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.
February 5, 2013 |
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.
October 31, 2013 |
At least there's no toilet. Ikea this week is staging a bathroom-as-billboard outside a Paris train station with human actors doing their best to portray the good life and all its flat-packed design splendor. The Telegraph reports that the actors put on a dazzling show of teeth brushing and hair drying for one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening. The slogan appearing above all this domestic bliss essentially says: "At last a bathroom that rises above. " In other company news, Ikea made national headlines this month when it announced that it would be selling solar panels in Britain.
October 3, 2013 |
“Flowers for Algernon” certainly has traction. Daniel Keyes' 1959 short story about Charlie Gordon, a mentally disabled man transformed into a genius by a scientific experiment, has been subsequently adapted into a novel, a film and even a musical. Now, David Rogers' 1969 play has been mounted by the Deaf West company at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks. The highly sentimentalized drama seems an unusual choice for Deaf West, and the production, which in typical Deaf West fashion utilizes both signing and voiced actors, does not always avoid bathos. Matthew McCray, a hearing director and the veteran of dozens of professional productions, helms the hugely ambitious proceedings, but despite the fact that the play has been pared down from a cast of nearly 30 to an even dozen or so, the sheer scope of this undertaking sometimes exceeds McCray's usually authoritative grasp. CHEAT SHEET: Fall arts preview A chief culprit is Sarah Krainin's scenic design, which consists primarily of clear screens on metal poles that are shoved on a system of runners into various configurations.
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April 21, 2004 |
A Superior Court judge sentenced a 17-year-old girl Tuesday to the California Youth Authority for the slaying of actor Merlin Santana. Monique King, who was tried as an adult, will be released at age 25. She could have been sentenced to 26 years to life in prison. She was 15 when she told Damien Andre Gates, 22, and Brandon Douglas Bynes, 23, that Santana had raped her. They found Santana in South Los Angeles, and Gates fatally shot him. King later admitted she had lied about the rape.
May 27, 2013
Here are some of the other established actors who served during World War II: FOR THE RECORD: Actors in World War II: In the May 27 Calendar section, an information box accompanying the Classic Hollywood column about actors who served during World War II said that Glenn Ford was in the Navy. Ford served as a Marine during the war; he joined the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1958. - Gene Autry - Army Air Forces Eddie Albert - Navy Douglas Fairbanks Jr. - Navy Henry Fonda - Navy Glenn Ford - Navy Wlliam Holden - Army Burgess Meredith - Army Robert Montgomery - Navy Ronald Reagan - Army Air Forces Mickey Rooney - Army Robert Stack - Navy
November 16, 2012 |
If you have seen Paul Thomas Anderson's “The Master,” you might reasonably assume that very little was left to chance. From its precise cinematography to striking score, the writer-director's drama about a troubled drifter (Joaquin Phoenix) and a charismatic leader of a new movement (Philip Seymour Hoffman) feels as well-planned as a military operation. But in this excerpt from the Envelope Screening Series this week, Anderson explains that his two lead actors brought far more to their performances than he ever imagined, and that the film's production team frequently improvised.
May 20, 1989
"War and Peace on Vietnam Film Front" (by Daniel Cerone, April 29) included comments by actress Kieu Chinh, a technical adviser on "War Story," quoted as saying: "I am careful to make sure Vietnamese are presented accurately. On 'War Story' we use only Vietnamese actors. Other television shows and films use Japanese and Chinese to portray Vietnamese." As a board member of the Assn. of Asian Pacific American Artists (AAPAA), an organization working to improve the image of Asian-Americans in the media as well as speaking out on issues regarding the Asian-American acting community, I feel another, more pervasive viewpoint should be heard.
March 21, 2013 |
If the title of Donald Freed's new play, now at the Skylight Theatre, doesn't prompt you to quote Macbeth (“Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow…”), you are probably not its intended demographic. The heart of “Tomorrow” is three actors discussing and rehearsing scenes from the Shakespeare tragedy. And, yes, it sounds dry and cerebral, like something only a dramaturge would be into. As I actually have a degree in dramaturgy, you might roll your eyes when I say I was on the edge of my seat as I watched the characters hunt Lady Macbeth's psychology through the text, history and their own pasts.