Ricky Jay Gets “Deceptive” For ‘American Masters’ Season Premiere

Ricky Jay is the subject of the Season 29 premiere of American Masters, as Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice premieres Friday, January 23 at 9 p.m. (PBS).

Known for his lifelong collaboration with director/writer/playwright David Mamet (House of Games, The Spanish Prisoner) and his recurring role on HBO’s DeadwoodJay has carved out a successful career as a magician, bestselling writer, history and actor.

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Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice, narrated by Dick Cavett, features rare performance footage of Jay and new interviews with his friends and collaborators (Mamet is also interviewed in the special).

“I am truly honored to be included in this iconic series, and grateful to be able to introduce viewers to the great sleight-of-hand artists who were my mentors and my inspiration,” says Jay.

 Ricky Jay. Photo credit: Theo Westenberger/Autry Museum

Ricky Jay. Photo credit: Theo Westenberger/Autry Museum

For more info, please check out: http://pbs.org/americanmasters.

 

Clint Eastwood Puts Cinematic “Heart” Into ‘American Sniper’

Opening in select theaters December 25, American Sniper centers on U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), a war vet who spent four tours of duty in Iraq. Known as the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, Kyle’s autobiography (which the film is based on) spent 18 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

Sienna Miller also stars as Kyle’s iron-willed wife Tara Kyle in the film, which is directed by Clint Eastwood.

During the American Sniper press conference Tara Kyle praised the dedication screenwriter Jason Hall, Bradley Cooper and Clint Eastwood had while making the film.

“I do know before they left, (Clint) stopped and he was a little choked up and said, ‘I just want you to know, that your story has my heart.’ I can’t ask for better than that – truly. I feel like this is about the heart of our men and women who serve and their families.” 

To hear Tara Kyle’s full answer, please click on the media bar below.