Posted: 23 Jun 2013 08:20 PM PDT
ROME (Reuters) - The body of actor James Gandolfini, who died of a heart attack in Rome last week, was flown out of Italy on Sunday on a flight bound for New York, Rome airport authorities said.
Gandolfini, best known for his leading role in the Emmy-winning series The Sopranos, was found dead in his Rome hotel late on Wednesday.
The actor's body left Rome's Fiumicino airport on a private flight, an airport official said.
Family friend Michael Kobold, speaking to reporters in Rome, thanked the Italian authorities and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for helping to accelerate procedures.
Gandolfini was on holiday in Italy with his 13-year-old son and was due to attend the closing of the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily on Saturday. An autopsy showed had died of natural causes.
Gandolfini's performance as New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano made him a household name and helped usher in a new era of American television drama.
Since The Sopranos ended its six-season run in June 2007, Gandolfini had appeared in a number of big-screen roles, including the crime drama Killing Them Softly and Zero Dark Thirty, a film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
Gandolfini had been working on an upcoming HBO series, Criminal Justice, and had two films due out next year.
Posted: 24 Jun 2013 12:38 AM PDT
It's going to be a day of fun in the sun for a cause! Most of us take for granted what we have on a daily basis. The Star Radio Group's Red FM, Capital FM, Suria FM and 988 will embark on its first integrated charity event on June 30 called A Big Charity Day (ABC Day) at The Square, Publika in Kuala Lumpur to raise funds for two homes in dire need of assistance.
The two homes – Pertubuhan Kebaikan Anak-Anak Yatim Al-Nasuha and Angels Charity Home – provide shelter and guidance to those who have either been orphaned or rescued from broken homes. Without public assistance, these homes struggle to provide for the kids.
Kak Umi who runs Pertubuhan Kebaikan Anak-Anak Yatim Al-Nasuha, says, "We want to get a more comfortable house for the kids, but we can't afford it. One of the major challenges we currently face is to pay rent each month as our expenses per month totals up to RM20,000."
The announcers from all four stations will be there in full force.
The Red FM and Capital FM announcers will perform an improv comedy show, much like Whose Line Is It Anyway. Live for the first time, JJ and Lil' Kev from The Red Breakfast WTF will perform "Potong Line", their parody of chart topper Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines.
Suria FM announcers will be performing their very own dikir barat while 988 announcers will have a sing-and-dance show. All four stations will have outdoor broadcasts from Publika.
Ever dreamed of being on air, with people listening to what you have to say and share?
At ABC Day, all four stations will be holding live auditions for people who would like to be announcers. This is your chance to show off your gift of the gab.
Come on down and show off your talent! Along with announcer performances and the chance to try out to be the next big hit on radio, there will be a Thrift Store with designer items up for grabs, a book and toy sale and delicious baked treats on sale, too.
To buy all these items, purchase voucher books on the day of the event worth RM20 or RM50.
Do come over and join the fun for a good cause on June 30. This event is supported by Ah Huat White Coffee, Chatime, Foodpanda, Havaianas, Lennox Firm Up Plus Collagen, Life Centre, Massimo, Oloiya, Tropicana Twister and Yakult Ace Light.
Posted: 24 Jun 2013 12:00 AM PDT
When it comes to life in prison, we only know what we have watched on TV shows and in movies. Here in Malaysia, the prison system is different from the US. Do you know visitation is allowed twice for the first month and only once subsequently for prisons in Malaysia? Find out more about the life of prisoners in Malaysia in 988's The Feature (Mon-Tues, 9am-10am)
Also on 988 this week >Morning Up VIP (Wed-Fri, 9am-10am) Starting his career as a DJ in a radio station in Hong Kong, Brian Chow Kwok Fung has rise up the rank to station manager. Chow said that the most embarassing moment in his career as a DJ was when he interviewed Jacky Cheung but failed to record the interview. He had to plead Cheung to redo the interview. A man with many talents, Chow produced the song Boat Of Love (Tong Zhou Zhi Qing) performed by Jacky Cheung and Eason Chan.
>Music VIP (Mon-Fri, 2pm) A good man, caring father, helpful friend. Whenever he has a concert, his friends will support him from the front row. 988's guest this week is Taiwanese star Richie Ren Xian Qi. Find out more about this affable singer on Music VIP.
> Special - Music Gets Crazy (Mon, 1pm-4pm) Only two more months before CN Blue's first ever concert in Malaysia. To all the "Boice" out there, tune in to 988 today for a lovely surprise. CN Blue's Blue Moon World Tour will be held on 24 August at Stadium Negara.
For more information, log on to www.988.com.my
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