Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Jun 30, 2012

Filmmaker360: Kyle Chandler, John Hawkes, Amy Adams Workshop Emerging Director's Script

San Francisco Film Society's Filmmaker360 "Off the Page" Program Provides Emerging Director with Opportunity to Workshop His Script with Actors

Writer/Director Mario de La Vega Develops Script for 'The Undeniable Charm of Sloppy Unruh' with Kyle Chandler, John Hawkes and Amy Ryan

Under the auspices of the San Francisco Film Society’s Filmmaker360 program, the recently launched Off the Page series gave writer/director Mario de la Vega the invaluable opportunity to workshop his script for The Undeniable Charm of Sloppy Unruh—the story of a charming rogue’s homecoming to West Texas—with actors Kyle Chandler, John Hawkes and Amy Ryan, June 19th at the Film Society’s offices at the San Francisco Film Centre.

De la Vega’s script won the screenplay section of the Tribeca All Access Connects program. The project is currently being produced by Bona Fide Productions (Little Miss Sunshine, Election).

“Off the Page is such a gift for a project like Sloppy,” said de la Vega. “The chance for these great actors to be able to come together, get to know each other and actually workshop the script is special. Often movies with limited budgets don’t get this kind of opportunity. The program has been a real boost of momentum for us, and for that I’m extremely grateful to the Film Society.”

Off the Page was an equally valuable experience for the actors who participated:
“This is the way script development should be done.”—Kyle Chandler
“It was an illuminating experience to be able to take a microscope to the script and have the chance to workshop it with Mario and the other actors.”—John Hawkes
“Today was a beautifully creative day in an extremely inspiring setting with good food and good people.”—Amy Ryan,37&pageid=2993

Thank you, MrsJoshGroban!!!

Jun 25, 2012

Vote for Kyle Chandler and Friday Night Lights

ABC and People Magazine have teamed up for a new contest for the Greatest TV Shows of Our Time, with results to be announced on ABC in September.

Deservedly up for 'Best TV Dad' is our own Kyle Chandler as Coach Eric Taylor.   'Friday Night Lights' is deservedly up for Best Drama.    Kyle and FNLs are in some fine television company!

Go here to vote and tell your friends!!!!

Jun 23, 2012

Kyle Chandler & Joe Theismann Co-MC Gridiron Heroes Tribute to Red & Charline McCombs

Join us tonight as we honor legendary San Antonio business man Red McCombs and his wife Charline at the beautiful JW Marriott San Antonio! Many longtime friends and associates will pay tribute to the former owner of the San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and the Minnesota Vikings, co- founder of Clear Channel Communications and the namesake of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin. This very special evening will feature food, drinks, entertainment and an incredible live and silent auction. All proceeds will benefit one of Red and Charline's favorite charities, Gridiron Heroes, a San Antonio-based nonprofit foundation that provides support to individuals sustaining catastrophic spinal cord injury through activities associated with high school football.  

Kyle Chandler, the Emmy Award-winning actor from the TV series Friday Night Lights, and former NFL MVP Joe Theismann will serve as Co-Masters of Ceremony for the evening. San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt will also attend as an Honorary Chairman and sponsor for the event.

For more information or to reserve your tickets today, call Burt Trembly at (702) 622-2275 or email:

Co-Masters of Ceremonies:

Kyle Chandler

Joe Theismann

Jun 22, 2012

Help honor Red alongside Kyle Chandler, Joe Theismann

Count actor Kyle Chandler among Red McCombs’ many fans.

Even amidst the chaotic fanfare of accepting the big Program of the Year award from the nation’s TV critics last summer for the final season of “Friday Night Lights,” Chandler, alias Coach Eric Taylor, stopped to mention to me what an “amazing”  guy Red is.

Emmy winner Chandler, who lives in Austin with his family, will show just how much he respects and appreciates the S.A. business and charity powerhouse Saturday night, when he co-emcees a celebration of McCombs and his wife Charline.

The admiration is mutual. Not only was Red a huge fan of the Texas football and family drama on NBC, but is a  friend of Chandler’s as well. He and Charline have invited the actor to sit at their table at the event. “A Tribute to Red and Charline McCombs” starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at the palatial J.W. Marriott Hill Country Resort.

Gridiron Heroes is throwing the appreciation party to honor these two “heroes” for all their accomplishments and good deeds in the San Antonio community.

Chandler, who is busy these days on Martin Scorsese’s latest movie, “The Wolf of Wall Street” with Leonardo DiCaprio, will share the event’s emcee honors with former NFL MVP Joe Theismann.

“I am proud to support my great friends Red and Charline McCombs,”  Theismann says in a press release for the event. “There are very few people who have done more than they have to help others. It’s truly an honor to be here for them and the important cause they are supporting.”

The special evening will feature food, drinks, entertainment and a live and silent auction. All proceeds will benefit one of Red, Charline’s and Kyle’s favorite charities, Gridiron Heroes, a San Antonio-based nonprofit foundation that provides support to individuals sustaining catastrophic spinal cord injury through activities associated with high school football.

Also honoring McCombs, the former owner of the San Antonio Spurs, Minnesota Vikings and Denver Nuggets, will be current Spurs owner Peter Holt, who serves as honorary chairman and sponsor of the gala.

For more information, click here. Tickets are still available all the way up to the start of Saturday night’s event. You’ll be able to purchase them at the door. A better way to ensure getting in, however, is to  reserve your seats. To do so, call Burt Trembly at (702) 622-2275 or email him at

Jun 15, 2012

Kyle Chandler: Coach Taylor Father's Day Figure

Father's Day: Movie and TV Dads We Can't Forget

In honor of Father's Day, we take a closer look at the fathers from movies and television that stand out in our minds and remain in our hearts long after the viewing is done, from classic dads like Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird to recent father figures such as Coach Taylor from "Friday Night Lights". Check out the entire list and see who our picks are -- and create your own Father's Day list too!

Jun 14, 2012

Emmy: Year Nice Guys Might Finish First

Road to Emmy 2012

Kyle Chandler rode off into the proverbial sunset last year winning the lead actor drama Emmy for the final season of "Friday Night Lights." It was an impressive victory, given the show's long-running struggle to find viewers beyond its small legion of admiring fans and TV critics.

All the more striking: Chandler, playing the show's noble high school football coach, beat a slate of actors portraying the sort of unsavory types that Emmy voters typically favor.

Last year's nominees included perennial dark-siders: Michael C. Hall's serial killer ("Dexter"), Jon Hamm's serial philanderer ("Mad Men"), Hugh Laurie's antisocial autocrat ("House"), plus newcomer Steve Buscemi, as a crooked political kingpin on "Boardwalk Empire."

And that's not even including Bryan Cranston, a three-time winner for his intense turn as the high school teacher turned meth kingpin on "Breaking Bad," since that show took the year off.
"Score one for the good guys, right?" says Jason Katims, head writer and exec producer on "Friday Night Lights" and creator of NBC's "Parenthood."

"I think, on a whole, most people are just trying to be good and trying to make their lives work," he says. "The inherent conflicts and struggles in life come from the things that get in the way of that pursuit. To me as a writer, that's what's interesting."

That's clearly the case, since Katims has another strong, good-guy contender this year in the lead drama category, "Parenthood's" Peter Krause.

Krause's dedicated dad joins a few other father-of-the-year candidates -- Noah Wyle from "Falling Skies," "Downton Abbey's" Hugh Bonneville and Kiefer Sutherland from "Touch" -- as well as the Timothy Olyphant's U.S. marshal on "Justified." (Olyphant won his first nomination for lead drama last year.)

Decent men have captured Emmy voters' attention in the past. James Spader's Alan Shore, first seen on "The Practice" and, later, on "Boston Legal," might have bent the rules occasionally (OK, frequently) in his pursuit of justice, but he was always fighting for the "right" side. Andre Braugher's "Homicide: Life on the Street" detective dedicated himself to battling crime, while Tom Skeritt's sheriff operated on a small-town level on "Picket Fences."

The challenge with such characters, says "Falling Skies" show runner Remi Aubuchon, is moving beyond the qualities typically associated with white-hat heroes to create well-rounded characters learning from their mistakes. He points to Wyle's "Falling Skies" protagonist, a weary man who has his hands full leading the resistance against an alien invasion while trying to keep his three sons out of harm's way.

"Noah didn't want to play a good guy who does everything right," Aubuchon says, "but a man who doesn't always get it right, someone whose strengths can turn into weaknesses if he's not careful. Someone like that, to me, can have just as many colors as a tragic figure like Walter White on 'Breaking Bad.' "

Chandler transitioned from "Friday Night Lights" to J.J. Abrams' bigscreen sci-fi thriller "Super 8" playing a variation of Wyle's "Falling Skies" character. For him, much of the pleasure in portraying these moral men can be boiled down to finding the characters' flaws. And these imperfections don't always have to be taken seriously.

"Some of my favorite scenes in 'Friday Night Lights' were the ones with Coach Taylor at home," Chandler says. "Coach could be a real idiot at times. … I think his wife would be the first one to tell you that. And yet, he'd usually fight her to the end, though, to his credit, I think he always apologized. Those were nice moments, too. The dichotomy between Coach's work life and home life always kept things interesting for me."

Katims says that kind of contrast can be as dramatic and interesting as, say, a Jersey mobster trying to keep both his crew and family under control. Maybe more so, he says, because, if done honestly, viewers will find the situations more relatable.

Krause, on "Parenthood," deals with raising an autistic son, unexpectedly becoming a father late in life and finding himself unemployed.

"Every family I know has something going on behind closed doors," Katims says. "None of us ever imagine these complications, yet we deal with them. That's the stuff of drama."

Jun 11, 2012

Best Drama Pilots of All Time

3. “Friday Night Lights”
I checked out “Friday Night Lights” when the first season hit DVD. I’d heard good things, but I’d also grown up in Texas, and I didn’t know if I’d be able to enjoy a show so enamored of the small-town sports culture that had never captivated me. By the end of the first hour, I was doing my best not to cry and already reaching for the remote to cue the next episode.

Jun 7, 2012

Kyle Chandler Supporting Roles of 2012

Oscar contention for Best Supporting Actor is already being contemplated.  Still riding the wave ofhis recent Emmy win, Kyle Chandler finds himself in the discussion this year (and next), even though little is yet know about his performances.

Kyle Chandler in Argo (never nominated)
Role: Hamilton Jordan, who “served [President] Jimmy Carter as one of the youngest White House chiefs of staff ever” (via Atlanta Metro News)
Award Wins: N/A
Award Nominations: N/A
Real-life figure/true story
Advantages/Pros: Finally nabbing Emmy recognition for Friday Night Lights in recent years, will Chandler have a successful crossover into regular film acting? He also has a part in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty.
Disadvantages/Cons: Lots of internal competition
Kyle Chandler in Zero Dark Thirty (never nominated)
Role: Unknown
Award Wins: N/A
Award Nominations: N/A
Real-life figure/true story
Advantages/Pros: Kathryn Bigelow’s success with The Hurt Locker and the recent killing of Osama bin Laden ensure that this movie will be one of the most discussed of the year. That could easily lead to Oscar attention for the film itself, Bigelow, and screenwriter Mark Boal. Any chance that the actors will be recognized?
Disadvantages/Cons: Lots of internal competition (like Chandler’s other potential Oscar play)

The resemblance to Hamilton Jordan in 'Argo' is uncanny!  Most likely a key reason for casting.