PASSAGES: Lee May Serenade Soldiers
REVIVED: Bruce Willis, 47, is near a deal with 20th Century Fox to bring a fourth installment of the "Die Hard" series to the big screen, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The first "Die Hard" debuted in 1988 and went on to gross more than $137 million worldwide. "Die Hard 2" followed in 1990 and made $117.5 million in the U.S. and a total of $237.7 million worldwide. The third film, 1995's "Die Hard With a Vengeance," took in $100 million domestically and $354 million worldwide.
MOURNED: Stephen E. Ambrose, 66, whose best-selling books made America's aging World War II veterans hometown heroes again, died of lung cancer early Sunday at a Mississippi hospital. His more than 30 books included "Band of Brothers," the basis for the Emmy-winning HBO miniseries produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. Another loss this weekend was that of Grammy-winning composer and bandleader Ray Conniff, 85, who had a runaway hit in the mid-'60s with a vocal version of the theme to the movie epic "Doctor Zhivago," called "Somewhere My Love." Conniff died near San Diego Saturday after falling down and hitting his head, reports AP. He had suffered a stroke in April.
RESCINDED: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, 60, will not march in New York's Columbus Day Parade on Monday after all, nor will his guests, "Sopranos" stars Dominic Chianese and Lorraine Bracco, the politician announced on his weekend radio broadcast. The Italian-American group Columbus Citizens Foundation, which has run the parade for 58 years, asked Bloomberg to take back his invitation to the two actors because the group was "deeply offended by this program's extremely negative and ugly stereotyping of our people." Instead, Bloomberg, Chianese and Bracco plan to have an Italian lunch together in the Bronx.