friday, marks the third holiday-centered omnibus in which "Pretty Woman" and "Princess Diaries" director Garry Marshall gives us the chance to gaze at A-listers who only had to work for a few days because these ensembles are so massive. (Marshall's first two holiday confections were 2010's "Valentine's Day" and 2011's "New Year's Eve.")  Sporting patriotic T-shirts and a bucket of fried chicken, Flo and her husband (Robert Pine) load up their RV and travel from Texas to Atlanta to visit their two children (Kate Hudson an ...
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John Krasinski Is Looking To Push The Limits In Hollywood
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Since his humble beginnings at “The Office,” John Krasinski has become quite the Renaissance man in Hollywood. He’s an accomplished actor, director, producer and writer -- something that became very clear during his appearance at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Not only did he direct and star in the family dramedy “The Hollars,” he was an executive producer of the festival’s breakout hit, “Manchester by the Sea.” Kenneth Lonergan ("You Can Count On Me") wrote the script for the Oscar hopeful produced by Matt Damon and starring Casey Affleck, but it was Krasinski who came up with the original idea that sparked the creation of the moving story about a grieving Boston handyman who loses his brother and becomes the legal guardian of his 16-year-old nephew. “I had the idea and it was going to be my first script. I brought the story to Matt and he brought it to Kenny, who I thought would be a great writer for it. Obviously, Kenny went and wrote an incredible script,” Krasinski told The H ...
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15 TV Pilots We Hope Get Made Into Series (2015 Edition)
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
The annual network Upfronts are practically here (NBC kicks things off May 11), which means the big networks will make huge decisions that will affect the rest of your life: by deciding what we'll get to watch on TV in the 2015-2016 season. Cancellations and renewals are just around the corner, and we're too nervous to even think about those right now, but the good news is that Upfronts also signal that final push in the birthing of new television shows. (One has already started.) The circle of TV life! But which television pilots should networks choose to populate their new schedule? It's a difficult decision for any stuffy network suit, but I'm here to point them in the right direction because I have can't-miss taste and know how to pick a winner. Below I've chosen 15 pilots that I'd like to see get made and thrown on next season's television schedule, and where available, created a state-of-the-art artist's interpretation of what the show might look like. As always, a few things bef ...
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60 years an actor, June Squibb takes a bow
Seattle Pi - about 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) — June Squibb recently ducked into a Times Square office above the theaters she spent decades knocking about, taking any decent part she could get. After a lifetime of Broadway, regional theater, cabaret, musicals, summer stock and bit movie roles, Squibb is, at 84, an Oscar nominee. The accolades (she was most recently given the Virtuoso Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival) have brought Squibb more attention than she's ever received in a career spanning 60 years, from playing the stripper Electra in "Gypsy" on Broadway in 1960 to a tough-talking secretary in "Scent of a Woman." The actress Margo Martindale, Squibb's friend and former Upper West Side neighbor of 30-plus years, says: "I tried to call her for three days, but, you know, she's too busy!" Squibb grew up the daughter of an insurance salesman and a piano-playing mother in the small town of Vandalia, Ill. In the film, Kate starts as what seems a typically combative (albeit especially volub ...
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'The Mindy Project' vs. 'New Girl': Who Wins?
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Have you been watching the third season of "New Girl"? I have. I've been a loyal fan since it debuted in 2011. There was just something so endearing about Zooey Deschanel and her portrayal of Jessica Day (though I get why some would be annoyed by how absolutely precious she can be). I, however, simply thought she was a clumsy breath of fresh air. Fast-forward to now and I have been sorely disappointed, almost from Episode 1 of Season 3. I'm not sure why. Is it because Jess and Nick (Jake Johnson) are a couple? Nope. I love them together and the "I love you"/finger guns exchange on Sunday's post-Super Bowl episode only added to that. Is it because Coach is around but Damon Wayans Jr. is only considered a "Special Guest Star" and not a regular cast member? Maybe. Is it because there has been more Winston (Lamorne Morris) and not enough Schmidt (Max Greenfield), and Schmidt and Cece (Hannah Simone)? Kinda-sorta. I'm always cool with more Winston, but I do miss the Schmidt/Cece romance a ...
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August: Osage County. Why Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts Are Like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant
Huffington Post - about 3 years
I like August: Osage County. Quite a bit, actually. But there is one caveat. Nothing huge, but an important one. The caveat is this. The movie is not a comedy. Some ads make it look like a comedy. Don't get me wrong. It's funny here and there. Funny as in this situation is so absurd/awkward it's funny. Funny as in biting humor with razor sharp teeth laced with tabasco sauce. And I love tabasco sauce. In fact, the humor opens up incredible family wounds and then dumps an entire salt shaker in them. Some may call that dark comedy. Either way, I call it good. And by the way, this is all done by a cast at the top of its game. Seriously, look at the credentials of the cast. It's like an NBA All-Star lineup; MVP's, scoring champions, dunk champs and your insanely skilled players. Your starting five? Meryl Streep is your point guard. Handles the ball, dishes when need be, hits the crucial jumper and is the glue that keeps the team together. Relentless. Much like Michael Jordan, if J ...
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The Big O: Will the Academy's Love of Female Ensembles Help <i>August: Osage County</i>?
Huffington Post - about 3 years
What is almost over but has only just begun? The seemingly endless race for the Oscars, of course. With the Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday and Academy Award nominations being announced next Thursday, a solid best-picture front-runner -- most likely 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle or Gravity -- might finally materialize. Then it's onward to March 2, when the Oscar ceremony will at long last take place. Right now, the huffing and puffing over The Wolf of Wall Street, most of which accuse this true story of a crooked stockbroker of being a three-hour glorification of non-stop, outrageously vile male misbehavior, continues to dominate the discussion. Some bean-counter types have even been inspired to keep a tally of the F-words (among other vulgarisms) that pepper Wolf's profusion of profanity. One diligent member of New York magazine's Vulture blog counted a whopping 569 uses. Still, such tsk-tsking over Martin Scorsese's epic about '90s excess and greed hasn't seemed to hurt e ...
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Margo Martindale has all bases covered
LATimes - over 3 years
The Contenders: 'The Millers' and 'August: Osage County' star works across the spectrum, from TV to film, comedy to drama Since winning the Emmy for playing shot-calling criminal matriarch Mags Bennett on "Justified," Margo Martindale has been doing impressive work across the spectrum. TV critics have singled out her performance opposite Will Arnett and Beau Bridges on the new CBS sitcom "The Millers," while film critics are buzzing about her tour-de-force supporting turn in "August: Osage County," the darkly comic drama, a Christmas release, in which she plays busybody Aunt Mattie Fae, who's keeping a secret that will tear the house asunder. "The director, John Wells, said to me, 'She's a force of nature,' so that's how I played it," Martindale says. "When she comes into the house, it's sort of like a bulldozer."
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Consider This Sh-t: James Franco, Scarlett Johansson & Supporting Actor Oscar Candidates
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Welcome to For Your Consideration, an unapologetically obsessive weekly conversation about the Oscar race. Between now and March 2, 2014, Vanity Fair digital director Michael Hogan and Huffington Post senior entertainment editor Christopher Rosen will survey the landscape in advance of the 86th annual Academy Awards both here and at Vanity Fair.com. Rosen: Hi there, Mike! When we last corresponded, I brought up the fledgling Oscar campaign for James Franco in "Spring Breakers." That wasn't a punchline, so much as a plea: In a year without a runaway Best Supporting Actor contender, why not Vice's No. 1 culture writer? Consider this shit: Franco gave one of the year's best performances, a soupçon of multilayered madness that spoofed modern culture, his own image and the very nature of performance itself. Gangsta rappers from Florida don't normally rate as Oscar contenders, but then again neither did a white actor in black face (Robert Downey Jr.) nor a bridesmaid who literally took a d ...
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Alexander Payne On Making 'Nebraska'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Alexander Payne is equal parts filmmaker and film buff. The Omaha-born filmmaker, for example, found time while premiering his latest, "Nebraska," at the Cannes Film Festival to see 10 other films (including the four-hour "Cleopatra" restoration). And he chased that with a five-day movie-going binge in Paris. Payne, 52, who has an elegant manner to match his refined tastes, frequents film festivals. He habitually programs repertory theaters. He filled a recent sleepless night with F.W. Munrau's silent classic "Nosferatu," which he hadn't seen. ("We all have gaps," he says.) With the release Friday of his black-and-white, father-son road trip "Nebraska," the director reflects on his life at the movies. AP: Where did your love for movies begin? Payne: Growing up in Omaha in the '60s and '70s, we could see foreign films all the time. ... Then when we were teenagers, because it was in my neighborhood, we could walk to the university and see 16mm prints of second-run ...
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'Nebraska' Star June Squibb Is Happy With Her Oscar Buzz
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Nebraska" star June Squibb celebrated her 84th birthday at Paramount's New York office on Nov. 6 with bread pudding and ice cream. "They do screenings and sometimes have lunches afterward," Squibb told HuffPost Entertainment. "Twice they had bread pudding, and they dragged me out before I could have any both times." Fortunately for Squibb, there plenty more "Nebraska" screenings in her future -- and, perhaps, further opportunity to enjoy bread pudding. Alexander Payne's latest film ranks high on the list of this year's Oscar contenders, with Squibb in position to grab a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category. "Of course I think about it! I would be numb if I didn't," she said when asked about the growing awards buzz around her name. "It's terribly exciting. I love the film, I loved doing it, and I tell the producers all the time that we should do it again." Written by Bob Nelson, "Nebraska" tells the story of Woody Grant (Bruce Dern), a Montana resident who thinks he ...
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'The Millers': Carol Says We Should Be More Polite When Typing In Search Engines
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
The older generations learning how to use more modern technology has long been a target for comedy on television. This week, the 1980s set "The Goldbergs" had a lot of fun with dad Murray's inability to operate the TV's remote control. On "The Millers," it was about teaching Margo Martindale's Carol how to search for something online. Using Bing, Nathan explained that all she had to do was type in what she needed in the box. And so she started typing. "Hi, Bing. My name is Carol Miller. I'm recently single and living with my son, who is also recently divorced." He tried to explain that she only needed to use keywords, but Carol wasn't having it. "There's nothing wrong with being polite," she told him. And then, she typed in an apology to Bing for her rude son. Later in the episode, when Carol was explaining Bing to her husband, she explained that you type in your question and the people at Bing get together and talk about it before coming back with an answer. At least that ...
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'Masters Of Sex' Renewed By Showtime For Season 2
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Showtime has renewed "Masters of Sex" for Season 2 and "Homeland" for Season 4. “'Homeland' continues to prove its strength for Showtime, and is one of television’s most exciting, provocative and widely-discussed shows. It has grown its audience significantly in each of its three seasons,” David Nevins, president of entertainment at Showtime Networks, said in a statement. “The critical and audience reaction to 'Masters of Sex' since its great launch has been incredibly gratifying. It’s a privilege to get to work with such talented and creative people as Alex Gansa and Michelle Ashford, as well as their tremendous casts. They have each created truly original shows, with distinctive voices that are among the most admired series on television." "Masters of Sex" stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as real-life human sexuality pioneers William Masters and Virgina Johnson. The show averages 5.4 million weekly viewers, according to the network. Caitlin Fitzgerald, Nicolas D'Agosto and Ted ...
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'The Crazy Ones,' 'Mom' & 'The Millers' Get Full Seasons From CBS
Huffington Post - over 3 years
CBS has ordered full seasons of "The Crazy Ones," "Mom" and "The Millers." "We're proud of CBS’s leadership position in comedy and excited to build on it with the back nine pick-ups of these three new comedies," Nina Tassler, president of CBS Entertainment," said in a statement. "These series are creatively distinct, continue to improve each week and are led by strong showrunners, writing and production staffs, and feature amazingly talented casts." "The Crazy Ones" stars Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar took to Twitter to share their excitement. It's official we are picked up thank you everyone at #thecrazyones @CrazyOnesCBS and all the fans pic.twitter.com/roSiiD1k37 — Sarah Michelle (@RealSMG) October 18, 2013 Thank you everyone for watching! We're picked up for the season @CrazyOnesCBS pic.twitter.com/6gjJZ4a6wv — Robin Williams (@robinwilliams) October 18, 2013 "The Crazy Ones" is the season's No. 1 new comedy, according to CBS, with 13.7 million viewers. " ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Margo Martindale
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  • 2015
    Age 63
    In 2015, she began a recurring role as Ruth Eastman, Peter Florrick's new campaign manager on The Good Wife.
    More Details Hide Details Martindale also appears as a fictionalized version of herself on the Netflix animated comedy BoJack Horseman. BoJack and most other characters consistently refer to her as "Esteemed Character Actress Margo Martindale." Martindale portrayed a Dry-cleaning employee in a Yoplait yogurt commercial. Margo Martindale has been married to musician Bill Boals since 1986. They have a daughter, Margaret.
  • 2013
    Age 61
    Martindale returned to television in late January 2013 in the spy drama The Americans on FX Network.
    More Details Hide Details She plays Claudia, the KGB "handler" of two Soviet spies living in 1980s Cold War America. She also starred in the sitcom The Millers on CBS.
  • 2012
    Age 60
    In February 2012 it was announced Martindale had been cast in the ABC comedy pilot Counter Culture, which was not picked up.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 59
    In 2011, Martindale joined the cast of Justified for the second season.
    More Details Hide Details She played the role of Mags Bennett, matriarch of the Bennett crime family which controlled much of the drug activity in the fictional version of Harlan County, Kentucky. She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance. After learning of the nomination, Martindale told CNN she hoped that it would open up more doors for older women in Hollywood. "People really identify with this character Bennett and I think it's because it is a character that is powerful and older and extremely mean," said Martindale. She won Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the Critics' Choice Television Awards for her role as Mags Bennett. In her acceptance speech Martindale said "Who said turning sixty was a bad thing" and "I'm so excited, and dead on this show," making reference to the self-inflicted demise of her character in the Justified season 2 finale.
  • 2007
    Age 55
    From 2007 to 2008, she had a recurring role as Nina Burns, a neighbor of the Malloy/"Rich" family in The Riches with Minnie Driver and Eddie Izzard.
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    She played Mama Cox in the 2007 film Walk Hard and played Ruby, Miley Stewart's maternal grandmother, in Hannah Montana: The Movie and Miss Elizabeth Ham in the movie Secretariat, starring Diane Lane.
    More Details Hide Details Martindale had a role in August: Osage County (2013), a film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts. She played Mattie Fae Aiken, the sister of lead character Violet Weston (Meryl Streep). Other major cast in the project included Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, and Sam Shepard. Filming took place in the fall and winter of 2012. One of Martindale's first television roles came in the miniseries Lonesome Dove. A series of character and guest appearances followed in a wide range of TV shows. Martindale played recurring character Camilla Figg on the first three seasons of Dexter and had a recurring role in the A&E courtroom drama 100 Centre Street with Alan Arkin.
  • 2004
    Age 52
    Margo Martindale made her Broadway debut in 2004 as Big Mama in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1987
    Age 35
    Prior to that, Martindale had starred in several Off-Broadway stage productions, most notably as Truvy Jones in the original 1987 production of Steel Magnolias.
    More Details Hide Details Other Off-Broadway appearances include Always Patsy Cline and The Sugar Bean Sisters. Her film roles include turns as Susan Sarandon's character's fellow nun in Dead Man Walking, and, again with Sarandon, in Lorenzo's Oil. She appeared as Leonardo DiCaprio's character's doctor in Marvin's Room; and as Hilary Swank's character's selfish mother in Million Dollar Baby. Other films include The Human Stain with Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman, 28 Days with Sandra Bullock, Proof of Life with Russell Crowe and Meg Ryan and Practical Magic again with Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock. She was also featured in Paris, je t'aime, starring in the final segment directed by Alexander Payne.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1969
    Age 17
    Following graduation from Jacksonville High School in 1969, Martindale attended Lon Morris College, then transferred to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
    More Details Hide Details While at Michigan, she did summer study at Harvard University, appearing onstage with future movie and TV stars Jonathan Frakes and Christopher Reeve. In the early 1980s, Martindale worked for four years at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky. While there she became good friends with fellow actress Kathy Bates.
    Margo Martindale participated in golf, cheerleading and drama while in school and was crowned "Football Sweetheart" as well as "Miss Jacksonville High School 1969."
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1951
    Born
    Margo Martindale was born July 18, 1951 in Jacksonville, Texas, the youngest of three children and only daughter of William Everett and Margaret (Pruitt) Martindale.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to owning and operating a lumber company in Jacksonville, her father was known as a champion dog handler in Texas and throughout the southern United States. Her oldest brother is professional golfer and golf course designer Billy Martindale. Middle child, brother Bobby Tim, died in 2004.
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