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November 29, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Nancy Olson Livingston was all of 20, a theater arts major at UCLA and a newly signed ingénue at Paramount when she was cast as Betty Schaefer in "Sunset Blvd.," Billy Wilder's 1950 masterpiece about Hollywood. The film starred Gloria Swanson as the former silent movie star Norma Desmond; William Holden as Joe Gillis, a struggling screenwriter who agrees to write her comeback vehicle; Erich von Stroheim as Max, Desmond's former husband and director now working as her butler and chauffeur; and Livingston as the young reader at Paramount, who falls for Joe. "Billy Wilder did something unusual before I was cast," Livingston recalls.
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March 6, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Valerie Perrine may be the only former Las Vegas showgirl to win the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival. Just a few years after she had hung up her glitzy showgirl costume, Perrine was the toast of the town as Lenny Bruce's stripper/showgirl wife Honey Harlow in Bob Fosse's acclaimed 1974 biopic "Lenny," with Dustin Hoffman as the groundbreaking comedian. After eight years working at the Desert Inn and the Lido, which was a topless revue, Perrine was visiting a friend in Los Angeles looking for career opportunities.
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NEWS
February 18, 2009 | Michael Ordona
Economies around the globe are melting down. The U.S. is embroiled in multiple armed conflicts with no easy exits. So who cares what five Oscar winners have played superheroes in their careers? Chances are, you do. That's why you're reading this. Test your Oscar nerdiness with the questions below. So what if you can't resolve global conflict and the unemployment rate, at least you'll know which Oscar winners double-dipped as a -- costumed crime fighter.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
We all know who's going to win in an iPad versus iPad 2 drop test -- gravity, of course. But which generation holds up better in a face-to-sidewalk meeting? With a stack of iPads old and new, the good folks at SquareTrade happily took on this question. They dropped the new iPad and its older sister, iPad 2, from several different heights with the screens facing up and facing down. In the drop from waist level face up, the iPad 2, you see from the real-time and slow-motion replay, survives intact, despite a good thud.
NEWS
June 17, 1990
The search for Miss Montebello 1990 is under way with a new category added to the competition. In addition to the interview and evening gown segments, this year's pageant, scheduled Oct. 6, will feature a spokeswoman "screen test" category to "showcase individual on-camera broadcasting skills and techniques," said Simone Stephens, pageant coordinator. The competition is open to single women ages 16 to 23 who are residents of Montebello.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 1996 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
It's no coincidence that the scene for the screen test in Jack Betts' "Screen Test--Take One" at the Skylight Theatre is lifted directly from the 1952 film "The Bad and the Beautiful." Although set in the present, Betts' ambitious drama, directed by veteran actress Doris Roberts, aspires to be a grand, sweeping potboiler in the rattling tradition of old Hollywood.
NEWS
May 26, 1988 | MICHAEL ARKUSH, Arkush is a Pasadena free-lance writer. and
James Gugler, 17, works 28 hours each week pumping gas at a Canoga Park Chevron station. He also goes to high school. These dual duties demand shortcuts, so when assigned to read the novel "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," James flew over to the neighborhood video store and rented a video of the film. "It was a lot easier than spending a week reading the book," says the El Camino Real High School junior. "Basically, what the teacher wanted was in the movie. I did fine. I got an A on the test."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1990 | SCOTT HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As dogs throughout the world know, you can teach an old owner new tricks. Many humans, duped by the canine conspiracy, still seem to think they're in charge. But when was the last time your dog fixed dinner for you? Scratched behind your ears? Rubbed your tummy? Or took you to a screen test? The last point, at least, was underscored Saturday when dozens of owners brought their dogs to a North Hollywood hotel for screen tests.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2004 | Michael Cieply, Times Staff Writer
When Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. releases its "Barbershop 2: Back in Business" in 2,700 theaters and on more than 3,000 screens Friday, it will be aiming for a possible record with the widest release ever for a black-themed feature film. The studio will also be testing a pet theory of Vice Chairman Chris McGurk: the notion that a big-league film franchise can be built on a minor-league budget.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Valerie Perrine may be the only former Las Vegas showgirl to win the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival. Just a few years after she had hung up her glitzy showgirl costume, Perrine was the toast of the town as Lenny Bruce's stripper/showgirl wife Honey Harlow in Bob Fosse's acclaimed 1974 biopic "Lenny," with Dustin Hoffman as the groundbreaking comedian. After eight years working at the Desert Inn and the Lido, which was a topless revue, Perrine was visiting a friend in Los Angeles looking for career opportunities.
NEWS
April 28, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Autism treatment works best the earlier a child is diagnosed and begins therapy. A new screening test for babies at their 1-year-old check-up may be reliable enough to be used in pediatricians' offices around the world, said the authors of a review of the method. The screening test was performed on 10,479 1-year-olds in San Diego. The babies were the patients of 137 different pediatricians. Parents or guardians gave their permission for the babies to be screened. Using a checklist that took about five minutes to complete, doctors asked questions about the child's use of eye contact, sounds, words, gestures, object recognition and other forms of communication.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Most Indian directors would consider it a major coup to cast Aamir Khan in one of their films. After all, he's one of India's biggest stars ("Lagaan," "Taare Zameen Par"), not to mention a noted director and savvy producer ("Peepli Live"). But his wife, Kiran Rao, didn't want her husband to play a character in her feature film directorial and writing debut, "Dhobi Ghat," known in English as "Mumbai Diaries" and opening Friday in the U.S. and in India. Instead, she wanted to cast unknowns in the drama, which centers on an introverted painter who is stinging from his recent divorce and separation from his son. His life ends up being intertwined with three vastly different people.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Nancy Olson Livingston was all of 20, a theater arts major at UCLA and a newly signed ingénue at Paramount when she was cast as Betty Schaefer in "Sunset Blvd.," Billy Wilder's 1950 masterpiece about Hollywood. The film starred Gloria Swanson as the former silent movie star Norma Desmond; William Holden as Joe Gillis, a struggling screenwriter who agrees to write her comeback vehicle; Erich von Stroheim as Max, Desmond's former husband and director now working as her butler and chauffeur; and Livingston as the young reader at Paramount, who falls for Joe. "Billy Wilder did something unusual before I was cast," Livingston recalls.
NEWS
October 12, 2010
If you had an advanced case of pancreatic cancer, would you still schedule a routine colonoscopy ? If you were suffering with stage IV lung cancer, would you still get a PSA test ? If you were battling stage IV breast cancer, would you ask your gynecologist to do a Pap test ? For many patients, the surprising answer is yes. Researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering  Cancer Center in New York and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston examined the medical records of 87,736 Medicare patients who had been diagnosed with advanced cancers.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2010
After his screen test, Romain Duris made his film debut in Cédric Klapsich's 1994 film, "Le Péril Jeune. " The two have collaborated five more times, including on 1996's "When the Cat's Away," 2002's "The Spanish Apartment" and 2008's "Paris. " He also is a favorite of director Tony Gartlif, appearing in three films, including 2004's "Exiles. " Among his 33 films are "Molière," "Dans Paris" and "Gadjo Dilo. " His latest film, "The Big Picture," a thriller based on the book by Douglas Kennedy, premieres at the Toronto Film Festival this month.
HEALTH
December 28, 2009 | By Danielle Ofri
A few weeks ago, a healthy patient in her early 40s came to my office requesting a CT scan of the chest. She was a smoker and wanted to be sure that she didn't have lung cancer. I explained to her that a CT, or computerized tomography, scan was not a good test for lung cancer. I even pulled up the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force guidelines on my computer to show her that there was no compelling evidence to support screening. She refused to accept this explanation. "I want to know that I don't have cancer," she repeated.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Lost Garbo Screen Test to Air: "Entertainment This Week" will show exclusive footage Saturday and Sunday from the last screen test ever shot of the late Greta Garbo. The long-forgotten test was shot in 1949 and was for "The Duchess of Langeaiss," a film that Garbo had agreed to star in, but was never made.
NEWS
January 6, 1985 | STEPHEN BRAUN, Times Staff Writer
Life is not always kind to tourist attractions. Take, for example, the eight determined souls who have spent the last three weeks confined to the catwalk of a billboard at Sunset and La Cienega boulevards, vying in an endurance contest that won't end until seven come down. Tour buses cruising Sunset in search of the quaint and the bizarre have recently added the billboard's inhabitants to their sightseeing attractions.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2009 | By Maria Elena Fernandez
Sofia Vergara, the Colombian former Univision TV host who became famous in Latin America for her flirty personality, voluptuous physique and Latin lovers, never intended to be a scene-stealing funny girl on American TV. But that's exactly what she is on ABC's new hit comedy "Modern Family." FOR THE RECORD: Sofia Vergara: A photo caption in Sunday's Calendar section with The Sunday Conversation column, in which Sofia Vergara from the ABC comedy "Modern Family" was interviewed, misspelled her first name as Sonia.
SCIENCE
November 21, 2009
Cancer screening Routine cancer screening is designed to catch tumors at an early stage, when they are more susceptible to treatment. The practice is credited with reducing death rates of some cancers by as much as 70%. Here's what can happen when an asymptomatic person takes a screening test: SMALL CANCER A small cancer is found that responds well to early therapy. The patient has the best chance for a full recovery, and may even require less treatment. FALSE POSITIVE A test can erroneously signal cancer in a healthy patient.
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