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22 October 2013

Bruce McGill's mom dies in San Antonio

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Prolific Hollywood actor and San Antonio native Bruce McGill, who got his big break playing D-Day in "Animal House" and is currently a regular on TNT police drama, "Rizzoli & Isles," said his mom passed away in San Antonio early Saturday.

Adriel "Squeaky" McGill was 89 and was in advance stages of lymphoma.

"She would laugh, and on the inhale she would squeak," was how his mom got her unusual nickname, McGill said.

His mother (in photo above with sons David and Bruce and University of the Incarnate Word president Louis Agnese Jr.), lived in the Alamo City since she was a young child, and was a well-known artist and patron of charities here. "She brightened dark corners of San Antonio with her colorful work," he said of her "primitive-style" paintings. "She would do murals for children's hospitals for free. If there was a wall, especially if there were kids involved, there was a good chance you'd find one of her pieces on it."

Her work was regularly displayed at the San Antonio International Airport, he said "She loved colors of Mexico and loved Fiesta," he added, saying she contributed many designs to the annual S.A. party, including a poster.

Per his mom's wishes, he said, there will be no funeral. "She hated it when everything was sad and people wore black," he said. "We'll have a private celebration of her life at a later date."

McGill said he and brother David, a movie camera operator, visited with their mom until her death. "We were very close," McGill, a MacArthur High graduate, said of his relationship with "Squeaky." He added that he felt good about the final weeks he spent with his mom, laughing and talking. "I stayed with her three weeks, the longest I've spent in San Antonio, since I left in '68."

McGill, a veteran of more than 100 roles in movies, such as "The Legend of Bagger Vance" and "Lincoln," and TV shows (most recently, "The Good Wife") will be seen next in shoot-'em-up feature, "Run All Night," with Liam Neeson and Ed Harris.

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19 October 2013

Tavis Smiley interviews Jacqueline Bisset

The international film star talks about her latest projects, including the jazz drama miniseries, Dancing on the Edge.

 


 

 

17 October 2013

The Women's Eye talks to Janet Tamaro

ImageExecutive Producer Janet Tamaro created Rizzoli & Isles, a successful TNT series about two women, a cop and a medical examiner, that’s in its fifth season. She’s a prolific writer who began her career as a journalist. She talks about how difficult writing really is, and how she faces a massive challenge when she sees a blank page. She hopes there will be more women writing for movies and television, as well as becoming showrunners. Combining work with raising two daughters is another challenge she discusses.

 

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17 October 2013

The Women's Eye talks to Janet Tamara

ImageExecutive Producer Janet Tamaro created Rizzoli & Isles, a successful TNT series about two women, a cop and a medical examiner, that’s in its fifth season. She’s a prolific writer who began her career as a journalist. She talks about how difficult writing really is, and how she faces a massive challenge when she sees a blank page. She hopes there will be more women writing for movies and television, as well as becoming showrunners. Combining work with raising two daughters is another challenge she discusses.

 

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15 October 2013

Rizzoli & Isles mentioned in upcoming "Punisher" comic

ImageThe Los Angeles-based criminals of the Marvel Universe have things a lot easier than the ones that prey on the citizens of New York. This is due in part to the fact that there's a scarcity of costumed heroes operating out of L.A., but the main reason comes down to one man's war on crime. New York is home to soldier-turned-vigilante Frank Castle who, as the Punisher, puts his Marine and Special Forces training to use, conducting a relentless, one-man-war against the criminals of NYC.

This winter, the Los Angeles Underworld will come to know the same fear and terror that grips their New York based brethren. In February, writer Nathan Edmonson and artist Mitch Gerads, the creators of Image Comics' military thriller series "The Activity," kick off a new ongoing "Punisher" series which finds the title character relocating his war on crime to the City of Angels. CBR News spoke with Edmondson about the series which was announced by Marvel during their "Superior Spider-Man & Friends" panel at New York Comic Con.

CBR News: You and Mitch Gerads regularly tell tales of Special Operations soldiers in your Image Comics series "The Activity." How does it feel to be given the chance to chronicle the war of the Marvel Universe's top rogue Special Forces operator? Were you guys' fans of the character? And if so were there any runs that you especially enjoyed?

Nathan Edmondson: Well, no, I'd never heard of Punisher before, and Mitch isn't into comics, but I think he had some Spider-Man pajamas at one point.

It feels fantastic. Mitch and I feel perfectly matched with this book. We're launching "The Punisher" for All-New Marvel NOW! It's pretty sweet. And we've poured ourselves into it to make a bad ass Punisher book that feels like, well, exactly the kind of Punisher book this one should be. It's fast, it's furious, it's out of control. Punisher is hunted, challenged, up against it.

And yes, I'm a fan of the character, and Mitch may in fact have Punisher pajamas. He definitely has a Spider-Man onesie.

One interesting phenomenon I've noticed from talking with Punisher writers is that the character almost sort of casts a spell on his creators and they end up falling in love with writing Frank Castle. Has that happened to you? How much do you enjoy working on "Punisher?"

I'm still in the thick of it, and for me I get to know the characters I write more intimately as the artist brings them to life. I can't say he's cast a spell on me, but the more I write, the more we pit Frank against killers and drug thugs and villains, the more we get to know him, the closer I am to putting on all the Crye Precision gear I have from their sponsorship of "The Activity" and becoming the most bad ass neighborhood watch guy ever.

Let's talk a little bit about your take on Frank. Which aspects of his character are you especially interested in exploring? And one of the big questions Punisher writers have to answer for themselves is whether or not Frank is insane. What's your feeling on that?

He's not insane. He's tortured, in constant pain; his conscience is warped. In his pain, he's reverted back the machinery of his military training, and he's taken that to another level. I'm thrilled to explore his psyche, but especially fun are his more human moments; his interactions with "normal" people. His breakfast habits and animal friends, for example. We've got a whole issue where he just talks about his favorite moments in "Rizzoli & Isles."

How will your vision of Frank manifest on the page? Can we expect a classic take with an inner monologue, or will he be more of a taciturn man of mystery like he was in Greg Rucka's recent run?

I tend to veer pretty light on the inner monologue and let the action do the talking as much as possible. We're showing a side of Frank that's, dare I say, relatable and human and even a bit likable. Not like he shops at Ikea or anything, but we'll peek into Frank Castle when he's not The Punisher. Witty dialogue, yes. Man of mystery, yep. Kick butt tactical operator, you betcha.

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9 October 2013

Rizzoli & Isles mentioned in Jimmy Kimmel segment

Jimmy and Brad Paisley did a take off of the Monday Night Football song...check it out. Rizzoli & Isles is mentioned at the 1:39 mark.

 


 

 

9 October 2013

Lee Thompson Young's Death: Coroner Confirms Rizzoli & Isles Star's Suicide Caused by Gunshot to the Head

ImageLee Thompson Young's suicide case is officially closed.

A just-released coroner's report confirms that the 29-year-old Rizzoli & Isles actor died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The report includes witness statements, scene description, a detailed autopsy report and toxicology findings.

According to the investigation report, the Famous Jett Jackson star, who was found dead by his apartment manager on Aug. 19, passed away in his two-bedroom apartment, which was in "neat and clean" condition when cops arrived on the scene. "The decedent is in the living room lying on the sectional couch," says the report. "There is a gun next to his right hand."

The 26-page docket goes on to describe the injuries sustained to Young's skull as a result of the gunshot. "There is a gunshot wound noted to the right side of his temple, exiting the left side of the head," it reads.

One unnamed witness statement notes that Young "has a history of bipolar disorder." "He was known to take his medications as proscribed," reads the report. "He is a social drinker and denies any narcotic abuse. [Witness] last spoke with him Wednesday, 08/14/2013 and he appeared to be okay. She is not aware of any financial problems and denies suicidal threats or attempts."

A death certificate confirming the suicide was released last month on Sept. 4.

Back on the day of his death, Young's longtime manager Jonathan Baruch told E! News, "It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning. Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed. We ask that you please respect the privacy of his family and friends at this very difficult time."

Young is survived by his parents, Tommy and Velma.

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2 October 2013

Ratings Update

ImageWith its lineup of high-profile original series, popular off-net dramas and sports, TNT finished Q3 2013 as basic cable's #1 full-time network in total day delivery of adults 25-54. TNT grew its total day delivery for the quarter by +6% among total viewers compared to Q3 2012. The network has also delivered slight increases among adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 for the quarter.

TNT's hit dramas Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes, Falling Skies and Perception each rank among basic cable's Top 10 series for the third quarter in delivery of total viewers, giving TNT more series in the Top 10 than any other network. In key demos, Falling Skies and Rizzoli & Isles rank among basic cable's Top 5 series with adults 25-54 and among the Top 5 scripted series with adults 18-49.

When it comes to individual episodes, TNT claimed 17 of basic cable's Top 25 drama telecasts for Q3 2013 among total viewers, with 11 spots going to Rizzoli & Isles and six going to Major Crimes. On the demo front, TNT accounted for 13 of basic cable's Top 25 drama telecasts for the quarter with adults 25-54, with Falling Skies claiming four spots and Rizzoli & Isles claiming nine.

With its lineup of high-profile original series, popular off-net dramas and sports, TNT grew its total day delivery for the quarter by +6% among total viewers compared to Q3 2012. The network has also delivered slight increases among adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 for the quarter.

Also in Live + 7, the summer finale of Rizzoli & Isles averaged 8.3 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, including 3.0 million adults 25-54. The show also averaged 8.3 million viewers in Live + 7 for the summer overall, an increase of +5% over summer 2012.

 

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