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R.I.P. Harold Ramis

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One of my contemporary favorites died today -- actor, writer, director Harold Ramis.

The Beast:

Actor, writer, and director Harold Ramis died early today at the age of 69. He’s best known for his onscreen performances inGhostbusters and Stripes, as well as his work behind the camera for CaddyshackNational Lampoon's Vacation, and Groundhog Day. Ramis was a comedic legend, cutting his chops at Second City in the 1970s. Ramis passed away from complications due to a rare autoimmune disease and had been suffering from health problems since 2010.

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Actor James Gandolfini Has Died

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Never watched The Sopranos, but an early death for a talented person is always sad.

Sad news — The Sopranos star James Gandolfini has died at age 51. The actor reportedly suffered a heart attack early on Wednesday in Italy, where he was scheduled to attend Sicily's Taormina Film Festival. James starred in films like True Romance, Get Shorty, and Zero Dark Thirty, but will be best remembered for playing mob boss Tony Soprano on the HBO drama for six seasons. He was also in the process of filming Animal Rescue with Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, as well as two network TV shows.

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Video- Actor Jack Klugman dies at age 90

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ALot of great memories.

LOS ANGELES, CA (KTRK) -- There's sad news to report from the entertainment world. Actor Jack Klugman passed has passed away at the age of 90.

The actor's attorney made the announcement Monday. Klugman reportedly died peacefully at his home in Northridge, California with his wife, Peggy, at his side.

Klugman is survived by his sons, David and Adam, and two grandchildren.

Klugman is best known for his role as Oscar Madison in the sitcom The Odd Couple, playing opposite Tony Randall. He also starred as Quincy in the drama Quincy, M.E.

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Video- National Voter Registration Day: Steve Carrell- You Should Care

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Via.

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Anti-union Target video actor has quite a union resume!

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Not only is our webmaster, @lwdgrfx, a tech wizard and an all around cool guy, he's also great at digging around and finding interesting little tidbits. He found a few last night that I will now pass on to you.

Remember that ridiculous, creepy, Jawsy-scary Target propaganda video featuring Target “employees” who went out of their way to badmouth unions? And remember how the actors in the video turned out to be dues-paying members of AFTRA?

As it turns out, actor and union member Ric Reitz, who played Target spokesman “Doug” in the video, has been one busy little thespian. Notice who the narrator is for this audio book, The Tea Party Goes to Washington:

Why, yes, it's our own Ric Reitz! But wait! There's more!

Wowzers, the tea party and Rick Perry! He must have some amazing conservative-toned, Christian-resonant voice!

And finally, via The Christian Index, from a 2006 post titled Abuse of "Freedom in Christ" is dangerous:

Liberty is a costly commodity. It never comes without a price. I was reminded of that in a very succinct way on Monday evening, July 3. Martha Jean and I went with some friends, Dr. and Mrs. Walter McBride, to hear the Atlanta Symphony present their annual patriotic concert at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre in Mableton.

In addition to the stirring music, including Fanfare for Freedom, This Is My Country, Battle Hymn of the Republic and Liberty for All, Ric Reitz, an actor who has appeared in a number of films, did a heart-rending narration on the cost of liberty. He quoted from a speech George Washington gave at Valley Forge during the American Revolution. I do not remember all that he said, but I was reminded that freedom is never free.

Interestingly, AFTRA isn't the only organization Ric-without-a-K belongs to. He's chock full-o'-union memberships!  According to his IMDb bio, he is also a member of Actor's Equity Associciation (AEA), Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the Director's Guild of America (DGA), the Recording Academy (NARAS), the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) and the Writer's Guild of America (WGA).

That is one great big beneficiary of unionitude!

So there he is, ladies and germs, your union-bashing union member, one of the lucky few "heart-rending" actors/writers/directors who has managed to find employment, all while under the protection of AFTRA, AEA, DGA, SAG, and WGA.

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Actor Mark Ruffalo on terror watch list for "Gasland" activism

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Pennsylvania's Office of Homeland Security added actor Mark Ruffalo to a terror alert watch list for his activism. Seems he's not a fan of flames coming out of American water faucets a la Gasland (a MUST-see), and apparently, his expressions of concern constitute terrorism.

What the frack?

Actor Mark Ruffalo has been placed on a terror advisory list by U.S. officials after organizing screenings for a new documentary about natural gas drilling.

PBS:

Actor Mark Ruffalo is most famous for his work in films like "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "The Kids Are All Right." But recently, he has turned his attention to a real-life issue. Ruffalo has become an outspoken opponent of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a controversial method of extracting natural gas that has divided citizens of upstate New York, where he lives. Need to Know's Abigail Leonard spoke to Ruffalo about his concerns in this web-exclusive interview.

H/t: Susie Madrak over at Crooks and Liars

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