Ted Nugent has attacked Idaho casino bosses who have axed his upcoming show at the Worley venue over his outspoken views. Coeur d’Alene Casino owners cited the rocker's "history of racist and hate-filled remarks" when they pulled his upcoming date (04Aug14), and now Nugent is firing back, claiming he has become a victim of America's liberals over his anti-Barack Obama and pro-hunting beliefs.
He tells Radio.com, "They literally have an army assigned to destroy Ted Nugent. To call me a racist is a clear act of desperation. Because everybody knows I’m not a racist!
"My bass player Johnny Gunnel happens to be a black guy. My bass player Marco Mendoza was born in Mexico! Are you kidding me? I pay tribute to Martin Luther King in my songs, I’ve always said my music is a direct result of Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, and all the black musical heroes of my life."
Further attacking what he calls the "sick, stoned, hygiene-challenged (director) Michael Moore fans", the Cat Scratch Fever rocker adds, "They call in and complain that I’m a racist, they claim I’m a paedophile, that I dodged the draft. They call all the promoters, they call all the venues, they call all my sponsors, every day. Meanwhile, what am I doing? I’m going to rock my a** off tonight. And tomorrow night. And the next night."
Nugent is currently touring to promote his new album Shutup & Jam!
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The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony will air on Monday (oddly enough), August 25, and will be hosted by Saturday Night Live vet and Late Night host Seth Meyers. Here are the nominees recognized for their achievements over the course of this past year in television.
Best Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang TheoryLouieModern FamilyOrange Is the New BlackSilicon ValleyVeep
Best Drama SeriesBreaking BadDownton AbbeyGame of ThronesHouse of CardsMad MenTrue Detective
Best Actor - ComedyLouis C.K. - LouieDon Cheadle - House of LiesRicky Gervais - DerekMatt LeBlanc - EpisodesWilliam H. Macy - ShamelessJim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory
Best Actress - ComedyLena Dunham - GirlsEdie Falco - Nurse JackieJulia Louis-Dreyfus - VeepMelissa McCarthy - Mike and MollyAmy Poehler - Parks and RecreationTaylor Schilling - Orange Is the New Black
Lead Actor - DramaBryan Cranston - Breaking BadJeff Daniels - The NewsroomJon Hamm - Mad MenWoody Harrelson - True DetectiveMatthew McConaughey - True DetectiveKevin Spacey - House of Cards
Lead Actress - DramaLizzy Caplan - Masters of SexClaire Danes - HomelandMichelle Dockery - Downton AbbeyJulianne Margolies - The Good WifeKerry Washinton - ScandalRobin Wright - House of Cards
Best Mini-SeriesAmerican Horror Story: CovenBonnie and ClydeFargoLutherTremeThe White Queen
Best TV MovieKilling KennedyMohammad Ali's Greatest FightThe Normal HeartSherlock: His Last VowThe Trip to Babylon
Best Actor - Mini-Series/TV MovieBenedict Cumberbatch - SherlockChiwetel Ejiofor - Dancing on the EdgeIdris Elba - LutherMartin Freeman - FargoMark Ruffalo - The Normal HeartBill Bob Thornton - Fargo
Best Actress - Mini-Series/TV MovieHelena Bonham Carter - Burton and TaylorMinnie Driver - Return to ZeroJessica Lang - American Horror Story: CovenSarah Paulson - American Horror Story: CovenCicely Tyson - The Trip to BountifulKristen Wiig - Spoils of Babylon
Best Variety ShowThe Colbert ReportThe Daily ShowJimmy Kimmel Live!Real Time with Bill MaherSaturday Night LiveThe Tonight Show
Best Reality Competition ShowThe Amazing RaceDancing with the StarsProject RunwaySo You Think You Can DanceTop ChefThe Voice
Best Supporting Actor - Comedy SeriesFred Armisen - PortlandiaAndre Braugher - Brooklin Nine-NineTy Burrell - Modern FamilyAdam Driver - GirlsJesse Tyler Ferguson - Modern FamilyTony Hale - Veep
Best Supporting Actress - Comedy SeriesMayim Bialik - The Big Bang TheoryJulie Bowen - Modern FamilyAnna Chlumsky - VeepAllison Janney - MomKate McKinnon - Saturday Night LiveKate Mulgrew - Orange Is the New Black
Best Supporting Actor - DramaJim Carter - Downton AbbeyJosh Charles - The Good WifePeter Dinklage - Game of ThronesMandy Patinkin - HomelandAaron Paul - Breaking BadJon Voight - Ray Donovan
Best Supporting Actress - DramaChristine Baranski - The Good WifeJoan Froggatt - Downton AbbeyAnna Gunn - Breaking BadLena Headey - Game of ThronesChristina Hendricks - Mad MenMaggie Smith - Downton Abbey
Best Guest Actor - ComedySteve Buscemi - PortlandiaLouis C.K. - Saturday Night LiveGary Cole - VeepJimmy Fallon - Saturday Night LiveNathan Lane - Modern FamilyBob Newhart - The Big Bang Theory
Best Guest Actress - ComedyUzo Aduba - Orange Is the New BlackLaverne Cox - Orange Is the New BlackJoan Cusack - ShamelessTina Fey - Saturday Night LiveNatasha Lyonne - Orange Is the New BlackMelissa McCarthy - Saturday Night Live
Best Guest Actor - DramaDylan Baker - The Good WifeBeau Bridges - Masters of SexReg E Cathey - House of CardsPaul Giamatti - Downton AbbeyRobert Morse - Mad MenJoe Morton - Scandal
Best Guest Actress - DramaKate Burton - ScandalJane Fonda - The NewsroomAllison Janney - Masters of SexKate Mara - House of CardsMargo Martindale - The AmericansDiana Rigg - Game of Thrones
"I was singing You'll Never Walk Alone (at an event) for Martin Luther King Jr.'s wife Coretta Scott King, and I promise you I flew up. I did. I levitated. But there's a rumour that I crack chandeliers with my top notes. That's not true." Soul singer Patti Labelle on the truth and rumours about her live performances over the years.
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Actor Dylan Baker has been tapped to play former U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation director J. Edgar Hoover in the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma.
The Spider-Man 2 star will portray the government official who famously wiretapped the civil rights leader's office in a failed bid to prove he was a part of the Communist party, according to Deadline.com.
Baker will join a cast that includes David Oyelowo as King, Cuba Gooding, Jr. as American civil rights lawyer Fred Gray, British actor Tom Wilkinson as former U.S. president Lyndon B. Johnson and Tim Roth, who will portray controversial U.S. governor George Wallace.
Oprah Winfrey, who will play civil rights protester Annie Lee Cooper in the film, and Brad Pitt are among the producers of the project.
We recently learned that Oprah Winfrey will be taking on the role of God in an adaptation of the novel The Shack. While this is truly an exciting and important role for Winfrey (and for a culture that has no popular images of black women deities), her next role may be even bigger than her 'God' character.
Ava DuVernay's Selma will bring us the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s landmark 1965 voting rights campaign, and Winfrey (who is also a producer of the film, along with Brad Pitt and Lee Daniels) will play Annie Lee Cooper. What makes this role bigger than 'God'? Well, DuVernay and Winfrey are introducing to the big screen a new, previously untold story. Cooper became a civil rights legend when she fought back against a vicious police officer trying to block her from exercising her right to vote. While names like Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr., and—yes, even God— have been given plenty of screen time over the years, names like Annie Lee Cooper's have not. Winfrey taking on this role means that she is giving more visibility to lesser-known American heroes, and the importance of this cannot be measured.
Winfrey told Entertainment Tonight that the late Maya Angelou had given her blessing on this role before she passed: "She was so proud that I was doing this movie. And she said, 'Take it baby. Take it all the way. Take it all the way,'" Oprah said about talking with Maya about the movie. "She was a part of the movement, worked with Martin Luther King, understood what we were trying to do with this film."
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TV titan Oprah Winfrey has joined the cast of her Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma. Winfrey is producing the film alongside Brad Pitt and now she is set to portray civil rights protester Annie Lee Cooper, an elderly woman who tried to register to vote and was denied by a sheriff.
The movie will reunite the 60 year old with her Lee Daniels' The Butler co-star David Oyelowo, who will play King, while Cuba Gooding, Jr. will star as American civil rights lawyer Fred Gray, British actor Tom Wilkinson has signed on to play former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, and Tim Roth will portray controversial U.S. governor George Wallace.
It has been very exciting watching Kendall Jenner's high fashion takeover, and this new Interview magazine photo shoot does not disappoint. The topless photo is gorgeous, but the 18 year-old model stuns with or without the clothing:
The actual interview was, however, a bit disappointing. Blame could be placed on the Senior Editor at the publication, Christopher Wallace, who might have (unnecessarily) dumbed down the questions for her. But when asked who she would most like to meet, living or dead, she actually responded with, "Martin Luther King Jr."
Does anyone really believe that Kendall Jenner wants to meet the man who became the face of the black Civil Rights Movement in America? (It should be noted that she also admitted that she told a lot of lies when she was young—then claimed to not lie anymore.) It sounds like she thought that would be the right thing to say, even if it was a complete lie.
There's nothing more boring than an interview subject who gives all of the "right" answers and that's pretty much how the entire piece feels. Kendall is a gorgeous girl and since she's a human being—and not a robot—let's assume she has a personality. It'd be nice if she let it show! At the end of the interview it comes out a bit, as she claims to be a little weirder than we might assume: I like to go outside at night by myself and look at the sky and just appreciate it. I'm not that big of a weirdo, but—occasionally. Had she answered her other questions more honestly, there might have been a few more gems to pick out.
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Actor Tim Roth has been cast as controversial U.S. governor George Wallace in the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma.
The star will play the Alabama politician who famously favoured segregation and whose policies ultimately prompted King to lead a civil rights march across the state from Selma to capital city Montgomery. Roth is no stranger to portraying historical figures - he tackled the role of Prince Rainer III in the controversial film Grace of Monaco.
He joins a cast including fellow Brits David Oyelowo as Dr. King and Tom Wilkinson, who will portray former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. Oprah Winfrey is producing.
Oprah Winfrey received a blessing from the late Maya Angelou to develop the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma. Writer/poet Angelou, who died last week (28May14), was an activist during the U.S. civil rights movement and worked with King before his assassination in 1968. The TV titan is producing and starring in a film which centres on King's voting rights campaign in 1965, and she reveals Angelou assured her the project was worth fighting for.
In her first interview since Angelou's passing, Winfrey told Entertainment Tonight, "She was so proud that I was doing this movie and she said, 'Take it baby, take it all the way.' She was a part of the movement , worked with Martin Luther King Jr., understood what we were trying to do with this film."
Winfrey was brought to tears while talking about her friend of nearly 40 years, but insisted she wants to celebrate Angelou's life rather than just mourn her loss. She explained, "I have absolutely no regrets. It is so well with my soul because I celebrated her life. And I just had an hour conversation with her. Our last words were 'I love you babe.'
"There were no words left unsaid, nothing was ever missing that I wanted to share or experience with her. I feel like I will miss her physical presence but her spirit, I can feel it rising in me." Winfrey also revealed she is set to give a eulogy at Angelou's memorial service in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Saturday (07Jun14).
Actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. has joined the cast of the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic film Selma. The Jerry Maguire star will play American civil rights lawyer and activist Fred Gray in the movie, which will centre on King's voting rights campaign in 1965.
David Oyelowo will portray King, while British actor Tom Wilkinson has signed on to play former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson in the film.
Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt are among the project's producers.