Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Sep 19, 2015

TV Guide: 2015 Emmy Predictions: Who Will Win?


Who will win: Jon Hamm, Mad Men

This is it: Hamm's eighth and final shot to win an Emmy for playing Don Draper. Emmy voters have never been sentimental folk -- Steve Carell, Martin Sheen, Angela Lansbury, Hugh Laurie are Emmy-less for their iconic roles -- but that was under the old voting system. With the whole acting branch eligible to vote now, that ought to favor Hamm since you know not everyone's voting on merit alone. If none of the Mad Men actors win, the show will go 0-37 in acting awards.

Watch out for: Kyle Chandler, Bloodline  Four years ago, with three-time defending champ Bryan Cranston not eligible, Hamm was supposed to be a lock after submitting the seminal episode "The Suitcase." Instead, Chandler pulled off an upset for Friday Night Lights. He can easily deny Hamm again, especially if voters watch his stellar work in his submission "Chapter 12."

KCC: Good luck, Kyle!!

Ask Coach Taylor: How to live your life with clear eyes, full hearts

As 'Friday Night Lights' star Kyle Chandler turns 50, EW channels Coach Taylor to dole out his words of wisdom.

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Kyle Chandler, the man responsible for warming the hearts of fans for five seasons as fearless football coach Eric Taylor on Friday Night Lights, celebrates his 50th birthday today. To mark the milestone occasion, EW decided to do the only honorable thing: Channel our inner Coach Taylor — yes, everyone has one — to give people the advice they’ve been missing ever since the light dimmed on that football field in Philadelphia.

After all, who better to solve your life problems than the ultimate molder of men?

I was just fired from my job, and with the job market the way it is, it’s not easy for someone my age to find work. I need some advice, Coach. —Dave, 50
Every man at some point in his life is gonna lose a battle. He’s gonna fight and he’s gonna lose. But what makes him a man, is that in the midst of that battle he does not lose himself. So you know what you do? You suck it up. That’s what being a man is.

I don’t like ironing, but my mom keeps complaining about wrinkles in my shirt. What do I do? —Jacob, 16
You iron the damn shirt, that’s what you do. Listen to your mother. You listen to her and you respect her.

I have a crush on a guy, but he just humiliated me in front of my entire class. But I think I still like him. What should I do, Coach? —Sara, 14
I’ll tell you this much: If you’re wondering if a boy’s thinking about you, he’s not. He’s thinking about sex, or he’s hungry. Those are the only two options. To me, it sounds like this is just some guy. That’s all he is, just some guy. Hell with him.

I can’t figure out how to use a corkscrew, so I always buy twist-off wine. What does that say about me? —Jane, 27
I’ll ask Tami and get back to you.

My mom says I need glasses, but I don’t want to be made fun of at school. What would you do, Coach? —Nathan, 12
If you need glasses to see, son, then get glasses. Screw the bullies. You do what you have to to be able to see clearly, because clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.

I hate coffee but I suck at waking up in the morning. What do I do? —John, 21
Get your ass up, that’s what you do. Be thankful you’re not on my football team.

There’s a bully at school, and my dad keeps telling me to be the bigger person and walk away, but I can only take so much. What should I do, Coach? —Joe, 15
You keep going. You don’t give up. It’s about character. It’s about striving to be better than everybody else. I didn’t say you needed to be better than everyone else. But you gotta try. That’s what character is: It’s in the trying.

My dog doesn’t know how to dog and will not go to the bathroom outside, only on pee pads inside. Tell me what to do, Coach. —Rachel, 26
It’s a dog. You train it. You practice over and over again until that dog gets it right. And he will get it right. Just takes time. Remember: It always looks bad before it gets better.

I was just cut from my school soccer team, and now I don’t know what to do. Can you help? —Tim, 14
I’m not really sure why we’re talking about soccer. Football’s a real sport. But regardless, you can’t beat yourself up because you’re taking chances on things. Remember that success is not a goal. It’s a byproduct.  So I’m going to ask you to do me a favor: Do the best you can.

My girlfriend just told me she’s pregnant, but I’m not ready to be a father. What do I do? —Patrick, 19
Nobody’s ever ready to be a father. I wasn’t, I can tell you that. I wasn’t ready for the responsibility. You
cannot be prepared for something like that, believe me. But you grab the bull by the horns and you move on. Nobody said being a dad’s gonna be easy.

How do I use a fax machine? —Sophia, 20
What do you mean? You read the instruction manual, that’s how. 

I think my girlfriend is going to leave me, but I just know that we’re meant to be together. Coach, what do I do? —Matt, 25 
I’ll tell you what you don’t do. You don’t just stand by and watch it happen.

There’s a really hot woman at my office, and I’m thinking about cheating on my wife, because we haven’t slept together in months. Should I go for it? —George, 35
A man takes care of his wife, so the answer to your question is no. And the answer to your question is going to be no today, it’s going to be no tomorrow, and it will probably be no until the sun burns out. Is that clear?

The love of my life is moving across the country, but I’m not sure if I want to follow her. I’m only 20 years old. What would you do, Coach? —Dan, 20
Listen to me, son. You’re not supposed to know what you’re doing with the rest of your life at 20. But you do what you think is best. That’s all you can do. (And if you do follow her, on the way, will you take me to Philadelphia with you, please?)

And to all of you, a reminder: You give 110 percent all the time, not just when you feel like it.

– Coach Taylor

Sep 17, 2015

May We All Aspire to Be Dads as Dad-Cool as Kyle Chandler

2011 Michael Tran

Let me tell you something. Fifty years ago today, Kyle Chandler, the king of Dad-Cool, was born.

While Chandler spent much of his early career regularly employed on shows like Homefront and Early Edition thanks to his aw-shucks, All-American demeanor, it wasn't until he took on the role of Friday Night Lights' Coach Eric Taylor that he would perfect his particular brand of No-Wait-He's-Actually-Cool Dad.

This is not an easy thing to do. Dadliness, when invoked, is often meant to denote the opposite of cool. It is shorthand for the regression in style and effort that occurs when you're just chill with where everything is in life and you want to coast a little. Hence: Dad Jokes, Dadbod, Dad Rock. There's nothing wrong with it, but you will certainly be made fun of on websites you are not likely to read.

But Kyle Chandler is actually cool, and also very Dad-like. This is something that defies most known laws of physics, and is a commendable achievement in and of itself. But can it be repeated?

We think so. Just model yourself after the master. Clear eyes, full hearts—here's how.

Ride a motorcycle cross country. Be self-conscious about it.

Kyle Chandler would ride his motorcycle from L.A. to Austin when he would go out to film Friday Night Lights—which is objectively a pretty cool thing to do. But if the trick to being cool as acting like you don't care about being cool, then the trick to being Dad Cool is graciously being embarrassed by the cool thing you do. Like Chandler does when he admits to using a powder called Monkey Butt whilst riding to help deal with his sore ass.

Deputize those hips.

The hands-on-hips stance is something of a lost art. It's mostly used to convey two things: authority and impatience — often at the same time. But with the right level of assurance, putting your hands on your hips can accomplish a lot, and with sufficient Chandler-esque charisma, people will want to listen when you tell them to do stuff like turn off their phones in a movie theater.

Don't sell out.

One thing you'll find out about Kyle Chandler while searching through YouTube for him is that he doesn't make a whole lot of press appearances. This fits in nicely for his average-guy charisma, but it's doubly interesting when you see things like this: a guest appearance at a charity crawfish boil (quite possibly the Dadliest of all Dad things).

Get TV-married to Connie Britton.

If we're honest, this is probably the real reason we like Kyle Chandler so much.

Kyle Chandler turns 50: Celebrate with Coach Taylor's most inspiring quotes

Kyle Chandler plays detective in 'Bloodline'

Happy birthday, Kyle Chandler!

While the actor has dozens of credits to his name, most recently inspiring Netflix binges with his drama "Bloodline," he'll always be Coach Taylor to us.

For five seasons, Chandler starred on "Friday Night Lights" as Eric Taylor, the head coach of the Dillon Panthers (and later the East Dillon Lions) with a penchant for inspirational speeches.

In honor of Chandler hitting the half-century mark today, here are five Coach Taylor quotes that are sure to motivate you.

1. We secretly tell ourselves this on a daily basis.

2. We believe you, Coach.

3. Coach's moral compass was almost always intact.

4. Coach had a knack for saying the right thing.

5. "Just do."

Happy Birthday, Kyle Chandler

Wishing you a wonderful day and year ahead, from your fans and admirers at Kyle Chandler Central.  50 never looked better!

Also wishing you the best of luck at the Emmys.  May you receive a deserved 2nd Emmy to bookend your 1st for submitting the perfect Bloodline episode.  Episode 11 showcased a believable and far reaching performance ranging from earnest, sincere, and guilt-ridden to intense, homicidal, deceitful, and stunned by your actions.  You, sir, did it so well, and all in one episode.  Congratulations on one of your best performances, ever.

Sep 11, 2015

'Friday Night Lights': Where Are They Now?

See where the cast of the beloved high school football show landed after leaving Texas

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Kyle Chandler (Coach Taylor)

THEN: Chandler had clear eyes and a full heart as Coach Eric Taylor. The wise family man acted as a father figure to many of the boys on the Dillon High School Panthers, and helped develop the football program at East Dillon High.

NOW: The New York native dropped the drawl and picked up gigs in Oscar-nominated movies after FNL’s 2011 wrap. Chandler has since appeared in Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, The Spectacular Now, and The Wolf of Wall Street, and recently hit Netflix with a starring role in Bloodline.

Image Credit: Van Redin/NBC; Mike Pont/FilmMagic

Sep 8, 2015

Fall Movie Season Promises A Johnny Depp Comeback, Another Pixar Outing And New Tarantino

"Carol" (Nov. 20) 

Directed by Todd Haynes • Written by Phyllis Nagy

Starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy and Carrie Brownstein

What to expect: Based on the euphoric reception at the Cannes Film Festival, "Carol" is likely one of the year's best movies. From the director of "Far From Heaven" and "I'm Not There" comes the adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel The Price of Salt, which revolves around a female retail clerk who begins a 1950s romance with an older married woman. The first reviews called the period drama "intoxicating," "beautiful" and "magnificently realized." [Trailer]