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September 20, 2012
LOS ANGELES - An actress who appears in the anti-Muslim film that has sparked riots in the Middle East is suing both the filmmaker, for fraud and slander, and Google to try to get the movie's trailer removed from online. Cindy Lee Garcia's lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles claims that the actress had been duped by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man who is behind "Innocence of Muslims" and who has been forced into hiding since its 14-minute trailer rose to prominence last week. According to her complaint, she was unaware that the film had anti-Muslim content and the pages of the script she received had no mention of the prophet Muhammad.
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July 28, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Veteran actress Lupe Ontiveros, 69, best known for her role in the movie Selena , has died. Close friend Rick Najera said the actress, who appeared in dozens of films and TV shows over her 35-year career, died Thursday night of cancer. Najera said she was surrounded by family and friends, including actors Esai Morales and Edward James Olmos, when she died at a hospital in Whittier, a Los Angeles suburb. Ms. Ontiveros played Yolanda Saldivar in Selena . Her other credits include As Good As It Gets , Real Women Have Curves , The Goonies , and Chuck & Buck . The actress, born Guadalupe Moreno in Texas, once estimated she had played a maid more than 300 times.
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November 7, 2012
Teri Shields, 79, who launched daughter Brooke's on-camera career when she was a baby and managed the young star into her 20s, sometimes with controversy, has died. Jill Fritzo, a spokeswoman for Brooke Shields, confirmed Tuesday that Teri Shields died last week in New York City. The New York Times reported that the elder Shields died after a long illness related to dementia. Teri Shields started promoting her daughter as an actress and model when she was still a baby and allowed her to be cast as a child prostitute in 1978's Pretty Baby when she was just 11, sparking an outcry over the decision.
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July 23, 2003 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It takes a moment to get past her immense sea-green eyes and that famously sumptuous mouth. But after recovering, you're struck by how much smaller and more vulnerable than her screen persona Angelina Jolie is. Sitting in a Manhattan hotel suite, promoting her armor-piercing adventure sequel Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, the actress looks supermodel sexy - that is to say, brittle - in a sleeveless black blouse and cargo pants....
NEWS
September 22, 2014
A Sunday theater listing misstated the name of the actress playing Morticia in Media Theatre's production of The Addams Family . She is Jennie Eisenhower.
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August 2, 1996 | For The Inquirer / PAOLA TAGLIAMONTE
In "Special Report," Russita Buchanan (left), 8, interviews the actress played by Tina Doyle, 7. It's one of three brief plays written by children presented at 7:30 tonight at the Montgomery County Cultural Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2012
Conan The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) — Matt LeBlanc; Sig Hansen and Keith Colburn; Robin Thicke. Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05 a.m., 6ABC) — Comic Louis C.K.; actress Zoe Kazan.
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January 30, 2012 | By David Germain, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - The Deep South drama The Help won three prizes Sunday at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, including best actress for Viola Davis and supporting actress for Octavia Spencer. The Help also claimed the guild's ensemble award, the show's equivalent of a best-picture prize. Davis and Spencer won as black maids going public with uneasy truths about their white employers in 1960s Mississippi. Jean Dujardin won the lead-actor honor for The Artist as a silent-film superstar whose career crumbles when the sound era arrives.
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February 29, 2012 | BY STEVEN ZEITCHIK, Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES - Shortly after Meryl Streep beat out Viola Davis for the lead actress Academy Award on Sunday night, Disney / ABC Television President Anne Sweeney bumped into Octavia Spencer, Davis' co-star in "The Help. " Sweeney was overheard in an elevator leaving the awards telling Spencer that she was "upset. I feel bad for Viola," Sweeney said. Spencer, who had just won an Oscar herself for supporting actress, asked Sweeney how she thought the upset had happened. "I have my theories," the executive said, without elaborating.
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January 11, 2013 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Every cloud has a silver lining, and the 85th Academy Awards have Silver Linings Playbook.   The mood-swinging, Philly-centric romantic dramedy came away with eight key nominations as the Oscar contenders were announced Thursday morning in Beverly Hills. Among its coups: it's the first film since 1982 to win recognition in all four acting categories: Bradley Cooper for best actor, Jennifer Lawrence best actress, Robert De Niro (his first Oscar nomination in 21 years) for supporting actor and Jacki Weaver supporting actress (her second in three years)
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September 13, 2016
Alexis Arquette, 47, the transgender character actress and sibling of actors David, Rosanna, Richmond, and Patricia Arquette, died Sunday morning in Los Angeles. A versatile performer, Ms. Arquette's big break came in the 1989 adaptation of Last Exit to Brooklyn , in which she played the trans sex worker Georgette. She also had roles in films including Pulp Fiction , Bride of Chucky , and, as a Boy George impersonator, in the Adam Sandler films The Wedding Singer and in Blended . Ms. Arquette also performed in nightclubs and cabarets under the name Eva Destruction.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
IT DOESN'T matter where you fall on the pay scale, women seem to get paid less than men. It's become such a commonly discussed issue, Secret is using a nervous young woman rehearsing her raise speech in a bathroom mirror . . . to sell deodorant. Even near the top of the wage food chain, with the movie stars of Hollywood, a town with progressive liberal views but standard business practices, the top actresses, according to Forbes, make considerably less than the top actors. Thanks, Forbes.
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June 28, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Marianne Elizabeth Macphail, 86, formerly of Bala Cynwyd and Haverford, a TV moderator, stage actress, and model, died Tuesday, June 21, of a heart attack at Sunrise of Lafayette Hill. Born to Horace and Julia Holaday, she was the youngest of six children. She was reared in Highland Park, N.J., and graduated from Highland Park High School. As Marianne Holaday, she had a long career in the spotlight, including as moderator of WHYY's TV show Nursing Today ; in the lead role of Little Mary Sunshine in the late 1960s at the Society Hill Playhouse; as an actress for movies shot locally; and as a model in print campaigns arranged through agencies in Philadelphia and New York.
NEWS
June 4, 2016 | By Sam Wood, Staff Writer
A Shakespearean actress from West Philadelphia, represented by a major national law firm, has filed a class-action suit claiming the city put her family - and tens of thousands of other Philadelphians - at a "significantly greater risk" for lead poisoning. Eleni Delopoulos, 37, who lives with her 2-year-old son and husband, filed suit Thursday in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. The suit contends the city has been aware of high levels of lead in the tap water for years and failed to warn residents of contamination.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
IT'S ONE OF the many inequities in our society: Women get paid 79 percent of what men make, but, especially in TV and R-rated movies, they have to remove 100 percent of their clothes. (Ironically, in porn, the more allegedly exploitative the entertainment, the women get paid more than the men.) On The Late Show with James Corden , the issue was raised again Monday night when Game of Thrones Queen of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen (non-blonde Emilia Clarke ) noted that while viewers have seen her naked, the same can't be said of her male co-stars.
NEWS
December 25, 2015
Angela McEwan, 81, who became a professional actress in her 70s and drew acclaim for her role in Alexander Payne's film Nebraska, has died. A publicist for Ms. McEwan confirmed Tuesday that she died Sunday in New York from complications of lung cancer. The Los Angeles-born Ms. McEwan set out early in life to become an actor, but largely gave it up to raise a family and work as a criminal-court Spanish interpreter. But after her gastroenterologist husband, Guillermo McEwan, retired, Ms. McEwan took up acting lessons and landed roles in a handful of TV shows, including Parks and Recreation, New Girl , and HBO's Getting On. But it was her role as a small-town newspaper editor in 2013's Nebraska that captured the most attention.
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October 9, 2015 | BY HOWARD GENSLER, Daily News Staff Writer gensleh@phillynews.com, 215-854-5678
The last time I interviewed Ellen Page at the Toronto International Film Festival was in 2009, for the roller-derby movie, "Whip It. " She was 22, dressed in a hoodie, shy, uncomfortable. In September of this year, approximately 18 months after she came out as a gay woman, Page is stylishly dressed up, confident, fangirling about Emily Blunt (who's doing interviews for "Sicario" at the same hotel) and speaking both as the star and producer of "Freeheld," a drama about the real-life domestic benefits case of New Jersey policewoman Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore)
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September 28, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Has prime time TV finally accepted black actresses? Last week's Emmy Awards suggests it has: This year, black women were nominated for 10 Emmys, nine of which were dramatic. Three performers won, including How to Get Away with Murder star Viola Davis, who became the first black woman to win the lead actress in a drama prize. Davis' win capped a good night: Uzo Aduba won best supporting actress for her role as the hilarious, sensitive, tongue-tied Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on Netflix's Orange is the New Black , and Regina King picked up an award for her role as the devout Aliyah Shadeed on ABC's American Crime . A growing number of dramas now offer strong roles for women of color, including Fox's Empire , Sleepy Hollow , and Minority Report ; ABC's Scandal and Mistresses ; Starz's Power ; DirectTV's Rogue , CBS's Extant ; FX's American Horror Story ; and BET's Being Mary Jane and Book of Negroes . It's hardly an avalanche, nut it's certainly a nice start.
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August 26, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
SAMANTHA COLEMAN should be getting her daughter ready to go back to school for the start of third grade with her peers. Instead, the Northeast Philadelphia mom is scrambling to figure out how she can homeschool her 8-year-old for the upcoming year. That's because, according to Coleman, her daughter, Shayne, a successful child actress, was the subject of a threat scrawled on a wall inside John Hancock School just before classes ended in June. The message stated, "I will kill Shayne Coleman - murder," according to Coleman, who was alerted to the message by the principal.
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August 19, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
When she was a child at the school of St. Adalbert Church in Port Richmond, Elaine Szumanski was singled out. "One of the nuns told her mother, 'This young girl has a beautiful voice,' " said her husband, Joseph Fydrych. "Her parents began giving her singing lessons, piano lessons. And then, her parents hooked up with a person putting children's acts together. " And that led, years later, to a local production of the musical comedy Nunsense, in which she portrayed a nun. On Thursday, Aug. 13, Elaine Szumanski Fydrych, 63, of Runnemede, a former actress at the Broadway Theatre in Pitman, died of lung cancer at home.
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