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Brian D'ambrosio

Big Sky on the Big Screen: Walking Out With Alex and Andrew Smith

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 02.05.2016 | Entertainment
Brian DAmbrosio

Filmed on location in Paradise Valley, Livingston and Bozeman, Walking Out earns the "Made-in-Montana" label. Indeed, Andrew and Alex Smith revere their art as the act of sharing a point of view of both visual and emotional truth.

Shoot First, Pass Later: A Life of Jeremy Roenick

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 11.25.2015 | Sports
Brian DAmbrosio

Brash. Self-assured. Upfront. Sure, Roenick retains a style that is indisputably all his own. The same characteristics that propelled him to nine All-Star Games and a comfortable slot in the broadcast booth outline his new book, Shoot First, Pass Later.

"Living in Fear": "Rowdy" Roddy Piper's Unpublished Interview

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 08.06.2015 | Entertainment
Brian DAmbrosio

If the bad wrestler - known as the heel in the entertainment wrestling industry's parlance - is doing his job well, he should always be looking over his shoulder for the deranged fan or angry onlooker.

Sober Robbie Knievel to Ascend Again

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 07.22.2015 | Entertainment
Brian DAmbrosio

Robbie Knievel loves wreaking his own brand of adventurous havoc. He loves whiskey. He loves a good firm drink to compose his nerves before and after a death-flouting feat.

This Animated WWI Doc Illuminates The Soul And Spirit Of The Conflict

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 06.01.2015 | Arts
Brian DAmbrosio

Smetanka's script may have been derived from the artifacts of life, but it had also undergone the alchemy of creation, and the final product steers facts through invention until they emerge as something other, real, and true.

Perambulatory Poetry: James McMurty's "Complicated Game"

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 05.26.2015 | Entertainment
Brian DAmbrosio

The concept of what propels an artist leaves us with a mystery. Regimented as it may seem at times, McMurtry's work has a meaning and an order. At 53, he has no deep, philosophical connection of his destiny. He plays music.

Northern Exposed: Darren Burrows' Return to Cicely

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 05.08.2015 | Entertainment
Brian DAmbrosio

"Northern Exposure wasn't a place, it was a state of mind," said Darren Burrows, 48, who explains away the mystery and loss in his new book, "Northern Exposed," which was crowdfunded on Indiegogo.

Ex-Boxer Rodney Moore Getting Philly Kids to 'Fight to Learn'

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 06.27.2015 | Impact
Brian DAmbrosio

Early on in his experience as a non-profit planner, Rodney Moore found that people tended to underestimate him. Most thought he was too well-mannered or unproven to be taken seriously. People questioned whether he understood what it took to be fully committed to a single cause.

Rob O'Neill's Montana Return

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Brian DAmbrosio

During his career in the Navy, Rob O'Neill served as a team leader within the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, also known as SEAL Team Six, and completed more than 400 different combat missions within four dramas of war.

A Matter of Inches: Clint Malarchuk's Lifelong Battle With Mental Illness

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 04.01.2015 | Sports
Brian DAmbrosio

Besieged throughout his life by dread, anxiety, insecurity, resentment, depression, suicidal thoughts and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Clint Malarchuk reached the NHL and played parts of 11 seasons.

The Terms of John Hiatt's Surrender

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 01.06.2015 | Entertainment
Brian DAmbrosio

"I still wake up every morning with the same cast of characters running around in my head," said Hiatt. "I just keep sitting them down and giving them a good talking to. I say, 'c'mon, now, let it go.' But they have plans of their own." Those characters keep the pressure on. And that's to our benefit.

From SNL to Talk Radio, Joe Piscopo 'Digs the Journey'

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 12.02.2014 | Entertainment
Brian DAmbrosio

What a ride it has been for the famous New Jersey native, age 63. From satirist to commercial kingpin to, most recently, radio talk show host, Piscopo has cracked the code on how to formulate all things re-inventive.

George Takei Humbled "to Be Takei"

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 10.25.2014 | Entertainment
Brian DAmbrosio

George Takei learned from his father that one could best get what one desired by expressing what they want rather than complaining about the way things are. From Takekuma Norman Takei, George also learned the usefulness of optimism in the face of confrontation.

YOGA Master: Diamond Dallas Page's Reluctant Destiny

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 10.08.2014 | Entertainment
Brian DAmbrosio

Page learned quickly that breaking into the highly-competitive health fitness market required the mettle of a burglar and perseverance of an inventor.

Congressional Hopeful McCline: "Hastings Is on His Heels"

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Brian DAmbrosio

Thomas Jefferson once said that "when a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property." This estimation by our third president is clearly not lost on McCline.

The Balancing Act of Wrestling Legend Rick Martel

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 08.27.2014 | Sports
Brian DAmbrosio

Belief in fiction becomes fact. At least that's how it commonly plays out in the lives of professional wrestlers. Wrestling is a fantasy version of events and its participants are performers vulnerable to its spellbinding temperament.

Jim Myers' Double Life as George "The Animal" Steele

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 07.16.2014 | Entertainment
Brian DAmbrosio

Crowds went crazy for this feral beast of wrestling of the '60s, '70s, and '80s golden age of the then-World Wrestling Federation.

Pioneer From the Projects: The 'Dyn-o-mite!' Life of Jimmie Walker

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 06.21.2014 | Entertainment
Brian DAmbrosio

You usually don't consider a pioneer as someone raised in the razor-wire, graffiti-strewn projects of the South Bronx. Or someone who once got their...

NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Muñoz Living a New Legacy

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 05.20.2014 | Sports
Brian DAmbrosio

Few players in the NFL have earned the respect and admiration of present and former NFL players as has tackle Anthony Muñoz. But that's just part of the story -- or a fraction of his life narrative, really.

Earl Campbell's Enduring Appeal

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 05.04.2014 | Sports
Brian DAmbrosio

It's been more than three decades since the 5'11", 232-pound ball-carrying bull from the University of Texas, joined the Houston Oilers as the first player taken in the 1978 National Football League Draft.

Billy Sims' Second Act in BBQ

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 04.21.2014 | Sports
Brian DAmbrosio

When your business is inseparable from your name, and that name is attached to a sport, naturally, you must be physical. That's one reason that Billy Sims may be seen at one of his Billy Sims BBQ restaurants wiping counters or busing tables.

Success in Sauce: Former Raider Kenny King Cooks Up Family's Texas Recipe

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 04.13.2014 | Sports
Brian DAmbrosio

King moved to fullback when the Raiders drafted Marcus Allen and he helped orchestrate Allen's Super Bowl XVIII MVP performance in 1984. Now hopes to make his mark indulging appetites.

The Captain and the Scout: Montanans Add Authenticity to Oscar-Nominated Nebraska

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 04.07.2014 | Entertainment
Brian DAmbrosio

Academy Award winning director Alexander Payne was looking for authenticity when he brought his crew to Billings and Laurel for a week in November 2012 to film parts of "Nebraska."

Music as Refuge: the Life of John Gorka

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 03.06.2014 | Entertainment
Brian DAmbrosio

Rules of art were made to be shattered. When broken by accident, that's gaucheness. When broken on purpose, well, that's style. John Gorka's technique breaks free from the rules of modern music.

Original Flame Jim Peplinski: 'Today's Players Forget to Protect Themselves'

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 03.05.2014 | Sports
Brian DAmbrosio

When Jim Peplinski entered the NHL more than three decades ago, players didn't look to the officials to solve their problems. Rectifying disputes wasn't the referee's strong suit, and the players policed themselves.