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Cory Monteith, Dennis Farina Snubbed From Oscars 'In Memoriam' Segment - Did They Deserve To Be Included?

March 3rd, 2014 4:03pm EST
Cory Monteith
If there's one thing you can be sure of, it's people getting angry over who was and wasn't in the In Memoriam presentation at The Oscars. This year was no different, with fans upset that Cory Monteith, Dennis Farina, and others were looked over during the telecast - but do they really have a reason to be upset?

In the case of Cory Monteith, it was obvious he was going to be left off the list. Cory was known for his time on Glee and not for his movie roles. He received a beautiful tribute at the Emmys.

Dennis Farina had a stronger case for his inclusion, as he starred in dozens of films in...
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Dennis Farina Was Battling Cancer At Time Of Death

July 23rd, 2013 7:07pm EDT
Dennis Farina
Law and Order star Dennis Farina was fighting cancer when he died Monday, his cardiologist revealed.

It had never been reported that Farina had been diagnosed with cancer, but a 911 call describing the actor as a "cancer patient" was released today by TMZ.

Dr. Marc A. Kates, who was treating Farina, said in a statement, "He had a small cancer 13 years ago that was treated and cured with surgery. Over the last several months, he unfortunately experienced a recurrence of the cancer which was being treated. Despite treatment, over the weekend a blood clot developed in Mr. Farina's lung which...
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The Morning Roundup: England's Future King Arrives, Penelope Cruz Gives Birth, Dennis Farina Dies

July 23rd, 2013 10:27am EDT
Kate Middleton
Britain's future king has arrived. Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Kate Middleton welcomed a son on Monday at 4:24pm. The baby weighed eight pounds six ounces. "We would like to thank the staff at the Lindo Wing and the whole hospital for the tremendous care the three of us have received," the couple said in a statement. "We know it has been a very busy period for the hospital and we would like to thank everyone -- staff, patients and visitors -- for their understanding during this time." (story)

Actor Dennis Farina passed away Monday after suffering a blood clot in his lu...
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Bette Midler & Other Stars Pay Tribute To Dennis Farina

July 23rd, 2013 8:30am EDT
Dennis Farina
Dennis Farina died on Monday after suffering a blood clot in his lung, and his friends and co-stars have come forward to pay their respects to the actor.

Bette Midler and Farina played divorced parents in the 1997 romantic comedy "That Old Feeling," and Midler has spoken of her sadness at learning of her colleague's passing.

She posted on Twitter, "Dennis Farina, my co-star in 'That Old Feeling', dead at 69.  My deepest sympathy to he's (sic) family. He was one of a kind."

Patty Duke appeared with Farina in 1994 made-for-television film "One Woman's Courage." She wrote: "How grateful I a...
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'Law & Order' Star Dennis Farina Dies At 69

July 22nd, 2013 2:25pm EDT
Dennis Farina
Character actor Dennis Farina, most known for his role on "Law & Order," died on Monday at the age of 69. The actor had a blood clot in his lung and passed away in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Farina was raised in a working class neighborhood in Chicago by his parents, who came from Italy. He never took acting classes or took part in any drama productions in school. Instead, he spent three years in the Army before becoming a police officer - a profession he held for 18 years.

At first, Farina thought acting would be a good way to earn some extra side money, and he was cast in 1981's "Thief." This...
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HBO Cancels 'Luck' In Wake Of Third Horse's Death

March 14th, 2012 7:33pm EDT
Luck
Executive Producers David Milch and Michael Mann, in conjunction with television network HBO, have released a statement that they are halting all future production of horseracing drama Luck after a third horse had to be put down on Tuesday over an injury sustained on the set of the show.

Tuesday morning a mare reared up on its hind legs and fell backwards, breaking its neck in the process, and had to be euthanized due to the severity of the injury. The tragedy is the third of its kind after two more horses had to be put down during filming of the first season of the show in 2011.

"Safety ...
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Blu-ray Review: 'Reindeer Games: The Director's Cut'

March 14th, 2012 10:19am EDT
Reindeer Games photo
Ben Affleck as...an ex-con? Sounds a tad far-fetched, but in the hands of legendary Director John Frankenheimer it is possible. That’s why we’re checking out the new to Blu-ray flick "Reindeer Games: The Director’s Cut" from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. In the now sole hands of Frankenheimer, how does the flick hold up – check out the skinny below!

Title: "Reindeer Games: The Director's Cut"

Grade: 4

Cast: Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, Charlize Theron

Director: John Frankenheimer

Rating: R

Runtime: 124 minutes

Release Company: Lionsgate

Website: www.lionsgatebluray.com

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Spring Preview: 'Luck'

January 29th, 2012 12:45pm EST
Luck
HBO's Luck isn't accurately reflected by its title. It's much more calculated than that.

Even though the network previewed the first episode of the nine-part miniseries not so long ago, there should still be plenty of eyeballs as it officially arrives tonight, if only because of the pedigree. The series is written by David Milch, who already wowed HBO viewers with Deadwood, and directed by Michael Mann.

Its cast, led by Dustin Hoffman, is a cornucopia of familiar faces for TV buffs, including Dennis Farina (Law & Order), Jill Hennessy (Law & Order) and Richard Kind (Spin City). Even the s...
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Celebrity Matchmaker: 5 Valentines For Susan Boyle

February 13th, 2010 9:58am EST
Susan Boyle
Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. It's a day when lovers treat one another to flowers, chocolates, cute stuffed animals and other unmentionable goodies.

It’s such a lovely day for those who have that special someone in their lives, but what about those who have no one? For instance, 48 year-old Susan Boyle. When she appeared on "Britain’s Got Talent" she admitted that she had never been kissed!

Boyle is an amazing singer and has a quirky yet charming personality. She is truly one of a kind and really deserves the best. In light of it being Valentine weekend, we thought it fit to p...
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'Bottle Shock' Uncorks Onto DVD Feb. 3; Win A Copy!

January 13th, 2009 5:22pm EST
Bottle Shock
Pour out the laughs and brim over with American spirit as the incredible true story that put Napa on the map of fine wines is uncorked with Bottle Shock, debuting onto DVD February 3rd from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE). Premiering at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Bottle Shock has won the hearts of critics and audiences alike. Praised as "Rocky for wine aficionados" (The Hollywood Reporter), Bottle Shock follows novice vintner Jim Barrett who, against all odds and expectations, defeated the heavily favored French varietals at the 1976 blind taste challenge called "The ...
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The Best and Worst of John Travolta

December 4th, 2008 11:43am EST
John Travolta
In recent years, it's become hip to pick on John Travolta for his movie choices. It's strange, considering not many actors can say that they've starred in three truly iconic films (see numbers 1, 3, and 6 on the "best" list). He's also achieved longevity that many actors can only dream of, due in large part to his genuine, "good guy" persona. So, sure, he's made some bad films. Who hasn't? His good movies still outnumber the bad ones.

Since John is putting on the dog in the new animated hit, "Bolt," we thought it would be a good time to take a look at some notable films from Travolta's...
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Jerry Lewis Cited For Hidden Gun In Las Vegas Airport

July 30th, 2008 12:36pm EDT
Jerry Lewis
Veteran comedian Jerry Lewis was tackled by guards at Las Vegas's McCarran Airport on Friday after they found a gun in his carry-on luggage. Staff spotted the weapon in the 82 year old's bag as it passed through an X-ray machine. He was cited for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and released.

According to TMZ.com, Lewis claimed he didn't know the gun was in the bag, which had been used previously by other members of his family. His manager insists the weapon was a "fun gun" used as a show prop.

The incident comes just a week after actor Dennis Farina was fined $510 and...
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Actor Arrested For Allegedly Bringing Gun To LAX

May 12th, 2008 8:21am EDT
Dennis Farina
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor Dennis Farina apologized for his arrest at Los Angeles International Airport after a loaded gun was found in his carry-on luggage.

''I apologize to anyone and everyone that I have caused any embarrassment or inconvenience to,'' the 64-year-old actor said in a statement. ''It is my own stupidity to find myself in this embarrassing situation.''

When the weapon was discovered at a security checkpoint at about 8 a.m. Sunday, police said Farina told them he had forgotten the .22-caliber handgun was in his luggage.

Farina was booked for investigation of car...
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The 'That Guy' Encyclopedia, Letters A Through K

May 7th, 2008 8:30am EDT
Chris Cooper
Hey, isn’t that...? You know, that guy. The guy that always plays someone in the military. He was in, uh, Syriana, The Kingdom... Oh yeah! He was the father of the emo kid in American Beauty!

Throughout cinematic history, there has been a plethora of actors that, for some reason or another, never become a household name. So here is a cheat sheet of sorts, a brief encyclopedia on "That Guy."

After reading this you can impress your friends! Win the movie game (the one where you name an actor, someone names a film he or she was in, next player names another actor in that film, etc....
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Unnecessary and Unwanted: The Worst TV Cast Additions

March 5th, 2008 3:33pm EST
Ted McGinley
You know them, you loathe them. They are the unnecessary, obnoxious and often just plain annoying mid-series additions to established shows. Sure, there are times when a compelling, fresh-faced character is introduced and breathes new life into a series. Unfortunately, those instances are few and far between. Like with most of the television industry, the bad in this case far outweighs the good.

What follows is a list of the worst cast additions** in the last 30 years. Each and every one of the characters mentioned below was detrimental to the series in which he or she appeared. Som...
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This Wednesday NBC's 'Heist' Debuts, 'Law & Order' Changes Time Slot

March 21st, 2006 10:58am EST
Steve Harris stars in Heist
The premiere of NBC's new drama Heist kicks off on Wed., Mar. 22, at 10-11 p.m., following an all-new episode of Law & Order debuting in its new time slot at 9-10 p.m. "Heist" is a fast-paced, serialized drama that follows a team of expert career criminals as they attempt to pull off one of the biggest heists in history.

Dougray Scott, Steve Harris, Seymour Cassel, Marika Dominczyk and David Walton star as the burglars hell-bent on pulling off the impossible to simultaneously rob three of the most renowned jewelry stores on Beverly Hills' famed Rodeo Drive during Academy Awards week. ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 1; February 29

March 1st, 2006 3:00am EST
Ron Howard
Happy Birthday to 7th Heaven actor Adam LaVorgna (1981), "Saved By The Bell" star Mark-Paul Gosselaar (1974), Nickelback guitarist Ryan Peake (1973), hoops star Chris Webber (1973), Spanish actor Javier Bardem (1969), WWE wrestler Booker T (1965), "Eyes" star Tim Daly (1956), prolific actor/director Ron Howard (1954), the real "Daisy Duke," Catherine Bach (1954), Reggae singer Burning Spear (1948), comedian Alan Thicke (1947), actress Lana Wood (1946), "The A-Team" actor Dirk Benedict (1945), The Who singer Roger Daltrey (1944), Cuban guitarist Leo Brouwer (1939), actor Jed Allan (1937), "T...
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Kathleen Turner To Play an Attorney on 'Law & Order' Episode

February 6th, 2006 1:36pm EST
Kathleen Turner
Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Kathleen Turner guest stars on NBC's Law & Order Wed., Feb. 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The veteran actress will reunite with her Serial Mom co-star Sam Waterston when she plays high-powered defense attorney Rebecca Shane, representing a privileged student accused of murder.

In the "Law and Order" episode titled "Magnet," Shane faces off against A.D.A. Jack McCoy pitting a showy designer defense against old-fashioned legal maneuvering, generating sparks in and potentially out of the courtroom.

When Detectives Fontana (Dennis Farina) and Gree...
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