Actor Jamie Foxx is set to portray boxing legend Mike Tyson in a movie biopic after five years of preparation for the role.
The Django Unchained star spoke of his desire to step into the ring as the former world heavyweight champ as far back as 2009, and now Tyson has revealed the project is up and running and he hopes cameras will begin rolling by the end of 2015.
He is also hoping producers will use the latest computer technology to help Foxx appear the correct age as he portrays the fighter at various stages of his 58-bout career, and he will even serve as the actor's personal trainer to help him achieve the correct level of fitness.
Tyson says, "Me and Jamie Foxx are in discussion, and we gonna do it (sic). Within a year to 18 months, we're going to do the Mike Tyson story and he's going to portray me, and now they have this new animation; because you know Jamie's pretty much my age so he can't portray me but they have this new system."
In 2005, Foxx won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of blues musician Ray Charles in movie biopic Ray.
Former fighting foes Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield are set to meet in Las Vegas again when The Hangover star inducts his longtime rival into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. Seventeen years after Tyson infamously nibbled off part of Holyfield's ear in a 1997 championship bout, the boxer-turned-actor and promoter will be on hand to salute Holyfield on 9 August (14).
The two former boxers have since patched up their differences and have become friends.
Rich Marotta, the president of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, tells the Los Angeles Times, "This is the kind of thing we showed is possible in boxing last year at our inaugural induction ceremony - former and even current rivals coming together under the same roof to celebrate boxing. Everyone checks those rivalries at the door. Tyson presenting Holyfield is sheer magic."
Holyfield will join Tyson, Julio Cesar Chavez, Larry Holmes, Oscar De La Hoya and Sugar Ray Leonard, among others, who were inducted into the Hall of Fame last year (13).
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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
True Detective, Breaking Bad and House Of Cards are among the shows leading the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations. True Detective's stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey will battle it out for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series prize, and they will compete with Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom) and Kevin Spacey (House of Cards).
The hit crime show is also nominated for Outstanding Drama Series alongside Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Downton Abbey and House of Cards.
Scandal's Kerry Washington is in the running for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series award along with Claire Danes (Homeland), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), and Robin Wright (House of Cards).
Modern Family will vie for the Outstanding Comedy Series gong for the fifth year running and faces competition from The Big Bang Theory, Veep, Orange Is the New Black, Silicon Valley and Louie.
Fargo will face American Horror Story: Coven, Bonnie & Clyde, Luther, Treme, and The White Queen to be named Outstanding Miniseries.
The nominees were announced in Los Angeles on Thursday morning (10Jul14) by The Office actress Mindy Kaling and TV host Carson Daly.
Comedian Seth Meyers will host the 66th annual awards ceremony on 25 August (14).
The main list of nominees is as follows:
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
Lena Dunham - Girls
Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Veep
Melissa McCarthy - Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler - Parks and Recreation
Taylor Schilling - Orange Is the New Black
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:
Louis C.K. - Louie
Don Cheadle - House of Lies
Ricky Gervais - Derek
Matt LeBlanc - Episodes
William H. Macy - Shameless
Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Comedy Series:
The Big Bang Theory
Orange Is the New Black
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Lizzy Caplan - Masters of Sex
Michelle Dockery - Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife
Kerry Washington - Scandal
Robin Wright - House of Cards
Claire Danes - Homeland
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels - The Newsroom
Jon Hamm - Mad Men
Woody Harrelson - True Detective
Matthew McConaughey - True Detective
Kevin Spacey - House of Cards
Outstanding Drama Series:
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie:
Benedict Cumberbatch - Sherlock: His Last Vow
Chiwetel Ejiofor - Dancing on the Edge
Martin Freeman - Fargo
Mark Ruffalo - The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton - Fargo
Idris Elba - Luther
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie:
Helena Bonham Carter - Burton and Taylor
Minnie Driver - Return to Zero
Jessica Lange - American Horror Story: Coven
Sarah Paulson - American Horror Story: Coven
Cicely Tyson - The Trip to Bountiful
Kristen Wiig - Spoils of Babylon
American Horror Story: Coven
Bonnie and Clyde
The White Queen
Outstanding TV Movie:
The Normal Heart
The Trip to Bountiful
Sherlock: His Last Vow
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama:
Aaron Paul - Breaking Bad
Jim Carter - Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage - Game of Thrones
Josh Charles - The Good Wife
Mandy Patinkin - Homeland
Jon Voight - Ray Donovan
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama:
Anna Gunn - Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt - Downton Abbey
Lena Headey - Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski - The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks - Mad Men
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy:
Andre Braugher - Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Adam Driver - Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson - Modern Family
Ty Burrell - Modern Family
Fred Armisen - Portlandia
Tony Hale - Veep
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy:
Mayim Bialik - The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen - Modern Family
Allison Janney - Mom
Kate Mulgrew - Orange Is the New Black
Kate McKinnon - Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky - Veep.
Boxer Mike Tyson attempted to talk pal 50 Cent out of buying his sprawling Connecticut home, insisting the place was just too big to live in. The rapper bought the former heavyweight boxing champion's Farmington mansion for just over $4 million (£2.5 million) in 2003, despite Tyson's warnings about how much the upkeep on the place was.
The fighter-turned-actor says, "I was trying to explain to him, 'You really don't wanna buy this house...', but if I didn't sell to him there was no way I was gonna sell the house.
"No one was gonna buy it with 60,000 square feet; it's gonna cost them $25,000 just to mow the lawn... but I didn't realise how much money he had."
Tyson admits some of the parties he threw at his former 52-room palace went on for days - because people didn't leave and he had no idea they were still there.
He adds, "There's just so much space... The party's over and four days later some girl comes out of one of the rooms and... I'd be like, 'Where's your clothes...? Who are you?'"
R&B superstar Usher has spoken out in defence of his protege Justin Bieber once more as the fall out from the Baby singer's racial slur controversy continues, insisting the youngster is "unequivocally not a racist".
The hitmaker has come under fire this week after two old video clips, filmed in 2009, emerged online showing him using the N-word in a racist joke and singing about joining notorious race hate group the Ku Klux Klan. Bieber has issued two formal apologies to date, claiming it was a "reckless and immature mistake", and his mentor Usher subsequently branded the scandal "unfortunate", but vowed to stand by his 20-year-old charge, stating, "Every person that has grown up, grows up with something. It ain't (sic) just perfect from the beginning."
On Saturday (07Jun14), Usher took to his Instagram.com page to further express his feelings about the situation, which has threatened to derail Bieber's career. He shared a photo of himself with Bieber, and in the accompanying caption, he wrote, "As I have watched Justin Bieber navigate difficult waters as a young man, I can tell you that he hasn't always chosen the path of his greatest potential, but he is unequivocally not a racist. "What he was 5 years ago was a naive child who did not understand the negative power and degradation that comes from playing with racial slurs. What he is now is a young man faced with an opportunity to become his best self, an example to the millions of kids that follow him to not make the same mistakes."
Usher is not the first African-American celebrity to come to Bieber's defence - 50 Cent, Soulja Boy, boxers Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Mike Tyson and actress Whoopi Goldberg have also voiced their support for the youngster. Meanwhile, the embattled singer has reportedly turned to Christianity to help him get through the backlash and was allegedly baptised in a bathtub this week (ends08Jun14).
Rapper 50 Cent is set to invite a group of lucky fans into his home to "hang out" as part of a $5,000 (£3,100) promotion linked to his new album. The In Da Club hitmaker put together a "bundle" that allows superfans the chance to spend time with 50 when they buy his new album Animal Ambition.
He explains, "We came up with, 'Maybe if we have a weekend...' where they can hang out (with me)... at the house. It sold out... It's gonna be a party."
But lusty fans hoping to get extra close to 50 during the sleepover will be out of luck.
He explains, "I'm actually gonna lock my (bedroom) door that night."
There will be plenty for the fans to do - 50 Cent's home, which he bought from boxer Mike Tyson, includes a night club, racketball and basketball courts, indoor and outdoor pools.
He adds, "It's like a day spa. It's a facility for people - you're supposed to invite people and entertain them."
Offering up the bundle, which also includes limited edition T-shirts and earphones on shop.50cent.com, the rapper writes, "You and 2 of your friends will get to Hang out with 50 at his Mansion in Connecticut for the Weekend and get to experience the good life."
Usher has broken his silence over Justin Bieber's race scandal, branding the controversy "unfortunate" but vowing to stand by his protege as he works to restore his reputation. The Baby hitmaker has faced a backlash since two old video clips, which are believed to date back to 2009, emerged online showing him using the N-word in a racist joke and singing about joining notorious hate group the Ku Klux Klan.
Bieber apologised after the initial clip surfaced on the Internet over the weekend (31May-01Jun14), admitting it was "a reckless and immature mistake", and on Thursday (05Jun14), he stated, "I just hope that the next 14-year-old kid who doesn't understand the power of these words does not make the same mistakes I made..."
Usher refused to comment on the controversy while out in Los Angeles earlier this week (begs02Jun14), but he has since opened up about the scandal to editors at Nylon magazine, saying, "It's unfortunate. I hate some of the things I hear. Is it all true? I don't know. But I will tell you this: success comes with a price. Every person that has grown up, grows up with something. It ain't (sic) just perfect from the beginning."
The Burn star goes on to reveal the future of Bieber's career now lies in the way he handles himself following the fall-out. He continues, "I gave every bit of advice and always told him it was up to him if he really wanted this (pop career). Now that he has it, as an adult, it's his to manage. Do I turn my head in shame based off of what I see, what I know? Nah (sic), I don't because it's all part of life's process. Am I in it with him? Yeah."
Usher's comments emerge after Bieber's rapper pal Lil Za and hip-hop mogul Mack Maine spoke out in defence of the singer, and now African American actress-turned-TV presenter Whoopi Goldberg has sided with the youngster, too. The Oscar winner says, "You have all these wonderful rap songs and all these artists using the (N) word and they're saying it and it doesn't have the same meaning to them... (and Justin Bieber) is Canadian and n**ger doesn't mean anything in Canada."
Former boxing champion Mike Tyson has also offered up his opinion on the situation by agreeing with Goldberg. In a Twitter.com post, he writes, "I agree with you @whoopigoldberg. We all make mistakes and I believe @justinbieber is learning."