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Boxing Superstar Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho Dies From Gunshots

24 November 2012 10:01 AM, PST | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho, an electrifying and flamboyant boxer who rose from Spanish Harlem in New York, to become a sensation inside the ring, has died from multiple gunshot wounds in Puerto Rico. He was 50. He died Saturday (Nov. 23) after being shot in the head Tuesday (Nov. 20) in a drive-by shooting, while sitting in a car with a friend. Camacho complied a impressive record of 79 wins against six losses and three draws, and was considered unstoppable during the height of his career. He fought during an era of superstar welterweights that included Sugar Ray Leonard, Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya, Roberto Duran and Hugo Cesar Chavez. [...] »

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Hector 'Macho' Camacho Dead -- Boxing Legend Dies from Gunshot Injuries

24 November 2012 6:20 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Hector "Macho" Camacho has died from injuries he sustained in a drive-by shooting in Puerto Rico. Dr. Ernesto Torres, director of the Centro Medico trauma center in Puerto Rico, said Camacho went into cardiac arrest early Saturday. He was then taken off life support and died shortly thereafter.Camacho and a childhood friend were shot several times Tuesday night while sitting inside their car. Camacho was hospitalized following the attack, but went into cardiac arrest a short time later. »

- TMZ Staff

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Michael Richards Tells Jerry Seinfeld: 'I Blew It' With Comedy Club Meltdown (Video)

28 September 2012 11:10 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Michael Richards reunites with his "Seinfeld" costar Jerry Seinfeld in the season finale of Seinfeld's web-video series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." A lot of wacky hijinks ensue -- including a botched effort to visit the home of boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard -- but the episode takes a serious turn when the duo discusses Richards' 2006 onstage meltdown at Los Angeles' Laugh Factory, during which the actor tossed off N-bombs like the grand wizard at a Klan rally. "I blew it in the comedy club," Richards admits to Seinfeld during »

- Tim Kenneally

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What to Watch: NFL Kick-Off, Carrie Preston's Royal Visit, a Suburgatory Showdown and More

5 September 2012 5:53 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

On TV this Wednesday: Are you ready for some Football Night in America? Plus, a Bloody-good guest star endures some Royal Pains, Suburgatory replays a memorable sorority showdown and The Soul Man might soon be a soul dad. Here are 10 programs to watch out for tonight.

Related | Fall Preview Headquarters — Video, Photos, Schedules & More!

7:30 pm Football Night in America (NBC) | No Doubt and Mariah Carey perform (is it the late 1990s?) at this kick-off to the football season, leading into the Cowboys vs. Giants game at 8:30.

8 pm So You Think You Can Dance (Fox) | The Top 6: Will »

- Kimberly Roots

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2012 Summer Olympics: Michael Phelps, Michael Jordan, Brett Favre - can an elite athlete ever truly walk away?

6 August 2012 8:12 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

He's the most decorated Olympian of all time. He's barely 27 years old, and just took home a few more medals to add to his collection. So, when Michael Phelps says he's retiring, does he really mean it?

"I'm done. I don't know if people really believe me, but I am actually finished. I'm retiring," the Olympic swimming legend tells CNN in a recent interview.

"I'm done," he repeats.

Phelps's loyal legion of fans, however, can cling to a long list of fickle fellow legends for hope. Sugar Ray Leonard announced his retirement in '82, then again in '84, then returned to beat Marvin Hagler in '87 and finally threw his last punch in 1997 - a full fifteen years after his "retirement." Perhaps the closest comparison to Phelps would be Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time, who quit basketball for baseball in '92, returned in '94 and then »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Five Essential... Christian Bale Films

15 July 2012 11:40 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Chris Cooper presents his five essential Christian Bale films…

Some people don’t like Christian Bale. They heard his rant at Shane Hurlbut on the set of Terminator Salvation and decided that he was a nutter who lacked respect. Or they don't like his gravelly 'Batman voice'.

I am not one of these people.

I see a committed and brilliant actor who started young but had to wait to make it big. Sure he has had some missteps along the way (Shaft? Reign of Fire?), but everyone has bills to pay!

So onto the list we go. Here are 5 films I personally feel are essential if you're either a fan of the man, or want to see what the fuss is about. I've also mentioned a few films that whilst not making it onto the top 5, are highly recommended:

5. 3:10 to Yuma (2007, dir. James Mangold)

Many people will think this shouldn’t be here, »

- flickeringmyth

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Sugar Ray Leonard -- I Coulda Beat Manny Pacquiao

12 July 2012 7:00 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Sugar Ray Leonard says ... in his prime, he could've taken Manny Pacquiao. It's a great theoretical match up -- here's the tale of the tape:Sugar Ray Leonard (36-3-1)Height -- 5 ft 10 inReach -- 74 inNotable victories -- Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns, Marvin HaglerFun Fact -- Served as host and mentor on "The Contender" Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2)Height -- 5 ft 6 inReach -- 67 inNotable victories -- Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Shane MosleyFun Fact -- Loves Karaoke. »

- TMZ Staff

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'Hell's Kitchen' Recap: Blue Team Blues

26 June 2012 11:32 AM, PDT | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

You can all breathe a sigh, Hell's Kitchen lovers! I imagine our double night features of Gordon Ramsay and his fashion faux pas are finished. Please, let's not leave lonely men in front of a lit stove while half-dressed models parade around the room ever again!

Gear up Blue Team, because tonight is a brand new service! Clemenza was saved from elimination last night, but this episode is sure to bring new shockers. It's every man for himself in tonight's challenge. Keep your eyes peeled as prized fighters Sugar Ray Leonard and Tito Ortiz make appearances! »

- editor@buddytv.com

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Usher hints at Oscar hopes for 'Hands of Stone'

17 June 2012 4:15 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Usher has suggested that he would like to win an Oscar for his portrayal of boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in forthcoming film Hands of Stone. The 'Climax' singer is keen to pick up an award for the role, despite having had no previous acting experience, reports Bang Showbiz. ''I've seen Oscar winners come out of left field. I'm just saying Jennifer Hudson..." said the 33-year-old. "I'm going into it offering my interpretation and my hard work and my dedication to be the best Sugar Ray ever. "I've spoken to him, and I don't know if I'll ever be able to live up to him but I'll try to be better than him.'' (more) »

- By Alison Rowley

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Usher Confirms He's Set To Play Sugar Ray Leonard, Calls It 'Proper Casting,' Talks Oscar Potential

11 June 2012 11:40 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Well, one thing you can't say he lacks is confidence... it hasn't been officially announced as of our last post on it, but I'd say that this is as good as a confirmation as we can get. In a profile with the UK's Independent, Usher (who's been in London, training for the part) talked in depth about his upcoming role as boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in Hands of Stone, starring opposite Robert De Niro and Gael García Bernal, in a story that will center primarily on Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán (played by Bernal). The highlights of that profile/conversation: On what the appeal of the part was for »

- Tambay

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Usher Raises His 'Hands of Stone' as Sugar Ray Leonard

7 June 2012 1:57 PM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »


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Usher Raymond is getting in the ring!

In case you hadn't heard, the singer/actor has been cast as boxing sensation Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming biopic, "Hands of Stone." He'll be starring with Gael Garcia Bernal as fellow boxer Robert Duran and Robert De Niro as the legendary trainer, Ray Arcel.

Usher dishes on "Hands of Stone" on MTV2's "Sucker Free." Tune into the show on Sundays at 11 p.m. Et for more exclusives and sneak peeks from the world of hip-hop. »

- Bryan Enk

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Mario Lopez Ventures Into Producing With Several Unscripted TV Projects

4 May 2012 2:51 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Mario Lopez, host of syndicated entertainment newsmagazine Extra and MTV’s dance completion American’s Best Dance Crew, has lined up several series projects as a producer. At MTV 3, he has a 10-episode commitment for Golden Boys, a docu series following some of the top young Latin boxers in the world, which he is executive producing with boxing star Oscar De La Hoya, 3 Arts Entertainment and 51 Minds. Lopez also has a series commitment at Comcast’s Latin-driven channel NuVo for Conversations With Mario, an in-depth look at some of the most influential Latin celebrities in the world, which he is exec producing with 3 Arts and Gordo Entertainment. At ABC Family, Lopez is behind Back To Badass, a pilot presentation for a reality series where athletes battle to get back to where they once were and even better. Lopez is exec producing with Trip Taylor. The three projects are in addition »


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Usher Cast as Sugar Ray Leonard in ‘Hands of Stone’; Robert De Niro to Co-Star

23 March 2012 5:15 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

In an unconventional casting choice, BBC reports that R&B singer/sometimes actor Usher Raymond (better known as Usher) has signed to play legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in the Roberto Durán biopic Hands of Stone. Durán, a Panama native whose nickname acts as the title of the movie, was ranked as the 5th Greatest Fighter of the Last 80 Years by publication The Ring and held four different world titles in four different weight divisions, before officially retiring in 2001 after a car crash.

Leonard’s inclusion in Hands of Stone pertains to a specific bout in 1980 between the two, known as Durán-Leonard II, where after eight rounds, Durán went to his corner and gave up, uttering the now famous words “no mas” (no more). The reason why he quit have always remained a mystery; Durán complained of stomach cramps but others  have said that he was simply tired of being embarrassed by Leonard, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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R&B Artist Usher To Play Sugar Ray Leonard In 'Hands Of Stone'; Ryan Kwanten & Michelle Rodriguez Also Join

23 March 2012 5:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Late in 2010, seemingly on the back of David O. Russell's "The Fighter" and all its success, Gael Garcia Bernal and Al Pacino boarded "Hands Of Stone," a biopic of legendary Panamanian boxer Robert Duran which had Venezuelan helmer Jonathan Jakubowicz set to direct. One of Duran's most famous fights was of course against the undefeated Sugar Ray Leonard and, with the film seemingly growing legs recently, an unconventional choice has now been cast to play Leonard.

BBC report that R&B artist Usher will play Leonard, a boxing champion in five different weight divisions who only lost once in 38 fights before two straight defeats in the '90s in the twilight of his career. It'll be interesting to see hust how Usher, whose featured in a handful of films including 2010's "Killers," will manage both the acting and sporting side of things. "I'm in preparation for a very incredible role. »

- Simon Dang

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Usher set to play Sugar Ray Leonard on screen

22 March 2012 11:43 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Usher has confirmed that he's set to play Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming movie "Hands of Stone."

The movie doesn't focus on Leonard, though. Instead it centers on the life of Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán.  

"I'm in preparation for a very incredible role," Usher tells the BBC. "If you guys see me running around London that's what it is. If you see me in the corners boxing. I'm doing that while working on this album."

The singer says Robert DeNiro and Gael García Bernal will also star in the film which is slated to start production later this year. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Blu-ray Review: Real Steel

17 February 2012 11:35 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Real Steel

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand, Anthony Mackie | Written by John Gatins | Directed by Shawn Levy

A film about robots fighting each other that’s both vaguely tolerable and not in 3D? Not on your nelly! At least that’s what I would have said, posed with that question prior to seeing Real Steel.  I am pleased to report that director Shawn Levy’s latest effort is a surprisingly decent little film that may well go some way in setting right the bad name CGI-robot-battle-fests have been given recently.

Set in a near future world where regular puny human boxing has been superseded by exciting, no-holds-barred robot rumbles, former pugilist Hugh Jackman tests his mettle – or ‘metal’, if you will – fighting (via remote control) in the non-league robot boxing circuit.

After a few mishaps, a lot of lost cash and whole pile of broken robot parts, »

- Jack Kirby

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Win: Real Steel on Blu-ray, We Have 2 Copies To Give Away

10 February 2012 6:19 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Discover the heartwarming story that really packs a punch as DreamWorks Pictures’ Real Steel, muscles its way onto Blu-ray™ and DVD from 20 February. Full of bonus features, this must-own in-home experience delivers pulse pounding action filled with heart and soul, along with knockout bonus materials that dive deeper into the action.

The visually stunning Blu-ray™ edition, with pristine high-definition picture and sound enhancements, offers viewers a wide range of bonus features which take you ringside on the making of the film and the cutting edge technology used to create the look and much more.

Hugh Jackman (X-Men franchise, Australia) stars as irresponsible ex-boxer Charlie Kenton where boxing has gone high-tech and 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots have taken over the ring. As the stakes are raised, Charlie and his estranged son Max get one last shot at a making a triumphant comeback.

Exclusive features include a bare-knuckled exposé of the life »

- Matt Holmes

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Big Names To Celebrate Muhammad Ali's 70th Birthday At Charity Gala

9 February 2012 7:30 AM, PST | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

The cast of entertainers and sports icons slated to appear at Keep Memory Alive’s 16th annual Power of Love Gala on Saturday, Feb. 18, in Las Vegas keeps getting bigger every day, though only a limited number of tickets remain for the celebrity-filled fundraiser.

Fans wishing to see what’s happening inside this one-of-a-kind 70th birthday celebration for Muhammad Ali — which will raise funds in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Muhammad Ali Center — will also be able to tune in to “Ali 70th From Las Vegas” on ABC on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 4 p.m. Et and 2 p.m. Pt. It will re-air on ESPN2 later that same night at 10 p.m. Et.

The lineup for the night includes performances and heartfelt tributes from some of the world’s hottest entertainers and sports icons. The list of performers and celebrity supporters slated to »

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Stars To Stand Up To Addiction In The Name Of Prevention

6 February 2012 6:30 AM, PST | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

Angel’s at Risk, a leading Westside-based charity co-founded by Ted Danson that works with at-risk teens and their families in addressing drug and alcohol use and abuse, will host the second annual "Stand Up To Addiction in the Name of Prevention event on February 11 at a private estate in Pacific Palisades.

The event’s host committee includes Irving Azoff, Barbra Streisand, James Brolin, James Caan, Ted Danson, Sugar Ray Leonard Tobey Maguire and many others.

“Prevention education is paramount,” said Susie Spain, Angel’s at Risk co-founder. “We believe that when the issue of addiction is addressed early in life, the family’s future can be changed forever.”

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Blu-ray Review: Real Steel

3 February 2012 1:00 AM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »


Genre: Action | Drama | Sci-Fi


Shawn Levy


John Gatins, Dan Gilroy, Jeremy Leven, Richard Matheson


Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Durand, Hope Davis, Karl Yune, Olga Fonda

MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for or some violence, intense action and brief language)


127 min


Balancing gritty action and emotional heart, “Real Steel” is an inspiring and visually stunning film that takes audiences on an action-packed journey. Washed-up boxer Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) scrapes by as a small-time robot-fight promoter as he tries to make a comeback. Against all odds he eventually succeeds—at least in the eyes of his son Max (Dakota Goyo). “Real Steel” is spectacular family entertainment that will have everyone cheering again and again.

At its heart, director Shawn Levy‘s Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robot movie is an old school underdog tale, with a sentimental father and son story at its core. »

- Jason Moore

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