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These days, we're all jaded and amused when it comes to scandals in baseball, but 25 years ago this week (on September 2, 1988) came a movie that reminded us of a time when we were actually shocked over events that tarnished the reputation of the national pastime. With a cast led by rising stars John Cusack, Charlie Sheen, and D.B. Sweeney, "Eight Men Out" recounted the story of the 1919 Black Sox scandal, in which gamblers paid several players on the Chicago White Sox to throw the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds.
Writer/director John Sayles, adapting Eliot Asinof's book of the same title, portrayed the Black Sox players as exploited workers out to punish their skinflint owner and claim bonuses that had been denied them. And while they did so in a way that was illegal and unsportsmanlike, they were meted out an awfully harsh punishment (being banned from the »
- Gary Susman
The 33rd Cambridge Film Festival (Sept 19-29) has unveiled its 2013 line-up, comprising 150 titles from 40 countries.
Alongside Hawking, other special guests to the festival will include directors Lucy Walker (The Crash Reel), Roland Klick (Deadlock), Mark Levinson (Particle Fever), Julien Temple (Oil City Confidential), Ramon Zürcher (The Strange Little Cat), Małgośka Szumowska (In The Name Of), Marzin Malaszczak (Sieniawka), Matt Hulse (Dummy Jim) and Andrew Mudge (The Forgotten Kingdom), Bob Stanley, John Pearse and actress Stephanie Stremler (Dust On Our Heart).
Strands include Young Americans, aimed at showcasing »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Jackson Ball presents his five essential James Gandolfini films...
Just two weeks ago the news broke about the tragic passing of James Gandolfini. The actor, aged just 51, suffered a fatal heart attack on June 19, while vacationing in Italy.
Obviously, Gandolfini was best known for bringing life to the character of Tony Soprano on HBO’s ground-breaking drama The Sopranos. Such was the quality of his performance, that it is easy to forget that he also had a successful career on the big screen, as well as on television. Behind all the Emmys (Gandolfini won three while playing the famous Mafioso), there was a committed, talented and ultimately underrated screen actor.
Tony Soprano may cast a big shadow, but here are five more Gandolfini roles that showcase and exemplify the actor’s natural abilities…
Gandolfini plays Winston, a hired hitman tasked with hunting down the hapless »
- Flickering Myth
Actor Dan Starkey stays tight-lipped about November special but helps fans get in tune with prospect of some new Sontaran songs
In November, the BBC will mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who with a highly anticipated special. If the corporation needs any help striking the right note for such a momentous occasion, Dan Starkey may have made the perfect pitch.
Starkey is best known as Strax, a Sontaran warrior-cum-nurse-cum-butler who is a member, with Madame Vastra and Jenny, of the Paternoster Gang. Last Friday, appearing in Manhattan as the star attraction of a WhoYork fan event at the Stone Creek Tavern, on East 27th Street, he took questions from a dedicated Whovian crowd.
Asked if he would ever produce a successor to Songtaran Christmas Carols, a 2012 YouTube hit in which Strax adapts seasonal tunes to his peculiarly aggressive ends, Starkey pondered the potential for a whole album of Sontaran cover versions. »
- Martin Pengelly
Gandolfini died on Wednesday in Italy at the age of 51. His death, first reported by Deadline.com, was the result of a fatal heart attack.
Gandolfini's first credited role was as an orderly in the 1987 film "Shock! Shock! Shock!" He received major notices, however, for a small but memorable scene in the 1993 Tony Scott movie "True Romance." (Warning: Link Nsfw.)
Gandolfini reunited with Scott for "Crimson Tide" in 1995; that year also found him starring in "Get Shorty" as Bear, a gruff and physical bodyguard with a heart of gold. Other supporting parts in "A Civil Action," "8Mm," "She's So Lovely," "The Juror" and "Night Falls On Manhattan" soon followed.
After winning the role of Tony Soprano on "The Sopranos" in 1999, Gandolfini took a break from films. »
- Christopher Rosen
James Gandolfini, who simultaneously elicited thrill and excitement with his portrayal of Tony Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos" has died after a massive heart attack in Italy. According to Variety, he was vacationing at the time of his death.
This is a developing story and we'll update as we get more information. Here's a look at the actor's life from Wiki:
James Joseph Gandolfini, Jr. (September 18, 1961 . June 19, 2013) was an American actor. He was best known for his role as Tony Soprano in The Sopranos, about a troubled crime boss struggling to balance his family life and career in the Mafia. For this role, Gandolfini garnered enormous praise, winning both the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series three times. Gandolfini's other roles include the woman-beating mob henchman Virgil in True Romance, »
by Lynn Elber, AP
Los Angeles (AP) - James Gandolfini, whose portrayal of a brutal, emotionally delicate mob boss in HBO's "The Sopranos" was the brilliant core of one of TV's greatest drama series and turned the mobster stereotype on its head, died Wednesday in Italy. He was 51.
[Related: James Gandolfini Dies of Heart Attack at 51 (Report)]
"He was a genius," said "Sopranos" creator David Chase. "Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that. He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time. A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes."
Gandolfini, who won three Emmy Awards for his role as Tony Soprano, worked steadily in film and on stage after the series ended. He earned a 2009 Tony Award »
- The Associated Press
Kyle Busch -- one of Nascar's famous hot-heads -- has signed on for some professional help from Charlie Sheen ... on his TV show, "Anger Management" ... TMZ has learned.Sources connected to the show tell us Busch just signed the deal -- in the last 30 minutes -- to play himself in one episode of the FX comedy. He'll be seeking counseling ... we presume for road rage ... from Charlie's character.Busch -- the most successful driver, in recent years, »
- TMZ Staff
Des Moines, Iowa — Rapper Tone Loc collapsed on stage while performing in Iowa this weekend.
Loc, whose real name is Anthony T. Smith, collapsed after finishing a song during a Saturday night concert on a bridge in downtown Des Moines, according to the Des Moines Register ( ). Three of the newspaper's employees who were at the show said people attended to Loc, 47, for several minutes before fans were asked to leave. http://dmreg.co/ZAFc0j
Loc's condition wasn't immediately clear Sunday. He wasn't listed publicly as a patient at any Des Moines hospital, and no one answered the phone Sunday morning at the bar that sponsored the concert.
Loc's representative did not immediately respond to phone and email messages Sunday.
It wasn't the rapper's first time collapsing on stage. Loc, who is best known for his 1980s hits "Funky Cold Medina" and "Wild Thing," collapsed and had a seizure during a 2009 concert in Pensacola, »
The rapper suffered a scary moment when he fell to the stage mid-concert on Mar. 16. The episode was serious enough that he was forced to end his concert early. Keep reading for all the details.
Rapper Tone Loc collapsed on stage during his concert in Des Moines, Iowa on Mar. 16. He apparently suffered a seizure, and his condition was critical enough that he was forced to cut the show early.
Tone Loc Collapses On Stage
Three reporters for the Des Moines Register who were on the scene stated that Tone finished a song and then suddenly collapsed to the ground. After being attended to by multiple people for about five minutes, security asked fans to leave and the show was completely shut down.
- Andrew Gruttadaro
10 items from 2013
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