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TNT Review: Ringling Bros New Show Is Truly Death-Defying, For Kids Of All Ages

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*Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey circus ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson recently called their new show, Out of this World, “the greatest show on earth.” If that sounds like a tag line, it is, and they’ve been using it for decades.

Sometimes, though, there’s actual truth in advertising. And the tag line is absolutely apt in this case. The circus’ new production completely blew my mind. Ringling Bros has put together an amazing show for kids of ALL ages.

Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson and Paolo
Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson and Paolo

“With this new show,” Iverson said by phone, “we still have the world’s greatest menagerie — lions and tigers, rescue dogs, horses, donkeys, kangaroos, llamas, pigs…”

Let’s talk about those pigs. Having grown up in Detroit, I didn’t know pigs were so big. They’re “huge dog” big. Hell, they’re “small car” big!

And let’s talk about the lions and tigers. That part of the show was one of the moments when I was really afraid. I was certain that the cats’ trainer, Alexander, was going to get mauled for all to see. One of the felines, Susie, wasn’t in the best of moods during the performance and challenged Alexander more than a few times.  She was absolutely not feeling Alex.  Every time she growled with that mouth full of deadly incisors or raised her immense paw to the trainer’s head, I was frozen in my seat.

Speaking of being frozen, only Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey could bring a snowstorm and snowball fight to a hot late summer night in Sacramento, California. During that segment of the show, the visuals are so realistic you’ll believe the venue has bumped the AC up. And ONLY Ringling Bros could set the ice on fire — literally!

And let’s talk about another petrifying part of the show: those horsemen and women, riding quickly around a tight circle as they rotated over and under the galloping horses! They could have easily been trampled.

The trapeze artists! Yes, there was a net, but they were WAY up there! Continue reading

House Used as Harry Potter’s Home in Film Series up for Sale

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*Attention Harry Potter fans!  You’ll want to move quickly if you want to own a piece of film history.  The house used as the exterior in the original Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone film is for sale!

The current asking price is a cool $616,000 — but that may change soon.

“The original plan was to take this property to market without using any reference to Harry Potter,” real estate agent Paul Bosanko said.  But since news of the property’s connection to the movie got out, interest has increased sharply, “and that may or may not influence the final price that we achieve at this property,” he said.

Translation:  the price is going up quick and in a hurry.  

The three-bedroom house is in Bracknell, a town about 30 miles west of London.  While the home was used in the original movie, a studio set based on the house was built for later installments of the eight-film series.

Real estate agency Chancellors says the house “has recently undergone complete renovation to an extremely high standard.”  But yes — as I know you’re wondering just as much as I am — THE HOUSE STILL HAS A CUPBOARD UNDER THE STAIRS! Continue reading

Pasadena Playhouse Moves 2nd Production of 2016-17 Season

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PASADENA, CA (September 21, 2016) – The Pasadena Playhouse announced today it will move the second production of its 2016-2017 Season to a later date in 2017 and will be cancelling M. BUTTERFLY. The decision was made after The Playhouse was unable to secure rights to present the play later in its season due to the Broadway revival in Spring 2017. Due to several production elements and without the rights for a later date, The Playhouse is cancelling the previously announced M. BUTTERFLY and has begun the planning to replace the production later in the 2016-2017 season.

The season will continue with the Panto at The Playhouse production of Lythgoe Family Panto’s A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS in December. Tickets for the holiday show are currently on sale.

In a joint statement, Artistic Director Sheldon Epps and Executive/Artistic Director Danny Feldman said: “The Pasadena Playhouse is committed to bringing the best theatrical experience to its stages for our audiences. While we are disappointed that we could not present M. BUTTERFLY, we are working to find another production to add to our 2016-2017 Season.”

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Black Cop in Dallas Files Lawsuit Against Black Lives Matter…And President Obama

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*Well if this cop’s intent was to get our attention, let us stop for a sec, unite and say…

Do tell.

Sgt. Demetrick Pennie is a 17-year-member of the Dallas Police Force, and he says he is suing the Black Lives Matter movement along with the Rev. Al Sharpton; Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, billionaire activist George Soros, President Barack Obama and Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton because they…wait for it…

Are inciting a race war.

Kind of head-scratcher coming from a Black man. But let’s hear what he has to say, shall we? Continue reading

Ringling Bros’ First African American Ringmaster — and His Son — Bring It!

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*You may have heard that Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey has removed their trademark elephants, the ones that generations of circus fans have enjoyed, from the show.  Having been thrilled by the elephants for the first time decades ago, I was curious about how they’d fill that void.  When I caught up with ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson, he assured me that we’re in for a treat.  He also educated me about a longstanding circus tradition: evolution.

“There was a time when the greatest attraction at the circus was the incandescent lightbulb,” the 40-year-old Iverson told me by phone. “And people came from miles and miles to see it — we filled whole tents full of folks. When the elephants left, it presented an opportunity to do what we’ve always done. We’re always reinventing ourselves — that’s the beauty of the circus.”

“With this new show, we still have the world’s greatest menagerie — lions and tigers, rescue dogs, horses, donkeys, pigs, kangaroos, llamas…and ice! We have ice and ice skaters,” Iverson continued, with an enthusiasm that’s absolutely contagious.”

I was born and raised in Michigan, and I can honestly say I’d never been more excited about ice than I was when Iverson talked about it!

“It’s an intergalactic space odyssey, and there are great projections that reflect off of the ice that literally transport your imagination to the planet we’re going to — it’s stunning,” Iverson continued.  “I’m riding around in this space ship the whole time. It’s hilarious to me, because I’ve always been skeptical about black people going into space! I’ve been with the show for 20 years, and I’ve done everything from being a part of a living carousel to presenting fictional dragons, to now going to outer space! That can only be done at the circus.”

In case you missed that ethnic reference (or the picture at the beginning of this feature!), that’s right! The ringmaster of Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey circus is African American. He’s the first black ringmaster in the circus’ 200 year history. Continue reading

Isaac Hayes’ Son Tells THR Dad Didn’t Quit South Park, ‘Someone Quit It, For Him’ (Video)

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Isaac Hayes III

*I miss Isaac Hayes, don’t you? Do you recall that his role as the Chef on the adult animated series, ‘South Park,’ was suddenly killed off? Now in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the late icon’s son opens up to share what really happened.

Rumors spread like wildfire saying that Hayes had quit the show in protest in 2006, after an episode showed Scientology, the religion to which he was devoted, in a disparaging light.

But now, after all these years, Isaac Hayes III tells THR that’s bull!

“Isaac Hayes did not quit South Park; someone quit South Park for him.”

Sidebar: I wonder what brought this on? Continue reading

Batman’s Bike Is For Sale

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*I’ve always been on #TeamSuperman, but ever since Adam West jumped in the 1960s-era Batmobile and said “Atomic batteries to power! Turbines to speed!” followed by Burt Ward’s “Roger!  Ready to move out!” I’ve wanted one of Batman’s vehicles.

Hell, I won’t front:  I’d have jumped on Batgirl’s cycle if given half a chance.  

Now I can have one of those Bat-toys!  

The Batpod was the only thing left from the destroyed Batmobile in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, and one of the bikes used in that flick and the follow-up The Dark Knight Rises is up for auction.  

The bike features fiberglass body panels, a custom-made chassis, 31-inch Hoosier tires, and a Honda 750 engine.  It also features a laser-targeting unit and (sadly) non-functioning cannons. Continue reading

3x Emmy Award Winner Teaches Makeup Workshop for LGBT & Women on Sept. 17

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My goal is to share with you my expertise, and all the knowledge that I have been given; to boost that added edge so you can make wiser purchases by noticing which products work best to enhance your existing beauty. Accentuating your assets and minimizing your liabilities do this.

First you must look in the mirror and embrace the face that is looking back at you, looking deep inside and realizing just how unique, beautiful and exceptional you truly are is important for you to realize! Continue reading