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Elia Kazan

Known for his creative direction and controversial story choices, Kazan was not only a great proponent of “method acting” and one of the founders of the Actors' Studio, but he used the style to its greatest effect, working with actors to capture unforgettable moments that bore his unique signature.

Under Kazan's potent direction Andy Griffith gives a stunning portrayal of a Southern itinerant singer catapulted to fame, with dehumanizing effects, in this early look at the power and corruptibility of television celebrity.

Gregory Peck is a humble and idealistic magazine writer who researches an article on anti-Semitism and learns first-hand about prejudice when he poses as a Jew. The film is unique in its ability to be quietly strong and subtly powerful while remaining constantly engaging.

Winner of eight Academy Awards, this powerful and brilliantly performed saga focuses on the dreams, despair and corruption of New York City longshoremen, Marlon Brando as he struggles over the choices of right and wrong and what that means to his brother, corrupt union officials, his priest, and his girlfriend.

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"Star Trek: Enterprise" Travels Back in Time

By ChrisFaile

October 5th, 2003

Earlier this week, MediaWeek’s Mark Berman joked that it’s “too bad Scott Bakula can't leap back into an older - and better - edition of “Star Trek.”” Well, at least producers are trying in part to acquiese the trade writer. In the eleventh episode of the new season, “Star Trek: Enterprise” is boldly going…back in time. Detroit, circa 2004, to be exact.

According to official casting documents obtained by, producers for the UPN series are looking to cast a villain for an episode entitled “Carpenter Street,” which will film between October 10 through 20.

According to these documents, which are used by actor’s agents to match up their clientele with roles currently up for audition, the series is seeking a star name for “a villain,” a role described as being between the wide-set ages of 25 and 40. This as-yet-unnamed guest star serves as the impetus for bringing the fleet’s lead characters back to the Motor City. He is described as “slimy, contemporary, and urban petty criminal.”

According to TrekWeb, the episodes focuses on “a Xindi agent in Detroit must be stopped from funneling unsuspecting people to their deaths, using a blood bank as a cover.” According to the news item there, Archer and T'Pol must travel back in time to stop him. It is unknown at this time how the “unnamed villain” above plays into this plot.

While in scenic Detroit, the series’ stars will encounter a pair of prostitutes, a panhandler, police officers and an impoverished and wheelchair-bound middle-aged man named “Strode.”

Last Wednesday’s episode of the series came in sixth among the major broadcast networks (out of six), drawing 4.52 million viewers.

The Scorecard
Producers: Rick Berman and Brannon Braga
Director: Mike Vejar
Casting Directors: Junie Lowry Johnson and Ron Surma
Shoot dates: 10/10-10/20
Location: Los Angeles
Production Company: Paramount
Network: UPN