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Nine Actors Who Reinvented Themselves and Revitalized Their Careers

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Some actors manage to catch lightning in a bottle twice. It’s impressive enough to find your niche in Hollywood’s A-list even once. Occasionally, an actor will reinvent him/herself and begin a new phase of their careers that will be even more successful than it was before. Here are nine actors who had a cinematic rebirth.

Liam Neeson- Neeson has had a long career, and the early part of it was in dramatic roles. An intense dramatic actor, he apeared in films like The Dead Pool, Dark Man, Schindler’s List, Rob Roy and Les Miserables. His career rebirth came after playing Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars-Episode one: The Phantom Menace. After that, he got more offers for actions parts and recreated himself as an action hero in films like Gangs of NY, Batman Begins, Taken, Clash of the Titans, the A-Team, Unknown, the Grey, Taken 2,
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Adrienne Bailon Engaged to Israel Houghton—See Her Massive Diamond Ring!

Adrienne Bailon Engaged to Israel Houghton—See Her Massive Diamond Ring!
Wedding bells are in Adrienne Bailon's future! The Real star just revealed that she is engaged to her boyfriend, Israel Houghton on Instagram. The soon-to-be husband and wife first went public with their relationship back in April of this year, and defended their status after a slew of criticism. And now it seems as though the haters only made their connection that much stronger, as Houghton addressed in a lengthy statement on Instagram. "I've seen her attacked. Lied about, Wrongfully accused, Mocked. Laughed at, and misunderstood. But I've also seen the shining example of the eagle she is that rises above the cacophony of the noise of ignorants- I'm learning from her example....
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‘Pray For Death’ Blu-ray Review (101 Films)

Stars: Shô Kosugi, James Booth, Donna Kei Benz, Norman Burton, Kane Kosugi, Shane Kosugi, Matthew Faison, Parley Baer, Robert Ito, Michael Constantine, Alan Amiel, Woody Watson | Written by James Booth | Directed by Gordon Hessler

Pray For Death was the second film – outside of the Ninja Trilogy – to feature Sho Kosugi in a lead role and is easily one of, if not the, best film Kosugi has ever made. The film sees Shô Kosugi star as Akira, a Japanese businessman who, jaded by his job and looking for a better life for his family, moves to America. He opens a restaurant with his wife and kids but his world is shattered when he stumbles upon the headquarters of a sinister gang, led by crime lord Limehouse Willie. Wrongfully accused of stealing a precious necklace, the gangsters begin a rampage of murder that takes the life of Akira’s wife and threatens
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Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition Review

It’s hard to believe, but almost nine years have passed since the first Gears of War debuted on Microsoft’s Xbox 360, kickstarting the rise of one of gaming’s most popular series. Since then, two sequels and a prequel have made their way to the popular, last-gen console, and confirmation of a current-gen sequel has surfaced.

After being revealed at June’s E3 expo, the original Gears of War experience is set to make a comeback this very week. Known as Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, it comes to Xbox One touting 1080p resolution and a plethora of content, including 60 Fps multiplayer, customizable settings, unlockable comics, tournament controls, additional game modes and all of the behemoth’s previously released Dlc. As such, not only does the package come with 19 different multiplayer maps, but it also includes several campaign chapters that were formerly exclusive to the game’s PC port.
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The Stars of "Weird Science" -- See What They Look Like 30 Years Later!

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The Stars of
30 years ago today, two geeks from Shermer, Illinois created Lisa, the perfect woman, with a little computer know-how. That's right, "Weird Science" came out exactly three decades ago and was the third film John Hughes stepped behind the camera for as director, following "The Breakfast Club" and "Sixteen Candles." The flick was also the fourth time Hughes had worked with star Anthony Michael Hall, who appeared in both of the aforementioned films, as well as the Hughes-penned "Vacation." Fun fact: Hall reportedly chose this flick over doing a "Vacation" sequel -- thus starting a franchise tradition of switching the actors playing the Griswold children each film. Joining Hall were Ilan Mitchell-Smith and Kelly LeBrock, a former model who turned her sights towards acting. "Weird Science" went on to become a cult classic and spawned a USA series of the same name, with Vanessa Angel taking over the role of Lisa.
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Scottsboro Boys pardon nears as Alabama comes to terms with its past

Infamous 1931 miscarriage of justice close to being reversed as state government considers law to allow for pardon

Sheila Washington vividly recalls the day she first learned about the terrible events that occurred in her small town in Alabama almost three decades before she was born. She was 17 years old and, rooting around for something beneath her bed, she discovered a dusty old book that bore the town's name in its title.

Scottsboro Boy was a memoir by Haywood Patterson, one of nine young black boys who in 1931 became entangled in one of the most notorious miscarriages of justice of the Jim Crow era. Wrongfully accused of raping two white girls, the nine came close to being lynched by an angry mob, were rushed to trial in front of an all-white jury, and ended up serving many years in jail, eight of them on death row.

Yet young Sheila Washington had
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Thoughts on... The 39 Steps (1935)

The 39 Steps, 1935.

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

Starring Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle, Peggy Ashcroft and Wylie Watson.

Synopsis:

Wrongfully accused of the murder of a counterespionage agent, a man (Robert Donat) must go on the run to clear his name whilst preventing a spy ring from stealing top secret information.

"Clear out, Hannay! They'll get you next..."

With these words on her lips and a knife in her back, Annabella Smith, spy for hire, dies. Richard Hannay (Robert Donat), the man who put her up for the night, is now in mortal danger. From here on, The 39 Steps continues to shift up gears into a breathlessly paced thriller, often imitated, never bettered.

Crucially, Hitchcock doesn’t cheat with rapid-fire edits to get the audiences’ pulses pumping. Scenes are played out to their natural length, teasing out real tension from everyday occurences, planting us so firmly in Hannay
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The 2011 Emmy Awards: Live Blog!

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Jane Lynch is on the stage, a bag of Oreos is on my coffee table, Jon Hamm is likely preparing his acceptance speech, and I'm excited to watch the 2011 Emmy Awards along with my fellow TV Fanatics.

Below, I'll be live-blogging whatever thoughts come into my head throughout the ceremony, while also highlighting the winners in every major category. Please join me in the Comments section, starting right... Now!

7:57 I have switched over to Fox for a little Red Carpet before the show starts and it is Jane Lynch in a tux.  It has begun!

8:01 What I wouldn't do to live in that gigantic tv building!

8:03 Is Jane Lynch making fun of Big Bang Theory for having a laugh track?

8:05 Roger Sterling trying to watch tv through his 1965 phone? Hilarious.

8:09 Jane Lynch attempted to make a joke about Betty White's age, but the audience
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Curb Your Enthusiasm Review: It Was The One-Armed Man!

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All of the one-armed man references in "Car Periscope" must have been from The Fugitive because there never actually was a one-armed man in The Mask - even though Jim Carrey so memorably announced It wasn't me. It was the one-armed man! - and Wrongfully Accused featured a one-armed, one-legged, one-eyed man as the villain.

While playing off of The Fugitive for the one-armed man thing certainly ran its course through the 90s, enough time has passed to make it acceptable again, and Curb Your Enthusiasm did a great job of incorporating it into the rest of this week's funny episode. The idea made for plenty of great Ld sound bites, but more importantly, it created some of the best Larry-and-Jeff-as-detectives moments there has ever been.

The invention from which this episode got its name proved to be a key factor in allowing those two goons to scour the city
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R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen (1926-2010)

Veteran actor Leslie Nielsen passed away yesterday November 28th in a hospital in Florida after suffering complications from a bout of pneumonia, aged 84. Born in Saskatchewan, Canada in 1926, Nielsen began his career in the entertainment industry as a radio disc jockey before gaining a scholarship at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse. After attending the Actors Studio Nielsen made his television debut alongside Charlton Heston in an episode of Studio One (1948), and went on to star in a range of TV productions before making his theatrical debut in the musical The Vagabond King (1956).

Nielsen's performance earned him a role in the sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet (1956), the success of which opened the doors to further film and television roles with credits including Hot Summer Night (1957), Tammy and the Bachelor (1957), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1958-1961), The Swamp Fox (1959-1961), The New Breed (1961), The Bold Ones: The Protectors (1969) and The Poseidon Adventure (1972). After appearing in the David Zucker,
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Leslie Nielsen Dies: The Naked Gun, Forbidden Planet, The Golden Girls Superlover

  When most people think of Leslie Nielsen, they think of spoofs such as Airplane! (1980), The Naked Gun (1988), Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995), and Wrongfully Accused (1998). Perhaps a little strangely, when I think of Leslie Nielsen, who died at the age of 84 from complications of pneumonia at a Ft. Lauderdale hospital on Sunday, the first thing that comes to mind is the older guy Debbie Reynolds pines for in Joseph Pevney's Tammy and the Bachelor (1957). It's while daydreaming of Nielsen that Reynolds sings Ray Evans and Jay Livingston's ballad "Tammy." Don't laugh. It's actually a charming romantic song. Else, I think of the spaceship commander J. J. Adams in Fred M. Wilcox's 1956 sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet, which features Walter Pidgeon as the off-kilter Dr. Edward Morbius, Anne Francis in a skimpy mini-skirt, Robby the Robot, and a still very much relevant message about the seeds [...]
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R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen

The passing away yesterday of the late great Leslie Nielsen has led to an outpouring of love and fond memories in print and online. The actor was battling pneumonia in a Fort Lauderdale hospital when he passed away in his sleep on Sunday.

It seemed many in the Twitter and Facebook universes spent most of late Sunday quoting lines from the brilliant scripts for "The Naked Gun" and its progenitor "Police Squad", or Nielsen's work in 1980 comedy spoof "Airplane" (aka. "Flying High").

With over a hundred film and TV credits to his name since his earliest work in 1950, Nielsen's trademark was his delivery of lines with a voice of authority. This commanding presence suited him well in dramatic roles in the likes of "Forbidden Planet," "Prom Night," "CIty on Fire" and "The Poseidon Adventure", but it was applying that same deadpan skill to comedy which lead to a career renaissance
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Leslie Nielsen, star of The Naked Gun, dies aged 84

Comic actor was best known for spoofing his matinee idol looks and authority figure roles in Airplane! and The Naked Gun films

Comic actor Leslie Nielsen, star of a string of madcap spoof movies including Airplane! and The Naked Gun, died of complications from pneumonia in Florida on Sunday, his spokesman said. He was 84.

Nielsen is probably best known for playing the bumbling cop Lieutenant Frank Drebin in the Naked Gun franchise, but enjoyed a movie and television career spanning more than 60 years.

The spokesman said Nielsen died in a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, surrounded by his wife, Barbaree, and friends.

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, the son of a Canadian mounted policeman, Nielsen served stints as an aerial gunner in the air force and as a radio disc jockey before studying acting in Toronto and then in New York City.

He got his first big break
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Leslie Nielsen: Two careers in one lifetime

As the celebrity columnists, entertainment reporters and bloggers of media write their obituaries of actor Leslie Nielsen, there are two roles being mentioned in nearly all of their pieces: his turn as the Captain of the Earth starship that ventured to the Forbidden Planet in 1956, and his play as a straight, no-nonsense doctor delivering double-meaning lines in 1980's Airplane! And here I am, writing my own piece about the death of Nielsen and agreeing with the others in my chosen profession: these were the two most important roles in Leslie Nielsen's life. Depending upon which side of the generational gulf that you were born into, your own mental picture of who Leslie Nielsen was as a leading man can be about as widely different as it can get.

Nielsen had the good looks, square jawline and affirmative voice of a leading man, and as such he got those roles.
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Leslie Nielsen: 1926 - 2010

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Leslie Nielsen: 1926 - 2010
Leslie Nielsen, the serious young actor who enjoyed far greater fame in a second career as a bumbling, older, comic actor in hits such as Airplane! and the Naked Gun series, has died from complications from pneumonia brought on while battling a staph infection. He was 84.

Nielsen was born on February 11, 1926 in Regina in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. He was the son of a Canadian Mounted policeman and went on to serve in the Royal Canadian Air Force before becoming a radio announcer and DJ. A scholarship to New York’s Neighborhood Playhouse allowed him to study acting with Sanford Meisner and dance with Martha Graham. Bit parts on stage and TV led to leading roles.

His height and his good looks made him a natural to play the stalwart hero, which he did in films like the sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet. He then spent two decades in various TV roles, often guest spots, with the odd turn in movies where the role required a serious and commanding presence, as he did as the captain of the doomed ship in The Poseidon Adventure.

He was doing guest stints on television’s "The Love Boat" and "Fantasy Island" when David and Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams came to call. They wanted Nielsen to play the solemn character he’d perfected over the years in their upcoming spoof Airplane! as Dr. Rumack, the practical physician aboard a troubled flight. Nielsen was relieved to be offered something where he wasn't playing the grandfather and the role forever changed his career and the public’s perception of him. Nielsen deadpanned some of the best lines in the movie: “Surely you can’t be serious.” “I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.” and “The life of everyone on board depends upon just one thing: finding someone back there who can not only fly this plane, but who didn't have fish for dinner. “ (That dialogue was taken directly from Zero Hour!, the serious flight disaster film upon which Airplane! was based.)

Though Airplane was the surprise hit of that summer Nielsen headed back to TV, to star as Lt. Frank Drebin in the short-lived Zucker/Abraham’s comedy, “Police Squad.” The show failed but it inspired the creative team behind it to make a big screen version with The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! The success of that film in 1988 led to two sequels with Nielsen headlining and the reliable George Kennedy and still comely Priscilla Presley supporting. The series also gave O.J. Simpson another few years of time in front of the movie camera. Several poorer cousins, such as Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Mr. Magoo, Spy Hard and Wrongfully Accused, followed and tainted the goodwill Nielsen had accumulated and the diminishing box office confirmed it. He continued to make cameo appearances in films, almost all spoofs, up until his death.

Nielsen had been ill for over a week, getting treatment for a staph infection in a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, when he contracted the pneumonia. His nephew, Doug Nielsen, confirmed the rumors of his uncle’s death by a call-in to a Manitoba radio station, CJOB on Sunday stating that “today at 5:30, with his friends and his wife, Barbaree, by his side, he just fell asleep and passed away.”

Nielsen is survived by Barbaree Nielsen, his fourth wife, and his two daughters, Thea and Maura, whom the actor had with his second wife, Sandy Ullmann.

Leslie Nielsen: 1926-2010

The great Leslie Nielsen has passed away, at the age of 84.

What a sad way to start a week. We've learned this morning that the great Leslie Nielsen has died, at the age of 84. He died from complications relating to pneumonia.

Nielsen was a rarity amongst actors, having effectively had two careers. The first part of his acting life was dedicated to more serious roles, most notably including the likes of The Poseidon Adventure and Forbidden Planet. In all, he appeared in over 100 films, and 1500 television programmes.

But the ones for which most we'll remember him came in the second wind of his career, starting with 1980's Airplane! David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker cast him for straight delivery of often-insane material, and even though his role in the film was effectively a supporting one, it's one that inevitably springs to mind whenever the film is talked about. Rightly so,
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