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ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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  
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2012
As the director of "Argo," Ben Affleck knew who he wanted in the starring role as CIA agent Tony Mendez: himself. "I was just greedy for this part in this movie," Affleck said at The Envelope Screening Series. What's more, he joked, the director and the actor "were sleeping together, so I talked myself into it. " Affleck was able to cast an array of established actors (Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin) in prominent roles and a variety of up-and-comers (Clea Duvall, Rory Cochrane)
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
SPORTS
October 9, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
  Former Detroit Lions All-Pro and actor Alex Karras has been given only a few days to live because of kidney failure. “The entire Detroit Lions family is deeply saddened to learn of the news regarding the condition of one of our all-time greats, Alex Karras,” Lions President Tom Lewand said. “Perhaps no player in Lions history attained as much success and notoriety for what he did after his playing days as did Alex. The 77-year-old Karras has been suffering from dementia . He is among the many former NFL players suing the league regarding the treatment of head injuries . Detroit drafted him 10th overall out of Iowa in 1958 and he was a standout for 12 seasons.
BUSINESS
March 1, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Nick Segal is president and a founding partner of real estate brokerage Partners Trust, which specializes in the high-end, luxury markets of the Southland. It's his latest endeavor in a real estate career that has spanned decades and included stints with Sotheby's International Realty and DBL Realtors, which Sotheby's acquired in 2004. Partners Trust has offices in Santa Monica, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Pasadena and Rancho Mirage. The firm, with about 100 agents, deals in expensive properties; last year, the average sale price was $1.65 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2012 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Michael Clarke Duncan, the tall and massively built actor with the shaved head and deep voice who received an Academy Award nomination for his moving portrayal of a gentle death row inmate in the 1999 prison drama "The Green Mile," died Monday. He was 54. Duncan died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according to a statement from his publicist, Joy Fehily. He had suffered a heart attack in July and did not recover. A former ditch digger for a natural gas company in his native Chicago, Duncan began his Hollywood saga as a celebrity bodyguard in the mid-1990s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2013
Ned Wertimer, 89, an actor who played Ralph the doorman on all 11 seasons of the CBS sitcom "The Jeffersons," died Jan. 2 at a Valley Village nursing home of complications from a fall at his Burbank home in November, said his manager, Brad Lemack. Wertimer had dozens of guest-starring roles on TV series from the early 1960s through the late 1980s, including "McMillan and Wife," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "I Dream of Jeannie. " But he was best known as Ralph Hart, the uniformed, mustachioed doorman at the luxury apartment building on "The Jeffersons," the "All In the Family" spinoff that ran from 1975 to 1985.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2013 | By Margaret Gray
While Jefferson Mays was performing in "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" in the fall of 2012 at Hartford Stage, he recalls, his wife kept overhearing variations on the same remark at intermission: "Isn't it wonderful how they got actors who all look the same to play the different members of the D'Ysquith family?" "It made me very happy and really depressed, simultaneously," says Mays, who was in fact the only actor cast to play all nine D'Ysquiths (DIE-squiths), aristocrats in line for a dukedom who get inventively bumped off one by one by an ambitious relative.
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