After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers for a new top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero devoted to defending American ideals.
Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger is directed by Joe Johnston, who previously directed Honey I Shrunk the Kids, The Rocketeer, Jumanji, October Sky, Jurassic Park III, Hidalgo and The Wolf Man. The screenplay was written by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (writers of Life & Death of Peter Sellers, You Kill Me and all three Chronicles of Narnia movies, from Lion, Witch, Wardrobe to Dawn Treader) and also Joss Whedon. Paramount is bringing Captain America to theaters starting on July 22nd this summer.
There’s no question that Serena Williams is a good looking woman. But some even think the tennis star is a bit too hot for TV.
At least that’s the case for her new ad for Top Spin 4, a tennis game made for Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
In a commercial lasting less than 60 seconds, Williams – clad in a black leotard and stockings – is deemed “the world’s sexiest tennis player” before she faces off against actress Rileah Vanderbilt, who is dressed in a similarly revealing outfit and called “the world’s sexiest tennis gamer.”
The video is cut with clips from the actual game, as if the two women were playing each other. But combined with grunting sounds that are more commonly heard in the bedroom than on the tennis court, the hotness factor goes up several levels.
“You realize this is a fantasy right?” Williams says at the end.
According to Joystix.com, the commercial was actually rejected by the game’s maker, 2K Sports, but Vanderbilt uploaded it herself onto YouTube and tweeted a link to it on Monday.
By Wednesday, she was distancing herself from it, calling an Ad Week blog post on the controversy “sooo inaccurate…”
When the site offered her the chance to explain, she replied, “It’s all good. I can’t get into it.”
On Monday, Williams herself told her fans to “Stay tuned for a awesomely sexy video I am tweeting later,” but, interestingly enough, she hasn’t mentioned it since then.
“As part of the process for creating marketing campaigns to support our titles, we pursue a variety of creative avenues,” 2K Sports said in a statement. “This video is not part of the title’s final marketing campaign and its distribution was unauthorized.”
BY SHARI WEISS
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Last night (March 15) one of hip-hop’s greatest hook writers and performers, Nate Dogg passed away due to complications from multiple strokes in 2007 and 2008.
The sound of the veteran crooner’s voice turned any track he was on into a more than memorable one. While he had three albums under his belt— G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1 & 2, Music and Me and Nate Dogg—the West Coast rhymer was best known for the countless collaborations he did with some of rap’s finest. From Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg to the likes of Eminem and Fabolous, the 41-year-old blessed their hard-hitting tracks with his mellow vocals. To celebrate his remarkable contributions to hip-hop, XXLMag.com ranks our 20 favorite Nate Dogg collabos. R.I.P. to a legend gone too soon.— Georgette Cline (XXL Magazine) (CLICK HERE TO LOOK AT LIST)
This is a link for a “Best Of Nate Dogg” mix done by DJ Stev1der that’s off the hook (CLICK HERE FOR LINK)
Derek Jeter is not a victory robot. He knows his last season was rough. And yeah, he’s pissed at the Yankees about that contract negotiation. The most famous player in baseball sat down with Seth Mnookin to talk his private life, the press, and the specter of his final years in pinstripes
STORY BY SETH MNOOKIN
For almost two decades, Derek Jeter has spent his winters working out at the Yankees minor league complex in Tampa, Florida. He started these regimens shortly after moving to Florida from his parents’ house in Kalamazoo, Michigan, so he could concentrate on his game year-round. Of course, a lot has changed since Jeter was chosen by the Yankees with the sixth overall pick in the 1992 draft: He no longer calls his folks every night in tears, no longer second-guesses his decision to turn pro instead of going to college, no longer wonders whether he’s good enough to play with the big boys.
Today, Jeter is one of the most famous athletes the world has ever known. He’s received plenty of personal accolades, starting with his unanimous selection as 1996’s American League Rookie of the Year and continuing right through his eleventh All-Star appearance last summer, but he’ll always be best known as a leader, a champion, a class act in an era when athletes are expected to be cheaters and boors. Come June, he’ll have been captain of the Yankees for eight full years—which is longer than Babe Ruth, longer than Lou Gehrig—longer, in fact, than any other player in team history. Two years ago, he was chosen to lead the United States team in the World Baseball Classic—and of course, he’s been a cornerstone of five World Series-winning teams. He’s Tiger without the car crash, Kobe without the rape trial, Brady without the jilted pregnant girlfriend, A-Rod without the…well, everything.
Even today, after earning hundreds of millions of dollars in salary and endorsements, after building a 30,000-square-foot mansion in Tampa that the locals refer to as St. Jetersburg, after a string of famous girlfriends that stretches from Mariah Carey to Minka Kelly, Jeter comes across as a genuine, down-to-earth good guy. In September 2009, after Jeter became the Yankees’ all-time hit leader, former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling described him as a player who’d “always been above the fray.” As Schilling was quick to point out, he should know: “As someone who’s ‘foot-in-mouthed’ it hundreds of times, it’s refreshing. He’s shown up, played, and turned in a Hall of Fame career in the hardest environment in sports to do any/all of the above.”
So what’s his secret? If you ask the man himself, it’s nothing more than hard work. “My parents always told me, ‘There’s always going to be someone that’s better,’ ” he says. “But there’s no reason why someone should outwork you. That’s just an excuse.”
Of course, even with hard work it’s impossible to outrun the realities of time, and there are signs that Jeter, who’ll turn 37 in June, is just as susceptible to the ravages of age as the rest of us mortals. His 2010 season was, by far, the worst of his career—so bad that the onetime perennial MVP candidate was, by many yardsticks, worse than your average player. Out of the seventy American Leaguers with 500 or more plate appearances, he was thirty-fourth in batting average, thirty-third in on-base percentage, and fifty-eighth in slugging percentage. His defensive range was so limited—by one measure, he placed last among shortstops for his overall contribution in the field—that when he won his fifth Gold Glove award, a post on a widely respected baseball Web site read simply “My head just exploded.”
His off-season contract negotiations with the only team he’s ever wanted to play for provided yet another painful reminder that he’s no longer the wonder boy shooting line drives with his inside-out stroke. In the weeks before Jeter and the Yankees came to terms on a three-year deal that will take him through the 2013 season, general manager Brian Cashman told reporters that he had “concerns” about Jeter’s age and said if Jeter wasn’t satisfied with the Yankees’ offer, he was “free to test the market.” It was the equivalent of the New York Philharmonic telling Leonard Bernstein he could go audition for the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra.
It’s possible that Jeter will come back and have a year like 2009, when he hit .334, smacked eighteen home runs, swiped thirty bases, and was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year. It’s possible that all the time he spent this winter reworking his approach in the batter’s box will pay off. It’s possible, but unlikely: The list of shortstops who have continued to make meaningful offensive contributions in their late thirties is, well, nonexistent. And what then? It’s not hard to be gracious when you’re one of the best hitters in baseball—but what happens when the Yankees ask their captain to switch positions or move down in the lineup for the good of the team?
Don’t look to Jeter for answers: “My focus is always one year at a time. I don’t go into 2011 thinking about 2010. I haven’t met a person who can change what’s happened in the past, and I haven’t met a person who can tell the future, so my job is 2011. That’s the only thing I’m focused on. That’s the only thing I’m concerned with.” (CLICK HERE TO READ ENTIRE ARTICLE)
This is the latest video from my homie Nutso called “Street Corner” featuring Panchi, Torae, & Punchline. Video was directed by Ali Charlemagne, check out the how he uses different parts of NYC as his back drop. (CLICK HERE FOR MP3)
Without a doubt, DJ Premier is top-five-dead-or-alive, one of the greatest hip-hop producers ever, and your favorite producer’s producer won’t tell you any different. The Houston, Texas native’s sound, which consists of chopped samples looped over crisply punched drums, and accented with a signature scratch chorus, hasn’t changed much, but still fits as the perfect hip-hop soundtrack for New York’s Timberland-boots-certified street aesthetic. Even after 22 years in the game, reports about his production credits possibly surfacing on the upcoming albums of everyone from Drake to Immortal Technique keep fans on their toes. His continuous relevance asserts that East Coast boom-bap sound is still beloved by many, and upcoming projects like the collaboration album with Pete Rock will only manintain the flame. With that said, to the jizzing joy of those who masturbate to MPC noises, we recently went to the legendary HeadQCorterz (formerly known as D&D Studios) in Manhattan, to hear the master craftsman share anecdotes behind some of his all-time classics as one-half of the legendary Gang Starr and also as a producer for all-time greats like Jay-Z, Nas, and Notorious B.I.G. Records certainly accumulate dust, but the resume of a legend never get old. (CLICK HERE FOR THE STORY)
Charlie Sheen may have half-apologized for calling Jon Cryer “a troll” for not speaking up during his public battle against their bosses, but his “Two and a Half Men” co-star is having the last laugh.
As the LAPD raided Sheen’s home in search of firearms Thursday night, Cryer paid a surprise visit to TBS’ “Conan” and received an overwhelming round of applause from the studio audience.
“Those words were very painful to me for many reasons, not least of which is … I’m sorry, I can’t even believe I’m saying this,” said a mock serious and somber Cryer, 45. “The fact is, I am a troll.”
“It’s not something I like to talk about. My parents don’t even know I’m a troll,” he added. “Of course, I guess they do now.”
With the audience in stitches, Cryer kept a poker face as he continued to explain that “there’s not a lot of tolerance for people like me, especially in Hollywood.”
Trying to hide his identity to avoid ignorance and bullying has been a difficult feat, the actor claimed.
“You have no idea how much time and money I’ve spent on electrolysis and hair dye and reconstructive surgery,” said Cryer, who then showed a Photoshopped image of himself made to look like one of the popular childhood collectable dolls.
In a move that is sure to upset some of his Hollywood peers, Cryer “outed” a few famous faces who have also been hiding their real troll identities: Paul Giamatti, Helen Mirren and even host Conan O’Brien’s sidekick, Andy Richter.
Now that he’s no longer “living under the bridge,” Cryer assured all the younger trolls living in the world: “It gets better. Not gay better, but sorta better.”