Rapper Dmx has followed in The Game's footsteps and put his name forward to fight America's most infamous Neighbourhood Watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, in a celebrity boxing match in March (14). Zimmerman, who was last year (13) acquitted of murdering unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin during a street altercation in Florida, recently agreed to take part in a celebrity fight night and it appears a line of possible opponents is quickly forming.
The Game, who has an image of Martin tattooed on his leg, admitted this week (begs27Jan14) he would take pleasure in resoundingly defeating Zimmerman, while DMX has now voiced his hopes of stepping into the ring with him to fight for "every black person who has been done wrong (sic) in the (legal) system".
However, the embattled rapper, who has spent recent years in and out of jail, warns he would have no regard for rules if he was allowed to take part, and he has even threatened to urinate on his opponent if he wins.
The X Gon' Give It to Ya rapper tells TMZ.com, "I am going to beat the living f**k out of him... I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I f**k him right up. Once I am done with him, I am going to whip my d**k out and p**s on him... Zimmerman is a piece of s**t and that's what he needs to drink."
Zimmerman's opponent for the fight has yet to be confirmed.
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Reno Wilson may be EVEN funnier in person. The hilarious actor dishes about life on the set of Mike & Molly, his role as Officer Carl McMillan and what he has in common with Jennifer Aniston, while keeping us laughing the entire time. One of the most fun interviews we’ve ever had!
Reason 1: Reno started our chat with some beat-boxing magic.
So Molly has decided on a career change: next up she'll be a writer and will conduct a ride-along. Can you give us a sneak peek as to how the ride-along goes awry?
You didn’t even ask. You just knew it was going to go awry! It’s uncomfortable for Mike because it kind of invades his personal space. Let’s be honest, the squad car is like his own personal therapy couch. Now she’s in the picture. This season you’re going to see a lot more police work. This is actually the first time she rides along, and she sees something happen. Nothing serious for Mike and Carl, but it doesn’t bode well with Molly. It’s glass, glass and somebody’s ass...Can I say that?
With all of the extra police work, will we see any guest stars? Anyone you'd like to guest star this season?
We do, we do. I always wonder why his grandmother raised him. What happened to his parents? I would love it if Richard Roundtree played my dad. I want Shaft to be my dad. I was at a function a couple months ago, and that is one good-looking man. I said that to him and he said, ‘Takes one to know one.’ I came home and told my wife, "Hey baby, Shaft said I’m good looking," and she said, "Shut your mouth," and I said, "I’m just talking about Shaft."
Reason 2: Reno then schooled us on our non-existant knowledge of Shaft and proceeded to sing Isaac Hayes' Oscar-winning theme song to the '70s blaxploitation classic.
Do you all hang out outside of work?
Yeah! We're pathetic! We can’t see each other enough. Billy and I have known each other for 9 years. Our kids play together. We go to birthday parties, holiday parties.
Do you have any comedic freedom on the show?
Our scripts are so tight. I speak kind of fast on the show, but I think the rhythm of our show is fast. We stay tight, tight, tight on the script.
How is it working on the set?
I gotta tell you, our set is the most thankful, grateful group of people you can be around. This is the best set I’ve ever been on. We’re on the old Friends stage. We’re still trying to figure out whose dressing room we're in. I think I’m in Matt LeBlanc’s room. None of us know, but we're all trying to figure it out.
Trivia Fact: Jennifer Aniston and I graduated high school together: same year, same class, same school Performing Arts High school, 1987. Soon I’ll be known for my haircut this season, and everybody will be getting the Carl.
Reason 3: Watch the show to find out!
Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders has opened up about breaking his hand, insisting he suffered the painful injury by drunkenly punching a wall. The rocker split a bone in his right hand during recording sessions for the British band's new album AM, and surgeons had to insert a metal plate under the skin to help heal the injury.
Helders has remained coy about how the damage occurred, but now he has suggested he lashed out at a wall in frustration and immediately regretted it.
He tells rock magazine Q, "It wasn't a fist fight with a person, no. I didn't hurt anybody, except for myself. It was... a bizarre incident... with a wall... that was harder than I expected... The next day I did (feel like a fool)... It was just me being stupid.
"I weren't (sic) even that angry, cos (sic) I'm not an angry person. I was just messing about, drunk. Everyone I've told said, 'We've all done it.' I just managed to hit the wrong wall. The bone popped out - not out of the skin but it was stuck up. I went to my girlfriend, 'I think we need to go to hospital.' They put a plate in it. I'm having it taken out at Christmas."
However, Helders' bandmate Alex Turner later cast doubt on the drummer's explanation for the injury, adding, "Oh, is that what he told you?... Yeah, he's been telling some people that..."
The broken hand is the second major injury Helders has suffered in recent years - in 2010 he broke his left arm sparring with a pal during a workout in a boxing ring.
Let's face it, celebrity comebacks are about as irresistible as the run-through-the-streets-naked meltdowns that usually precede them. (We've got our eye on you, Bieber!). Movie audiences are very forgiving, after all, especially when stars appear to have learned from their mistakes. Here's our list of the five best comeback roles in recent Hollywood history.
5. Andrew Dice Clay in Blue JasmineWoody Allen's decision to cast the washed-up, foul-mouthed comedian in his latest film, Blue Jasmine, left a lot of people scratching their heads…until they actually saw it. The role was Clay's first in over a decade, and he's now earning Oscar buzz for his lively portrayal of an embittered ex-husband.
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4. Mickey Rourke in The WrestlerRourke was being heralded as the next Marlon Brando before a sojourn into professional boxing and other oddball side trips had him disappear from the spotlight. But it was his gritty performance as a washed-up wrestler than earned him a 2008 Academy Award nomination, as well as a rare second act as a Hollywood star.
3. Robert Downey Jr. in Iron ManBy the early 2000s, Robert Downey Jr. was all but finished: the latest in a long list of promising young actors overtaken by drugs and alcohol. But after finally getting himself clean, Downey began to slowly rebuild his career, which culminated with his sterling performance as the wisecracking tech genius turned superhero Tony Stark in 2008's Iron Man.
2. Ben Affleck in ArgoA mere nine years after "Bennifer" and Gigli, Ben Affleck proved just about everyone wrong by winning the Best Picture Oscar for Argo. Guess he did have talent all along.
1. John Travolta in Pulp FictionHad Quentin Tarantino not decided to take a chance on the presumably past-his-prime actor back in 1994, classics like Battlefield Earth would never have seen the light of day.
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Remember when Drive came out and everyone was all 'Oh my god, look at how quiet and crazy and insane and (duh) broodily-attractive Ryan Gosling looks in this film!'? Well, if you enjoyed the Goose on his silent-psycho game but wished it had more eastern influence, look no further than Only God Forgives, the latest team-up between Gosling and Drive helmer Nicolas Winding Refn.
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This time, Kristin Scott Thomas is in on the neo-noir crime ride — playing Gosling's mother while looking both unfairly fabulous and fascinatingly terrifying as far as mafia godmothers go. She's not a regular mom, she's a cool mom! And you'll be swimming with the fishes if you disagree.
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The film focuses on the story of Julian (Gosling), a man who fled Bangkok after killing a cop ten years prior. He and his brother run a Thai boxing club as a nice little front for the family's drug-smuggling operation, run by mom Jenna (Thomas). Things only get more complicated from there, though, after another murder puts the heat hot on their collective tail. Blood ensues. Apparently the script was the "strangest thing" Gosling's ever read! Peep the red band trailer, below.
Only God Forgives hits US theaters July 19, 2013.
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For those of us who are single this Valentine's Day, Community's second episode of its fourth season was a welcome respite from all the candy hearts, balloons, and ubiquitous red/pink/fuschia clothing. Thanks to a little thing called postponement, Community's Halloween episode shifted from the original October airdate right on down to Feb. 14. And for a Halloween episode, this week's journey to Greendale is gooeier than a Russell Stover's mystery truffle.
The study group gathers to go to Vicki's halloween party, but there's a problem: Pierce locked himself in his panic room and he needs help. Jeff is back on the "at-odds-with-Pierce-train" and he's convinced that Pierce is lying because he doesn't want everyone to go to the party without him. When the Dean comes in, dressed as boxing ring girl to Jeff's shirtless boxer, he changes his tune and they head off to save Pierce.
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Once they enter Pierce's palacial home, decked out like the 1980s in space, they speak to Pierce via the security system and embark on a hunt through the house to find the code to let him out, which he has conveniently forgotten on account of all the old. Jeff and Britta break off, allowing the human ham bone (Halloween!) to psychoanalyze Jeff and get to the root of his daddy issues. Jeff belittles Pierce as they explore the house and find various pieces of the senior Hawthorne's wardrobe. It's clear Jeff is rejecting Pierce's continuing obsession with his father's approval, even after his death, because he's afraid to want his father back in his life. "Remember when this show used to be about a community college?" But we know it's true. The harder Jeff insists that he doesn't need his father, the more we know it's true. Especially when he hides from Britta after revealing he has his dad's phone number and has yet to use it. And even more especially when he sits down and actually calls the number at the end of the episode. Could Jeff really be growing?
And as Jeff finds himself, he also finds the red notebook and Pierce's code. It's the same as the security code as the surveillance system, making this whole search totally pointless, except for the part where Jeff learned something about his feelings about his dad. But whatever. And that's when the real haunting begins. The walls start shaking, and the stucco behind Troy starts to expand as as if a human is crawling out from within. Of course, it turns out that Pierce somehow managed to create the whole haunting himself, including the part where someone who kind of looked like a really tall Mr. Hawthorne Sr. was standing behind Annie in the mirror. It turns out Pierce was upset that he wasn't invited to Vicki's party, but he didn't like Vicki enough to scare her, so he scared the study group instead. It's okay, we can "aww" here.
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But that's not all, Abed is especially impressed by the shadowy figure Pierce hired to watch him sleep. You know, that thing that paranoid old people totally do all the time. Pierce immediately thinks it's the ghost of his father and relocks the panic room, until an unaccounted for figure approached the door and opens it. It's Gilbert, his half brother and super secret guest star Giancarlo Esposito. The shot as he enters the room is not unlike the toe-to-head shot that revealed the demise of Esposito's character on Breaking Bad, and it's hard to believe that wasn't intentional. Gilbert is back because he came to give Pierce the deed to the house, but found he missed being Mr. Hawthorne's assistant so much that he secretly became Pierce's for the past two weeks until he was discovered.
Pierce, in a rare moment of compassion, says that he doesn't need an assistant but that he'd love for Gilbert to be his roommate, and suddenly, we're treated to the cutest and also most unlikely to be cute scene in the history of television. I may actually miss Pierce when Chevy Chase's final episode airs.
In other news, Troy and Britta's progress is progressing, and Shirley is concerned it's progressing too fast. Being the God-fearing, slut-shaming woman Shirley can sometimes be (in the sweetest possible way), she's concerned that her favorite study group member might be pressured into wild, crazy Britta sex. And when she tells Troy Britta might have a heftier "stuff" (i.e. sexual) appetite than he does, he panics almost as much as he did that time Annie chloroformed the janitor. Luckily, by the end of the night, Britta is prepared to take her tired ham bone home, cuddle with Troy, and watch a few episodes of that show he's been telling her so much about, Inspector Spacetime.
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For a Halloween episode, this week sure delivered a Valentine's appropriate ending.
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Screw it, everyone gets an A (but here's why):
-Shirley is dressed as Princess Leia, her husband is Han Solo, and her kids are Ewoks. +100
-"I have a mask you can wear. One that doesn't zip at the mouth." -Shirley +50
-Annie is Jeff's ring girl so she dresses as the girl from The Ring.+30
-"I'm sure as stuff not your sexy little ring girl." -Annie +70
-Troy and Abed are dressed as Calvin and Hobbes +ALL OF THE POINTS
-"No sweat, Boba Fett" -Troy +10
-"Why does he have so many collars? SECRET DOGS." -Troy in Pierce's special gym +30
-Abed living his dream: watching his friends' drama on the security cameras like they're a TV show. +1000
-"Please Pierce, don't die slightly before your time." -Troy +15
-"We do some things. We do a lot of things. (Shirley gasp) Not all the things. Things." -Troy about him and Britta +20
-Jeff is dressed as a flimsy excuse for shirtlessness. -50
-"If you knew what spooked me, you'd call me crazy and old." -Pierce
"No one's going to call you, Pierce."-Jeff -20
-"I didn't leave my short term memory at Coachella." -Jeff to Britta +40 (for accuracy)
-Jeff skips the party to go home and call his dad.+4000
-Britta is dressed as a ham bone.+200
-"Calling for help, a classic call for help." -Britta +10
-"Holy Helen this place is huge." -Britta +0
-Britta wants to watch Inspector Space Time with Troy.+100
-Pierce has a picture of young Chevy Chase in his bedroom. +80
-"Ghosts cant go through doors stupid, they're not fire." -Pierce +30
-"Vicki didn't invite you, why didnt you scare her?" - Shirley
"I hate her." -Pierce +1000
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Boxing fans were dealt a harsh blow on Saturday when Hector "Macho" Camacho, the Puerto Rican fighter famous for his headline-making matches against the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard and Julio Cesar Chavez, passed away at in San Juan at 50 years old. Camacho, known for his big fighting prowess despite his small size, was shot in the jaw Tuesday while sitting in a car outside a Puerto Rican bar with 49-year-old Adrian Mojica Moreno, who was killed in the attack. (Authorities say nine small bags of cocaine were found in Moreno's pocket.)
Though the boxer was initially expected to survive the attack, Camacho's injuries worsened — the bullet, which slowed blood flow to his brain after it hit three major arteries in the boxer's neck, caused Camacho's heart to stop for a short period while he was hospitalized. Camacho's family decided to take the boxer off life support Saturday.
Though Camacho — who moved from Puerto Rico to New York's Harlem neighborhood as a child, eventually earning the nickname "the Harlem Heckler" — hadn't fought since 2010, a rep for the boxer told reporters he was considering a 2013 comeback. Camacho's life had been troubled in recent years — the boxer's wife not only filed multiple domestic abuse complaints against Camacho, but Camacho was also sentenced to seven years in prison for burglary in 2007. (A judge eventually suspended six years of the sentence to one year and placed Camacho on probation.) Camacho also struggled with drugs and alcohol throughout his career.
"The Macho Man was a promoter's dream," Don King told the Associated Press. "He excited boxing fans around the world with his inimitable style. He was a nice, amiable guy away from the ring."
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Last year saw the release of the science fiction blockbuster Real Steel, which took Rock'em Sock'em robots to a whole new level by putting Hugh Jackman at the controls of life-size robot boxers. Brought to life by models and CG special effects, the movie gave us a taste for the kind of metallic mayhem that might be in store for human audiences in the future.
Who knew the future would arrive so quickly.
Without much fanfare, Syfy has just completed shooting the first season of Robot Combat League, a new sports show hosted by former WWE wrestler Chris Jericho that pits actual robot boxers against each other in the ultimate cybernetic cage match. EW reports that Producer Craig Plestis (The Apprentice, The Biggest Loser) teamed up with Mark Setrakian, who has developed robots and animatronics for Men in Black and Hellboy (and also competed on Comedy Central's own robot fighting show, BattleBots), to develop and pitch the show to Syfy. After showing off how destructive today's robots can be, the two got the go ahead from the network.
Robot Combat League is set to premiere on Feb. 26, 2013 and sounds like your run-of-the-mill boxing tournament aside from the competitors being hunks of metal and wire. According to the announcement, the "League" will have 12 teams, each consisting of a fighter to man the controls (or “robo-jockey”) and a robot expert — er, “robo-tech” — similar to the mechanics of Real Steel. Like a cross between BattleBots and Dancing With the Stars, the robo-jockey's won't equal their technicians scientific prowess. The first season will include a race car driver, an Olympic athlete, a National Guard helicopter pilot, and George Lucas' MMA-fighting daughter Amanda Lucas. If the fighters are going to be stone cold destroyers, Syfy is Plestis will at least mine personality from their human puppetmasters.
Each fight will consist of three rounds with the winner advancing to the next round of the tournament. The team that makes it to the end takes home a cool $100,000 prize. Jericho will announce the matches, dictating the action as the reportedly 1,000-pound robots clobber themselves into submission.
Real Steel ended with a young boy and his father reconnecting over the glory of a robot fighting championship win. Will Robot Combat League have the same emotional impact? Maybe if George Lucas stops by….
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Fighter and reality TV star Evander Holyfield told fans he was good for one more fight night after defeating Denmark's Brian Nielsen in a bout in May, 2011, but it appears he has had a change of heart as he approaches his 50th birthday next week (beg15Oct12).
The former cruiserweight champion, who has been fighting professionally since 1984, tells the BBC, "Right now I'm winding it down, I can't get the fights I want. I haven't made it official but the time is coming that I will. I don't have that much fight left in me."
But there's still a defiant glint in his eye and the distant dream of one last fight with either Vitali or Wladimir Klitschko, the Ukrainian brothers who have dominated heavyweight boxing in recent years.
Holyfield adds, "I'm a good enough fighter and I believe I could beat the Klitschko brothers, even at soon to be 50.
"But I'm not willing to pay the price of going through the ranking fights, to fight two or three other people, to get the championship fight. I can't put myself in a position to go and fight these guys that are 28 or 30. At least the Klitschkos are in their late 30s and early 40s. We're in the same boat. I gave the brothers a choice, I've done everything I could. If they don't have that respect for me, I understand that, I move on."
The boxer is currently in Britain promoting an upcoming memorabilia auction featuring items from his 41 years in the ring.
He says, "All that stuff just represents the things that I did. The more stuff gets out there the more people will realise what I accomplished in 41 years of boxing. People wouldn't get the opportunity to see it if it was in my home."
Fans flocked to see the legendary fighter receive the Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after he was announced as this year's (12) honouree by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who is chairman of the institution.
Ali, who has suffered from Parkinson's disease for more than 30 years, struggled to the stage with the help of his daughter, Laila, to be handed the award.
His wife Lonnie addressed the crowd on his behalf, saying, "It is especially humbling for Muhammad, who has said on many occasions, 'All I did was to stand up for what I believe'."
Previous recipients of the award include filmmaker Steven Spielberg, U2 rocker Bono and South African civil rights icon Nelson Mandela.