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Casting directors: The unsung heroes of Hollywood

Among the others up for the role: Victor Garber, Jeff Daniels and William Hurt. Both Lithgow and Close were nominated for Oscars. "Helen Mirren -- big English star -- thought he was very exciting," Dougherty wrote of Mel Gibson. His casting in 1987's "Lethal Weapon" gave his career a huge boost after a middling U.S. start. Director Richard Donner credits Dougherty for ignoring color and thinking of Danny Glover for "Lethal Weapon's" Murtaugh. "This is a woman who really changed my life," Donner said of Dougherty. <br>Source:

Hollywood Docket: Superhero Jewelry; Tom Cruise Trial; 'Shark Tank' Drama

kim kardashian calendar 2011 We need female action stars that are believable, powerful in charisma and their physicality. Someone you really want at your side when things go bad, said screenwriter and author Ariane Sommer. There are some glimmers on the horizon, however, including an all- female version of Sylvester Stallones The Expendables in the pipeline. The film has is kim kardashian dad slated for a 2015 release, according to IMDb. But whether or not that is a plus for females on the screen has yet to be determined. <br>Source:

Buying a Piece of Hollywood, Tires Included

"We were given the challenge to create a new structure that was both new and fulfilled the contemporary needs of the client," said Ward, principal of June Street Architecture , "all while remaining sensitive to the neighborhood." Despite some awkward additions during the 1970s, the house retained some original bungalow features such as a gable roof and wood shingle exterior. Inside, the floor plan was similar to many other homes on the street, with a formal dining room separated by a living room with traditional brick fireplace. To open up the floor plan and create one great room, Ward removed interior walls. He Kardashian also opened an enclosed sunporch to bring in light and enlarge the living room. A formerly inaccessible attic became a livable space with the addition of a contemporary double-height staircase connecting the first and second floor. "The client is very casual and would never continue use a formal dining room, said Ward. <br>Source:,0,5093861.story

Hemsworth on Working With Hollywood Vets Oldman, Ford

"He felt that was the higher risk," said his widow, Karen Sharpe Kramer, who added that the controversial subject matter caused "Home of the Brave" to be picketed when it was released in 1949. "He was full of integrity and honesty." PHOTOS: The Stanley Kramer legacy Kramer, who died in 2001 at age 87, was Hollywood's moral compass. He revisited themes of racism in films he directed, such as 1958's "The Defiant Ones" and 1967's "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," and he also tackled such hot button topics as anti-Semitism and the Holocaust ( "Judgment at Nuremberg" ), religious conservatives ("Inherit the Wind"), the futility of a nuclear war ("On the Beach") and animal rights ("Bless the Beasts and the Children"). His films may have angered some, but most of his 35 pictures won critical and commercial acclaim, receiving 85 Oscar nominations and winning 16 Academy Awards . In addition, Kramer received the Irving Thalberg Award in 1961 for his achievements as a producer. <br>Source:,0,2456346.story

Stanley Kramer: Hollywood's moral compass

Goddard. Thanks. Well, what do you think? It's powerful. Yeah, it is. <br>Source:

Where did all of the female Hollywood super heroes go?

A race car used by Steve McQueen in the classic film Le Mans sold for $11 million last year, while the original Batmobile from the 1960s Batman TV series went under the hammer recently for $4.6 million. Vehicles that have serious screen time in major films really get a premium, says Peter Haynes of RM Auctions in London, which sold the ejector-seat-equipped Aston Martin driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Thunderball for more than $4 million in 2010. In September, RM will auction the custom-built Lotus submarine car used by 007 in The Spy Who Loved Me. McQueen memorabilia is particularly coveted. A Porsche 911 he drove in Le Mans sold for more than $1.3 million in 2011. Trucks, motorcycles, and driving helmets and suits owned by McQueenwho was a racing fanatic off-screen as well as onalso command read high prices. <br>Source:

In Hollywood, a 1919 bungalow is updated for a modern family

In an April 16 letter from Alberto Cortezs lawyer to execs at Univision -- which broadcast and nationally syndicated Sotelos show -- Cortez claims Sotelo called him a derogatory term for a homosexual, grabbed his buttocks and genitals, and made other abuses. Piolin attorney Jeffrey Spitz responded in a statement to the LA Times, A disgruntled, troubled employee has made malicious and false claims. The employee's allegations of harassment and falsification of immigration letters are pure fiction intended to gain a financial settlement." Hertz Lichtenstein & Young have brought on Jamie Young and Eric Galen as partners. Young, a music industry expert, counts Celine Dion, Perry Farrell, and Demi Lovato among her clients. Galen specializes in digital media and technology. Barbara M. <br>Source:

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