Toy Company Executive, Football Coach, Drug Lord Robert Loggia Dies

Robert Loggia

Robert Loggia, left, met RCOIiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right in a screen test for a film that was never completed called “Small”. The movie was retooled and later released as the film “Big” with Tom Hanks playing DiMaio’s role.

Los Angeles—Prolific TV and film star and winner of the Saturn Award for his role in “Big,” Robert Loggia died Friday from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 85.

Loggia appeared on TV in “Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8,” for which he was nominated for a Cable Ace Award, “Malcom in the Middle,” for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award, “Mancuso, FBI,” for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award.

On the “Big” screen (see what we did there?), he was in “Unnecessary Roughness.” “Scarface,” “Jagged Edge,” for which he was nominated for an Oscar, “RECOiL,” for which he was not and like three or four “Pink Panther” movies.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Audrey; three children, Tracy, John and Kristina, and a stepdaughter, Cynthia.

TDQ Tech For The Week Of 11/7/11

The GrinderyIn this week’s TDQ Tech, The Grindery gang breaks the story of the FBI exposing a terrorist plot in Michigan, and they also tell the story of one excited family who couldn’t tell their own story online.

I remember how thrilled I was when I got my first new computer. Seems like only yesterday. Good times…

You are now informed. Go and do likewise.

Ryan Phillippe Slated To Star In Film Version Of “The Greatest American Hero”

Ryan Phillippe: The Greatest American Hero

Phillippe, best known for his role in MacGruber, was the obvious choice to star in Michael Bay's take on The Greatest American Hero.

Los Angeles—Believe it or not, Ryan Phillippe is walking on air. He never thought he could feel so free. The “actor,” who has miraculously appeared in some Hollywood films, but is way more well-known as the lucky bastard who used to be married to Reese Witherspoon, apparently has been cast at Ralph Hinkley in the film version of TV’s “The Greatest American Hero.”

The program, which ran on ABC from 1981 to 1983, originally had William Katt as the titular role of a superhero whom aliens leave a suit with superpowers, but who loses the instruction manual to the suit and hilariously discovers its secrets on his own as he fights crime in California.

Flying away on a wing and a prayer, who could the director be? Believe it or not, it’s reportedly the main reason Phillippe wanted to don the suit: “Transformers” auteur Michael Bay.
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Wikileaks Releases Tense Text Exchange Between CIA And FBI After FBI Embarrassed CIA In Front Of The President And The CIA’s Friends Who Were In Town For The Weekend


Inter-agency tensions on the rise.

Washington, DC—It appears tensions were especially high between the CIA director and FBI directer earlier this year after they had dinner at the White House with a few friends of the CIA who had come into town, according to Wikileaks. The internet  organization known for publishing submissions of private media has released texts in its possession of a heated back-and-forth between the directors.

“If you don’t have any idea why we’re upset, we sure as hell aren’t going to tell you,” the first text from the CIA director read. Continue reading