December 1, 2013 |
Actor Paul Walker's death in a fiery car crash under a clear-blue California sky on Saturday continues to feel so incredibly sad, and so surreal. How can it not? The actor, 40, spent much of his life on screen behind the wheel of fast cars, walking away from the worst possible pileups in “The Fast and the Furious” franchise. As one of the central players in the hugely popular series, and a part of the cast from its 2001 beginnings, it created a world where there was no curve its drivers couldn't navigate, no wreck they couldn't survive.
March 22, 2013 |
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has at least one person in his corner: actor Matthew McConaughey. McConaughey and Armstrong have been friends for years, and the actor came to Armstrong's defense in the newest issue of Details magazine . He said that despite Armstrong's years of denial over taking performance-enhancing drugs, the cyclist is not a liar. "He told a lie, he's not a liar," McConaughey said. "When it came out, I took it personally, but then I realized it ain't personal to him....
April 6, 2012 |
Few actors own a role the way Hal Holbrook owns Mark Twain. The Tony- and Emmy-winning actor, who recently turned 87, has played the humorist in his one-man stage play "Mark Twain Tonight!" since 1954, logging thousands of performances and many more miles traveling with the show. But longevity doesn't necessarily guarantee that you have an exclusive monopoly on a part. A relative newbie to the Twain game, Val Kilmer recently launched his own one-man play, "Citizen Twain," running in a workshop production at the Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever cemetery through Wednesday.
February 13, 1998 |
David Letterman's "Top 10 Ways to Mispronounce Nagano" (as read by actor James Earl Jones): 10. Nagoony. 9. Nagagga. 8. Ningy Ningy. 7. Naga Ma Gee Gee Ma Ginga Ma Boo Boo. 6. Na. 5. Snoopy Noggy Nog. 4. Naganja. 3. Fig Naga Newton. 2. Magano Lewinsky. 1. Naganna Ever Agree to Do a Top 10 List Again.
September 25, 2012 |
Two-time Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro is set to receive the Hollywood supporting actor award at the 16th Hollywood Film Awards for his performance in David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook. " In the film, De Niro plays the Philadelphia Eagles-obsessed father of a troubled young man (Bradley Cooper). "Robert De Niro is not only highly regarded for his body of work as an actor, producer and director, but also for the passion, integrity and dedication he brings to his performance on camera, as well as his intense off-camera preparation and study of the characters he brings to life," said Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive director of the Hollywood Film Awards, in a statement Tuesday morning.
January 14, 2013 |
One of the most noticeable men's trends at Sunday night's 2013 Golden Globes was the abundance of facial hair, from presenter Jeremy Renner's barely there smudge of a 'stache to Bill Murray's full-walrus mustache with connected sideburns. Some of the other bearded and mustachioed men in attendance were producers Grant Heslov and Judd Apatow, actors Jason Statham and Will Ferrell and, if you include Bradley Cooper's scruffy visage, all five nominees for lead actor in a comedy or musical film, with facial fuzz gracing the grizzled chins of Ewan McGregor, Jack Black, Bill Murray and winner Hugh Jackman.
February 10, 2014 |
Everyone's a winner - or at least no one is yet a loser - at the annual Academy Awards nominee luncheon, where a glitzy crowd of actors, directors and behind-the-scenes creative types rub elbows and offer a few choice sound bites before the final stretch of the Oscar race. At Monday's event, a procession of big-name nominees spoke to assembled reporters about making their movies, picking their outfits, surviving awards season and more. Here are some highlights. "Dallas Buyers Club" actor Matthew McConaughey , on how he'll celebrate if he wins: "I'm going to celebrate no matter what.
March 12, 2013 |
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.
November 22, 2012
EVENTS Laura McKenzie and ex-"Chip" Erik Estrada host the 81st annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, which features actor Joe Mantegna as grand marshal. The parade – and its special, red-suited guest of honor – travels a U-shaped route from Hollywood Blvd. at Orange up to Vine and back on Sunset Boulevard, which might make for a few traffic headaches, but it all comes as part of the magic of the season. Sun., 6 p.m. Grandstand seats: $35. Info: 866-727-2331 or http://www.thehollywoodchristmasparade.com.
May 18, 2012
Dear Everybody-in-the-World: Sean Penn is very, very disappointed. You never call, you never write - heck, when it comes to rebuilding Haiti, you probably never even cared in the first place. Penn spoke plainly Friday at the Cannes Film Festival just hours before a gala fund-raiser to benefit three charities working in the earthquake-ravaged country. “It's not only celebrities who went for a day,” he told a roomful of journalists at a news conference, choosing language that prevents us from conveying the full texture of his opinion.