Weekend Weirdness’ favorite J.C. directed a nearly three hour epic about The King starring his main man Snake Plissken, and yet the film was at risk of being forgotten by younger generations. How could this occur when the movie in question, John Carpenter‘s Elvis, is arguably a better country music biopic than Walk the Line, and exudes an unpretentious but fetching style reminiscent of Hal Ashby’s Woody Guthrie biopic Bound for Glory? Well, until this week, Elvis wasn’t available on DVD, and the film’s prior home video presence was spotty at best.
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Pat Hingle, a veteran actor known for playing judges, police officers, and other authority figures, has died at age 84 after a battle with blood cancer.
Hingle is probably best known to the /Film community as the actor who played Commissioner James Gordon in Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. According to the AP, Hingle was diagnosed with myelodysplasia in November of 2006, and died in his Carolina Beach home late Saturday night.
His television and film career spanned six decades, and included roles in Gunsmoke, Murder She Wrote, Splendor in the Grass, The Gauntlet, Hang ‘Em High, Norma Rae, Sudden Impact, Brewster’s Millions, Maxim Overdrive, The Land Before Time, The Grifters, The Quick and the Dead, Larger Than Life, Muppets From Space, Shaft, and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
Hingle was also nominated for Broadway’s 1958 Tony Award as best supporting or featured actor (dramatic) for “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs”.