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Liverpool Transfer News: Aquilani Seals Switch to Fiorentina

3 August 2012 11:52 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani has completed his move to Italian side Fiorentina for an undisclosed fee.

The Italian, who recently made a plea to new manager Brendan Rodgers to give him a chance at Anfield, flew to Italy upon the commencement of the club’s North American pre-season tour.

On Friday morning Fiorentina’s honorary president Andrea Della Vale hinted a deal with Aquilani was close, while sources said that Rodgers had told Aquilani he was not part of his plans at Liverpool.

Aquilani joined Liverpool in 2009 from Roma but only managed 9 premier league starts for the reds, making 28 appearances overall.

He struggled with injury throughout his first season at the club and has spent the last two seasons on loan at Juventus and AC Milan, where his wages, reportedly up to 5m a year, were a drain on Liverpool’s funds.

The midfielder only managed 2 goals for Liverpool, one »

- Matt Volpi

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Gore Vidal's Italian films: Roma, Caligula and a gay Ben-Hur

1 August 2012 7:50 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The American writer had several movie mishaps in Europe, but he toasted his collaboration with Fellini

Gore Vidal's memoir Palimpsest was written mostly in Ravello around 1994. It hasn't much to say about about Gore's life in Rome, where he and Howard Austen had moved into a penthouse apartment 30 years earlier, except for the observation: "I had never had a proper human-scale village life anywhere on earth until I settled into that old Roman street." Rather than the dolce vita crowd, Gore liked to mix with the "villagers". Among the Italians he enjoyed meeting was Italo Calvino, whom he admired greatly.

When Kenneth Tynan came to Rome, Gore enlisted me to help him and Howard prepare a guest list for a party in his honour. Among the many Italian celebrities who showed up was Federico Fellini, whom Gore had met when they were both working at Cinecittà studios – Gore on »

- John Francis Lane

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Gore Vidal and the movies

1 August 2012 4:26 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From Ben-Hur and Caligula to Bob Roberts and The Us vs John Lennon, celebrated author Gore Vidal, who died yesterday, also took the Hollywood shilling as a screenwriter

Suddenly, Last Summer

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Gore Vidal followed in the footsteps of William Faulkner and F Scott Fitzgerald when he took the Hollywood shilling and signed on as a screenwriter for MGM. He scored an early success with his pungent adaptation of Tennessee Williams's Suddenly, Last Summer, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn and Montgomery Clift. Williams, though, took all the credit.


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Just how much involvement did Vidal have in Ben-Hur, William Wyler's Oscar-winning chariot opera from 1959? The writer served as a script doctor and later claimed to have introduced a simmering gay subtext to the rivalry between Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) and Messala (Stephen Boyd »

- Xan Brooks

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R.I.P. Gore Vidal

31 July 2012 9:40 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Gore Vidal, a literary powerhouse, essayist, screenwriter and political activist, has died. Vidal passed away today at his home from complications of pneumonia, his nephew tells the Los Angeles Times. Vidal wrote 25 novels, including the groundbreaking The City and the Pillar,among the first novels about openly gay characters, and the Tony-nominated play The Best Man, revived on Broadway in 2012. His hundreds of satires included Myra Breckinridge and Duluth. His pieces on politics, religion, sexuality and literature drew praise as well as criticism. He won a National Book Award in 1993 for his United States Essays, 1952-1992. Woven throughout his works were anecdotes from his famous friends, including Hollywood stars Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and Kennedy family. His screenplay credits include Suddenly Last Summer,  Ben Hur, and Billy The Kidd. He also played himself in Fellini’s Roma, and a Us senator in Bob Roberts. He made two unsuccessful political runs, »


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