Boxers Sugar Ray Leonard & Antonio Tarver Recall Olympic Dreams

145The 2012 Summer Olympics is upon us, as the world is tuned in to see the best athletes shine at their respective sport.  Whether or not the participants win a medal, representing one’s country, as well as simply competing in the Olympics, is a distinct honor.

We spoke to former heavyweight world champion and 1996 bronze medalist Antonio Tarver, who said his biggest career achievement was his successful run in the Olympics.  Tarver is also known for his co-starring role in the movie Rocky Balboa. (Click on the media bar to hear Antonio Tarver)

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Boxing icon Sugar Ray Leonard, a gold medalist in the 1976 Olympics, told us it was one of the proudest moments of his life, and it’s that profound experience which shaped his prodigious career.  (Click on the media bar below to hear Sugar Ray Leonard)

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Billy Burke Is In The ‘Twilight’ Of His Film Career

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 concludes the storied romance between Bella Swan and her beloved blood sucking soul mate Edward.

Billy Burke, who plays Bella’s overprotective and rather clueless dad in the Twilight movies, looks back on the films as a “fantastic ride,” and he says Breaking Dawn Part 2 brings a sense of closure to his character.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 opens November 16, but Burke devotees can catch the actor on the new NBC sci-fi series Revolution, which premieres September 17.

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Jonah Hill’s Acting Seeds Planted In College

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Jonah Hill, who received an Oscar nod for Moneyball, is also a talented writer, as evinced by his co-writing work on 21 Jump Street and his stab at animation with the short lived FOX series Allen Gregory.

Like his character in Funny People, Hill started off his career as a writer, and he actually didn’t develop an interest in acting until his college years.

Jonah Hill currently stars with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn in The Watch, which is in theaters now.

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The CW Brings Vigilante Justice To Light In ‘Arrow’

arrow-key-artIn the CW’s upcoming drama ARROW, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is rescued from a remote island in the Pacific five years after thought  being killed in a violent shipwreck. Returning to his home in Starling City, Queen secretly creates the persona of Arrow, a vigilante, to right the wrongs of his family and fight the ills of society. Created by GREG BERLANTI and based on the popular DC Comics character THE GREEN ARROW, the cast includes STEPHEN AMELL and KATIE CASSIDY.
Fielding questions yesterday from entertainment reporters at a Television Critics Association press conference, CW honcho MARC GUGGENHEIM talked about the series and its unflinching take on vigilantism. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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ARROW debuts on The CW 10/10

‘Malibu Country’ Star Reba Finds Perfect Foil In Lily Tomlin

reba-lily-tcaReturning to the half-hour sitcom format, REBA stars in the upcoming MALIBU COUNTRY for ABC. Centered on a former country singer who moves west from Tennessee after she catches her husband in an affair, the show also stars LILY TOMLIN as the crusty but wise mother who provides REBA with a voice of reason (if sometimes dispensed through the haze of medicinal marijuana).
Sitting down with TOMLIN late last week at the Television Critics Association press event, the iconic comic talked about her ‘Country’ co-star and getting involved in the project. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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MALIBU COUNTRY debuts on ABC 11/2