Tag: Actors and Actresses

Laurel Griggs, Broadway Actress, Dies at 13 After Asthma Attack, Family Says

Laurel Griggs, who enjoyed early acting success in the 2013 Broadway revival of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and the musical adaptation of the Irish film “Once,” died on Tuesday. She was 13. Ms. Griggs’s death was confirmed by David Rivlin, her grandfather, who said in an interview on Sunday that the actress had […]

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Emma Thompson Can’t Live Without Hannah Gadsby and Potato Scones

Emma Thompson, double Oscar winner (“Howards End” for acting, “Sense and Sensibility” for writing), environmental activist and dame (anointed in vegan sneakers), is frank: She admits that her bank balance often rules her career. “Sometimes I’m not very rich, so I say to my agents, ‘Can you find me a job that might pay well?’” […]

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Did Daisy Haggard Create the Next ‘Fleabag’? Not Exactly

Before the English actress Daisy Haggard knew what story she wanted to tell, she knew how she wanted that story to feel. “I passionately believe that a show can be touching and funny and sad and mysterious and dramatic,” she said, speaking from her home in London recently. “You don’t have to choose one thing.” […]

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If Keanu Reeves’s Date Can Embrace Looking Her Age, I Can Too

The actor Keanu Reeves stepped out on the red carpet at an event on Saturday, holding hands with his longtime friend, the audiovisual artist Alexandra Grant. When photos appeared online on Monday, the pair sparked rumors of romance and, predictably, Twitter users were ecstatic. Many observers are thrilled that Mr. Reeves, 55, is the rare […]

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The Restrained Genius of a Joe Pesci Performance

Tommy DeVito is entertaining fellow gangsters with stories of his exploits when one of his listeners, Henry Hill, tells him he’s funny. The laughter at the loudest table in the restaurant abruptly dies. Tommy, played by Joe Pesci in a career-defining performance, asks, “Funny how?” Henry (Ray Liotta) is too unsettled to explain himself — […]

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How the Man Behind ‘The Crown’ Made the Monarchy Relevant Again

Toward the end of 2015, Peter Morgan, the British dramatist and screenwriter, received a small brown envelope in the mail. It looked like a speeding ticket, or a letter from the Inland Revenue, and as he tore it open he felt the first throb of a mild bureaucratic headache. As it happened, the British state […]

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Linda Hamilton on James Cameron and the First ‘Terminator’ Films

The new film “Terminator: Dark Fate” brings Linda Hamilton back to her signature role of Sarah Connor for the first time since 1991, when “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” made her a pop-culture icon. In a previous interview, Hamilton discussed what it was like to step back into the spotlight after starting her life anew in […]

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Brian Tarantina, Actor on ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,’ Dies at 60

Brian Tarantina, a character actor known for playing a comedy club M.C. on the Emmy Award-winning series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” was found dead on Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 60. His publicist, Laurie Smith, confirmed his death. She said Mr. Tarantina died of complications from a severe health crisis he experienced […]

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Beth Ditto is ‘Feeling Self-Defensive’ and Fights Back

Beth Ditto sprawled on her back and kicked her legs like a turtle in distress. “No! No! No! No! No!” she screamed. Ms. Ditto, 38, who spent nearly two decades fronting Gossip, the post-punk dance band, has recently reinvented herself as a solo artist and an actress. She now plays Bets, a seemingly demure housewife […]

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John Witherspoon Made Every Scene Better

“Last year, I worked 46 weeks of the year doing stand up. Forty-six.” This was John Witherspoon, speaking on Netflix’s podcast “Strong Black Legends,” in an episode released in April. At first listen, touring almost 90 percent of the year seems like too much for a man in his mid-70s, a man whose fame spans […]

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Giancarlo Esposito Didn’t Get to Keep His ‘Star Wars’ Weapons

Power just seems to suit Giancarlo Esposito, and he has wielded it memorably in his best known television roles, whether he is playing Gus Fring, the devious drug lord of “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” or the pioneering civil rights leader Adam Clayton Powell Jr. on “Godfather of Harlem.” Now he’s about to find […]

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A Filmmaker Bared His Soul. It Ruined His Life.

On the fifth episode of Caveh Zahedi’s “The Show About the Show” — a metadocumentary series that is sort of like if “Scenes From a Marriage” were crossed with “Synecdoche, New York” and then filtered through reality TV and the cheerful low-budget atmosphere of public-access cable but also a completely sui generis work of art […]

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At the Governors Awards, the Oscars Double Down on Diversity

LOS ANGELES — Lina Wertmüller made history when she became the first woman to earn a best-director Oscar nomination for her 1975 film “Seven Beauties.” On Sunday night, when the 91-year-old Italian director took the stage at the Governors Awards to receive an honorary Oscar, she suggested another shake-up. “She would like to change the […]

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Jenny Slate Wrote a Book-Shaped Thing. What Is It?

SOUTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. — The only piece of fiction in Jenny Slate’s new book, “Little Weirds,” describes a love that grew old in an un-air-conditioned house by the Atlantic Ocean. “I was trying to say goodbye to my ex-husband, who is an important person in my life and a friend,” the actress and comedian said […]

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Justin Hartley of ‘This Is Us’ Meditates on His Rolexes

“See that hand?” said Justin Hartley, pointing to the second hand on his Rolex Daytona as it skimmed the black-and-champagne face. “That hand is going so slow. And it never speeds up.” On a sun-dazzled morning in late September, Mr. Hartley, 42, a star of the prime-time weepie “This Is Us,” was at Wempe Jewelers, […]

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‘Not Much Scares Me.’ Then She Entered the Haunted House.

If you’ve watched a few horror movies, you’ll recognize this scene: The cute teenager runs up the stairs instead of out the house to escape a ruthless killer. Or how about this one: A group of friends purposefully split up in an abandoned warehouse or a dilapidated cemetery or an overgrown forest while being chased […]

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De Niro and Pacino Have Always Connected. Just Rarely Onscreen.

LONDON — There’s no plaque to honor the encounter, and neither of its central participants can pinpoint the exact date it occurred, but somewhere on a stretch of 14th Street in Manhattan’s East Village is the spot where, in the late 1960s, two rookie actors named Robert De Niro and Al Pacino first crossed paths. […]

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Think He’s a Jerk? Then He’s Doing His Job

Ian Barford can tell when the audience turns against him. It begins with a kiss, and escalates during a breakup scene. By the time he hobbles through a door, desperate to reconcile, “they’re just hissing at me, practically throwing things at me,” Barford said. The whole audience? “The women,” he clarified. “The men are usually […]

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Shut Up and Drink Your Champagne: The Impossible Life of the Impossible Elaine Stritch

STILL HEREThe Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine StritchBy Alexandra Jacobs Here are two things I can tell you about Elaine Stritch. First: Elaine was the most compelling performer I ever saw on a stage. I say that with no hyperbole whatsoever. She was the most singularly commanding presence I’ve been privileged to witness. Coaxing […]

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