Ed Harris’s 10 Greatest Roles, Ranked | ScreenRant

Ed Harris is simply one of the greatest actors to never win an Academy Award. He’s been nominated four times over his sterling four-and-a-half decade career, although it’s been nearly 20 years since his last official nod (The Hours). However, Harris has won two Golden Globes for his work in The Truman Show and Game Change.

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Of course, Harris is currently part of the epic Westworld ensemble, for which he has also earned a Primetime Emmy nod in 2018 as The Man in Black. As he is set to star alongside Tom Cruise in Maverick: Top Gun this summer, let’s check out Ed Harris 10 Greatest Roles of his career!

10 Dave Moss – Glengarry Glenn Ross (1992)

To be cast in David Mamet’s Pulitzer-Prize winning play Glengarry Glen Ross is a massive feat in its own right. But when you get cast as one of the key characters who drive the plot, it must be rewarded appropriately. So here we are!

The film follows a company of cutthroat real-estate agents desperate to sell new leads to potential buyers. Harris plays Dave Moss, a broodingly disgruntled malcontent who schemes his way into pawing the new leads. Moss implicates George (Alan Arkin), a quite nebbish afraid of breaking the law.

9 John Glenn – The Right Stuff  (1983)

Harris left Earth as the real-life astronaut John Glenn in his first major breakout role in The Right Stuff, a sprawling epic about the Mercury 7 space programmers.

Directed by Philip Kaufman from the celebrated Tom Wolfe book, the film tells the history of the U.S. Space Program, from Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier to the experimental methods of the Mercury 7 astronauts. With no clue how to proceed, the trial by error account is equal parts thrilling and humorous.

8 Dave – Jacknife (1989)

It’s no easy task to steal scenes from the great Robert De Niro. Yet, in Jacknife, that’s precisely what Harris did as Dave, a Vietnam war vet wracked by severe PTSD. As a result, Harris earned the first Golden Globe of his career and the only the film received.

The drama centers on Megs (De Niro), a fellow veteran who strikes up a romance with Martha (Kathy Baker). Martha is the sister of Dave, a drunken PTSD-riddled comrade of Megs during the war. As Martha and Megs grow closer, Dave’s destructive and despondent demeanor threatens their livelihoods in more ways than one.

7 Miles Roby – Empire Falls (2006)

The 2006 HBO miniseries Empire Falls placed Harris front and center as Miles Roby, the goodhearted patriarch of an idyllic New England family of restaurateurs. For his performance, Harris earned a Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy nomination.

As the manager of a local diner, Miles tries to keep his family and friends in order during a time of great change. Many challenges arise included family illness, tempestuous bosses, economic downturn, and the like.

6 John McCain – Game Change (2012)

In staying with the HBO family, Harris earned some of the best reviews of his career for playing The Maverick John McCain in the 2012 film Game Change. As a result, Harris won a Golden Globe and earned Primetime Emmy nod for his work!

The film charts the historical political campaign of Arizona Senator John McCain, who controversially elected Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore) to be his running mate in the 2008 Presidential race. As you know, McCain got walloped in real life by Barack Obama.

5 Richard Brown – The Hours (2001)

Harris earned his fourth and most recent Academy Award nod for his role as Richard Brown in The Hours, Stephen Daldry’s adaptation of the Michael Cunningham novel.

The literary tale weaves together three separate female narratives, all of which surround the novel, Mrs. Dalloway. One such strand follows Clarissa Vaughn (Meryl Streep), a woman arranging a party for her moribund, AIDS-stricken husband, Richard (Harris).

4 The Man In Black – Westworld (2016-)

While he flashes a similar sentiment in his own directorial effort Appaloosa, Harris has taken the western villain to the next level as Westworld‘s The Man in Black. Truly terrifying!

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Westworld concerns a futuristic theme park for adults which allows them to indulge in their most dangerous fantasies. William, aka The Man in Black, has been frequenting the park for decades, becoming the most prized customer of all. As he searches for the maze at the center of the park, he risks losing his life permanently.

3 Jackson Pollock – Pollock (2000)

Ed Harris directed one of his own all-time best performances as real-life artist Jackson Pollock in the splendid 2000 biopic. For his work, Harris earned the third Oscar nod of his illustrious career!

Pollock tracks the rise and fall of the famed expressionist painter, beginning with his boozy beginnings in a cramped NYC apartment with his brother. Pollock’s life changes forever when he meets Lee Krasner (Marcia Gay Harden), who becomes his biggest champion, lover, spouse, and caregiver.

2 Gene Kranz – Apollo 13 (1995)

As Gene Kranz in Apollo 13, Harris collected the first Academy Award nomination of his career. He also landed a Golden Globe nod for the splendid supporting role.

Ron Howard’s enthralling true tale of NASA’s desperate mission to return three endangered astronauts to Earth following major spacecraft malfunction is what big-budget moviemaking is all about.  Harris plays the Flight Director who has to make the most difficult decisions on how to proceed.

1 Christof – The Truman Show (1998)

For his performance as the Godlike puppeteer Christof (of Christ?) in The Truman Show, Harris earned the most amount of award nominations for any single role of his career.

Indeed, Harris was nominated for an Oscar, BAFTA, and Golden Globe for his work as a power-parched TV exec manipulating the life of an ordinary citizen for higher ratings. Christof produces a groundbreaking reality TV program in which viewers watch the life of Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) during a continuous 24/7 loop. When Truman finally discovers the hidden cameras invading his life, Christof is put in a precarious position.

NEXT: 10 Best Quotes From The Truman Show

2020-03-22 16:30:41

Jake Dee

The Seinfeld Cast’s Worst Unrelated Roles, According To IMDb

Seinfeld is one of the most revered television sitcoms of all time. It defined the careers of Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, and Michael Richards. Thanks to the show’s endless popularity and syndication, it’s easy to assume these actors are set for life. However, they have all tried to set themselves aside from Seinfeld, sometimes with mixed results.

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This list collects the worst non-Seinfeld roles, according to IMDb, each main cast member managed to add to his or her filmography. Sometimes, projects just fall apart. Other times, it’s about getting a paycheck. As Jerry says on his eponymous sitcom, “People don’t turn down money! It’s what separates us from the animals.”

10 Jerry Seinfeld: Himself In The Marriage Ref (2010–2011) – 5.1

The Marriage Ref was a short-lived NBC reality television show produced by Jerry Seinfeld. Hosted by comedian Tom Papa, the show allowed real-life couples to air their grievances about each other in front of a celebrity panel that included Seinfeld in its ranks. The panel’s goal is to decide who should win the on-going argument between the couple. Papa holds the final vote.

The show’s desire to revive the classic panel-style television show failed miserably, and it received scathing critical reviews. Ultimately, it was canceled after two seasons.

9 Michael Richards: Fejos In Transylvania 6-5000 (1985) – 5.0

Transylvania 6-5000 is a lackluster, unoriginal horror-comedy starring Jeff Goldblum and Ed Begley Jr. as tabloid reporters who travel to Transylvania to investigate Frankenstein monster sightings. They have told by their boss they will be fired if they don’t whip up a catchy story.

Michael Richards, in a role before Seinfeld, plays the strange butler of the hotel the reporters call home while in Romania. The hotel resembles a 17th-century gothic castle, and the pair soon find themselves crossing paths with classic monsters like werewolves, vampires, and mummies in their quest to meet the Frankenstein monster.

8 Jason Alexander: Boris In The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000) – 4.1

Hoping to tap into the audience for live-action animated mash-up classics like Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, this film turned out to be a total bomb. Robert De Niro stars and produces alongside Jason Alexander, George Costanza himself, and Rene Russo. The trio play franchise characters Fearless Leader, Badenov, and Natasha Fatale, respectively.

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The movie only earned $35 million against it’s extravagant $76 million budget. It struggles to remain true to its source material while generating laughs for a modern audience. It disappointed Baby Boomers and young audiences alike.

7 Julia-Louis Dreyfus: North’s Mom In North (1994) – 4.5

Rob Reiner’s fantasy comedy stars both Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander as the parents of the precocious title character, played by a young Elijah Wood, who decides to seek emancipation from them. North’s reasoning? His parents don’t appreciate his genius and his potential, and he doesn’t want to be held back by them anymore.

In the film, his choice to “divorce” himself from his parents renders them comatose, and a judge quickly grants North his independence. He travels around the country in search of new parents. This feel-good movie ended up being a total dud.

6 Wayne Knight: Thudd In Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone (2005) – 5.3

This is the first animated film adapted from the children’s Dinotopia books, which are beloved by young readers around the world. The movie, however, veers too far from the books and suffers from poor character development.

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Wayne Kramer, also known as Newman, voices a large herbivore dinosaur named Thudd, who lives on the eponymous island 12-year-old Kex stumbles upon after escaping his orphanage. The enemy on the island, Ogthar, escapes from prison and gains the Ruby Sunstone, which harnesses enough power to destroy the island. Needless to say, this movie fell under the radar. Kramer should have stopped making dinosaur movies after Jurassic Park.

5 Estelle Harris: Ms. Krubavitch In Chairman Of The Board (1998) – 2.3

This long-forgotten feature film stars the long-forgotten comedian Carrot Top in his only leading movie role. Carrot Top plays a surfer turned inventor who inherits the majority of stock in a business owned by a billionaire he befriends shortly before the older man’s death.

The deceased billionaire’s family and associates are jealous of the newcomer, and they look for ways to undermine him. Estelle Harris, who plays George Costanza’s mother on Seinfeld, has a small role in this unfortunate comedy.

4 Jerry Stiller: General X In Foodfight! (2012) – 1.5

As with other films on this list, Jerry Stiller’s worst role on IMDb is courtesy of a cartoon feature called General X. Released direct-to-video in most countries, this poorly computer-animated film contains an absurd plot and even more absurd characters.

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The movie attempts to sculpt a wholesome children’s movie out of the world of brand mascots and high-stakes supermarket promotion. The main character, Dex Dogtective, is a cereal mascot who tries to stop the nefarious Brand X, known for its generic products, from taking over Marketropolis. Stiller, who plays Frank Costanza on Seinfeld, voices evil General X. “Serenity now!”

3 Barney Martin: Ralph Marolla In Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988) – 4.6

Barney Martin, Jerry’s father Morty on Seinfeld, stars in this failure of a comedy sequel. A follow-up to Dudley Moore’s Oscar-winning film, this feature doesn’t garner laughs or praise.

In the film, Arthur and Linda, played by Liza Minnelli, are married. Martin plays Linda’s father, Ralph, who cries when he learns Arthur lost all of his fortunes after the father of Susan, the woman Arthur left at the altar, claims all his inheritance. Thanks in part to film’s attempts to generate humor from Arthur’s drinking problem, it turned out to be a box office bomb.

2 Liz Sheridan: Mrs. Kingman In School Spirit (1985) – 4.3

Liz Sheridan, who plays Jerry’s mom Helen in Seinfeld, has a small role in this Roger Corman-produced horror-comedy. Its plot revolves around a college student who is killed in an accident and then comes back as a ghost to terrorize his school.

School Spirit is full of the camp and hypersexuality Corman films are known for. Tom Nolan plays the student, Billy Baston, a resident stud whose escapades with women continue beyond the grave. As you can guess, the movie is defined by scantily-clad women and bad dialogue.

1 John O’Hurley: Himself On Dancing with the Stars (2005 – ) – 4.6

John O’Hurley, who plays J. Peterman, Elaine’s eccentric boss, cut a few rugs on the very first season of Dancing with the Stars, managing to win the competition after fans cried foul over the original winners.

O’Hurley teamed up with a Danish ballroom dancer named Charlotte Jørgensen, and the two danced the Tango and Foxtrot while donning formal attire. Even though the series has a wide viewership, it carries little critical credibility. It’s deemed all fluff and no substance. But, hey, who doesn’t enjoy watching celebrities prance around on stage?

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2020-03-21 20:30:03

Megan Summers

Top 10 Jon Bernthal Roles (According to IMDb) | ScreenRant

Jon Bernthal is an engaging and versatile actor both on the small screen and the silver screen. He had a few film roles before being cast in the hit show that launched countless zombie shows like The Walking Dead. He had a starring role in the first two seasons of the show and then was able to move onto starring and supporting roles in movies, but went back to the series format when he was cast as Frank Castle in Netflix’s Punisher. 

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Jon Bernthal continues to be cast in extremely popular and critically acclaimed movies and hopefully, he keeps the trend going. Let’s revisit some of his top-rated films according to IMDb!

10 Sicario (2015) – 7.6

This intense crime drama follows an FBI agent (Emily Blunt) recently recruited to a secret task force run by a secretive government figure (Josh Brolin) whose main mission to take down drug cartels and focus on the U.S./Mexico border.

Another part of the team is the mysterious non-government lawyer turned hitman (Benicio del Toro). The movie is an engaging slow burn and although Jon Bernthal only has a small role it’s definitely worth a watch!

9 Baby Driver (2017) – 7.6

This movie follows Baby (Ansel Elgort) that was blackmailed into being a getaway driver after a grand theft auto charge when he was young. The action-adventure carefully chooses its music and edits the entire film to fit the soundtrack as it’s important to the main character because of his tinnitus.

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Jon Bernthal has a small role at the beginning of the film as one of the members of the first heist. Even though he’s not in it long he still has a memorable role in a great movie.

8 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) – 7.7

This dramatic rom-com follows a high schooler who spends most of his time recreating classic movies with his one close friend. His world changes, however, when he befriends another classmate who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.

Jon Bernthal plays a small role as one of their teachers who has an engaging aesthetic and approach to teaching. It’s a great coming of age movie with a lot of dramatic weight added to a typical story.

7 Wind River (2017) – 7.7

This movie follows an FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) investigating a murder on a Native American reservation in Wyoming with the help of a seasoned hunter (Jeremy Renner) who found the body and knows the intricacies of the community.

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The location and scenery are spellbinding and gives a real sense of isolation that makes the case more difficult to solve. Although Jon Bernthal doesn’t have too big of a role in this movie, it’s gotten great reviews and is worth a watch.

6 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) – 7.7

This movie follows the journey of a man with down syndrome (Zack Gottsagen) who runs away from the nursing home he’s living in to live out his dream of becoming a wrestler. As he begins his journey he meets a criminal on the run (Shia LaBeouf) and he becomes an unlikely friend and coach to the young man.

Together they avoid capture and form a strong connection on their journey. An emotional and heartfelt story, this movie has great reviews and is definitely worth checking out!

5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) – 8.1

This movie, based on a true story, follows two men (Christian Bale and Matt Damon) as they attempt to design a Ford car and race it to beat a Ferrari vehicle on a racing course. Jon Bernthal has a pretty significant role as the VP of Henry Ford Motor Company that is the catalyst for the entire idea in the first place.

The movie was a surprise hit delighting fans and critics alike and was even nominated for a few Academy Awards.

4 The Walking Dead (2010-) – 8.2

Although Jon Bernthal had a few good roles before this show, The Walking Dead really launched his career. He was Shane Walsh in the first two seasons of the long-running show centering on survivors amongst the zombie apocalypse.

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He showed his acting chops as the character’s arc went from best friend to jealous lover to villain. He was an engaging part of the show that is memorable as part of the beginnings of the show that allowed him to continue onto bigger and better roles.

3 The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) – 8.2

This movie is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) that follows his life of becoming a stockbroker on wall street to white-collar crime, fraud, and eventual downfall. While being a movie about a serious and true topic, the film has a lot of fun and comedic moments throughout its entirety.

Jon Bernthal has a small but memorable role in the series as he helps Jordan Belfort when he begins some less than legal actions. The film has received wide acclaim from critics and fans alike and has great reviews.

2 Punisher (2017-2019) – 8.5

This Marvel Netflix show follows anti-hero Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) as he tries to avenge his family that was taken from him. Castle doesn’t have any superpowers like other Marvel protagonists but is a highly-skilled fighter. Bernthal leads the cast with a gruff voice and a serious swagger with skilled and engaging fight choreography to back it up.

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It’s a more serious, violent, and gritter show than most Marvel films, but it follows suit with other Marvel Netflix shows like Daredevil and Jessica Jones that do have a more intense approach. It’s an engaging show with a lot of Jon Bernthal, definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already.

1 Daredevil (2015-2018) – 8.6

This Marvel Netflix show follows lawyer by day Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) and vigilante by night. Unlike Frank Castle, Murdock does have superpowers. After an accident left him blind when he was younger he found that his other senses were heightened and he trained to utilize this ability for good. This show’s second season introduces Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle before the Punisher series started.

Daredevil and Punisher have a similar vibe and it makes sense that the characters from Punisher show up in Daredevil and vice versa. Although Bernthal is only in the second season, the show is worth checking out if you’re a fan of Punisher.

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2020-03-21 18:30:22

Kristen Palamara

D.B. Woodside Roles: Where You Recognise The Lucifer Actor

Here’s a guide to the career of Lucifer actor D.B. Woodside, who’s amassed an impressive body of work. D.B. Woodside started his career with a role in legal drama Murder One from NYPD Blue creator Steven Bochco. Woodside joined during the show’s second season and following its cancellation, he made guest appearances on shows like The Practice and The Division. He also made his movie debut with 1998 thriller Scar City and later co-starred with Jet Li and Aaliyah in 2001 action film Romeo Must Die.

Inbetween guest stints on both CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Miami, D.B. Woodside landed one of his first big roles on Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Woodside played Robin Wood on the series, the principal of Sunnydale High who turns out to be a vampire hunter with a very personal grudge against Spike. Woodside joined the show in its final season and managed the impressive feat of surviving to the very end.

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D.B. Woodside’s next big role was on 24 as Wayne Palmer, brother of President David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert). Wayne served as David’s Chief of Staff in season 3 and was the more morally flexible of the two, leading to some ethical clashes. Wayne returned in a key supporting role in season 5 helping Jack uncover a major conspiracy involving new President Charles Logan. By season 6 he became President himself, but despite Woodside putting in a good performance, the sixth season is considered one of the show’s weakest due to illogical plotting and recycled storylines. Wayne ended his time on 24 in a coma, though his true fate following this was never resolved, and Woodside has expressed disappointment with how his final season played out.

Following his 24 exit, D.B. Woodside appeared on a selection of hit shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, Monk and Castle; he also starred in notorious TV flop Viva Laughlin. He then had recurring roles in shows like Single Ladies and Parenthood in the years that followed. He also had occasional film parts during this period, including Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. His next major TV role came when he appeared on Suits as Jeff Malone, the boyfriend of Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres). Woodside would later join Gina Torres on Pearson, a spinoff of Suits that lasted for one season.

His most recent role is as Amendadiel on Lucifer. Amenadiel is an angel sent to persuade Lucifer, his brother, to return to Hell. After he resorts to dubious tactics to achieve his goal he’s stripped of his divine powers and becomes human. Outside of the show, D.B. Woodside also made an appearance on the rebooted S.W.A.T. series in 2018.

Next: 24: Did D.B Woodside’s Wayne Palmer Die Or Not?

2020-03-20 23:50:04

Padraig Cotter

The Mandalorian: Pedro Pascal’s 10 Best Roles, According To Rotten Tomatoes

Pedro Pascal recently wowed audiences with his uncompromising performance as Din Djarin on The Mandalorian, but he was an active member of the entertainment sphere long before then – he’s appeared in more films and TV shows than we can count.

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By using review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes’ film and television ranking system (known as the “Tomatometer”), we can get an idea of which of his many roles were the absolute best. Here are the top 10!

10 Nikita (2010-2013) – 85%

The CW’s action-thriller series Nikita follows Nikita Mears, a woman who fights to bring down Division, a secretive organization of spies and assassins. Pascal appears in the 2013 episode “Aftermath” as Liam, one of Division’s “cleaners” (those assigned to clean up after the field team; by removing incriminating evidence, for instance).

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The show has received fairly positive reviews for its intriguing take on the spy thriller genre, talented actress Maggie Q’s robust performance in the lead role, and its well-choreographed fight sequences.

9 Graceland (2013-2015) – 86%

USA Network’s popular series Graceland follows Mike, an FBI agent, fresh out of training, who’s sent to a secret residence for undercover cops where lies and drama abound. Pascal appears in a recurring role as Juan Badillo, Mike’s firm but likable control officer.

The series has received significant praise for its pacing, story, and characters, although some critics have branded it as uninspired and compared it negatively to other notable cop shows.

8 Prospect (2018) – 89%

The 2018 sci-fi film Prospect follows Ezra (played by Pascal) and his teenage daughter Cee, two interplanetary gem hunters who must survive unforeseen dangers while mining on an unfamiliar, heavily forested moon.

The film received significantly positive reviews, with many critics noting the characters are given unique, memorable identities and experience growth throughout the film’s runtime, while the story compliments their traits and highlights their journey together as one of importance.

7 Narcos (2015-2017) – 89%

The Netflix series Narcos is a biographical crime drama about the government operation to end the reign of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, though it later focuses on a similar operation to take down the Cali Cartel, a powerful cocaine-smuggling outfit.

Pascal has a main role in the series, as DEA agent Javier Peña; the real-life Peña worked as a consultant on the series. The show ran for three seasons and widely praised by both critics and audiences for its acting, script, suspense, and originality.

6 Game Of Thrones (2011-2019) – 89%

Game of Thrones, HBO’s television adaptation of the popular A Song of Ice and Fire book series, has a long and complicated plotline, but it primarily follows various diplomatic forces fighting each other for leadership of the monarchy of Westeros, characterized by the possession of a certain iconic Iron Throne. Pascal appears in the fourth season of the series as Oberyn Martell, a mercenary who seeks vengeance for the death of his sister at the hands of tempestuous knight Gregor Clegane.

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Game of Thrones has received near-universal praise for its characters, action, writing, drama, and commentary, though its last season was critically panned and viewed as inferior to its predecessors. The show remains controversial due to its perceived overuse of violence and nudity.

5 Burn Notice: The Fall Of Sam Axe (2011) – 90%

Pascal appears as Colonel Veracruz in the television film Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe, a spin-off of the television series Burn Notice, which looks at popular series character Sam Axe’s history as a Navy SEAL prior to his “fall” and mysterious disappearance.

The film received positive reviews from both critics and fans of the series for its story, characters, and directing, although some reviewers claimed, due to its pacing and tone, that it would be better suited for a television episode than a full-fledged film.

4 Lights Out (2011) – 90%

FX’s Lights Out follows Patrick Leary, a former championship boxer who considers a comeback. Pascal appears in a recurring role as Omar Assirian, a middleweight competitor training under Leary’s charge.

The ambitious series received positive reviews for its drama, action, characters, and tone, but the stars didn’t align and low viewership led to FX canceling the series after just one season.

3 The Good Wife (2009-2016) – 94%

The long-running CBS series The Good Wife follows Alicia Florrick, a woman who decides to continue pursuing her legal career despite her former-State’s-Attorney husband’s tarnished reputation.

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It was hailed by critics as one of the greatest shows of the 2010s, with praise directed at its top-tier acting, visual flair, and unique approach to both political drama and social commentary. It also received many accolades, including five Emmys.

2 If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) – 95%

The romantic drama film If Beale Street Could Talk, based on the novel of the same name, takes place in the early 1970s and follows Clementine “Tish” Rivers, a young woman who goes to great lengths to get her wrongfully-imprisoned lover Alfonzo “Fonny” Hunt, the victim of a false rape accusation, released in time to witness the birth of their child. Pascal appears as Pietro Alvarez, the boyfriend of Fonny’s accuser, Victoria.

The film received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics for its acting, directing, and screenplay and was nominated for multiple Academy Awards, with Regina King winning Best Supporting Actress for her role as Tish’s mother.

1 The Mandalorian (2019) – 95%

In what could soon become his most memorable role to date, Pascal stars in the overwhelmingly popular Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian as Din Djarin, a skilled bounty hunter who’s forced to stand against the forces of the Galactic Empire to save an infant member of Yoda’s species, gaining new allies and encountering new enemies at every turn.

The series has received fairly positive reviews from critics, with praise directed at its performances, characters, writing, directing, structure, and tone; a second season is set to be released in October 2020 with Pascal returning.

NEXT: 10 Greatest Pedro Pascal Movies (According To IMDb)

2020-03-19 20:30:03

Izak Bulten

The Mandalorian: Gina Carano’s 5 Best (& 5 Worst) Roles, According To Rotten Tomatoes

Gina Carano has recently risen to international fame for her role as Cara Dune on the hit web television series The Mandalorian, but before that, she was one of the biggest stars in women’s MMA. This allows her to do her own stunts in many of her films and gives her a unique persona exemplifying strength and determination.

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But while she’s had many great performances, she’s also appeared in quite a few films that were critically panned. We’re going to take a look at what review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes thinks about some of her best and worst roles.

10 Best: Danica On Almost Human (2014) – 69%

The short-lived Fox series Almost Human takes place in a future where the rapidly increasing crime rate has led to the adoption of police androids serving alongside human cops as a backup of sorts. Carano appears in the season 1 episode “Unbound”, as a cyborg prototype who goes on an uncontrollable killing rampage, forcing hot-headed human detective John Kennex and his partner, a semi-self-aware android known as Dorian, to take her down using whatever means necessary.

While Almost Human received heavy praise from critics for its fight sequences, characters, and social commentary, Fox did not renew it for a second season, citing low ratings and heavy production costs as reasons for its cancellation.

9 Worst: Officer Krizia Bajos In Heist (2015) – 29%

2015’s Heist follows Luke Vaughn, a man who plans a multi-million-dollar casino heist to pay off his sick daughter’s medical bills. His plan seems to be going smoothly until unforeseen difficulties force him to hijack a city bus, with both the casino’s mob boss owner and the Police Force (led by Carano’s character, Officer Kris Bajos) in hot pursuit.

Despite a star-studded cast including the ineffable Robert De Niro, reception for Heist was mixed-to-negative; some compared to it to a bizarre mashup of Ocean’s Eleven and Speed, and many criticized both the plot and the characters as shallow.

8 Best: Riley Hicks In Fast & Furious 6 (2013) – 70%

In 2013’s Fast & Furious 6, Carano plays Riley Hicks, an agent with the Diplomatic Security Service who becomes part of the initiative to track down Owen Shaw.

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Carano’s performance was praised by critics, with many noting her unique dedication to the role. The film itself also received positive reviews overall for its directing, action, and tone; it is Carano’s highest-grossing film to date.

7 Worst: Carrie In Madness In The Method (2019) – 25%

Jason Mewes is best known as the first half of stoner duo Jay & Silent Bob in the View Askewniverse films – a role that’s very, very difficult to live down. He satirized his connection to the character in the 2018 meta-comedy Madness in the Method, in which he plays a fictionalized version of himself who decides to escape from Jay’s shadow and diversify his filmography after finding himself continually typecast in solely comedic roles. Carano appears in the film as Carrie, Mewes’ (fictional) live-in girlfriend.

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Critics found Madness in the Method bizarre, self-indulgent, and unnecessary – that being said, it’s unlikely Mewes was looking for their acceptance; his work has always been kind of its own thing.

6 Best: Mallory Kane In Haywire (2012) – 80%

2011’s Haywire follows a skilled black ops operative (Carano) who is double-crossed by another member of her own agency.

The film’s visionary director Steven Soderbergh made the unusual decision to cast a new talent in the lead role, and that meant a lot was riding on his eventual choice, Carano (who before this had only appeared in the direct-to-DVD thriller Blood and Bone), delivering in her big-screen debut – alongside the likes of Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, and Antonio Banderas.

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In the end, Carano herself received mixed reviews, but the film’s action sequences, directing, and cinematography enabled critics to see past any flaws they might have found in her performance.

5 Worst: Clair Hamilton In Daughter Of The Wolf (2019) – 22%

Carano starred in the 2019 action film Daughter of the Wolf as Clair Hamilton, a military veteran whose son is held for ransom by an elusive gang of kidnappers. After Hamilton’s attempt to pay the ransom fails, she takes matters into her own hands and tracks down the kidnappers – and their vengeful leader, Father – with the firm resolve to get her son back no matter what.

The film received mostly negative reviews and was criticized for its story, writing, and tone, though Carano’s performance did receive some praise. The Hollywood Reporter pointed out she would need “far better vehicles than this” to succeed as an actress.

4 Best: Angel Dust In Deadpool (2016) – 85%

Carano appears in the 2016 Marvel release Deadpool as Angel Dust/Christina, a woman who gains unexplainable physical abilities as a result of supervillain scientist Ajax’s experiments in genetic mutation – later, she becomes his henchwoman, helping him to create what would eventually become Deadpool.

Lauded by critics for its irreverent originality, Deadpool went on to receive praise for its visuals, directing, and humor; Carano’s performance in the film was well-regarded by most critics.

3 Worst: Gage In Scorched Earth (2018) – 20%

Carano starred in the 2018 film Scorched Earth as Gage, a post-apocalyptic bounty hunter who plays a game of cat-and-mouse with Thomas Jackson, a notorious outlaw who runs a town for criminals.

The film was near-universally panned, with the Los Angeles Times saying it had a “decent premise” and praising Carano’s performance but ultimately describing it as a dull B-movie; Variety echoed this, saying it “would have amused undiscriminating Blockbuster Video renters a generation ago.” Many critics felt also felt it relied too heavily on genre tropes and didn’t devote enough time to developing its characters, a cardinal sin even for a relatively low-profile actioner.

2 Best: Cara Dune On The Mandalorian (2019) – 95%

After years of questionable B-movie roles padded with the occasional blockbuster cameo, Carano finally got her big break with the Disney+ television series The Mandalorian. She plays Carasynthia Dune, an efficient, battle-ready mercenary who teams up with Din Djarin to take out an Imperial base, which leads to the two becoming both friends and allies in the fight against the Empire.

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The show became an unexpected hit, receiving praise for its fresh concept, unique ideas, stunning visuals, and action sequences. Carano’s performance in the series was near-universally praised, and Dune has amassed a respectable fan following.

1 Worst: Victoria In Extraction (2015) – 6%

One of the more pointless of Carano’s roles, Extraction is a fairly run-of-the-mill action thriller starring Kellan Lutz and Gina Carano as two CIA agents attempting to recover a mobile computer that could be deadly in the wrong hands.

Many critics described it as clunky but watchable, although some weren’t so vague or so kind with their terminology; in a uniquely quotable review for the Globe and Mail, critic Brad Wheeler said that he’d “rather have [his] teeth pulled by diseased, evil monkeys” than watch the film.

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2020-03-14 22:00:47

Izak Bulten

Sarah Jessica Parker’s Top 10 Roles, Ranked | ScreenRant

Sarah Jessica Parker is a Hollywood legend. Although she’s played a wide variety of roles during her career, her global fame and status as a television goddess really comes down to a single role: Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City. Portraying the curious writer on the hit show made Parker an international star, but it’s far from the only memorable role she’s ever played.

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Throughout her career, Sarah Jessica Parker has starred in a vast range of film and television projects. From Sarah Sanderson to Carrie, keep reading to see our ranking of the top 10 roles of this versatile actress!

10 Paula – Failure To Launch (2006)

In 2006, Sarah Jessica Parker starred in Failure to Launch, a film about a woman named Paula who is hired to motivate a man called Tripp to move out of his parents’ house. Tripp is played by Matthew McConaughey, and the film also features Bradley Cooper and Zooey Deschanel.

The film received mostly negative reviews, with critics declining to praise Parker for her performance as Paula. Because the two leads didn’t share a lot of chemistry, this was not one of Parker’s finest roles. Still, she gets some points for effort.

9 Meryl Morgan – Did You Hear About The Morgans? (2009)

During her career, Sarah Jessica Parker has starred in her fair share of romance flicks. In 2009, she played Meryl Morgan in Did You Hear About The Morgans? Although the film did not rate highly on IMDb and received mostly unfavorable reviews, Parker’s on-screen charisma is evident.

Did You Hear About The Morgans? follows the story of Paul and Meryl Morgan, a married couple whose relationship is hanging by a thread. After they witness a murder, they must move from New York to a small country town as per the requirements of the witness protection program.

8 Shelly Stewart – The First Wives Club (1996)

Many people forget that Sarah Jessica Parker appeared in The First Wives Club. She appeared as Shelly Stewart in the classic 1996 film, a young woman who is now in a relationship with the ex-husband of Bette Midler’s character, Brenda. The two play rivals in this film, reuniting after playing sisters in the 1993 Halloween flick Hocus Pocus.

Shelly is an unsympathetic character, dangling her partner Morty in his ex-wife’s face and making horrible comments about Brenda’s appearance. But likable or not, Parker played her extremely well!

7 Kate Reddy – I Don’t Know How She Does It (2011)

Sarah Jessica Parker is often seen as a strong female role model who balances a successful career in film, television, and fashion, with raising a family. That’s why the role of Kate Reddy in I Don’t Know How She Does It is so fitting for her.

Kate is a professional in the banking sector and tries to juggle between maintaining her job and keeping her family happy. The tensions increase when she receives an offer for an even better job that puts even more pressure on her family.

6 Nathalie Lake – Mars Attacks! (1996)

1996 was a busy year for Sarah Jessica Parker. In addition to playing Shelly Stewart in The First Wives Club, she also took on the role of Nathalie Lake in the fantasy/thriller Mars Attacks! The film focuses on an alien invasion that starts on friendly terms but soon turns sinister.

Parker was in good company, starring alongside Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Natalie Portman, and Michael J. Fox. Her character, Nathalie, is kidnapped by aliens at the beginning of the film and has quite a few headaches after that!

5 Dolores Fuller – Ed Wood (1994)

The majority of roles that Sarah Jessica Parker has taken on during her career are fictional characters, though she has portrayed a real figure once or twice. In the 1994 film Ed Wood, she portrayed the role of Dolores Fuller. Dolores was an actress and songwriter who wrote some award-winning songs for Elvis Presley.

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Dolores appears in the film because she was in a relationship with the director Ed Wood, played by Johnny Depp, before he started dating Kathy O’Hara.

4 Kim – New Year’s Eve (2011)

Like her fellow New Year’s Eve cast members, Sarah Jessica Parker’s role in the holiday flick is limited. When there’s such a large cast of A-listers, each star can only have a certain amount of time on camera! But Parker’s performance as Kim is one of the most memorable.

Kim is a single mom who wants to spend time with her teenage daughter on New Year’s Eve. But she soon discovers that she has to let her daughter live her own life. She ends up kissing Sam, a man she met the previous New Year’s Eve but never learned his name.

3 Meredith Morton – The Family Stone (2005)

Anybody who has struggled to fit in around their partner’s family can relate to Meredith Morton, the role that Sarah Jessica Parker played in the 2005 Christmas movie The Family Stone. Meredith goes with her boyfriend to meet his family over the holidays, but problems arise when Meredith’s uptight and neurotic ways are challenged by the quirky, outgoing family.

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Closed-minded and edgy, Meredith is an unlikable character at first. But she manages to withstand a family that seems determined to reject her and finally relinquishes the control over her own life, making her easier to warm to.

2 Sarah Sanderson – Hocus Pocus (1993)

One of the most famous roles that Sarah Jessica Parker has played is Sarah Sanderson from the 1993 Disney film Hocus Pocus. Starring alongside Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy, Parker portrays a witch who was hanged 300 years before the events of the film take place but is resurrected and wants to take revenge on the community.

A Hocus Pocus sequel is said to be in the works, which has made many fans happy. Only a few details of the project have been released so far, but most sources claim that Sarah Jessica Parker will return to reprise her role along with everybody else.

1 Carrie Bradshaw – Sex & The City (1998-2004)

Of course, the best role that Sarah Jessica Parker has ever played is Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City. The writer/fashionista is one of the most iconic characters in pop culture and launched Parker to the status of a screen legend.

Carrie Bradshaw is by no means a perfect character, with many Sex and the City fans believing that she’s actually the most obnoxious figure on the show. But despite her annoying moments, she remains prolific to this day.

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2020-03-12 18:30:38

Vanessa Elle

Humphrey Bogart: 10 Most Iconic Roles | ScreenRant

Every generation and decade have their own iconic movie stars that will be remembered for years even once they have passed on — such as John Wayne, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, as well as many others. These individuals helped make cinema the grand experience that is today. Among these larger than life stars who shaped the entertainment industry is Humphrey Bogart.

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Humphrey Bogart was born in 1899 and sadly passed away too young at the age of 57. But in his 57 years, Humphrey made sure to leave his mark. He starred in over 40 movies and became a cinematic hero to many. His roles became iconic which made him a legendary actor who is still admired to this day. Here are Humphrey Bogart’s 10 most iconic roles.

10 Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon

In 1941 Humphrey Bogart starred in the mystery film The Maltese Falcon as the handsome and cunning private investigator Sam Spade. Even though this movie came out nearly 80 years ago, radio theater performances of the film are still being performed to this day.

The film centered on PI Sam Spade who takes on more than he can chew when a mysterious woman presents a case to him. The case quickly turns into a nightmare when Spade’s partner Miles Archer is killed and Spade becomes a suspect in another murder. As more characters begin to trickle in, Spade realizes the one thing they are all after is the bejeweled Maltese falcon, and he better get his hands on it before any of them do.

9 Duke Mantee in The Petrified Forest

Before Bogart was the slick private investigator Sam Spade, he was gangster Duke Mantee in the 1936 film The Petrified Forest. The Petrified Forest takes place in Arizona where an intellectual, a waitress, and a gangster end up in the same diner.

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Everything seems dandy for the employees and customers at the local diner in the Petrified Forest region of Arizona, until gangster Duke Mantee takes everyone in the diner as hostages. The film pulls at viewers’ heartstrings as sacrifices are made and the determination to give one’s life meaning becomes a deciding factor.

8 Charlie Allnut in The African Queen

Bogart was known for his roles as sly gangsters and handsome detectives, but Bogart was talented enough to play a wide array of roles including a steamer boat captain. In the 1951 film The African Queen, Bogart starred as steamer captain Charlie Allnut alongside Katherine Hepburn as missionary Rose Sayer.

The African Queen takes place in the era of World War 1 in German East Africa. When Charlie offers Rose safe passage, the two quickly find out this isn’t going to be a peaceful trip as they do more fighting with each other than with the Germans. Eventually, the fighting turns into friendship which turns into love. A film with Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn starring alongside each other is sure to be an iconic success.

7 Rick Blaine in Casablanca

One of Bogart’s most well-known films is the 1942 film Casablanca, where he starred as nightclub owner Rick Blaine. The stunning Ingrid Bergman starred as Rick’s former love Ilsa Lund who has returned to Casablanca with her new husband Victor Laszlo, played by Paul Henried.

Ilsa’s husband Victor is a well-known rebel and when the Germans begin to close in on him, Ilsa turns to her old flame to help save her and her husband. Emotions run high as the lives of old and new loves begin to intertwine and lives are at stake.

6 Fred Dobbs in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Greed and insecurity is a driving force for humans and that was proven in the 1948 film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, starring Humphrey Bogart as Dobbs, Tim Holt as Curtin, and Walter Huston as Howard. The three men go on the adventure of a lifetime to the Sierra Madre mountains in Mexico to find gold.

Even though the three men discover treasure, they also stumble upon bandits hidden in the Mexican wilderness as well as their own greed and insecurities. The bonds of friendship are tested in this classic adventure film.

5 Harry Dawes in The Barefoot Contessa

Many actors get pigeonholed in their careers, but not Humphrey Bogart. He could play anything from a night club owner to a treasure hunter to a washed-up film director. In 1954 Humphrey Bogart starred alongside Ava Gardener in The Barefoot Contessa. Bogart portrayed Harry Dawes, a film director who has seen better days but gets a second chance at stardom when he discovers Maria Vargas, played by Ava Gardener.

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The Barefoot Contessa has become an iconic film as it was full of fame, love, and drama. The movie was praised for its extravagance. While it did not receive any high awards itself, Edmond O’Brien who played Oscar Muldoon won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his performance.

4 Dixon Steele in In a Lonely Place

There are plenty of shows on the air now that might have you questioning if the person sleeping next to you is capable of murder. But before shows as Who The (Bleep) Did I Marry? and Murderous Affairs were on the air, movies such as the 1950 film In a Lonely Place were already beginning to plant the seed of suspicion.

When Laurel, played by Gloria Grahame, begins to fall in love with her neighbor, the handsome screenwriter Dixon Steele (played by Humphrey Bogart), everything seems romantic and blissful. That is until police start questioning Dixon about his possible involvement with a murder. Will Laurel stand by her man or will she run for her life?

3 Roy Earle in High Sierra

One thing everyone can agree on about Humphrey Bogart is that he was a talented actor, especially when it came to suspense and drama films. One of his best suspense movies was the 1941 film High Sierra where Bogart starred as Roy Earle, a country boy turned mobster.

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When Roy is put in charge of a plan to rob a casino, the last thing he expects to happen is to fall in love with a dance-hall girl named Marie played by Ida Lupino. When plans go awry, Roy lets love cloud his judgment as he lets his longing for Marie overpower his survival instincts.

2 Philip Queeg in The Caine Mutiny

Yet again Humphrey Bogart proved he was a drama acting legend in the 1954 film The Caine Mutiny, where he starred as Commander Queeg of the Caine vessel in World War II. The film and Bogart himself received several nominations for Oscar awards and the film was the second-highest-grossing movie in 1954.

Bogart’s character Commander Queeg is a bit unconventional in the eyes of his crew and his behavior is seriously questioned after a storm turns deadly. His decisions on how to handle his crew and vessel during the storm lead him to be tried on mutiny where his mental stability is put to the test.

1 Linus Larrabee in Sabrina

1954 was a successful year for Humphrey Bogart as he acted in one of the highest-rated movies of the year, The Caine Mutiny, and also got to star alongside Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina. The film tells the story of the ties that bind as one of the characters must choose between love and the family business.

When Sabrina, the chauffeur’s daughter, returns home from Paris, she quickly strikes up a relationship with David, the son of her father’s employer. While Sabrina and David are not bothered by their class differences, not everyone feels the same way — including David’s older brother Linus, played by Humphrey Bogart. Sabrina earned several Academy Award nominations and was #1 at the box office for two weeks, as who could resist seeing Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart in the same film?

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2020-03-08 01:03:59

Kayla Mosley

Beyoncé’s 10 Acting Roles, Ranked | ScreenRant

Beyoncé’s major talent lies in her vocal ability and her stage presence. But being a music industry superstar isn’t all the Houston-born singer is cut out for. She has also taken on several acting projects while slowly building her music career.

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Often portraying characters that have some kind of musical ability, Beyoncé has also appeared in films that have pushed her out of her comfort zone and forced her to explore her acting potential. Keep reading to see our ranking of Beyoncé’s 10 acting and voice-over roles based on the believability of the character and the versatility required of the role.

10 Shine (Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!)

You’d be forgiven for not knowing that Beyoncé ever lent her famous voice to the children’s educational flash animated series Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! The show tells the story of a creature called Wubbzy and his friends, Widget and Walden.

Beyoncé played a secondary character called Shine. The character is obviously blue and is widely known among members of the “BeyHive” Beyoncé fan base to be the singer’s favorite. Of course, Beyoncé’s voice sounds as amazing in this role as it always does. The only problem with Shine’s appearance on the show is that it’s over so quickly!

9 Carmen Brown (Carmen: A Hip Hopera)

Carmen Brown: A Hip Hopera did not receive positive views from critics. Despite its low IMDb rating of 4.6 stars, Beyoncé fans still love watching the singer take on the starring role of Carmen Brown. The story follows Carmen as she falls in love with a policeman from Philadelphia, played by Mekhi Phifer, who happens to be engaged.

Beyoncé doesn’t play a singer in this film, but an aspiring actress who sadly meets a tragic end without ever finding the fame she desires.

8 Xania (The Pink Panther)

A reboot of The Pink Panther franchise was released in 2006. The tenth installment in the series, the film stars Beyoncé as Xania, a pop star who is also the girlfriend of a man called Yves Gluant. Beyoncé is charming as Xania, but as she plays a pop star, she doesn’t have to bring much versatility to the role.

For the film, Beyoncé performed two songs: ‘Woman Like Me’ and her smash hit ‘Check On It.’ A sequel was released in 2009 but Beyoncé did not return to reprise her role as Xania.

7 Lilly (The Fighting Temptations)

The Fighting Temptations is a feel-good story about a man who returns to his hometown to claim his inheritance of $150,000 but first must improve the condition of the local choir. Enter Beyoncé as Lilly, the childhood friend of protagonist Darrin Hill, played by Cuba Gooding Jr., who is a nightclub singer.

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Darrin and Lilly reconnect and end up falling in love, getting married, and having a baby. The highlight of the film for Beyoncé fans is witnessing the singer’s phenomenal musical scenes. Although she can still act, it’s always the vocals that make Beyoncé shine in any performance.

6 Sharon (Obsessed)

In the 2009 thriller Obsessed, Beyoncé plays a character who is worlds away from her true persona. The film follows the story of a man who is stalked by a crazed temp working at his office and Beyoncé portrays his wife, Sharon.

The most remarkable thing about this role was that it allowed Beyoncé to step out of her comfort zone and swap the stage for a gritty violent climax, where she finally confronted the woman who had fallen in love with her husband. Obsessed definitely showed us that Beyoncé can be versatile with her acting roles.

5 Deena Jones (Dreamgirls)

Loosely based on the story of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Dreamgirls centers around Deena Jones and the Dreams. Beyoncé stars as Deena, the lead singer of the group who goes on to have a successful solo career and marry a huge record executive.

Beyoncé’s vocals are impressive as ever in the film, but the majority of the praise went to co-star Jennifer Hudson for her portrayal of Effie White. Effie is cast out of the spotlight despite her amazing vocal range, exploring the idea that the music industry values looks above talent.

4 Queen Tara (Epic)

She’s often hailed as the queen of the music industry so it seems fitting that Beyoncé would play a queen. Loosely based on the children’s book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good BugsEpic was released in 2013 and starred Beyoncé as Queen Tara.

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Queen Tara is the queen of the forest and the childhood love of Ronin, a Leafman warrior and leader of the Leafmen. Beyoncé doesn’t have a huge amount of lines, but fans love hearing her regal voice when it does appear in the story.

3 Nala (The Lion King)

The remake of The Lion King was one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2019. Once again, Beyoncé lent her voice talents to an animated role, this time portraying the lioness Nala. Nala’s role in the remake is slightly larger than in the original animated version. You can tell from the authority in Beyoncé’s voice as she plays Nala that she has grown a lot as an actress since her Carmen Brown days.

Along with portraying Nala, Beyoncé also recorded music for the film’s soundtrack and released her own album that was inspired by the film entitled The Lion King: The Gift. It features the soundtrack’s lead single ‘Spirit.’

2 Etta James (Cadillac Records)

In Cadillac Records, Beyoncé may have played another music star but that doesn’t mean the role was similar to her own life. In order to portray Etta James, Beyoncé had to explore dark emotions and put on a much more intense performance than she previously had to for any of her other musical roles.

The film received positive reviews and Beyoncé’s vocal performance, including a rendition of the classic Etta James song ‘At Last,’ was widely praised by critics.

1 Foxxy Cleopatra (Austin Powers In Goldmember)

Austin Powers in Goldmember is not the most highly rated movie that Beyoncé has appeared in but her role as Foxxy Cleopatra made her shine like no other. Although roles like Etta James allowed Beyoncé to explore the more serious side of her acting potential, playing Foxxy allowed her to tap into her sassy side.

Beyoncé was nominated for a Teen Choice Award, an MTV Movie Award, a Kids’ Choice Award, and a Black Reel Award for her portrayal of Foxxy.

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2020-03-05 01:03:51

Vanessa Elle

Anthony Hopkins’ 10 Scariest Villainous Roles, Ranked

With a long career that mostly consists of lead roles, Anthony Hopkins can be considered one of the most successful actors of all time. His movie and TV credits began in the 1960s and since then, he has gone on to appear in 110 films and over 30 TV shows, becoming knighted by the Queen of England in 1987 for his work in the arts.

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Hopkins has tried his hand in a number of genres throughout his career but his most notable roles have been the ones where he plays a creepy and scary character. It is such a role (Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs) that won him his only Oscar out of many nominations. Here are his scariest roles.

10 Ted Crawford: Fracture

In Fracture, Hopkins proves once again how good he is at portraying psychotic characters. He plays a Ted Crawford, a Los Angeles structural engineer who violently murders his cheating wife and decides to hold hostage the man she was having an affair.

Instead of hiring a lawyer, he opts to defend himself in court. Smooth-talking prosecutor Willy Beachum (Ryan Gosling) believes this is going to be an easy case but Crawford proves to be much more intelligent than he thought. The engineer brings up out-of-the-box facts and theories until the jury is left with no choice but to acquit him.

9 Corky: Magic

In Magic, Hopkins plays Corky, a magician who is struggling to connect with audiences. His mentor advises him to create a gimmick in order to connect with audiences and so he comes up with a foul-mouthed and rather scary dummy named Fats. This helps him find instant success.

However, Corky’s mental state is disintegrating and he soon can’t differentiate between what’s real and what’s not. He thus begins alternating between the persona of Corky and Fats. Soon, Fats even orders Corky o kill his manager Ben which he does. He also ends up killing the husband of his love interest.

8 Titus Andronicus: Titus

Anthony Hopkins as the Roman general Titus Andronicus was as creepy as movie villains come. He snapped his daughter’s neck in front of dinner guests, applied blue paint on his face and also sliced a couple of peoples’ throats just for the fun of it. This easily qualifies as Hopkins’ most violent role to date.

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Not to mention that he uses the flesh of murdered victims as ingredients in making a pie. Titus is quite a gory film that should definitely be avoided by those who haven’t have a heart that’s as hard as the Roman shields. It’s surprising that Hopkins didn’t win any awards.

7 Sir John Talbot: The Wolf Man

In this remake of the 1941 film The Wolf Man, Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro) returns to his family estate after many years. He has just been informed by his sister-in-law that his brother has died. Lawrence left the estate as a child after his mother died. He was sent to an asylum because he suffered intense trauma after seeing her dead body. He also remembers seeing his father Sir John Talbot (Anthony Hopkins) standing over the body and mourning.

Lawrence is informed that his brother was killed by a strange creature. Before he can find out what’s going on, he gets bitten by the same strange creature. Lawrence becomes a werewolf then discovers that his father John is a werewolf too and the creature responsible for killing his mother and brother.

6 Adolf Hitler: The Bunker

Not many actors have managed to portray Adolf Hitler as magnificently as Anthony Hopkins. The actor managed to bring out all of the Nazi leader’s weird traits for this TV movie. For his performance, Hopkins won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie:

The World War II movie takes us to the final stages when The Third Reich is being dismantled by the Allies. Hitler (Sir Anthony Hopkins) gathers his trusted generals and retreats into his bunker in Berlin with his senior staff. He still believes he is powerful so he starts issuing commands that simply cannot be executed. The panic and absurd mannerisms keep shocking his generals until it dawns on him that the end has really come.

5 Father Lucas: The Rite

Based on Matt Baglio’s novel The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, the horror film introduces us to a man called Michael Kovak who joins a seminary school but a lack of faith makes him struggle to complete it. It turns out he is possessed by a strange demon.

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Michael is thus sent to a Vatican preacher named Father Lucas (Hopkins) in order to have his demons removed. However, Father Lucas ends up getting possessed by the demon too. The only priest capable of exorcising Father Lucas happens to be away on a trip so Michael finds himself having to deal with a possed preacher.

4 Arthur Jamison: Guilty Conscience

What would a psycho millionaire do to avoid losing a few million dollars in his divorce? He’d kill his wife. That’s what this thriller is all about. The movie follows a wealthy criminal defense attorney named Arthur Jamison (Anthony Hopkins). Arthur is about to divorce his wife and it’s going to be costly for him.

Given that he is used to helping murder suspects to go free, he figures it wouldn’t be so bad to commit a murder of his own. So, he plans to kill his wife in order to save his money. Throughout much of the film, he conjures up potential outcomes in his mind and how to deal with them. He analyzes loopholes, alibis and everything that will make it the perfect murder.

3 Stevens: The Remains Of The Day

Here, Hopkins is like a henchman who doesn’t fight. He is also a wordless yes-man to his pro-Nazi boss. Based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, the film follows a butler called Stevens (Hopkins), who is so cold and reserved that he doesn’t really see anything important outside his job.

Stevens serves his British master so devotedly that he shuts out all friends and family. Housekeeper Miss Kenton (Emma Thompson) tries to befriend him but he doesn’t care much about her. He even refuses to visit his sick father who is on his death bed. And when his boss shows pro-Nazi tendencies, Steven supports him fully.

2 Elliot Hoover: Audrey Rose

In the movie, Anthony Hopkins plays a man named Elliot who believes that a 10-year-old girl is the reincarnation of his daughter who died in a car crash with her mother. He thus begins stalking her, thus putting her parents in a state of fear and panic.

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Elliot even kidnaps the little girl and his actions lead to him being arrested and put on trial. But what’s even creepier is watching him explain the principles of reincarnation in court and trying to convince the jury that he is not insane. Easily one of the actor’s best performances.

1 Hannibal: The Silence Of The Lambs

If there was ever an award for “Best Film Titles”, this movie would have won easily. The Silence of the Lambs is based on the book by Thomas Harris even though a couple of things were left out. The movie revolves around FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) and cannibalistic killer Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hookins). Clarice is trying to catch a serial killer known as Buffalo Bill and so she decides to interview Lecter who is behind bars in order to understand the killer’s mind.

The movie is packed with plenty of creepy moments. Not to forget the creepy mask Hannibal wears on the face. The dialogue is even creepier. When Clarice first meets Hannibal, she tries to suggest that he isn’t brave enough, to which he responds, “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.” And who can forget the “Quid pro quo” line?

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2020-03-05 01:03:09

Philip Etemesi