Bill Pullman Pulls Festival Duty Again
Aug 28, 2008
Bill Pullman has been putting in lots of travel time in recent months, since "I have a bunch of movies in the festival circuit right now. They're all showing up at around the same time, so it seems like I've been hyper busy, but it's just a strange little bottleneck," says the star, whose "Bottle Shock" recently went into release, and who has Jennifer Lynch's "Surveillance," "Phoebe in Wonderland" with Felicity Huffman, "Your Name Here" (a reality-bending tale of sci-fi author William J. Frick during the last few days of his life) and "Peacock" coming up.
He notes, "I've been to almost everything -- Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, the Galway Festival in Ireland, Palm Springs, Montreal … They're all independent movies, and that whole circuit is important -- more important than ever for films that aren't the blockbuster type."
Pullman describes "Peacock" as "a very interesting script, with Cillian Murphy's character having two identities living inside him. My part is another character hiding the fact he's the closest one like him. It's a very different part for me. We have some good actors in that cast -- Ellen Page, Susan Sarandon."
As for taking a rest from it all, Pullman, who co-owns a Montana ranch with his brother, notes that "I don't really vacation. To me, getting back to the ranch is like a vacation. Montana, the big sky country -- people go there to relax, but I don't think of it as a traditional vacation. Being out there slugging posts into the ground and pulling hay bales is a vacation from sitting in chairs in front of computers answering emails."
GETTING OUT THE WORD: John Schneider's been busy with assignments including his "twentysixmiles" Catalina-based series pilot, and Brenda Hampton's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" ABC Family show. But he's also taken it upon himself to raise awareness of the forthcoming Digital TV transition that will render obsolete -- and non-functional -- all those non-digital television sets out there that aren't converted in time. The former "Smallville" and "Dukes of Hazzard" star tells us he realized how big the problem could be when he found his own mom wasn't aware of the changeover coming Feb. 17. She is now.
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