Week In Review
Mike Tyson Does Broadway, Reading Rainbow Gets Digitized
Biography.com's "Week in Review" highlights interesting people who've made the news this past week—thanks to their endeavors, big ideas, triumphs, importance in history, or magnanimous gaffes. While there were many people to choose from this week, here are our top picks that made us either raise an eyebrow, roll our eyes, shed a tear, or just gave us a good chuckle.
Heavyweight Theatrics: Mike Tyson Does Broadway
There are many things we associate with Mike Tyson: heavyweight boxing champion, lispy gentle voice, accused rapist, Robin Givens' wifebeater, Evander Holyfield ear eater, coke addict, cameo man in The Hangover flicks, and pigeon racer, among others. But now the tribal-tatted celeb is venturing into the world of...Broadway. Easy guess, right?
Just don't expect any jazz hands or singing. Teaming up with director Spike Lee, Tyson has announced he'll be bringing his one-man show, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, for a six-night stint at the Longacre Theatre, reports espn.com. (In April, the former boxer performed his show at the MGM Grand in Vegas for a week.)
"I'm very vulnerable and I'm just telling you who I am and where I'm from and how this happened," Tyson said of his show, which is an unadulterated confessional about his ups and downs both professionally and personally.
If it's a hit, Charlie Sheen should take notes.
Senile Giving? Copper Heiress' Lavish Gifts to Staffers Look Suspect
It's another questionable case of a super old, super rich heiress giving away millions of dollars worth of gifts and property to her staff, family members, or dogs, in some cases.
This time the spotlight is on copper heiress Huguette Clark, who died last May at the age of 104. The court-appointed official who's overseeing her $400 million dollar estate is looking to retrieve $37 million of it back from her staff and various organizations.
So what were some of the suspect gift-giving from the possibly mentally unstable Clark?
How about the $28 million she gave to her nurse, including three apartments in Manhattan, two additional properties, and a million-dollar violin? There's also the case of the $6 million French painting she furnished to a hospital, the $3 million in presents she bequeathed her doctor, and the substantial salary she gave her night nurse, along with provisions that paid for her children's schooling and two Manhattan apartments.
The courts will have to decide whether the reclusive Clark was manipulated into giving away her millions or if she was just happy functioning as the Powerball Lotto for these lucky folks.
Source: Yahoo via AP
The Curry-ous Case of Getting Chopped: NBC’s Looking to Replace Ann Curry on 'Today'
Let's face it: Any Today observer knows Matt Lauer has never had chemistry with Ann Curry, whose effusive, ever-intense personality has, at times, been wince worthy—at least in the context of the morning show.
Now it's being said that NBC execs are looking to boot Curry off Today as co-host since its 16-year-ratings reign was suddenly broken recently by Good Morning America a couple times over.
But we don't think Curry's crying over the impending change.
“I'm at my core a hard-news reporter," she told the Daily Beast last fall. "I want more spinach and less sugar in this big meal we give viewers. Sometimes I feel personally our balance isn't quite right. I fight for stories that matter.”
'Reading Rainbow' APPlication, LeVar Burton Reversions the TV Show For the 21st Century
"Butterfly in the sky....I can go digitized!" In 2009 the 10-year-olds inside all of us sighed with sadness when Reading Rainbow took its final bow off our flatscreens after 26 years of literary exploration with buddy-host LeVar Burton.
But just like the show's message, Burton has expanded his imagination and found a new, modern way to restore Reading Rainbow: Make way for the RRKidz iPad app.
Even though there are some fancy schmancy additions to the app, like games, "video field trips," and virtual sticker awards, “books are the heart and soul” of the user experience, says
Geordi La Forge Burton.
Watch how the RRKidz app works:
Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em: Tween Ryan Gosling Roger Rabbits in Big Pants
Video has surfaced this week of an 11-year-old Ryan Gosling jamming out to C+C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"—in HAMMER pants—with his sis Mandi in 1991.
The next time you're intimidated by Gosling's good looks and quiet, mysterious disposition—just remember his jittery silky squirrel pants, and it should put his hunk factor into jovial perspective.
Check out Gosling in all his Roger-Rabbiting glory here:
Source: L.A. Times
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