- - Tuesday, December 25, 2012

New York City police whistleblower Frank Serpico says Al Pacino played him better than he did himself.

Mr. Pacino played the detective who exposed widespread police corruption in the 1973 movie “Serpico.” According to The Associated Press, the New York Daily News interviewed the real-life Mr. Serpico in Ghent, in New York’s Hudson Valley, for a recent story.

The 76-year-old retiree spoke weeks after the death of fellow whistleblowing ex-detective David Durk.

Mr. Serpico smiled as an interviewer noted he is ranked No. 41, just behind Lassie, on the American Film Institute’s list of movie heroes. He said that’s “good company.”

The newspaper said Mr. Serpico keeps busy trying to finish a book and taking solitary walks.

Mr. Serpico and Durk’s efforts resulted in front-page newspaper stories and a city panel that recommended reforms to prevent police corruption.

Rolling Stones’ Wood ties knot for third time

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood tied the knot with his theater-producer fiancee, Sally Humphreys, in a private ceremony Friday in London, according to a report in the United Kingdom’s Sun, which also published photos of the bride and groom on their happy day.

Mr. Wood, 65, and Ms. Humphreys, 34, announced their engagement in October, just six months after they began dating, according to People.

According to the reports out of the United Kingdom, the rocker wore pink socks and a navy suit, and the bride wore her mother’s wedding dress.

The low-key ceremony took place in the eighth-floor penthouse in London’s Dorchester Hotel.

Guests included Rod Stewart and his wife, Penny Lancaster, and Paul McCartney and his wife, Nancy Shevell.

This is the third marriage for Mr. Wood, who just played shows with the Stones in the United States as part of their 50 and Counting tour.

Iron Butterfly bassist died of natural causes

Coroner’s officials say Lee Dorman, bass guitarist for the 1960s psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly, died of natural causes in Southern California and there won’t be an autopsy.

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