Word has just hit that iconic star of stage, screen and television, LARRY HAGMAN has died at the age of 81 of complications that arose from his recent bout with cancer. Probably best known for his portrayal of the villainous J.R. Ewing on the hit television series DALLAS, HAGMAN will also be remembered for his role as Maj. Tony Nelson on the beloved sitcom I DREAM OF JEANNIE. The son of Broadway legend MARY MARTIN and attorney BENJAMIN HAGMAN, the actor got his start in such Broadway productions as THE NERVOUS SET and went on to such films as THE GROUP and ENSIGN PULVER before becoming a TV mainstay. Most recently seen in the TNT revival of DALLAS, he will be greatly missed.
During a recent phone interview, HAGMAN talked to us about how he came up with his take on the character of J.R.. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
LARRY HAGMAN 1931 – 2012
Returning to prime-time television after an absence of twenty years, TNT’s DALLAS has proven to be a welcome addition to the world of nighttime soaps with both critical and audience response. Every bit as much fun as the iconic original series, this continuation of the Ewing Family saga reunites original cast members LARRY HAGMAN, PATRICK DUFFY and LINDA GRAY (and others as the series progresses) with such newcomers as BRENDA STRONG, JESSE METCALFE, JORDANA BREWSTER, JOSH HENDERSON and JULIE GONZALO.
As Christopher (Bobby Ewing’s good-intentioned son), JESSE METCALFE turns in a terrific performance. We caught up with him recently at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and he talked about his familiarity with the original series.
DALLAS airs tonight on TNT
Any doubts that audiences could be drawn into the reboot of a nighttime soap-opera that left the air twenty years ago should be completely erased with tonight’s debut episode of TNT’s DALLAS. One of the best pilots we’ve seen this season, the show is a continuation of the iconic ’70s television series that captivated audiences with the exploits of the dynastic Ewing family and made household names of such stars as LARRY HAGMAN, LINDA GRAY and PATRICK DUFFY. A perfect meld of old story-lines giving way to new, the show should prove to be a summertime crowd pleaser. For LINDA GRAY, the new show offers a chance to work again with old friends and, during our recent interview, she sounded extremely pleased by the prospect.
DALLAS airs tonight on TNT
Returning to prime-time television after an absence of twenty years, TNT’s DALLAS is a welcome addition to the world of nighttime soaps. Every bit as much fun as the iconic original series, this continuation of the Ewing Family saga reunites original cast members LARRY HAGMAN, PATRICK DUFFY and LINDA GRAY (and others as the series progresses) with such newcomers as BRENDA STRONG, JESSE METCALFE, JORDANA BREWSTER, JOSH HENDERSON and JULIE GONZALO.
As the villainous J.R. Ewing’s son, John-Ross, HENDERSON proves the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree (especially when the tree grows on Southfork land). We caught up recently with the actor at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and he talked about why he so badly wanted to be a part of this project.
DALLAS debuts tonight on TNT
Currently in theaters (and riding high at the top of the box office chart), MEN IN BLACK 3 continues the franchise of sci-fi/action/comedies centered on a team of special government agents charged with ridding the world of intergalactic creatures living amongst us. Once again directed by BARRY SONNENFELD, the cast reunites WILL SMITH and TOMMY LEE JONES as special agents ‘J’ and ‘K’ respectively as well as introducing JOSH BROLIN as a young (completely spot-on) version of ‘K’.
Jumping on the current 3D bandwagon, MIB3 is the first film in the series to be presented in 3D as well as the traditional 2D projection and features a lot more CGI effects to take advantage of the process. During our recent interview with WILL SMITH, he joked about his original concerns in using 3D. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
MEN IN BLACK 3 is in theaters now