Ed Burns
American writer
Ed Burns
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'Little' Melvin Williams, Drug Kingpin Who Inspired 'The Wire,' Dead At 73
Huffington Post - about 1 year
"Little" Melvin Williams, the infamous Baltimore drug kingpin whose rise to power was one of the inspirations for HBO's "The Wire" and who also appeared as an actor on the show, died Thursday at the age of 73.  Williams told his friends that he was suffering from cancer, the Baltimore Sun reported.  Williams, who was born in Baltimore on Dec. 14, 1941, ruthlessly built a drug empire that stretched across West Baltimore in the 1960s, moving more heroin than anyone in the city had before. At one point, Williams bragged that he had sold $1 billion worth of narcotics over his lifetime. According to a 1987 series of articles on Williams by "The Wire" creator David Simon, his organization was, for a time, responsible for more than a quarter of all the murders in the city of Baltimore.  Simon has since cited Williams as one of the figures in Baltimore crime history that inspired the character of Avon Barksdale, played by Wood Harris, on "The Wire."  Though Williams' methods for ...
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Good 'Fortune' for Public Morals' Katrina Bowden
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Photo by shootmepeter.com The expression "not just another pretty face" is used more times than Nicolas Cage is Photoshopped into ridiculous situations on the Internet. It's redundant and a way for writers to acknowledge their interview subject is beautiful, and secondly segue to the substance. Let's just focus on the latter since the former is obvious. Does that make sense? What I'm saying is Katrina Bowden's career extends well beyond magazine shoots and her Esquire "Sexiest Woman Alive" status. Arguably best known for her role as Liz Lemon's millennial assistant Cerie on the Emmy-winning 30 Rock for seven seasons, the actress and former model currently stars as a call girl named Fortune on Ed Burns' Public Morals. The series, which is produced by some dude named Steven Spielberg, will air its two-hour finale on TNT next week. Earlier this month in NYC, Bowden discussed the series, running the NYC marathon, charity work, and her former 30 Rock co-star Tracy Morgan's come ...
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Young Performer Cormac Cullinane of TNT's <i>Public Morals</i> Does THIS Every Day
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Cormac Cullinane stars in the Ed Burns / Steven Spielberg produced TNT series Public Morals. Twitter: @cormacullinane Instagram: @cormaccullinane Facebook: Cormac Cullinane Photo by KING. Just how did a kid from Queens land on our television screens? Well, on a whim, Cormac auditioned for a summer theater arts program, and to his surprise, as this was his first time singing in public, he made it into the program, and was given a solo. That same program was where Cormac was first discovered, and has since parlayed his love for music into a successful singing and acting career. You play James Muldoon on TNT's Public Morals which is produced by Ed Burns and Steven Spielberg. Tell us about your audition. My agent was the one who set me up with an audition for Public Morals. When I first saw the breakdown, I knew this was something I wanted to be a part of because I felt a deep connection to the character's Irish American background. I wore an old T-shirt, ripped jeans, a ...
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Debra Messing Just Went On Her First Date Since 19, And It Was 'Traumatizing'
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
From 1998 to 2006, we saw Debra Messing on "Will &amp; Grace" court countless suitors, played by the likes of Woody Harrelson, Ed Burns and Harry Connick Jr. But the actress, who divorced in 2012, has far less dating experience offscreen, and she only recently went on her first date in more than two decades, she revealed in a conversation with HuffPost Live on Thursday. "I've begun to mingle, and I am ready to mingle," she told host Nancy Redd. "But it's a very odd thing because I really haven't dated since I was like 19 years old." The "Mysteries of Laura" star met her former husband Daniel Zelman while attending graduate school at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where class served as a substitute for proper dates. "We were just classmates and then we became friends, so we never said, 'Hi, nice to meet you, want to go out on a date?' 'Sure, let's get to know each other over dinner.' That never happened," the 46-year-old explained. While she's still getting c ...
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Christy Turlington Reveals The Secret To A Successful Marriage In Editorialist
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Christy Turlington has more staying power in the modeling industry than most. And as it turns out, her long-lasting streak isn't exclusive to her career, but applies to her relationship, too. The 46-year-old supermodel looks absolutely gorgeous (and ageless) in an archive Alaia top on Editorialist's Spring/Summer 2015 cover. Inside the glossy, she chats about being a mom, her global non-profit organization, Every Mother Counts and of course, that epic career. The most interesting moments, however, come when she discusses her marriage to Ed Burns and how she manages to balance it all. “Most days, it’s impossible. But since becoming a mom, I have my priorities very clear. Family is first," she said. Of course, there is some method to the madness, namely when it comes to the bathroom. “Years ago I put one of my Calvin underwear posters on the back of my husband’s bathroom door," she told the mag, adding, "It’s still there and I tease him about it." When asked to clarify what s ...
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Bill Clinton Banged Elizabeth Hurley In The White House, According To Tom Sizemore
The Superficial - about 3 years
Before I get into this story, there’s a few things you should probably know. 1. Radar Online pays sources. 2. Drugs cost money. However, 3. Bill Clinton loves pussy. Literally any pussy. No, really. So now that you’re fully educated, here’s Tom Sizemore bragging about the time he hooked up our 42nd president with Elizabeth Hurley which I’m pretty sure is mainly about Tom Sizemore making sure everyone knows he banged Liz Hurley because somehow every person in this story walks around talking exactly like Tom Sizemore talks: According to the Black Hawk Down star, it all began during a 1998 White House screening of Saving Private Ryan, when President Clinton pulled Sizemore aside from the crowd of A-listers that included Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Ed Burns and Dennis Farina. The premiere of the film was four years after Hurley was catapulted into the limelight after wearing that Versace dress to the premiere of ex-boyfriend Hugh Grant’s film Four Weddings And A Funeral. Sizemore claims t ...
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Before 'Mob City': A look back at the mobsters of L.A. on screen
LATimes - about 3 years
The six-part "Mob City" takes viewers back to an era of Los Angeles history when the most sinister threat to the city wasn't gridlock but mobsters. Postwar L.A. was a boom time that attracted a fair number of notorious criminal figures who left a distinct mark on the history of the city, including Bugsy Siegel and Mickey Cohen. Cohen and Siegel (played by Ed Burns, pictured) make appearances in Frank Darabont's new drama about the mobsters and the cops dedicated to taking them down.
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VIP: Ed Burns takes 'Mob' mentaility to L.A.
USA Today - about 3 years
Actor-director stars in first television role on TNT.
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Ed Burns Is Doing Basically All The Jobs In A New TNT Pilot
Huffington Post - over 3 years
TNT has given a pilot order to a new crime drama project from Ed Burns -- and by “from Ed Burns,” we mean from Ed Burns in just about every major respect.
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Red Burns, ‘Godmother of Silicon Alley,’ Dies at 88
NYTimes - over 3 years
Ms. Burns helped to lead the movement for public access to cable television and started a New York University program to foster Internet wizards.
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Logan Marshall-Green, Wyatt Russell to play Boston Bruins in 'Turk'
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Jeff Sneider LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - "Prometheus" star Logan Marshall-Green and hockey-loving actor Wyatt Russell are finalizing deals to play former Boston Bruins Derek Sanderson and Bobby Orr in Doug Atchison's indie movie "Turk," which counts Ed Burns among its producing team. Atchison ("Akeelah and the Bee") is writing and directing the film, which Shep Harmon is producing via his Tenth Green Productions banner along with Burns and Aaron Lubin of Marlboro Road Gang. Chris Pappas wrote an earlier draft of the script. ...
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Ed Burns Joins Lost Angels as Mob Boss; Robert Knepper Promoted
Boom Tron - over 3 years
TNT’s Lost Angels, based on the book L.A. Noir by John Buntin, is adding a new addition to its cast to give main character, Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke), someone to answer to while he does all the fun mob stuff we’re looking forward to. It feels like this show has been in the works for years, doesn’t it? I actually forgot it was being developed until this bit of news popped up and thank goodness it did. The series was always something I was intrigued by and now that we’re learning Ed Burns is joining the cast, I’m even more excited for the day this finally airs. Deadline reported Burns was cast as notorious mobster Bugsy Siegel. Siegel moved from the East Coast to California and quickly made himself a mob leader in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Cohen became his chief lieutenant, so it will be interesting to see their relationship on screen. Though he is known for his career as a mobster, Siegel was just as well known for the lavish parties he would throw for Hollywood’s big names. ...
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Prayer Vigils and Services: Response to the Boston Marathon Bombings
Burlington Patch - almost 4 years
  For some, a prayer vigil or service is a way to gather with others and spiritually support the bombing victims, the city of Boston — even the perpetrator/s.  For others, it is a way to seek answers — or peace, in the face of unsettling evil. Or even just share quiet company with others or with God. Patch is gathering a list of all the prayer services and vigils in response to the Boston Marathon bombings. Below is a list of vigils and services being held and open to the public; we will be adding to it all day. If we don't have it listed here, please add your own to the comment section below: Andover: Where: Unitarian Universalist Congregation What: Meditation and prayer vigil When: Thursday, 7 p.m. For more: http://patch.com/A-3FC4 Arlington: Where: Ed Burns Arena When: Noon Wednesday, April 17 What: A 2.9-mile run/walk to honor the victims of Monday's bombings For more: http://arlington.patch.com/articles/run-to-honor-boston-maratho ...
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Once upon a time in romance-land
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
Once upon a time in romance-land Here we are, in the blush of romance, and it's almost that pink-and-white, highly caloric even if it's bittersweet, florist-enriching time again. [...] once again, for Valentine's Day, here's the story of love, as told in quotes collected all year and stored in a velvet-lined, heart-shaped box. -- "It would just be so nice to make six figures and be with someone who makes six figures so that buying a home in San Francisco isn't such a fantasy." -- "Mom, what's a husband look like?" (Five-year-old to mother, overheard at Target in Napa by Leslie Hunter) Woman on cell, overheard at Fillmore Street Cafe by Adda Dada Middle-aged man to another, overheard at SFO by Bob Epstein Preteen boy to another, overheard at a San Ramon elementary school by Ed Burns -- Dad, I don't want to get married. Can you get those for me? (Woman on cell phone, overheard at Wildflower Cafe on Sansome Street by Anna MacKinnon) Conversation overheard in ...
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Forget First Class, These Celebrities Fly Coach
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Some celebrities have the luxury of hopping on their private jets to get from place to place. Others opt to sit in first class on commercial flights. But, believe it or not, there are some stars who fly with the masses ... in coach. That's right, you could be on a flight from JFK to LAX and accidentally run right into Claire Danes. (I know, it's a dream of ours too). From Ed Burns to Jessica Alba, here are some stars who've been caught flying coach.
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Sundance Film Festival: Robert Redford Remembers Meeting Ed Burns
The Huffington Post - about 4 years
PARK CITY, Utah -- Everybody wants a piece of Robert Redford. Young filmmakers talking him up for advice on the street. The stewardess on an airplane who mentions her son has this idea. The guy with a videotape under his arm who looked so grungy Redford thought he was a panhandler. That last one turned out to be Edward Burns, who talked Redford into taking a look at a little sibling comic drama he had written, directed and starred in. Redford watched it, sent it on to the folks at his Sundance Institute for independent film, and Burns' "The Brothers McMullen" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1995. Read More... More on Movies
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ed Burns
  • 2009
    Age 62
    Burns was nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Dramatic Series at the February 2009 ceremony for his work on the fifth season.
    More Details Hide Details Simon and Burns collaborated to write the series finale "-30-". The show was nominated for several Emmys and numerous other awards. Burns traveled to Africa to film a miniseries as a producer and writer for Generation Kill (airdates July 13 to August 24, 2008) for HBO Network. The seven-part miniseries received 10 Emmy nominations. His influence on the show stems from the year he spent in Vietnam. Burns stated that as a writer "(He) can use the universal experience of war to create a realistic scenario for the viewers." He also drew from his experience as a writer for The Wire. David Simon and Burns wrote for both shows and had similar ideas in characterisation for the show. Burns stated that he wanted "To make characters into characters, not cliches. Just as we did on The Wire."
  • 2000
    Age 53
    They chose to take The Wire to HBO because of their existing working relationship from the 2000 miniseries The Corner.
    More Details Hide Details Owing to its reputation for exploring new areas, HBO was initially dubious about including a cop drama in their lineup, but eventually agreed to produce the pilot. The theme of institutional dysfunction was expanded across different areas of the city as the show progressed. The second season focused on the death of white working class America through examination of the city ports. The third season "reflects on the nature of reform and reformers, and whether there is any possibility that political processes, long calcified, can mitigate against the forces currently arrayed against individuals." Burns has called education the theme of the fourth season. The writing drew extensively on his experience as a teacher. Rather than solely focusing on the school system, the fourth season looks at schools as a porous part of the community that are affected by problems outside their boundaries. Burns states that education comes from many sources other than schools and that children can be educated by other means, including contact with the drug dealers they work for. The fifth and final season focuses on the media's coverage of crime and corruption in Baltimore, tapping into Simon's past with The Sun.
  • 1995
    Age 48
    In 1995, he co-authored, with Simon, The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood, the true account of a West Baltimore community dominated by a heavy drug market.
    More Details Hide Details Simon credits his editor John Sterling with the suggestion that he observe a single drug corner. It was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times. An adaptation of the book, also called The Corner, was produced as a six-hour TV miniseries for HBO. The show received three Emmy Awards. Burns was a producer, writer, and co-creator (also with Simon) of the HBO series The Wire. They originally set out to create a police drama loosely based on Burns' experiences working on protracted investigations of violent drug dealers using surveillance technology. He had often faced frustration with the bureaucracy of the police department, which Simon equated with his own ordeals as a police reporter for the Baltimore Sun. Writing against the background of current events, including institutionalized corporate crime at Enron and institutional dysfunction in the Catholic Church, the show became "more of a treatise about institutions and individuals than a straight cop show."
  • 1946
    Born on November 28, 1946.
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