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September 10, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
There are two ways to handle the three new performers joining the "Saturday Night Live" cast this weekend for the season premiere. You can wait until they appear on the first episode and catch their bit part in that sketch that airs sometime after midnight. Or you can seek out their pre-"SNL" material on YouTube. The three performers, Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong, were all active in the Chicago improv and sketch scene and they all have comedy work online for fans' persual.
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April 8, 2014 | Claire Noland
Mary Anderson, a redheaded actress who auditioned for the part of Scarlett O'Hara in the 1939 epic "Gone With the Wind" but wound up playing a supporting role as Maybelle Merriwether, died Sunday. She was 96. A longtime resident of Brentwood, Anderson died under hospice care in Burbank. She had been in declining health and had suffered a series of small strokes, said her longtime friend Betty Landess. Anderson was one of the last surviving cast members of the film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's Civil War novel.
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July 26, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Cory Monteith was remembered Thursday by the "Glee" cast and crew at a memorial organized by show creator and exec producer Ryan Murphy. The memorial was reportedly held on the Paramount lot, where the show films its auditorium scenes. In a brief statement obtained by Show Tracker , Fox TV wrote: "Today, Ryan Murphy and [girlfriend] Lea Michele gathered the cast, crew and producers of 'Glee,' along with colleagues from the network and studio, to share memories and music in an emotional celebration of the life of Cory Monteith.
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February 22, 2014 | By Susan King
Harry Hamlin wasn't supposed to touch the food on the table during the conference scenes on "L.A. Law," NBC's Emmy Award-winning 1986-94 legal series. The sandwiches were strictly props. But Hamlin, who played attorney Michael Kuzak, the serious-minded youngest partner in the City of Angels' firm McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak, had other ideas. "If you go back and watch the pilot as the very first conference room scene ends, I reach over and pull a sandwich toward me," recalls Hamlin, who plays an ad executive on AMC's "Mad Men. " The move was unexpected PHOTOS: Behind-the-scenes Classic Hollywood "I picked it up as they were shooting my last bit. I had my mouth full of food.
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September 10, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
When "Saturday Night Live" returns this weekend for its 38th season, there will be some familiar faces missing from the lineup, but there will also be three new hopefuls in the cast. The three new performers, Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong, all hail from Chicago, where they have sketch and improv backgrounds. Bryant was a member of the Second City E.T.C. stage, Robinson performed on the Second City main stage as well as part of the national touring company and Strong was also a member of the national touring company.
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March 22, 2013 | By Susan Denley
The cast of "The Big Bang Theory" dressed up in "Rocky Horror Show" outfits to sing at Wednesday's "A Night at Sardi's" fundraiser in Beverly Hills for the Alzheimer's Assn. Jason Bateman was host of the evening, which honored Brian Grazer. Other singers included Jason Alexander, Beth Behrs, Emmy Rossum and Christine Ebersole, among others. [Society News L.A.] The David Bowie retrospective at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London opens Saturday for a scheduled run through Aug. 11, and already it is reportedly the museum's fastest-selling show ever.
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March 4, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
“Downton Abbey" is going to look quite different when it returns for a fourth season. On Friday Siobhan Finneran -- better known to fans as O'Brien, Lady Grantham's constantly scheming, severely coiffed maid -- confirmed that she is leaving the beloved costume drama. Finneran follows co-stars Dan Stevens and Jessica Brown Findlay out the door, though it seems likely her character will do so under less tragic circumstances than theirs: In the Season 3 finale, O'Brien was jockeying hard for a new job that would allow her to see more of the world.
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July 24, 2012 | By Joe Flint
The family that sues together apparently stays together. Several of the key cast members on the hit TV sitcom "Modern Family" have teamed up to sue 20th Century Fox Television, the studio that makes the show for ABC, claiming their contracts are illegal. Stars Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell filed suit Tuesday in California Superior Court. The move comes after unsuccessful efforts on their part to renegotiate their deals with the studio.
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September 23, 2012 | By Claire Zulkey
"Saturday Night Live" writers gave the presidential candidates a break last night, instead addressing politics in more peripheral--and female-oriented--ways. New cast member Kate McKinnon enjoyed a standout moment in "Weekend Update" for her impression of Ann Romney. Did it bear any actual resemblance to Mitt Romney's wife? Probably not, but McKinnon's Romney was amusing for her blend of sassiness with a touch of wild-eyed insanity: Would you think of Mrs. Romney as a Beyoncé megafan?
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May 28, 1993 | from Reuters
Like a battle-scarred general reporting from the front, "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno says the live show he did from Boston's Bull and Finch pub the night "Cheers" went off the air was ruined by drunken "Cheers" cast members. Leno called the Boston Herald after a blistering review in that newspaper of last week's program, a ratings bonanza that featured nearly the entire cast of "Cheers."
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February 9, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: On the London street at Universal City -- between the Strand Hotel, Mulligan's Tavern and an iconic red phone booth -- servers passed pizza and spring rolls as actors from “Glee,” “Scandal,” “The Fosters” and other popular TV shows mixed with supporters of the Family Equality Council. All then adjourned to the Globe Theatre for the main event: the organization's annual Los Angeles Awards Dinner on Saturday. The show: The “Glee” gang chose songs for the occasion, beginning with Darren Criss on the guitar for “Somewhere That's Green.” New cast member Adam Lambert chose “Mad World,” and Amber Riley delivered a heartfelt “Who You Are.” Composer and pianist Brad Ellis accompanied the latter two performers, as he quietly does on the show.
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January 6, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Good news for Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson; they won't have to appear in drag anymore on "Saturday Night Live. " Or at least not as often. The show has finally added a black female to the cast. After auditioning actresses in cities across the country, Upright Citizens Brigade actress Sasheer Zamata has been added as a featured player. Zamata's first episode will be Jan. 18, the first new episode of 2014, with Drake as the host. According to Zamata's website, she appears regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in New York as part of the weekly variety show "School Night.
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December 11, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
It looks like actor Dann Florek is following Richard Belzer out the door at the "Law & Order: SVU" station house. Florek, who plays tough but dedicated Capt. Cragen tweeted his departure from the series on Monday, writing , "Friday was the last day 4 Cragen/Florek. It was a sweet send off! But he'll live on in syndication land 4 evah!" Cragen's departure from the series was not a surprise, as his impending retirement had been discussed earlier in the show's 15th season, when another long-running character on the show, Det. John Munch, played by Belzer, also retired.
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November 26, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
The new drama "August: Osage County," based on the Pulitzer- and Tony-winning Tracy Letts play of the same name, tells the story of a dysfunctional family reuniting in Oklahoma over a fractious few days, during which dark secrets and old grudges are aired. In spite of the acrid atmosphere, it seems the cast got to feeling quite familial on set. At the Envelope Screening Series , cast members Margo Martindale, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin and Julianne Nicholson talked about what it was like acting and living in close quarters.
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November 20, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Michael Miller
MTV has agreed to make changes to its controversial new reality series “Scrubbing In” after several nonprofit nursing organizations protested how the show depicts the profession. The remaining episodes will be edited to include more scenes that highlight nursing skills and the show was also been moved from 10 p.m. to midnight, where viewership will be decreased, Variety reported. MTV will also consult with the nonprofit The Truth About Nurses regarding any future nurse-related programming and promote a Web feature called “Day in the Life of a Nurse.” The show, which debuted Oct. 24, follows nine nurses from different parts of the country as they immerse themselves in Orange County life.
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November 15, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
For the new fact-based war movie "Lone Survivor," which details a Navy SEAL mission gone horribly awry in  the mountains of Afghanistan, leading man Mark Wahlberg had one very important resource to draw from: Marcus Luttrell, the soldier whose memoir of the same name inspired the film, and who was present for much of the cast's training and rehearsal. Luttrell's presence also impressed on Wahlberg that he had big shoes to fill.  At a recent installment of the Envelope Screening Series , Wahlberg and fellow cast member Emile Hirsch, who plays the fallen Navy SEAL Danny Dietz, discussed what it was like portraying real people, men they quickly came to see as heroes.
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September 1, 1994 | TODD EVERETT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Gossip and misunderstanding lead to near tragedy before a merry resolution in Shakespeare's romantic comedy "Much Ado About Nothing," the current production of the Ojai Theatre Company. The troupe, unrelated to the Ojai Shakespeare Festival, is performing only a few weeks following the festival in that outfit's longtime home, Libbey Bowl. They win no points for originality in that regard, but at least local Shakespeare fans will know where to go.
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July 24, 1991 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Actors love to talk about the differences between working in theater and film, but few get to compare the experiences so directly as the cast members of "Holy Days," which is carrying roles they lived with and developed for weeks on stage through to the movie being made here.
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November 13, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Shirley Mitchell, a veteran film and TV actress who was believed to be the last surviving adult cast member of TV's legendary sitcom "I Love Lucy," has died at 94. Mitchell, who played Lucy's friend Marion during the 1953-54 season, died of heart failure at her home in Westwood on Monday, according to the Hollywood Reporter. She was the widow of Oscar-winning songwriter Jay Livingston, who cowrote classic tunes including "Que Sera Sera" and "Mona Lisa. " PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2013 Lucille Ball, who played the title role in "I Love Lucy," died in 1989, the last survivor of the four principals (the others were her husband, Desi Arnaz Sr., along with Vivian Vance and William Frawley, who played their neighbors, Fred and Ethel Mertz)
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October 24, 2013 | By Michael Miller
When "Scrubbing In,"  MTV's  new reality series about nurses, airs its first episode Thursday night, it will have a formidable act to follow in terms of media outrage and water-cooler gossip. In short, it will have to top its own trailer. All the general public has seen of the 10-episode series, which follows nine nurses   from different parts of the country as they immerse themselves in Orange County life, is a short montage and a  few clips  on MTV.com, the Daily Pilot reported . But those snippets have already ignited a war of words online, with some nurses lobbying to have the show taken off the air while the defenders of the show praise it as a noble effort to spotlight a heroic profession.
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