SBD/October 28, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published October 28, 2013
TWO THUMBS UP: GOLF WORLD MONDAY's Jaime Diaz writes the upcoming movie "THE SQUEEZE," directed by former ABC golf producer TERRY JASTROW could be a contender for "the first great golf movie." Actor JEREMY SUMPTER plays the role of Augie Baccas, a 20-year-old "resident of a small rural town who wins his city championship by 15 shots." Two hustlers "convince the golfer to postpone his touring pro ambitions and embark on a cross-country series of high-stakes matches, culminating in Las Vegas involving a notorious gambler who forces Baccas into a moral dilemma." The producers are comparing the plot to "THE STING," but "it sounds more like 'THE COLOR OF MONEY'" (GOLF WORLD MONDAY, 10/28 issue).
NAMES: TNT’s SHAQUILLE O’NEAL yesterday appeared in an ad in support of New Jersey Gov. CHRIS CHRISTIE, saying, "I don’t endorse many politicians, but Chris Christie is different. ... He’s a good man. Excuse me, he’s a great man" (HUFFINGTONPOST.com, 10/27)....Attorney ANDREW FINE said that his client, Grizzlies F MIKE MILLER, is “strongly considering filing a lawsuit” against the Heat because Miller believes that the franchise “bears some responsibility for him being swindled by a con man.” Miller lost $1.7M in a scam “allegedly orchestrated by HAIDER ZAFAR.” Miller’s yet-to-be-filed complaint states that a Heat employee “introduced Miller to Zafar” when he was still on the team (MIAMI HERALD, 10/25)....Pro Football HOFer and industry trade group The Wireless Association President & CEO STEVE LARGENT will not seek an extension of his current contract with the company (The Wireless Association)....Patriots Owner Robert Kraft, QB TOM BRADY and TE ROB GRONKOWSKI on Saturday met with six young fans and their families as part of the Make-A-Wish program (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/28)....The Celtics on Thursday raised more than $800,000 for Boston-area children’s charities at their annual Shamrock Gala, which was presented by New England Baptist Hospital (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/26)....The WTA on Saturday donated $5,000 to the USANA True Health Foundation (WTA)....White Sox P JOHN DANKS on Thursday married country singer ASHLEY MONROE, with singer BLAKE SHELTON officiating the ceremony (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 10/25)....Mets P MATT HARVEY and his girlfriend, ANNE VYALITSYNA, recently were “spotted house-hunting together downtown” in N.Y. (N.Y. POST, 10/28)....PELÉ last week celebrated his 73th birthday at Primola in N.Y. (N.Y. POST, 10/26).
IN MEMORY: Former NASCAR team owner and film director HAL NEEDHAM died on Friday in L.A. at the age of 82 (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 10/27).