Hollywood

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Lauren Bacall at 86.

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How a lawyer from the Valley created a gossip empire.

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How a 26-year-old cocktail waitress ended up running a private weekly poker game for some of Hollywood’s highest rollers.

Excerpted from Molly's Game.

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The story of Max Factor, a Polish immigrant who revoltuionized Hollywood cosmetics starting in the 1920s, and his “Beauty Calibrator” machine.

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A history of the celebrity profile.

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A profile of Pamela Anderson.

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As early as 1948, the Oscars sucked.

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In Hollywood’s new blockbuster economy, the actors who portray superheroes are as interchangeable as the costumes they wear.

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A profile of Eve Babitz – muse, writer, LA party girl.

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A murder involving the late actor leaves unanswered questions.

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“There was an unwritten rule in Mia Farrow’s house that Woody Allen was never supposed to be left alone with their seven-year-old adopted daughter, Dylan.”

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“There was an unwritten rule in Mia Farrow’s house that Woody Allen was never supposed to be left alone with their seven-year-old adopted daughter, Dylan.”

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A profile of Roseanne Barr and her multiple personalities.

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A melancholic Billy Ray Cyrus on the trauma of being the father of a famous 18-year-old girl, his friendship with Kurt Cobain, and his favorite mullet nicknames (Kentucky Waterfall and Missouri Compromise).

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An interview with Murphy at the apex of his power, just before the release of Harlem Nights.

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“Let me say that again: Hedy Lamarr, arguably the most glamorous star of the pre-war period, also helped invent your cell phone and WiFi connection.”

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Script doctor Damon Lindelof explains the new rules of blockbuster screenwriting.

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How Gaby Hoffman, who had roles in Field of Dreams, Uncle Buck and Sleepless in Seattle, survived child stardom.

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On set in Mexico with the Duke.

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How a high-stakes poker game that started at Tobey Maguire’s house became part of a $100 million gambling and money-laundering operation orchestrated by the Russian mob.

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How Jeffrey Katzenberg became the Democrats’ kingmaker.

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Inside Brigham Young University’s successful animation program.

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The motley gang of L.A. teens that cat-burgled celebrities, sometimes repeatedly, in search of designer clothes, jewelry, and something to do. The story that became The Bling Ring.

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Two decades later, unpacking a historic bust.

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On the production team of Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, who defined the’90s at the box office with films like Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop, then struggled amidst Simpson’s hedonistic excess and the failure of Days of Thunder.

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A profile of 23-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio (and his rowdy crew).

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A history of the Hollywood publicity racket.

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Robert Blake, Bonny Lee Bakley, and the misery of celebrity.

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On the actors who unwittingly starred in The Innocence of Muslims.

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He came home from Vietnam, wrote the novel that became Full Metal Jacket, was nominated for an Oscar and riding high. Then he got thrown in jail for stockpiling stolen library books, started drinking, cut off his friends and fled to a remote Greek island. He never made it back.

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A profile of Spears at her nadir.

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The backstory of “The Duke in His Domain,” Truman Capote’s 1957 New Yorker profile of Marlon Brando.

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Blockbusters in the age of “corporate irony.”

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The Drugstore Cowboy star candidly discusses the characters who defined her career.

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A conversation with Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation.

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On Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne, screenwriters.

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The movies of Clint Eastwood.

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Creators, gatekeepers, and the future of the comedy business.

A transcript of Oswalt's keynote at last week's Just For Laughs conference.
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The director on Obama, the state of black cinema, the Knicks, the Nets, the tragedy of public education in America, gentrified New York and why he lives on the Upper East Side.

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A self-conscious celebrity profile.

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A profile of Fiona Apple.

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A profile of the Hollywood star-maker behind Vanna White, Pamela Anderson and Jenny McCarthy.

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“Being Justin Bieber means having an endless number of T-shirts to destroy.” A profile of the pop star just after his 18th birthday.

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A profile of the hardworking Samuel L. Jackson, whose movies have grossed more than any actor’s ever.

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On Marilyn Monroe and the pains of post-war America.

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How a lonely, self-taught hacker found his way into the private emails of movie stars – and into the underworld of the celebrity-skin business.

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The life of an A-list Hollywood stylist.

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An Iowa dad’s surprisingly short path from commentor to screenwriter.

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The strange saga of a 2009 Gary Oldman profile that his manager, Douglas Urbanski, aggressively sought to kill.

"Mr. Heath's motives are dishonest in the least...supposed 'journalism' at its very lowest...while Mr. Heath may find his sloppy reporting cute, in fact it is destructive, and he knows it...his out of context and uninformed pot shots...out of context swipes at me...stretching the most basic rules of journalism...in certain ways has aspects of a thinly disguised hit piece... a hole filled swiss cheese of wrong facts, misleading insinuations, and in general lazy, substandard, agendized non-reporting...again and again Mr. Heath attempts to turn the piece into a political piece...GQ has allowed Heath to go for the cheap shot..."

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How Yvette Vickers, a B-movie starlet who had appeared in Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman, ended up mummified in her Los Angeles home last year.

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A profile of Michelle Williams.

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On YouTube’s shift towards professionally created content.

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The phrase “knew how to wear clothes” is a loaded one. To “know how to wear clothes” is another way of saying that Cary Grant embodied class, which is to say high class: Grant wore well-tailored clothes, and he knew how to hold himself in them. But he came from nothing, and the way he wore clothes was just as much of a performance as his refined trans-Atlantic accent, his acrobatic slapstick routines, and his masterful flirtation skills.
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A profile of John Williams.

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How a high-powered lawyer and a rough-edged private detective ended up at the center of the biggest, dirtiest scandal in Hollywood history.

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The battle to make The Godfather pitted director Francis Ford Coppola against producers including Robert Evans, and the production itself against the real life mob.

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It's a glorious thing, hearing Eddie Murphy say "fuck" again. Few people ever said it better – and down here in the basement of the stone-and-marble mansion he built on a Beverly Hills cliff, it's coming from his lips often enough to make Shrek blush. "Come on, motherfucker," Murphy shouts, over the throb of James Brown's "Hot Pants" on a formidable sound system.
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How an Italian thug looted MGM, brought Credit Lyonnais to its knees, and made the Pope cry.
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A profile of Zooey Deschanel.

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A profile of Steve Buscemi.

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On the life and career of Chris Farley.

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A profile of an up-and-coming director:

Well, according to Woody, his ascent has been a series of painful falls. Success hasn't changed him, Allen insists: he's still a schlemiel. "I'm afraid of the dark and suspicious of the light," he says. "I have an intense desire to return to the womb—anybody's." Ineptitude, Woody goes on, is a family curse.

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A profile of Hollywood agent Irving “Swifty” Lazar.

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A profile of Chris Evans, star of the upcoming Captain America:

At this point, which was a…number of drinks in, it was easy to forget that it really was an interview, and I'd be lying if I said it didn't cross my mind that something might happen (and that we'd go to the Oscars and get married and have babies forever until we died?). But there was always the question of how much of it was truly Chris Evans, and whom I should pretend to be in response.

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A profile of John Lasseter, chief creative officer at Pixar.

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On what you do when you can do whatever what you want.

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On Elizabeth Taylor at the height of her fame.

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The swinging life and boozy death of the original ladies man, and the story of “the coroner that tampered with his cold, lifeless venereal warts.”

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A profile of Zack Snyder, director of Watchmen, Dawn of the Dead, and the upcoming Superman series.

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Barry Michels is Hollywood’s most successful therapist cum motivation coach with an approach that combines Jungian psychology, encouraging patients to embrace their dark side, and “three-by-five index cards inscribed with Delphic pronouncements like THE HIERARCHY WILL NEVER BE CLEAR.”

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Memories of the author’s teenage years, when his father pulled up stakes on a comfortable life in Baltimore to reinvent himself as the head of a S&L bank in Los Angeles.

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GQ moved up the release of this Charlie Sheen profile: "The fucking AA shit. The sobriety shit. It was always for other people. I just wanted to get a job back and get enough money to tell everybody to go fuck themselves and then roll like Errol Flynn and Frank Sinatra—the good parts of those guys."
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Five years ago, Mel Gibson was one of Hollywood’s few genuine family-men and a leading box office attraction; inside his wild descent from star to pariah.

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The Top Gun effect; how Hollywood became a factory for sequels, comic book and video game adaptations, and anything else easily marketed to under-25-year-old males.

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A comprehensive history of the case against the Menendez brothers, built primarily on secret audio recording made by their self-promoting therapist.

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Reporting from inside the Church’s Celebrity Centre in Los Angeles.

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On his 80th birthday; how Archie Leach, “the Bristol-born son of a part-Jewish suit presser,” became the greatest leading man of his generation.

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“As we enter into a new age, maybe art will be free. Maybe the students are right. They should be able to download music and movies. I’m going to be shot for saying this. But who said art has to cost money?”

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A profile of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, written at the midpoint of his career.

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A profile of director Sofia Coppola.

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A profile of 12-year-old actress Elle Fanning, Dakota’s sister.

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Steven Seagal spent a few years in Japan and  returned to open a dojo in L.A.. Jules Nasso was the wiseguy producer behind all of Seagal’s hits. When it all fell apart, Seagal reputedly offered money for a contract killing, and Nasso may have been caught on tape arranging to extort Seagal through the Gambino Family.

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Randy Quaid and his wife Evi have fled to Canada and are living in their car. They are seeking asylum from the menace of the “Hollywood Star Whackers.”

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A “fanatical Lynch fan from way back,” David Foster Wallace visits the set of Lost Highway, never actually talks to the director, and writes a profile.

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As CEO of HBO, Chris Albrecht was responsible for putting The Wire, The Sopranos, and Sex and the City on the air. Then he choked his girlfriend outside a Vegas casino, got fired, and took a job running Starz.

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A profile of the perpetually disappointed Alec Baldwin.

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Where crazy things seem normal and normal things seem crazy.

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Soap operas, enrollment in multiple graduate programs at once, student films alongside Hollywood blockbusters. Is James Franco’s entire career a piece of performance art?

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Slumdog Millionaire, the 2008 Mumbai attacks, and the arrival of "New India" in the American imagination.
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An excerpt from a new biography explores the trio of tragedies that struck Dahl’s family just as his career was taking off.

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In the 1950s, L.S.D. became a Beverly Hills’ therapy fad, and it profoundly changed idols like Cary Grant.

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How a French journalist recruited a posse of Brazilian parking lot attendants and pizza-delivery guys and created Hollywood’s most addictive entertainment product.

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He was just another coked-up agent (repping the likes of Steven Soderbergh) when he disappeared into Iraq, shooting heaps of footage he would attempt to package into a pro-war documentary. And that was just the beginning.

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In 2003, Gary Coleman ran for governor of California. But what he really wanted was to have never come to Hollywood in the first place.

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How the actor ended up with a house full of tourniquets and syringes, an unflinching belief in the restorative powers of “ozone,” and the brain scan of someone who has “experienced the equivalent of blunt trauma.”

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How HBO went from sitcoms starring Delta Burke and O.J. Simpson to The Wire. The view from a former HBO employee who witnessed the channel’s rise to prominence firsthand.