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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.
March 28, 2007 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
When Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto" premiered last December, the action-filled film set against the backdrop of the Maya empire launched the career of a young Texan named Rudy Youngblood. In interviews plugging the movie, Youngblood, who plays the film's central character, Jaguar Paw, routinely discussed his Indian ancestry and his connections to three American tribes.
February 7, 2009 | Rachel Abramowitz
Four days after a profanity-ridden audiotape of Christian Bale ranting at the director of photography on the set of "Terminator Salvation" hit the Internet -- launching a veritable tsunami of fan reaction, Web creativity (including a dance remix) and comedic skits on late-night talk shows -- the actor has finally done what many professional public-relations types have advocated all along: He owned up to his mistake and apologized for his bad behavior.
October 31, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
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.
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)
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.
November 1, 2013 | By Susan Rohwer, guest blogger
Jared Leto is getting kudos for playing a transgender person in “Dallas Buyer's Club,” out Friday. But wouldn't it have been better if the starring role had gone to an actual trans person? Trans people are portrayed in movies and on TV more and more these days, and that's a positive development. Yet most of these characters are played by actors who are not transgender. It is no longer acceptable to cast cross-racially, so why is it acceptable to cast someone who is not transgender in a transgender role?
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