Former wrestler Hulk Hogan has been quick to clarify comments he made in a new Rolling Stone magazine interview after causing a stir with his thoughts about the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
Incarcerated Simpson was acquitted of killing his wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman in 1993, but, like many people, Hogan thinks the fallen sports hero got away with murder -- and in the new article Hogan admits he can understand what drives a man to kill his wife after battling his ex Linda in the divorce courts.
In the piece, which will appear in the new issue of the publication, the tough guy, real name Terry Bollea, admits he was tempted to attack his wife "like O.J."
Hogan says he is furious Linda is allegedly dating "some shaggy-haired pool boy 30 years her junior," adding, "I could have turned everything into a crime scene, like O.J., cutting everybody's throat.
"You live half a mile from the 20,000-square-foot home you can't go to anymore, you're driving through downtown Clearwater and see a 19-year-old boy driving your (Cadillac) Escalade, and you know that a 19-year-old boy is sleeping in your bed, with your wife... I totally understand O.J. I get it."
A representative for the wrestling superstar says, "Hulk in no way condones the O.J. situation. As part of a larger conversation, he referred to it to exemplify his frustration with his own situation."
But Linda Hogan isn't taking the comments in the magazine lightly, telling news show Entertainment Tonight, "Hulk's serial cheating destroyed our marriage, our family and our future. Sadly, his recent comments remind us that his definition of fair is much different than what the law dictates."
Her rep says, "We are taking these recent comments seriously... We have always maintained that the fear that Linda has had to live with comes from the rage and instability much too often associated with pro wrestlers."
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Bo (Seann William Scott) and Luke (Johnny Knoxville) Duke are cousins--two hell-raisers who drive fast sell moonshine and bed sexy farm girls all across Georgia's Hazzard County. They've got another cousin Daisy Duke (Jessica Simpson) a drop-dead hottie who waits tables at the local watering hole. If someone gets a little too friendly with the gal she's knocks 'em on their ass--and if her cousins get into trouble she shakes hers to get them out of it. Then there's Uncle Jesse Duke (Willie Nelson) who makes the moonshine on his farm tells bad jokes and sings country-western songs. I can't quit thinking about how the Duke family dynamics work. They're all tight-knit cousins right? But Uncle Jesse isn't the father to any of them. So like where's the rest of the Dukes? There's gotta be other siblings parents maybe. It perplexes me. But I digress. Suffice to say the Dukes are always outrunning--and out-jumping--the local law enforcement in their souped-up Dodge Charger the General Lee. The boys are also constantly doing battle with the crooked county commissioner Boss Hogg (Burt Reynolds) who cooks up one nefarious plan after another to make Hazzard County his own personal cash cow only to be thwarted by those darn Dukes. Dagnabbit.
Although some diehard fans of the TV show may disagree the casting for this feature film redo is pretty spot on. Knoxville and Scott do just fine as the rip-roarin' Duke cousins bantering about one upping each other--you know boys stuff. Nelson's still got the whole pigtail thing going for him but he looks like he's having a good time. Reynolds does too but he's definitely a lot slicker--and a lot better looking--than the show's original Boss Hogg Sorrell Booke. As the bumbling police veteran character actor M.C. Gainey who always plays bad guys at least gets to show off some comedy chops as Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane. Michael Weston (Garden State) as the wimpy Deputy Enos Strate is sufficiently reduced to a puddle whenever Daisy is around. And then there's Simpson. My my my. It's obvious the camera (and whose ever behind it) loves every inch of her and she tends to light up the screen whenever she's on it. Of course playing Daisy in her acting debut isn't much of a stretch but Simpson still shows a comic flair. The singer-turned-actress could actually become a fairly serviceable comedic actress if she plays her cards right.
This is what director Jay Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers) had to say about making The Dukes of Hazzard: "I had a poster of Daisy Duke [played in the original show by Catherine Bach] on my wall when I was nine that was very inspiring and when you combine the prospect of a new Daisy Duke with the opportunity to send the General Lee flying through the air again it was impossible for me to say no." Well Jay actually you could have said no and maybe the whole Hazzard as a feature idea would have gone away. It's perfectly suitable to have a television show be about nothing but cars flying through the air hot women in skimpy clothes and idiotic behavior. We'll always accept brain-friendly crap on TV. But to be subjected to an entire feature-length film of mindless stupidity is just too much at least in Hazzard's case. Sure watching the General Lee perform seemingly impossible stunts is fun. Apparently 28 Dodge Chargers had to be converted into the multiple General Lees needed for the film and the parts had to be hunted down on the Internet in junkyards or by word of mouth. Still after about the 100th time the car jumps over something you've had quite enough.
As Love Actually begins we are told that perhaps the world isn't such a dire and hateful place that "love actually is all around." Around London anyway. The film explores no less than seven different romantic scenarios within the bustling British capital--all of which interconnect and eventually resolve on Christmas Eve. There's the newly elected dashing Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) who is smitten with his secretary the earthy Natalie (Martine McCutcheon); Karen (Emma Thompson) whose husband Harry (Alan Rickman) has strayed with his seductive secretary Mia (Heike Makatsch); Sarah (Laura Linney) the American wallflower who has a crush on her colleague Carl (Rodrigo Santoro); Jamie (Colin Firth) who falls for his pretty Portuguese housekeeper Aurelia (Lucia Moniz)…there are lots more but you get the gist. As love goes things may not get tied up neatly in brightly colored packages for everyone but there's still enough good cheer to spread around.
Showcasing some of Britain's finest actors Love Actually doesn't have a bad banana in the bunch. Floppy-haired Hugh Grant turns in an endearing performance and proves there isn't a romantic comedy he can't handle. He has an uncanny knack for connecting with any actress he happens to be romancing; in this case it's the adorable McCutcheon best known for the hit British TV drama EastEnders. Rickman and Thompson are quite good as the couple whose long-term marriage is beginning to crack; Thompson especially does a nice job trying to hide her pain while being a happy mom. Linney too shines as Sarah who glows with excitement when she finally gets what she so ardently wished for. Veteran stage and film actor Bill Nighy (Underworld) however steals the show as a carefree aging rock star desperate for a comeback. His Billy Mack smacks of Mick Jagger Keith Richards and Rod Stewart all rolled into one.
"I'm worried that we don't have the word 'massacre' in the title " writer/director Richard Curtis fretted to Entertainment Weekly referring to how horror-loving American audiences might not take to his new romantic comedy that is already a huge hit in Britain. True perhaps a romantic comedy starring a multitude of A-list British actors might not bring in the required masses. But who cares about the money (did I just say that)? Curtis who has written some of the best romantic comedies of the last decade including Four Weddings and a Funeral Notting Hill and Bridget Jones' Diary steps behind the camera for the first time here and is able to give each story a unique point of view from the lovesick to the wacky. There actually may be too many stories in Love Actually but it's a small gaffe. Love Actually is a refreshing good old fashioned warm and gushy movie that takes your mind off the bad things for the holiday season and Curtis should feel confident about his directing debut.
It's good to be loved by teens. Profitable, too. Carson Daly As MTV's Carson Daly is learning.
The video-introducer guy from the music network's signature "Total Request Live" broadcast has inked a deal to move up to the network big leagues. In something of a twist, the development pact is with CBS -- MTV's demographic polar opposite.
So is CBS going to try to convert the 26-year-old Daly to its "Diagnosis Murder" ways? Don't know yet, although the net has dispatched him in the past to host those ultimate old-school entertainment staples: beauty pageants. Whatever the case, Daly is covering his bases. The newly formed Carson Daly Productions will churn out stuff for both CBS and MTV.
Speaking of being loved by teens, Daly -- formerly best known as Jennifer Love Hewitt's boyfriend turned ex-boyfriend -- has been linked of late to 19-year-old Grammy-winning popster Christina Aguilera. The two insist, however, that they're on a strictly veejay/video-artist relationship.
HE'S GOT THE JUICE: So, if you were going to place bets on who would turn out to be the most successful player from the O.J. Simpson murder trial saga, the odds on Mark Fuhrman probably would have been as long as O.J.'s. But lookie here: Fuhrman, last seen toiling on the stand as the disgraced Los Angeles detective who found O.J.'s ... er, found a glove at the Nicole Brown Simpson/Ronald Goldman crime scene, has landed a TV deal with Fox, today's Daily Variety reports. The network has optioned Fuhrman's book, "Murder in Connecticut," about another infamous real-life homicide case (this one involving the Kennedy clan), with an eye on giving the story the tasteful TV docudrama treatment.
DRAMA QUEENS (AND KINGS): ABC's "General Hospital" was the big winner at the 16th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards on Friday in Hollywood. The hour-long serial about lovers and ex-lovers and people-you-thought-were-dead-but-really-aren't took five categories, including favorite show. "Hospital's" Anthony Geary, who if you'll recall the last time you tuned in during junior high was playing that curly haired guy named Luke, was named outstanding lead actor for still playing that guy named Luke. (Although, in fairness, at least the curly hair is gone.) Kim Zimmer of CBS's "Guiding Light," the hour-long serial about lovers and ex-lovers and people-you-thought-were-dead-but-really-aren't, was tapped outstanding lead actress.