• With credits like ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ ‘Stand and Deliver,’ ‘Miami Vice,’ ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Dexter’ and so many others, you might assume Edward James Olmos has few regrets when it comes to his career. But the actor says he looks back on one rejected role and sees a missed opportunity.

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    “I was given the opportunity to do ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes,’ and I chose not to,” he says. Edward, who is of Mexican descent, was offered the role of the devil. Since he didn’t know the director at the time, he was concerned about what the character might turn into. “We don’t have an opportunity too much to create characters, especially because of our ethnicity,” Edward says. “At that moment in time, our position in life artistically wasn’t set enough to take that.”

    Now, Edward is starring in ‘Go for Sisters,’ a film about two estranged childhood friends who reconnect years later when one is assigned as the other’s probation officer. The proba

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  • Regina Hall is best known for her role as Brenda Meeks in the "Scary Movie" franchise, but there's one line that makes her cringe looking back. In "Scary Movie 2," Brenda attempts to spice things up in a love scene. She ends up yelling a string of obscenities at her onscreen partner, much to his horror.

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    That very string of obscenities, she says, is the line that most often gets quoted back to her by fans. Looking back, Regina says the line gave her "a moment of pause." "I thought, 'This is what I'm putting into the minds of the youth today.'"

    Now she's starring in a new movie, "The Best Man Holiday," about college friends who reunite 15 years later over the holidays. She was thrilled to film with her "Best Man" co-stars again, but that didn't make one particular scene any less awkward.

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    "There's a scene I have to shoot with Harold Perrineau where I'm simulating being a 'good wife' in the morning," she says, al

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  • Every day, Brandon Stanton scours the streets of New York City with his camera, taking photos of strangers. The 29-year-old self-taught photographer is the humble creator of Humans of New York, the wildly popular blog — and now book — that features portraits and stories of people across the city.

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    "I'll tell you what my husband told me when he was dying. I said, 'Mo, how am I going to live without you?' And …

    Brandon meets thousands of people in his work, but there's one story that left him particularly moved. One rainy night in Columbus Circle, he spotted an older woman. "I see this 80-year-old woman coming towards me with this very bright umbrella," he says. Brandon took her photograph and asked her for her best piece of advice. "She said, 'I'll tell you what my husband told me when he was dying. I said, "Mo, how am I going to live without you?" And he said, take the love that you have for me and spread it around.'"

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    Brandon's willingness to approach strangers has led to some pretty amazing moments of openness,

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  • LeVar Burton's storied career includes playing Kunta Kinte on the miniseries "Roots," working as host and executive producer of "Reading Rainbow," and portraying blind Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," but it was his time on the Enterprise that he calls "seven of the best years of my life."

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    "We're all enormously good friends," he says of his "Star Trek" co-stars. Now that he's in New York City for a few days, he plans to see some of his old buddies, including Patrick Stewart, whom he affectionately refers to as "Old Baldy."

    LeVar is also excited to celebrate the "Reading Rainbow" brand, which turned 30 this year, and the app that he hopes will create a love of reading for the new generation. "We took the television show and reinvented it as a tablet experience for kids," LeVar says. "Television was the technology that we used in the '80s. If you want to reach kids today, you've got to be on a tablet devic

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  • Just a few months ago, rapper Ja Rule completed a two-year prison sentence for illegal gun possession and failure to pay taxes. Now, he's making his comeback with the new movie "I'm in Love With a Church Girl" and an upcoming album.

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    Looking back on his time in jail, he says the experience wasn't what he expected. "A lot of guys are in there trying to relax, keep calm, keep cool, and hopefully get home someday," Ja says. "There's not as much craziness that you think might be going on."

    While he was incarcerated, Ja earned his GED, and he's says he learned a lot about himself during the two-year stint. "Prison's a dark place," he says. "It's not a place where you want to be. It's a very humbling experience."

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    Though it was difficult being away from his family, Ja is still happily married to his wife of 12 years. He says the secret to their relationship is to "keep it fresh." "You know, w

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