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April 3, 2014 | By Susan King
Robert Altman's films were audacious. He expanded the boundaries of genres. He gave his actors freedom to improvise and over the years created a stock company of stars. Along the way, he often polarized critics and audiences - and drove studio heads crazy. Not every film he did was a masterpiece, and he had lulls in his career. But Altman was nothing if not resilient, and just when Hollywood had written him off, he would make a dazzling comeback. His experimental style, known for overlapping dialogue and loosely structured stories, has influenced contemporary directors such as Paul Thomas Anderson, who was the standby director on the then-ailing Altman's final film, 2006's "A Prairie Home Companion.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Jasmine Elist
When Annabelle Gurwitch turned 50, she struggled to navigate her way through a stagnant marriage, the extensive list of anti-aging products offered at the beauty counter and solicitations from the AARP. In her new collection of humorous essays, "I See You Made An Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50" (Blue Rider Press, 256 pp., $25.95), the actress, comedian and writer examines the experiences that come with aging, whether falling in lust with the guy working at the Apple Genius bar, watching a best friend struggle with pancreatic cancer or a growing sense of invisibility - "an alternate universe, one that exists in exactly the same space-time, but is unseen by those who are younger.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2014 | By David Ng
Shakespeare's "Henry V" begins with a narrator called the Chorus bemoaning the theater as "an unworthy scaffold. " The description turns out to be an accurate one for the Pacific Resident Theatre production, which takes place in a cramped, 34-seat space where actors and audience can practically touch hands without much strain. The tiny theater turns out to be a major asset in this production, which has been earning critical praise since opening last month, and has extended its run to May 11. Featuring minimal sets and actors clad in contemporary clothes, this fast-paced staging was the brainchild of Guillermo Cienfuegos, a veteran L.A. theater director who has worked numerous times with the Venice-based PRT. PHOTOS: Shakespeare 2.0 The bard on the screen Cienfuegos is actually actor Alex Fernandez, who pulls double duty in this "Henry V" by playing the Chorus.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Actor Colin Egglesfield was arrested in Arizona over the weekend on suspicion of  criminal damage and disorderly conduct after allegedly going a bit bonkers at the Tempe Festival of the Arts. Egglesfield, known for his work on TV series including "Rizzoli & Isles" and "The Client List" and in movies such as "Something Borrowed," was arrested in the early morning hours Saturday, according to Arizona's ABC15 . Police said in a report that the 41-year-old was spotted knocking over barriers set up to protect artwork, as well as flipping over a table and breaking several signs inside one festival tent, E!
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 2014 | By Susan King
Carl Reiner wakes up each morning with the same thought - it's time to start writing. It's still the top priority for the Emmy Award-winning funny man who created the landmark CBS sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show," wrote and directed such comedy film favorites as 1970's "Where's Poppa?," 1977's "Oh , God!" and 1979's "The Jerk" and who, along with his lifetime friend Mel Brooks, performed the "2000 Year Old Man" routines. "I get to my computer and I either play solitaire or do some tweets," said Reiner (who, for the record, has more than 62,000 Twitter followers)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2014 | By Susan King
Kurtwood Smith turned the image of the sitcom dad on its ear in the raucous Fox sitcom "That '70s Show" as Red Forman, the tough-nosed war vet father of Eric (Topher Grace). Red was the antithesis of such sweater-clad warm-and-fuzzy TV dads as Ozzie Nelson on "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" and Bill Cosby on "The Cosby Show. " In fact, Red was more Tasmanian devil than teddy bear. He loved his power tools, drinking beer, hunting and fishing. Red was known for his pungent put-downs of his son: "What are you going to put on your resume?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Richard Winton
An actor on the hit TV show "Scandal" is accused of punching a man in the nose and knocking him out at a West L.A. restaurant. Columbus Keith Short, 31, was arrested Wednesday and prosecutors charged him with felony battery with serious bodily injury in the March 15 incident. Short sucker-punched the man after becoming involved in a disagreement, prosecutors allege. He was booked by Claremont police and released on $50,000 bail. Short, who plays one of character Olivia Pope's crisis management experts, Harrison Wright, faces up to four years in prison if convicted of the felony charge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2014 | By Richard Winton
An actor on the hit TV show "Scandal" was arrested Wednesday after prosecutors charged him with felony battery with serious bodily injury for allegedly knocking out a man and breaking his nose. Columbus Keith Short, 31, is accused of punching a man at a West Los Angeles restaurant March 15 and rendering him unconscious. Short allegedly sucker-punched the man after becoming involved in a disagreement, prosecutors allege. Short was booked by Claremont police Wednesday and released on $50,000 bail soon after.
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March 23, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
He was a neurosurgeon, a shipping magnate, a pompous headmaster, an autocratic father: He was the self-inflated, often weaselly authority figure whose long, narrow, aristocratic face was as well-known in films and television as his name was obscure. James Rebhorn, a journeyman character actor seen most recently as the father of super-spy Carrie Mathison on "Homeland," died Friday at his home in South Orange, N.J., of melanoma, his wife Rebecca Linn said. He was 65. Rebhorn had more than 100 TV and movie credits, including roles in "Scent of a Woman" and "My Cousin Vinny" - both released in 1992 - and "Meet the Parents" (2000)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
Veteran character actor James Rebhorn, known for his roles in "Homeland," "White Collar" and dozens of TV shows and films over a five-decade career, has died of melanoma, his wife, Rebecca Linn, said Sunday. Rebhorn died Friday at his home in South Orange, N.J., at the age of 65. Able to perform in comedies or dramas, as well as on stage, TV or film, the Philadelphia native racked up an impressive list of credits, including playing the father of Claire Danes' character on "Homeland.
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