April 2, 2004 |
Although the film opened nationally last week, it wasn't until Wednesday that Irma P. Hall was able to see "The Ladykillers," in which she stars opposite Tom Hanks. She has been recovering in a Chicago convalescent center from open-heart surgery, a broken arm and a crushed ankle, the result of a January car crash. "I loved the whole thing," the 68-year-old actress said after the private screening, which she attended with friends. "You never really know until you see it on the screen."
February 14, 1999 |
After a year off, Rosie Perez is back starring in Nancy Savoca's tale of pre- and postnatal stress, "The 24 Hour Woman." It's an apt title for former choreographer Perez, 34, who is tackling animation voicing for a DreamWorks project and doing her first screenwriting in addition to acting and running Ten in a Car Productions, which did the acclaimed cable series "Subway Stories." BABY TALK: "I've seen the 'baby films.' But when I read this script, I was, 'Oh, this is different. This is scary!'
December 11, 2011 |
One microphone wasn't working. The makeup lady hadn't arrived, and that was the subject of much concern. The director was worried that a desk wouldn't be removed from the third scene, and that someone would forget to turn on the street lamp prop. The 27 members of the cast were laughing, pacing, doing their own ironing and singing scales, silly with pre-curtain anxiety. Some had vocal training, some didn't. The youngest cast member was a high school senior waiting to hear back on her early-decision application to Princeton, the oldest a 64-year old math professor at a nearby college.
December 1, 2005 |
Julia Roberts, who didn't star in a film this year, is again at the top of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses -- at $20 million per movie -- according to an annual power list. The 38-year-old star tops the Hollywood Reporter's annual list of the highest-paid actresses for the second year. Nicole Kidman is second, with a $16-million to $17-million per-film price tag, followed by Reese Witherspoon and Drew Barrymore, who each command $15 million per project.
February 15, 1990 |
Santa Ana's Alternative Repertory Theatre is looking for four black actresses to cast in its next offering, "Yalla Bitch," a coming-of-age drama about a young black woman. But when nobody showed up at an open audition earlier this week, artistic director Patricia L. Terry said the storefront theater may drop the play, which is to run from April 6 to May 27. "We're holding another audition," she said. "We'd settle for one black actress for the lead.
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March 10, 1998 |
Actresses Lisa Lord, Hattie Winston and Liz Torres will lead a panel at Cal State Northridge today titled "Creativity, Casting and Critics--Women of Color Confront Industry Images." Lord, who is part Chinese, is a cast member of the ABC soap opera "Port Charles" and has appeared in the television series "ER" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." Wilson, an African American, had a role in the movie "Jackie Brown" and will be appearing in the upcoming Disney movie "Meet the Deedles."
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October 6, 1989
Timothy Scott Roman, son of actress Susan Cabot, testified Thursday that his mother attacked him with a barbell and scalpel the night she died in her Encino home. Roman, 25, on trial in Van Nuys Superior Court for bludgeoning to death the 1950s-era B-movie actress, portrayed his mother, 59, as suffering from increasing physical and mental deterioration. He said her doctor had told him to call paramedics if need be. "She was screaming . . . calling for her mother . . . talking to herself.
December 19, 2013 |
June Squibb, 84; Judi Dench, 79; Meryl Streep, 64; Oprah Winfrey, 59; Emma Thompson, 54; Sandra Bullock, 49; Julia Roberts, 46; Cate Blanchett, 44; Lupita Nyong'o, 30; Jennifer Lawrence, 23. These 10 actresses received either a leading or supporting nomination from the Screen Actors Guild last week for their fine work in 2013. Eight of them got a similar nod from the Golden Globes. Most will likely surface again when the Oscar nominations are announced in January. The numbers are there for a reason.
July 17, 2011 |
Reporting from London — What sets English actresses apart? Is it their dexterity with a turn of phrase, unerring literary poise, or could it be that enviable sang-froid, which comes off as sexy even well into middle age? These qualities were all in evidence during my recent trip to London, where some of Britain's finest actresses have turned their attention to the classics this summer. But I made note of another distinguishing attribute after seeing Eve Best in "Much Ado About Nothing" at Shakespeare's Globe, the American-born Zoë Wanamaker in "The Cherry Orchard" at the National Theatre, Kristin Scott Thomas in "Betrayal" at the Comedy Theatre in the West End, Penelope Wilton and Imelda Staunton in "A Delicate Balance" at the Almeida Theatre and relative newcomer Felicity Jones in "Luise Miller" at the Donmar Warehouse — a willingness to wholly submit to the unique demands of a playwright's vision.
September 7, 1989
A man who had been following actress Justine Bateman, former star of the television series "Family Ties," was taken into custody Wednesday after he threatened suicide outside a theater in Berkeley where she was scheduled to perform, police said. Police persuaded John Thomas Smetek, 39, of Houston, Tex., to surrender the loaded revolver he held to his abdomen as he sat in the courtyard of the Berkeley Repertory Theater, Berkeley Police Lt. Robert Peters said.