Actress Blake Lively's father has become the first known patient to undergo genetic therapy to heal his broken heart. Actor Ernie Lively has battled health problems since suffering a massive heart attack in 2003, but thanks to a groundbreaking medical procedure he is now feeling better than ever.
The 66 year old tells People magazine only half of his heart has been functioning properly in recent years, sapping him of energy and making it a real task just to walk up a flight of stairs.
On 7 November (13), the father-of-four underwent retrograde gene therapy, in which a patient's stem cells are injected into the heart to repair damaged muscle and arteries, and he's already beginning to notice a health boost.
He says, "I woke up the other morning and told my wife, 'I haven't felt this good in years'."
And Ernie is now making big plans for the rest of his life, adding, "I moved to Utah because of the snow, but I haven't been able to ski. I literally didn't have the heart to do it. Now, I'm excited about living the rest of my life instead of sitting around."
And he can't wait for his youngest daughter Blake to start a family, adding, "She is newly married (to actor Ryan Reynolds) and wants a big family. She says she wants 30 kids. I said, 'Why don't you start with one?'"
Lady Gaga just released a new track earlier this week, and Do What You Want served as a reminder of one indisputable fact: R. Kelly knows how to make a hit record. Even the Gaga haters had to admit that the song is one of her best in a long time, and we think Kelly’s feature vocals have much to do with that. In addition to being a dope single for Lady Gaga's ARTPOP album, Do What You Want is great excuse to relive some of R. Kelly’s other unforgettable collaborations.
"Down Low," Featuring Ronald Isley And Ernie Isley
R. Kelly + Ron Isley (AKA Mr. Biggs) = musical gold. These two together always bring the jams and Down Low is still – almost 20 years later – the jam.
"Fiesta," Featuring Jay Z And Boo & Gotti
Before Blue Ivy and Beyoncé, before he worked with performance artist Marina Abramović, and back when his name was still hyphenated, Jay Z used to wear bucket hats and dance with video girls. This was one of many songs that proved R. Kelly was actually, really, a rapper who just so happened to sing.
"Feelin’ On Yo Booty," Video Featuring Lil’ Kim
Ahhh, classic R. Kelly! And even though Lil’ Kim is not actually on the song, all of our jaws totally dropped when she popped up in the music video. But don’t call her R. Kelly’s video girl – the Queen Bee totally owned the whole feelin’ on yo booty movement with this very special guest appearance.
Kelly Price’s "Friend Of Mine," Featuring R. Kelly & Ronald Isley
First of all, we need Kelly Price to come back. Second of all, we need Kelly Price, R. Kelly, and Ronald Isley to make another track together. ASAP.
"Cassidy’s Hotel," Featuring R. Kelly
The Pied Piper teamed up with a super-young (super-cute) Cassidy back in 2003, and Hotel went on to become a huge first single for Cass. A lot’s changed since then, but R. Kelly is still taking every artist he works with to the next level (even Gaga), and still churning out those hits.
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder had to give up his cherished childhood baseball glove when his sports hero asked if he could have it backstage at a 2013 summer gig. The Sirens singer has revealed baseball icon Ernie Banks took a liking to the sportswear when he saw it in Pearl Jam's dressing room prior to their historic Wrigley Field gig in Chicago, Illinois in July (13) - and the rocker reluctantly let him take it home with him.
Vedder tells Billboard magazine, "He kept my glove. I've got pictures of me (with it) when I'm about six.
"I have Johnny Ramone's baseball glove (from) when he was a kid, so I had them (gloves) sitting next to each other in a little spot in the house. Then I brought (mine), just to bring it to Wrigley, I just wanted it to be there.
"Ernie saw it and then he put it on, and he said, 'I really like this glove... It's a good mitt. There's love in this glove. I really would like to have this glove. This would be a connection between you and me to have this mitt.'
"I said, 'Well Ernie, it's my first mitt as a kid'. His friend was looking at me going, 'Oh no, you're never going to see that again'. I said, 'You can absolutely have my mitt'."
And although he misses his glove, he doesn't regret giving it to Banks, adding, "If you go back and realise some day Ernie Banks might ask for your mitt, you f**king give it to him - Mr. Cub, the hero that you watched as a kid."
Vedder is living out his baseball dream at the moment - his band's music has been chosen as the soundtrack for the ongoing World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox.
More than 20 of Jim Henson's most famous puppets, including characters from The Muppet Show and Sesame Street, have been donated to America's Smithsonian Institution. Relatives of the late puppet master made the donation to mark what would have been Henson's 77th birthday on Tuesday (24Sep13).
The puppets have been given to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and the characters include Miss Piggy, who joins a previously donated Kermit the Frog, as well as Sesame Street's Grover, Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster and Elmo.
The Miss Piggy puppet will go on display at the museum in Washington, D.C. in March (14), and the Sesame Street pieces will reportedly be part of another exhibition planned for next year (14).
There's a shift going on in movie and video watching. DVDs are facing heavy competition from places like Hulu, Amazon and Netflix, who are streaming content and there's also movies On Demand - all of which mean people are deciding between paying $20 a month to watch nearly all the new movies that are also out on DVD with a much wider range of content or paying $20-$99 a piece for a single-DVD or box set. But these are five of the ones that we have kept;
The Muppets/Sesame Street
As the parent of a young child, I have around 30 or more of these that my wife and I have kept to play in heavy rotation. Fortunately, they are much less expensive than movie DVDs - costing around $5 as opposed to costing $20. Since my child loves nearly everything Jim Henson-related (alas, I cannot get him into Fraggle Rock), I also own plenty of Muppet movies and The Muppet Show. The Pros: I keep my son occupied while working and also relive my younger days when I watched Sesame Street too. These include the Sesame Street Old School DVDs which have episodes from the '70s, when I was growing up. Cons: If I hear "Can You Tell Me How To Get..." ONE MORE TIME, I may plunge something sharp into my eardrums. We may or may not also be seeing the Wiggles in concert in October.
All Six Star Wars Movies
Yes, I even own The Phantom Menace because I'm such a completionist. Of course, I'm a sucker for the original trilogy - I saw A New Hope when it first came out in the theater. (We called it Star Wars then because...well...The Empire Strikes Back hadn't come out yet.) We forget how groundbreaking they were in this day and age of super special effects. These movies are ones that I can watch over and over and over. I'm saving room for when the seventh movie comes out. The Indiana Jones Trilogy + 1
Like I said in a previous piece, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull NEVER HAPPENED. Just to prove my point I bought that one on DVD at a deep discount during a store chain going out of business. The rest I got in a box set. I can watch any of them at any time. Yes, even Temple of Doom, though I do tend to mute the Kate Capshaw parts. Harrison Ford is lucky that he's getting my DVD income in both Star Wars and this. Scrubs
I own nearly every Scrubs set. I just don't have the final season, the one where Zach Braff had left the show and not even John C. McGinley and Donald Faison could save it. It was one of the best-written and funny shows that I have ever seen, with some of the most human characters too. Dr. Perry Cox is one of my favorite characters of all time. The Princess Bride
This is a case of saving the best for last. In my mind, it's the greatest movie of all time - the funniest and most quotable movie of all time with the greatest characters too. C'mon. Don't lie. You know that if you're flipping through the channels and you see that it's on, you're going to sit down and re-visit with Westley, Buttercup, Inigo Montoya, Fezzik and Vizzini all over again. It's inconceivable that you wouldn't.
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The exact nature of the relationship between decades-long roommates Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street has always been a mystery. Some say their relationship is based on the close, but strictly platonic, relationship between Jim Henson and Frank Oz. Others say Bert and Ernie, with their mutual love of bathtime, rubber duckies, and rainbow-colored striped shirts, are much, much closer. Now, in response to the Supreme Court's ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, The New Yorker has decided to fling them out of the closet. Check out their new cover.
The cover was actually created last year, following President Obama's declaration of support for gay marriage. An image of Obama on the TV watched by Bert and Ernie was replaced by the nine justices of the Supreme Court.
Just in case you think this is the biggest public outing since Anderson Cooper, here's Sesame Workshop's official line on Bert and Ernie's relationship: "Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation."
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Writer Eddie Braben, famed for his work with British comedy duo Morecambe And Wise, has died at the age of 82. Braben passed away on Tuesday morning (21May13) after a short illness, his manager Norma Farnes confirms to the BBC.
He began working with legendary comedians Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise in 1969 and was credited with writing light-hearted moments from their real-life friendship into their act.
Braben was behind several projects as the pair's long-term writer, including The Morecambe & Wise Show and The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show.
During his career, he also collaborated with other British comedians including Ronnie Corbett and Ken Dodd.
Braben is survived by his wife Dee and three children.
Little Britain star David Walliams has paid tribute to the funnyman in a post on his Twitter.com page, writing, "Thank you so much for the immense joy you brought us all Eddie Braben."
The writer's death comes just two days after late stars Morecambe and Wise, who died in 1984 and 1999 respectively, were honoured with a special blue plaque at Teddington Studios in Middlesex, England, where they filmed several of their popular sketches.
Legendary British comedy duo Morecambe & Wise has been honoured with a special tribute in London. Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise recorded the majority of their popular sketches at Teddington Studios in Middlesex, England and a blue plaque has now been erected at the venue by officials at The Heritage Foundation to mark its significance in U.K. TV history.
Morecambe's widow Joan unveiled the dedication with her daughter Gail on Sunday (19May13) and she hopes the plaque will keep their memory alive for years to come.
She tells Sky News, "The shows still come across as being funny. They're still entertaining, even for new audiences and people who weren't around in the days of Eric and Ernie.
"People are very nostalgic about their shows; they hone into long-term memories because they worked in television for years and years."
Morecambe died in 1984, while Wise passed away in 1999.
It's marriage equality week at the Supreme Court (or, at least, that's the snappy name we've given it) as the nine justices heard arguments regarding California's hotly contested Proposition 8 on Tuesday and the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Wednesday morning.
After over two hours of oral arguments on Wednesday, the majority of the Supreme Court questioned the constitutionality of the decision. While the four liberal justices opposed DOMA from a civil rights perspective — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg offering the zinger, "There are two kinds of marriage. Full marriage and the skim-milk marriage" — swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy argued against the law's constitutionality based on the issue of federalism. "The question is whether or not the federal government under a federalism system has the authority to regulate marriage," Kennedy said.
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While the Supreme Court gets all Antebellum Period on us, social media users are showing their support of marriage equality by changing their avatars to a red and pink equally sign. If you've logged on to Facebook any time in the last two days, you know this already — but have you stumbled across the creative licenses users are now taking with the symbol?
We've rounded up the 15 wittiest takes on the equal sign — which include cameos from Bert and Ernie to Renly Baratheon — for your viewing pleasure. Make your favorite your avatar now.
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Italy produces incredible wines, calf-skin stilettos, sports cars, and apparently the best Ghostbusters superfans in the world. One fan, known simply in the geekdom universe as Guusc72 (seated in pic), has put his passion for the 1984 movie to strange good use, creating an eerily perfect replica of the film's firehouse basement, complete with functioning with lights, sound and special effects.
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No small detail was overlooked from the gadgets to the containment unit to the iconic khaki costumes.
He got his friends to pose as pretty passable versions of the movie's stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis. But his rendition of Ernie Hudson's Winston (standing)? Keep working on it, Guusc72.
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See all the pics of the Ghostbusters firehouse here. And check out the video to see the whole thing in glorious motion. We can't wait to see what he comes up with if the rumors of the maybe/maybe-not sequel ever become a reality.
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