FRANK VINCENT: Sopranos, Goodfellas Star Dies at 78
Frank Vincent, who made a career of playing gangsters, died today (Wednesday) during open heart surgery. He was 78.
The actor, who was born Frank Vincent Gattuso Jr., suffered a heart attack last week.
Vincent's best known role was as mob boss Phil Leotardo on The Sopranos. He also played Billy Batts in Goodfellas, where his character is beaten to death by Joe Pesci in one of cinema's most famous scenes. He also had notable parts in Casino, Raging Bull and Do the Right Thing.
Early in their careers, Vincent -- who played drums, among other instruments -- and Pesci were in a band together. (TMZ)
KATHIE LEE GIFFORD: Mourns Death of Mother
TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford is mourning the loss of her mother Joan Epstein, who died yesterday. She was 87.
Gifford, who co-hosts the fourth hour of the Today show, tweeted last night, "My precious mother, JOANNIE went home to JESUS and my DADDY this morning. We praise God for His promise of eternal life and we thank God for her." Epstein made several guest appearances with Kathie Lee over the years, even during her time on Live With Regis and Kathie Lee.
Kathie Lee's father Aaron Epstein passed away in 2002. Her husband, Frank Gifford, died two years ago. (Page Six)
IT: Real Clowns Protesting Movie
The movie It is a hit at the box office but not so much with real professional clowns.
The makeup and red nose-wearing entertainers say there is nothing funny about what the horror flick and its marketing campaign is doing to their livelihoods. John Nelson, a professional clown who runs New York's Clowns in Town, says the movie depicts clowns as scary and, as a result, is hurting business. He says, "Last week, my partner and I had six cancellations of birthday parties. I have heard from reports from other clowns, in New York and other cities, that they have been canceled as well."
Nelson says he and group of other clowns will hold a rally tonight outside a movie theater in New York's Union Square He and his partner, along with a group of other local clowns, plan to rally outside Union Square Regal Cinema Thursday evening. He says, "Our hope is to raise enough awareness so when people think of clowns they won't think of scary murderers but people who dedicate their lives to bringing joy." (NBC New York)
MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEK
WHAT'S IT ABOUT? A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
WHO'S IN IT? Jennifer Lawrence, Domhnall Gleeson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris
- Directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler).
- Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky began dating while filming the flick.
- The movie is rumored to be inspired by Rosemary's Baby.
AMERICA ASSASSIN (Thriller)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT? Black ops recruit Mitch Rapp is dispatched to join a Turkish agent on a mission to stop a mysterious operative from unleashing chaos of international proportions.
WHO'S IN IT? Dylan O'Brien, Michael Keaton, Taylor Kitsch, Sanaa Lathan
- Based on the book by Vince Flynn. American Assassin is the 11th book the series but first in chronological order.
- In March 2016, Dylan O'Brien was seriously injured while filming Maze Runner: The Death Cure. He recovered in time to shoot American Assassin later that year.
- Chris Hemsworth reportedly passed on the lead role because of scheduling conflicts.
Mandy Moore has gotten engaged to Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith. The star of This Is Us divorced rocker Ryan Adams in 2015 after six years of marriage.
Scarlett Johansson's divorce from Romain Dauriac is official. The New York Post says the two have also settled custody terms for their three-year-old daughter, but the terms are sealed.
Larry King was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year. The 83-year-old says they caught it early and now he's fine. King returned to work just two weeks after undergoing surgery. (Us Weekly)
The first pic of David Harbour as the new Hellboy has been released. The movie is expected to hit theaters sometime next year.
Netflix has renewed Atypical, starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, for a second season, while TBS has renewed People of Earth, Wrecked and The Guest Book.