Archive for the ‘Acting’ Category

Hawaii Five-0 hunks

March 14, 2015

(Not much linguistics here.)

In the middle of the night on Saturdays here the TNT network shows re-runs of the current Hawaii Five-0 tv series, so I’m kept alert by acrobatic fistfights, exchanges of gunfire, and car chases all over scenic Hawaii. And the banter between the two principal characters — it’s a buddy drama, a bro show — with significant interludes of muscular shirtlessness.

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Two more mornings

March 14, 2015

Two more morning names: yesterday, Robin Wright; today, the plant photinia.

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Peter Sarsgaard, Harold in Italy

March 3, 2015

Two unrelated morning names today: the actor Peter Sarsgaard, the Berlioz symphony Harold en Italie.

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Local pronunciations

February 28, 2015

Two notes on the pronunciation of proper names: on the city of Bangor ME and on the actor Ryan Phillippe.

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Cops and DAs

February 24, 2015

(About performances rather than language.)

Another note from the Oscars: on J.K. Simmons, who got an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (in Whiplash) I recognized him immediately as a regular on two different tv crime drama: as Dr. Emil Skoda, a police psychiatrist, who has appeared on three of the four incarnations of Law & Order; and as Will Pope, Assistant Chief of the LAPD, in The Closer.

I then reflected on the casting of these shows, and the enormous number of actors they consume — as regulars (playing cops, district attorneys, medical examiners, crime lab staff, defense attorneys, and judges) and in one-shot performances (as victims, suspects, witnesses, family members, etc.).

The one-shots are often well-known actors playing parts that run against their usual roles: recently in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit re-runs, dark roles for Dean Cain (Superman!) and comedienne Carol Burnett.

The regulars are also not infrequently recruited from successful careers of very different natures. To come: a number of tv cops and a couple district attorneys of this sort.

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Two more morning names

February 6, 2015

Thursday’s memorable morning name was Mitzi Kapture (the actress), Friday’s was Piggly Wiggly (the supermarket).

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Bobby Cannavale

January 11, 2015

(Not about language, but about acting.)

Caught twice in re-runs of Law & Order episodes recently, the engaging and versatile actor Bobby Cannavale, seen below looking steamy:

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Jeff Goldblum

December 6, 2014

(Not a death notice, but an appreciation.)

An old Law & Order: Criminal Intent went by me this morning, with the tall (6′ 4″) and versatile actor Jeff Goldblum in the role of Detective Zach Nichols. And that brought me to a wonderful GE commercial starring Goldblum that I had somehow missed. Goldblum, shirtless, and with big hair.

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Mel Blanc

October 25, 2014

Today’s Zippy, a tribute to actor Mel Blanc:

Lots of linguistic interest (not to mention humor) in Blanc.

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Bromantics: Pine and Quinto, Kirk and Spock

October 4, 2014

(The second item on male homosexuality, gay-straight relations, acting, and the male body — following “Homage to Marky / Mark”. Very little of linguistic interest. Steamy, but not X-rated, images.)

I start with this intense (but fully clothed) photo of actors Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto (sent to me by Chris Ambidge), one of a considerable number of images of this bromantic couple:

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Whew! Who knew that belt loops could be so hot?

That’s Pine (the straight bro) on the left, Quinto (the gay bro) on the right.

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