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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.
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.
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.
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.
February 5, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Were you bothered by Daniel Day Lewis' pierced ears in “Lincoln” because it threw off the film's historical accuracy? Never mind all of the praise Lewis has received for transforming into the 16th president in mind and body. The minuscule holes in the actor's earring-less ears were enough to distract some history buffs, writes The Times' Rebecca Keegan . Seriously. That reaction probably didn't come as much of a surprise to Hollywood casting directors who've been tasked more than ever with finding actors whose natural looks fit in seamlessly in period pieces.
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."
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
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)
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.
June 14, 2013 | By DiAngelea Millar
A newer version of IMDb Pro allows for more personal information, helping actors break into the industry and make connections that replicate some aspects of popular social media sites like Facebook and Google Plus. IMDb has been a launch pad for struggling actors in the past -- like Robert Pattinson, said Col Needham, founder and chief executive of IMDb. Summit Entertainment was trying to find an actor for the role of Edward Cullen in “Twilight.” Casting directors for the film looked at IMDb profiles when Pattinson's name was mentioned for the part, Needham said.
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