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Friday’s Headlines recap: Robin Williams’ widow says the actor was suffering from early stages of Parkinson’s; Chuck Todd to replace David Gregory on NBC News’ ‘Meet the Press’

08.15.14 at 8:32 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Friday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk MinihaneGerry Callahan and guest host Jon Meterparel. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

–Longtime actor and comedian Robin Williams was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson’s disease and was sober when he committed suicide on Monday, his widow, Susan Schneider, said in a statement Thursday.

“It makes sense that that could’ve pushed him over the edge,” Callahan said. “He was in financial distress, probably struggling with his career, doing a stupid sitcom with Sarah Michelle Gellar and probably felt in that very dark place.”

Said Meterparel: “Probably felt he had nothing else to live for.”

“You could sort of see that being a closer,” Minihane said. “Parkinson’s seems like a brutal disease to live with.”

– NBC News announced Thursday that David Gregory, who led the program “Meet the Press” for almost six years, is leaving the network after 20 years. Chuck Todd will take his place Sept. 7.

“So they dump one snobby liberal for another snobby liberal,” Callahan said.

Said Minihane: “If you’re the people at NBC, it’s almost like getting a new commissioner of baseball. Don’t you think, ‘Let’s change it up?’ Is anybody going to say, ‘Oh my God, Chuck Todd is on now?’” Read the rest of this entry »

Thursday’s Headlines recap: Robin Williams’ downward spiral on ‘The Crazy Ones,’ President Obama approaching 200 rounds of golf since 2009 election

08.14.14 at 10:09 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Thursday’€™s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, Gerry Callahan and guest host Jon Meterparel. To listen to the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

New details are slowly emerging regarding Robin Williams‘€™ concerning behavior while on the set of his last TV show, “The Crazy Ones.”€

“So the truth is slowly leaking out,”€ Callahan said.

“€œDid you watch ‘€˜The Crazy Ones?’€™ “€œ Callahan asked.

“Once, because [Williams] was in it,”€ Meterparel responded.

“œI did the same thing, I watched the pilot. It’€™s the worst thing I ever saw. I didn’€™t make it through,”€ Minihane said.

Last May, Williams insisted on filming a scene for the CBS series while drinking actual alcohol, an action that seemed to “calm him down.”€

A source told Radar Online that Williams, reeling financially, would sleep for almost 20 hours a day in the weeks leading up to his tragic death.

“Do you think there was any saving Robin Williams?” Callahan asked.

Said Minihane: “I think if he was doing well financially right now, he would have committed suicide six years from now. … I just think when there are demons; there are demons for some guys. I think he might have been one of those guys.”

Barack Obama is coming up on his 200th round of golf since his election as President back in 2009. The Washington Times was quick to point out that golf star Tiger Woods has only played 269 rounds during that same time.

“The sad thing is that his handicap is lower than Tiger’€™s,”€ Callahan remarked.

“Would you play golf with Obama if you got an invitation?”€ Minihane asked Callahan.

‘€œNo. … I would be uncomfortable,”€ Callahan responded.

“Why, he’€™s the President of the United States. … What a jerk. Is that a jerk move?”€ Minihane said.

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Wednesday’s Headlines recap: Hilary Clinton to hold book signing in Martha’s Vineyard; murder suspect asks Siri how to hide roommate; cousin of Aaron Hernandez sentenced to probabtion

08.13.14 at 9:53 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Wednesday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk MinihaneGerry Callahan and guest host Jon Meterparel. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

– President Barrack Obama has stopped into Bunch of Grapes Bookstore during trips to Martha’s Vineyard while on a family vacation.

“He’s playing golf every day, playing golf with Ray Allen,” Callahan said. “He’s got a family, kids, friends, got to get ice cream. When does he have time to read?”

Asked Meterparel: “Does he play golf in the rain?”

“It seems like he plays golf during anything,” Callahan said. “Wars, international crises. … It’s not a good look.”

Obama likely won’t be there on Wednesday, however, as Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton is expected to be there to sign copies of her latest book.

“She and the president have been in a little bit of a battle right now,” Minihane said. “She’s been critical of him lately.”

– A man accused of killing his roommate in Gainesville, Fla., told the Siri application on his iPhone that he needed “to hide my roommate” on the day the men were last seen together.

The evidence was used Tuesday in the trial of Pedro Bravo, who is charged with drugging and strangling roommate Christian Aguilar after an argument. Read the rest of this entry »

Tuesday’s Three for All roundup: Remembering Robin Williams

08.12.14 at 1:59 pm ET
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Here are the highlights from Tuesday’s Three for All on Middays with MFB with Lou MerloniChristian Fauria and Tim Benz. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

The guys dedicated their segment Tuesday to celebrating legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams, who died of an apparent suicide Monday at the age of 63. They started by discussing Williams’ part in the movie “Good Will Hunting,” in which Williams plays a more serious and constrained role compared to many of his others.

“For a guy that was that manic — all over the place when it comes to his performance in a lot of his other movies and on stage in his stand-up — he was so reserved and so laid back for large portions of that role,” Benz said. “It was striking he could be that way on film. I think that’s why it resonated with people the way it did.”

– Soon after the news of Williams’ death was made public, fans of the Oscar winner and “Good Will Hunting” spontaneously set up a memorial at the Boston Public Garden bench that Williams and Matt Damon sat on during one of the film’s most memorable scenes.

Nicholas Rabchenuk and his girlfriend brought flowers and chalk to the bench. The couple and two others teamed up to write lines from the movie, including “Sorry guys, I went to see about a girl” and “Your move, chief.”

“A lot of people are now paying tribute to that bench in Boston Public Garden,” Merloni said.

– Fauria took some time to reflect on his favorite Williams movie, “The Best of Times.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday’s Headlines recap: CBS Sports to debut first all-female sports talk show; Newton native writes scholarly journal on Bruce Springsteen

08.12.14 at 11:03 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Tuesday’s Headlines with Kirk Minihane and guest hosts Rob Bradford and Jon Meterparel. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

CBS Sports confirmed to The Big Lead that the network will debut the first all-female sports talk show in September that will include former NESN sideline reporter Jenny Dell as co-host.

The weekly show, which will air on CBS Sports Network, will feature an all-female cast with Dell, Lesley VisserDana JacobsonAmy TraskAllie LaForce and Tracy Wolfson. The show will be produced and directed by women as well.

“I think that’s got potential,” Meterparel said.

Minihane and Bradford disagreed.

“I would just say that it is not going to work,” Minihane said. [Dell] is a nice person, I don’t think she’s shown any personality yet on television. How about Lesley Visser at this point, is she like the Barbara Walters of that show?”

Said Bradford: “Haven’t we learned our lesson? It’s the same thing newspapers do when they say, ‘We’ve got to do X Games coverage because we’ve got to get that crowd.’ You can’t go off the script. You can’t go away from what people go to you for.

“Let me ask you this: in this show, who are they hoping is going to watch this?”

“Guys who like Alli LaForce,” Meterparel responded.

Said Minihane: “My problem is if they’re smart and funny and talk about stuff, I’m in. If they don’t — if they talk about how great athletes are and this and that — after a day or two people aren’t going to watch because Jenny Dell and Allie LaForce are good-looking.”

“That’s my point,” Bradford said. “If they want to have all women on it, great. But do it because they’re good. Do it because they’re entertaining and they’re good at what they’re doing.”

– Newton native Jonathan Cohen launched an academic journal, titled BOSS: The Biannual Online-journal of Springsteen Studies, focusing on Bruce Springsteen for his master’s thesis.

The 23-year-old Cohen is a PhD candidate at the University of Virginia. His thesis examines “deindustrialization and working-class memory” in Freehold, New Jersey, the hometown of Springsteen.

“I would read that” said Meterparel.

“I wouldn’t read that,” Bradford said, “because I don’t read. I only write.”

Said Minihane: “Springsteen is weird as a subject because his life is not that interesting. There’s no crazy drama, there’s no drugs. He’s kept it quiet. He’s been the same for like 25 years.”

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