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January 2, 2014 | By Alice Short
Minna Bernays may not be a household name, but her brother-in-law -- Sigmund Freud -- is. Bernays, who was rumored to have had an affair with the psychoanalyst at the end of the 19th century, is the main character of  Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman's 2013 historical novel “Freud's Mistress.” Novelists can't seem to leave Freud and his entourage alone. D.M. Thomas had him on the brain in “The White Hotel” and “Lying Together”; Freud also inspired Thomas' “Eating Pavlova” and Goce Smilevski's “Freud's Sister”; and his wife, Martha, takes center stage in Nicolle Rosen's “Mrs.
December 27, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
The Jennifer Lawrence-Joan Rivers feud is heating up, with the "Fashion Police" host taking the latest jab at the Oscar-winning actress.  The outspoken "Hunger Games" star's crusade against unhealthy body image has frequently made headlines and, in November, the slightly curvy Lawrence spoke out against Rivers' E! snark fest "Fashion Police" for perpetuating a warped ideal of body image.  "The world has a certain idea -- we see this airbrushed perfect model image," the 23-year-old said during a Yahoo chat event.
December 25, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
Jennifer Lawrence's looks bring up fond memories for one 76-year-old actor and fellow Oscar winner -- fond memories that warrant some lavish gift-giving. This generous gentleman's name? Jack Nicholson. Earlier this year, the "American Hustle" star appeared star-struck when "The Shining" actor dropped in on her backstage interview after she won the best actress Oscar for "Silver Linings Playbook. " "Good Morning America" co-host George Stephanopoulos and Lawrence shared a hearty laugh because of the peeping Nicholson, who congratulated the starlet on her praised performance in February.
December 21, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
As you read this, David O. Russell's new movie "American Hustle" is, like that giant vat of caloric popcorn, going down at a theater near you. In fact it's going down at 2,507 theaters near someone, a  remarkable number for a man who makes wry sideways romps. Just a year ago Russell had a different film playing in multiplexes around the holiday season. But it was playing a lot more sparsely: "Silver Linings Playbook," Russell's mental-health-dramedy slash-dancing-dramedy-slash-romantic-comedy, was in just a few hundred theaters, the product of a Weinstein Co. rollout so slow it made molasses seem like a fast-spraying liquid.
December 17, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Jennifer Lawrence's crusade against Hollywood's body-image issues just made it to Barbara Walters' prime-time special. "Why is humiliating people funny?" the unfiltered "Hunger Games" star asks Walters during ABC's "Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013" interview . "And I get it, I do it too. We all do it. " The 23-year-old Oscar-winner has repeatedly spoken out about weight issues and seems to get the most serious when it comes to being a role model for young women.
December 16, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Multiplex moviegoers weren't the only ones paying attention to "American Hustle's" recent awards-season onslaught. Over the weekend, the film grossed $690,000 from just six theaters, and David O. Russell's freewheeling con artist dramedy also screened for academy members at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The 1,000-seat room wasn't entirely full, but eyeball estimates had about 750 people in attendance, more than any recent screening and a great number for this hectic, most wonderful time of year.
December 12, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
David O. Russell is a director on a hot streak, an audacious original with an affinity for edgy American madness. His dizzying, outlandishly entertaining "American Hustle" is a 21-first century screwball farce about 20th-century con men, scam artists and those who dream of living large, a film that is big hearted and off the wall in equal measure. As he demonstrated in his previous two pictures, "Silver Linings Playbook" and "The Fighter," out of control people are Russell's specialty.
December 10, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Jenny from the Block is with "The Boy Next Door. " The Universal Pictures thriller, in which actress and musician Jennifer Lopez plays a divorced woman who has an affair  with a teenage neighbor (Ryan Guzman of the 2012 movie "Step Up Revolution"), pulled a permit to shoot in Placerita Canyon near Newhall this week. Smart Entertainment and Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions also are producing the film, which began filming last month and is being directed by Rob Cohen.  Universal has set a Jan. 23, 2015, release date for the "The Boy Next Door," which also stars John Corbett.
December 7, 2013 | By Alene Dawson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Many moons after the "Rachel" haircut hysteria, much ado is still being made about Jennifer Aniston's hair. The 44-year-old "Friends" and "Horrible Bosses" star recently cut her long tresses into a bob, and it made headlines across the planet. We went to Aniston, who has joined the ranks of beauty entrepreneurs as co-owner of Living Proof hair care, to find out how she stays serene and beautiful in the spotlight. On the red carpet, you don't significantly change your beauty look.
December 6, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: The 23rd annual “Beat the Odds” awards dinner, benefiting the Children's Defense Fund-California and honoring five outstanding students who overcame near-overwhelming personal obstacles to achieve academic success. The scene: The star-studded A-list affair at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday included numerous long time CDF supporters, plus newcomers to the cause, such as Matt Damon, who said he and his wife, Luciana Barroso, were there for the first time at the invitation of friends and looking forward to the program.
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