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October 28, 1988 | KRISTINE McKENNA
Joe Mantegna may not look like your standard-issue sex symbol, but women sure fell for him last year when he starred in the David Mamet film "House of Games." An erotic thriller set against a seedy underworld of card sharks and small-time hustlers, "House of Games" featured Mantegna as a debonair con man with a hard-boiled heart and an irresistible bedside manner.
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October 28, 1988 | KRISTINE McKENNA
Joe Mantegna may not look like your standard-issue sex symbol, but women sure fell for him last year when he starred in the David Mamet film "House of Games." An erotic thriller set against a seedy underworld of card sharks and small-time hustlers, "House of Games" featured Mantegna as a debonair con man with a hard-boiled heart and an irresistible bedside manner.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 1989
Negotiations are under way for Dustin Hoffman to play the title role in Warners' on-again, off-again "Phantom"--the opera story updated to Nazi-occupied Germany. Originally at Lorimar, the script's recently been revamped by James Dearden ("Fatal Attraction"), with filming to begin in April. Wolfgang Petersen directs and co-produces with C.O. Erickson. . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Dennis Farina, a Chicago police officer turned character actor who cemented his second career playing gangsters, cops and other tough guys in film and TV, died Monday. He was 69. The actor, perhaps best known in recent years for his stint on the TV crime drama "Law & Order," died at a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital after suffering a blood clot in his lung, said his publicist, Lori De Waal. Farina's ability to straddle both sides of the law on screen came with a certain ease. He had worked for the Chicago Police Department for 18 years - from 1967 to 1985 - before a chance meeting with director Michael Mann spurred a change in careers in his late 30s. PHOTOS: Dennis Farina's career highlights The two shared a mutual friend, a retired cop, and while Farina was still on the force, Mann cast him in his 1981 neo-noir film "Thief.
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February 15, 1993 | ANN CONWAY
Not only was Larry King live, he was in person at the recent "Old Fashioned Italian Family Dinner" at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Talk-show wiz that he is, King was able to set a cheerful tone at one of the most emotional gatherings ever to hit a social scene: the premiere benefit for the Tommy Lasorda Jr. Memorial Fund. ("Spunky," the 33-year-old son of Los Angeles Dodgers' Manager Tommy Lasorda of Fullerton, died in 1991.
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April 23, 1992 | JANE GALBRAITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Who's manipulating whom? Madonna, usually the one to draw attention to herself by any means possible, is the target of a Washington state official in what some see as a political ploy to call attention to himself. Washington Secretary of State Ralph Munro, a Republican running unopposed for reelection, would like to yank the welcome mat out from under producers of Madonna's current movie, "Body of Evidence," which plans to film courtroom scenes at the State Capitol Building in Olympia.
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September 13, 1987 | ALEX WALKER, Walker, an author, is film critic of the London Evening Standard. His biography of Vivien Leigh will be published soon. and
The irony of "The Dead" being John Huston's last film before he died last month was not lost on the audience viewing the movie's premiere at the 44th Venice Film Festival. At the end of the screening, there was no immediate applause: just a hush of fulfillment as all-enveloping as the snow covering Ireland with a white transcendence in the film. A master film maker had passed on--but fortunately, as the outbreak of cheering confirmed, he left one of his finest films as a memento mori .
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 1987 | KRISTINE McKENNA
This is Calendar's third annual listing of Taste Makers, individuals who have brought a distinct focus to 1987 and who we feel will continue to influence the world of arts and entertainment long after this year passes. They were selected not so much for specific contributions in their respective fields but because they are clearly creative forces who move and shape taste. They were interviewed to find out what kinds of influences have moved and shaped them.
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December 9, 1990 | HILARY DE VRIES, Hilary de Vries is a Boston-based free-lance writer specializing in the arts.
HE IS, IN THE simplest terms, not a New Yorker. Reared in the shadow of Al Capone and schooled in Chicago-style realism, Joseph Anthony Mantegna is a counterpoint to the American tradition of celluloid heavies. Among the Brandos, Pacinos and De Niros, Mantegna is an actor's alternative to that brawling, Lower East Side Italian tough guy: a Pinteresque con man with a sharkskin suit and the soul of an ice pick.
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