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John “Cha Cha” Ciarcia, guest actor on “The Sopranos” and owner of a bustling Italian restaurant in New York’s Little Italy, died Nov. 21 at Nyu Langone Medical Center following a brief illness. He was 75.
Dubbed the “unofficial mayor of Little Italy,” Ciarcia’s acting career included film appearances alongside long-time friend Danny DeVito in “Hoffa” and “Death to Smoochy,” in addition to his guest role on HBO’s “The Sopranos.”
Both DeVito and Danza, along with his other high-profile showbiz pals including Robert DeNiro and Martin Scorsese, would later become regulars at Ciarcia’s Mulberry St. restaurant, Cha Cha’s In Bocca Al Lupo. The Brooklyn-born restaurateur also once owned a Coney Island bar, which failed to recuperate following the damages caused by Hurricane Sandy.
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- Alyssa Sage
After announcing a list of contenders for lifetime achievement honors at the upcoming Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards, the organization has announced that make-up artist Ve Neill and hair stylist Yolanda Toussieng will be the ones to have their careers toasted.
“The bodies of work of Ve Neill and Yolanda Toussieng are legendary, and we are proud to rank them among the best in the history of our profession,” said Susan Cabral-Ebert, President of Iatse Local 706. “They are extraordinary artists and accomplished leaders in the industry, and it is our pleasure to name them as this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.”
It’s a serendipitous pairing as both Neill and Toussieng won Oscars for their work on “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Ed Wood” and they have worked together frequently on films like “Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands” and “Batman Returns.” They also both won Daytime Emmys for their work with »
- Kristopher Tapley
This story first appeared in the June 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Truth is stranger — and often more appealing — than fiction. So while Hollywood waits for the inevitable book by or about Rachel Dolezal and its preordained journey to the screen, there's two other true story–based books making the rounds for producers, directors and actors to chew on. Vendetta by James Neff (Little, Brown) Agent: Ron Bernstein (ICM) It has been 23 years since Jack Nicholson starred in Hoffa. Investigative reporter Neff's new nonfiction book on Jimmy Hoffa should
- Tatiana Siegel and Andy Lewis
Written and directed by Al Profit
Sure, there have been a feature film, a few documentaries and countless written articles on the life and times of the vanished legendary American labor union leader James “Jimmy” Riddle Hoffa (his “disappearance” date being July 30, 1975). Most notably fare such as the Danny DeVito-directed 1992 film Hoffa starring Jack Nicholson in the tile role tried to depict the controversial teamster union leader in all his noted glory. Of course Hoffa’s glory days as being a young union activist within the ranks of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to becoming one of the most powerful and divisive union leaders in the country came as a heavy price to pay. Presiding over a whopping teamsters union that had the largest membership in the United States definitely was a monumental achievement for the Midwestern native that came from nothing in his severely »
- Frank Ochieng
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