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June 7, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
President Barack Obama attracted major star power for a mid-week visit to Los Angeles, drawing out A-listers such as Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon to a fundraising event in Beverly Hills. The president arrived at LAX shortly before 5 p.m., whisked off to address the LGBT Leadership Council at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, an event hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. Following a four-song set from "Glee's" Darren Criss, Obama discussed the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell to a crowd that included Cher and son Chaz Bono, "Modern Family" actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson and George Takei.
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April 21, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Julia Roberts is finally publicly addressing the death of her half-sister Nancy Motes, who was found dead in February of an apparent drug overdose. The "August: Osage County" star's family issued a statement soon after Motes' death saying that they were "devastated," but Roberts laid low during the surrounding frenzy. "It's just heartbreak," the actress said, tearing up in an interview with WSJ. Magazine that took place just weeks after her estranged sister's passing.
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January 27, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The Grammy Awards are first and foremost a celebration of pop music, but Sunday night's ceremony also had copious connections to the world of movies. Here's a look at some of the subtle and shameless film hyping, trailer dropping and Oscar campaigning. The evening's first two presenters were a past and a present Oscar nominee: Anna Kendrick, nominated for her supporting role in "Up in the Air" in 2010, and Pharrell Williams, nominated this year for the original song "Happy," from "Despicable Me 2. " When the behatted Williams asked Kendrick whether she had any Oscar  advice for him, she replied, "Don't lose.
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April 4, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
We'll definitely be seeing more of Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, but perhaps less on the big screen and more at the local beauty counter and in TV ads: The "12 Years a Slave" star has been named the latest Lancôme cosmetics "ambassadress. " "I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancôme, a brand with such a prestigious history and that I have always loved," the 31-year-old said in a statement. "I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for  women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman's freedom to be herself.
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December 27, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Julia Roberts' top priority is her family, not her career. And that's totally fine with her.  In a recent interview with The Times' Amy Kaufman, the "August: Osage County" star opened up about prioritizing her home life and often putting her children -- twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, 9, and son Henry, 6, with husband Danny Moder -- ahead of her work. The iconic redhead is also quite discerning when it comes to the jobs she takes. "I think people like to say that I'm super picky because of how much I lo-oo-ve my kids," Roberts said.
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February 10, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Julia Roberts' sister was found dead Sunday in the bathtub of a Westside home, and law enforcement sources said there is no evidence of foul play. Los Angeles County coroner's officials cautioned that they have made no final determination on the cause of death. But law enforcement sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said some type of drug overdose might have been involved. Nancy Motes, a younger half-sister of the Oscar-winning actress, was found by a friend at a home on North Bundy Drive about 2 p.m. Sunday, according to police.  An autopsy was conducted Monday, but a final determination of cause of death may take several weeks while toxicology results are gathered.
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August 17, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Dermot Mulroney is joining the cast of A-list stage and screen stars for the film adaption of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play "August: Osage County. " Mulroney will be reunited with his "My Best Friend's Wedding"  co-star Julia Roberts. In "August: Osage County," Mulroney will play Steve, a less-than-noble businessman whose eye wanders to the pot-smoking daughter of Barbara (Roberts), played by "Little Miss Sunshine's" Abigail Breslin. As previously announced, Tony Award winner Margo Martindale ("Cat on a Hot Tin Roof")
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September 8, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
An A-list army gathered in Los Angeles on Friday for "Stand Up to Cancer," the biennial live fundraiser, backed by Hollywood and aired across the big four TV networks that works to raise money for cancer research. Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Michael Douglas, Joe Manganiello, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift and Jessica Biel all appeared on the broadcast, executive produced by telethon vet Joel Gallen and actress Gwyneth Paltrow. "Up until the end, he was the love of my life," Paltrow shared with the audience at downtown's Shrine Auditorium, regarding her father Bruce who passed away in 2002 from oral cancer.  The commercial-free hour saw performances from Swift, Tim McGraw, Alicia Keys and a prerecorded number from Coldplay, led by Paltrow's husband, Chris Martin.
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October 21, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: “An Indian Summer Evening With Jakob Dylan and the Wallflowers,” benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu Teen Center. The setting: Guests partied al fresco Saturday at the Malibu estate of “The Bachelor” creator Mike Fleiss. Even if his mega-hit reality show doesn't often result in permanent romantic success, Fleiss - who has been creating reality TV shows since the 1990s - said he and fiancée Laura Kaeppeler, Miss America 2012, expect to be wed this spring.
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December 11, 2013 | By Chris Lee
The Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations for outstanding female actor in a supporting role boil down to a five-way battle royale between a total unknown (Lupita Nyong'o), two of pop culture's most widely loved presences (Julia Roberts and Oprah Winfrey), last year's Oscar prom queen (Jennifer Lawrence) and an octogenarian actress known more as a bit player than a marquee name (June Squibb). Squibb's credits include the recurring role of “Grandma” on TV's “The Ghost Whisperer” and a two-year run on “The Young and the Restless,” making her not only the SAG Awards' dark-horse candidate, but, at 84, the oldest nominee.
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February 10, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Julia Roberts' sister was found dead Sunday in the bathtub of a Westside home, and law enforcement sources said there is no evidence of foul play. Los Angeles County coroner's officials cautioned that they have made no final determination on the cause of death. But law enforcement sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said some type of drug overdose might have been involved. Nancy Motes, a younger half-sister of the Oscar-winning actress, was found by a friend at a home on North Bundy Drive about 2 p.m. Sunday, according to police.  An autopsy was conducted Monday, but a final determination of cause of death may take several weeks while toxicology results are gathered.
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January 27, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The Grammy Awards are first and foremost a celebration of pop music, but Sunday night's ceremony also had copious connections to the world of movies. Here's a look at some of the subtle and shameless film hyping, trailer dropping and Oscar campaigning. The evening's first two presenters were a past and a present Oscar nominee: Anna Kendrick, nominated for her supporting role in "Up in the Air" in 2010, and Pharrell Williams, nominated this year for the original song "Happy," from "Despicable Me 2. " When the behatted Williams asked Kendrick whether she had any Oscar  advice for him, she replied, "Don't lose.
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January 18, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
Abigail Breslin has been in the spotlight for more than a decade, so you'd think she'd have the red carpet thing down by now.  But the "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Signs" veteran, now 17 years old, said she still feels out of place at the glam functions. "I always feel like the person who got invited as the plus-one," she admitted. "I'm always terrified. " PHOTOS: SAG 2014 red carpet arrivals Breslin was at the SAG Awards on Saturday as part of the "August: Osage County" cast, which was nominated for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.
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January 15, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The Screen Actors Guild has announced a star-studded lineup of presenters for the 20th annual SAG Awards, including Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep and Matt Damon. Also on the list are Ben Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jennifer Garner, Tom Hanks, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Lupita Nyong'o, Julia Roberts, Emma Thompson, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. Many presenters are also nominees, including four out of the five contenders for lead actor (Ejiofor for "12 Years a Slave," Hanks for "Captain Phillips," McConaughey for "Dallas Buyers Club" and Whitaker for "Lee Daniels' The Butler")
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January 10, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
"August: Osage County" has its six Oscar winners and nominees (oooh), its basis in a Pulitzer- and Tony-winning stage production (aaah), its Academy Awards dreams (gasp) and its reviews (blah). The movie opens wide in theaters Friday. The film was initially set to go wide on Dec. 25 amid holiday hoopla, but the Weinstein Co. reportedly pulled it back. Meantime, "August" the film (as opposed to the play, which scooped up five Tonys) has a 58 out of 100 on Metacritic.  Will you see it?
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December 27, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Julia Roberts' top priority is her family, not her career. And that's totally fine with her.  In a recent interview with The Times' Amy Kaufman, the "August: Osage County" star opened up about prioritizing her home life and often putting her children -- twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, 9, and son Henry, 6, with husband Danny Moder -- ahead of her work. The iconic redhead is also quite discerning when it comes to the jobs she takes. "I think people like to say that I'm super picky because of how much I lo-oo-ve my kids," Roberts said.
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April 7, 2001
I take exception to the Julia Roberts bashing in last week's Saturday Letters. As an actor, I have an acute appreciation of what it must take to succeed in this business, to remain on top for as many years as she has, and to be on a par with the top male actors. Why do people delight in bashing those few who triumph? She deserves not our admonition but our admiration. MARCIA ANN BURRS Thousand Oaks
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February 12, 2005 | From Associated Press
Call it a preemptive paparazzi strike. Julia Roberts and her husband, cameraman Danny Moder, have released the first photos of their nearly 3-month-old twins to People magazine, which hit newsstands Friday. "We are releasing these photographs not only to share our happiness, but to ensure the privacy, safety and respect our babies deserve," the couple said in a statement. The photographs show Roberts with her sleepy-eyed twins: Phinnaeus Walter (Finn) and Hazel Patricia.
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December 26, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"I'm just truth telling," says Meryl Streep's Violet, the gorgon mother at the center of "August: Osage County," and in that same spirit I have to confess that (a) I never saw this Pulitzer Prize-winning vehicle by Tracy Letts when it was on stage and (b) nothing about this film version makes me regret that choice. Despite a pedigree that includes five Tonys in addition to that Pulitzer and a cast of gifted actors that is a full dozen deep, "August: Osage County" does nothing but disappoint, with all the talent involved simply underlining how uninvolving this material is. If anything, the cinematic "August" feels related to that branch of reality TV where dysfunctional characters, whether active or passive, make a public display of their wretched lives.
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December 26, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
"How are your kids, hon?" a woman asked Julia Roberts after stopping the actress on a Pacific Palisades sidewalk. She was a familiar neighborhood face to Roberts, and so the two caught up for a few minutes, hugged and parted ways. Here, in the tony enclave populated with Pilates studios and juice bars, this is how most people relate to Roberts - as a neighborhood mom. Someone who hides her makeup-less face behind Ray Bans while running errands; sets an alarm on her phone so she remembers to feed the meter; wears a neon-colored rubber band bracelet because her daughter made it for her. "The kind of energy I attract is very calm," said Roberts, 46, settling in for lunch at an empty local cafe.
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