Actor Courtney B. Vance has been cast as O.J. Simpson's lawyer Johnnie Cochran in much-anticipated TV drama series American Crime Story: The People V. O.j. Simpson. The Tony Award winner will portray Simpson's flamboyant defence attorney in the show, which will centre around the sports star's 1995 murder trial, during which the former football star was controversially acquitted of killing his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.
Simpson's defence "dream team" will be rounded out by John Travolta, who will play Robert Shapiro, and former Friends star David Schwimmer, who will take on the roll of Simpson's late friend and attorney, Robert Kardashian.
Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. will portray Simpson, while actress Sarah Paulson has been cast as prosecutor Marcia Clark.
The series will be executive produced by Glee and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy.
Cochran passed away in 2005.
John Travolta is returning to TV to portray real-life defence attorney Robert Shapiro in American Crime Story: The People V. O.j. Simpson. The Pulp Fiction actor, who became a household name in America for his TV hit Welcome Back Kotter, will star alongside Cuba Gooding, Jr., who has been cast as Simpson in the drama.
The new TV project from Glee creator Ryan Murphy will centre on the former U.S. football player's murder trial. Simpson was accused and acquitted of killing his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in 1995.
Travolta will also serve as a producer on the mini-series.
Actress Sarah Paulson has also been cast as prosecutor Marcia Clark and former Friends star David Schwimmer will portray Simpson's late friend and attorney, Robert Kardashian.
Family shows such as Modern Family and Parenthood are hard to resist, because they're so easy to relate to. They remind us about all the good and bad times that we've gone through with our own family. Often, the remind us to appreciate our loved ones and all that they do for us.
1. They are going to say the wrong thing at the wrong time, and you're going to be embarrassed.
2. They always make time for romantic crises.
3. They understand what you really mean.
4. Their happiness = your happiness
5. You will endure the worst and the best times together.
6. They have the potential to really disappoint you.
7. They're always proud of you even if they don't say it.
8. They waste no time in celebrating your accomplishments.
9. They know what you need without you having to say it.
10. Family will always stick by you...
11. ...and accept you.
12. You'll cherish the small moments with them all your life.
Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. has been cast as O.J. Simpson in an upcoming TV anthology series about infamous U.S. real-life crimes. The Jerry Maguire actor is set to play another football star in American Crime Story, a programme created by American Horror Story's Ryan Murphy.
The new show will serve as a companion series to Murphy's hit thriller, and the 10-episode first season will centre on the murder trial of Simpson, who was accused and acquitted of killing his wife Nicole Brown Simpson in 1995.
Murphy will reteam with American Horror Story star Sarah Paulson, who will portray prosecutor Marcia Clark.
If American Crime Story continues, subsequent seasons will each focus on other classic crime cases.
Former Spice Girls star Melanie Brown will co-host the 2014 Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards alongside TV presenter Sarah-Jane Crawford. The ceremony will be held at SSE Arena, Wembley in London on 22 October (14).
It's finally October! Which means it's officially Halloween season! The best way to prepare for one of the greatest holidays ever is to watch all the Halloween movies you can. Not every Halloween movie can be as amazing and life-changing as Hocus Pocus, but this season has give us a fair share of awesome, spooky, creepy, and family-friendly movies to quench your Halloween thirst.
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Quote to put you in the holiday mood: "Well, it says to form a circle a salt to protect from zombies, witches, and old boyfriends."
Song to get you in the spirit: "I Put A Spell On You"
Quote to put you in the holiday mood: "Magic is really very simple, all you've got to do is want something and then let yourself have it."
Song to get you in the spirit: " Halloweentown Theme Song"
Quote to put you in the holiday mood: "Are you a ghost too?"..."I'm a ghost with the most, babe."
Song to get you in the spirit: "Day-o (The Banana Boat Song)"
Quote to put you in the holiday mood: "It's my party and I'll die if I want do, die if I want to. You will die too, when it happens to you."
Song to get you in the spirit: "Casper The Friendly Ghost"
Double, Double, Toil and Trouble
Quote to put you in the holiday mood: "Cross your heart... hope to die... stick a needle in your eye, shake your bottom if you got 'em."
The Addams Family
Quote to put you in the holiday mood: "Well, I'll tell you what. I'll buy a cup if you buy a box of my delicious Girl Scout cookies. Do we have a deal?"...."Are they made from real Girl Scouts?"
Song to get you in the spirit: The Addams Family "Theme Song"
The Nightmare Before Christmas
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Quote to put you in the holiday mood: "We've got to find Jack! There's only 365 days left until next Halloween!"
Song to get you in the spirit: "This Is Halloween"
The Entire Harry Potter Series
Quote to put you in the holiday mood: "Troll! In The dungeons! Thought you ought to know."
Song to get you in the spirit: Obviously, the "Theme Song" aka "Hedwig's Theme" or "Double Trouble"
It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Quote to put you in the holiday mood: "Tonight the Great Pumpkin will rise out of the pumpkin patch. He flies through the air and brings toys to all the children of the world."
Song to get you in the spirit: The Full "Soundtrack"
Quote to put you in the holiday mood: "Isn't the view beautiful? It takes my breath away. Well, it would if I had any."
Song to get you in the spirit: "Tears To Shed"
To see these movies and some creeptastic Halloween TV specials, watch ABC Family's 13 Days of Halloween starting October 19th! If you're looking for scarier, darker Halloween themed movies, check out our list of the 26 Best Horror Movies Of All Time.
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One-time abuse victim Rihanna's introduction to U.S. TV's Thursday Night Football special was yanked at the last minute on Thursday (11Sep14) and replaced with an interview with embattled league commissioner Roger Goodell amid the sport's ongoing domestic violence drama.
Rihanna’s Jay Z collaboration Run This Town was billed as part of the launch of the 2014 season of the CBS show, but network bosses decided the programme should open with a more serious message following the recent Ray Rice scandal.
Rice was arrested earlier this year (14) following an altercation with his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Sickening footage of the incident has since been released and earlier this month (Sep14) the sportsman was kicked off the Baltimore Ravens roster and banned from playing in the National Football League (NFL).
Goodell came under fire from the media and women's rights groups for not acting sooner in dealing with Rice, amid accusations he and NFL bosses don't take domestic violence seriously enough. The commissioner has since spoken out about the scandal, dismissing reports that suggested the footage of Rice knocking his now-wife unconscious was made available to NFL executives in April (14), and his exclusive interview with CBS newswoman Norah O'Donnell was replayed at the beginning of the Thursday night football coverage, as well as a chat with Ravens team owner Steve Bisciotti.
As a result, Rihanna's reworked Run This Town, featuring a comedic segment starring Don Cheadle, was axed.
Announcing the decision hours before the big game, CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said, "We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone coverage." Ironically, the featured game was a clash between the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. Rihanna was a victim of abuse in 2009 when her then-boyfriend Chris Brown attacked her during a fight on the eve of the Grammy Awards. The R&B singer is still on probation following his violent actions.
Veteran Bond girl Fiona Fullerton has become embroiled in a dispute with her neighbours over plans to chop down two large trees outside her house. The A View to a Kill star recently purchased a lavish mansion in Gloucestershire, England and has started renovations to transform the former office into a six-bedroom home.
Fullerton plans to fell two towering cypress trees at the front of the property, but the proposal has prompted angry complaints from neighbours keen to preserve the leafy look of the street.
Local resident Sarah Knightly Brown tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "The greenery of this area is what makes it so special. If you look at this road, the old trees are so important to the way it looks. Felling them will change the whole atmosphere. A lot of residents feel very strongly about this. We don't want these trees to go."
Another neighbour, Peter Swales, adds, "Felling these trees basically amounts to vandalism."
Fullerton has defended the move, insisting the decision to chop down the trees was made on the advice of experts, saying, "We... took advice from three tree surgeons and one of the trees is old and unsafe. We are just doing what we have been directed to do. The trees will be replaced with Holm oaks... If neighbours have any concerns we are happy to talk to them about it."
A spokeswoman for Cheltenham Borough Council has backed Fullerton's plans, insisting the trees had "reached the end of their useful life," adding, "It was felt they were not worthy of a preservation order."
Last week, Avril Lavigne released a new music video, the now infamous "Hello Kitty." You'd think Avril Lavigne and everyone's favorite cartoon cat would be a match made in heaven, but unfortunately her (rather bland) video was pretty darn racist – cultural appropriation, awkward stereotypes, the whole nine yards. So, in honor of the latest music misstep, let's take a look back at the racist music videos of late.
"Hard Out Here," Lily Allen
Lily Allen's "Hard Out Here," was meant to be an anthem decrying the sexism of the music industry. Unfortunately, Allen's intended feminist message got somewhat obscured by the racist overtones of her video, which featured her dancing (fully clothed) in front of a group of (almost naked) women of color. Sure, it was intended as satire, but that doesn't take away the sting.
"Talk Dirty," Jason Derulo
Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty" can be heard just about every other time you turn on the radio, and the song itself is bookended with a girl speaking in a heavy accent – it ends with a giggling Asian girl saying, "I don't understand" in broken English. Problematic to say the very least.
"Dark Horse," Katy Perry
The 50 percent of the time we're not hearing "Talk Dirty," we're hearing "Dark Horse." Katy Perry's video for "Dark Horse" offended thousands with the burning of a Allah pendant. It should also be noted that Perry's a repeat offender, after her geisha-inspired "Unconditionally" performance at the American Music Awards.
"Fine China," Chris Brown
"Fine China" was yet another problematic video – I mean, it's in the title: he actually refers to his Chinese girlfriend as an inanimate object. The video itself is also rife with stereotypes. But really, do we expect much better from Chris Brown and his rather sullied reputation?
Whew – and the worst part is, that's just the tip of the iceberg.
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If you've seen a blockbuster action film in the last decade, chances are it was either produced or written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the pair behind franchises like Transformers, The Amazing Spider Man and the Star Trek reboot. The duo have been working side by side since the late nineties, but according to The Playlist, they're now looking to go solo and are pursuing independent film projects, although they will continue to run their television ventures together. Whenever a partnership comes to an end, people are inevitably forced to take sides, and that's exactly the task that the movie-going community is faced with right now. But how will the Internet possibly choose between two people they hold responsible for ruining franchises and inflicting mediocre action films on the world?
Allow us to settle that dispute for you by breaking down everything you need to know to pick a side in the great Orci Vs. Kurtzman conflict:
Roberto Orci Born in Mexico City Went to UT AustinMarried to Sleepy Hollow producer Melissa BlakeStepbrother-in-law is Superman Returns star Brandon RouthWriting a TV movie for Jon Favreau and a "Latino James Bond" series for Alfred Molina Looking to make his directorial debut with Star Trek 3, though Paramount seems hesitant to give him the jobScreenwriter for Star Trek 3 (Sorry, Trekkies)Attacked Star Trek fans who were upset with Star Trek: Into Darkness in a curse-filled rantHas yet to answer any of the questions that Cowboys & Aliens leaves hanging about its plot
Alex Kurtzman Born in Los AngelesWent to Wesleyan University Married to Samantha Counter, who, though probably very nice, hasn't produced anything as cool as Sleepy HollowHas a half-sister he didn't meet until age 30, which inspired him to write People Like UsMade his directorial debut with People Like Us Also directed an episode of Alias Has already been tapped to direct the Spider Man spin off Venom Will co-write Venom alongside Orci Still has not provided answers to the many questions Cowboys & Aliens raises about its plot
Now all you need to do is pick which one you feel is the lesser of two evils.