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‘The Sopranos’ Star Frank Vincent, Best Known For Mob Roles in TV and Film, Is Dead at 78

‘The Sopranos’ Star Frank Vincent, Best Known For Mob Roles in TV and Film, Is Dead at 78
Frank Vincent, the actor perhaps best known as mob boss Phil Leotardo on “The Sopranos,” has died following complications from heart surgery. He was 78.

TMZ first posted the news, reporting that Vincent suffered a heart attack last week, and died while undergoing open-heart surgery in New Jersey on Wednesday.

According to IMDb, Vincent was attached to several projects in pre-production, including the features “Asbury Park” and “Sarah Q.” He recently voiced a character on the Adult Swim series “Mr. Pickles,” and also appeared in an episode of “Law & Order: Svu.”

Other TV credits include “NYPD Blue” and “New York Undercover,” while on film he was seen in Martin Scorsese films such as “Raging Bull,” Billy Batts (“Go home and get your f–king shine box!”) in “Goodfellas,” and Frank Marino in “Casino.” He was also a regular in Spike Lee films like “Do The Right Thing” and “Jungle Fever.”

But
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‘The Sopranos’ Star Frank Vincent, Best Known For Mob Roles in TV and Film, Is Dead at 78

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‘The Sopranos’ Star Frank Vincent, Best Known For Mob Roles in TV and Film, Is Dead at 78
Frank Vincent, the actor perhaps best known as mob boss Phil Leotardo on “The Sopranos,” has died following complications from heart surgery. He was 78.

TMZ first posted the news, reporting that Vincent suffered a heart attack last week, and died while undergoing open-heart surgery in New Jersey on Wednesday.

According to IMDb, Vincent was attached to several projects in pre-production, including the features “Asbury Park” and “Sarah Q.” He recently voiced a character on the Adult Swim series “Mr. Pickles,” and also appeared in an episode of “Law & Order: Svu.”

Other TV credits include “NYPD Blue” and “New York Undercover,” while on film he was seen in Martin Scorsese films such as “Raging Bull,” Billy Batts (“Go home and get your f–king shine box!”) in “Goodfellas,” and Frank Marino in “Casino.” He was also a regular in Spike Lee films like “Do The Right Thing” and “Jungle Fever.”

But
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Gears of War Movie Brings in Avatar Sequel Writer

Now that the long-awaited Gears of War movie found a studio home at Universal last October, the project is finally starting to come together. Universal has brought on screenwriter Shane Salerno, who co-wrote all four upcoming Avatar sequels with James Cameron, to work on on the screenplay. Dylan Clark will produce through his Universal-based production company, although no director is set in stone quite yet.

When Universal announced their partnership with The Coalition, the Microsoft-based company that develops the video game franchise, it was revealed that the movie wouldn't be based on a specific game in the Gears of War franchise, but an original story set in this established universe. Deadline broke the news of Shane Salerno coming aboard to write the script, but no story details have been given as of yet. This popular video game franchise has had a long road to the big screen, but now
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Martin: Actor Tommy Ford Dies at 52

Actor Thomas Mikal "Tommy" Ford has died at the age of 52. Per USA Today, Ford passed away following a burst aneurysm. He is perhaps best known for playing Tommy Strawn on Martin Lawrence's Fox sitcom, Martin.When Martin ended. Ford went on to portray Lt. Malcolm Barker on the New York Undercover TV show on Fox -- a police drama -- in 1998 and '99. He recurred on Upn's Moesha spin-off, The Parkers, from 2000 to 2001. Other TV series work includes TVOne's Who's Got Jokes (2006-2008). His last TV appearance was on Brandy Norwood's Bet sitcom, Zoe Ever After, in 2016.Read More…
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A Look Back at Tommy Ford’s Career: from Harlem Nights to Hit ’90s Sitcom Martin

A Look Back at Tommy Ford’s Career: from Harlem Nights to Hit ’90s Sitcom Martin
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Fans said goodbye to Tommy Ford on Wednesday when the actor died at the young age of 52.

Born Thomas Mykal Ford, the actor was hospitalized earlier in the week and died on Wednesday, the actor’s agent confirmed to People. In a statement obtained by People, his family stated: “It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved Son, father, brother, husband, and friend Tommy Mykhal Ford. On behalf of the family, we would like to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers. Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.
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Martin Star Tommy Ford Dead at 52

Martin Star Tommy Ford Dead at 52
Actor Tommy Ford, who played Martin Lawrence’s friend Tommy on the Fox sitcom Martin, has died at age 52.

Ford passed away Wednesday in an Atlanta hospital after an aneurysm ruptured in his abdomen, TMZ is reporting. Ford was rushed to the hospital on Sunday and placed on life support; he was surrounded by family and friends at the time of his death.

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Ford is best known for playing levelheaded straight man Tommy Strawn on Martin, appearing in every episode across five seasons. (He was credited as “Thomas Mikal Ford” at the time.) The
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Tommy Ford, Star of ’90s Comedy ‘Martin,’ Dies at 52

Tommy Ford, Star of ’90s Comedy ‘Martin,’ Dies at 52
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Tommy Ford, known for his role as Tommy Strawn on the ’90s sitcom Martin, has died. He was 52.

Born Thomas Mykal Ford on Sept. 15, 1964 in Los Angeles, the actor, who was hospitalized Sunday, died Wednesday, his agent confirmed to People.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved Son, father, brother, husband, and friend Tommy Mykhal Ford,” Ford’s family said in a statement obtained by People. “On behalf of the family, we would like to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers. Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.
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Tommy Ford, Actor Known for ‘Martin’ and ‘The Parkers,’ Dies at 52

Tommy Ford, Actor Known for ‘Martin’ and ‘The Parkers,’ Dies at 52
Actor Tommy Ford, a regular on the Fox comedy “Martin” and Upn sitcom “The Parkers,” was taken off life support an Atlanta hospital Wednesday afternoon, TMZ reports. Ford was on life support after an aneurysm ruptured in his abdomen. He was 52.

Ford’s rep released a statement on behalf of his family confirming his passing, which read: “It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved Son, father, brother, husband, and friend Tommy Mykhal Ford.”

It is with great sorrow we share the announcement from Tommy's family. pic.twitter.com/NzLNxH1drT

— J Pervis Talent (@JPervisTalent) October 12, 2016

An Instagram post on his official account said the actor was surrounded by family and friends.

Martin Lawrence tweeted, “We were friends way b4 the Martin show & showed tru friendship on-screen. You brought a lot of love 2 the world & you’ll be greatly missed.”

We were friends way b4 the Martin show & showed tru friendship
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'Martin' Star Tommy Ford -- On Life Support ... Wife Says

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Tommy Ford -- who famously played Tommy on the '90s sitcom "Martin" -- is on life support at an Atlanta hospital after an aneurysm ruptured in his abdomen ... his wife tells TMZ.  Ford has been hospitalized since Sunday and his health has declined ever since.  He is currently on life support and is not expected to make it through the day. Ford's wife, Gina, says the family is still praying for him.  Earlier, Ford's pal,
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Issa Rae on Why Insecure Is the Show TV Needs Right Now: "We're Touching a Nerve"

As I walk into a bright, sunny conference room and sit down across a table from Issa Rae, I'm suddenly overcome by the urge to start chatting with her about the weird thing my boyfriend did that morning and ask if my outfit looks ridiculous. Since we've never met before and I'm not a total crazy person, I resist, but it confirms what any fan of the comedian's web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, already knows to be true - she is, without a doubt, the friend you've always wished you had. Her new series for HBO, Insecure, has been a long time coming, and follows Issa (an exaggerated version of the actress) and Molly (Yvonne Orji), two women figuring out La life one uncomfortable moment at a time. The show celebrates black female friendship in a way that few other shows on TV right now have even attempted,
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Wolf Entertainment Exec Danielle Claman Gelber Departing for NBC Production Deal

Wolf Entertainment Exec Danielle Claman Gelber Departing for NBC Production Deal
Development vet Danielle Claman Gelber, who was integral in developing NBC’s “Chicago” franchise, is transitioning from Wolf Entertainment to the network where she has inked an independent production deal, Variety has learned.

With the new production pact, Gelber will develop scripted series for NBC.

Gelber joined Dick Wolf’s company in 2011 and was head of development. Sources say there is no replacement for her position at this time.

Gelber worked with Wolf and his team to develop “Chicago Fire,” plus its spinoffs “Chicago Pd” and “Chicago Med.” She sold the flagship “Fire” to NBC on her first day at Wolf Entertainment.

“Danielle was an important member of the team as we developed ‘Chicago Fire,'” Wolf commented. “Lightning struck and we were off to the races with a hugely successful brand. With her passion for quality scripted projects, this is a logical and smart evolution to her successful career.
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Dick Wolf’s Stars Talk ‘One in a Million Shot’ of Being Cast in His Shows at Paleyfest

Dick Wolf’s Stars Talk ‘One in a Million Shot’ of Being Cast in His Shows at Paleyfest
Dick Wolf strolled down memory lane Saturday night at PaleyFest at the Dolby Theatre​, surrounded by stars of his current Chicago trilogy shows “Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Med” and “Chicago Fire,” as well as “Law and Order: Svu.” Clad in his usual uniform of all-black and bright orange socks, the actors paid tribute to Wolf as they talked about being part of his television empire.

The Chicago table is getting “a fourth leg” as Wolf described it, with “Chicago Justice.” Wolf announced that Carl Weathers will be part of the “Chicago Justice” cast, playing Illinois State’s attorney Mark Jefferies, and co-star opposite Philip Winchester, Nazneen Contractor and Joelle Carter.

About the assembled panel of talent that included Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Ice-t, Jason Beghe, Taylor Kinney, Jesse Spencer, Sophia Bush and Torrey DeVitto, Wolf said, “the thing all these actors have in common is that they’re all
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‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’s’ Cynthia Bailey Joins ‘Sharknado 4’ (Exclusive)

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‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’s’ Cynthia Bailey Joins ‘Sharknado 4’ (Exclusive)
“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Cynthia Bailey has joined the upcoming Syfy movie “Sharknado 4,” TheWrap has learned exclusively. Bailey will play Tech Addison opposite fellow new addition Tommy Davidson. Davidson will play Elon Musk type “Aston Reynolds,” a playboy tech billionaire whose revolutionary energy system can stabilize the atmosphere and prevent the formation of tornadoes. Bailey will appear opposite Davidson as one of Astro-x’s top rocket scientists and astrophysicists. Before she joined Bravo’s “Rhoa,” Bailey guest starred on several series including “The Cosby Show” and “New York Undercover” and in movies such as “Without You I’m
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The Walking Dead Spinoff Casts Oitnb Actress Elizabeth Rodriguez

The Walking Dead Spinoff Casts Oitnb Actress Elizabeth Rodriguez
What’s scarier: prison politics or the zombie apocalypse? Orange Is the New Black‘s Elizabeth Rodriguez is about to find out.

Rodriguez has been cast in AMC’s Walking Dead spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead, EW.com reports.

Video Fear the Walking Dead: AMC Debuts Spinoff’s First Promo

Details about Rodriguez’s character reportedly are being kept under tight wraps. What we do know: The companion series stars Cliff Curtis (Gang Related), Kim Dickens (Deadwood), Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey (The 100) as Los Angeles residents in the early days of the walker takeover.

In addition to playing Daya’s mom,
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‘Law & Order’ Producer Arthur Forney Inks Overall Deal with Wolf Films & Universal TV

Arthur Forney has signed a new overall deal with Dick Wolf’s Wolf Films and Universal Television, Variety has learned.

Under the pact, Forney will continue as co-executive producer and director for all NBC series hailing from Wolf Films and Universal Television, including “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.

“As head of post-production, Arthur Forney is one of the irreplaceable pieces of the Wolf Films hierarchy,” Wolf commented. “I’ve worked with him every day on every episode we’ve produced for more than two decades. The fact that he has also directed some of the best episodes on all our series is merely icing on the cake.”

Forney, who started his career at Warner Bros., joined Wolf Films in 1988. He has worked on every “Law & Order” branded series, plus “New York Undercover” and the company’s current series, alongside Wolf.

Forney is set to direct
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Is Malik Yoba Bitter About Being Killed Off of ‘Empire’ Or Nah?

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Warning: Empire season one spoilers ahead.

Vernon was the character who died on the Empire season finale — not that we’re entirely surprised. He is the one who knew Lucious killed Bunky, plus he already tried to take away Lucious’ control of the company and was dabbling in coke. The odds weren’t in his favor. Getting killed off a hit show is a tough break for any actor, especially when you weren’t that memorable to begin with. The TV veteran is going hard on a post-Empire press tour this week, discussing his not-so-dearly departed character. And honestly? It’s more than we ever got from him on 10 episodes of Empire. Although apparently that’s not his fault. “It’s bad enough y’all haven’t written anything real significant that I can sink my teeth into,” Yoba said during his interview with The Combat Jack Show. “People don
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Place Your Bets: Who Will Die in the ‘Empire’ Season Finale?

—Michael Arceneaux

For weeks now, Empire and its ever-expanding base of viewers have been teased about its inaugural season’s finale — most notably, that “everything will change.” Considering Lucious Lyon could drop dead any second now and more than one character has come face to face with the barrel of a gun, a shocking death is not out of the question. Now, I don’t have much in the way of making solid predictions outside of knowing when my Internet service will go out (at any moment, at any given day) or that there will be baes at the gym (part of the reason I joined that location). Nonetheless, I’ve been tasked with leading the guessing game so here I go, here I go (if you heard Mystikal’s voice, you get two points). The characters we believe have the highest chance of dying in the season finale are:

1. Hakeem’s flattop.
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‘Seinfeld’ Actor Daniel von Bargen Dies at 64

‘Seinfeld’ Actor Daniel von Bargen Dies at 64
Daniel von Bargen, a prolific character actor best known for his role as George’s lazy boss Mr. Kruger on “Seinfeld,” as Commandant Edwin Spangler, the military veteran who oversees the cadets at Marlin Academy, on TV’s “Malcolm in the Middle,” and for his role in a two-part episode of “The West Wing” in which he played Air Force General Ken Shannon, died March 1 in Montgomery, Ohio, after a long illness. He was 64 and had been dealing with health issues for the last five years.

Von Bargen was known for roles as irate or defiant cops, district attorneys, judges, and other authority figures. But he also spent a good deal of his time onstage.

The actor had most recently appeared in Thomas Edward Seymour’s 2009 feature “London Betty,” in which he starred.

But mostly von Bargen was relegated to small but frequently memorable supporting roles.

His film credits include “The Silence of the Lambs,
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‘Seinfeld’ Actor Daniel von Bargen Dies at 64

‘Seinfeld’ Actor Daniel von Bargen Dies at 64
Daniel von Bargen, a prolific character actor best known for his role as George’s lazy boss Mr. Kruger on “Seinfeld,” as Commandant Edwin Spangler, the military veteran who oversees the cadets at Marlin Academy, on TV’s “Malcolm in the Middle,” and for his role in a two-part episode of “The West Wing” in which he played Air Force General Ken Shannon, died March 1 in Montgomery, Ohio, after a long illness. He was 64 and had been dealing with health issues for the last five years.

Von Bargen was known for roles as irate or defiant cops, district attorneys, judges, and other authority figures. But he also spent a good deal of his time onstage.

The actor had most recently appeared in Thomas Edward Seymour’s 2009 feature “London Betty,” in which he starred.

But mostly von Bargen was relegated to small but frequently memorable supporting roles.

His film credits include “The Silence of the Lambs,
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Who Convinced Naomi Campbell to Join 'Empire?'

Who Convinced Naomi Campbell to Join 'Empire?'
All it takes is one person to light a fire and inspire you.

For Naomi Campbell, her friend and fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg convinced her not to give up on the acting world in the much-talked about series Empire.

The 44-year-old supermodel revealed to Vogue, "I've known [creator] Lee [Daniels] for a long time but when he asked me to play the role, I wasn't sure. I'd given up on acting."

It was then that Von Furstenberg gave her these words of advice, "Give it one more try, go out there and own it!"

Words everyone should live by!

In the hit Fox show, Campbell took on the guest role of Camilla Marks, one of Hakeem's (Bryshere Y. Gray) older lovers, and she stood out with her line on Feb. 18, "What is bae?" Clearly, Naomi took her friend’s words to heart and owns the role as Camilla — she is not someone you want to mess with!

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