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It's not an exaggeration to say that the Rocky movies were inconsistent in presenting memorable opponents for Sylvester Stallone's "Italian Stallion" to face in the ring. The first Rocky and its sequel gave us Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), who went from rival to respected friend, and Rocky III gave us a straight-up cartoonish villain thanks to Clubber Lang (Mr. T), but Tommy Gunn... Read More »
- Dave Davis
There has been talk of a Creed sequel ever since the original Creed movie hit theaters in November 2015, and now it finally may be happening. Sylvester Stallone took to Instagram recently to share a number of behind-the-scenes photos from Rocky IV, featuring the actor/director along with Dolph Lundgren as the Russian boxer Ivan Drago and Carl Weathers as the iconic Apollo Creed, the father of Michael B. Jordan's Adonis Creed from the 2015 spin-off. While we haven't heard much about Creed 2 lately, it seems Sylvester Stallone could be teasing that Dolph Lundgren's Ivan Drago will return to fight Michael B. Jordan's Adonis Creed. Here's what Sylvester Stallone had to say in a cryptic photo, which had been altered to show Adonis Creed squaring off with Ivan Drago, with Stallone's Rocky Balboa in the background.
"Here's a chance to stretch your imagination ... History Will Always Repeat Itself In One Form Or Another, »
One of the most outrageous running gags on HBO’s “Silicon Valley” involves the rivalry between geeky coders Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) and Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani), who trade insults even when they’re on the clock. The pair’s invective knows no bounds, and in Gilfoyle’s case, that includes Dinesh’s ethnicity. Over the course of the show, Gilfoyle has referred to Dinesh as “a Pakistani Mr. T.,” joked that he “might be the first Pakistani killed by a drone inside the U.S.,” and even made a reference to suicide bombers.
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But Nanjiani’s unfazed by the offensive nature of the material. “Obviously, on ‘Silicon Valley,’ people make jokes that are racist,” the comic actor said in an interview last week. “So you just have to figure out — is the show saying this is good, »
- Eric Kohn
Of arms and the man I sing • Virgil
If high-flyin’ kick-ass jelly is your pleasure, sir or madam, and you haven’t yet seen Wonder Woman, well, skedaddle. Plenty of action there and you can still see it on the big screen, the way god – Zeus? – intended it to be seen. The USA Today movie maven wrote that during the last battle, the CGI seams were showing. Maybe, but I didn’t see them.
But there’s more to the film than excellent mayhem, seamless or otherwise. Melded into the reinvented mythology that constitutes a lot of Ww’s backstory is an advocacy for peace. It doesn’t take much screen time and it’s played gently – this isn’t the kind of story that grabs you by the lapels, shakes you and snarls listen to me! But the message is there and it’s one that seldom encountered in mega-entertainments. War is not glorious. Violence is a last resort.
In the movie, Ww’s sister warriors learn combat skills only to be able to protect themselves and their home from invasion. World War I is raging in Europe and we see enough of it to demonstrate that the Amazons’ fears are justified. Ww is horrified at the carnage – the slaughter of innocents – and that’s why she gets involved. But we are given no reason to believe that she enjoys any of it.
I don’t know if Ww’s pacific sentiments are registering with the popcorn crowd.
It’s not an easy sell, this peace stuff, not in a country whose president crows that we must win more wars if America is to be great. (The president adds “again” to the end of the previous sentence, but I’d rather not do that.) Not that we must strive to end the monstrous cruelty that’s war by deploying troops if absolutely necessary and recalling them as soon as possible. No, our Mr. T wants to win more wars which presumably requires starting new wars.
Let’s be fair. War and its glorification is as old as civilization (older if you count the skirmishes that must have occurred among hunter-gatherers.) It’s that ole debbil evolution again. Our ancestors developed an aptitude for savagery because that enabled them to deal with the perils of their world and, incidentally, allowed their descendants to become big cheeses. (Take a bow, you and I.) And much of our earliest narrative art deals with soldiers: you know – Odysseus, Achilles, Aeneas. That crowd.
So here we are and that which enabled us to survive now threatens to destroy us. And judging by the news media, nobody seems interested in even acknowledging the existence of options other than creating shiny new hells for our children to enjoy. Maybe someone will think of a way to make peace seem as desirable as war.
Meanwhile, we’ve got Wonder Woman. »
- Dennis O'Neil
Although its ratings have declined over the years, it was unlikely the Dancing with the Stars TV show would be would be cancelled after season 23 aired last fall, because it remained a strong performer for ABC. Eventually though, even the most celebrated reality competition series come to an end. Will Dancing with the Stars be cancelled or renewed for a 25th season? Stay tuned.Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews return to host Dancing with the Stars season 24. Judges include Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Julianne Hough. Celebrities competing in cycle 24 are Bonner Bolton, Charo, Chris Kattan, David Ross, Erika Jayne, Heather Morris, Mr. T, Nancy Kerrigan, Nick Viall, Normani Kordel, Rashad Jennings, and Simone Biles.The dancing pros this cycle are Sharna Burgess, Keo Motsepe, Witney Carson, Lindsay Arnold, Gleb Savchenko, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Kym Herjavec, Artem »
And the winning couple of Dancing With the Stars is...
#TeamShadSquad were announced as the dance competition show's season 24 champions during Tuesday night's finals, happily accepting the coveted Mirrorball trophy and hopping into a car with hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.
For their last dance, Rashad and Emma performed a cha cha-tango fusion, receiving 39/40 points from the judges, totaling 119/120 for the two-night finale.
Julianne Hough chimed in, telling the duo, “This is a great way to finish the season. Unbelievable!”
Host Erin Andrews revealed the 32-year-old athlete spent a total of 362 hours in rehearsal, the most of any contestant on the show. “I push myself so hard, because working hard is all I know,” Rashad said. “I »
One of the most beloved film franchises in Hollywood history – and arguably one of the best – is the Rocky franchise. After the original came out in 1976, fans could not get enough of the Italian Stallion and his brilliant and sometimes painful journey from zero to hero.
This weekend sees the release of Chuck, the story of small-time boxer Chuck Wepner, who in 1975 went 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali, and became the inspiration that led a young writer/actor named Sylvester Stallone to write Rocky.
Not only was Rocky a box office success, it went on to win 3 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for John G.Avildsen. It also led to 6 sequels that kept fans cheering for Rocky for nearly 40 years.
- Movie Geeks
On Wednesday, the actor was gifted with special heartwarming messages from his TV family, who took to social media to express how much they loved him.
Candace Cameron Bure, who plays Saget's TV daughter, D.J. Tanner, shared a photo of the two, writing on Instagram, "Happy birthday to the one and only Bob Saget! If I start listing all the things I love about you and about how well we get each other, it's gonna sound like a remembrance instead of a celebration."
"Love you with all my heart," she added. "Anyone who's had the blessing of knowing you for even a minute has been touched and changed. (And don't go making that into a dirty joke). Happy Birthday Bob - from all my heart." »
Order a couple more mirrorball trophies. ABC has renewed its Dancing with the Stars TV show for a 25th and a 26th season. In cycle 24, competitors included: Bonner Bolton, Charo, Chris Kattan, David Ross, Erika Jayne, Heather Morris, Mr. T, Nancy Kerrigan, Nick Viall, Normani Kordel, Rashad Jennings, and Simone Biles. Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews host the celebrity dance competition series on ABC. Dancing with the Stars judges include Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Julianne Hough. In season 24, Sharna Burgess, Keo Motsepe, Witney Carson, Lindsay Arnold, Gleb Savchenko, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Kym Herjavec, Artem Chigvintsev, Peta Murgatroyd, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Emma Slater, and Sasha Farber served as the professional dance partners. Read More… »
Et's Lauren Zima caught up with the couple at the Race to Erase Ms Gala at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on Friday, where they opened up about their first year of marriage, and revealed how they'll be celebrating their wedding anniversary.
"We want to go to Greece!" Hervjavec revealed.
"Yeah, it's going to be our one-year anniversary in July, so I think we're gonna go to Greece," Johnson added.
With just nine months of marriage in the bucket, the cute couple are still newlyweds -- though they don't feel like it.
"It's weird because... I guess we're newlyweds, but I feel like we've been together forever in a great way, as well," Johnson explained.
"Yeah, it doesn't feel newlywed. It feels great »
After her second dance of the night, Biles did not look pleased to hear some inexplicably harsh feedback about her routine, especially from Carrie Ann Inaba, who shared her notes along with some kind words and supportive comments.
When asked by host Tom Bergeron why the positive comments didn't elicit a smile from the 20-year-old Olympian, Biles replied "Smiling doesn’t win you gold medals."
The biting comeback received an outpouring of support from her fans, who applauded Biles for standing up for herself against the judges' surprisingly lackluster feedback.
Biles has been one of Dancing With the Stars' fan favorites since the season began, but the four-time »
Mr. T is totally a tough guy, but in the cutest way possible.
He came to the Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento, California, paralyzed, but he wouldn’t let that minor detail stop him from getting around.
As you can see from this video, the 1-year-old dragged his back legs behind him with a big, bright smile on his face.
The kind folks at 3D Orthotics, LLC wanted to make life easier for Mr. T so they fashioned a custom-made wheelchair out of 3D-printed parts just for him.
He got his wheels on April 26, and maybe that’s where »
- Amy Jamieson
It was Disney Week on Monday's Dancing With the Stars, and that meant a lot of beautiful costumes, intricate dances, ornate set designs and a whole lot of nostalgia-fueled magic.
Check out which stars paid the most epic tribute to the Disney classics that inspired their routines, and which contestant was sent home after a night of impressive performances.
Watch: 'DWTS' Week 5 Preview: Bonner Bolton's 'Very Different' Tango, Normani Kordei's 'Macho' Moves & More!
1. Rashad Jennings Shows Off His Beast Side
While the performance -- which was based on Belle's iconic ballroom dance with the eponymous Beast -- was majestic, many of the judges felt Jennings' footwork and timing could have used improvement, and they ended up with a score of 32 out of 40, one »
Peta Murgatroyd is back in the Dancing with the Stars ballroom just months after welcoming son Shai with fiancé Maksim Chmerkovskiy in January — and she’s blogging about her experience exclusively for People. Follow Murgatroyd, 30, and her partner, The Bachelor star Nick Viall, 37, on Twitter!
So, last week defied even my high expectations. I had been hoping for us to get at least three 7s and an 8 from the judges and we ended up with two 8s!
I am so proud of how Nick is progressing. I think he had a lot of fun getting into character for the routine »
- Peta Murgatroyd
The former Saturday Night Live star sat down with Et's Nischelle Turner on Thursday, and got candid about his brief yet memorable time on the show, dishing on the changes he would like to see in future seasons.
Watch: Chris Kattan Might Bring His 'Night at the Roxbury' Moves to 'DWTS'
Kattan said there is "an unfairness to the fact" that each year's slate of new contestants come into the competition with wildly different levels of dancing talent.
"Simone Biles and Charo and I are three different people going into the show," Kattan explained. "I'm not as good of a dancer as Charo [and] we have our different moves, but we can't move like Simone Biles."
Kattan says the real problem on the dancing competition show is »
Janelle Monae knows how to vacation!
After an amazing year staring in the Oscar-winning film Moonlight, and the Oscar-nominated film, Hidden Figures, Booking.com offered actress Janelle Monae a chance to relax at a luxury villa with friends in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic at the Villa Sirena on Friday. The private retreat is a whopping $20,000 per week -- which also comes with a butler and chef!
Earlier in March, dog lover Lisa Vanderpump posed with figure skating commentators, Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir for the first annual Beverly Hills Dog Show presented by Purina at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. Catch the dog show on April 16 on USA Network!
Date night! Olivia Culpo and boyfriend Danny Amendola made it a double date with Jesse Metcalfe and his fiancée, Cara Santana, on March 30 at the W Las Vegas grand opening, where Santana's app The Glam App teamed up with the hotel to be their on-demand beauty partner »
Rashad Jennings opened his heart to the world on Monday's Dancing With the Stars, sharing the story of his tumultuous relationship with his father and their emotional reconnection for the show's "Most Memorable Year" week.
According to the NFL pro, it felt "really, really good to be able to dance such an emotional dance."
Et's Cameron Mathison caught up with Jennings and his partner, Emma Slater, after the show, and the handsome star opened up about getting the chance to tell an "authentic" interpretation of his connection to his dad.
Watch: Rashad Jennings Brings 'DWTS' Audience to Tears With Emotional Dance for his Father, Earns Season's First 10s
"That's my life story," Jennings shared. "That's how I feel towards my father, and to be able to express that on the dance floor -- and Emma coming up with her awesome choreography for it -- I was able to display a lot. So I'm super »
*Caution: Spoilers ahead!*
It was Most Memorable Year week on Monday's Dancing With the Stars -- that time of the DWTS season when celebs make everybody cry with their touching, emotional stories of a hardship they've overcome, a sacrifice they've made or a pivotal moment in their lives that changed the course of their destiny -- and this season's crop of stars had some truly moving memories to share.
From parental relationships to health problems, here's a look at some of the night's most emotional stories.
Watch: Rashad Jennings Brings 'DWTS' Audience to Tears With Emotional Dance for his Father, Earns Season's First 10s
Nancy Kerrigan Opens Up About Her Miscarriages
The former Olympian got choked up during her pre-taped package, where she got candid about her emotionally painful struggle to have children.
"Since I was 10 years old, I always wanted to have three kids by the time I was 30, sort of like what my mom had »
Dancing With the Stars doesn’t care how emotionally stable you are. When it comes time for Most Memorable Years Night — as it did on Monday — the ABC competition series is out to destroy you.
As is tradition on DWTS, the contestants performed routines inspired by significant years in their lives, and — Mr. T wordplay alert! — I pity the fool who didn’t bring a full box of tissues over to the couch for Monday’s episode.
Not moved by the A-Team star’s emotional battle against cancer? Well, allow Nancy Kerrigan to tell you about the gut-wrenching hurdles (six »
Who filled that ballroom with onions tonight?! Most Memorable Year is always a tough night to get through, and this was no exception. We cried, we cheered, we explained ourselves to the rest of the office after we lost it when Rashad Jennings hugged his dad, and we nodded knowingly when Mr. T was eliminated from the competition. There's a whole lot of talent on the show this season, even when you don't consider professional dancer Heather Morris, so it only made sense that Mr. T would be sent home. It also made sense that Carrie Ann Inaba continued her nonsense quest to make everyone mad by docking points for lifts, and that Len Goodman refused to play along when »
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