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Feb 22,2008
Jack Black spent his first eight years in Hollywood rising from a marginal player to a major comic presence. His breakthrough role was the record store clerk he played opposite John Cusack in "High Fidelity," after which Black quickly landed leading roles in one comedy after another.   JACK BLACK - Jack Black is a junkyard worker who has to go to great lengths to help a friend stay in business in the comedy 'Be Kind ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
As the scamps behind the Golden Raspberries Awards, better known as the Razzies, recently quipped on their Web site's home page ( www.razzies.com): Oscars Schmoscars. The anti-Academy Awards will be handed out Saturday, Feb. 23, the day before the Oscars ceremony, at Magicopolis, a Santa Monica, Calif., magic shop. It's a fitting locale for the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, which has been giddily giving the Hollywood establishment the finger for 28 years. And going strong. ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
At a time when Baja California officials are in the throes of a battle with organized crime, Tom Gatch has written a wonderful book about a place that always has delivered terrific adventures to many of us.   HOOKED - 'Hooked on Baja Fishing,' by Tom Gatch, is informative and delightful. Even non-anglers will enjoy it. CNS Photo.  His timing couldn't be better, because if there's ever been a time when we need reminding of what lured ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
Attending Boston's Berklee College of Music has proven inspirational to musicians as varied as John Mayer, Melissa Etheridge and "Tonight Show" bandleader Kevin Eubanks. But it only took a two-day visit to Berklee last fall for Anna Troy to gain new inspiration for her craft.   ANNA TROY - 'Playing blues is an amazing feeling because it's such a spiritual art form,' says Anna Troy, 23. CNS Photo by John Gastaldo.  "I was so happy to meet ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
The differences between perception and reality in rock 'n' roll can sometimes be dramatic, as Slash knows all too well. The lead guitarist in Velvet Revolver, and a rock icon since his star-making days in Guns N' Roses in the late 1980s, Slash has an image that looms much larger than life. Just mention his name and many fans immediately paint a vivid picture.   SLASH - Slash, guitar hero and happy dad, has cast off ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
Try as you might, you won't find a painter who loved nature more than Asher Durand.   'KINDRED SPIRITS' - 'Kindred Spirits,' an icon of 19th-century American art, was in the recent Asher B. Durand exhibit at San Diego Museum of Art. CNS Photo courtesy of San Diego Museum of Art.  "All the fascination of treatment in light, and, dark and color, are seen in Nature," he wrote in a series of published letters offered as advice ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
Georgeanne Irvine knows a good animal story when she hears one. She's worked at the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park for 30 years, mostly in public relations, and she's written more than 20 children's books - "Bo the Orangutan," "Elmer the Elephant," "Zelda the Zebra" - on the side.   THE POD SQUAD - Georgeanne Irvine's coffee-table book is about an effort to find a group of dolphins set adrift by Hurricane Katrina. It ... [full story]
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Feb 15,2008
Soon after wrapping her recurring role as Jayne Murray on ABC's "Commander in Chief," Natasha Henstridge signed a TV series development deal with the Mouse House's Touchstone Pictures division. Given that Disney owns the first three letters in the alphabet, the ABC Television Group and its entire inventory, Disney Studios, a huge amount of cable channels, a luxury liner or two, a bunch of enormous amusement parks and a roadside attraction on the Milky Way, ... [full story]
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Feb 15,2008
Dustin Hoffman's Michael Dorsey became Dorothy Michaels in the hit comedy "Tootsie." Some slips are showing Dustin Hoffman in drag. Can you imagine how the studio board-room stiffs reacted when that little movie project was first served up for consumption? Little did they know that a quarter-century later, "Tootsie" would stand as not only one of Hoffman's most beloved films, but also as a classic cross-dressing comedy. Not every critic fell in love with "Tootsie" ... [full story]
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Feb 15,2008
Paris Hilton is rich enough to buy anything she wants - except movie stardom. She will have to earn that the hard way, by headlining major films that draw big crowds. Her biggest role so far - besides in her infamous first video - was the 2005 horror flick "House of Wax," but that stab at breaking through on the big screen was not a huge hit. So Hilton has a lot riding on her ... [full story]
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Feb 08,2008
Herman Leonard, thinking back on his work of the 1940s and 1950s, says that "taking music photographs was my hobby." A lot of people would give a greater weight to his pictures.   TRUTH AND BEAUTY - Herman Leonard, flanked by his images from the 1940s and 1950s, still loves making pictures as much now as he did then. CNS Photo by Nancee E. Lewis. The Smithsonian Institution would be among them. His archive of musician portraits ... [full story]
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Feb 08,2008
It's good to be Eva Longoria Parker. She's gorgeous. She's the highest-profile co-star of a hit television series, "Desperate Housewives." She's got her face on L'Oreal ads worldwide. She's married to Tony Parker of the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs. She's got her own production company and her own L.A. restaurant, Beso.   WIVES ON THE BIG SCREEN - If you study the feature-film resumes of Wisteria Lane's famous housewives, you'll find yourself desperately in search ... [full story]
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Feb 08,2008
The early relationship between Hollywood and the Federal Bureau of Investigation was anything but untraceable - the title of the new Diane Lane/FBI vehicle film that opened recently.   NOT-SO SECRET AGENTS - Suzanne Turner, left, and Debra Evans Smith are FBI agents in San Diego. Hollywood's depiction of the job has a few holes in it, real-life agents say. CNS Photo by Charlie Neuman. J. Edgar Hoover acted as unofficial co-producer of the 1959 movie "The ... [full story]
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