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Sergio Leone

Leone’s career is remarkable in its unrelenting attention to both American culture and the American genre film, exploring the mythic America he created with each successive film examining the established characters in greater depth.

Only his second feature (a remake of Kurosawa’s Yojimbo), Leone's landmark "spaghetti western" caused a revolution and features Clint Eastwood in his breakthrough role as "The Man With No Name". This classic brutal drama of feuding families wasn’t the first spaghetti Western, but it was far and away the most successful up to that time.

Plot is of minimal interest, but character is everything to Leone, who places immense meaning in the slightest flick of an eyelid, extensively using the extreme close-up on the eyes to reveal any feeling, as demonstrated by Clint, who squints his way through this slam-bang sequel to A Fistful of Dollars as a wandering gunslinger that must combine forces with his nemesis to track down a wanted killer.

The final chapter in the groundbreaking trilogy follows Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach as they form an uneasy alliance to find a stash of hidden gold. Leone focuses on his central theme as they find themselves facing greed, treachery, and murder, showing that the desire for wealth and power turns men into ruthless creatures who violate land and family and believe that a man’s death is less important than how he faces it.

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Jimmy Kimmel Seeks Ballroom-Dancing Tranvestite!

By AmyLawrence

April 30th, 2003

Casting calls and news items in the film and TV community come in each day here to FilmJerk.com. Amy Lawrence catches the minutiae that falls through the cracks, and discusses them more in depth than most of them probably deserve. Today's call includes notices on "The West Wing," "The Wire, "The Dead Zone" and more!


The Bold and the Beautiful: Twin toddlers and a 5-year-old boy are the newest members of this cast.

Carnivale: Episode 108 has an evil carnival barker stealing away Lobster Boy. Brother Justin is locked up in a mental ward. I am still looking forward to this one. A lot.

Dead Like Me: George (Ellen Muth) has her first affair in the afterlife with a living schizophrenic whose disease allows him to see her. Remember, this is Showtime, there will be afterlife sex!

The Dead Zone: Johnny sees a storm but the locals don’t believe him. Beautiful Toni the meteorologist eventually sees the light-ning.

House Rules: A new show on TBS will have married couples remodeling a house over three months. At the end, America will choose which couple did the best job and they will win their home.

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jimmy is seeking a ballroom dancing transvestite! And, beautiful girls with special talents like sword swallowing and baton twirling!

Lab Rats: Sci Fi Channel continues to court lawsuits with this new show where contestants participate in outrageous science experiments and product tests.

Law and Order: Criminal Intent: An epileptic woman is passing off her illness as clairvoyance and a wealthy woman is so convinced that she wants to gain that power at any cost. Santeria is invoked. I thought this show was classy?

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit: In the episode “Tragedy,” David is living the dream, engaged to his rich boss’s daughter. But when his pregnant girlfriend appears, and then disappears, who disappeared her?

Monk: Mr. Monk and the Very, Very Old Man sees Monk investigating the death of the world’s oldest man.

One Life to Live: Wesley is Asa’s new proper British butler (Paul!) and Nigel is not happy about having a butler rival.

Peacemakers: USA is filming this detective show set in 1882. Star Katie is a reporter who works with Marshal Jared Stone and some Pinkerton detectives. Pinkerton is really fun to say.

Reno 911: Comedy Central is spoofing Cops with this improv sketch comedy show.

She Spies: Still filming and adding a new character. Mr. Cross is a James Bond type pulled from the field. He loves his girls, but is always one step ahead of them. And his name is...Charlie.

Strong Medicine: In episode 404 of this Lifetime show, a chef finds out she has leprosy, which ruins her career. I applaud this storyline for at least being original. I mean, when was the last time you heard about lepers!

The West Wing: Episode 22 will bring Judge Sharon Day, an African-American Judge and the Treasury Secretary. Another episode will show young Zoey at 4.

The Wire: Brother Mouzon is an educated black Muslim, never far from his holy books. He never uses street slang, even when he’s killing people. Brother’s a hitman.