May 12, 2002
Where have you been ... living in a bubble? Or don't you really know anything about the real Hollywood ("The Unusual Suspects," by Jon Burlingame, May 5)? You've only scratched the tip of the iceberg! What do all the actors you mentioned in your article have in common? None of them are beautiful or handsome. They are all supporting actors. Hollywood labels them character actors so as not to hurt their feelings. There are a plethora of great-looking actors who are great actors, but they don't get the chance to play the supporting "character" roles because the producers and the directors don't want to take anything away from the leads (stars)
January 9, 1992
The National Awareness Foundation will host its second annual Celebrity Showcase on Sunday, bringing their "Hugs Not Drugs" message to the Conejo Valley. The nonprofit organization, based in Washington D.C., assists parents in educating their young children on the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Sunday's fund-raising event at the Ramada Inn in Agoura Hills will feature a variety of entertainment, including comedy, dancing and live music.
June 16, 2006 |
Are some of the cast members of "The Sopranos" in danger of being rubbed out? The actors who play daughter Meadow, son A.J., Dr. Melfi, Paulie Walnuts, right-hand man Silvio Dante and Tony's brother-in-law, Bobby Bacala, are all reportedly seeking big raises -- and remain unsigned as filming for the final season of the HBO hit is set to begin next month, the New York Post reported Wednesday. If no deal is reached, it's possible that creator David Chase would have to write some characters out.
September 14, 2001
Veteran actors of stage and screen will discuss their lives in the theater in "Conversations on .... a Life in the Theatre," in separate programs at the Pasadena Playhouse, beginning Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. Presented by the playhouse's Community Outreach and Education Program, the series of one-hour afternoon discussions will feature Michael York (Sept. 22), Carol Lawrence (Oct. 6) and Gregory Hines (Oct. 13). The playhouse is at 39 S. El Molino Ave. in Pasadena.
November 22, 1987
At first I thought it might be Kafka I was reading, then it struck me. It was the best definition of Hell I'd read in years: "Who would think to go into a field of employment in which a certain level of training and skill is at the same time mandatory and immaterial?" The light shed in Lawrence Christon's article ("So Many Actors, So Few Roles," Nov. 15) was at once heartbreaking and perfectly true. AL ALU, actor Los Angeles
September 9, 1990
On numerous occasions, Calendar has referred to females as actors, not actresses. Are your writers just out of a mediocre high school or is the pendulum of feminism swinging to the other extreme? I'm afraid that, come Oscar time, we are going to have two categories for best actor and two for best supporting actor. JULIO L. FRANCESCONI Los Angeles Calendar usually uses the word actors when referring collectively to men and women. The word actress is used primarily when there is a need to differentiate between the gender of performers.
September 4, 2000
The Hollywood unions have hurt themselves ("Rancor Moves to Center Stage in Actors' Strike," Aug. 25) with their exclusionary practices and now have an opportunity to correct past mistakes. A union should not exist to keep others out. It instead should be an association of trained professionals united to protect the integrity of their profession and to negotiate collectively for a fair wage. The "scabs" aren't the bad guys. They aren't the enemy. In fact, why hasn't the union ever welcomed these aspiring actors into its ranks?
February 6, 2010 |
The job of Dodge City peacekeeper is proving to be one of the most desirable assignments around. Several top-flight actors are in the running to play Marshal Matt Dillon, the lead lawman in CBS Films' big-screen adaptation of the classic western television show "Gunsmoke," which starred James Arness. Brad Pitt has emerged as a top contender for the role, with Ryan Reynolds also a candidate for the juicy, gunslinging part. As incarnated first on the midcentury radio serial and later in the CBS prime-time hit, Dillon is the western hero charged with maintaining law and order in a period Kansas town filled with colorful vagrants, misfits and desperadoes.
September 18, 1994
More power to William Hurt for standing up to Hollywood and the bozos that run it. Thank goodness there are a few actors left who are still willing to take risks and who see acting as an art not a commodity. "Art, Commerce and Hurt," by Bronwen Hruska (Aug. 28), is one of the most inspirational, honest and retrospective interviews Calendar has ever produced. Hurt is still one of the finest, most provocative actors (not personalities) there is today despite Hollywood's banishment.