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Actor James Garner, best known for his roles in multiple TV series and his Oscar-nominated performance in “Murphy’s Romance” has died. He was 86.
According to Los Angeles police, Garner died of natural causes. TMZ reports the actor was found dead when an ambulance arrived at his Los Angeles home Saturday evening around 8p.m.
Garner appeared in over 50 films over his six-decade career, but he was best known for his roles in two TV series.
As a nomadic cardsharp in the 1950s show “Maverick” and as a wrongly convicted private investigator in “The Rockford Files” during the 1970s.
Garner appeared in more recent films such as 2004’s “The Notebook” where he played an older version of Ryan Gosling’s character.
The Oklahoma native’s death evoked strong reactions online from actor/comedian Norm Macdonald recalling a poker game he once lost to the star.
And “Parks and Recreation” star Jim O’Heir remembered him as a “gracious man.”
A writer at The New York Times described him a “genuine star but as an actor something of a paradox: a lantern-jawed, brawny athlete whose physical appeal was both enhanced and undercut by a disarming wit.”
In an interview, Garner cited legendary actors Spencer Tracy and Henry Fonda as two inspirations for his unique on-camera personality.
“I don’t ever remember catching Spencer Tracey acting. You know everything he did seemed so natural to me. And of course I learned a little technique and professionalism from Henry Fonda.”
Garner is survived by his wife, daughter, stepdaughter and stepson.

GIF: Gutsy Dodgers fan does rotating double middle finger salute to Angels fans in Anaheim pic.twitter.com/9LZM659hRk— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) September 10, 2015Anyone who is actually from Los Angeles, like real Los Angeles, knows that the Angels and everything associated with them are the worst.Seriously, how can you call yourself the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim? Those are two different cities. And don't give me that "Los Angeles metropolitan area" bulls**t. If you type "Anaheim" into Google, it says "Anaheim is a city outside Los Angeles." If you plug "Angel Stadium of Anaheim" and "Los Angeles, CA" into Google Maps, it says they're nearly an hour away from one another. Like they're two different places. End of debate.That all goes to say that spinning, middle finger-waving Dodgers fan (viewable above) is the perfect symbol for so many things. He personifies defiance and he personifies Los Angeles — real Los Angeles. He personifies fearlessness and he personifies pride. He personifies delicious carne asada paired with a chilled Corona Extra, the official meal of LA. He would personify Yasiel Puig but Puig is a human too, so that doesn't really work. Anyway, you get the idea. Cheers to you spinning, middle finger-waving Dodgers fan.The Angels beats the Dodgers, 3-2, on Wednesday at what will now be known as the middle-finger game.Also on HuffPost:– This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

NEW YORK—Cary Fukunaga’s first feature film, “Sin Nombre”— which translates to “Nameless,” was a Spanish-language drama about Honduran immigrants. His latest, “Beasts of No Nation,” is a brutal story about a boy drafted into a West African rebel army.
Don’t be fooled by the exotic filmography. Fukunaga grew up in Oakland, California, in what he calls a traditional middle-class family, first planning to be a professional snowboarder.
FILE – In this Feb. 7, 2015 file photo, Cary Fukunaga arrives the 67th Annual DGA Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
“I’ve never really been drawn to telling stories that are immediate reflections of my life,” says Fukunaga, who also helmed an acclaimed adaption of “Jane Eyre.” ”I’ve always looked out: outside of my culture, outside of my time, even, as places of inspiration. I always used to daydream as a kid about living in different time periods and different places.”
“Beasts of No Nation,” which stars Idris Elba as the militant commandant, is also taking the traditional movie release to a new realm. When it opens in select theaters Oct. 16, it will also debut on Netflix. It’s the first in Netflix’s coming slate of original narrative films, which include Adam Sandler comedies, Brad Pitt’s Gen. Stanley McChrystal satire and a “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” sequel.
This photo provided by Netflix shows, Abraham Attah, left, as Agu, and Idris Elba, as Commandant, in the Netflix original film, “Beasts of No Nation,” directed by Cary Fukunaga. (Netflix via AP)
But Netflix’s first step is a savagely serious one in “Beasts of No Nation,” a thrillingly cinematic but grimly horrific portrait of war seen through a child’s eyes. It’s playing on the fall film festival circuit and Netflix will give it an awards season push.
That makes “Beasts of No Nation” arguably the most prominent film yet to puncture the traditional theatrical window.
It also marks Fukunaga’s first project since directing the whole of season one of HBO’s “True Detective,” which won him an Emmy and widespread recognition for his atmospheric direction and moments of one-take bravado. (The less successful season two, he says, he hasn’t even seen: “I’m very much aware of the critiques of the show, but I never even got to see the scripts.”)
But the ultra-bleak “True Detective,” he chuckles, is “far lighter” than “Beasts of No Nation.” The film was always going to be a more art-house proposition, so Netflix (which purchased the film for about $12 million) almost surely means a much wider audience. The choice, Fukunaga says, wasn’t easy, but the lure of Netflix’s 65 million subscribers worldwide won him over.
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“I want people to see this film,” he says, adding that he hopes many still see it in theaters. “To do a traditional theatrical release, a platform release, we might get a few thousand people to see this film. Tens of thousands if we were really lucky.”
Fukunaga, 39, has wanted to make a movie about child soldiers for years. His application to film school to New York University included his plans for it, and he traveled to Sierra Leone in 2003. But it was the 2005 debut novel by Uzodinma Iweala, on which the movie is based, that made everything click for the writer-director.
He filmed “Beasts of No Nation” in Ghana. His 14-year-old star, Abraham Attah, was a street vendor without prior acting experience. For the intrepid Fukunaga, “Beasts of No Nation” is about using cinema to connect far-apart worlds.
“It’s when you start seeing people for people and not just as a news headline, it changes your interest,” says Fukunaga. “The reason for storytelling is to create empathy, to create connections with people around the fire, with people from far-away places that you wouldn’t normally think you have anything in common with and yet you actually, absolutely do.”

In the 1980s, Detroit was at the peak of its suffering. Ongoing racial tension, political corruption, violent crime, and economic turmoil left the once-proud city in shambles.
Today, however, Detroit is a brand-new place with a brand-new identity — and entrepreneurs can learn a whole lot from studying how the city went about rebuilding itself.
When you think about it, revitalizing a city is a lot like launching a startup. First off, Detroit was tight on money — something every entrepreneur can relate to — and banks were hesitant to involve themselves with the city. Just like startups that have difficulty finding investors, Detroit needed to find a way to display that it was stable and worth investing in.
Like startups struggle with existing expenses long into their lifespans, Detroit’s legacy costs were hindering its growth. Despite all of the challenges, the city elected to prioritize innovation and expansion as the solution.
For startups trying to break out, nothing is more important than the ability to innovate.
Innovating a New Identity
For a long time, Detroit suffered from “little brother syndrome” while measuring itself next to powerhouses like Manhattan and Los Angeles. But once the city embraced the fact that it was not those cities and established its own unique characteristics — both negative and positive — it was able to take major strides toward defining its true identity.
Part of this process involved finding positivity in the city’s most negative characteristics. For example, even though much of the city was impoverished, Detroit used this trait to rebrand itself as a gritty survivor town full of hardworking people who know what it means to have nothing and work toward a better life. Also, the city’s population was dwindling, but Detroit owned this fact by embracing the deep roots of the families who still lived there. These Detroit lifers take incredible pride in their hometown and want to make it a better place for future generations.
It took a lot of creativity to transform a beaten-down area into a vibrant city. Isn’t this the same basic premise most startups are founded on? Entrepreneurs identify an area that needs to be rebuilt, and through creativity, they seek to improve it and achieve big results.
What You Can Learn From Detroit
Like Rome, Detroit wasn’t (re)built in a day. Instead, it focused on the little things and improved one neighborhood at a time. Eventually, the culmination of these efforts resulted in an entirely revamped city.
You can emulate Detroit’s success in your startup by sticking to these four strategies:
1. Think Locally: Detroit went down to street level and said, “How can we make this street better before moving on to the next one?” Entrepreneurs like to think about all of the global change they’re going to make, but starting local and keeping your focus small will make big results happen sooner.
2. Seek Diversity: In Detroit, people of all kinds make up the city’s identity and are helping turn things around. In your startup, you can’t gather a group of identical individuals and expect them to have a far-reaching impact. If you want your business to transform the world, bring in people of different genders, nationalities, socioeconomic statuses, and races to take advantage of what these unique viewpoints have to offer.
3. Fire the Rotten Eggs: Detroit’s most recent rotten egg was sentenced to a 28-year prison sentence, and since then, the city has improved at a record pace. Startups need to evaluate employees carefully. Hanging onto bad ones will only cause you to miss the opportunity to hire the right ones. It takes strong leadership skills to make hard decisions, but if you want to succeed, you must learn how to maximize your staff.
4. Befriend Billionaires: Detroit has a handful of lovely, generous billionaires who are playing major roles in the city’s rebuild. Entrepreneurs don’t necessarily need to buddy up with billionaires, but receiving backing from wealthy individuals can be a game changer. These are people who have the financial security to be able to see beyond immediate ROI and look at the bigger picture.
Getting your startup off the ground takes grit — and so did bringing Detroit back from the brink. Follow the example set by one of America’s most iconic cities, and you will set yourself up for long-term success while readying your business to face the challenges and pitfalls that come with it.
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