Lmfao frontman Redfoo has been left regretting his decision to wear basketball shoes while playing tennis after he crashed out of a high-profile tournament. The pop star is a keen tennis player and decided to test his skills by entering the play-offs for this year's (13) US Open in a bid to win a wild card entry.
The 37-year-old Party Rock Anthem hitmaker got off to a good start in the Northern California Sectional Qualifying Tournament, but on Wednesday (19Jun13), he lost to Scott Gray in the second round at the Chamisal Tennis Club in Salinas, California.
Redfoo visibly struggled during the match as he wore brightly-coloured basketball sneakers instead of proper tennis shoes and fell over several times before a young fan in the crowd offered him a swap.
Micah Erwin, 13, changed shoes with the star so he could continue the game unhindered, but even a new pair of sneakers couldn't bring Redfoo back from the brink of defeat and his lost the match in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.
Speaking afterwards, Redfoo said, "I just missed too many shots... too many errors... I was slipping a little bit in the shoes. I got some new shoes and that was an incredible moment... I wanted to win, I came here to win."
He went on to lose in the mixed doubles contest the next day (20Jun13), but remained positive in spite of the loss: "I say it's a success for me because the journey was so great, and I actually felt good out there."
Redfoo has now flown to Britain to attend the Wimbledon tournament and cheer on his rumoured girlfriend Victoria Azarenka.
At some point in the early years of the 21st century a bunch of Hollywood executives must have gotten together and decided that animated films should be made for all audiences. The goal was perhaps to make movies that are simultaneously accessible to the older and younger sets with colorful imagery that one expects from children’s films and two levels of humor: one that’s quite literal and harmless and another that’s somewhat subversive. The criteria has resulted in cross-generational hits like Wall-E and Madagascar and though it’s nice to be able to take my nephew to the movies and be as entertained by cartoon characters as he is I can’t help but wonder what happened to unabashedly innocent animated classics like A Goofy Movie and The Land Before Time?
Disney’s Winnie The Pooh is the answer to the Shrek’s and Hoodwinked!’s of the world: a short sweet simple and lighthearted tale of friendship that doesn’t need pop-culture references or snarky dialogue to put a smile on your face. Directors Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall found some fresh ways to deliver adorable animation while keeping the carefree spirit of A.A. Milne’s source material in tact. Their story isn’t the most original; the first part of the film finds Pooh Piglet Tigger and Owl searching for Eeyore’s tail (a common plot point in the books and past Pooh films) and hits all the predictable notes but the second half mixes things up a bit as the crew searches for a missing Christopher Robin whom they believe has been kidnapped by a forest creature known as the “Backson” (it’s really just the result of the illiterate Owl or is it?).
The beauty of hand-drawn animation all but forgotten until recently is what makes Winnie the Pooh so incredibly magnetic. There’s an inexplicable crispness to the colors and characters that CG just can’t duplicate. It’s a more personal practice for the filmmakers and should provide a refreshing experience for audiences who have become jaded with the pristine presentation of computerized imagery. The film is bookended by brief live-action shots from inside Robin’s room an interesting dynamic that plays up the simplicity of youth ties it to these beloved characters and brings you right back to memories of your own childhood.
With a just-over-an-hour run time Winnie the Pooh is short enough to hold the attention of children but won’t bore the parents who will love the film mainly for nostalgic musings. Still it’s the young’uns who will most enjoy this breezy bright and enchanting film that proves old-school characters can appeal to new moviegoers.