October 23, 2013 |
A thick, unrelenting heat permeated the Louisiana sets of "12 Years a Slave" - 100-degree-plus temperatures so intense they stifled breath. The moment a scene wrapped, cast and crew would take refuge in air-conditioned cars parked nearby. One member of the ensemble, however, stayed outdoors: Lupita Nyong'o, a 30-year-old newcomer who plays Patsey, the favorite slave of a sadistic plantation master. "In that kind of condition, we all wanted to find even the tiniest comfort we could get," recalled Chiwetel Ejiofor, the lead actor in the movie about a free Northerner who is abducted and sold into slavery in the South.
August 14, 2013 |
One in a series of occasional articles about the lives and careers of character actors in Hollywood. Fred Melamed's timing has always been a bit askew. Melamed didn't marry until he was 42. He didn't become the father of twin boys until he was 47. And he didn't get his first substantial movie role until he was 53, in Joel and Ethan Coen's 2009 "A Serious Man. " But Melamed, who was a voice-over superstar for 20 years, has been making up for lost time since he delighted critics and audiences with his villainous turn as the Machiavellian Sy Ableman in the Coens' dark comedy.
October 17, 2013 |
Before her movie breakout role in "The Deer Hunter" in 1978, for which she received her first of 17 (and counting) Oscar nominations, Meryl Streep was a hard-working New York stage actress who appeared in productions both on Broadway and at some of the city's most prestigious nonprofit theater companies. She performed in Central Park numerous times as part of the New York Shakespeare Festival. She sang in an off-Broadway musical production of "Alice at the Palace. " She paid her dues in plays by Chekhov, Brecht and Arthur Miller. In April, Streep will be recognized for her contributions to stage acting with the 14th Monte Cristo Award, presented by the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, which is located in Connecticut.
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February 22, 1986 |
J. Hillis Miller, a literary critic whose work has been praised as brilliant but denounced by some as deliberately obscure, will leave Yale University to join UC Irvine on July 1, University of California President David Gardner announced Friday. The appointment is considered an academic coup for UCI, said Murray Krieger, who began UCI's critical theory program. "It is a terrible loss for Yale but an absolute breakthrough for Irvine," said Krieger, who was instrumental in recruiting Miller.
July 18, 2013 |
Hormone replacement therapy has plummeted among U.S. women since the Women's Health Initiative cut short its Estrogen Plus Progestin Trial in 2002, when study results revealed that women who took the two-hormone therapy suffered adverse effects and higher mortality. But the widespread rejection since of all hormone replacement therapies among menopausal women has been misguided, a team of researchers from the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., wrote Thursday in the online edition of the American Journal of Public Health . Looking at a separate group of women than those followed in the 2002 trial - women ages 50 to 59 who had had hysterectomies - Dr. Philip Sarrel and colleagues calculated that rejecting estrogen-only hormone therapy resulted in the early deaths of nearly 50,000 women between 2002 and 2011.
December 16, 1989 |
A year ago, Raymond J. Barry submitted his play "Once in Doubt" to the Los Angeles Theatre Center--and it was rejected. "They thought the non-sequitur scenes like me jumping on the light-bulb glass saying, 'I wish something exciting would happen,' wouldn't work," says the Obie-winning actor. "The literary critic wrote a scathing review." Undeterred, Barry bowed the play last January at the Cast Theatre, followed by a summer run at the People's Light in Pennsylvania. Suddenly, the show was hot.