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February 1, 2014 | By David Colker
When Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell won the best actor Academy Award in 1962 for his role in "Judgment at Nuremberg," he gave a short thank-you speech in which he recalled being questioned by a customs official upon first arriving in the United States. "He was asking me what I was doing here, and I said, 'I'm going to do a film,'" Schell told the glittering crowd in his accented English. "And he said to me, 'Good luck, boy.' And I think that was very unusual for a customs man. And I can tell him now that I had it. " Undoubtedly, Schell, whose family fled the Nazis when he was a boy, made his own luck - not only as a celebrated actor who amassed more than 100 film and TV credits, but also as a director of films, documentaries, plays and opera.
January 30, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
Driving to Silver Lake the other day to visit his father, Leonardo DiCaprio passed through the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue, the neighborhood where he spent the first nine years of his life. Back then, DiCaprio says, he'd be in the car, riding to and from school, and see micro-skirted prostitutes on every corner. In the alleyway near his home, he'd occasionally notice people smoking crack and shooting heroin. "I try to tell my godson, who lives close to that area, what it was like, how there used to be a major prostitution ring on my street corner, crime and violence everywhere.
January 29, 2014 | By Meg James and Richard Verrier
The project took five months of planning, 11 days to film and a specially rigged SUV to conceal six puppeteers. A crew of 100 people shot some scenes in Malibu, Pico Canyon, Stevenson Ranch, Playa del Rey and Universal City. This wasn't for a movie or television episode, but a Muppet commercial for Toyota that will air during the Super Bowl on Sunday. The 60-second "Joyride" advertisement - created by Saatchi & Saatchi LA for Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. of Torrance - promotes the launch of the 2014 Toyota Highlander and the upcoming Disney movie "Muppets Most Wanted.
January 27, 2014
Luis Avalos Latino playwright, actor on 'The Electric Company.' Luis Avalos, 67, a Cuban American actor who had a regular role as Dr. Doolats on the 1970s public television children's series "The Electric Company" and later was active in Los Angeles' theater scene, died Wednesday of heart failure at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, according to spokesman John Echeveste. Avalos joined the ensemble cast of "The Electric Company" in 1972, the second season of the PBS variety show that aimed to teach elementary school children to read.
January 25, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
The lines crease and arc, deeper they have grown, spooling out from lips, chin and eyes, which glimmer like blue flames in a vigil. The face is a map, a diary; a rough terrain once smooth, showing its courage in its frailties. It is still handsome - age can thieve only so much - but it makes you think of him many years ago in the roles of Gatsby, the Sundance Kid and the all too-content Hubbell Gardiner. Robert Redford started so young, so perfect, an impossible mirror. But age has crept upon him. In his new film "All Is Lost," Redford's buffeted face needs no syllables to articulate the fate of Our Man, a lone sailor adrift on a broken boat.
January 25, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Paul Lieberstein was ready for a change. In 2000, he purchased a two-bedroom, one-bath Crestwood Hills home that was clinging to a hillside and sold as a tear-down. But a decade later, he and his wife, Janine Poreba, were expecting their first child, and he knew it was time to expand. "We brought in some floors and painted, but it was hardly enough," he said. The process began after architect Peter Grueneisen moved in next door. "He was not initially interested, as he was too busy," said Lieberstein, an actor, writer and producer known for his role as Toby on "The Office.
January 18, 2014 | By Melissa Magsaysay
"New Girl" actress Hannah Simone's 1960s hair and makeup at the Screen Actors Guild Awards go perfectly with her floaty, white Marchesa gown. And her makeup look is a lesson in cheap-chic red carpet cosmetics. Makeup artist Marina Gravani used Pixi by Petra products from Target, each of which sells for less than $28. Gravani started with the line's Flawless Beauty Primer, applying it just to the cheekbones and bridge of the nose for what she calls a “lit-from-within glow.” She dusted a light layer of Flawless Vitamin Veil over Simone's entire face and focused on brightening the actress' eyes with Eye Bright Kit concealer applied to the inner corner of the eye area.
January 18, 2014 | By David Ng
This is a Christopher Plummer interview without any questions about "The Sound of Music. " Not that the veteran stage and screen actor would have minded talking about Captain Von Trapp, but he has more pressing items at hand. His one-man show "A Word or Two" at the Ahmanson Theatre opens Wednesday, and each performance requires him to command the stage for nearly an hour and a half. The show, which previously ran at the Stratford Festival in Canada, is a literary stroll through works by the actor's favorite writers.
January 18, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan
The Screen Actors Guild Awards -- the Hollywood awards show where actors honor their own -- is considered one of the more reliable predictors of Oscar gold, in part because actors represent such a large voting block in the motion picture academy. The show is also, in contrast to the often tart and freewheeling Golden Globes, a major love fest. There's no host making cutting jokes about the nominees and no music cutting off the speeches. And there is usually at least one moment when someone holds up a SAG card.
January 18, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Matthew McConaughey won the Screen Actors Guild award for male actor in a leading role for his performance as Ron Woodroof, an AIDS patient who smuggled unapproved alternative drugs into the U.S. for himself and others, in the fact-based drama "Dallas Buyers Club. " Accepting the award, McConaughey gave a passionate speech and said, "There's a magic place that we as actors can get, or we at least strive to get to. And you know we always don't get there - but, boy, when we touch it, it's magic.
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