Tag: Actors and Actresses

Hollywood Still Matters. This Year’s Best Actors Showed Why.

Not to be that guy, but this usage is the opposite of what philosopher J.L. Austin meant by “performative,” a quasi-technical term he applied to a speech act that does what it says. Examples are scarce and specific: when you say “I swear” in a court of law or “I fold” at a poker table, […]

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Jussie Smollett Testifies at Trial on Charges He Staged an Attack on Himself

Jussie Smollett took the stand on Monday in an effort to convince a Chicago jury that he did not orchestrate a racist and homophobic hate crime against himself but, instead, was the victim of both a real attack and the police’s rush to judgment in charging him. Mr. Smollett, 39, submitted himself to questioning in […]

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No Matter the Role, Antony Sher Made Soaring Seem Possible

To watch Antony Sher onstage was an uncommonly visceral experience. Sher, the South African-born British stage star who died on Thursday at 72, made you feel his performances on a level few other actors achieve. I’m not talking about an emotional reaction here, or not only that. I mean a physical response, the kind that […]

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Alana Haim on ‘Licorice Pizza,’ Her Surprising Movie Debut

Anderson said he knew Haim would be good but “I didn’t know she was going to be that good. I’ve worked with the same guys for like 20 years, and I just kept looking around at them for verification. Like, you have to tap me on my shoulder to make sure I’m seeing what I’m […]

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Eddie Mekka, a Star of ‘Laverne & Shirley,’ Is Dead at 69

Eddie Mekka, the actor best known for his role as the aspiring entertainer Carmine Ragusa on the hit television series “Laverne & Shirley,” died on Nov. 27 at his home in the Newhall area of Santa Clarita, Calif., northwest of Los Angeles. He was 69. His death was announced on Mr. Mekka’s Facebook page. No […]

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Kodi Smit-McPhee on Quiet Confidence, Chronic Pain and ‘The Power of the Dog’

This interview contains major spoilers from “The Power of the Dog.” When it came to Kodi Smit-McPhee’s performance in “The Power of the Dog,” the film’s director, Jane Campion, always wanted more. More lisp. More slinking, fox-like body movements. And — gosh darn it — more comb! (His character runs his fingers through a comb’s […]

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Ron Cephas Jones Has Something to Prove Again

In the spring of 2020, a recurring nightmare began tormenting the actor Ron Cephas Jones. A theater veteran known for his work on the NBC drama “This Is Us,” Jones is 64 and wiry, with short waves of black hair and an almond-shaped face. In the dream, he is delivering a monologue onstage — darkened […]

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Joaquina Kalukango and Amanda Williams on Creative Freedom

A.W.: How does that impact your craft? Does it trip you up to have to be mindful of words in a way that maybe you hadn’t been before? J.K.: We’re all more careful. Everyone’s fragile. We’re still in the midst of a pandemic, and so many issues have come up for so many people. We’re […]

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Arlene Dahl, Movie Star Turned Entrepreneur, Is Dead at 96

These ventures kept her in the public eye long after she had left Hollywood and settled on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. And though acting was no longer her focus after the early 1960s, she was seen into the 1990s on television shows like “The Love Boat,” “Fantasy Island” and “Renegade.” She also appeared […]

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Brandon Kyle Goodman, a Nonbinary Voice of ‘Big Mouth’

Name: Brandon Kyle Goodman Age: 34 Hometown: New York City Now lives: In a one-bedroom apartment in Hollywood with his husband, Matthew Raymond-Goodman, and their dog, Korey. Claim to fame: Mr. Goodman is an actor and writer best known for “Big Mouth,” an adult animated sitcom on Netflix about preteens surviving puberty. He is the […]

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Who Is Carissa Schumacher?

Ms. Schumacher said that she spent the next decade preparing her channel for Yeshua. She meditated daily, cut out sugar and caffeine, and limited her diet to five foods: broccoli, cauliflower, turkey, chicken and watermelon. “If someone’s channel is diluted,” she said, “there’s a kind of film or gunk that the energy gets stuck in […]

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Five Child Stars of ‘King Richard,’ ‘Belfast’ and More

Jude Hill, clad in a white button-up shirt with a cheeky grin, is just as charming in real life as he is in “Belfast,” Kenneth Branagh’s new autobiographical film about an Irish boy growing up amid the Troubles in the title city in the 1960s. “I had the time of my life doing this film,” […]

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It’s Always Sunny With Rob McElhenney

LOS ANGELES — The past year in California has been the driest in a century. But on a recent mid-November afternoon, California was starting to look a lot like … Ireland. At least it was in the edit bay for “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” where visual effects artists were diligently tweaking the color scheme […]

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Don Johnson Is Back as ‘Nash Bridges.’ Why?

“I imagine him to still be very fit, and very capable,” Johnson said of Nash. “I imagine him to be wiser, and more thoughtful about things.” “He would still slap the crap out you,” he added, using a cruder term. “But he’d think about it first, and make sure it was coming from a good […]

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Domhnall Gleeson Feels That Crackle in the Air

Tell me about you and Enda Walsh’s plays. What is it about them? I really didn’t understand Enda fully, I don’t think, or get the full dose of him until I saw “The Walworth Farce.” Which I saw in a tiny room in Galway. It blew my head off in a way that was totally […]

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Natalie Mendoza Is Back on Broadway in ‘Moulin Rouge!’

Speaking of your path, I looked through your Instagram and you mention Transcendental Meditation, Christ, the Divine Mother, the Buddha, Lao Tzu, Ram Dass, Rumi, a Hindu god, St. Francis of Assisi. What’s going on? I really honor the essence that permeates all the great faiths, including the faith of quantum mechanics. The intelligence that […]

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‘West Side Story’ Star Ariana DeBose Is Always Ready for Her Next Role

Such a charmed arrival onto the New York theater scene is almost unheard of and, aware that her current wealth of opportunities is rare, DeBose is determined to prove herself worthy of them. “I don’t ever want anybody to look at my work and think, ‘Why does she have that when they could’ve hired someone […]

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In ‘Tick, Tick … Boom!,’ Robin de Jesús Showcases His Range

“Boo-boo, you need to ask yourself,” Michael tells Jonathan, “In this moment, are you letting yourself be led by fear? Or love?” De Jesús said, “I knew that Michael did not have to be pulled and buttoned up, that he was someone who navigated being an artist, a creative, someone who was down and hip, […]

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Jeremy Renner Takes Aim at TV in ‘Hawkeye’ and ‘Mayor of Kingstown’

In our own conversation, Renner remarked more than once that going straight from “Hawkeye” (which filmed in New York and Atlanta) to “Mayor of Kingstown” (which was shot in Toronto and in Kingston, Ontario) had been grueling, and that he might not have taken on the workload if he hadn’t been able to bring his […]

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Jamie Dornan Goes Back to ‘Belfast,’ but Not Without Worry

Dornan knows that because of “Fifty Shades,” his most ardent fans are women and gay men; when straight guys ask for his picture, he can still sense their skepticism. “They’re always like, ‘It’s obviously not for me, I’m a straight guy, and I have a wife’ or ‘I have a girlfriend, and she likes you, […]

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A Rare ‘Othello’ Puts the Spotlight on Race

ST. PÖLTEN, Austria — “Speak of me as I am,” Othello urges in the wrenching final scene of Shakespeare’s tragedy. Yet for centuries, those words — a plea for accurate representation — were spoken, by and large, by white actors. Nicholas Monu, who stars in a new production of “Othello,” running through Dec. 4 at […]

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Jonathan Reynolds, Playwright and Food Columnist, Dies at 79

But he did enjoy cooking, and for years he had been making diary entries about meals he had prepared or eaten and menus he had perused. He filled his columns not just with recipes and cooking tips but with anecdotes and humor. For instance, in March 2000 he offered a solution of sorts to the […]

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‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ at 20: The Film That Started It All

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” ruined Daniel Radcliffe’s expectations for what is normal on a film set. The Great Hall, where he shot many of the scenes from the first of eight films based on the J.K. Rowling series, was a phantasmagoria of detail. Platters of real lamb chops, roasted potatoes and puddings sat […]

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Lady Gaga and Ridley Scott on ‘House of Gucci’: When Beauty Turns Ugly

SCOTT No, totally. There’s nothing like success to make you feel good in the morning, right? At the same time, if you get some kind of clip or hit, don’t let it get to you. If you like what you did, move on. GAGA I can’t agree more. When you are making art to please […]

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The Glory of Nina Mae McKinney, an Early Black Star in White Hollywood

McKinney has second billing and fewer lines than Haynes does, but the vibrancy of her presence and the importance of her Jezebel role make her part seem far larger than it is. This was McKinney’s film debut but she already knew how to move onscreen (a lost art), and how to take up space and […]

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Dean Stockwell, Child Actor Turned ‘Quantum Leap’ Star, Dies at 85

In the 1960s, he found comfort in the counterculture movement and hippie ethos. “My career was doing well, but I wasn’t getting anything out of it personally,” he told The New York Times in 1988. “What I was looking for I was finding in another place, which was in that revolution. The ’60s allowed me […]

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JoAnna Cameron, an Early Female Superhero on TV, Is Dead at 73

JoAnna Cameron, who in the 1970s portrayed Isis, the first female character on television with superpowers, and appeared in more national network television commercials than anyone else, died on Oct. 15 in Oahu, Hawaii. She was 73. The cause was complications of a stroke, said Joanna Pang Atkins, who starred with Ms. Cameron on the […]

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Ivy Nicholson, Model and Warhol Factory Star, Dies at 88

Ivy Nicholson was a working-class girl from New York City who lit up the 1950s as one of Europe’s top fashion models, married a French count, posed topless for Salvador Dali and became one of the first “superstars” in Andy Warhol’s Factory. It was a flashbulb life built on bravado and sheer magnetism. But it […]

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Kristen Stewart’s Princess Diaries

Kristen Stewart has sometimes been accused of just playing variations on herself, as if that isn’t half the reason we’re drawn to movie stars. In “Twilight” (2008), she brought a specific and sullen appeal to a heroine conceived as a blank slate for female readers; later, in “Personal Shopper” (2017), when Stewart traded her polo […]

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Camille Saviola, ‘Deep Space Nine’ and Stage Actor, Dies at 71

Camille Saviola, an actress and singer who made an impression in the musical “Nine” on Broadway, in assorted cabaret spoofs and on television in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and other series, died on Oct. 28 in a hospital in North Bergen, N.J. She was 71. Alyssa Romeo, a great-niece, said the cause was heart […]

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How Meryl Streep Prepared to Play the President in ‘Don’t Look Up’

Look the part. Streep had a hand in devising Orlean’s fashion sensibility, which she said communicated something essential about the character: “So what if she’s 70 years old and dresses like she’s 35?” she explained. “No one told her you can’t be 35 forever.” That meant attire modeled after TV news anchors who, Streep said, […]

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