The “Bridesmaids” star appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Oct. 31 to discuss her new film, “Isn’t It Romantic.” She claimed that she was the “first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy.” In a tweet that has since received 16,000 likes, a Twitter user corrected her, referencing both Queen Latifah and Mo’Nique. Queen Latifah starred in 2006’s “The Last Holiday” and 2010’s “Just Wright,” while the Mo’Nique vehicle, “Phat Girlz,“ came out in 2006.
I love @RebelWilson as much as the next girl, but she isn’t the first plus sized woman to play the lead in a romantic comedy. Queen Latifah and Mo
But the album was released during a critical shift in country jump-started by the record-breaking success of Florida Georgia Line and Nelly’s “Cruise,” which hit radio just a few weeks before Annie Up. In the ensuing five years, mainstream country has mostly embraced the template that “Cruise” offered: male voices singing about partying and women over slick, pop-savvy production.
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Clint Walker, the towering, rugged-looking leading man who specialized in playing gentle giants, has passed away at age 90. Walker had a diverse career including serving as a deputy sheriff providing security to the Sands casino in Las Vegas prior to entering show business. His first big break came during the craze for western TV series in the 1950s when he was cast in the title role of "Cheyenne", the first network series produced by Warner Brothers. The show proved to be a major hit, with Walker playing a solitary loner who came to the rescue of those being menaced by various villains. The show ran from 1955 to 1962. Walker had less success on the big screen, though he did land top billing in modest productions such as "Gold of the Seven Saints" which teamed him with Roger Moore, the India-based "Maya" and "Night of the Grizzly", a 1966 western adventure.
For seven seasons from 1955-61, he played Cheyenne Bodie, a rambunctious wanderer in the post-Civil War West, on the ABC series “Cheyenne.” (He also guested as the character on “Maverick.”)
The actor’s seriocomic confrontation with star Lee Marvin was one of the highlights of the classic 1967 war picture “The Dirty Dozen.”
After “Cheyenne” ended, Walker made some guest appearances on TV — “77 Sunset Strip,” “Kraft Suspense Theatre” and “The Lucy Show,” in an episode called “Lucy and Clint Walker.”
But the actor became more interested in movies both theatrical and for TV. In 1964, he had a supporting role in the Doris Day-Rock Hudson comedy “Send Me No Flowers.” His acting was not distinguished,
Walker was best known for playing Cheyenne Bodie, the strapping, brooding, mean title drifter in the 1955-63 ABC Western Cheyenne. Roaming from town to town and job to job in the post-Civil War West. The series did a slow build, breaking into the year-end Primetime Top 25 at No. 12 in its third season, where it peaked amid the crush of Western fare.
Around then, a contract beef with producer Warner Bros led Walker to quit the show. The studio replaced him with an unknown actor — Ty Hardin, who would go on to star in Bronco — but Walker returned in early 1959 and finished out the series’ seven-season run.
A Winnipeg native, Rhodes began his acting career in the mid-1950s, and appeared in guest roles on such classic television series as Maverick, Cheyenne, Wagon Train, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Wild Wild West and Mission: Impossible. He went on to land starring roles on Soap and on the Canadian family-adventure series Danger Bay and the drama Da Vinci’s Inquest.
The first trailer has been released for Kickboxer: Retaliation, which is a sequel to Kickboxer: Vengeance. If you enjoy these kinds of low-budget action films, this one actually looks like it might be worth checking out. If you don't enjoy these kinds of movies, then it's probably not going to look very good to you. It features Mike Tyson and Jean-Claude Van Damme training a fighter, who is forced to battle a 6'8" 400 lbs monster. Here's the synopsis:
One year after the events of Kickboxer: Vengeance, Kurt Sloan has vowed never to return to Thailand. However, while gearing up for a Mma title shot, he finds himself sedated and forced back into Thailand, this time in prison. He is there because the ones responsible want him to face a 6'8" 400 lbs. beast named Mongkut and in return for the fight,
Los Angeles (AP) -- George Kennedy, the hulking, tough-guy character actor who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a savage chain-gang convict in the 1960s classic "Cool Hand Luke," has died.
His grandson Cory Schenkel says Kennedy died on Sunday morning of old age in Boise, Idaho. He was 91.
He had undergone emergency triple bypass surgery in 2002. That same year, he and his late wife moved to Idaho to be closer to their daughter and her family, though he still was involved in occasional film projects.
His biggest acting achievement came in "Cool Hand Luke," a 1967 film about a rebellious war hero played by Paul Newman who is bent on bucking the system as a prisoner on a Southern chain gang. Its theme of rebelling against authority and the establishment helped make it one of the most important films of the tumultuous 1960s.
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Not-so-bold prediction: "Spotlight" will win Best Picture at the Oscars this Sunday. Maybe. Maybe not. The story of the Boston Globe reporters who exposed widespread child abuse by Catholic priests is a frontrunner to win the top honor. Whether it does win or not, it's out on Blu-ray and DVD on February 23. The discs include "Uncovering the Truth: A Spotlight Team Roundtable," with the real-life Spotlight team reuniting 14 years later for a roundtable discussion about the challenges they faced, and how the shocking story continues to impact the world. You can also watch the bonus featurettes "Spotlight: A Look Inside" and "The State of Journalism."
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Long-time Grass Valley, California resident (Norman Eugene) Clint Walker starred in the iconic television western Cheyenne from 1955-1963. This was the golden era of TV westerns, with dozens of similar shows airing around the same time.
Like their big screen counterparts, TV cowboys were usually handsome, brave, resourceful and of course good with a gun. However, there was something a bit different about the Cheyenne Bodie character as Walker portrayed him. He fit the genre all right. A big, handsome man built like an oak tree (6’6”, 48-inch chest, 32-inch waist), he rode easy in the saddle and looked better than almost anybody in a Stetson and boots. Men who doubted his resolve always ended up regretting it. Ladies looked his way. Still, despite never violating the conventions of the formula, Walker somehow managed to make the sum of his character add up to more than its parts.
Born James Bumgarner in Norman, Oklahoma, James Garner became a merchant seaman before moving to Los Angeles to work at his father's carpeting business, before serving in the Korean War, where he earned the Purple Heart before his discharge in 1952. After studying business administration at the University of Oklahoma for a semester, he returned to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.
After landing small roles in the TV series Cheyenne, James Garner landed a contract at Warner Bros. at $200 a week, where he had a number of supporting roles before his breakout performance in Sayonara alongside Marlon Brando. That lead to his first starring role in Darby's Rangers after Charlton Heston walked off of the production.
Oscar-nominated actor James Garner has passed away at the age of 86.
Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western “Maverick” led to a stellar career in TV and films such as “The Rockford Files” and his Oscar-nominated “Murphy’s Romance,” was found dead of natural causes at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles Saturday evening, Los Angeles police officer Alonzo Iniquez said early Sunday.
Police responded to a call around 8 p.m. Pdt and confirmed Garner’s identity from family members, Iniquez told The Associated Press.
There was no immediate word on a more specific cause of death. Garner had suffered a stroke in May 2008, just weeks after his 80th birthday.
Although he was adept at drama and action, Garner was best known for his low-key, wisecracking style, especially with his hit TV series, “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files.
Although starring in many films over the last seven decades, he’s undoubtedly best known for the huge success and his part in the TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files, the latter of which he won an Emmy for in 1977.
His career initially kicked off in 1955 in La, after securing a few parts in the TV series Cheyenne Warner Bros signed him up and his upward trajectory began. We then saw him as a friend to Marlon Brando’s character in Sayonara, which in turn led to his first lead role in Darby’S Rangers – a part originally intended for Charlton Heston but he’d walked off the film.
The big role was yet to come though and in 1957, ABC launched the comedic Western and Bret Maverick was born and Garner was a perfect fit.
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