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Bryan Cranston to Portray LBJ

Bryan Cranston to Portray LBJ

Wow! This is news. Bryan Cranston to portray LBJ in HBO adaptation of stage play All the Way.

Bryan Cranston as LBJ

All the Way with LBJ: The 1964 Presidential Election


All the Way with LBJ mines an extraordinarily rich but underutilized source – the full range of LBJ tapes – to analyze the 1964 presidential campaign and the political culture of the mid-1960s. The president achieved a smashing victory over a divided Republican Party, which initially considered Henry Cabot Lodge II, then U.S. ambassador to South Vietnam, before nominating Barry Goldwater, who used many of the themes that later worked for Republicans – a Southern strategy, portraying the Democrats as soft on defense, raising issues such as crime and personal ethics. Johnson countered with what he called a “frontlash” strategy, appealing to moderate and liberal GOP suburbanites, but he failed to create a new, permanent Democratic majority for the post-civil rights era. The work’s themes – the impact of race on the political process, the question of politicians’ personal and political ethics, and the tensions between politics and public policy – continue to resonate.
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Ridley Scott’s Prometheus ~ Just not good enough

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus ~ Just not good enough

Prometheus ~ Ridley Scott FilmPrometheus ~ I’ve been anticipating Ridley Scott’s “prequel” to Alien for many months now.  After seeing Prometheus in 3-D, I have to admit I was disappointed.

While the film contained visually striking special effects, they just weren’t enough to compensate for the under-developed characters and mostly predictable story.

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Peter Dinklage ~ The Station Agent

Peter Dinklage ~ The Station Agent

The Station Agent is an indie  film I probably would not have ever seen if it weren’t for Peter Dinkage (Wikipedia, IMDB). Actor Peter Dinklage currently stars in the HBO series Game of Thrones  where he plays a dwarf noble, Tyrion Lannister, who relies on his wits to navigate the perils of a sister who hates him and a populace that dismisses him. It’s a great role that Dinklage plays with such authenticity.

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