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The Fast & Furious franchise doesn’t engage in too much narrative trickery. The plots are straightforward — and by straightforward, I mean there are cars and people who drive those cars and those people use their cars to fight other people in cars. Carfight! But there’s a surprisingly complicated aspect of the films’ chronology, and that aspect is the character Han, played by actor Sung Kang.
Han was introduced in the third film, Tokyo Drift, as a wise mentor figure for that film’s lead; Han also died in Tokyo Drift. But that film’s final scene made it clear that Han had, once upon a time, run with Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto. Weirdly, the three films that followed Tokyo Drift all wound up exploring that “once upon a time” period. In the fourth film, Fast & Furious, Han was alive again — although he mentioned that he was planning to move to Tokyo. He was back in Fast Five, romancing Gal Gadot’s Gisele; at the end of the film, they joked about moving to Tokyo, although all Han said was that they’d get there “Eventually.” (To further complicate matters, Han was actually originally introduced in Better Luck Tomorrow, the debut film by Justin Lin; Lin imported the character into Tokyo Drift.)
Actor Sung Kang enjoyed the chance to circle back around to Han’s final moments. “It was refreshing, to have this final send-off for Han, and show why Han is the way he is when he’s in Tokyo. Having that relationship with Gisele, it really explains why his soul is so old in Tokyo Drift.”
Kang feels that the events of Fast & Furious 6 help to clarify why Han becomes a mentor figure in Tokyo Drift. “After Gisele’s death, Han is finally wise. I recently learned the definition of wisdom is education that one is able to teach others. He’s able to teach the meaning of family to the Shawn Boswell character [in Tokyo Drift].”
Kang is proud to have gotten the opportunity to play Han for over a decade. “The franchise has basically given me a career. Pre-Tokyo Drift, I was like: ‘Am I gonna play Yakuza #1 and Chinese Waiter #2 for the rest of my life? Is America even ready for an Asian face that speaks English, that doesn’t do Kung Fu?’”
I pointed out that the movie never actually shows Han and Gisele’s dead bodies — which, given the franchise’s history with resurrecting dead characters, could indicate a return trip. Kang laughs. “I appreciate that,” he says, “But I hope we don’t get to that point. I feel like it’s a proper send-off, don’t you? It’s time to close the book.”
'Fast & Furious 6': That ending! THAT ENDING! (SPOILERS)
So you’ve just finished watching Fast & Furious 6. You’ve seen planes and tanks and flipcars and Paul Walker’s alternate-universe girl-clone and one of the greatest headbutts in the history of human heads. You think it’s all over. The credits roll…and then they stop rolling. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.
But there’s a twist here. In Tokyo Drift, Han was racing away from the Drift King when he was hit — apparently by accident — by a Mercedes. This time, though, we see who was driving that Mercedes … and we learn that it wasn’t an accident at all. The man who killed Han closes out Fast & Furious 6 by making a phone call to Dominic Toretto. “You don’t know me yet,” he says, “But you will.” Perhaps you recognize him. He looks a little bit like this:
Yes, the rumors were true, and the rumors were awesome. Jason Statham — star of the Transporter trilogy, star of the Crank duet, genuine accredited British person — is joining the Fast franchise. Details are scarce about the precise nature of his role in the next installment, though it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to guess that Statham is playing the brother of the now-dead Owen Shaw. (Shaw notably mentioned a brother in an earlier scene in Fast 6 – the Internet has generally agreed to call him “Ian Shaw,” although clearly “Benedict Cumbershaw(nope)” would be more appropriate.) The implications for the future of the franchise are huge. Fast is quickly becoming the nexus of all modern action movies; between Tyrese Gibson and Jason Statham, it has colonized the other two contemporary car franchises (Transformers and Transporter), while also creating an indelible link to Statham’s other gang-of-heroes franchise, The Expendables.
The conclusion of Fast & Furious 6 provides a graceful exit for director Justin Lin, who joined the franchise with Tokyo Drift. When asked about the ending by EW, Lin said, “I was very happy with the whole Jason Statham of it all. It feels good to be able to hand off on a positive note, with Statham joining the cast.” (The Whole Jason Statham Of It All would be a great name for a Statham biography.) Likewise, when we asked Dwayne Johnson about the possibility of Luke Hobbs facing off against the Transporter, he said simply, “The idea of seeing him and myself onscreen going at it is very intriguing and very interesting. Two styles that would collide extraordinarily well.” Then he added, less simply, “My personal message to that person is: Pack a lunch, because it’ll be an all-f—ing-day affair.”
Presumably, Fast 7 will be — at least partially — a vengeance movie, as the remaining members of the Toretto gang come out of re-retirement to avenge the fallen Han. Unless maybe Brother Shaw will be hunting them down — forcing the Toretto Tribe to go on the run? Will Statham’s character have his own coterie of car-driving badasses? Does this mean that there is going to be a climactic fight scene where Statham and Diesel and Johnson have a shirtless shaved-head oiled-up bicep duel, ideally on a sinking oil tanker that is exploding?
Fellow Fast fanatics, what did you think of the ending? Where does the Statham reveal rank in the history of post-credits sequel teases? What other contemporary action stars would you like to see in the franchise? Milla Jovovich as a mysterious Eastern European spy with a crazy car? Tony Jaa as a mysterious Thai crimelord with a crazy car? Sean Bean as the Shaw Brothers’ Evil Uncle, Bowen Shaw? (do want!)
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On May 25th, Ben Affleck received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Brown University. He was honored for his career in film as well as his humanitarian work. Affleck founded the Eastern Congo Initiative and supports other charities like A-T CHildren's Project, Feeding America, the Jimmy Fund, and Paralyzed Veterans of America. He gave a short speech at the ceremony expressing his excitement for passing Matt Damon, explaining his daughter's opinion that he doesn't deserve to graduate because he didn't go to class or do homework, and dedicating the degree to his mom because she never got to see him graduate.
The father of Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson was rushed to the hospital this weekend, the reality show family said on Honey Boo Boo’s official Facebook page.
Michael “Sugar Bear” Thompson became dizzy and passed out Friday night, according to Access Atlanta.
“Just wanted everyone knows sugarbear was taken to the hospital earlier tonight after getting dizzy and passing out, their running test on him to see what’s going on,” the family wrote on Facebook. “So far everything is coming back ok so no answers yet, will update when we know something! Thanks for the prayers & concerns as always.”
A couple of hours later, the family posted another update:
“Update on sugarbear he is still in the hospital they r running a lot of tests on his brain dont really what to say what they r thinking it is until we have all the test and final answers but it could b very serious do hoping things turn for the good he is in good spirit just one day at a time right now hope everyone is having a great memorial day weekend b careful out there #prayforsugarbear”
Around 5 pm Sunday, the family said there was no real update and that doctors were “still running lots of tests” and that “there’s a lot of possibilities but nothing has been confirmed or ruled out.” The family has been receiving dozens of comments of support since Sugar Bear’s hospitalization.
Sugar Bear was previously hospitalized in September 2012 after getting an infection in his foot from an injury he sustained while riding an ATV. Initial reports said that Sugar Bear was in danger of having the leg amputated, but he underwent surgery to remove the infected tissue. He also suffered pancreatitis in February.
“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” returns for its second season on TLC in July.
I hope he is okay :( He seems like such a sweet father...
It seems Justin Bieber really will find any excuse to show off his washboard abs.
The 19-year-old flashed his toned body outside his home in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, pulling his white vest to his shoulders to reveal his six-pack.
Still opting for a thug-like style, the Canadian crooner had his athletic shorts hanging low, showing the waistline of his white boxer briefs.
New wheels? It would seem the teen singing sensation had plenty to be boastful about after apparently adding to his haul of luxury vehicles with yet another Porsche
According to TMZ, The Big Bang Theory actress and her husband decided to each have one of their two homes in California. As part of the divorce settlement Mayim - who rose to fame as a child star in series Blossom - was reportedly awarded the couple's hillside 1,400-square-foot, one bedroom home in Studio City.
While Micheal - who was born a Mormon but converted to Judaism for his wife - was given their 1,300-square-foot, three bedroom home in nearby Sherman Oaks.
When announcing plans to divorce, the 37-year-old television star was careful to point out her decision to raise her two sons - Miles, seven, and Frederick, four - using the controversial attachment parent style did not play a role.
At the time of their divorce Mayim - who has a Ph.D. in neuroscience - explained their decision to split on her blog. 'Divorce is terribly sad, painful and incomprehensible for children,' the 37-year-old wrote. 'It is not something we have decided lightly.
Stop reading now if you haven’t seen the final episode of ‘Smash.’ Spoilers ahead!
NBC lowered the curtains onSmashfor the final time May 26, with a two-hour series finale that — in my mind — neatly wrapped up two seasons’ worth of on- and off-stage drama. And as the words of the final song echoed, the show gave us a big finish, but kept us wanting more.
Now let’s talk about how the gang fared during the finale. While everyone received a pretty solid ending, some definitely ended more happily than others.
Ivy & Derek Are Multiplying
Amidst the joy of her billion Tony Award nominations, Ivy (Megan Hilty) spent the final two hours debating whether or not to abort Derek’s spawn. She also won the Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, which you have to admit, she totally deserved. Karen (Katharine McPhee) kicked ass in Hit List, but it’s been Ivy’s destiny to accept that award since the pilot, when she belted out her first note in “Let Me Be Your Star.”
Meanwhile, Derek (Jack Davenport) finally renounced his womanizing ways. Not only did he come clean about hiring Daisy in exchange for sexy times, but the smarmy Brit also yanked her from the Tony number!
Jimmy Collins: From Songbird To Jailbird
Besides taking a shower and putting on a tux, which were major character developments in and of themselves, Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan) finally decided to start being a human — and by “human,” I mean “prisoner.” He took his whole messy back story to the cops, and now he’s look at 6 to 18 months behind bars.
For those of you keeping score at home, this means Karen ended the series with no awards of her own and no boyfriend to complain to! I’m kind of shocked, actually; I thought Little Miss Iowa’s dumb luck would never run out, but apparently this show had a few surprises left in it.
Julia’s Never-Ending Divorce
Given Julia’s merry-go-round of boyfriends this season, it’s been pretty easy to forget theBombshellscribe was ever married — but in the second half of the finale, it was impossible for Julia (Debra Messing) to avoid her fuming ex. Frank returned with a vengeance, demanding that Julia go on-record about her affair with Michael Swift.
I never liked Michael — I’ve always thought he besmirched our last name — but Julia sure did; and she still does, as we saw the ex-cheaters reunite during the final moments of the finale!
Tom Gets Lucky
Tom (Christian Borle) didn’t win Best Director, but it’s all good, because his real prize came in the form of “straight” actor Patrick Dillon. The duo spent the final two hours wrapped up in their own little rom-com, before eventually locking lips on the steps of the Tonys.
(Get it, Tom! Remind this boyfriend to look both ways before he crosses the street, will ya?)
Come On, Eileen
Much like Julia’s forgotten marriage, I had all-but-purged Eileen’s (Anjelica Huston) bartender boyfriend Nick from my memory. But because this was a series finale, all loose ends needed to be tied — and Nickalwaysknew how to loosen that old gal up.
BIG TROUBLE for Chris Brown -- TMZ has learned the LAPD is investigating the singer, and it could trigger a probation violation that could land him in prison.
What could have been a simple fender bender earlier this week is now a full-blown hit-and-run investigation ... after Chris Brown allegedly refused to give the driver he rear-ended his driver's license #. We're told he also gave the woman incorrect insurance info.
What's more ... we're now told Chris copped an attitude when the woman pressed him for his ID, before refusing to ante up his DL.
Brown is on probation for the Rihanna beating, and one of the conditions is that he obey all laws. If there's probable cause to believe he broke the law by leaving the scene without fully disclosing information required by law, his probation could be violated and Chris could go to prison for up to 4 years.
We're told LAPD would like to chit chat with Chris ... STAT. Calls to Chris' camp weren't returned.
watch a video of chris being an asshole at the source
Sorry Aaron Paul fans, but he's now a taken man. The Breaking Bad star wed his girlfriend Lauren Parsekian in an outdoor wedding in Malibu, California on Sunday surrounded by their close family and friends.
After the wedding the group then moved on to a 1920s style masquerade reception. Sunday's event was expected to be an all out affair, as the couple shared some preview snaps from their rehearsal dinner on Friday of men in bowties and ladies in black and white. A source told UsMagazine.com: 'It's going to be one hell of a party. They couldn't be more in love and are so excited to get married.'
The 33-year-old actor and his fiancee, who is co-CEO of Finding Kind Productions, will provide guests with masquerade masks at the reception and have asked them to dress accordingly. A friend revealed: '[Lauren] found these fabulous vintage white tie-up ankle boots with a thick heel so she doesn't sink in' to the grass. Another insider added: 'They just want to have a great night with their friends.'
Aaron has invited a number of his co-stars including Bryan Cranston and several of his friends from Mad Men. Last month the actor asked Ellie Goulding, who sang at Prince William and Duchess Catherine's wedding reception, to perform at his reception via Twitter but she is unavailable.
The couple celebrated their upcoming nuptials with a weekend full of festivities, starting with a rehearsal dinner on Friday and a series of events on Saturday. Friends and family posted images from a pre-wedding events the day before as the 24-year-old bride-to-be dressed in a sleeveless light yellow shift dress and lacy gloves, her hair pulled back in a ponytail.
Later in the evening the beautiful blonde was spotted in a with a glass of champagne in her hand wearing a low-cut white gown. Aaron sported the same toothy grin throughout, as he's clearly besotted with his new wife.
'She's the greatest woman that has ever existed,' he told GQ. 'No offence to other women on this planet, but she is hands down the best.'
Scott Disick turned 30 this weekend and celebrated in true LD style with festivities taking place in Houston and Vegas.
Kourtney flying out to Vegas:
Kourt avoids the sun as Scott soaks it in:
She spent five years and 139 episodes starring on sixties sitcom, I Dream of Jeannie.
And Barbara Eden, 78, bravely donned her iconic crop-top and harem pantaloons for the opening ceremony of the 21st Life Ball in Vienna Saturday.
Her new master: Eden then reenacted her classic wish-conjuring arm and head nod, which magically brought out her new 'Master' - former US President Bill Clinton
Karolina Kurkova and Archie Drury:
Roberto and Eva Cavalli:
Looks like Jason Segel has moved on from Michelle Williams.
The actor, 33, was spotted out and about with a mystery woman on May 19, enjoying lunch before cuddling up with the blonde on a stroll. The pair was also photographed stopping by a local Whole Foods grocery store in West Hollywood.
Segel ended things with 32-year-old Williams in February after the couple dated for almost a year. According to People, single mom Williams wasn't ready to commit to Segel, who had to remain in Los Angeles where his TV series "How I Met Your Mother" is being filmed. Reportedly Segel was very close to her daughter Matilda with the late Heath Ledger.
"While Jason made every effort to make them a priority in his life –- and they were top priority –- he still couldn't drop everything and leave his life and career in LA," a source told People.
But by the looks of this photo, Segel is getting over his relationship with Williams and ready to start fresh with someone out of the Hollywood spotlight.
Who could she be?
We tend to hate on Hollywood studios because of the movie projects they choose to fund (Transformers 4, anyone?). So much of typical Hollywood product tends to be huge, expensive spectacles with little-to-no story, heavy special effects and poor acting. So, we at ScreenCrave have decided to help jump behind the indie film. Every week we’ve been bringing you an Indie Fundraiser Roundup, which features projects seen on sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Now we’re adding on to it by including some of the Best Indie Film Trailers Of The Week. Check out this week’s picks below.
THE SOURCE FAMILY: Communes were very popular in the ’60s and ’70s, especially ones with creepy, crazy leaders like Charles Manson and Jim Jones. Back in the day, the Hollywood Hills was home to James E. Baker‘s own little commune called The Source Family. Baker was once a WWII soldier who restyled himself as a spiritual guru named Father Yod and gathered a large number of followers who lived with him in The Father House, a mansion in the hills that was sustained by money he amassed by starting a series of organic restaurants in Southern California. According to the L.A. Times, the movie grew out of the 2007 book titled The Source: The Untold Story of Father Yod, Ya Ho Wa 13 and the Source Family, by Isis Aquarian with Electricity Aquarian. The Source Family is told through intimate interviews with insiders of the group, and archival photos, home movies and audio recordings. The film was made available on iTunes yesterday.
AS COOL AS I AM: Claire Danes and James Marsden play a pair of very sucky parents to Sarah Bolger in As Cool As I Am, an upcoming drama from IFC Films. The film is based on a novel by Pete Fromm that focuses on a smart young woman who must grow up herself while dealing with her immature parents, who had her when they were teenagers. The film hits theaters June 21st.
HEY BARTENDER: The art of bartending is depicted in Douglas Tirola‘s Hey Bartender, a documentary that had its world premiere at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. The film looks at the lives of two men, a former Marine and a disillusioned white collar worker, who hope to reinvent themselves by tending bar. The doc also includes commentary from some of New York City’s best cocktail hosts including Graydon Carter, Danny Meyer, Frank Pellegrino and Amy Sacco. 4th Row Films is distributing the film on June 7th.
Mets top Yankees, 2-1, in first game of Subway Series
NEW YORK — When Daniel Murphy saw the line drive land in center field to plate Jordany Valdespin, the go-ahead run, in the eighth inning of the Mets’ 2-1 win over the Yankees Monday night, there was no celebratory reaction.
There was no fist pumping. There was no pointing at his teammates in the dugout. His reaction was one of relief and frustration. He slammed his bat to the ground as he ran to first base.
It wasn’t the first time Murphy had made solid contact in that direction on this night, the first of four Subway Series matchups. In his previous plate appearance, the Mets second baseman had clubbed a flyball off Phil Hughes that would have been a two-run home run in most ballparks against most center fielders.
But it wasn’t with Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner patrolling Citi Field’s spacious pastures. The ball landed in the leaping center fielder’s glove over the wall to end the sixth inning.
Murphy slammed his helmet in frustration.
So when the ball landed safely in center field two innings later with runners on the corners and the score tied at one, Murphy spiked his bat. He said the spike was to release frustration and admitted he was excited.
Meanwhile, half of the 32,911 in attendance roared with delight as Murphy fueled the Mets’ comeback against their crosstown rivals. Bobby Parnell completed the win with a scoreless ninth inning to register his ninth save of the season.
The late-inning heroics completed what evolved into an unexpected pitchers’ duel between two underachieving 26-year-old hurlers.
Hughes was at his best, but could not solve the pitcher Niese, who singled in each of his first two plate appearances, including in the sixth inning when Hughes narrowly escaped trouble.
Two batters after Niese slapped a single to center field, Murphy crushed an 84-mile-per-hour changeup for what appeared to be his fifth home run of the season until Gardner scaled the wall to make a leaping catch and end the inning.
It was the second time Hughes capitalized on Citi FieldâÂÂs expansive dimensions: Wright clubbed a fly ball off the wall 390 feet away in right-center field. It would have landed beyond the wall in the majority of ballparks.
Hughes then retired 15 of his next 17 through the sixth inning when Wright duplicated his first-inning effort to a better location. The third baseman lashed a towering home run to left field to lead off the seventh inning and tie the game at one.
Wright allowed himself a brief moment to gaze at the long flyball, which landed off the second deckâÂÂs facing. It was WrightâÂÂs ninth career home run against the Yankees, passing Cliff Floyd and Mike Piazza for the most in Mets history.
Niese did not yield such long flyballs. Instead, bloopers and poor defense cost him.
Leading off the sixth inning, Gardner poked a blooper down the line in shallow left field. Sprinting in, Lucas Duda decided to make a risky diving attempt. He couldnâÂÂt get to it and the ball bounced away, allowing the speedy Gardner to motor around for a triple.
Jayson Nix followed with his own blooper in front of a sliding Mike Baxter in right field for a single to score Gardner.
Niese struck out the side in the first inning, retiring Gardner and Nix looking, and Robinson Cano swinging through a 91 mile-per-hour fastball.
He came across trouble in the second, loading the bases when he walked Lyle Overbay after David Adams and Ichiro Suzuki had each singled to center field. But Niese wiggled out of the situation by getting Chris Stewart to ground into an inning-ending double play.
The left-hander went on to retire eight of the next nine hitters before the Yankees finally broke through with the help of the erroneous defense.
Mariano Rivera meets with Mets fans as he bids farewell to Subway Series
NEW YORK — A collection of 18 Mets fans, employees and even a member of the Citi Field security staff gathered in a circle of 19 black chairs in the stadium’s Jackie Robinson Rotunda before the start of Monday night’s game, the first of four in this season’s Subway Series.
A door, leading from the bowels of the stadium, swung open and Mariano Rivera, the Yankees closer, appeared. He slid past the blue block-lettered No. 42, honoring Jackie Robinson, and sat in the empty chair.
Under normal circumstances, Mets fans shiver at the sight of Rivera. It means their team is on the verge of defeat, that the rival Yankees are a step closer to sealing another victory. Instead, this group smiled and applauded. Rivera smiled back.
On this sunny Memorial Day, as thousands queued outside the stadium’s locked gates, arriving by car and via the No. 7 train that rumbled past the stadium every few minutes, Rivera continued his farewell tour. Except for the All-Star Game here in July, in which Rivera, the American League saves leader, is likely to play, this two-game set is the last time Mets fans will see baseball’s saves leader on their home turf.
In each city during his final season, Rivera has met with fans and team officials, thanking them for their contributions to his 19-year career. Fittingly, this gathering, which began 2½ hours before first pitch, took place in a part of the stadium dedicated Robinson. After Rivera retires, no other major-leaguer will wear Robinson’s uniform number. Like Robinson, Rivera has been celebrated for his humility. Thriving during baseball’s Steroid Era, Rivera said, "I’ve tried to play the game right."
These Mets fans greeted Rivera as a revered nemesis. They admired Rivera’s approach to the game, his steady dominance — Rivera has converted 22 of 24 save chances against the Yankees’ crosstown rival — and his humility.
"He’s a class act," said Gloria Feit, a 27-year Mets season ticket holder in Section 12 from Long Beach, N.Y. "He came to thank us, so I wanted to thank him from all of us Mets fans."
Rivera sat with his elbows rested on his thighs, his shoulders slightly hunched and his eyes set forward. Usually, these fans see Rivera on the television, his gaze calmly focused on the batter’s box. Today, it was focused on them, as he listened intently.
As one fan put it, "It’s not every day you get to spend time with a legend."
It's not every day you get to spend time with a legend."
A chapter of Rivera’s storybook career could be reserved for the Mets. On July 8, 2000, Rivera saved both games during a Subway Series doubleheader, one at Shea Stadium, the other at Yankee Stadium. Rivera earned his 500th save against the Mets, here on June 28, 2009.
A Mets employee asked Rivera about the most significant out he ever recorded against the Mets, the one that clinched the 2000 World Series.
With the Yankees leading 4-2, Mike Piazza entered the right-handed batter’s box at Shea Stadium with a runner on base and two out. Rivera spun a cutter that swung to the outer portion of the plate. Piazza lifted it deep to center, as Mets fans gasped.
Did you think that ball had a chance to leave the park, Rivera was asked. "No," he responded. "It missed the sweet spot of the bat." And the Yankees celebrated their 26th World Series title.
Another fan tossed the pitcher a baseball, and everyone leaned forward to watch Rivera wrap his right middle and index fingers around the seams, demonstrating his swerving signature pitch, the one that conquered Piazza, as well as so many others.
The conversation shifted to Rivera’s ability to remain so focused, so consistently successful — admirable traits, even if you’re not a ballplayer.
"Without my faith in God, I would not be here," Rivera said.
"That and that cutter," someone added, and the group all laughed.
Watch the heartwarming capture of Tim Duncan’s introduction to his two working arms (Video)
Tim Duncan, despite his 37 years of age, has been rather beastly in the 2013 NBA playoffs. He’s up to averages of 18 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.3 combined blocks/steals and 2.2 steals in only 34 slowed-down minutes a contest over the postseason. His defense has been stellar. His leadership has been on point, as usual. And he has his San Antonio Spurs, entering Monday night’s Game 4 contest against the Memphis Grizzlies, a win away from their first NBA Finals since 2007.
Scariest of all? He’s now realized what most of us have known for years. Tim Duncan, sentient human being and future Basketball Hall of Famer, has arms. Two of them, in fact. Watch his discovery, from Saturday night’s Game 3 win:
We’re doomed. Next thing you know, Tim is going to discover swords or fast Japanese cars or the drop-step or even a banked-in jump shot.
Rafael Nadal Beats Daniel Brands, Successfully Begins Bid For 8th French Open Title
PARIS -- Rafael Nadal hopped, spun and threw an overhand punch toward his friends and family, stirring memories of past celebrations on his favorite stage.
After more than 90 minutes of tense tennis, Nadal had finally won a set, leaving him only 20 sets from another French Open championship.
The Spaniard survived an early scare Monday and successfully began his bid for an eighth title at Roland Garros by rallying past Daniel Brands of Germany, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-3.
Nadal, who had lost only 14 sets in 53 previous matches at the French Open, fell behind when he was broken in the ninth game and was on the verge of digging a deeper hole in the red clay. He trailed 3-0 in the tiebreaker, then summoned his best shot-making to salvage the set and soon was in control against the dangerous Brands.
"He was playing unbelievable," Nadal said. "I tried to find my game and resist. He played a fantastic match and put me in a tricky situation."
Nadal, who won a record seventh French Open title last year, improved to 53-1 at Roland Garros. Since returning in February after a seven-month layoff because of a left knee injury, he's 37-2, reaching the finals at all eight previous tournaments he played this year and winning six.
The 6-foot-5 Brands, ranked 59th, gained a foothold in the match with his big forehand and serves of up to 134 mph, while Nadal's feared groundstrokes lacked their normal depth and force at the outset.
The capacity crowd on center court sensed a possible upset and began rooting for Brands. But he gave Nadal an opening in the tiebreaker, blowing an easy backhand approach to make it 3-all.
From there the match quickly turned. On set point Nadal stretched to crack a backhand return into the corner for a winner, sparking his first celebration of the day.
He was off to the races. Nadal earned his first service break of the match in the third set and held the rest of the way, serving better once he took the lead.
Seeded third but a heavy favorite, Nadal won his 16th consecutive match, and he improved to 34-0 in the first round at Grand Slams. He's trying to become the first man to win eight titles at the same major event.
No. 6 Li Na, the 2011 women's champion, began her bid for another title by beating nemesis Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 6-4. Li came into the match 0-3 on clay against Medina Garrigues but raced to a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes and broke serve six times.
No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska defeated Shahar Peer 6-1, 6-1. Radwanska, last year's Wimbledon runner-up, played for the first time since withdrawing before last week's Brussels tournament with a recurrence of the right shoulder injury that has bothered her the past couple of years.
"I decided to have a week of rest and just practice," she said. "I think it was a good move."
She'll next play American Mallory Burdette, who won in her Roland Garros debut Sunday. Radwanska was asked what she knew about her second-round opponent.
"To be honest, not much. Nothing at all, actually," she said with a smile. "I might Google her."
U.S. women went 3-0 to start the day. Vania King defeated Alexandra Cadantu 7-6 (3), 6-1, and No. 29 Varvara Lepchenko beat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-1, 6-2.
Former top-ranked player Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark ended a five-match losing streak by defeating Laura Robson 6-3, 6-2.
Nick Kyrgios of Australia, at 18 the youngest player in the men's draw, made a successful Grand Slam debut by beating 34-year-old Radek Stepanek 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8), 7-6 (11). Kyrgios won despite breaking serve only once.
"When you're good in juniors, it doesn't mean automatically you're going to be good in the men's tennis," Stepanek said. "He has some talent. He's serving big. He definitely has a chance."
No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Aljaz Bedene 6-2, 6-2, 6-3. No. 10 Marin Cilic drubbed Philipp Petzschner 6-1, 6-2, 6-3.
Robbie Rogers debuts with LA Galaxy, making him first openly gay male athlete to play in US pro league
Rogers received loud cheers from the crowd as he ran onto the pitch. Fans chanted his last name. Before the game, Rogers was the focus of six photographers after he and the other subs sat on the bench.
CARSON, Calif. — Robbie Rogers is back where he feels he belongs and is most comfortable. On a soccer field playing the game he's loved since he was a boy. Now that he has revealed the long kept secret that he is gay, he's ready to move on and put the focus on resuming his career.
Rogers made history on Sunday night when he became the first openly gay male athlete to play in a U.S. professional league, making his Major League Soccer debut with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
"I guess this is a historic thing, but for me it was just a soccer game," he said.
The team made it easy on the 26-year-old midfielder by building a 4-0 lead over the Seattle Sounders by the time he entered as a substitute in the 77th minute.
"No pressure at all coming in," Rogers said. "I got to totally enjoy myself and take it all in."
He received loud cheers from the crowd of 24,811 as he ran onto the pitch, with fans chanting his last name. Rogers' family, including his grandparents, and friends were in the stands.
He ran by teammate Landon Donovan, who slapped his hand and patted him on the back as he took his position.
"Because of the nature of the way sports has been for so many years — the macho culture that's been embraced by everybody — it's of interest to everybody," Donovan said. "Now, hopefully, the hype about it is over and he can get back to being a soccer player, which is what he wants to do."
Rogers had five touches, one tackle and three completed passes in the game's final 13 minutes. He hadn't played professionally since last year. He spent the last two seasons in England.
Rogers retired from the sport in February, when he revealed in a post on his blog that he is gay. He has been training with the Galaxy since April at the invitation of coach Bruce Arena.
"I'm back here kind of where I'm supposed to be," he said, nattily attired in a blue suit with a white shirt buttoned to the neck and gold tie bar befitting his interest in fashion.
"It's crazy to me to think I stepped away from this game at 25," he said. "I'll sit in my bed tonight and thank God gave me the courage to do this and come back."
Rogers' signing on Saturday was so recent that he wasn't listed in the game day program, which featured a picture of Mike Magee in the centerfold. Magee, the Galaxy's leading scorer and a fan favorite, was traded to his hometown Chicago Fire, which held Rogers' MLS rights.
"In a lot of ways the easy part is over," Arena said. "Now the difficult part remains, which is getting him positioned to play. Our expectations for Robbie are not anything big in the near future. Hopefully, he'll get back to the way we think he can be."
Matt Hardy Talks Possible Return To WWE Or TNA, ROH Future, OMEGA This Sat., SCUM Vs. Aces & 8's
By Raj Giri | May 23, 2013 | Comments (40)
I recently spoke with Matt Hardy. In the second and final part of the interview below, Hardy discussed returning to ROH, if it would have been better to sign with TNA now than when he did, WWE adding him to their Alumni section and if he knew it would happen, his future with ROH and much more..
Click here for part one of the Matt Hardy interview, where Hardy discussed his life since rehab, how he feels physically, the return of OMEGA, WCW ripping of his name, signing with WWE during the Attitude Era and much more.
OMEGA's "Support the Sport" event takes place this Saturday, May 25th at East Wake High School in Wendell, NC. Hardy will team up with "Hurricane" Shane Helms to battle CW Anderson and Steve Corino. Davey Richards & Kyle O'Reilly are also scheduled to appear, you can get more details about the event at this link. You can also follow Matt on Twitter @MATTHARDYBRAND, and you can purchase Hardy related merchandise at shopmatthardy.com.
How his ROH deal came about: "It came about, originally I did the Shane Shamrock Cup at Maryland Championship Wrestling. Been good friends with Dan McDevitt, the guy who runs that promotion, we did indies for him before we ever got a break with WWE. While we were there that day, it just happened to be the Shane Shamrock Cup that Adam Cole was going to win. Hunter Johnston, Delirious, was there that day and I really got to interact and speak with him. I can't even remember if I met him previously in the past but I spoke to him briefly, then Cornette, I talked to him later after that. We threw around a couple ideas. I was extremely busy at that time as well. I couldn't really start on a full TV and iPPV schedule with them until December.
"I had a day, there was a cancellation, I went and did the shot in September and then in December I started my storyline arc with them that was kind of going to go from December to Wrestlemania originally with Adam Cole, which has been a blast. It's one of the funnest things I've done in my career and maybe now I just enjoy stuff a little more than I did before. I really love this. Adam Cole, can't say enough about him. He's 22, maybe he's 23 now. He's so far ahead of the curve as far as an athlete and his mentality and his promos, the way he carries himself and it's been a lot of fun to work with him. And I see a couple things I can give here, maybe fundamentally. I definitely can't make these guys better athletes or more exciting than they are, because they're great. They're young, they're healthy and they're driven and I know just what their passion is about. It's been a blast working with Ring of Honor, especially being a heel, the particular way I've been a heel, because I don't really have to be a fake, phony heel. I just get to be me and they dislike me because I'm me. That makes my job easy, but it also makes it very fun."
How long he'll be with ROH:"I'm going to be at a couple of their live events coming up. I'm going to be in a pretty important deal in the Best In The World pay per view. I'm at the TV after that. And then we're negotiating dates going forward but I think I'm going to be around for a little bit. I think it's kind of worked out for everyone.
"Fortunately, like I said, we came into wrestling at a very ideal time with the Attitude Era and there's a lot of Matt Hardy and Hardy Boyz fans out there that will tune into Ring of Honor to see me even though the Ring of Honor diehard fan base definitely want to boo me and they have their issues with me, whatever they may be. I think it's kind of worked out for everyone. For me, it's been a fun form to go out there and perform and do my thing again. With them I think it helps them because it kind of puts some new eyeballs on their product as well."
What are some of the differences in ROH since his last run in 2005: "It's obviously different management. A little bit of a different mind set. I really think now, with the Sinclair broadcasting people running it and Hunter Johnston, Kevin Kelly, they are both very important power brokers behind the scenes, I just think there's a very good mentality of trying to stay loyal to the Ring of Honor brand, also trying to expand out as a TV show and as an entertainment company as well. I think that's important because when it's all said and done, wrestling is of course, story telling and there is going to be an entertainment aspect to it.
"I think Ring of Honor can always stay true to the Ring of Honor brand and stay true to the, the most important thing is the in-ring product. That's what comes first. But I do think that you have to have some entertainment mixed in there with it. You have to have characters developed and you have to have stories. I think that the biggest difference now with Ring of Honor, compared to back then, would be that there is more of a focus and more of a realization that that entertainment needs to be there. Before when I was there in 2005, that's when Gabe ran the promotion, and I almost think Ring of Honor was focused on just being an in ring product and really trying to make those fans happy, the die hard fans, as opposed to growing their circle of fans larger. Now I think Dragon Gate USA or Evolve is more of a product then Ring of Honor was in 2005 when I worked there as opposed to Ring of Honor now, if that makes sense."
How does SCUM compare to Aces & Eights: "In some ways I would say it's similar to Aces & Eights, a little bit. But Steve Corino, who I think has been masterful at doing what he's doing now, I'm a big fan of his work. Especially pulling out, as far as being the bad guy on the show, pulling out the things the Ring of Honor fans come up with that are hypocritical. As far as saying oh, you were upset because BJ Whitmer didn't hit me with an unprotected chair shot from behind, or you want him to hit Rhett Titus with an unprotected chair shot yet you're the wrestling fans that claim you care about the wrestler. You know, he's very good at taking and getting on that pulse, as far as being a bad guy who can pull out the points that are hypocritical from the fans, which gives them a lot of legitimacy.
"For me, that's what's fun to do in this gig as well. I think SCUM has a point. Steve said, because Jim Cornette came in and Ring of Honor went away and got away from what it used to be, now maybe it is focusing on being more of an entertainment company or whatever, that they want to destroy the Ring of Honor. At least there is an agenda there. So there is a story to follow that's a little easier. With the Aces & Eights, I think, I guess they want to take over TNA. I don't know if they want to destroy it, or whatever. So, I'm real big on making the story telling be as real as it could possibly be and as sophisticated as it could be possibly be and I'll be honest. In my mind, I'm not a mega fan of the groups and the alliances, especially like that. I'm really a big fan of making the story telling as believable as possible so that every casual fan can follow it and it totally makes sense because I think wrestling, from a story telling standpoint."
f he feels that it would be a better time to sign with TNA now, as opposed to when he did: "I do agree with that [that he signed at the wrong time]. I needed time off. I needed to live life. I needed to heal. I need to get away from the wrestling bubble. I needed to not let wrestling define me and not let the wrestling business become me, which I did.
"As far as now, what I'd be interested in if something did come along, with ROH now I'm under contract. It's a very nice working agreement. It's been wonderful. I can't say enough good things about Ring of Honor right now. If something came along with TNA or WWE where it could be some sort of part time gig where I thought I would be healthy and happy, and with saying that, I'm not some sort of star like Stone Cold or Shawn Michaels or Undertaker that can command a schedule like that, I just know I need to be realistic with myself. I've been very blessed. I've made a lot of money in the business. I'm financially secure and set for life. I do this because I love it. If something worked out where it would help both sides, I would definitely be open to it. But I'm not just going to put myself through a strenuous effort because I've done that and I'm past that. At this age now, I know what my limits are and I want to make sure that first and foremost, Matt Hardy the person is happy and healthy."
His thoughts on WWE adding him to their Alumni section: "It was a little bit of a surprise when it happened. I knew it was kind of in the works to happen. It's one of those things, looking back in hindsight, even though I was very frustrated and needed time off, I probably should have been very vocal about needing time off, more vocal than I would have been.
"Leaving WWE probably was a mistake. In hindsight, if I could have worked something out where I could have had time off or done whatever because WWE still is, it is the greatest entertainment company in the world. As time has went on I think they've made some great changes and are really a lot more focused on the health and the well-being of their employees and that's great because it's something that wrestlers really need to do. That's kind of what they said they wanted to do years ago and they've truly got there now, I think. It doesn't happen overnight, but I think in time it continues to get better.
"It's one of those things. I made a lot of dumb decisions and I made a lot of people upset when I left there, but I can tell over time, time heals everything. A lot of those wounds are starting to close and relationships are getting better. So, I kind of knew it was happening and it was really cool when it did and I was very honored because when it's all said and done, the WWE was, is, my home. That's where I truly made a name for myself and Jeff as well. I will always be appreciative of everything they've done for me."
How would he compare WWE, TNA and ROH: "That's a tricky question. The strength of the WWE, first and foremost, is that it's so entrenched everywhere, across the globe. Their TV is so powerful. Even still today, I haven't been on WWE TV since 2010 and still everywhere I go, everyday, virtually, I'm recognized somewhere and they recognize me from WWE TV, first and foremost. The power of their branding is just unbelievable. They're really great at doing big events. I think they're doing a lot of things, as the company continues to evolve, as far as taking better care of the guys. That's one thing that's really hard with wrestling because when you're storytelling and you have certain characters, like Dolph Ziggler for instance, who I just read about had a serious concussion recently, it's hard when you kind of have something planned out for this guy for months in advance and all of a sudden you have to pull him out of there and take him off the show. A lot of times in the wrestling business it's one of those things where people would say suck it up and go and the guy continues to push through. He might get through okay or it could really jeopardize his health later on in life. But now, I mean even WWE made the conscious decision to pull him out of that match, make sure he had mandatory time off and I do respect that. It's one of those things, if they really want people to be healthy and they want people to be very aware of what their lifestyle is as a wrestler and be extremely healthy across the board, then they have to do their part as well. And I really think that by doing this thing with Dolph Ziggler, I know Christian's been out for a long while because he's been injured. I think they're doing their part in a lot better of a way now than they have in the past. more interview here
TYFYT ONTD ! Also tardy to the party but Happy Memorial Day !!
Once a network has a hit on their hands, they usually refuse to let the show die. Instead, they’ll prolong the show way past its expiration date. A show like that could continue airing until people finally get sick of it and forget that there was a time when they actually enjoyed it. Other times, a show loses its creative fuel for whatever reason and the writing plummets regardless of how long it’s been on the air. Due to some of the reasons discussed above, these are six shows that we gave up on:
Glee (2009 – Present)
Glee started falling apart towards the end of the first season when continuity and character development was thrown out the window. Most of us stuck around for at least the third season, before most of the characters graduated and left to pursue college and/or musical-related careers. Glee was a pretty cheesy show (given the premise, it was always going to be), but then it became weirdly preachy (I say weirdly because they continue to be offensive towards women, people of color, people with disabilities, etc.). At the same time, songs lost their context and stopped making sense in relation to storylines and character development. With each “Gaga Week” and “Britney Week”, episodes started becoming more about selling music on iTunes than telling a story. With the recent school shooting episode of Glee – entitled “Shooting Star” of all things - the cheapness of it all has become even more apparent.
The Office (2005 – 2013)
The Office ended this year on its 9th season. This show went on for so long that we were around to witness Jim and Pam’s marital problems… That should tell you something. Writers B.J. Novak and Mindy Kaling left the show after The Office‘s 8th season – as did Ed Helms and John Krasinski, who were only around for the last season on a recurring basis. Really, though, this show should have ended when Steve Carell made his departure in season 7 with the emotional “Goodbye, Michael” episode. It would have been a fitting end to the series, since the character of Michael Scott was so integral to the show. It’s also been argued that The Office should have ended even before that. The show lost most of its steam through the course of its nine-year run. On the bright side, this show has given us some of the best and most iconic episodes, running gags, characters, and relationships on television ever.
Once Upon A Time (2011 – Present)
Once Upon A Time was never particularly good, but it had a lot of potential – an interesting premise and creative license on classic fairy tales so that the writers could add their own original twist. Unfortunately, neither of those things panned out as the series continued. To be fair, some of their twists have been really good – Little Red Riding Hood, for example, is The Wolf in her own story. Others have relied too much on The Evil Queen or Rumpelstilskin driving the action, as if other villains do not exist in the world of Once Upon A Time. What this show is plagued by the most, I would argue, is too many fuckin’ characters that the writers have no idea what to do with. Season 2 alone we’ve been introduced to Aurora, Mulan, Prince Phillip, Cora, Hook, Tamara, Robin Hood… I could go on, and that’s not even accounting for the characters that were introduced in Season 1.
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Join Y&R for a special tribute to Jeanne Cooper. Family and cast members get together to celebrate the life of an incredible, legendary woman on The Young and the Restless Tribute to Jeanne Cooper airing Tuesday.
5/27, Phyllis and Nick unite in order to help Summer, while tensions rise between Adam and Victoria.
5/28, Cast members, family and friends gather for a special tribute episode celebrating the life of Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor).
5/29, Avery questions what's troubling Nick, while Devon picks up on the connection between Tyler and Lily
5/30, Carmine manipulates Fen, while Lauren and Traci address important issues from their past.
5/31, Sharon witnesses an important moment between Nick and Phyllis, while Michael considers a significant offer from Lauren.
5/27, Bill's threats of blackmail force Maya to make a choice about Rick; unaware of Brooke's proposition to Eric, Taylor mistakenly feels she has nothing to fear.
5/28, Bill issues Liam a warning about the fate that comes along with being a Spencer; Hope and Steffy come face-to-face for the first time since Steffy's heartbreak.
5/29, Donna assists Brooke in implementing her plan with Eric; Steffy puts Hope in her place regarding Liam and his marriage.
5/30, Bill is shocked that Donna knows his secret; Brooke tries to lure Eric into assisting her with her cover-up.
5/31, Carter wants to catch Maya's attention; Brooke and Bill try to fight off their mutual attraction.
Marlena finds evidence of Kristen's deception; Gabi worries when she can't find her baby.
Brady puts Kristen in the hot seat; Maggie tries to convince Nick to reveal the truth to Gabi.
Brady faces a tough choice; Nick comes clean to Gabi.
Friday ("Comforting Brady")
Kristen's loved ones try to cheer her up; Nicole gives Brady a shoulder to cry on.
Epiphany leads a tour for the new interns.
The town receives visitors from the past.
5/28 Morgan gives in to temptation.
Luke and Tracy discuss their friendship.
AJ and Monica talk about the meaning behind a mysterious text message.
5/29 Lulu recalls the pain of Stavros.
Tracy rushes Luke to the hospital.
Everyone gathered at the Haunted Star is shocked to find out who their host is.
5/30 Luke gets some test results.
Alexis gives her nephew a piece of her mind.
Lulu shares her thoughts and a memoy with Dante.
5/31 Milo is thrilled to learn that Lulu's memory has returned.
Michael and Kiki share a tender moment
Monday, May 27 - David has developed a new medical device, but will he be able to convince Joe to put him back on the staff at Pine Valley Hospital? While working together, Zach and Lea unlock a secret password to a website that shows the hell Cassandra has been going through since being abducted by sex traffickers. Uri learns some disturbing information about Cassandra and decides that she has to go, but it’s not exactly what Cassandra has in mind. Will she ever find her way home? Will Miranda finally learn the truth about her father?
Wednesday, May 29 - Opal gets a surprise visitor, but she’s not thrilled to see who is on her doorstep. While in New York with Pete, Celia’s visions grow more intense. Just as Pete tries to uncover what is wrong, his attention is swayed to a televised press conference that could change Cortlandt Electronics forever. After feeling like an outsider with classmates at Jane’s Addiction, Miranda finds comfort in a new friend. Jesse, Zach and Lea chase a lead they have in finding Cassandra. But is it too late?
Tuesday, May 28 - Natalie seeks advice from her parents on how to deal with the phone call. Blair asks Tea for a favor. Bo and Nora get a surprise visit from an old friend. Guest starring Snoop Lion.
Thursday, May 30 - Trouble arises at Buchanan Family poker night. Matthew and Dani clash over Matthew’s new friend. Cutter scrambles when disaster strikes Shelter again, but is it really an accident this time? Guest starring Snoop Lion.
Nicole Kidman looks stunning as she arrives on the red carpet at the premiere of Zulu during the 2013 Cannes Film Festival closing ceremonies held at the Palais des Festivals on Sunday (May 26) in Cannes, France.
The 45-year-old Australian actress was joined by Ziyi Zhang and fellow Cannes jury member Steven Spielberg.
Nicole is wearing Armani and Harry Winston jewelry.