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For this Thanksgiving week edition of Lone Star Cinema, I selected an influential football film from the mid-aughts. Before the acclaimed series Friday Night Lights started shooting in town, the 2004 film, starred Billy Bob Thornton as coach to a Texas high school football team. Based on the same-titled book by Buzz Bissinger, Friday Night Lights depicts the 1988 season of the Permian Panthers of Odessa, from the promising pre-season to their challenging finish at state.
The movie places quick scenes from the lives of several of the senior players in between montages of the Friday night action in Odessa's Ratliff Stadium. Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher) plays Boobie Miles, an assured running back who is the team's star. I'd argue Luke gives the best performance in the movie. Midway through Friday Night Lights, his character faces an obstacle he may not be able to overcome, and Luke aptly conveys Boobie's bluster, might and heartbreak. »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
Exclusive: Jan Nash is joining TNT‘s flagship drama series Rizzoli & Isles as executive producer/showrunner. She will succeed creator/executive producer Janet Tamaro, who stepped down as showrunner in September, right after the series wrapped production on Season 4. One of the first orders of business for Nash and her writing team will be dealing with the death of Rizzoli & Isles co-star Lee Thompson Young, who committed suicide in August during the filming of the second-to-last episode of Season 4. His death was not addressed in the final episodes of Season 4 and will be dealt with at the opening of Season 5. Rizzoli & Isles is TNT’s No. 1 show of all time and the No. 2 scripted series in the history of ad-supported cable television, behind only AMC’s The Walking Dead. The series reunites Nash with Warner Bros TV and its cable division Warner Horizon. She previously worked with the studio on another TNT drama series, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Brittany Murphy’s shocking death at age 32, raised many questions and now a new toxicology report shows that she may have been secretly fed rat poisoned.
Brittany Murphy may not have died from pneumonia or any other natural causes on Dec. 20, 2009 believes her father, especially after a new toxicology report.
Brittany Murphy Found With ‘Toxins’ In System — Was She Murdered?
Brittany’s father, Angelo Bertolotti, never believed the La Coroner’s reporter, pinning the 32-year-old’s death on pneumonia and anemia. Instead, he pushed for independent testing on her hair, blood and tissue samples.
Angelo was convinced that his daughter and her husband Simon Monjack, had exhibited signs of heavy metal poisoning. Simon, 40, also died suspiciously five months after the death of his young wife.
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He reached out to The Carlson Company to get independent tests done and found out shocking results. The lab reports, obtained by The Examiner, »
- Hollywood Life Staff
So sad. The woman who voiced Edna Krabappel on ‘The Simpsons’ for 13 years passed away on Oct. 25 in her home in Los Angeles.
Marcia Wallace Dead At 70
Marcia passed away in her Los Angeles home with her family by her side, a close friend of hers told our sister site Deadline.
“She passed at 9 p.m. last night due to complications from breast cancer of which she was a long and proud survivor and advocate for women and healing,” the friend Cathryn Michon said. “Ironically, it was during breast cancer awareness month during which she was always a funny ray of hope for so many. I’m devastated.”
Marcia was just a week away from her 71st birthday. »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
The coroner's report from the death of "Rizzoli & Isles" star Lee Thompson Young has been released, revealing the late actor suffered from both bipolar disorder and depression. Young committed suicide in August, at age 29.
According to then coroner's findings, Young took medication for the bipolar disorder and "appeared okay" the last time he spoke with his doctor on August 19, the New York Daily News reports. Authorities found Lithium and Quetiapine Fumarate in his residence, as well as in his bloodstream.
No other drugs or alcohol were found in his system. Young's doctor was also aware of no previous suicidal threats or attempts. The report lists a "makeshift altar" located in the actor's closet with "miscellaneous religious items displayed." However, a friend says any attempt to link Young's suicide with his faith is a "gross mischaracterization." »
Almost two months after actor Lee Thompson Young took his own life at the age of 29, it's been revealed that the Rizzoli & Isles actor had a history with bipolar disorder. A report from the Los Angeles Country Coroner revealed Tuesday, Oct. 8, (via The Daily News) that at the time, Young was taking medication for his condition and also suffered from depression. Lithium capsules and Quetiapine Fumarate tablets were found both at his residence and detected in his blood. The report also mentions that [...] »
Lee Thompson Young's suicide case is officially closed. A just-released coroner's report confirms that the 29-year-old Rizzoli & Isles actor died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The report includes witness statements, scene description, a detailed autopsy report and toxicology findings. According to the investigation report, the Famous Jett Jackson star, who was found dead by his apartment manager on Aug. 19, passed away in his two-bedroom apartment, which was in "neat and clean" condition when cops arrived on the scene. "The decedent is in the living room lying on the sectional couch," says the report. "There is a gun next to his right hand." The »
One expects to see a multitude of celebrities during the various fashion weeks. Your Salma Hayeks and Catherine Deneuves, M.I.As and Ciaras, Gemma Artertons and Pamela Andersons. Especially visible the past couple of days in Paris ... "Rizzoli & Isles" star Angie Harmon.
The actress, who got her start as a model during her childhood and teen years in Dallas, Texas, decided to make the trip following the sudden unexpected death of co-star Lee Thompson Young in August.
"Not to bring light to that, but I found that when I finished this season, I had nothing left," she told Women's Wear Daily at the Stella McCartney show. "I had to put some beauty and some culture back in the reserve tanks, and what better place to do it than Paris and fashion week? It really has been rejuvenating, and I feel like I've sort of come back to my roots. »
When will Beckett visit Castle in NYC? With what “trick” will New Girl treat viewers? Which Once Upon a Time character has Daddy issues? Will Benson’s Svu romance survive her assault? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
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As you may have gleaned if you came across the photos from Episode 3, “Need to Know,” Beckett soon enough »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Sunday night's Emmy Awards telecast tried to do something a little different by singling out five stars who had recently passed away and independently eulogizing them with anecdotes from their respective former co-stars and friends. The choice courted controversy from the start, especially with Glee's Cory Monteith being one of the stars chosen to be remembered, since many believed that more established stars -- such as Dallas and I Dream of Jeannie favorite Larry Hagman -- were passed over. Et exclusively sat down with Hagman's son, Preston Hagman, to get his take on the matter, and he declared, "If you're going to respect and recognize them, then do it correctly."
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The stars remembered with a special moment on last night's telecast were James Gandolfini, Jonathan Winters, Jean Stapleton, Family Ties creator Gary David Goldberg, and Monteith. Other stars fondly remembered in the In Memoriam montage included Hagman, [link »
In a year that found a lot of unexpected upsets, Breaking Bad, Modern Family and Behind the Candelabra were the big winners at The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday night, airing live from the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Read on for the recap…
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A true victory for a series in its final season, AMC's Breaking Bad was named Outstanding Drama over Mad Men, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Homeland and Downton Abbey. Show creator Vince Gilligan gasped, "I did not see this coming. I thought it was going to be House of Cards..." Meanwhile, HBO's Behind the Candelabra was named Outstanding Movie or Miniseries. The Liberace biopic earned its star Michael Douglas his first Emmy in the title role and also gave director Steven Soderbergh his first shiny lady. Upon winning »
Special tributes during the Primetime Emmys to Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini, Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Winters and Gary David Goldberg, each of whom passed away in the past year, came as leadouts to commercials, beginning nearly 30 minutes into the ceremony.
“I’m here to say that all that warmth and that charm, that open-hearted quality we loved him for, was no act,” Lynch said, adding that his death was a reminder of the “painful” effects of addiction.
“For a generation that loved Cory so, this gifted and wonderful young man was worthy of your love,” Lynch said.
“His portrayal of Tony Soprano had such depth and dimension that a lot of people had trouble believing that’s not really who he was,” Falco said. “Jim was quite different. »
- Jon Weisman
It’s been such a sad time for Jennette. Her mother Debra passed away on Sept. 20, after losing a 17-year battle with breast cancer. Now, the actress is speaking out and thanking those who have helped her through it all.
Jennette McCurdy has taken to Twitter to explain how thankful she is for the outpouring of support from her friends, fans and family after losing her mother Debra to breast cancer.
Jennette McCurdy Tweets After Mother’s Tragic Death
“Overwhelmed by the love and support coming my way. Thank you tremendously,” Jennette, 21, tweeted on Sept. 21, one day after the tragic death of her mother.
Jennette and her mother were extremely close — the actress even wrote “Off-Camera, My Mom’s Fight With Cancer,” an article explaining the details of her mother’s battle and how the family was coping. It was published in the Wall Street Journal in June 2011.
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- Emily Longeretta
The unlikely partners on Rizzoli & Isles are back for another season. Will this TNT series remain the cable channel's highest-rated show? We'll have to wait and see.
Rizzoli & Isles airs on Tuesday nights and there are 15 episodes once again. The show once again features the talents of Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Lorraine Bracco, Bruce McGill, Lee Thompson Young, Jordan Bridges, and Brian Goodman.
Below are the TV show's ratings for the Summer 2013 season, the best way to tell if the show will be cancelled or renewed for another season. These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so you can check on how it's doing.
Update: The show will return sometime in 2014 with the remaining three episodes and then, later, season five.
Episode 04-12: Tuesday, 09/10/13
1.2 demo rating (0% change) »
So sad. The man behind countless classic video games like Super Mario, Zelda, and Donkey Kong, passed away on Sept. 16 in a Japan hospital after suffering from pneumonia.
Hiroshi Yamauchi, one of the forefathers of the video game industry and former Nintendo president, sadly died on Sept. 16 of pneumonia. He was 85 years old.
Hiroshi Yamauchi: Longtime Nintendo President Passes Away
Hiroshi, the grandson of Nintendo’s founder, was the head of Nintendo from 1949 to 2002, a time period during which he oversaw the releases of Game Boy, Nintendo 64, and GameCube — all game-changing innovations in the video game world.
But his biggest legacy may be the release of the Nintendo Entertainment System, which hit American stores in 1985. On the foundation of Nes, Hiroshi and Nintendo went on to release utter classic video games like Super Mario, Zelda, and Donkey Kong, and really redefine video gaming in the United States.
When Hiroshi »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
So sad. Ken, the former heavyweight champion who famously broke Muhammad Ali’s jaw passed away on Sept. 18 at the age of 70.
Ken Norton passed away in Arizona after a long career and a battle with declining health after suffering several strokes.
Ken Norton Dies At 70
Ken died on Sept. 18 in a care facility in Arizona after battling a long list of health issues throughout his life, like strokes, a heart attack, cancer, broken bones and a speech impediment from a crash crash in 1986 due to brain injury. He truly was a fighter and battled until the end at the age of 70, survived by 3 children from two marriages and his wife.
Ken Norton: Former Heavyweight Champion
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- Ivy Jacobson
One of Rizzoli & Isles‘ central ladies is stepping down.
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Janet Tamaro, who served as showrunner since the TNT drama’s premiere, will exit her role in advance of Season 5, according to Deadline. No replacement has been named.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Tamaro is expected to stay on as a consultant.
“It’s time to challenge myself and develop new projects. TNT and Warner Horizon have been a dream to work with, and I look forward to doing it again,” Tamaro said in a statement. “The heartache for »
- Michael Slezak
Updated: It’s never good news when the creator/showrunner of a successful series exits. That has happened on TNT’s flagship drama Rizzoli & Isles, with Janet Tamaro, who developed the series based on the novels by Tess Gerritsen and served as executive producer/showrunner on the first four seasons. The departure of Tamaro, who will remain as a consultant while developing new projects, comes less than a month after production on Rizzoli & Isles was shut down and the show’s writers had to regroup following the sudden passing of co-star Lee Thompson Young. It also comes just as production wrapped on Season 4. (The death of Young, who committed suicide during the filming of the second to last episode, will be addressed at the beginning of Season 5.) It follows persistent talk about discord on the Rizzoli & Isles set and speculation that Tamaro may depart. “This is what we all dream of getting to do, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
TNT's hit series "Rizzoli & Isles" is about to get a creative shake-up. Janet Tamaro will step down as showrunner at the end of Season 4, Variety reports.
Tamaro decided to not renew her contract for Season 5, but will remain on board the series as a consulting producer. Tamaro has helmed the series since it premiered on TNT in 2010, and a new showrunner to take her place has yet to announced.
Currently, Tamaro has two new TV projects in development. "I did four seasons that I'm incredibly proud of, and the show is in great shape," Tamaro says. "It's been phenomenal, but I'm at the top of my game creatively and really want to use the juice I have to produce other projects...I do so love writing female characters, and I want to do more!"
While Tamaro says that the recent suicide of cast member Lee Thompson Young "was not the reason" for her move, »
Janet Tamaro will step down as showrunner of “Rizzoli & Isles” at the end of season four, Variety has learned.
Tamaro, who decided not to renew her contract for season five, will remain on board the TNT crime procedural as a consulting producer for its fifth run. The final episodes of the show’s fourth season are set to roll out on TNT early next year.
Tamaro, who developed “Rizzoli & Isles” from a series of novels by Tess Gerritsen, has spearheaded the series since its debut on TNT in 2010, serving as scribe, exec producer and showrunner. Her segue out of the day-to-day showrunning duties arrives after rumors in recent weeks that changes were afoot for the show.
A new showrunner has yet to be tapped for the series.
Tamaro is currently in talks with Warner Horizon TV, the studio behind “Rizzoli & Isles,” for the potential development of TV projects. Tamaro has »
- AJ Marechal and Whitney Friedlander
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