Pacino plays controversial role as Joe Paterno in new film - All Access Sporting News
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Updated February 16, 10:33 AM CT

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Al Pacino shooting in NY for upcoming movie about "Joe-Pa" 

HBO is filming in NYC  along with star Al Pacino, who is playing the role of disgraced Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. Pacino looks eerily like the disheveled former coach.

The movie is based around the scandal that erupted when news of child-molesting-assistant-coach Jerry Sandusky broke, and the subsequent cover-up.

Riley Keogh, the 28-year-old granddaughter of Elvis Presley, was also spotted on set on Monday. She is playing Sara Ganim, the young journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking the Penn State child abuse scandal story while working for a local newspaper in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Word from the set is there will be a lot of physical, hard-hitting, football going on as well. No word on any shower scenes yet.

Joe died in January 2012, just months after he was fired from his job following the revelation that he covered up Sandusky's sexual abuse crimes.

The release date has not been announced, but is likely to be in 2018.


Ran DeBord is a Sr. Editor with All Access Sporting News  (AASNSports)


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Scaramucci criticized for citing Paterno quote about honor

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - President Donald Trump's communications director lasted only ten days, but is still getting sacked on social media for quoting Joe Paterno while making a point about honor and dignity.

Anthony Scaramucci mentioned the late Penn State football coach's oft-cited line ''act like you've been there before'' during a CNN interview Thursday about his push to stop leaks to the press.

Penn State fired Paterno in 2011 over his handling of child sex abuse allegations against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. A university-commissioned investigation concluded Paterno and others hushed up the allegations for fear of bad publicity.

Paterno, one of college football's winningest coaches, died of lung cancer in January 2012 at 85. He was never charged with a crime. When Paterno died, Scaramucci tweeted he'd met the coach twice and considered him an ''honorable man.''

Scaramucci was fired July 31, 2017.



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