Actress Tweets Gun Safety Instead of Gun Control, Loses Half Her Twitter Followers

Oddly enough, from Breitbart’s BigHollywood.com:

On June 10 Battlestar Galactica actress Katee Sackhoff tweeted about gun safety and countered a follower’s pro-gun control tweet–as a result she lost half of her Twitter followers–or about 100,000 people.

And, further, her current job on Longmire.

Sackhoff’s original gun safety tweet was in response to a story CNN carried about a 4-year old Arizona boy who fatally shot his father by accident. The boy apparently found a handgun lying in a home he and his father were visiting, picked it up and pulled the trigger. 

Sackhoff tweeted: “Please practice gun safety! This is horrible!”

After this, one of Sackhoff’s followers tweeted for more and more gun control. The actress responded: “Never going to happen in the U.S. Proper gun safety is a necessity though.”

As Reason.com reports, after a couple of hours Sackhoff had lost approximately 100,000 followers, but she did not give in. Instead she tweeted: “Well I guess just learned talking about #GunSafety inspires a massive debate. Pro-gun or Anti-gun SAFETY should be unanimous!”

And there you go.  Common sense over sensationalism, and over rampant and idiotic emotions.

God bless Katee Sackhoff.

BZ

 

Dennis Farina: dead at 69 (February 29, 1944 – July 22, 2013)

Dennis FarinaOne of my favorite character actors has been Dennis Farina.

And one of my all-time favorite series was Crime Story which ran on TV from 1986 to 1988, via 44 episodes, where Farina portrayed Lt Vince Torello.

Crime Story TVDennis Farina, unknown to most everyone, was a Chicago Police Department officer for 18 years, from 1967 to 1985.

He first appeared in Michael Mann’s move “Thief” in 1981.

The facts:

Dennis Farina, the actor and former Chicago police officer who played coiled, hot-tempered characters in movies and on television, died Monday in Scottsdale, Ariz., from a blood clot in his lung, his publicist said. He was 69.

Farina also appeared as Det. Joe Fontana in 46 episodes of NBC’s Law & Order, added to the cast following the death of Jerry Orbach. That made him the only performer on the Dick Wolf series with an actual background in law enforcement. He left in 2006 to pursue film projects.

“I was stunned and saddened to hear about Dennis’ unexpected passing this morning,” Wolf said in a statement. “The Law & Order family extends sympathy and condolences to his family. He was a great guy.”

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Farina’s other small-screen credits include Michael Mann’s late 1980s NBC crime drama Crime Story; the private detective title character on his own 1998 CBS series, Buddy Faro, which only lasted eight episodes; hosting Unsolved Mysteries starting in 2008 after the death of original host Robert Stack; and, more recently, a stint as Dustin Hoffman’s right-hand man, Gus, in David Milch’s short-lived HBO horse-racing series Luck.

Farina also famously starred as a Chicago mob boss swindled by accountant Charles Grodin in Martin Brest’s Midnight Run (1988); an army colonel in Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan (1998); the retired lawman father of Jennifer Lopez’s character in Steven Soderbergh’s Out of Sight (1998); and a Jewish diamond merchant in Guy Ritchie’s Snatch. (2000).

If you wanted a character actor who dripped truth and verisimilitude, you chose Dennis Farina.

God bless you sir.  And thank you for your service.

BZ

 

Actor James Gandolfini: dead at age 51

From the NYDailyNews.com:

James Gandolfini dead at 51: ‘Sopranos’ star suffers massive heart attack in Italy

‘Everyone is in tears,’ a source close to the Emmy Award-winning actor tells the Daily News.

James Gandolfini, the New Jersey-bred actor who delighted audiences as mob boss Tony Soprano in “The Sopranos” has died following a massive heart attack in Italy, a source told the Daily News.

Deaths tend to come in threes.

Who will be the third?

BZ

 

 

Actor Michael Clarke Duncan dead at 54

I have to say: I enjoyed his work.

He reminded me, at times, of a Ving Rhames on steroids.

Michael Clarke Duncan’s quintessential role was that of death row convict John Coffey in The Green Mile (1999).

Though he was truly 6’5″ in height, the movie was shot in such a way as to make him literally tower over ever other person around him by at least one foot — as to suggest a person at least 7′ tall.  Actor David Morse, for example, as “Brutus Howell,” is already 6’4″.  Duncan’s scenes were all about perspective and angle and height accessories.

I enjoyed his roles, his deep voice.  He was a class act.

He suffered a heart attack on July 13th of this year.

From Wikipedia:

On July 13, 2012, Duncan was sent to the hospital after suffering from a heart attack.[17] It was reported that his girlfriend, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, potentially saved his life by performing CPR before he was transported to the hospital.[18]

Duncan’s publicist Joy Fehily said in a statement on August 6, 2012 that he was moved from the intensive care unit but remained hospitalized following his July 13 heart attack.[19]

On September 3, 2012, a publicist quoted Manigault as saying that Duncan had died that morning in Los Angeles at the age of 54. “The Oscar-nominated actor suffered a myocardial infarction on July 13 and never fully recovered,” publicist Joy Fehily said, adding that celebrations of Duncan’s life would be announced at a later date.[1][20] The statement also for the first time described Manigault as Duncan’s fiancée.

I enjoyed your work, sir.  Requiat en pace.

BZ