Sometimes doing an interview is like herding cats. An interview with Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte about their work in the new HBO series “Luck” starts out OK. A simple question about how he deals with a difficult director launches Hoffman into a story about some advice he was given by Anthony Hopkins.
“He says, ‘Never raise your voice. Never have a fight. On a sound stage or wherever you’re shooting, make sure you’re shooting on the ground floor. When it gets to that point, you say, “Excuse me. I have to go to the bathroom.” You’ve checked the bathroom out before. It has a window. You go in the bathroom. You lock the door. You climb out the window. You go home. You come back the next day. There’s no argument anymore’,” Hoffman says.
Nolte immediately adds that he has done that a couple of times.
Now it’s Nolte’s turn to share a story. He had trouble in 1982 while shooting “Cannery Row” because co-star Debra Winger kept telling director David Ward that he wasn’t giving his all.
“And so we went to have dinner. David said, ‘You’re the most irresponsible actor I have ever worked with in my life. You just don’t give. You’re just irresponsible.’ And Debra was watching me very closely, and I took the spaghetti and I smashed it in my face all over,” Nolte says. “David didn’t know what to do with that. And then Debra used that later on in the movie. She smashed spaghetti all over her face.
Bud Elliott is returning to KSEE (Channel 24.1) to be guest co-host of “KSEE Sunrise” starting 5 a.m. Feb. 6. This is a co-promotion with KJWL (FM 99.3) where Elliott was been working since he was fired in December 2007 after 21 years at the local NBC affiliate.
Elliott is co-news director and anchor of the morning newscasts on KJWL and KYNO (AM 940). After 14 years at KSEE, Elliott was moved from evening anchor to the morning newscasts that he co-anchored with Faith Sidlow for seven years.
In a statement announcing the co-venture, KSEE President & General Manager, Matthew Rosenfeld says, “It’s great to have Bud back in our studio on our newscasts for February. Bud is a fantastic journalist, and he was well-liked among viewers and staff here during his long tenure at KSEE24.”
Elliott will be working with the KSEE team of Faith Sidlow, Matt Otstot and Pamela Prado. KSEE viewers will get to see and hear from KJWL’s morning co-hosts, Bruce & Faleena, each morning of the promotion.
During the month, Elliott will continue to do news briefs from 6-11 a.m. weekdays on KJWL and KYNO.
Coming back to the upbeat and feverishly happy Good Company Players production of “Hairspray,” which returns after two years to Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, is like meeting up for dinner with old friends.
Chief among them is Richard Ruth, whose return romp as the super-size Edna Turnblad is a stellar performance indeed. When Ruth tackled the role in the 2009 GCP production, I liked the way he gave the role — traditionally played by a man dressed as a woman — a spin all his own. I wrote there was a hint of Harvey Fierstein there, of course, but what I liked so much about Ruth’s portrayal was how straight he plays the role (so to speak): no flouncing, no vocal tricks, no mugging.
His characterization is just as good this time around — maybe even better. He might not be awash in a sea of fat padding, but Edna’s big, buoyant spirit is abundant.
Pictured: Tori Sasso and Charlene Cano in the new Good Company Players production of “Hairspray,” which runs through March 18.
It’s a loaded-with-shows Wednesday, from big venues to small ones. Here’s a rundown:
Fliers for these and more below …
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“Touch,” 9 p.m. KMPH (Channel 26.1): Kiefer Sutherland returns to network television in this mysterious new series. He plays the father of an 11-year-old boy who has the ability to see all of the mathematical patterns in space and time. The father has to unravel the numerical clues his son creates to figure out who he is suppose to help next.
The series, from the same people who brought you “Heroes,” is at its best when it focuses on the father and son. It’s a little bit of a stretch that Sutherland’s character can go from jack-of-all-trades to world-saving hero but I guess there’s a little Jack Bauer in all of us.
Tonight’s episode of “Touch” is a little confusing because of a second story about how a cell phone can travel around the world and bring together complete strangers. It feels like this story should eventually connect with the main story but never does.
Sutherland brings his usual intensity to the role and there is a mathematical chain reaction quality to the program that’s fascinating. Future episodes should streamline the stories to focus more on the central pair because that’s the selling point of this new drama.