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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.
April 25, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Depending on your knowledge of the material and expectations going in, the touring version of "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," which opened Wednesday at the Ahmanson Theatre, might be either an ingenious, audience-friendly re-creation or a bastardization of this classic American show. Both perspectives can reside within the same spectator, as they do within me, one alternately gaining the upper hand over the other. Undeniable, however, is the majesty of the score, which begins after the Overture with "Summertime" and keeps soaring with "My Man's Gone Now," "Bess, You Is My Woman Now" and "I Loves You, Porgy.
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.
April 25, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
Keira Knightley is used to early wake-up calls. The actress has a penchant for period films, and it takes a while to get tied into a corset. But on the set of the modern-day romance "Begin Again," the British star's call time was decidedly later than on "Anna Karenina" or "Pride & Prejudice. " "I'm so used to sitting in a chair for two hours getting my hair and makeup done," she said recently via telephone from the U.K., "but this time I turned up half an hour before I needed to start shooting and chucked my hair in a ponytail.
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.
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 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.
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.
January 10, 2013 | By Chris Lee
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.
November 15, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
The Oscar races for lead actor and actress have, at the moment, clear front-runners and a certain sense of inevitability. From the moment it was announced that Daniel Day-Lewis had agreed to star in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," we all knew what was coming, right? And the fact that Day-Lewis' inside-out performance was more convincing than we'd even expected (and we expected a lot), simply sealed the deal. The good news: The supporting categories this year promise to be a competitive free-for-all.
April 24, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
It sounds contrived, and it is. It sounds like a bit of a stunt, and it is that too. It may even sound boring, but that it is not. In fact, whip-smart filmmaking by writer-director Steven Knight and his team combined with Tom Hardy's mesmerizing acting make the micro-budgeted British independent "Locke" more minute-to-minute involving than this year's more costly extravaganzas. Though a dozen actors are listed in "Locke's" credits, Hardy is the only one who appears on screen in this real-time drama that unfolds inside a moving BMW during the 85 minutes it takes construction foreman Ivan Locke to make a nighttime drive from Birmingham to London.
April 19, 2014 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
"What's my motivation?" is a standard laugh line satirizing the acting profession, a livelihood in which it's not always clear why one is doing what one needs to do. At the moment, Daniel Beaty and Keith David may be the two American actors least likely to say it. They are playing (and singing) the role of Paul Robeson in two separate plays on two separate Los Angeles stages. Their shared motivation is telling a story that is the ultimate retort to the idea that there's an unbridgeable gap between being a performer and living a serious life.
April 16, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey
Whether or not you embrace director Darren Aronofsky's fierce biblical vision in "Noah," it's worth seeing the film for the remarkably moving performance by Russell Crowe in the title role. The actor seems to do his best work in period pieces, the more centuries away from the present the better. Crowe's very good Roman soldier in "Gladiator" won him an Oscar in 2001, and his swashbuckling ship captain in "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" greatly buoyed that film. It's not that Crowe can't thrive in more contemporary eras - his other Oscar nominations were for portraying Nobel-winning mathematician John Nash in "A Beautiful Mind" and a big-tobacco whistle blower in Michael Mann's "The Insider.
April 10, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
For a while now, Nicolas Cage has seemed more punch line than artistic force. More memorable for stopping by "Saturday Night Live" in 2012 to join the "In the Cage" satire, a none too flattering impression perfected by the very funny Andy Samberg , than for dreadful films like "Ghost Rider" that inspired it. Classic Cage, the kind of performances that graced 1987's "Moonstruck" with such moody romantic charm, or 1995's "Leaving Las Vegas"...
April 10, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
Family members in a brewing legal dispute over the body of screen legend Mickey Rooney have reached an agreement on where and how the star should be buried, heading off a potentially costly and public court fight, attorneys announced Thursday afternoon. The agreement comes on the eve of a court hearing scheduled for Friday morning, at which a judge was to hear arguments from an attorney for Rooney's estranged wife on one side, and Rooney's conservator, who has the support of his stepson Mark Rooney and daughter-in-law, on the other.
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.
September 23, 2012 | By Scott Collins
In an upset, Damian Lewis won his first Emmy for lead actor in a drama in Showtime's terrorism thriller "Homeland. " Lewis plays Nicholas Brody, a U.S. Marine freed after being held captive by Al Qaeda terrorists. The actor had never been nominated for an Emmy before. Lewis edged out Bryan Cranston in "Breaking Bad," Steve Buscemi in "Boardwalk Empire," Michael C. Hall in "Dexter," Hugh Bonneville in "Downton Abbey" and Jon Hamm in "Mad Men. " PHOTOS: Winners | Red carpet | Quotes | Show The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards are being handed out at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, and the show is being televised live on ABC. Follow Scott Collins on Twitter: @scottcollinsLAT ALSO: PHOTOS: Top Emmy winners TIMELINE: Emmy winners through the years FULL COVERAGE: 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards  
June 10, 2012 | By David Ng
The lead actor categories at the Tony Awards saw a pair of upsets, with James Corden of "One Man, Two Guvnors" and Steve Kazee of "Once" taking home the prizes. Corden won for lead actor in a play for the British comedy import "One Man, Two Guvnors," beating out Philip Seymour Hoffman for "Death of a Salesman. " Hoffman had been considered by many industry watchers as the favorite to win for his portrayal of Willy Loman in the revival of the Arthur Miller classic. Critics have praised Corden's comic performance in the play, which is by Richard Bean.
April 7, 2014 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
One of the last remaining stars of Hollywood's golden era, Mickey Rooney was born to vaudeville parents, and appeared with them onstage by the age of 1. He became a star when he was signed to play the part of comic book hero Mickey McGuire in a series of successful shorts that began in 1927 with "Mickey's Circus" and ended with "Mickey's Derby Day" in 1936. But it was at MGM in the 1930s that the diminutive dynamo hit real fame, particularly with the "Andy Hardy" movie series that launched in 1937.
April 3, 2014 | By Susan King
Robert Altman's films were audacious. He expanded the boundaries of genres. He gave his actors freedom to improvise and over the years created a stock company of stars. Along the way, he often polarized critics and audiences - and drove studio heads crazy. Not every film he did was a masterpiece, and he had lulls in his career. But Altman was nothing if not resilient, and just when Hollywood had written him off, he would make a dazzling comeback. His experimental style, known for overlapping dialogue and loosely structured stories, has influenced contemporary directors such as Paul Thomas Anderson, who was the standby director on the then-ailing Altman's final film, 2006's "A Prairie Home Companion.
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