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Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 9:49 AM
— Rocky Balboa has come home.
The winning bidder turned out to be Stallone, Sports Collectors Daily reported.
The bronze statue, one of two replicas of the original used in the 1982 film, “Rocky III,” had been located at the San Diego Hall of Champions, which is now closed. It was created by sculptor A. Thomas Schomberg. The original stands near the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The statue was cast in bronze in 1980, and after filming for “Rocky III” ended, Stallone donated the statue to the city of Philadelphia.
There is an engraved gold plaque on the statue’s base that reads, in part: “Rocky Balboa, Created in 1980 for the Movie ’Rocky III’ by A. Thomas Schomberg Edition #2/3.”
A third copy of the Rocky statue was created by Schomberg in 2006 and remains at the Schomberg Studios in Evergreen, Colorado, Sports Collectors Daily reported.
Stallone shared an Instagram video that shows the statue being brought into his home, noting that Rocky would “rise again” and that, “He’s down, but not out.”
My goodness you NEVER know who's going to drop in during Christmas vacation!? Sadly, We have no Available bedrooms in the house so he'll probably have to get himself a hotel room.. A very Merry Christmas to one and all and always KEEP PUNCHING ! Ps (The original one is still in Philadelphia this was the back up statue that was made at the same time )
Stallone also shared an Instagram post on Christmas Day, posing with Arnold Schwarzenegger in front of the statue.
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 1:22 PM
TAMPA, Fla. — A Cirque du Soleil acrobat who fell during a Saturday performance in Tampa, Florida, died from his injuries, a hospital spokeswoman told WTSP on Sunday.
According to a video viewed by WTSP and The Tampa Bay Times, the aerial acrobat lost his grip on a ribbon strap during the company’s “Volta” show and fell 10 feet to the stage below.
A spokesman for Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group identified the performer as Yann Arnaud, a longtime aerialist, WFLA reported.
The show was stopped, and Arnaud was taken to Tampa General Hospital. He died from his injuries, spokeswoman Ellen Fiss told WTSP.
The two performances scheduled for Sunday were canceled, the company in charge of publicizing the show said in a statement.
"The entire Cirque du Soleil family is in shock and devastated by this tragedy. Yann had been with us for over 15 years and was loved by all who had the chance to know him," company CEO Daniel Lamarre said. "Over the coming days and weeks, our focus will be on supporting Yann’s family and our employees, especially the ‘Volta’ team, as we go through these difficult times together."
Arnuad’s death is the second performer fatality in Cirque du Soleil's history, WTSP reported. According to the BBC, Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, died during a 2013 show in Las Vegas when she fell 94 feet to the floor when a safety wire detached.
Published: Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 1:02 PM
— Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, met a special Girl Scout who used his song, “Redbone,” to sell cookies in a viral video on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Wednesday night.
Late-night host Stephen Colbert was so impressed with the video -- which has more than 4.5 million views -- that he invited Charity Joy, 6, and her father onto the show, where they got to meet Glover.
“I never was like, ‘I’ll make this, and then one day a little girl will sell Girl Scout cookies to it,’ Glover said. “It’s pretty great. A lot of people sent (the video) to me. I was really touched.”Before they got to meet, Colbert asked Glover for his thoughts on the video.
Charity Joy had to sell 113 more boxes of cookies to meet her goal, and Glover bought them all.
Colbert then brought out a basket full of Thin Mints -- Charity Joy’s favorite -- and helped the Girl Scout, her father and Glover hand out boxes to the audience.
Watch Charity Joy’s appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” at the 7:25 mark at the video below.
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 5:37 AM
NEW YORK — He's baaack!
"Saturday Night Live" alum Bill Hader returned to the comedy show as host this week – and, much to fans' delight, revived his beloved character, New York City correspondent Stefon.
Hader brought his character-breaking comedy to "Weekend Update," recommending some unusual St. Patrick's Day hot spots.
"New York's hottest club is Gooosh," Hader's Stefon said. "Inspired by true events, this former CVS, which became a Chase Bank then became a CVS again, has a troubling yet familiar feel, like when Larry King would play himself in a movie."
Another suggestion? "If you're Irish, or just white and violent, I have the St. Paddy's place for you. New York's hottest Irish club is 'Off to Church, Mother,'" he said, adding, "This place has everything: Peeps, TED Talks, Roman J. Israel, Esq., and be sure to hit the dance floor and do a jig with Ireland' s hottest Farrah-cauns — leprechauns that look like Farrah Fawcett."
John Mulaney, Stefon's co-creator, also joined Hader as Stefon's lawyer, Shy.
During the segment, fans flocked to Twitter to sing Stefon's praises. Scroll down to see what they were saying.
I actually screamed in my room when they introduced Stefon 😭💓 @nbcsnl— Rachel Hirsch (@richfroggy) March 18, 2018
STEFON!!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ BEST NIGHT EVER!!!!!!!! @nbcsnl— Danielle Bonet (@broadwaystar952) March 18, 2018
STEFON IS BACK @nbcsnl— ‘68 (@phoenixjoplin) March 18, 2018
Y'ALL REALLY BROUGHT STEFON BACK @nbcsnl— baby chili flake (@Endishu1) March 18, 2018
Live reaction of me when John Mulaney CAME ON TV DURING THE STEFON SEGMENT pic.twitter.com/GkMRm84wdm— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) March 18, 2018
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 3:20 AM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 3:20 AM
AUSTIN, Texas — Update, 2:14 a.m. CDT Sunday: Austin police have arrested a man in connection with a bomb threat that led to the cancellation of The Roots’ show Saturday at South by Southwest.
The city of Austin tweeted the following statement early Sunday:
Statement regarding the Bud Light Fair Market event attached. pic.twitter.com/LWsd8sgaYT— Austin Texas (@austintexasgov) March 18, 2018
Trevor Weldon Ingram, 26, was arrested on charges of making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony, the release said.
Police also tweeted Ingram’s booking photo:
Booking photo of Trevor Ingram. pic.twitter.com/pEpE3lifVn— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 18, 2018
ORIGINAL STORY: A South by Southwest performance by The Roots at Fair Market in Austin, Texas, was canceled Saturday night due to a “security concern,” event organizers said.
Due to a security concern we have made the hard decision to cancel tonight's event. Your safety and the safety of all fans at SXSW is our most important priority.— Bud Light (@budlight) March 18, 2018
A police spokesman said around 9:30 p.m. that more information would be released via Twitter, but nothing had been posted by 11:30 p.m. CDT.
However, the Austin Chronicle reported that it had two staffers at the event. One staffer heard event workers discussing the concern as a bomb threat, according to a report the weekly posted online, and "a second Chronicle staffer spoke with someone working at Fair Market tonight, who confirmed that Austin police were canvassing the property to determine whether there is any validity to the threat."
The cancellation of the show on the final night of the South By Southwest Festival comes at a time of heightened concern in the city following three deadly package bombs – two on Monday – that have exploded in East Austin this month, killing two people and seriously injuring a third.
Representatives for the event issued the following statement Saturday night after the cancellation:
“Due to a security concern, we have made the difficult decision to cancel tonight’s Bud Light x The Roots SXSW Jam. After working proactively with SXSW, the Austin Police Department, and other authorities, Bud Light believes this is the best course of action to ensure the safety of our guests, staff, and artists, and appreciate your understanding. We are truly sorry to have to cancel the event, but we felt it was necessary to take all safety precautions.”
In an Instagram post, Fair Market representatives said Anheuser-Busch made the call to cancel the event.
In a tweet that was later deleted Saturday night, frontman Questlove wrote, “Uh, welp can’t say much but for those in Austin waiting in line to see us tonight. Tonight’s show has been cancelled. They’ll make official announcement but I’d rather save y’all the trouble of waiting in line.”
In response to fans who were upset after waiting in line for hours, Questlove also tweeted:
Uh come on now. If you gonna point fingers, start w the individual who caused it to be canceled.— T'Questlove (@questlove) March 18, 2018