13 items from 2012
Booker T comes out to award the first Slammy Award – “Tell Me I Just Did Not See That”. The nominees are Brad Maddox screwing Ryback, Daniel Bryan losing the World Title in 18 seconds to Sheamus at WrestleMania, Kofi Kingston walking on his hands at the Royal Rumble and Cm Punk hitting the Gts on The Rock at Raw 1000. Booker goes to name the winner but instead out comes The Boogeyman! making his WWE return. He smashes an alarm clock over his head, dances around and pulls out the worms.
After the commercial, Booker still can »
- Matt Holmes
Ric Flair's latest marriage has officially hit the mat -- his fourth wife has filed for legal separation ... claiming the legendary pro wrestler was as big of a cheater in their marriage as he is in the ring.Jacqueline Fliehr filed the docs in Mecklenberg County, North Carolina earlier this month citing "acts of illicit sexual behavior." In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Jackie explains, "Husband has had numerous intimate relationships with other women during the parties' marriage, »
- TMZ Staff
Following this year’s Survivor Series PPV it would seem that a new stable has been born and is enjoying a successful genesis on WWE television. If rumours are to be believed then the trio of Nxt ‘rookies’ consisting of Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns will form a new faction under the leadership of Cm Punk and Paul Heyman – an exciting prospect if the angle and the group are handled correctly. With sufficient build up this could lead to big things for the likes of Rollins who would likely be the breakaway star of the group and ultimately feud with Punk somewhere down the line. But for now all we can do is speculate on where this all is leading. To celebrate the most exciting stable in recent memory as well as the release of the Nwo DVD we take a look at some of the best – and »
- Matt Aspin
Daunting challenges had to be met to get the costumes, sets and camera angles right
Sarah Greenwood, production designer
It may have been an ingenious creative and financial solution, but Joe Wright's big idea on Anna Karenina – to stage most of the film inside a Russian theatre – posed a herculean challenge for his long-time production designer. Rather than shooting the film on location in Russia and England as planned, "We had to reconceive the whole thing and build this theatre from scratch in Shepperton with just 12 weeks to go till shooting and no extra budget."
Luckily, this was not Sarah Greenwood's first collaboration with Wright. She had worked with him right at the start of his career, on his 2000 TV debut Nature Boy, and on his subsequent feature films (receiving Oscar nominations for her work on Pride & Prejudice and Atonement), so she trusted his judgment and he trusted »
- Killian Fox
Maria Cole, the widow of singing legend Nat "King" Cole, the mother of Natalie Cole and in her own right a former Big Band singer, died Tuesday in Boca Raton, Fla., after a brief battle with cancer, her family announced. She was 89. "Our mom was in a class all by herself. She epitomized class, elegance, and truly defined what it is to be a real lady," said Natalie Cole and her siblings, Timolin and Casey Cole, in a statement. "We are so blessed and privileged to have inherited the legacy that she leaves behind along with our father. She died »
- Stephen M. Silverman
In October 2010, Allison Williams was introduced to the world as the stunning singer fronting Mad Men Theme Song ... With a Twist -- a YouTube video that mashed up the theme song with Nat King Cole's Nature Boy. Turns out that among the half a million viewers was Judd Apatow, who was in the midst of helping to cast a little show called Girls. Apatow was so taken by the brunette, he called her in to audition and the rest, as they say, is history. Or her-story.
But I doubt even Apatow knew what a gem he'd discovered in the actress, who, over the course of Girls' sublime first season, managed to make the high-strung, potentially off-putting character of Marnie endlessly relatable through a cunning combination of strength and sadness. A duality that has made her a frontrunner in the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy category. ETonline caught up with the rising star to talk »
The Nashville City Newspaper is currently reporting that Tna has filed a lawsuit against WWE and one of it’s own former employees – Brian Wittenstein who left Tna earlier this year.
In the story it is alleged that only a number of days after Wittenstein was terminated by Tna he approached WWE with insider secrets” as pertain to Tna talents contracts, the companies marketing strategy and other sensitive information which they feel gives the WWE an unfair advantage in the market.
Tna believe that it is through the actions of Wittenstein that ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair was able to illegally enter into negotiations with World Wrestling Entertainment and they fear that other members of the talent roster may follow suit. The news comes only days after it was announced that Flair and ex-Motor City Machine Gun Alex Shelley have left the company and are likely headed to WWE.
- Matt Aspin
Given the tens of thousands of videos uploaded to YouTube every day, you can imagine how few of them make their way to Judd Apatow's browser. But in late 2010 he happened to catch one mildly viral clip featuring actress Allison Williams. Titled "Mad Men Theme Song ... With a Twist," it features the then 21-year-old actress wearing nostalgic dress and opera gloves and singing the lyrics to "Nature Boy," while an abbreviated orchestra plays the signature tune to one of her favorite series. It was enough to make Apatow ensure that Williams see the pilot script
- Michael O'Connell
We've seen sneak peeks from the upcoming January 31 episode of Glee. We know that Darren Criss takes the lead on a group number of "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'". And we know that Sebastian and the Warblers return to make trouble after Blaine accidentally spills some information about the glee club's Regionals set list. McKinley hopes to do some Michael Jackson songs - hence the assignment for the episode - but since the Warbler's drew first position at Regionals, they plan on stealing the Mj songs.
Now the full versions of the songs have been released. Naturally, Glee has taken a few liberties with some of the songs. For example, "Smooth Criminal" is now performed solely with cellos, which, frankly, sounds amazing.
Here's the full song list:
1. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' — Blaine and group
2. Rock with You — Sebastian & Warblers (only song not available)
3. Bad — Artie, »
According to F4WOnline.com, Tna could have the legal right to sue WWE over using contracted Tna performer Ric Flair to help draw ticket and DVD sales for the WWE Hall of Fame 2012 ceremony. Flair was advertised on a recent WWE Raw episode as being inducted along with the other members of The Four Horseman and have already contacted ‘The Nature Boy’ about appearing at the ceremony. Tickets for the ceremony went on sale just days later.
It is unknown as of right now as to whether Tna will look to enforce any action against WWE for inducting Flair or whether they will allow him to turn up on the night of the ceremony. Tna and WWE could easily come to a financial settlement agreement that would allow Flair to show up on the night, or Flair might just let him turn up for free to enjoy the advertising »
- Matt Holmes
Glee returns this week with an all new episode, but a rerun will be airing on January 24 due to the State of the Union address. But when Glee returns again on January 31, it will do so with the Michael Jackson tribute episode.
Mr. Schue will be encouraging the kids to do a Michael Jackson assignment in that episode, which will inspire a multitude of performances. We know that Grant Gustin’s evil Sebastian Smythe will be making a return appearance and will perform as well. While it will be the glee club against Sebastian, we've heard that Emma and Sue won't be appearing.
According to TV Guide, this is supposedly the song list:
1. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' — Blaine and group
2. Rock with You — Sebastian & Warblers
3. Bad — Artie, Santana, Blaine, Sebastian
4. Scream — Artie and Mike
5. Never Can Say Goodbye »
But he'll definitely be doing some damage on the show's upcoming Michael Jackson tribute episode.
The actor spoke to E! News last night and said his villainous Warbler will "inflict pain on somebody" early on in the installment, leading to Santanta confronting Sebastian at Dalton Academy - and the two breaking into a rendition of "Smooth Criminal."
What other iconic Mj tracks will be covered on the episode? According to TV Guide's William Keck, who was on set for filming:
Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' - Blaine Rock with You - Sebastian and the Warblers Bad - Artie, Santana, Blaine, Sebastian Scream - Artie and Mike Never Can Say Goodbye - Quinn Human Nature/ Nature Boy (mash-up of Mj »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (TV Fanatic Staff)
You can’t believe everything you read on the Internet — especially when it comes Glee spoilers — but you can trust TVLine’s scoop about the show’s upcoming Michael Jackson tribute episode slated to air later this month. That’s because our crack team of reporters caught up with several cast members at Sunday’s Television Critics Association bash to get the news straight from the show choir’s mouth:
Sebastian Will Be Startin’ Somethin’ | Yes, folks, get ready for Grant Gustin’s Sebastian Smythe to turn into a total terror, says Kevin McHale (Artie). “For this episode, it’s everybody versus Sebastian, »
- Michael Slezak
13 items from 2012
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