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November 2, 2012 | By Chris Lee
Russell Crowe: Serious thespian, Oscar winner, rage-prone phone thrower -- kung fu movie star? Fans of New Zealand's most celebrated dramatic export were mystified to discover that Crowe had signed on to appear in hip-hop superstar turned first-time filmmaker the RZA's directorial debut “The Man With the Iron Fists.” The rollicking martial arts mini-epic, shot on location in Shanghai, features ninja prostitutes, a bad guy with body-morphic brass...
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April 23, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Clint Eastwood's latest movie, "American Sniper," kicked off with a bang in Los Angeles County this week. The Warner Bros. film, which stars Bradley Cooper as a Navy SEAL who recounts his military exploits, began 10 days of filming Monday in an Afghan village set at the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in the Santa Clarita area. The scenes involved "simulated warfare sequences with full load automatic gunfire, explosions, squibs, bullet hits, smoke, burning debris," according to a county film permit.
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December 30, 2010 | By Gina McIntyre, Los Angeles Times
How's this for a slice of irony? Mario Batali, dressed in a suit, no orange Crocs in sight, is seated at a gleaming restaurant counter in a Manhattan eatery, haranguing a chef who works for him: "In a down economy, green doesn't play," Batali insists as part of a profanity-laden rant. "People don't give a damn where their hamburger comes from as long as it tastes good. " It's the last thing anyone would expect to hear from the ambassador of Italian cuisine, a man who wholeheartedly endorses the eating local philosophy.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik and Amy Kaufman
When the Cannes Film Festival announced its official 2014 selection Thursday, journalists and film fans immediately took notice of the most intriguing name on the list: Ryan Gosling. Gosling - that Oscar nominee, versatile talent, universally known movie star and all-around meme king - has accomplished many things in his years in the entertainment business.  But he had never had what is one of the global film world's highest honors - hearing one's name as part of the elite group of directors selected for Cannes.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2010 | By PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
Ever since the astounding grosses for "Avatar" started rolling in, Hollywood has been pretty much going gaga over 3-D. At a time when DVD revenues have been plummeting, who would've believed that 3-D would help save the studios' bacon? According to Warners distribution chief Dan Fellman, roughly 52% of the studio's box-office take for this weekend's "Clash of the Titans" was from 3-D ticket sales. According to industry marketers, the 3-D ticket price premium gave a huge boost to "Clash's " $61.4-million box-office take, which would've been closer to $41.4 million if it was only playing in 2-D. The film, which was retrofitted with 3-D at the last minute, inspired my colleague Kenny Turan to write that "Clash" could be "the first film to actually be made worse by being in 3-D."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Who is the king of all media? It just might be Grumpy Cat. The wildly popular, eternally frowning kitty has already conquered the Internet: She was Meme of the Year at the 2013 Webbys (take that, Psy). On Thursday, she signed a movie deal with the Hollywood producers behind "Paul Blart Mall Cop" and Adam Sandler's "Jack and Jill. " And Friday she'll appear at 3 p.m. at Book Expo in New York City to promote "Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book," coming from Chronicle Books in October.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Jimmy Fallon debuts tonight as host of the revamped "Tonight Show. " But when the comedian left "Saturday Night Live" in 2004, he was hoping to join the long list of "SNL" alums like Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Will Farrell and Mike Myers who followed their late-night gigs and became successful movie actors. That didn't quite happen. After landing a few roles on-screen, Fallon's movie career fizzled. In his first major post-"SNL" role, Fallon played New York cop Andrew Washburn in "Taxi," co-starring Queen Latifah and Gisele Bündchen.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2002
Behind the glasses there--is that movie star Sandra Bullock playing for yuks on a TV sitcom? It is. She puts in an appearance Wednesday on "The George Lopez Show" (8:30 p.m., ABC). Why? Read the credits: She's one of the program's executive producers.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2008 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
WE ALL know that the stock market has been plummeting in recent weeks. But what's dropping even faster is the stock Hollywood studios put into the value of movie stars. This past weekend's disastrous opening of Warners' costly "Body of Lies" was just another nail in the coffin. Buoyed by the presence of two mega-stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe, with Ridley Scott in the director's chair, the Middle East spy thriller was supposed to easily win its weekend. Instead, it finished No.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2013 | From Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
Dale Robertson, an Oklahoma horseman who became a TV and western movie star during the genre's heyday, died Tuesday at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. He was 89. Robertson, who was best known for starring in the series "Tales of Wells Fargo" from 1957 to 1962, had pneumonia and lung cancer, his family said. The handsome, square-jawed actor, who was often said to resemble Clark Gable, was an able horse rider by age 10 and was training polo ponies in his teens. He applied those skills in Hollywood, where he appeared in more than 60 movies, including a prime role as Jesse James in 1949's "Fighting Man of the Plains.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Two iconic female screen presences will return to the multiplex after an extended absence in "Maleficent," Disney's retelling of "Sleeping Beauty": star Angelina Jolie, and the title character she portrays. In a new featurette about the film, which opens May 30, Jolie and her fellow cast and crew say the tale will answer questions about the past and future of Maleficent, the sorceress who cursed Princess Aurora into a death-like slumber in the 1959 animated musical version of the classic fairy tale.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Susan King
The curtain goes up Thursday on the fifth TCM Classic Film Festival with the world premiere of the restoration of Fred Zinnemann's 1955 "Oklahoma!," based on the landmark Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Shirley Jones, who made her film debut in the hit, will be on hand at the TCL Chinese Theatre Imax to discuss the film with Robert Osborne, Turner Classic Movies' popular host. Over the next four days, rabid movie fans will descend on Hollywood to watch beloved classic films and see some of Tinseltown's most venerable stars, including Jerry Lewis, who will have a hand and footprint ceremony outside the Chinese and appear at the screening of 1963's "The Nutty Professor"; Kim Novak, who will appear at the screening of 1958's "Bell, Book and Candle"; Maureen O'Hara, who will be the special guest at the presentation of the 1941 Oscar-winning best film "How Green Was My Valley"; and Mel Brooks, who will be cracking wise at the 40th anniversary celebration of "Blazing Saddles.
NEWS
April 9, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
The MTV Movie Awards is known for its combustible moments and categories honoring such cinematic achievements as “best kiss” and “best gut-wrenching performance.” But when the annual raucousness gets under way Sunday from the Nokia Theatre with Conan O'Brien as host, it will also include a more solemn moment: a tribute to Paul Walker.   The late “Fast & Furious” actor, who died Thanksgiving weekend in a single-car crash, was a fixture at past awards, and the network has decided to honor his memory at this year's event.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Good news out of Palm Springs this week: Work has begun on dismantling "Forever Marilyn," the grotesque colossus fabricated with typical ham-handedness by sculptor J. Seward Johnson, which has been marring an already vacant lot at a prominent downtown corner for the last two years. The sculpture is headed out of town by flatbed truck for an exhibition back East. Good news because good riddance. "Forever Marilyn" is a 26-foot-tall leviathan whose claim to notoriety is that it besmirches the memory of a marvelous 1955 movie by the late, great Billy Wilder.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
"Will you still love me, when I'm no longer young and beautiful?" So asks the musical question in a Lana Del Rey song used as a refrain throughout the recent adaptation of "The Great Gatsby. " In some sense it is a question that Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays the title role, has seemed to be asking audiences ever since the explosive fame of "Titanic" made him an international superstar. DiCaprio is a double Oscar nominee for "The Wolf of Wall Street," as both actor and producer, and along with "Gatsby," the roles showcase him as an artist at a new peak of his powers.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Jimmy Fallon debuts tonight as host of the revamped "Tonight Show. " But when the comedian left "Saturday Night Live" in 2004, he was hoping to join the long list of "SNL" alums like Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Will Farrell and Mike Myers who followed their late-night gigs and became successful movie actors. That didn't quite happen. After landing a few roles on-screen, Fallon's movie career fizzled. In his first major post-"SNL" role, Fallon played New York cop Andrew Washburn in "Taxi," co-starring Queen Latifah and Gisele Bündchen.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 1988 | LEONARD KLADY
Reizl Bozyk (pronounced Rye-zel Bow-zac ), the 74-year-old actress who plays Amy Irving's grandmother in the current release "Crossing Delancey," is the embodiment of the Jewish Bubee. She's loving above and beyond the call of duty and just a tad too insistent about knowing what's best for today's working woman. We've seen her a hundred times. Ironically, director Joan Silvers' film marks Bozyk's screen debut.
NEWS
July 11, 1999 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the past several months, the cast and creative team of the WB sitcom "Movie Stars" have been twiddling their thumbs waiting for the network to schedule the comedy. A year after the sitcom about married superstars (Harry Hamlin and Jennifer Grant) raising three children in a Malibu manse was announced as a midseason replacement, the series is seeing the light of day. "I'll believe it when I see it [on the air]," says Hamlin in a mocking tone. "I ain't holding my breath."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Are we really shocked that a fashion house would send out a release announcing that a movie star is carrying its handbag to the funeral of another movie star? On Friday, celebrities gathered in New York to pay tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman, the great actor whose death from an apparent heroin overdose has occasioned a poignant outpouring not just about his contributions to American cinema and theater but also about the disease of addiction and the thrall in which it keeps even those who have been deeply committed to sobriety for years.
SPORTS
December 20, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Ronda Rousey clearly prefers being a movie star to a reality star, but at least she'll be able to write her own ending. Rousey, the Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight champion from Venice, will defend her belt against rival Miesha Tate on Dec. 28 at UFC 168 in Las Vegas. Before Rousey, 26, went off to star in the coming installments of “The Expendables” alongside Sylvester Stallone in Bulgaria, and “The Fast and the Furious,” she endured filming the UFC's “The Ultimate Fighter” reality television series with Tate (13-4)
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