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Posts Tagged ‘Laura Dern’

James Lipton Puts a Bow on Boxing Day

Shutterstock_BruceLauraDernCannesThis is pretty cool. On December 26, fans of Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio will get to enjoy a very special holiday treat – the first-ever episode featuring a father and daughter.

Bruce Dern, gathering momentum each day for a second Oscar nomination for his role in Nebraska, was joined on stage by his Oscar nominated daughter Laura. Set your DVR for 7 p.m. From today’s announcement, which followed the exclusive tip to THR‘s Scott Feinberg:

Viewers will learn what it was like for Laura to grow up with both her father and mother, Diane Ladd, in the industry, and to be the first and only family to each have a star side by side on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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DAMEmagazine.com Profiles Hollywood’s Top Celebrity Divorce Lawyer

There’s a brand new online women’s magazine in the Internet mix. It’s called DAME, was founded by publishing vet Jennifer Reitman, is aimed at the female over-30 crowd and counts as editor-in-chief Sanjiv Bhattacharya, former features editor for GQ UK.

Bhattacharya helps get it going with a snappy profile of Laura Wasser, the Century City denizen generally referred to as “Hollywood’s top celebrity divorce lawyer.” The label definitely fits:

Right now, Wasser has 35 active cases, allegedly including Laura Dern, Heidi Klum, Dennis Quaid and 80s saxophonist Kenny G (though Wasser herself won’t reveal any names). She even looks like a celebrity – the kind of lawyer that all those hot TV lawyers are based on. She’s smart, fast-talking, expensive (at up to $800 an hour) and in the words of the drooling producers at TMZ, “superfine.”

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Female Emmy Nominees Yack About Yap Island

For a whole bunch of rather obvious reasons, awards show broadcasts can never hope to be as entertaining as properly conducted pre-awards show roundtable discussions. So do yourself a favor and bookmark The Hollywood Reporter’s latest such Q&A with Julie Bowen, Jane Lynch, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Martha Plimpton, Christina Applegate, Laura Dern and Zooey Deschanel.

The whole thing is pretty uproarious, complete with embedded video clips. Towards the very end, the group segues – thanks to a question about possible alternate careers – to the Micronesian island nation of Yap:

Plimpton: I would move to that island – I think it’s called Yap – where the only form of currency is a giant round stone that gets moved from house to house. You want a cow? You give the giant round stone to the guy with a cow…

THR: I’m sorry. This is a real place?

Plimpton: Yes, it’s a real place. I would totally find that island and live there.

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When American Film Magazine Ruled the LA Roost

For the latest installment of Los Angeles magazine’s bubbly regular feature “LA Story,” reporter Amy Wallace chatted with actress Laura Dern about growing up in Malibu, Santa Monica, Mar Vista and Beverly Hills.

It was a different time, of course, and arguably Dern is the better for it. Instead of her famous parents and godmother Shelley Winters having to deal with TMZ at LAX and X17 at Starbucks, she recalls that coverage of movie celebrities back in the 1970s was a much more straightforward enterprise:

No one was into glamour. There weren’t tabloids like today. Actors like my parents and my godmother didn’t really “do press” in the ’70s. If anything, if it was a big movie, maybe you’d do the cover of American Film magazine. But that was it.

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All in the Walk of Fame Family

When you’ve reached the point of dedicating the 2,419th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it becomes challenging PR-wise to come up with something that hasn’t been done before. But late this morning, in the shadow of The W Hotel and the intersection of Hollywood and Vine, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce did just that with its first triple dedication of Stars to Bruce Dern, Diane Ladd and the couple’s daughter, Laura Dern.

“Citizens of Hollywood, I love Laura Dern!” exclaimed the actress’ Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart and Inland Empire director David Lynch (pictured), sounding very much like a 1930′s era newsman. On behalf of Laura’s dad, director Joe Dante suggested, “If there’s ever an actor who has paid his dues, it’s Bruce Dern.” Ladd meanwhile gave a typically rousing, firebrand speech, deeming Laura a “miracle child.”

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Sundance Gold, Real World Blues: Scott Foundas in LA Weekly

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Scott Foundas writes of the coulda, shoulda, woulda world of those filmmakers whose Sundance acclaim didn’t catapult them into the big time. Or even a steady gig. Here’s the stats:

Of the 290 dramatic features that played at Sundance between 1984 and 2002 (the last year it seemed prudent to include in this survey, given the amount of time it can take to set up an indie film), 156 of their directors have gone on to make zero or, at the most, one additional dramatic feature.

In his LA Weekly piece, Foundas recounts the cautionary tale of Gary Walkow, who’ll show his latest work, Crashing, at Slamdance. Walkow, who has more than his fair share of bad luck for one lifetime, had a festival hit, The Trouble With Dick, sold it to a small company who folded before releasing the film. And then he made another film, went to Sundance, and watched the heavy-hitters engage in a bidding war over Shine. And he’s doing this again.

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