Playboy model Cassandra Lynn Hensley has passed away at the age of 34. Hensley was found dead in a friend's bathtub in Los Angeles on Wednesday (15Jan14).
No official cause of death has been given, but police are reportedly investigating the death as a possible drug overdose, according to TMZ.com. Foul play is not suspected.
Hensley was Playboy magazine's Miss February in 2006.
British pop star Jaymi Hensley has changed his wedding plans so he can marry his partner next Christmas (Dec14). The Union J singer has been engaged to his boyfriend Olly Marmon since 2010, and recently revealed they had set a date in 2015 for the nuptials.
However, Hensley, 23, has now revealed the date has changed so they can enjoy a festive ceremony in December.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "I'm getting married in December. It's going to be a big day. We've been wanting to do it for a long time and are now in the position to do it. We will have been together for five and a half years when we get married."
The star admits the wedding will take place during a break in Union J's touring schedule, so they won't be able to jet off on honeymoon straight away.
He adds, "We've got the next day off and that's probably all."
British pop star Jaymi Hensley is making plans to wed his partner in 2015. The Union J singer 'came out' as gay to fans during his stint on the British version of The X Factor last year (12), and revealed he had been engaged to boyfriend Olly Marmon since 2010.
Now Hensley reveals he will exchange vows with Marmon in two years time, and has already asked his brother to act as best man.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "There'll be wedding bells in early 2015. They're (the band) not my best men - my brother's my best man."
The 23 year old isn't the only member of the group to be settling down - bandmate JJ Hamblett is preparing to become a first-time father with his girlfriend Caterina Lopez.
Kenny Chesney's former band member Tim Hensley has died at the age of 50. Hensley, who spent 11 years as a key member of the country superstar's group, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday (30Apr13) after suffering liver failure. No further information about his death was available at the time WENN went to press.
A talented singer and musician, Hensley recorded and performed with Patty Loveless and Ricky Skaggs, and also released his own solo album, 2008's Long Monday, which was co-produced by Chesney.
Hensley joined Skaggs' band in 1988 to play banjo before teaming up with Loveless a year later (89). He spent 10 years with her, appearing on albums When Fallen Angels Fly and Trouble With the Truth, but in 1999, Hensley left Loveless to join Chesney's group.
However, he declined to rejoin with the country superstar in 2011 when Chesney resumed touring after a year-long hiatus.
The final months of the Civil War a time when President Abraham Lincoln struggled to end slavery and bring the Confederate States of America back into the fold of the Union are among the most important moments in Unites States history. They're also the murkiest. Eleventh grade American History tried to teach us — war four scores Emancipation Proclamation the 13th Amendment and a fateful night at the theater — but with a few hundred years' worth of events to process most people leave school knowing that Lincoln made a couple of important moves that turned the world what it is today.
Thankfully we now have a film courtesy of the legendary Steven Spielberg that brings the 16th President's amazing uphill battle to cinematic life. The cold hard facts could not be more impressive.
For Lincoln an adaptation of the Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln Spielberg scales down his usual blockbuster sensibilities (last seen in 2011's World War I melodrama War Horse) to craft an intimate portrait of an iconic political figure. To pull it off writer Tony Kushner (Munich and the two-part Angels in America) constructs the film like a play relying on the soothing chameleon presence of Daniel Day-Lewis to breath life into Lincoln's poetic waxing. The president hits roadblock after roadblock on his quest to free the slaves and end the war Kushner and Spielberg weaving in handfuls of characters to pull him in various directions (and accurately represent the real life events). Each time Day-Lewis' Lincoln gracefully dances the dance solving every problem with action and words. Today Lincoln is held in high regard as an inspirational figure. Spielberg shows us why.
Lincoln isn't a full-blown birth-to-death biopic of the Great Emancipator and is all the better for it. Picking up in January of 1865 years into the Civil War Lincoln summons his Secretary of State William Seward (David Strathairn) to say enough is enough — the time is ripe for the abolishing of slavery. Against the vocal naysayers of the Union and even his personal confidants Lincoln attempts to rally the congressmen he needs to make his bill an amendment. He hires three men (John Hawkes Tim Blake Nelson and the wonderfully outrageous James Spader) to use whatever nonviolent means possible to swing the vote. All the while well-spoken adversaries (like Lee Pace's Fernando Wood) take to the House of Representatives floor to discredit Lincoln and dissuade congressmen. Keeping the progressive foot in the door is Thaddeus Stevens (Tommy Lee Jones) a foul-mouthed powerhouse who shares Lincoln's ambitious dreams of equality.
The story is simple but Kushner doesn't shy away from laying down lengthy passages of political discussion in order to show the importance of Lincoln's task. It's dense material spruced up with Kushner's ear for dialogue. But even so it occasionally meanders into Ken Burns documentary territory. Case in point: there are so many characters with beards in Lincoln Spielberg even flashes title cards underneath their opening scenes just so we're not lost. The fact-heavy approach takes getting used to but Spielberg and Kushner adeptly dig deep beyond the political gabfest to find a human side to Lincoln. He's a gentle man a warm man and a hilarious man. The duo's Honest Abe never shies away from a good story — at times he's like Grandpa from The Simpsons lost in his own anecdotes (much to the dismay of his cabinet). Day-Lewis chews scenery as hinted at in the trailers but with absolute restraint. That makes his sudden outbursts really pop. When Lincoln becomes fed up with pussyfooting politicians like the quivering representatives played by Walton Goggins and Michael Stuhlbarg Day-Lewis cranks the high-pitched president up to 10. He never falters.
There's a great deal of humor and heart in Lincoln — partially because the circus-like antics of Washington D.C. feel all too close-to-home in this day and age — and Spielberg paces it all with expert camera work. The drama is iffier: a side story involving Lincoln's son Robert (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) teases an interesting family dynamic that is never fully explored and is clunky when dropped to the wayside in favor of larger issues. Same goes for Lincoln's wife Mary Todd (Sally Field) who continues to grieve for the couple's lost child. They are important issues but they don't quite work in the fabric of this specific narrative.
The larger world outside the offices of the White House and Congress is often forgotten too — we hear a lot of war talk without seeing a whole lot of war. Instances where Lincoln ventures out into fields of the dead have emotional impact but we feel disconnected from it. Where Spielberg really gets it right is in the chaos of the presidential occupation. There is no easy task for Lincoln. "I may have been wrong about that " says Abe referencing his issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation "but I wanted the people to tell me if I was." Day-Lewis understands Lincoln's complex internal thought and brings it forward in each scene: humble confident deadly and compassionate.
Spielberg's technical team once again wows and echoes the lead performance. Director of Photography Janusz Kaminski's contrasting photography near chiaroscuro makes the beautiful set and production design hyper real and highlights the actors' aging faces. Composer John Williams returns once again but with a score as low-key as Day-Lewis' character — a change of pace when compared to War Horse. It's all up to par with Spielberg's past work without turning Lincoln into a flashy period drama.
Day-Lewis was the talk of the town when the first Lincoln trailers made their way on the web. Surprisingly however Lincoln wows because it's a well-balanced ensemble drama. Lee Jones delivers his best work in a decade as the grouchy idealist Spader delivers the comedic performance of the fall season and every scene introduces another familiar face to add additional gravitas to the picture (as opposed to being a distracting cameo fest). S. Epatha Merkerson's late-in-the-game scene opens up the tear ducts in a way that none of her male costars can.
If history isn't one of your interests Lincoln may not rouse you — background reading not required but conversation moves at lightning speed and without much hand-holding. It's a change of pace for Spielberg and a welcome one. With all the bells and whistles that come with being the biggest director of all time Lincoln looks amazing sounds amazing and has enough talent to make it an exhilarating learning experience.
The actor, who passed away at his home in El Paso, Texas from apparent natural causes, was most famous for his role as George Jefferson in sitcom All in the Family and he later starred in a spin-off series, The Jeffersons, which featured a predominantly black cast.
Several stars have taken to their Twitter.com accounts to remember Hemsley and praise his legendary character, with rocker Tom Morello declaring, "RIP the great George Jefferson. Thanks so much to comedic pioneer Sherman Hemsley for bringing a black family into my white hometown."
Kravitz, whose late mother Roxie Roker was Hemsley's co-star on The Jeffersons, writes, "Rest in peace Sherman Hemsley. You are legendary. Your contribution changed the fabric of American culture. Growing up watching you on set with my mom was monumental", while Denise Richards adds, "George Jefferson, RIP Sherman Hemsley a comedic genius...my thoughts are with his loved ones.."
Referencing the show's theme tune, Movin' On Up by Ja'net Dubois, Duhamel states, "RIP Sherman Hemsley. MovinOnUp to heaven now", while director Smith laments, "G'bye, Sherman Hemsley. Your George Jefferson was so beloved, it earned you your own successful sitcom! Huge bucket of win! Move on up, sir."
Actress Marlee Matlin tells her Twitter followers, "Sad to read about passing of Sherman Hemsley, aka George Jefferson. RIP. Always very sweet to me", and Omar Epps adds, "RIP Sherman Hensley! Thank you for your art & making me laugh throughout my childhood!"
Seth Green, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Russell Simmons, Jesse Williams, Alyssa Milano and Holly Robinson Peete also paid their respects to Hemsley on the microblogging site.
The torture-porn blockbuster Hostel yielded one disappointing sequel before the franchise essentially fell dormant, leading many of us to enthusiastically hope that we'd heard the last of Eli Roth's sadistic saga. Alas, it appears Hostel isn't entirely dead, just relegated to that cinematic purgatory known as straight-to-video. Hostel: Part III, which comes out on DVD and Blu-ray this December 27, today debuted a new trailer:
Hostel: Part III was directed by actor-turned-filmmaker Scott Spiegel and stars Thomas Kretschmann, Kip Pardue and John Hensley.
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Real Steel – the new sci-fi sports flick from Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy – is set in the year 2020. Its vision of the future looks remarkably similar to the present save for the fact that the sport of boxing has been taken over by pugilistic robots. There are no robot butlers taxi drivers or senators – just boxers. Apparently technology in 2020 has advanced enough to allow for the creation of massive mechanized beings of astonishing dexterity but humanity has found no use for them beyond the boxing ring.
Hugh Jackman plays Charlie Kenton a has-been boxer turned small-time robot-fight promoter. A consummate hustler who’ll do anything for a buck Charlie’s fallen on hard times of late. Opportunity arrives in the diminutive guise of 11-year-old Max (Dakota Goyo) his estranged son who turns out to be something of an electronics wunderkind. Together they work to fashion Atom an obsolete ramshackle “sparring robot” left to rot in a junkyard into a contender.
Anyone who’s seen an underdog sports movie – or any movie for that matter – made in the last half-century can fairly easily ascertain how this one plays out. (The story borrows tropes from The Champ Rocky and Over the Top wholesale.) Atom proves surprisingly capable in the ring compensating for his inferior technology with grit perseverance and an ability to absorb massive amounts of punishment. Under the guidance of Charlie and Max he makes an improbable run through the ranks eventually earning a one-in-a-million shot at the World Robot Boxing championship.
Real Steel was executive-produced by Steven Spielberg; it bears his unmistakable imprint. Levy judiciously deploys Spielberg’s patented blockbuster mix of dazzling special effects and gooey sentiment wrapping it all in a highly polished if wholly synthetic package. Still Real Steel might have amounted to so much glossy hokum were it not for its champion Hugh Jackman. Other actors might eye such a project as an opportunity to coast for an easy paycheck but damned if Jackman isn’t completely invested. The film’s underdog storyline isn’t nearly as inspiring as watching its star so gamely devote himself to selling material that will strike anyone over the age of 12 as patently ludicrous. His efforts pay off handsomely: Real Steel is about as rousing and affecting as any film inspired by Rock’em Sock’em Robots can expect to be. (The filmmakers claim lineage to a short story-turned-Twilight Zone episode but who are they kidding?)
The Double Jeopardy star made two big revelations as she researched her father Michael C. Ciminella's family on the hit U.S. programme and traced them to Kentucky, before delving even deeper and learning she had roots in New England.
She found she was a descendant of William Brewster, her 10th great grandfather, a Puritan radical who sought freedom as a "religious refugee" when he joined 101 other passengers on The Mayflower in 1620. He was one of the few who survived the long journey across the Atlantic to set foot in New England and subsequently settle in Massachusetts.
Judd also heard all about the suffering her third great grandfather endured - Elijah Hensley was imprisoned twice as he fought for the Union during the American Civil War and lost a leg all before he turned 18.
She uncovered 19th century war records that detailed the leg injury he sustained while on duty and how he was forced to have his limb amputated on the field during the Battle of Saltville in Virginia.
Marvelling at the discovery, she said, "The part that touches me most is how psychologically strong and resilient he must have been to have survived being a prisoner of war once, and while there's a battle happening around him that he can hear, having a leg amputated and coming to knowing that his regiment has left and he's just waiting to be a prisoner of war for a second time... At 17 years old to have been dealt such a life-changing injury must have been overwhelming."
And her findings helped Judd, an active humanitarian, to identify in herself her ancestors' longrunning dedication to the fight for social equality.
She added, "Two of my ancestors, having been wrongly imprisoned under abominable conditions, may have been forming all along, in my lifetime, my absolutely furious passionate need for social justice."
U.S. soap star CHRISTEL KHALIL has given birth to a baby boy. The Young and the Restless actress and her husband Stephen Hensley welcomed little Michael Caden, who weighed in at six pounds, six ounces (2.9 kilograms), on Saturday (17Apr10).