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Paul Sorvino, ‘Goodfellas’ And ‘Law & Order’ Star, Dies At 83

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Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Paul Sorvino and Joe Pesci in a still for "Goodfellas."Archive Photos / Getty Images

Actor Paul Sorvino, known for streetwise tough guy roles in “Goodfellas” and “Law & Order,” died of natural causes Monday morning. He was 83.

Sorvino’s wife, the Emmy-winning actor Dee Dee Sorvino, was by his side, according to Sorvino’s publicist, Roger Neal.

“Our hearts are broken, there will never be another Paul Sorvino, he was the love of my life, and one of the greatest performers to ever grace the screen and stage,” Dee Dee Sorvino said in a statement released by Neal.

Paul Sorvino and his daughter Mira Sorvino at the premiere of "Reservation Road" in Toronto in 2007.

Paul Sorvino and his daughter Mira Sorvino at the premiere of “Reservation Road” in Toronto in 2007. Kathleen Voege / AP file

Sorvino, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, enjoyed more than five decades of work across film, television and the Broadway stage, portraying a variety of compelling and dramatic characters.

He may be best known for his work in Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas,” in which he played mobster Paul Cicero. He told AP Radio in 2004 that he was proud of his work in the 1990 film.

“But it’s only one small section of what I am and it’s completely antithetical to my personality,” Sorvino said. “It’s nothing like me as a human being.”

He is perhaps equally as well known for his stint from 1991 to 1992 on “Law & Order.” Although he was on the show for only one season, his 31 episodes as Sgt. Frank Cerreta forever affiliated him with the venerable television franchise.

Sorvino, an alumnus of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, made his Broadway debut in the 1964 musical “Bajour.” He later starred in shows such as “Skyscraper” and “An American Millionaire,” according to Playbill.

Throughout his film career, Sorvino delivered dramatic performances playing real people. In Warren Beatty’s “Reds,” he played Italian American communist Louis Fraina. In Oliver Stone’s “Nixon,” he played former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, earning him a Screen Actor’s Guild nomination.

He also appeared in such notable films as Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet” in 1996, the drug drama “The Panic in Needle Park” alongside Al Pacino in 1971, Warren Beatty’s comic strip adaptation “Dick Tracy” in 1990, the Disney superhero adventure “The Rocketeer” in 1991 and the adaptation of John Grisham’s “The Firm” alongside Tom Cruise in 1993.

Sorvino was also a staple in American homes thanks to his television work, not just on “Law & Order,” but also on the 1988 CBS crime drama “The Oldest Rookie” and more recently in Epix’s “The Godfather of Harlem” from 2019 to 2021.

He is survived by his wife and his three adult children, Mira, Michael and Amanda Sorvino.

Paul Sorvino on "Law & Order."

Paul Sorvino on “Law & Order.”Moviestore / Shutterstock

Sorvino worked with his children in different projects over the years. He acted and directed the 2012 film “The Trouble With Cali,” written by Amanda Sorvino and starring Michael Sorvino.

Mira Sorvino, herself an Oscar winning actor, starred with her father in the 2020 movie “Most Guys Are Losers.”

She was one of many women in Hollywood who came forward in 2017 to publicly accuse former producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

Asked about his daughter’s experience with Weinstein by TMZ in 2018, Sorvino said Weinstein “oughta hope he goes to jail.”

“Because if we come across, I think he would be lying on the floor,” he said at the time.

Weinstein has since been convicted of rape and sentenced to 23 years in prison.

When she thanked her father at the Academy Awards in her speech after she won the Oscar for best supporting actress for 1995’s “Mighty Aphrodite,” Mira Sorvino said he “taught me everything I know about acting.”

In a clip of the speech shared on social media after his death, Sorvino appears to start shaking with emotion during his daughter’s remarks.

Mira Sorvino tweeted a statement Monday about her father’s death and posted a black square to her Instagram account.

“My heart is rent asunder- a life of love and joy and wisdom with him is over,” she said. “He was the most wonderful father. I love him so much. I’m sending you love in the stars Dad as you ascend.”

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Kwame Baah sets to launch a global BUSINESS plug for musicians and all entertainers

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Photo: Kwame Baah, a digital marketing expert and a content manager.

Ghanaian digital marketing expert, Kwame Baah is set to launch a global business agency for artiste booking.

“The  primary focus of Get the Artiste is to  bridge the gap between artistes and people or businesses who need talent for various engagements, be it a concert, event, Tv show or guest appearances” Baah told mediaplugafrica.

He explained: “Booking agency is not anything new, is all over the world so it’s nothing new. We are just trying to bring it over here in Ghana  so that our artiste easily  get to be connected with locally and internationally”.

K. Baah currently manages,  strategize, grooms and promotes most of the big names in the Ghanaian music industry.

The official  launch of K. Baah’s initiative “Get The Artiste” will take place on Friday, February 10, 2023 at the 3Music Headquarters, Accra at exactly 5pm.

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Ed Sheeran returns to social with an emotional personal announcement

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British singer Ed Sheeran took to his Instagram to share an emotional personal announcement following his return to social media after a two-month break.

In a video he shared on Instagram, The singer, 31, admitted he has been emotionally detached for much longer.

Ed Sheeran took to Instagram to address his absence. Credit: Instagram/Ed Sheeran

“I realise I haven’t been that engaged in my social media or my fan base online over the last couple of years and the things that have been posted on this account might have got a bit boring, I’m sorry, it’s my fault. Ed said in a video.

“The reason I’m making this video is, just being totally honest, I’ve had some turbulent things happening in my personal life so I just didn’t really feel like being online and pretending to be something I’m not, when I wasn’t feeling like that.

“And I know that sounds weird but hence I’m making this video to say things are looking up and I’m back online.

“Weird s*** is going to start being posted here.”

Ed Sheeran did not elaborate on what ‘turbulence’ he’d endured. Credit: Instagram/Ed Sheeran

However, Ed  did not elaborate on what “turbulence” he’d endured, In February, he lost his close friend Jamal Edwards who tragically died after a cardiac arrest brought on by taking cocaine and drinking alcohol. Three months later, Ed and his wife Cherry Seaborn announced they had welcomed a baby daughter.

In November, Ed told his followers that he was taking a break from social media, after wrapping up work on a new music video.

Sharing a behind-the-scenes snap overlooking a beach, he penned the caption: ‘Signing off now until 2023. See you in the new year. Much love, Ed x.’

According to daily mail, the singer is in the middle of a worldwide tour, and is currently performing a run of shows in Australia and New Zealand.

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Chicago prosecutor drops sex abuse charges against R. Kelly

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R. Kelly arrives for a hearing on sexual abuse charges in Chicago on May 7, 2019.Kamil Krzaczynski / AFP via Getty Images file

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx told reporters that her office believes “justice has been served” against Kelly, who has been convicted in federal court.

An Illinois prosecutor dropped 10 charges of sex abuse against the singer R. Kelly on Monday, saying the cost was one of the factors she weighed in her decision.

Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is already serving a 30-year prison sentence on charges of federal racketeering and sex trafficking after he was convicted in New York last year.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx told reporters that her office believes “justice has been served” with the two convictions. She said her office’s “limited resources and court time” were the ultimate factors, noting that it found the accusations to be credible.

“Mr. Kelly is looking at the possibility of never walking out of prison again,” Foxx said.

Kelly is set to appear Tuesday in Cook County Court, where the charges will be formally dropped. The state has accused Kelly of sexually abusing four people, three of whom were minors.

Foxx announced the state’s case in 2019, saying the incidents occurred from May 1998 to January 2010. Kelly had faced three to seven years in prison for each charge if he were convicted.

The women in the case were identified in the indictment only by their initials. Multiple women have come forward with allegations over the years.

Lifetime aired a six-part docuseries, “Surviving R. Kelly,” in January 2019 in which multiple women alleged Kelly subjected them to mental, physical and sexual abuse. Foxx urged potential victims to come forward to speak with her office about possible criminal activity after the series.

Foxx said Monday that she consulted with the women in the indictment before she decided to drop the charges, acknowledging that some might be disappointed.

“I know firsthand how difficult it is for you to tell your stories,” Foxx said. “Four years ago, I stood at this podium and shared my story of having been a survivor and my full understanding of what it means to have to go before strangers to discuss what is arguably one of the most horrific experiences one could have. And these women, all of them Black, came forward, believing that they would be heard.”

Kelly also faces state charges in Minnesota, where he has been accused of soliciting a minor for sexual purposes and engaging in prostitution with a minor.

In the New York case, Kelly was convicted on nine counts of racketeering and sex trafficking. Jurors found that he set up a criminal enterprise that enabled him to recruit and transport underage girls for sex.

Months later in Chicago federal court, he was convicted on six counts of sexual exploitationand enticement of a minor. He is scheduled to be sentenced on those charges Feb. 23.

Kelly’s attorneys have said he plans to appeal both federal convictions.

Source: NBC NEWS

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