Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

May 19, 2012

Starring Texas: Kyle Chandler

Dennis Quaid goes Vegas, Wes Anderson wows Cannes, Kyle Chandler turns FBI with Scorsese & DiCaprio 

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... It’s easy to imagine actor Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) as a Texan.  I mean, he was so real as Coach Taylor in the TV series that earned him an Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series last year. His character was the embodiment of a small town high school football coach in the Lone Star State. 

So, though Chandler may not have been born here, I hereby proclaim, with absolutely no authority whatsoever, that he is an Honorary Texan. And he does have more ties to Texas. Chandler’s brother, Brian Chandler, is a Houston attorney. And when I went to Austin to lobby Texas legislators for more film production incentives, there was my Honorary Texan, helping us convince them.

Next up for Kyle Chandler, is a big screen role in The Wolf of Wall Street. His character will be a far cry from down home Coach Taylor. Chandler will play an FBI agent who takes down a shady stockbroker played by Leonardo DiCaprio.  It’s a Martin Scorcese film.

Scorcese?  DiCaprio?  I’d say our coach has scored a career touchdown!

May 14, 2012

Kyle Chandler: Congratulations on The Wolf of Wall Street!

It's now on Kyle's IMDB page:

Congratulations, Kyle, from all of us here at Kyle Chandler Central.  Scoring a role in a Martin Scorsese movie?   It must be an actor's dream come true!  We are both thrilled for you and very proud to be your fans!

Friday Night Lights Stars Swing for Charity

Nearly five years ago stars of the Austin-based TV series "Friday Night Lights" founded the Beyond the Lights Celebrity Golf Classic. The show's final episode aired last year, but Kyle Chandler and Brad Leland continue to host the event with a mix of sports and entertainment stars chipping in.

This weekend, they returned to the Lost Pines Resort in Bastrop for a charity event that also serves as a de facto cast reunion.

"It's going good. You don't think after the first year you're going to keep something alive, but at five years, it's a long time. There's a lot of folks from the show, too, that came out to support us this year," Chandler said.

The Golf Classic and accompanying poker tournament benefits victims of severe spinal cord injuries though Gridiron Heros and The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis.
After five seasons the "Friday Night Lights" cast moved on to other projects but rumblings from Hollywood say a new movie could pick up where the TV show ended.

Chandler was tight-lipped about the development. Leland is optimistic that there's more to the story.

"They'll have to gather a large group together to make that happen and, of course, I think we all would. If it were a great script everybody would love to come back and do it again," Leland said.
Both Chandler and Leland still live in Texas where production of both the TV series and original "Friday Nights Lights" movie production were based.

"It would have to be done in Austin. The people of Austin were the people of Dillon and we would have to have that. I can't wait," Leland said. "I think they'll do it, but who knows?"

For video interview, go here:

May 11, 2012

Kyle Chandler: 2012 BTLs Golf Tournament

The stars of Friday Night Lights host a golf tournament near Bastrop. This is the 4th annual "Beyond the Lights", helping raise money for Gridiron Heroes and the Buoniconti Fund. Kyle Chandler and Brad Leland hit tee shots with every group on the 17th hole.  by Mike Barnes

The stars of Friday Night Lights host a golf tournament near Bastrop.  This is the 4th annual "Beyond the Lights", helping raise money for Gridiron Heroes and the Buoniconti Fund.

Kyle Chandler and Brad Leland hit tee shots with every group on the 17th hole.

Go here to the "Gallery" for more pictures:

Ranking the Best Football Coaches in TV-Film History

1. Coach Eric Taylor in "Friday Night Lights"

The Friday Night Lights franchise was born from true beginnings after H.G. Bissinger's classic novel following the Permian Panthers was published. It took on a fictional life of its own when the television show was created to mirror the original story.

This may be one instance where the fiction is better than the facts, at least when comparing the Hollywood treatment that the book was given, compared to the television series that didn't try to tell the same story that Bissinger already nailed in print.

Relatively unknown actor Kyle Chandler plays such a simple and authentic character in the television show, as do most of the cast, that it is hard not to be sucked into the story. Immediately former players have to look at Coach Taylor and the town of Dillon and wish that they had the chance to play in a town like that and for a coach like that.

The stories may be worked up for drama, but in the end Coach Taylor is one of the truest depictions of a football lifer, who finds success and failure all mixed together on the football field and off of it.


Kyle Chandler & Brad Leland Host Beyond the Lights

Thursday, May 10th – Pairings Party

  • 6:30 p.m. Pairings Party with Horseshoe Tournament at Shellers Bar, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa
  • Friday, May 11th – Celebrity Golf Classic Tournament

  • 9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
  • 10:30 a.m.  Shotgun Start of Golf Tournament
  • 5:30 p.m.  BTL Evening Gala begins with Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
  • 7:30 p.m.  Buffet Dinner, Evening Presentation and Live Auction hosted by Chandler and Leland
  • 9:00 p.m.  Evening Entertainment Begins and Silent Auction Concludes
  • 11:00 p.m.   Evening Entertainment Ends
  • Saturday, May 12th – Gridiron Heroes Poker Tournament

  • 12:30 p.m.  Sign-In/Doors Open
  • 1:00 p.m. Poker Tournament Commences
  • 8:00 p.m.   Poker Tournament Concludes

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    May 9, 2012

    Kyle Chandler Joins Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorcese Film

    After finally receiving an Emmy win for his beloved, long-running role on critically acclaimed series “Friday Night Lights”, Kyle Chandler is now setting out to conquer the big screen in a major way. Deadline reports Coach Taylor has added another big get to his growing pile of prestige projects and has joined the cast of Martin Scorsese’s latest, “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Frequent Scorsese collaborator Leonardo Dicaprio is set to play the lead role of Jordan Belfort in the film adapted by Terence Winter from Belfort’s own memoir: “By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex, and international globe-trotting. From the binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht, crashed a Gulfstream jet, and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids who waited for him at home, and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king and did his bidding, here, in his own inimitable words, is the story of the ill-fated genius”; Jonah Hill of all people recently signed on to play his best friend and business partner, while Chandler will play the FBI agent who built the case against Belfort that led to his downfall and eventual imprisonment.

    Chandler recently wrapped political thriller “Broken City” opposite Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe and was last seen on the big screen in JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg’s family alien actioner “Super 8.” He is currently filming Kathryn Bigelow’s Bin Laden thriller “Zero Dark Thirty” alongside Joel Edgerton and Jessica Chastain, and has another military thriller, Ben Affleck’s “Argo”, completed and awaiting release.

    New Movie for Kyle Chandler

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    Release Date: TBA
    Studio: Not Available
    Director: Martin Scorsese
    Screenwriter: Terence Winter
    Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler
    Genre: Biography, Drama
    MPAA Rating: Not Available
    Official Website: Not Available
    Review: Not Available
    DVD Review: Not Available
    DVD: Not Available
    Movie Poster: Not Available
    Production Stills: Not Available

    Plot Summary: Based on Jordan Belfort's best-selling memoir "The Wolf of Wall Street," which chronicles Belfort's dramatic rise and fall on Wall Street, along with his hard-partying lifestyle and tumultuous personal life, which included drug and alcohol addiction.

    May 3, 2012

    'Friday Night Lights' movie news: Connie Britton & Peter Berg talk film plans

    friday-night-lights-nbc.jpgClear eyes, full hearts, can't wait for this freaking movie.

    "Friday Night Lights"
    fans have been hearing buzz about a potential film based on the TV show (which was based on a film which was based on a book) since last summer, and it finally sounds like things are coming together. When executive producer Peter Berg was interviewed for Details Magazine, star Connie Britton stopped by for a chat about the upcoming movie.

    "I had a meeting at Jason Katims' office," she reveals. "And we were talking about something else and I said, 'Forget about all that. Is this movie going to happen?' I was sitting on his couch, and he's like, 'Look behind you.' And I look behind me and it's a wall with a big, huge corkboard on it with all these 3x5 cards. That's what these writers do, they do the whole story on 3x5 cards. He's like, 'That's the movie.'"

    "We're doing it," adds Berg, promising that Kyle Chandler has also agreed to do the film. He says that the film's central story is based on a scandal involving Coach Mike Leach, a Texas Tech coach who was fired for making a concussed player, Adam James, wait in an equipment closet. Ultimately, it was revealed that Leach had simply asked James to stay out of the sun, as he was concussed.

    "Craig James is a f***ing scumbag, helicopter dad," Berg says, "and everything wrong with the culture I observed in Texas. Mike Leach never put that kid in a closet. The kid admitted it. It was a total lie. Now Mike Leach has the Washington State University job and he's got carte blanche. It's a great comeback story."