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As a new year dawns, a tribute to those we've lost in the year now ending is merited ... and in 2012, those sad milestones have encompassed some of the most popular personalities in television history.
Dick Clark: The number of music stars who owe at least part of their success to the "American Bandstand" maestro is incalculable. Thanks to him, people also enjoy "New Year's Rockin' Eve," receive American Music Awards and have a greater appreciation of bloopers. Here's a "so long" salute to you, Dick.
Larry Hagman: The truly unfortunate irony of the veteran actor's recent death is that he was just starting his second round of "Dallas" success as master schemer J.R. Ewing. He'll also »
With Revolution on hiatus until March, viewers have plenty of time to evaluate where this NBC drama stands.
What has gone right so far with the freshman hit? Where is there room to improve?
In our holiday tradition of grading shows at their midseason breaks (follow these links for our Supernatural Report Card and The Mentalist Report Card), TV Fanatic now turns its attention to Revolution...
Best Character: Miles, hands down. He's a three-dimensional character with hopes, flaws, mistakes and humor. We’ve watched him find his place in a family and willingly go against his former best friend for the good of his family. Miles thinks rationally and is cunning when he needs to be in this guerilla war against the Militia, but we also witness a sentimental side when he wonders if he will be able to go up against his best friend, Monroe, to save Danny; or »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Nick McHatton)
Philadelphia — Almost 300 dancers who strutted, shimmied and shook their way down a Soul Train line set a world record earlier this year in Philadelphia.
Guinness World Records has certified February's Soul Train line outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art as the world's longest.
Two hundred ninety-one dancers took a hip trip between the two lines of swaying participants, breaking the old record of 211 dancers set at a California high school last year.
The Philadelphia Inquirer ( ) reports organizers Sheila Simmons received confirmation of the record from Guinness on Monday. http://bit.ly/T509xX
Fifteen years after his death, the Notorious B.I.G.’s autopsy report reveals that he was struck by four bullets, with the final shot delivering the fatal blow. TMZ published the never-before-released report today. The rapper was murdered March 9, 1997 as he sat in an SUV, as he left a party at Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles held after the Soul Train Awards. The murder has not been solved, with a number of different theories circulating, including that Death Row Records’ Suge Knight ordered the hit to avenge the death of Tupac Shakur, who was murdered in 1996. The autopsy report »
Jamie Foxx has responded to a Catholic group's criticism of a joke he made about Us President Barack Obama. The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights condemned the Django Unchained actor for jokingly referring to Obama as his "Lord and Saviour" while hosting the Soul Train Awards. Bill Donohue, a spokesperson for the group, said in a statement this week: "Foxx's epiphany is startling. It just goes to show that even though Obama did not succeed in stopping the oceans from rising (as he promised to do in 2008), he did succeed in convincing Jamie Foxx, and no doubt legions of others, that God exists. "Whether God can survive an Aclu lawsuit (more) »
- By Justin Harp
Related: Star Politics: Who leans left, and who leans right
Foxx, who made the comment at the Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, tells Et's Nancy O'Dell in an interview at his California home that his comment was intended as a joke. "I'm a comic,” Foxx says, “[and] sometimes I think people get a little too tight. And, it's getting a little tougher for us comedians [because] some people take it and want to make a huge story out of it, but it's a joke."
Some Christians blogged and tweeted that they found Foxx's comment offensive.
Related: Celebs React to Obama Re-Election
Tune in to Et starting on Thursday, November 29 for our multiple-part interview series with Foxx, which will include an announcement about an exciting new project that's close to his heart, as well as »
JB686Z459X4U Jamie Foxx may have been preaching to the choir when he declared President Obama “our Lord and Savior,” during the Bet Soul Train Awards Sunday night, but he’s bringing down hell fire and brimstone from right-wing evangelicals who prefer to see Obama in, shall we say, a different light. Foxx may have been fighting fire-with-fire by bestowing on Obama a title normally reserved for, you know, God. After all, ardent religious opponents called Obama the Anti-Christ during the election campaign. [...] »
Foxx is taking some heat after using the Biblical title for Jesus Christ to describe Obama at the 2012 Bet Soul Train Awards.
During the show, Foxx took to the stage to praise Obama when he used the godlike terminology, E! News reports. "It's like church over here. It's like church in here. First of all, give an honor to God and our Lord and Savior Barack Obama," he said to the audience.
E! News notes that the Soul Train Awards aired Sunday night, but was filmed in Las Vegas just days after the president won reelection in November.
Foxx's comments incited furor in some Christian groups after the show aired on Bet.
The president of the Catholic League for Religious and »
- The Huffington Post
A painting featuring President Barack Obama in a Christ-like pose is getting poor reviews from some religious authorities, Fox News Radio reports.
The painting by New York-based artist by Michael D’Antuono is titled "The Truth" and features Obama with a crown of thorns on his head, in a position that is reminiscent of the crucifixion.
Currently on display at Boston's Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery as part of D'Antuono's politically charged “Artists on the Stump – the Road to the White House 2012" collection, the piece was actually supposed to debut several years ago at New York City’s Union Square.
The painting was "meant to be displayed as an art installation in New York's Union Square Park on President Obama's 100th day in office," according to D’Antuono's website. "The painting was to be in a mock voting booth for people to view privately and then interviewed to express their own views. »
- The Huffington Post
Jamie Foxx has been condemned by a Catholic group for making a "startling" joke about Us President Barack Obama. The Django Unchained actor humorously referred to Obama as his "Lord and Savior" while hosting the 2012 Soul Train Awards, which was taped weeks ago but aired last night. "It's like church over here. It's like church in here. First of all, give an honor to God and our Lord and Savior Barack Obama. Barack Obama," Foxx quipped during the awards ceremony. Those comments have drawn criticism from the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights in the United States official Bill Donohue, who accused Foxx of insensitivity. Donohue said in a press statement: "Foxx's epiphany is startling. It just goes to show that even though Obama did (more) »
- By Justin Harp
Oh, Jamie Foxx. The comedian caused quite a stir at the 2012 Soul Train Awards, which was televised last night but taped in Las Vegas a few days after the 2012 election, when he made an out-of-this-world comparison regarding the president. "It's like church over here. It's like church in here. First of all, give an honor to God and our Lord and Savior Barack Obama. Barack Obama," Foxx said to the audience. The president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights in the United States Bill Donahue released a statement regarding the actor's comment, saying, "Foxx's epiphany is startling. It just goes to show that even though Obama did not succeed in »
A longtime supporter of Obama, Foxx did an impersonation of the president at his 2009 inaugural celebration. At the time, Foxx called Obama's 2008 acceptance speech "the most incredible moment of my life and all of your lives." You can relive that moment with him in the video below.
Rewind time for the Soul Train Awards 2012, held at Planet Hollywood Live in Las Vegas, also simulcast on Bet and Centric on November 25th at 8Pm Et/Pt. Host Cedric the Entertainer, along with Stevie Wonder, Charlie Wilson, New Edition, Ne-Yo, and 2 Chainz, encouraged people of all ages to dance and sing along to their memorable and popular songs. From Bet Celebrities from music, film, sports and television such as Jamie Foxx, Stevie Wonder, Eddie Levert, Billy Crystal, Earvin .Magic. Johnson, Melanie Fiona, Jody Watley, Doug E. Fresh, Tony Rock, Luke James, Estelle, Donny and Marie Osmond, Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham, and Tamar Braxton, joined Soul Train in celebrating some of the best musical contributions of 2012. »
- April MacIntyre
Revolution Season 1 Episode 5 Soul Train Review. Revolution: Season 1, Episode 5: Soul Train had the best use of flashbacks, real time, and character development since the series began. Arrow is using flashbacks effectively as well, showing how its main character came to be who he is. Soul Train developed the character of Captain Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
Director: Jon Cassar. Writers: Eric Kripke and Paul Grellong. Executive producer: Jon Favereau. Cast: Tim Guinee, Maria Howell, David Lyons, Graham Rogers, Tracy Spiridakos, Zak Orth, Daniella Alonso, and Elizabeth Mitchell. Epis. 5 of "Revolution" titled "Soul Train" was a bit of a character study of Captain Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito). Neville enjoys a bit of a character arc as the loss of electricity changes him from a beaten man to a militaristic opportunist. There were also wild west elements introduced. A steam engine, horses and fist fights made this showing seem like something out of John Ford's catalog. The main plot stays the same, with Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos), Miles (Billy Burke) and company still chasing Danny (Graham Rogers), but this showing deepened some characters, at least. Charlie, Nora (Daniella Alonso), Aaron (Zak Orth) and Miles are now in Indiana searching for Danny. They believe he is at a train »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
If there’s one thing that Revolution has managed to do well so far, it is in its depiction of how the consequences of the blackout have transformed people into who they are now. It’s certainly true for Miles (Billy Burke) and Monroe (David Lyons), and as we find out in ‘Soul Train,’ the blackout had a profound effect on the personality and ambition of Captain Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito), who, fifteen years prior was at the mercy of his much younger boss, his criminal-looking neighbor and, most of all, his own emotions. By the way it’s depicted by the flashbacks, the blackout was Neville’s rise to prominence and the path to becoming the man he may have always wished he could be.
However interesting the genesis of Captain Tom Neville may ...
- Kevin Yeoman
Written by Paul Grellong
Directed by Jon Cassar
Airs Mondays at 10 pm (Et) on NBC
The strongest episode yet of Revolution isn’t perfect, yet it walks the line between action and exposition more deftly than its predecessors. The action is exciting and engaging, the story moves forward at a solid pace, and the acting kicks up a notch or two with Giancarlo Esposito, who’s given a chance to shine. The train sequence is the clear standout, bringing a thrilling conclusion to the episode as Charlie and Miles attempt to recover Danny. The bomb plot device aside (it achieves nothing other than keeping Miles away from the youngsters’ battle with Tom Neville), it is a strong piece of action-driven television. Jon Cassar was behind many of the strongest episodes of 24 and brings fellow alum Kim Raver along to play Tom Neville’s wife. »
- Kris Holt
While "Soul Train" started to pull Revolution’s heavy story-telling burden forward, some of its payoffs ended up holding everything back.
Let's start with the good: finally delving into Tom’s character and getting to know the man he is today - compared to the man he was before the blackout - made for one of the strongest parts of Revolution yet.
Watching Tom, as he morphs from a person who is just going through the motions of life and letting people walk all over him into an individual who dedicates his new lease on life to impact law and order as he sees it, was fascinating.
These competing personalities of Tom are what make him so compelling because on one hand we see someone who is continually giving Danny fatherly advice and using him like a stand in for his own son - but since Danny is a prisoner, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Nick McHatton)
Revolution's fifth episode was no joke. Every second of "Soul Train" was jam-packed with action and tantalizing teases of the story's mythology. It's also nice to see creator Eric Kripke following through on his promise to quickly provide answers which only lead to bigger questions. Here are the 10 biggest burning questions from Monday's episode, "Soul Train." [Spoilers ahead]
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- Sadie Gennis
Tom Holland is a busy man. The Fright Night director not only just opened his own horror memorabilia site, Twisted Curios, but is directing the Stephen King adaptation The Ten O’Clock People as well. And now, he has lassoed Alice Cooper and company to command the Ship Of Fear: A Horror Cruise, an event to mark on your calendar for next Halloween.
The Ship Of Fear will be a cruise boat adventure with some of the greatest directors and actors from the horror genre onboard (featuring notables from The Lost Boys, Gremlins, Friday The 13th, Pet Sematary, and more), along with rock stars, illusionists, performance artists, and presumably all sorts of horror gags for its five nights of fun in the ocean. If you order early, a position on the scary schooner will only cost you $729. To check out ticketing, go here.
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- Andy Greene
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