Hollywood action man Sylvester Stallone was "embarrassed" when he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame back in 2011, because he didn't feel worthy enough beside fellow honouree Mike Tyson. The actor was celebrated at the Canastota, New York venue for turning the spotlight on the sport in his Rocky film franchise, but he felt out of place next to real boxing icons Tyson and former World Boxing Council Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Stallone says, "I was actually embarrassed by it (Hall of Fame honour) because I'm not a fighter, but they look at it like someone who helps promote boxing (sic). Mike Tyson and Cesar Chavez, Jr. is (sic) amazing so it was another validation that I'm here promoting the sport.
"But I've always loved the sport even when I was a kid, seven or eight years old, just fascinated with this idea of two men just showing their hearts and going for it."
Stallone steps back into the ring for new release Grudge Match, co-starring Robert De Niro, and director Peter Segal admits he was a little intimidated at the prospect of working with the movie hardman on the new boxing comedy.
He explains, "I was both elated and scared. I had watched (director) John Avildsen's commentary on Rocky and how meticulously Sly had gone through a beat by beat choreograph of 'left, left, right, right, left, right,' everything. And so I realised there is no person on the planet earth who has choreographed more cinematic boxing matches than this guy.
"But then there was a story that I had laid out and one that I had to convince him would be the right story to tell. I had to convince Sly that this was a way to do an interesting story without holding a gun and killing someone. We worked together but I didn't know how that was gonna go at first."
Actor/singer Donnie Wahlberg has fuelled reports suggesting girlfriend Jenny Mccarthy could find a very special ring under her Christmas tree after confessing she is everything he could have asked for in a woman. The New Kids on the Block star has only been dating the blonde bombshell since this summer (13), but their love story appears to have prompted McCarthy to rethink her vow never to wed again and Wahlberg admits he's thinking about putting a ring on it.
He tells In Touch, "Do I feel like she's the one? She's everything I could have asked for... We were both married, both divorced, both have kids and both never married again - so we're both open to see what happens."
Wahlberg has two sons from a previous marriage, and McCarthy also has one son from her marriage with ex-husband, John Mallory Asher.
Last month (Nov13), the actress was candid about her desire to take the next step with her beau, even admitting she would be willing to get down on one knee to propose herself.
She told U.S. talk show host Bethenny Frankel, "I've said on every interview that I was like, 'Never get married again, ever', and, of course, you never say never. I think he would be an amazing husband, so if he does (propose), I would for sure say yes. I wouldn't be surprised if I was the one proposing."
Australian singers Troy Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey have withdrawn their nominations for the upcoming Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA) awards after veteran John Williamson declared them undeserving of the show's top honour. The duo landed six nods, including a nomination for Album of the Year, for their Great Country Songbook collaboration, but the achievement was soured this week (beg09Dec13) when Williamson resigned as president of the CMAA over claims the organisation's annual awards show has become too American.
He publicly criticised artists including Keith Urban for their American-style sound, and slammed Cassar-Daley and Harvey's inclusion in the Best Album nominations as the record is made up of U.S. song covers.
In an open letter, he writes, "The fact that it (Great Country Songbook) was even nominated blows me away. I feel that the organisation has got the wrong message and I don't want to be a part of it."
He adds of Urban, who is nominated in the Best Male Artist category, "There should be an award for international artists who do the American thing. He gets awards over there. Maybe we could give him an international award, but I don't think that should be recognised as Australian country music."
The rant has now prompted Cassar-Daley and Harvey to withdraw their nominations.
Harvey says of the decision, "It would have been awkward. I don't want the Golden Guitars to be about who didn't deserve to win or who shouldn't be there... To be honest, I have been hurt by some of the comments, not only from Willo (Williamson), but from others I thought were really good friends as more people weighed in on this debate. Our intentions in making this record were good and still are."
The singer also insists he is especially saddened by Williamson's stance as they previously earned a CMAA nomination together for their cover of an American classic, Roger Miller's King Of The Road.
He adds, "John Williamson did ring me himself, so I'll give him that, and said he hoped he hadn't lost a friend over this but I had to tell him I was pretty disappointed. It was his idea for us to do King Of The Road and he was happy for that to be nominated. He told me he now regrets that."
Harvey concluded by defending Urban: "Keith Urban is proudly Australian and should be celebrated. Australia has a fantastic country music industry and I think there's plenty of room for all of us."
Sir Elton John once presented R&B icon Patti Labelle with a diamond ring as a thank you for feeding him when he was a struggling musician. The Lady Marmalade hitmaker befriended Elton in the mid-1960s when she used to perform with her band The Bluebelles at nightclubs in London, where the rocker - then known by his real name Reginald Dwight - was working as a musician with the backing group Bluesology.
They would unwind after shows by playing card games for money, but the men were no match for LaBelle and her bandmates Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx, and the ladies would often clean up - leaving the guys broke.
LaBelle took it upon herself to cook up feasts for their financially-strapped pals and send them home with leftovers, and after hitting the big time as Elton John, Dwight decided to show his gratitude to his good friend by presenting her with a big rock - and she still treasures it to this day.
She explains, "They had no money so I would make food at my flat (apartment), invite them all over and feed them. Elton took my Tupperware (food storage container) back in the day... but he replaced my Tupperware by giving me a big diamond ring that I have at home. It's there and it's beautiful."
An album of lost Johnny Cash material is due to be released after the country star's son discovered tapes of the recordings. The late country icon recorded Out Among The Stars in the early 1980s with producer Billy Sherrill, but the album was never released by Columbia Records and the Ring of Fire star was dropped from the label in 1986.
But the singer and his wife kept tapes from the recording sessions, and these were discovered by his son John Carter Cash last year (12). He has now re-recorded portions of the tracks.
Cash tells Billboard.com, "They kept everything in their lives. They had an archive that had everything in it from the original audio tapes from The Johnny Cash Show to random things like a camel saddle, a gift from the prince of Saudi Arabia...
"We were so excited when we discovered this. We were like, 'My goodness, this is a beautiful record that nobody has ever heard'."
He adds, "Johnny Cash is in the very prime of his voice for his lifetime. He's pitch perfect. It's seldom where there's more than one vocal take. They're a live take and they're perfect."
The 12 tracks, which include two duets with Cash's wife June Carter Cash, are due to be released in March (14).
Newlywed John Legend has given up plans to ring in the new year (14) quietly with his wife Chrissy Teigen by signing up to host a Las Vegas party. The singer/songwriter will headline HAZE Nightclub's New Year's Eve festivities at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Sin City.
Katy Perry sparked engagement rumours at the MTV Europe Music Awards on Sunday night (10Nov13) when she was spotted wearing a sparkling ring on her wedding finger. The music event in Amsterdam, Holland was a big night for Perry as she scooped the award for Best Female and performed her new track Unconditionally while suspended in mid-air.
However, it was her choice of jewellery which caught the attention of fans as the Firework superstar was seen wearing a diamond band on her left hand, sparking speculation that her relationship with John Mayer could be heading in a new direction.
The couple has been dating on/off for two years. Perry was previously married to British comic Russell Brand from 2010 to 2011.
Wrestler-turned-movie action man John Cena has sensationally revealed he once "pooped" himself during a fight. Cena was chatting to his lady love, fellow wrestler Nikki Bella, for an upcoming episode of U.S. reality show Total Divas, when he opened up about his most embarrassing moment in the ring.
The current World Heavyweight Champion came clean after Bella poked fun at another female fighter, who accidentally wet herself during a wrestling match, stating, "I pooped myself once... It was in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, I had food poisoning and I still went out to wrestle. Everybody knew - I was embarrassed."
His stunned girlfriend was initially left speechless by his confession. She then added, "I don't know what to think right now... That would be so embarrassing!"
Music mogul James Rosemond has been sentenced to life in jail for masterminding a huge drug empire. Rosemond, also known as Jimmy Henchman, was convicted of overseeing a cocaine ring across New York last year (12), along with 13 other charges, including witness tampering and obstruction of justice.
After a lengthy delay, he was hauled before Federal Judge John Gleeson at Brooklyn federal court on Friday (25Oct13) for sentencing, and was handed life behind bars, plus five years.
Judge Gleeson told Rosemond, "You're the kingpin. Not all kingpins necessarily deserve a life sentence but you certainly do. You're a very intelligent and capable person and you chose this life."
After being handed the sentence, Rosemond released a statement through his publicist, which reads, "My Resilience and determination will overcome all adversity and history will vindicate and be kinder to me."
The 48 year old will be back in court next month (Dec13) to stand trial over allegations he hired a gunman to kill Lowell Fletcher, who previously served two years in jail for assaulting Rosemond's then-14-year-old son.
Rosemond previously managed the careers of rapper The Game and R&B stars Akon and Brandy.
Listen up, brother! It looks as though Hulk Hogan – now 60-years-old with an artificial hip, bad back and shot knees – won't be climbing back into a WWE ring after all (and maybe fans truly are the better for it). According to reports, World Wrestling Entertainment officials were interested in bringing back the former champ in time for Wrestlemania XXX this coming April in New Orleans. Hogan, whose contract with the much-smaller TNA Wrestling recently expired, was rumored to possibly be in line for one more mega-match - maybe against John Cena. However, it now appears Hogan has re-upped with TNA after being offered far, far less from the WWE than he had hoped. Still, the WWE has other options, if a trip down memory lane is what it seeks to boost buyrates.
Jake the Snake Roberts
Jake’s well-chronicled battles with substance abuse appear to be in check these days and he’s looking to get back into the WWE. Could Mania provide that stage? He’s also back in fighting shape thanks to DDP yoga.
Rowdy Roddy Piper
Although in nearly as bad of shape physically as Hogan, Piper has always been able to pop a crowd with his mouth alone. Could the man who was rowdy before rowdy was cool give the fans one more memorable match?
Stone Cold Steve Austin
Arguably the biggest star of the '90s in all of wrestling, Austin says he’s physically fine to go 100 percent inside the squared circle again – he just chooses not to. The WWE would surely love to have the Texas Rattlesnake back (even once more) as would the fans.
Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff
Political correctness be darned – the site of Sheik and Volkoff inside a WWE ring one last time (if for nothing else than to sing the Soviet National Anthem) would surely be a Wrestlemania moment for the ages.
Honky Tonk Man
Do you wanna hear see the Honky Tonk Man sing? Do you wanna see the Honky Tonk Man dance? Heck yes! HTM’s farewell tour should be on a WWE stage – not some bingo hall in the middle of nowhere.