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Actor Wendell Pierce: ‘Fame is obscurity in waiting’
October 18, 2019 | Financial Times | by Henry Mance YESTERDAY
actors  African-Americans  HBO  The_Wire 
october 2019 by jerryking
The Disruptive World of Edward Norton - The New York Times
Oct. 7, 2019
The disruptive world
of Edward Norton.

By David Marchese Photograph by Mamadi Doumbouya
actors  category_errors  disruption  Edward_Norton  entrepreneur  start_ups 
october 2019 by jerryking
Opinion | Luke Perry Had a Stroke and Died. I Had One and Lived.
March 5, 2019 | The New York Times | By Kara Swisher, Contributing Opinion Writer.

Kara Swisher was 49 years old, healthy and had none of the conditions--symptoms--like high blood pressure that might predict a stroke...yet she had one after arriving in Hong Kong after a long flight...not hydrating or walking around enough on the long flight to Hong Kong, created what the doctor, who immediately started the treatment of anticoagulant drugs and others, called a “hole in one.”.....The idea of death — the absolute nearness of it — has been ever-present for Kara Swisher. Since her dad died, she's lived her life as if she had no time at all or very little, making the kinds of choices of someone who knew that tomorrow might indeed be her last.

[Stanford University in 2005 by the Apple founder and tech visionary Steve Jobs:

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been no for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.]

.....Sometimes {Steve Jobs'] urgency manifested itself in inspiration, sometimes in meanness, sometimes in humor, sometimes in seriousness. But it was always urgent.......[recast in my words...I have both the privilege to live more days on earth and the awareness that those days are limited.

Be tough-minded going forward--Basically, I don’t have the time to be so careless in what I do and I don’t have the time to not to ask the same of you.].........You get this kind of nudge again and again from death. It is, as the Buddhist teacher Frank Ostaseski noted, “a secret teacher hiding in plain sight.” Luke Perry’s death was yet another lesson from that teacher. ....... Mr. Perry’s Dylan McKay, who was given to saying things like, “The only person you can trust in this world is yourself.”
'90s  actors  hydration  Kara_Swisher  Luke_Perry  midlife  mini-stroke  mybestlife  op-ed  tips  speeches  Stanford  Steve_Jobs  strokes  symptoms  television  travel  It's_up_to_me  urgency  long-haul  deaths 
march 2019 by jerryking
Apple’s Executive Shake-Up Readies Company for Life After iPhone
Feb. 18, 2019 | WSJ | By Tripp Mickle.

Apple Inc. is shaking up leadership and reordering priorities across its services, artificial intelligence, hardware and retail divisions as it works to reduce the company’s reliance on iPhone sales......The primary reasons for the shifts vary by division. But collectively, they reflect Apple’s efforts to transition from an iPhone-driven company into one where growth flows from services and potentially transformative technologies......Apple has also trimmed 200 staffers from its autonomous-vehicle project, and is redirecting much of the engineering resources in its services business, led by Eddy Cue, into efforts around Hollywood programming......The competitive landscape could complicate Apple’s efforts to diversify beyond the iPhone. Media services like Netflix Inc. and Spotify Technology SA have a head start and more subscribers; Google’s autonomous-vehicle initiative has logged more miles on the road; and Amazon.com Inc.’s Echo speakers have put Alexa into millions of homes.

Apple spent $14.24 billion on research and development last year, a 23% increase from the year prior........Though the iPhone still contributes about two-thirds of Apple sales, the company has encouraged investors to focus on a growing services business, which includes streaming-music subscriptions, app-store sales and mobile payments.....The services business also is key to preserving iPhone loyalty. Just as Amazon has used media and music offerings to increase the value of Prime membership, Apple executives view its mobile payments, music service and coming video offering as ways to encourage current iPhone owners to buy future Apple handsets.....Apple is also expected to lean on its artificial-intelligence team to personalize the services on people’s devices.
actors  Apple  App_Store  Apple_IDs  artificial_intelligence  autonomous_vehicles  celebrities  competitive_landscape  hardware  Hollywood  iPhone  leadership  mobile_payments  overreliance  priorities  R&D  retailers  services  smart_speakers  streaming  subscriptions  Tim_Cook 
february 2019 by jerryking
How Chadwick Boseman Embodies Black Male Dignity - The New York Times
By Reggie Ugwu
Jan. 2, 2019

Most people would recognize any dimension of Boseman now. After years of surfing the biopic industrial complex as one national idol after another, his role as Black Panther in the “Avengers” films and this year’s eponymous blockbuster, the ninth-highest-grossing movie of all time, has established him as the rare breed of actor with both widely recognized chops and old-school star power — the kind any producer in post-Netflix Hollywood would trade a good kidney to clone in a lab. Next up are starring roles in the New York police action drama “17 Bridges” (of which he is also a producer), the international thriller “Expatriate” (he’s producing and co-writing that one) and, barring an alien-invasion-level catastrophe, a wildly anticipated “Black Panther” sequel. Boseman told me his method of humanizing superhumans begins with searching their pasts. He’s looking for gestational wounds, personal failures, private fears — fissures where the molten ore of experience might harden into steel.....After college, Boseman moved to the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, where he ran out most of his 20s. He spent his days in coffee shops — playing chess and writing plays to direct, some of which were influenced by hip-hop and Pan-African theology.

At Howard, he’d taken an acting class with the Tony Award-winning actress and director Phylicia Rashad. (One summer, she helped him and some classmates get into an elite theater program at the University of Oxford, an adventure he later learned had been financed by a friend of hers: Denzel Washington.) To earn money, Boseman taught acting to students at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem.
actors  African-Americans  biopics  Black_Panther  celebrities  Denzel_Washington  dignity  inspiration  moral_authority  Chadwick_Boseman 
january 2019 by jerryking
Michael Ovitz, Hollywood super-agent, on ‘winning at all costs’
SEPTEMBER 28, 2018 | Financial Times | by Matthew Garrahan.

In Ovtiz's 20 years at CAA, it assembled hit after hit, including Jurassic Park, Tootsie, Goodfellas and Dances with Wolves. He talks about the agency as though describing a military campaign (he is a keen student of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War). “When I was at CAA, I had a singular mission, which was to win at all costs,” he says. “We were ultra-competitive and we were in a service business but my thesis was that we weren’t selling a product. We were selling and putting together people’s dreams . . . if we showed a weak link then we would be vulnerable. Vulnerability was a sin.”....Ovitz explains that the memoir evolved from an earlier idea about a book on deals. He played a leading role in the arrival of Japanese companies in Hollywood three decades ago, advising Sony on its 1989 purchase of Columbia Pictures and the sale a year later of Lew Wasserman’s MCA (later renamed Universal, and now part of Sky’s new owner Comcast) to Matsushita. Advising Japanese buyers was a strategic move, he explains. “If the studios are in trouble and going to go out of business, we lose leverage and our clients lose jobs. But if we can bring people in to buy the studios, not only do clients continue to get jobs but we’re the people talking to the owners.”...Ron Meyer and Ovitz
slowly built an empire, starting in television and moving into films, with the aim of representing every significant writer, director and star in town: “no conflict, no interest” was his mantra. It was a radically different model to what had come before. “Agents traditionally fielded orders, so if I was your agent and someone had a job, they’d call me and ask for you,” he says. “Or they’d tell me they had an assignment and, if you happened to be available, I’d pitch you.” Agencies were like “clearing-houses”.....that was archaic. You’re a writer, you’re loaded with ideas . . . why don’t we take those ideas and add elements to them and then sell the whole thing and let you control it? Why would we just wait to answer the phone?”.....Agents took on a more central role in Hollywood after CAA’s rise to power, assembling the composite parts of a film or television project before taking the “package” of script, star and director to the studios....."[Endeavour's] thesis is very similar to the thesis we had [at CAA], which is to expand into new areas that can service clients.”
actors  books  CAA  creating_valuable_content  dealmakers  deal-making  Hollywood  memoirs  Michael_Ovitz  professional_service_firms  Sun_Tzu  talent_management  talent_representation  vindictiveness  Lew_Wasserman 
october 2018 by jerryking
'We've jumped from one holocaust to another' - The Globe and Mail
STEPHANIE NOLEN LATIN AMERICA BUREAU CHIEF
JOHANNESBURG
PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 16, 2004
UPDATED APRIL 21, 2018

South african actress Leleti Khumalo who starred in the film Yesterday. She portrayed a Zulu woman who contracts HIV. Very good film. Very sensitive acting. I fell in love with the character. She was also in Hotel Rwanda and played the leading role in Sarafina
actors  South_Africa  films 
august 2018 by jerryking
Michael B. Jordan Takes On His First Blockbuster Role—as a Villain - WSJ
By Jason Gay
Jan. 17, 2018

Our second cover star, actor Michael B. Jordan—the villain in Marvel’s winter release Black Panther—has been winning over audiences since his breakout role as a teenager in HBO’s The Wire. He followed that performance with acclaimed parts in Friday Night Lights, Fruitvale Station and Creed, imbuing each character with emotional depth. Now with his own production company and an enterprising slate of projects, he’s following the advice of his mentor Peter Berg: “How do you control your own destiny? By creating.”
actors  African-Americans  Black_Panther  comic_books  creating_valuable_content  Michael_B._Jordan  The_Wire  villains 
february 2018 by jerryking
Mayim Bialik: Being a Feminist in Harvey Weinstein’s World
OCT. 13, 2017 | The New York Times | By MAYIM BIALIK, cast member of “The Big Bang Theory”.

..Mayim Bialik decided that her sexual self is best reserved for private situations with those she was most intimate with. She dresses modestly. She doesn’t act flirtatiously with men as a policy.........we can change our culture, but it won’t be something that happens overnight. We live in a society that has treated women as disposable playmates for far longer than Mr. Weinstein has been meeting ingénues in luxury hotel rooms.

One major bright spot: We are seeing more women taking on prominent roles behind the camera. .......work hard to encourage young women to cultivate the parts of themselves that may not garner them money and fame. If you are beautiful and sexy, terrific. But having others celebrate your physical beauty is not the way to lead a meaningful life.

And if — like me — you’re not a perfect 10, know that there are people out there who will find you stunning, irresistible and worthy of attention, respect and love. The best part is you don’t have to go to a hotel room or a casting couch to find them.
nonstandard  actors  Hollywood  Harvey_Weinstein  feminism  women  sexual_assault  inspiration 
october 2017 by jerryking
What Kal Penn, Actor and Obama White House Alumnus, Loves About Toronto - The New York Times
By JOHN L. DORMAN MAY 3, 2017

Actor Kal Penn is the former associate director of the Office of Public Engagement under President Barack Obama, and currently stars as the press secretary Seth Wright on the ABC drama “Designated Survivor.”........Is there an area in Toronto that you gravitate toward?

There’s a neighborhood called Parkdale that I really like, which has an interesting Tibetan population. There’s a lot of great food, and I don’t mean fancy places where you dress up and go to dinner, but really great hole in the wall, authentic places to grab food. It’s a really nice neighborhood, in the West End of the city. Little Portugal is another great neighborhood, with really nice shops and restaurants........Talking to people whom we disagree with is more important now than it has been before, and I don’t mean just ranting on your Facebook wall. A conversation tends to go very differently when you’re having a beer with someone that you disagree with, compared to sending a nasty tweet to someone because you want to make yourself feel better.
actors  White_House  Toronto  public_discourse  Parkdale  disagreements  neighbourhoods  Queen_Street 
may 2017 by jerryking
Samuel L. Jackson and Others on Black British Actors in American Roles - The New York Times
By CHRISTOPHER D. SHEA MARCH 9, 2017
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actors  Black_British  African-Americans  Hollywood  diversity  visible_minorities  television  films  movies 
march 2017 by jerryking
Harry and Sidney: Soul Brothers - The New York Times
Charles M. Blow FEB. 20, 2017

Belafonte and Poitier demonstrated over a lifetime how celebrities could embody activism as well as the quiet power of dignity and grace.

King once said of Poitier: “He is a man of great depth, a man of great social concern, a man who is dedicated to human rights and freedom. Here is a man who, in the words we so often hear now, is a soul brother.”

In fact, I think that is what Poitier and Belafonte found in each other: a soul brother. Happy birthday, gentlemen.
'60s  actors  African-Americans  Caribbean  celebrities  Charles_Blow  civil_rights  dignity  friendships  iconic  trailblazers 
february 2017 by jerryking
Ron Glass, Who Played a Dapper Detective on ‘Barney Miller,’ Dies at 71 - The New York Times
By CHRISTOPHER MELENOV. 27, 2016
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obituaries  African-Americans  actors  '70s  '80s  nostalgia  NYPD 
november 2016 by jerryking
Bill Nunn, Who Played Radio Raheem in ‘Do the Right Thing,’ Dies at 63 -
SEPT. 24, 2016 | The New York Times | By LIAM STACK.

Bill Nunn, a versatile actor best known for playing the role of Radio Raheem, the boombox-toting neighborhood philosopher killed by police officers in Spike Lee’s 1989 film “Do the Right Thing,” died on Saturday in Pittsburgh. He was 63.....The first major acting role for Mr. Nunn, the son of a well-known professional football scout, was in the 1988 film “School Daze,” also written and directed by Mr. Lee. The next year brought the critically acclaimed “Do the Right Thing,” in which he played the iconic Radio Raheem, who carries a boombox blaring Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” through the streets of the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn on the hottest day of summer.....He was a frequent collaborator of Mr. Lee and also appeared in his films “Mo’ Better Blues” and “He Got Game.” Mr. Lee referred to him on Saturday as "my dear friend, my dear Morehouse brother.” They both attended Morehouse College in Atlanta.....Mr. Nunn became a popular character actor after “Do the Right Thing” and appeared in a variety of films, including “New Jack City,” “Sister Act” and the “Spider-Man” trilogy by the director Sam Raimi.
actors  obituaries  African-Americans  Spike_Lee  Bill_Nunn  movies  '80s  '90s  1989 
september 2016 by jerryking
Exit the Dragon? Kung Fu, Once Central to Hong Kong Life, Is Waning - The New York Times
By CHARLOTTE YANGAUG. 22, 2016
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Bruce_Lee  Hong_Kong  martial_arts  '70s  culture  films  movies  actors 
august 2016 by jerryking
Trying to Separate Bill Cosby From Cliff Huxtable - The New York Times
By RACHEL L. SWARNS JAN. 31, 2016

When an artist is disgraced, what happens to his art? What in the world will become of Dr. Huxtable?
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Many people are deeply flawed and everyone has to wrestle with their relationship to them. What they create is one thing, who they are is another - for me the two can co-exist, as they must.....Great people are flawed, and evil people have unexpected qualities. It is only in our desire to fit everyone into a nice one-dimensional box that we struggle. ...Very few half hour TV sitcoms show complex characters. When the weekly showing of a beloved one dimensional character must co-exist with with the real life actor whose private behaviour crosses so many lines of good manners, morality or criminality, viewers rarely are able to look at the "art" without seeing the "artist". Reconciling any perfect image with "tarnished" reality is difficult whether examining the work and lives of sports heroes, elected officials, rock stars, bishops or authors.
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role_models  compartmentalization  actors  Bill_Cosby  grieving  African-Americans  scandals  trailblazers  sexual_misconduct 
february 2016 by jerryking
Five habits that helped Joshua Jackson bulk up his acting resume - The Globe and Mail
COURTNEY SHEA
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015 12:00PM EST
Last updated Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015

To be creative, you have to be prepared

How to be a real man (on camera)

The trouble with the trappings

It’s okay to dress like a grown-up

Throw yourself in front of the (figurative) train
habits  actors  television  HBO  creativity  playing_in_traffic  preparation 
november 2015 by jerryking
Sam Elliott: the rough-hewn voice of a generation - The Globe and Mail
JOHANNA SCHNELLER
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 28 2015
actors 
may 2015 by jerryking
Don’t Confuse Jeremy Piven with Ari Gold - NYTimes.com
By RUTH LA FERLA APRIL 17, 2015

Ari “leads through intimidation,” he said. “He’s an equal opportunity offender.” Selfridge, on the other hand, “operates from the heart.”

Mr. Piven himself seems to operate from a disarming mixture of naked self-interest and an unalloyed passion for his métier. Before “Entourage,” he said: “I was never progressing. I was still the schlumpy best friend No. 6.”

During lunch the next day at Bubby’s, a favorite haunt in TriBeCa, he picked up the thread. “I’ve been the underdog my entire life — 1,000 percent,” he said. But Mr. Piven is nothing if not tenacious. “Beyond sharp elbows, you’ve got to create your own work,” he said, “to make a meal out of the scraps that you’re given.”

Early in the taping of “Entourage,” which ran for eight seasons on HBO starting in 2004, he hogged the camera and filled dead air with a barrage of hastily improvised banter. “It was awkward at first,” he acknowledged. “People were asking, ‘Who is this guy and what does he think he is doing?’

“But I just kept talking and they didn’t yell, ‘Cut.’ And suddenly one scene turns to three.”
Entourage  actors  television  funnies  underdogs  tenacity  rainmakers  value_creation  opportunistic  creating_valuable_content 
april 2015 by jerryking
Leonard Nimoy will forever be known as Star Trek’s Mr. Spock - The Globe and Mail
LYNN ELBER
LOS ANGELES — The Associated Press
Published Friday, Feb. 27 201
obituaries  Star_Trek  actors 
march 2015 by jerryking
Alan Cumming: Why I keep dancing as time marches on - The Globe and Mail
ALAN CUMMING
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Feb. 18 2015
aging  actors  Hollywood  milestones  inspiration 
february 2015 by jerryking
Richard Attenborough: A giant of British cinema - The Globe and Mail
BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE
The New York Times News Service
Published Monday, Aug. 25 2014
obituaries  actors  United_Kingdom  British  films  movies 
august 2014 by jerryking
Still kicking: the legacy of Bruce Lee -
Sep. 26 2013 |The Globe and Mail | Geoff Pevere.

Enter the Dragon, the kung fu movie that opened six days after Lee’s sudden death of a brain edema in July, 1973, did exactly what the 32-year-old San Francisco-born, Hong Kong-raised trainer and actor had hoped for. By this time 40 years ago, Enter the Dragon was racking up box-office profits around the globe, and Lee had joined that elite club of prematurely deceased movie stars, such as Rudolph Valentino and James Dean, whose demise preceded the release of their final films – a recipe for enduring cult stardom if ever there was....Despite its modest budget, boilerplate James Bond plot and wooden performances, Enter the Dragon altered the world action movie completely.
martial_arts  legacies  films  movies  actors  '70s  Bruce_Lee  celebrities 
september 2013 by jerryking
Ernest Borgnine Obituary: View Ernest Borgnine's Obituary by The Plain Dealer
July 9, 2012 | Associated Press | BOB THOMAS,Associated Press
CHRISTOPHER WEBER,Associated Press
actors  obituaries  television  movies 
july 2012 by jerryking
Andy Samberg Confirms He's Leaving 'Saturday Night Live' - NYTimes.com
June 1, 2012, 6:51 pm
Andy Samberg Confirms He’s Leaving ‘Saturday Night Live’
By DAVE ITZKOFF
SNL  actors  exits 
june 2012 by jerryking
"Silver Lake buys into talent agency."
3 May 2012 | Financial Times | by Matthew Garrahan.

Silver Lake, the technology investment firm , has bought a 31 per cent stake in William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, which represents stars such as Matt Damon and Sacha Baron Cohen, to finance the expansion of the media and entertainment agency into new digital areas,
mergers_&_acquisitions  M&A  talent  digital_media  talent_management  actors  entertainment_industry  Silver_Lake  talent_representation 
may 2012 by jerryking
Viola Davis on a Mind-Set That She Says Harms Black Actors - NYTimes.com
February 14, 2012, 8:30 am
Viola Davis on a Mind-Set That She Says Harms Black Actors
By MELENA RYZIK

“I want you to win,” Mr. Smiley said, “but I’m ambivalent about what you’re winning for.”

Ms. Davis was direct. “That very mind-set that you have and that a lot of African-Americans have is absolutely destroying the black artist,” she said.

“The black artist cannot live in a revisionist place,” she added. “The black artist can only tell the truth about humanity, and humanity is messy. People are messy. Caucasian actors know that.”
African-Americans  actors  films  movies  Tavis_Smiley  attitudes  mindsets 
february 2012 by jerryking
Jack Klugman, After Half a Century, Returning to 'Twelve Angry Men' - NYTimes.com
December 21, 2011, 4:46 pm
Jack Klugman, After Half a Century, Returning to ‘Twelve Angry Men’
By PATRICK HEALY
actors 
december 2011 by jerryking
The High Cost of the Gender Gap - WSJ.com
NOVEMBER 21, 2011 | WSJ | By REBECCA BLUMENSTEIN.

The High Cost of the Gender Gap
Dominic Barton, Geena Davis and Debra Lee on why CEOs need to focus more on women.
By REBECCA BLUMENSTEIN
Viacom  BET  McKinsey  actors  gender_gap  Dominic_Barton  CEOs  women  executive_management  high-cost 
december 2011 by jerryking
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