Sir Elton John triumphed on the tennis court in an annual charity game on Sunday (17Nov13) and helped raise more than $700,000 (£466,000) for charity. The Rocket Man co-hosted the 21st annual Mylan World TeamTennis Smash Hits match with legendary player Billie Jean King, who he went on to beat on the court at the event in Orlando, Florida.
His team, comprising of Andy Roddick, Venus Williams, Robert Kendrick and Vicky Duval, smashed King's 24-18.
The $700,000 raised by the event will be split between the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, which also offers treatment and education to people suffering from the disease.
We were really excited when news broke that Tom Hardy will be starring in Rocketman, the Elton John biopic, but Hardy better know how to sing. He’s proved his acting chops, and although he hasn’t proven his musical talents yet, we’re excited to see the actor sing some of John’s most famous and beloved tracks in the upcoming film. These are just a few we’d like to see.
We’re looking forward to the outrageous costumes that could easily be included with the performance of “Crocodile Rock.” Giant feathers! Bright colors! We want all of it.
We can’t wait for Hardy to sing “Tiny Dancer” and not because we’re secretly hoping he’ll accidentally say “Hold me closer, Tony Danza.” (Okay, maybe a little.)
“Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long Long Time)”
If the creators of Rocketman chose this song as the film title, they better include it. Plus it’s one of our favorites, so they doubly better include it.
“Bennie and the Jets”
C’mon, who doesn’t love dancing around and getting the lyrics wrong while singing this song? It’s a crowd pleaser and we hope Hardy can get the words right.
Hardy’s got the dreamboat thing down. Imagine him singing “Your Song.” It’s even dreamier than Ewan McGregor in Moulin Rouge! This song alone could persuade many ladies (and gentlemen) to see Rocketman.
American tennis player James Blake has married his publicist fiancee Emily Snider. The couple tied the knot on Friday (09Nov12) in a sunset ceremony in Del Mar, California in front of guests including close pals Andy Roddick and New York Yankees baseball star Nick Swisher, who attended with his actress wife JoAnna Garcia Swisher, reports People.com.
America's top player for the past decade announced his plans to retire from the sport after the competition last week (ends02Sep12), and he played his last game at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City.
Decker was on hand to watch her husband compete against Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro - and became emotional when Roddick lost the match.
Speaking about his retirement from the sport after the game, Roddick told reporters, "For the first time in my career I'm not sure what to say. Where do I start? Since I was a kid, I've been coming to this tournament and felt lucky to sit where all of you are sitting today and watch this game and see all the champions that have come and gone. I've loved every minute of it.
"It's been a road of a lot of ups and downs, a lot of great moments. I appreciate your support all the way. I really do appreciate and love you guys with all my heart. Hopefully I'll come back to this place one day and see all of you again."
Actress Joanna Garcia reached out to the sportsman on Twitter.com after his final match, writing in a post, "Congrats (sic) to my friend Andy Roddick on an amazing career! Such a talented player & an even better person! Can't wait 2 (to) see what's next Andy!"
Rapper Lil Wayne adds, "I am truly thankful and blessed to have been able to witness the greatness of Andy Roddick," and singer Nick Lachey jokes, "Congrats (sic) to Andy Roddick for an incredible career. It's not like he gets to retire at 30 and go home to a beautiful wife or anything..."
Roddick also received congratulatory tweets from other sports stars including Billie Jean King, Tiger Woods, Serena Williams and Martina Navratilova ?
America's top player for the past decade, who is married to model/actress Brooklyn Decker, won his opening-round match at the Open on Tuesday (29Aug12) - and then announced his plans to hang up his racquet.
He told reporters at a press conference, "I have decided that this is going to be my last tournament (because) I don't know if I'm healthy enough or committed enough to continue another year."
He added, "This (tennis) has been a huge part of my life always. But I don't know that it's always been my entire life. I do feel very confident in the things and the people that I have to fall back on."
The three-time Wimbledon finalist has 32 career Association of Tennis Professionals World Tour titles.
Roddick turned 30 on Thursday (30Aug12).
The Olympics may only last two weeks, but thanks to the wonders of cinema, you can enjoy inspirational athleticism of your choice for (at the very least) days to come. If you're in need of a fix — even for those smaller sports, the ones you spent hours starring at pixaleated live streams just to catch — then we've got the perfect movie marathon for you. Check out these titles, must-watches for any Olympic nut:
Gymnastics: Peaceful Warrior
The men and women gymnasts who've spent the last two weeks competing in London making the rhythmic sport look so… easy. Guess what? Not true. As Peaceful Warrior poignantly points out, while high beams and ring routines take a lot of physical strength, they also take a lot of brains. The story of a UCLA gymnast who gets the sport down, but struggles with mastering self-obedience and courage, Peaceful Warrior shows off a whole other side of the Olympic-friendly sport. And no tape delay!
Sorry fans of the bats**t crazy thriller Swimfan, for a realistic dose of 100m freestyle action, turn to the tkDATE drama Pride starring Terrence Howard and Bernie Mac. Not only is it one of the few docudramas that centers on the swimming, it carves out a further niche being one of the even fewer that chronicles African-American competitors.
Fencing: By the Sword
By the Sword pits F Murray Abraham and Eric Roberts in a sparring match of sword tips and overacting. This one might be harder to find then others (amazingly, fencing dramas aren't in as high a demand as they were back in tkDATE), but for a taste of what movie magic can do to the sport, check out this clip from the film:
Table Tennis: Ping Pong Playa
Sadly, you won't find much Olympic ping pong airing on the major NBC outlets, as its not one of the U.S.' more illustrious competitions. So it's no surprise that it also takes a little searching to find a movie that takes its ping pong seriously (no, Balls of Fury does not fall into that category). The Chinese comedy Ping Pong Playa is like the Mighty Ducks for the small-scale sport, following an underdog goofball who needs to step up, confront his fear of failure and kick some butt in table tennis. Don't be scared of embracing foreign film — that's what the Olympics are all about, after all.
Cycling: The Flying Scotsman
The awe-inspiring displays of athleticism make the two solid weeks of Olympics engrossing. The coverage builds stories around the athletes, turning their moment in the spotlight into pure drama. It can't be beat. Thankfully, the occasional sport movie nears that level of intensity. The British cycling drama The Flying Scotsman focuses on real like biker Graeme Obree, who battled bipolar disorder while trying to set new records and win the 1993 Individual Pursuit World Championship. Grab a few tissues before this one.
Beach Volleyball: Side Out
The dream team of C. Thomas Howell (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Courtney Thorne-Smith (According to Jim) lead this rise-to-fame beach volleyball tale based on a rule that had been made obsolete nearly forty years prior to its 1990 release. Whatever. If you're only other option is Air Bud: Spikes Back, you go with Side Out.
The Olympics, the US Open, Wimbledon — more than ever, tennis is becoming one of the most talked about sports in the U.S., with Roger Federer, the Williams sisters, and Andy Roddick as popular as the biggest names in football or basketball. So why is the only legit Hollywood tennis movie Wimbledon, a romantic comedy starring Kirsten Dunst? No matter, it's worth watching, if only to keep the Olympic train chugging along. Dunst and costar Paul Bettany were trained to play, so the actual serving and stroking is the real deal. But let this be a call to action: Hollywood, we need more tennis movies!
Wrestling: Win Win
Every Olympian starts somewhere, and Win Win is the proof. Both a movie about the ins and outs of small town wrestling and a showcase for newcomer and actual wrestling prodigy Alex Shaffer, the dramedy pins the almighty sport metaphor with ease and watchability. Having Paul Giamatti as a sparring partner for the young athlete might be the best gift a wrestling movie ever received.
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While it would seem that most people tune in to 2012 Summer Olympics just for their love of sports and/or to join in on a little friendly international competition, there are some who turn on the television just to catch the athletes' amazing bodies in action. Yes, you read that correctly: Some of us watch the games purely to check out what goods these Olympic competitors have to offer... other than athletic talents, of course.
And while some of these athletes may have already stood on the podium, we thought these men and women — and their ridiculously beautiful bodies — deserved some additional medals. Check out our list of winners and their exquisite figures. Come on, you know want to look.
Ryan Lochte's Abs
Not only can this champion swimmer put Michael Phelps in his place in the pool (during the 400-meter individual medley, that is), but he also looks damn good doing so in a Speedo. So, naturally, Ryan Lochte locks in the gold again... for those abs.
Jake Varner's Behind
Even when he's ahead, we're checking out wrestler's Jake Varner behind in this tight-fitting Team USA uniform.
Next Up: Arms and Legs!
Andy Roddick's Arms
We'd love to play doubles with the always-dreamy Andy Roddick. Love!
Cassidy Krug's Legs
No one can deny that diving is one of the most precise, yet beautiful competitions to watch during the summer Olympics. And it doesn't hurt to look at Cassidy Krug's toned legs either.
Next Up: Hair and Biceps!
Race Imboden's Hair
Race Imboden must have idolized Bachelorette winner Jef Holm's locks — the champion fencer seems to have borrowed Holm's 'do for the Olympics. Still, The Wanted have called both of these guys up asking for their hair back.
Jordyn Wieber's Biceps
Jordyn Wieber may not have made it into the all-around finals, but her well-toned biceps deserve two gold medals.
Next Up: The Finals for Full Body!
The best are always saved for last!
Tyson Chandler's Whole Body
Whether he's playing for the NBA or for Team USA, Tyson Chandler loves to be the center of attention (heh), especially when it comes to getting in shape.
Sanya Richards-Ross' Whole Body
This short distance runner is known for her record times in the 400m and the 400x4m relay, but Sanya Richards-Ross is also getting winning remarks for her strong Olympic figure.
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The sexy star, who is married to tennis ace Andy Roddick, had no idea Battleship and What to Expect When You're Expecting would hit the big screen on the same day - and she's telling all her friends to cancel their plans on Friday night.
She says, "We shot them a year apart. I did Battleship first...I'm telling all my friends to go and see them both on the same day... It's very exciting."
Decker admits the two films couldn't be more different: "One, I'm this, like, Southern, sort of, country pregnant woman with twins, and then the other one is full of aliens and action and all sorts of fun."
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The supermodel/actress, who is married to tennis ace Andy Roddick, is open to a parental challenge.
She tells Flare magazine, "I want to adopt a child or a baby with an intellectual disability one day... That's always been a goal of mine.
"Unfortunately a lot of kids with intellectual disabilities are given up for adoption when they're born 'cause it's a lot for a family."
Supermodels often like to explain that they were terribly dorky in high school and were teased for being too skinny throughout their lives. While these statements can't be qualified, it does seem they're only saying such things in an attempt to identify with us mousy-haired, average-height commoners. According to Brooklyn Decker, she's still a total geek inside — but unlike most Comic-Con attendees, she has the ability to hide it.
In the latest issue of GQ, Decker says that she identifies with Kristen Wiig's character in Bridesmaids. "I feel like her character is my inner soul," the model shares. "The ways she acts are my inner thoughts, but I just can't express them because they're too nerdy. So if he [husband Andy Roddick] was calling her crazy, I guess that makes me slightly crazy." We'll take the Battleship star's word for it, though the accompanying shots of her lounging in her underwear undercut her point about being awkward and nerdy. More: Rihanna Goes Topless in Hawaii — Racy, New Pics Lies to Tell Brooklyn Decker to Get Her to Date You Brooklyn Decker Boards 'Battleship' [Daily Mail, GQ]