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Steve Julian, Host of Kpcc’s ‘Morning Edition,’ Dies at 57

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Steve Julian, Kpcc’s “Morning Edition” host since 2000, died Sunday from complications from brain cancer. He was 57. According to 89.3 Kpcc’s website, Julian, who provided news, weather and traffic reports, died at his home Sunday morning. “He was a singular talent,” said Larry Mantle, host of Kpcc’s AirTalk. “He is completely irreplaceable.” Also Read: Michelle McNamara, Writer and Wife of Patton Oswalt, Dies at 46 He was born in Pomona in 1958, and Julian’s career began when he met Mantle while working at Kpro in Riverside in the early 1980s. He was working in production at that time, but was quickly lifted.
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Best Baseball Movies

In the midst of March Madness and with the Kentucky Derby around the corner, the first pitch of baseball season is almost here.

A quote from Field Of Dreams best describes America’s national pastime, “The one constant throughout the years has been baseball.”

To mark the start of the 2016 season, here’s our list of the Best Baseball movies.

The Bad News Bears

Considered by some to be the best baseball movie ever, the film celebrates its 40th anniversary this month (April 7, 1976). In an article from the NY Daily News, one line reads, “It is a movie that someone like the late Philip Seymour Hoffman called his favorite, and one which resonates on many levels today, with all different generations.”

Who are we to argue with greatness?

After skewering all-American subjects such as politics (The Candidate) and beauty pageants (Smile), director Michael Ritchie naturally set his sights on the
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Mickey Mantle -- Dimaggio's a 'F**ker' Baseball ... Sells for $12k

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No one loved to cuss people out in autographs more than Mickey Mantle -- and now, a signed baseball in which he refers to Joe Dimaggio as "f**ker" has just sold ... for $12,000!!! It's unclear exactly when Mantle signed the ball, but the people at Steiner Sports tell us Mantle signed it right after spilling a drink on Dimaggio at some sort of event back in the day.  The signature reads, "I'm sorry I spilled
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Interviews: Joan Cusack, Richard Roeper Make Appearances at 2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival

Chicago – The recently completed 2015 Chicago Critics Festival was heavy on celebrity and filmmaker appearances. One of those special appearances was Oscar nominated actress Joan Cusack, who represented the film “The End of the Tour” on May 6th, and her Q&A was moderated by film critic Richard Roeper.

HollywoodChicago.com talked to both personalities, regarding their careers and their appearances at the 2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff).

Joan Cusack of “The End of the Tour”

Joan Cusack is a Chicago treasure, having grown up in nearby Evanston and having begun her movie career with a shot-in-Chicago classic, “My Bodyguard.” From there, she has garnered two Academy Award nominations for Supporting Actress in “Working Girl” and “In & Out.” She also key roles in classics like “Broadcast News,” “Say Anything…,” “School of Rock” and voice work in the “Toy Story” series. She appeared at the Ccff on behalf of director James Ponsoldt
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It’s Opening Week: Best Baseball Movies

Is this heaven? Nope, it’s Opening Week.

Recently Mlb rounded up a group of players to recite, word for word, James Earl Jones’ famous “people will come, Ray” speech from Field Of Dreams.

Wamg declares America’s national pastime, Baseball, to be the official sport of movie fans everywhere. As Brad Pitt said in Moneyball, “How can you not be romantic about Baseball?”

It all started Sunday night with the Cardinals at the Cubs with St. Louis winning 3 to 0.

To celebrate the first pitch of Opening Week, here’s our list of the best Baseball movies.

The Rookie

One of the best baseball biopics to come along over the years, The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid, tells the true story of Jim Morris, a man who finally gets a shot at his lifelong dream-pitching in the big leagues. A high school science teacher/baseball coach, Morris’ players make a bet with him:if they win district,
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Vintage Movie Marquees: "Safe At Home" Premieres In Iowa

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Can you remember when a major studio would premiere a major film at a mid-west drive-in? This was the case with Safe at Home, a 1962 film little-known outside the United States because it was cobbled together quickly to capitalize on New York Yankees teammates Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle, who were both competing to be the home run king in baseball history. The competition between the sluggers galvanized the nation. Hollywood jumped on the bandwagon and featured Mantle and Maris as themselves in a children's film about a young boy obsessed with baseball. When he can't deliver on his promise to have the legendary Mantle and Maris appear at his little league function, the two players take pity on him and show up at the event. The premiere of the film was held at the Pioneer Drive-In Theater to benefit the Des Moines Little League team. The photo shows theater
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Mickey Mantle -- Famous Deathbed Speech ... Gets Big Money at Auction

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The hand-written notes from Mickey Mantle's emotional farewell address -- scribbled from his deathbed in 1995 -- just sold at auction for $24,000 ... TMZ Sports has learned.  We broke the story ... Mantle scribbled the notes on a PGA scorecard right before he gave his last public speech (which was nationally televised from Baylor University). One of the most memorable lines from the speech -- "I didn't know how Lou Gehrig could here [sic] at home plate knowing
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Indie Spotlight

We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature has first details on multiple projects including Night of the Living Deb, The Broadcast, Dial 9 to Get Out, and House of Forbidden Secrets, a monster themed giveaway from The Hub’s Spooksville, artwork from The Walking Dead Tribute, trailers for Infliction and Damned Love, and much more:

Night of the Living Deb Casting News: “Night of the Living Deb is an indie movie in development from producer Kyle Rankin (Battle of Shaker Heights, Infestation). Attached actors include David Krumholtz (“Numb3rs,” This is the End, Ray), Michael Cassidy (Argo, “Men at Work,” “The Oc”), Ray Wise (“Twin Peaks,” “Reaper,” “Mad Men”).

It’s a female-driven action-horror rom-com set in the world of a zombie apocalypse on Christmas.

The crowdfunding campaign is gaining popularity for its unusual approach: rather than the
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Mickey Mantle -- Famous Death Bed Speech ... Handwritten Notes Up for Auction

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The notes from Mickey Mantle's emotional farewell address -- scribbled from his deathbed in 1995 -- is about to hit the auction block ... TMZ Sports has learned. The speech is legendary ... televised from the Baylor University Medical Center on July 12, 1995 ... when a dying Mantle begged his fans, "Please don't do drugs and alcohol. God only gave us one body."Now, we're told Grey Flannel Auctions will be opening up bidding on the handwritten notes for
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Best Baseball Movies To See Before The World Series

“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and it could be again.” – Field Of Dreams.

No truer words were ever spoken about America’s Pastime. Baseball began this past Spring with 30 teams vying for the chance to become World Champions and now it’s been decided. The San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers will play ball in the 2012 World Series. Before the final hurrah of nine innings, stats, bases and 3 strikes you’re out, Wamg has compiled a list of the Best Baseball Movies. Did we leave any in the dugout or are there some that should be sent to the showers?
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Ball Four by Jim Bouton

“A book so deep in the American vein, so deep in fact that it is by no means a sports book.” – David Halberstam, on Ball Four As the 2012 baseball season opens, the time seems right to revisit Ball Four, a chronicle of a season that, for its author, was a time of reflection and hoped-for rebirth—as is the start of any season for athletes and fans. Back in 1969, Jim Bouton wasn’t trying to change the world; he was simply trying to keep a diary of his season. Once a promising right-hander for the Mantle-era Yankees, Bouton injured...
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Liev Schreiber Joins Ray Donovan for Showtime

Liev Schreiber Joins Ray Donovan for Showtime
Multitalented actor Liev Schreiber has been cast in the title role in the Showtime pilot Ray Donovan, a drama set in Hollywood, California. Production will begin in Los Angeles in early 2012. Ray Donovan is a Showtime production and is created by Southland creator Ann Biderman. Biderman, Mark Gordon and Bryan Zuriff will executive produce.

Ray Donovan is Hollywood's best professional "fixer." He's the one called in to solve the complicated, confidential and controversial problems of the city's elite. He can make anyone's problem disappear, except the ones created by his own family. The series, which has comedic undertones, will take a novelistic look at contemporary Los Angeles.

Considered one of the finest actors of his generation, Liev Schreiber's repertoire of resonant, humanistic and oftentimes gritty portrayals have garnered him praise in film, theatre and television. Schreiber recently completed production on P.J. Hogan's comedy Mental alongside Toni Collette and
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Liev Schrieber Joins Ray Donovan for Showtime

Liev Schrieber Joins Ray Donovan for Showtime
Multitalented actor Liev Schreiber has been cast in the title role in the Showtime pilot Ray Donovan, a drama set in Hollywood, California. Production will begin in Los Angeles in early 2012. Ray Donovan is a Showtime production and is created by Southland creator Ann Biderman. Biderman, Mark Gordon and Bryan Zuriff will executive produce.

Ray Donovan is Hollywood's best professional "fixer." He's the one called in to solve the complicated, confidential and controversial problems of the city's elite. He can make anyone's problem disappear, except the ones created by his own family. The series, which has comedic undertones, will take a novelistic look at contemporary Los Angeles.

Considered one of the finest actors of his generation, Liev Schreiber's repertoire of resonant, humanistic and oftentimes gritty portrayals have garnered him praise in film, theatre and television. Schreiber recently completed production on P.J. Hogan's comedy Mental alongside Toni Collette and
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Weekend Shopping Guide 6/10/11: Hooray For Captain Spaulding

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The weekend’s here. You’ve just been paid, and it’s burning a hole in your pocket. What’s a pop culture geek to do? In hopes of steering you in the right direction to blow some of that hard-earned cash, it’s time for the Fred Weekend Shopping Guide - your spotlight on the things you didn’t even know you wanted…

(Please support Fred by using the links below to make any impulse purchases - it helps to keep us going…)

While it’s not the much-desired fully-restored Blu-Ray editions fans have been clamoring for, Universal has released the original (best) Marx Brothers films as individual DVDs of The Cocoanuts, Duck Soup, Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, and Horsefeathers (Universal, Not Rated, DVD-$19.98 Srp each) outside of the box set they were originally released in way back in 2004. So if you want to be able to watch them
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Exclusive: W. Earl Brown Talks Bloodworth

Exclusive: W. Earl Brown Talks Bloodworth
Shane Dax Taylor directs the drama Bloodworth from a script by W. Earl Brown, based on the William Gay novel 'Provinces of Night'. W. Earl Brown also stars as one of three sons forced to reconcile with their long-estranged father (Kris Kristofferson) who reemerges days before his death to reckon with the aftermath his disappearance has caused the family.

We recently caught up with W. Earl Brown, who is nearly unrecognizable in the role of Brady Bloodworth, to chat about the movie, which opens this Friday, May 20th. We kicked things off by discussing his role on the hit FX series Justified, where his stated love for whiskey and Prince's Hot Chicken has bolstered attendance inside this Nashville hole in the wall.

Here is our conversation:

When you said the words 'Prince's Hot Chicken' on Justified, did you know that you were adding at least a 30 to 40 minute
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Hollywood Treasure Star Joe Maddalena’s Quest for the Ruby Slippers

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Ever wish you could own a piece of movie history? What wouldyou pick? We personally would love to have Mary Poppins carpet bag. And,interestingly enough, we just talked to the guy who has it.

Joe Maddalena is the master of movie memorabilia. The son ofantique dealers, Maddalena has always had a passion for collecting and evenstarted the first baseball card show in Rhode Island when he was just 12 yearsold.

He went on to found Profiles in History, the premiere memorabilia company onthe planet. It seemed only a matter of time before Joe got his own show andthat time has come. Hollywood Treasure premieres tonight at 10:00 Pm Pst/9:00Pm Central on Syfy.

We recently spoke to Joe on a conference call interview andhe told us about how the show came about, some of his best finds, and theongoing quest for Dorothy’s ruby slippers
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Live blogging the Oscars

Make this blog item your home page for the rest of Oscar day. Tom O'Neil and Paul Sheehan are blogging live continuously all day. Keep hitting "refresh" for constant updates about what's happening at the Kodak Theatre.

9:06 p.m. — As with all of the past seven Oscars held at the Kodak Theater, the Governors Ball takes place in the adjoining Grand Ballroom which is 25,090 square feet. The menu for the Governors Ball was created by Wolfgang Puck for the fifteenth consecutive year. He promises the return of old favorites like tuna tartare in sesame miso cones and Maine lobster as well as, of course, caviar. And pastry chef Sherry Yard will once more be creating her gold-dusted chocolate Oscars as consolation prizes for those who didn’t get one of the real ones. Music will be spun by Kcrw radio host Jason Bentley who will alternate with The Impulse
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