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Denis Leary

Leary may join 'Spider-Man' cast

Los Angeles -- Actor, comedian, writer and producer Denis Leary is in talks to play police Capt. George Stacy in the new "Spider-Man" movie, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Stacy is the father of Gwen, the love interest of Spider-Man/Peter Parker in the film, which is to be directed by Marc Webb starting next month.
Emma Stone has been cast in the role of Gwen, while Andrew Garfield is to play the titular web-slinger.

Details of the movie's plot are being closely guarded, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Leary's film credits include "The Ref," "Two if By Sea," "The Matchmaker" and "The Thomas Crown Affair." He is also the star and co-creator of TV's "Rescue Me."

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Rock, Leary star in Kinison special

New York -- Comedy Central says it plans to air a tribute to late U.S. stand-up comic Sam Kinison, featuring Chris Rock, Denis Leary, George Lopez and Lewis Black.

Jay Leno, Kathy Griffin and Richard Belzer also took part in the program, "Back From Hell: A Tribute to Sam Kinison," which is set to air on the cable network Nov. 13.

An uncut and uncensored version of the tribute is to be released on DVD Nov. 16.
"For renegade comic Sam Kinison, nothing was out of bounds," the network said in a news release Monday. "Never afraid to be politically incorrect, he took on religion, relationships, sex and drugs, even world hunger."

Comedy Central noted the special has some of Hollywood's biggest names in comedy contributing to the commentary.

Leary to tour again with Ferrera, Clarke

New York -- Denis Leary has announced he and his "Rescue Me" co-stars Adam Ferrera and Lenny Clarke are planning a second U.S. summer comedy show tour.

"The Rescue Me Comedy Tour 2" is slated to start in Atlantic City, N.J., May 22.

It is expected to include stops in 11 U.S. cities and part of the tour's proceeds will be donated to the Leary Firefighters Foundation, reported Tuesday.

"We had such an amazing time on the 'Rescue Me' comedy tour last summer and most of the restraining orders and obscenity charges have either lapsed or didn't hold up in court, so we are headed back out on the open road to make America laugh," Leary said in a statement.

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Leary foundation got poor financial rating

New York -- A watchdog group says a charitable group started by U.S. actor Denis Leary received one of the worst 2007 financial ratings among 92 celebrity non-profits.

Joanne Reisser, vice president of development for the watchdog group Charity Navigator, said the Leary Firefighters Foundation had a $50,000 deficit in 2007 and received one star for its poor financial performance, the New York Post said Sunday.

"Basically, they're living hand-to-mouth," Reisser said of the foundation's performance. "You can't sustain something like that for long."

Reisser praised the Leary foundation's goal of helping fire departments by providing money and equipment, but recommended financial changes to improve such efforts.