August 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- A clown banned from the Missouri State Fair for his involvement in a skit that mocked President Obama said that he has received death threats and complained that "a lot of people have lost their ability to laugh. " "I've had one lady spit in my face," Tuffy Gessling told Kansas City's KCTV . "Look at the country as a whole. There's a lot more to be mad at than a rodeo clown at a rodeo trying to make somebody laugh," he said. Although it was another clown who wore the Obama mask during a bull-riding contest as the crowd was asked whether they wanted to see Obama "run down by a bull," Gessling has told media outlets that the skit was his idea.
August 14, 2013 |
Expect a kinder, gentler Missouri State Fair from here on out. This week, the Missouri State Fair Commission ordered that officials and contractors hired by the state's rodeo association -- which would include cowboys and clowns -- complete sensitivity training before they are allowed to perform at the state fair again. What could prompt such a thing? The jeers of a clown. In a provocative bit of satire that went viral, a rodeo clown in Sedalia put a broomstick up his pants, donned a Barack Obama mask and asked the crowd whether it wanted to see a bull run over the president.
August 5, 2013 |
The Bloodhound Gang was ordered not to perform at a Russian music festival over the weekend after a recent incident in Ukraine that involved the Russian flag. According to CNN , Jared Hasselhoff, a member of the Pennsylvania-based rock band best known for its goofy 1999 hit "The Bad Touch," stuffed the Russian flag down his pants during a concert Wednesday in the Ukrainian city of Odessa. "Don't tell Putin," the bassist reportedly said. TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts Video footage that appears to show the stunt -- and contains plenty of explicit language -- has turned up on YouTube, which may be why Russian officials canceled the Bloodhound Gang's appearance at the Kubana music festival, held over the weekend in Krasnodar Krai.
July 11, 2013 |
Mic Rodgers, known for his work as Mel Gibson's stunt double up until the late 1990s, and wife, Robyn Britton, have listed their home in an equestrian community in Agoura Hills at $1.999 million. The contemporary Craftsman-style house, custom built by the couple in 2006, features an office, a playroom, a craft room, a combined kitchen/family room, four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and 3,662 square feet of living space. Ceiling heights range from 9 to 17 feet, and clerestory windows bring light into the interiors.
June 29, 2013 |
Bob Newton, production coordinator at Creature Effects Inc., likes working with mechanical horses for practical reasons. "You don't have to clean up after them, and you don't have to feed them," he says. The Los Angeles-based company supplied trusty, low-maintenance steeds for Disney's "The Lone Ranger," which arrives in theaters Wednesday. Newton, 57, has always liked making things - whether generating animatronics in a machine shop or creating sculptures with a welding torch. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Portland, Ore., he studied fine arts at Portland State University.
June 22, 2013 |
A fiery crash at an Ohio air show on Saturday killed a wing walker and her pilot, officials said. Video shows professional wing walker Jane Wicker sitting on the wing when the inverted plane suddenly twists downward, crashing into the grassy lawn and bursting into flames. A statement posted on the Jane Wicker Airshows Facebook page said that she died along with her pilot. “We ask for your prayers for the families and privacy of all involved and allow them time to grieve and work through these events,” the statement said.
June 13, 2013 |
To those who think "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" stinks, now it really does. TLC will roll out the Season 2 premiere of the reality show July 17 with a fragrant flourish, distributing 10 million scented "Watch 'n Sniff" cards to fans across the country so they can smell along with the pint-sized beauty-pageant vet and her earthy family from rural Georgia. "With a numbered scent card that correlates to scenes in the double-stacked premiere episodes, viewers will we be able to watch the show, scratch their cards and redneckognize [sic]
June 6, 2013 |
I suppose it has something to do with summertime, these extreme stunt-challenge contests in which people do physically difficult, psychologically intimidating things in the hope of winning big money. Anyway, they're back. Two premiere Thursday on TNT: "72 Hours" drops its players into the wilderness (a new wilderness each week) with only the clothes on their back, a GPS system and a bottle of water to spend three days in search of a briefcase full of cash. Shot in Panama, "The Hero" finds Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson shepherding a group of Americans through hair-raising stunts and (what we are to regard as)
April 21, 2013 |
It may seem surprising that Allan Graf - the baseball coordinator, stunt coordinator and second-unit director for Warner Bros.' Jackie Robinson biographical drama "42" - first made his name on the gridiron. But that's precisely why Graf was the perfect person for the job. "Jackie Robinson was a former football player at UCLA, and he played baseball like he was playing football," said Graf. "So writer-director Brian Helgeland says, 'Allan, I want you to make this baseball look very physical.' And I go, 'I'd love to do that.'" A native of Southern California, Graf won All-American honors as the captain of the 1967 San Fernando High School city championship football team.
April 16, 2013
Maybe Aubrey Plaza is on to something with her crazy stunts: The MTV Movie Awards she spectacularly crashed Sunday posted big ratings gains. The "Parks & Recreation" costar was supposedly tossed from the premises after coming onstage unannounced and trying to grab an award from actor Will Ferrell. But the audience apparently didn't mind: An average of 3.8-million viewers tuned in, according to Nielsen. That was up 11% compared with last year's show. In MTV's core demographic of viewers ages 18 to 34, the show did even better, zooming 45%. - Scott Collins 'Breakfast' nears a Broadway end In the wake of largely negative reviews and falling box-office receipts, the Broadway production of "Breakfast at Tiffany's," starring "Game of Thrones" actress Emilia Clarke, will close on Sunday after a four-week run at New York's Cort Theatre.