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Celebrities by the Los Angeles Times in 2011

Carey Mulligan
Actress Carey Mulligan costars in two of 2011’s most talked-about films, “Drive” and “Shame.” (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Ben Kingsley
In “Hugo,” Martin Scorsese’s 3-D fable about a boy who lives inside the clocks at a 1930s Paris train station, Ben Kingsley plays real-life cinema pioneer Georges Melies, a magician turned filmmaker. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Charlize Theron

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.

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Guy Ritchie
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.” (Ricardo DeAratanha /Los Angeles Times)
Judy Greer
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.” (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Bill T. Jones
Bill T. Jones is the Tony-winning director-/choreographer of “Fela!”, which is coming to the Ahmanson Theatre Dec. 13. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Time)
Kirsten Dunst
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.  (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Mary J. Blige
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. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Felicity Jones
Felicity Jones stars in “Like Crazy,” a modest relationship drama from director Drake Doremus that has garnered awards for the film and its star. (Carolyn Cole /Los Angeles Times)
Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Wendy McLendon-Covey and Melissa McCarthy
Cast members of the hit comedy “Bridesmaids,” from left, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Wendy McLendon-Covey and Melissa McCarthy.  (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Illeana Douglas
Illeana Douglas, known for her roles in Allison Anders’ “Grace of My Heart” and Martin Scorsese’s “Cape Fear,” stars in “Easy to Assemble,” a Web series for IKEA, the Swedish furniture retailer.  (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Michelle Williams
“My Week With Marilyn” star Michelle Williams prepared by immersing herself in all things Marilyn Monroe. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio investigated the FBI director for ‘J. Edgar’ and found him fascinating and frustrating (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)
Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese, the director behind “Raging Bull” and “The Departed,” changes gears with the child-friendly 3-D film “Hugo.” (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Shailene Woodley
In “Descendants,” her first feature film, Shailene Woodley of TV’s “The Secret Life of an American Teenager” wows critics and her director. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Henry Cavill
British actor Henry Cavill first takes on Theseus in “Immortals” -- and next Superman in “Man of Steel.” (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Octavia Spencer
“The Help’s” Octavia Spencer has gone from relative anonymity to life-changing “overdrive” after the movie’s blockbuster success. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Drake
The Canadian rapper-singer Drake has taken a decidedly low-key approach to rolling out his new disc, “Take Care.” (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Viola Davis
Veteran actress Viola Davis worked to give her role in “The Help” dignity. (Genaro Molina /Los Angeles Times)
Clint Eastwood, Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer
Leonardo DiCaprio, center, and Armie Hammer with Clint Eastwood, right. Eastwood directs DiCaprio and Hammer in the new film “J. Edgar.” (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)
Abigail Breslin
An Oscar nominee for “Little Miss Sunshine,” Abigail Breslin is a teen with father issues in “Janie Jones.” (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)
Conlin Hanks
Viewers are seeing a different side of Colin Hanks on Showtime’s “Dexter.” (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Cameron Crowe
Grown-up love and fatherhood informed Cameron Crowe’s new film “We Bought a Zoo.” (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times))
Ryan Gosling
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”? (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Patton Oswalt
Patton Oswalt meets an acting challenge head-on in Jason Reitman’s “Young Adult.” (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Zachary Quinto

Zachary Quinto photographed in Los Angeles. Quinto is best known for his roles as Spock in the 2009 movie “Star Trek” and the emotionless villain in “Heroes.” Quinto stars in and produces “Margin Call,” a thiller about the 2008 Wall Street meltdown. This is the first film made by Quinto’s production company, “Before the Door, " which he runs alongside two friends from Carnegie Mellon.

 (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Tom Waits
Actor-singer-songwriter Tom Waits in Petaluma, Calif. Waits’ new album, “Bad As Me, " came out Oct 17.  (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Anton Yelsin
Anton Yelshin, photographed in New York, stars in the movie “Like Crazy” with Felicity Jones. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Janes Addiction
Rock band Janes Addiction poses in advance of its new album, “The Great Escape Artist,” at the Shangri-La hotel in Santa Monica. Lead singer Perry Farrell, left, guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins and newest member bassist Dave Sitek, formerly of TV on the Radio.  (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Rowan Atkinson
Comedic actor Rowan Atkinson knows zen and the art of comedy better than most and proves it once again in “Johnny English Reborn.” He was photographed in Beverly Hills.  (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Pedro Almodovar and Antonio Banderas
Director Pedro Almodovar directed actor Antonio Banderas in “The Skin I Live In.” Banderas plays a brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by tragedies, who creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.  (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Elizabeth Olsen
Elizabeth Olsen stars in “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” directed by Sean Durkin. It is a cult-themed drama. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Harry Belafonte
Singer-activist Harry Belafonte at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Belafonte’s film “Sing Your Song” premieres on HBO Oct. 17. The film chronicles the life and times of Belafonte, through his own words, eyewitness accounts, FBI files and archival footage and seeks to answer two profound questions about who we are, especially as artists and what meaning we find in our own commitments.  (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Dyan Cannon
Dyan Cannon in her West Hollywood home. She has written a book about her 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.”  (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Blink-182
Blink-182 members: guitarist-vocalist Tom DeLonge, left, drummer Travis Barker and bassist-vocalist Mark Hoppus backstage before their concert at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Blink-182 is about to release its first new album since reuniting in 2009, which followed an acrimonious breakup in 2005.  (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Mary Elizabeth Winstead at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. She stars in the movie “The Thing,” which will open Oct. 14. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Steve Guttenberg
Steve Guttenberg at Sardi’s on Broadway in New York.  (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Ryan Adams
Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams in his Hollywood music studio in advance of a new album, “Ashes and Fire.”  (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Joseph Gordon-Levitt deals with chemotherapy and a deteriorating relationship with his girlfriend in “50/50.” (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Demi Lovato

Former Disney teen star Demi Lovato is sporting a new, edgier look. She explores her public breakdown and recovery on her new album.

 (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Felicia Day
Felicia Day created and acts in “The Guild” and a new Web series, “Dragon Age: Redemption.” (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Thomas Jane
Thomas Jane returns for the third season of the HBO dramedy “Hung.” He stars as Ray Drecker, a struggling high school teacher and coach who deals with Detroit’s crumbling economy by branching out into prostitution. (Anne Cusack/ Los Angeles Times)
Kelly Macdonald
Kelly Macdonald plays the Irish immigrant-turned-grande-dame Margaret Schroeder in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”  (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Taylor Lautner
Actor Taylor Lautner, 19, knows his new action movie “Abduction” could show the industry that he can carry a movie.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Emmy Nominees
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.  (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Claire Danes
Actress Claire Danes takes the antihero role as a troubled CIA agent in the new television series, “Homeland,” an espionage thriller for Showtime.  (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Mike Judge
Animator, writer and director Mike Judge, creator of ‘90s animated series “Beavis and Butt-head,” is bringing the pair back to MTV this fall.  (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Tony Bennett
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.  (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Sarah Michelle Gellar
As co-producer of her new CW series, “Ringer,” Sarah Michelle Gellar is taking control.  (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Gerard Butler
Gerard Butler in Beverly Hills for his role in the movie “Machine Gun Preacher.”  (Mariah Tauger/Los Angeles Times)
George Clooney and Grant Heslov
George Clooney and Grant Heslov co-wrote and produced “The Ides of March,” which Clooney directed and co-stars in.  (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Bailee Madison
Actress Bailee Madison at her Los Angeles area home, (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Denis Leary
Denis Leary at the Casa Del Mar for about the series finale of “Rescue Me.”  (Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times)
Drake Doremus
Drake Doremus in New York. He directed “Like Crazy.”  (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Glen Campbell
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.”  (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)
Emma Stone
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.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Jeff Bridges

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.”

 (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)
J. K. Simmons
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.  (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)
Viola Davis
In “The Help,” Viola Davis stars as Aibileen Clark, a world-weary character who carries the weight of history in her every move.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Jim Sturgess
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.  (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times)
Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer plays Minny Jackson, a sharp-tongued maid with an abusive husband, in “The Help.” (Robert Gauthier /Los Angeles Times)
Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain, seen opposite Brad Pitt in Terrence Malick‘s “The Tree of Life” this spring, plays Celia Foote, an unpolished woman who marries into wealth, in “The Help.”  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Andy Serkis
Andy Serkis, the motion-capture actor who starred as Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and King Kong in Peter Jackson‘s “King Kong,” steps smoothly into the role of super-smart ape Caesar in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”  (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Jon Hamm
“Mad Men” finally gave Jon Hamm a showcase for his cool strength. And this season shook it up.  (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling
Steve Carell, left, and Ryan Gosling play polar opposites in the new comedy “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”  (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz‘s latest film, “The Whistleblower,” is a true-to-life tale of a U.N. monitor in Bosnia who exposes a sex trafficking ring.  (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Zack Braff
Actor, screenwriter, producer and director Zach Braff at his Manhattan apartment with his dog Roscoe.  (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
John Singleton
“I couldn’t rhyme. I wasn’t a rapper. So I made this movie,” director John Singleton says of 1991’s “Boyz N the Hood.”  (Genaro Molina /Los Angeles Times)
Lisa Kudrow
Former “Friends” star Lisa Kudrow says portraying such a grating character on “Web Therapy” is a risk.  (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Chris Evans
Chris Evans, star of “Captain America: The First Avenger,” had his doubts about playing the iconic superhero. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
Patrick Dempsey
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.  (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Rachel Zoe
Rachel Zoe is a stylist, reality TV star, designer and mom. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Alexander Skarsgard
Alexander Skarsgard, who stars in HBO’s “True Blood,” has two movies still due this year, “Straw Dogs” and “Melancholia.”  (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times)
Mary McDonnell
Mary McDonnell’s TNT show “The Closer” is in its final season, but there are spin-off plans for her character.  (enaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)
Charlie Day
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.”  (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)
Shia Labeouf
Shia LaBeouf, star of the successful “Transformers” franchise, has been acting steadily since he was 13.  (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Parker Posey
Parker Posey joins the new second season of Showtime’s “The Big C.”  (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)
Sam Trammell
Sam Trammell is ready for family changes with his “True Blood” character and in real life. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Kate del Castillo
Telemundo has submitted Kate del Castillo for an Emmy nomination. The “La Reina del Sur” star has also done English-language series including “Weeds.”  (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Simon Pegg
Simon Pegg recounts his rise from daydreaming boy to Hollywood actor in his memoir, “Nerd Do Well.”  (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Cameron Diaz
Actress Cameron Diaz stars in the summer comedy “Bad Teacher” as a foul-mouthed teacher ill-suited to her job. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet could be an Emmy contender for her portrayal of “Mildred Pearce” on the HBO miniseries. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Elisabeth Moss
Actress Elisabeth Moss, who plays Peggy Olson on “Mad Men,” sees her character’s generation on the way up on the AMC series set in the ‘60s. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Ryan Reynolds
In “Green Lantern,” Ryan Reynolds stars as Hal Jordan, a cocky test pilot who is pulled into a cosmic struggle between good and evil when he is selected as the first human to serve in the Green Lantern Corps. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Marc Anthony
Singer and actor Marc Anthony reprises his role as Detective Nick Renata on the third season of the TNT drama “Hawthorne.” (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Michael Sheen
After roles in “Tron: Legacy” and “Midnight in Paris,” Michael Sheen stars in “Beautiful Boy” as the father of a college student who died committing a bloody campus shooting. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler produces and stars in “Parks and Recreation.” She also has two young children with her husband, Will Arnett. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Morgan Freeman
Actor Morgan Freeman received an AFI Life Achievement award in June. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Padma Lakshmi
Padma Lakshmi’s show “Top Chef” is among those that celebrate artistry more than delight in failure. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
William H. Macy
On the Showtime series “Shameless,” William H. Macy is Frank, the drunken and largely shiftless papa to a clutch of kids who survive largely by their own wits. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Kevin Bacon
Kevin Bacon stars in the new movie “X-Men: First Class.” (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)
Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton at her home. She has a new TV show, “The World According to Paris.” (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Paul Bettany
Paul Bettany stars in the new action movie “Priest”, which is set in an alternative realm where crusading heroes must combat a vampire menace. The English actor seems to have a knack for toggling between popcorn movies and dramatic fare. (Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times)
Eva Longoria
“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. (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times)
Mireille Enos
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?” (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Chris Hemsworth
Australian actor Chris Hemsworth stars in the new film “Thor,” which borrows from ancient Norse myth and from the pages of Marvel Comic. (Anne Cusack /Los Angeles Times)
Jodie Foster
Director and Academy Award-winning actress Jodie Foster directed and stars in “The Beaver” opposite Mel Gibson(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Michael Keaton
Actor Michael Keaton is being honored in a retrospective of his work at the American Cinematheque. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)
Rita Wilson
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.” (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times)
Christian Slater
Actor Christian Slater is starring in the Fox series “Breaking In.” (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Rob Lowe
Actor Rob Lowe has a new autobiography, “Stories I Only Tell My Friends.” (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)
Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos worked on her latest project, “Larry Crowne,” with Tom Hanks. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Reese Witherspoon
Actress Reese Witherspoon stars in the movie “Water for Elephants.” She is photographed at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Christina Haag
Author Christina Haag stands for a portrait in Santa Monica, Calif. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
Vanessa Hudgens
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. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Russell Brand
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”(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Rainn Wilson
Rainn Wilson in the Tula Tea Room at the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City, Calif. He stars in the movie “Super.” (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Celine Dion
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. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Saoirse Ronan
Actress Saoirse Ronan is photographed at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. She appears in the movie “Hanna.” (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Max Winkler
Debut film director Max Winkler, son of Henry Winkler, wrote and directed the movie “Ceremony,” which stars Michael Angarano and Uma Thurman(Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)
Merrit Wever
Merritt Wever is a young star on the show “Nurse Jackie.” (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Rashida Jones
Rashida Jones has 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)
Meital Dohan
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 that will be making its Los Angeles debut 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. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Connie Stevens
Actress-singer Connie Stevens, who at age 70 directed her first film, is photographed in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Matthew McConaughey
Actor Matthew McConaughey returns to dramatic roles with his performance in “The Lincoln Lawyer.” (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Mia Wasikowska
Australian actress Mia Wasikowska stars as the title character in the latest cinematic retelling of Charlotte Bronte’s novel “Jane Eyre.” (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Alex Ebert
Alex Ebert sings and plays guitar, keyboards, clarinet, violin, drums and kazoo on his solo album. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Susanne Bier
Susanne Bier, director of the Oscar-nominated Danish film “In a Better World,” is pictured at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Forest Whitaker
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(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Hayden Panattiere
Actress Hayden Panattiere is photographed on the Warner Bros. studio lot in Burbank(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Anthony Mackie
Portrait of Anthony Mackie at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Sergio Mendes
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. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Tom Selleck
Tom Selleck says he was drawn to the ensemble nature of his CBS series “Blue Bloods.” (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
Gillian Anderson
Actress Gillian Anderson stars in the upcoming PBS series, “Any Human Heart”. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
Colin Firth
Actor Colin Firth plays King George VI in “The King’s Speech.” (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Channing Tatum
Actor Channing Tatum stars in “The Eagle,” a swords-and-togas adventure film. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Geoffrey Rush
Actor Geoffrey Rush is part of the ensemble cast of “The King’s Speech.” (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Natalie Portman
Actress Natalie Portman stars as a troubled ballerina in “Black Swan.”  (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan directed and wrote the screenplay for “Inception,” a sci-fi thriller about dream invasion. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Annette Bening
Actress Annette Bening stars in “The Kids Are All Right.” (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Ashton Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher stars in the new romantic comedy “No Strings Attached.” (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
Chloë Sevigny
Chloë Sevigny costars in “Big Love.”  (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
Jeff Bridges
Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges stars in the new Coen brothers film, “True Grit.” (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais has a new HBO special and will host the Golden Globes on Jan. 16. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Amy Adams
Amy Adams costars in “The Fighter” as the brassy girlfriend of a struggling boxer played by Mark Wahlberg. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
Ben Affleck
Actor, writer and director Ben Affleck stars in “The Company Men.” He also co-wrote, directed and stars in 2010’s “The Town.” (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Garrett Hedlund
Actor Garrett Hedlund has come a long way since growing up on a ranch in Minnesota. He appears in the 2010 movies “Tron: Legacy” and “Country Strong.” (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams stars in the new movie “Blue Valentine,” about the highs and lows of a young couple’s marriage. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling, seen here at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, costars with Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine.” (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Matt LeBlanc
Matt LeBlanc, best known for his role as Joey on “Friends,” is playing an arrogant actor named Matt LeBlanc in the new Showtime comedy “Episodes.” (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Jim Sturgess
Jim Sturgess stars in the new movie “The Way Back.”

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