J. Edgar: The Puttying of Leonardo DiCaprio

Richard Lawson · 09/20/11 10:34AM

Here's a trailer for J. Edgar, the Clint Eastwood biopic of the original G-Man, J. Edgar Hoover. Here the gradually Brandoing actor Leonardo DiCaprio plays the conflicted and controversial man, with plenty of heavy accent and face putty.

Johnny Depp Needs to Take Himself a Little More Seriously

Richard Lawson · 01/18/11 04:37PM

Just every once in a while! Rather than playing cartoonish Indians from old Western serials. Also today: Clint Eastwood continues to cast his J. Edgar Hoover movie, a terrible show gets renewed, and old people get a second chance.

J. Edgar Hoover's Stuff to be Displayed in Future Cop Museum

Jeff Neumann · 07/08/10 04:17AM

Former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover's personal stash of pictures, letters, and office furniture will be housed in the future National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, DC. A cop museum… cool. But will they have a taser section? [NYT]

Norman Mailer's Bad Review from the FBI

Alex Carnevale · 11/11/08 11:45AM

Man-child Norman Mailer's voluminous sexual appetite, among other things, has been posthumously expanded, and the same is true of his squabbles with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A Washington Post Freedom of Information request on Mailer's FBI file was finally granted a year after his death, and in the 165 released pages the FBI ineffectually shadows Mailer throughout his storied career. In the ensuing report, we can only feel sympathy for the sad agent who had to slog through Barbary Shore and The Deer Park:Mailer was a veteran, having served as an Army cook in the Philippines, but in the 60s, that wasn't enough to get you off the FBI's radar screen. The ego-driven writer initially came to the attention of Hoover when he wrote something perfectly innocuous about Jacqueline Kennedy's soft-spokenness. Hoover was extraordinarily sensitive to such things, and demanded agents review all of Mailer's columns and books once he started calling out the FBI in his writing.