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Producers acquire 'Pimp' saga

16 August 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Rob Weiss, an executive producer on HBO's "Entourage," along with producers Mitch Davis, Ryan Drexler and Andrew Left have acquired film rights to Robert "Iceberg Slim" Beck's urban autobiography "Pimp: The Story of My Life."

Born into poverty, Beck became a pimp at 18 and rose to kingpin status in the Chicago underworld. He served several stints in prison, making one escape, eventually retiring and becoming an insecticide salesman in Los Angeles. During a call to a college professor, Beck mentioned he was a pimp, with the professor encouraging the man to write an autobiography. Three months later, Beck had penned "Pimp."

The book has sold over 5 million copies since its release and is the second best-selling book written by a black man, after Alex Haley's "Roots."

"The story is really the birth of the American inner city and it's an incredible tale of overcoming oppression," said Weiss. "It »

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Actor Quade Dies

13 August 2009 6:31 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

American actor John Quade, who starred as the villain in several Clint Eastwood movies, has died.

Quade passed away in his sleep at his home in Rosamond, California on Sunday, according to his wife Gwen. He was 71.

The actor began finding work as a character actor in Hollywood in the 1960s, landing numerous TV and movie roles, including the part of Sheriff Biggs in the 1977 U.S. TV miniseries Roots.

He is best known as the motorcycle gang leader Cholla in the 1978 Eastwood movie Every Which Way But Loose and its 1980 sequel Any Which Way You Can.

He is survived by his spouse, six children and 10 grandchildren. »

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Character Actor John Quade Dies at 71

12 August 2009 10:32 PM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

John Quade, who played the heavy in several Clint Eastwood movies and was the sheriff in the TV miniseries "Roots," has died. He was 71. »

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Reading Rainbow's LeVar Burton in Auto Accident

14 July 2009 9:45 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

LeVar Burton was injured in a five-car accident in West Los Angeles, police tell People. Burton, 52, whose TV acting has included roles on such programs as Roots and Star Trek: The Next Generation and who served as the longtime host of Reading Rainbow, was driving his 2006 Mercedes eastbound along Beverly Boulevard at about 7:40 p.m. Monday when a 74-year-old woman driving westbound turned left in front of him, says Lapd Officer Tenesha Dobine. The wreck caused a five-car pileup, although no one was seriously injured, Dobine tells People. However, Burton complained of neck pain and was treated at a nearby hospital and released, »

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DVD Round Up, Jan. 7, 2009: ‘Bangkok Dangerous,’ ‘Disaster Movie,’ ‘Friday Night Lights,’ ‘Towelhead’

7 January 2009 9:51 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – The time has come for another round-up, a collection of DVD and Blu-Ray titles that may have missed the front page in the Best Buy circular but that might be worth your attention. The DVD Round-Up is back (check out the first edition here and a few Blu-Ray Round-Ups here and here) with drama, comedy, TV, action, and even Hitler.

Nicolas Cage plays a killer in “Bangkok Dangerous,” Derek Luke a football player in “Friday Night Lights,” Aaron Eckhart a suburbanite in “Towelhead,” and Carmen Electra essentially herself in “Disaster Movie”. There’s something for everyone in the DVD Round-Up.

All of these titles were released on January 6th, 2009, unless otherwise noted.

Bangkok Dangerous

“The Hitman Has Become the Target.” Nicolas Cage stars in the remake of The Pang Brothers’ “Bangkok Dangerous,” a messy action film about Joe, a hired assassin caught in the middle of a hitman’s nightmare. »

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