Jamie Diamond

Mare Winningham adds singing to her resume

It’s minutes before she takes the stage with her dulcimer at The Starry Plough, a club in Berkeley, Calif., and Mare Winningham isn’t nervous. But calm hasn’t come easy for the actress-singer who nabbed an Oscar nomination for playing a famous folkie in last year’s Georgia. ”I get sensitive when I sing,” she admits.

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L.A.'s The Comedy Store hosts up-and-coming female comedians

Two events of note happened on a June night two years ago. O.J. Simpson took a drive down the 405 in a white Ford Bronco. And on Sunset Strip, Women in Comedy Who Don’t Have Their Own Series…Yet opened at The Comedy Store.

Guess which one was a frolicsome, optimistic ride that, this June, is going stronger than ever?

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Keeping up with the Jones

As the young Indiana Jones, he has made love with Mata Hari in Paris, swum in a crocodile-infested river in Africa, and dodged international spies in Germany — but Sean Patrick Flanery’s big challenge right now is finding skim milk in Prague. ”Overseas they have only whole-cream milk as thick as pancake syrup,’ says the former college triathlete. ”I cannot put that in my body.”

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Oscars 1993: Army Archerd

On March 29, as he has done once a year for the last 31, Army Archerd will rise from his desk at Daily Variety and slip into the men’s room to change clothing. There, he will don one of his three tuxedos, slide into his monogrammed velvet pumps, and then zoom off to the Oscars, where he’ll stand, mike in hand, and greet the guests. ”I’m the opening act,” says Archerd, 71, whose cheery chats with the arrivals provide a giddy lead-in to the 9 p.m. EST & ceremony. ”It’s no in-depth interview,” he says, ”but I give the stars a chance to express a little emotion.”

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Sexy Sadie Frost

On the screen in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Sadie Frost is such a delicious flirt that three men fight over her affections before the Count gets his fangs into her. In Los Angeles, however, relaxing after a photo shoot, the lady who becomes a vamp has no time for being coy. ”I hate all that flouncy, girly stuff,” she says. ”I’m not very feminine. I’m adventurous and physically boisterous.”

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'Buffy the Vampire Slayer': How it came to be

Escorted by a security guard the width of a mobile home, Luke Perry ventures onto Hollywood Boulevard. In his thrift-shop overcoat, dog tags, and clunky boots, he slips unnoticed through the crowd watching the filming of high school horror-comedy Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Tonight’s scene is a clash between the town’s nasty boys, played by Perry and David Arquette (Rosanna’s brother and an off-screen pal of Perry’s), and some squeaky-clean football players. When Perry and Arquette take their places in front of a glitzy movie theater, a BMW full of jock pulls up to the curb.

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Collaboration on the set of ''Deep Cover''

Los Angeles police helicopters circle the sky on night patrol, while on the ground, in a parking lot, a film crew’s spotlight hits a boxy sedan driven by actor Charles Martin Smith. Larry Fishburne, who’s playing narcotics officer Russell Stevens Jr. in Deep Cover, a psychological thriller about the seductions of undercover work, emerges from the shadows and steps firmly on two blue crosses taped to the pavement. Suddenly Smith, as Drug Enforcement Agency honcho Jerry Carver, screams at Fishburne, telling him he must back away from the drug ring he has infiltrated. Why?

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Close-up: Sammi Davis-Voss

What makes Sammi Davis-Voss run? Her impulsiveness, in part. And what put the 27-year-old British actress on the starting line was her calligraphy. Arriving in London eight years ago, she fired off exquisitely penned letters to casting agents and landed a TV part, then roles in Mona Lisa and Hope and Glory. Now she’s making her mark as the calculating British war bride in ABC’s Homefront.

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Larry Fishburne's breakout role

Decked out in a vibrant flowered dashiki and matching pants, Larry Fishburne slides into a booth in an elegant restaurant in Venice, Calif., and clicks open a silver case. Inside lies a neat row of cigarettes, all decorated with skulls and crossbones. ”They’re called Death cigarettes,” he says, flashing a mischievous grin. It’s an odd moment coming from the actor who plays Furious Styles, the model father in Boyz N the Hood whose vigilant moral guidance steers his son away from a fatal attraction to gangs.

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On the set of 'Hot Shots!' (1991)

Charlie Sheen squints from the cockpit of a fighter jet as it roars down the runway of an aircraft carrier. He’s playing Topper Harley, a Navy pilot with a humiliating past and a broken heart to deal with. Suddenly Topper jams on the brakes. Is it that darn rebellious streak of his making him disobey orders again? No, it’s his girl, Navy psychiatrist Ramada (Valeria Golino), who is racing across the flight deck to stop him. On an Andalusian stallion.

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