Taylor Hackford
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Taylor Hackford
Taylor Edwin Hackford is an American film director, and the current president of the Directors Guild of America.
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Robert DeNiro In The Comedian: DeNiro's Busy Week
Huffington Post - 3 months
You don't have to have a passion for Pagliacci to know the life of a clown has a tragic dimension. Without going to operatic extremes, The Comedian, a movie starring Robert DeNiro as a standup potty-mouthed performer, has a dark side. DeNiro developed the project with Art Linson over eight years, he said at a panel last week for The Comedians at the Plaza Athenee. Robert DeNiro's comic side, honed in movies like Last Vegas to name one, and his huge heart as in his wise, sensitive father in say, Silver Linings Playbook, come together in this movie, especially playing opposite Leslie Mann. The Comedians panel featured director Taylor Hackford, and the superb cast including Danny DeVito and his daughter Lucy, Edie Falco, and Leslie Mann, a comedienne so wide eyed and fresh, she's a revelation. Also featuring Harvey Keitel, Patti LuPone, and a Billy Crystal cameo, the cast is first-rate. Each one steals the show, making for a lot of funny moments. DeNiro works his routines at a soup kitc ...
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Robert De Niro Thinks Helen Mirren Is A 'Royal MILF'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Robert De Niro gave Helen Mirren quite the introduction at the 25th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City Monday night. Before presenting a career tribute to the Oscar winner, he delivered a sound bite we'll cherish forever.  "The Queen ... was not a majesty I would like to ... well let's just say she wasn't my royal MILF," he told the A-list crowd, according to People and Vanity Fair. "That was before I saw her played by Helen Mirren. Now when you hear someone say f**k the queen, they might not necessarily be trying to take down the monarchy.” And then they kissed. No, really. He planted a big one on Mirren, giving the audience some "Notebook" B-plot age-70-and-over loving.  Mirren, never one to be outdone in the humor department, hit back with a speech that rivaled De Niro's in inappropriateness. “I have to tell you a story about f**king the queen,” she exclaimed.  “When ‘The Queen’ was first screened at Venice, I’d never seen it before, and neither ...
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Bryan Cranston's Pin: Trumbo Premieres
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Bespectacled and mustachioed Bryan Cranston as famed screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, submerged in the bath, his work, smokes and whiskey laid out on a tray bestride the tub is a hilarious image of a writer at work. In Jay Roach's new movie Trumbo, his heyday in Hollywood, testimony before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee during the '50's red scare, prison term, and post-prison career fronting scripts, play like a cartoon of a world gone mad. Surrounding him are a loving family, with wife Cleo (Diane Lane), daughter Niki (Elle Fanning), like-minded friends Edward G. Robinson (Michael Stuhlbarg), Arlen Hird (Louis C.K.), B-movie mogul Frank King (John Goodman) and enemies including gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) who considered him a traitor. But lest this entertainment seem frivolous, some real issues regarding democracy, freedom of speech, rise to the fore. At lunch at 21, Roach and stars Cranston and Lane joined Walter Bernstein for a panel discussing Trumbo's life ...
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Maureen O'Hara: The Roads to Recognition, Co-Starring Lillian Gish and Robert Altman
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"This is what it's all about." -- Harvey Weinstein to Benedict Cumberbatch and director Morten Tyldum on leaving the Governors Awards, November 9, 2014 * * * The midnight blue of the bracing Idaho sky was the color of her beaded gown, reflecting the sparkle in her green eyes. The legendary red hair was perfectly coiffed; the tasteful diamond bracelets added a touch of glamour. The high-powered audience, gathered in the heart of Hollywood at the beginning of awards season, suddenly quieted as the evening began with a film tribute honoring the ravishingly beautiful actress who never gave less than a perfect performance in her seven-decade career. Martin Scorsese defined her impact: "She started at the very top, at age 18, starring with and working with the best and most brilliant-- only to remain there." After Liam Neeson reflected on his infatuation in seeing THE QUIET MAN, and Clint Eastwood, as a Universal contract player, told of his attempts to get close to LADY GODIVA, ...
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Celebrating 50 Years of Dancemaking, Twyla Tharp Returns to Berkeley
Huffington Post - over 1 year
With Paul Taylor and Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp is without doubt one of the top three living American choreographers. Taylor has been around longer, and Morris brings his troupe to the Bay Area more often; but Tharp's work, whether for film, TV, Broadway, other dance companies -- from the Paris Opera Ballet to the Martha Graham Dance Company to Hubbard Street Dance Chicago -- or her own may have been seen by more people. By Tharp's count (according to her website), she has choreographed "more than 160 works: 129 dances, 12 television specials, six Hollywood movies, four full-length ballets, four Broadway shows, and two figure-skating routines." After studying dance with both Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham, Tharp joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company when she finished college -- and formed her own company, Twyla Tharp Dance, just three years later. It performed original works set to all kinds of music: classical, jazz, contemporary pop. "Deuce Coupe" (1973), choreographed for the ...
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'Swingingest' Las Vegas couple is 'Live' again at Royal George
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
NEW YORK — Old-school bars are now a rarity around Times Square, squeezed out by chain hotels and video boards. But Jimmy's Corner, a boxing-themed dive bar on West 44th Street, has somehow survived. At one end of the bar in that crammed joint on a recent night stood Taylor Hackford, best...
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Justin Timberlake in talks to produce 'The Idolmaker' remake for MGM
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Jeff Sneider LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Justin Timberlake is sticking with what he knows as he embarks on a film producing career, entering negotiations to produce MGM's remake of "The Idolmaker," multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. Directed by Taylor Hackford, the original 1980 film was based on the life of rock promoter/producer Bob Marcucci, who discovered acts such as teen idols Frankie Avalon and Fabian. Timberlake currently has no plans to star, though one insider cautions that could change depending on the script and who winds up directing. ...
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Regina Weinreich: Casting By on HBO Offers a Glimpse of Film History
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Famous for casting many of the Woody Allen films, including the most recent Blue Jasmine, Juliet Taylor made her way around the rooftop at the Gramercy Park Hotel, among actors Dana Delany, John Ventimiglia, Sakina Jaffrey, after a screening of a film she did not cast. Finally recognized for their important contribution to films, casting directors take center stage in the documentary Casting By, directed by Tom Donahue whose prior credits include the satiric, Guest of Cindy Sherman. Shining a light on one aspect of the film art so under the radar, casting directors do not have an Oscar category, the film, which also features footage from that great era of filmmaking, the '70's, asks, shouldn't they? After all, who do you remember from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid? Redford and Newman, of course. Juliet Taylor said she had a great time getting Blanchett for Blue Jasmine, as she always does casting Woody Allen's films, and, like Penelope Cruz and Dianne Wiest, Best Supporti ...
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Helen Mirren, 67, Wears 6-Inch Stripper Heels to Red 2 Premiere!
US Magazine - over 3 years
With age comes wisdom -- and stripper heels, apparently! Dame Helen Mirren, who turns 68 this month, looked ravishing at the L.A. premiere of her new film, Red 2, on Thursday, July 11, but it wasn't her stunning dress, her fit figure, her flawless makeup, or her bold jewelry that stole the spotlight: It was her 6-inch clear stripper platforms! PHOTOS: Stars as strippers! Peeking out from under her tasteful ensemble -- a teal-green, long-sleeved Elie Saab gown accessorized with statement jewelry by David Webb -- were uber-high, stacked perspex peep-toe heels. Shockingly, this isn't the first time The Queen actress has slipped on the risque footwear. In an interview with Woman and Home magazine in 2010, Mirren revealed her "secret weapons" for feeling confident: "Four-inch platforms give you great height and make your legs look unbelievably long. I used only to be able to get them in stripper shops, but now you can buy them everywhere," she said. PHOTOS: Shocking stripper scanda ...
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Geoff Cox’s DVDs: Parker, The Guilt Trip, The Wee Man, This Is 40
The Bucks Herald - over 3 years
Revenge thriller PARKER (15:E1 Entertainment) has a certain gloss, but beneath that surface sheen it’s standard Jason Statham stuff. Directed by Taylor Hackford and co-starring Jennifer Lopez, this daftly watchable flick sees Statham playing the eponymous crook who’s double-crossed and dumped by his gang mates. Despite being beaten, shot, thrown from a moving car, then shot again, Parker’s up and after them within hours. He learns they are planning a diamond heist in a wealthy Florida neighbourhood, so poses as a millionaire Texan wanting to buy a house in the area. Parker co-opts the help of a cash-strapped real-estate agent (Lopez), who predictably falls for our hero, even though he’s now wearing a stetson. The film has some bone-crunchingly good action sequences and decent one-liners, but one suspects that this is more of a career high point for Statham than Hackford, whose CV includes An Officer And A Gentleman and Ray. > Gently humorous road movie THE GUILT TRIP (12: Param ...
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Parker - Blu-ray Review
Monsters and Critics - almost 4 years
While Parker has some problems, Jason Statham and director Taylor Hackford manage to capture the gritty violence of Donald E.
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Jon Chattman: 'A-Sides' Interview with The Queen of Soul: J. Hud as Aretha?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
After her display at President Obama's 2009 inauguration, one can only wonder what kind of party hat music legend Aretha Franklin is sporting today. Whatever it is, I'm sure it'll be in a league of its own - just like the Queen of Soul herself. Anyway, Franklin turns 71 today, and two days from now fans will be able to celebrate belatedly at the Westchester County Center. That night, the diva, who will also hit Toronto later this year, will perform her classics like "Respect," "Natural Woman" "Chain of Fools," and way too many others to name. I caught up with her last week, and asked her songs, that biopic in the works about her life, and everything inbetween. If only, I had time to ask her about hats and Tilda Swinton's MoMA stint! Oh well...next time! On her favorite songs: "There are too many. . . . Certainly, among them would be 'Respect,' 'Jump to It,' 'Natural Woman,' 'Rock Steady' and 'Nessun Dorma,' Pavarotti's signature song." On her biopic and who she'd ...
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Chon A. Noriega: The Academy's Conundrum: Lupe Ontiveros
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
It's a conundrum, to be sure. What do you do when your longtime maid dies? After all, she practically raised your children. She cooked your eggs just so, lightly sprinkling them with something red. You asked her what, but you could not make out her response. (Sounded like "tapas"...) So do you send flowers to her family? Does she even have a family? Do you mention it in your year-end letter to friends and relatives? After all, she worked for you for almost 40 years. These are delicate matters. It is what makes life in Hollywood so very challenging. In 1976 Lupe Ontiveros earned her first role in Hollywood. She played a maid on Charlie's Angels. Over the next 36 years she played, by her own account, more than 150 maids, holding her own against the likes of Jack Nicholson (twice). When she was not playing a maid, she played a prostitute or a madam. But she was also the patron saint of Chicano (and Latino) cinema, starring in now classic films: Zoot Suit, El Norte, Born in East ...
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Liz Smith: Parker Isn't Exactly Original, but How Many Thrillers Are?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
"WELL, I gave Jennifer a call. I said, 'I have a great role for you in a film called, Parker. So she knew she didn't have the lead!" That was director Taylor Hackford at the Museum of Modern Art last week, speaking prior to the screening of his new film, Parker. It's true that Miss Jennifer Lopez is not exactly the lead in this action flick, but she has plenty to do. In terms an acting choice, Lopez made the right one, I think. Parker stars Jason Statham and is based on the many thrillers featuring this deadly hero, written by the late Donald E. Westlake, (under the name Richard Stark.) This is not the first movie to star character, Parker, but it is the first to use the character's name in its title. In the books he is never given a full name -- just Parker. Mr. Westlake's widow, Abby, was among the MOMA audience that braved sub-zero temperatures to enjoy the fast-paced violence and wry one-liners spat out by Statham and others. (If the film is successful, there i ...
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Parker
Rolling Stone - about 4 years
Reserve a special place in hell for movies that end up awful when they don't have to be To a list that includes Alex Cross Savages and The Paperboy add Parker Taylor Hackford (Ray) is credited as director and John J McLaughlin (Black Swan) with the script But the movie...
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Review: 'Parker' is rather perfunctory
Seattle Pi - about 4 years
Review: 'Parker' is rather perfunctory Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 1:53 pm, Wednesday, January 23, 2013 [...] he's not exactly pushing himself outside his comfort zone; he's on auto-pilot here, despite the obvious physical demands of the part. Director Taylor Hackford's rather perfunctory action film is actually more compelling before it even gets to Palm Beach, as Parker makes his way from Ohio to Texas to New Orleans before reaching his final destination. Jennifer Lopez co-stars as local real estate agent Leslie Rodgers, who's been struggling financially and emotionally since her divorce. When Parker pretends to be a rich Texan looking for a vacation home (complete with a big ol' cowboy hat and an obviously fake drawl), Leslie shows him around and hopes for a hefty commission. (An underused Patti LuPo ...
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J.Lo Opens Up About Being A Divorcée
Huffington Post - about 4 years
In a case of life imitating art, Jennifer Lopez -- who split from her now-estranged husband, Marc Anthony, in July 2011 -- is playing the role of divorcée Leslie Rodgers in the new crime thriller "Parker." "When [director Taylor Hackford] first called me [about the role], I wasn't thinking about divorce at all," Lopez told USA Today Tuesday. "Suddenly [the divorce] happened and my whole world fell apart and then I had this therapy of this character. Everything happens for a reason. It's true. It actually is true." During a press call, the actress also opened up about the parallels she drew between herself and her character while making the movie, which hits theaters Friday. “We’re both human beings who’ve gone through hard and difficult times,” she told NBC Latino. “At this particular time, [Leslie is] recently divorced, a little desperate. When I was filming this role, I had similar feelings. I had recently decided to divorce and it was hard to get out of bed an ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Taylor Hackford
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 66
    He was re-elected to a second, two-year term as President on June 25, 2011, at the DGA's National Biennial Convention in Los Angeles.
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  • 2009
    Age 64
    On July 25, 2009, Hackford was elected President of the Directors Guild of America.
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  • 2005
    Age 60
    He was awarded the 2005 Film Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Directing.
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    In a 2005 interview, Hackford confirmed that he never watched his own films: "When I finish a film, I put it away and I never look at it again.
    More Details Hide Details Occasionally I do now because of the DVDs and the commentary tracks. I usually put it aside and go onto the next. I never went to film school. I worked for the KCET public television station in L.A. I worked in concerts. I have done a lot of music. I feel very comfortable shooting music, and I think you can see that." Hackford has also directed music videos, including "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" by Phil Collins and "Say You, Say Me" by Lionel Richie.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1997
    Age 52
    Hackford and Mirren wed in 1997 after 12 years together, although as a young woman Mirren had vowed never to marry.
    More Details Hide Details Hackford has two grown children from his two previous marriages. Hackford received an Academy Award for Live Action Short Film for Teenage Father (1979). He was nominated for two Oscars for the Ray Charles biopic Ray (2004): Best Director and Best Picture.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1968
    Age 23
    Hackford was born in Santa Barbara, California, the son of Mary (née Taylor), a waitress, and Joseph Hackford. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1968, where he was a pre-law major focusing on international relations and economics.
    More Details Hide Details After graduating, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia, where he started using Super 8 film in his spare time. He decided that he did not want to pursue a career in law, and instead got a mailroom position at KCET-TV. The Idolmaker starred Ray Sharkey, who was awarded a Golden Globe for Best Actor for his portrayal of "Vinnie" in the film. The Music Supervisor was Richard Flanzer. Hackford said of The Idolmaker, "I make films about working-class people; showbusiness is one of those things through which people can get themselves out of the lower rung of society. To me, the compelling story in The Idolmaker is the guy with a wonderful talent and a fairly strong ego has to make it happen through puppets." During the filming of An Officer and a Gentleman, Hackford kept Lou Gossett Jr. in separate living quarters from the other actors so he could intimidate them more during his scenes as a drill instructor. Richard Gere originally balked at shooting the ending, which involves his character arriving at his lover's factory wearing his Navy dress whites and carrying her off from the factory floor. Gere thought the ending would not work because it was too sentimental, and Hackford was initially inclined to agree with Gere, until during a rehearsal when the extras playing the workers began to cheer and cry. But when Gere saw the scene later with the music underneath it at the right tempo, he said it sent chills up the back of his neck, and is now convinced Hackford made the right decision.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Born on December 31, 1944.
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