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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2013
Sun media critic David Zurawik emailed “Wire” creator David Simon seeking an assessment from him of Idris Elba for a feature story on Elba. Simon's generous and thoughtful email reply seemed too good not to publish on its own. Here's what Simon has to say about the actor who helped him bring Stringer Bell to life - and then death: “From the very first episodes, Idris demonstrated the abilities and dynamics of being a breakout star. It was all there in the first dailies, actually.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2013
David Simon shares his feelings about the possibility of the Koch brothers owning Tribune papers like the Baltimore Sun in a video interview that you can see here . The interview was done at the request of the Working Families Party, according to Simon, who was once a reporter at the Sun. "When I heard that the Koch brothers, bless their hearts, were interested in purchasing newspapers, the Baltimore Sun, my alma mater, in particular, I...
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2013
Former Baltimore Sun crime reporter and creator of "The Wire" David Simon is placing the blame for Baltimore's violence spike on State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein, citing the effects of what Simon says is an unwillingness on the top prosecutor's part to take tough cases. After Simon wrote a blog post last year that accused Bernstein of holding up the charging process and breaking a campaign promise, resulting in a dramatic drop in murder cases pursued, a commenter asked Simon to revisit the argument and apologize if 2012's uptick in murders proved to be an aberration.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2013
David Simon, the former Baltimore Sun crime reporter and creator of television show "The Wire," has weighed in reports of data collection efforts by the National Security Agency, asking, what's the fuss? In a post on his blog, Simon compares the NSA's counterterrorism efforts to a Baltimore Police Department investigation in the 1980s that formed the basis for the first season of his television show. Police thought that drug traffickers were using payphones and pagers to carry out their business, and rather than develop particular suspects, detectives planned to gather information on calls made using public phones in the city.
NEWS
January 22, 2013
Regarding your report that Baltimore needs an outside consultant to advise its police department, my question is: Really? ("Baltimore police seek an outside consultant," Jan. 18). Does Baltimore really need to pay yet another consultant to advise the department about how to execute its mission? Isn't that city Police Commissioner Anthony Batts' job? When interviewed for the commissioner's post, didn't the interviewers ask him what strategies he had in mind to reduce crime in Baltimore?
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2013
Click here for the gallery "The Wire: Where Are they Now?" Robert F. Chew, a 52-year-old Baltimore actor and teacher who portrayed one of television's most unforgettable characters as Proposition Joe on HBO's “The Wire,” died Thursday of apparent heart failure in his sleep at his home in Northeast Baltimore, according to Clarice Chew, his sister. Mr. Chew, who appeared in “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “The Corner,” as well as “The Wire,” also taught and mentored child and young adult actors at Baltimore's Arena Players, a troupe he stayed with as his television career blossomed in David Simon HBO series.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2013
The publisher of The Daily Record announced Thursday that a former editor at several Maryland newspapers will become editor of the Baltimore-based business and legal affairs newspaper on Jan. 14. David B. Simon, 36, will replace Tom Linthicum, who retired as vice president and executive editor in December, The Daily Record reported. Simon, who most recently worked for the University of Chicago's fundraising arm as a senior writer in medicine and biological sciences, had been managing editor for news and opinion at The Gazette in Gaithersburg until June, The Daily Record said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2012
There is certainly no shortage of outstanding leading men working in American TV drama these days. Jon Hamm, Damian Lewis and Michael C. Hall to name a few. But it would be hard to find any whose proven range is greater than that of Dominic West, star of BBC America's "The Hour. " It extends from Detective Jimmy McNulty raging drunk in a grimy Baltimore train yard late at night in HBO's "The Wire," to Professor Henry Higgins prancing across the stage in tweeds with Eliza Doolittle in an English revival of "My Fair Lady" that opened last week.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2012
When Anthony Bourdain brings his Guts & Glory tour to the Hippodrome on Saturday, it will be a return engagement for the notoriously opinionated "chef-at-large". Bourdain launched the Hippodrome 's annual Foodie Experience series in May 2010, when he shared the theater's stage with his friend, Eric Ripert. This time, Bourdain is working solo, but when we spoke with him in late September, he said that he's grown increasingly comfortable being on the stage. "I'm looking forward to it, "Bourdain said, "I've been doing [stage shows]
FEATURES
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2012
Is Marc Steiner smarter than Denise Koch? Can the president of Baltimore's City Council outwit the president of a local college? Are any of them brainier than your average sixth grader? Baltimore will find out Saturday when local celebrities play "Are You Smarter Than a Sixth Grader?" for a good cause -- raising money for the Sisters Academy of Baltimore, a tuition-free Catholic middle school for girls from low-income neighborhoods. It will be just like the television show, except the personalities will compete with real sixth graders in teams.
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