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February 13, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Pledge-break messages tend to be something that public television and radio audiences tolerate rather than welcome, but Steve Martin is riding to the rescue with a witty clip he shot for PBS stations to air during fundraising campaigns starting next month. “Hi, Steve Martin again,” he says at the top of the clip. “You know I'm not just asking you to make a pledge to PBS. I'm also asking my celebrity friends. Right now I'm going to text Tom Hanks, my big celebrity friend.” The response Martin reads when his cellphone dings isn't quite what stations look for, but the bit refreshingly avoids the stiff testimonials that typify these campaigns.
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April 18, 2014 | By David Ng
Steve Martin will present the world premiere of his much buzzed about new musical "Bright Star" in September at the Old Globe in San Diego as part of the company's 2014-15 season, which was announced on Thursday. "Bright Star," which Martin is writing with Edie Brickell, had been expected to debut at the Old Globe after the company held workshop performances earlier this year in New York. The musical, which runs from Sep. 13 to Nov. 2, had also been workshopped at the Powerhouse Theatre in upstate New York.
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December 12, 2013 | By David Ng
Actor, musician and avid art collector Steve Martin will co-curate an exhibition of work by the late Canadian artist Lawren Harris that will debut at the Hammer Museum at UCLA in fall 2015. A spokeswoman for the Hammer said that the exhibition "is in the very early stages of planning though, so we don't have any other details at this time. " The show is expected to tour the U.S. after opening at the Hammer. Another venue for the exhibition will be Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario, which announced it on Wednesday.  Harris was a key figure in 20th century Canadian painting and was a founding member of the so-called Group of Seven, a coalition of pioneering Canadian artists.
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February 20, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
The opening of the Broad museum in downtown Los Angeles may have been pushed back to 2015, but its art-focused lecture series, “The Un-Private Collection,” is proceeding full steam ahead. The series, which pairs contemporary artists from the museum's collection with scholars, novelists, filmmakers, musicians and other artists, launched in September with founders Eli and Edythe Broad onstage , talking about their early days of collecting and about their new museum. On Monday the series will stage its biggest evening yet, a conversation between the artist Jeff Koons and filmmaker-actor-artist John Waters at the Orpheum Theatre in L.A., with almost 2,000 people expected to attend.
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September 25, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
While most of his late-night peers were off nursing their post-Emmys hangovers Monday evening, David Letterman was on the air basking in the glory of being named a Kennedy Center honoree. Letterman welcomed another recipient of the prize, Steve Martin, to “Late Show.” Martin received the honor in 2007, putting him in a small but distinguished group of comedians, including Johnny Carson and Bill Cosby, who've earned the distinction. Martin promised Letterman the formal, black-tie ceremony would be a cinch.
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April 24, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Steve Martin welcomed his baby girl in December to very little fanfare, then news broke months later that he and wife Anne Stringfield were parents. Martin, 67, had swung by "The Late Show With David Letterman" on Tuesday to promote his new album, "Love Has Come for You," when Letterman asked him to open up about his baby girl. The first-time dad even brought a baby monitor to the set to keep an ear on the baby back at the hotel. Let's just say things weren't going very smoothly in the hotel room.
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October 7, 2012 | By Ellen Olivier
A veritable A-list of artists, actors, fashion designers and business leaders  streamed into the Hammer Museum in Westwood Saturday to celebrate artists Barbara Kruger and Cindy Sherman, raising a record $2 million for the museum's exhibitions and programs. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and actor/author/musician Steve Martin delivered the night's tributes. As if their talks weren't entertaining enough, the finale came courtesy of Katy Perry, who has a busy week in store with performances planned at Sunday's fundraiser for President Obama   and at  Thursday's amfAR Inspiration Gala.
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February 13, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Steve Martin is a new dad - and also darned good at keeping a secret. The 67-year-old actor, writer, comic and banjo player welcomed his first child with wife Anne Stringfield, 41, his rep confirmed to People on Wednesday, providing no other details. But don't go thinking that the child - gender unknown to the public - is an Aquarius. According to the New York Post's Page Six , which first broke the news, the wee one was born way back in December. "They've had a baby, and how they kept it a secret nobody knows," a source told the paper.
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October 24, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
With the presidential election just around the corner, who doesn't feel a need to sneak a smile into their daily routine? A trio of new DVD releases helps make that impulse a reality. The most venerable item -- it's even being released by the TCM Vault Collection -- is “UPA: The Jolly Frolics Collection,” featuring 38 cartoons created for theatrical release between 1948 and 1959 by a company called United Productions of America. If that name doesn't sound familiar, the UPA cartoons themselves will ring a bell, ranging as they do from artistic versions of literary classics (James Thurber's “The Unicorn in the Garden” and Edgar Allan Poe's “The Tell-Tale Heart”)
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October 15, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Oct. 14 - 20 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     CBS This Morning Regis Philbin; fashion philanthropist Cameron Silver. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today John Taylor; Martha Stewart; Matthew Morrison; Conor Maynard. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Kelly and Michael Ben Stiller; Gavin DeGraw performs. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Hayden Panettiere; Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren.
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February 13, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Pledge-break messages tend to be something that public television and radio audiences tolerate rather than welcome, but Steve Martin is riding to the rescue with a witty clip he shot for PBS stations to air during fundraising campaigns starting next month. “Hi, Steve Martin again,” he says at the top of the clip. “You know I'm not just asking you to make a pledge to PBS. I'm also asking my celebrity friends. Right now I'm going to text Tom Hanks, my big celebrity friend.” The response Martin reads when his cellphone dings isn't quite what stations look for, but the bit refreshingly avoids the stiff testimonials that typify these campaigns.
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December 12, 2013 | By David Ng
Actor, musician and avid art collector Steve Martin will co-curate an exhibition of work by the late Canadian artist Lawren Harris that will debut at the Hammer Museum at UCLA in fall 2015. A spokeswoman for the Hammer said that the exhibition "is in the very early stages of planning though, so we don't have any other details at this time. " The show is expected to tour the U.S. after opening at the Hammer. Another venue for the exhibition will be Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario, which announced it on Wednesday.  Harris was a key figure in 20th century Canadian painting and was a founding member of the so-called Group of Seven, a coalition of pioneering Canadian artists.
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November 26, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
This is the presidential life, Southern California style: Alien invasions. Banjo-playing actors. Threats to animate the next State of the Union address. President Obama dropped into DreamWorks Animation in Glendale on Tuesday, on the second day of statewide swing dedicated largely to fund-raising. Before delivering a speech to employees, he was treated to a VIP tour by the company's chief executive, Jeffrey Katzenberg, a top Obama fund-raiser. At one point they watched as actors Steve Martin and Jim Parsons recorded lines for the studio's upcoming alien invasion film, "Home.
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November 26, 2013 | By Richard Verrier and Kate Linthicum
President Barack Obama put the klieg light on Hollywood Tuesday, crediting the motion picture and television industry for being an engine of growth and a bright spot in a recovering economy. "Entertainment is one of the bright spots of our economy," Obama told a crowd of nearly 2,000 people gathered at the Glendale campus of DreamWorks Animation SKG. "The gap between what we can do and other countries can do is enormous. That's worth cheering about. " Obama was hosted by DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg, who is one of Obama's biggest contributors and fundraisers.
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November 17, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards - or as Martin Short called them, the "highest honor an actor can receive ... in mid-November" - were presented Saturday evening in Hollywood. And Short's joking comment aside, the evening made for a heartfelt tribute to three movie legends - Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury and Italian costume designer Piero Tosi - picking up honorary awards for their body of work, as well as Angelina Jolie, winner of the academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
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October 21, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor was awarded to Carol Burnett on Sunday night. The ceremony in Washington included appearances by Julie Andrews, Tina Fey, Vicki Lawrence, Tony Bennett and Burnett herself. Although the prize officially "recognizes people who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th century novelist and essayist best known as Mark Twain," it is rarely given to humorists best known for their writing. That's probably because it's presented by the Kennedy Center, which is focused on performance.
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September 15, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Steve Martin, the man in the white suit, has led many lives and worn many hats - some of them actual hats - in his travels through the culture as actor, musician, composer, novelist, memoirist, humorist, playwright, screenwriter, comedy writer, art collector, magician and Twitter star. So busy and so varied has his career been that it is possible to forget, if you ever knew it, that he once was a stand-up comedian, a pursuit he pretty much abandoned at his rock-star height, some 30 years ago. A dispatch from that lost time comes this week in the form of a three-DVD set, "Steve Martin: The Television Stuff" (Shout!
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August 6, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
When Steve Martin asked singer-songwriter Edie Brickell to come up with lyrics for one of the banjo melodies the comic, actor and writer had composed in his latter-day career as a bluegrass musician, she was intrigued but unprepared for the new understanding of her own life the effort would produce. "It inspired so many memories of my early upbringing in Paris, Texas," Brickell, 47, said in a recent phone interview along with Martin, her current tour partner with whom she'll perform Wednesday at the Hollywood Bowl and highlight material from their collaborative album, "Love Has Come for You. " "It made me remember the way my family talked to one another, the dogs on the porch - it seems like all the animals lived outside rather than inside," she said.
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May 21, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Carol Burnett, the trailblazing comedienne whose variety show was a top draw on CBS for over a decade, was named the winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Tuesday. Burnett, 80, will receive the award in an Oct. 20 in a ceremony to be broadcast Oct. 30 on PBS. “It's almost impossible to be funnier than the people in Washington,” said the star, who clearly hasn't lost her sense of humor, in a written statement. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Despite a career that spans Broadway, film and television, Burnett remains best known for “The Carol Burnett Show,” which ran from 1967 to 1978.
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