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 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.
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.
April 6, 1996 |
Truth is, most actors are kind of boring, and David Hyde Pierce is not the glorious exception to that rule. He's standoffish, aloof and a trifle snooty. He may have been born to play Niles Crane, fussbudgety brother of Frasier Crane, on NBC's "Frasier," and fortunately, he does. He plays Niles very, very well, so well that he recently won a Screen Actors Guild award for the portrayal and earned an Emmy last fall. And though he may resemble Niles in some ways, they're hardly twins.
November 1, 2013 |
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?
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.
November 17, 2011 |
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.
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.
March 7, 2014 |
After the film "300" hit the screen in 2006, Google trends showed a threefold increase in searches for "six-pack abs. " And every magazine with the word "muscle" in its title shared a version of a "Secrets of the '300'" workout. But there are no secrets to seeing your abs. Methods vary, but they sum up as: Train hard. Eat fewer calories than you burn. The end. The sequel, "300: Rise of an Empire," is now in theaters, and the actors recently gathered at a Century City hotel to talk about their physical transformation from ordinary humans to chiseled glory.