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Judy Garland’s remains make the move from NY to Hollywood


The space in the mausoleum, renamed the Judy Garland Pavilion, has room for all her family including the famed actress-singer’s daughters, her son, Joey Luft, and her grandchildren, Berman said in an interview.The move reflects resolution of an issue involving Garland’s fifth husband, according to Victoria Varela, a family spokeswoman.“When Judy Garland died, her affairs were controlled by her husband, Mickey Deans. Her children had no say in the matter of her burial, so this is at last their opportunity to do what they feel their mother would have wanted in the first place — to be united with her family in Hollywood,” Varela said in a statement.
Garland’s gated family room is a part of the mausoleum, the cemetery said.
“Ms. Garland’s three children now reside in Southern California and wished to have their mother resting near them.” LOS ANGELES — Judy Garland’s remains were moved cross-country to a mausoleum intended as the resting place for daughters Liza Minnelli and Lorna Luft and other family members.The transfer from a crypt in New York’s Ferncliff Cemetery to Hollywood Forever Cemetery was completed last Friday, Noelle Berman, a Hollywood Forever spokeswoman, told The Associated Press.“The move to Hollywood was made after many years of family consultations and deliberations,” Berman said Monday.

Garland, star of classic films including “The Wizard of Oz” and “Meet Me in St. Deans died in 2003.Her other spouses included filmmaker Vincent Minnelli, father of Oscar-winning “Cabaret” star Liza, 70, and producer Sidney Luft, father to actress-singer Lorna, 64, and Joey, 61.Hollywood Forever Cemetery, in the shadow of several historic movie studios, including Paramount Pictures, is the final resting place for many luminaries, among them Cecil B. DeMille and Douglas Fairbanks, and is the site of tributes to others such as Jayne Mansfield. Louis,” died in 1969 at age 47 in London.


Oprah Winfrey to be ‘special contributor’ to ’60 Minutes’


NEW YORK — Oprah Winfrey has been named a “special contributor” to CBS News’ “60 Minutes.”Winfrey will bring occasional reports to the newsmagazine starting this fall, when it begins its 50th season on the air.Executive producer Jeff Fager called Winfrey “a remarkable and talented woman with a level of integrity that sets her apart and makes her a perfect fit for ‘60 Minutes.’”Winfrey said her aim with her “60 Minutes” stories is “to look at what separates us, and help facilitate real conversations between people from different backgrounds.”


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Winona Ryder wins the SAG Awards with a range of facial reactions


and social media captured them all.And some of the best responses are… During co-star David Harbour’s passionate Screen Actors Guild Awards speech after the cast of “Stranger Things” won best ensemble in a drama series, Ryder went through an array of emotions … And the Actor for best reaction to a SAG Awards speech goes to Winona Ryder!


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See the SAG Awards red carpet fashion


CAPTIONS:“La La Land’ actress Emma Stone stepped out in a black floral Alexander McQueen with spaghetti straps.Thandie Newton wore a silvery Schiaparelli Couture gown, which featured a black velvet one-shouldered shrug and a full poodle-style skirt embroidered with birds and horses at the hem. Speaking of ties, “Hidden Figures” star Taraji P. Henson wore a soft pink embellished gown from the Reem Acra Spring 2017 collection that was slightly see-through and featured simple black bowties at the neck and waist.

“Westworld” star Evan Rachel Wood greeted screaming fans in a velvet blue Altuzarra suit and heels. Stripes were another trend seen on Michelle Williams of “Manchester by the Sea,” Michelle Dockery of “Downton Abbey,” Mayim Bialik of “Big Bang Theory” and “Captain Fantastic” star Viggo Mortensen’s tie. Velvet was another carpet trend. Joining actors Viola Davis and pregnant “Jackie” star Natalie Portman in wearing white, “Hidden Figures” leading man Mahershala Ali stood out in a sea of black and blue tuxedos in his all-white suit, accessorized with velvet blue slip-ons with no socks.

“Moonlight” star Naomie Harris wore a striped Lanvin jumpsuit.“Fences” star Viola Davis wore a strapless Vivienne Westwood gown.Michelle Williams walked the carpet in a Louis Vuitton column dress with vertical silver and gold stripes that she accessorized with a skinny scarf.
He held up a sign that read “Refugees Welcome,” and she had “Let Them In” written across her chest in black.One of the first to arrive was “Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown. The teen kept it colorful and fun in a red dress with her hair slicked-back in a sparkling headband. Stars stepped out in a range of looks at the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday at the Shrine Expo Hall.There was color, stripes and embellishments galore on display.And at least one couple — Simon Helberg of the “Big Bang Theory” and his wife, Jocelyn Towne — wore their politics to the show.


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SAG Awards: ‘Hidden Figures’ a surprise win as politics dominates the night


While Sunday night’s 23rd annual edition of the Screen Actors Guild Awards was about celebrating actors and their performances, the current political climate was rarely out of the picture.“Hidden Figures” — the story of three African-American women who helped launch the Apollo moon program — was a surprise winner for best ensemble performance in a motion picture. “They are hidden figures no more!” said star Taraji P. “I’m a God-fearing man, but I didn’t have faith,” said the longtime star. Henson as she accepted with the film’s cast.“Fences’” Denzel Washington was a surprise winner of the best actor award after Casey Affleck had recently notched the Golden Globe.

Introducing the first award from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Ashton Kutcher told the audience, “Good evening to everyone in airports that belong in my America.”Viola Davis won the best supporting female actor award for her role in “Fences” as the wife of an African-American man embittered by race and missed opportunities. She lauded her co-star Denzel Washington, who also directed the adaptation of the August Wilson play, and noted that her father was similar to the character he played.

As well, that film’s star Emma Stone probably cemented her chances by winning as the best female actor in a motion picture. None of this is likely to derail “La La Land’s” march toward winning an Oscar, however. The actress, who already won the Golden Globe for playing an aspiring actress, said she was thankful to be in a profession “that gives people hope.”The night will also be remembered for the power of Netflix as “Stranger Things” was named best TV drama, beating HBO’s powerhouse “Game of Thrones.”
David Harbour, who plays the sheriff on the fantasy-horror show set in the 1980s, gave an emotional acceptance speech, which like many of during the night, referenced Donald Trump’s immigration ban.“As we act in the continuing narrative of ‘Stranger Things,’ we 1983 Midwesterners will continue to repel bullies, we will shelter freaks and outcasts — those who have no homes,” he said as the cast and the audience cheered.Politic statements were a constant through the evening.“Actors are activists no matter what,” stated Kerry Washington at the beginning of the show, which unlike other awards shows like the Oscars and Golden Globes does not have a host.


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Stars get political at the SAG Awards 2017


It did not take long for the Screen Actors Guild awards to get political. In fact, the first words of the show from actress Kerry Washington were politically charged.Then, Ashton Kutcher kicked off the show from the podium with a shoutout to protesters at airports across the country.


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See stars get ready for SAG Awards 2017


What’s it like to get ready for a big Hollywood award show?Well, before the nominees, presenters and other celebrities hit the red carpet Sunday evening for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, many of the stars, like A-list couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, posted pre-glam (and post-glam) photos on social media. Here are some of the best:


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Here’s a complete list of Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations


“Modern Family” could break its tie with the long-running medical drama “ER” for most actor awards in the ensemble category with a win.Here is a complete list of nominations for tonight’s 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards: On the television side of the awards, “The Crown,” “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” “Stranger Things” and “Westworld” will compete for best ensemble cast in a TV drama.The casts of “The Big Bang Theory,” “Black-ish,” “Modern Family,” “Orange is the New Black” and “Veep” are nominated for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series.
LOS ANGELES >> “Manchester by the Sea” has a leading four nominations heading into Sunday night’s presentation of the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, while “Fences” and “Moonlight” each have three.“La La Land,” which won a record seven Golden Globes earlier this month and has a record-tying 14 Oscar nods, isn’t nominated for SAG’s top award of best ensemble in a motion picture, although Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone both have nods for their leading roles.Competing for the SAG ensemble award — the guild’s equivalent of a best picture prize — will be director Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea,” Denzel Washington’s “Fences,” Barry Jenkins’ Golden Globe-winning “Moonlight,” “Hidden Figures” by writer-director Theodore Melfi and Matt Ross’ “Captain Fantastic.”

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURESOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role• Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”• Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”• Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”• Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”• Denzel Washington, “Fences”Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role• Amy Adams, “Arrival”• Emily Blunt, “The Girl on the Train”• Natalie Portman, “Jackie”• Emma Stone, “La La Land”• Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

• Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”• Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”• Hugh Grant, “Florence Foster Jenkins”• Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”• Dev Patel, “Lion”Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role• Viola Davis, “Fences”• Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”• Nicole Kidman, “Lion”• Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”• Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture• “Captain Fantastic,” Annalise Basso, Shree Crooks, Ann Dowd, Kathryn Hahn, Nicholas Hamilton, Samantha Isler, Frank Langella, George MacKay, Erin Moriarty, Viggo Mortensen, Missi Pyle, Charlie Shotwell, Steve Zahn


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‘Perry Mason’ actress Barbara Hale dies at 94 in LA


The couple had three children: Nita, William and Jody. I had one line, but you know about those things.”The movie was a quickie, “Gildersleeve’s Bad Day,” but she went on to appear with Pat O’Brien in “The Iron Major,” Frank Sinatra in “Higher and Higher” and Robert Young in “Lady Luck.”Another co-star was a blond actor named Bill Williams (real name: William Katt), with whom she appeared in “West of the Pecos” and “A Likely Story.” They had met over coffee in the studio commissary and married in Rockford in 1946. “Of course they said it was a starring role. “It hit every paper the next day: the Cinderella story,” she recalled in a 1993 Chicago Tribune interview.

The family moved to Rockford when she was 4, and she later took part in a local theater. Hale was born in DeKalb, Illinois, daughter of a landscape gardener and a homemaker. But her goals were to be a nurse or journalist.When her ambition turned to art she studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, where she was often sought as a model. Her work for a modeling agency prompted an offer for a routine contract at the RKO studio in Hollywood.When she reported to the casting director, he was speaking on the phone to someone who needed an immediate replacement for an actress who was sick.
Stander declined to provide the cause of death.Hale appeared in “Perry Mason” on CBS from 1957 to 1966, winning an Emmy as best actress in 1959. When the show was revived in 1985 on NBC as an occasional TV movie, she again appeared in court at the side of the ever-victorious lawyer played by Raymond Burr.She continued her role after Burr died in 1993 and was replaced by Hal Holbrook for the movies that continued into 1995.“I guess I was just meant to be a secretary who doesn’t take shorthand,” she once quipped. “I’m a lousy typist, too — 33 words a minute.”
LOS ANGELES >> Barbara Hale, a movie actress who found her most famous role on television as steadfast secretary Della Street in the long-running “Perry Mason” series, has died. She was 94.Hale was surrounded by family when she died Thursday at her Los Angeles area home, said Jaqueline Stander, an agent for Hale’s son, actor William Katt (“The Greatest American Hero,” ‘’Carrie”).“She was gracious and kind and silly and always fun to be with,” Katt posted on his Facebook page Thursday, calling Hale a wonderful actress and a “treasure as a friend and mother.”


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How to get into LA area museums for free Sunday


“We hope that visitors take advantage of this day by going to a museum they have always wanted to see or by revisiting an old favorite.” “This has been a tremendously popular joint effort to present the arts and culture to the diverse and myriad communities of Southern California,” said Jennifer Caballero, vice president of SoCal Museums and marketing director for Skirball Cultural Center. LOS ANGELES >> Dozens of Southland museums will offer free admission Sunday in an annual effort to encourage residents to visit the institutions and attract people who might otherwise be unable to visit.The 12th annual Museums Free-for-All offers free general admission, but it does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions.
Among the museums taking part are the Armory Center for the Arts, The Broad, California African American Museum, Descanso Gardens, Hammer Museum, La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Pasadena Museum of California Art and Zimmer Children’s Museum.A complete list of participating museums is available at www.SoCalMuseums.org/free.Some museums charge for parking, and some require visitors to obtain timed-entry tickets in advance.


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‘La La Land’ takes top honors at Producers Guild Awards


BEVERLY HILLS >> “La La Land” is continuing to dance its way through Hollywood’s awards season, claiming top honors at the 28th annual Producers Guild Awards.The guild recognized the candy-colored musical with its Darryl F. Zanuck Award for theatrical motion picture production Saturday, a prize that often precedes the best picture Academy Award. (Last year was an exception, when “The Big Short” won the guild award, while “Spotlight” got the Oscar.) The nominees for the guild’s top film prize echo Oscars’ best picture nominees this year, with the exception of “Deadpool,” which made the cut with producers but not the film academy.

I want to specifically, tonight, reject his vision and affirm America has to be better than that.” “Our vision of America is directly antithetical to that of President Trump. But the guild’s celebration at the Beverly Hilton Hotel of the year’s outstanding film and television productions had a decidedly political tone, as President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees and visitors from several Muslim countries triggered protests in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle and other cities.“Our America is big, it is free, and it is open to dreamers of all races, all countries, all religions,” singer John Legend said as he introduced “La La Land” at Saturday’s untelevised ceremony.
Henson, Nicole Kidman, Jeff Bridges, Kerry Washington, Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese. Brooks, Tom Rothman and Irwin Winkler received special awards. Veteran producers James L. Ezra Edelman, producer and director of “O.J.: Made in America,” which claimed the guild’s documentary prize, echoed Legend’s sentiments.“Please keep telling stories that are about our humanity,” he said.Other winners Saturday included “Zootopia” for animated feature, “Atlanta” for episodic television comedy and “Stranger Things” for episodic TV drama.Presenters included Justin Timberlake, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P.
As producer Marc Platt accepted for “La La Land,” he said, “The power of cinema cannot be denied and has no borders … Dustin Hoffman presented the night’s top prize. We must believe love can change our lives, much as it can change the world.”


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Yelp’s top 100 list dishes up great Los Angeles area restaurants


Indeed, there’s hardly a restaurant on the list that takes reservations, uses tablecloths, or even has wait service.Where most top lists lean toward fussy French, Italian and New American eateries, along with minimalist sushi bars — the worlds of Le Bernardin, Nobu, Spago, French Laundry and the like, this list is skewed toward joints where you grab food that can be gobbled in your car. It does not include any of the usual high-end Michelin/Zagat names. Yelp’s “Top 100 Places to Eat in the US for 2017” (an optimistic title, considering that the year has just begun) is a fascinating document.
They like their chow cheap. They like their chow served fast. And they’re hungry all the time. The list speak volumes about the Yelp voters as well — putting aside the inevitable question of how many are real, and how many are shills and ringers. They seem to prefer Mexican, Italian and Middle Eastern options to Asian eateries, though there are, as ever, plenty of exceptions to what essentially is a list without rules.Oh, and chains are as rare among the Top 100 as restaurants with wine lists. If a conclusion can be drawn, Yelpers like the little guy.

And notably, despite the abundance of sushi bars in the SF Valley, not one made the list — and for a change Ventura Boulevard does not dominate. San Fernando ValleyThis region did better than any other, with six eateries in the Top 100. And that when in doubt, kebabs always satisfy. And that Reseda Boulevard is arguably the true ethnic heart of the region. Proof that there is life north of the 101.Dizin Persian: (6740 Reseda Blvd., Reseda, 818-697-5737, www.dizinpersiancuisine.com) A reminder that the Persian presence in the Valley is considerable.

The list consists of eateries (“restaurants” seems an excessive term in many cases) that earned a “perfect five” on Yelp.And though the list covers the 50 states, it’s heavily, admirably, skewed toward California. Of the 100 venues, 35 reside in the Golden State. (The Inland Empire also was well-represented on Yelp’s list, as John Plessel reported in his Dine 909 column on Friday.) Of those, 26 are scattered about Southern California, with 12 of those in the suburban enclaves surrounding Los Angeles — San Fernando Valley, South Bay, San Gabriel Valley and Long Beach.


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Los Angeles Opera, LA Chamber Orchestra and OC Philharmonic Society reveal future concerts


18, 2018.Plácido Domingo, the company’s general director, will sing the title role in Verdi’s “Nabucco” beginning Oct. The company’s three-year commemoration of the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth will include the company premiere of “Candide” from Jan. 7, and also will sing in a concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of Domingo’s first appearance at the Pavilion in a concert on Nov. 14, and join Grant Gershon to conduct performances of Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers” beginning Oct. 17 to be conducted by Conlon. 27-Feb.
Although indoor classical-music seasons still have several months to run, late January is when we begin to see announcements of upcoming seasons, in this case the 2017-18 schedules. 9. Here are the first three into the inbox:Los Angeles OperaFive of the six productions at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion will be new to the company, including a presentation of Bizet’s “Carmen,” which will open the season on Sept. James Conlon, who recently extended his contract as LAO’s music director through the 2021-22 season, will conduct this “Carmen” and also will lead three of the other five main-stage offerings.

LAO presented the Italian version in 2003 but this offering will be the French version that was presented in Paris in 1774.The LAO production of “Orpheus” will run March 10-25. Perhaps the most interesting presentation of the upcoming season will be Gluck’s “Orpheus and Eurydice,” which will be a co-production with Lyric Opera Chicago and feature a collaboration with the Joffrey Ballet. John Neumeier, director and chief choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet, will direct and design the sets, costumes and lighting.
The LAO season also will include four “Off-Grand Presentations” at various locales and a recital by Audra McDonald on May 20, 2018.Information: 213-972-8001, www.laopera.orgLos Angeles Chamber OrchestraLACO’s 50th anniversary season will be its first after Jeffrey Kahane steps down in May with 20 years as the orchestra’s music director, although Kahane will return “home” to lead his first concerts as LACO conductor emeritus.Instead, seven of the eight orchestra concerts in Glendale’s Alex Theatre and UCLA’s Royce Hall will be led by guest conductors, several of whom are returnees and are, undoubtedly, on the list of potential successors to Kahane.


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How DC super heroes are becoming ‘Powerless’


Powerless
Starring Vanessa Hudgens.When: Premieres 8:30 p.m. Thursday.Where: NBC. What: Comedy that takes place in the world of DC Comics, but it’s not about superheroes.

Watching people have fun with it, though, is pretty rare. “You don’t see that every day,” says Vanessa Hudgens’ character Emily Locke on the new NBC comedy “Powerless,” after the metro train she’s on is almost destroyed in a fight between a red-outfitted superhero named Crimson Fox and a supervillain. With superhero universes filling so many screens these days — big and small — watching somebody in a geeky outfit save some version of the world is really pretty commonplace. “Actually, ” huffs a disgruntled fellow rider, “you see that every day.” “Powerless,” debuting Thursday, is DC Comics’ first foray into comedy.
”Originally, the series was set in an insurance company, but after talking with DC the showrunners landed on security products, Schumacker says. When asked for how the weight loss has affected him, he ticks off a couple of things. They are really funny.” But when she adds, “I’m not as good as them” on that count, Funches, who is known for his quick wit, chimes in, “Oh, don’t, you.”“She’s game,” says the comedian. “We still wanted to do the idea that they’re working on stuff that will make you or me a little bit safer while there are demigods running around causing destruction.” Hudgens describes her comic co-stars as “hysterical. Looking svelte, Funches says he has lost 130 pounds. “People are seeing me more as the full actor, instead of just like a fat best friend type of thing.
“ ‘The Office’ is my all-time favorite show and I loved ‘Parks and Recreation,’ and they are both on NBC,” says the 28-year-old actress and singer. “So when I found out NBC was doing another half-hour workspace comedy, I was, like, ‘Oh, that would be an amazing thing to be a part of.’ Then adding DC Comics as the backdrop for the show, I just knew that it would be something completely original.” Danny Pudi (“Community”) and comedian Ron Funches play a couple of the researchers on Emily’s team, and Christina Kirk is Van’s jaded assistant.Hudgens says she was drawn to “Powerless” because she loves workplace comedies.

Of course, no one in the security firm — whose aim is to make products for real people to deal with the fallout from all the super damage — knows they are working for Batman. The series takes place in Charm City, sort of “a Cleveland without Lebron” on “Earth-P,” which is part of “a universe within the overall DC multiverse.” Well, that’s how executive producer Patrick Schumacker describes it anyway. The company is run by the self-absorbed and very un-superhero Van Wayne (Alan Tudyk), Batman’s cousin, who is desperate to move up the corporate chain to the headquarters in Gotham City. It’s there Emily has been hired as director of research and development for Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises. Yes, as in, that Bruce Wayne.


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John Hurt, Oscar nominated for ‘The Elephant Man’ dies at 77


Ollivander. In recent years, he appeared in notable fare such as “Melancholia,” ‘’Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” ‘’Only Lovers Left Alive” and “Snowpiercer.”“We’re all just passing time, and occupy our chair very briefly,” Hurt said in a 2015 interview while undergoing treatments for the early stage cancer.As prolific as ever, Hurt recently appeared alongside his “V for Vendetta” co-star Natalie Portman in the Oscar-nominated film “Jackie” as a priest who consoles and advises the recently widowed first lady. In the “Harry Potter” films, Hurt played the wand-maker Mr.
LOS ANGELES >> The versatile actor Sir John Hurt, who could move audiences to tears in “The Elephant Man,” terrify them in “Alien,” and spoof that very same scene in “Spaceballs,” has died. He was 77.Hurt, who battled pancreatic cancer, died Friday in London according to his agent Charles McDonald.Twice nominated for an Oscar for playing the tortured John Merrick in David Lynch’s “The Elephant Man” and for his role as the heroin addict Max in “Midnight Express,” Hurt’s career spanned over 50 years. After minor television and film appearances, his breakout came in 1966 as Richard Rich in Fred Zinnemann’s “A Man For All Seasons,” followed by his portrayal of Caligula in the BBC miniseries “I, Claudius” in 1976.

His would eat his last meal midmorning as the mask was being applied — usually raw eggs mixed in orange juice — and not again until after midnight. “He was a truly magnificent talent.”Hurt is unrecognizable in perhaps his most memorable role as the lead in David Lynch’s “The Elephant Man.” He endured eight hours in the makeup chair daily to transform into John Merrick. The elaborate mask prohibited him from sleeping lying down or even eating while it was on. The wiry Hurt brought gravitas to Alan Parker’s 1978 film “Midnight Express,” for which he received a supporting actor Oscar nomination (he lost to Christopher Walken for “The Deer Hunter”) and an uneasy humor to Kane in Ridley Scott’s “Alien,” immortalized by his disturbing death scene, which Mel Brooks later poked fun at with Hurt’s help in “Spaceballs.”“It was terribly sad today to learn of John Hurt’s passing,” Mel Brooks wrote on Twitter.
“To be quite honest, the film was misery to make because of the physical problems, so if it’s working I’m jumping for joy,” Hurt said in a 1980 interview. Hurt did score a lead actor Oscar nomination for the role, but lost out to Robert De Niro’s performance in “Raging Bull.”Hurt was also a prolific voice actor, appearing as Hazel in the animated “Watership Down,” and as Aragorn in Ralph Bakshi’s “The Lord of the Rings.” He also voiced The Horned King in “The Black Cauldron” and provided the narration for “Dogville.”


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Bingo and heaven-sent performances hold ‘Nunsense’ aloft at Norris Theatre


The sisters warmly welcome the audience (be prepared to answer or perhaps tell a nun-related joke). She’s witty and savvy, though she becomes inebriated sniffing a bottle of rush. And of course at one point in her youth she wanted to go into showbiz.Joining her “onstage” is young novice Sister Mary Leo (Noelle Marion), who can dance, as she shows us in her red satin pointe shoes. Then the Reverend Mother (Dawn Stahlak) arrives. Fortunately, Marion can dance too, in her ballet solo “Benedicite” and in the group’s tap number, “Tackle That Temptation With a Time Step.”
NUNSENSE
Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.Where: Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates.Tickets: $30-$65.Length: 2 hrs., including intermission.Suitability: Mature teens and adults.Information: 310-544-0403; www.palosverdesperformingarts.com. ★★★&#xbdWhen: 8 p.m. today, 2 and 8 p.m.

That’s how hard Goggin worked to set up this revue by the Little Sisters of Hoboken. It also calls upon its cast to showcase multiple talents, from expected song-and-dance skills to unexpected skills.As the backstory goes, the convent’s chef accidentally introduced botulism into her vichyssoise, killing 52 sisters. And so this fundraiser. Singing, laughingWith book and music by Dan Goggin, based on his line of greeting cards, “Nunsense” is pretty much an excuse for more than a few songs and more than a few gags. The survivors had money to bury only 48 of them; four are in the freezer, awaiting interment (cue joke about blue nuns).

But when she brings out a puppet as part of the “act” (how they got that puppet to look just like Mary Amnesia is a modern miracle), Zamora turns her puppet into Ethel Merman. Zamora sings in a light soprano as the sister’s tremulous self. Beyond her skill in hot-wiring cars, Sister Robert Anne (Rebecca Lumiansi) likewise had aspirations to perform, and a bit of talent, which she proudly displays in “Playing Second Fiddle,” about being an understudy onstage and in life.Meet the playersThe charmingly wacky Sister Mary Amnesia (Silvie Zamora) lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head.

If you insist on a little sense in dramatic literature, you might note that “Nunsense” has not a lot. Identity, devotion, sisterhood, a calling? And yet this musical was the second-longest-running show in Off-Broadway history, lasting more than 10 years there.But if you want to be cheered up, perhaps tell a joke to the crowd, and play a quick but hilarious round of Bingo, this show will serve you well. Character development goes nowhere. These get mentioned here but get no payoff. In large part that’s thanks to its five heaven-sent musical-comedy performances.


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Long Beach engineer joins 3-person team in international underwater photo competition


So when an illness kept his dad out of the water, Watkins picked up a camera to keep his father from being shut out of the underwater scene entirely. Now, nearly 20 years later, Watkins teaches underwater photography everywhere from Alaska to Indonesia, and his undersea images have won international accolades. Most recently, the Bluff Heights resident became part of a three-member team representing the U.S. At 15, Ron Watkins learned how to dive from his father. in the finals of the International Underwater Photo Grand Prix, also known as the World Shootout, a competition that will conclude with an awards ceremony in Düsseldorf, Germany Saturday.

“For the first thing, each of us was extremely committed to this team concept, and wanted to put two of our best photos together that complemented the photos from the other people.”For Capozzola, that meant over-under shots — images that show a subject below the waterline and also what’s above the water. “We took a very structured approach to it,” Watkins said. Milisen, who specializes in blackwater photography, contributed two images of sea creatures backed by black ocean water. • RELATED: Palos Verdes biology teacher a finalist in international photo competition

• PHOTOS: Underwater images by local photographersWatkins, who works as an engineering consultant on top of his photography duties, said he specializes in catching rare and unique behavior of his subjects. He captures wide-angle images of large animals, such as sharks and orcas, as well as macro shots of small creatures like fish and shrimp.“The wide angle really allows me to combine ambient light … with artificial light from the strobes and create fairly dramatic images,” Watkins said from Germany.

Competition strategyCapozzola, a Palos Verdes Estates resident, and Jeff Milisen, a Hawaii-based photographer, joined Watkins on the team representing the U.S. And getting there took some strategy, Watkins said. Renee Capozzola, one of Watkins’ teammates in the World Shootout, said that’s rare – photographers generally specialize in either wide-angle or macro shots. For the national competition, the three photographers played to their individual strengths to produce a well-rounded collection of six images. in the finals for this year’s competition.


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Why are Judy Garland’s remains leaving N.Y. for Hollywood?


Garland, who began performing in vaudeville as a teenager and on the big screen beginning in the 1930s, died from an accidental barbiturate overdose in London in 1969 at age 47.Her most famous role was as Dorothy in 1939’s “The Wizard of Oz.”

HOLLYWOOD — Nearly a half-century after her death, the remains of Judy Garland have been removed from a mausoleum in Hartsdale, N.Y., and flown to Los Angeles for a planned burial at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, it was reported today.The transfer was sought by her daughter, Liza Minnelli, because Garland’s previous burial place did not have room for plots for her children and grandchildren to be buried with her, People Magazine reported on its website.The remains will be placed in Hollywood Forever’s Beth Olam section, which is reserved for Jews, according to the celebrity news website TMZ.com. Why the Jewish section was chosen is not immediately clear.


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Rapper Chief Keef accused of wielding AK-47 in San Fernando Valley home invasion


Ramsay Tha Great took to the social media website Instagram to say the rapper and others broke into his home and took cash and a Rolex.The producer on video also accused Cozart of assaulting him and striking him in the face with an AK-47 assault rifle during the home invasion and posted photos depicting bruises, swelling and a sprained arm from the attack.Cozart was booked into the LAPD Valley Jail late Thursday night and was being held in lieu of a $500,000 bail, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s online inmate records.
TARZANA — Rapper Chief Keef was in custody today after being detained in Tarzana in connection with a home invasion robbery that happened last week.Chief Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, was accused by his former music producer, Ramsay Tha Great, of entering his home with several others while armed and snatching valuables.The 21-year-old Chicago rapper was detained at his Tarzana home with at least two other men Thursday by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Devonshire Division, police said.


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Director of Iran’s ‘Salesman’ talks Oscar nomination, working in America


Farhadi won an Academy Award in that same category in 2012 for “A Separation. Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi says the story that became “The Salesman” came to him in pieces over a period of years, only emerging as a compelling and suspenseful tale after he added a uniquely American — but also universal — ingredient to the mix.That his patience and his instincts were right is evident in the reception “The Salesman” has received from audiences and awards ceremonies alike, including on Tuesday an Oscar nomination for best foreign language film.

Because what’s unique to actors is that they can put themselves in the shoes of another, and they can play another’s part. “I had the story of this couple and the incident that befell them for many years,” he says by phone from Tehran with a translator helping the Farsi-speaking filmmaker chat with an English-speaking reporter in Southern California. “When I realized that they were actors, it was as though a great window opened up for me. “But I felt that a part of the story was empty, and I did not feel convinced by it.”He says he considered what their occupation might be, and it occurred to him that they might be actors.“This might go back to my own history in the theater and my wish to go back to the theater once again,” Farhadi says.

“I asked myself, ‘Could they put themselves in the place of that old man who came into their house?’ And then I was also looking for a play that could reinforce this theme.“I read a great number of plays until I reached Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman,’ and it was though that empty part of the story was suddenly filled in, and I became very excited to make this film,” Farhadi says.He had read the play more than 20 years earlier as a theater student at university and says “Death of a Salesman” is a much-loved play in Iran with productions staged there every few years.
“The Salesman” is the story of Emad and Rana, a married couple who are actors in an Iranian production of American playwright Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” The film builds slowly, introducing their lives and those of the cast around them. But after something bad happens to Rana at home one day, the ways in which she and Emad react send events hurtling in an unpredictable and dangerously life-changing direction.In the beginning, though, Farhadi says all he had in mind was a married couple and the triggering incident, and that wasn’t working.


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