Illusionist Roy Horn has celebrated the 10th anniversary of his onstage tiger attack in Las Vegas by releasing a new photograph of himself posing with the big cat that almost killed him. The Siegfried & Roy star was mauled and carried offstage by white tiger Montecore during a show on 3 October, 2003, at The Mirage.
Horn was left critically injured and sustained severe blood loss, but he has always defended the tiger, insisting no harm should come to the big cat.
Ten years after the incident, Horn, 69, has released a new photo of him feeding Montecore at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden at The Mirage in Las Vegas to U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight.
Comedian Dave Chappelle has taken aim at fans in Hartford, Connecticut in his new stand-up routine after storming offstage during a comeback gig there last week (ends30Aug13) following a barrage of abuse from hecklers. The funnyman cut short his gig in Hartford on 29 August (13) after receiving a frosty reception from audience members, who began shouting at him and quoting his older gags just minutes into the show.
Chappelle did not speak out in the immediate aftermath of the incident, but on Tuesday (03Sep13), he made his feelings about Hartford clear as he ripped into the city during his comedy performance for fans in Chicago, Illinois.
An audio recording of his rant has since surfaced on YouTube.com, and in the clip, Chappelle can be heard saying, "I swear to God, f**k that whole city. (You're) so much better than Hartford. I'll never go back. I won't even go to Hartford for f**king gas. I don't want anything bad to happen to the United States, but if North Korea ever drops a nuclear bomb on this country, I swear to God I hope it lands in Hartford, Connecticut."
He added, "That crowd was evil. A room... full of suburban torturers. Young, white alcoholics just booing and talking all kinds of s**t...
"That s**t in Hartford was bad. And you know that crowd feels lucky that they got to see me freak out. It's just like being at the f**king tiger show the night Siegfried & Roy got their throats bit out by the tiger. It's f**ked up but I know deep down that's why you go to the tiger show. You don't go to see somebody be safe."
Beloved illusionist duo Siegfried & Roy ended their residency at The Mirage in Las Vegas after Roy Horn was left partially paralysed following a white tiger attack in 2003. Siegfried Fischbacher announced the pair's official retirement from entertainment in 2010.
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The comedian, who will wrap his final season on hit U.S. TV series The Office next March (11), is negotiating a deal with bosses at New Line Cinema to star in new movie Burt Wonderstone.
Carell would play the title character, a Vegas magician who is one-half of a sensational two-man team, similar to Siegfried & Roy.
According to TheWrap.com, the film will chronicle Carell's character as he rediscovers his love for magic after his partner dies in a risky stunt.
Real-life illusionists Roy Horn and Siegfried Fischbacher announced their retirement in April (10) - over six years after Horn was savaged on stage by his pet white tiger during a show. The incident left him partially paralysed.
Siegfried Fischbacher made the announcement that the act is no more in a German publication on Tuesday (05Jan09), explaining there will be "no comeback".
The duo ended its run at The Mirage after Horn was left partially paralyzed following the white tiger attack in 2003.
The pair maintained the tiger was trying to drag Horn to safety after he suffered a heart attack during the show.
It is not known what will become of the duo's menagerie of animals, which currently reside at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage.
Although politically charged Middle Eastern terrorist themes have generally been box office poison of late Traitor is worth a look as it ratchets up the suspense to levels that make it this year’s successor to The Bourne Ultimatum. Don Cheadle stars as U.S. Special Opps officer Samir Horn a renegade military operative who walks the fine line between good and evil to the point where even HE isn’t sure which side he is working for. FBI agent Roy Clayton (Guy Pearce) is hot on his tail in one of those enormously complicated undercover jobs. Horn conveniently stays two steps ahead of authorities who have reason to believe he may be working as a double agent with deep and dangerous connections to key terrorist organizations. A task force links him to various illegal operations in Yemen Nice and London and soon he becomes one of FBI’s Most Wanted--a man of contradictions and covert strategies that are perhaps not in the best interests of the United States. Muddying the waters is his secretive relationship with a veteran CIA contractor Carter (Jeff Daniels) who may have an unofficial agenda at odds with the agency. As Clayton tracks Horn around the world a high stakes game of cat and mouse leads to some surprising twists and turns. With Hotel Rwanda’s Don Cheadle in the lead and a ripped-from-the-headlines plotline you might be inclined to think Traitor is going to be one of those overly serious not-so-fun dramatic pieces. Think again. Cheadle comes off more like Matt Damon in the Bourne movies and nails this heavy action role focusing as much on the chase as on the complicated dialogue he has to deliver (including some very convincing Arabic). Key to the role is keeping the audience on edge and constantly questioning Horn’s motives as he does his high wire act on the gray line between black and white. Cheadle plays him as a man trying to do good but one who isn’t quite sure what that means anymore. Although the actor dominates the landscape Pearce as the agent in pursuit is also very effective in his dogged determination to come to the truth. Their relationship is reminiscent of the one between Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive. Also impressive in his few scenes are Jeff Daniels as the morally ambiguous independent CIA contractor and Neal McDonough as Clayton’s partner. In what could have been stereotypical terrorist roles casting real Arabic actors paid off with nicely authentic performances from a group of fine international performers including Aly Khan (A Mighty Heart) and Said Taghmaoui (The Kite Runner). Writer/director Jeffrey Nachmanoff successfully makes the transition from full-time screenwriter (The Day After Tomorrow) to a talent with a clear set of skills behind the camera. For a directing novice Nachmanoff has done his homework and has created a pulse-pounding action thriller that doesn’t miss a beat but still remains a complex drama to its core. Expertly blending some fine cinematography and superb editing the director makes this Middle-Eastern epic work as pure entertainment first and political polemic second. Interestingly it wasn’t Nachmanoff who came up with the intriguing concept but comedian Steve Martin who wrote the initial treatment thinking it would be a nifty premise for a movie. He was absolutely right.
Entertainer Roy Horn and his illusionist partner Siegfried Fischbacher are to return to the stage in a daring new show--four years after Horn was savaged by a tiger live in a Las Vegas show.
Horn, 63, suffered a stroke after the white tiger attack in October 2003, which left him partially paralyzed.
But despite his disability, Horn insists he and Fischbacher are ready to make their Las Vegas comeback with an updated version of their show Siegfried and Roy.
He says, "We will be back.
"I'm not saying too much about our new act because we're still experimenting. A good magician never lets the cat out of the bag and we want everyone to be surprised when they hear what we're doing."
The duo was one of the most successful stage acts in Las Vegas history until the tragic incident. Horn has always maintained the tiger's innocence.
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The movie tagline sort of sums it up: "Four guys from the suburbs hit the road...and the road hits back." The four middle-aged friends who like to jump on their motorcylces and go riding around once a week are: Doug (Tim Allen) a dentist embarrassed by his job; Bobby (Martin Lawrence) a henpecked husband who wants to break away from being a plumber; Dudley (William H. Macy) a mild-mannered computer programmer and resident geek; and finally Woody (John Travolta) an entrepreneur with seemingly the most going for him. In actuality Woody is about to hit rock bottom but rather than be honest with his friends he convinces them all to hit the open road with him--to feel the wind in their hair so to speak. And as they go looking for adventure they soon find that they’ve embarked on a journey they will never forget. Uh-huh. Who would have thought these four actors would make a movie together? Casting Wild Hogs looked like the best part about making the movie as the producers probably sat around coming up with different variations (wonder who else they considered--Tom Hanks? Steve Carell?) Comedy veterans Allen and Lawrence have fun riffing on one another doing their shtick here and there while Travolta (the only real biker of the bunch) and Macy easily keep up with the antics. For the most part these guys click but I’m sure everyone did this purely for the money—and the Harleys. Ray Liotta gets to play the menacing villain once again as the leader of a motorcycle gang who has it out for our hapless quartet. Of course this time Liotta plays it for laughs and does a nice job with it. Even Marisa Tomei makes an appearance as a small town denizen who falls for Macy’s Dudley as the boys end up defending the town from Liotta and his thugs Magnificent Seven-style. You can see every plot point coming a mile away plus a few director Walt Becker probably didn’t even know were in there. But honestly from the guy who directed Van Wilder what did you expect? Becker is handy with a camera and totally knows where the film’s bread is buttered focusing all his energy and attention on his four stars. Unfortunately in doing so Wild Hogs mostly misses out on the poignancy of say a City Slickers even though it tries real hard to get us to connect with these middle-aged men trying to recapture youth--or whatever. But listen this isn’t supposed to change the world; Wild Hogs is just pure dumb fun about a group of guys wearing leather and riding hogs. Period.
Film legend Dame Elizabeth Taylor celebrated her 75th birthday with 75 friends and family in Las Vegas on Tuesday night.
The Cleopatra actress arrived in a wheelchair at Sin City's Medici Cafe and Terrace at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, escorted by her son Christopher, who turned 52 on the same day as his famous mother.
Guests included her other children Michael Wilding, Elizabeth Todd and Maria Burton, actress Debbie Reynolds, her daughter Carrie Fisher, magicians Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn, and model Kathy Ireland.
The media had speculated Taylor's longtime friend Michael Jackson would attend, but the actress said he would not be arriving, but she had spoken to him on the phone earlier that day.
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Acclaimed magician Siegfried Fischbacher has dismissed a former bodyguard's lawsuit against him, claiming he over-medicated injured partner Roy Horn, insisting the truth will come out in the end.
Louis Mydlach claims he was forced to quit after refusing to help Fischbacher feed Horn painkillers during his recovery from a tiger attack onstage in Las Vegas in 2003.
Mydlach also claims Fischbacher refused to hire licensed doctors for Horn and forced him to take medication.
But Fischbacher insists, "I don't take it too seriously. He has to finish it up and make a fool out of himself."
Horn meanwhile insists he has almost fully recovered and close to returning to the stage, claiming, "We will be back. I will make sure of that, because I am making a remarkable recovery.
"My doctor assures me that I'm better than 10 horses."
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A former bodyguard of illusionists Siegfried & Roy is suing one of his former bosses for forcing him to cover up his plans to over-medicate his ailing partner.
Louis Mydlach claims he was forced to quit after refusing to help Siegfried Fischbacher feed Roy Horn pain pills as he recovered from a tiger attack in 2003.
In his lawsuit, Mydlach claims Fischbacher refused to hire licensed doctors for Horn when he needed them most and forced him to take medication.
Mydlach also alleges that Horn was once so scared of his partner, he begged his bouncer for a cell phone and a penknife-just in case.
The minder is suing Fischbacher for emotional distress.
The illusionist's lawyer says the lawsuit is "false and malicious."
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