February 2, 2014 |
When Philip Seymour Hoffman died Sunday, he left behind not just a rich body of work but a number of recently completed or in-progress productions, including the final two "Hunger Games" films. The prospects for that latter franchise has proved to be one of the big questions about the late actor's posthumous screen appearances; while Hoffman had completed shooting the first of those films, "Mockingjay: Part 1," the second film still had shooting days remaining for Hoffman. The actor played chief Gamesmaker Plutarch Heavensbee in the smash YA hit, appearing in the recent blockbuster "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" as a man with complicated loyalties who stages the titular competition.
November 27, 2012
Re "Actor played villain J.R. Ewing on TV's 'Dallas,'" Obituary, Nov. 24 When I was 10 years old, Larry Hagman, Bill Cosby and others were filming "Mother, Jugs & Speed" down the street from my parents' house in Venice. The neighborhood kids would loiter around the set gawking at the equipment and activity; we were too young to be star struck. I fondly remember Hagman and Cosby hamming it up for us, smiling back whenever we smiled or laughed. Decades later I saw Hagman in Santa Monica and made a point of thanking him for engaging us rather than simply having us run off by security.
September 14, 2012 |
Not only was Henry Darrow the first Puerto Rican star of an hour-long TV series, playing the charismatic and devilish Manolito Montoya on the 1967-71 NBC western "The High Chaparral," he also was among the first to become a teen dream whose handsome visage adorned the pages of 16 and Tiger Beat magazines. "I appealed to the more mature 12- to 14-year-olds," Darrow said with a laugh over the phone from the home he shares with his second wife, Lauren Levian, in Wilmington, N.C. He added that his costar, Mark Slade, who played the brooding Blue on the sagebrush saga, "appealed to the 9- to 11-year-olds.
September 5, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Kal Penn cracked a joke at Clint Eastwood's expense when he addressed the Democratic National Convention, but the actor said Wednesday that he holds Eastwood in the highest esteem. “Clint Eastwood is an amazing director and actor. I don't purport to be on the same level as Clint Eastwood at all,” Penn said as he finished breakfast at the Blake Hotel. On Tuesday night, Penn addressed delegates, telling them that his favorite job was working for President Obama, “a boss who gave the order to take out Bin Laden and who's cool with all of us getting gay married.” PHOTOS: Protests of the DNC “So thank you, invisible man in the chair, for that,” he said sardonically, a not-so-subtle swipe at the roundly mocked empty chair routine that Eastwood delivered on the last night of the GOP convention.
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December 3, 2013 |
"Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker was recalled by colleagues this week as the heart and soul of his Burbank-based charity, traveling "under the radar" to help clear debris and render aid inside disaster zones. Authorities continued to investigate what caused the crash of the 2005 red Porsche Carrera GT that Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas, were riding in Santa Clarita on Saturday. The high-performance car slammed into a tree and concrete pole on Hercules Street about 3:30 p.m., bursting into flames and killing both men. Representatives at his charity, Reach Out Worldwide, described Walker as dedicated and hard-working.
January 10, 2013 |
For all five of this year's supporting actor Oscar entries, nomination day must have felt like déjà vu all over again. All the nominees - Christoph Waltz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Alan Arkin and Tommy Lee Jones - have previously won Academy Awards and are intimately familiar with the early morning wake-up call that accompanies that honor. Jones, who was nominated for Oscars twice before -- and won for supporting actor in 1994 for his turn as U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard in “The Fugitive” -- landed the nomination this year for his role as the firebrand congressman Thaddeus Stevens in “Lincoln,” a part that showcases him spewing invective and sporting 2012's worst movie toupee. Arkin was lavished with academy love as far back as 1967 when he received a best actor in a leading role nod for his turn in “The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming.” He landed another lead actor nod two years later for “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” and won a supporting actor Oscar in 2007 for his turn in “Little Miss Sunshine.