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For this Thanksgiving week edition of Lone Star Cinema, I selected an influential football film from the mid-aughts. Before the acclaimed series Friday Night Lights started shooting in town, the 2004 film, starred Billy Bob Thornton as coach to a Texas high school football team. Based on the same-titled book by Buzz Bissinger, Friday Night Lights depicts the 1988 season of the Permian Panthers of Odessa, from the promising pre-season to their challenging finish at state.
The movie places quick scenes from the lives of several of the senior players in between montages of the Friday night action in Odessa's Ratliff Stadium. Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher) plays Boobie Miles, an assured running back who is the team's star. I'd argue Luke gives the best performance in the movie. Midway through Friday Night Lights, his character faces an obstacle he may not be able to overcome, and Luke aptly conveys Boobie's bluster, might and heartbreak. »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
Sad but true: Lee Thompson Young died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to his death certificate, which was obtained by E! News on Wednesday, September 4. The actor, who played the titular role in Disney Channel's The Famous Jett Jackson from 1998 to 2001, was found dead in his North Hollywood apartment on August 19. He was 29 years old. The former Friday Night Lights star is survived by his parents, Tommy and Velma. Though Young did not leave a suicide note, his manager previously confirmed that he took his own life. News: Lee Thompson Young's 6 most memorable roles Young was honored during a three-hour memorial on Friday, August 23, where his Rizzoli & Isles costar Angie »
So tragic. Since Lee Thompson Young’s funeral on Aug. 23, family, friends and fans now have closure on how the actor died.
Lee Thompson Young‘s death was ruled a suicide when he was found dead at home by his landlord on Aug. 19 at just 29 years old. It was discovered on Sept. 3, however, that he used a shotgun to tragically end his life.
Lee Thompson Young Died Of A Gunshot Wound
Lee died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, according to TMZ, who obtained his official death certificate. How terrible.
He used a handgun, said the autopsy, and did not leave a suicide note. They had also said that Lee allegedly kept a diary, but no entries revealed why he would take his own life.
He was buried in Hollywood, Calif., after a three-hour funeral. Hundreds of guests attended.
Lee Thompson Young’s Career
After starring in the »
- Ivy Jacobson
Former Disney star Lee Thompson Young died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head ... this according to the actor's official death certificate obtained by TMZ. We broke the story ... Young's body was discovered at his North Hollywood apartment on August 19th, after he failed to show up to the set of his TNT drama "Rizzoli and Isles."According to the death certificate, Young used a handgun to take his own life. Young -- who »
- TMZ Staff
As summer inches to a close, we look back at some of the most memorable events that shaped the celebrity world from June through August 2013. They are, in no particular order:
The reality star's pregnancy was one of the most followed, photographed and talked-about, maybe ever. Every bumpin' look was carefully analyzed, her weight viciously dissected in tabloids, baby name speculations ran rampant. Then, on June 15, Kim gave birth to a healthy baby girl, whom Kanye and she named North (Nori for short). It wasn't until over two months later that North West was revealed to the world via photo on grandmother Kris Jenner's talk show.
The Royal Baby, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, Was Born
- The Huffington Post
Month-old Prince George seen cradled in mother Kate's arms as father Prince William pets family dog Lupo cranked up the aww factor this week, and was readers' most-beloved story. Similarly, Prison Break star Wentworth Miller's personal and political stand got a great big round of applause - while it was Kim Kardashian and Katie Couric who got the guffaws going. Here, then, are the five stories that sparked the strongest reactions over the past week, from happy, sad, laugh out loud, angry and wow. And to let us know just what you think of what's going on in the news, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
What had ETonline readers buzzing this week?
1. 'Jett Jackson' Star Lee Thompson Young Dies From Apparent Suicide
He was 29 years old.
Police responded at about 9:45 a.m., after a welfare check was called on Young when he didn't show up to set this morning on TNT's Rizzoli & Isles, in which he currently appears. Officers arrived, who pronounced him dead on the scene.
Young's long time manager Jonathan Baruch released the following statement.
"It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning. Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed. We ask that you please respect the privacy of his family and friends at this very difficult time."
Friends, family and cast mates gathered for a memorial on August 23 to remember Lee Thompson Young, after he lost his life to suicide.
After the shocking death of Lee Thompson Young on August 19, the 29-year-old was laid to rest in Hollywood, Calif., where his loved ones gathered to say their last goodbyes.
Lee Thompson Young Laid To Rest
The Famous Jett Jackson star was only 29 when he died after committing suicide. His family remembered him on Aug. 23 at the Paramount lot in Hollywood, where Rizzoli & Isles taped.
The private service lasted almost three hours and had hundreds of guests, according to TMZ. Rizzoli & Isles co-star Angie Harmon was one of the guests to speak, and she reportedly broke down in tears during her short eulogy. “It was really hard to hear her because she was in tears,” a funeral attendee told E!.
Jordan Bridges, also from Rizzoli & Isles, spoke as well, »
- Emily Longeretta
Rizzoli & Isles star Lee Thompson Young's funeral will take place Friday, Aug. 23, on the Paramount Pictures lot where his TNT series is filmed. The actor, who also played the title character on Disney Channel's The Famous Jett Jackson for three years, was found dead earlier this week in his North Hollywood home. Authorities said that Young, 29, committed suicide. Photos: 'Glee' and Other TV Shows That Lost a Star Police went looking for Young after he failed to show up for work on the TNT crime drama, in which he played Barry Frost alongside Angie Harmon and Sasha
- Kimberly Nordyke
If you first knew Lee Thompson Young for starring role on The Famous Jett Jackson, you remember his trustworthy sidekick and best friend J.B. Halliburton. Rev. Ryan Sommers Baum, who played J.B. from 1998 to 2001, told E! News exclusively he was "shocked and heartbroken" when news of his costar's tragic death broke Tuesday, Aug. 19. "Lee Thompson Young was, as many have already noted, loved and respected by all who knew and worked with him, a wise, gentle, thoughtful, tremendously funny and fun-loving young man, and a good and constant friend to me during some very formative years in my life," said Baum, who retired from acting when the show concluded and is now the minister of the First »
Lee Thompson Young’s death may have been ruled a suicide, but according to a new report, his passing is still a dark mystery. Keep reading for all the details.
Lee Thompson Young was found dead by his landlord on August 19, and while his passing has been ruled a suicide, no note was found in his North Hollywood apartment.
Lee Thompson Young: Suicide Note — Not Found With Actor’s Body
Lee, 29, allegedly had kept a diary, but upon first glance, no entries revealed why he would take his own life, TMZ claims. The Famous Jett Jackson star reportedly died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the reported.
The actor, who most recently starred on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles, was allegedly last seen on Saturday, August 17. He is believed to have taken his life that day.
Friends and family who have spoken out since Lee’s death say he had no apparent serious life issues, »
- Christopher Rogers
29-year-old "Rizzoli & Isles" star Lee Thompson Young has reportedly committed suicide.
According to TMZ, Young is said to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His body was found in his Los Angeles home by his landlord after he didn't show up for work this morning.
Young played Detective Barry Frost on the TNT series. The actor got his star on the Disney Channel series "The Famous Jett Jackson," had the recurring role of Victor Stone/Cyborg on The CW's "Smallville," and appeared in the 2004 film "Friday Night Lights".
Young's publicist and the TNT network have since submitted statements confirming his death and expressing their condolences.
Source: TMZ »
- Garth Franklin
Washington, August 20: American actor Lee Thompson Young who was reportedly found dead in his North Hollywood apartment Monday, left no suicide note, claims law enforcement sources.
The 29-year old Disney Channel series 'The Famous Jett Jackson' star suicide is a dark mystery as there was no suicide note nor did any entry from his diary reveal why he would have taken his life, TMZ reported.
Young, who apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was last seen on Saturday. (Ani) »
- Lohit Reddy
Lee Thompson Young didn't leave any closure behind for his loved ones before committing suicide. According to new reports, the 29-year-old actor didn't leave a suicide note behind, and his Rizzoli & Isles costars are now mourning his death. Law enforcement sources told TMZ that a suicide note was not found in Young's North Hollywood apartment after he was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Monday, Aug. 19. Though The Famous Jett Jackson reportedly kept a regular diary, the entries apparently did not reveal a [...] »
Washington, August 20: American actor Lee Thompson Young, best known for playing the titular character in Disney Channel series 'The Famous Jett Jackson,' was found dead inside his Los Angeles home early Monday morning by police. He was 29.
According to Entertainment Tonight, police have confirmed Young's death.
A dispatch had been sent to Young's house on a welfare check after he did not make an appearance for work on the set of 'Rizzoli and Isles.'
Young has been playing Det. Barry Frost on the TNT's buddy-cop series since 2010.
Authorities discovered his body after entering his house; he was pronounced dead on the scene, CBS reported.
It is believed that Young died from a self-inflicted gunshot. »
- Amith Ostwal
Actor Lee Thompson Young has died in a probable suicide. He previously starred in Disney’s The Famous Jett Jackson and was a regular on Rizzoli & Isles. [TMZ] Kids, don’t try this at home. Olivia Munn was injured after a homemade swing snapped while she was in mid-air. She dislocated her shoulder, but still decided to post video of the fall online. [Perez Hilton]
The world hasn’t seen little North West, but she’s already taking trips across the country. Kim Kardashian accompanied boyfriend Kanye West to his grandfather’s funeral in Oklahoma and they took their daughter for the family gathering. [Us Magazine] One of the reasons we love Breaking Bad is that nothing is as it seems. Check out some of the Easter eggs hidden in last night’s episode. »
- Rahsheeda Ali
Lee Thompson Young -- who played the main character on Disney's "The Famous Jett Jackson" -- has committed suicide, TMZ has learned. He was 29. Young's body was discovered inside his North Hollywood home Monday with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to sources. It's unclear why Young took his own life. Lee's publicist said, "It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning ... Lee was more »
- TMZ Staff
Los Angeles (AP) — Lee Thompson Young, who began his acting career as the teenage star of the Disney Channel's "The Famous Jett Jackson" and was featured in the film "Friday Night Lights" and the series "Rizzoli & Isles," was found dead Monday, police said. He was 29. There was no official cause of death, but Young's manager, Paul Baruch, said the actor "tragically took his own life." "Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed. We ask that you please respect the privacy of his family and »
- Lynn Elber (AP)
The "Rizzoli & Isles" family is speaking out after the sudden death of its star Lee Thompson Young, who's been a series regular on the TNT series since 2010.
"Everyone at 'Rizzoli & Isles' is devastated by the news of the passing of Lee Thompson Young. We are beyond heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, gentle, good-hearted, intelligent man," a joint statement on behalf of TNT, Warner Bros. and executive producer Janet Tamaro read. "He was truly a member of our family. Lee will be cherished and remembered by all who knew and loved him, both on- and off-screen, for his positive energy, infectious smile and soulful grace. We send our deepest condolences and thoughts to his family, to his friends and, most especially, to his beloved mother."
Tamaro also took to Twitter to share her thoughts.
We are all without the words to truly express our collective grief and profound sadness »
- Chris Harnick
The entertainment world is mourning the passing of Lee Thompson Young, former star of the Disney Channel's The Famous Jett Jackson, who died in an apparent suicide early Monday at the age of 29. As news of his death spreads, E! News takes a look at the life of this talented young actor who was beloved by those who knew him: He Had a Dream: At the age of 10 growing up as the son of divorced parents, Young portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King in a play called A Night of Stars and Dreams, sparking his love for acting and decision to pursuit it as a full-time career. Enter the Mouse House: Two years after moving to New York, in 1998 Young landed the titular role for which he became most associated with, playing »
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