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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.

Martin Landau on his acting life with James Dean, Steve McQueen and now Christopher Plummer

latimes.com — When he was a young actor in New York in the 1950s, Martin Landau hung around with his good friend James Dean and competed for roles with the likes of Sydney Pollack and John Cassavetes. "I would meet them in offices and waiting rooms before readings," the tall, lean actor said in Beverly Hills.

Sally Field revels in playing 'fierce, sexy, odd' in 'Hello, My Name Is Doris'

latimes.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.

Shirley MacLaine sows 'Wild Oats' and harvests a new book, 'Above the Line'

latimes.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 ' beloved 1983 dramedy, "Terms of Endearment."
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