NBC's new reality show 'S.T.R.O.N.G' seeks contestants

May 31, 2015
NBC is looking to cast another reality competition show. The show, STRONG, is going across the country in search of contestants who are ready to take on the challenge of becoming the strongest version of themselves AND certified trainers for the newest fitness-focused reality series, S.T.R.O.N.G.

They are heading to Los Angeles on Saturday, June 6 at Reebok CrossFit LAB, 8846 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood CA 90048 from 12pm - 5pm to look for the right 12 people to compete on the show.

From their website about the casting:

Interested candidates can apply as contestants who need to lose approx. 30 pounds and want to get strong OR as trainers who are certified, knowledgeable and experienced in transforming bodies.

The casting team is looking for people from all different walks of life with a range of different stories and reasons and who have not taken that next step in life, but are ready to stop making excuses and start making changes for a mind-blowing physical transformation.

Twelve contestants and 12 of the world's best fitness trainers will pair up, compete and train together in this physical and mental competition. One team will take home the LARGE CASH PRIZE, but all teams will have a transformational experience that will not only change their bodies and lives, but inspire America along the way.


For more information, visit: https://nbcstrongcasting.com/

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Hunter S. Thompson's 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' becomes a graphic novel

May 27, 2015

Legendary journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s celebrated work "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" will become a graphic novel produced by Top Shelf Productions. The book of the same name was adapted by artist Troy Little. 


"I'm so pleased that one of the first collaborative projects to come out of the Top Shelf / IDW relationship will be Troy Little's inspired take on a true classic of American literature," said Top Shelf Editor-In-Chief Chris Staros. "One of the most unforgettable writers turned loose in one of my favorite cities! We can't wait to show you what Troy's done with it."

The best seller, Fear and Loathing, subtitled “A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream,” follows Thompson analogue Raoul Duke on the mother of all Vegas benders, as he and his attorney Dr. Gonzo cover a motorcycle race, crash a drug-enforcement convention, and rack up obscenely large room-service bills, all while dosed to the gills on a truly spectacular assortment of mind-altering substances. The novel was also adapted into a movie by Johnny Depp. 

Troy Little’s faithful adaptation, scheduled for October 2015, will capture the full gonzo experience in a glorious full color graphic novel. Little is previously known for the Xeric-award-winning graphic novel Chiaroscuro and for his Eisner-nominated series "Angora Napkin," both from IDW Publishing. Now, his irrepressibly energetic cartooning brings a new level of manic energy to Thompson’s rocket-fueled narrative.

The graphic novel is set to be released this fall.  

Title: Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas(The Graphic Novel)
Author/Artist: Troy Little

Publisher: Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing

Distributor: Diamond Book Distributors

Release Date: October 2015
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Watch: David Letterman's Star studded final Top 10 List

May 21, 2015
David Letterman ended his more than 30 year career on television with a final Top 10 List that everyone is talking about. One by one Dave's famous friends came out in tribute to him to give the final Top 10 list of "The Late Show with David Letterman.


Julia Louis-Dreyfus had the most memorable one when she said, "Thanks for letting me take part in another hugely disappointing series finale."


The statement was a dig at the famous "Seinfeld" series finale which received criticism it's ending. Jerry Seinfeld, Loius-Dreyfus' co-star and "Seinfeld" creator was on hand and gave the best reaction.
The complete Top 10 list is below:




"Top 10 Things I’ve Always Wanted to Say to Dave"



10. Alec Baldwin: "Of all the talk shows, yours is most geographically convenient to my home."

9. Barbara Walters: "Did you know that you wear the same cologne as Muammar Qaddafi?"

8. Steve Martin: "Your extensive plastic surgery was a necessity and a mistake."

7. Jerry Seinfeld: "I have no idea what I’ll do when you go off the air … You know, I just thought of something. I’ll be fine."

6. Jim Carrey: "Honestly, Dave, I’ve always found you to be a bit of an over-actor."

5. Chris Rock: "I'm just glad your show is being given to another white guy."

4. Julia Louis-Dreyfus: "Thanks for letting me take part in another hugely disappointing series finale."

3. Peyton Manning: "You are to comedy what I am to comedy."

2. Tina Fey: "Thanks for finally proving men can be funny."

1. Bill Murray: "I’ll never have the money I owe you."
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'America's Funniest Home Videos' names Alfonso Ribeiro as host

May 20, 2015
Alfonso Ribeiro will be taking over the reign from longtime "America’s Funniest Home Videos" host Tom Bergeron  as he becomes the host of the show next season. 

The announcement was made during the season finale of "Dancing With The Stars" finale.  "America’s Funniest Home Videos" returns for Season 26 this fall.

“After receiving hundreds of inquiries, stacks of video submissions and a very close audition race, one smile, one funny and sincere delivery became our standout favorite — Alfonso Ribeiro,” said executive producer Vin Di Bona.

Ribeiro won "Dancing With The Stars" last season with his pro partner Witney Carson and was best known for his role as Carlton on "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air." 

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The Voice: Sawyer Fredericks named Season 8 winner




Sawyer Fredericks, pictured here with his celebrity coach Pharrell Williams, was crowned champion of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning musical competition series “The Voice” tonight, earning the grand prize of a recording contract and being named as the Voice for season eight.

Jamison, from Fultonville, N.Y., was a member of Team Pharrell. Follow him on Twitter at @SawyerFrdrx.
Check out the video for his new single "Please."

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BET Awards: complete nominees list

May 18, 2015
The BET Awards nominations were announced this week. Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj lead with an impressive six nominations. Chris Brownis nominated for ‘Best Male R&B/Pop Artist,’ two separate nods in the ‘Best Collaboration’ category, two nominations in the ‘Video of the Year’ category and the ‘Coca-Cola® Viewers’ Choice Award.’ Nicki Minaj is nominated ‘Best Collaboration,’ ‘Best Female Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ two nominations for ‘Coca-Cola® Viewers’ Choice Award’ and ‘Best Group’ as a member of Young Money. Beyoncé and Lil Wayne round it out with four nominations each. This year also marks a special milestone for the "BET Awards" as it celebrates its 15thanniversary live from the Nokia Theatre, Sunday, June 28, 2015.

The complete list of nominees for the "BET Awards" 2015 are:
BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST
BEYONCÉ
CIARA
JANELLE MONÁE
JHENÉ AIKO
K. MICHELLE
RIHANNA
BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST
AUGUST ALSINA
CHRIS BROWN
JOHN LEGEND
THE WEEKND
TREY SONGZ
USHER
BEST GROUP
A$AP MOB
JODECI
MIGOS
RAE SREMMURD
RICH GANG
YOUNG MONEY
BEST COLLABORATION
AUGUST ALSINA F/ NICKI MINAJ – NO LOVE (REMIX)
BIG SEAN F/ E-40 - IDFWU
CHRIS BROWN F/ LIL WAYNE & TYGA - LOYAL
CHRIS BROWN F/ USHER & RICK ROSS - NEW FLAME
COMMON & JOHN LEGEND - GLORY (FROM THE MOTION PICTURE "SELMA")
MARK RONSON F/ BRUNO MARS – UPTOWN FUNK
BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST
BIG SEAN
COMMON
DRAKE
J. COLE
KENDRICK LAMAR
WALE
BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST
AZEALIA BANKS
DEJ LOAF
IGGY AZALEA
NICKI MINAJ
TINK
TRINA
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
BEYONCÉ - 7/11
BIG SEAN F/ E-40 - IDFWU
CHRIS BROWN F/ LIL WAYNE & TYGA - LOYAL
CHRIS BROWN F/ USHER & RICK ROSS - NEW FLAME
COMMON & JOHN LEGEND - GLORY (FROM THE MOTION PICTURE "SELMA")
NICKI MINAJ - ANACONDA
VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
BENNY BOOM
BEYONCÉ, ED BURKE & TODD TOURSO
CHRIS ROBINSON
FATIMA ROBINSON
HYPE WILLIAMS
BEST NEW ARTIST
BOBBY SHMURDA
DEJ LOAF
FETTY WAP
RAE SREMMURD
SAM SMITH
TINASHE
BEST GOSPEL ARTIST
DEITRICK HADDON
ERICA CAMPBELL
FRED HAMMOND
LECRAE
MALI MUSIC
MICHELLE WILLIAMS
BEST ACTRESS
GABRIELLE UNION
KERRY WASHINGTON
TARAJI P. HENSON
TRACEE ELLIS ROSS
VIOLA DAVIS
BEST ACTOR
ANTHONY ANDERSON
IDRIS ELBA
JUSSIE SMOLLETT
KEVIN HART
TERRENCE HOWARD
YOUNGSTARS AWARD
JACOB LATIMORE
JADEN SMITH
MO'NE DAVIS
QUVENZHANÉ WALLIS
ZENDAYA
BEST MOVIE
ANNIE
BEYOND THE LIGHTS
SELMA
THINK LIKE A MAN TOO
TOP FIVE
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
BRITTNEY GRINER
CANDACE PARKER
SERENA WILLIAMS
SKYLAR DIGGINS
VENUS WILLIAMS
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
CHRIS PAUL
FLOYD MAYWEATHER, JR.
LEBRON JAMES
MARSHAWN LYNCH
STEPHEN CURRY
COCA-COLA VIEWERS’ CHOICE AWARD
BEYONCÉ – 7/11
DEJ LOAF – TRY ME
KENDRICK LAMAR – i
NICKI MINAJ F/ DRAKE, LIL WAYNE & CHRIS BROWN - ONLY
RAE SREMMURD F/ NICKI MINAJ & YOUNG THUG – THROW SUM MO
THE WEEKND – EARNED IT (FROM THE “FIFTY SHADES OF GREY” SOUNDTRACK)
CENTRIC AWARD
AVERY SUNSHINE – CALL MY NAME
JAZMINE SULLIVAN F/ MEEK MILL – DUMB
MARK RONSON F/ BRUNO MARS – UPTOWN FUNK
SAM SMITH F/ MARY J. BLIGE – STAY WITH ME
THE WEEKND - EARNED IT (FROM THE “FIFTY SHADES OF GREY” SOUNDTRACK)
BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT: AFRICA
AKA (SOUTH AFRICA)
FALLY IPUPA (DR CONGO)
SARKODIE (GHANA)
SAUTI SOL (KENYA)
STONEBWOY (GHANA)
THE SOIL (SOUTH AFRICA)
WIZKID (NIGERIA)
YEMI ALADE (NIGERIA)
BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT: UK
FKA TWIGS
FUSE ODG
LETHAL BIZZLE
LITTLE SIMZ
MNEK
STORMZY
The “BET Aw
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