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Comedies, drama, even Mafia supplant conflict at Israel Film Festival

latimes.com — It's a change three decades in the making, said the founder and executive director of the Israel Film Festival: a real coming of age of Israeli cinema. "We had a lot of films about the Arab-Israeli conflict," said Meir Fenigstein, who has presented about 900 movies in his festivals.

'Boyhood' earns four Gotham Independent Film Award nominations

latimes.com — Richard Linklater's acclaimed drama "Boyhood" dominated the 24th Gotham Independent Film Award nominations Thursday, earning four nods in the first event of the movie awards season. "Boyhood" received nominations for film, actor Ethan Hawke, actress Patricia Arquette and breakthrough actor for Ellar Coltrane.

Skirball exhibit looks at German film artists in U.S. during Nazi regime

latimes.com — A Los Angeles County Museum of Art show on post-World War I German cinema opened last month looking at the innovative feature film directors, producers, writers, costume designers and cinematographers who created influential 1920s classics such as "Nosferatu" and "Metropolis."

Actors ready for close-ups in ‘Styling the Stars’

buffalonews.com — A dashing and debonair Cary Grant posing in his swim trunks for a photographer on the set of his 1957 tear-jerking romantic drama "An Affair to Remember."Doris Day, dressed in pajamas and fuzzy bedroom slippers, mugging for the camera on the soundstage of her 1967 spy comedy ...

Classic Hollywood: Carl Weathers of 'Rocky' is still a hit with fans

latimes.com — Carl Weathers' iconic performance as the brash heavyweight boxing champ Apollo Creed in the 1976 Oscar winner "Rocky" transformed the former pro football player into an overnight sensation. But Weathers wasn't prepared for the onslaught of attention for his role as the nemesis of Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa, the endearingly sweet underdog Creed chooses as his next opponent in the ring.

Gerald McRaney puts his heart into his role in 'The Best of Me'

latimes.com — Gerald McRaney is just an old softie who wears his heart on his sleeve whenever he talks about his wife of 25 years, "Designing Women" actress Delta Burke. "Ten years ago, I had lung cancer," said the actor, 67, who came to fame in the lighthearted 1981-88 CBS detective series "Simon & Simon."

Hollywood actors ready for their close-ups

mercurynews.com — Posted: 10/14/2014 12:47:32 PM PDT Updated: 10/14/2014 12:47:33 PM PDT A dashing and debonair Cary Grant posing in his swim trunks for a photographer on the set of his 1957 tear-jerking romantic drama "An Affair to Remember." Doris Day, dressed in pajamas and fuzzy bedroom slippers, mugging for the camera on the soundstage of her 1967 spy comedy "Caprice."

Returning to 'The Wonder Years' world

latimes.com — When adolescents Kevin Arnold and Winnie Cooper had their first kiss in the pilot episode of the Emmy-winning ABC series "The Wonder Years," it also marked the first time that Fred Savage and Danica McKellar, who played those roles, had kissed anyone romantically.

From ‘Patton’ to ‘Fury,’ tank films that roll

graphics.latimes.com — Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf star in "Fury," a World War II action drama, opening Oct. 17, about a U.S. armored division sent on a mission behind enemy lines in Europe during the waning days of the conflict.

Dennis Hopper's personal collection to be on exhibit at USC

latimes.com — When the iconic actor, director and artist Dennis Hopper died in 2010 at the age of 74, his family discovered that he was something of a pack rat.
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