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From The Trail To The Screen: Hotline's Best In Show

March 11, 2011
--"Primary Colors" boasted spot-on performances by John Travolta as a Bill Clinton-type and Emma Thompson as the Hillary Clinton character. The movie follows the Stantons, a.k.a the Clintons, through their successful 1992 presidential campaign. Travolta nailed Bill Clinton's mannerisms and Thompson's hair was a dead ringer for an early Hillary Clinton style. --Sean Penn won an Oscar for his moving performance in "Milk." Penn portrays the gay rights activist and San Francisco board of supervisors member Harvey Milk, assassinated in San Francisco in 1978. The role marked an interesting departure for Penn, who had generally stuck with "tough guy" characters. --Katie Holmes plays Jackie Onassis Kennedy in the miniseries "The Kennedys," which was supposed to air on the History Channel but did not, reportedly due to pressure from the Kennedys. Instead, it will now debut on April 3 on ReelzChannel, a 4-year old independent cable channel. While the entire 8-part miniseries isn't yet available for viewing, the accents in the movie have already been criticized. A New York Magazine post said Holmes' Boston accent "comes in and out like cell-phone service in a horror film." --In 1999's "Dick," a humorous alternate tale of the Watergate scandal that ended Richard Nixon's presidency, Dan Hedaya portrays the former president. The "what if it happened this way" tale of two unaware teenage girls finding themselves at the center of the scandal is even more hilarious given Hedaya's caricature-like portrayal of the former president.
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