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Ron Lester -- who famously played Billy Bob in "Varsity Blues" -- is hospitalized in critical condition and it doesn't look good ... TMZ Sports has learned. We've confirmed the 45-year-old actor is hospitalized in Dallas. Multiple people connected to Lester tell us he's been there for roughly 4 months and his health has been in a steady decline. Lester had revealed he was hospitalized back in November due to liver issues. We're told there were also problems with his kidneys. »
- TMZ Staff
When Hawaii Five-0 was moved to Friday nights after three seasons on Monday evenings, many expected the cop drama to be cancelled. The TV show's continued to do pretty well though and now, it's been renewed for a seventh season by CBS.
A reimagining of the original Hawaii Five-0 TV show, this police procedural series revolves around an elite state police task force that fights crime in the 50th state. The series stars Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Masi Oka, Jorge Garcia, and Chi McBride.
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One presumes that veteran director Barry Levinson envisaged this Mitch Glazer-scripted comedy about a has-been rock promoter working his shtick in Kabul as Good Morning Afghanistan, although the phrase “Good Night, Vienna” better describes its reception in America, where it tanked spectacularly last year. No wonder: it’s a dog’s dinner of a movie which not even the usually reliable Bill Murray can raise above the level of confused, cliched claptrap. Murray plays Richie Lanz, who comes to Kabul on the promise of rich pickings, and winds up attempting to help Leem Lubany’s Pashtun prodigy Salima defy death threats by singing on national TV.
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Bill Murray plays the role of a down on his luck, faded music manager Richie Lanz, a Los Angeles resident who is not only on the lookout for the next big thing, but also the next big small thing that he can quickly extract some cash from to pay his bills, something that is clearly demonstrated in the film’s opening scenes. A string of rushed events see Lanz head to Afghanistan with his best act, a lounge singer played by the brilliant Zooey Deschanel. »
- Paul Heath
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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Bill Murray is Richie Lanz, a sleazy Los Angeles music manager. He’s the kind of guy who takes money from a wannabe singer with no talent and no chance of even the most measly sort of success but who is also naive enough to believe that it’s normal to pay him upfront. And he’s clearly been stringing along his assistant, Ronnie (Zooey Deschanel: Your Highness, Yes Man), who has been working for him in the expectation that she will get a boost to her own singing career. So when he takes her to Kabul — yes, in Afghanistan — to perform for U. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
He’s one of the main stars on the hit show Hawaii Five-o but that doesn’t mean fame has gone to Scott Caan’s head. In fact, he’s as down-to-earth and relaxed as anyone else without a starring role in a hit television show. We see him every Friday night being awesome, but we still don’t know much about him. He’s handsome, he’s funny and he is clearly good at his job. Knowing all that, it might not seem as if there is much more we need to know, but we always like to learn a little bit more about a man
- Tiffany Raiford
This Friday on Hawaii Five-0 (CBS, 9/8c), Steve and Danny (played by Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan) are looking forward to a retreat full of golf, drinking and other bromantic fun — but instead get handed an itinerary that includes… well, you’ll see.
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