November 14, 2013 |
BOSTON - It's been decades since Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger helped murder 11 people and terrorize countless others, but his actions finally caught up to him Thursday: A federal judge sentenced him to two consecutive life terms plus five years, all but guaranteeing he will spend the rest of his life in prison. After reading a lengthy rebuke of Bulger, 84, and the names of the 11 people he was convicted of killing, U.S. District Judge Denise J. Casper imposed the sentence and ordered him to pay $19.5 million in restitution to the victims' families.
November 11, 2013 |
It sounds like an art project that could swiftly go awry: A dozen writer-directors -- NYU students -- collaborate to turn a book of poems into a feature film. What could make it be a success? James Franco, of course. Franco is the tireless movie star slash literary figure, a writer and director in his own right, who is ready to throw his megawatt smile behind the most improbable of projects. To which now can be added "Tar. " The independently produced "Tar" is based on the 1983 book of the same name by poet C.K. Williams.
November 8, 2013 |
James Keach, who produced and acted in “Walk the Line,” has bought a condominium in Santa Monica for $4.4 million. The remodeled unit has high ceilings, multiple terraces and patios, a fireplace, an eat-in kitchen, a dining room, three bedrooms, three bathrooms and 2,817 square feet of living space. The complex, built in 1990, features a swimming pool and gym. There are ocean and courtyard views. Keach, 65, is executive producer of an upcoming documentary on country music legend Glen Campbell.
November 6, 2013 |
Conan O'Brien, Betty White and Lisa Kudrow will be featured at USC's School of Cinematic Arts' Comedy@SCA Festival this Saturday and Sunday at USC. The second annual festival is part of the film school's Comedy@SCA initiative, an interdisciplinary program that trains students in the creation of comedic entertainment in film, TV and interactive media. The festival will feature panel discussions, including one on the Harvard Lampoon in Hollywood with O'Brien, producer Greg Daniel, ("The Office")
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November 5, 2013 |
Renowned Chicago chef Charlie Trotter, an inspirational and notoriously mercurial figure whose eponymous restaurant became an international destination and who pioneered a bold, distinctly American form of haute cuisine, has died. He was 54. Rescue crews called to Trotter's apartment in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago on Tuesday morning found him unresponsive. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A Cook County medical examiner's spokesman said Trotter's death did not appear suspicious and indicated that he had a history of seizures and strokes.
November 5, 2013 |
Is "The Blacklist" NBC's Holy Grail, the long-sought hit drama the network needs to finally rebuild its schedule? Certainly NBC is making that case, and the show is being hailed as a breakthrough in media reports. Slate, calling the show "one of the big hits of the fall season" (are there many of those?), postulated that it allows viewers the guilt-free pleasure of seeing a con man (Spader) help solve crimes. But do the ratings really push "Blacklist" into hit status? Well, yes and no. For the week that ended Sunday, Spader's vehicle wasn't just the top-rated new drama - it was the top-rated drama, period, among adults aged 18 to 49, according to Nielsen.