The second season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (now out on DVD and Blu-ray, with Season 3 starting next Sunday) revealed more about Chalky White, the Prohibition-era gangster played by Michael K. Williams who’s nearly as popular a character as Omar Little, the actor’s infamous stickup man from The Wire. Williams, 45, still finds fans surprised that he’s a much nicer guy than either of his two hoodlums. “That’s just a testimony to the work. I take it as a compliment.”
Penny Marshall charmed America in TV’s Laverne & Shirley and gave her comedic and director’s touch to films such as Big and A League of Their Own. Now she tells all with memoir My Mother Was Nuts, out Sept. 18. The brutally honest, heartbreaking tale includes her recent struggle with (and victory over) cancer. Above all, the book is funny. “I think laughter keeps you alive, keeps you from being depressed,” says Marshall, 68. “Not that I’m the perkiest person, but laughter is something that can help everyone through life.
Contributing: Mark Sanchez,Brian Truitt