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December 3, 2012
As the director of "Argo," Ben Affleck knew who he wanted in the starring role as CIA agent Tony Mendez: himself. "I was just greedy for this part in this movie," Affleck said at The Envelope Screening Series. What's more, he joked, the director and the actor "were sleeping together, so I talked myself into it. " Affleck was able to cast an array of established actors (Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin) in prominent roles and a variety of up-and-comers (Clea Duvall, Rory Cochrane)
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2012 | By John Horn
It's the fundamental conceit of Tom Hooper's  "Les Miserables" : Rather than have his actors record their songs in a studio and then lip-sync when cameras were rolling later, he filmed his cast, which includes Hugh Jackman and Oscar front-runner Anne Hathaway, performing their songs live on set. But the very conceit of the movie also proved to be one of the production's biggest challenges, Hooper said. DIRECTOR'S ROUNDTABLE: Six filmmakers talk shop In this clip from the Envelope Directors Roundtable moderated by the Times' John Horn, Hooper and five fellow top directors -- Ang Lee ("The Life of PI')
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
BERKELEY, Calif. - Cheryl Cohen Greene likes to spend weekends close to home with her husband, Bob, a former postal worker. Often, they go hiking in the Berkeley Hills that surround their neighborhood, or watch movies in the living room of their modest duplex. At 68, Greene is trim for her age and says she'd lose 10 pounds if she didn't love food so much. She's a devoted grandmother who frequently visits with her two children and grandchildren. No one would guess that more than 900 people have paid to have sex with her. Greene has worked as a surrogate partner therapist for 40 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2012 | By Oliver Gettell
There are many things that can draw a filmmaker to a project. It could be a great script or the chance to work with a talented actor. In the case of Ang Lee and "Life of Pi," it was fear. In this clip from the Envelope Directors Roundtable moderated by the Times' John Horn, Lee and five fellow top directors -- Tom Hooper ("Les Miserables"), Ben Affleck ("Argo"), Sacha Gervasi ("Hitchcock"), David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook") and Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty") -- discuss how the challenges of their work inspire and drive them.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
“The Bathtub,” the grittily colorful Bayou region in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” may seem like a difficult and impoverished place. After all, director Benh Zeitlin based it on towns outside the Louisiana levee system that have been destroyed and rebuilt dozens of times and lack what might be considered a conventional quality of life. But Zeitlin says that he views the Bathtub -- and the real-life towns that inspired it -- as something very different. “There's this kind of joyous spirit that's still intact and this culture that's still intact,” he told the audience at the Times' Envelope Screening Series earlier this week.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2012 | By John Horn
  It's one of the most riveting sequences in writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master": Soon after spiritual leader Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is dragged off to jail with reluctant disciple Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix), Dodd and Quell have a spectacular prison-cell fight. Phoenix thrashes about like a caged animal, while Hoffman as Dodd is increasingly enraged by Quell's demeanor and tells him that he is the only one who cares about him. It's one of several explosive acting moments in the critically acclaimed drama that is Anderson's first film since 2008's "There Will be Blood.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2000
KCSN-FM's (88.5) hourlong "Let's Do Lunch" program, hosted by Rene Engel, is being broadcast live each day this week from the Museum of Television & Radio in Beverly Hills. The museum is offering free admission to those who wish to watch the live show, which airs on KCSN weekdays at noon. Red Buttons will be today's guest. Other scheduled guests will be Jan Murray (Wednesday), Shelley Berman (Thursday) and Stan Freberg (Friday).
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2008 | SUSAN KING
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Academy Foundation's Institutional Grants Program announced Tuesday that it has awarded $500,000 to 58 film-related nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada. Among the local organizations receiving money for programs are the California Institute of Arts, Loyola Marymount University, USC's Master of Professional Writing Program and School of Cinematic Art, UCLA's Film and Television Program and Workplace Hollywood. Local institutional grants were awarded for the job training program at Hollywood Cinema Production Resources, the screening series at UCLA Film and Television archive, the Access LA Seminar Series and Screenwriting Lab at Outfest.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2011
MOVIES Cinephiles and boozehounds will unite at the "Naked Gun" and "Airplane" Drink Along, the latest installment of the Downtown Independent's sudsy screening series. The comedic double feature will toast the late actor Leslie Nielsen, and rooftop beer pong will continue "till late. " The first drink is on the house. Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main St., L.A. 7 p.m. Sat. (8 p.m. show time). $10 in advance, $12 at the door. (213) 617-1033. http://www.downtownindependent.com
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