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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mike Tyson, Randy Travis, Danny DeVito and Scott Hamilton got together with a bunch of kids from the Special Olympics and made a 1988 television program A Very Special Christmas Party. If you find the Governator's DVD and Blu-ray commentary tracks amusing, this should rank right up there with the best of them. Arnie plays the pseudo Santa of the bunch, holding throne in a La-z-Boy recliner while tormenting the confused children around him with stories about satanic abduction during his childhood in Austria. It's a rollicking, merry, ho-ho good time! The surreal clip concludes with a musical number, in which we get to see Mike Tyson attempt to dance and look like he wants to get the hell out of there in a hurry. What a great bit of vintage weirdness...
TNT is hot for Cold Justice. The network has ordered a 10-episode spin-off of the real-life crime drama, which will focus on sex-related crimes, rather than homicides.
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The untitled spin-off will follow former Harris County, Texas, prosecutors Casey Garrett and Alicia O’Neill as they travel to small towns across the United States “to help local law enforcement close cases that have sat dormant for years.”
TNT is planning to launch the new series in Spring 2015.
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Move over Scott Hamilton, Tom Hammond and Sandra Bezic — NBC Sports Group has a new No. 1 figure skating broadcast team: Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski and play-by-play announcer Terry Gannon. All three previously served as commentators during NBC's coverage of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. See photos: 12 of the Most Dramatic Moments in Sport Movies “Johnny, Tara and Terry were breakout TV stars in Sochi,” said Jim Bell, Executive Producer of NBC Olympics. “We're excited that viewers will be treated to this team's informative and entertaining commentary for many years to come, all while looking fabulous.” The three will make their fall debut together on. »
- Tony Maglio and Ryan O'Connell
MTV’s “Scream” TV show won’t feature Ghostface The holder of the rights to the iconic masked character says Ghostface is not a part of the MTV remake, but he wouldn’t rule out any involvement at a “later date." “Svu” will tackle NFL domestic violence issue with Chad Coleman and Meagan Good Colman from “The Walking Dead” and “The Wire” will play a an ex-sports star turned reporter who is accused of assaulting his girlfriend, played by Good. “Sleepy Hollow” books Michelle Trachtenberg The “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” alum will play First Lady Abigail Adams, wife of President John Adams. Click Read Full Post For More “Goodfellas” actor files a $250 million lawsuit against “The Simpsons” Frank Silvero, who played Frankie Carbone in Scorsese film, claims the mafioso character of Louie is based on him. Louie has appeared in 15 "Simpsons" episodes since 1991. NBC to announce Johnny Weir & Tara Lipinski as its new No. »
- Norman Weiss
Dancing With the Stars Recap
Candace Cameron Bure, whose personal icon is Bible teacher and author Angela Thomas, danced a Viennese Waltz for her first routine with Mark Ballas. Though she obviously messed up during a pass, the judges still found areas to praise. Scores: 8+9+9+8=34
For their second dance, Candace and Mark danced a Jazz routine to Janet Jackson’s “Nasty.” It probably wasn’t the best song choice for Candace, who has made no secret of wanting to remain wholesome on the show due to her faith. Though it was a bit bland, the former Full House star’s technique was solid. Scores: 9+10+10+9=38
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"Nobody in Hollywood would have bought that screenplay. Even as a comedy, it was too preposterous," says Chicago Tribune columnist Phil Hersh, one of several members of the media -- including former CBS News anchor Connie Chung, USA Today columnist Christine Brennan, and NBC figure skating analyst and gold medalist Scott Hamilton -- who comment extensively, and with some humor, about the unbelievable events twenty years ago that changed figure skating forever. But as Hamilton points out, it also changed media forever. The story of Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding is also a story of the media. The public's obsession with this "reality TV
- Allison Keene
Sochi, Russia — My first thought when I picked up Sports Illustrated this week with ice skater Gracie Gold on the cover was how quickly America’s skiing superstar Lindsay Vonn, who opted out of the Sochi Olympics due to injury, has been replaced in the Olympics media spotlight.
In what is a personality-driven marketplace bets are on that America’s newest emerging sports star, Gold, 18, has the potential to become the Tiger Woods of ice skating and lure back an American audience that has gone Awol. But as she prepares for her final big test of these games, her budding celebrity will only heighten the pressure she feels on Thursday while competing for what could be a life-changing gold medal in the ladies free skating competition.
Gold arrives in the role of rising star with newfound credibility having just won the U.S. National Ladies Singles Championship. But until she »
- Donna de Varona
This is a column for all you “I want to be a writer” writers out there.
The Xxii Olympics officially opened on Friday, February 8th, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
Thirty years ago the Xiv Olympics took place in Sarajevo in what was Yugoslavia and is now Bosnia-Herzegovina, although the region is usually just called Bosnia. Thirty years later the Olympic village, the ice rink, the bobsled and luge tracks, the ski jump, the other sports facilities and hotels are gone, destroyed during the Bosnian war and the 44-months-long Siege of Sarajevo which killed nearly twelve thousand of the city’s residents.
Thirty years ago this week I watched and was swept away, like everyone else by Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean’s romantically brilliant ice dance set to Ravel’s Boléro. (I just watched it again courtesy of YouTube, and it still captures my heart.) The routine set off a bit »
- Mindy Newell
“I don’t think she is going to be able to travel,” said NBC Olympics executive producer Jim Bell today of skier Lindsey Vonn joining the network’s coverage of the Winter Olympics next month in Sochi, Russia. However, Vonn could show up on NBC in some form or another, Bell said. “We have been in discussions,” he said of Vonn, who had to drop out of the Games due to a knee injury. When pressed whether she would be on-air, Bell stoically replied “maybe.” Bell also noted during a call with reporters today that he wasn’t worried that the absence of the high-profile Vonn — a gold medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Games and now a pop culture staple — would lead to a lack of viewer interest in U.S. participants. “There are plenty of established stars to go round, like Shaun White,” he said. “And there are always the unknowns. »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Everyone is talking about the 2014 Sochi Olympic figure skaters - past gold medalists included. Four of America's most celebrated skaters - Apolo Ohno, Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton and Dorothy Hamill - glided over to Parade to share their Winter Olympics experiences. As gold medalists, this group knows what it takes to win, and what to expect once the closing ceremony is over. Transitioning from the top of the podium to normal life isn't easy, but then, neither are triple axels. Ohno and Hamilton will serve as analysts at Sochi, but they won't be offering life advice like this. Before the Sochi Games start, »
- Kelli Bender
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