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The Nose on James Caan, ‘The Old Man,’ and more

 Jeff Bridges in ‘The Old Man.’
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Jeff Bridges in ‘The Old Man.’

This week’s Nose wants Sollozzo. If not, it’s all out war.

James Caan was nominated for an Academy Award for playing Sonny in The Godfather. Early in his career, he worked with Billy Wilder and Howard Hawks and Olivia de Havilland, and he went on to star in movies like Brian’s Song, The Gambler, Freebie and the Bean, Funny Lady, Rollerball, Thief, Misery, and Elf. Caan died on Wednesday. He was 82.

And: The Old Man is a spy thiller series on FX based on the 2017 novel by Thomas Perry. It stars Jeff Bridges, John Lithgow, Alia Shawkat, and Amy Brenneman. Five of its seven first season episodes have aired, and it has been renewed for a second season.

Some other stuff that happened this week, give or take:


  • Rich Hollant: Principal at CO:LAB, founder of Free Center, and commissioner on cultural affairs for the city of Hartford
  • Irene Papoulis: Teaches writing at Trinity College
  • Tracy Wu Fastenberg: Development officer at Connecticut Children’s

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Colin McEnroe and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

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