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Eli Wallach: The Good, the Bad and the Brilliant

Posted on 06/25/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | LegacyEli Wallach is burned into our memories as the “Ugly” in Sergio Leone’s 1966 spaghetti western, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. As Tuco Ramírez, the malevolent but clownish bandit who tangles with a bounty hunter (Clint Eastwood) and a cold-blooded killer (Lee Van Cleef) over a cache of Confederate gold, Wallach gave a performance that was lauded as “inspired” by critic Roger Ebert, who wrote that “Wallach took this low-rent role seriously and made something evocative out of it.” …

Casey Kasem, America’s DJ, Dies at 82

Posted on 06/16/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | LegacyAmerican Top 40 founding host Casey Kasem, who for nearly a half century counted down the hits on nationally syndicated radio and TV shows, invariably signed off with the words, “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.” See also: Four Ways to Avoid the Casey Kasem Nightmare Kasem, who died in Gig Harbor, Wash., on June 15 at age 82, had none of Wolfman Jack’s histrionics and could be a jarring contrast to the jadedness and rebellion …

Bob Hoskins, the Likable Tough Guy Actor, Dies

Posted on 04/30/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentBritish actor Bob Hoskins was known to joke that if a film were to be made about him, Danny DeVito would be perfect for the role.   Indeed, at a roly-poly five feet six inches, with his bullet-shaped head crowned by a sparse widow’s peak, Hoskins — who died on April 29 in England at age 71 — was hardly physically imposing, nor Hollywood handsome. “Not even my mum would call me pretty,” he admitted in a 2009 interview. >> Sign up for the …

Joe McGinniss: The Journalist As ‘Psychological Detective’

Posted on 03/11/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacySome writers are myth-makers. Joe McGinniss, who died on March 10 at age 71 in Worchester, Mass., was the opposite. Whether McGinniss was writing about the repackaging of Richard Nixon in The Selling of the President 1968 or Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald in the 1983 book Fatal Vision, McGinness liked to get up close and personal with a subject, gradually peel away a carefully crafted public persona like the leaves of an artichoke. In doing so, he usually became part of the story …

Nelson Mandela: 5 Musical Tributes to a Remarkable Hero

Posted on 12/5/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyNelson Mandela, who died Dec. 5 at age 95 in Johannesburg, South Africa, was one of the most remarkable heroes of the 20th century. He organized and led armed resistance against South Africa’s apartheid regime, which had disenfranchised 23 million black citizens and forced them to live in abysmal poverty, and endured decades of brutal imprisonment as a result. But after his release in 1990, he worked to negotiate a peaceful end to institutionalized racism — an achievement that earned …

Lou Reed: He Walked on the Wild Side

Posted on 10/27/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyAt his best, Lou Reed was to rock music what Jean Genet was to literature — a chronicler of an unsavory, lubricious underworld who compelled us to see beauty and grace in the dissipated and disturbing. As leader of the Velvet Underground, the Brooklyn native, who died on Oct. 27 at age 71, helped provide the soundtrack for the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, artist Andy Warhol’s avant-garde multimedia scene in the late 1960s, performing songs on then-taboo topics ranging from drug use …