Another week has come and gone, and with it, another crop of timely Ranker lists. The Ranker community doesn’t just keep up with the news…They re-imagine it in list form.
Here were some of the stories we covered this week…
Whitey Bulger Captured!
On Wednesday afternoon, 81-year-old Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger was apprehended by the FBI in Santa Monica, California, where he had apparently been hiding out for some time. (The last known sighting of Bulger was in London in 2002.) Bulger had been on the run since 1994, and was wanted in connection with over 20 murders! He is also said to be a major inspiration for Jack Nicholson’s character in the Martin Scorsese movie “The Departed.”
For Bulger’s sake, let’s hope the animal print robes were just artistic license…
That was considered menacing enough to earn Bulger a spot on Ranker’s list of 13 Notorious Irish Gangsters. Interestingly, a lot of other gangsters on the list went on to inspire film characters, including John Looney – who became Paul Newman’s character John Rooney in “Road to Perdition” – and James Burke – known as “Jimmy Conway” when Robert DeNiro portrayed him in the crime classic “Goodfellas.”
The lesson? Crime doesn’t pay exactly but it can turn into a movie deal if you live through it.
George Clooney Continues Breaking Hearts
Shocking news from the world of entertainment this week as international bon vivant and occasional stop-motion animated fox voicer George Clooney broke up with his non-unattractive Italian actress girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis. Here is a photo of her that, were you to show it to George Clooney, would likely earn you a knowing half-smirk:
This is Wikipedia’s file image of Elisabetta Canalis. I swear. That’s totally why I picked it. No other reason.
Having some trouble keeping all of The Cloon’s exes straight? You’re not the only one. Thankfully, Ranker can help, with our definitive guide to All Former George Clooney Loves (including rumored ones and hookups!) And if that’s not quite judgmental enough for you, there’s also a VoteRanked list of all of George’s former flames ordered by hotness. Go ahead and vote for your favorites!
Ron Artest is now Metta World Peace
Once-notorious NBA small forward Ron Artest has changed his ways of late, and now plans to change his name to match his new outlook. The new handle: Metta World Peace. (“Metta” is the buddhist concept of “loving-kindness.” Duh.)
Ranker is home to a lot of Artest fans (we’re located in Los Angeles, after all), so the site’s had a running tally of memorable Ron Artest Moments going for some time. Clearly, this name change made the cut. Also, this weird song he did about his workout routine:
New Summer Movies!
Two big new summer movies hit theaters this week.
First up, Cameron Diaz stars in Jake Kasdan’s comedy “Bad Teacher.” It’s about a bad teacher who tries to become a somewhat better teacher in order to score breast implants. Finally, Hollywood is starting a serious conversation about education reform!
There’s Something About Geometry…
Next up, Pixar prepares to sell enough car-themed merchandise to create the trash-consumed “WALL-E” dystopia they always dreamed of with the release of “Cars 2.” All your favorites are back from the first “Cars” movie, like…that one that sounds like Larry the Cable Guy…and that Italian stereotype one…and, um…
The new film does feature the voices of Eddie Izzard and Michael Caine, so it can’t be all bad. Plus, Pixar!
Why would a world built by cars for cars have skyscrapers in it? I DEMAND ANSWERS, LASSETER!
In other movie news, this week saw the limited release of the documentary “Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop,” about the comedian’s stage tour following his split from NBC’s “Tonight Show.” Hopefully it will be opening everywhere soon! Until then, tide yourself over with these classic Conan O’Brien quotes and quips.
RIP Ryan Dunn and Peter Falk
Ryan Dunn, one of the core members of the team behind the “Jackass” TV show and films, died after driving off a road in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania. He was 34 years old. The circumstances behind Dunn’s demise became somewhat controversial. He was allegedly intoxicated at the time, and was traveling at dangerous speeds, as observed by many on social media within the hours after the accident (including film critic Roger Ebert, no stranger to controversy). What was never in doubt was that Dunn left his fans with a plethora of outrageous skits, pranks and stunts. Ranker’s Angie Marie collected some of them in a Ryan Dunn Memorial list.
Just one more thing…Also leaving us this week was legendary actor Peter Falk. Though perhaps best known as TV’s Lt. Columbo, the highlights of Falk’s filmography are too numerous to even list here. For the curious, we recommend: “The In-Laws,” any of Falk’s collaborations with director John Cassavetes, “The Princess Bride,” Jon Favreau’s “Made” and Wim Wenders’ “Wings of Desire.” The Peter Falk tribute list has more recommendations, not to mention videos of a lot of great Peter Falk memories.