WEIRDLAND: Shirley Temple, Kyle Chandler: "Homefront", FNL (Connie Britton) & "Wolf of Wall Street"

Friday, February 21, 2014

Shirley Temple, Kyle Chandler: "Homefront", FNL (Connie Britton) & "Wolf of Wall Street"

Shirley Temple died recently at the age of 85. Her film career began when she was about 4 years of age, and she starred in motion pictures with phenomenal success through the age of 21. During the mid-late 1930s, her box office power outdid the power of such stars as Clark Gable and Joan Crawford. At that time, when much of the population of the United States was struggling through the Great Depression, little Shirley Temple was dancing, singing, and genuinely charming her way into the hearts of a nation.

There never has been another child star like her. Here golden curls were bouncy and cute, her smile was heartwarming, and her little girl body was cherubic. She was an on-screen symbol of confidence in the future, all that is wholesome and beautiful. In one of her many films, STAND UP AND CHEER!, from 1934, the character she plays actually contributes to ending the Great Depression! Source:

Connie Britton as Gertrude Temple and Ashley Rose as Shirley Temple in "Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story" (2001) TV show

The promarriage ethic so prominent among the Depression-bruised youth who went to war cast a long shadow into the next decade. William Levitt had learned large-scale construction methods building airfields for the Navy during the war and was able to profitably adapt these techniques to large-scale homebuilding. In 1946 he started buying up Long Island potato fields and laying out suburban developments. There were other amenities, including plantings of apple and cherry trees, curved roads, swimming pools, playgrounds, and baseball fields: the Great American Suburban Dream, subsidized by federally guaranteed mortgages and accessible by federally financed highways. The basic model sold for $7,990 (about $90,000 in 2010), nearly $3,000 more than the $5,000 at which Americans ideally priced their dream houses in a 1945 poll, showing how inflation was already outstripping victory dreams. -"The Noir Forties: The American People From Victory to Cold War" (2012) by Richard Lingeman

Kyle Chandler as Coach Taylor and Connie Britton as Tammy Taylor in "Friday Night Lights" (2006-2011) TV show

Big Break - Kyle Chandler's first major television role was as baseball player, Jeff Metcalf, on the widely acclaimed ABC drama "Homefront" (1991-1993). It was on this quality television program that the world was first introduced to the vast talent and charm of Kyle Chandler.

Kyle Chandler turned out such consistently good work on "Homefront," it is unbelievable that this actor's star did not immediately rise to the stratosphere. Source:

Kyle Chandler & Tammy Lauren - "Homefront"´s Postwar Sweethearts: Ginger (Tammy Lauren), an aspiring actress, was all set to marry her G.I. boyfriend. But when she met his train at the station (in her wedding dress), she ran into his Italian war bride first. Jeff (Kyle Chandler), an aspiring baseball player, had just wrenched his way out of the arms of the woman he loved (who, unfortunately, was engaged to his brother, another returning G.I.). Shellshocked, Jeff and Ginger spent an evening together, recoiled, then acknowledged their mutual attraction and regrouped to sort out their differences. Catholics both, they've vowed to abstain from sex before marriage. Amid mounting waves of temptation, they've endured Ginger's failed screen test, Jeff's agonizing slump during spring training, gossip about the fact that she is two years older than he is, and heated arguments over such subjects as sports superstitions, rumba lessons and china patterns. Jeff is coping with the difficulties of small-town stardom. As for Ginger, she has gotten a job singing a tomato-juice jingle on radio.

The dark-haired and baby-faced Mr. Chandler, a bit shy around interviewers, began studying acting ("I'd exhausted all my other options") at the University of Georgia. He was signed to a nine-month development deal with ABC, but the time ran out without any job offer having materialized. After 18 months of auditioning, he won a recurring role as a Vietnam-era soldier on the CBS series "Tour of Duty." Source:

Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in the movie resembles the real-life character he played in “Catch Me If You Can,” another con artist living a lavish lifestyle. Both men were trying to stay one step ahead of the law while being pursued by FBI agents. In “The Wolf of Wall Street,” the FBI agent is played by Kyle Chandler, who is one of the few voices of reason in the film and also one of the few actors to play his role completely serious.

He gives a good, realistic performance and as Belfort’s behavior gets more and more outrageous and dishonest, we hope that the FBI agent can take him down. Along with the FBI agent, Belfort’s dad played by director Rob Reiner, are probably the only characters we can sympathize with. Source:

There is simply no denying that Kyle Chandler is a DILF. When the term was created, surely Chandler’s brooding eyes, tousled coif and rugged voice came to mind. When he opens his mouth to speak, you hope it’s for a lecture about something you need to be punished for — or at least a motivational pick-me-up. “I think out of all the awards and accolades that I have received out of my 22 to 24 years of work on screen and stage, that no greater thing has touched the cockles of my heart than to be called one of the biggest DILFs in America,” he tells The Post, grinning. “Thank you.”

For his latest role, as an FBI agent in “The Wolf of Wall Street”, Chandler attempts to nail down crooked stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). To play the part, Chandler worked with Greg Coleman, the real-life 20-year FBI veteran who spent six years chasing Belfort. “The biggest key for me into this role was [when Coleman] said to me, ‘Listen, I’ve got no animosity, no ill will toward any of these people that I arrest,’ ” says Chandler. That nuance shows in Chandler’s performance, but it’s nothing new for him. He’s been covertly stealing the spotlight with rounded characters for more than two decades.

Born in Buffalo and raised primarily in rural Georgia, Chandler first started appearing in TV movies in 1988. After a number of shows, including leading roles in “Homefront” and “Early Edition” and a splashy guest gig on “Grey’s Anatomy,” Chandler finally became a household name as coach Eric Taylor on “Friday Night Lights” in 2006.

After years in LA, Chandler now calls the Austin area home with his wife, Kathryn, and their daughters, Sydney, 18, and Sawyer, 12. So what does the successful father have planned for his family this Christmas? “Going to Disneyland,” he says. Oh neat, for real? “No,” he says, laughing. “I’m not going to tell you what I’m doing for Christmas. This is my life. I already gave you the DILF line.” Source:

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