10 items from 2014
British actor Warwick Davis says he has “specific” fans—well-wishers who want to discuss just one of the several fantasy franchises in which he has appeared. “People talk about Star Wars, people talk about Harry Potter,” he explains, “and people talk about Leprechaun.”
Alert readers will have noticed that one of these franchises is not like the others. While Star Wars and Harry Potter have raked in billions of dollars, »
- Clark Collis
Lawrence Tureaud, better known as Mr. T, was in true form as he waited outside a suburban Chicago courthouse to be called for jury duty. Sporting his defining Mohawk and wearing an FBI sweatshirt and hat, but no gold chain, the star of Rocky III and TV's The A-Team signed autographs and made his feelings about the process known. "I pity the criminals today," he said as he explained he had been designated a potential juror for a trial scheduled for Friday. The Daily Herald in Arlington Heights reports Tureaud, 62, said he never considered "playing hooky" after receiving the jury »
- Associated Press
Actor Lawrence Tureaud says he never considered not serving but in the event he was not picked for a trial
Lawrence Tureaud, better known as Mr T, was in true form as he waited outside a suburban Chicago courthouse to be called for jury duty.
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- Associated Press in Rolling Meadows, Illinois
Welcome back to Mystery DVD Club. The idea behind this is simple: we went and bought a whole host of films that we hadn't heard of before, none of which cost us more than a few pounds. Then, we sent them to a bunch of our writers, without telling them what 'film' they were going to receive. Could we unearth a hidden gem? Aliya is hopeful...
When you start looking into the career of Isaac Hayes, you find out he was good at a lot of things. He co-wrote great hits such as Soul Man and When Something Is Wrong With My Baby. He produced a lot of brilliant records for Stax. He was a hugely successful singer, and reinterpreted a lot of Burt Bacharach classics into long soulful epics. He was the voice of Chef in South Park. »
Maharaja Duleep Singh and singer-actor Satinder Sartaaj
Brillstein Entertainment Partners executive Jai Khanna will co-produce The Black Prince, described as the tragic yet fascinating story about the last king of the state of Punjab (in north India), Maharaja Duleep Singh. Written and to be directed by L.A.-based Indian filmmaker Kavi Raz, The Black Prince will feature the acting debut of one of Punjab’s most acclaimed singer-poets, Satinder Sartaaj.
The bilingual English-Hindi project is budgeted at about $5 million and is out to potential producing partners in India. Set in India and the U.K., The Black Prince is eyeing a late September start date. Brillstein will help shepherd the various international cast, crew and production logistics, as well as begin to secure international sales.
The film follows the story of the last Sikh Maharaja — the son of the powerful ruler Ranjit Singh — who was placed on the throne »
- Stacey Yount
After playing college football at the University of Alabama, under legendary head coach Robert 'Bear' Bryant, Joe Namath spent a bulk of his NFL playing career with the New York Jets, leading his team to an improbable upset victory in Super Bowl III over the highly-favored Baltimore Colts. He helped celebrate that win by opening the New York City bar Bachelors III on the Upper East Side. The quarterback was well known for his partying and womanizing ways, which helped earn him the nickname Broadway Joe, along with his penchant for wearing fur coats on the sidelines, which was later banned.
Ed Sheeran shows off a side of the British singer/songwriter that his fans have not seen before on new single, “Sing.” With the help of the hotter-than-hot Pharrell, who produces here, Sheeran veers into ‘70s disco and funk, as well as shows off a here-to-fore hidden falsetto and rapping ability. And somehow, it all works. It’s Justin Timberlake meets Chic meets the Bee Gees. The song has a bit of a “Moves Like Jagger” feel in that it’s insanely catchy from the first listen. It’s about as far from Sheeran’s previous U.S. hit, “The A-Team” as he could get. Sheeran revealed during a Google Hangout Q&A that the song was inspired by time spent in Las Vegas, as “one thing led to another and now she’s kissing my mouth.” Clearly what happened in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas for Sheeran, it becomes a song. »
Pity the fool who doesn’t respect Mr. T’s mama.
The actor was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday, honored for a wrestling career that began in 1985, when he became Hulk Hogan’s tag-team partner at the very first WrestleMania. The A-Team star used the opportunity to thank — repeatedly, and at length — his mother for her love and support. Here’s a brief clip from his acceptance speech:
“Now, my story and background is not that unique. My upbringing is not so different from many others,” said Mr. T, whose mother raised him and his 11 siblings by herself. »
- Amber Ray
To mark the release of Banacek Season 2 on 10th February, we’ve been given 3 copies of seasons 1 and 2 to give away on DVD.
Banacek is called in to investigate the most baffling and ingenious of crimes which have exhausted the minds of all others. Using logic and with the aid of his chauffeur, his chess-playing associate and a bevy of beautiful women, Banacek launches intricate investigations to reveal, like a magician, the solution to unexplainable crimes.
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As pop-culture obsessives and children of the 1990s mourn the passing of James Avery, aka Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, it's important to remember that Avery was the soul of another iconic '90s character. He was the voice of Shredder on the animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, and we can never, ever forget that. Avery should have won The Sixth Man award for '80s television (an award we just made up). He guested on a wide swath of the decade's most iconic TV shows, including Webster, The Dukes of Hazzard, St. Elsewhere, Moonlighting, L.A. Law, »
- Alex Heigl
10 items from 2014
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