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December 18, 2009


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The First Bill C

Man, Woodward and Bernstein look pre-verbal.

Tom Russell

Favourite reporter, fictional or otherwise? Prolly Margot Kidder's Lois Lane in the first couple of Superman films. Not so much because it offers much (or any) insight into reportage, but it's a beautiful, divinely loopy performance-- a very specific and lovable personage that went AWOL in the recent revamp.

Also: pretty much every character/actor in The Wire's newsroom is just absolutely riviting.


I'm actually pretty fond of Sarsgaard in SHATTERED GLASS, so, in lieu of thinking about the question any harder, I'll go with that.


Favorite journalist? That's got to be Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant in His Girl Friday, though not for authenticity's sake. And then Russell's descendent played by Jennifer Jason-Leigh in The Hudsucker Proxy.

After that, probably writer/editor/publisher Gene Evans in Park Row, and Kirk Douglas in Ace in the Hole.

I thought Hoffman was pretty bulls-eye casting for Bernstein, at least as far as the nose and hair are concerned. I have no idea who would have worked for Woodward, because while someone like Pacino may have looked more the part, Redford really brought his A-game in terms of his tenacity, and the production was his baby to begin with.

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