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Live and Let Die Villain Dead at 84

Geoffrey Holder was an artist with a varied career

(Newser) - Geoffrey Holder, a multi-talented dancer, artist, director, actor, and composer best known for his role as a Bond villain, died in New York yesterday of complications from pneumonia, the New York Times reports. He was 84. An unmistakable presence, Holder stood 6'6" and possessed a booming voice with a... More »

Apprentice's Omarosa Takes Attitude to Seminary

(Newser) - Famed reality TV villain Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth has seen the light, E! reports. The Apprentice anti-hero will enter an Ohio seminary next week for 2 years of religious schooling on her way to becoming a minister. Her ambition is in line with her character, an official at the United Theological Seminary... More »

Film's Most Sinister Villains

(Newser) - Movie heroes may get the girl, the fans, and the happy ending, but villains have all the fun. With the summer lineup under way, moviegoers will see evil in many forms—from a megalomaniacal robot/tank to a sinister British sorcerer. But what performances by their predecessors will they have to... More »

Why Today's Heroes Are So 'Effed Up'

'Powerless' America wonders if 'good is up to the task'

(Newser) - Heroes and villains have clashed in American pop culture since D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation in 1915, but today's heroes are oddly at war with another foe—themselves, Jeff Jensen writes in Entertainment Weekly. Like Lost's castaways, modern heroes are "flawed or messed up," reflecting... More »

New Season Turns Heroes Into Victims

Generation Y's 'woe is us' attitude blindingly reflected in NBC's sci-fi drama

(Newser) - Beginning their third season tonight, the scrappy band of young world-savers of NBC’s Heroes is just in time, Alessandra Stanley writes in the New York Times. The dangers they have to face, from a sinister conglomerate started by their parents to deadly viruses, make a convenient parallel to the... More »

Screen Tough Widmark Dead

Gentle actor gained fame as a gangster

(Newser) - Richard Widmark, the American actor renowned for his sinister portrayals of gangsters, has died at age 93. His first film role—as a giggling, sadistic killer in the 1947 Kiss of Death—made him an instant movie star and gained him a Fox contract for 20 parts in seven years—... More »

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