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May 27, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Bob Hope led the pack of popular performers who entertained the troops during World War II. John Wayne and other actors fought the war in feature films, and other Hollywood favorites tirelessly toured the country on war bond drives. In fact, beloved actress Carole Lombard died in early 1942 in a plane crash returning from a war bond drive. But there were numerous established stars, directors, producers and workers in other branches of the film industry who put their careers on hold to serve the country during WWII.
May 22, 2013 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
When producers of the upcoming science fiction movie "After Earth" wanted to create an image of what the planet might look like 1,000 years in the future, location manager Dow Griffith knew just the place. He immediately thought of the mystical redwood forests in Northern California where his parents had taken him on a camping trip as a child. "I wanted to be able to evoke that sense of what the Earth would be like a thousand years after man has left, and I always felt that these enormous trees would say that in one shot," Griffith said in an interview from his Santa Monica home.
April 3, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Burt Lancaster was the first movie star I ever met. I've encountered others since, but the circumstances have never been so dramatic. The year was 1971 and I was a young reporter for the Washington Post covering the Cannes Film Festival on my own dime. Few Americans made the trek in those days, which is why Lancaster's publicist contacted me and asked if I wanted to be part of a small lunch the actor was giving for journalists at the glamorous Hotel du Cap, a legendary spot perched just above imposing rocks that jut boldly into the Mediterranean.
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.
January 25, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Hollywood's most celebrated fake feud reached its epic climax Thursday when Matt Damon took over “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for the night. It was an hour of sweet, highly entertaining revenge for the Oscar-winning star, who's been “bumped” from Kimmel's show hundreds of times over the years. With his nemesis bound and gagged in a chair to the rear of the stage, Damon had free rein over the entire broadcast, which he kindly renamed “Jimmy Kimmel Sucks.” It all began with a monologue in which Damon ruthlessly taunted Kimmel (sample dialogue: “I am Luke Skywalker and Kimmel is the Death Star -- big and round and easily destroyed through his garbage hole”)
December 22, 2012 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Larry L. King, a writer and playwright whose magazine article about a campaign to close down a popular bordello became the hit Broadway musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and a 1982 movie starring Burt Reynolds, died Thursday. He was 83. King, who had emphysema, died at a retirement home in Washington, D.C., where he had lived for six months, said his wife, Barbara Blaine. He wrote his most famous piece, about the demise of the Chicken Ranch brothel in Texas, in 1974 for Playboy magazine.
November 14, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
There's no harm in toasting to a few good men - or raising many toasts for many good men, as GQ magazine packed Los Angeles institution Chateau Marmont with its annual Men of the Year celebration Tuesday. On a hotel patio transformed from its usual bistro setting, cream canvas tents with chic black piping protected the coif of cover boy Ben Affleck from some aggressive wind. Affleck chatted up another man of the year, Jamie Foxx, who has been everywhere lately supporting "Django Unchained," something we don't mind.
November 7, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before figuring out who's ahead for 2016. The Skinny: Hear that? It's quiet. No political ads. No screaming on cable news. Let's see how long it lasts. Wednesday's headlines include a look at how TV did covering the race, Paramount's struggles regarding a 3-D version of "Top Gun" and Time Warner posts solid third-quarter results. Daily Dose: Paramount Pictures had no problem showing lots of alcohol brands in the movie "Flight," about an alcoholic pilot, including Budweiser, Bushmills and Absolut.
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...
October 23, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
Every movie star handles award season differently. Some are openly disdainful of the dog-and-pony shows - Joaquin Phoenix, anyone? - while others are able to at least feign excitement at the prospect of traipsing down yet another red carpet. For the most part, the celebrities making their way to the Beverly Hilton ballroom for the Hollywood Film Awards on Monday evening seemed to be in good spirits. After all, the event was only the first stop on the long road to the Academy Awards in February, so fete-fatigue had yet to set in. Marion Cotillard, who took home an acting prize for her role in the foreign-language film "Rust and Bone," said she was reveling in an experience that doesn't exist in her native France.
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