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Cream of the Cool

American character actor Michael Emmet Walsh (March 22, 1935 —) has the distinction of being among a special class of SAG members in Hollywood, one that I'm not sure there's a name for but which critics have recognized. He used to be in that group of "actors whose names you don't know but you recognize them immediately", but he's so remarkably talented that, in my opinion, he transcended that group many decades back. Harry Dean Stanton was in this

The city of Portland, Oregon came to be known as "Stumptown" during a period of rapid population growth following 1847 and continuing through the turn of the century. Though Portland would not be formally incorporated as a city until 1851 and Oregon did not achieve statehood until 1859, the town and territory were beset by thousands of pioneers every year taking the well-established Oregon Trail, many seeking their fortunes following the California Gold Rush in 1849

In 1893, a boat drifts into the storm-battered Whitby shore. The crew has pulled a Mary Celeste. The dead captain remains, "fastened by his hands, tied one over the other, to a spoke of the wheel." It's the seventh chapter of Bram Stoker's Dracula. What the novel leaves to the fevered imagination, André Øvredal's film presents in occasionally gory detail. Think Alien, set at sea rather than in space.

The 2023 film begins well, its introduction owing more to classic

American actor James David Greenblatt (January 2, 1967 —), better known by his stage name James Marshall, was allegedly working a job delivering pizzas when director David Lynch cast him to play Harley-riding, moody teenage loner James Hurley, Laura Palmer's secret boyfriend on the cult TV series Twin Peaks. Born in Queens, New York, Marshall's father William R. Greenblatt (a producer) and mother