April 4, 2013
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A high-profile auction of tapes featuring A-list Hollywood stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe and Brad Pitt auditioning for roles has been cancelled following complaints by the US’s largest acting union.

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) stepped in after it emerged that video tapes made by casting directors for 2001’s Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind, a 1990 TV adaptation of the 1983 brat pack drama The Outsiders and the 1991 firefighter thriller Backdraft were due to go under the hammer. The tapes included DiCaprio’s failed audition for the role of Ponyboy in Frances Ford Coppola’s little-seen small screen take on The Outsiders, Crowe’s audition for the role of maths genius John Nash in Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind (which eventually won him a Bafta and a nominated for an Oscar for best actor) and auditions by Pitt and Robert Downey Jr for the role of Chicago firefighter Brian McCaffrey in Backdraft (which eventually went to William Baldwin).

“SAG-AFTRA considers the right of performers to control the use of their image to be of utmost importance and we vigorously protect those rights,” the union said in a statement. “Auditions are not public performances, and under SAG-AFTRA collective bargaining agreements performers are entitled to expect them to remain private. SAG-AFTRA, on behalf of our members, has requested that Julien’s Auctions discontinue the sale of these private tapes, and they have agreed to do so immediately.”

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January 30, 2013
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• x04 Photoshoots. Found some rare old pictures in my personal collection.

January 3, 2013
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January 1, 2013
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October 20, 2012
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Ray Liotta, 57, has had his share of playing bad guys — even likable ones, as in 1990’s Goodfellas about the life of mobster Henry Hill — but it was a slightly different experience playing the victim, as he does in the upcoming Killing Them Softly, written and directed by Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) and also starring Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini and Sam Shepard about a heist that goes down during a mob-protected poker game.

“Usually I’m the guy running around beating people up and this time it happened to me,” Liotta said when he sat down exclusively with Uinterview to talk about Killing Them Softly. “So it’s different in that sense. I guess I’m just a guy who watches over a card game. Pretty much everyone else are murderers,” he pointed out, including costars Gandolfini and Pitt. “Brad’s a hit man, Gandolfini’s a hit man. The other two, I’m sure if they weren’t beating people up, they were killing people. So in that sense it was different.”

The names associated with Killing Them Softly had a lot to do with Liotta’s decision to sign on to the project. “I’m just working with people who I admire and happy to be in their company. But it was a chance to work with Andrew. I had met him before I’d seen a lot of his work and I dug it. I like the fact that Brad and Dede [Gardner] were the producers of it, and they’re serious about making good movies.”

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