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June 12, 2007 | Duke Helfand and Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke publicly for the first time Monday about the breakup of his 20-year marriage, saying he was responsible for the split even as he refused to talk about what caused it. In a somber meeting with reporters at City Hall, Villaraigosa declined to answer questions about whether the break with his wife, Corina, was triggered by another romantic relationship.
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April 7, 2014 | Valerie J. Nelson
Mickey Rooney, a celebrated child actor who embodied the All-American boy in the "Andy Hardy" films of the 1930s and '40s and became one of the era's top box-office draws, has died. He was 93. Rooney, whose roller-coaster show-business career was marked by an often-turbulent personal life, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. Cmdr. Andrew Smith of the LAPD and the L.A. County coroner's office confirmed his death. The cause was not disclosed. One of the most enduring performers in show business, he made his debut on the vaudeville stage in 1922 as a toddler and toured into his late '80s in a two-person stage show with Jan Chamberlin, his eighth wife.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
On Wednesday, actor Robert Blake stopped by “Piers Morgan Tonight” to promote his new self-published memoir, “Tales of a Rascal,” but the appearance descended almost instantly into a meltdown of “Tiger Blood” proportions. In 2005, the “Baretta” star was acquitted of killing his wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley, but was later found liable for her death in a civil suit. Given the high-profile nature of the case, it wasn't so unreasonable for Morgan to broach the subject, but Blake didn't seem to agree.
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March 23, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
He was a neurosurgeon, a shipping magnate, a pompous headmaster, an autocratic father: He was the self-inflated, often weaselly authority figure whose long, narrow, aristocratic face was as well-known in films and television as his name was obscure. James Rebhorn, a journeyman character actor seen most recently as the father of super-spy Carrie Mathison on "Homeland," died Friday at his home in South Orange, N.J., of melanoma, his wife Rebecca Linn said. He was 65. Rebhorn had more than 100 TV and movie credits, including roles in "Scent of a Woman" and "My Cousin Vinny" - both released in 1992 - and "Meet the Parents" (2000)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2013 | By John Horn
It's not as if Ender Wiggin has all that much riding on his shoulders. He just must single-handedly save the planet in a war against aliens and then become a moral compass for mankind. All before he's old enough to have a beer. Orson Scott Card's futuristic novel "Ender's Game" demands a lot of its central character, which presented filmmaker Gavin Hood with a vast challenge when casting his lead in his big-screen adaptation of the book, opening in theaters this weekend. "He had to be young enough to be a boy at the start of the story and old enough at the end of the story to become a man," Hood said of his ideal Ender.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt and Steven Zeitchik
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.
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September 14, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
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.
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February 4, 2012
A memorial service for actor James Farentino will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 505 N. Bedford Drive, Beverly Hills. Farentino, 73, died Jan. 24 after a lengthy illness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" actor and comedian Jeff Garlin was arrested over the weekend in the alleged smashing of another motorist's windows during a fight over a parking space, LAPD officials said. The 51-year-old actor was booked on suspicion of felony vandalism Saturday afternoon after the parking-space spat allegedly turned violent in Studio City. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department records show Garlin is out on $20,000 bail. He has an initial court appearance scheduled for July 11. Garlin plays the manager of "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David on the successful HBO show.
OPINION
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.
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March 23, 2014 | By Nita Lelyveld
One day, David Harwell's car will come. An industry bigwig will drive by the corner of La Cienega and 3rd. He'll be discovered. He'll live his Hollywood dream. Harwell feels it in his bones as he moonwalks in front of a mini-mall. He knows it as he swivels his arrow-shaped sign that reads: "CHECKS CASHED, MoneyGram, CURRENCY EXCHANGE. " When a Starline Tours bus barrels down the boulevard, passing the Beverly Center and heading his way, he steps into the street and shimmies toward the people holding up cellphones on the upper deck.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
After a hoax report that Wayne Knight had died in a traffic accident near the New York - Pennsylvania border, the actor who played Newman on "Seinfeld" and a treacherous techie in "Jurassic Park" took humorously to his Twitter account to dispel the rumors of his sudden demise. “Some of you will be glad to hear this, others strangely disappointed … but I am alive and well!” tweeted Knight, 58, taking a wry view of some folks' tendency to confuse him with the characters he has played.
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March 15, 2014 | By Don Heckman
Med Flory, an alto saxophonist and founder of the Grammy-winning jazz group Supersax in addition to being an actor who appeared on numerous TV series, has died. He was 87. His son, Rex, who cared for his father during several years of heart maladies, reported that Flory died Wednesday at his home in North Hollywood. Flory had not been professionally active over the last few years, a shift from the busy demands of a career stretching over six decades. One of Hollywood's most unusual hyphenates, he was successful in two creatively demanding arenas.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2014 | By Susan King
Robert Wagner is in a reflective mood. "Movies last forever," noted the veteran actor ("Broken Lance," "The Pink Panther," the "Austin Powers" series),  but the Hollywood he once knew has all but disappeared. "I turned around, and it was all gone," Wagner, 84, said recently in Beverly Hills. Known as R.J. to his friends and colleagues, he's dapper, charming, handsome and very much cut from the same cloth as the suave characters he played in the TV series "It Takes a Thief" and "Hart to Hart," in which he and Stefanie Powers played a wealthy crime-solving couple.
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March 13, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Will it wind up being no sister left behind? Elizabeth Olsen is engaged, according to a report out late Wednesday, making it two Olsens down, one to go.  Sister and "Full House" alum Mary-Kate Olsen's engagement went public only two weeks ago, also courtesy of Us Weekly, which now says Elizabeth, 25, has a ring as well (though Star magazine said she's keeping the bling private). Boyd Holbrook, 32, popped the question to the "Martha Marcy May Marlene" star during a recent trip to Paris, Star reported.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Star Wars" indeed. The battle for the lead role in "Star Wars: Episode VII," the next film in the famous franchise, is heating up, according to a Variety report naming five young actors as top contenders. Disney and Lucasfilm are considering Ed Speleers of "Downton Abbey," John Boyega of "Attack the Block," Jesse Plemons of "Breaking Bad," and theater actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher to play the lead role of a Jedi apprentice, the report says . None of the actors mentioned is a household name, and Disney is mum on the news, so it's hard to say how serious the talks have been, but given the immense popularity of all things "Star Wars," the coveted role could propel any of them to stardom.
NEWS
September 5, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 | By Alene Tchekmedyian
"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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2014 | By Susan King
Someone once told Kurt Russell that his acting career "looks like it was handled by a drunk driver. " And Russell's reply? "I said I can't deny that," he said, laughing. But the boyishly handsome 63-year-old Russell, whom most baby boomers first saw as Jungle Boy on a 1965 episode of "Gilligan's Island," may be selling himself a bit short. His choices might not fit the straight and narrow, but many of his parts over the years have been memorable. PHOTOS: Behind-the-scenes Classic Hollywood He was a heartthrob star at Disney more than 40 years ago in such films as 1969's "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes.
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March 7, 2014 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Don Murray is a man of convictions. When he was 19 and working as an usher at CBS in New York City for $17 a week while attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Murray turned down an offer to sign a contract with Universal for a whopping $150 a week. FOR THE RECORD: Don Murray: An article in the March 7 Calendar section about a UCLA film event honoring actor Don Murray gave the actor's age as 83. He is 84. "They could put you in whatever picture they wanted," explained the genial actor, 83, over the phone recently from his home in Santa Barbara.
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