New York, Nov 26 (AP/UNB) — Ricky Jay, a magician, historian of oddball entertainers and actor who appeared in "Boogie Nights" and other films, has died. He was 72.
Jay died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, according to his manager Winston Simone. Jay died Saturday.
Jay appeared in several films and television series, including as a cameraman in "Boogie Nights"; in "Magnolia" and "Tomorrow Never Dies"; and in HBO's "Deadwood." He consulted on "Ocean's Thirteen" and "Forrest Gump" and collected rare books on unusual entertainers and performers dating back hundreds of years.
His one-man shows played to packed audiences, where his sleight-of-hand artistry impressed even fellow magicians. In one famous trick, he would pierce a watermelon with a card flung through the air.
He also wrote several books on games, magic and magicians, including "Dice: Deception, Fate and Rotten Luck."
Jay was fond of stories of oddball characters, gamblers and con men in history, and wrote a book celebrating the artistry of Matthias Buchinger, an 18th-century German magician born without legs and hands.
Buchinger artifacts collected by Jay were featured in a 2015 exhibit at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
"The breadth of his knowledge and appreciation for magic and the allied arts was truly remarkable," fellow actor and magician Neil Patrick Harris tweeted. "Such sad news, such a profound loss."
Jay frequently worked with the playwright David Mamet, who produced his one-man show "Ricky Jay & His 52 Assistants." That sold out all its New York City performances and won an Obie Award for off-Broadway theater productions.
A later Mamet-produced off-Broadway show, "Ricky Jay: On the Stem," played to packed houses for six months. The Associated Press called it a "whirlwind, rollicking journey through forgotten New York history — with specific attention paid to the oddball characters who thrived decades ago on Broadway."
Jay also appeared in Mamet films such as "House of Games," ''State and Main" and "Heist."
Survivors include Jay's wife, Chrisann Verges.
Dhaka, Nov 25 (UNB) - Special attention as well as adequate measures have been taken for the security of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan as a regional outfit, Kalinga Sena, has issued threats to throw ink on him.
The Kalinga Sena, a fringe outfit in Odisha, has threatened to throw ink on the actor's face for distorting history in his film Ashoka that was released 17 years ago, reports NDTV.
It also threatened to show him black flags on his arrival during the inauguration of the Men's Hockey World cup scheduled to be held at Kalinga Stadium in the city on November 27.
“We will take adequate security measures for the visit of Shah Rukh Khan during hockey world cup. However, the schedule of the actor is yet to be reached,” said Bhubaneswar DCP Anup Sahu.
Hemant Rath, the chief of the outfit, demanded an apology from Shah Rukh for allegedly hurting the sentiments of the Odisha people in “Asoka”.
The outfit alleged that the film dishonoured the state's culture and its people by portraying the Kalinga war in a wrong manner.
New York, Nov 24 (AP/UNB) — The family of Kim Porter released a statement honoring her life a day after Thanksgiving, saying "although we've lost our best friend, God has gained a special angel and we know she is watching over us."
Porter, a former model and actress who was also the longtime former girlfriend of Sean "Diddy" Combs, died unexpectedly last week at age 47. Authorities haven't given a cause.
"God broke the mold when he made Kim, there was truly no other woman like her. Although her time here on earth was far too short, she lived a life full of purpose and meaning. She was a loving mother and devoted friend. She was the epitome of kindness and grace. There wasn't a person she met who's soul she did not touch. Kim was the type of woman who changed lives for the better," the Porter, Goodwin and Combs families say in a statement Friday to The Associated Press. "She will be forever remembered and missed by so many. As her family, we promise to honor her every day of our lives. We love you always."
Porter was the mother of three of Combs' children. Porter also has a son, actor-singer Quincy Brown, from a previous relationship with R&B singer Al B. Sure!
Her funeral will be held Saturday at Cascade Hills Church in Columbus, Georgia. Paramedics rushed to Porter's house last week after calls saying she was unresponsive. She was declared dead soon after they arrived.
Dhaka, Nov 22 (UNB) - The screening of ‘Zabardast’, an adventure film directed by Jérôme Toran, will be held at ‘Auditorium Nouvelle Vague’ of Alliance Française de Dhaka on Friday.
Alliance Française de Dhaka (AFD) is association with 'Audree' will arrange the screening at 5 pm.
The story is based on an intimate travel diary of an incredible free ride expedition into the heart of Karakoram Mountain range in the search for one of the most beautiful mountains to ski, Biacherahi, standing tall at 5880 metres.
An adventure is so remote, so high, so committed that a single mistake could be fatal. During the five-week-long expedition, the team went deeper and deeper into the core of one of the most hostile places on planet, pulling sledges with foods and mountaineering gears, tents, solar panels, and camera equipment across gigantic glaciers.
In addition to mountaineering and adventure, this film also portrays the spirit of travelling by showcasing the members' point of view on seeing new country, meeting new people, their culture and lifestyle.
Mountain based adventure community of Bangladesh ‘Audree’ is organising the screening to inspire the young generation on mountaineering and adventure.
Washington, Nov 21 (AP/UNB) — An actress who says she had a relationship with Michael Avenatti alleges that he dragged her across the floor of his Los Angeles apartment after an argument over money, according to court documents obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.
Mareli Miniutti wrote in a sworn statement that during the argument, Avenatti shouted expletives at her and told her she was "ungrateful" before he hit her in the face with pillows. She said Avenatti attempted to pull her out of a bed in his guest bedroom and snatched her phone away before she screamed for help.
Avenatti, who was arrested last week on a felony domestic violence charge, called the allegations "completely false." He's scheduled to appear in court next month.
Avenatti, who is mulling a presidential run, is best known as the attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels, who has said she had an affair with President Donald Trump in 2006, a claim Trump denies. As Daniels' lawyer, Avenatti has pursued the president and those close to him relentlessly for months, taunting Trump in interviews and baiting him and his lawyers in tweets.
Asked about Avenatti's arrest, Trump said Tuesday, "I wish him the best of luck."
In her request for a restraining order against Avenatti, Miniutti said she was wearing only a T-shirt and underpants when he grabbed her by the arm and dragged her out of the bed. The order was granted Monday.
She said she was scratched on her side and leg. Court papers include photographs that appear to show bruises.
Miniutti said she eventually ran back into the bedroom, put on pants and ran to a service elevator, riding to the lobby with Avenatti. A friend picked her up and took her to the friend's home, where she called Los Angeles police.
Avenatti was released on $50,000 bail after his arrest last Wednesday. Prosecutors have not formally filed charges.
Avenatti's lawyers sent a letter to Los Angeles detectives Monday that said he didn't inflict any injuries and had never been physically confrontational with anyone. The letter was provided to the AP by a person familiar with the investigation who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.
In a statement, Avenatti said: "There is extensive evidence that demonstrates that these allegations are fabricated, including multiple security cameras. I will be fully vindicated when all of this is said and done."
He has also called for his apartment building to release surveillance video that he says would support his claims, even though the violence described by Miniutti would not have occurred in the building's public areas.
Miniutti said this was the second such incident between her and Avenatti. She said Avenatti in February pushed her out of another apartment they were sharing into a hallway, where she struck her head against a door.
She described Avenatti as "verbally abusive and financially controlling."