Monthly Archives: November 2011
Once Upon A Time
This is one of my new favorite shows of the season.
In the show Once Upon A Time, Emma Swan, who was abandoned at birth, is contacted by Henry, the son she gave up for adoption years ago because he needs her help. Henry believes that Emma may actually be the missing daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, whom according to his fairytale book, sent her away to protect her from the Evil Queen’s curse. In Storybrooke, the magic has been forgotten, but these fairytale characters are alive and well under a curse and forced to live in this modern-day world and have no memory of their former lives.
Here is a trailer for the series that airs on ABC Sunday Nights at 8PM Est.
Heavy D, the self-proclaimed “overweight lover” of hip-hop who became one of rap’s top hit-makers with wit, humor and a positive vibe, has died. He was 44.
The last tweet from Heavy D posted Tuesday morning read, “BE INSPIRED!”
Dwight Arrington Myers, the rapper known as Heavy D of Heavy D and the Boyz, and his crew released their debut album “Living Large” in 1987. Their hits included “Now That We Found Love,” ”Who’s the Man” and “Somebody For Me.”
The New York-born rapper was one of the genre’s most integral stars in the last 1980s and early 1990s, as it relied on new voices and star power to fuel its phenomenal growth in the mainstream.
The deep-voiced rapper’s earliest hit, “The Overweight Lover’s in the House,” played up his hefty frame. But while that nickname would stick, his weight did not become part of his shtick, like the Fat Boys. What drew people to his music was his singular style, which celebrated an easygoing, party vibe — sometimes humorous, sometimes inspiring and almost always positive.
In the mid-1990s, Heavy D became president of Uptown Records, the label that released most of his albums and was also the home to acts like Mary J. Blige and Jodeci. He also created the theme songs for sketch comedy shows “In Living Color” and “MADtv” and acted on the TV shows “Boston Public” and “The Tracy Morgan Show,” as well as in the films “Life” and “Step Up.”
Combined with the fusion of the “New Jack Swing” musical style, Heavy D was a constant presence on the charts, and also a go-to figure for several performers. He collaborated with such artists as Michael Jackson on the 1991 single “Jam” and the 1997 duet “Keep It Coming” with B.B. King.
Heavy D also performed a medley of his past hits at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards last month.
RIP to the Overweight Lover in the House – Heavy D
Boxing legend Joe Frazier (32-4-1) passed away on Nov. 7, after a short battle with liver cancer. The former WBC/WBA heavyweight champion developed a name for himself around the world, thanks to his incredible knockout power and his entertaining battles with Muhammad Ali.
Frazier won a gold medal in the 1964 Olympics before turning pro in 1965. The first match between Frazier and Ali took place in 1971, with both boxers coming into the fight sporting undefeated records. “Smokin’ Joe” successfully defended his WBC and WBA heavyweight belt against Ali, handing the man who would go on to become the greatest in the history of the sport his first professional loss.
Joe Frazier successfully defended his WBC and WBA titles a few more times, before falling to George Foreman in 1973. He met up with Ali for the second time in 1974, and it was the GOAT that got the judges’ decision this time around.
Given the action packed nature of the first two fights between the two, a rubber match was clearly unavoidable. The two legends met in a packed Arena in the Philippines, and put up one of the greatest performances in the history of the sport. Unfortunately for Frazier, he wasn’t able to come out for the final round, due to problems with his vision handing Ali the win.
My Two Cents:
Frazier fought in what was perhaps the best boxing match ever, was one of the best heavyweight fighters in history, and taught people that determination is a more powerful concept than fate. Not only did the legendary heavyweights fear you, they also respected you.
Smokin Joe, thanks for the memories.
RIP Joe Frazier
Universal has unveiled the first official trailer on for Safe House, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds.
The movie is about a young CIA agent running a safe house who takes on a smart criminal, but must escort him out when the location comes under heavy attack.
The supporting cast includes Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard, Vera Farmiga, Robert Patrick, Fares Fares, Nora Arnezeder, Liam Cunningham and Joel Kinnaman.
This trailer looks really good.
It hits theaters February 12th, 2012
Here is the trailer:
Andy Rooney, television’s most celebrated curmudgeon, died Friday night, about one month after ending his 33-year run as the closing essayist on CBS’ top-rated newsmagazine “60 Minutes.”
He died in a New York City hospital of complications after minor surgery, according to a CBS statement released Saturday.
Rooney was 92. In a 2010 interview with USA TODAY, he was asked about retiring and shot back his own question: “Retire? From what? Life?”
Andy Rooney was an American radio and television writer. He was most notable for his weekly broadcast “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney”, a part of the CBS News program 60 Minutes from 1978 to 2011. His final regular appearance on 60 Minutes aired October 2, 2011
RIP Andy Rooney
One of my favorite podcasts to listen to every week is Marc Maron’s “WTF with Marc Maron”.
It is a twice-weekly podcast hosted by stand up comedian Marc Maron. The show launched in September 2009, and primarily consists of interviews with comedians and comedy writers, as well as others in the entertainment and radio communities.
He recently did a interview with Chris Rock about getting his start in comedy thanks to Eddie Murphy. He explains why he went from Saturday Night Live to In Living Color. And he reveals the one relationship in his life that had the biggest impact on helping him breaking through with his Bring The Pain stand-up special.
Here is a clip of Rock talking about his early days with Eddie Murphy.
You can listen to the rest of the Chris Rock interview and others here: