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Dick Clark's brief film career: 'Spy Kids,' 'Killers Three' psycho

April 18, 2012 |  6:00 pm

Dick Clark, who died Wednesday at 82, is best known for his starring roles on the small screen from "American Bandstand" through to "New Year's Rockin' Eve," but he did make a handful of appearances on the big screen early in his 60-year career.

Most were dramatic turns, showing Clark's effort to avoid being pigeonholed in the teen music genre. His first film role came in the 1960 youth drama “Because They're Young,” directed by Paul Wendkos, about a young high school teacher who tries to help the troubled students at the school. In 1961, he starred as one of the titular "Young Doctors," alongside Fredric March and Ben Gazzara, in a story about romance and lifesaving decisions at a hospital.

Perhaps his most unusual role came in the low-budget 1968 crime drama "Killers Three," in which Clark played a backwoods psycho killer. He also served as a producer and writer on the film.

PHOTOS: Stars react to the death of Dick Clark

Clark had only one more movie role, which came decades later in 2001's family movie "Spy Kids," in which he played a nameless "financier."


PHOTOS: Dick Clark | 1929-2012

Dick Clark: Chaperone to generations of music-loving teens

Dick Clark: From 'American Bandstand' to 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' [video]

— Ben Fritz and Susan King

Angelina Jolie responds to lawsuit over her new film

December 6, 2011 |  9:48 pm

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Several days after Angelina Jolie was sued by an author claiming she illegally took his idea for her film about the Balkan war, Jolie responded Tuesday that she's never even read the man's book.

The author, a Croatian journalist named James Braddock, filed suit in an Illinois court this week alleging that he met three times with Eden Sarkic, Jolie's producer on her directorial debut, "In The Land of Blood & Honey," beginning in 2007. Braddock, who named Jolie in the suit along with several other defendants, is seeking an emergency injunction against the film's release. It is scheduled to arrive in U.S. theaters Dec. 23.

In an interview with 24 Frames on Tuesday, however, Jolie played down the lawsuit.

"It's par for the course. It happens on almost every film," she said, in a larger interview about the movie at a New York hotel.  

Jolie's film, which she also has writing credit on, centers on a romance between a Bosnian Muslim woman and a Serbian army officer who form a relationship before war breaks out in the Balkans in 1991. They are divided once the war begins, with the latter eventually put in the unusual position of guarding his paramour at a brutal internment camp.

In his filing, Braddock said he corresponded by phone and via email with Sarkic and alleged that he contributed such elements as "plot and character development, and the story’s cultural significance and historical accuracy." He also said the idea of lovers divided by the war is similar to a plot line in his 2007 book, "A Soul Shattering."

Jolie acknowledged she drew inspiration from many sources, including books by journalists Peter Maass and Tom Gjelten.

"There are many books and documentaries that I did pull from. It's a combination of many people's stories," she said. "But that particular book I've never seen."

It's not the first time that the movie has kicked up some trouble. As filming began in fall 2010, Jolie faced a backlash from a  Balkan women's group over the movie's cross-ethnic romance and was at one point even in danger of not being granted a permit to film in Bosnia. The permit was granted after the script was shown not to contain the controversial element--namely a romance that blossomed after a rape-- the group claimed.

Jolie said she understood where protesters were coming from but also felt hurt by their objections.

"I felt sympathy for people for whom these issues are so sensitive," she said. "But when you're coming at something because you care so much about an area, especially women in that area, as I was, and you know the themes of the film are violence against women, then to be accused of the opposite hurts. You feel a little sickened by it."


Angelina Jolie's directorial debut met with protests in Bosnia

Angelina Jolie moves forward in Bosnia

Can Angelina Jolie still shoot in Bosnia?

--Steven Zeitchik, reporting from New York

Photo: Angelina Jolie poses with Bill and Jane Pitt, the parents of her partner, Brad Pitt, at the New York Premiere of "In The Land Of Blood and Honey," a film she wrote and directed. Credit: Dave Allocca /Associated Press

'Dirty Girl' star got start with dorm-room audition tape

October 9, 2011 |  4:56 pm

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Walking red carpets, dropping extravagant sums on shopping sprees, dodging paparazzi — this, many of us imagine, is the life of an actor. But Jeremy Dozier, who stars on the big screen in the just-released “Dirty Girl,” knows a far different reality. When he’s not going out on auditions, the 25-year-old spends most of his days working at Universal Studios, showing ticket holders to their seats on the Terminator ride.

“When ‘Dirty Girl’ wrapped, it was kind of like back to reality — ‘Oh, I need to pay bills now,’” Dozier recalled on a recent afternoon at an Echo Park diner. “So I got a day job. It’s a fun job. I’m a people person. And it’s so much better than working in an office.”

Growing up in a small town outside Houston, Dozier dreamed of being an actor. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, first majoring in government because his family made him feel he was “supposed to choose something practical to do with [his] life.” But he ended up studying theater too, even picking up a local agent who would send him out for parts in productions that came to town.

It was that agent who first told Dozier about “Dirty Girl.” The film, released by the Weinstein Co. on Friday, centers on two friends in Oklahoma who are struggling to be accepted at their high school. Dozier has the role of Clarke, a closeted gay teen whose father is itching to send him to military school. He befriends the school’s most promiscuous girl, Danielle — played by Juno Temple — and the two set out on a road trip to California in the hopes of finding a better life.

In Los Angeles, the filmmakers had auditioned about 400 young men for the role of Clarke but hadn’t found what they were looking for, so they put out a nationwide casting call. At the time (late 2007), Dozier was a senior in college — so at 3 a.m., between studying for exams, he filmed an audition tape in his dorm room.

“I ripped the sheets off the bed and posted them on the wall to make it look more professional,” he said, scoffing at his naivete. “I took all the lamps in the room to light me properly. And then I sent it off to the casting director and didn’t really think twice about it.”

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