March 28, 1993 |
The Academy Award nominations evoked, as usual, the annual late winter cries of betrayal, timidity, stark prejudice and collective myopia. Alfre Woodard, Jack Lemmon, "The Player" as best picture, and several outstanding documentaries and foreign language films have been cited among the shoulda-beens. (In truth the complaints were probably fewer this year than usual, reflecting the continuing decline of major studio influence and the tendency to honor grosses instead of quality.
December 8, 2003 |
Dustin Hoffman was hot. The iconic actor wowed the crowd in the packed courtyard of Dutton's Brentwood Bookstore late Saturday afternoon, as he added yet another notch to his career: It was the first time he'd ever done a bookstore reading and signed books for a throng of literary fans. Of course, the fans were mostly too young to read and had never heard of Hoffman, let alone "The Graduate," "Midnight Cowboy" or "Rain Man."
June 2, 1999 |
It's not just vintage films that home video rescues from obscurity. Twentieth Century Fox Home Video has just released for the first time on videocassette "Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?," the 1971 surreal comedy directed by Ulu Grosbard, written by Herb Gardner and starring Dustin Hoffman and, in an Oscar-nominated performance, Barbara Harris.
March 14, 2012 |
When it came to reading a book out loud, Dustin Hoffman was a bit rusty. The last time he had done something similar was in New York City in the late 1960s, right after filming "The Graduate. " A local radio station had recruited 30 or so people, including Hoffman, to read "War and Peace" on air, around the clock, until it was done. "That was the only other time I had done something like that, and it was wonderful," recalls Hoffman, explaining why he recently agreed to perform the novel "Being There" by Jerzy Kosinski, a Polish writer and an old, now-deceased friend, for Audible.com, as part of the audiobook company's new "A-List Collection," which was launched Thursday.
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January 14, 1999 |
Top movie stars typically refuse to appear in commercial advertisements because the Hollywood community might view it as a sign that their careers are on the skids, an expert witness testified Wednesday in Dustin Hoffman's federal lawsuit against Los Angeles magazine.
April 20, 2013 |
Robert Redford never planned to play Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward in "All the President's Men," the Oscar-winning 1976 adaptation of Woodward and Carl Bernstein's account of their investigation of the 1972 Watergate break-in and the cloak-and-dagger cover-up by the Richard Nixon White House. Redford didn't even want the movie to be in color. "I originally wanted to make a black-and-white, small film with two unknowns," said Redford, who also served as producer on the film, which was directed by Alan J. Pakula and costarred Dustin Hoffman, Jason Robards, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam and Hal Holbrook.
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July 7, 2001 |
A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Friday overturned a judge's $3-million verdict that Los Angeles magazine violated actor Dustin Hoffman's rights by publishing, without his consent, a computer-altered photo of him in a woman's evening gown and high heels. In ruling 3-0 for the magazine, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals made two key findings.
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January 29, 1999 |
A judge Thursday doubled to $3 million the damages that Los Angeles Magazine must pay Dustin Hoffman for publishing an unauthorized computer-altered photo of him in a fashion spread. The Academy Award-winning actor, who sued the magazine for misappropriating his image, won $1.5 million in compensatory damages last week in a nonjury federal court trial. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Dickran Tevrizian Jr. tacked on another $1.
April 20, 2003 |
Dustin Hoffman tells a story that illustrates how seriously he takes his work. Joe Pesci, he says, wanted to play Jake La Motta's brother in "Raging Bull." When director Martin Scorsese refused to consider him, Pesci tracked down the director at a hotel and threatened to throw himself out the window if he didn't get the part. He got the part. "That," says Hoffman, "is the ultimate actor's story."
April 17, 1995 |
Guests, flowers, champagne, band. One smiling clergyman and one nervous groom. After months of preparation, the stage is set and the cast is ready. But instead of "Here Comes the Bride," the leading lady has opted for "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off." Jilted at the altar. This is the stuff legends--and nightmares--are made of.