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Tambor riffs on acting, life, waves, sincerity

Alongside rooms peopled with visions of technological futures and carefully calibrated self-promotion, Jeffrey Tambor is urging two young actors to scream and wrestle with each other.

This has become an annual tradition at South By Southwest, the yearly tech, film and music gathering in Austin, Texas. Tambor, the booming baritone character actor of “Arrested Development,” “The Larry Sanders Show” and many films, has hosted his acting workshop, “Performing Your Life,” for the past five years.

“I cannot tell you how important attitude is during this little thing that we’re doing,” Tambor said. “What I’m interested in is attitude on the set and care and maintenance of directors, actors, writers. Especially when you have no money, especially when you’re behind. Just especially.”

A sampling of his encouragements:

• “There’s no such thing as a finished performance.”

• “You know what I think of sincerity? I hate it.”

• “Resistance is hard. … ‘Atta boy’ is easy.”

• “Don’t make waves? Make waves.”

• “Confidence is the game. … It’s the game in life and art.”

The crowd, easily filled by more non-actors than performers, had questions about Tambor’s old late-night sidekick character Hank from “Larry Sanders” (“He’s kind of real to me. … I loved him very much”) and the planned “Arrested Development” movie (“They better hurry, because I will be in a walker”).

He closed: “See you next year.”

Butt don’t worry, he’s fine

The 18-year-old son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver says he has been treated for injuries after getting in “a little ski accident” in Idaho.

Patrick Schwarzenegger tweeted Saturday that he received stitches “down the back and but” (sic) after the accident, and he also thanked doctors who he said cared for him in Sun Valley.

He provided a link to a photo he posted online, showing a deep cut on his lower back. He also said that he had been bruised in the accident, but did not provide details on how he got injured.

In 2006, Arnold Schwarzenegger broke his leg in a ski accident at Sun Valley while he was governor of California.

The birthday bunch

Actress Barbara Feldon (“Get Smart”) is 79. Singer Al Jarreau is 72. Singer-actress Liza Minnelli is 66. Singer James Taylor is 64. Keyboardist Bill Payne of Little Feat is 63. Actor Jon Provost (“Lassie”) is 62. Bassist Steve Harris of Iron Maiden is 56. Singer Marlon Jackson of The Jacksons is 55. Actor Courtney B. Vance is 52. Actress Julia Campbell is 49. Actor Samm Levine (“Freaks and Geeks”) is 30.


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