The movie version of Dallas has finalized the casting of two lead roles, those of oil tycoon J.R. Ewing and his cunning wife, Sue Ellen. Hollywood heavyweight John Travolta will play J.R., and pop star/actress Jennifer Lopez will play Sue Ellen.
Travolta steps into the role made famous by Larry Hagman. J.R. Ewing was a brutal oilman who crushed his opponents without mercy--and many of his opponents were in his own family. Lopez will pick up where Linda Gray left off, as a wife who is as cunning and ruthless as her husband.
Rounding out the cast is Shirley McClaine as the family matriarch Miss Ellie. Luke Wilson is reportedly in talks to portray Bobby Ewing, J.R.'s slightly less evil younger brother.
Dallas ran for 13 years, from 1978 to 1991. The show attracted a whopping 83 million viewers for a cliff-hanger episode in ...Read more
Bell Geddes, born in New York City and raised by her theatrical-designer father Norman Bel Geddes, began acting professionally on stage at the age of 18. After drawing the attention of film director Elia Kazan with her 1945 role in Broadway's Deep Are the Roots, she nabbed leading roles in movies such as The Long Night and I Remember Mama. However, she was ultimately dropped from RKO films because she "wasn't sexy enough."
The determined actress returned to the stage with smash hits like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Mary, Mary and eventually made it back into the film world. She appeared in Kazan's Panic in the Streets, Alfred Hitchcock ...Read more
Despite interest by such cinema luminaries as Jessica Simpson and reality-show celebutante Kristin Cavallari, the makers of the Dallas movie opted to hire an actress for the role of Lucy Ewing. Katie Cassidy, who appears in the current Adam Sandler comedy Click, has won the role.
Aside from having acting experience, Cassidy has the all-important nepotism pedigree: Her dad is David Cassidy, star of the 1970s show The Partridge Family. Cassidy's attitude also may have helped her land the part--a source on the movie tells Us Weekly that producers "wanted to steer clear of the drama" and avoid divalike behavior on the set.
The Dallas movie has been top-loading big names into the major roles, with John Travolta slated for the sly devil J.R. Ewing and Jennifer Lopez as his conniving wife Sue Ellen. Luke Wilson and Shirley McClaine also appear ...Read more
As we all know, seminal sketch show Saturday Night Live left its mark on the careers of many a now-famous actor. Some used the show as a launching pad for their chosen profession, while others simply dropped by for a chance to enjoy the unfettered atmosphere and to poke a little fun at themselves. SNL continues its "Best of" DVD series with these two single-disc releases, which highlight the work of Alec Baldwin and David Spade.
Spade joined SNL in 1990 as a writer and performer. He showcased his talent for mimicry by impersonating celebrities such as Jeff Foxworthy and Tom Petty, and he lampooned others in the scathing "Hollywood Minute" sketches. His characters--including favorites ...Read more
In the ranks of prime-time dramas, this was one of the biggest. Dallas, the saga of the Ewing Family, began as a five part mini-series in 1978. Throughout its thirteen seasons, many actors passed through the gates of Southfork. In the late 1960's, Peyton Place was a nighttime serial drama success-a novelty at the time. But since then, no P.M. show had caught the soap opera crowd's attention… until Dallas. The show first went on the air for a five week run in early 1978, and then fell into a Saturday nighttime slot later that year. Ratings were fair, but they were nothing compared to when the show moved to Friday nights, when the ratings well didn't run dry for a long, long time. The Ewing family lived at the sprawling South Fork ranch, in hoity-toity Braddock County just outside Dallas. Like any good power family, there was a matriarch and patriarch, and three sons- this core group, their extensive romantic relations, and the Barnes clan of rival oilers were all Jacobs needed to create a self-contained histrionic world of intrigue, dysfunction and passion. Borrowing from Romeo and Juliet, the youngest Ewing boy, Bobby, fell for a beautiful Barnes girl. And with a nod to the biblical Cain and Abel, Bobby and older brother J.R. didn't exactly play nice with each other like you might expect brothers to. Whereas J.R. was nearly a hundred percent scoundrel, Bobby had discernable streaks of honesty and integrity…but that patented Ewing viciousness certainly reared its head once in a while. The South Fork ranch housed Jock and Miss Ellie, the king and queen of South Fork, J.R. and long-suffering wife Sue Ellen, and Bobby and Pamela…though why they all lived under one roof demands a little poetic license, because money certainly wasn't a problem, and it wasn't like there was a whole lot of binding inter-family harmony. Here's just a taste of the drama devices that ensued: insane asylums, car accidents, affairs, illegitimate children, gunfights, fistfights, catfights, lies, drinking problems (both real and imagined), poufy 80's hairstyles for the ladies and best of all, notorious season finale cliffhangers. The most famous, of course, came at the end of the 1979-80 season, when a mysterious late-night intruder shot J.R. in the chest while he was toiling away at the office one night. The resulting "Who Shot J.R.?" publicity raced around the globe, because by that time, Dallas was an international hit in just about every developed country in the world. Odds on the shooter's identity were figured, bets were placed, and theories were construed– since there were about fifteen possible candidates, fans and pundits were kept very busy indeed. Don't read the next part of this sentence if you want to remain one of the few of-age humans who doesn't know whodunit… it was Kristin, J.R.'s scorned sister-in-law and recent romantic entanglement. Dallas was conceived as a show that had plenty of sex and romance for the female audiences, and a lot of cowboy posturing and business intrigue for the male viewers. The formula worked, because by the early 1980's, it was one of the most popular shows in TV history. There were magazine covers galore, a spin-off named Knots Landing about Gary, the middle Ewing son who wasn't seen or heard from much during proceedings at South Fork, and primetime serialization imitators like Dynasty and Falcon Crest. So for the show that kicked off the nighttime drama trend that's status quo today, we tip those ten-gallon hats and breathe a secret sigh of relief that J.R. was just a fictional character who couldn't manipulate us in real life. Because let's be honest, that guy could have taken most of us down. CBS Broadcast History: April 2, 1978- April 30, 1978----Sundays----10:00-11:00 P.M. September 23, 1978- October 14, 1978----Saturdays----10:00-11:00 P.M. October 15, 1978- January 14, 1979----Sundays----10:00-11:00 P.M. January 26, 1979- November 27, 1981----Fridays----10:00-11:00 P.M. December 4, 1981- May 17, 1985----Fridays----9:00-10:00 P.M. September 27, 1985- May 16, 1986----Fridays----9:00-10:00 P.M. September 26, 1986- May 13, 1988----Fridays----9:00-10:00 P.M. October 28, 1988- March 9, 1990----Fridays----9:00-10:00 P.M. March 16, 1990- May 11, 1990----Fridays----10:00-11:00 P.M. November 2, 1990- December 21, 1990----Fridays----10:00-11:00 P.M. January 4, 1991- May 3, 1991----Fridays----9:00-10:00 P.M.moreless