Siegfried & Roy star Roy Horn insists he would be dead if his white tiger Montecore had not attempted to drag the entertainer to safety after he suffered a stroke onstage during a Las Vegas show in 2003.
At the time, many fans feared the big cat had attacked the showman, speculating that Montecore had become spooked by a man in the audience, but Horn has always maintained that his tiger actually saved his life.
Horn tells Entertainment Tonight, "I got a stroke and I fall down and I seen the blue eyes (of Montecore) still looking at me, like, 'What now? What happened?' "So he did what every cat would do when they're little - he picked me up by the neck and tried to carry me to the side for he know we were safe (sic). He took care of me. He severed my artery and it was an absolute blessing."
Horn claims that if Montecore hadn't released the pressure, his owner would have been left brain dead. He adds, "I could have been a vegetable."
Horn reveals the worst wasn't over - he had three operations following the ill-fated performance and he suffered more strokes on the operating table: "I died clinically three times." Montecore died earlier this year (14).
A white tiger that mauled showman Roy Horn onstage in Las Vegas in 2003 has died. Montecore attacked the German entertainer midway through a Siegfried & Roy show at The Mirage Resort & Casino, leaving him in a critical condition.
The incident ended the duo's run in Sin City, but Horn always maintained the tiger was not to blame for his injuries.
Announcing the big cat's death on Tuesday (25Mar14), Horn told The Hollywood Reporter, "The world has lost one of its most majestic creatures and I have lost a brother."
Montecore was 17 when he passed away after a short illness.
Illusionist Roy Horn has celebrated the 10th anniversary of his onstage tiger attack in Las Vegas by releasing a new photograph of himself posing with the big cat that almost killed him. The Siegfried & Roy star was mauled and carried offstage by white tiger Montecore during a show on 3 October, 2003, at The Mirage.
Horn was left critically injured and sustained severe blood loss, but he has always defended the tiger, insisting no harm should come to the big cat.
Ten years after the incident, Horn, 69, has released a new photo of him feeding Montecore at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden at The Mirage in Las Vegas to U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight.
Comedian Dave Chappelle has taken aim at fans in Hartford, Connecticut in his new stand-up routine after storming offstage during a comeback gig there last week (ends30Aug13) following a barrage of abuse from hecklers. The funnyman cut short his gig in Hartford on 29 August (13) after receiving a frosty reception from audience members, who began shouting at him and quoting his older gags just minutes into the show.
Chappelle did not speak out in the immediate aftermath of the incident, but on Tuesday (03Sep13), he made his feelings about Hartford clear as he ripped into the city during his comedy performance for fans in Chicago, Illinois.
An audio recording of his rant has since surfaced on YouTube.com, and in the clip, Chappelle can be heard saying, "I swear to God, f**k that whole city. (You're) so much better than Hartford. I'll never go back. I won't even go to Hartford for f**king gas. I don't want anything bad to happen to the United States, but if North Korea ever drops a nuclear bomb on this country, I swear to God I hope it lands in Hartford, Connecticut."
He added, "That crowd was evil. A room... full of suburban torturers. Young, white alcoholics just booing and talking all kinds of s**t...
"That s**t in Hartford was bad. And you know that crowd feels lucky that they got to see me freak out. It's just like being at the f**king tiger show the night Siegfried & Roy got their throats bit out by the tiger. It's f**ked up but I know deep down that's why you go to the tiger show. You don't go to see somebody be safe."
Beloved illusionist duo Siegfried & Roy ended their residency at The Mirage in Las Vegas after Roy Horn was left partially paralysed following a white tiger attack in 2003. Siegfried Fischbacher announced the pair's official retirement from entertainment in 2010.
A good magic show isn't all about the payoff — in fact, it can't be. In order to dazzle, mystify, and distract an audience all the way up to the big reveal, a performing illusionist must put on one hell of a spectacle. The nature of this material can vary: For the likes of David Blaine and Criss Angel, it's all about the thrill. For Penn & Teller, it's about comedy. For Siegfried and Roy, it's about being as ostentatious as humanly possible. But all three of these ideas, dissimilar though they may be, are rooted in fun — a fact that the magician-stocked heist film Now You See Me seems to forget halfway through its run.
In fact, the Louis Leterrier movie does have a good deal of fun stocked away: its would-be central team of Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco play a motley crew of dissimilar magicians who band together after a mysterious meeting to form a Robin Hood troupe of high level criminals. The group, dubbing themselves the Four Horsemen, use magic shows to rob banks and insurance companies, distributing the money to the working class men and women who have been wronged by big business (yet who can still afford a trip to Vegas and tickets to a magic show... let it slide). The team's elaborate performances make for some of the film's best material, second only to the behind-the-scenes squabbling that stems from personal rivalries and ideological differences. Eisenberg's narcissistic card trickster frequently butts heads with Harrelson's no-nonsense "mentalist" and Fisher's daredevil... all of whom look down upon Franco's sleight-of-hand street hustler.
All attention devoted to the Four Horsemen, whose origins are embedded in mystery, is charming and entertaining, thanks largely to the charisma of the players in question — Eisenberg and Harrelson haven't lost their Zombieland chemistry. Unfortunately, we get barely any time to witness this glory, as Now You See Me seems bent on lending its focus to the other side of the story: FBI Agent Mark Ruffalo's pursuit of the criminal team, and his interractions with Interpol Officer Mélanie Laurent and magic-debunker Morgan Freeman all the while. Far less engrossing than any of the Horsemen's antics, Ruffalo's journey plays out like any hot-on-the-chase summer crime thriller, with the hard nosed agent obsessing over the case, entertaining paranoid conspiracies, and alienating his colleagues and cohorts. For a movie that sells itself on its magic and its all-star cast, it doesn't really seem that interested in either, devoting far more time than necessary to the chase. Why, you might ask?
For the big twist. Of course a summer movie, and one delivered on the pretense of magic, has a big twist ending. Whether it needs, deserves, or benefits from one is another question (the answer: No). But Now You See Me seems to put all its eggs in the big reveal basket, investing a crescendoing burn to the identity of the enigmatic stranger who brought the Horsemen together. Meanwhile, it misses out on what every magician knows to be a key component of the act: the act itself. The lead-up is just as important as the ta-da. And while Now You See Me has plenty of magic up its sleeve in the form of its central tricksters, it's too focused on what's behind the curtain to enjoy the show all the while.
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A decade-long gap between sequels could leave a franchise stale but in the case of Men in Black 3 it's the launch pad for an unexpectedly great blockbuster. The kooky antics of Agent J (Will Smith) and Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) don't stray far from their 1997 and 2002 adventures but without a bombardment of follow-ups to keep the series in mind the wonderfully weird sensibilities of Men in Black feel fresh Smith's natural charisma once again on full display. Barry Sonnenfeld returns for the threequel another space alien romp with a time travel twist — which turns out to be Pandora's Box for the director's deranged imagination.
As time passed in the real world so did it for the timeline in the world of Men in Black. Picking up ten years after MIB 2 J and K are continuing to protect the Earth from alien threats and enforce the law on those who live incognito. While dealing with their own personal issues — K is at his all-time crabbiest for seemingly no reason — the suited duo encounter an old enemy Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement) a prickly assassin seeking revenge on K who blew his arm off back in the '60s. Their street fight is more of a warning; Boris' real plan is to head back in time to save his arm and kill off K. He's successful prompting J to take his own leap through the time-space continuum — and team up with a younger K (Josh Brolin) to put an end to Boris plans for world domination.
Men in Black 3 is the Will Smith show. Splitting his time between the brick personalities of Jones and Brolin's K Smith struts his stuff with all the fast-talking comedic style that made him a star in yesteryears. In present day he's still the laid back normal guy in a world of oddities — J raises an eyebrow as new head honcho O (Emma Thompson) delivers a eulogy in a screeching alien tongue but coming up with real world explanations for flying saucer crashes comes a little easier. But back in 1969 he's an even bigger fish out water. Surprisingly director Barry Sonnenfeld and writer Etan Cohen dabble in the inherent issues that would spring up if a black gentlemen decked out in a slick suit paraded around New York in the late '60s. A star of Smith's caliber may stray away from that type of racy humor but the hook of Men in Black 3 is the actor's readiness for anything. He turns J's jokey anachronisms into genuine laughs and doesn't mind letting the special effect artists stretch him into an unrecognizable Twizzler for the movie's epic time jump sequence.
Unlike other summer blockbusters Men in Black 3 is light on the action Sonnenfeld utilizing his effects budget and dazzling creature work (by the legendary Rick Baker) to push the comedy forward. J's fight with an oversized extraterrestrial fish won't keep you on the edge of your seat but his slapstick escape and the marine animal's eventual demise are genuinely amusing. Sonnenfeld carries over the twisted sensibilities he displayed in small screen work like Pushing Daisies favoring bizarre banter and elaborating on the kookiness of the alien underworld than battle scenes. MIB3's chase scene is passable but the movie in its prime when Smith is sparring with Brolin and newcomer Michael Stuhlbarg who steals the show as a being capable of seeing the future. His twitchy character keeps Smith and the audience on their toes.
Men in Black 3 digs up nostalgia I wasn't aware I had. Smith's the golden boy of summer and even with modern ingenuity keeping it fresh — Sonnenfeld uses the mandatory 3D to full and fun effect — there's an element to the film that feels plucked from another era. The movie is economical and slight with plenty of lapses in logic that will provoke head scratching on the walk out of the theater but it's also perfectly executed. After ten years of cinematic neutralizing the folks behind Men in Black haven't forgotten what made the first movie work so well. After al these years Smith continues to make the goofy plot wild spectacle and crazed alien antics look good.
Nobody likes hearing their name mispronounced, whether they're your friend or coworker - or a famous Hollywood celebrity. Amanda Seyfried is no exception. She constantly struggles with teaching people to say her last name correctly. After sitting down to chat about her upcoming films Gone and Lovelace, the actress opened up to our correspondent Thomas Leupp about the most common mispronunciations of her name.
The star said that her name is most commonly pronounced "Sayfried or Siegfried," which is very reminiscent of the famous lion tamers, Siegfried and Roy. It's not exactly the way she wants to be associated, but according to her, it's a problem even among family members. Seyfried admitted, "My sister says it differently than I do though, which is weird," making it sound like "Sighfreed" instead of "Sighfred."
And while that's sure to get annoying at times, it seems like a small price to pay for all her box office success. She's even preparing to show off her singing chops for the second time since Mama Mia in Les Miserables. If her career stays this course, people will be saying her name properly in no time.
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The comedian, who will wrap his final season on hit U.S. TV series The Office next March (11), is negotiating a deal with bosses at New Line Cinema to star in new movie Burt Wonderstone.
Carell would play the title character, a Vegas magician who is one-half of a sensational two-man team, similar to Siegfried & Roy.
According to TheWrap.com, the film will chronicle Carell's character as he rediscovers his love for magic after his partner dies in a risky stunt.
Real-life illusionists Roy Horn and Siegfried Fischbacher announced their retirement in April (10) - over six years after Horn was savaged on stage by his pet white tiger during a show. The incident left him partially paralysed.
Siegfried Fischbacher made the announcement that the act is no more in a German publication on Tuesday (05Jan09), explaining there will be "no comeback".
The duo ended its run at The Mirage after Horn was left partially paralyzed following the white tiger attack in 2003.
The pair maintained the tiger was trying to drag Horn to safety after he suffered a heart attack during the show.
It is not known what will become of the duo's menagerie of animals, which currently reside at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage.
Entertainer Roy Horn and his illusionist partner Siegfried Fischbacher are to return to the stage in a daring new show--four years after Horn was savaged by a tiger live in a Las Vegas show.
Horn, 63, suffered a stroke after the white tiger attack in October 2003, which left him partially paralyzed.
But despite his disability, Horn insists he and Fischbacher are ready to make their Las Vegas comeback with an updated version of their show Siegfried and Roy.
He says, "We will be back.
"I'm not saying too much about our new act because we're still experimenting. A good magician never lets the cat out of the bag and we want everyone to be surprised when they hear what we're doing."
The duo was one of the most successful stage acts in Las Vegas history until the tragic incident. Horn has always maintained the tiger's innocence.
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