September 11, 1991 |
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.
April 11, 2011 |
The late Glenn Ford's 8,800-square-foot Beverly Hills mansion has a curious octagon shape that had just one official bedroom -- a huge master bedroom on the main floor. "There are very few right angles in this house," said his only child, 66-year-old Peter Ford, who has lived there with his wife, Lynda, for the last 17 years. They moved in 12 years before Ford's death in 2006 at age 90 to take care of the ailing actor. "The reason was, he didn't want to be fenced in. This house is kind of a metaphor for his life.
March 28, 2007 |
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 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.
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 |
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.
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.