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"My Week With Marilyn" star Michelle Williams prepared by immersing herself in all things Marilyn Monroe.

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Mary J. Blige's new album "My Life II ... The Journey Continues (Act 1)," a sequel to 1994's "My Life," the classic that catapulted her to R&B stardom.

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Charlize Theron sought out director Jason Reitman to gain her challenging role in "Young Adult," a black comedy written by Reitman's "Juno" collaborator Diablo Cody.

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Quick, funny and offbeat, Judy Greer is a natural for the supporting roles she's played in romantic comedies. But the actress gets a chance to show her depth opposite George Clooney in Alexander Payne's "The Descendants."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Drake's sophomore album, "Take Care," is due to come out in November, 2011.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Cast members of the hit comedy "Bridesmaids," from left, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Wendy McLendon-Covey and Melissa McCarthy.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Bill T. Jones is the Tony-winning director-/choreographer of "Fela!", which is coming to the Ahmanson Theatre Dec. 13.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Kirsten Dunst took home the lead actress prize when Lars von Trier's apocalyptic meditation on depression, "Melancholia," premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

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In "Descendants," her first feature film, Shailene Woodley of TV's "The Secret Life of an American Teenager" wows critics and her director.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Until two years ago, Guy Ritchie was known only to a select cinema buff crowd for his stylish, low-budget British gangster movies. He burst into the mainstream by directing Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in the 2009 megahit "Sherlock Holmes." Now he's back, directing the sequel "A Game of Shadows."

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Martin Scorsese, the director behind "Raging Bull" and "The Departed," changes gears with the child-friendly 3-D film "Hugo."

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Leonardo DiCaprio, center, and Armie Hammer with Clint Eastwood, right. Eastwood directs DiCaprio and Hammer in the new film "J. Edgar."

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An Oscar nominee for "Little Miss Sunshine," Abigail Breslin is a teen with father issues in "Janie Jones."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Grown-up love and fatherhood informed Cameron Crowe's new film "We Bought a Zoo."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Viewers are seeing a different side of Colin Hanks on Showtime's "Dexter."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

Which star should Ryan Gosling promote more for a lead actor Oscar -- a campaign manager in "The Ides of March" or a stunt/getaway driver in "Drive"?

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Blink-182 members: guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge, left, drummer Travis Barker, center, and bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus backstage before their concert at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

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Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams is photographed in his Hollywood music studio in front of a pair of Fairchild 660 compressor limiters originally used by the Beatles, Sept. 6, 2011.

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars in the upcoming movie, "The Thing," which will open October 14.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

Director Pedro Almodovar with actor Antonio Banderas.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Elizabeth Olsen stars in the new movie "Martha Marcy May Marlene," directed by Sean Durkin.

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Steve Guttenberg portrait taken at Sardi's on Broadway.

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Singer and activist Harry Belafonte's film "SING YOUR SONG" premiers exclusively on HBO October 17th.

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Dyan Cannon poses for a portrait in her West Hollywood home on September 26, 2011. She has just written a book about her very difficult marriage to Cary Grant who was the love of her life.The title of the book is,"Dear Cary, My Life with Cary Grant."

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Actor Joseph Gordon Levitt is photographed in advance of his new movie "50/50" at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills, Sept. 20, 2011. A side project of Levitt's is "HitRecord.ORG ," a website he calls, " A professional, open collaborative production company," where artists are encouraged to contribute various art forms (video/photography/music) to the website, which will be edited together to form new works of art.

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Felicia Day, who writes and acts in the web series "The Guild," is photographed at a friend's L.A.-area home, Sept. 12, 2011.

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Kelly Macdonald is the female lead from the HBO show Boardwalk Empire.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Actor comedian Thomas Jane (born Thomas Elliott III) poses for a portrait in his home in Los Angeles on September 27, 2011. He is known for his roles in the 1999 film Deep Blue Sea; 2001 TV film 61; 2004 film, The Punisher; and the 2007 Stephen King adaptation, The Mist. He currently stars in the HBO comedy-drama series, Hung.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

Actress Claire Danes takes the antihero role as a troubled CIA agent in the new television series, "Homeland," an espionage thriller for Showtime.

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Emmy nominees, from left, Walton Goggins ("Justified"), Johnny Galecki ("The Big Bang Theory"), Michelle Forbes ("The Killing") and Josh Charles ("The Good Wife") photographed before The Times' round table of first-time nominees, moderated by Times Television Critic Mary McNamara.

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Animator, writer and director Mike Judge, creator of '90s animated series "Beavis and Butt-head," is bringing the pair back to MTV this fall.

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As co-producer of her new CW series, "Ringer," Sarah Michelle Gellar is taking control.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Legendary singer Tony Bennett, 85, is never far from the spotlight, and his new album, "Duets II," shows there's still plenty to sing about.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Gerard Butler in Beverly Hills for his role in the movie "Machine Gun Preacher."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Drake Doremus in New York. He directed "Like Crazy."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

George Clooney and Grant Heslov co-wrote and produced "The Ides of March," which Clooney directed and co-stars in.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Denis Leary at the Casa Del Mar for about the series finale of "Rescue Me."

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Actress Bailee Madison at her Los Angeles area home.

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Actor Jeff Bridges has a new self-titled album continuing his own brand of country music that was sparked by his Academy Award-winning performance in the 2009 movie "Crazy Heart."

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Jim Sturgess at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Sturgess, the versatile star of the romance "One Day," is the subject of a profile focusing on how he added warmth to an ostensibly unsympathetic and caddish character.

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J.K. Simmons on the set of the TNT show "The Closer" at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. Simmons has starred in the movies "The Music Never Stopped," "Juno," "Extract," "Burn After Reading," and the Spider-Man movies. On the smaller screen, he has appeared in "Law and Order" and the HBO series "Oz." And in commercials he is the voice of the yellow M&M.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Country singer Glen Campbell at his home in Malibu. Campbell, who announced recently that he has Alzheimer's disease, has finished his final studio album, "Ghost on the Canvas."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Actress Emma Stone is in three movies this summer, including "The Help" and "Crazy, Stupid, Love," and is promoting next summer's "Spider-Man" reboot.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

"Mad Men" finally gave Jon Hamm a showcase for his cool strength. And this season shook it up.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Former "Friends" star Lisa Kudrow says portraying such a grating character on "Web Therapy" is a risk.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

Steve Carell, left, and Ryan Gosling play polar opposites in the new comedy "Crazy, Stupid, Love."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Patrick Dempsey plays a bad guy in the Michael Bay-directed movie, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," which is the third chapter of the film franchise.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Rachel Zoe is a stylist, reality TV star, designer and mom.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Chris Evans, star of "Captain America: The First Avenger," had his doubts about playing the iconic superhero.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LIZ O. BAYLEN / Los Angeles Times

Simon Pegg recounts his rise from daydreaming boy to Hollywood actor in his memoir, "Nerd Do Well."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Shia LaBeouf, star of the successful "Transformers" franchise, has been acting steadily since he was 13.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Sam Trammell is ready for family changes with his "True Blood" character and in real life.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Mary McDonnell's TNT show "The Closer" is in its final season, but there are spin-off plans for her character.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Telemundo has submitted Kate del Castillo for an Emmy nomination. The "La Reina del Sur" star has also done English-language series including "Weeds."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Charlie Day, one of the stars of the TV show "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." takes his acting to the big screen in "Horrible Bosses."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Parker Posey joins the new second season of Showtime's "The Big C."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Alexander Skarsgard, who stars in HBO's "True Blood," has two movies still due this year, "Straw Dogs" and "Melancholia."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Kate Winslet. The actress recently starred in the HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce," set in Southern California during the Depression.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Actor Ryan Reynolds at the Beverly Hilton hotel. He plays the title character in the movie "Green Lantern," which opened at No. 1 at the box office.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Actress Cameron Diaz at the Four Seasons Hotel. Her latest movie is "Bad Teacher," opening June 24.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Singer and actor Marc Anthony during a break in filming for the TNT drama "HawthoRNe." He reprises his role as Det. Nick Renata.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Actor William H. Macy at Warner Bros. He stars in Showtime's "Shameless."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Actress Elisabeth Moss at the Four Seasons Hotel. She plays Peggy Olson on the AMC series "Mad Men."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Actor Michael Sheen at the L'Ermitage hotel.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Padma Lakshmi is the host of the Bravo TV competition series "Top Chef."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Actress and comedian Amy Poehler. She stars in the NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Paris Hilton at her home. She has a new TV show, "The World According to Paris."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Kevin Bacon stars in the new movie "X-Men: First Class."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Actress Reese Witherspoon stars in the movie "Water for Elephants." She is photographed at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Actor Michael Keaton is being honored in a retrospective of his work at the American Cinematheque.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

"Desperate Housewives" actress Eva Longoria at her restaurant "Beso" in Hollywood. She has a second career as a doyenne of restaurants in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Actor Christian Slater is starring in the Fox series "Breaking In."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Actress Rita Wilson is one of the stars in the Shakespeare Festival/LA presents the 20th Annual Simply Shakespeare adaptation of "The Comedy of Errors."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Director and Academy Award-winning actress Jodie Foster directed and stars in "The Beaver" opposite Mel Gibson.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Nia Vardalos worked on her latest project, "Larry Crowne," with Tom Hanks.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Russell Brand at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Russell plays a drunken playboy who stands to lose a wealthy inheritance when he falls for a woman his family doesn't like in the movie" Arthur".

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Mireille Enos stars in AMC's new series, "The Killing," and had a featured role on "Big Love." She also received a Tony nod for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Actor Rob Lowe has a new autobiography, "Stories I Only Tell My Friends."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth stars in the new film "Thor," which borrows from ancient Norse myth and from the pages of Marvel Comic.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

Actress Anne Heche, of HBO's "Hung," at her Los Angeles home.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Vanessa Hudgens poses for a portrait at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Vanessa Hudgens is in two new movies this month: a modern retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" called "Beatly," and "Sucker Punch," in which she has her most racy role.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

Actress Saiorse Ronan and Director Joe Wright are photographed at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. She appears in the movie "Hanna."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Celine Dion, pictured in the "Green Room," is opening a new show in Las Vegas. After five consecutive years of sold-out-shows at the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace, Dion embarked on a yearlong worldwide tour in 2008-09 on five continents. She is back to performing in Vegas again.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

Actress/singer Connie Stevens, who at the age of 70 directed her first film.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

Meital Dohan, a successful, award-winning actress in Israel, is forging her way into American film, theater and even music. She had a starring role in "Monogamy," a noted film which will be making its Los Angeles debut later this month, costarring Chris Messina and Rashida Jones. She has an upcoming album, with a single to be released in April, and is the host of an online radio show called "Loud Miracles," about miraculous events in the lives of everyday people.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

Alex Ebert sings and plays guitar, keyboards, clarinet, violin, drums and kazoo on his solo album.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Actor Anthony Mackie photographed at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

CULVER CITY, CA - Rainn Wilson outside of the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City, Calif. He stars in the movie "Super."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Sergio Mendes is photographed in his Woodland Hills home. He has released more than 35 albums and plays bossa nova heavily crossed with jazz and funk.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Actress Gillian Anderson stars in the upcoming PBS series, "Any Human Heart".

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Actor Channing Tatum stars in "The Eagle," a swords-and-togas adventure film.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Actor Geoffrey Rush is part of the ensemble cast of "The King's Speech."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Rob Lowe, photographed at the Beverly Hills Hotel, is guest-starring on NBC's "Parks & Recreation."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Oscar winner Forest Whitaker stars in a new CBS show, "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior," playing a profiler of psychopaths and serial killers. He is photographed in New York.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Tom Selleck says he was drawn to the ensemble nature of his CBS series "Blue Bloods."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LIZ O. BAYLEN / Los Angeles Times

Actor William H. Macy is photographed on the set of "Shameless", a new Showtime series shooting at the Warner Bros. studio in Burbank. The respected actor appears as a proud single dad of six smart, spirited and independent children, who without him would be .... perhaps better off.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Christopher Nolan directed and wrote the screenplay for "Inception," a sci-fi thriller about dream invasion.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Noomi Rapace's star is rapidly rising after her turn in the Swedish-language movie adaptations of novelist Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy. The franchise's final film, "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest," has just landed in theaters.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

Michael J. Fox at the Peninsula Hotel.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Naomi Watts, left, with the real-life Valerie Plame, whom Watts portrays in a new movie, "Fair Game."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Patrick Stewart seems tickled to be on Broadway in a revival of David Mamet's "A Life in the Theatre" at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Actor Sam Rockwell is at Culina restaurant at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Country music superstar Taylor Swift prepares to perform at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's All for the Hall concert benefit at Club Nokia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Kristen Bell poses at Rolling Greens Hollywood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LIZ O. BAYLEN / Los Angeles Times

Ben Affleck at the Writer's Guild theater. The director, star and co-writer interviewed real bank robbers to ground his heist movie, "The Town."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Clint Eastwood at Mission Ranch Hotel on Aug. 27. At age 80, he doesn't seem to be slowing down.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LIZ O. BAYLEN / Los Angeles Times

Milla Jovovich at the Four Seasons Hotel. The actress joins Ed Norton and Robert Dinero in "Stone."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Cyndi Lauper admired blues singers for a long time before making "Memphis Blues," her new bestselling album.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Amir Bar-Lev directed "The Tillman Story," a documentary film about Pat Tillman's death in Afghanistan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Emma Thompson, photographed at the Four Seasons Hotel.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson, working at the piano in his music room, is going to be releasing an album that will be a salute to the music of George and Ira Gershwin.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES, CA.,MARCH 15, 211--Rashida Jones been a staple of NBC sitcoms such as The Office and Parks and Recreation, for several years. But with new film roles, she tries to make the leap to leading film roles. (Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times)

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

SANTA MONICA, CA - Author Christina Haag stands for a portrait in Santa Monica, Calif.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LIZ O. BAYLEN / Los Angeles Times

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK- Merritt Wever is a young star on the show "Nurse Jackie."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Actor Zach Galifianakis is photographed at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills, Oct. 25. Galifiankis starts in "Due Date" with Robert Downey Jr.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

ENVELOPE STORY FOR DECEMBER 1, 2011. DO NOT USE PRIOR TO PUBLICATION ******************** NEW YORK, NEW YORK--SEPT.16, 2011--Felicity Jones stars in "Like Crazy." (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Rosario Dawson, shown at the Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica, stars in the runaway train movie "Unstoppable" with Denzel Washington and Chris Pine.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Jeff Goldblum plays Rachel McAdams' boss in "Morning Glory."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Kristen Stewart takes a break from her "Twilight" franchise to star in the independent film "Welcome to the Rileys."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank at Culina restaurant at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Actor Dermot Mulroney, star of "Inhale," at the Standard Hotel.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Raul Esparza, star of the musical "Leap of Faith," at the Ahmanson Theatre in downtown L.A.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Performance artist Laurie Anderson.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Robert De Niro promotes "Stone" at the Toronto International Film Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Florence Henderson of "The Brady Bunch."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

SAN DIEGO, CA., JULY 23, 2011, --Rachel Weisz was a model when she was 14 and began acting during her studies at Cambridge University. While there, she formed a theater company named Talking Tongues, which won the Guardian Award, at the Edinburgh Festival. Weisz stars in a spy thriller "Page Eight". Weisz is photographed at the Andaz Hotel in San Diego July 23, 2011. (Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times)

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

Jeff Bridges at Malo restaurant in Los Angeles on Dec. 7, 2009. Bridges won the Oscar for best actor for his performance as a washed-up country singer in the film "Crazy Heart."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

Zoe Saldana at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills on April 11. Saladana's career has been taking off, with the recent success of movies such as "Star Trek," "Avatar" and "Death at a Funeral."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Claire Danes in West Hollywood on Jan. 14.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Ian McShane in Santa Monica on July 7. McShane plays a scheming medieval bishop in his most recent release, the miniseries "The Pillars of the Earth."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Patti Smith on Jan. 4 at the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan, where she lived with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in 1969-70. Smith's memoir "Just Kids" details that year.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Sean "Diddy" Combs at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on May 22. The music mogul showed off his acting chops in "Get Him to the Greek," starring Russell Brand and Jonah Hill.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page at the Beverly Hills Hotel on June 25. The two are in the Christopher Nolan thriller "Inception," along with Leonardo DiCaprio.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Christina Ricci in Los Angeles on March 25. In "After.Life," the former child star plays a young teacher who may or may not have died.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Courteney Cox at her Beverly Hills home May 17. The "Friends" veteran has reinvented herself on the ABC sitcom "Cougar Town."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times

Don Cheadle in Santa Monica on April 21. The actor, who received an Oscar nomination for his performance in "Hotel Rwanda," played Lt. Col. James "Rhodey" Rhodes in "Iron Man 2."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Jake Gyllenhaal at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco on April 3. Gyllenhaal starred in "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," an action movie based on a video game.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Emma Roberts in Burbank on Feb. 9. She and Julia Roberts, her aunt, both appeared in the romantic comedy "Valentine's Day."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Zac Efron at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey on July 17. Efron, whose "High School Musical" performance made him a teen heartthrob, tackled his first commercially dramatic role with "Charlie St. Cloud."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Kiernan Shipka at her Los Angeles home July 16. The 10-year-old has won critical acclaim with her portrayal of Sally Draper, daughter of suave ad man Don, on the AMC drama "Mad Men."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio photographed at film director Ridley Scott's West Hollywood office in 2008.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Ryan Gosling, seen here at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, costars with Michelle Williams in "Blue Valentine."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Ricky Gervais has a new HBO special and will host the Golden Globes on Jan. 16.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

[McKoy, Kirk -- B58912379Z.1 LOS ANGELES, CA., DECEMBER 09, 2010-- Matt Le Blanc, who is best known for his role as Joey on Friends, is playing an arrogant actor named Matt Le Blanc in the new Showtime comedy, Episodes, about British producers who encounter disaster when they try to transplant their hit elite British series to America. This is Matts first series since the ill-fated spinoff Joey. (Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times)] *** []

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Ashton Kutcher stars in the new romantic comedy "No Strings Attached."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LIZ O. BAYLEN / Los Angeles Times

Michelle Williams stars in the new movie "Blue Valentine," about the highs and lows of a young couple's marriage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges stars in the new Coen brothers film, "True Grit."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Amy Adams costars in "The Fighter" as the brassy girlfriend of a struggling boxer played by Mark Wahlberg.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LIZ O. BAYLEN / Los Angeles Times

Actor, writer and director Ben Affleck stars in "The Company Men." He also co-wrote, directed and stars in 2010's "The Town."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Chloe Sevigny costars in "Big Love."

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Celebrity portraiture is another aspect in the life of a photojournalist at the Los Angeles Times. It is challenging and tests the staff photographers to think differently from how they approach other types of assignments. It’s not as glam as you might think, although we’d like you to think it is. Time is often limited, meaning more than five minutes with a subject is a luxury and the location can be less than ideal, mostly in a hotel room or a nondescript hallway.

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  1. August 11, 2010, 12:24 am

    [...] more celebrity photographs by Jay and other Times [...]

  2. December 10, 2010, 9:57 pm

    [...] that still plagues our city. The Winter Olympics came and went, and day in and day out we covered celebrities, restaurants in L.A., and, of course, daily life. We covered the year in pictures, following what [...]

  3. December 10, 2010, 10:54 pm

    [...] that still plagues our city. The Winter Olympics came and went, and day in and day out we covered celebrities, restaurants and daily life. We covered the year in pictures, following what affects you. We [...]

  4. February 5, 2011, 6:49 am

    A nice slideshow with some interesting faces. It might have been a good idea to indicate exactly WHO it was in each picture. The older ones, (like me), I knew but a lot of them I had no idea who they were.

    By: Peter
  5. February 12, 2011, 8:00 pm

    Click on the "Show Captions" link below the photo.

    By: Gues 1
  6. April 20, 2011, 6:35 am

  7. August 7, 2011, 11:06 am

    All this photographer knows how to do i make people look ugly. They are far from being Yousuf Karsh. I could do better with my iphone.

    By: wellseeker@gmail.com
  8. August 15, 2011, 2:51 pm

    I was having the same problem about identifying some of the subjects, then I discovered the "Show Captions" button underneath the photos. Suggest to the Times to default it to on instead of off.

    By: John
  9. September 14, 2011, 8:46 am

    Super disappointed at the lack of diversity in these shots.

    By: tdubya76@hotmail.com
  10. October 12, 2011, 5:47 pm

    THE BIGGEST PROBLEM I HAD WAS NO BLACK AMERICANS.I KNOW THERE ARE SOME OUT THERE SOMEWHERE

    By: 1jdl
  11. June 22, 2012, 2:23 am

    Wonderful photography! Will check this site often

    By: Jimmy Dickerson

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