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.
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 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
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.
February 27, 2011 |
The death of a child is every parent's worst nightmare. So when Nicole Kidman took on the role of a mother mourning the loss of her 4-year-old son in "Rabbit Hole" just a year after giving birth to a daughter in real life, she knew she was venturing into emotionally treacherous territory. "I had a conversation with my husband, because I needed him to understand that I've got to go exist in a limbo place for a while," the actress said. "It's a strange balancing act. " Yet during production, Kidman found her equilibrium faltering, unable to contain to the set the experience of her character's grief.
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.
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.