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NFL Lineman Cam Thomas -- I Didn't Give That Woman Herpes!
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Kate Walsh -- She's a Rackstar ... Grabs Boobs at Disneyland
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Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes -- Showing the Ropes to New WWE Superstar
One of the biggest free agents in pro wrestling just checked in for WWE duty ... and he's already getting some knowledge from a Hall of Famer.Fergal Devitt started fine tuning his moves Monday morning at WWE's Performance
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'The Bachelorette' recap: Andi says 'Yes!' in dramatic season finale
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Kiefer Sutherland's rep responds to Freddie Prinze Jr.'s complaints about actor
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Anthony Anderson 'Eats America' 28 July 2014, 20.03 Entertainment
Anthony Anderson 'Eats America'
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Former WWE Champion Daniel Bryan -- SUBDUES Burglar ... WITH SUBMISSION HOLD!!
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Kendra Wilkinson -- Closing Down The Club ... Hank Nowhere In Sight
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TMZ Sports Show: Lil Wayne Starting Sports Management Biz, First Client Cristiano Ronaldo
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Casey Kasem’s kids think wife has boyfriend in Montreal; may have dad's body there on ice
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Joan Rivers slams Selena Gomez for ‘Pray for Gaza’ post
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Vanessa Williams opens up about being molested by a female when she was 10
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Video: Charlie Sheen 'hammered' at Taco Bell 15 July 2014, 20.33 Entertainment
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Joe Nichols slammed on Twitter for 'God Bless America' performance
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Johnny Manziel -- DRILLS CAR DRIVER IN FACE ... During Commercial Shoot
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Tim Tebow -- Buys $1.4 Million Pad ... Neighbors Are Pumped!!!
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Drake -- 'Playaz Club' Beef Settled ... Pays $100K For Borrowed Rhymes
Drake just paid a ton of respect to Rappin' 4-Tay -- in the form of cold, hard cash -- to settle a beef in which 4-Tay claimed Drizzy jacked his rhymes.4-Tay first put Drake on blast when YG's hit "Who Do You Love" came out.
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Aaron Hernandez -- MOVING TO A NEW JAIL 06 July 2014, 22.31 Entertainment
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Jeremy Piven -- FORGIVING STEVE BARTMAN ... Could Save the Cubs
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Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- Do I Look Like JLo's Boyfriend? 06 July 2014, 22.31 Entertainment
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Erykah Badu tries to kiss a TV reporter during his live shot
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Video: Remembering ‘Designing Women’ star Meshach Taylor with the best of Anthony
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Chris Brown -- Carried Out of BET Awards After-Party 29 June 2014, 15.19 Entertainment
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Donald Sterling -- My Doc Says I'm MENTALLY COMPETENT! 29 June 2014, 15.19 Entertainment
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Shooting At Nightclub After BET Awards 29 June 2014, 15.19 Entertainment
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Rosie O’Donnell to return to 'The View,' source says 29 June 2014, 15.19 Entertainment
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Celebs who don't dress their age 29 June 2014, 15.19 Entertainment
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Maxim Monday: Hot models, celebs and gals next door 29 June 2014, 15.19 Entertainment
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Model Cara Delevingne addresses issue of her sexuality 27 June 2014, 16.44 Entertainment
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Whoopi Goldberg's clout grows at 'The View' 27 June 2014, 16.44 Entertainment
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Ice-T's grandson arrested for accidentally killing his roommate
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Video: ‘Unforgettable’ star Poppy Montgomery remembers her serious Luke Perry crush
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Video: Who is our new favorite ‘Jeopardy’ loser? 27 June 2014, 16.43 Entertainment
Video: Who is our new favorite ‘Jeopardy’ loser?
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Seth MacFarlane will match donations in ‘Reading Rainbow’ Kickstarter
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The art of the public apology: 19 takes on ‘I’m sorry’
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Entertainment Geekly: Why ‘Hannibal’ is the better version of ‘True Detective’ and ‘Fargo’
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Khloe and Kim Kardashian -- My Ass, Her Boob ... LET'S PARTY!
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Shia LaBeouf BANNED From Restaurant ... He's a Real Pisser!
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Join us for a Twitter Q&A with ‘True Blood’ stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer
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Shelly Sterling -- Concern Over Escape Clause in Ballmer Deal PDF Print E-mail

Shelly Sterling looked confident as she left a Bev Hills restaurant swinging a Victoria's Secret bag Tuesday, but behind the scenes there's concern that Donald's latest flip-flop could blow up her $2 billion deal to sell the Los Angeles Clippers.

We've learned there's an escape clause in her deal with Ballmer, which gives him the right to nix the deal if she doesn't have clear authority to sell the team.

So Shelly's legal team will try to shut down Sterling by telling the judge there can be no argument ... Donald is "incapacitated" and therefore he has no voice anymore in the team's business.

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Donald signed a document with Shelly late last year, in which they both agreed if 2 neurologists determined either one of them was incapacitated, then that person would automatically lose control of the team.

As we reported ... 2 neurologists made that finding early last month -- that Donald had lost it.  

Don't expect a decision Wednesday.  We're told a date for a full-blown hearing will be set ... probably in the next week or so. For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!

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'Famous in 12' Sisters -- Who'd You Rather? PDF Print E-mail

0530_artiago_family_rather_famous_in_12_launch_names_2While the entire Artiaga family is on the pursuit for fame on their new show Famous in 12 -- there is a battle brewing amongst them.

The three eldest daughter's have taken to their respective social media sites and posted some seriously sexy photos of themselves -- which has fueled a battle of the bods!

Here's 19-year-old singer Maariyah (left), 26-year-old dancer Taliah (center) and 22-year-old model Jameelah (right) all posing for the Internet showdown.

Be sure to click on each of their names for a more in-depth look before you vote.  BTW, Famous in 12 airs Tuesday night at 8 (7 Central) on the CW.

The question is ...


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‘Chasing Life’ react: When cancer meets melodrama PDF Print E-mail

If you haven’t gotten your fill of Young People With Cancer stories after The Fault in Our Stars this weekend, ABC Family is here for you with its latest television version of a YA novel plot, Chasing Life, a dramedy that merges The Big C with the standard combo of melodrama and quips that viewers have come to expect from the network that brought us Secret Life of the American Teenager and Switched at Birth.

Meet April Carver (Italia Ricci): She’s a 24-year-old big Boston journalist looking to make her mark on the world and date a cute guy while working for a newspaper straight out of the 1990s.The perfect rom-com set up! But, as viewers who saw the previews are well aware, we’re about to get a lot darker than Gilmore Girls here.

The premiere starts off clunky, opening with April attempting to get into a no-press charity blood drive for an interview with a disgraced athlete. After failing to sweet talk her way past a line, she meets up with her estranged uncle, doctor George to get her into the event. When she’s giving blood, she again tries her luck with the athlete, but he quickly figures out she’s a journalist. (Maybe it was her pointed questions about drugs?) As he’s getting upset, she faints, and before we know it we have a meet-cute on our hands. Or at least a meet-job. Sitting in a hospital room afterwards, he gives her the interview. “First question: What was the last thing you put up your nose?” she asks with a smile. Flirting on the job!

Of course, this whole bit is merely exposition for the real bombshell: Thanks to some super convenient blood test by her uncle, April learns she has cancer (a revelation she is told in a dark ally, natch). Because of her ensuing shock, dealing with that revelation is put on hold for most of the premiere, which allows the writers to set up all the other stuff that’s going to be filling this hour-long show. The basics: April’s dad died a few years ago, and she lives with her mom, grandma, and Walking Cliche troubled sister, Brenna. There’s also a nerdy guy at work whom she’s BFFs with (I’m going to save this show half a season and point out that he loves her), as well as a cute older reporter, Dominic (Richard Brancatisano), whom she goes to a concert with and kisses a little bit (pre-diagnosis).

I know dating drama is par for the course in ABC Family dramas, but, God, viewers deserve better than Dominic, a cute guy who seems eager to jump to conclusions. Was I the only one rolling my eyes throughout the last ten minutes of the episode when he thought he overheard April confessing her love to (her uncle) George? Communication! Teens — and the twenty-something women who watch the shows aimed at them — should try it sometime.

I’m sort of surprised at all of the melodrama that was packed in pre-cancer diagnosis. I assume creators Joni Lefkowitz and Susanna Fogel don’t want the cancer stuff to turn people off and decide it’s “too dark” of a show for them, so they rushed to also include all of the Issues that regularly turns up on these types of programs: The acting-out younger sister (Haley Ramm); the beginning-to-date-again widow mom (Mary Page Keller). A positive for the whole show is everyone in the cast is doing a lot with a little, and it’s all more engaging than one might expect.

It’ll be interesting to see as the show progresses how the program balances the heavy cancer stuff (April still hasn’t told her family about her diagnosis) with the lighter Woman Staking Her Claim In The World plotlines. In the latter group, here’s hoping April gets a better boss soon.

Other lingering thoughts:

- “You’re a private school girl, you probably only spread your legs for a horse.” What show are we watching?

- April’s mom has a 79% match for her online date. That seems low, yes? I mean, clearly it worked out — they were making out outside the house by episode’s end!

-Feminism is name-checked twice in the episode, and only one of those times was negative!

-There’s still mystery about why Uncle George is estranged from the family, and what exactly went down with April’s father’s accident. ABC Family experts, I eagerly await your theories.

-”It’s not like I’m gonna drop dead any second. I’m not, right?”

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Cartoon avatar app goes big in China PDF Print E-mail

As anyone who’s ever had an AIM, GChat, or Twitter account knows, a cute avatar is key to a good online persona. In China, consumers have made that quest into a giant market.

Fortune reports that  MYOTee, a cartoon avatar creator with dozens of custom options, has become the hottest mobile app in the nation’s variable market. Earlier this month, the app received over a million downloads in just a couple of days – hitting the top of Apple’s free app ranking in China.

MYOTee began as a T-shirt company, but eventually transferred its designs from cloth to the Web. Users upload their characters to popular Chinese media sites such as Sina Weibo and WeChat. Read more on Fortune‘s website, right before you have a panic attack about whether your current avatar is just the right combination of ironic and cute.

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George R. R. Martin joins Twitter, tweets about not tweeting PDF Print E-mail

George R. R. Martin has just entered a land far more terrifying than the place beyond the Wall: Twitter.

The Game of Thrones maester has joined the social medium with the handle @GRRMspeaking, and his first tweet essentially laid bare his plans for, well, not tweeting. (Oh, you say that now, George, but just you wait…)

And before you cry direwolf, Martin’s presence on Twitter (where there are a few dozen impersonators) was verified by Random House:

Martin used the first tweet to plug his LiveJournal, which he continues to actively use every few days. (Coincidentally a recent posting touched on the very idea that he is vehemently “NOT ON TWITTER.”)

You might be wondering how to react to this lovely social media news. Perhaps you are eager with anticipation for the next major GoT massacre so you can tweet your despair directly to the source. Or maybe you’re horrified at the idea of Martin spending 45 seconds a day to tweet because of how much it might delay The Winds of Winter (and to you I say, calm down, boo). The reason to get excited, though, is just the idea that Martin will now be able to directly respond to geek news du jour, much like we look to Neil deGrasse Tyson to offer his take on science news or George Takei to share Star Trek memes.

Personally, I’m going to tweet one emoji a day at Martin and see if I can’t convince him to name a character after my perseverance (Ser Twodancinggirls).

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Nike ad puts World Cup superstars in a Pixar-like ‘toon — VIDEO PDF Print E-mail

On June 12, host-country Brazil meets Croatia in the first match of the FIFA World Cup, ushering in a month of sports insanity that will likely even penetrate the American sports consciousness — no matter how much we want to snub the sport of soccer. (Er, football.) You know how the NFL likes to boast that its Super Bowl is viewed by more than a billion people? Well, that’s a complete myth. But the World Cup final on July 13 will be the most watched television program of the year around the globe. Four years ago, the championship match between Spain and Netherlands in South Africa was viewed on TV by an estimated 700 million people. There’s a reason it’s called The World’s Game.

So get ready to learn all about Ronaldo, Messi, and Neymar Jr, LeBron-level superstars in the planet’s most popular sport. Nike, which generates nearly $2 billion each year in soccer-related revenue, recently unveiled a glorified commercial for their “Risk Everything” campaign, featuring animated versions of their most popular players. It was conceived and produced by Nike and their advertising agencies, but it feels like a Pixar short, with a nefarious villain who wants to clone some of the world’s best players and “improve” them by stripping them of their penchant for beautiful risk-taking.

It’s a perfect — and presumably expensive — bauble in Nike’s “Risk Everything” campaign, and not the worst introduction to World Cup madness. Even Tim Howard, who will likely start in goal for the Americans when they face Ghana on June 16, gets a spot on Nike’s Incredibles-like team.

Watch the clip below:

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‘Mighty Ducks’ oral history: What we learned PDF Print E-mail

Believe it or not, it has been 20 years since The Mighty Ducks graced your movie screens (for the second time). And in honor of the movie that inspired us all to attempt ice skating and say “Quack” repeatedly, Time caught up with those involved for a full oral history of the franchise.

Here’s what we learned:

Writer Steve Brill basically wanted it to be the next Bad News Bears. “I had idolized The Bad News Bears my whole life. I thought that was a great movie, and I thought it would be really great to make a movie that could stand up and be another Bad News Bears.”

The first draft was much darker. “The draft I wrote in that apartment was much darker,” Brill said. “It wasn’t a Disney movie. There weren’t murders or anything, but there was some adult romance. And a lot of hockey — that was always the key thing. As far as dark humor, there was always that DUI at the beginning, and I don’t think that would hold up right now in a Disney movie. Then in the movie there are sort of having-sex-with-your-mother jokes in there and flatulence jokes, and guys are getting hit in the nuts. I think the producer, Jordan Kerner, had a mandate to — when the studio says, ‘It’s got to be funnier’ — make it a little broader in some parts. So you have a mix of very serious character-driven story and then broad humor.”

Peter Berg, Brill’s roommate, was originally supposed to star in the film. “I was sort of starting out as an actor, and the plan was originally that I was going to star in it,” Berg said. “We went in there and Steve said, ‘Here’s my man.’ And the financiers kind of looked at me and then looked at Steve and were like, ‘Yeah. No, he’s not your man, Steve.’ So Emilio Estevez was the man, and, you know, the rest is history.”

Hans was based on a real guy. “The character of Hans (Joss Ackland) was based upon this kind of surly old guy, Hans, who worked at the skate shop in Culver,” Berg said. “One day Brill and I were skating, and Brill hit the boards at a bad angle and broke his leg, and he was writhing around on ice. Hans kind of came over and looked down at him, and Brill said, ‘Hans, I think I broke my leg.’ And Hans paused and looked at him and said, ‘Well, that’s your own personal problem’ and walked away. I think that was a very formative moment for Brill when he wrote that character. I’ll never forget that.

Elden Henson (Fulton Reed) got a makeover for his audition. “I was in New York at the time,” Henson said. “I auditioned for the film and I guess there are some people who thought I kind of didn’t really look the role, so Jordan and Steve Herek, the director, they flew me to Minnesota, dyed my hair, put wardrobe on me, even put like a little fake scar on my face and actually screen-tested me under the name Peter Quinn. And then I got the job. My skating ability was that of zero. I grew up in L.A., man, so I played baseball and football and stuff like that. But I’d never played hockey. It wasn’t really on my radar.”

They had skating (and acting) camp. “There was a guy named Jack White, who was a famous trainer in hockey, that we brought in,” producer Jordan Kerner said. “Half of our kids had never skated before and had to learn to skate. And half of our kids who skated, they had to learn to act. And so we literally had acting boot camp and skating boot camp.”

Bullying was an issue on set. “When you bring that many parents or guardians together with kids in a foreign location and they’re 9, 10, and 11, you’re going to have some problems,” Kerner said. “And I was waiting. One of the young actors was being a little bit of a bully to some of the other kids. He wasn’t as good a skater as he needed to be, but he thought of himself as a great performer, and his mother thought of him as Marlon Brando or Brad Pitt or whatever — someone who was a dramatic actor. And he just wasn’t going to do all the work he had to do in skating. There was a lot of attitude and there were problems on the ice. We tried to have the meetings with all the parents and guardians once a week, twice a week, three times a week depending. At some point, I brought everybody together and said, ‘There’s been an incident today, and the people involved with it know who they are. Here’s the deal: If it happens again, you don’t need to come to me, okay? You can just go back to your hotel. The production will already have your return plane tickets there, and we will make adjustments.’ And literally four days later it happened again and I called the mom and said, ‘You and So-and-so, you’re going home.’ That kid’s role was a sort of central villain who would eventually turn and become friendly to the Ducks. And we took one of our other kids from a much smaller role and moved him into that role. And he just was terrific. It was the Adam Banks character.”

The cold was an issue too. “We we were in the midst of filming the scene where there’s a kiss between Emilio Estevez and Heidi Kling, who plays Josh’s mom, in 55 degrees below zero in St. Paul. And when they kissed, their lips stuck together. We had to get makeup to grab warm water and put droplets on their lips so they could actually separate,” Kerner said.

Minnesota passed the Mighty Ducks Bill. “In spite of the cold, we all loved Minnesota and they loved having us,” Kerner said. “Because of the effect the film had on them — they had so much pride about it and they’re all sort of hockey nuts — they passed something called the Mighty Ducks Bill. We shot in maybe 20 arenas while we were there and they probably had 80 or 100 arenas in total. And they built like another 15 arenas so that they could accommodate all-girls teams, and it was an effort to mainstream girls into boys’ teams. So the bill was something that created both new rinks and more coaches to help girls want to develop and become hockey players. So in Minnesota to this day girls all play hockey. They have the ability, any time they want to be on a team, they’re on a team. And that was because of The Mighty Ducks. It was really great being in a smaller city that was crazy about what you were doing. I ended up building a home in Minnesota, and my wife and I were married there.”

The logo was inspired by Jason. “And they had this idea of a Jason mask, and we had the idea of crossing bones behind it as the sticks,” Kerner said. “It was a little more graphic than the image that we ended up with. They decided it was a little too gruesome and we needed to use the sticks.”

Scott Whyte (Gunnar Stahl) auditioned for Portman. “I think I was the only actor on the film who had really played hockey before the first movie came out, and I was also pursuing acting at the same time,” Whyte said. “I went to the theaters, saw Mighty Ducks and was like, ‘Wow, this would be the most incredible job I could ever book.’ And literally two weeks later I think I was auditioning for Mighty Ducks 2 for the role of Portman. It was Aaron Lohr and I that did the final test for it, and Aaron obviously booked Portman. We were heading home and got a call. They said, ‘Well, you didn’t get Portman, but we liked to offer this role of Gunnar.’ It was a bit of a burn because I really wanted to play Portman, and I didn’t even know what Gunnar was, the character or anything. But I was still stoked to be part of the film. It was still a win. And Gunnar was definitely the nice bad guy who had a heart. With all the other bad guys, you never really got to know or see any other side other than the typical Disney villain archetype.”

Marguerite Moreau (Connie Moreau) might have kissed a few boys. “The whole experience was a big deal because during the first one I was a 14-year-old girl and, I mean, I cannot confirm or deny that I may have kissed two or three or maybe even five of them,” Moreau said. “I was 15! It was a very exciting time for me. Very exciting. I mean it’s very flattering attention for a little while, you know?”

Kerner originally had a very different plan for the third film. “It was the third movie where we had a lot of battles with the studio,” Kerner said. “We ended up telling, as you know, the story of the Ducks coming in as freshmen and then playing the seniors, which was largely based on my experience watching the the UCLA freshman basketball team play the varsity who’d won the NCAA championship the year before. That freshman team was Lew Alcindor [Kareem Abdul-Jabbar] and Mike Warren and Keith Wilkes and all that. And the freshmen beat the varsity 100 to 75. Having said that, that wasn’t the story I wanted to tell. I wanted to go back to the Goodwill Games and I wanted the Ducks to go back up the rankings, but it was going to be done in Europe. It was going to be one of these stories where it was a grudge match between the Ducks and Iceland and they make it all the way up to the semi-finals. And before that game, something goes on in a restaurant where three or four of the teams are eating. And we were going to use — and please forgive me, Bulgaria — we were going to use the Bulgarian team that would say something off-color to Goldberg, and could be anti-Semitic possibly — making fun of a guy named Goldberg and fun of a guy like who’s a little bigger than the average guy on the ice. Then a fight would ensue and in that room was also the Icelandic team who hated the Ducks. And rather than having them sort of look and chuckle, they got involved, and they helped Goldberg. Then the Ducks lose to Iceland in the semifinals. Now they’re going home and they’re depressed and they really don’t feel good about anything. And Bombay at one point would say, ‘Is this what we’re all about? Is this how it ends?’ And they don’t know what he’s talking about, and he says, ‘You were about to get the you-know-what kicked out of you, and there was a team that just beat us that stood up for you. And they’re a team that plays more mechanically. They just beat us physically. They play more mechanically but they’re going to play against a team that we know isn’t necessarily the fairest team. And wouldn’t they be helped out if they got a little bit of Duck in them and they got to know the kinds of things that we do?’”

“Then of course the third act of the movie is the Ducks training the Icelandic team and being the scrimmage team with them. And it’s a story of your former enemy now becoming your friend, and a team that seemed mechanical and physical becoming a team that had finesse and surprise. At the same time, for the Ducks, it would be about conquering your anger and conquering the things that once you thought you could never conquer all of a sudden you do, and you help others who helped you. I just thought to have the Ducks lose would have been a really great way to go out. But in the end of course, yes, they lost, but they gained so much. That was the story I wanted to tell. We ended up telling the high school story because the studio really felt strongly about that, and it was a different studio kind of at that point than the studio of 1 and 2. So we didn’t get to tell that story.”

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Josh Radnor sets Broadway return in ‘Disgraced’ PDF Print E-mail

Out goes one Broadway season, and in comes another, marked by the first new Broadway show announcement following this year’s Tony Awards.

Disgraced, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Ayad Akhtar, will open on Broadway this fall on Oct. 23 at the Lyceum Theatre, with previews slated to begin Sept. 27. How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor (who made his Broadway debut opposite Kathleen Turner in 2002’s The Graduate) will lead the cast, which includes Gretchen Mol, Karen Pittman, and Hari Dhillon.

The play follows the story of a Muslim-American lawyer and his artist wife, who invite a co-worker and her husband over for dinner at their Upper East Side apartment. The meal quickly turns from polite table conversation into an explosive dialogue about beliefs, race, and identity.

Disgraced earned Obie and Joseph Jefferson Awards, in addition to the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. A 2012 production at Lincoln Center’s LCT3 starred Pittman and The Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi.

Kimberly Senior will return to direct, alongside a design team that includes scenic design by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Jennifer Von Mayrhauser, lighting by Ken Posner, and sound by Jill DuBoff.

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Arizona pair plead not guilty in theft case involving Miley Cyrus PDF Print E-mail

She's just being Miley

The "We Can't Stop" singer is pulling out all of her signature moves on her new tour. Twerking, tongues and proactive outfits are all on the checklist for Miley's "Bangerz" tour. But did her next outfit take things just one step too far? Click to find out what Miley wore this time.


Los Angeles County prosecutors say an Arizona man and woman have pleaded not guilty to charges of stealing a Maserati, jewelry, purses and clothes from the home of Miley Cyrus.

Officials said Tuesday that 19-year-old Tylor Scott and 21-year-old Naomi Charles entered pleas Monday to one count each of first-degree residential burglary, grand theft of personal property, grand theft auto and unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle. A firearm allegation is included in the charges



They are due back in court June 18.

Scott is also charged with one count each of first-degree residential burglary and grand theft firearm for an alleged May 15 burglary at a Woodland Hills home. The theft at Cyrus's home took place two weeks later.

Bail for Scott is $150,000 and $100,000 for Charles.

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