Friday Night Lights (5 seasons, 2006–2011)Zach Gilford (Matt Saracen), Adrianne Palicki (Tyra Collette), Scott Porter (Jason Street), Minka Kelly (Lyla Garrity), Gaius Charles (Smash Williams)Season 3, episode 13, “Tomorrow Blues” (with the exception of Charles, who left in episode four, “Hello, Goodbye”; and Porter, who left in episode 7, “New York, New York”)They all graduated — sort of, this takes some explaining. Friday Night Lights is one of the few high-school-TV shows to commit to its setting rather than just its characters, which meant that, as the series characters aged into senior year, it had to reckon with their future all at once (except for Landry, who the series decided was one year younger than everyone else). Some characters returned to Dillon, Texas, occasionally, but, as happens in life, most everyone ended going in different directions. In order of increasing heartbreak:After sustaining an injury in playoffs with the … [Read more...] about What Happens When Actors Leave High-School-TV Shows?
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But what about Three Kings itself? Stephen Beresford wrote the solo play specifically for Scott, who delivers a monologue the way a military-grade crossbow delivers its bolt. (Last weekend’s three-day run of Three Kings is already over, so the closest you can come now to seeing it is to rent a video of Scott performing a different play, Simon Stephens’s Sea Wall, another monodrama about a man baring his sins.) Beresford has himself been an actor, and the monologue swiftly gets us into the “good stuff” for a player — deep rage and tamped-down sorrow. Within minutes, Scott’s character is telling us a story about being 8 years old and meeting his grifter father for the first time. The boy is full of hope and plans, while the aloof father manages to emotionally connect only enough to show him the set-up for a coin trick — the three kings — that will be sure to win him bets in bars. Scott’s jaw clenches as he remembers the innocent … [Read more...] about Andrew Scott Is Extraordinary in
Kelly Reichardt’s latest film Certain Women, a triptych of short narratives centered on three Montana women, is the latest installment in a movie career that the writer-director herself admits can be hard to pin down. The film is based on short stories by the award-winning author Maile Meloy, and despite featuring Reichardt’s highest-profile cast to date — Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, and frequent collaborator Michelle Williams — it maintains the essence of what has become her signature style: quiet, slow, and nature-heavy storytelling that humanizes the seemingly most insignificant connections we make with each other, and ourselves. Vulture spoke to Reichardt about her breakout Sundance hit, which opened October 14, about why she’s drawn to intimate storytelling, how Oregon became her accidental filmmaking base camp, why she can’t write in New York, and why she found a kindred artistic spirit in Williams. … [Read more...] about Kelly Reichardt on Her New Film