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November 22, 1994 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Dedrick Gobert, an actor in the movie "Boyz N the Hood," was one of two men shot to death in a fight over a weekend drag-race, authorities said Monday. Gobert, 22, of Inglewood, and Ignacio Hernandez, 19, of Rosemead, were killed early Saturday on an isolated road in the Mira Loma area north of here, said a spokesman for the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. A 16-year-old girl was hospitalized with a gunshot wound in the neck.
January 8, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
In his private journal, Jason Michael Handy once described himself as a "pedophile, full blown. " Handy snapped more than 1,000 photos of girls at the elementary school across the street from his house, using a camera with a telephoto lens, according to court documents. He volunteered at a Malibu church, where he worked with 6-year-olds. And his job as a production assistant at one of the nation's most prominent producers of children's television programs, Nickelodeon, gave him access to child actors on and off the set, and allowed him to exchange email addresses and phone numbers with them.
Eight weeks ago, upon returning home from a Fourth of July weekend at the beach with his wife and daughter, actor Brad Davis pulled out a yellow legal pad and drafted a proposal for a book he never got the chance to write. "The purpose of this book is to reveal what it's like to be infected with HIV, to be receiving treatment, and having to remain anonymous at all costs--chronicling how I have done this for over six years," wrote Davis in spare and simple prose.
May 10, 2012
Re "Stars muffle voice-over actors," May 7 I found the article on "A-listers" grabbing work away from professional voice-over actors interesting. As a veteran voice-over actor and producer, I can tell you that this is relatively old news. Maybe with the current economy, people are feeling it more, but this trend started years ago. My feeling is that agency creative directors and clients should be able to hire whomever they want. Toby Browning West Hollywood ALSO: Letters: Drone views Letters: Care facilities in Los Angeles Letters: Liberals and conservatives in U.S. history
December 9, 2009
Detective work Here are some other actors who have portrayed Sherlock Holmes on TV and film: Tom Baker: 1982 miniseries "The Hound of the Baskervilles." John Barrymore: 1922's "Sherlock Holmes." Michael Caine: 1988's "Without a Clue." Peter Cushing: 1959's "The Hound of the Baskervilles," among others. William Gillette: 1916's "Sherlock Holmes." Charlton Heston: 1991's "The Crucifer of Blood." Ronald Howard: 1954-55 TV series "Sherlock Holmes."
February 17, 2010
Actors who do excellent work in very small roles don't get any awards, but they deserve accolades. As hard as it may have been for the Oscar-nominated performers to create rounded characters in two hours, try it in just a few minutes. Welcome to the third annual roundup of great little performances. These artists may not be stars, but they still shine. -- Lisa Rosen Amy Landecker, 'A Serious Man' In Joel and Ethan Coen's "A Serious Man," Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg)
November 17, 2011 | Dawn C. Chmielewski and Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
A small-town boy from Washington state, Jason James Murphy has spent much of the last decade working his way up in the world of Hollywood movie casting. He's helped place actors, including children, on a variety of movies, from small independent films to last summer's science fiction hit "Super 8. " But few of the power players he encountered knew his secret: He is a registered sex offender who was convicted of kidnapping and molesting an 8-year-old boy in suburban Seattle 15 years ago. This week, J.J. Abrams, the director and co-producer of "Super 8," one of the most prized titles on Murphy's resume, found out. On Thursday, Los Angeles police began looking into whether Murphy was in compliance with state registration requirements for sex offenders.
July 31, 2012
YELP, DRAMATIZED A video series of professional actors reading Yelp reviews . It's moving. (Gawker) WHITE RUSKIES Momofuku's cereal milk meets White Russian : the recipe.  (Leite's Culinaria) MEATLESS MONDAY FLAP The beef industry isn't pleased when a USDA staffer suggests "Meatless Mondays" in the cafeteria. (Los Angeles Times) JAMIE OLIVER VS. DAVID BECKHAM Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver criticizes athletes such as soccer star David Beckham who promote junk food for endorsement deals.
July 4, 2011
In Character Here are three legendary character actors. Franklin Pangborn The ultimate comedic fussbudget appeared in such farces as W.C. Fields' "The Bank Dick," and "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break," as well as numerous Preston Sturges classics. Dub Taylor Originally a vaudeville performer, Taylor appeared in 1938's Oscar-winning best picture, "You Can't Take It With You," but is best known for his work in westerns including Sam Peckinpah's "The Wild Bunch" and as a regular on the series "Hee Haw. " Beulah Bondi Usually cast as the loving mother, Bondi earned two supporting actress Oscar nominations for 1936's "The Gorgeous Hussy" and 1937's "Make Way For Tomorrow.
May 16, 2011
Sessue Hayakawa The Japanese star earned a supporting actor Oscar nomination for David Lean's classic 1957 "The Bridge on the River Kwai" as rigid POW camp commander Col. Saito. Miyoshi Umeki The first Asian to win an acting Oscar. Umeki won the supporting actress award for 1957's "Sayonara" as the ill-fated Japanese bride of an American serviceman. Anna May Wong The Chinese American actress received a lot of attention from critics and audiences as the Mongol slave in Douglas Fairbanks' 1924 swashbuckler "The Thief of Bagdad.
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