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The Emmy winner, 48, plays an FBI agent in Martin Scorsese’s film The Wolf of Wall Street.

Did you meet the real agent who brought down Leonardo DiCaprio’s character?
We met at FBI headquarters in New York. He told me, “Anyone I go after, it’s not personal. I don’t have animosities toward people. It’s my job.” That was interesting.

How did you get Scorsese to cast you?
Same way I always get a job: I send a big check and say, “Please can I have an audition?” [Laughs] No, I met Martin at a hotel, and the fire alarms went off, so that was interesting to begin with. It was a quick interview; some people you just get along with really easily.

Do fans still recognize you from Friday Night Lights?
People say, “Hey, Coach! How you doing?”

What made you leave L.A. for Austin with your wife and daughters?
It came out of Friday Night Lights. I lived in Georgia growing up and I was excited to get back to a rural area. You can think a little bit more.

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Kyle Chandler, star of “Friday Night Lights,” Oscar-winning “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” and his 11-year-old daughter, Sawyer, will be joining The Humane Society of the United States and other concerned animal welfare advocates to meet with Texas lawmakers and lobby for better protections for sharks.

H.B.852/S.B. 572 was recently introduced by Rep. Eddie Lucio III, D-District 38, and Sen. Larry Taylor, R-District 11, to prohibit the sale, trade, purchase and transportation of shark fins in Texas.

Sawyer Chandler, who is scheduled to address the Humane Lobby Day attendees on March 14, started a website and petition to speak out regarding threats against sharks and advocate for them through the political process. Her dedication to this issue sparked her father’s interest and her work was recently highlighted on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“I created the website to help end shark finning because when I first learned of this horrible cruelty I knew that I wanted to do something about it,” said Sawyer Chandler. “I am glad that these politicians are listening to an 11 year old – they’re good guys.”

Shark finning involves cutting off the fins of sharks then throwing the shark back into the ocean, often while still alive, only to drown, starve or die a slow death due to predation from other animals. Some species of shark are on the brink of extinction due to the cruel and exploitive shark fin industry.

“I’m proud of my daughter and I’m proud to be a part of her passion,” said Kyle Chandler. “I am also proud to be alongside The Humane Society of the United States to meet with Texas lawmakers and urge them to pass HB 852/SB 572.”

“It is always exciting to see young people get involved in the legislative process and exhibit a passion for animal welfare issues,” said Katie Jarl, Texas state director for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States is grateful to Sawyer Chandler and her dad, Kyle, for bringing the cruel shark fin trade in Texas to the attention of Texas lawmakers.”

If passed, Texas would become the sixth state to crack down on the cruel and unnecessary shark fin trade. Similar legislation has been enacted in California, Hawaii, Illinois, Oregon and Washington as well as in the U.S. Pacific territories of Guam, American Samoa and the Marianna Islands.

Texas Humane Lobby Day will be held on Thursday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Texas State Capitol Building in Austin and is hosted by The HSUS, ASPCA and Texas Humane Legislation Network. You can find more information here.

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Kyle Chandler is returning to the small screen.

The Friday Night Lights Emmy winner has been tapped to star in Showtime’s drama pilot The Vatican, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The Vatican, a contemporary thriller about spirituality, power and politics, is set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic Church. The potential series would explore the relationships and rivalries in addition to the mysteries and miracles behind the institution.

Chandler, who has been among the most sought-after actors since his five-season run on NBC’s Friday Night Lights, will star as Cardinal Thomas Duffy, a charismatic yet enigmatic archbishop of New York whose progressive leanings excite some and alarm others within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. The casting reunites Chandler with former Friday Night Lights executive producer and Showtime Entertainment president David Nevins, who is said to have wanted to cast the actor for the role of Brody on Homeland.

The Super 8 and Argo actor joins a cast that also includes A Good Day to Die Hard‘s Sebastian Koch and A Single Man‘s Matthew Goode.

Paul Attanasio (House) penned the one-hour script, with Ridley Scott (Prometheus, The Good Wife) onboard to direct his first television pilot. Production on the Sony Pictures Television entry is expected to begin soon. Attanasio, Scott and David Zucker (The Good Wife) are onboard to exec produce.

“Kyle Chandler is one of the most talented and sought-after actors working today and was a fantastic creative partner through five seasons of Friday Night Lights,” Nevins said. “With Kyle, Matthew Goode and Sebastian Koch, Ridley and Paul have put together a powerhouse cast to anchor this incredibly timely show.”

Koch will play Cardinal Marco Malerba, the Vatican’s secretary of state, who is informally known as the “dark prince of the Curia” for his ability to ruthlessly wield power within the Church hierarchy. Goode will play papal secretary Bernd Koch, the pope’s closest confidant, who has a very powerfuVatican inner circle.

Chandler earned two Emmy nominations and one win for his role as Coach Eric Taylor on FNL. His credits include The Day the Earth Stood Still, Broken City and best picture Oscar nominee Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. He also earned an Emmy nomination for his guest turn in ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. He’s repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment.

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Sunday December 9th marked another big milestone for director Kathryn Bigelow and her military thriller Zero Dark Thirty, as it was picked as the best film of the year by both the Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC) and New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO). Both groups also honored Bigelow for her direction while NYFCO picked Mark Boal’s screenplay as the best of the year.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association often thought to be contrarian to the New York Film Critics’ picks, decided that Michael Haneke’s foreign language drama Amour was more worthy of awards, giving it their top film award, while honoring director Paul Thomas Anderson for his quizzical drama The Master.

Actor Daniel Day-Lewis was honored by NYFCO and BSFC for his performance as the 16th President of the United States in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, an award that LAFCA gave to Joaquin Phoenix for Anderson’s film. Lincoln‘s screenplay by playwright Tony Kushner was honored by Boston, while LAFCA gave it to Chris Terrio’s screenplay for Ben Affleck’s Argo.

85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva, a veteran French film actress, came out of retirement to star in Michael Haneke’s Amour, a performance all three critics’ groups honored, although LAFCA gave it to her in a tie with Jennifer Lawrence for David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook. Of interest was that NYFCO gave its Breakthrough Performer award to 8-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis for Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, which may represent the largest age gap between two awards winners in recorded history. NYFCO also honored Zeitlin for Best Debut Director.

On Friday, the fairly new and significantly smaller Boston Online Film Critics Association also announced their awards, giving their top film award to Zero Dark Thirty and director to Bigelow, while both they and NYFCO gave their supporting awards to Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln and Anne Hathaway for Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables. LAFCA, by comparison, gave their supporting awards to Amy Adams for The Master and Dwight Henry for “Beasts.”

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As is the case with almost any defunct television series these days, there is a sizable percentage of Friday Night Lights fans who want to see the NBC series revisited as a film.

Creator Peter Berg and showrunner Jason Katims have fueled the rumor with mentions of an in-progress script, a story inspired by the 2009 scandal surrounding football coach Mike Leach and an eager participant in star Connie Britton. The only missing piece (aside from financing) is star Kyle Chandler.

Unfortunately, he might be a hard sell. Speaking with MTV News while promoting his turn in Zero Dark Thirty, the actor behind Coach Taylor says that he hasn’t heard anything about a Friday Night Lights movie — nor is he interested.

“My general attitude about Friday Night Lights is that it was a great movie with Billy Bob Thornton. And it was a great TV show,” he said. “I never had more fun doing anything. … They ended it at exactly the right time and in exactly the right way.”

Indeed, Friday Night Lights already has had a very long life. Originally based on the 1990 book by Berg’s cousin H.G. Bissinger and later adapted to a feature starring Thornton, Friday Night Lights the series was on the air for five seasons. A then-unheard-of partnership between NBC and DirecTV saved the low-rated drama from cancellation early in its 76-episode run.

Chandler, who told MTV he still watches the show, maintained a grateful tone in all of his talk of Friday Night Lights. He called Berg “one of the more giving people he’s met in his career” and brought up a frantic e-mail he’d gotten from his former boss when the Mitt Romney campaign co-opted Coach Taylor’s mantra: “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”

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NEW YORK, N.Y. — Kyle Chandler said it was “difficult” to work with rising star Jessica Chastain in the new, hunt for Osama Bin Laden film, “Zero Dark Thirty,” but not for any the reasons that immediately spring to mind when someone uses that word.

“She is very difficult to work with and I’ll tell you why. The scene, especially when you get up close to her, it’s very hard to do because her eyes are so intensely blue you fall into them. Literally,” he said of Jessica’s peepers. “When you watch the scene where we go at each other… [I can watch myself and know], that’s when I was like, ‘OK, how deep do your eyes — how far do they go? My God! I see the back of your skull. It’s incredible.’

“She’s very beautiful,” Kyle added of the actress. “I had a lot of fun working with her.”

The film, the newest project from Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, left an impact on Kyle, who admitted — despite his acclaimed “Friday Night Lights” pedigree — to being more than impressed with the finished product.

“It’s nice when you sit into a movie that you’ve done and you go ‘Wow, I’m part of something really spectacular here. I mean really spectacular,” he said.

Kyle said the film, which covers the decade-long manhunt for the terrorist leader, has several key moments to look out for.

“The first 90 seconds of this film is probably — it’s by far, I think — one of the toughest 90 seconds to sit through. There’s nothing more powerful than the imagination,” he said. “And the last 90 seconds of the film are so appropriate that they don’t answer questions, but they keep the questions alive for the audience, I think, to answer.”

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