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Watch This Incredible Archer Split an Arrow Fired Right at Him

Just like Kevin Costner in Robin Hood. Only for real

When Kevin Costner split an arrow in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, cynics everywhere rolled their eyes. But now a Danish archer has matched that feat and much more besides — even splitting an arrow fired directly at him at high velocity.

Lars Andersen has spent a decade honing his archery skills to levels seen only on medieval battlefields, using ancient texts and tapestries for guidance. This video shows the 50-year-old firing at moving targets, from moving targets, using his feet, spearing soft-drink cans, hitting the ring-pulls from soft-drink cans, and much more besides. He can even catch an arrow fired at him and shoot it back in one swift movement.

To capture his grand finale — splitting a moving arrow — took years of preparation and 14 takes. The trick, he says, is to hit the target arrow just behind the head so that the shafts fluctuate against each other, splitting the bamboo (while not flinching at the thought of impending death, of course).

“The arrow fired at me was not fired with a very powerful bow, though it was definitely dangerous enough,” says Lars in a statement. “I hope to try it again using a proper high-speed camera.”

Give it your best shot, Lars!

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Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015: See All the SAG Winners

Uzo Aduba of the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black" poses backstage with her award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles
Uzo Aduba of the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black" poses backstage with her awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California Jan. 25, 2015 Mike Blake—Reuters

The SAG Awards are usually treated as an Oscar predictor

The cream of Hollywood assembled at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles late Sunday to discover who will be honored at the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015. The red carpet extravaganza is prestigious in its own right, but it is also a crucial yardstick for the Academy Awards just around the corner. Read TIME’s introduction to the 21st SAG Awards here.

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role

Winner: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role

Winner: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

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Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series

Winner: Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series

Winner: William H. Macy, Shameless

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series

Winner: Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black

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Outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or miniseries

Winner: Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or miniseries

Winner: Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series

Winner: Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series

Winner: Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder

Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series

Winner: Downton Abbey

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Outstanding performance by a male actor in a motion picture

Winner: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a motion picture

Winner: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture

Winner: Birdman

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Lifetime achievement award

Winner: Debbie Reynolds

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Alex Garland Says 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later May Get a Sequel

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28 Months Later could be in the works

The brain behind the cult zombie classics 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later says another film in the franchise may be in the making.

During an interview with entertainment news outlet IGN, Alex Garland, who wrote the first installment of the film and was executive producer of the second, says he is engaged in serious talks with British director Danny Boyle about making a third.

“We’ve got an idea. Danny [Boyle] and [producer] Andrew [Macdonald] and I have been having quite serious conversations about it so it is a possibility,” Garland told IGN.

However, Garland admitted that certain unnamed “complications” had yet to be resolved.


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19 Huge Hollywood Stars Who Never Won an Oscar

Lauded as they were, their glass display cases lacked a certain gilded statuette

When Oscar nominations are announced every January, the conversation turns quickly from who got nominated to who got snubbed. And people tend to react with more indignation over who’s missing than in celebration of who’s been recognized.

For many, this year’s disappointments include the absence of Selma director Ava DuVernay from the Best Director field and star David Oyelowo from the Best Actors group, as well as the lack of recognition for The Lego Movie. The lack of racial diversity among the nominees has led, naturally, to a viral hashtag: #OscarsSoWhite. It’s enough to make you think that perhaps an Oscar is more the result of a manipulative multimillion dollar campaign than merit alone.

But the snub has been around since long before the age of Internet outrage, when gossip was relegated to soda fountains and opinions took days to make it from type-written notes to a Letters to the Editor page. And although we tend to associate Hollywood’s biggest stars with that bald, naked mini-man of gold, many of history’s most remembered actors and actresses never got their hands on a statuette.

On the actresses’ side, Marlene Dietrich, Ava Gardner and Dorothy Dandridge had to settle for nominations alone. Perhaps Natalie Wood and Jayne Mansfield would have been recognized had their lives not been cut so tragically short. Some actresses gave up a great deal for the roles that would leave them empty-handed—Janet Leigh, who was nominated for Psycho but didn’t win, spent the rest of her life afraid of the shower.

Among their male counterparts, things weren’t all bad. Richard Burton, nominated seven times for films including Becket (1964) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966), could substitute Benjamins for toilet paper if he wanted, as one of the highest-paid actors in the world at his peak. Peter Sellers, born in England, could take comfort in his two wins at the BAFTAs, Oscar’s cousin across the pond. And Steve McQueen could wipe his tears of dejection on that clean white t-shirt, though many, to be sure, preferred him without one at all.

Many repeated oversights were corrected, if not fully, with honorary Academy Awards doled out to stars in their golden years, although none of the actors and actresses pictured above even received one of those. For them, alas, money, fame, and a place in the annals of history would just have to suffice.

Liz Ronk, who edited this gallery, is the Photo Editor for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter at @LizabethRonk.

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Beyond La Dolce Vita: Anita Ekberg’s Life and Career Before and After Her Most Famous Role

Swedish-born actress died Sunday at age 83

When Sylvia beckons for Marcello to join her in Rome’s Trevi Fountain in Federico Fellini’s 1960 classic La Dolce Vita, Marcello Mastroianni’s character admires Anita Ekberg’s form as if it were a work of art — as though Nicola Salvi’s Baroque masterpiece were not mere inches from his face. An important moment for the male gaze, to be sure, but also the scene that would cement Ekberg’s place in history as a seductive sex symbol of the silver screen.

But Ekberg, who died Jan. 11 at age 83, was far from just a flash in the pan with one credit to her name. The model-actress had a career before Fellini launched her onto the international stage (although she would later tell Entertainment Weekly it was the other way around) and went on to appear in dozens of films over the next four decades.

Ekberg, who began her career as a model in her teens, was crowned Miss Sweden at 20 and traveled to America as a guest at the Miss Universe pageant in 1951. It was after her debut at the Atlantic City pageant that LIFE magazine introduced her to the American public: “Miss Sweden takes play away from home-grown girls on U.S. visit.” The article enumerated her five-word English vocabulary (“yah, no, hamboorger, El Morocco, ice cream”) and detailed what she would need to do in order to find success as a model in the states: slim her waistline by four inches, pick up more of the language and work on her poses. (The article features several photographs of Ekberg attempting a fish face, which was then de rigueur among American fashion models.)

Two years later, she had attracted enough attention to land her first credited film role, in Abbott and Costello Go to Mars. After a prolific few years that included a role in the film adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, she won a Golden Globe in 1956 for most promising newcomer. Her performance in War and Peace, alongside Henry Fonda and Audrey Hepburn, would catch the attention of one Fellini and set the ball rolling for that fateful bath in a Roman fountain.

After La Dolce Vita, Ekberg starred in an anti-communist propaganda film, The Dam on the Yellow River, the western 4 for Texas with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, the comedy Call Me Bwana alongside Bob Hope and several more Fellini films. Her American film career waned during the 1970s, after which she continued to make movies in Europe. Ekberg told EW this was largely because American directors tend to forget about European actresses. She also renounced the sex and violence so common in modern cinema, lamenting: “Where is the elegance? The mystery? The romance?”

Rarely described without physical modifiers next to her name — “magnificently ample” was pretty much all that one 1962 LIFE article had to say about one of her performances — the same beauty that helped launch her career would take on a more complex role in her life. “When you’re born beautiful, it helps you start in the business,” she said. “But then it becomes a handicap.”

Part of this handicap was, not surprisingly, Ekberg’s popularity with the tabloids. In a particularly tense incident in 1960, she wielded a bow and arrow when a throng of paparazzi began photographing her outside her villa in Rome. As LIFE described the run-in, “Without bosomy film stars, their touchy escorts and a scrambling swarm of free-lance photographers, Roman night-life might settle into a drab round of leisurely dinners and restful traffic jams. But there’s always Anita Ekberg.”

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20 Stunning Photos of Classic Golden Globe-Winning Actors

From John Wayne to Frank Sinatra, Jack Lemmon to Peter O'Toole, photographs of some of Hollywood's greatest leading men

This year’s award season kicks off in earnest on Sunday, Jan. 11 with the Golden Globes, the annual pageant used by Oscar prognosticators to predict who will win the award that really matters. But a Globe is, undoubtedly, nothing to scoff at, as the line of past winners serves to demonstrate.

As the Cumberbabes duke it out with the Redmayniacs for the most deserving actor of the year, a look back at those crowned during the awards’ first decades reaffirms that a win cements one’s place in Hollywood history. Jack Lemmon still boasts the greatest number of nominations for an actor, with 22. Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet is still, nearly 70 years later, the Hamlet of Hamlets. And no one’s managed to pull off a top hat and cane better than Fred Astaire — it’s quite possible no one never will.

As with the race for best actress, any racial diversity in the field was nearly absent for decades — Sidney Poitier was the first black actor to win (in 1964), and it was more than 25 years before another black actor won for a leading role (Morgan Freeman for Driving Miss Daisy in 1990). And as with opportunities for many who have traditionally been underrepresented in Hollywood, things are slowly getting better.

This collection of photographs represents the tip of the iceberg that is LIFE Magazine’s Hollywood coverage. Taken by storied photographers like Alfred Eisenstaedt, Allan Grant and Gordon Parks, these images capture the entertainment industry’s leading men, forever iconic.

Liz Ronk, who edited this gallery, is the Photo Editor for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter at @LizabethRonk.

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20 Stunning Photos of Classic Golden Globe-Winning Actresses

From Ingrid Bergman to Liza Minnelli, portraits of Hollywood's finest actresses from the archives of LIFE

The Golden Globes might be the Oscars’ slightly less gilded little sister, but it has bestowed that golden statuette to some of history’s finest actresses — on both big screen and small — since its inaugural ceremony in 1944.

Years before Amy and Tina took the stage, before your Benings and your Blanchetts, your Dunhams and your Daneses, a different crop of actresses commanded the attention of the Hollywood Foreign Press. Queens of comedy like Carol Burnett paved the way for comediennes to come. The Comedy or Musical category saw more of the latter than today’s awards do, dominated by the voices of Judy Garland, Julie Andrews and Barbra Streisand. Shirley MacLaine and Rosalind Russell reigned with five wins apiece until they were finally, inevitably, eclipsed by Meryl Streep.

It’s hard not to notice the staggering lack of diversity among winners and nominees alike — not until 1986, when Whoopi Goldberg won for The Color Purple, did a black actress take home a Globe. The homogeneity of ceremonies past represents as much a lack of opportunity for black actresses as anything else, a situation which is changing, if gradually. This year, the directors’ field could see its first win by a black woman, with the nomination of Ava DuVernay for the highly acclaimed Selma.

These stars of Hollywood past — some of whom, like MacLaine and Streisand, continue to churn out new work — were invariably documented in the pages of LIFE. And what better time than now, as we wait to find out which of this year’s nominees will emerge victorious, to take a walk down memory lane and revisit the forebears of today’s red carpet royalty.

Liz Ronk, who edited this gallery, is the Photo Editor for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter at @LizabethRonk.


There’s An Escalating Neighborhood War Over The Hollywood Sign

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The Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, California. Chris Cheadle—All Canada Photos/Getty Images

There are tensions between those who live nearby and tourists who visit

It’s one of the most famous icons of the U.S., symbolizing the promise of money, fame and new beginnings. But now it’s also the site of physical injuries, public urination and sex. The Hollywood sign is inciting growing tensions between its wealthy neighbors and the tourists who journey there.

Jeffrey Kleiser lives in the closest house to the sign and calls it “a disaster waiting to happen,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. He describes the reckless pilgrims to the sign: “It’s late at night, they fall down, knock on your door and go, ‘I’m bleeding. Can I use your phone?’ It’s more drama than you want when you’re leading a peaceful life.”

The drama between the eager, sometimes aggressive tourists who come with their cigarettes, selfie sticks and condoms and the neighborhood residents is escalating. Heather Hamza, who lives in the neighborhood by the sign, told the Hollywood Reporter, “There is rising, palpable tension between the residents and visitors. Everybody is infuriated. I shudder to think if any of these people coming up here have weapons in their cars. One of these days someone will get shot — it is that bad.”


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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Ties the Knot

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt attends the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 16, 2014 in Los Angeles. David Livingston--Getty Images

The Walk star has confirmed he was married in a quiet home ceremony

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is officially off the market.

The Hollywood actor confirmed to PEOPLE that he married his girlfriend Tasha McCauley, the CEO of a robotics company, in a private ceremony at home on December 20.

Gordon-Levitt has been mostly mum about the relationship in public, given his celebrity. “The girl I’m with, she really doesn’t want to be a part of that,” he said in 2013.

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Wrestler Mark Schultz Slams Foxcatcher Director

Steve Carell and Channing Tatum in Foxcatcher Scott Garfield—Fair Hill, LLC

“I hate Bennett Miller"

Mark Schultz, the former Olympic wrestler whose life ‘Foxcatcher’ is partly based on (Channing Tatum plays him), hasn’t been shy about sharing his feelings on the film. On Dec. 21, he wrote that ‘Foxcatcher’ “couldn’t have portrayed me more inaccurately if they tried;” on Wednesday he added that he hates the movie and its director:

“I hate Bennett Miller,” Schultz posted in all caps. “I hate everything that scum touches. Everything!!!”

As he explained in a Facebook post Wednesday morning, “the personalities and relationships between the characters in the film are primarily fiction and somewhat insulting.”

Schultz is referring to a scene that he believes suggests a sexual relationship between himself and his eccentric, troubled benefactor John du Pont, who is played by Steve Carrell. “I told Bennett Miller to cut that scene out and he said it was to give the audience the feeling that du Pont was encroaching on your privacy and personal space,” Schultz wrote on Facebook. “I wasn’t explicit so I didn’t have a problem with it.”

When he did begin to have a problem with it was after he read reviews that interpreted the scene as hinting at a sexual relationship between the two, which Schultz believes is “jeopardizing [his] legacy.”

Read Schultz’s deleted tweets below. Miller could not be reached for comment.

This article originally appeared at EW.com

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