Celebrity Pool Sharks

pool tableFor the past five years, NFL star defensive end Justin Tuck has pulled back the best pool table covers, brushed off the felt, chalked up the cues and invited his professional athlete buddies and Hollywood celebrity friends to shoot pool for charity. Tuck’s Celebrity Billiards Tournament not only draws big names to the table, but it also earns big bucks for his charity R.U.S.H. for Literacy.

 

Racking Up Charity Dollars

Justin Tuck grew up in a tiny Alabama town in which he was related to nearly three-quarters of the population. According to his bio, the city is officially named Kellyton, but a more common reference is “Tuckville” because of his family’s presence in the area.

After attending Notre Dame University, Tuck was drafted by the New York Giants, where he played for nine years and won two Super Bowl titles before heading to the Oakland Raiders for the upcoming 2014 season.

On the field, Tuck is a menacing force as he rushes the passer. Off the field, the gridiron giant, along with his wife Lauran, works toward improving literacy.

In 2008, the couple established R.U.S.H. for Literacy, which stands for Read, Understand, Succeed and Hope. Its mission is to further educate and empower underserved children primarily in his native Alabama as well as adopted states of New York and New Jersey (where the Giants play), and now his new home state of California. Throughout the years, R.U.S.H. has donated more than 65,000 books to 11,000 students and established summer reading programs so kids don’t let that critical skill lapse. It has also awarded more than $320,000 in grants.

The Celebrity Billiards Tournament is both a way to draw attention to the charity’s programs and raise funds — the 2013 event finished with more than $460,000 — but it’s also a lot of fun.

Anthony Anderson, known for his role in Law & Order as well as appearances on other shows, emceed the event. Music was provided by DJ Mad Lynx. Tuck was joined by many of his NY Giants teammates, including Victor Cruz and Eli Manning, as well as athletes from the NY Red Bulls soccer team and several celebs, such as Vivica Fox, Melissa Joan Hart, and Dolvett Quince, one of the trainer’s from The Biggest Loser.

One of the highlights of the evening was watching professional pool player Jeanette “the Black Widow” Lee demonstrate trick shots.

Money Wise

Although Tuck’s move to Oakland may cause a change of venue for his celebrity pool tournament, the charity continues to move forward. In 2013, it added the CAS College Savers program, which provides low-income children with college savings accounts accompanied by financial educational initiatives to raise their financial literacy. Research shows that if a child has savings specifically set aside for a college education, that student is seven times more likely to attend college.

 

And education is what young Justin Tuck wanted for himself while growing up in Alabama, and to which he attributes his continued success both on and off the football field.

The Best Action Film Actors

Action Film ActorsWho are the best action stars in the history? This is probably one of the common questions we can see all over the world, why? Because action films are so great, they nail almost all people from all walks of life. An action film can be very diverse and watching them surely brings excitement, leisure and fun. Now this list will try to give you the most accurate definition of the best action film actors of all time in no particular order.

Mel Gibson

He was not just an all-time full action movie star as he takes a diverse list of movie genre from dramatic bites to action flicks. However, when he stars in an action movie such as in the Mad Max, expect to hold on to your seat.

Jackie Chan

Oh that name, I’m sure you know him well for his numerous amount of martial arts movies. He’s really entertaining, funny and incredibly talented. He was only six when he was apprenticed to the China Drama Academy and he rigorously trained in music, dance and traditional martial arts. Do you know that his first step into the Hollywood was when a visiting filmmaker took him to be a stunt man? Well, today’s Jackie Chan is so much different than before.

Sylvester Stallone

Rambo, perhaps this is one of his most famous movie flick and a signature name for him. There is no doubt that Rambo could kill a man with nothing but a pen. Sylvester Stallone has never failed to give us an enjoyable action film for more than three decades.

Dywane Johnson

Pain and Gain is an awesome flick. But Dwayne Johnson has made numerous action films in the past and more will come in the future. From WWE to big screen, he has never failed to give us a monstrous action stunts that’ll surely give us a lot of enjoyment and thrills.

Bruce Willis

An actor and musician, Bruce Willis is well known for his hard-edged characters which most of them are action films. And Die Hard, that’s why, plus did you know that he has appeared in films grossed a total of USD2.5 billion and placed him in the top ten stars in terms of box office receipts…

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Deemed as the big boy of action films, he starred in numerous action flicks such as predator, the terminator series and much more. His muscles has been a great addition to his films and with a keen interest in body building, he was a five time Mr. Universe and seven-time Mr. Olympia.

Vin Diesel

The Riddick and Fast & Furious are among the best movies he made. He has the voice, the physique and the brains which makes him an ideal leading man.

Bruce Lee

This legendary martial artists remains the greatest icon of martial arts cinema and the key figure to modern popular media. If not for him, it can be hard to determine whether or not the martial arts genre would be as popular and successful today.

Chuck Norris

Aside from being meme famous, he is an acclaimed action star internationally and he is known for his films such as The Hitman, The Delta Force and Delta Force 2.

Sandra Oh: Cristina Yang in Our Hearts Forever

“Grey’s Anatomy,” the long-running popular ABC hospital drama, fans are sadly saying goodbye to Sandra Oh, who will be leaving the show when the 10th season ends. In fact, the actress, who has portrayed character Cristina Yang since the medical drama premiered in 2005, announced her decision to quit the show last August.

Before renewing her contract two years back, a sad and emotional Sandra Oh told reporters that though the show had become a fundamental and primary part of her life, she wanted to quit now and pursue other opportunities. “Creatively, I really feel like I gave it my all, and I feel ready to let her go,” she said.

Her decision to quit and move on left most fans in shock and will have a hard time imaging a show without a beloved and main character. Last August, the actress said, “It’s been a great privilege to play the character of Cristina Yang on GA and I am both sad and excited to see where this, her final season will take her.”

Shonda Rhimes, the executive producer of “Grey’s Anatomy” announced that she will be very sad to see Sandra Oh leave the show, and that it will be forever changed without her there. I must say that I do agree. Cristina Yang has been a part of the Grey’s family for years, and it will be hard to watch the show without her in it.

Sandra tweeted to her followers and fans on her last day of shooting “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Starting the last day of shooting on Grey’s with my usual mug of tea. A little meditation and much gratitude,” adding, “I’ve been dreaming nonstop about Grey’s for the past few weeks.” “(Just) can’t believe it’s my last week here already.”

As the journey for Cristina ends, viewers and fans of “Grey’s” will see the return of Isaiah Washington, who plays Dr. Preston Burke. His character left Cristina at the altar in season three. According to Rhimes, “He gives her story that full-circle moment we need to properly say goodbye to our beloved Cristina Yang.”

As “Grey’s Anatomy” fans, we can expect her exit to be filled with drama and expectations. A character who has been on the show since the beginning cannot leave without some kind of mark of presence on the rest of the characters.

There is no word yet who might fill in for the actress on the next season or how the series will change without the doctor, but fans expect there will be something different. Whoever is assigned or wants to step up and be part of the show will have big shoes to fill as Sandra Oh is very talented. Sandra Oh has been nominated for an Emmy many times for her role as Dr. Cristina Yang, and has won a Golden Globe in 2006 for her role.

Seth Gabels Latest Role: Salem

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Seth Gabel grace our tv screens, which is why I was thrilled when they announced the introduction of “Salem” a spooky tv series that takes place in the 1690′s and is set around witches. I love supernatural tv series, whether it be vampires, demons, ghosts, really anything isn’t over the top cheesy and a little bit frightening. Needless to say I was thrilled when my favorite actor was announced to play Cotton Mather, a preacher who is leading the witch hunt.

Based on the trailer, Seth will play a role most of us aren’t familiar with, a darker character who is hell bent on burning and destroying the witches of Salem.

Based on the trailers, it looks like Salem could’ve used some bright LED flashlights in there witch hunting. It seems like the entire TV series is filmed in the dark and I’m wondering if the sun ever touched upon Salem during this time period.

On a less humorous note, the story is pretty dark because it is based loosely on true events. Obviously the super natural parts aren’t accurate but the witch hunts in Salem are very much a part of history. Drowning, burning and killing this so called witches was something that was believed at one time during history. It’s crazy to think about now, because we obviously would think this type of practice was barbaric and unreasonable. However, as we’ve evolved as humans our moral compasses also have evolved. And yet as I say this there are kinds of atrocities that occur across the world for a number of reasons. Some of them for religious, others race and of course some are for power. Overall I’m very excited for this series to premiere even if some of the story line will be a bit tough to watch, because you know these types of things actually happened.

Are you excited for Seth’s new role as the preacher and witch hunter who is hell bent on removing the darkness from Salem? I know I am.

10 Celebrity Artifacts Found By A Metal Detector

Metal detectors find a myriad of things ranging from mundane metal remnants to more interesting World War II guns. However, some of the more profitable finds include celebrity artifacts.

Celebrity artifacts are a big business especially in online auctioning sites such as old clothes, autographs and other personal belongings. Here are some of the most expensive celebrity auction items of 2013. Here are some celebrity artifacts that could have been detected and found by a metal detector.

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  • Gun replicas from various movies

Guns are some of the most commonly found artifacts in metal detecting. Since there are a lot of movies that use guns, a lot of replicas have similarly been made. As this is the case, a metal detector can easily find these replica guns to add to a celebrity artifact collection. Here are some of the replica guns that can be detected by metal detectors.

  • The Untouchables: Kevin Costner’s 1987 Original Prop .38 Snubnose Gun

Popularized by the movie The Untouchables, these snubnosed revolvers were typical of undercover police officers.

  • Casino: Robert De Niro’s Vintage 1911 .45 Pistol

Directed by Martin Scorsese, Casino featured actors Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. In this movie, they used this prop .45 pistol.

  • Weapons

As weapons such as knives are mostly made of metals, these are some of the more common finds as well by various metal detector enthusiasts. Here are some weapons that could have been found by metal detectors.

  • Hunting knife sword (Tony Spilotro)

Tony Spilotro was one of the feared American mobsters during the 70s and the 80s. This hunting knife features a large blade with brass knuckles for a grip.

  • Props

Here are some popular props from various Hollywood movies that could have been found at the beach. These products range from classics such as props from Bruce Lee’s movies to more recent props.

  • Victorian Style Wine Goblet

This wine goblet has been used in the production of the movie Interview with the Vampire featuring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst and Antonio Banderas. With a star-studded cast, this is indeed a great find.

  • Vintage Deco Style Tea/Coffee Service

One of the most prominent props in the movie The Godfather was the Corleone Family Silver Service.

  • Prop Cathedral Radio

Another prop easily detected by metal detectors from the movie The Godfather is this classic cathedral radio seen in the Corleone home.

  • Metal Vase

Bruce lee is one of the best actors of his generation and he has paved the way for Asian actors specializing in martial arts. This metal vase was used in his movie Enter the Dragon and is truly, especially if found by metal detectors, being completely made of full metal.

  • Presidential Silver Pewter Cups

Presidents are as well treated like celebrities and this artifact from President Reagans collection is an interesting find and are quite rare, having been produced limitedly.

  • Maltese Falcon Replica Prop

Humphrey Bogart was one of the most popular actors of his era and one of his defining films was the Maltese Falcon. Made of full metal and in full size, this prop can be easily detected by metal detectors.

  • Original Vintage Prop Silver Serving Tray

Featured prominently in the movie Titanic, this silver serving tray, made of full metal, will be easily detected by metal detectors as well.

You Don’t Have to Be Famous to Look Fabulous: Celebrity Makeup and Fashion Trends

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We all love celebrities for some reason or another. They resemble a fantasy life that often seems to good to be even be real. Celebrities are on the cutting edge of beauty trends and have access to the very best hair and makeup artists. But they can also get away with extremes that we followers could never pull off in real life.

Since we don’t all make millions dollars of year for looking pretty and making appearances, makeup that is affordable and wearable in our boring my comparison lives. It’s important to realize that we cannot expect our makeup to turn out just like the celebrities. They have paid professionals day in and day out to work on them to make sure they’re basically flawless. Their stylist decides what makeup to use based on their skin type, face shape, and facial features. Since most of us do not have access to this type of personalization, it’s best to find a celebrity style you like most and see if that works for you.

So who’s your favorite celebrity? Are they trendsetting for teens and young adults like Kylie and Kendall Jenner? Or are they edgier like Rihanna? Maybe they’re sophisticated and chic like Gwyneth Paltrow or Kate Bosworth? Pick out a couple of your favorite style and trends and try them out!

If you’re feeling lost or need some help on what trends to try, here are some to help get you going!

  • Pigment-Rich eyeshadows. Celebrities like Rihanna aren’t afraid to rock colors like purple to make her hazel eyes pop. Avoid matching shadow to your eye color.
  • Boho Braids. Jennifer Aniston always makes a simple boho braid look glamorous. The trick is to keep the style simple and have it flow into the rest of your hair naturally, so hide the end of the braid with a bobby pin secured not too tightly behind your head.
  • Strong, colorful lips. Angelina Jolie was blessed with beautiful, full lips, so she usually needs to downplay her lips. However, celebs like Kylie and Kendall Jenner play up the red lip with simple eye makeup to keep it simple. Orange lipstick is sure to be a hot seller this spring.
  • Strong bangs. Bangs are meant to be a girl’s best friend as they frame the face beautifully if done right. Jennifer Lopez usually has soft, graceful bangs. A longer graduated bang is flattering and flexible, yet still makes a statement. Avoid severe, blunt bangs.
  • Sultry Smokey Eye. Putting the focus on your eyes always makes a sexy statement. Nina Dobrev, Vampire Diaries star, pairs dark, smokey eyes with a nude, shiny lip color.

These are just a few tips to help you get your celebrity inspired look going. Next time you see a look that you want to try, print out a picture and try it on yourself. Practice makes perfect. Remember, you don’t have to be on the red carpet to look your best!

Baseball Celebrities

Toronto Blue Jays v Detroit Tigers Baseball is home to a number of Super Stars who are in fact celebrities. They can be internationally recognized celebrities such as Alex Rodriguez, national celebrities such as Prince Fielder or even local celebrities such as someone like the lesser known Brett Lawrie who throughout Toronto is very popular, but the rest of North America; a nobody.

With this fame comes a responsibility to act as a role model. As a Super Star, you are looked up to by kids who want to be just like you one day. They watch you, they imitate you and the look to you to know what’s ‘cool’. Unfortunately for kids, they are often misguided by these role models because the players themselves can often forget the impact they have on the people who are watching them so closely.

Let’s first look at a Super Star who has being in the news as of late. Everybody knows who Alex Rodriguez is, perhaps better known as A-Rod. He has admitted to taking steroids in the past however denied taking them recently. Since he denied that claim, people have come out admitting that they have in fact injected steroids into A-Rod in the past 5 years essentially claiming that A-Rod is a liar and a cheater. Because of these claims, Major League Baseball has suspended Alex Rodriguez for 1-year as a message to other players that cheating is not tolerated.

What does Alex Rodriguez’s behavior do to a child’s perspective? A child who looks up to A-Rod for all the answers now has to try and understand why his favorite baseball player can’t play anymore because he in fact cheated. Obviously, the MLB made a good decision to suspend A-Rod as it sends a message to children who cheer for A-Rod that cheating has consequences. For some kids though, they now see cheating as being an ‘ok,’ thing to do as their hero did it, so why shouldn’t they?

There are Super Stars who do carry themselves properly, adhere to the rules and provide inspiration for children around the world. One player in particular is sure to be Hall of Famer, Roy Halladay. Halladay spent the majority of his career for the Toronto Blue Jays before becoming a Phillie for the last couple of years of his career in an effort to win a championship. He never did win a championship and this past year, he signed a 1-day contract with the Blue Jays to retire as a Blue Jay.

Roy Halladay dedicated his career to being the best he could be with the skills that he had. Every time he took to this hill, he sawed off so many of the best wooden baseball bats that suppliers would salivate every time he pitched. A true role-model for kids, Halladay will go down as one of the greatest pitchers and people to ever dawn a Blue Jay uniform.

Celebrities Demanding Gun Control in the USA

With recent shootings at movie theaters, schools and a variety of places once thought as “safe,” many celebrities are demanding gun control laws be passed in the USA.

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Jim Carey is one of the louder speakers on this topic via Twitter with comments such as “Any1 who would run out to buy an assault rifle after the Newtown massacre has very little left in their body or soul worth saving.” Jim Carey and many other actors have expressed concerns that box office movies tend to glorify gun violence with such movies as “Bullet to the Head” being released after the Newtown massacre.

Could the massacre have been prevented with proper gun storage in an approved safe? Interestingly enough, the star of the movie “Bullet to the Head” and other gun happy movies, Sylvester Stallone, is also on the same side of the gun control argument. Stallone believes there should be new gun control laws.

Many people have voiced concern about an actor who has made a living off of shooting various guns at people and even an explosive tipped arrow right into the bad guy causing him to…well…explode…talking about America needing gun control.

Celebrities in Violent Movies

Do we need celebrities to tell us “Don’t do what I do, it’s just a movie” or do we need actors to take a stand against the action genre glorifying guns and shooting them at people? After all, there are very strict rules against language, nudity, and sex on television, but it seems the violence, particularly gun violence, is acceptable viewing.

The Beatles Legacy

One powerful statement came from a celebrity that had her life affected by gun violence. On her 44th wedding anniversary to her husband (killed by a gunman), Yoko Ono posted a picture of her husband John Lennon’s bloody stained glasses with a message stating that more than 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was killed on December 8th 1980. Yoko Ono’s stance is also shared by surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr as well.

Sandy Hook Shooting

Stars such as Adam Scott of “Parks and Recreation” and singer Tony Bennett have made statements on how gun control needs to be something of great importance after the shooting at Sandy Hook.

Adam Scott said that as a father, he was terrified of this event and that if we don’t act in response to it, he asked what would happen next. Tony Bennett says that assault weapons are to go to war and have no need to be in our country.

Using the Celebrity Influence

With these words, these celebrities are hoping to make a difference in gun control in America.

I Camped Out in a Tent to Meet My Hero

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It’s not every day you get to meet your hero, and let me tell you, in my case it wasn’t easy. That untouchable quality is something that we all love about celebrities and our heroes – it’s almost like they’re in another dimension that we can’t quite reach.

People say that if you meet your hero you might be disappointed, so it’s better to idolize from afar rather than ruin the grand assumptions you’ve made and attribute to this person that makes them so special to you. I don’t care about that, I know everything there is to know about my hero so he couldn’t have let me down, no matter what!

This was not something I could have done through the normal channels so I had to devise a plan. I knew very early that I was going to have to set up a tent and camp out the night in order to be in a position to ‘stumble across’ my hero. As you can already tell, I had to do things that were a bit…out of the ordinary.

I knew that when he was in town he always went for an early morning run with his team (this dude is pretty serious about staying fit) and stopped at the Starbucks down the road from me for his morning Americano. The thing is, he always varied up his running times, in case someone (erm, someone kind of like me) tried to intercept him. Not that he didn’t want to meet me, I’m sure, but he probably gets a lot of crazy fans interrupting his rhythm, and when it’s that early in the day, I can’t blame him for not wanting to start off on the wrong foot.

Anyway, I had to set up my tent on the route that I knew he took and then find a way to get to the Starbucks just before he did. I had to be far enough away to hear that he was going past, but also to get there in time. If he picked a different route, I was screwed, but I was pretty sure he wouldn’t change things up.

So there I am, wide awake at like 4AM, listening to every noise, waiting for the tell tale signs of multiple people running at once. I’m camping out like some sort of nomad in a park under a bunch of low trees so I could stay mostly out of sight, but I know that as soon as those feet start pounding the pavement I’ve got to leave it all behind and sprint to the coffee shop.

Finally at around 5:43, I hear footsteps. First just one set, but soon after another 2 or 3 joined in not far behind. I risked a look out of the unzipped window flap of my tent and caught a glimpse…just enough to know it was him. My heart was pounding as I hopped out of my tent to start my sprint to the Starbucks. I wound through alley ways and even a backyard to make sure I got there just ahead of him.

I reached the door, just as I had planned, but I was totally out of breath and covered in sweat. I had to lean over and hold myself up on my knees as I drew breath with difficulty. I knew it was coming any second but my body was not ready to go back to normal.

Just as I imagined, I was there just a few seconds before he showed up, giving me the opportunity to get the door from him and introduce myself. I saw him coming to the door, but as I tried to open it for him, ready to tell him who I was, my legs gave out and I fell over into the door. Almost immediately I was picked up a bit and put to the side (clearly by his team, not wanting me to get in his way). He looked down at me, bewildered, just for a second, but in that second I mustered a smile and said hello to him – only I’m pretty sure it sounded like a disgusting gurgle than a word, because he made a terrible face and hurried inside.

So yes, perhaps my story ends sadly on the surface, but there’s no denying that he saw me, we met, and that he will remember me for the rest of his life. I can’t wait to meet him again!

Celebrity Fitness Secrets Revealed

We always admire celebrities from their stunning physique and good-looking bodies and most of us are questioning ourselves: how did they do it? There must be some kind of secret or trick isn’t it? I’m sure there is one tip or one trick, but what could it be? We have read a lot of magazines, news articles and even online prints saying that they have revealed celebrity secrets, but most of them, we are already aware of. Maybe we lack motivation or the time or probably the budget so therefore, we cannot afford achieving the same level of fitness, but that’s not true. There are many things that we can do to attain the same physique. All we need is some motivation and knowledge.

Celebrity Fitness – We can do them too

If you carefully read magazines and other articles talking about celebrity fitness, you’d notice that there is something the same or common: they do workouts and diets, which seems to be hard to follow.

The truth is, they have their own trainers, they have their own meal plan and they do have their own chef, which maintains their diet, or sometimes they’d get diet meal plans. If they would not get things like that, how are they supposed to fit 24 hours a day on their very tight schedule? However, we don’t need to have the same thing, all we need is the information about how they do it and we can start getting that celebrity look we are always admiring.

Celebrity Fitness Tips – Straight from Celeb Trainers

One of the things they do is that they find balance. Do some yoga or similar activities, and you can see how this will improve your overall well-being. Then, build your body from the ground up – do not get workout plans or exercises that are not suitable for you. In fact, doing 50 pushups instead of 25, which is the best suite for you will only hinder your muscle gain.

Cardio workouts are also a popular routine from fit celebrities. They’d often go out and take a run or jogging session. “Taking your workouts outside every now and then is a good way to feel rejuvenated and to give your muscles a new challenge,” says Braganza, who has led Amanda Seyfried on treks through Lynn Canyon Park in Vancouver, Canada.

Most of them also take swimming sessions. “Getting in the water allows your body to move in a completely different way,” says trainer Lalo Fuentes. Emily VanCamp spends at least half of her workouts doing high intensity aquatic exercises.