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)
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 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?
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.
July 17, 1988
From the point of view of Barbara Isenberg's article, Ted Schmitt's position is laudatory; after all, who can fault his dedication to the theater for such a meager material return? However, as an "artist" in my own right and a loyal theatergoer, I am forced to ask some questions: Where has the press been with comparable front-page coverage of our struggling "little theater" in Los Angeles all these years? And what was the real point of the article? Was the Equity referendum requiring actors to be paid $5 to $14 really the issue?
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.
April 17, 2003 |
To the ranks of rising young stars, there are two more names to add alongside Hilary, Frankie and Amanda: Shia and Khleo. Appearing in the new Disney film "Holes," Shia LaBeouf, 16, and Khleo Thomas, 14, are already relishing their time in the spotlight and eager for more. Directed by Andrew Davis, known for grown-up action films such as "The Fugitive" and "Collateral Damage," "Holes" is surprisingly sophisticated fare for the tween-to-teen audience.