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How director Matt Johnson fell for 'Operation Avalanche,' a fake doc about faking the moon landing

latimes.com — For his first film, 2013's "The Dirties," which revolved around two high school friends making a film about the school's bullies that goes awry, Matt Johnson wanted to make it so authentic he enrolled in a high school and convinced students and teachers he was an actual student.

Hal Linden returns to the stage for 'The Fantasticks,' the longest-running musical in history

latimes.com — Hal Linden, 85, acknowledges he's not the most disciplined human being - and that turned out to be a good thing for his career. "If I had discipline, I would have been a professional musician," said Linden, who played the clarinet in big bands. "Today, I could be making hundreds of dollars a week.

How Arthur Hiller and his fellow comedy icons' legendary Hollywood lunches inspired a documentary

latimes.com — Filmmaker and former academy President Arthur Hiller died Wednesday at age 92 . For over four decades, Hiller was part of a loose confederacy of Hollywood comedy legends who would meet for lunch every other Wednesday afternoon, where they would "kibitz, kvetch, eat pastrami sandwiches, trade gags and grieve when one of their members dies."

When Anton Yelchin met Anthony Hopkins: An Oscar winner becomes a mentor to a 12-year-old actor

latimes.com — In 2001, Anton Yelchin, who died early Sunday, co-starred in "Hearts of Atlantis" with Anthony Hopkins at the age of 12. Anton Yelchin is trying to hold back his tears. But it's a losing battle. His blue eyes well up. His voice cracks.

Vintage TV fans can catch their favorites on several networks

hanfordsentinel.com — Television is amid a golden age thanks to such series as "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad," "Homeland," "True Detective," "Fargo" and "Orange Is the New Black." In fact, fans have such voracious appetites for their favorite first-run shows that binge-watching has become the new national passion. But there are many viewers who prefer the golden oldies.

If dogs could write autobiographies ... - latimes

articles.latimes.com — 'The Artist's' canine star Uggie teams with Wendy Holden to tell his tail, er, tale, in 'Uggie - My Story.' Plus, new movie books on James Bond, Henry Fonda. Though Jean Dujardin received the lead actor Oscar for this year's Academy Award-winning best picture, "The Artist," it was the silent film's scene-stealing Jack Russell terrier, Uggie, who won the hearts of moviegoers around the world.

Classic Hollywood: Shirley MacLaine sows ‘Wild Oats’ and harvests a new book, ‘Above the Line’

stripes.com — Shirley MacLaine has been a force in feature films since her debut in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Trouble With Harry" in 1955. She's done big-budget films, quirky comedies like Richard Linklater's 2011 hit "Bernie" and even guest-starred on "Downton Abbey." But nothing prepared MacLaine for "Wild Oats."

Shirley MacLaine on ‘Above the Line,’ her funny book about the making of ‘Wild Oats’

newsday.com — Shirley MacLaine has been a force in feature films since her debut in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Trouble With Harry" in 1955. She's received six Academy Award nominations including for Billy Wilder's "The Apartment" (1960) and "Irma La Douce" (1963) and won the Oscar for James L. Brooks' 1983 dramedy, "Terms of Endearment."

Lainie Kazan insists she would have done 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' sequel 'for nothing'

latimes.com — Lainie Kazan went from understudy to star - and it wasn't by accident. Kazan was the understudy five decades ago for Barbra Streisand in her well-known Broadway role as Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice in "Funny Girl." Though she had a part in the musical as a Ziegfeld showgirl, Kazan waited 18 months to play the lead.

Sally Field jumped at the juicy title role in ‘Hello, My Name Is Doris'

heraldextra.com — Sally Field believes that our age changes, but not our character. "We are all just the same," she said during a recent interview in Beverly Hills. "If you and I met and we were in our 20s, we could close our eyes and say, we are going to be sitting at a table 35 years from now and we will still be the same person.
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